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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.

2019-09-17T12:59:21-07:00August 26th, 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|

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|

Application window open for Highly Capable student testing

Applications are now being accepted for the district’s annual Highly Capable Program identification process. To have a student evaluated for this program, parents/guardians give permission by completing the High Capable Permission Form and returning it to the student’s school. Permission forms are due Friday, March 15, 2019.

Cognitive Ability Testing (CogAT) will commence March-April 2019. The selection team will review student data April-May 2019. Testing results will be mailed in May 2019.

2019-03-04T17:15:11-07:00March 4th, 2019|

Winter break early release and January back-to-school

Longview students will be released early on Friday, December 21, 2018 to begin their winter vacation.  Release times are:

  • Elementary schools – two hours earlier than regular release time
  • Cascade – 11:45am release
  • Monticello – 11:50am release
  • Mt. Solo – 11:55am release
  • High schools – 11:50am release

Students return back to school on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. Students will be released one hour early on that day.

Broadway Learning Center has no school on Friday, Dec. 21. School resumes for Broadway students on Thursday, January 3, 2019.

 

2019-01-02T17:27:17-07:00December 20th, 2018|

A note from our assistant principal and athletic director

Mt. Solo families,

Athletics at Mt. Solo have begun and we have had some success with both our Football and Volleyball programs. The first season runs to the end of October when Girls Basketball and Wrestling begin, continuing through the winter. Boys Basketball and Girls Bowling begin early spring and we round out the year with Track. It is important that all participating students have their completed paperwork, including physical forms, submitted to our athletics secretary before the respective seasons begin. Although sports at Mt. Solo are important for physical fitness and self-esteem, all Skyhawk athletes are students first. To help support them in their academic setting we will have a study hall every Wednesday from 1:30 to 2:30. There the students will have the opportunity to check their grades and work on assignments. We encourage all students to consider participating in a sport here at Mt. Solo. You must be either a seventh or eighth grader to play sports with the exception of wrestling, where this year there has been a change in the eligibility requirements that enables sixth graders to participate in practices and compete in the matches. Our coaches are great at developing the requisite skills to be competitive, while molding them into fine young men and women. Please check out our Facebook page for updates on our teams and athletes in the classroom.

Sincerely,
Dr. Stephen Shepherd
Assistant Principal, Athletic Director

2018-10-24T13:16:08-07:00October 24th, 2018|

Welcome from Mr. Opgrande

Hello Skyhawk Families-

Mt Solo students and staff are off to a great start.  A special welcome to our new students and parents who have joined us this year as evidenced by the great turn out at our recent “Meet the Teacher” night.

Our focus is student learning each and every day.  We expect our staff to meet students at their academic level and move them forward to at least one year’s growth in one academic year’s time.  Mt Solo’s staff develops and designs lessons that teach to the state learning standards and our students’ progress is monitored over time.

  • Mt Solo’s assessment information is available here (OSPI Washington State Report Card).  We’re proud of the progress that our students have made throughout the years, particularly in English language arts, science, and math.  We were happy to discover that Mt Solo’s state science scores are above the state average.

We have added Advisory to our Wednesday schedule. Each teacher is assigned a group of students and during that time we teach and practice emergency response procedures and building expectations for learning. Later in the year our advisory teachers will conduct career path exploration and social/emotional learning activities to better prepare our students for high school and beyond.

We couldn’t do any of this without the great parent support that we have here at Mt Solo.  Five great ways to stay connected and receive the most up-to-date information are:

Our staff looks forward to seeing parents at the upcoming conferences, sporting events, and music concerts.

2018-10-05T13:24:02-07:00October 5th, 2018|

Mt. Solo Summer 2018 information

Last day office is open: June 29, 2018

Summer programs: none

Meals for Longview kids:
Northlake Elem, 2210 Olympia Way
June 18 – August 17 (no meals July 2-6); Monday – Friday
Breakfast 8:30 – 8:45am, Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm

Kessler Elem, 1902 Kessler Blvd
June 18 – August 17 (no meals July 4); Monday – Friday
Breakfast 8:30 – 8:45am, Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm

CVG Elem, 2644 30th Ave
July 9 – July 27; Monday – Friday
Breakfast 8:30 – 8:45am, Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm Cancelled

Olympic Elem, 1324 30th Ave
July 9 – July 27; Monday – Friday
Breakfast 8:30 – 8:45am Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm
Aug 7 – Aug 16; Tuesday – Thursday
Breakfast 8:30 – 8:45am Lunch 11:00 – 11:15pm

St Helens Elem, 431 27th Ave
July 9 – July 27; Monday – Friday
Breakfast 8:30 – 8:45am, Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm

Monticello Middle School, 1225 28th Ave
July 9 – July 27; Monday – Friday
Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm

Archie Anderson Park, 22nd Ave and Alabama St
July 9 – Aug 16; Monday – Thursday
Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm, Snack 3:00 – 3:15pm

Longview Teen Center, 2121 Kessler Blvd
June 18 – Aug 17 (no meals July 2-6); Monday – Friday
Snack 3:00 – 3:15

Office opens in fall: August 7, 2018

First day of school: August 29, 2018

2018-08-17T12:21:34-07:00July 18th, 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.

 

2018-07-09T08:05:32-07:00July 5th, 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.

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

2018-06-21T14:54:40-07:00June 21st, 2018|