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

2019-06-26T15:24:27-07:00June 26th, 2019|

Open Positions!

Longview Schools Open Positions

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!

2019-07-11T16:06:50-07:00July 11th, 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|

Spotlight – Ms. Bueno, Northlake Elementary School

Where were you born? I was born in Mexico. My family moved to the United States when I was 6 years old.

Did you speak any English? I knew three words my dad had taught me. The three English words I remember were door, window and bathroom. I felt super cool because I knew those three words. I was coming to the United States and I thought I was ready.

Where did you live? I lived where now the Walmart on 7th Ave is; it used to be a trailer court.

Where did you go to school I went to school at Northlake.

Is Northlake a special place for you? This school is very personal to me, I was an English Language Learner (ELL) student, and now I am in the ELL program. Some of the teachers I had are still currently here. Now my daughter Yaritza goes here.

What grade is your daughter in? Yaritza is in first grade in Ms. Davis class. Ms. Davis was my reading teacher in elementary school – she’s great!

How many brothers and sisters do you have? I have one sister and three brothers.

Did your siblings attend Northlake too? Yes, all my brothers, sisters and cousins came here. I have always loved this school. It is a dream come true to work where you loved going to school.

What high school did you attend? Mark Morris class of 2011.

Where does your sister attend school? My sister moved in with me this year, she goes to Monticello.

So you have your little sister living with you? Yes, it is very interesting because she is a teenager. There is such a big age gap between her and myself.

How old are you and your sister? I am 26 and my sister is 13. It’s as if I am raising a child. It has been tough sometimes, but we are starting to adjust to each other.

Is it difficult parenting your sister? She sometimes does not like it but I tell her as long as you are under my roof I control you – you are 13.

Does your family value education? Education is not something my family knows a lot about. They know it is important, but they have never made it a focus.

Do you make school a high priority? I make it very high priority because I know how important it is. I know how hard it is to try to catch up if you get behind.

Were you absent from class much during high school? I missed a lot of high school. I was always out translating for my parents. My dad got ill when I was entering my sophomore/junior year. Nobody around the house spoke English besides me, so I had to go to his appointments.

How did you catch up for all the absences? I went to Discovery High School and took 11 credits the last semester to catch up.

What did you do after high school? After school, I got pregnant and had a daughter.

Were your parents upset about having a child right after high school? Yes. I always try to take negative stuff and make it positive. My dad said now all you are good for is changing diapers. I took that very personally and said, “I am going to prove you wrong dad.” I put my daughter Yaritza in Head Start from 3 months to 3 years old and went to Lower Columbia College without letting my parents know.

Did you earn your associates degree? It took me three years to get my associates degree, but I did it.

Was getting your associate degree tough? Yes, partly because I became pregnant again.

Why was it so important for you to go to college? First, I wanted to prove my dad wrong. Second, my dad got sick and was near the end of his life. I wanted him to see me graduate and be proud of me.

Did you want to prove your dad wrong, or be proud of you? My mentality changed and I wanted him to be proud of me. Also, my mother worked so hard and I wanted to thank her for the sacrifice and show her I was worth it.

What is your son’s name? Mateo. Mateo will go to school at Northlake next year. My girl is good tempered, soft, sweet and kind. Mateo is completely opposite.

What did you do after earning your associates degree? Before graduating, I accepted a job at Northlake as a paraeducator for English Language Learners.

Did you always want to work with English Language Learners (ELL)? Yes, I was like exactly, that’s what I want to do, it is my passion. I was an ELL student, so I take it personally.

Prior to working at Northlake Elementary did you volunteer in schools? Before working at Northlake, I had been involved in schools for a long time. Mary Carr-Wilt is my mentor. She would get me to volunteer at different schools at events she had.

Were you excited to come back to Northlake as a staff member? Yes, so many of the people already knew me it made it easy to fit in. It feels like I am home.

What do you like to do outside of work? I recently took a part-time job. Being a paraeducator doesn’t pay real well while raising my sister and two kids of my own.

