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|

DHS swag

Looking for that perfect gift? Dazzle your friends and family with ALL NEW DISCOVERY APPAREL!

Snazz up your wardrobe here: DHS SWAG

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|

Meet a new Discovery Explorer

Mike KleinerDiscovery High School welcomed new principal Mike Kleiner.  Want to learn more?  Read on!

What was a book you read this summer? The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday

Who was your favorite teacher growing up? Um… most teachers were nice? Lame answer, but I was a very reluctant student. 

What is your hidden talent? I think I’d be a good barber… who’s first?

Which time period would you visit in history? Pre-Revolutionary America 1763-76

What are you most looking forward to in this coming school year? It’s all new! I’m hoping to catch my breath by June.

What was your biggest pleasant surprise at your new school? Discovery is the most professional school I’ve worked in. People here are FOCUSED – and very, very good at their work.

2017-09-05T20:41:03+00:00 August 30th, 2017|

There is great work happening here!

Hello.

My name is Mike Kleiner. I’m the incoming Principal at Discovery High School and the luckiest educator in the State of Washington. I’m not trying to sugar up to anyone here – I have landed in the best job a person could hope for.

Why? There is one number that says it all: 17%

In 2017 Discovery High School had a 17% increase in our graduation rate. I will be the first to tell you – I had nothing to do with that; but it’s why I feel so fortunate. I get to work with a highly professional, ferociously dedicated staff. As I have gotten to know these folks, I have been continually impressed by both their care for our kids and their shared focus on graduation and preparation for life ahead.

Whether you are considering Discovery, or are a returning student or parent, we look forward to talking to you.

Best wishes for a great start to the year.

MK

 

 

 

2017-08-18T22:02:43+00:00 August 18th, 2017|

Star Polisher – Elaine Peters, Discovery High School

 

Who’s your star polisher? “Elaine Peters,” writes Rebecka Stanley, a student at Discovery High School. Why? “She is always there for me and making my high school experience so much better!”

As part of our district’s focus on student connectedness, we shared part of a poem called “The Star Polisher” with our high school students and invited them to consider how Longview Public Schools staff have made a difference to them. Read about more of our stars and star polishers here.

2017-07-25T18:42:16+00:00 July 25th, 2017|
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