A Letter to Parents

Hello Mustang Family,

We are now in our second week of distance learning. I know that many of you are having success, but some are experiencing problems accessing online lessons. Please know that we are working very hard to create a model that will make it easy for students and parents to access. We hope to send out tutorials, calendars and other information soon. We ask for your patience as we continue to navigate this new model of teaching. Below I have included some helpful information.

 

Offline Packet Pick Up

Friday, April 24th will be the next homework packet distribution day. Students can enter through the front door starting at 12:00pm.The packets will be located in the lobby. We ask that you follow social distancing guidelines by leaving at least 6 feet between you and the next student. Only one student at a time will enter the building. It is important to remember that only students that do not have access to the internet should be picking up packets. All lessons have been placed online for students to access remotely. If you are having trouble accessing the online lessons, please email us at smerzoian@longview.k12.wa.us  or   bpiper@longview.k12.wa.us

 

Returning Offline Work to Teachers

Due to health concerns, we are asking that you do not return your packets to the school. After students complete their work, we would like them to take a picture of it and email it to their teacher. You will see a list of teachers and emails at the bottom of this letter.

 

Math Workbooks

If a student still needs to pick up their math workbook, they can pick it up on Friday from 12:00-3:00pm.

 

Breakfast/Lunch

Breakfast/Lunch bags are served every day from 12:00-12:30pm in the Monticello Lobby Monday through Friday. All students from 0-18 years old can grab one and go.

 

Wi Fi Locations

If you are having trouble connecting to the internet, many of our schools have wi fi access from their parking lots. Below is a list of schools and the locations that allow you to access the school’s wi fi. Student chromebooks will link up automatically to the LPS-Student wireless network when in range, and personal devices can connect to the LPS-BYOD wireless network.

 

Monticello –

  • Back parking area adjacent FCRC
  • Back parking area adjacent first building door

Columbia Valley Gardens –

  • Front and Left parking area of the Main Entrance

Northlake –

  • Street parking area of Main Entrance
  • Street parking area adjacent garden
  • Parking lot by portable 23 / 24
  • Back parking Lot area by playground

Olympic –

  • Parking lot area by “B” Porch
  • Parking lot area by Kinder Portable (adjacent ball field)
  • Street parking area adjacent Hawthorne

Discovery –

  • Parking area across from Central Kitchen

RA Long –

  • Parking lot between RA Long and Administration Building (STEM Lab area)
  • Parking area adjacent Portable Buildings

 

Yearbook

Yearbooks can now be ordered online using the following link:

https://bellstudios.simplephoto.com/prepay/41006363?code=1604yearbook

If you already ordered a yearbook, we hope to be able to hand them out in June. More information will be sent out soon.

 

