Message from Mary – May 17, 2019           

Weekly message from Dr. Mary Templeton to WSD staff – May 17, 2019

In Schools –

JMS Soundstage Shakespeare Troupe: Well, I must say that I should not be surprised by the level of expectations and high achievement in our district, but I have to tell you how stunned I was to witness a troupe of talented middle school students performing selected Shakespearian scenes…in full costume and make-up!  These students all participate in the after-school Club 8 program @ JMS.  Thanks to our talented leader of the Club 8 Sound Stage, Diana Larson, our students found opportunity to stretch, collaborate, critically think, and shine together as a group!  Loved it!!!

Washougal’s Got Talent: I was a celebrity Judge (fellow judges: Scott Rainey and Fran McCarty) last Friday at this fabulous showcase of our youth and their talent. We were entertained from the student who restored an organ (brought it to school on a flatbed truck) and played the famous “Phantom of the Opera” composition – to the two 9th-grade boys who performed a set of “Dueling Beat Box” numbers (Imagine a lot of microphone beat sounds, spit, and creative rhythm!) – to the student who wrote an original song, sang it and accompanied herself on the piano!  We, indeed, “got” talent!

In the Community–

Career Day @ the HS:  Thanks to the work of Margaret Rice and Lisa Leonard, WHS hosted the first of many future Career Days, with a focus on Business, Marketing, and Finance Career Pathways.  Our business community really showed up and worked with our students in “conference-style” breakout sessions to talk about what preparation students should be working on now, what future training would be needed, and what pay/benefits could be expected in order to join their organizations in the future.  Special thanks to iQ Credit Union, Ryonet Industries, Clark College, Infinite Red, Peterson& Assoc., CPA, Reed Creative, and Fuel Medical!

In the District Office –

INDUSTRY FOR A DAY:  Superintendent, Renae Burson, spent time this week participating in Industry Day as we continue to find ways to connect our students for the future of industry in our community.  Included below are her musings about her experience and a great photo with a hard hat!

“As Washougal rises to be one of the top performing districts in the state, our graduates can be confident they are career and college ready! Through the Industry for a Day experience, I was able to connect with skilled tradesmen/women in the Pacific Northwest. One of the foremen I met lauded the experience he gained at Cascadia Technical Academy. It was a great opportunity for me to learn more about internships and apprenticeships that provide a path for our students to gain the knowledge, skill, and ability necessary for a successful career in construction, carpentry, manufacturing, and other skilled trades, not to mention it was fun to trade in the pencil skirt and pumps for jeans, boots and a hard hat!”

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