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Great Grad – Maddie Wolff, R.A. Long HS

Did you attend R.A. Long all four years? Yes. I went to Monticello Middle School before coming to RA Long.

What was your GPA? 4.0 I am one of seven co-Valedictorians. I worked hard to earn a high grade point average and it has helped me earn scholarships. I take a lot of pride in my work and make sure I put in the effort to achieve high grades. I also ask a lot of questions in class.

Why do you ask a lot of questions? Because I am curious and want to know if I’m doing things right. I don’t want to get something wrong.

How would you describe your four years at RA Long? I’d say we became a family. They are very welcoming here and support you very well. They are also very encouraging. The teachers recognize your strengths and faults and help you improve. Especially if kids are having a problem, they look into it and make sure you are doing okay. They made sure I was encouraged throughout my academic and athletic career.

What sports did you play? I played varsity soccer and track all four years.

Tell us about your experience playing soccer? I began in a class of nine players my freshmen year and we all made varsity. I was a starter from the beginning.

What are some of your best memories from playing soccer? The easy answer is winning the Civil War, but in junior year, we made it to state. It was unheard of for our school to make it to state. The team was very close in my junior year and it was wonderful to go to state together.

What are some of your memories from participating in track? I competed in the shotput all four years. We called the throwing team “a village”.  We had some wonderful newcomers to the team this year and it made my experience fantastic.

What are your best memories from high school? In my senior year, the “senior sunset” was just amazing. It was fun to be there with our fellow seniors, talk, and have fun. We were closer as a class this year.

Does R.A. Long feel like a big family? There is a different culture here than most schools – much warmer spirited and welcoming to people. We are very inclusive. It makes me sad to say goodbye. It’s amazing to have a class that is so close – where you know so many people.

How do you feel about your teachers? I love these teachers. They are so nice, like another set of parents for me. They take pride in the school and want us to be successful. The teachers here put a lot of effort into the curriculum, which I think is amazing. I think they deserve recognition because they are all so caring.

What are your plans after high school? Playing soccer at St. Martin’s University. I am so excited to attend. I visited the campus and I am just ready to go.

What will you be studying? I plan to get my engineering degree.

Have you thought about what type of engineering you will pursue? I am leaning toward civil engineering.

Are other RAL students planning to attend St. Martins? Yes, a couple friends are going for track and cross-country. Josie Nickerson is going for golf.

What would you tell people about high school? I personally think the kids from RA Long have great potential to help communities and our world.

2019-06-21T13:40:54-07:00June 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!

2019-05-02T14:39:10-07:00May 2nd, 2019|

Public preview of secondary curriculum materials

Middle school Science and English Language Arts curriculum and high school AP Spanish and Earth & Space Science curriculum will be available for public preview May 6-10, 2019, 8am-5pm at the Longview School District administration building, 2715 Lilac St.

Core classroom instructional materials are reviewed regularly to ensure ongoing alignment with state law, teaching and learning standards, and research-based best practices. The Instructional Materials Committee – comprised of the executive director of Leadership and Learning, school administrators, classroom teachers, a special education representative, and three community members – evaluates and recommends curriculum to the Board of Directors for adoption.

2019-04-23T13:48:57-07:00April 23rd, 2019|

Star Polisher – Robyn Lewis

Robyn Lewis and CierraWho would you like to thank for being a star polisher?

“Mrs. Lewis,” writes Mark Morris 11th grader Cierra Hobson.

How did this person make a difference in your life?

Cierra says, “She is my AVID teacher and she makes sure that everyone is on the same page. Mrs. Lewis also makes sure that you’re okay and makes sure you have everything to be successful. Mrs. Lewis always tries to help a student. She has inspired me to work hard and be the best me I can.”

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.

2019-04-19T14:52:44-07:00April 19th, 2019|

Star Polisher – Gerri Schooling

Gerri Schooling and AlyssaWho would you like to thank for being a star polisher?

“Mrs. Schooling,” writes R.A. Long 9th grader Alyssa Boylan.

How did this person make a difference in your life?

Alyssa says, “Because Mrs. Schooling told me to be a strong, powerful woman.”

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.

2019-04-17T14:51:57-07:00April 17th, 2019|

Star Polisher – Christina Reeves

Christina Reeves and JasmineWho would you like to thank for being a star polisher?

“Mrs. Reeves,” writes R.A. Long 11th grader Jasmine Williamdyke.

How did this person make a difference in your life?

Jasmine says, “She would push me no matter what. If I needed help she would help me. I would even stay if needed. She believes in me.”

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.

2019-04-17T14:52:46-07:00April 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.

2019-04-16T16:10:16-07:00April 16th, 2019|

FBLA students recognized at state conference

R.A. Long and Mark Morris Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members recently attended the FBLA state business leadership conference in Bellevue. Bri Johnson placed 6th in Business Law, Erica Snyder and Josh Pond placed 9th in Public Service Announcement, Sonny Sim placed 10th in Accounting 2, and Mark Hummer placed 10th in Information Technology. Kudos to all FBLA students who participated!

2019-04-16T15:55:47-07:00April 16th, 2019|

Star Polisher – Cynthia Jackson

Cynthia Jackson and EmmaWho would you like to thank for being a star polisher?

“Mrs. Jackson,” writes R.A. Long 12th grader Emma Lindsey Gilchrist.

How did this person make a difference in your life?

Emma says, “She has always helped those who were sad, depressed [or] angry. She is a very trustworthy person. All the students appreciate [her].”

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.

2019-03-22T14:42:05-07:00March 22nd, 2019|

Star Polisher – Billy Arn

Billy Arn and TylerWho would you like to thank for being a star polisher?

“Mr. Arn,” writes R.A. Long 10th grader Tyler Tronnes.

How did this person make a difference in your life?

Tyler says, “He makes me feel good about myself and gives me someone to look up to.”

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.

2019-03-22T14:37:40-07:00March 22nd, 2019|