Thoughtexchange: let us know your top safety ideas

School safety–a  current topic of various opinions and many comments–is the subject of  a digital conversation offered by Longview starting Monday, June 4.

Through the Thoughtexchange process, all community members are encouraged to take part in voicing their ideas on their ideas for the most important considerations about school safety and security.

Improvements to Thoughtexchange now make it possible for participants to review and respond to others’ ideas after a number of ideas have been collected.

The information gathered in this Thoughtexchange will help the district as it constantly works to keep students and staff members safe, and to best respond when school safety is threatened.

If you haven’t participated in one of our Thoughtexchange conversations before and don’t want to miss out this time, please let us know. Spanish participation is also available.

2018-05-23T13:19:01+00:00 May 18th, 2018|

NASA Summer Camp

Engaging NASA Summer camp for Middle School Students.

Come experience MISSION EARTH, an exciting week-long summer camp for all Cowlitz County middle school students. Students will attend summer camp at Cascade Middle School and learn about the world around them through technology. The camp will run July 17th through July 20th, and there is no charge to attend.  Applications are due June 15th. To read more about the camp please click to read the 2018 Summer Camp flyer- GEO. If interested you can download the application 2018 NESSP MISSION EARTH.docx (1). Completed applications may be returned to the Main office at Cascade, or scanned and emailed to Michelle Guzman (

2018-05-16T12:56:19+00:00 May 16th, 2018|

Educators honored by Chamber of Commerce

Staff nominated for Crystal Apple AwardsLocal area educators, along with business persons were honored May 2 at the annual Pillars of Strength/Crystal Apple Awards presented by the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce.

A number of Longview nominees were included in all categories, and Rich Reeves (R. A. Long) was named Principal of the Year and Travis Ruhter (Mark Morris) was named Teacher of the Year with their Crystal Apple Awards.

Sandy Catt, Director of Communications and Technology, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Nominees included assistant principal Lacey Griffiths and teacher Jodi Kruse (R. A. Long); principal Scott Merzoian and teacher Tracy Gould (Monticello); principal Aaron Whitright (CVG); assistant principal Brooks Cooper, paraeducator Jamie Allred (Mark Morris); principal Chris Rugg and teacher Dawn Julian (Cascade); director Mary Carr-Wilt; teacher Marie Gilchrist (Robert Gray); teacher Kimmie Flint (Mint Valley);  paraeducator Kara Warner (Robert Gray); and secretary Laura Norton (Northlake).

2018-05-17T16:50:30+00:00 May 15th, 2018|

NASA summer camp offers great opportunity for high school students

Cowlitz County high school students, including incoming freshmen and just-graduated seniors, are invited to experience “Terra Trackers”. This week-long summer camp at R.A. Long High School will allow students to work with electronics and robotics. The camp will run July 16 through July 19, and there is no charge to attend.  Applications are due June 15. Read more about the camp, and complete the camp application.  Completed applications may be returned to the ASB office at R.A. Long, or scanned and emailed to Hanna Burleson.


2018-05-10T15:35:57+00:00 May 10th, 2018|

Facebook Friday with Dr. Zorn

On most Fridays you can find Longview superintendent Dr. Dan Zorn live on Facebook talking about the week’s activities. In case you missed them, check out his April updates. Stay up to date with Longview news by following us on Facebook, and by following Dr. Zorn on Facebook and Twitter.

2018-05-03T14:20:23+00:00 May 3rd, 2018|

We Walk for Water!

Hello Everyone!

At Cascade Middle School, Students Taking Action are raising funds to bring clean water to communities in Nicaragua. Please follow the link below to read about the campaign!


2018-04-16T14:34:25+00:00 April 16th, 2018|

One School, One Book

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Next month our school will be embarking on a special project, an all-school book club called One School, One Book. Every family will receive a copy of the same book and will be asked to read it together at home over the next few weeks. We are asking you to make the time so that your family can participate in this special activity.

Reading aloud at home is valuable because it better prepares your child to be an effective reader, and it is also a fun, worthwhile family activity. With the One School, One Book™ program, we aim to build a Community of Readers at our school. Everyone – students, parents, teachers, and even administrative staff will all be following along together.

Your child will receive a copy of our carefully selected title, Rules, after a special school-wide assembly introducing the program and the book. Students will arrive home that evening having read the first seven chapters of the book. They should be able to summarize what was read.  Along with the book, you will receive a reading schedule so that your child can keep up at home. Generally, your child will be asked to read about 15 minutes each night.

In school, your child will be invited to answer weekly trivia questions to encourage and reward attentive listening. You will soon find that your child will take pride in knowing and anticipating the details of the story. In class, students will explore the book through activities and discussion. You will want to make sure your family keeps up so that your child can be included. Throughout the event, everyone will be engaging in a shared conversation.

One School, One Book is a novel program in that children of all grade levels will all be listening to their parents read the same book. Strange or daring as that may seem, it actually makes sound educational sense. Reading professionals recommend reading material out loud that is beyond a child’s own reading level. We also believe that you can and should continue reading chapter books with your older children, even when they are able to read by themselves. We have selected a title that can be followed and understood and enjoyed by middle school students, but will still captivate and stimulate younger children.

We know that you’ll enjoy this special reading time with your children. We look forward to sharing this experience with you and hope to talk with both you and your student about our book selection. “When a whole school reads a book, there’s a lot to talk about.” With your help, we can build a Community of Readers at our school.


– Cascade Cavalier Staff

2018-03-30T09:51:45+00:00 March 30th, 2018|

Early Release

Attention Parents and Guardians:

Today, Friday March 30th, students will be released at 11:50 for Spring Break.

We hope that everyone has a safe, fun, and responsible Spring Break!


2018-03-30T07:44:10+00:00 March 30th, 2018|
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