Lyle School District


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  • Lyle School District #406 is located in the Columbia River Gorge and serves the residents of Lyle, Dallesport, Appleton, High Prairie, Timber Valley, Murdock and the surrounding areas. Lyle School District offers a K-12 educational system for approximately 300 students throughout the school district.

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    Please call the Lyle Schools Office at 509-365-2211.

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  • Farewell to the Community

    Posted by Deb Stenberg on 6/16/2018 10:17:00 AM

    Dear Lyle School Community,

    Over the past three years you have actively participated in one of the most significant district turnarounds in Washington State History. Lyle schools are NO longer labelled “failing.” In fact, your elementary school is now a Washington State School of Distinction for being in the top five percent in growth in the state. Kids have access and opportunities in every grade level during the day, after school and in the summer. Kids enjoy rigorous classes, music, shop, art and athletics.

    Fiscally, the district is in the best shape in close to two decades. Enrollment grew throughout the 2017-18 school year and our ending fund balance is moving closer to the 10 percent reserve that board policy suggests.

    I will forever be thankful for the relationships built with each of your children and many of you as families. Schools are at the very core about relationships. Establishing healthy relationships with adults, families, and the community and coaching the kids how to build healthy relationships with one another.

    Transitions are always challenging because they represent a certain amount of uncertainty. The same truths that I shared with you three years ago when I interviewed hold true today. Districts that have a healthy culture amongst the adults that is focused on student achievement…districts that have structures in place that empower teachers and staff to teach and kids to thrive, and districts where teachers use strategies that we know deliver results…will continue to grow over time!

    Communities are defined by the quality of their schools. Schools should always be defined by the outcomes that they provide to kids.

    I encourage you to stay focused on the deliverables our children receive through the education process and wish each of you the absolute best! Support the schools and engage with your school board as they navigate the future.

    If you ever find yourself in Ocean Shores, WA, please stop and say hello! In my world, the friends made in Lyle will be friends forever.

    For Kids,

     Andy Kelly Signature

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  • Putting our Kids First: A Reflection on our Success Within the Lyle School District

    Posted by Deb Stenberg on 5/2/2018 1:20:00 PM

    Dear Lyle Families and Community Members,

    Each year, the Board of Directors is charged with evaluating the performance of the Superintendent. Part of this process is a reflection by the Superintendent to demonstrate evidence of progress toward district goals.

    When the Lyle School District Board of Directors selected me as your next Superintendent on July 1, 2015, there were three big goals and personal outcomes that I knew would lead to measurable change and improvement that our kids deserve.

    1. The culture (ethos) of the district must improve to reflect a climate of trust and collaboration.

    2. The fiscal health of the district must shift to ensure that teachers have the tools to teach, kids have access to learning outside of the classroom, and the ending fund balance improves to a safe and healthy amount.

    3. Student achievement must be transformed. Our kids were failing at record levels. Our schools were each identified by the state for underperformance. Opportunities for kids were limited by the instructional program within the district.

    I’m proud of the work that the district has accomplished to ensure that each of these outcomes could be met in less than three years. You can preview my May 22 presentation to the school board here:  Board Presentation May 22, 2018.

    This is the best evidence that I can provide as a superintendent, educator and father -- documented improvements to each of the three goals/personal outcomes noted above.

    I invite you to attend the meeting at 6 p.m., May 22, in the School Library to hear more about the improvements that are happening within the Lyle School District on behalf of our kids. 

    We’re never “finished,” but the entire district and community can be proud of the progress made! 






    Andrew E. Kelly (Andy)

    K-12 Superintendent/Principa

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  • Student Response to School Violence

    Posted by Deb Stenberg on 3/9/2018 10:00:00 AM

    Dear Lyle Families and Community Members,

    In the Lyle School District, we believe that school safety is our primary responsibility as you entrust your scholars to the school community for several hours each day. We also fully embrace the United States Constitution, including the 1st Amendment which provides all people with the right to free speech and the right to assemble.

