Longhorn News

Week of January 4, 2016

Principal's Message

Happy New Year! I hope you were able to relax, rejuvenate and recharge during the last two weeks. We are so fortunate in our profession to have the opportunity to have two beginnings with our students. Although the first semester has come and gone, it has provided us with plenty of data for us to ground our work around. The second semester is an exciting time to adjust and make decisions around what we already know works and doesn't work. With only 99 student days left, it is extremely important the we utilize every moment that we have with our students to ensure that they are receiving quality instruction not only so that they can be successful on their state exams; but because we are all committed to ensuring our students receive the very best education while enrolled at Henry W. Longfellow Career Exploration Academy. I am excited about our continued work on Student Owned Learning, a Higher Order Thinking Culture, Well Planned Purposeful and Meaningful Aligned Lessons and Tasks, providing Collaborative and Joyful Engagement, and preparing our students with Twenty First Century Skills.

Here's to new beginnings! The best is yet to be!

In Partnership,

Lorena G. Hernandez

Professional Development

Plan to meet Monday morning for an all day professional development in the library beginning at 8:00 AM for breakfast. Our meeting will begin at 8:30. Lunch will be on your own from 11:30-1:00. We will then resume our work with ACP data analysis from 1:00-3:45.

Tuesday will be a work day in your classroom with the exception of a brief emergency plan training in the morning

Longfellow Priorities



Our vision is to create a nationally recognized academy of 21st century learners equipped with the necessary academic and social skills to make a positive impact in an evolving global society.


Our mission is to empower Henry W. Longfellow learners to excel in an evolving society through a challenging academic and collaborative environment that includes specialized courses, leadership development, enhancement of critical thinking skills, and career exploration.

Commitment Statements by Department

As ELAR educators we commit to:

  • Reading complex text;

  • Incorporating strategies that prompt critical thinking;

  • Student generated questioning;

  • Having students reference quotes in writing;

  • Giving students multiple opportunities to respond to text orally and written; and

  • Effective annotation strategies according to genres.

As MATH educators, we commit to:

  • effective facilitation in a student-centered classroom;

  • more student-led discussions;

  • Bloom’s Taxonomy and higher order questioning;

  • students creating math problems;

  • the discussion of essential questions;

  • multiple representations of both problems and solutions, multiple response strategies, and student voice; and

  • connect to interdisciplinary courses (real-life application).

As SCIENCE educators, we commit to:

  • providing a safe space where students can make mistakes, ask questions, challenge existing ideas, develop new ideas, and critique explanations and solutions; and

  • giving students opportunities to learn in different ways including student-driven instruction, labs, exploration, research, modeling activities, and connecting learning to pre-existing knowledge.

As SOCIAL STUDIES educators, we commit to:

  • an environment of collaboration, challenge, and relevancy through passionate instruction;

  • fostering discussion; and engaging students with meaningful dialogue candidly relating to real-world experiences.

Important Dates to Remember

January 3

Happy Birthday Mr. Nigro!

January 4

Professional Development

January 5

Emergency Plan Training @ 8:30

Grades Due

Prepare for Open House

January 7

Open House 4:00-6:00 PM

January 11

No PD in lieu of preparation for parent conferences

January 12

Parent Conferences

January 18

No School MLK Jr DAY

January Birthdays

3- Mr. Nigro

11- Mr. Griffin

16- Ms. Jimenez

22-Ms. Gerst

Fun Times During Our Staff Holiday Party

Quote of the Week

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