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Student Supply Pickup at St. Helens

Parents, here’s some information for work packets and picking up student items.
Beginning this Friday, weekly packets can be picked up on Fridays from 12:00 – 1:00.
Parents can pick up their child’s belongings on Thursday, April 23 or Friday, April 24 at the following times:

Kindergarten and Third Grade: 9:00 – 10:30
First Grade and Fourth Grade: 10:30 – 12:00
Second Grade and Fifth Grade: 1:00 – 2:30
Families with Siblings: 2:30 – 3:30

Please drive into the drop-off area and remain in your car. Grade levels will be marked. A staff member will bring your child’s belongings to you.

2020-04-16T08:06:26-07:00April 16th, 2020|

Remote Learning Begins April 13th

April 10, 2020

Dear Parents and Families,

While school facilities are closed for the remainder of the school year, we are excited to get teacher driven remote learning started. Our focus is to work closely with you to help students learn and grow.

On Monday and Tuesday, April 13-14, teachers will be finalizing plans for providing remote learning for our students. Throughout the week, teachers will be contacting parents and families to discuss learning plans and needs. Please look for phone calls, and/or emails.

We expect all students to be engaged in learning approximately 11-13 hours per week. We understand this may be difficult for some, as each family has different challenges. In partnership with your child’s teacher/s, please do your best to set a learning schedule for your child.  Your help in assuring that your child is engaged in their learning for the remainder of the school year is needed and appreciated.

Teachers will be providing regular feedback to students to support learning.  At the high school level, grades will be assigned in a relatively traditional manner while at the middle and elementary level it may look a bit different.  For those of you with high school seniors, if your senior was on track to graduate before the school closure – they will graduate.  As we get deeper into our remote learning delivery, you are likely to see some adjustments in our grading practices so that we meet the needs of our students during this unique circumstance.  The goal is to help your child learn and grow.

Understandably, you will have questions. Please reach out to your teacher, principal or me with any questions, we are here to help and support you.

While we would rather see you in school, we are excited to get remote learning started. Our teachers and support staff are fantastic and will find the best ways to help students learn.  It will take some time for us to establish the best ways to deliver instruction remotely but know that we will make it a successful learning experience for your child.

I hope you are enjoying time with your family, reading with your kids and staying healthy.

Respectfully,

Dan Zorn, Superintendent

Longview Public Schools

2020-04-10T15:12:55-07:00April 10th, 2020|

School Closure Update

April 6, 2020

Dear Parents and Families,

I’m writing to share some important news. Today, Governor Inslee made the decision to close schools for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.  Instruction will continue, however.  This closure is an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe and healthy. During this closure extension, all schools and facilities in the district will remain closed.

We understand that the continued closure of schools presents many challenges for students and families. It also raises many questions. The information outlined below is what we know now. We will continue to share further guidance as information becomes available.

  • Remote Learning: Remote learning will be expanded to include regular engagement with teachers on April 15 and continue through the remainder of the school year, now scheduled to end on June 19. Your teacher(s) will be contacting you next week to answer your questions and get our teacher directed remote learning started. Please be patient as this evolves.
  • Meal Distribution: We will continue to provide meals Monday through Friday at the same locations and times. Once the school year ends we will start the summer time meal program as in years past.
  • High School Seniors: The Department of Education is meeting this week to make decisions about high school graduation. As this information becomes available we will send it to you. If your student was on track to graduate before the school closure – they will graduate as planned.
  • Graduation Ceremonies: In-person graduation ceremonies are likely to shift to virtual ceremonies and/or be delayed. A final decision related to graduation ceremonies will be shared soon, so families can make plans.
  • School Activities: All school events, including sporting practices and matches, field trips, dances, etc. will be canceled during the extended school closure. We plan to engage with our employees and students to come up with creative alternatives to celebrate milestones. We will keep students and families updated on these decisions, so you can plan your participation in advance.
  • Summer School: We are awaiting information from Governor Inslee on whether school facilities will be open to provide summer school this year.

Please visit the district web site and Facebook page as updates are being posted regularly. If you have questions please reach out to your school principal.

Please continue to take good care of yourselves and your families. This is a difficult time for all of us, but we will get through it together.

