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We are Kelso: Kelso Public Schools Foundation (KPSF)

The Kelso Public Schools Foundation (KPSF) has been serving Kelso students for 28 years. In that time, the organization has given over a million dollars in student scholarships and grants to fund programs and activities in Kelso schools. This year alone, the Foundation provided $110,650 in scholarships to graduating seniors and more than $16,200 in [...]

2019-06-24T17:32:22-07:00June 24th, 2019|

We are Kelso: Citizens for Kelso Schools (C4KS)

Established in 1991, Citizens for Kelso Schools (C4KS) has been behind the success of  two bond measures and eight levy elections.  As a result of their efforts, our schools have been remodeled, expanded and modernized; and our staff and students have had greater program and materials support. As longtime residents of Kelso – many are [...]

2019-06-24T17:16:42-07:00June 24th, 2019|

2019 Scholarship Awards

Kelso High School’s 2019 graduates have been awarded a total of $2,362,170 in scholarships. Sixty-seven scholarships totaling $100,650 came from the Kelso Public Schools Foundation. Students also received $76,640 from community organizations, $1,800,000 through the Department of Defense, and $384,880 from colleges and universities. Congratulations Class of 2019 and good luck with your futures! [...]

2019-06-24T17:37:09-07:00June 20th, 2019|

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|