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St. Helens students are up to the Challenge

The Superstars of St. Helens Elementary School are working toward a win in the Book Log Challenge that kicked off Jan. 18.

The event is possible through the generosity of co-sponsors–Longview (noon) Rotary Club, The Longview Masonic Lodge and Mason Don Talley.

On Jan. 18, all Superstars kindergarten through fifth grade left school with a brand new book and a reading challenge to read towards grade-appropriate goals. Meeting a goal earns them a chance to win a bike or a remote-controlled car. The more challenges a student meets, the more chances they have to win.

Principal Megan Shea-Bates says, “Research shows us that the increased volume of reading for kids is directly correlated to success later in their lives–whether it be towards college or a successful career. We want kids to read, read, read, read!”

Books for the challenge were provided by Rotary; Longview Masons and Don Talley donated bikes to help support these Superstar readers.

For students unable to visit Longview Public Library for more books, the library has “come to them” via an online account with e-books to read on personal devices.  St. Helens is also accepting children’s book donations to provide students reading materials to take home. To donate books, please contact the school at (360) 575-7400.

2018-01-23T17:26:49+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|

School Board vacancy – apply by Jan. 19, 2018

Applications for a vacancy on the Longview Public Schools Board of Directors are currently being accepted.

In accordance with Board policy, individuals seeking appointment to the Board of Directors must be U.S. citizens and qualified voter residents of Longview School District #122. This is an “at large” position meaning it represents the entire geographic area of Longview Public Schools.

School board meetings are at 6:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month.  Meetings take place in the Administration Building Board Room, located at 2715 Lilac Street, Longview. Board members also serve on subcommittee meetings, which occur at least quarterly.

The candidate selected for appointment will serve on the Board until the next odd-numbered year general election, November 2019.

Complete and submit your application online or pick up an application at the Administration Building, 2715 Lilac Street, Longview, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Applications are due to the Superintendent’s Office Jan. 19, 2018 by 3:00 p.m.

After the Jan. 19 application deadline:

  • The Board will review applications in an executive session at the end of the Jan. 22 regular meeting.  The Board may select candidates to interview after they complete their review of qualifications.  The selection of candidates will occur in open session after the executive session.
  • Candidates will be interviewed in open session during the Jan. 29 Special Meeting at 6:30pm.  There will be a discussion of qualifications in executive session, then selection of a candidate for appointment to Position #3 in open session.
  • The new board member will be sworn into office on Feb. 12.
2018-01-09T09:23:10+00:00 January 9th, 2018|

News from the Nurse: Prevent illness with hand washing

Keep calm wash your hands

District Nurse Lisa Lyons shares a healthy tip for these colder days when people are spending more time inside together.  “Remember to wash your hands! Washing your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer can reduce the passing of gastrointestinal illness by 50%.  The passing of respiratory illness can be reduced by 20-50%!”

2017-12-13T13:31:54+00:00 December 13th, 2017|

Elementary performers celebrate the season

Holiday concerts have a way of warming hearts and bringing people together. Our school communities are gathering this month to celebrate our young singers and this magical season. Take a listen—you might discover a new favorite holiday song! We will continue posting videos over the next few weeks.

2018-01-03T15:23:00+00:00 December 11th, 2017|

District seeks Budget Advisory Committee members

Longview Public Schools is currently seeking applicants interested in serving on the Budget Advisory Committee.  Committee members must be residents of the Longview School District and have an interest in long-term improvement efforts for our schools.

To apply, either:

  • Complete the online application and submit it electronically, or
  • Download the application and return it to the District office, 2715 Lilac St, Longview WA 98632

Applications are due Dec 22.

2017-12-07T16:50:54+00:00 December 7th, 2017|

Holiday cheer for Longview families

birds

Families of Longview elementary students will enjoy some holiday cheer during the coming weeks. Don’t know when your student is performing?  Check out the elementary winter music program schedule below.

