Longfellow Middle School

October 19th - October 23rd

Longfellow “Study Hub”

In an effort to better support our school community, Longfellow will be housing a “Study Hub” in the cafe for students to access a quiet space during their asynchronous learning days. Please know, while this will be staffed with an adult supervisor, there will not be direct instruction or ready access to specific teachers.

Unfortunately we have a 50 student capacity per time slot, and students/families will need to sign-up prior for their desired time. Please click on your appropriate Cohort and enter your student's name to reserve a seat. This is a first come/first serve, so please make sure to be present if you sign-up.

What does this look like?

Cohort B (Phase Into Learning)


8:30 - 10:00

2:15 - 3:30

Tosa Connected (Only)


9:00 - 11:00

Cohort A (Phase Into Learning)


8:30 - 10:00

2:15 - 3:30

Students will be socially distanced in the cafe and strictly adhering to the following expectations:

  • Students will use this opportunity for the intended purpose, studying and homework;

  • Students will remain seated and quiet so others will be able to work;

  • Students will only access the cafe doors and nearest bathroom;

  • Students will arrive and leave on time;

  • Students are encouraged to bring headphones/earbuds if they need to listen/watch/engage in any virtual lesson during this time

PLEASE NOTE: We cannot provide transportation or be responsible for student supervision outside these designated time slots.

So What Does Engagement Look Like In A Virtual World??

Students, parents, and teachers have learned (and will continue to learn) SO MUCH during this hybrid learning journey together. Some of us love this new way of learning while others are still trying to get comfortable with it. That's natural. Teachers are more than willing to help students feel comfortable in this new "classroom" in any way they can, but we need your help, Orioles.

In The Event We Have to Go Full Virtual Again (For Any Reason):

If you choose to have your camera off (for whatever reason that is your own) we need to know you are engaged and learning. Our teachers have put together a list of strategies/expectations that will hold all of us accountable for YOUR learning. Please see below:

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Virtual Expectations Continued...

PLEASE KNOW that some of these prompts and engagement checks will be used as assessments, so it is imperative you stay involved in the discussion.

Food Service Update: Meal Pickup for Wks. 10/19 and 10/26

To provide our Phase Into Learning students with meals on the upcoming days that school is not in session, we will be modifying our meal order and pickup processes for the weeks of 10/19 and 10/26 as follows:

October 19-23, 2020 (Elementary Only)

  • Cohort A

    • Elementary: No change. On Tuesday (10/20), students will bring home meals for Wednesday (10/21) - Friday (10/23).

    • Secondary: No change. On Tuesday (10/20), students will bring home meals for Wednesday (10/21) - Friday (10/23).

  • Cohort B

    • Elementary: On Thursday (10/22), students will bring home meals for Friday (10/23) - Wednesday (10/28). Orders must be placed by 4 pm on Tuesday (10/20).

    • Secondary: No change. On Friday, students will bring home meals for Monday - Wednesday.

October 26-30, 2020 (All Students)

  • Cohort A

    • No change. On Tuesday (10/27), students will bring home meals for Wednesday (10/28) - Friday (10/30).

  • Cohort B

    • Elementary: On Thursday (10/29), students will bring home meals for Friday (10/30) - Wednesday (11/4). Orders must be placed by 4 pm on Tuesday (10/27).

Food Service Update: Free Weekend Meals

The Wauwatosa School District will now also provide free weekend meals for all District students - even those who do not qualify for free/reduced meals. Please complete the appropriate form below and submit at least 24 hours prior to meal pickup.

Click here for the Virtual Learners Lunch Request Form

Meals can be picked up at Longfellow Middle School or Whitman Middle School on Wednesdays from 9 - 11 am. Orders must be received by 12 noon on Tuesdays. Please complete one form per household.

Click here for the Hybrid Learners Lunch Request Form

Students in Cohort A (Mon/Tue) must place orders by 12 noon on Mondays. Students in Cohort B (Thru/Fri) must place orders by 12 noon on Thursdays. Students will pick up meals at school prior to leaving on Tuesday (Cohort A) or Friday (Cohort B). Please complete one form per child.

If you have any questions regarding the meal service, please feel free to contact the food service office at (414) 773-2635.

Other Potential Support for Families on Asynchronous Days

Asynchronous learning can be difficult for most of us...students AND adults. Whether it technology issues or learning how to navigate Canvas, we've had to become experts in troubleshooting and resourcefulness. For others, the biggest obstacle is not having a quiet/safe place to sit down and work during these asynchronous days.

