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Longview Public Schools, JH Kelly, IBEW Local 48 presented award

Workforce Southwest Washington (WSW) presented the Excellence in Workforce Partnership Award to Longview Public Schools, JH Kelly and IBEW Local 48 for working together developing and building the pre-apprenticeship program for Longview high school students.

Pre-apprenticeship program ribbon cutting ceremony

The pre-apprenticeship program came to existence through the hard work of Jill Diehl, Director of Career and College Readiness, working together with executives from JH Kelly and IBEW Local 48. JH Kelly provided much needed funding and expertise in guiding and developing the program. IBEW Local 48, along with several other trade unions, were instrumental in the planning, curriculum and development of the program.

Longview Public Schools is committed to providing a great education and career options to high school graduates. “With the amazing support of JH Kelly, IBEW 48 and other trade unions, Longview students will graduate high school with the option of direct entry into an apprentice program, enrolling in college or going into the workforce,” said Jill Diehl, Director of Career and College Readiness at the District.

The pre-apprenticeship program is open to students across the school district regardless of the high school they attend.

2019-03-15T15:41:32+00:00March 15th, 2019|

Family Resource Center opens at Monticello

Teachers and support team members across the district are seeing a growing number of kids and families who lack a stable food source and/or housing. To help the kids and families the district opened a Family Resource Center at Monticello Middle School. The resource center gives parents a place to get help and connect with food, housing, mental health or other services. It doesn’t matter which school a child attends – the family resource center is open to help them. The resource center was put together through donations and did not require district funds.

The Daily News wrote a front page story about the resource center that published March 2. This is another example of the district putting extra effort towards helping our kids be successful.

The Family Resource Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 11 am and from 1 pm to 3 pm.


2019-03-08T14:24:07+00:00March 7th, 2019|

Civil War Food Drive starts March 4th

Longview Public School students Julia Wright and Faliha Amjad might go to different high schools, but are working together as the Advertising Chairpersons for the upcoming Civil War Food Drive. Their role is to get as much information out as possible, so everyone knows about the food drive.

Julia Wright and Faliha Amjad

In a recent interview, the two shared their thoughts on this year’s food drive goals. Concerning the amount of food they hope to drive Amjad said, “The goal is to get as much food as possible to help people in our community.”

The theme for this year’s food drive, “Food for love, food for life.”

Volunteers started dropping off paper bags to households over the weekend in preparation to start getting the word out about the food drive. If you do not receive a grocery bag at your house, you can still donate. Food can either be put out for pick up on March 9, taken to any school or dropped off at Fred Meyer.

When asked about the competition behind the food drive Wright said, “It is a competition for the schools in a good way. The civil war aspect just creates fun for each school.”

The pair said any size donation is welcome and appreciated.

2019-02-26T09:54:05+00:00February 26th, 2019|

Calendar information 2019-2020 school year

Planning for vacation and family celebrations is important. While final details of the next year’s school calendar are not yet finished, several important key dates are set. To help you with planning below are important dates for the 2019-2020 school year. These dates have been finalized and approved by the School Board. (Please note the calendar for Broadway Learning Center is different and parents should check with Broadway for 2019-2020 calendar dates.)

Event Date
First day of school August 28, 2019
Winter holiday December 23, 2019 – January 3, 2020
Spring Break April 6-10, 2020
High school graduation June 6, 2020
Last day of school June 11, 2020

A more detailed 2019-2020 school calendar will be sent to parents and families in the Spring. If you have questions please contact your local school.

2019-01-25T15:05:18+00:00January 25th, 2019|

Pre-apprenticeship students visit Big C Industries

Students in the district’s pre-apprenticeship program were welcomed on a site visit to Big C Industries in Longview.

Big C Industries General Manager, Matt Montgomery, helped develop the pre-apprenticeship program and continues to support students through experiential learning.

Work site visits benefit students by giving them the chance to see the same technology and equipment they are using in the pre-apprenticeship program in use in the workplace. District Director of Career & College Readiness Jill Diehl said, “It gives students validation that the things they are working on are applicable in the real world.”

Diehl went on to say, “We hope students discover relevance, relevance to what they are learning in the classroom, to the standards we are teaching them and the professional and technical skills. Students are going to see this is what I’m learning in school and this where it will take me in the future.”


2019-01-17T12:42:25+00:00January 17th, 2019|

Capital bond information and input sessions

Longview Public Schools plans to put a capital bond measure to voters later this year. Capital bonds raise funds for school districts to upgrade facilities and build new schools.

To provide citizens information about the bond measure three community input sessions will be held. At the meeting you will get information on the facility upgrades and changes the district’s Facilities Advisory Committee has recommended.

Thursday, January 24 at 6 pm, district administrative offices next to RA Long High School – 2715 Lilac Street.

