2019 Summer Newsletter

Summer Review Front Page

Last week Longview Public Schools sent out our 2019 Summer Newsletter! This summer we feature two amazing teachers, three great grads, high tech improvements to our vocational programs, and much more. If you would like to read up on what’s going on this summer then please click here.

2019-07-08T14:43:22-07:00July 8th, 2019|

Cascade Summer 2019 Information

Last day office is open: June 28, 2019

Summer programs
• Rocketry, July 8 – July 11 & July 29 – August 1
• NASA Apollo next giant leap student challenge robotics team, May 26 – July 20

Meals for Longview kids:
Northlake Elem, 2210 Olympia Way
June 17 – August 20 (no meals July 1-5); Monday – Friday
Breakfast 8:30 – 8:45am, Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm

Kessler Elem, 1902 Kessler Blvd
June 17 – July 3 Monday – Friday
Breakfast 8:30 – 9:00 am, Lunch 12:00 – 12:30pm
July 8 – August 16 Monday – Friday
Breakfast 8:30 – 8:45am, Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm

Olympic Elem, 1324 30th Ave
June 17- June 28; Monday – Friday
Breakfast 8:30 – 8:45am, Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm

Monticello Middle School, 1225 28th Ave
July 8 – July 26; Monday – Friday
Breakfast 8:30 – 8:45am, Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm

Archie Anderson Park, 22nd Ave and Alabama St
July 8 – Aug 16; Monday – Thursday
Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm, Snack 3:30 – 3:45 pm

Longview Teen Center, 2121 Kessler Blvd
June 17 – Aug 16 (no meals July 4-5); Monday – Friday
Snack 3:30 – 3:45 pm

Office opens in fall: August 5, 2019

First day of school: August 28, 2019

2019-08-22T07:15:52-07:00June 26th, 2019|

Summer Meal Program information

Summer Meals for Kids!

This year the Summer Food Service Program will offer free nutritious meals to all neighborhood children ages 18 years and younger at:

Northlake Elementary, 2210 Olympia Way,  June 17 – August 16, Breakfast 8:30 am – 8:45 am,  Lunch 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm  *No Meals July 1- July 5

Kessler Elementary, 1902 Kessler Blvd., June 17 – July 3, Breakfast 8:30 am – 9:00 am, Lunch 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm,  July 8 – August 16 Breakfast 8:30 am – 8:45 am, Lunch 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm

Olympic Elementary, 1324 30th Ave., June 17 – June 28, Breakfast 8:30 am – 8:45 am, Lunch 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm

Monticello Middle School, 1225 28th Ave., July 8 – July 26, Breakfast 8:30 am – 8:45 am, Lunch 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm

Archie Anderson Park, 22nd Ave & Alabama St., July 8 – Aug 16, Lunch 12:00 pm  – 12:15 pm, Snack 3:30 pm – 3:45 pm  *Monday thru Thursday

Teen Center, 2121 Kessler Blvd., June 17 – Aug 16, Snack 3:30 pm – 3:45 pm  *No Meals July 4- July 5

All meals will meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, so you know your child will be eating a healthy meal. Supervised activities will be offered at Northlake and Kessler Elementary Schools, Monticello Middle School, Teen Center, & Archie Anderson Park. For more information, contact City of Longview, Parks & Recreation Department at 360-442-5400. For more information about the program, or to volunteer to help, call the Longview Public School Nutrition office at 360-575-7172.

The Summer Food Service Program is sponsored by The U.S. Department of Agriculture

2019-06-12T11:37:18-07:00June 12th, 2019|

Immunization Information

Immunization required for entering 6th Grade

 

Washington State law requires that all children attending 6th grade must show proof of:

  • Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) for all children 11 years and older.
  • OR a completed official Washington State exemption form.

 

Vaccine and Disease Information

Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap)

The Tdap vaccine protects teens against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). Pertussis is a very serious disease that causes coughing spells that make it hard to eat, drink, and even breathe. Getting vaccinated at 11 years old not only protects the pre-teen, but helps stop the spread of disease to younger siblings and babies. Whooping cough can also cause pneumonia, seizures, brain damage, and death.

 

Even though your child has had many Dtap vaccines, they still need Tdap.  The medicines are in different concentrations as they get older.  (That is why the letters in a different order. Dtap is not the same as Tdap.)

 

Please turn your documentation from your provider into the office at Cascade before the first day of school.

2019-06-06T11:39:54-07:00June 6th, 2019|

April Employees of the Month

CERTIFICATED EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

In Peter Brickey’s (Cascade Middle School) first year as a teacher with the district, he has shown what an asset he is to his school and the district.  He has started a new program for behavior and although some days can be very difficult, he never ceases to amaze his coworkers with his patience and ability to stay positive with the kids.  The kids in his room really look up to him and respect him immensely.

 

 

CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

A long-time district employee, Columbia Heights paraeducator, Shirley Bunn is part of a special education team of gold at her building.  She goes above and beyond to help the students with special needs, not only to provide support behaviorally but academically as well.  There is not a time that you won’t see her all over the building and on the run to help anyone that needs it.

