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Work Stoppage Updates

As of Aug. 22, the Longview Education Association (LEA) voted in favor of a teacher work stoppage. The vote was cast following the Longview Public Schools’ most recent proposal of a 7 percent average pay increase, which is in addition to the 8 percent compensation increase given in the last labor contract.

As of Sept. 6, the offer from Longview Public Schools has been raised to an 8.2 percent average pay increase.

Longview Public Schools values and appreciates our educators and support staff, and remains committed to working toward an agreement with LEA.

We also remain dedicated to keeping our community informed about labor negotiations. Check out the latest updates here:

Work Stoppage Information
2018-09-09T09:04:28+00:00August 24th, 2018|

LPS celebrates summer reading!

Longview Public Schools Superintendent Dan Zorn and School Board member Phil Jurmu set the pace at Longview’s Go Fourth parade.

While serving as grand marshal of the 2018 Go Fourth parade, Superintendent Dan Zorn and his crew of LPS staff, board members, family and friends passed out thousands of bookmarks encouraging everyone to read this summer.

The bookmarks include a link to “Superintendent Storytime,” where Dr. Zorn shares several of his favorite children’s books.


2018-07-24T15:13:41+00:00July 5th, 2018|

Star Polisher program wins national award

Linda Nixon, Sarah Coomber, Ruthanne Byman and Sandy Catt

Longview Public Schools’ Star Polisher project is shining brightly this week after receiving a Golden Achievement award from the National School Public Relations Association. The award recognizes exemplary work in school public relations.

The district’s Star Polisher Project invites students to share stories and comments about staff members—teachers, administrators and support staff—who have helped them feel connected and successful at school. It was created and is managed by the district’s communications team—Sandy Catt, who recently retired as director of Communications and Technology, Sarah Coomber, Linda Nixon and Ruthanne Byman.

“Staff members have been really touched to receive feedback and recognition from their students, and our superintendent and School Board enjoy hearing stories of staff making a difference in students’ lives,” said Sarah Coomber, a communications manager with Educational Service District 112, who works with LPS’s communications team.

The project has given LPS’s “Stars” and “Star Polishers” opportunities to acknowledge one another and to share with the community some of the wonderful things that are happening in Longview’s schools.

The project’s name comes from “The Star Polisher,” a poem by Leah Beck, which the communications team adapted for this initiative:

We tell our students that the world cannot do without them.
We tell them they can do anything they set their minds to.
We tell them they can be the brightest, shiniest stars in the sky,
And that the world will be a better place because of them.

Find Longview’s Star Polishers online at and at

2018-07-02T17:57:16+00:00July 2nd, 2018|

Superintendent’s message — June 2018

Dr. Zorn joins students for hands-on science.

Dr. Zorn joins students for hands-on science.

June is a special time for educators. As we watch our seniors walk across the stage to receive their diplomas, we celebrate the hard work of our students, teachers, staff and families.

This is a big deal. From my perspective—as your superintendent, a lifelong educator, a parent and a grandparent—high school graduation is the second major milestone students need to reach to find their way to future success.

The first? Learning to read! Literacy and a high school diploma are the two tickets young people need to succeed in life.

The ability to read opens the door to a whole world of information and adventure, enabling our students to learn about anything that interests them and to get the facts they need to manage their lives. It also provides endless opportunities for enjoyment and exploration.

Earning a high school diploma opens the next set of doors. Graduates have gained the knowledge and skills needed to engage with the wider world, whether entering the workforce or seeking more education. The diploma also demonstrates a young person’s ability to set a goal and see it to completion.

Longview Public Schools is deeply committed to helping each of our students open these two doors, whether their path is straight or meandering, and whether they need special supports or advanced challenges. We welcome our students however they arrive, and we find ways to help them progress until they graduate.

To each of you families with a new graduate—congratulations! Celebrate the moment.

For those of you with children, grandchildren or neighbors still in school, I urge you to support them this summer. Many students lose academic ground over break, and reading prevents what we call “summer slide.”

Here is a suggestion: Set aside 30 minutes a day for reading. Have your students pick out library books that interest them. Sit together and read. That’s it!

I will be reading along with you this summer—visiting summer lunch programs and appearing on the school district’s Facebook page @LongviewSchools. When you see me, let me know what you and your youngsters are reading.

Let’s work together to make Longview a community of readers and graduates.

Dr. Dan Zorn


Story originally appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of the Longview Schools Review.

