The Panther Post
Letter from the Principal
It is hard to believe that January is almost in the books! The end of the first semester is on February 2. I want to remind our CAM families of some very important information. This Thursday and Friday, February 1 and 2, we will have an early release and students will be dismissed at 11:10 AM. Students will have access to a sack lunch option. We will not have lunch served at school on those days.
We have a New Parent Information meeting on Tuesday, January 30 at 6:30 PM at CAM Academy. This is an opportunity for families of new students to come and learn more about CAM. If you have a friend, family member or neighbor that might like their child to attend CAM next year, please tell them about this meeting. We will have an in-person meeting that will also be recorded and put on our website. In addition, some tours of our building will occur so families will know what to expect if they have their child attend CAM next year.
Enrollment for the 2024-25 school year begins on Wednesday, February 1. You will be asked through a survey if your child will be returning next year. This helps us have a good idea of how many seats we have available for students at each grade level. Be looking for an email to come out sometime in February or early March that asks if your child will be returning for the 2024-25 school year.
I want to share that we will have our annual scholastic Book Fair sponsored by our amazing CAM Academy Parents (CAP). The book fair will be the week of February 12-16 and will be open from 1:00-3:00 PM every day except Wednesday, February 14. In addition, Friday, February 16 will be Family Game Night from 5:00-8:30 PM in our CAM Commons building. The book fair will also be open during this time. Come play some games and get some new reading material for the family.
As we move into the month of February, I want to remind our CAM families that our school district is running a Capital Levy on Tuesday, February 13. Ballots for the Feb. 13 special election should have arrived in mailboxes. Voters living within the boundaries of Battle Ground Public Schools will be asked to consider a three-year capital levy. Here is the link below to learn more about the capital levy https://youtu.be/HdRtsp9bXXo?si=ojcEXcZMcsb2WBnT
Here are 10 fast facts about the levy:
1. The capital levy will appear on the Feb. 13 special election ballot.
2. The levy would fund enhanced security measures, including entry controls and security cameras.
3. It would pay for roof repairs and updated heating and cooling systems.
4. It would create additional spaces for hands-on learning in the construction trades, culinary arts and health sciences.
5. It would fund the replacement of outdated technology, including computers, phones and the district’s wireless network.
6. Every school in the district would receive repairs and/or updates as part of the capital levy.
7. Property tax collections for the levy would begin in 2025.
8. The estimated rate would be $0.44 per $1,000 of assessed property value.
9. That amount matches a bond that expired at the end of 2023.
10. The owner of a home worth $500,000 would pay approximately $18.33 a month ($220/yr) for the capital levy - equivalent to the amount paid in 2023.
Please remember to vote by Feb. 13!
Finally, I want to give you an update on some of the finishing touches on our CAM facility. We are still waiting for security cameras, reader cards for entering buildings and the paving of our covered play area. We are also going to be receiving a CAM sign that will be embedded by the brick area of the front of the school. Many of these things are weather related so it may happen in a couple of weeks or possibly a couple of months. As I close this letter, I want to thank all of you for being so easy to work with. Your support for your child, faithfulness and commitment to the parent partnership at CAM is critical to the on-going success of each and every child. I am thankful I get to work with you and that you trust all of us to take care of your children. If you ever have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or your child’s teacher. It is a pleasure to work with you all!
Ryan Cowl, Principal
Supporting and promoting the academic success, positive character development and acquisition of marketplace skills for our students by building strong partnerships with families.
406 NW 5th Avenue, Battle Ground WA
MAILING: Box 200 Battle Ground WA 98604
Office Hours 7:30a–3:00p
School Hours 8:00a–2:00p
Head Secretary 360.885.6803
Assistant Secretary 360.885.6827
Attendance Line 360.885.6800