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December 10, 2018 Board Highlights

At its December 10 special board meeting, the Longview School Board of Directors-

  • Held roll call votes to determine board president, vice-president and board sub-committee appointments.
  • Heard the superintendent’s report, which included Star Polishers. Aiden Landers from Monticello Middle School says Dr. Shepard is his Star Polisher. Aiden said, “She has shown me how playing an instrument can be fun.”
  • Alaya Cripe’s math teacher from Kessler Elementary, Mr. Madsen, is her Star Polisher. Alaya said, “I can do math way better than I could before.”
  • Zorn congratulated Lacey Griffiths for winning the AWSP Assistant School Principal of the year award and five Olympic Elementary teachers for earning board certification.
  • Acknowledged the award of a $1 million dollar grant to implement a high tech CTE lab at RA Long.
  • Listened to a technology department report from Technology Manager, Matt Keevy
  • Heard a report from the 24-credit High School Graduation committee.
  • Listened to Facilities Manager Troy Lomax review the 2018-19 PRAM and capital projects levy list and approved them.
  • Approved revisions to Policy 2108 Learning Assistance Program.
  • Approved Policy and Procedure 5642 concerning Administrative Interns.
  • Set a special board meeting to discuss the Facilities Advisory Committee recommendations the budget.
2018-12-11T13:31:53+00:00December 11th, 2018|

Ted Selker: technology innovator

The schools and community of Longview, Washington have long supported the development of outstanding individuals whose contributions have enriched the city, state, nation, and world.  We would like to take some time to highlight some of these notable individuals and the nurturing community from which they came. These bright spots in the Longview community exemplify the values that the Longview School District aims to instill in all of its students and serve as beacons of integrity, passion, and brilliance. Here, we introduce the next of many notable Longview Luminaries.

Mark Morris class of ’74 graduate, Dr. Ted Selker (PhD, City University of New York) acquired widespread renown as a highly regarded scientist with the creation of numerous technological devices and processes. Ted is widely sought after for consulting work having provided design structure and consultation to dozens of startups.

Dr. Ted SelkerDuring his professional career, Ted served as professor at MIT Media Lab, a consulting professor at Stanford University and taught at Hampshire College, University of Massachusetts at Amhurst and Brown University.  He also worked at Xerox and Atari Research Labs when Atari’s successes were at their peak.  He developed a program at Carnegie Melon University and the University of California at Berkeley to assist persons with disabilities in voting.  His successes led to his standing as a Fellow at IBM where he was Director of USER Systems Ergonomics Research.

Ted’s innovations have been responsible for profitable and award-winning products ranging from notebook computers to operating systems.  His creation of the TrackPoint as a keyboard pointing device is used in many notebook computers.  His visualization and visual interface work has made impacts in the performance of the power PC, ThinkPad setups, Google maps, and others.  His work has resulted in many awards and papers and more than 70 patents.  He’s been cited in more than 180 news articles and TV/radio programs, and he has written over 150 scientific papers.  He created and taught a seminar series at Stanford University called “User System Ergonomics”, which was attended by faculty professors and scientists from various research labs.

Ted was co-director of the Cal-Tech/ MIT Voting Technology Project for several years, and in that role he organized and helped in many workshops, working with federal election officials and other researchers.  Ted wanted voting improvement to be his public service to society.

Among his teaching assignments at various institutions included research methods, human computer interaction, smart-phone product design, extreme interfaces, Industrial Design Intelligence, and voting technology (to minimize fraud and errors, helping show that there were 4.2 million votes lost in the 2000 national elections).   As a leader in the CalTech/MIT Voting Technology Project he was called to testify to U.S House and Senate committees, and to the National Academy of Sciences.

Ted has given lectures and workshops on Innovation and Design in several nations, including Germany, France, Finland, U.K. and Australia.  He has taught “Industrial Design Intelligence” to many mega corporations such as Campbell Soup, Ford motor Co., Google, I.B.M. Motorola and others to help them create cultures of innovation and invention.

While on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University, he helped put together their PhD program, and mentored the new research faculty.

Over the years, Ted has received many coveted awards, such as becoming an IBM FELLOW, the Scientific American Award, and the Thomas Paine Award for Disabilities and many others, but he feels that his biggest reward is when he sees people using countless products he had a hand in creating or improving.

