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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 their ideas for 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.

Email us and say you’d like to be added to the Thoughtexchange process.

2018-05-21T16:06:02+00:00 May 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+00:00 May 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+00:00 May 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+00:00 May 9th, 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+00:00 May 4th, 2018|

Students go on-site to see construction trades

Local contractor JH Kelly hosted 20 high school students March 21 at the Kalama construction site of the McMenamins  restaurant and lodge for a first-hand view of construction trades work.

The tour covered design, engineering and planning, permitting and various aspects of construction. Students who expressed interest in carpentry, pipe-fitting, engineering, and electrical toured the site and witnessed how those interests would look in on a job site.

“This was an incredible opportunity for our students to see concepts and opportunities out of the classroom that could spur a their interest in an outstanding vocation,” said Jill Diehl, Director of Career and College Readiness. “We are grateful for J. H. Kelly’s willingness to provide the tour.”

Thanks to partners such as JH Kelly, next fall the district will offer expanded programs for high school students interested in building trades apprenticeships. Through the pre-apprentiship pathway, students’course work will culminate in twelfth-grade on-the-job internships with unions and contractors.

2018-03-22T10:28:48+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|

Bus routes update-Feb. 23

Schools will be operating on their regular schedules, but due to road conditions, the following bus routes will be following snow/lowland routes:

Elementary–5, 6, 13, 15

Middle- and high school–16

Families should use their discretion about the safety of getting their child from home to the bus pick-up or school. Please use caution and share safe walking tips with your children.

If you haven’t done so already,  consider subscribing to FlashAlert notifications and download the FlashAlert Messenger app to your phone easy access to up-to-date information. Information will be also posted on www.longviewschools.com  (families-school delays and cancellations),  on Facebook, and on local media.

2018-02-23T06:27:44+00:00 February 23rd, 2018|

Late start Thursday, Feb. 22

Longview School District plans to delay the school start two hours Thursday, Feb. 22 due to road conditions.

Buses will follow snow/lowland routes. Families should use their discretion about the safety of getting their child from home to the bus pick-up or school. Please use caution and share safe walking tips with your children.

Schools will convene two hours later than their regular start times. No breakfast service will be provided. Please continue to monitor FlashAlert for any updates that might be made.

If you haven’t done so already,  consider subscribing to FlashAlert notifications and download the FlashAlert Messenger app to your phone easy access to up-to-date information. Information will be also posted on www.longviewschools.com  (families-school delays and cancellations),  on Facebook, and on local media.

2018-02-22T05:54:14+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|

Weather closure-Feb. 21

Due to unsafe travel conditions caused by snow and ice, Longview schools will be closed Wednesday Feb. 21. The district regrets losing a day of teaching and learning, but the safety of our staff and students is paramount.

Stay up to date by visiting FlashAlert

2018-02-21T06:35:38+00:00 February 21st, 2018|

Weather delay-Wednesday, Feb. 21

Longview School District plans to delay the school start two hours Wednesday, Feb. 21  due to snow and freezing temperatures.

Buses will follow snow/lowland routes. Families should use their discretion about the safety of getting their child from home to the bus pick-up or school. Please use caution and share safe walking tips with your children.

Schools will convene two hours later than their regular start times. No breakfast service will be provided. The Wednesday early release is cancelled. Please continue to monitor FlashAlert for any updates that might be made.

If you haven’t done so already,  consider subscribing to FlashAlert notifications and download the FlashAlert Messenger app to your phone easy access to up-to-date information. Information will be also posted on www.longviewschools.com  (families-school delays and cancellations),  on Facebook, and on local media.

2018-02-20T17:52:42+00:00 February 20th, 2018|
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