2019-05-30T10:15:02-07:00May 30th, 2019|

Merzoian, Shepherd & Shepherd discuss closing the achievement gap

Scott Merzoian, Monticello Principal, served on a panel of high performing principals in Seattle at the state principal’s Equity Conference. Merzoian did a fantastic job communicating the success Monticello has enjoyed under his leadership.

Pictured from left to right:  Jennifer Leach, Longview School Board; Christopher Carter, Principal Asa Mercer MS, Seattle; Maggie O’Sullivan, School Leader Rainier Prep, Seattle; Scott Merzoian, Principal Monticello MS; Sylvia Campbell, Medical Lake MS near Spokane; Lanette Shepherd, Orchestra Director Longview School District; Stephen Shepherd, Vice Principal, Mt. Solo MS

Mr. Merzoian was the final panelist to speak to 80 principals from around the state and finished off an informative session about Closing the Achievement Gap for Low Income Students.

Dr. Lanette Shepherd, Longview Orchestra Director, conducted research as part of her recertification for National Board this year about high performing middle schools serving low-income students.  From this research, she formed a panel for the Equity Conference with principals across the state. This was done because Dr. Stephen Shepherd, Vice-Principal Mt. Solo, proposed this panel discussion to the Association of Washington State School Principals Equity Conference for 2019.

Jennifer Leach, Vice-President of the Longview School Board attended, and was impressed with Monticello Middle Schools growth and Longview Public Schools representation.

2019-05-23T12:59:45-07:00May 23rd, 2019|

You are invited to Cascade’s new play!

The community is invited to a fantastic evening watching the first two act play at Cascade Middle School in over ten years. Come enjoy the evening and experience, “A Gwesty Family Thanksgiving”.

The play is set in the Gwesty’s family home, which is surrounded by their 2,000 acre turkey farm. All the Gwesty children are coming home for Thanksgiving, and everyone has secrets and surprises to share including a surprise fiancé, a life-like robot from the CIA, violent mute twins, crazy neighbors, money troubles, and that’s all before they find out that Pa has cancer and is selling the turkey farm right after dinner. Add to that a robbery, overwhelmed census takers, and finally a miracle at the end that leaves everyone feeling good. It is fun, crazy, and family-friendly.

The play will run for three nights on the 29th, 30th, and 31st of May from 6 to 7 pm each night at Cascade Middle School. The cost is as follows:

Kids 0-5              free

Students 7-18     $3.00

Adults                  $5.00

Seniors                 $4.00

 

2019-05-24T16:45:38-07:00May 15th, 2019|

Spotlight – Bryanna Smith, Cascade Middle School

Spotlight Interview

Where were you born? I was born in Mesa, Arizona. My parents got divorced and my mom moved to Washington, while my dad went to Texas. My two younger sisters and I went with my dad to Texas.

Where in Texas did you go? We started in Houston, Texas.  My dad had an apartment with his girlfriend but it wasn’t big enough for all of us so he bought a house in Willis, Texas. It was about 45 minutes south of Houston.

Where did you go to school? Until 3rd grade, I went to school in Mesa, Arizona and then from 3rd grade to 7th grade in Texas. There was a change of custody and my mom got custody of us, so we moved to Washington. In 8th grade I went to Mt. Solo, for high school Mark Morris, and Running Start at LCC.

How was 8th grade? It was kind of a hard move for me. I actually met my friends thanks to Mrs. Gates at Mt. Solo, who saved me because she started this “new kids” group to help new kids acclimate to the school.

Did you like high school? Overall, not so much. I did love choir though. Mr. Mitchell was amazing and good at making students feel welcome. I wasn’t very good at being social because I have always been so focused on school.

Did you participate in any high school activities? I didn’t take much time for friends or activities. Looking back, I wish I had done more sports or activities, but it was all homework for me – all the time.

Did you get all “A’s” on your report card? Yes, I was a straight A student all the way. I did Running Start and got all A’s. When I graduated, I was in the top 5% of my class and top 10% in the state.

What year did you graduate? Mark Morris High School class of 2013.

After high school you what did you want to do? I did not know what I wanted to do. I went to WSU Pullman to finish my Associates degree and pursue my Bachelors. When I first got to Pullman, I thought I wanted to go into law.

Why did you think about being a lawyer? After being in a family with divorce, I wanted to be a divorce lawyer. I wanted to help kids because I know what it is like to go through that experience and I wanted to be the advocate for those kids.

What did you end up studying at WSU? After taking some classes, I took psychology and really enjoyed it, so I focused more on psychology.  I majored in psychology and earned a minor in human development for the kid’s aspect of it. I graduated from WSU in 2016.

What did you do after graduating college? I was actually living overseas at this point because I went to WSU Pullman my first year, but I had been dating someone since my sophomore year of high school. We continued dating after high school and he went into the military. While he was at boot camp and training I was at school, he called me and said, “I am going to Korea after this and if you want to come with me we have to get married. So, what do you think about that?”

Do you say yes? Yes. We had talked about it already and I knew that is probably what we would do. I knew how the military worked. I was like, “Wow, what a great proposal!”

