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Star polisher – Cory Doehne

Who’s your star polisher? “CVG teacher Cory Doehne and studentMr. Doehne,” writes Mac, a fifth grader at Columbia Valley Gardens.

“We are learning about dividing decimals and when I get stuck he helps me out. Also he is funny and he tells jokes at the end of the day and my favorite is: What goes up and never goes down?




“Your age.”

As part of our district’s focus on student connectedness, we shared part of a poem called “The Star Polisher” with our fifth grade 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.


2018-05-14T13:15:03+00:00 May 14th, 2018|

Star polisher – “All of my teachers” at CVG

Who’s your star polisher? “All of my teachers,” writes Milly, a fifth grader at Columbia Valley Gardens, pictured with teacher Kelly Jaspers. “They help me learn through tuff and hard times in school.”

Kelly Jaspers and Milly at CVG

As part of our district’s focus on student connectedness, we shared part of a poem called “The Star Polisher” with our fifth grade 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.


2018-05-10T13:39:11+00:00 May 10th, 2018|

Message from the Superintendent

Dr. Dan ZornDear Community Members,

A sign hangs in my office, right above my computer monitor. It says, “I will devote time each day to improving the literacy skills of our students.”

It’s a promise I made to myself March 18, 2008, when I was an assistant superintendent in Montana, and it’s a promise I continue to keep today.

Declaring my intention to help improve student reading and writing might seem like a strange goal for a superintendent, because my job is to oversee an entire school district—15 campuses, 908 employees, nearly 6,500 students and an $87 million budget. My days revolve around community outreach, and meetings about curricula, facilities and future planning.

But when it comes right down to it, my goal as superintendent is to position the school district so it has the skilled people, the functional buildings and the up-to-date technology that make learning not just possible but inevitable.

Why? To help each of our students become literate learners. Literacy is the most important thing we do. It is the key to opening the gateway of opportunity and success for our students.

In this autumn’s Report to Our Community, you will see that Longview’s students and staff are making progress. Our graduation rate is rising, and our students’ results on state-mandated testing show areas of improvement.

You also will read that Longview has a vision for the future. That involves updating our facilities, beginning with those that support our youngest learners.

Do new buildings improve our students’ ability to read and write? Not by themselves. But when you add the passion and talents of LPS staff to facilities that work—buildings that accommodate the latest teaching technology and methods—it’s a recipe for student success.

And seeing our students’ success is what makes all the planning and strategy worthwhile.

Thank you, as always, for your support of Longview Public Schools!


Dan Zorn, Superintendent

2017-10-23T14:17:17+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|

Families, teens invited to view ‘Screenagers’

Screenagers poster-LongviewBetween social media, video games, academics, socializing and other pursuits, the average youth spends 6½ hours a day looking at screens.

When physician, filmmaker and mom Delaney Ruston learned this, she set out to explore the impact on young people and their families, including her own. The result is “Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age,” a film that tells the stories of students and their families.

Exploring the impact of digital media on human development—including insights from psychologists, brain scientists and other researchers—“Screenagers” offers families strategies for finding balance in the digital age.

Longview Public Schools and the Longview Police Department are presenting “Screenagers”—with Spanish subtitles—at 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 30, at Kessler Elementary, 1902 E. Kessler Blvd., Longview. The movie is free and open to the public—and the Pioneer Lions Club will be providing free kettle corn.

For more information and to register, visit

2017-05-31T13:54:46+00:00 May 10th, 2017|

Sun and Shine help illuminate the “CVG Way”

Sun, Ray and Shine

Caleb Pierce, Jayne Poole and Clara Prothero use their alter egos, Sun, Ray and Shine, to teach and encourage CVG students. Watch a video of their antics here

A fast drumbeat and cheery tune kick off spirit assemblies at
Columbia Valley Gardens Elementary. A video lights up the gymnasium’s giant screen, where “Sun” and “Shine”—two characters in yellow and blue T-shirts—march in time to the music and demonstrate the catchphrases that define the CVG Suns:

Safety first
Understands responsibility
Nothing but your best
Shows respect

As the video winds down, the real Sun and Shine—a.k.a. third-grade teacher Caleb Pierce and kindergarten teacher Clara Prothero—stride into the auditorium to a cacophony of excited screams. It’s time for the day’s skit.