    In response to the recent school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, many schools across the nation have student groups who are organizing staged demonstrations in the month to come to voice their opinions about this most recent incident, gun violence, and school safety in general.

    Several students in Lyle School District have discussed having a larger voice in school safety. As your superintendent, I’ve talked with our kids and encouraged them to think about their potential activities in terms of voicing their opinions in writing to our state legislators, writing letters to the editor, holding a community forum, etc.

    Please know that the school district doesn’t plan or stage political events, walk outs, sit ins or anything else. It is not the role of the district to take a specific stance or position on any issue or to “organize” our scholars for a political action. 

    However, if at any time, should our students decide to exit school or organize off campus during school hours the district would; 1) provide staff to accompany our students in an effort to safely supervise, and 2) communicate with parents/families the student’s absence. Absences will be marked as “unexcused” unless you as parents choose to excuse your student’s absence from school.

    We appreciate your partnership as parents/guardians and would encourage you to engage your son/daughter in the most appropriate way to share their opinions in this and any incident that they feel strongly needs to change or improve.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly at 509-365-2211 or via email at if I can provide any further help or support.


    Signature - A Kelly




    Andrew E. Kelly (Andy)

    K-12 Superintendent/Principal


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  • How We Decide to Delay or Close School

    Posted by Andrew Kelly, Superintendent on 1/5/2018 1:30:00 PM

    Editor's note: We're re-posting the following letter from Superintendent Kelly from last January. All information is still timely and important. Stay safe out there, everyone!  

    Dear Lyle School District Families:

    Having lived and worked throughout the Western United States, I am accustomed to inclement winter weather. The Mid-Columbia Gorge area is well-known for its difficult-to-predict weather, especially snow and freezing rain events, but we also need to conduct school as scheduled if we can safely do so. Frequent interruptions in our school schedule interfere with precious instructional time, and inconvenience parents who must work regardless.

    Before deciding to close schools, we consult with our staff members, other school districts, and Klickitat County road crews who are out driving roads through the community beginning in the early hours of the morning.

    December sunset through snowy trees Our school district covers 176 square miles with remote areas and steep terrain in places. While roads may be passable in Lyle/Dallesport, conditions may be very different just a few miles away. Deciding to delay or cancel school is a balancing act and many factors go into our decision. Here are a few:

    * Can we ensure that buses will be able to navigate roads safely?

    * Will students be safe waiting for buses, driving or walking to school?

    * What are the predicted weather conditions later in the school day so we can also ensure students a safe return home?

    * If we start school late (two-hour late start), will conditions be substantially improved?

    * Will we have heat and lights in our schools?

    This decision must be made by 5 a.m. in order to notify bus drivers and other staff, as well as parents.  It’s not unknown for the weather to change dramatically after that decision has been made, but once we’ve decided to hold school, it’s important to stick to the decision instead of making a last-minute change that can leave children waiting for a bus or home alone.

    Once we do make the decision to delay or close schools, we use multiple methods to get the word out to parents, students and staff. We use electronic means to notify news media outlets and we add a post to Facebook. If you “like” and “follow” our page, you should see these notices in your feed. You can always click over to our Facebook page (@lyleschools) to check.

    Finally, we always send an automated message by phone, email and text message. This is why, if you have changes in phone numbers or email addresses during the school year, it’s important to notify our school office; this will help us get these messages to you dependably.

    You should also know that technology isn’t always perfect and sometimes one system or another will have a glitch; that’s why we encourage you to check multiple sources for closure information. The old school method – tuning into local radio or television stations – is also still very dependable and is a good solution if your Internet is down.

    Mt Hood





    If it is necessary to open schools late, breakfast will not be served and morning pre-school classes will be canceled, and any scheduled early release will be canceled providing students as much instructional time as possible that day.

    If we prepare carefully and consider all the possibilities, we can ensure the safety and well-being of our students and staff during extreme weather conditions. Having served as a school administrator for 25 years – I have experienced some school closures that were “spot on” and I’ve experienced some that missed the mark. Please know I will do my best and provide me a little understanding if I miss the mark!

