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Bond approval shy of 60 percent requirement

Longview Public Schools wishes to thank all Longview voters who participated in the democratic process Nov. 7! As of Nov. 8, a total of 9,483 votes were counted with 57.71 percent voting for the issue and 42.29 percent voting against. While the request to replace aging buildings did not collect a 60 percent supermajority, we are gratified by the participation and support expressed. The district put forward its proposal after two years of research, community input and financial analysis. Moving forward, the district plans to solicit community feedback in the coming weeks. For background information please click here.

2017-11-09T09:44:31+00:00 November 9th, 2017|

Air quality information tracked: update Sept. 8

Longview Public Schools officials will continue monitoring information regarding local air quality being affected by wildfires in the region.

District administrators rely on Air Quality Index (AQI) information provided through the Washington Department of Ecology.  Throughout the school day on Tuesday Sept. 5, the air quality index remained at the low end of the “moderate” scale.  At this condition rating, schools were advised to monitor students with asthma, respiratory infection, lung or heart disease and provide modifications and rest to normal recess, PE, and athletic activities. Depending on their student conditions, some schools chose to keep their students inside.

As the air quality rating changed to “unhealthy for sensitive groups” in the late-afternoon on Sept. 5, outdoor athletic practices and events were cancelled. This category recommends that students with asthma, respiratory infection, long or heart disease stay indoors and other children should limit activities to light exertion.

As of Wednesday, Sept. 6, the smoke and fine air particle levels increased and outdoor recesses were cancelled. By one measure, the Washington Air Quality Advisory (WAQA) level reached the “unsafe” category. Outdoor sporting events were cancelled and practices were scheduled for indoors.

As of Thursday, Sept. 7,  fine air particle levels decreased from the previous day, and both the WAQA and AQI levels remained a low- to mid-range in the “moderate” category. At that level, no changes to outdoor recesses or athletic events were recommended–except for special populations.

As of Friday, Sept. 8, air quality levels measured by WAQA and AQI returned to the “good” category. No recommendations are in effect for that category.

The district will continue to follow AQI and WAQA information and respond to recommendations for  levels of air pollution.

Although the district is planning to maintain regular school schedules, parents are encouraged to take this opportunity to sign up or ensure their current information is on file with the district’s emergency notification system, FlashAlert.

2017-09-08T08:40:13+00:00 September 5th, 2017|

Share your thoughts on the building plan

Here’s another chance to share your thoughts about your school district!Join the conversation

Through Tuesday, June 6, community members are being asked to provide comments on the district’s plan to replace three elementary schools, provide safety improvements in the district and determine plans for housing the special education preschool currently at Broadway with HeadStart classes.

It’s easy to participate in the process–called “Thoughtexchange: Join the conversation.” Just sign up to receive a personal invitation to share your thoughts on the building plan and to ask any questions. Participation can be day or night–whatever is convenient for people’s busy schedules.

Following the comment period, everyone has a chance to see comments and prioritize those that are most meaningful. At the end of June, the community will be able to discover the predominate thoughts obtained in the process.

This is the second community engagement process this school year. To discover what priorities rose to the top this winter, click here.

2017-06-02T12:35:41+00:00 May 26th, 2017|

Discovery students bloom as agriculturalists

The May 20 plant sale at Discovery High School provided students the opportunity to develop customer service and sales skills–and community members got some good deals on great vegetable starts.

A wide range of organic and non-GMO plants that the students grew in their greenhouse were offered for sale at competitive prices.

Students were consistently knowledgeable, helpful and conscientious during the day-long event. Community members were consistently supportive and the event was a great success!

2017-06-01T22:32:53+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|

Students can help gardeners’ green thumbs

The Longview FFA is going to help anxious gardeners get a head start on the harvest season with a plant sale Saturday, May 20 at Discovery High School from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

2017-05-16T00:50:57+00:00 May 16th, 2017|

Points of Pride section added to district’s website

Longview has a lot of reasons to be proud of its staff and students!

We have award winning scholars, athletes, musicians, thespians, and student leaders. Our staff members are recognized by their peers and others for outstanding professionalism. To showcase these accomplishments, the district has established a section on its website to highlight these points of pride! Take a look!

2017-03-23T11:34:45+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|

Facilities plans get more specific

The Longview School Board of Directors narrowed three long-range planning scenarios to two in its special session March 20, 2017.

On March 27, the Board will consider officially narrowing consideration down to the following two bond scenarios:

Scenario 1—costing approximately $109.1 million

  • Improving safety and security districtwide
  • Replacing Mint Valley Elementary
  • Replacing Northlake Elementary
  • Replacing Olympic Elementary

Scenario 2—costing approximately $121.6 million

  • Improving safety and security districtwide
  • Replacing Mint Valley Elementary
  • Replacing Northlake Elementary
  • Replacing Olympic Elementary
  • Creating a reduced-size Broadway Learning Center

Anticipated next steps include an April 10, 5:30 p.m. study session to move toward narrowing the possibilities from two to one; a public hearing on the Board’s decision April 24; and adoption of the long-range facility plan and bond resolution on May 8.

The resolution will be put before voters on the Nov. 7, 2017, ballot.

All meetings are held at the District Office, 2715 Lilac Street, Longview. More information is available at on the long range facilities planning section of this website.

2017-03-21T18:02:15+00:00 March 21st, 2017|

MM teacher receives statewide honor

Greg McCormick, veteran Mark Morris teacher and DECA Adviser, was recently named Washington State DECA Adviser of the year for 2017. Washington State DECA has more than 250 advisers, 11,800 student members and is in 210 high schools across the state. Greg was nominated by Mark Morris students Marley Anderson and this year’s state DECA President Landon Wood.

2017-03-13T22:21:55+00:00 March 7th, 2017|

Rotary honors speakers through book donations

The (noon) Rotary Club of Longview is dedicated to helping our students read.

In appreciation of the interesting speakers at its meetings, each week the group donates a book to a school library bearing a bookplate inscribed with the speaker’s name.

This practice is in its seventh year, and since its inception, a total of 479 books have been donated to school libraries. The 2016 presentation at the Club’s Feb. 8, 2017 meeting included 86 books – seven books to each of the elementary schools and six books to each of the middle schools and the two comprehensive high schools.

Laura Ofstun, Northlake elementary school library specialist, accepted the elementary books; Mary Carr Wilt, Longview School District Director of Federal and State Special Programs,
accepted for middle schools; and Lisa Sudar, Mark Morris High School librarian, accepted books for the high schools.

The Rotary Club’s robust Literacy Program also includes installing and supporting the Little Free Libraries sprouting up at a rapid rate near the entrances of many Longview schools.

Longview schools are grateful for the continued support of Rotarians.

At right (top) Mark Morris Librarian Lisa Sudar accepts high school books from Rotary President Hani Eid. Below, Director Mary Carr-Wilt accepts middle school titles. Photo courtesy: Jim Elliott.

2017-03-07T15:32:46+00:00 February 13th, 2017|

Snow closure-Monday Feb. 6

The wet, heavy snow that blanketed our community yesterday has made for unsafe operation of schools today. While yet another closure is regrettable, as always, we must consider first the safety of our staff and students.

The district will be working on a make-up plan in the near future.

2017-03-07T15:32:46+00:00 February 6th, 2017|