Oct 18

DECA Girls Represent Speaker Series

“The DECA Girls Represent campaign aims to encourage girls to pursue careers that usually lack female representation. The Speaker Series delivers unique insight for girls by hosting informative and inspiring talks from female professionals in underrepresented fields. These talks will take place in the library on the following days: 10/26, 11/2, 11/16, 11/29, and 12/14.

We’re delighted to welcome our first speaker on October 26th, Dr. Joan Marie Hunter!

Dr. Hunter was born and raised outside of New Orleans, and completed medical school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in 2008. She moved to the northwest for her Internal Medicine residency at OHSU and has lived in Portland since. Dr. Hunter has worked as a hospitalist for the Vancouver Clinic at PeaceHealth Southwest for the past three years, and is currently the Hospitalists Department Co-Chair. Her medical interests include women’s health and preventative medicine. Away from work, Dr. Hunter enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her 3-year-old son and 8-month old daughter.”


Sep 25

All’s Well That Ends Well: Ashland 2017 Recap

The Camas High School MST Magnet program (50 students and 5 staff) took a field trip this past weekend to Ashland, Oregon, the home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, to see productions of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Shakespeare in Love, as well as go on a backstage “multimedia” tour.  The trip was a rousing success!  A special thanks to the students, staff, and parents who worked together to make this yet another memorable trip. We are already counting the days till the 2019 trip!

Sep 20

Freshmen Orientation 2017

On Wednesday, August 30th, the Magnet staff and upperclassmen welcomed the incoming class of “Magnetos” at our annual freshmen orientation. As usual, we ran the students through some icebreakers and six different “Olympic” challenges, from the 3 Legged Race to the Over/Under Water Relay, as well as taking care of some basic first week logistics. We capped the night off with pizza and salad for the families and students and some brief remarks from Magnet staff.. Kudos to this year’s Magnet Olympics champions, the Red Team, made up of Akash, Tyler, Alex, Mila, and Laura. Welcome, Magnet class of 2021!


Sep 20

Final Ashland Update

Good Afternoon, Ashland Crew!

We are less than two days away from our departure for Ashland.  Please review the important reminders below to make sure you know where to be, when to be there, and what to bring and expect for our trip. For the complete itinerary, load this document: Ashland Final Itinerary 17.18

Important Reminders:

  • Load the bus immediately after first period on Friday, 9/22.  The bus will roll out of the CHS parking lot between 9:30-9:45 AM.  Please be on time. Stash your bags/food donations, etc. in 506-508 or 710 the morning of our departure.
  • Check in with your teachers to make arrangements for your absence. They’ve all been notified, but it’s your responsibility to make the final arrangements about missed work, etc.
  • Bring a sleeping bag and towel as needed (possibly a pillow), but pack light; we have limited space on the bus.
  • Wear good walking shoes for the 20 minute walks back and forth between the Ashland Commons and the Festival.
  • Bring layers of clothes and possibly rain gear for the Friday night, rain or shine, outdoor show. Lows are projected into the 40s Friday night. Brrrrr …. But it looks like we might luck out on the weather.
  • Have money on hand for the 4 meals we’ll eat out.
  • Make a plan ahead of time for pick up at CHS on Saturday (return time approximately 11:00 PM)
  • Sign up for Remind updates that we’ll start pushing out once we are en route. Parents are welcome to join this: https://www.remind.com/join/476dhb
  • Consider making a breakfast donation for our Saturday morning breakfast and for snacks on the bus ride to and from CHS.  No obligation, but consider chipping in on an item with others if it makes sense for you. Sign up here:  https://goo.gl/drKbMi
  • Check the full itinerary if your questions weren’t answer above: Ashland Final Itinerary 17.18

Looking forward to another great trip to Ashland, Magnetos!

Henry V, Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2012
Ashland, 2012
© T Charles Erickson

Sep 18

MST Students Chang & Leetham Earn Perfect 36 on ACT

CHS / MST Magnet students Monica Chang (junior) and Lindsey Leetham (senior) have accomplished the rare feat of earning a perfect ACT score of 36. Wow! How rare, you ask?

“On average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score, according to the organization. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2016, only 2,235 out of nearly 2.1 million graduates who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36.

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 1-36. A student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores.”