    Know also that you are in charge of making the final decision on your child’s behalf. If you feel road conditions in your area are too dangerous to make the drive or put your child on the bus, you may keep your child home and the absence will be excused.

    You can read more on our "Weather Related Closures" webpage, under "Our District."

    Thank you for your partnership in this matter.


     Andrew E. Kelly (Andy)

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  • It’s Heating Up in Cougar Country

    Posted by Deb Stenberg on 8/22/2017 5:00:00 PM

    The 2017-18 school year is upon us and Lyle Community Schools is eager and ready to serve each of our pre-K to 12 scholars!

    It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the class of 2017 at graduation and looking forward to summer break. After three full months of preparation, continued improvements, staff changes and eager excitement, the Lyle staff is ready to roll.

    Lyle will open the 2017-18 school year with two vibrant and active pre-school classrooms. Our pre-school is ECEAP licensed and also community self-pay. Our goal is to welcome each of our three and four-year-olds through the doors of Cougar Country so that each small scholar has all of the skills necessary to navigate kindergarten successfully.

    We are continuing to revise our service and supports for K-6 students by eliminating some assessments that weren’t giving us a true measure of our kids’ skills and talents and creating a district assessment system that will allow us to accelerate students performing above grade level and provide additional support to kids who need extra help.

    Our middle school and high school staff continue to increase offerings for students, working to differentiate and provide each student what they need to graduate prepared for the next steps in their life. We work individually with students to craft a schedule that challenges them academically, offers opportunities to explore and connects them to life after high school.

    We have added an alternative program that provides even more flexibility and invites students who may have disengaged from school to come back and rekindle their spark of learning. In 2017-18 we’ll have more students involved in Running Start, earning college credit simultaneously with high school credit, than ever before in school history. Music, the arts, physical education building and construction and drama all provide opportunities for kids to explore their personal interests and grow.

    Parents, grandparents and community….we need you! We know that you are the first and best teacher of our kids. We are so thankful to you for trusting us with your most precious commodity and we want to partner with you for their success.

    Our school team is ready and willing to help with any need or concern that you might have. You can find all staff email addresses on the Lyle School District Web Page.

    We look forward to a wonderful year with many highlights to come. Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly if I can help/support in any way.


    For Kids,

    Andy Kelly Signature

    Andrew E. Kelly (Andy)





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  • Lyle Senior, Philip Kilian, Completes Internship at Insitu

    Posted by Philip Kilian on 8/27/2016 9:30:00 AM

    Lyle Community Schools offers our students opportunities to "learn by doing." Senior Philip Kilian completed a summer internship at Insitu. Below is his reflection! Congrats Philip! Wishing you an amazing senior year and transition to college! Mr. K


    Hi, I’m Philip Kilian, and I am a Senior at Lyle High School. I would like to share with you the experience I had during my summer internship at Insitu. Insitu is an international company that manufactures unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV drones) and provides services operating these drones for customers, with a variety of different applications (both commercial and military). This summer, I had the opportunity to work as an IT (Information Technology) intern at Insitu, Inc. in Bingen, Washington. During my time at Insitu, I was exposed to the friendly, diverse, and hard-working culture of the company (which also happens to be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Boeing).


    This summer, I was based out of the Eagle Point facility, which is their largest office building in Bingen, as well as one of their main manufacturing locations. Every day, I assisted and worked alongside a diverse workforce from many different departments, as well as from many different parts of the world. I also made several intern friends this summer, many from east coast technical colleges, as well as some from the northwest. Becoming acquainted with such a diverse group of people was a very vital part of my internship, as their stories were an eye-opening extension of my learning experience and opportunity given to me by Insitu as well as the staff at the Lyle School District. This just goes to show how Insitu is an international organization, with connections all over the globe.


    As an IT intern, I spent most of my time either in the Eagle Point server room working on laptop repairs and preparations for new hires, or setting up workstations for those new hires throughout the Eagle Point building, as well as their office buildings on the main street of Bingen, and their office located at the Waucoma Center in Hood River, Oregon. I worked alongside a very qualified and hardworking group in the IT department, including my mentors who did a great job at giving me any help along the way, as well as providing me with the tools and knowledge to complete each task to the best of my ability.