Teachers-Class- Email

Mr. Bixby 7th/8th Science mbixby@longview.k12.wa.us

Mrs. Byman 6th Math abyman@longview.k12.wa.us

Mrs. Castle 6th Science and 7th/8th PLTW mcastle@longview.k12.wa.us

Mrs. Churchman 7th ELA/SS schurchman@longview.k12.wa.us

Mr. Courtney 8th PE/Health bcourtney@longview.k12.wa.us

Mrs. Flint Extensive Program kflint@longview.k12.wa.us

Mrs. Gillett Special Education agillett@longview.k12.wa.us

Mrs. Gould 8th Math tgould@longview.k12.wa.us

Mr. Hartley 6th Math phartley@longview.k12.wa.us

Mrs. Hayes 6th ELA/SS khayes@longview.k12.wa.us

Mr. Huffman 6th Band bhuffman@longview.k12.wa.us

Mr. Hulings 7th PE/Health mhulings@longview.k12.wa.us

Mrs. K. Johnson 6th PE/Health kjohnson1@longview.k12.wa.us

Ms. T. Johnson 8th Special Education tjohnson2@longview.k12.wa.us

Ms. Kenney ELL akenney@longview.k12.wa.us

Mr. Klander Band dklander@longview.k12.wa.us

Mrs. Lavelle Chinese & Culture mlavelle@longview.k12.wa.us

Mrs. Nielsen 6th/7th ELA/SS snielsen@longview.k12.wa.us

Mrs. Noakes Choir cnoakes@longview.k12.wa.us

Mrs. Paul 8th Math npaul@longview.k12.wa.us

Mr. Peterson 7th Math cpeterson@longview.k12.wa.us

Mrs. I. Peterson 6th Special Education ipeterson@longview.k12.wa.us

Mrs. K. Peterson 6th ELA/SS kpeterson@longview.k12.wa.us

Mrs. Poole 6th/7th Math jpoole@longview.k12.wa.us

Mrs. Reeves 6th Science & 7th/8th PE/Health jreeves1@longview.k12.wa.us

Mr. Roome 7th/8th Science nroome@longview.k12.wa.us

Ms. Scott 7th Special Education gscott@longview.k12.wa.us

Mrs. Shepherd Orchestra lshepherd@longview.k12.wa.us

Mr. Staggs 7th Math/ELA/SS & 6th/7th PE/Health tstaggs@longview.k12.wa.us

Ms. Strock 8th ELA/SS sstrock@longview.k12.wa.us

Ms. Velke 7th ELA/SS mvelke@longview.k12.wa.us

Mr. Weiss 6th/7th Science aweiss@longview.k12.wa.us

Ms. Wesolowich Art kwesolowich@longview.k12.wa.us

Mrs. Wooden 7th Math kwooden@longview.k12.wa.us

Mr. Zander 8th ELA/SS ezander@longview.k12.wa.us

 

2020-04-23T15:38:06-07:00April 23rd, 2020|

Mask Wearing Guide

After reviewing the cloth face covering guidance from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), Washington State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the school district developed the following face covering standards:

Cloth Face Covering:

  • Definition: A cloth face covering is fabric that fully covers your nose and mouth.
  • Wear face coverings with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19.
  • Wear the face covering over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
  • Face coverings should be worn by people two years and older.
  • Face coverings should not be worn by children younger than two, people who have a documented medical condition preventing them from wearing a face covering or by people who cannot remove the mask without assistance.
  • Both factory made and homemade are acceptable.
  • Face coverings can be made from a variety of materials like cotton, fleece or linen.
  • Neck gaiters are acceptable if the material consists of two or more layers.
  • Bandanas and face shields are not acceptable.

Employees do not need to wear a face covering when working in a room alone.

2020-10-16T13:46:41-07:00October 16th, 2020|

Daily Wellness Check

Per Covid-19 guidelines, all students and staff are required to complete a daily Wellness Screening prior to entering any Longview Public Schools building. This can be done through Skyward Family Access or using the Skyward App. There is also a paper copy of the Wellness Screening if you are unable to do it through Skyward. Your student will need to provide documentation that the Wellness Screening was completed before they will be permitted to enter the building. You may show the green check screen when entering the building with a phone screen shot or the paper copy. This needs to be completed daily for every student entering any school building.

Below are instructions on how to do the daily Wellness Screening.

From Skyward Family Access: 

The Wellness Screening is located on the Home page. Answer both questions and then select Save.

Immediately after clicking Save, a response will display. If you responded No to both questions, you will receive a message confirming your student’s entry to the school building.

Below is an example of a Yes response to one or both questions. If you answer Yes to either question, your student should stay home. Please call the school to discuss the illness.

From the Mobile Application:

A widget for the Wellness Screening displays on the mobile home page and it may also be accessed via the menu outlined in red in the picture on the right. Select the Today’s Screening option.

Answer the two questions and select Submit. In this example, No was selected for both questions.

Immediately after clicking Submit, a response will display. If you responded No to both questions, you will receive a message confirming your student’s entry to the school building.

Below is an example of a Yes response to one or both questions.

2020-10-14T14:27:47-07:00October 14th, 2020|

Distance Learning Day Camp

Parks and Recreation is offering a Distance Learning Day camp for students who need help during remote learning.