2018-06-26T15:24:15+00:00June 26th, 2018|

LPS welcomes new leaders

Longview Public Schools is pleased to introduce the new administrators who are joining the district leadership team and to announce current staff taking on new positions beginning in the 2018-19 school year.

LPS welcomes new leaders

Ann Valanzuolo, Director of Curriculum. Former executive director of Curriculum and Instruction at Kent (WA) School District.

Amy Zenger-Neiman, Director of State and Federal Programs. Former director of Teaching & Learning, Title/LAP director and grants manager at La Center School District.

Karen Joy, Assistant director of Special Ed. Former insurance claims compliance specialist and special education consultant, special services coordinator & school psychologist for LPS.

Matt Keevy, Manager of Technology Department. Former Tech. Dept. coordinator for LPS.

Rick Parrish, Communications Coordinator. Former publisher of The Daily News.

Brooks Cooper, Principal, Mark Morris High. Former asst. principal at Mark Morris.

Megan Shea-Bates, Principal, Broadway Learning Center, and overseeing early learning initiatives. Former principal at St. Helens Elementary.

Stephanie Teel, Principal, St. Helens Elementary. Former Onalaska (WA) Elementary School Principal.

Brian Mitchell, Assistant principal, Mark Morris High. Former instructional coach and choir teacher at Mark Morris.


For more news, see the Summer 2018 issue of the Longview Schools Review.

2018-06-26T15:40:52+00:00June 26th, 2018|

Board, FAC consider facilities needs

The School Board plans to propose a building bond on the April 23, 2019, ballot.

The Facilities Advisory Committee (FAC)—including community members and school district staff members—is currently working to identify the most important building needs throughout the district. The FAC will present three possible plans for the Board of Directors to consider in October.

Community members who want to see the FAC at work can attend its next meeting at 5 p.m. Aug. 29 in the District Office Board Room.

A bond to replace Mint Valley, Northlake and Olympic elementary schools, renovate Broadway Learning Center, and add safety and security improvements district-wide was presented in November 2017. Although 58 percent of voters approved the ballot measure, it
did not receive the required supermajority—60 percent—to pass.


Story originally appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of the Longview Schools Review.

2018-06-26T15:27:50+00:00June 26th, 2018|

Thank you for your Thoughtexchange thoughts!

Thoughtexchange logoWe thank each of the more than 600 Longview community members who shared thoughts, concerns and suggestions about school safety through the recent Thoughtexchange process June 4-15. LPS will be using these results to help shape the building bond proposal and district spending on safety and security enhancements.

Thoughtexchange is a way community members share ideas, react to what others are saying and discover what is important to our community as a whole. Results are still being compiled but will be available in the near future on our Thoughtexchange webpage.


Story originally appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of the Longview Schools Review.

2018-06-26T15:26:02+00:00June 26th, 2018|

LPS graduates take diverse paths: Becky Grubbs, MMHS

Young people sample lots of activities in high school, and by the time they graduate each has a unique set of experiences to call their own. We asked three members of Longview’s class of 2018 to share something about their high school careers, a piece of advice and their post-graduation plans.

MMHS grad Becky Grubbs

Mark Morris grad Becky Grubbs

Mark Morris High School: Hardwired to help

Becky Grubbs seems hardwired for volunteering.

“I’ve been doing non-profit work since I was 18 months old,” said
the senior, describing those early times with her grandparents
at FISH of Cowlitz County, which distributes food and other services.

This year and last, Becky received Volunteer of the Year honors from the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum United Way.

Becky began volunteering at the United Way as a sophomore and soon was helping plan events, like the Day of Caring campaign. This year she worked with LPS to implement a literacy program that put 100 Mark Morris and R.A. Long students in third grade classrooms where they encouraged the younger students to read for fun.

“Becky took it on as her pet project … and set up student teams at the high schools,” said Brooke Fisher-Clark, United Way executive director. “It was really magical to see that partnership.”

Becky said volunteer work has taught her that there is always a way to help.

“United Way really helped me find out how to contribute,” she said.

Next steps: Finish an associate’s degree in business at Lower Columbia College and then pursue a four-year degree to become a financial planner or accountant.

Advice for younger students: “I would suggest they look for opportunities for things they can do in their own community. There’s always some way to help. You can always find something to do.”

Click here to read about Discovery graduate Natalie Rodriguez .

Click here to read about R.A. Long graduate Hamzah Amjad.


Story originally appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of the Longview Schools Review.

2018-06-21T14:53:56+00:00June 21st, 2018|
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