Thursday, September 30, 2010

Exchange program creates lasting memories

For the past three years, Washougal families have opened their doors to welcome students from Shukutoku Yono High School in Japan. This year, 44 students visited Washougal from September 24-27.

A second host family program is set for October 9-11. Washougal families have been hosting students through the Seirei Christopher High School Exchange Program for over 25 years.

Washougal School District currently offers first year Japanese at Jemtegaard Middle School and Japanese II, III, and IV at Washougal High School.

For more information about Washougal School District’s Japanese program, visit:

Monday, September 27, 2010

Tailgate Fundraiser 9/30/2010 at Columbia Credit Union's Washougal Branch

Get out your Orange and Black!

Columbia Credit Union is hosting a Tailgate Party on Thursday, Sept. 30th form 5 - 7 pm. We do have Volleyball and Soccer matches that night so come early and then attend the games.

The Panther Football team is currently 3-1 and they open league play at RA Long High School in Longview on Friday night. But, they aren’t the only Panther Team doing well. Join us in also celebrating the success of our Greater St. Helen’s League leading (4-0) Girls Soccer team, and our outstanding Boys Golf, Boys Tennis, Boys and Girls Cross Country and Girls Volleyball teams. Members of our outstanding Cheerleader program will also be on hand as we cheer the Panthers on the victory.

Please join us in extending a big THANK YOU to Columbia Credit Union for their support of the Washougal School District, and W.H.S. Athletics.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Washougal School District receives $996,999 grant to improve teaching of American history

Washougal School District is one of just two districts in the state to receive a Teaching American History Grant from the Department of Education. The $996,999 grant will enhance teachers’ understanding of American history through intensive professional development, including study trips to historic sites and mentoring with professional historians and other experts.

The grant’s focus is on civil rights and while guaranteed for three years, may be extended to five, pending funding.

Though Washougal is the grant administrator, two other school districts—Evergreen and Ridgefield—are co-recipients and teachers from each of the three districts will benefit from the grant. Sixty teachers (20 per year of the grant) will participate in the grant.

Washougal just wrapped up a three-year history grant and the new grant will keep the ball rolling and build upon the progress that has been made over the past three years.

“We feel incredibly lucky,” said grant director Carol Boyden. “With the emphasis on state testing, history has lost some classroom emphasis. Thanks to this grant, we’re able to focus on teaching strategies to incorporate history into other subjects, such as reading and writing and keep history an integral part of our curriculum.”

A requirement of the grant is that districts must partner with organizations that have broad knowledge of American history, such as libraries, museums, nonprofit historical or humanities organizations, and higher education institutions.

History is one of the core academic subjects under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Through the grant, teachers learn directly from authors, historians and experts who not only share their knowledge during workshops, but also make themselves available as an ongoing resources throughout the year. Teachers share lessons and techniques among themselves, so they come away from each training session armed with several different lesson plans for different grade levels. Grant participants will also complete a weeklong summer study program.

A major grant partner is Washington State University, where Professor Laurie Mercier assisted with writing the grant and coordinates incoming professors and historians. Another active partner is the Clark County Historical Museum.

“This is the best professional development I’ve ever seen for teachers,” said Boyden. “It sets up relationships between universities, school districts and experts to create a community around teaching history.”

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Krispy Kreme Donuts at WHS 9-17-2010 starting at 7 AM

Mmmmm donuts.....

There will be fresh delicious Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts at Washougal High School this Friday, Sept.17 at 7:00am...ready for your drive to work!

Stop by and pick up a dozen for yourself and workmates and support the WHS Chamber Choir's trip to Anaheim in April 2011.

$9.00/dozen Sold at the corner of 39th and J street, and at the main entrance of WHS.

"You've Been Flocked" Grad Night Fundraiser

Washougal Grad Night Parents are trying a new fundraiser this year. Families may be waking up to a yard full of pink flamingos between now and November 23. The flock of roosting flamingos can be removed at no charge within 48 hours, however, recipients can also request a yard for the birds to migrate to next. For a suggested donation of $20 the Grad Night parents will move the flamingos to the yard of your choice - prehaps an unsuspecting friend or neighbor. Not interested in having the flamingos at all? No problem. Insurance is available for $5 to guarantee there will not be a flocking at your home. Download the order form using this link.

Grad Night parents, who are assuming the role of flockers, want to assure the community that no unsupervised students will be participating in this activity and that this fundraiser is intended to be all in fun and has no malicious intent at all.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Blue Note Cafe Concert 9-16-2010 @ 7 PM


WASHBURN PAC in Washougal

WHS brings back the coffeehouse of the '50s and '60s with the Blue Note! Join us for a great evening of music featuring WHS alumni performing rock, jazz, folk, and more.
Cafe concert series. Students, faculty, alumni, and community members perform in a casual, cafe atmosphere. $5 adult, $3 student/child FREE w/ WHS Arts Pass Free coffee & tea at intermission!


Washburn Performing Arts Center

1201 39th st
Washougal, WA 98671
Box Office: (360)954-3107
Information: (360)954-3103