Washington State 2018 Healthy Youth Survey

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Our district is participating in the Washington State 2018 Healthy Youth Survey in October 2018.

The Healthy Youth survey includes questions related to physical activity and diet, unintentional and intentional injury, substance abuse, risk and protective factors, access to school-based services, and sexual behaviors, abuse and orientation. Survey results are used by schools, communities and state agencies to plan programs to support our youth and reduce their risks.

Participation in the survey is voluntary and the students’ answers are anonymous.

Please read the English-Spanish Parent Notification Letter for more information about the Healthy Youth Survey.

Thank you,

-Cascade Middle School

2018-09-21T13:00:09+00:00 September 21st, 2018|

Back to School 2018-2019

Dear Cavaliers,
I hope you have enjoyed your summer break. Our custodians have been working hard to prepare the building for your arrival. Your teachers have been involved in trainings this summer to learn new ways to support you in your academic endeavors. We are excited for you to meet our new staff members who will be joining us this fall.  Joining us will be Kristopher Chrisopulos as Assistant Principal, Tierney Uhlenkott teaching Math, Michelle Lara-Moore teaching Math and ELL, Peter Brickey teaching Behavior, Susan Nielsen teaching Cavalier Pride, Brian Jensen teaching ELA and Drama, and Jessica Hooper as a Counselor.
6th Grade Orientation: On August 28th, 6th grade students will take part in our WEB program, (Where Everyone Belongs). Our program runs from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Students should be dropped off no later than 9:45 as we will begin right at 10:00. Students should come to the main gym. Sixth grade students will participate in a number of activities, get to know the building, learn their locker combinations, meet the staff and build relationships with each other and our WEB leaders. This is an important opportunity for our sixth graders and we encourage them to attend. This WEB orientation is for students only.
Schedules: Sixth graders will receive their schedule at the WEB orientation. Seventh and Eighth graders are encouraged to print theirs from home through the Parent Portal or pick it up after 2:00 p.m. on the 28th.
Open House: Cascade open house is August 28th beginning at 5:00 p.m. and ending at 7:00 p.m.  At that time, students can find their lockers, meet their teachers and find their classes.
Interactive Notebooks: This year we will be working with students on organization and study skills. Our biggest initiative is teaching them to use Interactive Notebooks. A number of our classes began using them last year so many of our students already have an understanding. Interactive notebooks not only keep student work organized but also help them learn to interact with the content to increase retention and understanding. If you are interested in finding out more about interactive notebooks, there are many videos on YouTube that show how to put one together and how it is used.  Here is a link to one such video.
School Hours: The office is open 7:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. School starts at 7:50 a.m. and ends at 2:20 p.m. except for Wednesdays when we release 1 hour early at 1:20 p.m. On the first day of school release time is 2:20 p.m. The Café opens at 7:10 a.m. for breakfast beginning the first day of school.
Meals: Breakfast cost is $ 1.15 (no charge for free or reduced), lunch cost is $2.65 (reduced price is 40 cents) and milk cost is $0.50. Free or reduced lunch applications are available at the school and online. If you have been on free or reduced in the past, it will continue for the first few days of school while you update the forms. These forms are processed at the district and one form can be used per household regardless of the school your child attends.
Transportation:  Please refer to the district website for bus routes and times or call the bus garage at 575-7867.
7TH & 8TH Grade Sports: The office is collecting sports paperwork as well as fees. Paperwork can be found on the Cascade website or picked up from the main office. All sports paperwork must be completed and returned before students can participate in their first practice. The football fee is $40 (or half price for families on free or reduced lunch). The fee for volleyball, wrestling, basketball, and track is $30 (also half price if eligible). Students will have one week from the date of team selections to pay the fee. If the fee isn’t paid by that time, he or she will be unable to continue participating. All athletes must have medical insurance. If you are not insured, you may purchase a low-priced student insurance policy.
Looking forward to seeing you soon,
Chris Rugg, Principal
2018-09-20T16:40:08+00:00 August 14th, 2018|

LPS celebrates summer reading!

Longview Public Schools Superintendent Dan Zorn and School Board member Phil Jurmu set the pace at Longview’s Go Fourth parade.

While serving as grand marshal of the 2018 Go Fourth parade, Superintendent Dan Zorn and his crew of LPS staff, board members, family and friends passed out thousands of bookmarks encouraging everyone to read this summer.

The bookmarks include a link to “Superintendent Storytime,” where Dr. Zorn shares several of his favorite children’s books.