    While there many tasks for me to do at my everyday job at Eagle Point, being an intern at Insitu also came with a variety of events and activities open to the many interns throughout the company. Among the events I participated in include a trip to Arlington, Oregon to watch a flight of their ScanEagle drone, which included both a launch and recovery of the UAV. Operators at the Arlington site also demonstrated the surveillance imaging capabilities of the drone, being controlled from inside a rapid response vehicle/truck. Even at low operating altitudes, the drone was very hard to spot in the clear skies that day. Another intern activity was a group intern project, where (approximately) ~50 interns were split up into ten groups to put together ideas to improve upon inefficiencies within the company, as well as to present their project idea to a board of executives. I was a part of group 10, the high school intern group. Since our group was the only high school team against nine college intern groups, I guess you could say we were the underdogs. While we prepared our presentations very late, my group advanced to the final three groups, which presented to several top executives within Insitu. While we didn’t place first, the fact that we (as high school underdogs) made it that far with little preparation was very satisfying, as well as a great opportunity to meet top dogs at Insitu.


    Overall, i had a very good experience interning at Insitu. The entire workforce was very friendly, cooperative, hardworking, and approachable. I am very fortunate to get the opportunity to work at a great company such as Insitu all summer long. I would like to thank my science teacher Mrs. Sholtis with approaching me about this opportunity and giving me a letter of recommendation, secretary Mrs. Machado and superintendent Mr. Kelly for getting us in contact with Insitu’s intern department, as well as math teacher Mr. Bister for giving me another letter of recommendation.  I greatly appreciate the support and opportunity given to me by the staff at Lyle School District. This was a great extension of my education this summer, and an opportunity I will not take for granted.


    Thank you for reading my short summer blog!

    Philip Kilian

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  • 2015-16 an Amazing Year In Lyle School District

    Posted by Andy Kelly on 6/27/2016

    2015-16 has been an amazing year in the Lyle School District! 260 brilliant minds in grades Pre-K to 12 worked hard this year to grow towards grade level standards and proficiency and beyond! Approximately 35 district staff members did everything in their power to ensure that in Lyle #ALLmeansALL. 

    We as a district proved that if we align systems and structures and approach each and every day with the belief that our kids in Lyle deserve the very best that kids deserve anywhere, our kids CAN do it!

    Thanks to Ms. Marvel and Ms. Kilian, we launched a new pre-kindergarten program that will ensure that even more of our kindergartners start school ready for success!

    Congratulations to 4th grade teacher, Lori Smith and secondary mathematics teacher, John Bister, who both are still in the running for Washington State Teacher of the Year! These two educators are great examples of the kind of amazing teachers that we have in Lyle.

    So appreciative of our K-5 staff who embraced a new instructional strategy and operated as a blended teaching team, one certificated and one classified staff member, to ensure that we have low class sizes to adult ratios and that each of our kids get exactly what they need...whether that is enrichment or remediation.

    Our K-6 teachers implemented a new ELA and Math curriculum this year ensuring that our kids are exposed to a rigorous curriculum aligned to the Washington State Learning Standards.

    Congratulations to our 19 high school graduates from the class of 2016 and each of the adults who worked tirelessly to support them for at least 13 years. Your persistence and grit will serve you well in the future.

    Our district is undergoing significant transition this summer by unifying our entire Pre K to 12 student body under a single roof at the Lyle Campus. Though this transition presents challenges, it also opens opportunities to continue to meet the needs of each of our kids in new and innovative ways.

    Lyle kids deserve an excellent educational experience in a school where every classroom is filled with an effective teacher and classified staff. Our kids deserve a trajectory that sets them up for high school graduation and life, careers, and a successful life as a contributing citizen!

    In Lyle- #ALLmeansALL


     For Kids,


    Andrew E. Kelly (Andy)



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