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Fall 2018 message from the principal

If you printed out a district calendar before September 13, please throw it away. It will not include the changes made after the strike like on October 12th. Find the updated calendar here.

Take The Five Day Challenge

Even as young as kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school and make it harder to learn to read. We encourage you to take the five (or fewer) day challenge. Students will earn weekly brag tags for perfect or improved attendance, or for arriving on time. The brag tags will fit on a ring that students will have on their cubbies here at school. At the end of the year they can attach them to their backpacks (that way they don’t get lost). Here are some suggestions for helping improve attendance:

  • Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and backpacks the night before.
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless the child is truly sick.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school talk to the teachers, school counselor, or family liaison for strategies to help the child feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.
  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up.

We are excited to have your student as a member of the Kessler School Family.

 

 

2018-10-04T16:36:11+00:00October 1st, 2018|

Registration open for Lower Columbia School Gardens volunteer training

Whether you are already helping in a school garden, or just thinking about getting your hands dirty, this FREE TRAINING EVENT is for you! We hope you can attend one of these two (identical) sessions:
~ Friday September 7, 9:00 to noon
~ Saturday September 8, 9:00 to noon

Location:
Northlake Elementary
Garden Lab Rm 26 (2nd portable)
2210 Olympia Way
Longview, WA 98632

Learn simple, effective techniques for helping kids (and plants!) grow. We will work in the classroom as well as out in the garden; there will be plenty of hands-on learning. Topics include:

  • Why school gardens?
  • Garden activities and lessons
  • Starting seeds indoors and out
  • Composting with kids
  • Cooking with kids
  • Garden safety
  • Group management
  • Inquiry Based Learning
  • School Garden Resources
  • And more!

Enjoy learning and connecting with great people who have a shared passion for kids, gardens, and good food. Snacks provided. Meet the garden rabbits, Sam, Sorrel, and Satou.

This training is free; all are welcome.

Register Here

2018-08-14T12:20:02+00:00August 14th, 2018|

Party in the Park 2018!

Where: Archie Anderson Park

When: Monday, August 27 3:30-5:00

What: Food (pizza, popsicles) and Fun (music, games)

Who: You! Bring the whole family

There will be information booths for parents

  • Sign up to volunteer
  • Free and Reduced Lunch forms
  • Attendance initiatives and incentives

Note: class lists won’t be out until the afternoon of August 28, and students and parents can bring supplies and meet the classroom teacher  that day from 3:00-4:00.

2018-08-10T12:03:48+00:00August 10th, 2018|

Kessler Summer 2018 information

Last day office is open: June 22, 2018

Summer programs
• Summer school – July 9-July 27, 8:30am-12:30pm
• ESY – July 17-26, 9am-11:30am
• Longview Parks and Rec summer classes, call 360-442-5400 for more information

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

Office opens in fall: August 20, 2018

First day of school: August 29, 2018

2018-08-17T12:20:29+00:00June 19th, 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.

2018-05-31T16:06:04+00:00May 18th, 2018|

Calling all five-year-olds

marching kidsKindergarten in Longview Public Schools is the springboard for a student’s successful learning career.

Families with children who turn five years old before Sept. 1, 2018, are encouraged to sign their child up now for school next fall. Each school has approximately 60 kindergarten spots open on a first-come-first-served basis. Early registration helps make sure that children attend their own neighborhood school. If one school fills, students are referred to a different Longview school. Registration opened March 1.

Registration can be done online 24/7 through the Skyward Family Access system. Families with no other children in school or those who have not set up a Family Access online account first click on the “new student enrollment account request.” After the account is set up, go to “new student enrollment.”

Families who already have a Skyward Family Access account or those who received a temporary password after setting up the account use the “new student enrollment” button. Online registration is not mobile phone compatible, but a computer is available at schools for this use, and there is one in the administration building at 2715 Lilac Street.

To complete the registration, families need the child’s birth certificate; a shot (immunization) record; and a utility bill, rental agreement, or mortgage statement showing the family’s address.

Although the school year begins on August 29, kindergartners are eased into the new routine though a special “Smart Start.” Each kindergartener will visit school just once Aug. 29, 30, or 31 so the school can learn about his or her skills and abilities. Then, all students attend school for half-days the week of Sept. 4, 5, 6, and 7 to introduce them to their school careers.

All our kindergarten teachers look forward to meeting our awesome new kindergartners!

New Student Enrollment Account Request
For parents/guardians who are new to Longview School District and do not have a Skyward Family Access account.
New Student Enrollment
For parents/guardians with an existing or temporary Skyward Family Access account.
Please note that this process is not mobile phone compatible.
2018-08-23T09:54:47+00:00May 18th, 2018|

Educators honored by Chamber of Commerce

Staff nominated for Crystal Apple AwardsLocal area educators, along with business persons were honored May 2 at the annual Pillars of Strength/Crystal Apple Awards presented by the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce.

