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R.A. Long provides work experience

R.A. Long High School “Job Coach”, Tiffany Kotera, recruits local businesses to provide students work experience. This is one of many ways the district supports students in their growth to be “work ready” high school graduates. The students do outstanding work and gain real life experience outside the classroom.

These experiences wouldn’t be possible without the cooperation and support from businesses like Red Leaf Coffee, Walgreens, Diamond Showcase, Grounds for Opportunity, Sutinen Computers and Little Indian Embroidery. Thank you to the businesses who participate, and employees like Mrs. Kotera, who do such a great job supporting, teaching and mentoring students.

In the photos below, students Adam Verd and Kassidi Williams, take time to be interviewed by Daily News reporter Mallory Gruben. R.A. Long principal Rich Reeves and Tiffany Kotera provided background information and quotes for TDN’s story.

If your business would like to participate in having students come out and work, please contact Tiffany Kotera or any of the high schools.



2019-12-20T11:52:34-07:00December 19th, 2019|

RAL students help Women’s Shelter

RA Long High School National Honor Society school officers and club advisor

RA Long High School National Honor Society school officers and club Advisor

National Honor Society (NHS) is a service club that serves both the school and the community. Parent/Teacher Conferences, Student-Led Conferences, Open House, various assemblies, “Hall of Fame”, and many graduation events are just a few events they help with.

Each year they also do a “Collection Drive” for the community. In the past they have collected for the local area food, shoes, socks, coats and even soccer shoes for an orphanage in Thailand. This year it was brought to their attention that the Women’s Shelter could use toiletries, they stepped up to the challenge and the students brought in more than 450 items.

NHS is a nationally recognized club that is governed by specific membership qualifications and is by invite only.  A student must have a 3.5 GPA (maintain a 3.3 accum.), be of high scholarship, leadership, and character and be involved in school and community service.

Pictured from left to right: Faliha Amjad, President, Keely Morgan, Vice-President, Madison Pittman, Secretary, Ada Beasley, Treasurer, Brady Anderson, Historian, Jayleen Baker, RAL Teacher & NHS Advisor.

2019-11-27T14:48:40-07:00November 18th, 2019|

RA Long students read at Olympic Elementary

High school students from R.A. Long visited Olympic Elementary school today to help first graders with reading and to promote literacy. Eighteen high school students visited an Olympic first grade classroom and were partnered up with a younger student to read books together. The high school students read a book to the younger student first, then they switched roles and the younger students read.

Bringing excitement and fun to reading helps create and grow interest in books. For the high school students, learning and experiencing giving back to the community, and what it means to be a role model. is an important lesson.

A great day had by all.


2019-10-23T15:44:24-07:00October 23rd, 2019|

Summer Meal Program information

Summer Meals for Kids!

This year the Summer Food Service Program will offer free nutritious meals to all neighborhood children ages 18 years and younger at:

Northlake Elementary, 2210 Olympia Way,  June 17 – August 16, Breakfast 8:30 am – 8:45 am,  Lunch 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm  *No Meals July 1- July 5

Kessler Elementary, 1902 Kessler Blvd., June 17 – July 3, Breakfast 8:30 am – 9:00 am, Lunch 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm,  July 8 – August 16 Breakfast 8:30 am – 8:45 am, Lunch 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm

Olympic Elementary, 1324 30th Ave., June 17 – June 28, Breakfast 8:30 am – 8:45 am, Lunch 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm

Monticello Middle School, 1225 28th Ave., July 8 – July 26, Breakfast 8:30 am – 8:45 am, Lunch 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm

Archie Anderson Park, 22nd Ave & Alabama St., July 8 – Aug 16, Lunch 12:00 pm  – 12:15 pm, Snack 3:30 pm – 3:45 pm  *Monday thru Thursday

Teen Center, 2121 Kessler Blvd., June 17 – Aug 16, Snack 3:30 pm – 3:45 pm  *No Meals July 4- July 5

All meals will meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, so you know your child will be eating a healthy meal. Supervised activities will be offered at Northlake and Kessler Elementary Schools, Monticello Middle School, Teen Center, & Archie Anderson Park. For more information, contact City of Longview, Parks & Recreation Department at 360-442-5400. For more information about the program, or to volunteer to help, call the Longview Public School Nutrition office at 360-575-7172.

The Summer Food Service Program is sponsored by The U.S. Department of Agriculture

2019-06-12T11:37:18-07:00June 12th, 2019|

RA Long class of 2019 graduates!

It was an amazing evening at Memorial Stadium as the RA Long class of 2019 graduated. This class has more graduates accepted into college and more athletes heading off to play collegiate sports than any other RAL class in the last nine years. Congratulations to Chandler Lyon for being recognized for his commitment to graduating. Way to go Jacks!

