Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Gause Elementary Hosts Family Fitness Night

Gause Elementary School and the Gause Parent Boosters hosted its first Family Fitness Night on February 15, 2011. More than 300 attendees (students, parents, and staff) came together to learn the importance of fitness and nutrition. There were five exercise stations that focused on cardio respiratory endurance, upper body strength, abdominal strength, flexibility, and agility. Families spent ten minutes at each station, which were run by school staff and parent volunteers. Brooke Churchman, the school’s nurse, hosted a nutrition station in the cafeteria that focused on the food pyramid and making healthy meal choices.

“The goal of Family Fitness Night was to get families moving, and to do it in a fun way, with many of the exercises that could be easily replicated at home”, said Mark Bauer, Gause Elementary School Physical Education Specialist, who hosted the event.
“With childhood obesity rising, I also wanted to show what our physical education program is doing to help combat this growing epidemic,” Bauer stated.

In addition, the Washington State Health Care Authority hosted a booth where they passed out information regarding changes in state-sponsored health care.

The evening concluded with a parents versus students game of “Ultimate Energy Ball”, which is similar to dodge ball, but students learn about the following energy sources: carbohydrates, protein, and fat. The concept for the Family Fitness Night came from the Box Tops for Education program, which provided sports balls and other fitness equipment to be given away as prizes.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Rotary Scholar of the Month for February: Ellie Boon

Elizabeth "Ellie" Boon was selected as the Camas Washougal Rotary Scholar of the Month for February 2011. Ellie is a sophomore at Washougal High School and has an impressive 3.933 GPA. Ellie's World Geography teacher Scott Boothby describes Ellie as an "absolute pleasure to have in class" and says that she "raised the standard in the class and was a leader others attempted to follow." Stephanie Watts, Ellie's PE teacher, describes her as a wonderful asset to WHS, noting that she "always has a smile on her face, a jump in her step, and a fun story to share." She has been honored for two years in a row with her selection for the First Team All-State Girls Soccer Team. Ellie has excellent time management skills, juggling her studies and her commitment to soccer, and is an excellent student.
Congratulations, Ellie Boon!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

WHS Senior Ryan Erdwins and Coach Carver Honored

Senior Ryan Erdwins and Coach John Carver were honored at the 19th annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet sponsored by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Clark County Branch

Ryan Erdwins was one of 29 local high school senior football players who were honored for their success in the classroom and community along with success on the football field. Each football player not only had to excel on the field, but also had to have at least a 3.0 GPA and be both leaders in their high schools and community.

The NFF also gave out the John Hadley Award to long time Washougal football assistant coach and WHS teacher Dr. John Carver. The Hadley Award is given out to an assistant coach who has shown loyalty, been a positive influence on young people, and an integral part of the success of their football program.

Congratulations Ryan Erdwins and John Carver!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

"Harvey" at WHS, Feburary 10th - 12th

“Harvey,”, Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, is coming to WHS and you are invited to be a part of the fun. Join Elwood P. Dowd and his best friend Harvey, an invisible 6-foot-tall rabbit, in a play that has been described as “just about perfect.” The show runs in the Washburn Auditorium at WHS from February 10 through the 12th at 7:00 pm with a matinee on the 12th at 1:00 pm. Tickets are only $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors and are available at the door. The students would love to see you there!