Longhorn News

Week of January 19, 2016

Principal's Message

We had a very busy yet productive and successful week. Midyear conferences confirmed what I knew all along. We have reflective, dedicated professionals that understand the importance of focusing on quality instruction. I want to thank you for your honesty and your willingness to take the necessary next steps to ensure not only your success, but our students' as well. We all have the power to influence the culture of our school. Thank you for demonstrating through your actions this week, the commitment you have made to ensure that Henry W. Longfellow has a culture focused on student achievement. Have a great week of teaching and learning.

In Partnership,

Lorena G. Hernandez

T.A.G. Teacher of the Week

This week's T.A.G teacher of the week is Ms. LaCaze. Ms. LaCaze was nominated because she is consistently professional and models to students and staff that reading is truly fundamental. Furthermore, the library is warm and welcoming for all to enjoy. Stop by anytime this Wednesday to see how she collaborates with teachers. She will be working with Mrs. Meza's 6th grade students this Wednesday. As you stop by, don't forget to fill out the Tell, Ask, Give slip of paper and leave it behind for her to read. Each week the person nominated will select the next teacher to observe. It is my hope that this practice allows everyone to take some time to share best practices with each other. Congratulations Ms. LaCaze on being nominated.


We have begun accepting applications for next school year. Evaluating the applications is a team effort. We will be sharing the rubrics with all teams Tuesday during staff development so that teams can begin filling out score sheets for each applicant.

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 19

Breakfast in the Classroom begins

PD @ 3:45

January 22

Happy Birthday Ms. Gerst!

No Clubs today!

Coming Soon!

January 25

SBDM@ 5:00 PM

deadline to submit video interest to Teaching and Learning department

January 26

Afterschool tutoring begins

Picture Day!

January 31

Deadline to Acknowledge receipt of district policies on Oracle

February 12

Valentine's Dance and In and Out Burger

January Birthdays

3- Mr. Nigro

11- Mr. Griffin

16- Ms. Jimenez

22-Ms. Gerst


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