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District seeking community advisors

Longview Public Schools is currently seeking applicants interested in serving on the Strategic Plan Review Committee. Our 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 Strategic Plan Review Committee, please visit Advisory Committees.

To apply, you may:

Applications are due by September 3, 2019.

2019-09-17T12:59:21-07:00August 26th, 2019|

Back to School 2019-2020

Dear Cavaliers,

I hope you have enjoyed your summer break. Our custodians have been working hard to prepare the building for your arrival. Your teachers have been involved in trainings this summer to learn new ways to support you in your academic endeavors such as our new science curriculum. We are excited for you to meet our staff members who are new this year.  Joining us will be Richard Kirkpatrick who will be teaching 8th grade science and Rhonda Wathen who will be teaching our Pervasive Special Education class.  Our new librarian is Laura Ofstun, who many of you may already know.

6th Grade Orientation: On August 27th, 6th grade students will take part in our WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) program. Our program runs from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Students should be dropped off no later than 9:45 as we will begin right at 10:00. Students should come to the main gym. Sixth grade students will participate in a number of activities, get to know the building, learn their locker combinations, meet the staff, and build relationships with each other and our WEB leaders. This is an important opportunity for our sixth graders and we encourage them to attend. This WEB orientation is for students only.

Schedules: Sixth graders will receive their schedule at the WEB orientation. Seventh and Eighth graders are encouraged to print theirs from home through the Parent Portal or pick it up between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. on the 27th.

Open House: Cascade open house is August 27th beginning at 5:00 p.m. and ending at 7:00 p.m.  At that time, students and parents participate in a scavenger hunt and can find their lockers, meet their teachers and find their classes.  Completed scavenger hunt cards will be deposited in the office for a drawing for gift cards.  Student winners will be announced during our daily announcements at school.

Interactive Notebooks: This year we will continue working with students on organization and study skills. Our biggest initiative is teaching them to use Interactive Notebooks. Interactive notebooks not only keep student work organized but also help them learn to interact with the content to increase retention and understanding. If you are interested in finding out more about interactive notebooks, there are many videos on YouTube that show how to put one together and how it is used.  Here is a link to one such video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivY–12Iafs.

School Hours: The office is open 7:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. School starts at 7:50 a.m. and ends at 2:20 p.m. except for Wednesdays when we release 1 hour early at 1:20 p.m. On the first day of school release time is 2:20 p.m. The Café opens at 7:10 a.m. for breakfast beginning the first day of school.

Meals: Breakfast cost is $ 1.15 (no charge for free or reduced), lunch cost is $2.65 (reduced price is 40 cents) and milk cost is $0.50. Free or reduced lunch applications are available at the school and online. If you have been on free or reduced in the past, it will continue for the first few days of school while you update the forms. These forms are processed at the district and one form can be used per household regardless of the school your child attends.

Transportation:  Please refer to the district website for bus routes and times or call the bus garage at 575-7867.

7th & 8th Grade Sports: The office is collecting sports paperwork. Paperwork can be found on the Cascade website or picked up from the main office. All sports paperwork must be completed and returned before students can participate in their first practice. All athletes must have medical insurance. If you are not insured, you may purchase a low-priced student insurance policy through the school.


Looking forward to seeing you soon,

Chris Rugg, Principal

2019-08-07T14:27:05-07:00August 7th, 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.

2019-04-23T13:48:57-07:00April 23rd, 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.

2019-04-16T16:10:16-07:00April 16th, 2019|

Cascade Career and College Day

Part of our vision here at Cascade Middle School is to expose our students to different career and college options. On Tuesday April 9th we will be hosting a Career and College Day here on campus. Our 6th graders will be involved in a career fair where 35 different careers will be represented, and professionals from those careers will be here to meet and talk with our students. This year Monticello and Mt. Solo 6th graders will be joining Cascade for the event.

Career options 6th graders will see include: Architect, Nurse, Auto Repair, Banking, Travel Agent, Accountant, Chef, Chiropractor, General Contractor, Small Business Owner, Engineer, Probation Officer, County Water Department, Electrician, Educator, Firefighter, Forestry, Interior Decorator, Landscaping, Law Enforcement, Judge, Lawyer, Longshoreman, Military, Millwright, Sound Engineer, Non-Profit, Graphic Design, Communications, Realtor, Plumber, Pipefitter, Welder, X-Ray Technician, Fish & Wildlife, Doctor, and Computer Programmer.

Seventh graders will be touring Lower Columbia College to see what higher-education opportunities exist here in Longview. And our 8th graders will be headed north to visit Saint Martin’s University, a four year university in Lacey, WA.