 

2018-07-09T08:04:40+00:00 July 5th, 2018|

LPS graduates take diverse paths: Becky Grubbs, MMHS

Young people sample lots of activities in high school, and by the time they graduate each has a unique set of experiences to call their own. We asked three members of Longview’s class of 2018 to share something about their high school careers, a piece of advice and their post-graduation plans.

MMHS grad Becky Grubbs

Mark Morris grad Becky Grubbs

Mark Morris High School: Hardwired to help

Becky Grubbs seems hardwired for volunteering.

“I’ve been doing non-profit work since I was 18 months old,” said
the senior, describing those early times with her grandparents
at FISH of Cowlitz County, which distributes food and other services.

This year and last, Becky received Volunteer of the Year honors from the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum United Way.

Becky began volunteering at the United Way as a sophomore and soon was helping plan events, like the Day of Caring campaign. This year she worked with LPS to implement a literacy program that put 100 Mark Morris and R.A. Long students in third grade classrooms where they encouraged the younger students to read for fun.

“Becky took it on as her pet project … and set up student teams at the high schools,” said Brooke Fisher-Clark, United Way executive director. “It was really magical to see that partnership.”

Becky said volunteer work has taught her that there is always a way to help.

“United Way really helped me find out how to contribute,” she said.

Next steps: Finish an associate’s degree in business at Lower Columbia College and then pursue a four-year degree to become a financial planner or accountant.

Advice for younger students: “I would suggest they look for opportunities for things they can do in their own community. There’s always some way to help. You can always find something to do.”

Click here to read about Discovery graduate Natalie Rodriguez .

Click here to read about R.A. Long graduate Hamzah Amjad.

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Story originally appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of the Longview Schools Review.

2018-06-21T14:54:02+00:00 June 21st, 2018|

LPS grads take diverse paths: Hamzah Amjad, R.A. Long

Young people sample lots of activities in high school, and by the time they graduate each has a unique set of experiences to call their own. We asked three members of Longview’s class of 2018 to share something about their high school careers, a piece of advice and their post-graduation plans.

R.A. Long High School: Intent on STEM

R.A. Long grad Hamzah Amjad

R.A. Long grad Hamzah Amjad

From Hamzah Amjad’s perspective, having technology isn’t enough.

“It can be used to solve most of the world’s problems,” he said. “We just haven’t yet figured out how to help people who need it.”

Hamzah is preparing to do just that. In April, he was among 49 Washington high school seniors—one from each legislative district—who signed letters of intent to pursue careers in STEM—science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In September, he will begin engineering studies at the University of Washington.

“I like things that manifest into real-life scenarios,” he said, describing how his calculus and AP statistics classes helped him see real-world applications for theoretical material.

Hamzah points to medicines that are designed to cure cancer but perhaps aren’t used in the most efficient way. And he mused about artificial intelligence in cars—couldn’t it be used to prevent vehicle accidents?

His teachers anticipate he will make a difference.

“Hamzah is a phenomenal person who is always ‘on his game,’ and he carries himself with a humility that people are drawn to,” said math teacher Paul Jeffries. “He is committed to his future and will be successful, because he doesn’t know how else to be.”

Next steps: Study engineering at University of Washington.

Advice for younger students: “Everyone’s different, so you have to find your own way … but ask for help if you need it.”

Click here to read about Discovery graduate Natalie Rodriguez.

Click here to read about Mark Morris graduate Becky Grubbs.

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Story originally appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of the Longview Schools Review.

2018-06-21T14:58:14+00:00 June 21st, 2018|

LPS graduates take diverse paths: Natalie Rodriguez, Discovery

Young people sample lots of activities in high school, and by the time they graduate each has a unique set of experiences to call their own. We asked three members of Longview’s class of 2018 to share something about their high school careers, a piece of advice and their post-graduation plans.

Discovery High School: Finding her wings

DHS grad Natalie Rodriguez

Discovery grad Natalie Rodriguez

After moving back to Longview from Texas in her sophomore year, Natalie Rodriguez’s plan was to finish high school online so she could avoid people.

Then the self-described “really, really shy” student heard about Discovery, Longview’s alternative high school, and gave it a try.

When Natalie was required to make her first presentation, Discovery teacher Tamra Higgins nudged her through it.

“Ms. Higgins was like, ‘It’ll be OK. You’ll be fine,’” Natalie recalled—and found out she was.

She continued trying new things, including a library science class at R.A. Long and volunteer work at Monticello Middle School. Along the way, she found a passion for libraries.

