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R.A. Long Science Olympiad Club hosts annual science day camp

Science Day CampLocal third, fourth, and fifth graders are invited to the R.A. Long Science Olympiad Club’s fifth annual Elementary Science Day Camp on Saturday, March 24, 8am-2pm.

Students will explore a variety of scientific concepts including physics, chemistry, biology, and more. High school students will run experiments and offer hands-on lab activities and demonstrations. This year’s focus is on Forensics with a “whodunnit” mystery. Students will learn to finger print and identify hair samples. Other science hands-on activities include stations for dinosaur digs, chemical reactions, circuits, lasers, rockets, Scratch coding, leaf identification, DNA models and more.

Please complete the registration form and return to R.A. Long High School ASB office during school hours. The cost for the event is $49, with proceeds benefiting the Science Olympiad Club. Students are to bring their own lunch; only light snacks will be provided for the day.

Find out more by visiting @RALScienceOlympiadElementaryDayCamp on Facebook or contacting Hanna Burleson or Gali Gonzalez, R.A. Long science teachers.

2018-03-06T14:51:10+00:00 March 6th, 2018|

Edible Olympic Garden Club to begin March 8

garden club kid

After a long winter, it’s time for the Olympic garden to come out of hibernation.  Edible Olympic garden club meets Thursdays and Fridays after school beginning March 8.

Students are just one ingredient for garden club; family volunteers are another.  If you are interested in Edible Olympic garden club or have questions about volunteering, please contact garden coordinator Mike Bixby. Garden volunteers must complete a CHAMPS volunteer packet available online, or in the Olympic main office.

Thank you for your support for Edible Olympic – and happy gardening!

2018-02-28T23:19:23+00:00 February 28th, 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.

2018-01-03T22:23:00+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


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
2017-12-04T21:14:53+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|

Welcome to Olympic 2017-2018

Whether you are a returning or a new family, I’d like to welcome you to the 2017-18 school year! Teachers are excited and working hard to prepare for the year. One of our priorities at Olympic is to create a supportive learning environment for all students. To that end, we hold a back to school event the evening before the first day of school. This year the Back to School BBQ will run from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. I encourage you to come to the gym at 4:00 so you can meet the staff and hear important information about the first day of school through a brief presentation. Then, students and their family members will get to visit their classroom, meet the teacher, drop off school supplies and receive their ticket for the BBQ dinner provided for free by our PTO. I look forward to seeing you there!

Our school motto at Olympic is “Striving for Excellence”. To achieve excellence, we create school goals every year. Those goals are written with the help of input from students, families and staff through a survey call CEE (the Center for Educational Effectiveness). Although our academic goals have not been finished yet, there are some to share at this time. Historically, we have many students who attend school on a regular basis and arrive on time before 8:30a.m. There is, however, another group who miss more than 10 days in a school year and/or arrive at 8:30 a.m. or later. For those students, they miss important learning time that results in less progress, lower grades and test scores . So, to improve as a whole school, we need every student to grow one year in a year’s time and meet their learning goals. To improve learning at Olympic, we have set the following attendance goals:
• Decrease the number unexcused absences by 10%
• Decrease the number of excused absences by 10%
• Decrease the number of tardies by 10%

By reaching these goals, all our students will have the best chance at meeting their growth goals, feel better about school and reach their potential. Thank you, in advance, for helping us reach our goals. The academic and climate goals we set in September will be shared with our families so you can be aware of them and be a part of helping reach them as well.

Olympic Owl Traits
• Owl Be Kind
• Owl Be Safe
• Owl Be Responsible

We are fortunate enough to have a diverse population at Olympic. Sometimes, if a person doesn’t understand someone else’s language or culture it can lead to pre-judgment and disrespectful treatment. Our effort, at school, is focused on teaching children that they don’t have to be best friends with everyone…but they do need to be kind. My hope is that we will all learn more about each other and grow to appreciate each other as we go through this school year.

Please take some time to talk with your child(ren) about the importance of being kind and showing respect. When adults model respect by talking with crossing guards, teachers, food servers, and the secretaries in that manner, it becomes a part of a child’s nature. Thank you in advance for your help. Olympic should be a place where everyone feels safe, supported and valued.

2017-08-28T21:32:23+00:00 August 28th, 2017|