You have an associate’s degree, are you going to pursue a bachelor’s degree?  Yes, I am signing up for the bachelor’s degree program at Lower Columbia

College to be a teacher.

When do you plan to start school? I will start this spring. I was determined that an associate’s degree was good enough. It was more than I thought I could do, but now I know I can do more.

Are you going to be a part of LCC’s new teacher certification program? Yes, I have met with them and they said my application looks good. They said that my GPA looked high; I graduated with honors. I always put my family before me every single time and I feel that that will always be me, but I am trying to be selfish and do something for myself.

Is putting family before yourself tradition? Family is very important in our culture. Family before anything, even before myself. I was raised that way; my parents always put their parents first.

Does your family watch soccer together? We like to watch soccer. We spend Sunday watching soccer together as a family.

Does your family play games together? We like to play board games as a family. We play Dominoes, which is our top game. Then we play some Mexican games that we had at home that we try to have the kids grow with, to pass on some of the traditions. They love it. The kids do not speak fluent Spanish but they understand it, so they are able to play the game.

Do your children speak English at home? Yes, my daughter actually hates Spanish. We had some friends visit from Indiana and they had a little girl and she only spoke Spanish. My daughter was like, “Mom, I need to learn Spanish! What do I do?” So now, she is really trying to learn it. Which is kind of funny, all of my family speaks Spanish but my kids don’t speak it.

What is the best part about working with ELL students? The connection that I have with them, because I understand what they are feeling, I understand their frustration. I understand where they are coming from.

What are the frustrations and feelings ELL students have? It is frustrating because you know what you want to say but cannot say it.  You want to do well, but it doesn’t come in, like you can’t translate it.

Do you work with families too? Yes, I connect with them so much and it is nice because I can help families. They call all the time and we talk personal conversations because of the relationships.

How many ELL students does Northlake have? We have 58 ELL students right now.

When a student is frustrated and is struggling with words, what do you tell them? First, I sit with them one on one. I tell them, “I know this is hard, let’s sound it out together” We do the 95% so we stretch the words out with our fingers.

Do students know you attended Northlake? I tell the students I know it’s hard, I was an ELL student and I went to school here. Their face brightens up because I was went to school here too.

Do the kids ask you if you make mistakes speaking English? Yes, they ask, “You do make mistakes?” and I say – we all do.

Does it help students to know you were an ELL student years ago? We give them our story so they do not feel like they are alone. ELL students sometimes feel that because they speak a second language they are less instead of being more.

What do you tell kids to encourage them? We tell kids they are worth double, some kids only speak one language and you are trying to learn two languages and read and write both of them.

Do ELL kids get enough recognition? We know many of our ELL kids feel less because they are not as celebrated as they should be. We just try to get them to know they are important because sometimes they are embarrassed to go to ELL. We tell them you need to be proud, you need to celebrate.

Are all the ELL students from Mexico? No, we have a little girl from the Philippines and she asks, “Teacher am in Mexican because everyone speaks Mexican here.” We tell her no, it is Spanish not Mexican, but you are a Philippine.

Is working as in the English Language Learner program in your heart? Yes, an honestly I try to advocate for them to everybody. They are super smart kids that have trouble expressing everything.

What would you tell the public about ELL kids? I would say visit a classroom. The ELL classroom is so important and special.

Would you tell us about some of the special moments? When you are talking to the kids and are experiencing the, “Oh my gosh!” moments.

Has life been tough for you? I am not embarrassed whatsoever about my roots or living on 8th Avenue. I am proud of my background. I am making a good life. I am happy and comfortable, I am very thankful. I am grateful that I get to be here at Northlake with my daughter.

What would you want people reading this to know about you? If I can do it anyone can do it. I came from a low-income family. We always had food but we were very limited growing up and it was not easy. I cried so many hours, but it was worth it. Anything is possible with hard work and passion.

What is the key to your success? Perseverance. Sometimes I get angry and think – I have to do this, there is nothing stopping me.

Can you give an example of perseverance? When I was pregnant and days from birth, I had to take my final exam at LCC. I was like; you stay in there Mateo, you cannot come out! I gave birth on the weekend, was released Monday morning and took my finals in the afternoon.