Ted speaks fondly about the years he attended Longview schools by saying: “Longview schools were especially good to me, a shy and not so popular kid who moved here in the 8th grade”.

2018-12-04T16:07:13+00:00December 4th, 2018|

Celebrating 820 years of service to Longview Public Schools

Each fall Longview Public Schools celebrates years of service milestones for district administrators, teachers, and classified staff.  This year’s honorees represent a grand total of 820 years of service to Longview students.


  • Peggy Johnson—10 years

Columbia Heights

  • Patricia May—10 years
  • Donna Sharp—10 years
  • Lorraine Little—35 years

Columbia Valley Gardens

  • Suzette Garoutte—10 years
  • Kelly Jaspers—35 years


  • Noma Hudson—35 years


  • Angela Richards—10 years
  • Chrystal Harrison—10 years
  • Carrie Bodenhamer—20 years

Mint Valley

  • Deana Brooks—20 years


  • Jennifer Hoffman—10 years
  • Teri Bunton—20 years
  • Laura Ofstun—20 years

Robert Gray

  • Allyson Box—10 years
  • Jocelyn Price—30 years

St. Helens

  • Kimberly Childers—10 years
  • Donna Leinweber—10 years
  • Cynthia Hanson—30 years
  • Frederick Hanson—40 years


  • Jodi McLean—10 years
  • Dane Wirtz—10 years
  • Rebecca Baumgardner—20 years
  • Cynthia Dulaney—20 years
  • Vicki White—30 years


  • Cynthia Glenn—30 years
  • Lynne Worth—40 years

Mt. Solo

  • Veronica Owens—10 years
  • Josephine Johnson—20 years
  • Patricia Anderson—35 years
  • Kathy Bailey—35 years

Mark Morris

  • Christopher Coffee—10 years
  • Timothy Lam—10 years
  • Ryan Smith—10 years
  • Karen Kickabush—35 years

R.A. Long

  • David Dahlberg—10 years
  • William Jeffries—10 years
  • Tami Retterath—10 years
  • Brittany Thomas—10 years


  • Staci Poole—10 years
  • Edward Kautz—20 years
  • Robin Vera—30 years


  • Ruthanne Byman—10 years
2018-11-29T14:00:16+00:00November 29th, 2018|

November 5, 2018 Board Highlights

  • Held a joint study session with the Facilities Advisory Committee (FAC).
  • Heard an alternative learning annual report from Discovery High School principal Mike Kleiner.
  • Approved changes to Policy 0530 dealing with the Mission statement.
  • Approved changes to Policy and Procedure 3220, concerning Freedom of Expression.
  • Approved changes to Procedure 4200 regarding a Safe & Orderly Learning Environment.
  • Voted to postpone the capital bond ballot measure from April 2019.
  • Voted to put the capital bond measure on the ballot in November 2019.
  • Heard sub-committee meeting reports for communications and human resources.
  • Received a legislative update from Superintendent Zorn.

Next Board Meeting is Monday, November 26, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

2018-11-19T15:06:55+00:00November 6th, 2018|

R.A. Long High School and Monticello Middle School named “Schools of Distinction”

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.

The Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) announced 91 school across Washington State were named 2018 “Schools of Distinction”. Included in the list were four-time winner R. A. Long High School and first-time winner Monticello Middle School.

Being named a school of distinction is a prestigious award recognizing sustained improvement over a five-year period in English/Language Arts, Math or Graduation Rates. Being recognized as a school of distinction means being in the top 5 percent of improvement across the state.

Monticello Middle School is being recognized for its outstanding growth in English/Language Arts and Mathematics achievement.  The effort and results of Monticello’s dedicated group of teachers and support staff under the leadership of Principal Scott Merzoian has been fantastic.  Their relentless focus upon holding high academic expectations while providing instruction that is targeted to meet the identified needs of Monticello’s students has played a significant role in producing improved achievement levels.

R.A. Long High School was recognized as a “School of Distinction” for the fourth time. High schools are graded on their graduation rate. R. A. Long’s preliminary 2018 graduation rate is 96 percent, which is one of the highest graduation rates in the state. The teachers, support staff, and administration led by Principal Rich Reeves do amazing work every day. The graduation rate has risen significantly as a result of the focused support the staff provides each of the students they serve. They are not only focused upon the academic needs of their students, but also recognize the incredible importance of meeting the social/emotional needs of the students under their care.

