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May Update

It’s a busy time of the year as we approach the final weeks of school.  Our students in grades 3-5 have done a tremendous job of persevering through the first year of the Smarter Balanced Assessments.  The state tests focus on English Language Arts (reading/writing) and Mathematics. 

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Students of the Month

Students were recognized for academic behavior, excellent behavior and improvement.. See who they were...

Go Girl Go Fun Run

Go Girl Go

Students:  Isabella Hadaller, Abigail Plough, Reagan Powell, Mabrie Richards, Lily Richards, Lillienne Plough  Staff: Cindy Stephens & Rhonda Tilton

On May 16, 2015, several students from Robert Gray participated in the 2nd Annual Go Girl Go Fun Run.  The Fun Run is the culmination of the Go Girl Go program which is sponsored by the YMCA. Girls meet weekly to exercise together and learn how to make good choices for healthy lifestyles. The cost for participants is $25 and typically runs from late February to mid May.  We look forward to more participants and another successful year in 2015-16!

Mr. Holway to retire

Longtime principal and teacher Bruce Holway has announced his  intention to retire at the end of this school year. Bruce has served Longview students since 1979—most recently the past five years as principal at Robert Gray Elementary School.

Bruce started his 40-year education career in LaCenter and was then hired in Longview to teach at Cascade. He became assistant principal at Cascade in 1986 and moved to Monticello as principal in 1989. He returned to Cascade to serve as principal from 1994 to 2010 prior to moving to Robert Gray.

Bruce has been an outstanding educational leader in our schools and has mentored both teachers and principals. He is admired and respected by his peers for his special talents around quality teaching and learning.

Future superintendent Dan Zorn will be instrumental in developing a process to replace Bruce. More information will be available in the coming weeks.

(see some of Mr. Holway's reflections on his years in Longview School District)

Upcoming events

Percussion Concert - May 21st

PTO Meeting - May 28th - date change

Striving for Excellence

The following Robert Gray students were recognized for Striving for Excellence for the week of May 11-15 2015

Kindergarten- Kaydence Bartness, Jaidyn Hillendahl and Finnian Dennis First grade- Alana Hansen, Lucas Moyer and Jaedyn Milian Second grade- Kaleena Sahim, Evan Peters, Jacer Smith and Aubree Londo Third grade- Charity Kauffman, Maliheh Norrisromine, Sage Lillevold and Sam Hansen Fourth grade- Vivian Nguyen, Kaylin Januscheitis, Katleyn Ternyik and Ahlycea Johnstone Fifth grade- Jaden Anderson, Korbyn McGlone and Savannah Coffman

Robert Gray students Striving for Excellence. For the week of May 4-8 2015

Kindergarten- Olivia Plemmons Boss, Zach Poston and Alexa Harrison First grade- Lucas Sears, Rhonda Ojalehto and Slaina Shellbe Second grade- Josie Butler, Sarah Askay, Jorah Yates and Nevaeh Glenn Third grade- Johnny Jones, Bailey Cureton, Ellie Woolcott and Hannah Askay  Fourth grade- Kenji London, Cassidy Drew, Braden Huhta and Dorian Brickert Fifth grade Natalie Mayes, Anna Wisuri and Charli Swanson

The following Robert Gray  students were Striving for Excellence for the week of April 13-17 2015

April 17th

Kindergarten- Zoe Norvell, Robert Wynn and Gunnar Giles First grade- Miles Whiteside, Markayla Bryant-Tover and Colin Kilgore Second grade- Aimen Flemens, Zander Jendro, Caleb Allen and Alyssa Green
Third grade- Jazzmyn Trekas, Nicholas Pittsley, Will Clark and Dayanna Weaver Fourth grade- Ian MacArthur, Chloe Moilanen, Bryce Foytack and Brodie Fitzpatrick Fifth grade- Chloie Bowen, Aaricka Johnson and Christian Perez

The following Robert Gray students were Striving for Excellence for the week of April 20-24 2015

Kindergarten- Caylea Zimmerman, Cooper Vollmer and Ahriya Milian First grade- Angel Meza-Camba, Makenzie Henthorn and Emily Schatz Second grade- Maddy Holde, Blake Musso, Malikia Smith and Tad Alwine Third grade Keylee LaFave, Easten Hendrickson, Ellie Woolcott and Jake Jurvakainen Fourth grade- Beau Gamble, Drew Wallace, Natasha Ruddell and Brooklyn Baker  Fifth grade- Y Ta, Aaricka Johnson and Seth Beres


Thank you Volunteers!


Harriett Sparks greets volunteers to the celebration to thank them for their time and effort in helping Robert Gray students.

Students performing for the volunteers.

Grand prize in the Earth Day paper bag contest

Hayly  Kalista , 2nd from right, received recognition from Longview Parks and Recreation and Fred Meyer for the grand prize in the Earth Day paper bag contest Hayly is a 5 th grader in Rhonda Tilton's class. Although a runner up award has never been presented in all the years of the competition , this year Corinne Hammons (below), a 5 th grade student in Shane workman's class , received recognition for her work . Also shown is Hayly'e class.

