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News from the Nurse: Vision and hearing screening

vision testDistrict Nurse Lisa Lyons reminds us that it’s vision and hearing screening time for elementary students and 7th graders. Mrs. Lyons says, “No news is good news, but if you receive a referral letter, please take it seriously and follow up with a vision or hearing specialist, not just your regular physician.”

 

2017-11-16T14:43:38+00:00November 16th, 2017|

Bond approval shy of 60 percent requirement

Longview Public Schools wishes to thank all Longview voters who participated in the democratic process Nov. 7! As of Nov. 8, a total of 9,483 votes were counted with 57.71 percent voting for the issue and 42.29 percent voting against. While the request to replace aging buildings did not collect a 60 percent supermajority, we are gratified by the participation and support expressed. The district put forward its proposal after two years of research, community input and financial analysis. Moving forward, the district plans to solicit community feedback in the coming weeks. For background information please click here.

2017-11-09T09:44:31+00:00November 9th, 2017|

Message from the Superintendent

Dear Community Members,

A sign hangs in my office, right above my computer monitor. It says, “I will devote time each day to improving the literacy skills of our students.”

It’s a promise I made to myself March 18, 2008, when I was an assistant superintendent in Montana, and it’s a promise I continue to keep today.

Declaring my intention to help improve student reading and writing might seem like a strange goal for a superintendent, because my job is to oversee an entire school district—15 campuses, 908 employees, nearly 6,500 students and an $87 million budget. My days revolve around community outreach, and meetings about curricula, facilities and future planning.

But when it comes right down to it, my goal as superintendent is to position the school district so it has the skilled people, the functional buildings and the up-to-date technology that make learning not just possible but inevitable.

Why? To help each of our students become literate learners. Literacy is the most important thing we do. It is the key to opening the gateway of opportunity and success for our students.

In this autumn’s Report to Our Community, you will see that Longview’s students and staff are making progress. Our graduation rate is rising, and our students’ results on state-mandated testing show areas of improvement.

You also will read that Longview has a vision for the future. That involves updating our facilities, beginning with those that support our youngest learners.

Do new buildings improve our students’ ability to read and write? Not by themselves. But when you add the passion and talents of LPS staff to facilities that work—buildings that accommodate the latest teaching technology and methods—it’s a recipe for student success.

And seeing our students’ success is what makes all the planning and strategy worthwhile.

Thank you, as always, for your support of Longview Public Schools!

Sincerely,

Dan Zorn, Superintendent

2018-06-05T22:25:09+00:00October 23rd, 2017|

Longview Schools are first to win bronze medals

Five Longview School District schools are the first middle- and elementary schools in Washington state to receive awards for making changes that promote healthier eating and physical activity for students and staff.

Columbia Heights Elementary, CVG Elementary, Mt. Solo Middle School, Robert Gray Elementary and St. Helens Elementary earned Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s 2017 National Healthy Schools Bronze Awards.

The award demonstrates the schools commitment to preventing childhood obesity and to fostering the health of students and staff. Specifically, schools have provided healthier food selections in vending machines and the student store (where present); provided opportunities for students to be physically active before, during, and after school; promoted health and wellness to staff through physical activity events and healthy potlucks; as well as installing water bottle filling stations to increase access to drinking water.

This award was granted by the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program, an evidence-based national initiative to combat childhood obesity through the implementation of healthy changes within the school environment. The Alliance recognizes schools that succeed in meeting a set of evidence-based standards that address these areas at the Bronze, Silver, and Gold level.

Studies show that healthy students perform better on tests, get better grades, attend school more often and behave better in class. With this in mind, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation launched its Healthy Schools Program in 2006 with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The program promotes a comprehensive approach by helping schools improve access to healthier foods; increase physical activity opportunities before, during and after the school day; enhance nutrition education; and establish staff wellness programs to build a healthier school environment.

2017-09-05T23:45:45+00:00September 5th, 2017|

Air quality information tracked: update Sept. 8

Longview Public Schools officials will continue monitoring information regarding local air quality being affected by wildfires in the region.

District administrators rely on Air Quality Index (AQI) information provided through the Washington Department of Ecology.  Throughout the school day on Tuesday Sept. 5, the air quality index remained at the low end of the “moderate” scale.  At this condition rating, schools were advised to monitor students with asthma, respiratory infection, lung or heart disease and provide modifications and rest to normal recess, PE, and athletic activities. Depending on their student conditions, some schools chose to keep their students inside.

As the air quality rating changed to “unhealthy for sensitive groups” in the late-afternoon on Sept. 5, outdoor athletic practices and events were cancelled. This category recommends that students with asthma, respiratory infection, long or heart disease stay indoors and other children should limit activities to light exertion.

As of Wednesday, Sept. 6, the smoke and fine air particle levels increased and outdoor recesses were cancelled. By one measure, the Washington Air Quality Advisory (WAQA) level reached the “unsafe” category. Outdoor sporting events were cancelled and practices were scheduled for indoors.

As of Thursday, Sept. 7,  fine air particle levels decreased from the previous day, and both the WAQA and AQI levels remained a low- to mid-range in the “moderate” category. At that level, no changes to outdoor recesses or athletic events were recommended–except for special populations.

As of Friday, Sept. 8, air quality levels measured by WAQA and AQI returned to the “good” category. No recommendations are in effect for that category.

The district will continue to follow AQI and WAQA information and respond to recommendations for  levels of air pollution.

