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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.

2018-10-24T16:23:00+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|

Pre-Apprenticeship Program Grand Opening

State Representative Brian Blake and Jill Diehl, Director of Career Readiness for Longview Public Schools

The goal of graduating seniors is to have a bright future.

Longview Public Schools took a big leap forward in providing high school students with great career options with the grand opening of the new pre-apprenticeship program at Mark Morris High School.

The program, developed in partnership with the local trades including IBEW 48 and UA 26, and with generous funding from JH Kelly, will serve students from across the district for years to come.

The new skill center will give students the chance to be hands on and learn the trades, and upon graduation be prepared to enter a union apprenticeship program.

The grand opening event brought supporters together from the community, labor unions, JH Kelly, state government, city government, Longview School Board, numerous community leaders, and school district personnel.

19th District State Representative Brian Blake said, “This is a fantastic program and it’s great to see the school district partner with business and the trades to prepare young people for rewarding careers.”

Students from all Longview high schools will be able to enroll in the pre-apprenticeship program.

2018-10-10T14:26:53+00:00October 4th, 2018|

Three Longview schools named “Healthiest in Nation”

According to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation three schools in the state of Washington created a culture of health for students: R. A. Long High School, Mark Morris High School and Olympic Elementary.

Creating a culture of health in schools is more than serving nutritious food. A healthy culture means healthy food, exercise, community involvement and a focus on both students and staff members.

The result of a healthy school culture is students performing better on tests, getting better grades, attending school more often and behaving better in class.

A spokesperson for the Alliance of a Healthier Generation, Megan Walcek, said this is the second time Mark Morris made the national list and the first time for Olympic and R.A. Long.

“Achieving recognition of any level is quite prestigious, as the framework criteria is rigorous and detailed. Since 2007, the year we started giving awards, only 2,880 schools nationwide have received this honor,” Walcek said.

A healthy culture supports achievement. Preliminary graduation rates for 2018 show 96.3 percent of R. A. Long seniors graduated, 89.3 percent at Mark Morris High School and 61 percent at Discovery High School.

Overall, Longview Public Schools preliminary graduation rate for 2018 finished at 88.1 percent.

2018-10-24T13:52:04+00:00September 18th, 2018|
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