Information for incoming Freshmen

Information for incoming Freshmen 2017-03-07T17:39:19+00:00

About R.A. Long High School

JackCamp (Freshman Orientation) is the back to school gathering the third week of August- info to be mailed.

Mr. Rich Reeves

  • 1986 R.A. Long graduate
  • Attended Linfield College
  • Taught at Monticello for 10 years and coached baseball at R.A. Long
  • Principal at McLoughlin Middle School in Vancouver for 7 years, Associate for 3
  • 8th year at R.A. Long
  • Married to Christina, who teaches Social Studies and is an AVID Elective Teacher
  • Two daughters: one at Southern Oregon University, and youngest is a 10th grader at R.A. Long

Rich Reeves, Principal

Lacey Griffiths, Associate Principal

Ty Morris, Associate Principal/Athletics

Katrina Minuitti, Counselor

Lisa Maxey, Counselor

Jodi Fowler, Career Center

Officer Johanson, School Resource Officer (LPD)

The mission of R.A. Long High School is to empower all students to envision and achieve extraordinary lives.

Respect, Achieve, Lead


  • Grit
  • Perseverance
  • Free to FAIL (First Attempt In Learning)
  • No Excuses
  • 2016-17 School AVID School Wide Site of Distinction
  • 2016 School of Distinction- Top 5% in state. (increase grad rate 89.80%)
  • 2015 School of Distinction for raising grad rates. 25.3% in last 5 years (top 5% in the State)
  • 2014 Washington Achievement Award Winner (increases in reading and math)
  • CAP Civil War Food Drive WINNER by nearly 4,000 lbs
  • Science Olympiad
  • Athletic successes.
  • State Thespian Contestants—State and National qualifiers
  • Music and theatre state and national participates
  • College Acceptance— Happening Daily( see college wall)
  • Major Discipline is nearly non-existent
  • Increased School Spirit—The right way!
  • and Miss Lumberjack Pageant-coming soon
  • School Wide Recycling
  • National Honor Society and Leadership Class putting on some of our finest events.

And the list will continue…………..

DHS/Other MM RAL Longview
Final Published Graduation Rate (P210) 13.86% 86.74% 89.80% 73.02%
Graduation Rate with Home School by Enrollment History 12.90% 75.00% 79.20% 73.02%
Graduation Rate with Home School by Address N/A 70.31% 75.95% 73.02%
Graduation Rate by Initial District Enrollment 16.67% 76.52% 76.82% 73.02%

Working together for success

What we expect from students

  • Be Here
  • Be Honest
  • Be Respectful
  • Be a Learner
  • Do their very best.
  • Work on self-advocacy skills.
  • Come back from lunch. Respect the school rules and expectations.
  • Be accepting of others.
  • Never quit!

You cannot receive a HS diploma as quickly as you can….

  • Get a meal at Jack in the Box
  • Download the newest Big Sean song off iTunes
  • Text message 32 friends before your popcorn is done in the microwave
  • See the weather change in Longview
  • Post 95 Snapchats on you story

It is going to take 4 years.  Mis-perception: High School is the end of education.  Not true….It is just the beginning! It is a place to OPEN DOORS, not shut them.

What we need from parents

  • Communication
  • Collaborative Approach to your student’s success
  • The belief that your student will successfully complete their high school career; and that college or tech school is a realistic option.
  • Step in it when it’s tough.
  • Share the real story.

Parent Involvement

  • Volunteer at R. A. Long
  • Booster Club
  • Alumni Association
  • Open lines of communication with teachers and admin.

Conversations to begin having

  • What is it you need to do or things you need to consider in order to have a great high school experience?
  • What kind of support will you need to be successful?
  • Is going off campus the right thing for you?
  • When you struggle, who can you turn to?
  • When things are going well, who do you need to hear from?
  • Besides your classes, what other things are you interested in being a part of at RA Long?
  • Post Grad Goal Setting—What might you want to do after you graduate from R.A. Long?

Efforts Toward Continuous Improvement-What you can expect from us.