Our vision is to ensure that all students recognize their career and college options. We appreciate all of our community members who support our efforts.

2019-03-28T13:40:57-07:00March 28th, 2019|

Application window open for Highly Capable student testing

Applications are now being accepted for the district’s annual Highly Capable Program identification process. To have a student evaluated for this program, parents/guardians give permission by completing the High Capable Permission Form and returning it to the student’s school. Permission forms are due Friday, March 15, 2019.

Cognitive Ability Testing (CogAT) will commence March-April 2019. The selection team will review student data April-May 2019. Testing results will be mailed in May 2019.

2019-03-04T17:15:11-07:00March 4th, 2019|

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.


2019-01-02T17:27:13-07:00December 20th, 2018|

LPS celebrates summer reading!

Longview Public Schools Superintendent Dan Zorn and School Board member Phil Jurmu set the pace at Longview’s Go Fourth parade.

While serving as grand marshal of the 2018 Go Fourth parade, Superintendent Dan Zorn and his crew of LPS staff, board members, family and friends passed out thousands of bookmarks encouraging everyone to read this summer.

The bookmarks include a link to “Superintendent Storytime,” where Dr. Zorn shares several of his favorite children’s books.


2018-07-09T08:04:40-07:00July 5th, 2018|

LPS graduates take diverse paths: Becky Grubbs, MMHS

Young people sample lots of activities in high school, and by the time they graduate each has a unique set of experiences to call their own. We asked three members of Longview’s class of 2018 to share something about their high school careers, a piece of advice and their post-graduation plans.

MMHS grad Becky Grubbs

Mark Morris grad Becky Grubbs

Mark Morris High School: Hardwired to help

Becky Grubbs seems hardwired for volunteering.

“I’ve been doing non-profit work since I was 18 months old,” said
the senior, describing those early times with her grandparents
at FISH of Cowlitz County, which distributes food and other services.

This year and last, Becky received Volunteer of the Year honors from the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum United Way.

Becky began volunteering at the United Way as a sophomore and soon was helping plan events, like the Day of Caring campaign. This year she worked with LPS to implement a literacy program that put 100 Mark Morris and R.A. Long students in third grade classrooms where they encouraged the younger students to read for fun.

“Becky took it on as her pet project … and set up student teams at the high schools,” said Brooke Fisher-Clark, United Way executive director. “It was really magical to see that partnership.”

Becky said volunteer work has taught her that there is always a way to help.

“United Way really helped me find out how to contribute,” she said.

Next steps: Finish an associate’s degree in business at Lower Columbia College and then pursue a four-year degree to become a financial planner or accountant.

Advice for younger students: “I would suggest they look for opportunities for things they can do in their own community. There’s always some way to help. You can always find something to do.”

Click here to read about Discovery graduate Natalie Rodriguez .

Click here to read about R.A. Long graduate Hamzah Amjad.


Story originally appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of the Longview Schools Review.

2018-06-21T14:54:02-07:00June 21st, 2018|

LPS grads take diverse paths: Hamzah Amjad, R.A. Long

Young people sample lots of activities in high school, and by the time they graduate each has a unique set of experiences to call their own. We asked three members of Longview’s class of 2018 to share something about their high school careers, a piece of advice and their post-graduation plans.

R.A. Long High School: Intent on STEM

R.A. Long grad Hamzah Amjad

R.A. Long grad Hamzah Amjad

From Hamzah Amjad’s perspective, having technology isn’t enough.

“It can be used to solve most of the world’s problems,” he said. “We just haven’t yet figured out how to help people who need it.”

Hamzah is preparing to do just that. In April, he was among 49 Washington high school seniors—one from each legislative district—who signed letters of intent to pursue careers in STEM—science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In September, he will begin engineering studies at the University of Washington.

“I like things that manifest into real-life scenarios,” he said, describing how his calculus and AP statistics classes helped him see real-world applications for theoretical material.

Hamzah points to medicines that are designed to cure cancer but perhaps aren’t used in the most efficient way. And he mused about artificial intelligence in cars—couldn’t it be used to prevent vehicle accidents?

His teachers anticipate he will make a difference.

“Hamzah is a phenomenal person who is always ‘on his game,’ and he carries himself with a humility that people are drawn to,” said math teacher Paul Jeffries. “He is committed to his future and will be successful, because he doesn’t know how else to be.”

Next steps: Study engineering at University of Washington.

Advice for younger students: “Everyone’s different, so you have to find your own way … but ask for help if you need it.”

Click here to read about Discovery graduate Natalie Rodriguez.

Click here to read about Mark Morris graduate Becky Grubbs.


Story originally appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of the Longview Schools Review.

2018-06-21T14:58:14-07:00June 21st, 2018|