In letters to Chang and Leetham recognizing their achievement, ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda stated, “Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare. While test scores are just one of multiple criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, your exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals.”

ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges.”

Congratulations, Lindsey and Monica!

(Adapted from sources on CSD website and Camas/Washougal Post Record)

Sep 10

Imagine Tomorrow 2017 Redux

A quick recap of the 2017 Imagine Tomorrow competition. Visit this post for a recap of how we did: CHS IT 2017


May 22

Imagine This!

This past weekend about 28 of our freshmen and sophomore Magnetos and four MST staff loaded up the big yellow limousine and took the long sojourn to Washington State University to compete in the annual Imagine Tomorrow science competition. Our students did very well this year.

If you’re not familiar with the event, the organizers state that, “Alaska Airlines Imagine Tomorrow challenges 9th through 12th graders to seek new ways to support the transition to sustainability. Students research complex topics related to sustainability, then innovate technologies, designs, or plans to mobilize behavior. They forge connections in their communities and create positive change. In this competition, as in life, solutions are limited only by imagination.”  We took eight teams in total, and half of them earned awards, giving us our best showing in the history of our participation in this competition.  Here are the winners:

  • 1st Place in the Boeing Aerospace Challenge (Design), freshmen Amy Fan, Emma McBride, Bailey Segal, and Kenneth Wright for Incorporating Aquatic Snails Into Vertical-Style Home Based Aquaponics
  • 1st Place in the The McKinstry Built Environment Challenge (Behavior), sophomores Kaitlin Beel, Cole Childers, Anthony Choi, Harrison Cole, and Zack Shafer for The Effectiveness and Environmental Effects of Chloride-Based Deicers
  • 2nd Place in the The Biofuels Challenge (Technology), freshmen Sierra Mellor and Hannah Tangen for Evolving Aeroponics: Growing Plants in Air
  • 2nd Place in the The McKinstry Built Environment Challenge (Design) & The Global Innovation Award, freshmen Sarah Chelsey, Chloe Higgins, Rose Leveen, Odessa Thompson, and Mary-Elizabeth Wurzer for Protecting the Environment with Bioplastics

Congratulations to the 400 or so students who attended from some 30 schools across both Washington and Idaho. Whether awards were won or not, the experience is always a good one to be on your feet talking with experts in the field you’ve also worked in.  Bravo!

P.S. If you’d like to see how we’ve done over the years at Imagine Tomorrow, visit this document: IT Historical for CHS.

May 03

Rising Seniors Placed in M.I.T. Summer Program


Rising MST seniors Noah Thompson and Daniel Fan participated this winter and spring in pre-requisite, online coursework via the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as one step in their goal of earning placement in the prestigious Beaver Works Summer Institute to be held over four weeks on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We just received notification this week that their efforts paid off, with both students earning fully-funded, residential placement in this summer’s program. Bravo!

“Beaver Works is a joint venture between MIT Lincoln Laboratory and the MIT School of Engineering that is envisioned as an incubator for research and innovation. Beaver Works facilitates project-based learning, a hallmark of an MIT education, and leverages the expertise and enthusiasm of MIT faculty, students, researchers, and Lincoln Laboratory staff to broaden partnerships with MIT campus and students.” According to Robert Shin, the director of the Beaver Works, “The goal of the Beaver Works Summer Institute is to offer a truly challenging learning experience to exceptional high school students with an interest in STEM.”

Congratulations, Noah and Daniel, on earning placement in this prestigious MIT program! Check out this video of the MIT BWSI to get a deeper sense of what they’ll be doing this summer.

Apr 26

Magnet Night of Service at CCFB

On Tuesday, April 25th, about 50 Magnet students and staff took a break from preparing for AP tests and showed up at the Clark County Food Bank in Vancouver to engage in some community service.  The team of freshmen through senior students worked together to sort and pack various dry good products for distribution to local families. In the end, we sorted over 31,000 pounds of goods in just under two hours. Thank you, CCFB, for the opportunity to serve the people of Clark County on your behalf.


Apr 17

Magnet Promo Video

The District asked us to come up with a short video that makes use of our students in describing the program, its benefits, whether or not to apply if you’re on the fence, etc.  We asked the questions, the kids answered them.  Here’s our finished product.  Thank you, Magnet student ambassadors for your help with this project!


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