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Elementary Science Day Camp offered

The R.A. Long Science Olympiad Club presents the 6th Annual Elementary Science Day Camp for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders in Cowlitz County. There are two sessions to pick from –  Monday, February 18, 2019, 8am – 2pm (there is no school that day) and/or Saturday, March 23, 2019, 8am-2pm.

Students will explore a variety of scientific concepts including physics, chemistry, biology. High school students will run the experiments and offer hands-on lab activities and demonstrations.  Experiments include catapults, robotics, code breakers, lava lamps, footprinting, chemical reactions, lasers, and rockets.

The camp will be held at R.A. Long, Room 130; the cost is $49, payable at the ASB office during school hours or on the day of the camp. Please complete the registration form and return to R.A. Long High School ASB office during school hours.

2019-02-12T14:44:30+00:00February 12th, 2019|

Star Polisher – Gali Gonzalez

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

“Mrs. Gonzalez,” writes R.A. Long 10th grader Blake Girt.

How did this person make a difference in your life?

Blake says, “She is awesome and supportive.”

As part of our district’s focus on student connectedness, we shared part of a poem called “The Star Polisher” with our middle 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.

2019-02-12T13:55:09+00:00February 12th, 2019|

Star Polisher – Debra Robasky

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

“Mrs. Robasky,” writes Mark Morris 11th grader Ayla Prince.

How did this person make a difference in your life?

Ayla says, “She is teaching me new ways to approach new ideas in making ceramic sculptures that are functional or just to look at.”

As part of our district’s focus on student connectedness, we shared part of a poem called “The Star Polisher” with our middle 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.

2019-02-12T13:44:35+00:00February 12th, 2019|

Capital facilities bond timeline

The board-adopted capital facilities bond timeline includes a number of opportunities for the community to learn more about the proposed projects and share their thoughts.

2019-02-06T16:11:32+00:00February 6th, 2019|

Community meetings share bond scenarios and gather input

In May 2018, the Facilities Advisory Committee (FAC) began meeting to create facilities bond request options to be considered by the board of directors. Kirk Pawlowski of Construction Services Group served as an advisor to the committee.

To best inform their recommendations, the committee reviewed the Spring 2017 FAC recommendations (which led to the Nov. 2017 bond election).  Community input gathered after the 2017 failed bond, housing information provided by City of Longview, recommendations from the district’s Athletic Facilities Task Force, and the school board’s desire to eliminate portable classrooms in the district were also considerations.

From their work, three scenarios were developed. Community members and staff were invited to attend information and input sessions to learn more. The capital facilities bond timeline allows for additional community input at board meetings and through surveys.

Scenario A

$100 million range

Priority projects – $62.6 million

  • 540 student capacity
  • same site, new location
  • Roof, seating, locker rooms, boiler, turf, track, scoreboard, storage, concrete repairs, visitor bleachers
  • Partnerships being sought
  • District-wide projects including secure entrances, keyless access, cameras, fencing, etc.
  • RAL STEM lab, MM apprenticeship/construction trades
  • Cost being reassessed due to grant acquisition and summer 2018 improvements.

Additions under consideration

  • 540 student capacity
  • same site, new location
  • 375 student capacity
  • same site, new location
  • 375 student capacity
  • same site, same location
  • Large district-wide maintenance projects, i.e. roofs, boilers, electricity, concrete, asphalt, athletic facilities, etc.

Scenario B

$110-$125 million range

Priority projects – $70.9 million

  • 540 student capacity
  • same site, new location
  • Roof, seating, locker rooms, boiler, turf, track, scorebord, storage, concrete repairs, visitor bleachers
  • Partnerships being sought
  • District-wide projects including secure entrances, keyless access, cameras, fencing, etc.
  • RAL STEM lab, MM apprenticeship/construction trades
  • Cost being reassessed due to grant acquisition and summer 2018 improvements.
  • Large district-wide maintenance projects, i.e. roofs, boilers, electricity, concrete, asphalt, athletic facilities, etc.