The following community centers are offering space/supervision for situations like this:

While fees may apply to some of these programs, there are options available for all families to access. Most of these organizations work in conjunction with Wisconsin Shares as well.

Picture Day Reminder

COHORT B students only

10/23/2020; 8 - 11:30 am

COHORT A students only

10/26/2020; 8 - 11:30 am

Picture day just got easier! VIP has made some major changes to how you will order photos of your son or daughter starting this fall.

  1. You will no longer need an order form. VIP will be taking an individual picture of every athlete and uploading them to an online gallery. You will be able to see your picture before you place an order.
  2. To see photos, you will go to this link: LMS - VIP information
  3. All orders will now be direct delivery. When you place an order, VIP will print it and ship it to you.
  4. Questions about ordering photos can be sent to support@vipis.com.
  5. To opt in for email notification when pictures are posted in the view and order gallery, enter your information into this form: VIP email request

The Cold Weather is Coming. What to Know...

I know there have been questions regarding lockers. Trust me, we hope to be able to use them sooner than later. However, for now we will be continuing the current protocol of going directly to and from classroom to classroom. With Covid cases on the rise, we want to continue our efforts in minimizing touch points and deter students from congregating in the hallways.

Here's what we will be doing as the colder weather comes near:

  • We will be putting temporary hooks on the outside of every other locker for students to hang their coats if they choose to do so. We have supervision in each hallway throughout the day.
  • Reminder the supply lists have been updated to minimize the amount of supplies a student will need to bring day to day. A Chromebook (and charger), binder, and your goggles will get you through the day.

Please reach out to the Longfellow office with any additional questions.

Reminder: Free Breakfast and Lunch for All Students

Breakfast is served daily from 7:30 - 8:05 am for students Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. As a reminder, breakfast and lunch are available at no cost to students through December 31, 2020. Any students interested in having breakfast, please enter the exterior cafeteria door, # W12.


* * * * * * * * * * ARCHIVES * * * * * * * * * *

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The Counselor Team

Longfellow School Counselors dropped into every 6-8 Social Studies & US History classroom over the last 3 weeks to talk with students about their role in supporting them this year! School Counselors provide help with course scheduling, academic support, and any personal or peer issues that arise. Phased-into-Learning and Tosa Connected students can request a check-in with a counselor by visiting the counseling office OR by filling out a request form HERE.

School Psychologist and Counseling Intern

Students can also check-in with Mrs. Corroy (left), our School Psychologist or Ms. Morrow, our School Counseling Intern this year. Ms. Morrow is a graduate student from the University of WI-Whitewater and joins the team on Mondays and Thursdays. Welcome!!

Longfellow PTA Teacher Appreciation

Hello! The Longfellow PTA would like to show our appreciation for the Longfellow staff, who have been working especially hard during these unique circumstances.
We are hoping to help stock the fridge with beverages and provide treats for them throughout the year, in addition to our week-long celebration in May. Please sign up if you are able! There will be additional opportunities to sign up in the future. Thanks very much!!

Longfellow PTA


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What is Launch!?

Learners fast forward into their future and are fully immersed in personalized professional cultures, exploring industries of interest, solving real world problems, and using industry standard tools. Learners connect, work and are coached by employers, employees and professionals in their professions of choice, all while receiving high school and potentially college credit, and industry credentials. Projects are designed to meet employer and employee needs, invite innovation and entrepreneurship, or career or industry exploration. This program is an example of how business, community, agencies, and educators can partner to produce the most personalized learning profession-based experiences that educate the talent of tomorrow, especially in high skill, high demand jobs.

LAUNCH provides the opportunity to deeply explore professional areas of interest through a profession-based, inquiry learning method. When this program concludes, students will have been exposed to industry brands, built a professional network of support, and developed credentials that will foster continuous improvement via lifelong learning, unlock and access human potential, collaboration and problem solving skills. Students will learn how to learn for themselves! In addition, LAUNCH will connect students to internships and job opportunities that connect to their professional plan.

Longfellow Black Student Union Will begin 2020 Meetings soon!

Our BSU will be kicking off in the near future! Please listen/pay attention to the announcements as Mrs. WK will be sending out information very soon. Everyone who wishes to be a part of the discussion can be as meetings will be held with Connected and P-I-L students concurrently!