Sincerely,

Dan Zorn, Superintendent

Longview Public Schools

2020-04-10T15:18:36-07:00April 6th, 2020|

Longview School District Meal Service Locations and Times

The school district meal service program is helping serve kids in need during this challenging time. Please see some recent changes to the meal program below.

*During the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, Longview Public Schools will continue providing meal service for anyone under 18 years old* Meal service will continue during spring break, as well.

Please note, as of Friday, March 20, a new meal distribution location has been added in the parking lot behind Community House on Broadway. Also, starting Monday, March 23, meals will no longer be served at Roy Morse park due to low turnout. Those receiving meals at Roy Morse park have been redirected to other convenient locations.

Longview Public School Meal Service Locations and Times:
Meal Offering: Grab n’ Go breakfast and lunch served on weekdays to any person 0 to 18 years of age.

Static Sites
Meal Service 12:00pm -12:30pm, Monday through Friday

  1. St. Helens Elementary – Main Office Entrance
  2. Kessler Elementary – Main Office Entrance
  3. Monticello Middle School – Main Office Entrance
  4. Northlake Elementary – Main Office Entrance
  5. Columbia Heights Elementary – Main Office Entrance
  6. Mint Valley Elementary – Main Office Entrance

Mobile Delivery Sites
Meal Service 11:45am to 12:00pm, Monday through Friday

  1. Baker’s Corner Store parking lot – 5601 Ocean Beach Hwy, Longview
  2. Archie Anderson Park – 22nd Ave & Alabama St, Longview

Meal Service 12:15pm to 12:30pm, Monday through Friday

  1. Youth and Family Link parking lot – 907 Douglas St, Longview
  2. Community House on Broadway = 1335 11th Avenue, Longview (in parking lot behind building by Evangel Christian Fellowship)

Children must be present to receive meals.

Other Resources for Families 

Food Resource Calendar
Community Resources

2020-03-31T14:41:16-07:00March 31st, 2020|

Chromebook Distribution

Dear Parents and Families,

Thank you for your great interest in the continued education of your children during the statewide school closure.

At today’s Chromebook distribution, the demand was much higher than we anticipated. On Monday, March 30 we will again distribute Chromebooks at the same locations and times (noon-12:30pm) to meet the demand we experienced today.

Due to the high demand, we will only be able to check out one Chromebook per family. This will allow more families to stay connected to learning during the school closure.  We also want to remind you that any computer that is able to access the internet is also able to access the learning resources available on our website.  A Chromebook is not required for this access. We appreciate your understanding and patience.

Keep checking the district web site, Facebook page, and your email for updates. And, should you be checking out a Chromebook on Monday, remember to maintain social distancing. Stay healthy.

Thank you.

2020-03-27T16:03:44-07:00March 27th, 2020|

Kindergarten Registration Open House is Canceled

The Open House event for kindergarten registration on March 26th has been canceled. Please check our District Facebook page and web site regularly for information and updates.

2020-03-30T16:32:44-07:00March 25th, 2020|

School Counseling Resources

Dear Longview Families:

During the school closure, our district wants to provide access to school counseling and behavioral health resources. Please access the links below for resources that are specific to your child’s needs.  We will be updating this information regularly as additional resources are identified to share with you. Click on the link for each category below to access the resources.

Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Disasters and Other Traumatic Events: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/helping-children-and-adolescents-cope-with-disasters-and-other-traumatic-events/index.shtml#pub5
A publication from the National Institute of Mental Health to serve as a resource to parents/guardians, rescue workers and the community.

Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus: https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/
This is a resource from the Child Mind Institute to help families talk with children who are stressed about the Coronavirus.  In addition to this article, there are additional resources for families at this site.

Talking with Kids about the News:https://www.pbs.org/parents/talkingwithkids/news/
This is a resource from Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) that has numerous resources supporting children with emotions and self-awareness to help children distress about the Coronavirus that can be accessed by grade level as well as information from parents and experts on how to establish new home routines when schools are closed.  Resources are available in English and Spanish.

How Teenagers can Protect Their Mental Health During the Coronavirus: https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/how-teenagers-can-protect-their-mental-health-during-coronavirus-covid-19
This is an article produced by Unicef that provides six strategies for teens facing a new (temporary) normal.

