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Longview celebrates graduating seniors

Longview graduates from Mark Morris and R. A. Long high schools launched into the next phase of their lives under picture-perfect skies Saturday, June 16. Discovery High School graduates celebrated commencement earlier in the week in the historic Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.

The graduates represented state-winning musicians, artists, entrepreneurs, and athletes.

A total of 437 students graduated in June after spending more than 29,000 hours serving their community in addition to toiling over their studies. More than half of the students plan to attend  college while 18 are headed to trade school, 17 into the military and more than 50 directly into the workforce.

2018-06-18T17:31:55+00:00June 18th, 2018|

NASA summer camps offer great opportunity for high school students

Cowlitz County high school students, including incoming freshmen and just-graduated seniors, are invited to experience “Terra Trackers” and “Rockets and Space”. These week-long summer camps at R.A. Long High School will allow students to work with electronics, robotics, and rocketry. There is no charge to attend.

“Terra Trackers”: July 16 – 19.  Read more about the camp, and complete the application.  Completed applications may be returned to the ASB office at R.A. Long, or scanned and emailed to Hanna Burleson.  Applications due July 15.

“Rockets and Space” is July 30-August 2.  Read more about the camp, and complete the application. Completed applications may be returned to R.A. Long Main Office, or scanned and emailed to Hanna Burleson. Applications due July 27.


2018-07-26T14:23:20+00:00June 18th, 2018|

Supt. collaborates to reconsider high school period schedule

Longview School Superintendent Dr. Dan Zorn recently announced  that after working with the Longview Education Association (LEA), school principals and district administration, high schools will not implement the 7-period school day and will continue with a 6-period day next school year.

The move to a 7-period school day was in response to a change in state law–that requires high school students to earn 24 credits to graduate—and provides students more chances to earn enough credits during their four years. The 24-credit change is in effect for students who just completed their freshmen year.

The district and the teachers union agreed to spend next school year discussing ways to address the 24-credit graduation requirement. Zorn said, “We are committed to working with the LEA to find a solution that minimizes the loss of instructional time and the impact on teacher load while providing all students with opportunities to meet the 24-credit graduation requirement—especially students who may require alternative and/or additional opportunities for earning necessary credits. We also share an interest in finding a solution that creates new opportunities for students to explore career and personal interests and passion.”

Superintendent  Zorn added, “Leading change is not easy and sometimes requires us to take a slower approach to find the best path forward. The district looks forward to working with the LEA on creating a solution that best meets the needs of the students we serve.”

2018-06-15T22:44:04+00:00June 15th, 2018|

Thoughtexchange: let us know your top safety ideas

School safety–a  current topic of various opinions and many comments–is the subject of  a digital conversation offered by Longview starting Monday, June 4.

Through the Thoughtexchange process, all community members are encouraged to take part in voicing their ideas on the most important considerations about school safety and security.

Improvements to Thoughtexchange now make it possible for participants to review and respond to others’ ideas after a number of ideas have been collected.

The information gathered in this Thoughtexchange will help the district as it constantly works to keep students and staff members safe, and to best respond when school safety is threatened.

If you haven’t participated in one of our Thoughtexchange conversations before and don’t want to miss out this time, please let us know. Spanish participation is also available.

2018-05-31T16:06:04+00:00May 18th, 2018|

R. A. Long’s Rich Reeves named Principal of the Year

Rich Reeves, R. A. Long High School principal, received top honors at the May 2 annual Pillars of Strength/Crystal Apple Awards presented by the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce.

The event held at the  Lower Columbia College Rose Center for the Arts  honored Reeves for his work at R. A. Long over the past nine years to build a culture of success.

Under his leadership, the school has been recognized for the increase in its graduation rate, student participation in  Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) and participation in advanced placement classes.

Rich is a R. A. Long graduate and former Longview coach and teacher who brought successful principal experience from Vancouver when he returned to Longview.

