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|
Longview Public Schools officials will continue monitoring information regarding local air quality being affected by wildfires in the region.
District administrators rely on Air Quality Index (AQI) information provided through the Washington Department of Ecology. Throughout the school day on Tuesday Sept. 5, the air quality index remained at the low end of the “moderate” scale. At this condition rating, schools were advised to monitor students with asthma, respiratory infection, lung or heart disease and provide modifications and rest to normal recess, PE, and athletic activities. Depending on their student conditions, some schools chose to keep their students inside.
As the air quality rating changed to “unhealthy for sensitive groups” in the late-afternoon on Sept. 5, outdoor athletic practices and events were cancelled. This category recommends that students with asthma, respiratory infection, long or heart disease stay indoors and other children should limit activities to light exertion.
As of Wednesday, Sept. 6, the smoke and fine air particle levels increased and outdoor recesses were cancelled. By one measure, the Washington Air Quality Advisory (WAQA) level reached the “unsafe” category. Outdoor sporting events were cancelled and practices were scheduled for indoors.
As of Thursday, Sept. 7, fine air particle levels decreased from the previous day, and both the WAQA and AQI levels remained a low- to mid-range in the “moderate” category. At that level, no changes to outdoor recesses or athletic events were recommended–except for special populations.
As of Friday, Sept. 8, air quality levels measured by WAQA and AQI returned to the “good” category. No recommendations are in effect for that category.
The district will continue to follow AQI and WAQA information and respond to recommendations for levels of air pollution.
Although the district is planning to maintain regular school schedules, parents are encouraged to take this opportunity to sign up or ensure their current information is on file with the district’s emergency notification system, FlashAlert.
2017-09-08T08:40:13+00:00 September 5th, 2017|
Welcome back to Broadway Learning Center! If you are new to Broadway, we hope your experience here is positive for both your child and you. Broadway is home to the Longview School District Special Education Preschool Services (3 and 4 year old classrooms) and Extended Day Support Services for students with autism, speech and motor services. We also provide consultants to Lower Columbia College ECEAP classrooms, Early Head Start, and Adult English as a Second Language classes. All of the staff members at Broadway are committed to serving your child and family with a high quality program as we begin a new school year together.
In order to keep current in our records, please complete and return the “Student Registration form,” the “Student Transportation form” and the “Housing Questionnaire form” by August 23. These can either be dropped off in the main office at Broadway or mailed back to us. Providing updates to emergency contacts, medications, changes in phone numbers and/or address, and transportation needs and critical information will ensure a smoother start to the new school year.
The “Longview School District Housing Questionnaire.” We are charged under the McKinney-Vento Act to inform people in temporary living situations who may have benefits due them. After school starts, teachers will also be sending home a short half-page card, “Student Information Card,” to complete and return to your teacher. Please be sure to have this card and the questionnaire completed and returned by the end of the first week of school, September 8.
All schools in the Longview School District release one hour early on Wednesdays. Broadway will continue with Early Release Wednesdays for the 2017-2018 school year. Students in our PM classes will be dismissed at 2:45 PM on Wednesdays only beginning September 6, 2017 through June 6, 2018. This does not include the PIC class.
Our daily schedule for classes has not changed. The following is a reminder of the daily schedule.
Morning Sessions (3 year olds)
9:00-Morning session begins – Students picked up at double doors off of parking lot.
11:20-Lunches served to students.
11:50-Morning session ends – Students are loaded on buses or picked up by parent (Parents, please be at the double doors prior to 11:50.)
Afternoon Sessions (4 – 5 year olds)
1:00-Afternoon session begins – Students picked up at double doors off of parking lot.
3:45-(Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday) Afternoon session ends – Students are loaded on buses or picked up by parent (Parents, please be at the double doors prior to 3:45.)
2:45-(Wednesdays only) Afternoon sessions end for classrooms except for the PIC Room. Students are loaded on buses or picked up by parent (Parents, please be at the double doors prior to 2:45.) Teacher Shilah’s/Crystal’s class (PIC ROOM) is not a part of the Early Release days – release at 3:45.
Please join me in welcoming the following new staff:
Teacher Alex continues at Broadway in a new capacity working with Head Start/ECEAP. Her office will be in Room 16.
You might have noticed above that we have renumbered our rooms, deleting room numbers that were ½’s, and giving visual presence to rooms formerly not numbered. This is preparation for school safety improvements giving emergency personnel, parents, and other visitors a better sense of the location of rooms. Later this fall we will be adding hanging door signs for each room that can be seen from either end of the hall.
I am looking forward to seeing old faces and the addition of new friends!
If you have not watch the live tour of Broadway on the district’s web page, it is something you need to see in regards to the needs of the building.
See you soon!
2017-08-16T13:04:42+00:00 August 16th, 2017|