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Essence of Self & Motifs across Societies (Photo) - 11/03/15
Second Story Gallery at the Camas Public Library features artwork from Camas High School's Integrated Arts and Academics program students, grades 9 and 10 from November 5-28, 2015.

Artists' Reception in conjunction with Downtown Camas First Friday - Nov. 6, 5:00-8:00 PM
625 NE 4th Ave.

Library hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. M-W, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thurs.-Sat.

Camas, WA - Students of Camas High School's Integrated Arts and Academics (IAA) program will exhibit, throughout the month of November, their personalized and meaningful artwork informed by academic studies. The Freshmen cohort created oil pastel, self portraits based on a journey into their personal "essence" as they wrote memoir poetry in their English class. The Sophomores will show mixed media, altered books based on their personal response and mindful connections to academic content. The theme of "motif" helped them to find those connections in world civilizations and religions (World History), ecological systems (Biology), and the novel "The Secret Lives of Bees" (English).

In its second year, IAA students have the opportunity to study connections between academics concepts and themes while integrating that content with the arts. This makes their learning more relevant and personally meaningful. "For our youth, the opportunity to show their art publicly with a live audience makes for an authentic and unforgettable experience. Students will be interacting with the public at the First Friday Artist Reception which will give them public speaking experience, and it will undoubtedly be exhilarating and affirming for them. We are grateful to the Camas Public Library for their tremendous support of our program's students," commented Gina Mariotti Shapard, Art Teacher and Program Leader.

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L-R: Assoc. Principal Clint Williams and Principal Aaron Smith; Skyridge Middle School
L-R: Assoc. Principal Clint Williams and Principal Aaron Smith; Skyridge Middle School
Camas administrator named state level assistant principal of the year (Photo) - 11/02/15
Skyridge Middle School Associate Principal Clint Williams was named this year's Washington State Middle Level Assistant Principal of the Year by a panel of principals representing the Association of Washington Middle Level Principals, a component of the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP).

Williams' colleagues note that he is trusted and well-liked by students, staff, and parents because he is student-centered and treats everyone with kindness and respect. One example cited is his strong focus in creating a system to support students who are struggling academically by connecting them with an adult on a weekly basis. Williams has also helped implement a Positive Behavior and Intervention Support (PBIS) program, which resulted in a significant reduction, over 50%, in student disciplinary actions over the last four years.

Skyridge Principal Aaron Smith stated, "Clint has an eye for the big picture and works hand-in-hand with me to plan professional development activities for our staff. He has been involved in every aspect of implementing Professional Learning Communities (PLC) at Skyridge and is very insightful when discussing the group dynamics of our PLC teams. He helps plan our Teacher Principal Evaluation Program (TPEP) activities, represents Skyridge on a district steering committee, and regularly provides meaningful feedback to teachers through the observation process.

"I can truly say that Clint has played an integral role in every aspect of our success at Skyridge, including being recognized with four consecutive Washington Academic Achievement Awards," commented Smith. "He strategically challenges the status quo to get an already high-performing school to reach even more students and even greater levels of student growth," Smith added.

The winners from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense go on to compete at the national level.