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Kelso School Board Announces Name and Mascot for New Elementary School - 05/20/19

After reviewing community, staff and student input, the Kelso School Board announced the name and mascot of the new elementary school being built in the Lexington neighborhood at the Monday, May 20, board meeting. Of the three options forwarded to the board in March, Lexington Elementary School Eagles was selected. The colors of the new school are green and silver with a black accent.

“This new school will be a gathering place for learning, athletics and community events and we wanted the name to connect the school to the neighborhood. Eagles are not only a patriotic symbol of America, they are frequently seen along the river blocks away from the school,” said Leah Moore, school board president. “We hope that the name will inspire Kelso kids!” 

The district began the process with a public survey to gather community suggestions, and followed designated guidelines for naming a new school (as outlined in Board Policy 6970). Survey suggestions were compiled for a committee of stakeholders to review. The committee was made up of representatives from Beacon Hill and Catlin (teachers, classified staff, secretaries, parents, kids), community members and local business representatives.  The Naming Committee narrowed selections and presented the board with the top three choices: Lexington Eagles, Riverside Otters and Cowlitz River Otters.  The board then asked all the students in Beacon Hill and Catlin, the two elementary schools that will be combining into the new school, to vote for their favorite of the three options.

“The Board believed it was important that the students have a voice in choosing the name of the new school,” said board member Howard Sharples. “We want our students to know their opinions have value.”

Two special guests, an eagle mascot and an otter mascot, were in attendance at the board meeting anxiously awaiting the final decision, which, according to policy, must be at least 30 days after being presented with options. The mascots, Kelso High theater students Levi Redmill and Lauren Cramton, were interviewed (pre-game style) by Maekaili Russel, also a KHS theater student, prior to the reveal. You can watch the video here:

May Hilander Highlights - The Arts Issue - 05/16/19

Attached is the May Hilander Highlights, focused on the arts.

Attached Media Files: Hilander Highlights: May 2019
Groundbreaking invite
Groundbreaking invite
Construction Begins at Wallace Elementary with Groundbreaking Ceremony on May 22 (Photo) - 05/10/19

After more than a year of planning, construction on the new Wallace Elementary School is beginning. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 22nd to celebrate the official start of school upgrades.

The community is invited to attend the public ceremony from 1:25 to 1:55 pm on the playground at the south end of Wallace where construction of the new school will take place. In addition to members of the district, construction company, and architecture firm, two third grade students will say a few words to commemorate the occasion. Photo opportunities for the public will be available after the ceremonial groundbreaking.

A private ceremony for Wallace students and staff will be held from 1:00 to 1:15 pm.

The replacement of the 78-year-old Wallace Elementary School is one of the major bond projects approved by voters in February 2018. Construction is expected to go through summer of 2020, with the new school opening anticipated in the fall of 2020.

Attached Media Files: Groundbreaking invite
Kelso High School FFA Plant Sale - 05/01/19

Kelso, WA – May 1, 2019 – Kelso High School’s Annual FFA Plant Sale will be held this Thursday and Friday, May 2-3, 2019 at Kelso High School.  The sale hours will be from 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, this year’s sale includes a large variety of plants including, tomatoes, peppers, potted plant arrangements, hanging baskets, annuals, and succulents.  Also for sale are metal art creations from Kelso’s welding class students such as key chains, yard garden sticks, and metal art creations.  Proceeds of the sale will help our growing FFA program.

The plant sale will take place behind Kelso School in the green house.  Parking will be available at the rear entrance of the school.  Payment methods include cash, check, and Visa or Mastercard.

Come support Kelso High School FFA.