  • Columbia Heights – Tuesday, Dec. 19, 9:30am and 1:45pm (K-2nd graders performing)
  • Columbia Valley Gardens – Friday, Dec. 15, 9:30am and 1:30pm (3rd-5th graders performing)
  • Mint Valley – Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2:15pm and 7pm (3rd-5th graders performing)
  • Northlake – Friday, Dec. 8, 10am and 1:15pm (3rd-5th graders performing)
  • Olympic – Friday, Dec. 8, 2pm (4th and 5th graders performing)
  • Robert Gray – Friday, Dec. 15, 10am and 2pm (1st-3rd graders performing)
  • St. Helens – Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2:15pm (4th and 5th graders performing)
  • Kessler – winter music program will be rescheduled for spring
2017-12-04T14:14:59+00:00 December 1st, 2017|

Longview Public Schools seeks community feedback

district seeks inputLongview Public Schools wants to hear what the community has to say about the Nov. 7 bond which did not reach the 60 percent supermajority requirement.

The request for tax dollars to replace three aging elementary schools, renovate the preschool program building, and add safety enhancements in the district reached 57.77 percent yes votes. While the measure is still fresh in the minds of residents, the district is gathering feedback on-line and in two public meetings.

Public input sessions with Supt. Dan Zorn are planned for Dec. 5 at Northlake Elementary School, 2210 Olympia Way and on Dec. 6 at Mint Valley Elementary School, 2745-38th Ave.  Both events begin at 6 p.m.

In addition, all community members are encouraged to participate in an on-line Thoughtexchange process starting Dec. 4 at 5pm in which thoughts about the facilities issues can be shared. In this process, participants can leave thoughts, review the thoughts of others and star the thoughts that are most meaningful to them. The process can be visited repeatedly and results will be available immediately to the district and to participants. Thoughtexchange will only be available Dec. 4-15.

These feedback opportunities will allow the district valuable information as it revisits facilities needs later this winter.

Thoughtexchange: Join the Conversation Dec 4-15
2017-12-04T14:25:17+00:00 November 29th, 2017|

News from the Nurse: Vision and hearing screening

vision testDistrict Nurse Lisa Lyons reminds us that it’s vision and hearing screening time for elementary students and 7th graders. Mrs. Lyons says, “No news is good news, but if you receive a referral letter, please take it seriously and follow up with a vision or hearing specialist, not just your regular physician.”

 

2017-11-16T14:43:38+00:00 November 16th, 2017|

Meet a new St. Helens Super Star

St. Helens Elementary welcomed new principal Megan Shea-Bates. Want to learn more? Read on!

What was a book you read this summer? This Side of Home – takes place in Portand, OR regarding racial tension

Who was your favorite teacher growing up? Mr. Prynn from CVG who taught be about the stock market and how to recognize similarities in those who may seem different than ourselves.

What is your hidden talent? I play the ukulele and sing (I actually performed at my last school’s talent show)

Which time period would you visit in history? 60s & 70s – counter culture, plus The Beatles are my favorite

What are you most looking forward to in this coming school year? Meeting ALL of the students at St. Helens and growing together

What was your biggest pleasant surprise at your new school? How many hugs I got from students at “Greet the Teacher”, the day before school started

2017-08-30T15:37:20+00:00 August 30th, 2017|

St Helens summer 2017 information

Last day office is open: June 30, 2017

Summer programs:
• Summer school at CVG, 2644 30th Ave, July 10-July 28, 8:30am-12:30pm
• Parks and Rec summer classes, call 360-442-5400 for more information

Meals for Longview kids:

  • Northlake Elem, 2210 Olympia Way
    Monday – Friday, June 26 – August 18 (no meals July 3-7)
    Breakfast 8:30 – 8:45am, Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm
  • Kessler Elem, 1902 Kessler Blvd
    Monday – Friday, June 26 – August 18 (no meals July 3-7)
    Breakfast 8:30 – 8:45am, Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm
  • CVG Elem, 2644 30th Ave
    Monday – Friday, July 10 – July 28
    Breakfast 8:30 – 8:45am, Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm
  • Mint Valley Elem, 2745 38th Ave
    Monday – Friday, July 10 – July 28
    Breakfast 8:30 – 8:45am Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm
  • Monticello Middle School, 1225 28th Ave
    Monday – Friday, July 10 – July 28
    Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm
  • Archie Anderson Park, Between 21st and 22nd Ave
    Monday – Friday, July 10 – Aug 18
    Lunch 12:00 – 12:30pm, Snack 3:00 – 3:15pm
  • Longview Teen Center, 2121 Kessler Blvd
    Monday – Friday, July 10 – Aug 18
    Snack 3:00 – 3:30

Office opens in fall: August 23, 2017

First day of school: August 30, 2017

2017-08-22T15:19:26+00:00 June 26th, 2017|
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