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Capital facilities bond proposal approved

At the April 8, 2019 school board meeting, the board unanimously approved the capital facilities bond proposal totaling $115 million. Projects in this proposal will touch every school and include:

  • Mint Valley Elementary School replacement – $43 million
  • Northlake Elementary School replacement – $43 million
  • Safety and Security upgrades for all schools – $4.2 million
  • Career Technical/Vocational upgrades at R.A. Long and Mark Morris high schools – $8.4 million
  • Memorial Stadium upgrades – $7 million
  • Large facility repair projects – $9.4 million

Find out more here.

2019-04-16T23:10:16+00:00April 16th, 2019|

Application window open for Highly Capable student testing

Applications are now being accepted for the district’s annual Highly Capable Program identification process. To have a student evaluated for this program, parents/guardians give permission by completing the High Capable Permission Form and returning it to the student’s school. Permission forms are due Friday, March 15, 2019.

Cognitive Ability Testing (CogAT) will commence March-April 2019. The selection team will review student data April-May 2019. Testing results will be mailed in May 2019.

2019-03-05T00:15:11+00:00March 5th, 2019|

Elementary Science Day Camp offered

The R.A. Long Science Olympiad Club presents the 6th Annual Elementary Science Day Camp for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders in Cowlitz County. There are two sessions to pick from –  Monday, February 18, 2019, 8am – 2pm (there is no school that day) and/or Saturday, March 23, 2019, 8am-2pm.

Students will explore a variety of scientific concepts including physics, chemistry, biology. High school students will run the experiments and offer hands-on lab activities and demonstrations.  Experiments include catapults, robotics, code breakers, lava lamps, footprinting, chemical reactions, lasers, and rockets.

The camp will be held at R.A. Long, Room 130; the cost is $49, payable at the ASB office during school hours or on the day of the camp. Please complete the registration form and return to R.A. Long High School ASB office during school hours.

2019-02-12T22:44:32+00:00February 12th, 2019|

Winter break early release and January back-to-school

Longview students will be released early on Friday, December 21, 2018 to begin their winter vacation.  Release times are:

  • Elementary schools – two hours earlier than regular release time
  • Cascade – 11:45am release
  • Monticello – 11:50am release
  • Mt. Solo – 11:55am release
  • High schools – 11:50am release

Students return back to school on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. Students will be released one hour early on that day.

Broadway Learning Center has no school on Friday, Dec. 21. School resumes for Broadway students on Thursday, January 3, 2019.


2019-01-03T00:27:18+00:00December 20th, 2018|

Striving for Excellence at Olympic – 2018

Dear Olympic Families,

For those who are returning to Olympic, welcome back!  If this is your first year at our school, we look forward to meeting you and sharing all there is to know for a successful year.


You should be receiving a welcome letter from your child’s teacher in the next day or two, if you haven’t already had it arrive in the mail.  This allows families to get to know their child’s teacher before the first day of school.  If you don’t receive a letter by August 23rd, please contact the office at (360) 575-7084.

We are excited to continue a tradition at Olympic by holding our Back to School BBQ on Tuesday, August 28th from 1:00 – 3:00.  The purpose of this event is to allow parents and students to meet their teacher, see where their classroom is and drop off supplies before the first day of school.  Families can come anytime between 1:00 and 3:00, it isn’t intended to be a two hour event that everyone stays for the whole time.  Our wonderful PTO will be providing a complimentary hot dog lunch as a way to welcome students and families back from the summer and allow for some time together as a school community.

The first day of school is Wednesday, August 29th and the hours are from 8:30 – 3:00.  Breakfast is served from 7:45 – 8:10, in the gym.  In fact, all students report to the gym before school and line up in class lines marked by cones with teachers names listed on them.  We ask parents to drop their child off at the doors to help us keep everyone safe and secure.


Our handbook provides students and their parents with important information about our school.  It will come home with your child on the first day of school.  We ask that all parents read through the handbook to be familiar with our policies and practices at Olympic.  Please sign the top page and have your child do the same before he/she returns it to the classroom teacher. We would like to receive all signature pages back at school by September 7th and thank you, in advance, for your cooperation.