What was South Korea like? It was overwhelming. I was thrown into a situation where I did not know anyone, I did not have any friends, and my husband was at work pretty much all of the time. But there were really cool aspects of it as well.

What did you like about it? Korea had all kinds of cool stuff to see and to do. One of my favorite things was all the different themed cafes. They have animal cafés where you go in and order your coffee and you can pet all dogs or cats that are running around. I even went to a raccoon café.

Did you visit Seoul? Yes, I went to Seoul Tower; it is like the Seattle Space Needle. I also went to all sorts of cool museums. They had a trick eye museum, which was all about optical illusions and an ice museum where everything was made of ice. I also went to a few festivals in Seoul and toured the DMZ.

How is Korea different from America? It is different in so many ways. Koreans are all about keeping in shape so you would go to a park and they would have work out equipment bolted into the ground — like stationary bikes. Parents would work out while the kids play. Public transportation is also very common there so I would take subways and trains everywhere. Stores were also very different; with the little space they had stores would be small and stacked high instead of large and spread out.

Did you know or speak any Korean words? I knew some words like ‘hello’ and ‘thank you.’ The language was very challenging and complex and many people spoke English.

How long did you live in South Korea? Almost three years.

From South Korea, did you move back to Longview? Yes, I got divorced and moved back home. I came back and I had no car, no job, and hardly any money – just two suitcases.

How did you end up with a job in education? The one thing I was always good at was school. There is more to school than being smart: you have to be organized to get things done, you have to be efficient, and you have to meet deadlines especially with college. My mother said, “That sounds like a school secretary to me.”

What did you think about being a school secretary? I thought it was a great idea. I applied to be a sub secretary to get the feel of it. When I applied, it was around summer time so I didn’t get too many opportunities at first except in HR. Before school started, a part-time job opened up at Robert Gray. I applied and got the job at Robert Gray for the part-time secretary.

Were you working with Misty Woodrum? Yes, I was working with Misty and she was such a good teacher. It was a lot of learning in a short amount of time.

When the head secretary role opened at Cascade were you nervous about applying? Yes, I thought, “I am not ready for a lead position yet. I am learning and there is so much to learn”. Everyone was encouraging me to apply. It was something I definitely wanted to do, and am glad I did.

Do you feel like you found your calling? It is hard to say. I am 23 and plan to continue in school at some point. I have definitely enjoyed it here, but I have a thirst for knowledge. I like to learn and I love to be proficient at what I do, but I have a lot of working years left so I am not sure.

What is the best part about being a secretary at Cascade? The people. It is definitely family here and the kids are so great. We have kids that come into the office and share their stories. We connect with kids.

What is the toughest part of your job? It is a chaotic job. There are 20 million things going on at once. The phone is ringing and parents want help and students have questions. That is the hardest part but at the same time, the rush makes the day fly.

What do you like to do outside of work? I really enjoy working out. Since 6th or 7th grade, I have been in some form of an exercise class. I do not enjoy working out by myself but I enjoy structured workout classes especially if it is some sort of dance type, Zumba or hip-hop.

What else do you like to do outside of work? Well, my boyfriend and I like to go on as many dates as possible. We actually just went and saw Aladdin, the Broadway musical. I love anything that has to do with music like music festivals, concerts and musicals. I also just had a baby boy and I absolutely love spending time with him and watching his personality form.

What would you want people that read this to know? I try hard to think about people’s backgrounds and where they come from; it helps me with students to think about that. People have a past and people are at different levels at different times, so that would probably be the biggest thing to take away from knowing me; never judge a book by its cover.

2019-05-15T08:25:51-07:00May 15th, 2019|

Longview High School Orchestra goes to Disneyland!

Congratulations Dr. Lanette Shepherd and the Longview High School Orchestra for their outstanding performances in Disneyland! Students got to play on stage in Disney’s California Land and work with a professional conductor in a Disney recording studio. They excelled at sight-reading and all 23 students were amazing: always on time, always kind, always helpful, always TEAM players.

Thanks to Connie Noakes for going along to play the piano and be a chaperone.

 

Orchestra students who went on the trip include:
Olivia Barella, Hannah Bischoff, Peyton Blondin, Sarah Brazier, Eric Chen, Skyllar Estill, Coletyn Everdell, Noah Gaston, Reagan Gosselin, Alex Guyll, Mikayla Hardd, Alison Kraushaar, Alice Meyers, Caroline Nesterkin, Eric Philbrook, Lacy Powell, Josh Robinson, Megan Seidl, Caleb Selzler, Josie Shepherd, Breghan Sims, Roman Stalick, and Megan Willis.

 

2019-05-08T15:19:23-07:00May 8th, 2019|

Stargazing at Cascade!

The culminating event for Wonder will take place at Cascade this coming Friday, May 3rd at 8:30 pm. The Friends of Galileo are coming to help students and their families recognize stars, constellations, and other celestial objects. A few telescopes will be provided. You’re welcome to bring your own, too. Instruction and set up will begin at 8:30 pm and stargazing will start at 9. All students need to have a guardian accompany them. Those who come will be entered into a drawing to win a free telescope the same night. See you there!

2019-04-26T14:40:58-07:00April 26th, 2019|