Fine Arts and Food… Listen Up!!

  • Flash Mob Practice during Help Time in Palmer’s Room
  • Dinner Theater
    • November 22nd.
    • The Life Aquatic
    • Food is fish theme (Sign up on Palmer’s Door)
    • Bring a prepared statement on what your thankful for

Blood Drive

This Friday, November 15, National Honor Society is sponsoring a blood drive.  Contact the school if you would like to donate!

Food Drive for Food Bank

November 15th through November 25th

The “competition” will be between advisory classes. The class bringing in the most food by weight will be the winner of a holiday cookie party in December. Please encourage your students to contribute to help our community. All food will be taken to the Castle Rock food bank at the end of the food drive.

Change of Date for Concert

NOTICE!  Change of concert date.
All-District Patriotic Concert will be held on Thursday, November 14th, at 7:00 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.

Homecoming Spirit Week

Dress up to earn points for your class and join the fun…

Monday: Tie-Dye

Tuesday: Superhero

Wednesday: Mustache

Thursday: Pink Out

Friday: Red & White

Picture Retakes

funny-yearbook-photos-9School picture retakes will be held during both lunches on Monday, Oct. 21st.  Students need to return their picture packets to Bell Studios if they are having retakes.  Picture order forms are available at the office.



Also, PSAT is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 16.  Cost is $14 and students should sign up ahead of time at the office with Mrs. Stagner.




index Jostens will be here on Nov. 6th to speak to the Seniors about graduation orders.

Mark it on your calendar…

The first set of school conferences are scheduled for October 28, 29, 30, 31 and November 1. School will be dismissed as follows: Elementary at 12:00, Middle School at 12:10 and High School at 12:20.

Letters About Literature


Letters About Literature writing contest begins 


OLYMPIA…An annual national contest that encourages students to put their thoughts about a book into words is underway.

Now in its ninth year in Washington, the Letters About Literature competition encourages young readers to write letters to their favorite authors, living or dead. The contest, co-sponsored by the Washington State Library, is for schoolchildren in grades 4-12 and those who are homeschooled.

“I love to read for entertainment and to learn more,” said Secretary of State Kim Wyman. “I encourage all kids to read because it gives them a strong foundation to be successful in school and life. The Letters About Literature contest is a great way for students to think about how a favorite book touches them and to put their thoughts about that book onto paper.”

State Librarian Rand Simmons says Letters About Literature is an annual highlight for him and the State Library staff.

“It’s amazing how books can touch young readers and help them see their world in a new way,” Simmons said. “This contest helps students think about books they read and how they influence them. We’ve received many outstanding and thoughtful letters from students since the contest started, and we encourage even more students to take part this year.”

Students enter the contest by writing a personal letter to an author, explaining how his or her work shaped the students’ perspective on the world or themselves. Students can write about works of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. They cannot write about music lyrics. Entries in Spanish will be accepted and translated for the Washington State judges.

Letter writers compete at three levels: Level 1 for grades 4-6; Level 2 for grades 7-8; and Level 3 for grades 9-12. Entrants must be at least 9 years old. One letter from each level from each state is entered into the national competition.

There are two deadlines for this year’s contest: All Level 3 entries must be postmarked by Dec. 10. All entries for Levels 1 and 2 must be postmarked by Jan. 10, 2014.

The state’s winners will be announced in March. A ceremony to honor the Washington champions, runners-up and honorable mentions will be held at the State Capitol in Olympia next spring.

About 3,400 Washington students went through the judging process in the last competition. Nearly 100 schools, as well as Boys & Girls Clubs from around the state, had entries.

The contest’s other sponsors include the Office of Secretary of State and the Center for the Book, which is operated by the Library of Congress. The State Library is a division of the Office of Secretary of State.

Each letter must be accompanied by an entry coupon that can be found at Coupons should be stapled to the last page of the letter. Entries should be mailed to:


Letters About Literature
Competition Level (Indicate Level 1, 2 or 3)
P.O. Box 5308
Woodbridge, VA 22194


Teachers, librarians and parents can download contest materials, including lesson plans, assessment checklists, and writing samples, by visiting the national Letters About Literature website at

State judges select each level’s top letter writer, who receives a $125 cash award and advances to the national competition.

A panel of national judges for the Center for the Book will select one national winner per competition level. National winners will receive a $1,000 cash award.

For more information about the contest, contact the State Library’s Crystal Lentz at (360) 704-5275