Monday, October 29, 2012

Monster Bash 2012 at WHS on 10/31/2012

Washougal High School's Interact Club is hosting the MONSTER BASH Wednesday October 31st, 2012 from 4-7:30 PM in the WHS Commons.

Students in grades K-5 are invited for a fun evening of games, candy, movies, and an optional costume contest.

 What is it? 
A FREE and safe way for our Washougal Youth to celebrate the fall! 
What will be there? 
• Movies “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” & “Monsters, Inc.” will be playing! 
• An optional costume contest! 
• Lots of games! 
• Even more candy! 
• And even more fun! 

Washougal High School Commons 
4:00-7:30 P.M. 
Please only Kindergarten through Fifth Grade! 

Questions or would like to help? 
Please Email 

Parents are required to check in and check out their children. 
Children are free to stay however long they want but parents WILL have to sign them back out for them to leave! 
Refreshments will be provided for parents who want to stay and join the fun!!! 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Rotary Scholar of the Month for October: Grace Collins

Grace Collins was selected as the Camas Washougal Rotary Scholar of the Month for October 2012.  Grace is a sophomore at Washougal High School and has a 4.0 GPA.  WHS Honors Chemistry Teacher Bruce Stanton says that Grace “is an excellent chemistry student AND a very nice person.” WHS Textiles and Apparel Teacher Mary Walker says Grace is “thoughtful of others” and that “She helps other students with a smile., always does her best work, and is a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day or  a sunny day!”  

WHS Spanish Teacher Rochelle Aiton describes Grace as “sweet and attentive, intelligent, talented and self-disciplined, in addition to being a joy to have in class.”  WHS Honors Sophomore English Teacher Sheila Good says she “really enjoys having Grace in her class.”  She adds that she is “very pleasant and kind, and sets a positive tone in the classroom.  She is also extremely conscientious and makes sure that her work is as perfect as it can be.”

Her parents are Mark and Leann Collins.  Congratulations, Grace! 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Washougal School District Raises Energy Star Scores and Saves $379,000 in Energy Costs

The Washougal School District has saved $379,000 in energy costs since beginning an energy saving program two years ago. Money saved from lowering costs has been used to support facility operations and fund future energy-saving measures throughout the district.  As a result of the program, Washougal High School, Canyon Creek Middle School and Cape Horn-Skye Elementary School have earned Energy Star certification.

Six of the seven Washougal schools are now eligible for Energy Star certification.  This will qualify the District as an Energy Star Leader, one of only 219 such school districts in the nation.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Energy Star certification signifies that buildings perform in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meet strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.
Washougal High School underwent a “building tune-up” that brought its Energy Star score from a 17 to an 85.  The EPA ranks school energy efficiency on a scale of 0–100, with 75 as a minimum passing score.  “The tune-up will bring significant utility savings over the next 10 years, and the cost of the improvements was paid for in utility savings the first year,” said Aaron Hansen, Washougal High School principal. “These improvements have also created a more comfortable learning environment here at school.”

Washougal School District contracted with ESD 112’s Construction Services Group, with Geert Aerts as Resource Conservation and Retro-Commissioning Manager, to oversee the improvements. They worked to tune up the buildings’ heating, cooling and ventilation systems and optimize the computer programming that controls the heating and cooling throughout the year.  “It’s very gratifying to see savings start just as budgets have shrunk,” said Aerts. “After all the buildings are tuned-up, the district will have saved $10 million over the next 20 years to invest in teachers, students and programs rather than on the energy costs.”   

Canyon Creek Middle and Cape Horn-Skye Elementary Schools also received a tune-up.  “I like that we now use less heating energy over holidays and snow days, less lighting after school activities end and still make sure people are comfortable when using our building after hours,” said Sandi Christensen, Canyon Creek Middle School principal. “These changes to our computer control systems were a huge step in reducing energy waste and improving comfort.”

Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s Energy Star certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.  "We hope the students and families see the Energy Star label on the buildings and know that we are working to lower energy costs and be a steward to the environment,” said Mary Lou Woody, Cape Horn-Skye Elementary principal.  “And the good news is no one needs to be too hot or too cold!  Everyone is just right!”