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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.

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

2018-06-21T14:59:05-07:00June 21st, 2018|

LPS graduates take diverse paths: Natalie Rodriguez, Discovery

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.

Discovery High School: Finding her wings

DHS grad Natalie Rodriguez

Discovery grad Natalie Rodriguez

After moving back to Longview from Texas in her sophomore year, Natalie Rodriguez’s plan was to finish high school online so she could avoid people.

Then the self-described “really, really shy” student heard about Discovery, Longview’s alternative high school, and gave it a try.

When Natalie was required to make her first presentation, Discovery teacher Tamra Higgins nudged her through it.

“Ms. Higgins was like, ‘It’ll be OK. You’ll be fine,’” Natalie recalled—and found out she was.

She continued trying new things, including a library science class at R.A. Long and volunteer work at Monticello Middle School. Along the way, she found a passion for libraries.

“I realized if you work in a library, you’re helping people,” she said.
“Libraries are like hospitals for the mind.”

Higgins and English teacher Ron Moore agreed that Natalie has evolved into a whole new student.

“Natalie consistently asked some of the best questions and offered the deepest and most sophisticated insights,” Moore said. “She became a class leader and risk taker—miles away from that timid girl who was hesitant to put her toe in the water.”

Next steps: Start at Lower Columbia College, preparing for a career as a library technician.

Advice for younger students:
“If you’re on a cliff and you need to jump, but you’re too scared to jump, find some wings, staple them on—and just jump.”

Click here to read about Mark Morris graduate Becky Grubbs.

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

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

2018-06-21T14:53:15-07:00June 21st, 2018|

Monticello Summer 2018 information

Last day office is open: June 29, 2018

Summer programs:
• 21st Century Program, June 25-July 27, 9am-2pm (no program July 2-6)
• Parks and Rec classes, call 360-442-5400 for more information
• Lower Columbia School Gardens, Thursdays beginning June 28, 9:30-11:30am
• Summer School, July 9-July 29, 8:30-12:30
• ESY, July 17-26, 9am-12noon

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 13, 2018 10am-3pm

Guidance office opens: August 20, 2018 10am-3pm

First day of school: August 29, 2018

2018-08-17T12:25:32-07:00June 19th, 2018|

NASA summer camps offer great opportunity for high school students

Cowlitz County high school students, including incoming freshmen and just-graduated seniors, are invited to experience “Terra Trackers” and “Rockets and Space”. These week-long summer camps at R.A. Long High School will allow students to work with electronics, robotics, and rocketry. There is no charge to attend.

“Terra Trackers”: July 16 – 19.  Read more about the camp, and complete the application.  Completed applications may be returned to the ASB office at R.A. Long, or scanned and emailed to Hanna Burleson.  Applications due July 15.

“Rockets and Space” is July 30-August 2.  Read more about the camp, and complete the application. Completed applications may be returned to R.A. Long Main Office, or scanned and emailed to Hanna Burleson. Applications due July 27.

 

2018-07-26T14:23:18-07:00June 18th, 2018|

Star Polisher – Alex Weiss

Weiss with studentsWho would you like to thank for being a star polisher?

“Mr. Weiss,” writes Preston, Emma, and Aalyssa  who are seventh graders at Monticello Middle School.

How did this person make a difference in your life?

Aalyssa says, “He is a good teacher; he is also really funny.”

Preston says, “He is really understanding with how I can get hyper at the end of the day, and he keeps me going. ”

“He has helped me figure out what college I want to go to and has helped me in many other ways. He is also a very nice teacher and accepts my goals,” adds Emma.

As part of our district’s focus on student connectedness, we shared part of a poem called “The Star Polisher” with our middle school students and invited them to consider how Longview Public Schools staff have made a difference to them. Read about more of our stars and star polishers here.

2018-06-15T15:49:51-07:00June 15th, 2018|

Star Polisher – Jennifer Benedict

Benedict and studentWho would you like to thank for being a star polisher?