“I realized if you work in a library, you’re helping people,” she said.
“Libraries are like hospitals for the mind.”

Higgins and English teacher Ron Moore agreed that Natalie has evolved into a whole new student.

“Natalie consistently asked some of the best questions and offered the deepest and most sophisticated insights,” Moore said. “She became a class leader and risk taker—miles away from that timid girl who was hesitant to put her toe in the water.”

Next steps: Start at Lower Columbia College, preparing for a career as a library technician.

Advice for younger students:
“If you’re on a cliff and you need to jump, but you’re too scared to jump, find some wings, staple them on—and just jump.”

Click here to read about Mark Morris graduate Becky Grubbs.

Click here to read about R.A. Long graduate Hamzah Amjad.

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Story originally appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of the Longview Schools Review.

2018-06-21T14:52:22+00:00 June 21st, 2018|

Cascade Summer 2018 information

Last day office is open: June 29, 2018

Summer programs:
• Mission Earth, July 17-20
• Rocketry, July 31-August 3
• Summer Reading Program, July 10-August 9; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3-5pm
• ESY, July 17-26, 9am-11:30am

Meals for Longview kids:
Northlake Elem, 2210 Olympia Way
June 18 – August 17 (no meals July 2-6); Monday – Friday
Breakfast 8:30 – 8:45am, Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm

Kessler Elem, 1902 Kessler Blvd
June 18 – August 17 (no meals July 4); Monday – Friday
Breakfast 8:30 – 8:45am, Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm

CVG Elem, 2644 30th Ave
July 9 – July 27; Monday – Friday
Breakfast 8:30 – 8:45am, Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm Cancelled

Olympic Elem, 1324 30th Ave
July 9 – July 27; Monday – Friday
Breakfast 8:30 – 8:45am Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm
Aug 7 – Aug 16; Tuesday – Thursday
Breakfast 8:30 – 8:45am Lunch 11:00 – 11:15pm

St Helens Elem, 431 27th Ave
July 9 – July 27; Monday – Friday
Breakfast 8:30 – 8:45am, Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm

Monticello Middle School, 1225 28th Ave
July 9 – July 27; Monday – Friday
Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm

Archie Anderson Park, 22nd Ave and Alabama St
July 9 – Aug 16; Monday – Thursday
Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm, Snack 3:00 – 3:15pm

Longview Teen Center, 2121 Kessler Blvd
June 18 – Aug 17 (no meals July 2-6); Monday – Friday
Snack 3:00 – 3:15

Office opens in fall: August 8, 2018

First day of school: August 29, 2018

2018-08-17T12:21:14+00:00 June 19th, 2018|

NASA summer camps offer great opportunity for high school students

Cowlitz County high school students, including incoming freshmen and just-graduated seniors, are invited to experience “Terra Trackers” and “Rockets and Space”. These week-long summer camps at R.A. Long High School will allow students to work with electronics, robotics, and rocketry. There is no charge to attend.

“Terra Trackers”: July 16 – 19.  Read more about the camp, and complete the application.  Completed applications may be returned to the ASB office at R.A. Long, or scanned and emailed to Hanna Burleson.  Applications due July 15.

“Rockets and Space” is July 30-August 2.  Read more about the camp, and complete the application. Completed applications may be returned to R.A. Long Main Office, or scanned and emailed to Hanna Burleson. Applications due July 27.

 

2018-07-26T14:23:15+00:00 June 18th, 2018|

Star Polisher – Jodi McLean

McLean and studentsWho would you like to thank for being a star polisher?

“Mrs. McLean,” writes eighth graders Celina and Miranda and seventh grader Monique at Cascade Middle School.

How did this person make a difference in your life?

Miranda says, “Mrs. McLean has helped me actually decide what to do with my life. I want to be a teacher. I have been inspired by how she deals with problems when they arise. She is funny, caring, and a great teacher. I love how she pushes me to boundaries that I never knew existed. She has helped me grow so much as a person, and I am very grateful for her.”

Monique says, “Mrs. McLean really helped me when I had been in her class for the first semester. Also she really helps me understand what we were learning, and I got it quick and easily. It was really fun and interesting being in her classroom! ”

“She is a great teacher,” adds Celina.

As part of our district’s focus on student connectedness, we shared part of a poem called “The Star Polisher” with our middle school students and invited them to consider how Longview Public Schools staff have made a difference to them. Read about more of our stars and star polishers here.

2018-06-15T15:45:02+00:00 June 15th, 2018|
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