Earth Day

From Mr. Holway on School Gardens...

Robert Gray School Community

We are beginning the process of developing a school garden at Robert Gray.  A few years back, we consulted with Ian Thompson, the director of the Longview Community School Gardens, but we had to attend to more pressing playground issues.  Now we are ready to get people together who share a common vision for creating a school garden.  If you are interested in participating in this project, let us know! 

You can either email the school principal, Bruce Holway or drop a note by the school office.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Bruce Holway, Principal


Wanted...Missing Humphrey Books

Thank you for participating in our One School One Book Project!   

We have 'a bunch' of books that haven't been returned yet.

Please return your copy of Friendship According to Humphrey ASAP.   We are boxing them up to share with Mint Valley Elementary School.   When your child returns their copy they will receive a coupon for a free sub sandwich at Jimmy John’s.  

Thank you!


New playground equipment for kindergarten

See more pictures of this project


January PTO Newsletter (5 pages of news!)



Online math resourcesMath resources

Looking for some math resources that families can access at home?

Please take a look at these sites and encourage your students to use these with your permission.

5th Graders can earn a bike!

  Once again Bud Clary is sponsoring a bike give-away for each 5th grader that has perfect attendance for the entire year! That means no tardies, no excused or unexcused absences, no missed class time at all. This includes not leaving early after the winter pro-gram. If you are in 5th grade this is something to work towards!

Points of Pride

Points of Pride

Reasons to be proud of Longview Public Schools. See this brochure that points out at least 21 reasons.

November NewsletterNewsletter

Misplace your November Newsletter? Click on the newsletter to your right
and get it.

Smarter Balanced Assessment System-

This year, students in grades 3-8 and 11 will be taking the Smarter Balanced Assessments in English/Language Arts and Math.  This is the first year our students will participate in these assessments that are aligned to the Common Core standards. 

To get information that will help you understand this assessment system, log on to Smarterbalanced.org.

RGE teachers will be working with students throughout the year to give them experience with the content, the process and the format of these tests that will be taken online in the spring.


New calendar

You can access our calendar now by clicking on the calendar in the sidebar on the left. When you go to the calendar page you can click on an item to see more information about that item. Click on Oct 1, Robert Gray Pictures so see how that works.


School Supply List for 2014-15

Here is the list of school supplies for this next school year. Supply lists

School Store....

Shopping online? You can help raise money for Robert Gray when you go to the particpating merchants through SchoolStore. SchoolStore.com is an online shopping mall with over 400 merchants including Sears, Target, iTunes, Walmart, Disney Store, Family Book Store and many more. When your family and friends make everyday purchases from their favorite merchants, our school earns money!

We've sent this information home, but here is the flyer. The clip off at the bottom says to return by Friday...that is Friday January 24th.

Cookie Dough sales

Cookie DoughThere are a lot of great things we can do for the students at Robert Gray that are possible with our fundraiser.

At the right the vendor who provides the fundraiser talks about some of the prizes students can earn after meeting certain levels of sales.

Another reason for using this picture is so show you how well the students pay attention to the presentation as they sit with their classmates. Elementary schools are one of the few places the newest get the best seats in the house!


PTO - Learn how you can help...

See this year's PTO flyer with how you can help at Robert Gray. Visit our PTO web page for more info.

Clip Box Tops and 'Labels for Education' raise funds!

Look for Box Tops on hundreds of participating products. Cut them out and return them to the school. Each Box Top is worth $.10 which adds up quickly when we all work together.

You can also check out www.BTFE.com the official Box Tops for Education website. There you can print coupons for products that have Box Tops on them, saving you money and earning Robert Gray money at the same time.

It's not just Campbell's Soup Labels anymore. Labels for Education can be found on cereals, snack items, stationery and magazines.Collect the UPCs, beverage and sauce caps from these participating products and return them to Robert Gray.

Every label returned earns points that can be redeemed for art supplies, athletic equipment, games or academics merchandise for the school. It is an easy way to get "Free Stuff" for the Robert Gray students.


Kindergarten Bus Pass

This year, bus-riding kindergarteners in the Longview School District will wear badges that display their names, as well as where they should be picked up and where they should be dropped off. Need extra badges? Click to print more.

(Letter sent to all Kindergarten parents from the school district)


Parks and Recreation Activities

Safe supervised quality activities conducted by experienced recreation leaders include organized games, sports, crafts reading, homework time, guest speakers and special events. A current registration form must be completed. Payments must be made at the Recreation Office to receive a receipt for tax purposes. Financial assistance for scholarships and reduced payment may be available for qualifying families.

What do we do when the weather or other emergency impacts out school day?

Our school hours and other emergency info can be found on the Longview School District website. You will find info about bus snow routes and hours of school operations.

In addition to local radio stations announcing weather delays, you would like to get notices sent to your my email. Sign up for a free service called "Flash Alert". Please note: you must subscribe and keep your contact information updated; some spam filters block these messages; you can get messages pushed to your smart phone or tablet with the FlashAlert Messenger App. Info is on the FlashAlert signup site.
Information will be posted before 6 a.m.