Character Treehttps://charactertree.com/
Kindergarten and 1st grade free resources (including videos)to learn character skills with a “Mr. Rogers” feel.

Centervention: https://www.centervention.com/
Interactive games for K-Middle school reviewing important social emotional skills including Zoo Academy (K and 1) Zoo U (2nd and 3rd), SS Grin (3rd-5th) and Hall of Heroes (5th-7th grade) great messages and skills to work on as a family!

Virginia Career View: https://www.vaview.vt.edu/
Career exploration games and activities for researching career paths at all grade levels.

O-Net Online: https://www.onetonline.org/
A tool for career exploration with detailed description of the world of work.  Best for 9th – 12th grade students.

Career One Stop: https://www.careeronestop.org/ExploreCareers/Learn/career-profiles.aspx
In depth information about 900 different occupations (best for 8th – 12th grade).

Career Bridge: http://www.careerbridge.wa.gov/Survey_Cluster.aspx
A Washington State Career exploration, college, and training options website.

4-Year Public Colleges in WA state: http://www.wsac.wa.gov/college-admissions

2-year Community or Technical Colleges in WA state: https://www.sbctc.edu/our-colleges/search-college-programs/default.aspx

4-Year and 2-Year Colleges (Out of state/Private) College Board’s Big Future: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/

Peterson’s College Information Guide: https://www.petersons.com/college-search.aspx#/sweeps-modal

Apprenticeship Programs:  http://www.lni.wa.gov/tradeslicensing/apprenticeship/

Apprenticeship Program of Study: http://www.k12.wa.us/careerteched/pubdocs/ProgramsofStudyandApprenticeshipAlignmentGrid.pdf

Military Training:  http://todaysmilitary.com/

Community Behavioral Health Support 

Resources

If there is a life-threatening emergency, please call 911. Crisis Response Services provides a cohesive response system 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week, serving people of all ages and cultures who are experiencing a crisis.

http://www.linkingcowlitzcounty.org

Website containing the resources (medical, dental, housing, and many more) available in our community for students, parents and families.

Please contact 2-1-1 Info for comprehensive information and referral focused on health and social services. By Phone: simply dial 2-1-1 from any phone.

If you have a current Provider One ID Card and are going to a covered medical service within your community, you may be eligible for Medical Transportation.  Phone lines are open Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm excluding the lunch hour and holidays. Please call at least 7-14 days in advance. Cowlitz County: 1–800-752-9422, Option 2.

Providers

Intake phone:  360.423.0203   720 14th Avenue, Second Floor, Longview, WA

Columbia Wellness has caring professionals who can assist with any difficulty that individuals or families may be experiencing. Staff are professionally trained, highly skilled, and eager to serve. This organization has provided quality service to this community since 1953.  Most insurance plans accepted.

Intake phone:  360-200-5419   748 14th Ave, Longview, WA

CORE Health’s mission is to provide comprehensive, integrated behavioral health services that promote the health and quality of life of our community members. They strive to create and maintain an environment that is warm and welcoming, values diversity and difference, provides safety, and promotes whole health by supporting individual’s and family’s along their recovery journey. Medicaid insurance accepted.

Intake phone: 360-353-9422   922 Fir St, Longview

The goal of the Cowlitz Indian Tribal Health Clinic is to provide a Holistic Approach to Health Care that promotes Disease Prevention, Treatment, and Education. Services include individual Counseling, Crisis Counseling, Grief Counseling, Psychological Evaluations, Medication Management, Youth Services, and Positive Indian Parenting Classes.  Any enrolled American Indian / Alaskan Native (AI/AN) of a Federally Recognized Tribe is eligible for services. Most insurance plans accepted.

Intake phone: 360-577-7442    309 Oak St, Kelso, WA

A First Place’s dedicated and caring staff provide co-occurring behavioral health services in a professional and friendly atmosphere. Our facility offers several different treatment options that work best for your student and your family.  Call us for more details on how we can help. Most insurance plans accepted.

Intake phone:  360-414-8600 945 – 11th Avenue, Suite B, Longview

Northwest Psychological Resources offers a wide range of mental health services provided by caring professionals with the highest qualifications. Each clinician is independent and sets his or her own fees without restriction or regulation by Northwest Psychological Resources. Most insurance plans accepted.

