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District Highlights

Cedar students build state-of-the-art composting system
Cedar High School students, in partnership with Green Mountain Technologies, Mason Conservation District, Americorps, and HOPE Garden Project, spent time building a new state-of-the-art compost system at Callanan Park as part of a class project. Thank you to the anonymous donor of the $800 that paid for the materials of this new composting system that will serve the community for many years. Thank you to everyone involved for your hard work! This is just one example of the awesome opportunities students have while attending Cedar High School.  


Elementary students are hard at work!
Elementary students have been working hard the past couple of weeks! At Evergreen Elementary, Wildcat WOW winners were rewarded for showing respect, solving problems, and making good decisions. At Bordeaux Elementary, first graders earned their first Top Dog celebration for being responsible! Mt. View had their first Lunch Bunch of the school year, where teachers chose students to have lunch with the specialists in the STEM room and recess fun in the library. These students were chosen for a variety of reasons like "being kind to a classmate" and "being helpful". Way to go, Vikings! Keep up the good work!



Volunteer in our schools!
If you are interested in spending some time in our classrooms, please fill out this form. By volunteering your time, you may be asked to read a book to a classroom, help with a literacy activity, or more!  Please expect to volunteer about one hour of your time. The school(s) you are interested in volunteering at will contact you with further details along with the required volunteer paperwork. We are very grateful for your interest and look forward to seeing you in our schools!

Mark your calendar!

  • 9/27/23: 1.5 Hour Early Release
  • 10/11/23: 1.5 Hour Early Release
  • 10/20/23: 3 Hour Early Release

We are now accepting nominations for the Hall of Fame!
Do you know someone who should be honored in the Shelton School District & Community Hall of Fame? Nominate them today! It only takes a few minutes and you can do it all online! >>

Work with us!

To apply for open positions within the District, please visit the District’s Human Resources website at  To volunteer, please contact the school or department in which you are interested in volunteering.

Need childcare?
The YMCA has space available in their before/after school program location at Bordeaux Elementary. Financial aid is available as well as transportation for Mt. View and Evergreen Elementary School students. For more information, please click here.

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School-Based Health Clinic is Open!
Junior High and High School Families - The Mason Health School Based Clinic located at the Shelton YMCA is now open! Schedule your well-child or well-teen appointments today! Call 360-426-2653, select the option for Primary Care, and then YMCA scheduling. You can bring your sports physical forms with you to the well-child/well-teen checkup.

Consent forms can be found at

YMCA flyer

Social Media Guidance for Families

Social Media Guidance
Social Media Guidance

Are you fluent in Mam, Q’anjob’al, or Russian and English?

Are you fluent in Mam, Q’anjob’al, or Russian and English?

Shelton School District is looking for people who are fluent in Mam, Q’anjob’al, or Russian and English, who can help with interpretations. Paid hourly, as needed. If this is you, please contact Betty Uriostegui at (360) 426-2151 ext. 10541; Cell (360) 490-1235; [email protected] or Krystal Moore at (360) 426-1687; [email protected]g.

Home Language Survey
Below you will find links to a short survey asking you four questions about your family and your student’s language preferences.  You have a right to information about your child’s education in a language that you understand.  We want to make sure we have updated information regarding the language you prefer to use when communicating with your student’s school.  Please take a moment to complete this short survey if you have not done so already by selecting your child's school below.

Are you eligible for our McKinney-Vento program? 
You may be eligible for services if you or your family live in any of the following situations:

  • In a shelter, transitional housing, motel, vehicle, campground, or on the street
  • In an abandoned building, trailer, or other inadequate accommodations
  • Temporarily doubled-up with friends or relatives because you lost your home, or cannot afford housing
  • Living as an unaccompanied youth without your parent or guardian
    In the process of eviction or foreclosure

Some services offered to those in the program are Immunization assistance, Enrollment assistance, Free meal registration, School supplies/backpacks, PE uniforms, Clothing support, Hygiene supplies, School fees, Field trip or camp expenses, Laundry support, Transportation to and from the school of origin, Access to rental and utility assistance, Referrals to basic services (food, shelter, medical assistance, etc.), Bilingual support for Spanish speakers, And more!

Please contact the district’s McKinney-Vento Liaison, Amanda Gonzales, if you believe you qualify: (360) 426-2151 ext. 10365 | Cell 360-463-4061 | [email protected]

Federal Programs Complaint Process
The State & Federal Programs Department offers services and resources to eligible students to eliminate the achievement gap between student subgroups.  We are committed to connecting with students, families, and the community to provide the education needed to achieve academic and personal success. View our Federal Programs Complaint Process flyer here.

Clothing, household Items, non-perishable food, community resources...we have you covered!
Are you in need of something? We can probably help! Our resource center has a clothing bank with clothing for all ages. All of the clothing is either new or laundered before entering the bank. A household item bank may also have what you need: bedding, small kitchen appliances, and more! The newest addition to the SFRC is the food bank and hygiene bank. If you are looking for a community connection, the SFRC can help you connect with the right resource.

Schedule an appointment to visit our resource center by contacting a family liaison:

  • Bordeaux Elementary | Wendy Lankelis | (360) 426-3253 ext. 11002 | cell (360) 545-7310 [email protected] 
  • Evergreen Elementary | Lucrecia Hernandez | (360) 426-8281 ext. 12129 | cell ( 360) 463-4393 [email protected]
  • Mt. View Elementary | Ivette Salamanca | (360) 426-8564 ext. 13017 | cell (360) 545-7136 [email protected]
  • Olympic Middle School | Cleyri Zacarias | (360) 462-6671 ext. 14105 | cell (360) 280-3539 [email protected]
  • Oakland Bay Jr. High | Isabel Castaneda | (360) 426-7991 ext. 15008 | cell (360)545-2189  [email protected]
  • Shelton High School | Veronica Lawrence | (360) 426-4471 ext. 16019 | cell (360) 968-9553 [email protected]
  • Choice & Cedar High school | Betty Uriostegui | (360) 426-2151 ext.10541 | cell (360) 490-1235 [email protected]

Are you looking to donate to our Student & Family Resource Center?
It is the SFRC's goal to help every family find the information and resources available to ensure the most successful outcome from their educational experience in their respective schools. Please consider partnering with us this year, and thank you in advance for your contribution.

