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Senior lunch program seeking volunteers


Once again the Senior Lunch program held at the Lions Club every Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. is looking for volunteers that are willing to give any or all portion of that time. If you like to chat while cooking, this is for you! If you can’t do every week, they are flexible. The staff loves our seniors and wants to keep cooking a homemade meal but just needs more hands.  The five man crew is now down to two.  If you want to feel it out first and not make a commitment, that’s great too!  Call Sherri for more information, (360) 608-5916. And remember First Saturday Breakfast serving from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Anyone interested in the amount of fires in our Northwest and especially the one near Mt. Adams can visit this site and see actual aerial photos of the size and seriousness of this devastating fire.

I’ve always been intrigued with our rendition of Stonehenge out near Maryhill Museum, which is having an Autumnal Equinox: “The Secrets of Stonehenge” on Sept. 5, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Join British Stonehenge expert Lloyd Matthews as he discusses ‘Stonehenge, the Neolithic monument on Salisbury Plain in Great Britain’. A few years ago, he spent time carefully studying the stones to create a 1:158 scale model of it, as it stands now, and another illustrating how it was originally thought to have stood. In the process he noticed several distinct shapes on the stones, and since then has sought to learn more about them. In 2012, Matthews gifted the scale models to Maryhill Museum of Art.

An executive board member of the OLESS organization asked me to post this message to our readers: “Sorry the Lyle Park is dried up!  The voluntary group OLESS had to turn off water to find a leak, but so far the leak can’t be found and OLESS is almost broke paying the water bill. The park and building will have to close soon and OLESS will have to turn it back to school if we don’t get help finding leak and getting money to pay for leak bills and repair.  Anybody who might be able to help, please call Vern Harpole 509 480 2607 or email at” As far as I’m concerned, with the meter reading a thousand gallons of water (over the usual) being ‘used’ only on certain days of the week, I have to reiterate last week’s statement. Besides, Vern is an optimist and doesn’t want to believe badly about his fellow man.

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• Special feature article from the new Lyle School Superintendent Andy Kelly:

Cougars, Cubs and Wildcats Head Back to School

The entire Lyle School District is a buzz with the excitement of a new school year! 2015-16 is shaping up to be the best of this century as our School Board, leadership, teachers and support staff come together to ensure that the individualized needs of each and every one of our students is met! Following are some highlights that you’ll want to note:

The school day at Dallesport Elementary School has been lengthened to create a new daily schedule full of learning and enrichment. The school day will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. This extension of 60 minutes per day, equals the addition of 22 days of instruction over the school year! This not only brings us into compliance with the State Board of Education, but creates a myriad of opportunities for each of our K-5 students to learn and experience both a rigorous core academic curriculum but also new exploratory offerings.

If you are the parent of a four-year old, we invite you to join us on Sep. 3, at 7 p.m. at Dallesport Elementary School to discuss the creation of the Dallesport Early Acceleration for Equitable Student Outcomes Pre-School. Our goal is to create options for our community to access affordable pre-school that will be blended with our kindergarten program to ensure that our kinders “entry level” radically improves which will in turn ensure that student achievement and the trajectory for success at all grade levels improves. Our goal is to launch a pilot program in September for four year olds that are not currently eligible for Kindergarten. Should you not be able to attend the meeting you can obtain information by contacting our superintendent or K-12 assistant principal directly. or

Special thank you to all Lyle staff who came “back to school” early for the first annual Staff for Student Success Summit! The summit was filled with rich learning and collaboration for everyone. The development of our district Code of Cooperation will ensure that all adults in the district approach our work and the care of our children in a consistent manner, pushing for the very best outcomes possible!

Did you know that every student within the Lyle School District has access to a school based email and that with this access comes a license to the Microsoft Office Suite? If your daughter/son has not taken advantage of this resource please reach out to Jennifer Machado at the MS/HS campus,

The Lyle School District is blessed to be the recipient of a 21st Century Community Learning Grant! Activities will be kicking off in October and will provide before/after school programming both at Dallesport Elementary School and Lyle Middle/High School.

Lyle Homecoming is Friday, Oct. 30. Get the date on your calendar so that you can come and support the Lady Cougars as they battle Bickleton in Volleyball and the men compete with Mary M. Knight.

Stay in the know! “Like” the Lyle School District on Facebook at Follow us on Twitter @LyleSchoolDist

Do you have a celebration, suggestion or big idea about the continuous improvement of our district? Don’t hesitate to share your ideas with K-12 Superintendent/Principal, Andy Kelly at

I’ve also include the Superintendent’s Entry Plan: This document is my planning document to share with community about goals and focus in my first 100 days as Lyle Superintendent. I truly believe that these areas of focus will allow our district to rapidly improve, meeting the needs of each of our students and ensuring that Lyle becomes a National model for success.


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