We have updated the software so that it will display better on Internet Explorer and mobile devices. We have also taken this opportunity to reorganize our site. The "Quicklinks" are now in the menu at the top of the page. There you'll find some of our most popular pages. Departments and School Board are now found under the "District" menu. Our Schools links now take you directly to the newly designed school homepages. The "Teaching and Learning" section houses the pages related to student instruction. We hope you like our new site and come back often!
The KSD Board of Directors approved the 2015-2016 calendar for both Wallace and the rest of the district on February 9, 2015. In the district's efforts to keep the public informed of important decisions, listed below are some key dates to aid families as they make travel and other arrangements ahead of time. If you have any questions please contact Beth Grambo in the Superintendent's office at 360-501-1927.
The Kelso School District has been preparing approximately 3,000 students and 125 teachers for the new Smarter Balanced assessment. Over the last couple of years, each of our schools has successfully participated in a Smarter Balanced Interim or Practice testing session with groups of students. In addition, teachers in the district have adapted their teaching so students will be well-practiced at the type of writing, researching, math and question-answering the new test will demand. As always, our primary goal in Kelso is to prepare all students to graduate with a solid foundation of skills and a future full of opportunities.
The Smarter Balanced Assessments will be used to gauge how well students are mastering these new, higher academic standards in grades 3-8, 10, and 11. In high school grades, these assessments will ultimately be used to determine how ready students are for education after high school and the workforce.
CLICK HERE FOR TIPS ON HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD PREPARE.
CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE PRACTICE TEST!
Smarter Balanced Assessment Overview-- Video
Smarter Balanced Componets--Video
March is the month to apply for your child to attend a school other than your neighborhood school. If you want to guarantee consideration before the start of the 2015-2016 school year you must have your application returned to the Student Services Office at Crawford Street, Kelso, WA 98626 by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2015.
Please click HERE for more information on the process.
Please click HERE for an electronic copy of the In-District Boundary Exception Form. For an Out-of-District Boundary Exception Form please call 501-1905 to request a copy.
Fifth grade students and Music Department of the Kelso School District would like to thank the Kelso Public Schools Foundation for their generous grant which allowed students to attend the SW WA Children’s Symphony Concert in October. Additional generous contributions from our Foundation include:
Spring 2014 Grants totaling $6,839
Fall 2014 Grants totaling $7,025
Scholarships totaling $82,500
National History Day Contest - $1,100
SW WA Children’s Symphony Concert - $1,300
Without the Foundation’s overwhelming generosity most, if not all, of the activities their grants funded would not have been possible.
All Kelso High School students are required to turn in one Best Works per year. A BW is selected by the individual student and must be school related: an academic achievement, a sports achievement, or a club achievement all are acceptable options. Once selected, BW are saved into student e-portfolio accounts and later presented as part of their senior presentation. Have you turned in a BEST WORK yet? The BW process is a component of the High School and Beyond Plan which is a Graduation Requirement. Don’t procrastinate turn in a Best Work today!!!
Catlin Elementary was recently notified that they are the recipient of a 2014 School of Distinction award. The school won this prestigious recognition for being one of the 5% highest improving schools in the State of Washington for increased Reading and Math achievement over the past 5 years.
School of Distinction awards are given by The Center for Educational Effectiveness. Recipients will be honored at an Awards Ceremony on November 5.
All school districts and school sites that receive State and Federal funds are required to gather teacher, parent, and student input each year. This information is used to help provide high-quality curriculum and instruction, student interventions, professional development, and other identified school needs to raise academic achievement. The 2014-15 Survey window is now open until May 15th, 2015.
It is highly recommended that you complete this survey online. If you are unable to do so, please contact your child's school for a paper copy. Thank you for taking time to complete the 2014-15 KSD survey. Your input is valued.
Barnes Elementary Survey (English)
Barnes Elementary Survey (Spanish)
Catlin Elementary Survey (English)
Catlin Elementary Survey (Spanish)
Wallace Elementary Survey (English)
Wallace Elementary Survey (Spanish)
Loowit High School Survey
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Secondary schools will dismiss at 10:15. Elementary will dismiss at 11:00. Wallace students will attend until June 25th. Have a great summer.
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