Welcome to the toutle lake school district

About Us

Welcome to the Toutle Lake School District web site, virtual home of the Fighting Ducks. Toutle Lake School District was created in the 1930's and is a consolidation of the Silver Lake and Toutle School Districts.

Toutle Lake School District is a rural campus containing kindergarten through twelfth grades, all located on one site.  The District serves approximately 720 students and employs  thirty-eight certificated and fifty-two classified staff members.

Mission Statement

The Toutle Lake School Districts Mission is to update and elevate the standards of academic achievement and improve student performance at Toutle Lake preparing our young people for living, learning, and working successfully in the 21st Century.


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School Board Seeks Community Input on Proposed Land Use Agreement

1 Source Towers, LLC out of Florida has contacted the District with interest in entering into a land use agreement, for the purpose of developing a cell tower on school district property. The company would compensate the District somewhere around $9,000 to $10,000 (final amount would be negotiated) per year.

Before making a final decision, the Board wants to make certain that the community has the opportunity to voice its thoughts with respect to this proposal. Interested parties could do one of the following: 1) attend the May school board meeting which will be held in the HS library at 7pm on Tuesday, May 28; 2) call the District office at 360-274-6182; or 3) send an email to the District superintendent, Bob Garrett, at bgarrett@toutlesd.org.
Strengthening Families Class
The Strengthening Families Program is a partnership between the Castle Rock CARE Coalition and WSU Cowlitz County extension. It is for parents/caregivers and their youth ages 10 - 14. Click here to view the flyer and click here for the form.

Dolly Parton Imagination Library
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is proudly sponsored by the Cowlitz & Wahkiakum County United Way. Please click here for information regarding this exciting program.

Inclement Weather & snow route info

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For snow routes please click here. For information regarding school closures or alerts click here.

Welcome to toutle mr. garrett!

Letter from Mr. Garrett, our interim Superintendent

Hi, and welcome to the website for the Toutle Lake School District!

Today, December 11, 2018, is my first day “on the job” as the new interim superintendent. I am excited to assume my new role, even though I have been “around the block” a few times. I have previously worked for three relatively small school districts as their superintendent, all for a total of 41 years.


I absolutely love working in small school districts, where I have found that staff, community members and the students can often function as a team; with the same goals serving one and all. Like the other school districts within which I have worked, I will not be surprised to find that the members of the Toutle Lake School District actively support the notion that “it takes an entire village to raise a child.”


As we move forward committed to working together to make positive differences in the lives of children, I am reminded of the lessons that we can learn from a flock of flying geese.  Angeles Arrien has shared the following insights regarding geese flying in a V-formation:

  1. As each goose flaps it wings, it creates an uplift for others behind it. There is 71 percent more flying range in V-formation than in flying alone. Lesson: People like us who share a common direction and sense of purpose get there more quickly.
  2. Whenever a goose flies out of formation, it feels drag and tries to get back into position. Lesson: It is easier to do something together than alone.
  3. When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into formation and another goose flies at the head. Lesson: The “leader” does not have to do all of the leading all of the time. Each of us has skills and talents that are valuable, and we should be willing to lead when needed.
  4. The geese flying in the rear of the formation honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. Lesson: Encouragement is motivating. We need to make sure our “honking” is encouraging, not discouraging.
  5. When a goose gets sick or wounded and falls, two geese fall out and stay with it until it revives or passes on. Then they catch up or join another flock. Lesson: We may all need help from time to time. Let us stand by one another in difficult times as well as good ones.


I look forward to meeting as many of you whom I can, and may the remainder of this school year be one in which we “fly as geese.” We will arrive at our destination in an easier and quicker fashion, leading when we are needed, and encouraging and supporting one another. And the entire village, particularly the children, will reap the benefits!





Bob Garrett

Interim Superintendent



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