Cascade Summer 2019 Information

Last day office is open: June 28, 2019

Summer programs
• Rocketry, July 8 – July 11 & July 29 – August 1
• NASA Apollo next giant leap student challenge robotics team, May 26 – July 20

Meals for Longview kids:
Northlake Elem, 2210 Olympia Way
June 17 – August 20 (no meals July 1-5); Monday – Friday
Breakfast 8:30 – 8:45am, Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm

Kessler Elem, 1902 Kessler Blvd
June 17 – July 3 Monday – Friday
Breakfast 8:30 – 9:00 am, Lunch 12:00 – 12:30pm
July 8 – August 16 Monday – Friday
Breakfast 8:30 – 8:45am, Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm

Olympic Elem, 1324 30th Ave
June 17- June 28; Monday – Friday
Breakfast 8:30 – 8:45am, Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm

Monticello Middle School, 1225 28th Ave
July 8 – July 26; Monday – Friday
Breakfast 8:30 – 8:45am, Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm

Archie Anderson Park, 22nd Ave and Alabama St
July 8 – Aug 16; Monday – Thursday
Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm, Snack 3:30 – 3:45 pm

Longview Teen Center, 2121 Kessler Blvd
June 17 – Aug 16 (no meals July 4-5); Monday – Friday
Snack 3:30 – 3:45 pm

Office opens in fall: August 5, 2019

First day of school: August 28, 2019

2019-06-26T14:45:35-07:00June 26th, 2019|

Back to School 2019-2020

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 such as our new science curriculum. We are excited for you to meet our staff members who are new this year.  Joining us will be Richard Kirkpatrick who will be teaching 8th grade science and Rhonda Wathen who will be teaching our Pervasive Special Education class.  Our new librarian is Laura Ofstun, who many of you may already know.

6th Grade Orientation: On August 27th, 6th grade students will take part in our WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) program. 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 between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. on the 27th.

Open House: Cascade open house is August 27th beginning at 5:00 p.m. and ending at 7:00 p.m.  At that time, students and parents participate in a scavenger hunt and can find their lockers, meet their teachers and find their classes.  Completed scavenger hunt cards will be deposited in the office for a drawing for gift cards.  Student winners will be announced during our daily announcements at school.

Interactive Notebooks: This year we will continue working with students on organization and study skills. Our biggest initiative is teaching them to use Interactive Notebooks. 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:–12Iafs.

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. 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. All athletes must have medical insurance. If you are not insured, you may purchase a low-priced student insurance policy through the school.


Looking forward to seeing you soon,

Chris Rugg, Principal

2019-08-07T14:27:05-07:00August 7th, 2019|

Open Positions!

Longview Public Schools Seeking various positions. Go to our Careers page to find out more!

Longview Public Schools is hoping to start off a great year with new hires! If you or anyone you know is interested
in working for our school district then check out our fast track employment opportunities on our careers page!

2019-07-30T13:21:30-07:00July 11th, 2019|

2019 Summer Newsletter

Summer Review Front Page

Last week Longview Public Schools sent out our 2019 Summer Newsletter! This summer we feature two amazing teachers, three great grads, high tech improvements to our vocational programs, and much more. If you would like to read up on what’s going on this summer then please click here.

2019-07-08T14:43:22-07:00July 8th, 2019|

Summer Meal Program information

Summer Meals for Kids!

This year the Summer Food Service Program will offer free nutritious meals to all neighborhood children ages 18 years and younger at:

Northlake Elementary, 2210 Olympia Way,  June 17 – August 16, Breakfast 8:30 am – 8:45 am,  Lunch 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm  *No Meals July 1- July 5

Kessler Elementary, 1902 Kessler Blvd., June 17 – July 3, Breakfast 8:30 am – 9:00 am, Lunch 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm,  July 8 – August 16 Breakfast 8:30 am – 8:45 am, Lunch 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm

Olympic Elementary, 1324 30th Ave., June 17 – June 28, Breakfast 8:30 am – 8:45 am, Lunch 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm

