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Star Polisher – Travis Ruhter

Who would you like to thank for being a star polisher?

“Mr. Ruhter,” writes R.A. Long 12th grader Abriana Alba-Estrada and Mark Morris 12th grader Ana Maria Sanchez Matias.

How did this person make a difference in your life?

Abriana says, “Mr. Ruhter has always been an encouraging and supportive teacher. I have chosen to do Running Start my junior and senior year, and I have not been able to make many connections with teachers or receive a lot of support for it. However, choosing to take Spanish 3 my junior year and go to Spain with members of my Spanish class helped introduce me to Mr. Ruhter. He is very compassionate about his job and wants his students to succeed. He has always been so kind to me and a helpful teacher throughout Spanish 3 and our groups adventures in Spain. His constant support and passion for Spanish have helped me decide I want to pursue a minor in Spanish once I graduate high school and transfer to a university next year. All I can really say is thank you Mr. Ruhter for being a great role model and for caring so much about your students!”

“[Mr. Ruhter] made me feel like I have a purpose in life [and] keeps pushing me into passing and getting stuff done for Jack Time,” adds Ana Maria.

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.

2019-03-22T14:34:54-07:00March 20th, 2019|

Star Polisher – Michael Hooper

Who would you like to thank for being a star polisher?

“Mr. Hooper,” writes R.A. Long 9th grader Brenna Fraser and 11th grader Kylee Newman.

How did this person make a difference in your life?

Brenna says, “I was dealing with a lot of stressful events outside of school. He was somebody I was able to communication well with, and he even put me in touch with different services to help me in any way possible.  Bluntly, he changed my life for the better. And I will always be thankful.”

“Mr. Hooper keeps pushing me into passing and getting stuff done for Jack Time,” adds Kylee.

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.

2019-03-22T14:34:19-07:00March 7th, 2019|

Star Polishers – “All my teachers”

Rachelle and Susan Donahue

Who would you like to thank for being a star polisher?

“All my teachers really,” writes Mark Morris 10th grader Rachelle Noel. Rachelle’s current teachers are Mark Patrick, Steve Rooklidge, Susan Donahue (RAL), Betsy Brown, Diondra Beck, Kathryn Miller, and Margaret Forslund.

How did these people make a difference in your life?

Rachelle says, “They all try to help me become the best me possible.”

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.

2019-03-22T14:26:48-07:00March 7th, 2019|

Star Polisher – Daniel Ruiz

Who would you like to thank for being a star polisher?

“Mr. Ruiz,” writes R.A. Long 12th grader Eastyn Reeves.

How did this person make a difference in your life?

Eastyn says, “He has helped me learn more about anatomy and medical science careers. He is one of the many teachers at R.A. Long I have a strong relationship with and I know I can talk to him about anything.”

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.

2019-03-22T14:33:57-07:00March 7th, 2019|

Star Polisher – Michael Fajardo

Who would you like to thank for being a star polisher?

“Mr. Fajardo,” writes R.A. Long 12th grader Sean Eklund.

How did this person make a difference in your life?

Sean says, “He put me on the path of becoming a writer by encouraging my work and showing me opportunities to expand and grow.”

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.

2019-03-22T14:26:23-07:00March 7th, 2019|

Application window open for Highly Capable student testing

Applications are now being accepted for the district’s annual Highly Capable Program identification process. To have a student evaluated for this program, parents/guardians give permission by completing the High Capable Permission Form and returning it to the student’s school. Permission forms are due Friday, March 15, 2019.

Cognitive Ability Testing (CogAT) will commence March-April 2019. The selection team will review student data April-May 2019. Testing results will be mailed in May 2019.

2019-03-04T17:15:11-07:00March 4th, 2019|

Star Polisher – Andrea Bergquist

Who would you like to thank for being a star polisher?

“Mrs. Bergquist,” writes Phoebe Robeson, 12th grader at R.A. Long.

How did this person make a difference in your life?

Phoebe says, “She is kind, funny, and is NOT boring when she teaches. It is a joy to be in her class and also in the FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) Club she is helping run. I was nervous starting high school for the first time but Mrs. Bergquist made me feel welcome and help me get caught up in her class real quick.”

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.

2019-03-25T15:53:40-07:00February 25th, 2019|

Elementary Science Day Camp offered

The R.A. Long Science Olympiad Club presents the 6th Annual Elementary Science Day Camp for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders in Cowlitz County. There are two sessions to pick from –  Monday, February 18, 2019, 8am – 2pm (there is no school that day) and/or Saturday, March 23, 2019, 8am-2pm.

Students will explore a variety of scientific concepts including physics, chemistry, biology. High school students will run the experiments and offer hands-on lab activities and demonstrations.  Experiments include catapults, robotics, code breakers, lava lamps, footprinting, chemical reactions, lasers, and rockets.

The camp will be held at R.A. Long, Room 130; the cost is $49, payable at the ASB office during school hours or on the day of the camp. Please complete the registration form and return to R.A. Long High School ASB office during school hours.

2019-02-12T15:44:32-07:00February 12th, 2019|

Star Polisher – Gali Gonzalez

Who would you like to thank for being a star polisher?

“Mrs. Gonzalez,” writes R.A. Long 10th grader Blake Girt.

How did this person make a difference in your life?

Blake says, “She is awesome and supportive.”

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.

2019-03-22T14:25:29-07:00February 12th, 2019|

R.A. Long students attend national library conference

Students with author Kosoko Jackson

R.A. Long 12th grader Delaney Morgan and 10th graders Madison Jennings and Damien West Weber joined teens from Washington and Oregon schools at the recent American Library Association Midwinter Conference. The students were invited to the Young Adult Library Services Association’s Best Fiction for Young Adults teen feedback session to share their thoughts about the committee’s top pick titles with the committee chair and three members. Using student feedback from the session, committee members will select and publish their top ten titles to recommend to librarians throughout the United States.

To prepare for the event the three students, members of the R.A. Long ReAL Teens Read Club sponsored by R.A. Long Library, read dozens of  titles from a list of over 100 under consideration by the committee. In addition to the feedback session, the day included an opportunity to meet with publisher representatives to get Advanced Reader Copies of upcoming titles, an informal lunch with five authors, and an opportunity to get autographed books.

Damien West Weber with authors Elliott Neff and Shaun David Hutchinson

“Participation in this event emphasizes the library’s important role in student literacy by providing authentic experiences in the district outcome of becoming effective communicators as well as knowledgeable persons who evaluate, create, and use information ethically and effectively,” says Jodi Kruse, R.A. Long teacher librarian. And as an Evergreen Teen Book Award committee chairperson, Mrs. Kruse wants to integrate similar teen feedback sessions in the selection of that committee’s final nominees.

To find out more, visit ReAL Teens Read Bloggers and read featured posts by Delaney Morgan and Madison Jennings. Check the library’s Facebook page for upcoming videos of student feedback.

 

2019-02-05T14:12:41-07:00February 5th, 2019|