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 start of school each fall marks a fresh start for our students, staff, and community.  It represents a time of renewed commitment and energy as we jump into the year to come.  In the Longview Public Schools, the 2016-17 school year begins with a renewed focus upon improving the academic achievement levels of our students, while improving the climate and culture in each of our schools.

Our transition in assuring that our instructional approach matches the increased learning expectations found in the state’s common core standards continues.  We recognize that well defined and clear learning expectations provide guidance to each of our educators as they focus their instruction upon that which is most important for our students to know and be able to do.

We are focused on literacy and recognize that teaching literacy is the responsibility of all teachers, regardless of grade level or content areas.  We are helping all our teachers, regardless of grade level or content area, to see themselves as teachers of reading and writing.  Of particular focus is the understanding that frequent, relevant writing opportunities for each of our students, in each of their classrooms, provide great opportunity for academic challenge, reflection, and success.

Our commitment extends to providing a safe, supportive, and challenging learning environment for our students so that they are able to explore their strengths, address their weaknesses, and take academic risks which will allow them to reach their potential.  Many of our students come to us with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges and we are focused upon providing the support necessary for these challenges to be overcome.  For the 16-17 school year, we have added a counselor at each of our middle schools and culture and climate specialists at each of our highest poverty elementary schools.  These additional resources provide our students with supports that will help to address their social and emotional needs which will provide them a greater opportunity to experience academic success.

Each new school year brings great hope, renewed focus, and new opportunity for improvement.  We are looking forward to an incredible year for the Longview Public Schools as we focus on increasing our academic achievement levels while improving the climate and culture of our schools.  Our aim is to make the Longview Public Schools the district of choice in Southwest Washington.