You are invited to Cascades new play!

The community is invited to a fantastic evening watching the first two act play at Cascade Middle School in over ten years. Come enjoy the evening and experience, “A Gwesty Family Thanksgiving”.

The play is set in the Gwesty’s family home, which is surrounded by their 2,000 acre turkey farm. All the Gwesty children are coming home for Thanksgiving, and everyone has secrets and surprises to share including a surprise fiancé, a life-like robot from the CIA, violent mute twins, crazy neighbors, money troubles, and that’s all before they find out that Pa has cancer and is selling the turkey farm right after dinner. Add to that a robbery, overwhelmed census takers, and finally a miracle at the end that leaves everyone feeling good. It is fun, crazy, and family-friendly.

The play will run for three nights on the 29th, 30th, and 31st of May from 6 to 7 pm each night at Cascade Middle School. The cost is as follows:

Kids 0-5              free

Students 7-18     $3.00

Adults                  $5.00

Seniors                 $4.00

 

2019-05-15T10:31:21-07:00May 15th, 2019|

Spotlight – Bryanna Smith, Cascade Middle School

Spotlight Interview

Where were you born? I was born in Mesa, Arizona. My parents got divorced and my mom moved to Washington, while my dad went to Texas. My two younger sisters and I went with my dad to Texas.

Where in Texas did you go? We started in Houston, Texas.  My dad had an apartment with his girlfriend but it wasn’t big enough for all of us so he bought a house in Willis, Texas. It was about 45 minutes south of Houston.

Where did you go to school? Until 3rd grade, I went to school in Mesa, Arizona and then from 3rd grade to 7th grade in Texas. There was a change of custody and my mom got custody of us, so we moved to Washington. In 8th grade I went to Mt. Solo, for high school Mark Morris, and Running Start at LCC.

How was 8th grade? It was kind of a hard move for me. I actually met my friends thanks to Mrs. Gates at Mt. Solo, who saved me because she started this “new kids” group to help new kids acclimate to the school.

Did you like high school? Overall, not so much. I did love choir though. Mr. Mitchell was amazing and good at making students feel welcome. I wasn’t very good at being social because I have always been so focused on school.

Did you participate in any high school activities? I didn’t take much time for friends or activities. Looking back, I wish I had done more sports or activities, but it was all homework for me – all the time.

Did you get all “A’s” on your report card? Yes, I was a straight A student all the way. I did Running Start and got all A’s. When I graduated, I was in the top 5% of my class and top 10% in the state.

What year did you graduate? Mark Morris High School class of 2013.

After high school you what did you want to do? I did not know what I wanted to do. I went to WSU Pullman to finish my Associates degree and pursue my Bachelors. When I first got to Pullman, I thought I wanted to go into law.

Why did you think about being a lawyer? After being in a family with divorce, I wanted to be a divorce lawyer. I wanted to help kids because I know what it is like to go through that experience and I wanted to be the advocate for those kids.

What did you end up studying at WSU? After taking some classes, I took psychology and really enjoyed it, so I focused more on psychology.  I majored in psychology and earned a minor in human development for the kid’s aspect of it. I graduated from WSU in 2016.

What did you do after graduating college? I was actually living overseas at this point because I went to WSU Pullman my first year, but I had been dating someone since my sophomore year of high school. We continued dating after high school and he went into the military. While he was at boot camp and training I was at school, he called me and said, “I am going to Korea after this and if you want to come with me we have to get married. So, what do you think about that?”

Do you say yes? Yes. We had talked about it already and I knew that is probably what we would do. I knew how the military worked. I was like, “Wow, what a great proposal!”

What was South Korea like? It was overwhelming. I was thrown into a situation where I did not know anyone, I did not have any friends, and my husband was at work pretty much all of the time. But there were really cool aspects of it as well.

What did you like about it? Korea had all kinds of cool stuff to see and to do. One of my favorite things was all the different themed cafes. They have animal cafés where you go in and order your coffee and you can pet all dogs or cats that are running around. I even went to a raccoon café.

Did you visit Seoul? Yes, I went to Seoul Tower; it is like the Seattle Space Needle. I also went to all sorts of cool museums. They had a trick eye museum, which was all about optical illusions and an ice museum where everything was made of ice. I also went to a few festivals in Seoul and toured the DMZ.

