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Free Environmental Science Summer Camp

Dates: July 8 – 12, 2019 from 8 am to 3 pm each day. The camp is hosted at R. A. Long High School, 2903 Nichols Blvd. Longview, WA 98632.

This is a free event sponsored by NASA. Open to all high school students (including incoming freshmen and recently graduated seniors) in the Cowlitz County school districts. Applicants who have never had an opportunity like this, including students from low-income families and those who will be the first in their family to attend college, are encouraged to apply. Download the registration form and email scanned copies to Mrs. Burleson or take pictures of each page and send them to 360-431-5487.

View camp information here.

Download registration form here.

2019-06-12T23:32:43+00:00June 12th, 2019|

Summer Meal Program information

Summer Meals for Kids!

This year the Summer Food Service Program will offer free nutritious meals to all neighborhood children ages 18 years and younger at:

Northlake Elementary, 2210 Olympia Way,  June 17 – August 16, Breakfast 8:30 am – 8:45 am,  Lunch 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm  *No Meals July 1- July 5

Kessler Elementary, 1902 Kessler Blvd., June 17 – July 3, Breakfast 8:30 am – 9:00 am, Lunch 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm,  July 8 – August 16 Breakfast 8:30 am – 8:45 am, Lunch 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm

Olympic Elementary, 1324 30th Ave., June 17 – June 28, Breakfast 8:30 am – 8:45 am, Lunch 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm

Monticello Middle School, 1225 28th Ave., July 8 – July 26, Breakfast 8:30 am – 8:45 am, Lunch 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm

Archie Anderson Park, 22nd Ave & Alabama St., July 8 – Aug 16, Lunch 12:00 pm  – 12:15 pm, Snack 3:30 pm – 3:45 pm  *Monday thru Thursday

Teen Center, 2121 Kessler Blvd., June 17 – Aug 16, Snack 3:30 pm – 3:45 pm  *No Meals July 4- July 5

All meals will meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, so you know your child will be eating a healthy meal. Supervised activities will be offered at Northlake and Kessler Elementary Schools, Monticello Middle School, Teen Center, & Archie Anderson Park. For more information, contact City of Longview, Parks & Recreation Department at 360-442-5400. For more information about the program, or to volunteer to help, call the Longview Public School Nutrition office at 360-575-7172.

The Summer Food Service Program is sponsored by The U.S. Department of Agriculture

2019-06-12T18:37:18+00:00June 12th, 2019|

State discipline law changing

State law regarding how schools can discipline students is changing. The new laws go into effect with the coming school year and will be a significant change from how discipline has been managed in the past. The intent of the changes are to limit the suspension of students, minimize the educational impact on students who are disciplined and assure fairness in the process.

Click here to visit the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s student discipline page. On the page you will find A Parent’s Guide to student discipline and an overview of the new state discipline rules.

If you have questions about the new state discipline laws please reach out to your school principal or the district office for more information.

These new discipline laws will impact current school board policies. Find out what changes are under consideration for the following policies:

2019-05-29T00:18:28+00:00May 24th, 2019|

Don’t miss Antonio Fernandez in concert on April 22!

Antonio Fernandez is coming to Longview the week of April 22 to be an artist in residence for the choir programs of Mark Morris and RA Long High Schools. Antonio is a professional beatboxer and vocalist for Disney’s premiere a cappella group, “Dcapella”. They just finished their county-wide tour and are headed on a European/Asian tour soon.

Antonio will be in concert Tuesday, April 23 at 7:30 pm at the LCC Rose Center for the Arts. A $5 dollar donation at the door or either cash or credit will be accepted.

Antonio has significant experience performing professionally. Some of his credits include: NBC’s “The Voice”, ABC’s “The Rising Star” and The Incredibles 2 soundtrack.

He is frequently flown to LA/Orlando, Fl./New York to record for movie soundtracks and other a cappella performances.

Below are some Youtube links that showcase his talent. Antonio has a vast knowledge base and experience in the professional music industry as a beatboxer and vocalist.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvKoThG6Cwk “Drive” by Antonio Fernandez (ala Bobby McFerrin)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIQaqURjlYI “Part of Your World” by DCapella

This is a concert you will not want to miss.

