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.

Longview Public Schools have much to be proud of as our staff and students continue to demonstrate exemplary performance and achievement in a multitude of areas. Within the last several weeks, we received more great news related to the programs and services provided our students.

The College Board which oversees Advanced Placement programs in the US and Canada recently recognized our district’s Advanced Placement efforts by placing our district on the 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll. We are one of only 447 districts in the US and Canada to have received this honor and one of only eight recognized in the state. Districts are recognized for their efforts in opening AP classroom doors to a significantly-broader pool of students while maintaining or improving student success rates.

Columbia Heights, Columbia Valley Gardens, Robert Gray and St Helens Elementary Schools and Mt Solo Middle School joined second-year recipient Mark Morris High School as this year’s National Healthy Schools Bronze Award winner. Our schools are among the approximate 300 schools nationwide recognized for their efforts to improve the health and fitness of the students they serve.

For the third consecutive year, R.A. Long High School has been named a Washington School of Distinction. This award has been granted as a result of R.A. Long’s continuing success in significantly increasing graduation rates. R. A. Long is one of 27 schools in the state to be recognized after posting a 94.3 percent graduation rate for 2017.

Last, but not least, our district was notified by Governor Inslee that we have been recognized as one of Washington’s Gold Star Schools for our efforts to make the Washington College Bound Scholarship available to our middle school students. This program was created in 2007 to provide state financial aid to low-income students who may not consider college a possibility due to the cost. The scholarship covers tuition (at comparable public college rates), some fees, and a small book allowance. While the statewide sign-up average is 71%, two of our schools signed up more than 78% of their eligible students.