CV“They’re like our mascots,” explains Logan, a fifth grader.

“They tell us what to do and what not to do, like on the swings,” adds classmate Reece.

“They’re teachers,” says Aiden, also a fifth grader, with an impish grin, “but they’re really nice.”

Sun and Shine have been bringing their show to CVG assemblies for the past three years—often with their sidekick, Ray—math coordinator Jayne Poole.

Their March skit focused on following directions, using several young audience members to help Sun teach Shine
that following directions the first time is important, because in case of an emergency, that’s how you get to safety.

“We focus on these expectations as a school at all times,” explains principal Aaron Whitright. “Sun and Shine provide an interesting way of spreading the word of what it means to do things the ‘CVG Way.’”

Prothero says Sun and Shine appear to have had another impact on school assemblies: building community.

Last fall, Sun and Shine added a new trick—“the CVG Slide,” a special school dance. Now assemblies finish with everyone—staff and students—doing the Slide together, giving students the opportunity to have fun with their teachers.

“I feel like there’s a lot more joy. It’s not just going to an assembly,” Prothero says. “When you show the kids we’re in this together, they’re more excited to get on board.”

2017-03-29T15:23:01+00:00 March 29th, 2017|

LPS snow day makeup plan approved by School Board

The Longview School Board approved a snow day makeup plan at its Monday meeting. The revised calendar has school in session Feb. 1 and June 19-23. Commencement will take place June 17, as planned.

Feb. 1 had been scheduled as a records day but now will be a full day of classes for staff and students—with no early release.

The week of June 19-23 had been listed on the district calendar as a makeup week, if needed.

We appreciate everyone’s patience and flexibility as we work through these unexpected scheduling challenges.

2017-02-01T13:22:43+00:00 January 25th, 2017|

Weather closure on Thursday, Dec. 8

Due to numerous forecasts of severe weather conditions and our concern for the safety of students, families and staff members, Longview Public Schools is closed Thursday, Dec. 8.

Stay up to date by visiting FlashAlert.

2017-03-07T08:47:04+00:00 December 7th, 2016|

Longview schools awarded for fitness efforts

Longview Public Schools’ efforts to encourage physical fitness and healthy eating among students and staff have resulted in multiple awards this fall districtwide.

A 2016 Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award—part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative—has been awarded to:

Elementary school students play a game outside with a ball.

  • Cascade Middle School
  • Columbia Heights Elementary School
  • Columbia Valley Gardens Elementary School
  • Kessler Elementary School
  • Mark Morris High School
  • Mint Valley Elementary School
  • Monticello Middle School
  • Mt. Solo Middle School
  • Northlake Elementary School
  • Olympic Elementary School
  • Robert Gray Elementary School
  • St. Helens Elementary School

R.A. Long High School received the same recognition in 2015 and is eligible to apply again in 2017.

Additionally, Mark Morris High School is one of two Washington schools recognized with a 2016 National Healthy Schools Bronze Award by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, an organization founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation.

“I think the buildings have really good supportive staff and administrators who let us promote these things in terms of healthy environments,” said Lisa Kloke, district physical education coordinator. “It takes a collaboration of the entire staff in a building to make these things possible for our kids.”

The Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award celebrates the commitment of schools to provide students with at least 60 minutes of physical activity before, during and after school each day. Award winners must have met significant benchmarks in five areas: physical education, physical activity before and after school, physical activity during school, staff involvement, and family and community engagement.

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program is a national initiative designed to combat childhood obesity by implementing healthy changes within the school environment. It recognizes schools that succeed at the Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.

The Bronze Award recognizes Mark Morris’ commitment to follow district policy to provide healthier food selections in vending machines and the student store; to provide opportunities for students to be physically active before, during and after school; to promote health and wellness to staff through physical activity events and healthy potlucks; and to install water bottle filling stations to increase access to drinking water.

Kloke said not all students have access to healthy foods at home or access to places to exercise.

“We say, ‘Here are some things you can do to help you live a healthier lifestyle,’ because eating healthy foods and exercising are going to make them feel better and help them go places in life,” she said.


2017-03-07T08:47:05+00:00 September 30th, 2016|
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