Monticello Middle School, 1225 28th Ave., July 8 – July 26, Breakfast 8:30 am – 8:45 am, Lunch 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm

Archie Anderson Park, 22nd Ave & Alabama St., July 8 – Aug 16, Lunch 12:00 pm  – 12:15 pm, Snack 3:30 pm – 3:45 pm  *Monday thru Thursday

Teen Center, 2121 Kessler Blvd., June 17 – Aug 16, Snack 3:30 pm – 3:45 pm  *No Meals July 4- July 5

All meals will meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, so you know your child will be eating a healthy meal. Supervised activities will be offered at Northlake and Kessler Elementary Schools, Monticello Middle School, Teen Center, & Archie Anderson Park. For more information, contact City of Longview, Parks & Recreation Department at 360-442-5400. For more information about the program, or to volunteer to help, call the Longview Public School Nutrition office at 360-575-7172.

The Summer Food Service Program is sponsored by The U.S. Department of Agriculture

2019-06-12T11:37:18-07:00June 12th, 2019|

Immunization Information

Immunization required for entering 6th Grade


Washington State law requires that all children attending 6th grade must show proof of:

  • Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) for all children 11 years and older.
  • OR a completed official Washington State exemption form.


Vaccine and Disease Information

Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap)

The Tdap vaccine protects teens against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). Pertussis is a very serious disease that causes coughing spells that make it hard to eat, drink, and even breathe. Getting vaccinated at 11 years old not only protects the pre-teen, but helps stop the spread of disease to younger siblings and babies. Whooping cough can also cause pneumonia, seizures, brain damage, and death.


Even though your child has had many Dtap vaccines, they still need Tdap.  The medicines are in different concentrations as they get older.  (That is why the letters in a different order. Dtap is not the same as Tdap.)


Please turn your documentation from your provider into the office at Cascade before the first day of school.

2019-06-06T11:39:54-07:00June 6th, 2019|

April Employees of the Month


In Peter Brickey’s (Cascade Middle School) first year as a teacher with the district, he has shown what an asset he is to his school and the district.  He has started a new program for behavior and although some days can be very difficult, he never ceases to amaze his coworkers with his patience and ability to stay positive with the kids.  The kids in his room really look up to him and respect him immensely.




A long-time district employee, Columbia Heights paraeducator, Shirley Bunn is part of a special education team of gold at her building.  She goes above and beyond to help the students with special needs, not only to provide support behaviorally but academically as well.  There is not a time that you won’t see her all over the building and on the run to help anyone that needs it.

2019-05-30T10:15:02-07:00May 30th, 2019|

Merzoian, Shepherd & Shepherd discuss closing the achievement gap

Scott Merzoian, Monticello Principal, served on a panel of high performing principals in Seattle at the state principal’s Equity Conference. Merzoian did a fantastic job communicating the success Monticello has enjoyed under his leadership.

Pictured from left to right:  Jennifer Leach, Longview School Board; Christopher Carter, Principal Asa Mercer MS, Seattle; Maggie O’Sullivan, School Leader Rainier Prep, Seattle; Scott Merzoian, Principal Monticello MS; Sylvia Campbell, Medical Lake MS near Spokane; Lanette Shepherd, Orchestra Director Longview School District; Stephen Shepherd, Vice Principal, Mt. Solo MS

Mr. Merzoian was the final panelist to speak to 80 principals from around the state and finished off an informative session about Closing the Achievement Gap for Low Income Students.

Dr. Lanette Shepherd, Longview Orchestra Director, conducted research as part of her recertification for National Board this year about high performing middle schools serving low-income students.  From this research, she formed a panel for the Equity Conference with principals across the state. This was done because Dr. Stephen Shepherd, Vice-Principal Mt. Solo, proposed this panel discussion to the Association of Washington State School Principals Equity Conference for 2019.

Jennifer Leach, Vice-President of the Longview School Board attended, and was impressed with Monticello Middle Schools growth and Longview Public Schools representation.

2019-05-23T12:59:45-07:00May 23rd, 2019|

You are invited to Cascade’s 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


2019-05-24T16:45:38-07:00May 15th, 2019|