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Rocks honoring veterans scattered in Kelso-Longview area by middle school students (Photo) - 11/07/19

The leadership class at Huntington Middle School put 50 painted rocks out in Kelso and Longview this week to honor and celebrate veterans. Each rock is painted by a student, and includes designs of American flags, yellow ribbons, camouflage, red poppies, and more.

The students hope that the rocks will create a ripple of appreciation for veterans and are asking people to look for, photograph, and share images of the rocks on social media.

“Impacted by stories they heard from veterans and their experiences coming back after serving, our students wanted the entire community to think more about our veterans and their place in our community,” said Katie Ahola, teacher and leadership advisor at Huntington Middle School. “They thought creating a rock finding mission would be a creative way to include more people in celebrating and appreciating the service of our veterans.” 

The rocks have been placed in and around school campuses, grocery stores, coffee shops and any place someone may wander or walk. The challenge to find and share the rocks goes through November.

“When someone finds a rock, we are asking them to take a picture of the rock itself, or of them with the rock and share it on social media with the hashtag #HMSRockChallenge,” said Ahola. “Then, people can choose to keep the rock, re-locate it, or they can gift it to a veteran they know.” The students would also like to be tagged on Facebook at Huntington Middle School or on Instagram @huntington_huskies.

The rocks for this project were generously donated by DeRosier Trucking.

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Live bagpipers, the Hiland Fling, classic cars, and fireworks featured at Kelso Homecoming - 10/29/19

The Kelso Hilanders will take on the Hudson’s Bay Eagles this Friday, November 1st in their final home game of regular season play. The time honored tradition of a very special Kelso Homecoming will feature live bagpipers, the Varsity Cheerleader performance of the Hiland Fling, Homecoming Court, classic cars, and fireworks.

Prior to the game, Kelso High School is hosting an open house to showcase the newly renovated industrial technology and culinary facilities. The open house is from 5:00 - 6:30 PM and students will be on site to provide demonstrations as well as hotdogs, hamburgers, and desserts.

Advanced tickets are available for sale at LJ’s Furness Drug in Kelso. Prices are $6 for adults and students without ASB and $4 for seniors 65 and over and students kindergarten to 12 years old. Cash or check only please.

Kick-off is at 7:00 PM, with the marching band performance beginning at 6:30 PM. Their 2019 show is titled Welcome to the Park and takes the audience through a typical day at their favorite theme park. This show is helping the marching band students prepare for their trip to Disneyland over spring break.

Get your advanced tickets, check out the open house, stay for the game and help celebrate long-standing Kelso traditions in what is sure to be a night to remember.

WE ARE ONE!!!

Watch student demonstrations, tour upgraded vocational facilities at Kelso High School - 10/24/19

The public is invited to tour the newly upgraded career and technical education (CTE) facilities at Kelso High School and see students demonstrating what they’re learning on the updated, industry-aligned equipment. Major modernizations were made to welding and fabrication, construction technology, engineering, automotive diagnostics and repair, and culinary arts stations, including:

  • Eighteen welding booths
  • Multiple 3D printers
  • Oversized plasma table
  • Four auto repair booths
  • Commercial kitchen

“These CTE areas are now more closely aligned with industry standards to give our students training and education that will better prepare them for the world of work,” said Superintendent Mary Beth Tack.

The open house will be held from at Kelso High School from 5:00 to 6:30 pm on November 1st, just prior to Homecoming. Facility tours, demonstrations, and hands-on activities will be available for all attendees. Hamburgers, hotdogs, and dessert provided.

“Kelso High School has reinvented vocational classes of the past into cutting edge, skilled and technical career development learning facilities of the future,” said CTE Director Melissa Boudreau. “Come see where 21st century ideas come to life.”

“We’re excited to continually improve the educational opportunities we offer our students and we’re so grateful for the way the Kelso community supports and enhances our efforts to prepare every student for living, learning and achieving success,” said Tack.

The $3 million upgrade was part of a voter approved bond measure that passed in February 2018.

Kelso Hilanders to be Featured on Fox 12's Friday Night Lights - 10/16/19

Kelso High School has been asked by KPTV to showcase our Hilander Pride during an early morning Pep Rally to be featured on Fox 12 newscasts throughout the day on October 18, 2019.  We are asking any student interested in being a part of this Pep Rally to join us in the main gym Friday, October 18th at 6:50 AM.  Students should dress in blue and gold and Kelso gear and be on their best Hilander behavior.  This is an incredible opportunity to highlight our traditions and school spirit and make our community proud.

Parents and community can watch us live that morning on Good Day Oregon and catch segments throughout the day and during Friday Night Lights.  Come be a part of our Pep Rally and show the Fox 12 viewers that WE ARE!!!