Urgent Communication

The Longview Police Department has given the district the “All Clear” signal. Any students still at school will now be allowed to take the bus or walk home. Students riding the bus will be dropped off at their normal bus stop. The school district worked closely with the Longview Police Department to keep our students and staff members safe, and to provide families clear information during this incident, and we appreciate your patience.

Safety and security of our students and staff members is our top priority.

2019-09-11T13:14:20-07:00September 10th, 2019|

First Day of School

Today we started off the 2019-2020 school year. We are happy to see our students again and can’t wait to have a fun-filled year with each and every one of them! Thank you all who made this first day of school a wonderful experience!

2019-08-29T16:18:22-07:00August 28th, 2019|

District seeking community advisors

Longview Public Schools is currently seeking applicants interested in serving on the Strategic Plan Review Committee. Our committees help provide essential community input to the district and help ensure that the schools reflect the public’s wishes.

Committee members must be residents of the Longview School District and have an interest in long-term improvement efforts for our schools.

To find our more about the Strategic Plan Review Committee, please visit Advisory Committees.

To apply, you may:

Applications are due by September 3, 2019.

2019-09-17T12:59:21-07:00August 26th, 2019|

Welcome to School Year 2019-2020!

Dear Families, Staff and Community Partners,

We are a caring community of learners!

Our Northlake focus is literacy (reading, writing, speaking and listening), mathematical reasoning and attendance. We use Conscious Discipline as our approach to strengthening our school community and as a tool to teach social skills. We are working to improve our attendance and readiness for all students, and have an attendance board in our entry area.

We believe that families and community members are our partners. Your support is crucial to our success. Thanks to everyone who has donated their time or resources to support our students.

Northlake has a well-established garden. We are always looking for garden volunteers to work with students and with garden staff. We are proud of our partnership!

Don’t forget to stop by our Little Libraries. Donated to us by the Rotary Club, these libraries let you leave a book and take a book. Also, if you have extra books at home, we are always welcome to donate books to us.

Reading is vitally important. Research shows that if students read 20 minutes a night at home, they are far more likely to read well  and graduate high school and beyond. If children read 20 minutes a day, they are exposed to 1.8 million words per year, and will score in the 90th percentile of standardized tests. If children read 5 minutes a day, they are exposed to 282,000 words per year and are predicted to score in the 50th percentile. That is why, even if your student does not have homework, we urge everyone to read at home at least 20 minutes a day.

You are always welcome at Northlake, and we appreciate all of your feedback and support!

Sincerely Yours,

Dr. Cora Lazo, Principal

2019-08-12T14:02:29-07:00August 12th, 2019|

Open Positions!

Longview Public Schools Seeking various positions. Go to our Careers page to find out more!

Longview Public Schools is hoping to start off a great year with new hires! If you or anyone you know is interested
in working for our school district then check out our fast track employment opportunities on our careers page!

2019-07-30T13:22:00-07:00July 11th, 2019|

Northlake Summer 2019 Information

Last day office is open: June 28, 2019

Summer programs
• Longview Parks and Rec summer classes, call 360-442-5400 for more information

Meals for Longview kids:
Northlake Elem, 2210 Olympia Way
June 17 – August 20 (no meals July 1-5); Monday – Friday
Breakfast 8:30 – 8:45am, Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm

Kessler Elem, 1902 Kessler Blvd
June 17 – July 3 Monday – Friday
Breakfast 8:30 – 9:00 am, Lunch 12:00 – 12:30pm
July 8 – August 16 Monday – Friday
Breakfast 8:30 – 8:45am, Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm

Olympic Elem, 1324 30th Ave
June 17- June 28; Monday – Friday
Breakfast 8:30 – 8:45am, Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm

Monticello Middle School, 1225 28th Ave
July 8 – July 26; Monday – Friday
Breakfast 8:30 – 8:45am, Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm

Archie Anderson Park, 22nd Ave and Alabama St
July 8 – Aug 16; Monday – Thursday
Lunch 12:00 – 12:15pm, Snack 3:30 – 3:45 pm

Longview Teen Center, 2121 Kessler Blvd
June 17 – Aug 16 (no meals July 4-5); Monday – Friday
Snack 3:30 – 3:45 pm

Office opens in fall: August 20, 2019

First day of school: August 28, 2019

2019-08-22T14:38:24-07:00June 26th, 2019|

Summer Meal Program information

Summer Meals for Kids!

This year the Summer Food Service Program will offer free nutritious meals to all neighborhood children ages 18 years and younger at:

Northlake Elementary, 2210 Olympia Way,  June 17 – August 16, Breakfast 8:30 am – 8:45 am,  Lunch 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm  *No Meals July 1- July 5

Kessler Elementary, 1902 Kessler Blvd., June 17 – July 3, Breakfast 8:30 am – 9:00 am, Lunch 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm,  July 8 – August 16 Breakfast 8:30 am – 8:45 am, Lunch 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm

Olympic Elementary, 1324 30th Ave., June 17 – June 28, Breakfast 8:30 am – 8:45 am, Lunch 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm

Monticello Middle School, 1225 28th Ave., July 8 – July 26, Breakfast 8:30 am – 8:45 am, Lunch 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm

Archie Anderson Park, 22nd Ave & Alabama St., July 8 – Aug 16, Lunch 12:00 pm  – 12:15 pm, Snack 3:30 pm – 3:45 pm  *Monday thru Thursday

Teen Center, 2121 Kessler Blvd., June 17 – Aug 16, Snack 3:30 pm – 3:45 pm  *No Meals July 4- July 5

All meals will meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, so you know your child will be eating a healthy meal. Supervised activities will be offered at Northlake and Kessler Elementary Schools, Monticello Middle School, Teen Center, & Archie Anderson Park. For more information, contact City of Longview, Parks & Recreation Department at 360-442-5400. For more information about the program, or to volunteer to help, call the Longview Public School Nutrition office at 360-575-7172.

