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Staff honored at 2019 Chamber of Commerce event

Local educators and businesses were recently honored at the annual Pillars of Strength/Crystal Apple Awards presented by the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce. Longview Public Schools award winners were Dr. Elizabeth West (Director of Special Education), Administrator of the Year; JD Ott (R.A. Long), Teacher of the Year; and Gail Wells (Monticello Middle School), Lifetime Achievement Award.

The 2019 nominees included secretary Jeanne Kerns (Discovery); teacher Diondra Beck (Mark Morris); teachers Mike Fajardo, Gerri Schooling, and Jennifer Godinho-Hefley, and paraeducator Christy Alumbaugh (R.A. Long); principal Scott Merzoian (Monticello); teacher Patricia Donovan-Hopkins (Columbia Valley Gardens); principal Noma Hudson and liaison Alisa Shipley (Kessler); teacher Mary Sundberg and paraeducator Deb Bergman (Robert Gray).

2019 Crystal Apple Awards nominees. Not pictured – Robert Gray teacher Mary Sundberg and R.A. Long teacher – and softball coach – Jennifer Godinho-Hefley who arrived late due to coaching the team to victory!

2019-05-02T14:39:10+00:00May 2nd, 2019|

Public preview of secondary curriculum materials

Middle school Science and English Language Arts curriculum and high school AP Spanish and Earth & Space Science curriculum will be available for public preview May 6-10, 2019, 8am-5pm at the Longview School District administration building, 2715 Lilac St.

Core classroom instructional materials are reviewed regularly to ensure ongoing alignment with state law, teaching and learning standards, and research-based best practices. The Instructional Materials Committee – comprised of the executive director of Leadership and Learning, school administrators, classroom teachers, a special education representative, and three community members – evaluates and recommends curriculum to the Board of Directors for adoption.

2019-04-23T20:48:57+00:00April 23rd, 2019|

Star Polisher – David Moser

Who would you like to thank for being a star polisher?

“Mr. Moser,” writes Mark Morris 9th graders Johanna Clark and Grace Sims, and 12th grader Jonathan Perry.

How did this person make a difference in your life?

Grace says, “He teaches us a different way than other teachers and even though he jokes around with us a lot, he always makes sure we understand the unit we’re learning. He helps us so much, making sure we are prepared for our high school lives.”

Johanna says, “Although he may have interesting teacher tactics, he is a fantastic teacher. He’s funny and helps us learn, and though he may not act it, he really cares about our futures and our grades. He is truly a ‘Star Polisher’.”

“Mr. Moser was a very fun and loud teacher who made me feel as if I belonged to this school when I was a freshman, even though I just moved to Longview. Mr. Moser introduced me to Robotic Club and always has been caring about me and other students,” says Jonathan.

As part of our district’s focus on student connectedness, we shared part of a poem called “The Star Polisher” with our high school students and invited them to consider how Longview Public Schools staff have made a difference to them. Read about more of our stars and star polishers here.

2019-04-17T21:38:55+00:00April 17th, 2019|

Capital facilities bond proposal approved

At the April 8, 2019 school board meeting, the board unanimously approved the capital facilities bond proposal totaling $115 million. Projects in this proposal will touch every school and include:

  • Mint Valley Elementary School replacement – $43 million
  • Northlake Elementary School replacement – $43 million
  • Safety and Security upgrades for all schools – $4.2 million
  • Career Technical/Vocational upgrades at R.A. Long and Mark Morris high schools – $8.4 million
  • Memorial Stadium upgrades – $7 million
  • Large facility repair projects – $9.4 million

Find out more here.

2019-04-16T23:10:16+00:00April 16th, 2019|

FBLA students recognized at state conference

R.A. Long and Mark Morris Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members recently attended the FBLA state business leadership conference in Bellevue. Bri Johnson placed 6th in Business Law, Erica Snyder and Josh Pond placed 9th in Public Service Announcement, Sonny Sim placed 10th in Accounting 2, and Mark Hummer placed 10th in Information Technology. Kudos to all FBLA students who participated!

2019-04-16T22:55:46+00:00April 16th, 2019|

Star Polisher – Lucia Alejandro

Who would you like to thank for being a star polisher?

“Mrs. Alejandro,” writes Mark Morris 9th grader Jacob Lawhern.