A number of Longview nominees were included in all categories, and Rich Reeves (R. A. Long) was named Principal of the Year and Travis Ruhter (Mark Morris) was named Teacher of the Year with their Crystal Apple Awards.

Sandy Catt, Director of Communications and Technology, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Nominees included assistant principal Lacey Griffiths and teacher Jodi Kruse (R. A. Long); principal Scott Merzoian and teacher Tracy Gould (Monticello); principal Aaron Whitright (CVG); assistant principal Brooks Cooper, paraeducator Jamie Allred (Mark Morris); principal Chris Rugg and teacher Dawn Julian (Cascade); director Mary Carr-Wilt; teacher Marie Gilchrist (Robert Gray); teacher Kimmie Flint (Mint Valley);  paraeducator Kara Warner (Robert Gray); and secretary Laura Norton (Northlake).

2018-05-17T16:50:40+00:00May 15th, 2018|

Facebook Friday with Dr. Zorn

On most Fridays you can find Longview superintendent Dr. Dan Zorn live on Facebook talking about the week’s activities. In case you missed them, check out his April updates. Stay up to date with Longview news by following us on Facebook, and by following Dr. Zorn on Facebook and Twitter.

2018-05-03T14:20:23+00:00May 3rd, 2018|

Kindergarten makes learning child’s play

“Kindergartners learn a lot through play,” said Robert Gray teacher Jodi Hanson, who has been teaching kindergarten for the past 20 years. “They don’t even know they’re learning it.”

Today’s kindergarten classes include forays into reading, writing, counting to 100, counting by 10s, early addition and the beginnings of subtraction.

In Hanson’s class, students set personal goals each day and work in small groups to accomplish them. A goal can be anything from practicing listening skills to writing their names to exploring mathematics. Whatever it is, Hanson makes sure students enjoy the process.

“Kindergarten is the foundation for the rest, and it’s so important to build that love of learning,” she said.

In Longview, helping students achieve literacy early is the top academic priority, and kindergarten teachers are on the front line of that effort.

“I love when they learn to read, when they first realize they can read on their own,” said Tiffany Mejia, who is in her sixth year of teaching kindergarten at Columbia Valley Gardens. “The sparkle in their eyes—that’s my favorite.”

At Northlake Elementary, Alynn Huhta’s students’ favorite lessons include celebrating holidays and working with the animals they receive in science kits—goldfish, guppies, snails and worms.

Each morning, Huhta’s class begins with a routine of greetings, songs and dances. In her third year teaching kindergarten, she says her favorite thing is “the joy and excitement the kids have about school and learning, because it’s a brand-new thing. They learn so much and are excited about everything.”

Sometimes, though, kindergartners need an explanation of what it means to learn.

Mejia recalled the end of one school year, when she told her class to keep practicing their reading over the summer. One of her students replied, “I can’t actually do that. I’m going to Texas.”

Laughing, Mejia said, “I told her, ‘No, actually you’ve learned this skill. You will keep that forever.’”

That’s what kindergarten is all about: helping our students build the skills they will use in whatever future they find—skills they will keep forever.

Register your student for kindergarten today!  Early registration gives you first chance at the classroom spots in your neighborhood school. In addition, the March into Kindergarten event on April 12 provides assistance in registration;  helpful information on readiness for school; and a chance to meet teachers, the principal, and new friends. March into Kindergarten will be held at all neighborhood schools from 5-6:30 p.m. 

Register here
2018-03-08T16:46:22+00:00March 8th, 2018|

R.A. Long Science Olympiad Club hosts annual science day camp

Science Day CampLocal third, fourth, and fifth graders are invited to the R.A. Long Science Olympiad Club’s fifth annual Elementary Science Day Camp on Saturday, March 24, 8am-2pm.

Students will explore a variety of scientific concepts including physics, chemistry, biology, and more. High school students will run experiments and offer hands-on lab activities and demonstrations. This year’s focus is on Forensics with a “whodunnit” mystery. Students will learn to finger print and identify hair samples. Other science hands-on activities include stations for dinosaur digs, chemical reactions, circuits, lasers, rockets, Scratch coding, leaf identification, DNA models and more.

Please complete the registration form and return to R.A. Long High School ASB office during school hours. The cost for the event is $49, with proceeds benefiting the Science Olympiad Club. Students are to bring their own lunch; only light snacks will be provided for the day.

Find out more by visiting @RALScienceOlympiadElementaryDayCamp on Facebook or contacting Hanna Burleson or Gali Gonzalez, R.A. Long science teachers.

2018-03-06T14:51:10+00:00March 6th, 2018|
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