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Fall 2018 Principal Update

I am grateful to return as the Principal of Discovery High School. We aspire to nothing less than becoming the premier alternative high school in the State of Washington.

I spent last year getting to know everybody, from students to teachers and the community of Longview. I stand by my words of last year, that we have a, “highly professional, ferociously dedicated staff.” Nothing could be more true. Our teachers are the heart of what we do here, and I’ve seen them do amazing work with our kids.

Last June we graduated 49 young women and men. 49! That is a testament to our kids’ hard work and our staff’s dedication. That was 7 x 7… maybe our slogan should be 8 x 8 ?

Thanks, again, for entrusting us with your kids’ education. We will honor that trust by making our best effort to see them across the finish line.

Best Wishes,
Mike Kleiner

2018-09-12T20:04:22+00:00September 12th, 2018|

Phone-free classrooms for 2018-2019

How Yondr worksThis year we will be using a system called “Yondr,” to improve teaching and learning by making our classes phone-free.

We know how connected people are to their phones, but phone use in school has become too distracting. Too many kids miss credits because they can’t focus in class. We can’t get them graduated if we can’t get their attention.

More and more studies prove that cell phones interfere with a student’s academic success. Just last year (2017), the University of Texas at Austin concluded that “the mere presence of cellphones reduces available cognitive capacity.”

The way Yondr works is simple.  When students enter Discovery, they will place their phones in an assigned Yondr cell-phone pouch.  The pouch locks and the student keeps their pouch with them.  Students maintain possession of their cell-phones throughout the class period, but they will not be able to use them until they are unlocked.  

In an effort to best serve your child, we are asking for your support in the adoption of Yondr at Discovery. It is already used by hundreds of middle and high schools, corporations and artists across the world to improve focus, production and the overall human experience of its users.

We know that this will be a big change.  Thank you for supporting our school and our students as we move forward.

You may contact the Discovery office at 360.414.2926.  Parents!!! Please don’t call/message your student during class time. In most cases, you can contact the office the relay messages to your student when action needs to be taken during the school day.

If it is crucial that a student respond immediately, students can unlock pouches in the classroom. In the case of an emergency, such as an earthquake, teachers have devices that can unlock the Yondr pouches quickly.

Students are still in possession of their cell phones.

The pouch is a school issued supply, just like textbooks.  It is free to use, but the student is responsible to pay $50 in the event of damage or loss. It is like a book fine.

2018-08-29T20:39:58+00:00August 21st, 2018|

Discovery Summer 2018 information

Office open by appointment

Summer programs:
• Summer School, June 18-June 28; Monday – Thursday

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 20, 2018 (earlier by appointment)

First day of school: August 29, 2018

2018-08-17T19:21:55+00:00June 19th, 2018|

NASA summer camps offer great opportunity for high school students

Cowlitz County high school students, including incoming freshmen and just-graduated seniors, are invited to experience “Terra Trackers” and “Rockets and Space”. These week-long summer camps at R.A. Long High School will allow students to work with electronics, robotics, and rocketry. There is no charge to attend.

“Terra Trackers”: July 16 – 19.  Read more about the camp, and complete the application.  Completed applications may be returned to the ASB office at R.A. Long, or scanned and emailed to Hanna Burleson.  Applications due July 15.

“Rockets and Space” is July 30-August 2.  Read more about the camp, and complete the application. Completed applications may be returned to R.A. Long Main Office, or scanned and emailed to Hanna Burleson. Applications due July 27.

 

2018-07-26T21:23:17+00:00June 18th, 2018|

Thoughtexchange: let us know your top safety ideas

School safety–a  current topic of various opinions and many comments–is the subject of  a digital conversation offered by Longview starting Monday, June 4.

Through the Thoughtexchange process, all community members are encouraged to take part in voicing their ideas on the most important considerations about school safety and security.

Improvements to Thoughtexchange now make it possible for participants to review and respond to others’ ideas after a number of ideas have been collected.

The information gathered in this Thoughtexchange will help the district as it constantly works to keep students and staff members safe, and to best respond when school safety is threatened.

If you haven’t participated in one of our Thoughtexchange conversations before and don’t want to miss out this time, please let us know. Spanish participation is also available.

2018-05-31T23:06:04+00:00May 18th, 2018|

Educators honored by Chamber of Commerce

Staff nominated for Crystal Apple AwardsLocal area educators, along with business persons were honored May 2 at the annual Pillars of Strength/Crystal Apple Awards presented by the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce.

A number of Longview nominees were included in all categories, and Rich Reeves (R. A. Long) was named Principal of the Year and Travis Ruhter (Mark Morris) was named Teacher of the Year with their Crystal Apple Awards.

Sandy Catt, Director of Communications and Technology, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Nominees included assistant principal Lacey Griffiths and teacher Jodi Kruse (R. A. Long); principal Scott Merzoian and teacher Tracy Gould (Monticello); principal Aaron Whitright (CVG); assistant principal Brooks Cooper, paraeducator Jamie Allred (Mark Morris); principal Chris Rugg and teacher Dawn Julian (Cascade); director Mary Carr-Wilt; teacher Marie Gilchrist (Robert Gray); teacher Kimmie Flint (Mint Valley);  paraeducator Kara Warner (Robert Gray); and secretary Laura Norton (Northlake).

2018-05-17T23:50:38+00:00May 15th, 2018|

Facebook Friday with Dr. Zorn

On most Fridays you can find Longview superintendent Dr. Dan Zorn live on Facebook talking about the week’s activities. In case you missed them, check out his April updates. Stay up to date with Longview news by following us on Facebook, and by following Dr. Zorn on Facebook and Twitter.

2018-05-03T21:20:23+00:00May 3rd, 2018|

Bus routes update-Feb. 23

Schools will be operating on their regular schedules, but due to road conditions, the following bus routes will be following snow/lowland routes:

Elementary–5, 6, 13, 15

Middle- and high school–16

Families should use their discretion about the safety of getting their child from home to the bus pick-up or school. Please use caution and share safe walking tips with your children.

If you haven’t done so already,  consider subscribing to FlashAlert notifications and download the FlashAlert Messenger app to your phone easy access to up-to-date information. Information will be also posted on www.longviewschools.com  (families-school delays and cancellations),  on Facebook, and on local media.

2018-02-23T13:27:44+00:00February 23rd, 2018|

Late start Thursday, Feb. 22

Longview School District plans to delay the school start two hours Thursday, Feb. 22 due to road conditions.

Buses will follow snow/lowland routes. Families should use their discretion about the safety of getting their child from home to the bus pick-up or school. Please use caution and share safe walking tips with your children.

Schools will convene two hours later than their regular start times. No breakfast service will be provided. Please continue to monitor FlashAlert for any updates that might be made.

If you haven’t done so already,  consider subscribing to FlashAlert notifications and download the FlashAlert Messenger app to your phone easy access to up-to-date information. Information will be also posted on www.longviewschools.com  (families-school delays and cancellations),  on Facebook, and on local media.

2018-02-22T12:54:14+00:00February 22nd, 2018|

Weather closure-Feb. 21

Due to unsafe travel conditions caused by snow and ice, Longview schools will be closed Wednesday Feb. 21. The district regrets losing a day of teaching and learning, but the safety of our staff and students is paramount.

Stay up to date by visiting FlashAlert

2018-02-21T13:35:38+00:00February 21st, 2018|
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