  • LEARNING will be top priority.
  • Staff surrounding your student to help guide them through their learning.
  • Accessibility—call/email, parent access.(please CC me on emails.)
  • Honest feedback
  • Staff will hold your child accountable for their learning.
  • We will all continue to work to improve.
  • We won’t give up.
  • Standards based grading (no Ds will be given in Math, Science, or History courses, more jumping on board.)
  • Instruction
    • Professional Development=Getting better at the craft of instruction

The priorities

  • Create a safe learning environment
  • Focus on student learning and Achievement (Common Core Standards)
  • On-time graduation

What to expect

  • Accountability for everyone
  • Honesty
  • Hard work
  • Having fun/laughter
  • That your student will learn (team effort)
  • That your student will graduate (team effort)
  • All choices result in consequences (good or bad)

Cultural Goals—the 4 Rs (Rigor, Relevance, Relationships, Reflection)

  • Increase level of rigor. Rigor means deeper, not more. (Is there more to the story?…..Critical thinking.)
  • Teach only to learning targets (common core standards), differentiate instruction for all levels. (Relevance—The why – am I learning these targets?)
  • Create an environment where every student feels success, challenged, and valued. (Relationships)
  • Increase advanced level courses and interventions for students. (Rigor)

Opportunities for students to reflect on their learning? (Reflection: How do students know when they are learning or doing well?)

Info for the class of 2021

  • Pass the SBA (Smarter Balanced Assessment) in ELA (English Language Arts)
  • Pass the SBA for Math
  • Pass the Biology EOC
  • Earn 24 credits
  • Complete all Longview School District culminating project activities

Classes pre-forecasted by 8th grade teachers

  • Math
  • English
  • Science (Honors Sci 9th grade will be pre-AP Biology. Why? More science options later.)
  • Health-Why? To be informed.
  • AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) -by selection process


  • Arts
  • PE/Health
  • Computers
  • Foreign Language ( French, Spanish, Chinese)
  • Music(band, orch, choir)
  • CTE (Career Technical Education)

Advanced Placement (AP) offerings

We offer Honors Level and pre-AP courses in all core content areas 9-12.  These are pre-forecasted by 8th grade teachers. Need a greater challenge, let us know.

FR-SR Level Advanced Coursework

  • AP Calculus
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Biology
  • AP Human Geography (9th-12th)
  • AP US History-10th grade
  • AP Language
  • AP Literature
  • AP US Government
  • UW French 103 (college credit)
  • Biomedical and Human Body Systems & Medical Interventions (Fall 2017)

A 2008 study found that AP students had better four-year graduation rates than those who did not take AP. For example, graduation rates for AP English Literature students were 62 percent higher than graduation rates for those who took other English courses in high school.

District Courses

Shuttle to Campuses

  • Swimming – MM
  • Computer Aided Machining And Drafting (CAD and CAM) – MM
  • Intro to Engineering -MM
  • AP Calculus – RA Long
  • AP Statistics – RAL
  • Ceramics -MM
  • AP Biology, AP US History, AP Government, AP Human Geography, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science – RAL
  • Biomedical Sciences, Human Body Systems, Medical Interventions – RAL
  • Photo – MM
  • Theatre – RAL
  • Construction Technology – MM
  • French – RAL
  • Chinese – RAL
  • Woods – RAL
  • Video Production – MM
  • Child Care/Even Start – RAL
  • Fire Sciences– jr/sr – Kelso NO SHUTTLE
  • Health Science Careers– jr/sr NO SHUTTLE
  • Police Sciences- jr/sr – Kelso NO SHUTTLE
  • Discovery HS Option– so/jr/sr – RAL

Online registration through FamilyID.

Fall Sports– Start in August,  all “potential” student/athletes are on Athletic Code of Conduct starting the first day of Fall football practice (Aug 17).

Fall Sports: Football, Volleyball, Cross Country, boys tennis, girls swim, girls soccer.  Fall rest of sports starts Aug 22.

