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Staff honored at 2019 Chamber of Commerce event

Local educators and businesses were recently honored at the annual Pillars of Strength/Crystal Apple Awards presented by the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce. Longview Public Schools award winners were Dr. Elizabeth West (Director of Special Education), Administrator of the Year; JD Ott (R.A. Long), Teacher of the Year; and Gail Wells (Monticello Middle School), Lifetime Achievement Award.

The 2019 nominees included secretary Jeanne Kerns (Discovery); teacher Diondra Beck (Mark Morris); teachers Mike Fajardo, Gerri Schooling, and Jennifer Godinho-Hefley, and paraeducator Christy Alumbaugh (R.A. Long); principal Scott Merzoian (Monticello); teacher Patricia Donovan-Hopkins (Columbia Valley Gardens); principal Noma Hudson and liaison Alisa Shipley (Kessler); teacher Mary Sundberg and paraeducator Deb Bergman (Robert Gray).

2019 Crystal Apple Awards nominees. Not pictured – Robert Gray teacher Mary Sundberg and R.A. Long teacher – and softball coach – Jennifer Godinho-Hefley who arrived late due to coaching the team to victory!

2019-05-02T14:39:10-07:00May 2nd, 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|

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.


2019-01-02T17:27:16-07:00December 20th, 2018|

2018-2019 Football Schedule

Please mark your calendar for these 7th and 8th grade football games.  Please note that home games are played at Longview Memorial Stadium.  Away games may have entry fee of $3 for adults & $2 for students per away school’s league guidelines.

Football Schedule Tentative 2018 (Updated 8/28/2018)

2018-08-28T13:58:37-07:00August 27th, 2018|

Welcome Mustangs!

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,

August has arrived, along with the 90 degree temperatures. That must mean it is time to start thinking about school again. I hope that you are enjoying the wonderful weather with your family and friends. On behalf of the Monticello staff, I would like to welcome you to the 2018-19 school year.

It is hard to believe that the first day of school is just around the corner. Many of our staff members have been busy taking classes and preparing for the upcoming school year. Our Lego/Robotics summer school just finished up and was a huge success thanks to the work of Mr. Weiss, Mrs. Hernandez, Mrs. Piper, and the rest of our summer school staff.  Our librarian, Ms. Olson, also just finished an amazing summer reading program at Monticello. All of this hard work has been done to ensure that our students have a comprehensive, high-quality education.

This will be my 21st year in education and my 5th year at Monticello. I can honestly say that our staff is the best. They are dedicated, hardworking and committed to making Monticello a school of distinction. State testing results indicate that we rank in the top 10% of schools in Washington State in terms of GROWTH on the state math assessment and we rank in the top 25% for English Language Arts. That means our students work really hard to improve while at Monticello. We realize that this requires a group effort. We are excited to work collaboratively with you to continue that success. We believe in a strong partnership between the school, home and community. This will ensure that every child receives the necessary support to reach their full learning potential.

To make sure that we get off to a great start, I have included some important dates and information below to help you as we approach the first week of school.

August 27th

  • Party in the Park! Where: Archie Anderson. When: 3:30-5:00pm What: Food and Fun. Who: Bring your whole family. There will be information for parents about the upcoming school year.
  • 7th/8th grade football practice 1:30-3:30pm-meet in the boys’ locker room.
  • 7th/8th grade volleyball practice 1:30-3:30pm-meet in the gym.
  • Please be sure that you have turned in all of your paperwork including your physical form. You can bring the forms to the office prior to the first practice. Forms can be picked up in the office or found online through the Monticello athletic website.

August 28th

  • 6th grade Orientation 12:00-3:00pm (drop off and pick up in the back parking lot)
  • Our leadership students will lead our new 6th grade class on a tour of the building. Students will briefly attend each of their classes and meet their teachers. At the end of the day, there will be games and activities to get to know each other.
  • Parents: 6th grade orientation is for students only. You are welcome to tour the building when you pick up your child at 3:00pm. Administration will be available to answer your questions.
  • 7th and 8th grade class schedules can be picked up from 2:00-3:00pm in the lobby.
  • Students can also check skyward to get their schedule, but they will not be ready until the end of August and may be subject to change.

August 29th

  • First day of school. School begins at 7:55am and ends at 2:25pm.
  • Please drop students off in the back parking lot across from Memorial Stadium to prevent traffic congestion in front of the building.
  • Breakfast is served from 7:30-7:50am. Students may enter through the courtyard doors.
  • Courtyard doors will open at 7:30am. Front doors will open at 7:50am.

September 19th

  • Picture day-Information will be sent home prior to the 19th for parents to review.

I encourage everyone to be actively involved in the educational process. Students have an opportunity to participate in several clubs and extra curricular activities, while parents are encouraged to volunteer in the school or join the PTO. The first PTO meeting will be September 11th at 6:30pm in the lobby. We also have several committees that need parent and student input. They meet once a month on Tuesdays from 2:40-3:40pm. If you would like additional information, please check out our school website or follow us on Facebook.


Scott Merzoian, Principal

2018-08-21T16:33:37-07:00August 21st, 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.


2018-07-09T08:05:26-07:00July 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.

2018-06-21T14:54:36-07:00June 21st, 2018|
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