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District seeking community advisors

Longview Public Schools is currently seeking applicants interested in serving on the Strategic Plan Review Committee. Our committees help provide essential community input to the district and help ensure that the schools reflect the public’s wishes.

Committee members must be residents of the Longview School District and have an interest in long-term improvement efforts for our schools.

To find our more about the Strategic Plan Review Committee, please visit Advisory Committees.

To apply, you may:

Applications are due by September 3, 2019.

2019-09-17T13:00:56-07:00August 26th, 2019|

Great Grad – Maddie Wolff, R.A. Long HS

Did you attend R.A. Long all four years? Yes. I went to Monticello Middle School before coming to RA Long.

What was your GPA? 4.0 I am one of seven co-Valedictorians. I worked hard to earn a high grade point average and it has helped me earn scholarships. I take a lot of pride in my work and make sure I put in the effort to achieve high grades. I also ask a lot of questions in class.

Why do you ask a lot of questions? Because I am curious and want to know if I’m doing things right. I don’t want to get something wrong.

How would you describe your four years at RA Long? I’d say we became a family. They are very welcoming here and support you very well. They are also very encouraging. The teachers recognize your strengths and faults and help you improve. Especially if kids are having a problem, they look into it and make sure you are doing okay. They made sure I was encouraged throughout my academic and athletic career.

What sports did you play? I played varsity soccer and track all four years.

Tell us about your experience playing soccer? I began in a class of nine players my freshmen year and we all made varsity. I was a starter from the beginning.

What are some of your best memories from playing soccer? The easy answer is winning the Civil War, but in junior year, we made it to state. It was unheard of for our school to make it to state. The team was very close in my junior year and it was wonderful to go to state together.

What are some of your memories from participating in track? I competed in the shotput all four years. We called the throwing team “a village”.  We had some wonderful newcomers to the team this year and it made my experience fantastic.

What are your best memories from high school? In my senior year, the “senior sunset” was just amazing. It was fun to be there with our fellow seniors, talk, and have fun. We were closer as a class this year.

Does R.A. Long feel like a big family? There is a different culture here than most schools – much warmer spirited and welcoming to people. We are very inclusive. It makes me sad to say goodbye. It’s amazing to have a class that is so close – where you know so many people.

How do you feel about your teachers? I love these teachers. They are so nice, like another set of parents for me. They take pride in the school and want us to be successful. The teachers here put a lot of effort into the curriculum, which I think is amazing. I think they deserve recognition because they are all so caring.

What are your plans after high school? Playing soccer at St. Martin’s University. I am so excited to attend. I visited the campus and I am just ready to go.

What will you be studying? I plan to get my engineering degree.

Have you thought about what type of engineering you will pursue? I am leaning toward civil engineering.

Are other RAL students planning to attend St. Martins? Yes, a couple friends are going for track and cross-country. Josie Nickerson is going for golf.

What would you tell people about high school? I personally think the kids from RA Long have great potential to help communities and our world.

2019-06-21T13:40:24-07:00June 21st, 2019|

Great Grad – Cara Davey, Discovery HS

Did you attend Discovery High School all four years? No, I started in the AVID program at RA Long. My mother left in my freshmen year, so it was a little rough.

What happened when your mother left? Since my mom left, I had to get a job to help pay family bills and ended up getting behind in school. My grades were suffering and I almost dropped out of school.

What did your school counselor say? She told me to go to Discovery High School – she said they will help you out a lot.

What did you find at Discovery High School? My counselor was correct the people at Discovery helped me with everything. I’m graduating from high school, which is a surprise.

What was your school schedule like? Discovery allowed me to keep my job and come to class when it worked for my schedule. They helped me with online classes too.

Where do you work? I’ve worked at Wendy’s for about the last two years.

How old were you when you started working? Since I turned 16 years old, I’ve been working 40 hours per week.

What is your work schedule like? I usually work the closing shift at Wendy’s, which is 3 pm to 1 am every day. I would come to school at either 7 am or noon, depending on the classes I needed. Then I would go to work.