Additions under consideration

  • 540 student capacity
  • same site, new location
  • 375 student capacity
  • same site, new location
  • 375 student capacity
  • same site, same location
  • 200 student capacity
  • new site east of Kessler

Scenario C

$130 million range

Priority projects – $128.6 million

  • 540 student capacity
  • same site, new location
  • 375 student capacity
  • same site, new location
  • 375 student capacity
  • same site, same location
  • District-wide projects including secure entrances, keyless access, cameras, fencing, etc.
  • RAL STEM lab
  • Cost being reassessed due to grant acquisition and summer 2018 improvements.
  • Turf, track, storage, visitor bleachers, scoreboard, etc.
  • Partnerships being sought
  • Reduced from $8.4 million
  • Large district-wide maintenance projects, i.e. roofs, boilers, electricity, concrete, asphalt, athletic facilities, etc.

Additions under consideration

  • Add stadium work (roof, locker rooms, boiler, seating, concrete, etc.)
  • increase capacity to 540 students

Projected Cost to the Homeowner

Below is an estimate of the annual and monthly cost to a homeowner in Longview, based on a home value of $200,000. Analysis of approximate tax implications were completed by Mark Prussing of ESD 112. To understand more about the effect of the McCleary decision, please read this article about the estimated 18% reduction in City of Longview property taxes beginning in 2019.

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2019-02-12T16:54:13+00:00February 5th, 2019|

R.A. Long students attend national library conference

Students with author Kosoko Jackson

R.A. Long 12th grader Delaney Morgan and 10th graders Madison Jennings and Damien West Weber joined teens from Washington and Oregon schools at the recent American Library Association Midwinter Conference. The students were invited to the Young Adult Library Services Association’s Best Fiction for Young Adults teen feedback session to share their thoughts about the committee’s top pick titles with the committee chair and three members. Using student feedback from the session, committee members will select and publish their top ten titles to recommend to librarians throughout the United States.

To prepare for the event the three students, members of the R.A. Long ReAL Teens Read Club sponsored by R.A. Long Library, read dozens of  titles from a list of over 100 under consideration by the committee. In addition to the feedback session, the day included an opportunity to meet with publisher representatives to get Advanced Reader Copies of upcoming titles, an informal lunch with five authors, and an opportunity to get autographed books.

Damien West Weber with authors Elliott Neff and Shaun David Hutchinson

“Participation in this event emphasizes the library’s important role in student literacy by providing authentic experiences in the district outcome of becoming effective communicators as well as knowledgeable persons who evaluate, create, and use information ethically and effectively,” says Jodi Kruse, R.A. Long teacher librarian. And as an Evergreen Teen Book Award committee chairperson, Mrs. Kruse wants to integrate similar teen feedback sessions in the selection of that committee’s final nominees.

To find out more, visit ReAL Teens Read Bloggers and read featured posts by Delaney Morgan and Madison Jennings. Check the library’s Facebook page for upcoming videos of student feedback.

 

2019-02-05T13:12:41+00:00February 5th, 2019|

Star Polisher – Hanna Burleson

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

“Mrs. Burleson,” writes R.A. Long 9th grader Nolan Rawson and 10th grader Blake Girt.

How did this person make a difference in your life?

Nolan says, “She really goes in depth about all of the things we are doing and tries to say it in a way that fits everybody’s needs.”

Blake adds, “She is awesome and supportive.”

As part of our district’s focus on student connectedness, we shared part of a poem called “The Star Polisher” with our middle 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.

2019-02-04T14:27:58+00:00February 4th, 2019|

Star Polisher – Billy Buhl

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

“Mr. Buhl,” writes Mark Morris 12th grader Madalyn Whitman.

How did this person make a difference in your life?

Madalyn says, “As being a committed choir student, Mr. Buhl has shown us nothing but commitment as well. He teaches us not only musical skills, but how to become a better human being. While only his third year in the Longview School District, he has made an impact on many lives throughout the choir program.”

As part of our district’s focus on student connectedness, we shared part of a poem called “The Star Polisher” with our middle 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.

2019-02-04T14:16:53+00:00February 4th, 2019|

Star Polisher – Janelle Ormond

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

“Mrs. Ormond,” writes R.A. Long 12th grader Mary Broderius.

How did this person make a difference in your life?

Mary says, “She has become a second and sometimes a first mom for me. The connection she makes with our AVID family has been beyond what any teacher should or would do. Mrs. Ormond has seen everyone in the AVID class cry multiple times and she is always there for any of her kids whenever we need her. There aren’t words that I could use to describe the appreciation and love the AVID class and I have for her.”

As part of our district’s focus on student connectedness, we shared part of a poem called “The Star Polisher” with our middle 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.

2019-01-28T13:52:54+00:00January 28th, 2019|
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