Camas — Camas School District Deputy Superintendent Jeff Snell visited the White House last month with other school leaders from across the country for a discussion hosted by President Barack Obama on bringing schools further into the digital age. The "ConnectED to the Future" gathering, which follows the Obama administration's plan to connect 99 percent of America's schools with high-speed broadband Internet, was held Nov. 19. At the event, Snell and others were applauded for their efforts to become "future ready," according to a post on www.whitehouse.gov. The more than 100 educators at the event, and hundreds of others who didn't attend, signed a digital pledge to "lead a transition in their districts to innovative teaching using technology," according to a press release.
Camas — Most dogs love to fetch balls, but Dan Quinn's dog Haskell has taken it to another level. Quinn contacted The Columbian last week to share a photo that shows a cache of 104 baseball and softballs his 5-year-old Australian shepherd mix brought home after they were hit out of a nearby ball field. The balls are piled in a heap in the Quinn family's yard. "He seemed to be born with a natural attraction to balls of all kinds," Quinn wrote in an email.
The Port of Camas-Washougal said Thursday the only number needed to report an emergency to the port will be the main line: 360-835-2196. In its November newsletter, the port said its staff will answer calls during business hours.
Vancouver Rep. Jim Moeller, one of the more liberal Democrats in the state House, told his colleagues a measure to reduce class sizes would create "nothing but problems." The state is about to find out if Moeller is right. By a slim margin, voters have approved Initiative 1351, which mandates reducing class sizes for all grades, kindergarten through 12th grade.
The Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association has prepared a free color promotional rack card with information about its online guide to U-Cut Christmas tree farms in Oregon and Washington, including four in Clark County.