Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Get Your Kids Ready for Camp

Summer camps often require physical exams and up-to-date immunizations. By scheduling these now, you'll also get your kids ready for school in the fall.

Many doctors and other health care providers will reserve time to see kids the week of June 11-18, 2011. Call your family health care provider, and schedule an appointment today!

The Free Clinic for the uninsured can be reached at 360-313-1390.
Sea Mar Community Health Center can be reached at 360-852-9070.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Team Mean Machine Performs Mock Surgery

Members of the Team Mean Machine robotics competition team visited Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital on Wednesday May 25th, and performed mock surgery using a surgical robot. Team Mean Machine is made up of students from Washougal High School, Canyon Creek Middle School, Hockinson HS, and Camas HS. To read more, please see the Columbian's article about this trip.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Rotary Scholar of the Month for May: Zechariah Friedrich

Zechariah Friedrich was selected as the Camas Washougal Rotary Scholar of the Month for May 2011. Zechariah is a sophomore at Washougal High School, and has a 3.85 GPA. WHS Spanish teacher Rochelle Aiton says “Zechariah Friedrich is a well-rounded, intelligent and diligent student. He consistently achieves excellence in his work and in his relationships with other students. He has been a pleasure to have in class this year and I look forward to seeing what the future brings him.”

His Math teacher, Karen Wysaske, describes him as “a positive and polite young man” noting that he “uses his class time wisely and helps others without being asked.” WHS Soccer coach Charlie Boyce says Zechariah is a coaches dream; he has great attitude and is a tremendous teammate! Chemistry teacher Bruce Stanton says Zech is an excellent chemistry student.

Congratulations Zechariah Friedrich!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

WHS Bands Present "Pops" Concert tonight at 7PM

Tonight the WHS Bands are presenting their 5th Annual “Pops” Concert at 7pm in the Washburn Performing Arts Center. It will be an evening of Disney music from their classic movies, as well as several of the rides in the Disney theme parks! Come enjoy some wonderful soundtracks, provided by the WHS Bands, while you watch slides from your favorite movies! Admission is $5 adults, $3 students/seniors, and FREE with a season arts pass. Don’t miss it!

Spring Sports Update

The most formidable opponent that the Washougal High School sports teams have faced this spring is the weather. There are no “game plans” or “strategies” that our coaches can come up with to defeat Mother Nature. Regardless, the Panther teams found a way to preserver through it all and have shown consistent, and in some cases dramatic, improvement as the skies have given us a bit of a break in these final weeks.

The baseball and softball teams slogged through the early weeks by playing every game on the road. Both teams seemed to be reaching their potential as they got outside to practice late in the season, but both failed to place high enough to extend their season into the District play-offs.

The WHS Boys Soccer team finished the regular season in third place in the Greater Saint Helens League. In the District Tournament the Panthers were defeated by Centralia in the first round, but bounced back to defeat W.F. West High School of Chehalis in a penalty kick shootout here at Fishback Stadium three days later. The Boys Soccer season ended with a defeat at the hands of Aberdeen on the road on May 12th in the 3rd round.

The Girls Golf team competes in the District Tournament this week. Coach Allen indicates that the players have been showing consistent improvement and is hopeful that we might send a player or two to State, which is coming up on May 24th and 25th.

The Tennis team had a productive season despite several weather related delays and a couple of soggy matches. The doubles team of Alexandra Reeves and Shelby DeLong have advanced to the District tournament on May 20th and 21st. Congratulations and Good Luck!

The boys and girls Track and Field teams have continued to shine brightly through the dark and dreary rain this spring. The Sub-District Meet concluded last Friday with 20 Panther athletes qualifying for the District Meet in Longview on May 20th. Highlights from the Sub-District meet include school record performances by Brendan Casey who went 15’ 3” in the Pole Vault, and Kelley Young who ran 15.64 in the 100M Hurdles. The State Meet is the next goal for the Panther Track athletes. They must finish in the top three at District to qualify for the meet on May 26th, 27th, and 28th.