2019-06-08T20:31:17-07:00June 8th, 2019|

Seniors featured in Spring Concert

Sixteen members of the senior class were featured within two orchestra groups in a Spring Orchestra Concert on Sunday, June 2 at the Lower Columbia College Rose Center for the Arts.

The following students are pictured: Olivia C. Barella, Hannah M. Bischoff, Emma E. Chang, Xavier M. Goddard, Alexsander F. Guyll, Gwynedd B. Heriford, Maraia G. Jewell-Jacobsen, Hannah R. Matson, Delaney R. Morgan, Caroline A. Nesterkin, Joshua S. Robinson, Ana Maria Sanchez Matias, Josette R. Shepherd, Sara C. Todd, Megan R. Tosh, Tiffany A. Zodrow.

2019-06-03T10:33:06-07:00June 3rd, 2019|

Longview students honored by Longview City Council

Three students from Longview Public Schools were recently recognized by the Longview City Council at its monthly City Council meeting for their entries in the Historic Preservation Month Photo Contest. Two of the students attended the meeting and were personally recognized and applauded by the council.

The contest was to take a strategic picture of any structure or landmark within Longview city limits that is 50 years or older. The contest was open to the whole community, with a special category for grades 6-12. As part of a lesson in Mr. Higgins’ RAL marketing class on “Digital Content Marketing”, students were encouraged to enter the contest.

Two students from R.A. Long were selected as a winner and an honorable mention, and one student from Mark Morris was selected as an honorable mention, who entered as part of her digital photography class.

The students are:

  • Kylee Newman – RAL – Winner for her photo of the Longview Community Church bells
  • Angelina Chy – RAL – Honorable Mention for her photo of Lake Sacajawea
  • Zoey Shine – MM – Honorable Mention for her photo of the Quonset Hut on Florida St

For their efforts, all three students’ photos were enlarged, professionally mounted on foam board and placed on display in City Hall for 4 weeks. Great job!

2019-05-24T15:47:57-07:00May 24th, 2019|

State discipline law changing

State law regarding how schools can discipline students is changing. The new laws go into effect with the coming school year and will be a significant change from how discipline has been managed in the past. The intent of the changes are to limit the suspension of students, minimize the educational impact on students who are disciplined and assure fairness in the process.

Click here to visit the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s student discipline page. On the page you will find A Parent’s Guide to student discipline and an overview of the new state discipline rules.

If you have questions about the new state discipline laws please reach out to your school principal or the district office for more information.

These new discipline laws will impact current school board policies. Find out what changes are under consideration for the following policies:

2019-10-24T11:22:45-07:00May 24th, 2019|

RA Long vocational remodel starts

Longview Public Schools Director of Career and College Readiness, Jill Diehl, put her heart and soul into a grant application that is starting to pay off. The state grant of $1.1 million awarded to the

Jill Diehl explains the design of the new RAL vocational center to Daily News reporter Mallory Gruben.

district will go to remodel the old RA Long woodshop space into a high tech medical science and robotics lab, which will include drone piloting.

“Robotics is one of the fastest growing skills right now … so this will make our kid more technologically capable for a career,” Diehl said.  Vocational/career technical courses are open to any student in the district, regardless of the high school they attend.

This is another step forward for the district in improving and expanding career opportunities for students. The school board recently awarded construction of the new high tech vocational center to JH Kelly, who submitted the lowest bid for the project.

If the November 2019 capital bond measure passes further vocational/career technical updates will bring high school vocational classrooms, equipment and tools to industry standards.

You can read The Daily News story about the here.

2019-05-01T11:05:59-07:00May 1st, 2019|

Don’t miss Antonio Fernandez in concert on April 22!

Antonio Fernandez is coming to Longview the week of April 22 to be an artist in residence for the choir programs of Mark Morris and RA Long High Schools. Antonio is a professional beatboxer and vocalist for Disney’s premiere a cappella group, “Dcapella”. They just finished their county-wide tour and are headed on a European/Asian tour soon.

Antonio will be in concert Tuesday, April 23 at 7:30 pm at the LCC Rose Center for the Arts. A $5 dollar donation at the door or either cash or credit will be accepted.

Antonio has significant experience performing professionally. Some of his credits include: NBC’s “The Voice”, ABC’s “The Rising Star” and The Incredibles 2 soundtrack.

He is frequently flown to LA/Orlando, Fl./New York to record for movie soundtracks and other a cappella performances.

Below are some Youtube links that showcase his talent. Antonio has a vast knowledge base and experience in the professional music industry as a beatboxer and vocalist.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvKoThG6Cwk “Drive” by Antonio Fernandez (ala Bobby McFerrin)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIQaqURjlYI “Part of Your World” by DCapella

This is a concert you will not want to miss.


2019-04-23T13:32:33-07:00April 10th, 2019|
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