“Mrs. Benedict,” writes Alejandra, an eighth grader at Monticello Middle School.

How did this person make a difference in your life?

Alejandra says, “She made a difference in my life this year by always being there for me; she never gave up on me. She always pushed me to be better and to persevere. Her class is the highlight to my day.”

As part of our district’s focus on student connectedness, we shared part of a poem called “The Star Polisher” with our middle school students and invited them to consider how Longview Public Schools staff have made a difference to them. Read about more of our stars and star polishers here.

2018-06-15T15:41:28-07:00June 15th, 2018|

Star Polisher – Marjorie Castle

Castle and studentWho would you like to thank for being a star polisher?

“Mrs. Castle,” writes Avery, a seventh grader at Monticello Middle School.

How did this person make a difference in your life?

Avery says, “She is so inspirational and is always in a good mood and ready to help students succeed no matter the day or what they’re doing.”

As part of our district’s focus on student connectedness, we shared part of a poem called “The Star Polisher” with our middle school students and invited them to consider how Longview Public Schools staff have made a difference to them. Read about more of our stars and star polishers here.

2018-06-15T15:38:45-07:00June 15th, 2018|

Star Polisher – Mark Hulings

Hulings and studentsWho would you like to thank for being a star polisher?

“Mr. Hulings,” writes Dennis and Tessa, seventh graders at Monticello Middle School.

How did this person make a difference in your life?

Dennis says, “He is a very good coach and he pushes people to the highest they can be so that they are good students and athletes.”

Tessa adds, “He is a very encouraging person that believes that everyone can make right choices.”

As part of our district’s focus on student connectedness, we shared part of a poem called “The Star Polisher” with our middle school students and invited them to consider how Longview Public Schools staff have made a difference to them. Read about more of our stars and star polishers here.

2018-06-15T15:37:35-07:00June 15th, 2018|

Star Polisher – Jason Mackey

MackeyWho would you like to thank for being a star polisher?

“Mr. Mackey,” writes Alejandra and Jaxyn, eighth graders at Monticello Middle School.

How did this person make a difference in your life?

Jaxyn says, “I can not even begin to explain how Mr. Mackey has affected me this year as my science teacher. I am fortunate enough to start my day off with him, and he makes my day start off great. Not only does he teach us science, but he teaches us life skills. He tells us inspirational speeches all the time, and we can feel what he is saying in our hearts. Mr. Mackey is by far the best teacher I have ever met. He has impacted me so much this year and I am very grateful to be able to have him as a teacher.”

Alejandra adds, “He makes school more interesting and engaging. His class is a great way to start my day. He inspires me to be the best I can. ”

As part of our district’s focus on student connectedness, we shared part of a poem called “The Star Polisher” with our middle school students and invited them to consider how Longview Public Schools staff have made a difference to them. Read about more of our stars and star polishers here.

2018-06-15T15:15:40-07:00June 15th, 2018|

Star Polisher – Misty Velke

Velke and studentsWho would you like to thank for being a star polisher?

“Miss Velke,” writes Essence, Kiara, Tyler and Tessa, all seventh graders at Monticello Middle School.

How does this person make a difference in your life?

Essence says, “She lets all students work at their own pace and gives opportunities for us to express our creative side, whether it is giving ideas or explaining a topic or answer.”

Kiara says, “Mrs. Velke helps make the things we are learning in class more clear and understandable. She is always there to answer your questions and help you with your work. She is a very good teacher.”

“She helps us with our work and is nice,” says Tyler.

“She is a great teacher that takes the time to help you in every possible way she can and has a positive attitude that makes everyone happy. And, when she teaches something that is usually boring, she makes it fun,”  says Tessa.

As part of our district’s focus on student connectedness, we shared part of a poem called “The Star Polisher” with our middle school students and invited them to consider how Longview Public Schools staff have made a difference to them. Read about more of our stars and star polishers here.

2018-06-15T14:54:57-07:00June 15th, 2018|
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