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.

Community leaders, parent representatives, and staff members came together Oct. 27 to  review each of our school’s annual improvement plans and to observe the actions taken toward meeting the plan’s goals. The work these individuals contributed to this School Improvement Plan Review Committee is essential for the district’s strategic plan—our “Design for Excellence.”

The primary goals of our Design for Excellence are improving student achievement and school climate and culture. Each school improvement plan is similarly focused upon delivering these goals. On Oct. 27, school principals provided committee members presentations about ways in which each school is addressing the goals and focus areas of the district. Following the presentations, principals gave guided classroom tours which showcased improvement efforts “in action.”  A focus on reading and mathematics and climate and culture was highlighted.

Participants provided input regarding their observations and learnings. The input from these reviews will help us to improve upon our school improvement process and provide guidance as we identify ways in which we can better serve the needs of our students, their families and our community.  Outstanding questions gathered will help shape future board and community presentations.

This unique opportunity also provided our community members the chance to see the interworking of our schools, to learn more about the goals we have set for our staff and students and how the schools are implementing strategies to meet those goals.

The annual school improvement plan review process provides our constituents the opportunity to get an “up close” view of our schools and the work being done to improve student achievement levels and our schools’ climate and culture.  If you are interested in participating in this review process next fall, please let us know.  We would appreciate you being a part of our efforts to make the Longview Public School District the district of choice in Southwest Washington.