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Staff honored at 2019 Chamber of Commerce event

Local educators and businesses were recently honored at the annual Pillars of Strength/Crystal Apple Awards presented by the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce. Longview Public Schools award winners were Dr. Elizabeth West (Director of Special Education), Administrator of the Year; JD Ott (R.A. Long), Teacher of the Year; and Gail Wells (Monticello Middle School), Lifetime Achievement Award.

The 2019 nominees included secretary Jeanne Kerns (Discovery); teacher Diondra Beck (Mark Morris); teachers Mike Fajardo, Gerri Schooling, and Jennifer Godinho-Hefley, and paraeducator Christy Alumbaugh (R.A. Long); principal Scott Merzoian (Monticello); teacher Patricia Donovan-Hopkins (Columbia Valley Gardens); principal Noma Hudson and liaison Alisa Shipley (Kessler); teacher Mary Sundberg and paraeducator Deb Bergman (Robert Gray).

2019 Crystal Apple Awards nominees. Not pictured – Robert Gray teacher Mary Sundberg and R.A. Long teacher – and softball coach – Jennifer Godinho-Hefley who arrived late due to coaching the team to victory!

2019-05-02T14:39:10-07:00May 2nd, 2019|

Public preview of secondary curriculum materials

Middle school Science and English Language Arts curriculum and high school AP Spanish and Earth & Space Science curriculum will be available for public preview May 6-10, 2019, 8am-5pm at the Longview School District administration building, 2715 Lilac St.

Core classroom instructional materials are reviewed regularly to ensure ongoing alignment with state law, teaching and learning standards, and research-based best practices. The Instructional Materials Committee – comprised of the executive director of Leadership and Learning, school administrators, classroom teachers, a special education representative, and three community members – evaluates and recommends curriculum to the Board of Directors for adoption.

2019-04-23T13:48:57-07:00April 23rd, 2019|

Star Polisher – Robyn Lewis

Robyn Lewis and CierraWho would you like to thank for being a star polisher?

“Mrs. Lewis,” writes Mark Morris 11th grader Cierra Hobson.

How did this person make a difference in your life?

Cierra says, “She is my AVID teacher and she makes sure that everyone is on the same page. Mrs. Lewis also makes sure that you’re okay and makes sure you have everything to be successful. Mrs. Lewis always tries to help a student. She has inspired me to work hard and be the best me I can.”

As part of our district’s focus on student connectedness, we shared part of a poem called “The Star Polisher” with our high school students and invited them to consider how Longview Public Schools staff have made a difference to them. Read about more of our stars and star polishers here.

2019-04-19T14:52:44-07:00April 19th, 2019|

Star Polisher – David Moser

Who would you like to thank for being a star polisher?

“Mr. Moser,” writes Mark Morris 9th graders Johanna Clark and Grace Sims, and 12th grader Jonathan Perry.

How did this person make a difference in your life?

Grace says, “He teaches us a different way than other teachers and even though he jokes around with us a lot, he always makes sure we understand the unit we’re learning. He helps us so much, making sure we are prepared for our high school lives.”

Johanna says, “Although he may have interesting teacher tactics, he is a fantastic teacher. He’s funny and helps us learn, and though he may not act it, he really cares about our futures and our grades. He is truly a ‘Star Polisher’.”

“Mr. Moser was a very fun and loud teacher who made me feel as if I belonged to this school when I was a freshman, even though I just moved to Longview. Mr. Moser introduced me to Robotic Club and always has been caring about me and other students,” says Jonathan.

As part of our district’s focus on student connectedness, we shared part of a poem called “The Star Polisher” with our high school students and invited them to consider how Longview Public Schools staff have made a difference to them. Read about more of our stars and star polishers here.

2019-04-17T14:38:54-07:00April 17th, 2019|

Star Polisher – Gerri Schooling

Gerri Schooling and AlyssaWho would you like to thank for being a star polisher?

“Mrs. Schooling,” writes R.A. Long 9th grader Alyssa Boylan.

How did this person make a difference in your life?

Alyssa says, “Because Mrs. Schooling told me to be a strong, powerful woman.”

As part of our district’s focus on student connectedness, we shared part of a poem called “The Star Polisher” with our high school students and invited them to consider how Longview Public Schools staff have made a difference to them. Read about more of our stars and star polishers here.