We are incredibly proud of the students and staff at Monticello and RA Long and that pride extends to the other schools in our district.  Overall only five schools in the greater Southwest region of Washington State received School of Distinction awards.  Two of the region’s five “Schools of Distinction” came from the Longview Public School system.  I trust that you share our excitement for receiving this honor.

Follow us on Facebook or visit our website to read about other amazing things our students and their schools are doing.

2018-10-25T16:44:23+00:00October 25th, 2018|

Graduation rates, work readiness, and healthy schools

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.

Below is a reprint of a guest editorial that appeared in The Daily News on September 23, 2018. 

It has been great getting students back in the classroom over the last two weeks.  The positive interaction between our staff and students and the excellent instruction being provided is indicative of the quality education our schools are committed to providing the students we serve.

When I talk with folks in the community they often ask, “How is the school district doing?” The short answer is the district is doing well – and focused on getting better every day.

An indicator of this success is found in the school district’s graduation rate improvement over the past five years.   During this period, our district’s graduation rate has risen from 72% to 88%.  Graduation rates from the past two years have risen above state averages and this year’s rate includes a 6% increase at Mark Morris High School, a 13% increase at RA Long High School and an impressive 46% increase at Discovery High School, our alternative school.

The importance of the high school diploma can’t be understated.  It is our student’s ticket to opportunities in the work force, vocational training, and 2 and 4 year colleges.  We will continue to focus upon providing courses and experiences for our students that meet their unique interests, needs, and career aspirations.

We are proud of the work of our staff and students.  Their hard work and commitment has resulted in gains that we can all be proud of.

While the district has been increasing graduations rates, we’ve also focused on another important aspect of getting a diploma – being “work ready”.  A work ready high school graduate is a young person who can enter the labor market with basic marketable job skills.  To help achieve work ready status students are exposed to career information in middle school.  At this point the goal is to help young people start to form ideas about what type of jobs might interest them.

As kids get to high school the district offers career pathways organized into six broad areas of study. The six pathways include agriculture and natural resources, arts and communications, business and information technology, engineering and manufacturing, health sciences and human services.

From the six broad areas of study coursework is further broken down into sixteen “career clusters”. The career clusters are jobs grouped by similarity. For example, a student can choose to take the manufacturing pathway focusing on construction trades. The student would take specific coursework including classes in manufacturing foundations, computer aided drafting, pre-apprenticeship skills, Microsoft IT academy and more to prepare them to be work ready.

We’re proud of improved graduation rates and efforts to produce work ready young adults, but we also recognize the need for improved programs and educational opportunities.

On October 3rd the district will hold a grand opening event for its new pre-apprenticeship program. The event will be held at Mark Morris High School at 5:30 p.m. The pre-apprenticeship program will prepare students for careers working in the trades after high school through specific coursework and application. The new pre-apprenticeship program will give graduates more career options for a brighter future.

In addition, three Longview schools were the only schools in Washington recognized by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation for creating a “culture of health” – R. A. Long and Mark Morris High Schools along with Olympic Elementary recently won these awards.  Creating a culture of health in schools is more than serving nutritious food. A healthy culture means healthy food, exercise, community involvement and a focus on the health of both students and staff members.  The result of a healthy school culture is students performing better on tests, getting better grades, attending school more often, behaving better in class, and earning a high school diploma.

We appreciate your support of Longview Public Schools. The district is working extremely hard to give each child we serve the best education possible.

2018-10-08T13:06:43+00:00October 8th, 2018|

Bud Black: from the Monarchs to the majors

The schools and community of Longview, Washington have long supported the development of outstanding individuals whose contributions have enriched the city, state, nation, and world.  We would like to take some time to highlight some of these notable individuals and the nurturing community from which they came. These bright spots in the Longview community exemplify the values that the Longview School District aims to instill in all of its students and serve as beacons of integrity, passion, and brilliance. Here, we introduce the next of many notable Longview Luminaries.

A 2016 headline in the Denver Post describes Mark Morris graduate Bud Black as a “baseball gentleman, fiery competitor.”

The personality profile that follows introduces the 1975 Mark Morris High School graduate as the Colorado Rockies’ new manager, sharing his varied experiences in baseball—as player, coach, front office special assistant, coach and manager.