College athletics?  It is possible, but achieving academically is more likely going to help pay for school.  Grades and test scores matter.

AVID College Readiness System – Advancement Via Individual Determination

  • Recruitment is happening now
  • Cohort of 30-35
  • True Middle
  • Nominated, Application, Interview, Invitation?
  • AVID Elective for 4 Years—commitment, can’t quit
  • Rigorous, Hard Work
  • Graduates will have met all requirements for 4 year university
  • More often than not, first generation college goer

AVID Schoolwide Benefits ALL RA Long Students

  • Cornell Note-taking
  • Socratic Seminars
  • Philosophical Chairs
  • Interactive Notebooks
  • Inquiry Learning –Points of Confusion
  • WICOR Strategies—Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, Reading

Don’t forget to track your progress on the checklist and keep your assignments organized in your portfolio!  This is a graduation REQUIREMENT. Don’t procrastinate!

QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS?  Stop by the Career Center

Three Portfolios – One Project

  1. Learner
  2. College/Career Ready
  3. Civic Contributor
  • Community Service – 24 hours
  1. Non-profit organization – mowing your elderly neighbor’s yard doesn’t count
  2. Outside of school hours – hours served prior to this past summer don’t count
  3. No double dipping (hours served cannot be used to fulfill another organization’s or class’s requirements
  • Service to school – 12 points (points must be from at least 2 different areas)
  1. Curricular club/team – Art Club, Science Club, Math Team, World Languages Clubs (clubs may vary). 1 year = 1 point
  2. Participation in a theatre production. 1 point per production
  3. Participation in a musical performance – elite groups will earn more (honor choirs, Grotto, Valentines, etc.). 1 point per year
  4. Athletic participation. 1 point per season
  5. Great attendance for school year – no unexcused absences. 1 point
  6. Discipline free for a school year – no infractions listed on Skyward. 1 point
  7. School community services – volunteer as a worker at a sporting event or an usher at a play. Outside of school hours, must be unpaid.  1 point for every 2 hours of service
  8. Non-curricular clubs/activities – Honor Society, Knowledge Bowl, Class Officer, Teen Mentor, Link/Pride Leader, FBLA, Multi-Cultural Club, ASB Officer, Natural Helper, Leadership Class, DECA (clubs may vary). 1 year = 1 point
  • National Honor Society
  • Knowledge Bowl
  • Science Club—Science Olympiad Participation
  • Spanish Club
  • French Club
  • DECA
  • FBLA
  • Art Club
  • Key Club-Kiwanis(Service Club)
  • Theatre/Drama
  • Band
  • Leadership (.5 credit)-Zero Hour(6:45 am)
  • Athletics
  • Cheerleading
  • (2) Lunches 40 minutes each—open campus
  • Discipline Options: detention, Friday School (2:40-4pm), OSS
  • Math is hard for many kids.
  • 3 different schedules: M, T, Th         W           F
  • 6 classes, 55 minutes long(shuttle riders leave a little early)M, T, Th
  • 2 semesters (3.0 credits per semester)
  • JackTime Advisory/College-Career Ready and Senior Culminating Project
  • Graduation will happen for those that want it, when they are ready to take it.
  • Transition is hard for some, everything counts.
  • 2018-19 New Master Schedule – Modified 7 – But it will change to meet the 24 credit requirement, includes 5 minute passing, 85 minute classes on Wednesday and Thursday, Advisory 25 minutes
  • Per our handbook—Phones and IPods are discouraged. Before/after school, lunch, and passing time are OK.  HOWEVER, we will not spend time searching or investigating for lost or stolen items.
  • Reduce Drama: Turn off texting, Instagram Facebook, Snapchat, and Twitter and…
  • You will need to come in and show photo ID to check out your student
  • Pocket knives are not allowed in school. Suspension will result if students are found in possession of them.
  • 10/10 Rule- No hall passes first and last 10 minutes of class
  • Dress code: No sagging. No straps showing and dresses/skirts no shorter than 2 inches above the knee.
  • We are a hatless, hoodless, bandana-less school.
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