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Community Service opportunities

Each student must have 24 hours of Community Service before graduating.  The following are looking for volunteers.

  • Lower Columbia School Gardens – Contact Ian @ 360.431.6725, info@LCschoolgardens.org 
  • Building in Youth – 360.423.5022
  • Humane Society of Cowlitz County – 360.577.0151
2019-09-24T21:53:42+00:00September 24th, 2019|

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.

2019-09-17T19:59:21+00:00August 26th, 2019|

Great Grad – Cara Davey, Discovery HS

Did you attend Discovery High School all four years? No, I started in the AVID program at RA Long. My mother left in my freshmen year, so it was a little rough.

What happened when your mother left? Since my mom left, I had to get a job to help pay family bills and ended up getting behind in school. My grades were suffering and I almost dropped out of school.

What did your school counselor say? She told me to go to Discovery High School – she said they will help you out a lot.

What did you find at Discovery High School? My counselor was correct the people at Discovery helped me with everything. I’m graduating from high school, which is a surprise.

What was your school schedule like? Discovery allowed me to keep my job and come to class when it worked for my schedule. They helped me with online classes too.

Where do you work? I’ve worked at Wendy’s for about the last two years.

How old were you when you started working? Since I turned 16 years old, I’ve been working 40 hours per week.

What is your work schedule like? I usually work the closing shift at Wendy’s, which is 3 pm to 1 am every day. I would come to school at either 7 am or noon, depending on the classes I needed. Then I would go to work.

When would you complete online classes? I’d bring my computer to work and do homework on breaks and at home. Sometimes I did homework at 1 am after work.

What has the opportunity at Discovery High School meant to you? It has meant a lot, I’ve definitely cried a few times thinking I wouldn’t be able to graduate high school. Mr. Kleiner and Ms. Dunaway both pulled me aside and told me I could come here whenever my scheduled allowed and they would help me – I cried a lot when they told me. It meant so much that they cared and wanted me to graduate.

Would you be a high school graduate without the opportunity at Discovery? No, I don’t think so.

When you first started at Discovery what was your school schedule? I came to school for all six periods of the day even though two of my classes were online. You can take the online classes at home, but when my schedule allowed I came to school anyway.

How are the online classes structured? You watch videos lessons to learn concepts and how to do things. Then you complete assigned work and come to school to take the tests.

What does being a high school graduate mean to you? I want to be an elementary school teacher and I can’t go to college without graduating from high school. I don’t want to work in fast food the rest of my life – Discovery has helped me a lot.

Why do you want to be a teacher? I swam on the swim team all four years and my coach asked me to help give young kids swim lessons. Seeing the excitement on the kid’s faces when they learned to swim was amazing.

How did it make you feel to see the kids succeed? I loved it; I knew they would remember learning to swim for the rest of their life.

What are your plans after graduation? I’m planning to enroll at Lower Columbia College and hope to be accepted into their teaching program. I definitely want to do more with my life than work in fast food – I want to be proud of myself.

What grade level do you hope to teach? Definitely younger kids.

Has anyone in your family ever been to college? Yes, my older sister is the first one to go to college. She’s enrolled at LCC right now.

Did you participate in athletics during high school? Yes, I was on the swim team all four years. I went to districts every year too.  My coach became my role model – I loved it.

Was it hard juggling your schedule? It was hard juggling my schedule during the swimming season. Sometimes I had to go straight from the swim meet to work. I dreaded Saturday swim meets. We would have to be at the pool by 7 am, then I would be at the pool until about 2 pm then head straight to work for the 2 pm to 11 pm shift.

What would you tell the public about Discovery High School? It is an opportunity that not a lot of schools give you. Everyone here cares; every teacher knows all the students and cares about us. They want us to graduate. Many kids wouldn’t have the opportunity to graduate without Discovery.

Can you tell us about the teachers at Discovery? Ms. Dunaway is my favorite teacher, she teaches math. I wasn’t going to graduate due to the state test and I am good at math, but sometimes struggle sitting through 3-hour tests. Ms. Dunaway welcomed me with “open arms” and encourage me to stay after school to take more tests to get the points I needed to graduate. Ms. Dunaway was there every step of the way.

What are some of your best memories from high school? Coming to Discovery High School was big – the biggest step, this is definitely a school I will remember. I was in the AVID class at RA Long for the first two years. That class was a whole family at R.A. Long. We were all taking Advanced Placement classes and struggling through them together.

Has Discovery High School changed your life? Oh yeah, a whole lot. Discovery has opened my eyes. The people here encouraged me to graduate and told me they would always be here for me.

What is the atmosphere like at Discovery? It’s different from other schools in part because it’s smaller. I know everyone here. When new people show up we introduce each other – we are all friendly. People think this school is for bad kids, but that is not true. The students at Discovery are super sweet and smart.

Are you saying the perception of Discovery is not necessarily the truth? Not even close. The teachers at Discovery really care about you. Discovery has small classes with 13-15 kids so the teachers work one on one with you. Teachers will stay after school and do whatever it takes to help you.

What else? In part because of Discovery High School, more and more kids are earning their diploma and graduating high school. I didn’t think I would graduate, but I did. At Discovery, everyone is in your corner cheering you on.

What do

you want people to remember about you? Even if you think nobody is cheering you on – someone is. Don’t give up.

2019-06-21T20:09:08+00:00June 21st, 2019|

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|