Each month, Dr. Zorn reaches out to our business community via the Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce newsletter with information about the successes and challenges of our public schools.

The Class of 2016 from Mark Morris and RA Long High Schools graduated in recent ceremonies at Longview’s Memorial Stadium.

I had the pleasure of shaking the hands of nearly 400 young people who are embarking on their unique and incredible life journey.  Graduation day is always a great day of celebration, reflection, and promise.  Many of you played an integral role in the success of one or more of the students we honored.  Thank you for that.

This day was not only a celebration of our students’ accomplishment but was also a celebration of our student’s step toward incredible opportunities that await.  The high school diploma is their very first ticket to the American dream, providing a gateway to the many possibilities this world has to offer.   Each year we have the pleasure of honoring an incredibly diverse group of young people as they gain access to great possibilities of future success by graduating from high school.

Graduation is also a celebration of the public school system whose mission is to serve all students, no matter their background, their circumstance, their talents or their challenge.  The work of the public educator is a blessed and rewarding profession.  As each of our students walked across that stage, it served as a reminder to us all that the partnership between the family, the school, and the community helps to assure the success of all of our kids and that together we can deliver on our mission to effectively serve every student that comes through our schools’ doors, preparing each to become a responsible citizen in a rapidly changing society.

As I complete my first year as the superintendent of schools in Longview I’d like to thank the Kelso/Longview Chamber of Commerce for your commitment to our children, our families, our community, and our schools.  The support I feel from the business community is much appreciated.  This partnership gives me great hope as we continue to work together to improve upon the education we provide our students.  Together we can better prepare our students for the many opportunities that await each of our graduates.