How did this person make a difference in your life?

Jacob says, “This teacher takes the time out of her day to care about the well-being of her students, and always brightens up everyone’s day. Her class is both serious, and yet at the same time enjoyable and full of games that are quite fun. I love learning Spanish with her, because she makes it understandable and I don’t feel lost in her class at all.”

As part of our district’s focus on student connectedness, we shared part of a poem called “The Star Polisher” with our high school students and invited them to consider how Longview Public Schools staff have made a difference to them. Read about more of our stars and star polishers here.

2019-03-22T21:44:32+00:00March 22nd, 2019|

Star Polisher – Travis Ruhter

Who would you like to thank for being a star polisher?

“Mr. Ruhter,” writes R.A. Long 12th grader Abriana Alba-Estrada and Mark Morris 12th grader Ana Maria Sanchez Matias.

How did this person make a difference in your life?

Abriana says, “Mr. Ruhter has always been an encouraging and supportive teacher. I have chosen to do Running Start my junior and senior year, and I have not been able to make many connections with teachers or receive a lot of support for it. However, choosing to take Spanish 3 my junior year and go to Spain with members of my Spanish class helped introduce me to Mr. Ruhter. He is very compassionate about his job and wants his students to succeed. He has always been so kind to me and a helpful teacher throughout Spanish 3 and our groups adventures in Spain. His constant support and passion for Spanish have helped me decide I want to pursue a minor in Spanish once I graduate high school and transfer to a university next year. All I can really say is thank you Mr. Ruhter for being a great role model and for caring so much about your students!”

“[Mr. Ruhter] made me feel like I have a purpose in life [and] keeps pushing me into passing and getting stuff done for Jack Time,” adds Ana Maria.

As part of our district’s focus on student connectedness, we shared part of a poem called “The Star Polisher” with our high school students and invited them to consider how Longview Public Schools staff have made a difference to them. Read about more of our stars and star polishers here.

2019-03-22T21:34:54+00:00March 20th, 2019|

Star Polisher – Lori Clark

Who would you like to thank for being a star polisher?

“Mrs. Clark,” writes Mark Morris 12th grader Zack Butler.

How did this person make a difference in your life?

Zack says, “She taught me that even though you don’t want to do something, you do it anyway and in the end it will pay off.”

As part of our district’s focus on student connectedness, we shared part of a poem called “The Star Polisher” with our high school students and invited them to consider how Longview Public Schools staff have made a difference to them. Read about more of our stars and star polishers here.

2019-03-22T21:34:38+00:00March 8th, 2019|

Star Polishers – “All my teachers”

Rachelle and Susan Donahue

Who would you like to thank for being a star polisher?

“All my teachers really,” writes Mark Morris 10th grader Rachelle Noel. Rachelle’s current teachers are Mark Patrick, Steve Rooklidge, Susan Donahue (RAL), Betsy Brown, Diondra Beck, Kathryn Miller, and Margaret Forslund.

How did these people make a difference in your life?

Rachelle says, “They all try to help me become the best me possible.”

As part of our district’s focus on student connectedness, we shared part of a poem called “The Star Polisher” with our high school students and invited them to consider how Longview Public Schools staff have made a difference to them. Read about more of our stars and star polishers here.

2019-03-22T21:26:48+00:00March 7th, 2019|

Star Polisher – Elaine Peters

Who would you like to thank for being a star polisher?

“Mrs. Peters,” writes Mark Morris 12th grader Jennifer Johnson.

How did this person make a difference in your life?

Jennifer says, “Mrs. Peters has been one of the most influential people in my high school career. Not only does she keep me informed on post-secondary opportunities, she encourages me to prepare for them. She is always up to date on scholarships, college apps, requirements and general knowledge of what to do after high school. Not only that, but she has also worked tirelessly with myself and others to improve the general welfare of our school through the student resource center. Elaine is one of the more important people to know when it comes to being a senior and has influenced countless numbers of students. Many people, like myself, have become successful due to her help and dedication.”

As part of our district’s focus on student connectedness, we shared part of a poem called “The Star Polisher” with our high school students and invited them to consider how Longview Public Schools staff have made a difference to them. Read about more of our stars and star polishers here.

2019-03-22T21:26:09+00:00March 7th, 2019|
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