April Employees of the Month

Monticello counselor Dave Rodman is compassionate, caring and a strong advocate for our students, especially those that struggle to be accepted socially by their peers. Dave establishes strong relationships with students, parents, and staff. He meets with individuals and small groups of students on a daily basis to work through their problems so that they can be successful in the classroom and in life. Dave is always looking for additional ways to make connections with students, and for students to make connections to our school. With the help of a few colleagues, Dave created an after school FIT club that has attracted more than 30 students. It has continued to grow throughout the year. Several students that have joined the club have shown tremendous growth at school. The self-confidence that they have gained from the club has positively impacted their performance at school.

Monticello school secretary Brenda McCown goes above and beyond the expectations to meet the needs of our students, staff, and parents. In high pressure situations, she is at her best. She understands all of the functions and operations of the school, which allows her to provide support and resources to those in need. Her work allows Monticello building to run efficiently and effectively, and she directly contributes to the positive culture throughout the school.

Congratulations to the April Employees of the Month Dave and Brenda!

2018-06-14T08:26:27+00:00 June 5th, 2018|

Star Polisher – Katharine Wesolowich

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

“Ms. Wesolowich,” writes Katie, an eighth grader at Monticello Middle School.

How did this person make a difference in your life?

“She makes classes fun and she makes kids want to participate in fun projects.”

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.

2018-06-04T14:44:16+00:00 June 4th, 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+00:00 May 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).

2018-05-17T16:50:47+00:00 May 15th, 2018|
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