“Student connectedness” is a focus area in Longview Public Schools’ strategic plan, and this winter the district invited middle school students to consider ways that staff connect with them.

We sent them part of a poem called “The Star Polisher” by Leah Beck and asked who they consider to be their star polishers. Nearly 50 students responded!

Star Polisher poem excerpt

Some students described words of encouragement they received. Others wrote about how their teachers refused to give up on them. Still others shared how their “star polishers” have shared not only information but taught them lessons in living.

A few of our stars and star polishers are pictured below. Read about them and many others on the Star Polishers page.