When would you complete online classes? I’d bring my computer to work and do homework on breaks and at home. Sometimes I did homework at 1 am after work.

What has the opportunity at Discovery High School meant to you? It has meant a lot, I’ve definitely cried a few times thinking I wouldn’t be able to graduate high school. Mr. Kleiner and Ms. Dunaway both pulled me aside and told me I could come here whenever my scheduled allowed and they would help me – I cried a lot when they told me. It meant so much that they cared and wanted me to graduate.

Would you be a high school graduate without the opportunity at Discovery? No, I don’t think so.

When you first started at Discovery what was your school schedule? I came to school for all six periods of the day even though two of my classes were online. You can take the online classes at home, but when my schedule allowed I came to school anyway.

How are the online classes structured? You watch videos lessons to learn concepts and how to do things. Then you complete assigned work and come to school to take the tests.

What does being a high school graduate mean to you? I want to be an elementary school teacher and I can’t go to college without graduating from high school. I don’t want to work in fast food the rest of my life – Discovery has helped me a lot.

Why do you want to be a teacher? I swam on the swim team all four years and my coach asked me to help give young kids swim lessons. Seeing the excitement on the kid’s faces when they learned to swim was amazing.

How did it make you feel to see the kids succeed? I loved it; I knew they would remember learning to swim for the rest of their life.

What are your plans after graduation? I’m planning to enroll at Lower Columbia College and hope to be accepted into their teaching program. I definitely want to do more with my life than work in fast food – I want to be proud of myself.

What grade level do you hope to teach? Definitely younger kids.

Has anyone in your family ever been to college? Yes, my older sister is the first one to go to college. She’s enrolled at LCC right now.

Did you participate in athletics during high school? Yes, I was on the swim team all four years. I went to districts every year too.  My coach became my role model – I loved it.

Was it hard juggling your schedule? It was hard juggling my schedule during the swimming season. Sometimes I had to go straight from the swim meet to work. I dreaded Saturday swim meets. We would have to be at the pool by 7 am, then I would be at the pool until about 2 pm then head straight to work for the 2 pm to 11 pm shift.

What would you tell the public about Discovery High School? It is an opportunity that not a lot of schools give you. Everyone here cares; every teacher knows all the students and cares about us. They want us to graduate. Many kids wouldn’t have the opportunity to graduate without Discovery.

Can you tell us about the teachers at Discovery? Ms. Dunaway is my favorite teacher, she teaches math. I wasn’t going to graduate due to the state test and I am good at math, but sometimes struggle sitting through 3-hour tests. Ms. Dunaway welcomed me with “open arms” and encourage me to stay after school to take more tests to get the points I needed to graduate. Ms. Dunaway was there every step of the way.

What are some of your best memories from high school? Coming to Discovery High School was big – the biggest step, this is definitely a school I will remember. I was in the AVID class at RA Long for the first two years. That class was a whole family at R.A. Long. We were all taking Advanced Placement classes and struggling through them together.

Has Discovery High School changed your life? Oh yeah, a whole lot. Discovery has opened my eyes. The people here encouraged me to graduate and told me they would always be here for me.

What is the atmosphere like at Discovery? It’s different from other schools in part because it’s smaller. I know everyone here. When new people show up we introduce each other – we are all friendly. People think this school is for bad kids, but that is not true. The students at Discovery are super sweet and smart.

Are you saying the perception of Discovery is not necessarily the truth? Not even close. The teachers at Discovery really care about you. Discovery has small classes with 13-15 kids so the teachers work one on one with you. Teachers will stay after school and do whatever it takes to help you.

What else? In part because of Discovery High School, more and more kids are earning their diploma and graduating high school. I didn’t think I would graduate, but I did. At Discovery, everyone is in your corner cheering you on.

What do

you want people to remember about you? Even if you think nobody is cheering you on – someone is. Don’t give up.

2019-06-21T13:09:07-07:00June 21st, 2019|

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|