Wednesday Early Release

One of the ways we are working hard to help all our students reach their potential is by allowing teachers to meet together, weekly, to look at how students are progressing and make plans for meeting all students learning needs.  This weekly meeting happens from 2:30 – 3:30 on every Wednesday (except the first and last days of the school year).  So, we dismiss students at 2:00 on Wednesdays.


We have an OWLstanding PTO at Olympic and their first Meet and Greet of the year will be held on Thursday, September 6th at 5:30 p.m.  The meeting is held in our library with dinner and childcare provided at no cost to families.  We welcome more parents to get involved with fundraising, family nights, helping in the classroom and more for the 2018-19 school year. Flyers will be going home each month to announce the date and times of PTO meetings.  They are also listed in the Longview School District calendar.

Explorer’s Club

Youth and Family Link provides a granted-funded after school program at Olympic that runs from 3:00 – 5:30 Monday through Thursday (Wednesdays  2:00 – 5:30).  This is not a drop-in program where students can come some days, but not others.  One of the grant requirements is regular attendance to see how much of a difference it makes for students’ progress in school.  Registration forms are in the main office and space is limited to 60 children.  So, you will want to fill out and return a form as soon as possible, if you are interested in your child(ren) attending this program.

Family Partnerships

At Olympic, we believe that students succeed when families and teachers work together and communicate, when necessary.  Please call, e-mail, message on Classroom Dojo or write letters to your child’s teacher whenever you have questions and/or concerns.  This clears things up quickly and helps everyone involved take care of issues in a timely and effective manner.

If you have questions about our school, have ideas for improvements, or would like to be involved in some way, please call me at 575-7084.


Mike Mendenhall
Principal, Olympic Elementary School

2018-08-16T20:12:35+00:00August 16th, 2018|

Olympic Summer 2018 information

Last day office is open: June 22, 2018

Summer programs:
• Summer school, July 9-July 27, 8:30am-12:30pm

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 20, 2018

First day of school: August 29, 2018

2018-08-17T19:20:56+00:00June 19th, 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.

2018-05-31T23:06:04+00:00May 18th, 2018|

Calling all five-year-olds

marching kidsKindergarten in Longview Public Schools is the springboard for a student’s successful learning career.

Families with children who turn five years old before Sept. 1, 2018, are encouraged to sign their child up now for school next fall. Each school has approximately 60 kindergarten spots open on a first-come-first-served basis. Early registration helps make sure that children attend their own neighborhood school. If one school fills, students are referred to a different Longview school. Registration opened March 1.

Registration can be done online 24/7 through the Skyward Family Access system. Families with no other children in school or those who have not set up a Family Access online account first click on the “new student enrollment account request.” After the account is set up, go to “new student enrollment.”

Families who already have a Skyward Family Access account or those who received a temporary password after setting up the account use the “new student enrollment” button. Online registration is not mobile phone compatible, but a computer is available at schools for this use, and there is one in the administration building at 2715 Lilac Street.

To complete the registration, families need the child’s birth certificate; a shot (immunization) record; and a utility bill, rental agreement, or mortgage statement showing the family’s address.

Although the school year begins on August 29, kindergartners are eased into the new routine though a special “Smart Start.” Each kindergartener will visit school just once Aug. 29, 30, or 31 so the school can learn about his or her skills and abilities. Then, all students attend school for half-days the week of Sept. 4, 5, 6, and 7 to introduce them to their school careers.

All our kindergarten teachers look forward to meeting our awesome new kindergartners!

New Student Enrollment Account Request
For parents/guardians who are new to Longview School District and do not have a Skyward Family Access account.
New Student Enrollment
For parents/guardians with an existing or temporary Skyward Family Access account.
Please note that this process is not mobile phone compatible.
2018-08-23T16:54:47+00:00May 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).

2018-05-17T23:50:55+00:00May 15th, 2018|

Facebook Friday with Dr. Zorn

On most Fridays you can find Longview superintendent Dr. Dan Zorn live on Facebook talking about the week’s activities. In case you missed them, check out his April updates. Stay up to date with Longview news by following us on Facebook, and by following Dr. Zorn on Facebook and Twitter.

2018-05-03T21:20:23+00:00May 3rd, 2018|
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