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R.A. Long musician earns All-State Orchestra seat

Delaney MorganR.A. Long High School junior Delaney Morgan joined outstanding high school music students from around the state to participate in the 2018 Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) All-State symphony orchestra in Yakima Feb. 15-18.

Delaney, a string bass player, rehearsed and performed under the direction of world-renowned conductors.

Of the 2,090 students who applied for this opportunity, only 1,030 were selected by audition.  “She has worked so hard to gain a place in the All-State Orchestra,” said district orchestra teacher Dr. Lanette Shepherd who accompanied Delaney to the All-State event.



2018-02-15T17:59:19+00:00 February 15th, 2018|

Student musicians shine at regional contest

high school musicians

Eleanor Stalick, R.A. Long; Isabel Buckingham, Mark Morris; Seth Klander, R.A. Long. Photo courtesy of Gennie Schoenecker

The hard work of Longview musicians was rewarded Feb. 3, 2018 at the Southwest Washington Music Educators Association Instrumental Solo and Ensemble Contest hosted by Kelso High School. High school musicians from around the region met to compete as soloists and in ensembles.

Longview soloists recognized were:

  • Isabel Buckingham, Mark Morris: Multiple Percussion – winner , Snare Drum – 1st alternate
  • Seth Klander, R.A. Long: Timpani – winner, 2nd alternate – Mallet Percussion
  • Eleanor Stalick, R.A. Long: Cello – winner
  • Delaney Morgan, R.A. Long: Bass – 1st alternate
  • Sarah Sanchez, Mark Morris: Violin – 1st alternate
  • Shana Busch, Mark Morris- Multiple Percussion – 1st alternate

Longview ensembles recognized were:

  • Longview String Ensemble, Mark Morris and R.A. Long: Large String Ensemble – winner. Ensemble members: Sarah Sanchez, Josette Shepherd, Chloe Compton, Reagan Gosslin, Caroline Nesterkin, Megan Willis, Eleanor Stalick, Roman Stalick, Delaney Morgan and Christopher Ofstun
  • Mark Morris Percussion Ensemble: Large Percussion Ensemble – 1st alternate. Ensemble members: Hannah Cargill, Lanna Ruiz, Chance Grendahl, Morgan Ebert, Amaya Busby-Frey, Bryce Sampson, Shana Busch, Isabel Buckingham and Kameron Werner
  • Flute Cello Duet, R.A. Long: Small String Ensemble – 2nd alternate. Ensemble members: Eleanor Stalick and Megan Meharg

These winners will perform at the State Music Contest at Central Washington University on April 27 and 28, 2018 and compete against the other 21 regions in Washington State.

2018-02-12T15:14:34+00:00 February 12th, 2018|

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
2018-01-09T15:02:17+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|

December 2017 middle and high school music performances


Longview middle and high school students participating in band, orchestra, and choir are showcasing their talents this month. Mark your calendars to see these young performers in action!

Dec. 8 and 9

  • Madrigal Dinner, R.A. Long cafeteria, 7pm. Purchase tickets at the R.A. Long ASB office.

Dec. 12

  • Mt. Solo Band, 6:30pm
  • Cascade Choir, 7pm
  • Monticello Band, 7pm
  • High school orchestras, LCC Rose Center, 7pm

Dec. 14

  • Cascade Band, 6:30pm
  • Mt. Solo Choir, 6:30pm
  • Monticello Orchestra, 7pm

Dec. 18

  • R.A. Long Choir, 7:30pm
  • Mark Morris Choir, LCC Rose Center, 7:30pm

Dec. 19

  • Monticello Choir, 6:30pm
  • Mt. Solo Orchestra, 6:30pm
  • Cascade Orchestra, 7pm
2017-12-13T15:25:57+00:00 December 8th, 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|

R.A. Long student named 2018 National Merit Scholar

Eleanor Stalick

Eleanor Stalick has been named a Commended Student in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.  About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2018 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, it is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

2017-10-02T13:30:17+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|

Meet a new R.A. Long Lumberjack

Person family R.A. Long High School welcomed new athletic director/assistant principal Trevor Person. Want to learn more? Read on!

What was a book you read this summer? Our Kids

Who was your favorite teacher growing up? Jonas Fridriksson

What is your hidden talent? Very strong paper, rock, scissors competitor

Which time period would you visit in history? 1920s

What are you most looking forward to in this coming school year? Working alongside new staff and students

What was your biggest pleasant surprise at your new school? How many alumni are teachers or coaches at RAL

2017-09-12T14:58:44+00:00 September 12th, 2017|
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