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!
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.
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.
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.
(March 14, 2019) Mt. Solo Middle School hosted a Choir Festival featuring eighteen different choirs today. The choir festival gives students and music teachers the chance to perform in front of judges, get evaluated and receive an onstage clinic to help improve the choir.
Mr. Noakes (sound engineer), Mrs. Walworth (Monticello accompanist) and Ms. Davis (Mt. Solo accompanist) supported the all-day event. Mrs. Noakes organized the event with the help of teachers and students.
A great day of choir!
Cascade Middle School Assistant Principal, Kristopher Chrisopulos is new to the district but has fast become a valued employee. Over the course of the school year it has become very clear that he epitomizes the can-do spirit that is so vital to success with middle school students. He has gone out of his way to develop a positive rapport with students and staff. He looks for way to show people that he cares about and respects them, while still maintaining the highest standards of decorum and academic success. His deft ability to create a positive atmosphere is motivational to both students and staff and makes school a great place to learn and work.
Kessler Elementary Secretary, Christine Kelly joined the district in 2005 as a paraeducator before becoming a secretary. In her role as head secretary she is known for her calmness and ability to stay level-headed. She can be on the phone, covering the nurse’s office, and talking to a parent at the desk all at the same time, and doing it with a smile on her face. She knows the families and kids at her school and doesn’t get rattled when she is faced with a difficult situation. She is an asset to her building and the district.
Teachers and support team members across the district are seeing a growing number of kids and families who lack a stable food source and/or housing. To help the kids and families the district opened a Family Resource Center at Monticello Middle School. The resource center gives parents a place to get help and connect with food, housing, mental health or other services. It doesn’t matter which school a child attends – the family resource center is open to help them. The resource center was put together through donations and did not require district funds.
The Daily News wrote a front page story about the resource center that published March 2. This is another example of the district putting extra effort towards helping our kids be successful.
The Family Resource Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 11 am and from 1 pm to 3 pm.
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.
Planning for vacation and family celebrations is important. While final details of the next year’s school calendar are not yet finished, several important key dates are set. To help you with planning below are important dates for the 2019-2020 school year. These dates have been finalized and approved by the School Board. (Please note the calendar for Broadway Learning Center is different and parents should check with Broadway for 2019-2020 calendar dates.)
|First day of school||August 28, 2019|
|Winter holiday||December 23, 2019 – January 3, 2020|
|Spring Break||April 6-10, 2020|
|High school graduation||June 6, 2020|
|Last day of school||June 11, 2020|
A more detailed 2019-2020 school calendar will be sent to parents and families in the Spring. If you have questions please contact your local school.
Longview Public Schools plans to put a capital bond measure to voters later this year. Capital bonds raise funds for school districts to upgrade facilities and build new schools.
To provide citizens information about the bond measure three community input sessions will be held. At the meeting you will get information on the facility upgrades and changes the district’s Facilities Advisory Committee has recommended.
Thursday, January 24 at 6 pm, district administrative offices next to RA Long High School – 2715 Lilac Street.
Wednesday, January 30 at 5 pm, Mark Morris High School.
Tuesday, February 5 at 5 pm, Mint Valley Elementary School.
We hope to see you at one of the community input sessions.