2018-05-17T16:30:00+00:00May 17th, 2018|

Educators honored by Chamber of Commerce

Staff nominated for Crystal Apple AwardsLocal area educators, along with business persons were honored May 2 at the annual Pillars of Strength/Crystal Apple Awards presented by the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce.

A number of Longview nominees were included in all categories, and Rich Reeves (R. A. Long) was named Principal of the Year and Travis Ruhter (Mark Morris) was named Teacher of the Year with their Crystal Apple Awards.

Sandy Catt, Director of Communications and Technology, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Nominees included assistant principal Lacey Griffiths and teacher Jodi Kruse (R. A. Long); principal Scott Merzoian and teacher Tracy Gould (Monticello); principal Aaron Whitright (CVG); assistant principal Brooks Cooper, paraeducator Jamie Allred (Mark Morris); principal Chris Rugg and teacher Dawn Julian (Cascade); director Mary Carr-Wilt; teacher Marie Gilchrist (Robert Gray); teacher Kimmie Flint (Mint Valley);  paraeducator Kara Warner (Robert Gray); and secretary Laura Norton (Northlake).

2018-05-17T16:50:57+00:00May 15th, 2018|

R. A. Long jazz musicians earn bronze

The R. A. Long Jazz Band earned third place in the University of Portland’s 54th Annual Jazz Festival last month. The student musicians were among 22 bands competing in the premier student jazz event in the Pacific Northwest. Special guests at the event included composer and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen who has appeared on Saturday Night Live, saxophonist Mary-Sue Tobin, guitarist Dan Balmer, and drummer Alan Jones–artists who are well-known in the Portland jazz community. 

2018-05-09T14:15:58+00:00May 9th, 2018|

Notable musicians win state honors

Orchestra on stageLongview students representing Southwest Washington bested other outstanding musicians from around the state in Ellensburg, WA April 27 and 28 at the annual Washington Music Educator’s Association State Solo and Ensemble Content.

The combined R.A. Long and Mark Morris Large Group Orchestra, comprised of R.A. Long students Megan Willis,  Eleanor Stalick, Reagan Gosselin, Christopher Ofstun, Roman Stalick, and Delaney Morgan with Mark Morris students Sarah Sanchez, Chloe Compton, Caroline Nesterkin, and Josette Shepherd received Superior Ratings.

Other accomplishments of the Longview musicians include:

  • Eleanor Stalick (R.A. Long) earned superior ratings for Cello Solo.
  • Isabel Buckingham (Mark Morris) won first place out of all students in the state for Multiple Percussion.
  • Shana Busch (Mark Morris) also received a superior rating for Multiple Percussion.
  • Seth Klander (R.A. Long) received a superior rating for Percussion Timpani Solo.
  • Grant Bowser (R.A. Long) received superior ratings for (vocal) Bass Solo.
  • Rose Smith (R.A. Long) received superior ratings for (vocal) Alto Solo.
2018-05-07T16:49:45+00:00May 7th, 2018|

Mainstage Theatre show covers discovery, dragons and dungeons

A PG-13 presentation, “She Kills Monsters” is set to open at the Dana Brown Theatre at R. A. Long Friday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. and continues the following weekend.

A 2 p.m. matinee is offered May 19

The story focuses on the escapades of Agnes Evans, who, in a quest to learn more about her recently-deceased sister, uncovers her sister’s notebook and dives into the world of Dungeons and Dragons.

General admission tickets are $5, and VIP tickets, which include reserved seating and dessert with the cast after the show, are $10. Proceeds from the VIP tickets help support the Dana Brown Mainstage Theatre scholarship fund.

2018-05-04T16:59:53+00:00May 4th, 2018|

R.A. Long senior signs letter of intent in STEM

In case you missed it on the district Facebook page, here is some news shared recently about senior Hamzah Amjad who joined 48 other students from around the state to sign his letter of intent to study STEM.

2018-05-03T14:16:43+00:00May 3rd, 2018|
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