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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+00:00May 2nd, 2019|

Spring 2019 SBA testing information

During the month of May, Discovery High School will be hosting the Smarter Balance Assessments (SBA) in three content areas: Science, English-Language Arts (ELA) and Math

  • Science – Tuesday, May 7th (11th graders only)
  • ELA – Tuesday, May 14th and Thursday, May 16th – Must test both days
  • Math – Tuesday, May 21st and Thursday, May 23rd – Must test both days

We will begin testing in Period 2, at 08:55. It is essential that our testers arrive ready to test. Students will be excused from their regular classes to allow focus on testing.

The spring test rosters include 10th graders—who will take the tests for the first (and, hopefully, last) time—and our 11th and 12th grade students who’ve yet to succeed. Students must take these assessments to qualify for high school graduation.

We have been preparing for this endeavor all year, across content areas. We continue to practice in the test platform. Additional practice can be found online here. We encourage parents to get familiar with the format.

2019-04-26T18:11:36+00:00April 26th, 2019|

2019 yearbooks on sale through April 30

Discovery HS logoYearbooks are now on sale! Order online at TreeRing by creating an account. Use passcode 1014848502403860 to create your account.

Yearbooks are $17.94 each and orders must be processed with a debit or credit card. Orders will be accepted through April 30, 2019!

(Note: the previous deadline of April 22 was extended to April 30.)

2019-04-23T20:06:14+00:00April 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.

2019-04-16T23:10:16+00:00April 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.

2019-03-05T00:15:11+00:00March 5th, 2019|

College Night at Discovery High School

Seniors and their parents are invited to College Night, Wednesday, March 6 from 5pm – 7pm.  We will be serving dinner from Hop & Grape, answering questions about the FAFSA/WASFA and applying to LCC and/or other colleges/trade/vocational schools.  LCC grab bags are also available.  Please call 360.414.2926 to confirm your spot by Friday, March 1.

Nosotros hablamos español.

2019-02-15T21:05:31+00:00February 15th, 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.


2019-01-03T00:27:14+00:00December 20th, 2018|

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|

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.


2018-07-09T15:04:58+00:00July 5th, 2018|
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