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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|

We Are Kelso – Angela Dyer’s 2nd grade class rocks at reading

Great teaching materials are truly important, and it’s also true that great learning requires more than textbooks and worksheets. A dedicated, supportive (and supported) teacher, along with curious students and the space to be open to inquiry, are just as vital. In Angela Dyer’s second grade class at Barnes Elementary, all of these ingredients are [...]

2019-01-30T09:58:59-07:00January 30th, 2019|

We Are Kelso: ELA curriculum adoption team helps improve student learning

While adopting and implementing new curricula truly is a team effort, there are a few people whose focused work guides the process. For English Language Arts (ELA), that team is Holly Budge, Marilyn Melville-Irvine, and Jan Rauth. This group of dedicated professionals has put countless hours into researching options and supporting the selected curricula for [...]

2019-01-30T09:52:27-07:00January 30th, 2019|

We Are Kelso: At Coweeman, AVID feels like family

The first AVID cohort at Coweeman Middle School started this year with 23 8th grade students. To be considered for the elective class, students had to fill out an application, write an essay, and participate in an interview. Although the class has been in session just under four months, counselor and AVID site coordinator [...]

2019-01-30T09:32:08-07:00December 19th, 2018|

We Are Kelso: HMS AVID team sees far-reaching benefits

The AVID team at Huntington Middle School meets a couple times a month to discuss ongoing goals, strategies they’ve used in the class, and get some additional professional development. The work they do both in and out of class for their AVID students has far-reaching benefits. “AVID has made a tremendous difference in how [...]

2019-01-30T09:28:40-07:00December 19th, 2018|

We Are Kelso: Yearbook Class Turns Moments Into Memories

The KHS yearbook class is already hard at work capturing all the moments that make up a year of being a Hilander. The smaller-than-usual crew of 19 is out and about documenting everything from athletic games, spirit days, dances and assemblies to classroom work and more. With students from all four grades on the [...]

2018-12-19T16:14:52-07:00November 9th, 2018|

We Are Kelso: Career Center Staff At Work

With just five people, our Career Center staff have a big job to do. In both middle and high school, they facilitate career exploration, give skills and personality assessments, assist with course selection, and help with post-secondary planning. On any given day, you’ll find them helping a student (or an entire class) fill out [...]

2018-11-09T11:03:57-07:00November 9th, 2018|

A Number of Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Kelso School District

Greek philosopher and mathematician, Pythagoras, said, “Number rules the universe.” Numbers are, seemingly, at the heart of everything. We can’t be reached, or even identified, without them (think phone number, address, social security number). Numbers can also tell us stories to help us understand things in ways only numbers can do. With that in [...]

2018-11-09T10:28:19-07:00October 26th, 2018|