What makes you so determined? I did not want to be picking berries in the fields anymore; I did not want to work at fish canneries anymore. I wanted to be at a job where I could sit, dress nicely, not come out of work dirty and tired for minimum wage. If one door closes, you have to open another door.

Do you have a strong will to succeed? Yes, sometimes I remember something that hurt me, that makes me angry and I ask myself – do you want to be that person that keeps reliving that moment or do you want to change it? I give myself options because that is the way.

Is education helping you improve your life? Yes, in my case I am not happy with picking berries, I am not happy about going to a fish cannery – but I am happy about going to school.

Are you a role model for your family? Yes, I am the oldest of the cousins. We have a big family and I have always felt that I am a role model for them.

Is being a role model for your family hard? Sometimes I don’t make the best decisions for them to model. When I got my associates degree my cousin put on Facebook, “Because of you I am going to go to college.”

Did your cousin go to college? Yes, she is finishing her degree in early childhood education. She helped me with my program, with my projects, and saw how much I put into it.

What message are you trying to give your family about education? I want to keep showing them that you can keep going, it is never too late. Two of them are not married and now they are going to school.

Are you a competitive person? I am very competitive. My cousins are almost done getting their associates degrees, so I need to get busy and get my bachelors!

2019-04-09T16:48:56-07:00April 9th, 2019|

Family Resource Center opens at Monticello

Teachers and support team members across the district are seeing a growing number of kids and families who lack a stable food source and/or housing. To help the kids and families the district opened a Family Resource Center at Monticello Middle School. The resource center gives parents a place to get help and connect with food, housing, mental health or other services. It doesn’t matter which school a child attends – the family resource center is open to help them. The resource center was put together through donations and did not require district funds.

The Daily News wrote a front page story about the resource center that published March 2. This is another example of the district putting extra effort towards helping our kids be successful.

The Family Resource Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 11 am and from 1 pm to 3 pm.


2019-03-08T14:24:07-07:00March 7th, 2019|

Application window open for Highly Capable student testing

Applications are now being accepted for the district’s annual Highly Capable Program identification process. To have a student evaluated for this program, parents/guardians give permission by completing the High Capable Permission Form and returning it to the student’s school. Permission forms are due Friday, March 15, 2019.

Cognitive Ability Testing (CogAT) will commence March-April 2019. The selection team will review student data April-May 2019. Testing results will be mailed in May 2019.

2019-03-04T17:15:11-07:00March 4th, 2019|

Elementary Science Day Camp offered

The R.A. Long Science Olympiad Club presents the 6th Annual Elementary Science Day Camp for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders in Cowlitz County. There are two sessions to pick from –  Monday, February 18, 2019, 8am – 2pm (there is no school that day) and/or Saturday, March 23, 2019, 8am-2pm.

Students will explore a variety of scientific concepts including physics, chemistry, biology. High school students will run the experiments and offer hands-on lab activities and demonstrations.  Experiments include catapults, robotics, code breakers, lava lamps, footprinting, chemical reactions, lasers, and rockets.

The camp will be held at R.A. Long, Room 130; the cost is $49, payable at the ASB office during school hours or on the day of the camp. Please complete the registration form and return to R.A. Long High School ASB office during school hours.

2019-02-12T15:44:32-07:00February 12th, 2019|

Calendar information 2019-2020 school year

Planning for vacation and family celebrations is important. While final details of the next year’s school calendar are not yet finished, several important key dates are set. To help you with planning below are important dates for the 2019-2020 school year. These dates have been finalized and approved by the School Board. (Please note the calendar for Broadway Learning Center is different and parents should check with Broadway for 2019-2020 calendar dates.)

Event Date
First day of school August 28, 2019
Winter holiday December 23, 2019 – January 3, 2020
Spring Break April 6-10, 2020
High school graduation June 6, 2020
Last day of school June 11, 2020

A more detailed 2019-2020 school calendar will be sent to parents and families in the Spring. If you have questions please contact your local school.

2019-01-25T15:05:18-07:00January 25th, 2019|
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