How is Korea different from America? It is different in so many ways. Koreans are all about keeping in shape so you would go to a park and they would have work out equipment bolted into the ground — like stationary bikes. Parents would work out while the kids play. Public transportation is also very common there so I would take subways and trains everywhere. Stores were also very different; with the little space they had stores would be small and stacked high instead of large and spread out.

Did you know or speak any Korean words? I knew some words like ‘hello’ and ‘thank you.’ The language was very challenging and complex and many people spoke English.

How long did you live in South Korea? Almost three years.

From South Korea, did you move back to Longview? Yes, I got divorced and moved back home. I came back and I had no car, no job, and hardly any money – just two suitcases.

How did you end up with a job in education? The one thing I was always good at was school. There is more to school than being smart: you have to be organized to get things done, you have to be efficient, and you have to meet deadlines especially with college. My mother said, “That sounds like a school secretary to me.”

What did you think about being a school secretary? I thought it was a great idea. I applied to be a sub secretary to get the feel of it. When I applied, it was around summer time so I didn’t get too many opportunities at first except in HR. Before school started, a part-time job opened up at Robert Gray. I applied and got the job at Robert Gray for the part-time secretary.

Were you working with Misty Woodrum? Yes, I was working with Misty and she was such a good teacher. It was a lot of learning in a short amount of time.

When the head secretary role opened at Cascade were you nervous about applying? Yes, I thought, “I am not ready for a lead position yet. I am learning and there is so much to learn”. Everyone was encouraging me to apply. It was something I definitely wanted to do, and am glad I did.

Do you feel like you found your calling? It is hard to say. I am 23 and plan to continue in school at some point. I have definitely enjoyed it here, but I have a thirst for knowledge. I like to learn and I love to be proficient at what I do, but I have a lot of working years left so I am not sure.

What is the best part about being a secretary at Cascade? The people. It is definitely family here and the kids are so great. We have kids that come into the office and share their stories. We connect with kids.

What is the toughest part of your job? It is a chaotic job. There are 20 million things going on at once. The phone is ringing and parents want help and students have questions. That is the hardest part but at the same time, the rush makes the day fly.

What do you like to do outside of work? I really enjoy working out. Since 6th or 7th grade, I have been in some form of an exercise class. I do not enjoy working out by myself but I enjoy structured workout classes especially if it is some sort of dance type, Zumba or hip-hop.

What else do you like to do outside of work? Well, my boyfriend and I like to go on as many dates as possible. We actually just went and saw Aladdin, the Broadway musical. I love anything that has to do with music like music festivals, concerts and musicals. I also just had a baby boy and I absolutely love spending time with him and watching his personality form.

What would you want people that read this to know? I try hard to think about people’s backgrounds and where they come from; it helps me with students to think about that. People have a past and people are at different levels at different times, so that would probably be the biggest thing to take away from knowing me; never judge a book by its cover.

2019-05-15T08:25:51-07:00May 15th, 2019|

Longview High School Orchestra goes to Disneyland!

Congratulations Dr. Lanette Shepherd and the Longview High School Orchestra for their outstanding performances in Disneyland! Students got to play on stage in Disney’s California Land and work with a professional conductor in a Disney recording studio. They excelled at sight-reading and all 23 students were amazing: always on time, always kind, always helpful, always TEAM players.

Thanks to Connie Noakes for going along to play the piano and be a chaperone.

 

Orchestra students who went on the trip include:
Olivia Barella, Hannah Bischoff, Peyton Blondin, Sarah Brazier, Eric Chen, Skyllar Estill, Coletyn Everdell, Noah Gaston, Reagan Gosselin, Alex Guyll, Mikayla Hardd, Alison Kraushaar, Alice Meyers, Caroline Nesterkin, Eric Philbrook, Lacy Powell, Josh Robinson, Megan Seidl, Caleb Selzler, Josie Shepherd, Breghan Sims, Roman Stalick, and Megan Willis.

 

2019-05-08T15:19:23-07:00May 8th, 2019|

Stargazing at Cascade!

The culminating event for Wonder will take place at Cascade this coming Friday, May 3rd at 8:30 pm. The Friends of Galileo are coming to help students and their families recognize stars, constellations, and other celestial objects. A few telescopes will be provided. You’re welcome to bring your own, too. Instruction and set up will begin at 8:30 pm and stargazing will start at 9. All students need to have a guardian accompany them. Those who come will be entered into a drawing to win a free telescope the same night. See you there!

