The Camas School District announced today the official program selections for its third Student Film Festival. These budding filmmakers were given the prompt: "What Being a Superhero Means." Interpretations and innovations abound in their short vignettes. A celebration of technology and artistry, this film festival brings student voice to the district's strategic plan that directs the district's course through the year 2020.
On March 23, 2017, parents, staff, and citizens are invited to view the film entries at Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas. The event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m., and the films will begin at 5:00 p.m. The program is expected to run for approximately one hour.
Camas Mayor Scott Higgins will emcee the event and help to present awards for the young filmmakers. The event is free, and concessions will be available for purchase inside the lobby.
* Grass Valley Elementary, Grade 4, Jack Walsh: Delivering Smiles
* Prune Hill Elementary, Grade 5, Bianca Flores and Addy Williams: Different Kinds of Heroes: What does being a superhero mean to me?
* Helen Baller Elementary, Grade 5, Audrey Wagner: A Hero in My Eyes
* Skyridge Middle School, Grade 6, Easton McCarty: You Can Be a Hero
* PBL Middle School Program and Liberty Middle School, Grades 6 & 7, Regan VanCleave and Paige Huth: Heroes of Fire
* Skyridge Middle School, Grade 8, Madeleine Holbrook: What Does It Mean to Be a Hero?
* Skyridge Middle School, Grade 8, Ella Norton: To Be a Hero
* Skyridge Middle School, Grade 8, Eric Cooley, Jake Weithas, and Ben Stout: What Heroes Mean to Us
* Skyridge Middle School, Grade 8, Simranjit Bhella: What is a Superhero?
* Camas High School, Grade 9, Isabella Guirado: I'm a Hero
* Camas High School, Grade 11, Hunter Colwell: Our Superheroes
"A huge thanks goes to Rand Thornsley, owner and manager of Liberty Theatre, who has generously opened his doors to us in support of our students for the third year in a row," commented Superintendent Jeff Snell. "We want the film festival to be a fun and exciting event for the students and their families. Screening the films at The Liberty elevates the experience for all," he added.
The Camas School Board is pleased to announce a transition and transformation in the administration roles in the district for the 2017-18 academic year.
After 36 years in public education, 29 years in the Camas School District and 10 years as the Operations Director, Bryan McGeachy will retire in August. Current Camas High School Principal Steve Marshall will be moving into a redefined version of this position as Director of Educational Resources.
McGeachy cites the relationships with students and staff members as what he'll miss most when he's retired, as well as the day-to-day variety of work in the operations department. Charged with the oversight of custodial, grounds,energy conservation, maintenance, transportation, shop and warehouse staff; his role keeps him busy with a plethora of activities.
"The staff in all these areas are top professionals, and they know why they're here. They dedicate themselves to making Camas school facilities safe, clean, and the best possible teaching and learning environments for our students, staff and parents," said McGeachy.
In his time in the district, McGeachy saw enrollment grow from 3,000 to over 7,000 students.
"I really enjoyed teaching in the 1990's. When the student body topped out at 600-800 kids, I was able to know nearly every student. To this day, I still cherish the moments when I can connect with former students," McGeachy commented.
"The staff members here are excellent to work with and for," said McGeachy. "I was also fortunate enough to have excellent mentors, great colleagues, and involved families to have worked with in Camas."
A CHS graduate, McGeachy was born in Idaho and lived in Montana and eastern Washington before coming to Camas in 1961. He has a special education and science teaching background and has served as the Dean and then an Associate Principal at CHS. He spent the early part of his career in the Evergreen and Ridgefield districts. He gained a background in facilities management at Western Washington University where he worked as a Residential Director. He also learned a foundation in maintenance as a seasonal worker at Crown Zellerbach Paper Mill.
When asked about the next chapter, McGeachy said he's looking forward to fishing and hunting trips with friends and family as well as travel with his wife Valerie.
In his new role, Marshall will oversee operations as well as new duties related to community partnerships, and student/staff safety. He'll be working closely with Community Education and Career and Technical Education to develop relationships with businesses and the greater community to expand opportunities for students.
"Steve has done an outstanding job as principal of Camas High School," commented Superintendent Jeff Snell. "Since he was hired, Steve developed an identity for CHS within the Camas community; he created a climate where staff and students enjoy Camas High School; and he provided the leadership to take the instructional program to the next level of excellence."
"I will miss the students and staff first and foremost. But I'll really miss the the everyday adventures. Whether it is a conversation with a student, something normal, or something extraordinary - when they occur in an educational setting, they end up all being special experiences," Marshall commented.
Marshall appreciates the inclusive nature of the district as well as the collaboration.
"What we have in Camas is unique. Our schools engage the City, businesses, parents and family members in the work we do, and that is a lot of different voices. It makes this work sometimes challenging but also rewarding," said Marshall. "When you have varied perspectives, the end product is always much better."
Marshall has been the CHS principal for nine years, and has lived in Camas for nearly 20 years. He has three children: Rylan, a sophomore at CHS, Eliisa a fourth grader at Dorothy Fox Elementary, and Brady, a preschool student at the Papermaker Preschool. His wife, Erin, is a reading specialist at Dorothy Fox Elementary. Previously, he was Assistant Principal and oversaw activities and athletics at Mountain View High School.