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Star Polisher – Carla Pedersen

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

“Mrs. Pedersen,” writes Xavier Goddard, twelfth-grader at Mark Morris.

How did this person make a difference in your life?

Xavier says, “She goes above and beyond to do anything she can to help.”

As part of our district’s focus on student connectedness, we shared part of a poem called “The Star Polisher” with our middle 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.

2018-12-21T13:34:27+00:00December 21st, 2018|

Winter break early release and January back-to-school

Longview students will be released early on Friday, December 21, 2018 to begin their winter vacation.  Release times are:

  • Elementary schools – two hours earlier than regular release time
  • Cascade – 11:45am release
  • Monticello – 11:50am release
  • Mt. Solo – 11:55am release
  • High schools – 11:50am release

Students return back to school on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. Students will be released one hour early on that day.

Broadway Learning Center has no school on Friday, Dec. 21. School resumes for Broadway students on Thursday, January 3, 2019.


2019-01-03T00:27:15+00:00December 20th, 2018|

Dec. 4. 2018 pertussis (whooping cough) notification

This letter is being sent to all Mark Morris families.

December 4th , 2018

Dear Parent or Legal Guardian,

We want you to be aware that we have an additional student with a confirmed case of pertussis (whooping cough). Your child may have been exposed through contact with these students in a classroom or athletic setting or on the bus.

Pertussis is a highly contagious disease that is spread through the air by coughing. Pertussis usually begins with cold-like symptoms and a cough that worsens over 1-2 weeks. Symptoms may include coughing “fits” followed by a “whooping” noise, vomiting, cyanosis (turning blue) or the inability to catch one’s breath. The cough is often worse at night and cough medicines usually do not help eliminate the cough. Usually, persons infected with pertussis do not have a fever. In older children and adults, the symptoms may be only a persistent cough which is worse at night. This illness is often very severe in small infants.

We recommend the following for children and staff that may have been exposed to pertussis:

  • Please monitor your child for the next 3 weeks for cold-like symptoms. Symptoms of pertussis usually appear within 7-10 days of exposure, but can be as long as 3 weeks before symptoms begin. If your child develops cough, fever or other signs of respiratory illness s/he should be evaluated promptly by your doctor for pertussis infection.
  • If you have a child under the age of 1 year who was potentially exposed, please speak with your doctor about getting antibiotics for your child even if your child does not have any symptoms. This is done to prevent an exposed infant from developing the illness. These antibiotics must be taken as soon as possible after exposure.
  • If you are pregnant, especially if in your third trimester, and were potentially exposed, please speak with your doctor about getting antibiotics for yourself to prevent the development of illness even if you do not have any of the above symptoms. These antibiotics must be taken as soon as possible after exposure.
  • If you see your doctor for any of the reasons listed above, please show them this letter at your visit.
  • Although adults and children may contract pertussis, even if they have had all or some of their immunizations (DTaP and Tdap), vaccination against pertussis is still one of the best ways of reducing the risk of getting this disease and reducing the severity of disease. Pertussis vaccines are recommended for both children and adults. Adults and adolescents should have a Tdap booster shot. Cowlitz County Health Department encourages parents to take this opportunity to ensure their families are up-to-date with vaccinations that protect against pertussis and other preventable diseases, regardless of a potential exposure.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our nurse, Breann Syron, at 360-577-2772.


Brooks Cooper, Principal

View the print friendly version here: Pertussis Letter 12-4-18

2018-12-05T00:48:33+00:00December 5th, 2018|

Mark Morris Summer 2018 information

Summer office hours: 6:30am-1pm; Monday –Friday (closed week of July 4th)

Summer programs:
• Summer School Credit Recovery, June 18- 28, 8am-12noon; Monday – Thursday
• ESY – July 17-26, 9am-11:30am
• Dick Mealy Memorial Pool – contact 360-575-7709 for more information
o Swimming Lessons
o Water exercise and lap swim
o Open swim
• Monarch/Red Devil Hoop Camp, June 18-21, AM session: 9am-12noon, PM session: 1pm-4pm
• Drum camp August 6-10, 9am – 3pm
• Mark Morris Band Camp – August 13-17, 9am -2pm

Meals for Longview kids:
Northlake Elem, 2210 Olympia Way
June 18 – August 17 (no meals July 2-6); Monday – Friday
Breakfast 8:30 – 8:45am, Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm

Kessler Elem, 1902 Kessler Blvd
June 18 – August 17 (no meals July 4); Monday – Friday
Breakfast 8:30 – 8:45am, Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm

CVG Elem, 2644 30th Ave
July 9 – July 27; Monday – Friday
Breakfast 8:30 – 8:45am, Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm Cancelled

Olympic Elem, 1324 30th Ave
July 9 – July 27; Monday – Friday
Breakfast 8:30 – 8:45am Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm
Aug 7 – Aug 16; Tuesday – Thursday
Breakfast 8:30 – 8:45am Lunch 11:00 – 11:15pm

St Helens Elem, 431 27th Ave
July 9 – July 27; Monday – Friday
Breakfast 8:30 – 8:45am, Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm

Monticello Middle School, 1225 28th Ave
July 9 – July 27; Monday – Friday
Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm

Archie Anderson Park, 22nd Ave and Alabama St
July 9 – Aug 16; Monday – Thursday
Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm, Snack 3:00 – 3:15pm

Longview Teen Center, 2121 Kessler Blvd
June 18 – Aug 17 (no meals July 2-6); Monday – Friday
Snack 3:00 – 3:15

Guidance Office opens: August 20, 2018

First day of school: August 29, 2018

2018-08-17T19:24:07+00:00June 19th, 2018|

Longview celebrates graduating seniors

Longview graduates from Mark Morris and R. A. Long high schools launched into the next phase of their lives under picture-perfect skies Saturday, June 16. Discovery High School graduates celebrated commencement earlier in the week in the historic Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.

