Kindergarten makes learning child’s play

“Kindergartners learn a lot through play,” said Robert Gray teacher Jodi Hanson, who has been teaching kindergarten for the past 20 years. “They don’t even know they’re learning it.”

Today’s kindergarten classes include forays into reading, writing, counting to 100, counting by 10s, early addition and the beginnings of subtraction.

In Hanson’s class, students set personal goals each day and work in small groups to accomplish them. A goal can be anything from practicing listening skills to writing their names to exploring mathematics. Whatever it is, Hanson makes sure students enjoy the process.

“Kindergarten is the foundation for the rest, and it’s so important to build that love of learning,” she said.

In Longview, helping students achieve literacy early is the top academic priority, and kindergarten teachers are on the front line of that effort.

“I love when they learn to read, when they first realize they can read on their own,” said Tiffany Mejia, who is in her sixth year of teaching kindergarten at Columbia Valley Gardens. “The sparkle in their eyes—that’s my favorite.”

At Northlake Elementary, Alynn Huhta’s students’ favorite lessons include celebrating holidays and working with the animals they receive in science kits—goldfish, guppies, snails and worms.

Each morning, Huhta’s class begins with a routine of greetings, songs and dances. In her third year teaching kindergarten, she says her favorite thing is “the joy and excitement the kids have about school and learning, because it’s a brand-new thing. They learn so much and are excited about everything.”

Sometimes, though, kindergartners need an explanation of what it means to learn.

Mejia recalled the end of one school year, when she told her class to keep practicing their reading over the summer. One of her students replied, “I can’t actually do that. I’m going to Texas.”

Laughing, Mejia said, “I told her, ‘No, actually you’ve learned this skill. You will keep that forever.’”

That’s what kindergarten is all about: helping our students build the skills they will use in whatever future they find—skills they will keep forever.

Register your student for kindergarten today!  Early registration gives you first chance at the classroom spots in your neighborhood school. In addition, the March into Kindergarten event on April 12 provides assistance in registration;  helpful information on readiness for school; and a chance to meet teachers, the principal, and new friends. March into Kindergarten will be held at all neighborhood schools from 5-6:30 p.m. 

Register here
2018-03-08T16:46:22+00:00 March 8th, 2018|

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|

Bus routes update-Feb. 23

Schools will be operating on their regular schedules, but due to road conditions, the following bus routes will be following snow/lowland routes:

Elementary–5, 6, 13, 15

Middle- and high school–16

Families should use their discretion about the safety of getting their child from home to the bus pick-up or school. Please use caution and share safe walking tips with your children.

If you haven’t done so already,  consider subscribing to FlashAlert notifications and download the FlashAlert Messenger app to your phone easy access to up-to-date information. Information will be also posted on www.longviewschools.com  (families-school delays and cancellations),  on Facebook, and on local media.

2018-02-23T06:27:44+00:00 February 23rd, 2018|

Feb. 22 STEAM Night Cancelled

STEAM Night is cancelled for Feb. 22, but will be rescheduled for a later date.  Stay tuned!

2018-02-22T14:28:27+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|

Late start Thursday, Feb. 22

Longview School District plans to delay the school start two hours Thursday, Feb. 22 due to road conditions.

Buses will follow snow/lowland routes. Families should use their discretion about the safety of getting their child from home to the bus pick-up or school. Please use caution and share safe walking tips with your children.

Schools will convene two hours later than their regular start times. No breakfast service will be provided. Please continue to monitor FlashAlert for any updates that might be made.

If you haven’t done so already,  consider subscribing to FlashAlert notifications and download the FlashAlert Messenger app to your phone easy access to up-to-date information. Information will be also posted on www.longviewschools.com  (families-school delays and cancellations),  on Facebook, and on local media.

2018-02-22T05:54:14+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|

Weather closure-Feb. 21

Due to unsafe travel conditions caused by snow and ice, Longview schools will be closed Wednesday Feb. 21. The district regrets losing a day of teaching and learning, but the safety of our staff and students is paramount.

Stay up to date by visiting FlashAlert

2018-02-21T06:35:38+00:00 February 21st, 2018|

Weather delay-Wednesday, Feb. 21

Longview School District plans to delay the school start two hours Wednesday, Feb. 21  due to snow and freezing temperatures.

Buses will follow snow/lowland routes. Families should use their discretion about the safety of getting their child from home to the bus pick-up or school. Please use caution and share safe walking tips with your children.