This day camp is from Monday – Friday, 7:30am – 5:30pm.

Participants receive:

  • Assistance with logging in and participation in online learning
  • Before and After school activities to keep children active, outdoors, and engaged
  • Supervised breakfast & lunch, with meals provided by Longview School District Nutrition Services

This camp is now only $65 for families during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Additional scholarships, through the Weyerhaeuser Giving Foundation are available as well for individuals who need aid in paying for the day camp. For more information, please contact 360-442-5400

Click the link below to register for October:
https://register.communitypass.net/reg/cat_program_list.cfm?s=&t=&season_id=24146&program_group_id=5405

2020-10-12T16:10:47-07:00October 12th, 2020|

Reopening Decision Tree

Below is the Washington State Department of Health School Reopening Decision Tree for public and private schools. Movement from stage to stage in the school re-opening plan is based on the number of positive COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in Cowlitz County, consultation with health officials, and other community health considerations. The Washington State Department of Health School Reopening Decision Tree explains how the district will consider this data when determining the stages of fully reopening our schools.

 

2020-10-14T11:11:20-07:00October 12th, 2020|

School Bus Pick Up Times Changed

Dear Parents and Families,

In person hybrid learning is scheduled to start on Monday, October 19 for pre-kindergarten through second grade students. Third through fifth grade students are scheduled to start hybrid school on Monday, October 26. Middle and high school students are set to begin hybrid in-person learning on Monday, November 9. These dates are subject to change based on the community infection rate.

Schools that provide transportation due to the distance from home to school will continue to do so, but morning school bus pick up times have changed.  Please ask your child to use safe protocols when waiting at the bus stop. This means maintaining 6 feet of distance from other students and wearing a face covering. Students need to follow the bus drivers directions at all times and maintain safety practices while riding the bus. For students who do not ride the bus, please arrive about ten minutes before school is scheduled to start.

Please click on this link  https://longviewschools.com/boundaries-and-busing/ to visit the school transportation page. Once you are at the school transportation page, click on the green button titled, “bus routes”. This takes you to a page to enter your child’s grade and home address. Next, click on the “Find school/transportation info” button and bus pick and drop off times and locations will be shown.

If your child rides a SPED bus the district transportation department will call you to confirm bus pickup times.

If you have questions please email infoteam@longviewschools.org.

Thank you,

Longview Public Schools

2020-10-14T13:28:35-07:00October 12th, 2020|

School Update – 10/9/2020

Dear Parents and Families,

The district is planning to return to in-person learning soon under a “Hybrid Learning” model.  Hybrid learning for students at all grade levels will include two days a week of in person instruction and three days a week of remote learning. This reduces the number of students on campus by about 50 percent each day, which creates a safer environment.

The Longview School Board voted for Pre-kindergarten through second grade students to return to in-person “hybrid” learning on October 19. Third through fifth grade students will start hybrid learning on October 26.  These dates are subject to change based on community health conditions which are being regularly monitored.  If reopening schedule changes are necessary, we will contact you immediately.

In our elementary schools, hybrid learning will have students in class with the same group of kids each week.  This will help us to assure that our students and staff have contact with as few people as possible each day they are in school.  Bus routes are being adjusted to pick up kids a little later in the morning so that there is limited time for our students to congregate prior to instruction beginning each day. Each elementary school has processes in place to minimize the risk of infection during recess and other non-class times.  Please check the district website for bus and safety information.

Middle and high school students are scheduled to begin hybrid, in-person learning on November 9. This date is also subject to change based on community health conditions.  The district recently shared some information regarding hybrid learning and some concerns have been expressed with the middle and high school model previously shared.   We have been listening to your feedback, and feedback from our staff.  As a result of the input received, we are reconsidering the manner in which we will deliver hybrid learning at our middle and high schools.