The beginnings of Black’s career are in Longview. At Mark Morris he excelled at baseball and basketball, and at Lower Columbia College he still holds school records from the two seasons he played as a left-handed pitcher. Black then took on the wider world, transferring to San Diego State University where, the story goes, he got a scholarship to play after slipping a note under the coach’s door asking for a spot on the team.

That determination paid off. After two successful seasons at SDSU, where Black earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and was later inducted into the SDSU Aztec Hall of Fame, he played 15 seasons in the major leagues—Seattle, Cleveland, Toronto, San Francisco and the Kansas City Royals, when they won the 1985 World Series.

Since retiring from playing, Black has spent some time working in the front offices of the Cleveland Indians and the Los Angeles Angels, but has found his place closer to the game. He served as pitching coach for the Angels, including the team’s 2002 World Series championship, and was manager for the San Diego Padres for eight seasons. He received the National League Manager of the Year award in 2010, after guiding the Padres to a second-place finish in the National League West.

In 2017, Black led the Rockies to their first postseason appearance since 2009 and was a National League Manager of the Year finalist.

Bud Black’s career reflects the hardworking, tenacious spirit he exhibited while a Longview student and that shines through many successful Longview graduates.

2018-12-04T15:23:10+00:00September 27th, 2018|

District seeks Strategic Plan Review Committee members

Longview Public Schools is currently seeking applicants interested in serving on the Strategic Plan Review Committee.  Committee members must be residents of the Longview School District and have an interest in long-term improvement efforts for our schools.

To apply, either:

  • Complete the online application and submit it electronically, or
  • Download the application and return it to the District office, 2715 Lilac St, Longview WA 98632

Applications are due Sept. 28.

2018-10-11T13:01:05+00:00September 11th, 2018|

First day of school is planned for Tuesday, Sept. 11

Longview Public School employees will return to work on Monday, September 10, 2018.

After a day of preparation, the district plans to have children return to school on Tuesday, September 11.

We recognize you may have questions about the start of school and the upcoming school year. Check for your answers here, or contact your child’s school.

We appreciate your patience and look forward to seeing kids back in class on Tuesday, September, 11.


Dr. Dan Zorn
Longview Public Schools

2018-09-11T14:08:49+00:00September 7th, 2018|

School starts Tuesday, Sept. 11 – parent FAQ’s

A letter to the community from Dr. Dan Zorn,

I want to begin by acknowledging that the past few weeks have been very difficult for all of us at Longview Public Schools.

At a time when we are typically focused on welcoming children back to the classroom, we’ve been immersed in contract negotiations and work stoppages.  It’s been a challenging time for the district and members of the union.

Now that a labor agreement has been reached and school is starting, our teams are focused on healing and returning our attention to helping children learn and grow.

It’s my aim to work closely with teachers and the community to make our district better than ever and mend relationships that need attention.

I know we will reunite around our goal of providing our kids with the best education possible.


Dr. Dan Zorn
Longview Public Schools

Q. When will school start?
A. Schools will resume classes on Tuesday, September 11.

Q. When will school start for my kindergartner?
A. A representative from your child’s school will call to schedule a WaKIDS interview for the first three days of school.  Your child’s school will have more information about the gradual start for kindergarten students.

Q. Where is my child’s bus stop?
A. Check the district’s bus routing system by visiting longviewschools.com, click on “families”, click on “boundaries and busing”, then click the green Versatrans e-link graphic. Input your child’s grade, home address and zip code and a detailed map showing the bus stop location will be visible in yellow.

Q. When will class schedules be posted?
A. Elementary rosters will be posted by 3 p.m. the day before school starts. Middle and high school schedules can be picked up in the office on the first day of class.

Q. The missed school days will mean a new school year calendar.  When will that be available? 
A. The new school calendar year is not available at this time, wel’l email the updated calendar to parents and post online. We hope to have the schedule out by Wednesday, September 12.

Q. Will Wednesday’s still be early release? 
A. Yes.

Q. When will my schools open house be?
A. Visit your school’s website for detailed information on open house dates and times.

Q. When do classes start for the Broadway campus?
A. Classes will NOT start on Tuesday, September 11 for the Broadway campus. Families will get an email and telephone message detailing what day classes will start.

Have more questions?  Please contact your child’s school.

2018-09-17T09:35:10+00:00September 7th, 2018|
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