2019-04-26T14:40:58-07:00April 26th, 2019|

Public preview of secondary curriculum materials

Middle school Science and English Language Arts curriculum and high school AP Spanish and Earth & Space Science curriculum will be available for public preview May 6-10, 2019, 8am-5pm at the Longview School District administration building, 2715 Lilac St.

Core classroom instructional materials are reviewed regularly to ensure ongoing alignment with state law, teaching and learning standards, and research-based best practices. The Instructional Materials Committee – comprised of the executive director of Leadership and Learning, school administrators, classroom teachers, a special education representative, and three community members – evaluates and recommends curriculum to the Board of Directors for adoption.

2019-04-23T13:48:57-07:00April 23rd, 2019|

Capital facilities bond proposal approved

At the April 8, 2019 school board meeting, the board unanimously approved the capital facilities bond proposal totaling $115 million. Projects in this proposal will touch every school and include:

  • Mint Valley Elementary School replacement – $43 million
  • Northlake Elementary School replacement – $43 million
  • Safety and Security upgrades for all schools – $4.2 million
  • Career Technical/Vocational upgrades at R.A. Long and Mark Morris high schools – $8.4 million
  • Memorial Stadium upgrades – $7 million
  • Large facility repair projects – $9.4 million

Find out more here.

2019-04-16T16:10:16-07:00April 16th, 2019|

Cascade Career and College Day

Part of our vision here at Cascade Middle School is to expose our students to different career and college options. On Tuesday April 9th we will be hosting a Career and College Day here on campus. Our 6th graders will be involved in a career fair where 35 different careers will be represented, and professionals from those careers will be here to meet and talk with our students. This year Monticello and Mt. Solo 6th graders will be joining Cascade for the event.

Career options 6th graders will see include: Architect, Nurse, Auto Repair, Banking, Travel Agent, Accountant, Chef, Chiropractor, General Contractor, Small Business Owner, Engineer, Probation Officer, County Water Department, Electrician, Educator, Firefighter, Forestry, Interior Decorator, Landscaping, Law Enforcement, Judge, Lawyer, Longshoreman, Military, Millwright, Sound Engineer, Non-Profit, Graphic Design, Communications, Realtor, Plumber, Pipefitter, Welder, X-Ray Technician, Fish & Wildlife, Doctor, and Computer Programmer.

Seventh graders will be touring Lower Columbia College to see what higher-education opportunities exist here in Longview. And our 8th graders will be headed north to visit Saint Martin’s University, a four year university in Lacey, WA.

Our vision is to ensure that all students recognize their career and college options. We appreciate all of our community members who support our efforts.

2019-03-28T13:40:57-07:00March 28th, 2019|

Southwest Washington Middle School Choir Festival

(March 14, 2019) Mt. Solo Middle School hosted a Choir Festival featuring eighteen different choirs today. The choir festival gives students and music teachers the chance to perform in front of judges, get evaluated and receive an onstage clinic to help improve the choir.

Mr. Noakes (sound engineer), Mrs. Walworth (Monticello accompanist) and Ms. Davis (Mt. Solo accompanist) supported the all-day event. Mrs. Noakes organized the event with the help of teachers and students.

A great day of choir!

 

2019-03-14T13:51:52-07:00March 14th, 2019|

February Employees of the Month

Cascade Middle School Assistant Principal, Kristopher Chrisopulos is new to the district but has fast become a valued employee.  Over the course of the school year it has become very clear that he epitomizes the can-do spirit that is so vital to success with middle school students.  He has gone out of his way to develop a positive rapport with students and staff.  He looks for way to show people that he cares about and respects them, while still maintaining the highest standards of decorum and academic success.  His deft ability to create a positive atmosphere is motivational to both students and staff and makes school a great place to learn and work.

 

Kessler Elementary Secretary, Christine Kelly joined the district in 2005 as a paraeducator before becoming a secretary.  In her role as head secretary she is known for her calmness and ability to stay level-headed.  She can be on the phone, covering the nurse’s office, and talking to a parent at the desk all at the same time, and doing it with a smile on her face.  She knows the families and kids at her school and doesn’t get rattled when she is faced with a difficult situation.  She is an asset to her building and the district.

2019-03-20T14:00:30-07:00March 14th, 2019|
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