2019-04-17T14:51:56-07:00April 17th, 2019|

Star Polisher – Christina Reeves

Christina Reeves and JasmineWho would you like to thank for being a star polisher?

“Mrs. Reeves,” writes R.A. Long 11th grader Jasmine Williamdyke.

How did this person make a difference in your life?

Jasmine says, “She would push me no matter what. If I needed help she would help me. I would even stay if needed. She believes in me.”

As part of our district’s focus on student connectedness, we shared part of a poem called “The Star Polisher” with our high school students and invited them to consider how Longview Public Schools staff have made a difference to them. Read about more of our stars and star polishers here.

2019-04-17T14:52:45-07:00April 17th, 2019|

Capital facilities bond proposal approved

At the April 8, 2019 school board meeting, the board unanimously approved the capital facilities bond proposal totaling $115 million. Projects in this proposal will touch every school and include:

  • Mint Valley Elementary School replacement – $43 million
  • Northlake Elementary School replacement – $43 million
  • Safety and Security upgrades for all schools – $4.2 million
  • Career Technical/Vocational upgrades at R.A. Long and Mark Morris high schools – $8.4 million
  • Memorial Stadium upgrades – $7 million
  • Large facility repair projects – $9.4 million

Find out more here.

2019-04-16T16:10:16-07:00April 16th, 2019|

FBLA students recognized at state conference

R.A. Long and Mark Morris Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members recently attended the FBLA state business leadership conference in Bellevue. Bri Johnson placed 6th in Business Law, Erica Snyder and Josh Pond placed 9th in Public Service Announcement, Sonny Sim placed 10th in Accounting 2, and Mark Hummer placed 10th in Information Technology. Kudos to all FBLA students who participated!

2019-04-16T15:55:46-07:00April 16th, 2019|

Nov. 5, 2019 bond request — safety and security upgrades for all schools

Image for illustration only, not an exact rendering

Image for illustration only, not an exact rendering

Keeping our kids and employees safe provides a great learning environment and peace of mind. An identified priority in the Nov. 2019 bond request is safety and security upgrades at all district buildings. Project estimates for each site are below, totaling $4.2 million.

Each school will be retro-fitted with a double door entry system, cameras, fencing and other systems as appropriate to control access to schools. Contractors, security consultants and staff members from each school will contribute to determining how best to keep everyone safe.

The photo above is a double door entry way system used in Cowlitz and Clark county schools to allow school personnel to control access to the school.

Additional fencing
Secure entrance

Secure entrance – additional fencing at entrance
Access controls
Exterior lighting
Cameras
Intercom system improvements
Perimeter fencing- to be completed in 2019

Secure entrance
Access controls
More cameras
Intercom system

Secure entrance
Emergency exit doors

Fencing/gates to enclose playground
More cameras
Partial wall to enclose library
Gate in entry to auditorium

Access controls
Additional video surveillance and handheld communications devices

Allowance for temporary improvements

Secure entrance
Additional and new cameras

Secure entrance

Allowance for temporary improvements

Intercom speakers for main building, hallway, outside, office paper room, workroom
Lockdown button for main doors (secure entrance)
Secure entrance to control access to the main hallway
Building control access from Monticello Field
Reconfigure porch to control access to students during dismissal
Remove east wall
Build wall at existing steps to funnel student to the fence and gate
General fencing improvements

Access controls
Additional video surveillance and handheld communications devices
Secure entry

Secure entrance

Secure entrance
Additional video surveillance

Secure entrance
Access controls

Secure entrance
Access controls

Notification system
Exterior door replacement allowance – Phase I of long term replacement plan

Read more about capital bond projects here.

Read more about the bond planning process here.

2019-05-16T13:13:35-07:00April 9th, 2019|

Nov. 5, 2019 bond request — Memorial Stadium upgrades

Image for illustration only, not an exact rendering

Upgrades to Memorial Stadium are estimated at $7 million. This includes:

  • Redesign track and field and install artificial turf for year-round use.
  • New lighting, scoreboard, and storage facility.
  • Upgrade the main grandstand to repair water and concrete damage.
    • New roof
    • Repair plumbing and heating
    • Remodel locker rooms
    • Refurbish bathrooms
    • Replace Seating
  • Also under consideration:
    • New visitor bleachers (uncovered) on opposite side of grandstand.
    • Sheltered year-round use facility.

Read more about capital bond projects here.

Read more about the bond planning process here.

2019-05-08T10:51:33-07:00April 8th, 2019|
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