Wednesday, January 30 at 5 pm, Mark Morris High School.

Tuesday, February 5 at 5 pm, Mint Valley Elementary School.

We hope to see you at one of the community input sessions.

2019-01-25T11:07:08+00:00January 15th, 2019|

RAL’s Lacey Griffiths wins State Assistant Principal of the Year!

The Association of Washington State Principals (AWSP) named RAL’s Lacey Griffiths Washington State Assistant Principal of the year! This is a statewide award, which is just amazing.

The award winners go through a multi-level selection process. Each nominee gets consideration versus other candidates in their geographic region. Some move on for further consideration at the

RAL Asst. Principal Lacey Griffiths

state level. The final judging included representatives visiting R.A. Long to interview co-workers and students to understand Lacey’s impact on student learning.

R.A. Long Principal Rich Reeves talked about Lacey’s ability to reach students and affect positive outcomes. “When we talk about the culture of the school, it starts with relationships, every single time. Lacey has been able to foster those relationships with staff, kids and paraeducators,” Reeves said.

Reeves also commented about Griffith’s leadership, as her efforts have played a huge role in rising graduation rates. In 2013 68 percent of students graduated from R.A. Long. In 2017-18 the RAL graduation rate reached 96 percent.

Nick Sarysz, a senior at RAL, said about Griffiths, “Ms. Griffiths has a positive impact on the school. She makes it clear that every individual matters to her.”

Griffiths will be in the running for National Assistant Principal of the Year, which will be announced by the National Association of Secondary School Principals in April.

Congratulations Lacey!

Read the front page story in The Daily News about Lacey here.


2018-12-13T14:49:12+00:00December 12th, 2018|

Madrigal Dinner

Come enjoy this holiday season at the 6th annual Madrigal Dinner featuring a four course meal by a professional chef and performances by both RA Long and Mark Morris Choirs. Come be transported into a medieval world full of song, food, and joyous holiday cheer. Start your holiday season off right and support the Mark Morris and RA Long Choir Programs!

Friday, November 30, at 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 1, at 7:30 PM

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online and in person at either Mark Morris or RA Long ASB offices, starting November 13.

Online by going to:

Create a new account, click to shop items.

We hope to see you!


2018-11-19T16:24:01+00:00November 19th, 2018|

R.A. Long High School and Monticello Middle School named “Schools of Distinction”

The Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) announced 91 school across Washington State were named 2018 “Schools of Distinction”. Included in the list were four-time winner R. A. Long High School and first-time winner Monticello Middle School.

Being named a school of distinction is a prestigious award recognizing sustained improvement over a five-year period in English, math or graduation rate. Being recognized as a school of distinction means being in the top 5 percent of improvement for their levels.

Middle schools are judged based on improvement in math and English over a five-year period. Monticello Middle School has shown outstanding growth, especially in math. Superintendent Dan Zorn said, “The effort and results of Principal Scott Merzoian and his dedicated group of teachers and support staff has been fantastic.”

R. A. Long High School was recognized as a “School of Distinction” for the fourth time. High schools are graded on their graduation rate. R. A. Long’s preliminary 2018 graduation rate is 96 percent, which is one of the highest graduation rates in the state. “Principal Rich Reeves and his team do amazing work every day,” Superintendent Zorn said.

Overall only five schools in the greater Southwest region of Washington State received School of Distinction awards, with two of those being from the Longview Public School system.

Monticello staff and ESD 112 Assistant Superintendent Mike Nerland.

R.A. Long staff, students, and ESD 112 Assistant Superintendent Mike Nerland.

2018-11-27T16:49:34+00:00October 24th, 2018|

RAL softball field improvements underway

The weather in Western Washington is tough on natural grass playing fields. The rainy and dry conditions of the seasons leave fields with patchy grass, holes and crusty dirt.

The Longview Public Schools facilities team has taken on a big project – improving the R. A. Long softball field.

The team started the project by leveling the playing field and taking out the patchy, dead grass. With years of use grass infields develop high and low spots around the batter’s box, base paths and in the outfield.

Now that the field is once again flat the outfield is being fitted with an irrigation system. New grass will be planted, and with proper irrigation now possible, the outfield should stay lush and green year around.

The infield area, which had many low spots causing puddling during rainy times, will be treated with a mix of dirt, sand and a product called Turface.

Turface is a “turf conditioner”, which will allow water to drain, while keeping the infield dirt from becoming “hardpan”.

The facilities team uses a machine that digs and mixes the dirt, sand and Turface together then packs it down and brushes over the top. The goal is to get a 6-inch layer of the dirt, sand and Turface mixture all over the infield.

The project will allow the field to be playable more often and remain in better shape for years to come.

2018-10-11T15:53:46+00:00October 11th, 2018|
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