Intake phone:  360-414-2222      600 Broadway, First Floor, Longview

Peace Health Medical Group has a comprehensive system of care that serves children, adolescents, adults and seniors struggling with issues of chemical dependency and/or emotional distress. Our providers are experienced medical doctors, advance registered nurse practitioners, psychologists and social workers. Most insurance plans accepted, but not Medicaid.

Intake phone: 360-261-7020 1710 Allen Street, Kelso WA

Our providers use multidisciplinary practices to develop and maintain individualized treatment goals for each client. Our well-trained professional team consists of mental health therapists, chemical dependency counselors, psychiatric advanced registered nurse practitioners and psychiatrists. Patients are encouraged to have their families and members of their social support system participate in treatment. We specialize in providing culturally competent services, and our staff members have received intense training on evidence-based practices to ensure that we provide the best tools to help our patients lead healthy lives. Medicaid insurance accepted.

2020-05-08T16:22:13-07:00March 23rd, 2020|

School Calendar Updates

Dear Parents and Families,

The school closure ordered by Governor Inslee has changed the school calendar for the 2019-20 school year. Below is a revised school calendar for this year, but please know it could  change as the corona virus situation unfolds. Please visit the district web site regularly for updates.

Some changes to note:

  • The updated calendar reflects the state ordered school closure dates of March 16 through April 24, as directed by Governor Inslee.
  • Previously scheduled weather make up days May 8 and June 12 are now scheduled as in-school days.
  • The school year has been extended through the week of June 15-19 per the new state requirement due to the school closure.
  • The revised school board calendar pending school board approval.

Thank you.

2020-03-19T11:17:39-07:00March 19th, 2020|

Learning Resources for Families

Welcome families! During this time of school closure, we want to provide some optional learning resources to use with your children. The the links below will offer a list of websites that provide lessons, activities, games and other learning tools. These lists are organized by subject area such as, reading, math, science, and social studies. All of the resources are free, but in some cases you may need to sign up for a free account.

Click on the grade group below to access your student’s list of learning resources.

Clever

Clever is an easy way for students to access all of the learning applications they use at school. It allows them to access all of their learning applications with a single username and password, or by using a Clever Badge. To access Clever click here.

Success in accessing district online resources like Clever and iReady depend upon what device you are using and how you are going about logging in.  Access to district k-8 reading and math online instruction is found in an application called iReady.  The portal to access iReady is an application called Clever (https://clever.com/in/longviewschools).  Longview students will select the Log In with Google from the Clever login page and enter their District-provided Google email address and password. Personal Gmail accounts will not work.

Once logged into Clever you will see the student home page with a variety of applications of which iReady is one.

To launch iReady online lessons, click on the iReady application

Students will be given a simple choice – Reading or math.  The level of instruction is set by the student’s previous (January/February) iReady diagnostic test results.

  1. We recommend you use a Chrome browser on a Mac or PC.  Firefox and Microsoft Edge will also work.  Avoid Internet Explorer.
  2. iPads work, but will work better when there is an iPad app for site you want to access.  There is an Clever app (available through the app store). This is also true for several other resources such as Khan Academy.
  3. When you log your student(s) into Clever, select the Login with Google from the login page and enter the student’s username and password.
  4. Providing access for more than one student on a device can be tricky.  Chromebooks are easy – just login individually with the district Google username/password.

The following screen shots are for logging in on a PC using Chrome.  The process is the same on a Mac using a Chrome browser though the look is different:

Notice on the screen shot of the Clever login page below that I am logged into the chrome browser.  When I click on Login with Google, the browser loads my profile causing the login error.

You can add your children’s login on your browser by clicking on the circle user icon in the upper right-hand corner (show with a picture, icon or initial)

Enter your student’s district-provided Google account email and password.  In the following screen shot, you can see that I have now that I have added my daughter’s account.

Now, when I login to Clever, I have a choice to choose my Google account or my daughter’s account.

Please direct any additional questions to Bill Ofstun ( bofstun@longview.k12.wa.us )

Grades K-2
Grades 6-8
Grades 3-5
Grades 9-12
2020-03-24T08:47:54-07:00March 18th, 2020|