WHS Senior Laycee Hyde Featured in Columbian Article

Washougal High School Senior Laycee Hyde is featured in an article in today's Columbian newspaper. Laycee has overcome health challenges and peer bullying to become a "super positive" leader in her class! Despite being legally blind, Laycee has participated in Cross Country and Golf during her high school career. To read more, please visit: http://www.columbian.com/news/2011/may/17/washougal-golfer-laycee-hyde-super-positive/

WHS Track Records Fall at Sub-District Meet

Two Washougal High School records fell on Friday, May 13 at the Sub-District
Track Meet.
. Brendan Casey reached 15'3" in the Pole Vault; and
. Kelley Young had a time of 15.64 in the 100-meter Hurdles.

The Panther Girls' Track Team won their third straight League Championship
and have not lost a league meet in over three years (14 Straight league
wins). The Panther Boys Track Team took second for the second year in a
row. Way to go Panthers!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Washougal students compete in Clark County culinary event

Washougal High School students rolled up their sleeves and prepped their saucepans Saturday, May 7 for the Third Annual Clark County High School Culinary Competition. WHS students competed against their peers from Battle Ground, Prairie, Camas and Woodland high schools at the event, which was sponsored by Sodexo, who provides food services for all five high schools.

Washougal students took two awards: the Food Critics Choice and Best Overall Award for teamwork, presentation and taste.
Students had three hours to prepare a main dish, side dish and to create a salad and dressing from ingredients they were given. They were also given a mystery ingredient to add somewhere in their meal.

The students’ winning dish was a French Cassoulet of Kielbasa, simmered and baked with white beans, tomatoes, apples, rosemary and sage. Their side dish was asparagus with puff pastry covered in a b├ęchamel sauce.

Washougal’s team was coached by Mary Walker, who teaches the Family and Consumer Science class at WHS.

Students who competed are: seniors Nick Green, Peter Tkach, Kyle Taisacan, and Blair Kraft.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

EHS Student Wins Community Contest

A Washougal student attending Excelsior High School is the winner of Clark Public Utilities’ Stream Team 2011 Watershed Reflections Contest.

Travis Hibbs is a junior at Excelsior High School in Washougal School District. His photograph was selected as the winner for the 9-12th grade category in visual arts.

This year’s theme was "We all live in a Watershed". Teacher Trudy Tkach incorporated the watershed project into her botany class. Students could choose to write a poem or short story, take a photograph or paint a picture.

“It was great to see a student take interest in learning more about the local watersheds and Travis made an effort to go above and beyond the expectations of the assignment. We are all very proud of him,” said Tkach.

Travis and other winners were announced at Clark Public Utilities’ Earth Day celebration April 23.

Cape and CCMS awarded Green Certification Level 1

Cape Horn-Skye Elementary and Canyon Creek Middle School were recently awarded Level 1 certification by the Washington Green Schools Team.
To fulfill the requirements for Level 1, students and staff have worked hard to conserve energy by turning off lights when they leave the rooms; closing the blinds at night; and turning off computers, projectors, and other electrical devices before they leave for the day. They also have implemented a successful composting program using the food scraps from lunches.
Pictured (left to right) are Stacie Cuff, CCMS student representative; Lori Schilling, CCMS teacher; Mary Lou Woody, principal of Cape Horn-Skye; Cindy Coons, teacher at Cape Horn-Skye; and Greg Hayward, Washington Green Schools Team representative.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

WHS student selected to study in Germany next year

Washougal High School is proud to announce that sophomore Eidelynn Stagg has won the prestigious Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange scholarship. This all-expenses paid, full academic year stay in Germany is funded by both the United States and Germany. Her trip begins in July with a one-week stay in Washington D.C. Upon her arrival in Germany, Eidelynn will attend a four-week, intensive immersion program of language study. After meeting her permanent host family, Eidelynn will attend the Gymnasium in her city which is the prep school for university students in Germany. Eidelynn is one of only 250 students selected throughout the United States.

Although applicants without formal language training may apply, Eidelynn feels that her two- year- long study of the German language at Washougal High School allowed her to show her commitment to and love for the study of other cultures. Not only will Eidelynn have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding for one of the United States’ most important business and political partners, she will be a great representative for our state and country.

WHS German teacher Susan Lewallen calls the program an amazing opportunity for high school students. "Because only 250 students are selected throughout the U.S. each year, it's noteworthy that WHS has sent a representative nearly every year since the program began in 1983," said Lewallen. "WHS students consistently grow and succeed through this program and Eidelynn's two years of German instruction will be a tremendous asset to her during her stay," said Lewallen, who has been the German language teacher at WHS for 29 years.