Apprenticeship and trades fair coming to Mark Morris on Jan. 24

Students in grades eight through twelve and their guardians are invited to learn about apprenticeship training and career opportunities on Wednesday, January 24 at 6pm.  The fair will be held at the Mark Morris High School LGIC and cafeteria, 1602 Mark Morris Ct.  Activities include:

  • Hear about the benefits of apprenticeship programs
  • Listen to a young, skilled apprenticeship panel share their apprenticeship and work experiences
  • Meet union representatives from across our region
  • Meet employers who hire apprentices
  • Learn about the new Pre-Apprenticeship program offered in our district next year
  • Try our virtual welder and meet our teachers
2018-01-09T22:02:17+00:00 January 9th, 2018|

School Board vacancy – apply by Jan. 19, 2018

Applications for a vacancy on the Longview Public Schools Board of Directors are currently being accepted.

In accordance with Board policy, individuals seeking appointment to the Board of Directors must be U.S. citizens and qualified voter residents of Longview School District #122. This is an “at large” position meaning it represents the entire geographic area of Longview Public Schools.

School board meetings are at 6:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month.  Meetings take place in the Administration Building Board Room, located at 2715 Lilac Street, Longview. Board members also serve on subcommittee meetings, which occur at least quarterly.

The candidate selected for appointment will serve on the Board until the next odd-numbered year general election, November 2019.

Complete and submit your application online or pick up an application at the Administration Building, 2715 Lilac Street, Longview, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Applications are due to the Superintendent’s Office Jan. 19, 2018 by 3:00 p.m.

After the Jan. 19 application deadline:

  • The Board will review applications in an executive session at the end of the Jan. 22 regular meeting.  The Board may select candidates to interview after they complete their review of qualifications.  The selection of candidates will occur in open session after the executive session.
  • Candidates will be interviewed in open session during the Jan. 29 Special Meeting at 6:30pm.  There will be a discussion of qualifications in executive session, then selection of a candidate for appointment to Position #3 in open session.
  • The new board member will be sworn into office on Feb. 12.
2018-01-09T09:23:10+00:00 January 9th, 2018|

News from the Nurse: Prevent illness with hand washing

Keep calm wash your hands

District Nurse Lisa Lyons shares a healthy tip for these colder days when people are spending more time inside together.  “Remember to wash your hands! Washing your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer can reduce the passing of gastrointestinal illness by 50%.  The passing of respiratory illness can be reduced by 20-50%!”

2017-12-13T13:31:54+00:00 December 13th, 2017|

District seeks Budget Advisory Committee members

Longview Public Schools is currently seeking applicants interested in serving on the Budget Advisory Committee.  Committee members must be residents of the Longview School District and have an interest in long-term improvement efforts for our schools.

To apply, either:

  • Complete the online application and submit it electronically, or
  • Download the application and return it to the District office, 2715 Lilac St, Longview WA 98632

Applications are due Dec 22.

2017-12-07T16:50:54+00:00 December 7th, 2017|

Longview Public Schools seeks community feedback

district seeks inputLongview Public Schools wants to hear what the community has to say about the Nov. 7 bond which did not reach the 60 percent supermajority requirement.

The request for tax dollars to replace three aging elementary schools, renovate the preschool program building, and add safety enhancements in the district reached 57.77 percent yes votes. While the measure is still fresh in the minds of residents, the district is gathering feedback on-line and in two public meetings.

Public input sessions with Supt. Dan Zorn are planned for Dec. 5 at Northlake Elementary School, 2210 Olympia Way and on Dec. 6 at Mint Valley Elementary School, 2745-38th Ave.  Both events begin at 6 p.m.

In addition, all community members are encouraged to participate in an on-line Thoughtexchange process starting Dec. 4 at 5pm in which thoughts about the facilities issues can be shared. In this process, participants can leave thoughts, review the thoughts of others and star the thoughts that are most meaningful to them. The process can be visited repeatedly and results will be available immediately to the district and to participants. Thoughtexchange will only be available Dec. 4-15.

These feedback opportunities will allow the district valuable information as it revisits facilities needs later this winter.

Thoughtexchange: Join the Conversation Dec 4-15
2017-12-04T14:25:17+00:00 November 29th, 2017|

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|

Message from the Superintendent

Dr. Dan ZornDear Community Members,

A sign hangs in my office, right above my computer monitor. It says, “I will devote time each day to improving the literacy skills of our students.”

It’s a promise I made to myself March 18, 2008, when I was an assistant superintendent in Montana, and it’s a promise I continue to keep today.

Declaring my intention to help improve student reading and writing might seem like a strange goal for a superintendent, because my job is to oversee an entire school district—15 campuses, 908 employees, nearly 6,500 students and an $87 million budget. My days revolve around community outreach, and meetings about curricula, facilities and future planning.

But when it comes right down to it, my goal as superintendent is to position the school district so it has the skilled people, the functional buildings and the up-to-date technology that make learning not just possible but inevitable.

Why? To help each of our students become literate learners. Literacy is the most important thing we do. It is the key to opening the gateway of opportunity and success for our students.

In this autumn’s Report to Our Community, you will see that Longview’s students and staff are making progress. Our graduation rate is rising, and our students’ results on state-mandated testing show areas of improvement.

You also will read that Longview has a vision for the future. That involves updating our facilities, beginning with those that support our youngest learners.

Do new buildings improve our students’ ability to read and write? Not by themselves. But when you add the passion and talents of LPS staff to facilities that work—buildings that accommodate the latest teaching technology and methods—it’s a recipe for student success.

And seeing our students’ success is what makes all the planning and strategy worthwhile.

Thank you, as always, for your support of Longview Public Schools!

Sincerely,

Dan Zorn, Superintendent

2017-10-23T14:17:17+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|

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
2017-10-09T21:46:36+00:00 October 9th, 2017|

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2017-10-09T21:57:07+00:00 October 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|