The Summer Food Service Program is sponsored by The U.S. Department of Agriculture

2019-06-12T11:37:18-07:00June 12th, 2019|

Salas experiences government first hand

Monticello student Criselia Salas shares her experience as a state senate Page in hopes of getting other students to think about applying for the program.

Where do you go to school? Monticello Middle School.

What grade are you in at Monticello? Eighth.

How were you chosen to be a senate page? I was recommended by Mrs. Davis, so I filled out the papers. My mom said it would be a great opportunity for me to see how government works, so I read through it and was kind of interested.

Why weren’t you very interested? Because I am not really into political stuff, I am more a math person.

Criselia Salas with State Senator Dean Takko

Where did you send the application? We emailed it to 19th district State Senator Dean Takko.

How did you find out you were selected? They sent me an acceptance letter in the mail.

How did you feel once the program started?  Once it started and seeing all the action happening, seeing how it really worked; it caught my attention. Seeing how they would debate and all the action was just there and you were just into it, that the time would just pass so fast.

How many days were you up there? We were up there for a week.

What was your introduction to the process of government? They showed us around, showed us how government works.

What was the daily schedule? We would be in an office or on the floor. We had a page room, which was for catching up on our schoolwork. There was a classroom there where we learned more about the government.

What are some of the things you learned about the government? Learning about the bills was our main focus. We had to make our own bill too, and learned how a bill was processed. We had a partner, we went to one of the rooms, and acted like senators. We presented a bill in front of other pages to see if it would pass or not pass.

What was your bill about? It was about starting school later, like maybe an hour later in the day. Just moving it back a little more.

Why did you think starting school later would be good? When we did the research, we found that students, if they were to move school start time back, would sleep late and be more into school.  Research showed more sleeping time would be positive since their bodies are changing.

So did your bill pass? Yes.

What were some of the tasks you were assigned and what were some of the things you experienced? It was mostly being out on the floor. We had to pass out papers to the senators. We learned their names and they would just debate on and on. We would also get to be in the legislature and see how that worked. We would hand out papers to their offices, so we would go to the Jack Building.

What did you experience at the end of your week? Towards then there was not much to do because they were off the floor, it was more like passing out notes and being in our schoolroom and doing our presentations to other senate pages.

What did you think of Senator Takko? He was funny and kind. I really enjoyed meeting him. I did not really expect that, but he had a great personality. His office was interesting. He had deer and elk hung up on his wall.

Did you meet any other senators that you liked? I would talk to some but I did not catch their names. We would be talking to them on the floor starting and they would get back to their offices.

How did your last day end? It was a slow day, most everyone was able to leave at noon. We got a certificate for being senator’s pages at the capital. We earned about $200.

What will you do with all that cash? Probably by clothes and shoes for school.

As you look back on your time as a senate page, what are your thoughts? I recommend it. At first, I wasn’t sure because I am not a political person, but when I look back, I really enjoyed it. I made memories and learned how government works. At first I did not even know what bills were, once I got there I learned so much.

What was it like being away from home? It was kind of a struggle at night because I missed my family, but at the end of the week, I realized I enjoyed it. The week passes by so fast, at first you kind of worry but at the end you just want to go back and redo it.

What should I ask that I have not? There are not many students recommended for this or who know about it. They want more people to experience being a page and they do want the help. In a textbook, you do not get the caption of it all like you do when you are there. It is a great opportunity for middle and high school students and it makes you think – maybe this is what I want to do when I grow up.

Would you consider being in politics when you grow up? Maybe, I actually like debating and seeing how government works. At first, I was not interested in any of that, but after I came back, I was interested in it.

Do you know what you want to do when you grow up? I am thinking of being a doctor or maybe a lawyer, I do not know yet.

Will this experience you will help you be a more knowledgeable citizen? Yes, I really think so.

To your Mom, Mrs. Taylor – What are your thoughts on Criselia’s time as a senate page? I am just so proud of her.

Mrs. Taylor – are you glad Criselia had the opportunity to be a page? I am glad she had the opportunity. I agree with her that even if people are interested a little bit in the idea of being a senate page they need to look into so they can have that experience.

Mrs. Taylor – were you nervous about Criselia going away for a week? One of the things I noticed in her is when she left she was emotional and it was scary. She was very nervous. It was a hard decision for her. However, when she returned, she returned more mature. She came back with this great reflection, this great experience and knowledge of how our government works and why bills are so important.

Mrs. Taylor – did you encourage Criselia to go? Yes, we encouraged her to go and learn about the process, because she had no idea. When you are a mom trying to explain to her what a bill is, that is such a boring conversation. When she actually got to experience it herself she was able to have the understanding she needed to come back and grow from it, share it with others. She said she really wants her younger sister to be a page.

Mrs. Taylor – what else? I am happy she had the opportunity to learn from this experience. She did not go because her mom made her do this. She learned from the experience and did not take it for granted. I am a very proud mom.

Also, I would like to sincerely thank Mrs. Davis for her support in making this opportunity possible for Criselia. Mrs. Davis was very encouraging and amazing in helping make this process fell safe and comfortable for our family. Thank you!

2019-06-04T07:52:45-07:00June 4th, 2019|

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.

2019-04-16T16:10:16-07:00April 16th, 2019|