We are trying to revise our middle and high school approach for those who choose to remain in full remote learning by relying less upon a self-directed curricular delivery model that uses the Odysseyware software program.  We are also further exploring ways in which we might be able to “cohort” our middle school students more effectively to minimize the number of contacts they have each day at school.  Our middle and high school principals are working with their staffs to consider revisions that we believe will better meet the needs of our students and families.

We are listening to your input and will continue to adjust our hybrid learning plans to improve academic and safety outcomes.  Thank you to those of you who have reached out with concerns and ideas.  If you have questions please contact your school principal or me.

 

Respectfully,
Dan Zorn, Superintendent
Longview Public Schools

2020-10-09T15:52:11-07:00October 9th, 2020|

Evening Math Help

Need help with middle or high school math homework? Then look no further!
We are offering a evening math tutoring staffed by our excellent math teachers to help high school students with their math assignments.

Our evening math tutoring will be  8pm – 10pm, Sunday – Thursday at https://longviewo122.xoom.us/j/96718644357 .
Meeting ID: 967 1864 4357
Passcode: 255495

2020-09-30T13:20:16-07:00September 30th, 2020|

Staff Meeting Video Available

In case you missed the Staff Zoom meeting on Tuesday, September 29th, 2020, see the video or audio files below.

2020-10-05T11:27:09-07:00September 30th, 2020|

Community Meeting Video Available

In case you missed the community Zoom meeting on Tuesday, September 29th, 2020, see the video or audio files below.

2020-10-01T09:16:24-07:00September 30th, 2020|

School Update – 9/22/2020

Hi Everyone,

The district held a special board meeting on September 21 to discuss the transition plan to in-person learning.  The school board intended to take a vote on the implementation of the plan at this meeting.  However, additional information regarding COVID-19 infection rates became available from the Cowlitz County Health Department shortly before the meeting, so the board decided to postpone voting on the transition to in person learning until its September 28 meeting.

The proposed transition plan includes moving to stage two of the district’s reopening plan starting October 5. This means on Monday, October 5 pre-Kindergarten through second grade, and at risk students, would transition to the hybrid learning model.  District special education programs (Broadway, Extensive, Pervasive and Behavior) would begin meeting full in-person, 5 days per week at this time.  One week later, on Monday, October 12 we propose transitioning grades 3-5 to hybrid learning too.  If the school board approves the proposal on the 28th and if health conditions remain favorable, on October 26, middle and high school students will transition from full remote to hybrid learning.

In hybrid learning students would be split into two groups and each group would receive two full days of in-person instruction per week.  During the three days each group is not at school, students will be involved in remote learning activities and experiences designed by their classroom teacher.  By splitting the students in to two groups, we limit the number of students at school each day, which helps to provide a safe learning environment that keeps students physically distanced as much as possible.

Families who express a desire to remain in 100 percent remote learning while we move into hybrid learning will be able to do so.  We surveyed our elementary families last week and will be surveying our middle and high school families this week to determine who plans to remain in remote learning when we begin our hybrid learning transition.

The presentation provided at last night’s board meeting contained details regarding the community health data we are using to help us in our return to school decision making.  It also included details on Hybrid Learning and the safety measures being put in place as we begin returning to in-person learning.   This presentation and other important information regarding the district’s planning and communication can be found on the district website at longviewschools.com.

To provide information and answer your questions about our transition to in-person learning, the district will hold a Zoom LIVE event on Tuesday, September 29 at 5:00pm for parents and community members. If you would send questions about hybrid learning plans to infoteam@longviewschools.org prior to the meeting, we would appreciate it. The link to the Zoom session will come in a subsequent e-mail.

We are excited and ready to have our kids back at school but want to be sure that we do it safely. Safety procedures and precautions for students and employees are in place and I am confident that we will continue to provide a quality educational experience for our students throughout this difficult time.  If you have questions don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or principal.  You are also always welcome to contact me or a district administrator by sending an e-mail to supt@longviewschools.com.

 

Thanks,

Dan Zorn

Superintendent

Longview Public Schools

2020-09-22T16:04:02-07:00September 22nd, 2020|
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