 

2019-04-23T20:32:33+00:00April 10th, 2019|

Family Resource Center opens at Monticello

Teachers and support team members across the district are seeing a growing number of kids and families who lack a stable food source and/or housing. To help the kids and families the district opened a Family Resource Center at Monticello Middle School. The resource center gives parents a place to get help and connect with food, housing, mental health or other services. It doesn’t matter which school a child attends – the family resource center is open to help them. The resource center was put together through donations and did not require district funds.

The Daily News wrote a front page story about the resource center that published March 2. This is another example of the district putting extra effort towards helping our kids be successful.

The Family Resource Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 11 am and from 1 pm to 3 pm.

 

2019-03-08T21:24:07+00:00March 8th, 2019|

Calendar information 2019-2020 school year

Planning for vacation and family celebrations is important. While final details of the next year’s school calendar are not yet finished, several important key dates are set. To help you with planning below are important dates for the 2019-2020 school year. These dates have been finalized and approved by the School Board. (Please note the calendar for Broadway Learning Center is different and parents should check with Broadway for 2019-2020 calendar dates.)

Event Date
First day of school August 28, 2019
Winter holiday December 23, 2019 – January 3, 2020
Spring Break April 6-10, 2020
High school graduation June 6, 2020
Last day of school June 11, 2020

A more detailed 2019-2020 school calendar will be sent to parents and families in the Spring. If you have questions please contact your local school.

2019-01-25T22:05:18+00:00January 25th, 2019|

Pre-apprenticeship students visit Big C Industries

Students in the district’s pre-apprenticeship program were welcomed on a site visit to Big C Industries in Longview.

Big C Industries General Manager, Matt Montgomery, helped develop the pre-apprenticeship program and continues to support students through experiential learning.

Work site visits benefit students by giving them the chance to see the same technology and equipment they are using in the pre-apprenticeship program in use in the workplace. District Director of Career & College Readiness Jill Diehl said, “It gives students validation that the things they are working on are applicable in the real world.”

Diehl went on to say, “We hope students discover relevance, relevance to what they are learning in the classroom, to the standards we are teaching them and the professional and technical skills. Students are going to see this is what I’m learning in school and this where it will take me in the future.”

 

2019-01-17T19:42:24+00:00January 17th, 2019|

Capital bond information and input sessions

Longview Public Schools plans to put a capital bond measure to voters later this year. Capital bonds raise funds for school districts to upgrade facilities and build new schools.

To provide citizens information about the bond measure three community input sessions will be held. At the meeting you will get information on the facility upgrades and changes the district’s Facilities Advisory Committee has recommended.

Thursday, January 24 at 6 pm, district administrative offices next to RA Long High School – 2715 Lilac Street.

Wednesday, January 30 at 5 pm, Mark Morris High School.

Tuesday, February 5 at 5 pm, Mint Valley Elementary School.

We hope to see you at one of the community input sessions.

2019-01-25T18:07:08+00:00January 15th, 2019|

Longview teachers have class

We’re proud of our educators and are taking this opportunity to introduce you to two of them, in their own words. They have different interests but share a passion for preparing Longview students for successful futures!

This is a supplement to the Longview Public Schools annual report. Both Gail Wells and Sam Kell are featured in the printed version of the annual report.  

Gail Wells, math teacher, Monticello Middle School.

Gail Wells believes everyone can do math. She works the room and uses technology to gauge how much each student understands, even those who never raise their hands.

Where did you grow up and go to school? I was born in North Dakota and grew up in Federal Way, Washington. I was in the first graduating class at Thomas Jefferson High School in Auburn and went to Western Washington University for a degree in home economics.

How did you get from home economics to math? My passion was food and nutrition, but math is completely entrenched in home economics—measuring food, finance, sewing …

Why do people think math is so hard? Society doesn’t allow people not to be “readers,” but for some reason it’s OK to not be good at math. The mindset should be that “I can do it,” because everyone can.

How long have you been teaching? Twenty-six or 27 years—10 years at St. Helens and 10 years at Robert Gray, with four years as a math coach at Kessler and Robert Gray. Now I’m finishing at Monticello Middle School.

How has teaching math changed? When I was in school, it was, “Here is how you do it. Now copy what I do.” We don’t do that anymore. Instead of just handing students an algorithm or a way to do something, we do a lot of concrete building of understanding before moving to the abstract.

What is the best thing about being a teacher? That look on a student’s face when they “get it”—it’s priceless.

