Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Blue Note Cafe at WHS's PAC 12-17-2010

WHS brings back the coffeehouse
of the '50s and '60s with the
Blue Note Cafe concert series.
Students, faculty, alumni, and
community members perform acoustic folk,
blues, jazz, and rock tunes in a casual, cafe atmosphere.

It's way gone, daddy-o!

Concerts begin at 7:00pm
Free coffee & tea at intermission!

$5.00 adult
$3.00 student/child/senior
FREE with WHS Arts Pass

WHS Choir Holiday Concert 12/16/2010

Join the Washougal HS Choirs for an evening of holiday music ranging from the traditional to the hilarious. Bring the whole family for a night of community, music, and joy.

Thurs. Dec 16, 7:00pm at the Washburn Performing Arts Center @ WHS. $5.00 adult, $3.00 student/child/senior, FREE with WHS Arts Pass.

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 13, 2010

WHS Students Recognized by VFW for Democracy Essays

Washougal High School students Victor Slavic, Sam Sharp, Darci Akers, and Janelle Kovacs received honors for their essays about democracy by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary. The Voice of Democracy essay contest is a nationwide, annual event sponsored by the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary. This year’s theme was “Does my generation have a role in Ameri

ca’s future.” Victor received the 1st place award, Sam received 2nd place, and Darci and Janelle received Honorable Mentions.

Victor Slavic receives his 1st place award. Janelle receives her honorable mention from the VFW member.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Rotary Scholar of the Month for December: Timmethy Tran

Timmethy Tran was selected as the Camas Washougal Rotary Scholar of the Month for December 2010. Timmethy's biology teacher, Linda Miller, says that he is "a hard worker, applying himself and his abilities and not afraid to take a risk academically challenging himself taking AP Biology as a sophomore." Other teachers describe Timmethy as a well rounded individual, noting that he's been taking very challenging courses as well as participating in football, wrestling, and track. Sheila Good, Timmethy's Advanced English teacher, describes him saying he is "one of my best students!" Timmethy is a hard working student and very respectful to teachers and his friends. Timmethy has a 3.9 GPA. Congratulations, Timmethy Tran!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Help Stuff the Bus December 10, 2010

For the last two years, Washougal High School has joined Camas High School in a friendly rivalry to see which school can gather the most food and toys for needy families on one day. Last year, Washougal High beat Camas High, but the real winners were the families in need who live in Camas and Washougal. The East County Family Resource Center of Children's Home Society, Camas Treasure House and other charities that provide food and household supplies to needy families joyfully accepted over 70,000 lbs of goods donated by our communities last December.

This year, Stuff the Bus will happen on December 10. When Washougal High School ASB leaders and students show their community spirit, it is enough to inspire all of us to join this great cause. Community members are invited to drop off non-perishable canned or boxed foods, household supplies and unwrapped toys at any Washougal school. The big yellow bus will be parked in front of Washougal High School all day, and this is where the action is the most exciting. The ASB is also accepting cash donations which will be used for purchasing additional food and household supply items throughout the day.

Tonight, Wednesday December 8, 2010, the WHS ASB students will be at McDonalds from 4:00pm-7:00pm collecting donations

Thursday December 9th- the Stuff the Bus team will be at the wrestling match at WHS from 5:30-8:00. And the Camas/Washougal Grocery Outlet from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Friday December 10th- The Stuff the Bus Team will be at Pioneer Square promoting stuff the bus from 6:00am-7:00am, then at WHS all day collecting donations.

Please join us for a post-Stuff the Bus party at Exterior Wood from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Stuff the Bus is a program that was created by the Camas Washougal Business Alliance (CWBA). The CWBA is made up of local business owners who strive to have a positive impact on the well-being of the community. The CWBA invites the public to attend the official weigh-in of the buses at 5:00 p.m. on December 10, at Exterior Wood in Washougal. Parking is available in the BiMart parking lot across the street. There will be refreshments as well as a band, and Santa may even stop in for a surprise visit! Many thanks to the CWBA, to district staff and to community members who will help Washougal High win that beautiful Stuff the Bus trophy one more time!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

WHS Choirs perform at Washougal Holiday Tree Lighting Festival



JOIN THE WHS & JMS CHOIRS and the Washougal Community at the Tree Lighting and Santa Claus Visit!

Sing Carols!

Drink Cocoa!


Santa Claus and his Elves!

Greet your Washougal neighbors!



Dress VERY WARMLY, coats, gloves, hats, double socks

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Long-time Board members retire

Washougal School District board members Dr. Orlan Gessford and Tom Huffman have announced their retirement effective January 31, 2011. Dr. Gessford was appointed to the Board in 1984, and elected to his position in 1985. Tom Huffman, a graduate of Washougal High School, was elected to the Board in 1991. Both have grown children who are graduates of Washougal High.

Superintendent Teresa Baldwin says she has appreciated Dr. Orlan Gessford’s leadership for finance on the board, as well as his advocacy for disadvantaged children, both of which are important functions on the board of directors. She talks about Tom Huffman’s influence on teaching and learning, both as an advocate of academic rigor and advanced placement courses, as well as his vision for a strong career and technical education curriculum aligned with the Clark County Skills Center program.

Bob Donaldson and Phil Rohn, past superintendent and associate superintendent, felt that the policy-level thinking led by Tom Huffman and Orlan Gessford, specifically the concept of a culminating student performance judged against a standard of excellence, was ground-breaking at the time and well ahead of the state requirement for graduation. They also noted the tremendous leadership shown by these two board members when, as a result of a voter-approved school bond in 1999, the district's facilities were modernized. Donaldson said, "The knowledge that Tom and Orlan had of construction management, county codes and labor laws proved to be extremely helpful during that time of district facility reconstruction."

Former superintendent Brent Garrett also recalled that both of these board members were strong proponents of the first “Senior Project” requirement for graduation at Washougal High School. Mr. Garrett noted that there are school directors who “sit” on boards and those who “serve,” and he remembers both Dr. Gessford and Mr. Huffman as directors who have served and have made significant contributions to the students and community. Mr. Garrett said, “Tom and Orlan will be replaced, but our memory of what they have accomplished will remain a beacon for those filling their shoes. They have truly served!”

Teresa Baldwin said, “Tom and Orlan have been at the helm with a calm, steady hand, helping to chart the course of this district for many years. Their knowledgeable, experienced commitment is exceptional. Individually and together, they are leaving a legacy of leadership in Washougal School District.” Dr. Orlan Gessford and Tom Huffman will be honored as recipients of the 2011 Community Leadership Award at a reception in May next year, presented by the Washington Association of School Administrators.

Blaine Peterson, current president of the Washougal Board of Directors, announced that the board will be seeking applicants to fill these two vacancies. Information will be posted on the district website in December.