Friday, September 30, 2011

WHS Football Team Featured in Columbian Article

Members of the Washougal High School Football Team were featured in an article in the Columbian newspaper on September 30, 2011. The article highlights the front line of the Panther's team and their impressive 4-0 record so far this year.

To read more, please visit the Columbian at:

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Washougal Teachers Learn to Use Google Sites to Create Webpages

Two groups of Washougal educators attended optional, district-sponsored classes on creating web pages using Google Sites on September 22 and 28, 2011. These hands-on classes were co-facilitated by Washougal High School Teachers James Bennett and Rochelle Aiton, with assistance from Director of Technology Les Brown.

Participating teachers were led through the process of creating an account, customizing a main page in Google sites, adding feeds from subpages, integrating a Google Calendar, linking to external sites, and adding attachments via the File Cabinet feature or Google Docs.

Hathaway Teacher Lisa Kaaihue said, " I really appreciated all of the choices and variety of features the Google Sites class offered for developing Web pages. I have used other sites to create web pages and felt this site offered the most diversity of features."

For more information about these classes or other staff development initiatives, please visit the Staff Development page of the Washougal School District Website.�

Pictured are Gause Teachers Allison Such and Wendy Morrill.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Washougal Teachers Learn to Use Research Databases with Students

A group of Washougal educators attended an optional, district-sponsored class on integrating research databases available from the Fort Vancouver Regional Library (FVRL) into their curriculum on Tuesday, September 20. The project-based, hands-on class was taught by Washougal High School Teacher-Librarian Kim Dillon and Director of Technology Les Brown. Washougal Community Library’s new Community Librarian, Chris Hughey, was introduced at the class and helped provide information about the databases covered as well as other services offered through the public library, including school and classroom visits.

Participating teachers were led through the process of brainstorming a topic, defining search terms, expanding or narrowing a research idea, and then searching and recording results from the following electronic resources: Britannica Online, Britannica Online for Kids, World Book for Kids, CultureGrams, Thinkfinity, and General One File. Access to FVRL’s research databases is free with a public library card. Finally, teachers learned evaluation strategies to help students become critical consumers of information. Feedback received was very positive, and staff members who participated were enthusiastic about the opportunity to share these high quality research databases with students. Cape Horn-Skye Teacher Jocelyn Aldridge said, "My wheels are already turning with ideas for my 2nd graders to use as we begin to learn how to write mini-reports this year. Who knew that all of this information was available, and that it is so easy to access?"

For more information about this class or other staff development initiatives, please visit the Staff Development page of the Washougal School District Website.

Les Brown discusses research strategies with Canyon Creek Middle School Teacher Kay Ball, and Washougal High School Teacher Sheila Good during a class held in the WHS Library. Brown, WSD Director of Technology, recently assumed primary responsibilities for presenting Technology Staff Development programs in the District. He is always interested in hearing from staff members willing to help present professional development topics and can be reached at 360-954-3310.

Photo credit: Kim Dillon.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Students Ready for New Year and Ready to Learn

School got off to a great start August 30, 2011. Students and staff alike greeted the new school year with enthusiasm. Superintendent Dawn Tarzian and other district office administrators visited the schools, welcoming 2,976 students to the new school year and making sure things were going smoothly for returning staff.

Pictured: Superintendent Dawn Tarzian visited with staff and students at Jemtegaard Middle School. She thanked staff for their hard work and chatted with students about their plans for the year ahead.

Monday, September 12, 2011

AP (Advanced Placement) in our high schools explored 9-19-2011

Students, are you ready for a unique learning experience that will help you succeed in college? Through AP's college-level courses and exams, you can earn college credit and advanced placement, stand out in the admission process, and learn from some of the most skilled, dedicated, and inspiring teachers in the world.

Monday evening, September 19, 6:30 to 7:30 pm, at Washougal’s Washburn Performing Arts Center, Nancy Potter will be uncovering the benefits and processes of AP (Advanced Placement) courses that are offered in Washougal and Camas’ High Schools and around the world. She will also be clarifying how to determine the number of college credits that are retrievable after taking the AP exam.

Students, parents and interested community members are invited.

Nancy Potter has long been the Western Regional Educational Manager for College Board, the agency that generates the AP program and offers many other resources. Her expertise in this field is renown.

For more information about this event, please contact Rhea Bohlin at 360-954-3127.

Flamingo Flocking for Grad Night 2012

Join the fun and send a flock of lawn flamingos to a friend or neighbor. Flocking starts on September 1st and the feathers will be flying!

Flamingo flocking is a fun way to support Grad Night, get a leg up

on the competition, order your flock today!

• Flocks will “fly south” after Thanksgiving Break and return in the Spring 2012

• For more information contact Julie Down @ 835-7266

• Washougal and Camas addresses only please

• Order forms are at WHS or online through WHS links or email for wp.doc or pdf of order form

• Insurance to prevent flocks from landing in your yard is only $5, see order form

• Special event flocking must be arranged in advance, please call Julie for info

WHS Blue Note Cafe 9/22/2011

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 in the Washburn Performing Arts Center at 1201 39th St.
Free coffee & tea at intermission!

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

Sunday, September 11, 2011

WHS Students Remember 9/11 During Assembly

Washougal High School students participated in two assemblies on Friday, September 9th, 2011 in remembrance of 9/11. Members of the Washougal High School Associated Student Body (ASB) and ASB Advisor Jim Reed helped organize the assemblies which featured student poetry, performances by the WHS Choirs, and a moment of silence to honor the memories of those lost on September 11, 2001. 

The event was featured in a Columbian Newspaper article, and Columbian staff filmed the event and created a video and photo montage, which they uploaded to YouTube. To watch the video of the event, please click here. To read the Columbian Article, click here.