If you would like to help keep our food bank and clothing bank stocked, the following are our 'high-need' items: maseca, rice, beans, individually packed snack items, baby clothing, elementary-school-age sized clothing, new underwear, and black leggings in all sizes.

Our community has always been extremely generous in their giving and we appreciate the support.

If you would like to donate your time to help sort clothing or make a monetary donation, please contact the director of the SFRC: Betty Uriostegui; (360) 426-2151 ext. 10541; [email protected] or the McKinney-Vento/Foster Care Liaison: Amanda Gonzales; 360-463-4061; [email protected].

Washington State Governor’s Office of the Education Ombuds
The Washington State Governor’s Office of the Education Ombuds (OEO) is an independent state agency that helps to reduce educational opportunity gaps by supporting families, students, educators, and other stakeholders in communities across WA in understanding the K-12 school system and resolving concerns collaboratively.  OEO services are free and confidential. Anyone can contact OEO with a question or concern about school. 

OEO listens, shares information and referrals, and works informally with families, communities, and schools to address concerns so that every student can fully participate and thrive in our state’s public schools. OEO provides support in multiple languages and has telephone interpretation available. To get help or learn more about what OEO does, please visit our website:; email [email protected], or call:  1-866-297-2597 (interpretation available).


Did you know that you could receive school notifications as text messages?  This includes messages about school closures, delays, low or negative meal balances, and more!  Opt-in today by texting “Y” or “Yes” to 67587.


Energy Assistance - Community Action Council of Lewis, Mason & Thurston Counties
Energy Assistance Program will start taking calls for the new season on Wednesday, September 13th, 2023. Schedule an appointment online or by calling 360-426-9726.

Huff 'N Puff Student Memorial
The Shelton School District is working with the Shelton Rotary Club to update the student memorial at the Huff 'N Puff trailhead. If you are aware of a high school or middle school student who was attending the Shelton School District and who passed away before reaching graduation,  please reach out to Abe Gardner at 360-801-9555. We appreciate your help in making sure all students are honored.

Bag O' Books Program
Bag O' Books allows parents to order free books online for the whole family. Each child in the family receives 4 age-appropriate books and the parent can re-order a bag up to once a month. The program is completely free, and families are not obliged to return any of the books they receive. We send out notification emails when a family's bag is ready, and they have two weeks to pick their order up. The Mason County pick-up site is at Washington State University Extension at 303 N 4th ST Shelton 98584. For more information, please visit

Receive Free Books Through Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library provides children from birth up to age five a high-quality, age-appropriate book in the mail each month. Child Care Action Council will serve as the local affiliate for the Imagination Library in both counties, providing age-appropriate books each month to eligible children, at no cost to the family. Learn more

Crossroads Housing
Are you experiencing a housing crisis, homelessness, fleeing domestic violence, falling behind on rent, can't make a payment, or have another barrier to obtaining housing? Crossroads can help! (360) 427-6919; (360) 490-6510


School board meetings are held every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. Please check the district calendar for meeting locations. 

Right to Translation and Interpretation Services: All parents have the right to information about their child’s education in a language they understand. We can provide an interpreter or translated documents, free of charge when you need them. For assistance, please contact: Betty Uriostegui; 360-426-1687 ext. 10541

Derecho a Servicios de Traducción e Interpretación: Todos los padres tienen derecho a la información acerca de la educación de sus hijos en el lenguaje que ellos entienden. Podemos proveer con un intérprete o documentos traducidos de manera gratuita cuando los necesite. Para ayuda, por favor comuníquese con: Betty Uriostegui; 360-426-1687 ext. 10541

Ayon ti chi ko kamik’olne ko jatnene eloq yul ko q’anej chi jala yulaq ko na’: Ka axka tu chi ko sayek maktxel chi alon ko q’anej yin janoq ab’ix bay sanail kuyuj o ma b’ay eb’ mamej o ma janoq xa tx’oq ab’ixal. Chi huj e yalon bay Betty Uriostegui ta hay junoq che yoche chi ko jatne ek toq yul junoq xa txoq tiejal. 360-426-1687 ext. 10541

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NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT: Shelton School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

Title IX Coordinator: Tabitha Whiting, Executive Dir. of Human Resources; 700 S. First Street; Shelton, WA 98584; 360-426-1687; Email: [email protected]

Section 504/ADA Coordinator: Ivy Kardes, Director of Special Services; 700 S. First Street; Shelton, WA 98584; 360-426-2151; Email: [email protected]

Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator: Tabitha Whiting, Executive Dir. of Human Resources; 700 S. First Street; Shelton, WA 98584; 360-426-1687; Email: [email protected]

Gender Inclusive School Coordinator: Rich Squire, Safety and Security Manager; 700 S. 1st Street; Shelton, WA 98584; 360-426-6322; Email: [email protected]

You can report discrimination and discriminatory harassment to any school staff member or to the district's Civil Rights Coordinator, listed above. You also have the right to file a complaint.

For a copy of your district’s nondiscrimination policy and procedure, contact your school or district office or view Policy and Procedure 3210 online here: Policy & Procedure - Shelton School District

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