The graduates represented state-winning musicians, artists, entrepreneurs, and athletes.

A total of 437 students graduated in June after spending more than 29,000 hours serving their community in addition to toiling over their studies. More than half of the students plan to attend  college while 18 are headed to trade school, 17 into the military and more than 50 directly into the workforce.

2018-06-19T00:31:51+00:00June 19th, 2018|

NASA summer camps offer great opportunity for high school students

Cowlitz County high school students, including incoming freshmen and just-graduated seniors, are invited to experience “Terra Trackers” and “Rockets and Space”. These week-long summer camps at R.A. Long High School will allow students to work with electronics, robotics, and rocketry. There is no charge to attend.

“Terra Trackers”: July 16 – 19.  Read more about the camp, and complete the application.  Completed applications may be returned to the ASB office at R.A. Long, or scanned and emailed to Hanna Burleson.  Applications due July 15.

“Rockets and Space” is July 30-August 2.  Read more about the camp, and complete the application. Completed applications may be returned to R.A. Long Main Office, or scanned and emailed to Hanna Burleson. Applications due July 27.


2018-07-26T21:23:17+00:00June 18th, 2018|

Supt. collaborates to reconsider high school period schedule

Longview School Superintendent Dr. Dan Zorn recently announced  that after working with the Longview Education Association (LEA), school principals and district administration, high schools will not implement the 7-period school day and will continue with a 6-period day next school year.

The move to a 7-period school day was in response to a change in state law–that requires high school students to earn 24 credits to graduate—and provides students more chances to earn enough credits during their four years. The 24-credit change is in effect for students who just completed their freshmen year.

The district and the teachers union agreed to spend next school year discussing ways to address the 24-credit graduation requirement. Zorn said, “We are committed to working with the LEA to find a solution that minimizes the loss of instructional time and the impact on teacher load while providing all students with opportunities to meet the 24-credit graduation requirement—especially students who may require alternative and/or additional opportunities for earning necessary credits. We also share an interest in finding a solution that creates new opportunities for students to explore career and personal interests and passion.”

Superintendent  Zorn added, “Leading change is not easy and sometimes requires us to take a slower approach to find the best path forward. The district looks forward to working with the LEA on creating a solution that best meets the needs of the students we serve.”

2018-06-16T05:44:03+00:00June 15th, 2018|

Buzz Hill: an innovator in retinal scanning

The schools and community of Longview, Washington have long supported the development of outstanding individuals whose contributions have enriched the city, state, nation, and world.  We would like to take some time to highlight some of these notable individuals and the nurturing community from which they came. These bright spots in the Longview community exemplify the values that the Longview School District aims to instill in all of its students and serve as beacons of integrity, passion, and brilliance. Here, we introduce the next of many notable Longview Luminaries.

Buzz HillIn an age when identity theft and security is a great concern, Mark Morris High School can claim a pioneer in technology that can safeguard information and the security of areas accessible to only certain individuals.

In the 1970’s, Buzz Hill (Robert B. Hill), Mark Morris High School Class of 1964 and son of Dr. Robert V. Hill an ophthalmologist, launched the development of a device that could scan and record the unique pattern of blood vessels in the retina. The device uses a low-power infrared light beamed into the eye that reflects back the pattern in as distinctive of an identification as a fingerprint–but one that is faster to encode and store digitally.

EyeDentify Inc. was established by Buzz to market the scanning device in 1976 and by the late 1980’s the devices were used by the Departments of Energy and Defense, the Central Intelligence Agency and other governmental and private entities including Boeing and American Airlines. The company was bought out by a venture capital firm in 1987 at which time Buzz founded “Minds Eye Laboratories” to create a less expensive version of the device. A 1988 scanner engine version of Buzz’s prototype was recently donated for placement in the school’s display case. Buzz’s brother Ty (Matthew M. Hill Mark Morris Class of 1970) assembled the prototype under Buzz’s direction. Funding restrictions prevented the company from its goal of creating a cheaper version of the original.

Buzz also developed audio editing software which he named after his daughter.

Buzz passed away in March 2017. He is a stellar example of a Longview graduate who was able to see innovative possibilities!

MM staff and friends

Principal Phil Suek accepted the prototype donation on behalf of Mark Morris High School, with Buzz’s sister Judy Hill Ozuna (’66), Buzz’s wife Hyun Hill, and Mark Morris alum Dr. Rich Kirkpatrick (’64).

2018-05-21T22:55:20+00:00May 21st, 2018|

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 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.

If you haven’t participated in one of our Thoughtexchange conversations before and don’t want to miss out this time, please let us know. Spanish participation is also available.

2018-05-31T23:06:04+00:00May 18th, 2018|

Mark Morris High School’s Travis Ruhter is Teacher of the Year

Travis RMark Morris High School leadership and Spanish teacher Travis Ruhter received the Crystal Apple Award at the annual Pillars of Strength event presented by the Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce May 2.

Travis, a National Board Certified Teacher and former state ASB Advisor of the Year award recipient, is credited with supporting students to strive to reach their full potential through a balance of pressure and support.

Students feel both comfortable and challenged in his classes through his constant focus on learning and careful and creative daily lessons.

Travis recently became one of the first Mark Morris teachers to implement the Achievement Through Individualized Determination (AVID) program at the school.

2018-05-17T18:11:08+00:00May 17th, 2018|
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