Schools will convene two hours later than their regular start times. No breakfast service will be provided. The Wednesday early release is cancelled. Please continue to monitor FlashAlert for any updates that might be made.

If you haven’t done so already,  consider subscribing to FlashAlert notifications and download the FlashAlert Messenger app to your phone easy access to up-to-date information. Information will be also posted on www.longviewschools.com  (families-school delays and cancellations),  on Facebook, and on local media.

2018-02-20T17:52:42+00:00 February 20th, 2018|

Working to keep students safe

The safety and well-being of our youngsters is more important than anything. Schools throughout Longview focus on safety every single day in a variety of ways.

  • Relationships between students and trusted adults is the foundation. In the recent incident at R. A. Long, a student had a concern that he shared, and it was acted on immediately. Adults will continue to be available and responsive to our students. Schools remind students: “see something, say something!”
  • Emergency response drills are conducted so that, if ever necessary, students and staff members will be prepared.  Responses fall into four general categories–shelter in place (for example–wind or hazardous materials), evacuate (for example–fire or threat inside the building), lockout (for example–a police activity near the school, and lockdown (for example–active threat in the building).
  • Collaboration with  community police and firefighters in safety planning and in response to incidents in and near our schools.
  • Best-practice response–In the event of an active threat where a person’s actions are causing or meant to cause harm to others, schools will use an A-L-I-C-E response. Taken in any order, A-L-I-C-E stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. Those actions can be taken in any order. Students have been instructed on ALICE protocols.
  • Security–schools restrict entrance points to schools as much as is practical, and at elementary schools only the front entrance–which has surveillance cameras–is unlocked.
  • Reunification–if a situation requires students to be reunited with their families, parents will be asked to present photo ID before their child is released.
  • Communication regarding an incident at their child’s school will be provided to families as quickly as possible. Communications will be primarily via Skyward email. It is critical that parent’s contact information is up-to-date so that information can be delivered. If there is an incident district-wide (such as weather or natural disaster) the district will communicate primarily via FlashAlert. It is important that the FlashAlert subscription (which is free) is updated each year by individual users.
2018-02-18T10:35:38+00:00 February 16th, 2018|

Thank You, Longview for levy support!

“This community’s unfailing support helps provide our students the opportunities they need to gain the knowledge and life skills to succeed. This includes our efforts in the classroom, in clubs and athletics” –Superintendent Dan Zorn

Longview School District voters approved two replacement levies that were proposed Feb. 13.

The two-year Replacement Operations and Educational Programs Levy will help the district maintain essential student programs and services beyond what is funded by the state as “basic education.” Initial elections results show a 59.3% approval.

It includes funds to pay for staff members above those supported by the state including teachers, paraprofessionals, counselor, custodians and coaches; for materials and supplies, staff training and all extra curricular activities including athletics.

The four-year Replacement Capital Projects and Technology Levy will provide additional money for maintenance and improvement of district buildings, facilities and fields. It will also eliminate the need to use $500,000 out of the general fund for this purpose. In addition, a portion of the levy will enable the district to keep its teaching and learning technology up-to-date. Initial elections results show a 59.1% approval.

These taxes, which replace the ones expiring at the end of this school year, address needs that exceed state funding.

“We are so grateful that Longview voters have said ‘yes’ to local tax support for our schools. This will allow us to continue our focus on student learning and improving achievement,” said Dan Zorn, superintendent.

 

2018-02-14T12:42:22+00:00 February 14th, 2018|

Students experience history, arts through special program

Fifth and eighth eighth graders and selected high school students were honored and enriched to be part of the Jan. 25 presentation of “The Children of Willesden Lane” at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.

The story of teen piano prodigy Lisa Jura who escaped Nazi-occupied Austria in the late 1930s on the Kindertransport to England is told by Lisa’s daughter, Mona Golabek. Through narration, music, and images, Mona captivated the students with her presentation. Our students were excellent audience members and posed engaging questions at the end of the program.

The event was part of the community-wide read of the book of the same name by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen. Students participated in the read thanks to the generous book donation by the Longview (noon) Rotary Club. Student tickets for the performances were courtesy of the Theatre Guild. The district is grateful to the Columbia Theatre and all community partners who helped make this special event possible for our students.

2018-01-25T15:04:49+00:00 January 25th, 2018|