Although the district is planning to maintain regular school schedules, parents are encouraged to take this opportunity to sign up or ensure their current information is on file with the district’s emergency notification system, FlashAlert.

2017-09-08T08:40:13+00:00September 5th, 2017|

Welcome back 2017-2018

It’s almost that time again!  Summer is winding down, days are getting cooler and we are excited to see our students and families for another amazing school year at Columbia Heights.

This year school starts on Wednesday, August 30th. Our offices will be open prior to this, beginning on Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 for regular business hours of 8:00-4:00.

In order to ensure that our students are prepared to learn and engage on their first day back, we ask that parents and families would send students to school with the proper supplies and tools. A list of school supplies our students will need can be found in local stores or online.

We will be having a back to school “Meet the Teacher” night on August 28th from 4:30-6:30.  We will be serving pizza outside the gym and the classrooms will be open to meet your teacher, see your classroom, and drop off school supplies.  We are highly encouraging students to bring their supplies on the 28th so there is less transition time on the first day of school.

Class lists will also be posted on August 28th at 10:00 a.m. outside the gym.

We are excited to see everyone soon! Have a wonderful rest of the summer!

Go, Lions!

Mrs. Casillas

2017-08-17T16:28:14+00:00August 17th, 2017|

Columbia Heights summer 2017 information

Last day office is open: June 30, 2017

Summer programs: Summer school at Kessler Elementary, 1902 E. Kessler Blvd, July 10-July 28, 8:30am-12:30pm

Meals for Longview kids:

  • Northlake Elem, 2210 Olympia Way
    Monday – Friday, June 26 – August 18 (no meals July 3-7)
    Breakfast 8:30 – 8:45am, Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm
  • Kessler Elem, 1902 Kessler Blvd
    Monday – Friday, June 26 – August 18 (no meals July 3-7)
    Breakfast 8:30 – 8:45am, Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm
  • CVG Elem, 2644 30th Ave
    Monday – Friday, July 10 – July 28
    Breakfast 8:30 – 8:45am, Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm
  • Mint Valley Elem, 2745 38th Ave
    Monday – Friday, July 10 – July 28
    Breakfast 8:30 – 8:45am Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm
  • Monticello Middle School, 1225 28th Ave
    Monday – Friday, July 10 – July 28
    Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm
  • Archie Anderson Park, Between 21st and 22nd Ave
    Monday – Friday, July 10 – Aug 18
    Lunch 12:00 – 12:30pm, Snack 3:00 – 3:15pm
  • Longview Teen Center, 2121 Kessler Blvd
    Monday – Friday, July 10 – Aug 18
    Snack 3:00 – 3:30

Office opens in fall: August 23, 2017

First day of school: August 30, 2017

2017-08-22T22:18:44+00:00June 27th, 2017|

Kindergartners to Start Smart for school success

The 2017-2018 school year begins on Wednesday, August 30 but the district’s incoming kindergartners will Start Smart by transitioning gradually to their school experience.

Kindergarten start up scheduleKindergarten students will not be attending school August 30-September 1, 2017. Instead, individual “get to know me” meetings will be scheduled with students, families, and teachers. Kindergarten families will be contacted by their elementary school to schedule their appointment on one of these three days. At this meeting, students will meet their teacher and see their classroom.

The following week, September 5-8, kindergartners will be attending half days, either morning or afternoon, in small groups. This will support students as they get to know their teacher and peers, and learn daily routines. Northlake and Columbia Heights kindergartners who ride the school bus will be transported to and from school on these half days.  Columbia Valley Gardens, Mint Valley, and Robert Gray students who ride the school bus will be transported one way only.  Morning kindergartners will ride to school on the bus and families will pick-up at mid-day. Families will drop afternoon kindergartners off at mid-day and students will ride the school bus home.  Kessler, Olympic, and St. Helens are not served by buses, and families will ensure their student gets to and from school.

Kindergartners will attend school full days beginning September 11.

2017-05-31T15:25:45+00:00May 31st, 2017|

Share your thoughts on the building plan

Here’s another chance to share your thoughts about your school district!Join the conversation

Through Tuesday, June 6, community members are being asked to provide comments on the district’s plan to replace three elementary schools, provide safety improvements in the district and determine plans for housing the special education preschool currently at Broadway with HeadStart classes.

It’s easy to participate in the process–called “Thoughtexchange: Join the conversation.” Just sign up to receive a personal invitation to share your thoughts on the building plan and to ask any questions. Participation can be day or night–whatever is convenient for people’s busy schedules.

Following the comment period, everyone has a chance to see comments and prioritize those that are most meaningful. At the end of June, the community will be able to discover the predominate thoughts obtained in the process.

This is the second community engagement process this school year. To discover what priorities rose to the top this winter, click here.

2017-06-02T12:35:41+00:00May 26th, 2017|

District seeking community advisors

Longview Public Schools is currently seeking applicants interested in serving on three advisory committees.  The committees help provide essential community input to the district and help ensure that the schools reflect the public’s wishes.

Committee members must be residents of the Longview School District and have an interest in long-term improvement efforts for our schools.

To find our more about the Facilities Advisory Committee, the Instructional Materials Committee, and the Strategic Plan Review Committee, please visit Advisory Committees.

To apply, you may:

Applications are due by June 15, 2017.

2017-06-21T13:31:39+00:00May 22nd, 2017|