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The Arts Issue – May 2019 Hilander Highlights

If we were to make a word bubble of what our students say about their arts classes and clubs, these words would be the largest: acceptance, family, laughter, confidence-building, where I can be myself… The arts are truly powerful. With 24 classes at Kelso High alone this year, we’re proud to offer a robust selection [...]

2019-05-16T11:21:15-07:00May 16th, 2019|

We Are Kelso: Breaking out of their shells in Theatre Club

If you walk by the KHS auditorium on any given day after school, you’re likely to hear people running lines, breaking out in song, or letting out big belly laughs. It’s the Theatre Club holding their regular meeting. The 25 active members are most likely rehearsing, building sets, or planning fundraisers for the two main [...]

2019-05-15T10:34:23-07:00May 15th, 2019|

We Are Kelso: The transformative power of arts in education

At Kelso High School, the arts are alive and well. The robust program has 24 classes taught by 10 passionate teachers; and the quality of their teaching is evidenced by the many successes of their students. For example, in band, 29 students went to state competition this April, five students made all-state honor groups and [...]

2019-05-15T10:27:57-07:00May 15th, 2019|

Where we’re at with Early Learning

(Click here for the printable info-graphic version of this Hilander Highlights) We’re seeing a steady decline in the number of kids coming to school ready for kindergarten. Some of the ways lack of readiness shows up is in a student’s ability (or not) to walk in lines, self-regulate, work with others, identify letters, or recognize [...]

2019-04-18T15:04:51-07:00April 18th, 2019|

We Are Kelso: Kindergarten teachers work on closing the readiness gap

The number of kids entering kindergarten ready to learn in Kelso has been on a steady decline for the last three years. Kinder teachers in the district are seeing the impacts of that readiness gap, and having to find ways to lessen it. “I consistently observe gaps in social-emotional and literacy,” said Megan Berry, kindergarten [...]

2019-04-11T12:01:36-07:00April 11th, 2019|

We Are Kelso: The life-changing power of preschool

Jennilee Dunlap’s class at Catlin Elementary is one of five preschool classes in the district, and is the only medically fragile developmental preschool class. Some students in the class have high medical needs, some have disabilities that require one-to-one support, and some have challenges socially or emotionally; all her students receive specially designed instruction. “The [...]

2019-04-11T11:49:01-07:00April 11th, 2019|

Budget Savings Survey

We'd like your feedback on a budget savings proposal for the 2019/20 fiscal year. Input from staff, families and Kelso citizens is highly valued and essential in order to make the best decisions for Kelso. You can share your thoughts via an online survey March 26 – April 19. Other opportunities to provide input are: [...]

2019-04-24T10:44:07-07:00March 27th, 2019|

We Are Kelso: SEL Team builds strong system of supports

Every school day at 3:00 pm you can find the five-person Social Emotional Learning (SEL) team sitting around a table debriefing about the day. This small, but mighty, group is responsible for implementing processes that are changing how teaching and learning happens in our schools. Starting their work just last summer, they’ve delivered trainings and [...]

2019-03-14T13:24:19-07:00March 14th, 2019|

One-year bond update

At this time last year, Kelso citizens overwhelmingly voted to approve a construction bond and educational levy to improve the learning experience for our students.  We are so thankful for the support and generosity of our community, and continue to work diligently to be good stewards of the funds allocated for public education ($98.6 million [...]

2019-02-26T13:47:05-07:00February 26th, 2019|