Camas Sch. Dist.
New Woodburn Elementary Principal selected (Photo)
Camas School District Superintendent Mike Nerland is pleased to announce that Brian Graham has been selected as the next principal of Woodburn Elementary School beginning in the 2015-16 school year. Graham will replace retiring principal Jan Strohmaier.
An interview committee made up of teachers, classified staff, and administrators participated in a rigorous and thorough selection process. "Graham has served our Camas students as a teacher on special assignment, helping our elementary staff members improve their practice through professional development, one-on-one coaching, and group lesson studies," commented Nerland. "Brian embodies the Camas tradition of caring and quality in an environment that supports growth. He is the perfect fit to lead Woodburn Elementary School toward continued successes," he added.
"I'm honored to join the Woodburn community as its new principal. Woodburn, under the leadership of Jan Strohmaier, has created a caring school culture highlighting student voice," said Graham. "I'm excited to continue this work and begin building relationships with the teachers, students, and families of Woodburn elementary."
Graham received his Bachelor of Science and his Master's of Education from the University of Portland in 2000 and 2003 respectively. He earned National Board Certification in math in 2008. Since his arrival in Camas, he has managed many projects including math shifts in the Common Core, the district's data dashboard, elementary report card alignment to the Common Core, an elementary math website work group, and a Tier-2 academic vocabulary work group. He also facilitated K-5 learning walks, school-focused lesson studies, student growth training for principals and teachers and developed an instructional coaching model.
Liberty Middle School Recognized as a 2015 National Model School (Photo)
Liberty Middle School in Camas, Wash., has been selected as a 2015 National Model School by the International Center for Leadership in Education for being an innovative leader in driving student learning. Liberty principal Marilyn Boerke and teacher leaders Jackie Hofer and Sarah Kankelberg will travel to Atlanta from June 28 through July 1 to share successes and learnings with educators from across the country at the 23rd Annual Model Schools Conference, the nation's premier event for highlighting the nation's most rapidly improving schools.
Seventeen National Model Schools were selected based on high achievement for all students through best practices such as providing every student with rigorous and relevant instruction, personalized instruction, increased student learning time, parent and community engagement, use of data to make instructional decisions, and more. Each year, the Model Schools Conference attracts thousands of educators, who come to learn from these rapidly-improving elementary, middle and high schools, and career and technical education programs. This year's theme is Moving Beyond the Fog to Achieve Focus in the Midst of Initiative Overload and will feature cutting-edge thought leaders and innovative practitioners sharing their experiences in implementing system-wide improvement.
"Breaking down the barriers of school walls is crucial in order for us, as educators, to learn from each other," said Willard R. Daggett, Founder and Chairman of the International Center. "By coming together and sharing our best practices, which mirror the International Center's mission of providing a rigorous and relevant education to all students, we are helping schools across the country move forward. We are delighted with the exceptional schools that have been named 2015 National Model Schools."
The International Center for Leadership in Education, established in 1991 and located in Rexford, N.Y., is one of the most influential education consulting companies in America. It is best known for its widely used Rigor / Relevance Framework and for identifying and disseminating best and emerging practices with teachers and leaders to prepare all students for lifelong success. Dr. Daggett and his team of consultants have assisted numerous state education agencies and hundreds of schools and districts in their improvement initiatives. For more information, please visit www.LeaderEd.com.
HFHS info night for families (Photo)
The Camas School District has an innovative school of choice for ninth-twelfth grade students: Hayes Freedom High School. Parents and potential incoming students seeking admission for fall 2015 are encouraged to attend an informational meeting on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at the school, 1919 NE Ione Street, Camas, WA.
HFHS was founded on the principle that not all students thrive in a large, comprehensive high school environment. If your student may benefit from any of the following hallmarks of HFHS, she or he might want to get to know us!
Hayes Freedom High School offers:
* Small class sizes; usually about 20 students per class.
* Longer, intensely focused classes; students take three 1:40 core classes with a 30 minute advisory each day. This allows students more time with teachers, time to work on projects in class, and a deeper understanding of material.
* Intentional, project-based learning; Hayes students are encouraged by teachers to approach assignments and projects in creative ways focusing on the learning styles of individual students.
* Strong relationships; with only 150 students and eight teachers, students will have the same teachers for several subjects over time. This cultivates a tight-knit community where students know teachers and teachers know students. Attending Hayes is like joining a family "where everybody knows your name."
For more information, please contact Kristi Thomas at 360-833-5600.