What are some of the keys to being a good teacher? Number one is understanding what the goal is. For me it’s the state standards—I have to know what the students need to know. Also …

  • Making sure the students get the needed feedback so they can self-evaluate.
  • Being ready when they walk through the door—knowing where you’re going and how to get there, not just turning the page on the book and teaching them what’s on the next page.
  • Adjusting if the students are not getting it.

The big thing here at Monticello is I have an amazing teaching partner, Phil Hartley. We collaborate, do assessments, reflect on student work, talk about the goals and are transparent about our work. Today we are going to share kids and do some interventions, so we can get them where they need to be right now.

To be a good teacher, it’s everything, including a great administration that supports you. It’s not just one thing.

What advice do you have for new teachers? Don’t think you already know everything. I’ve been teaching for 26 or 27 years, and every year I learn something new. Every year I get better. So listen to your colleagues, listen to your students, and be willing to adapt. Be a part of the team.

What’s something people might not know about you? I’ve been making gingerbread houses for 30 years. I have two sons who were in the armed service—one still is. I send gingerbread houses to Afghanistan and Bosnia. My daughter taught English in South Korea, so I sent one to her.

What would you tell the community about what life is like in school? When those kids come up the stairs and say hi to me, it’s wonderful. It’s the best place in the world to work.

What are students like today? Students are considerate of each other. They want to do their best—they want to succeed.

Anything else? This is my last year of teaching. I want to have more time with my family and visit my grandchildren—I have six. My career as a teacher has been an amazing journey. I feel deeply blessed by every student I’ve ever had.

 

 

Sam Kell, industrial arts teacher, Mark Morris High School

Sam Kell practices what he teaches. At school, he introduces pre-apprenticeship students (pg. 3) to technical skills like carpentry. In his spare time, he works on his own fixer-upper house.

Where did you grow up and go to school? I spent my childhood in Kelso and Longview, and went to Catlin Elementary, Columbia Heights Elementary, Cascade Middle School and Mark Morris High School. I spent one year at Lower Columbia College and finished my final three years at Central Washington University in the industrial arts program.

Why did you get into teaching? I always liked working with people and going through the learning process. My mom is a pre-school teacher.

Who introduced you to industrial arts? My dad is a self-employed residential contractor. He flips houses and owns rentals. I started working with my dad when I was 10 or 11 years old. I was just a helping hand with sheetrock and roofs. In school I excelled in shop classes and was happiest in project-based learning.

What’s the best part about being a teacher? Building relationships with the students. Teaching is all about the relationships and the growth.

What are the students of today like? They are hard-working and task driven. People may assume students never get off their smartphone or think, “It’s not like when we were in school.” But I still see the drive in students to get things done. Sometimes it takes different teaching styles to motivate different students.

What is one thing you want to teach every student? One thing I’d like to teach every student is lifelong learning and self-evaluation. To be able to reflect on the job you just completed is a very important skill no matter what you do. I learned a long time ago, “reflect and do better.”

What would you like people to know about school? School is about learning, and failure is okay.

 Do you have hobbies? I love hunting, fishing and hiking, and I share season tickets to the Trailblazers. I’ve been a Blazers fan since elementary school. I watched Michael Jordan and Clyde Drexler play. I also own a house in Kelso—it’s a fixer upper.

 Anything else? It’s important for young people in our community to recognize their own skills and recognize what Longview has to offer. Longview is a great place.

2018-11-07T22:28:49+00:00November 6th, 2018|

Pre-Apprenticeship Program Grand Opening

State Representative Brian Blake and Jill Diehl, Director of Career Readiness for Longview Public Schools

The goal of graduating seniors is to have a bright future.

Longview Public Schools took a big leap forward in providing high school students with great career options with the grand opening of the new pre-apprenticeship program at Mark Morris High School.

The program, developed in partnership with the local trades including IBEW 48 and UA 26, and with generous funding from JH Kelly, will serve students from across the district for years to come.

The new skill center will give students the chance to be hands on and learn the trades, and upon graduation be prepared to enter a union apprenticeship program.

The grand opening event brought supporters together from the community, labor unions, JH Kelly, state government, city government, Longview School Board, numerous community leaders, and school district personnel.

19th District State Representative Brian Blake said, “This is a fantastic program and it’s great to see the school district partner with business and the trades to prepare young people for rewarding careers.”

Students from all Longview high schools will be able to enroll in the pre-apprenticeship program.

2018-10-10T21:29:54+00:00October 4th, 2018|
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