BSU Kickoff Info

First meetings will be during lunch this Tuesday (Cohort A), Wednesday (Both Longfellow Connected Cohorts) and Friday (Cohort B).

Wednesday's ZOOM Link

It's Important for Our Families to Know

Here at Longfellow, we celebrate the diversity that has come to define our learning community. Our staff continues working toward a culture of humility and vulnerability as we try to better reach ALL our families during such a unique time in history. Unfortunately our message of equality and unity recently experienced a setback when a person, or group of people, distributed racist literature throughout our community. Both disgusted and heartbroken by these events, we will continue to have these conversations and support our students in every way possible.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to any Longfellow staff member should you need support or have ideas on how to strengthen our partnership, learning community, and neighborhoods.

Sincerest Regards,

Seth Larson

Message from the Nurse's Desk

Please reference this letter from the nurse regarding Covid-19 mitigation efforts and strategies.

Longfellow Athletics 2020-2021

As of right now we will be having our fall sports, but in a very limited fashion. Please see this letter from our Athletic Director Brian Theriault for important information.

Thank You Families, Teachers, and Students

The cohorts are set, “Tosa Connected” is ready to go, and student class schedules will be released in the very near future. We are almost back to school! With that said, I want to sincerely thank our families for being beyond patient and understanding through this process. You’ve had to make difficult decisions regarding your child’s health and schooling. You’ve had to adjust work schedules and arrange child care. You’ve had to make substantial life changes based on new (and oftentimes changing) information. I am truly sorry for the inconveniences caused during this already stressful time. Please know our teachers have been working tirelessly to ensure your student’s Longfellow experience is safe and meaningful, no matter the mode of instruction. Thank you for your trust in us.

Thank you, Longfellow teachers, for your courage, professionalism, and willingness to rise to this occasion. You continue to amaze every day.

Finally, thank you, Longfellow Orioles, for being our “why” as we prepare for this new experience together. We got this.


Seth Larson

welcome mr. abdelmawla!!!

Son of two first generation Americans (Scotland and Libya), and military Vet, our new Associate Principal brings worldly experiences to Longfellow!
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Meet your new math teacher!

Mr. Dan Holland, a former dairy farmer from Monroe and sports management director in Kenosha, will be teaching 7th and 8th grade math at Longfellow. Welcome Mr. Holland!
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Longfellow Says Goodbye to Some Amazing Humans

Dear Longfellow Orioles,

I think it's safe to say 2020 is a year we are ready to leave behind. School ending early, activities being cancelled, and being stuck at home was not the spring we anticipated at Longfellow. Now, in addition to this already difficult time, we have unrest in our cities and amplified division in our communities. Longfellow Orioles, we need you. This world needs you.

There is so much to celebrate at our school. There is incredible talent...there is ambition....creativity....there is limitless potential among you. But what's so much more than any of those things? There is also empathy and an appreciation for each other as individuals. There IS kindness among you. I truly hope through these difficult times you can still recognize that. I also hope that at some point in your future, you see what I see in you. What your teachers see in you. That you are able to look in the mirror and see your worth. Please, continue to celebrate your differences and help shrink this divide in our schools, in our communities, and in our world. I've said this before, you are your parents' greatest gift to this world....make it a better place than you found it.

I hope each of you and your families are staying healthy physically, mentally, and emotionally during this time away.

Kindest regards and I miss you all,

Principal Larson

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Birthday Visit for Ruiming!

Some Longfellow teachers have been meandering around town looking for ways to (safely) bring some smiles to our Orioles. Keep an eye out...some positive vibes might be coming your way.

"The Oriole Times" - Digital Edition

Mrs. Engel's writers of the Oriole Times wanted to do one more edition before the end of the school year! Check it out!

Get Out of the House and Take a Trip Somewhere (kinda)!!

Take a look at some of these super cool virtual field trips! I've always wanted to go to Yankee Stadium and the Son Doong Cave! These are almost as cool as the real thing!

Longfellow Artists shine through during their time in quarantine

Some of our Orioles have been finding ways to not only cope but excel during this difficult time. Check out some of the impressive work our Orioles are creating during their "digital" art experience!

Longfellow Artists

A (really awesome) Public Service Announcement from Your Classmate!

8th grader Julius Ryan was asked the question, How are you feeling about the world right now? THIS was his response. So, SO awesome! Thanks, Julius.

"Allied Hearts" - Ms. Mohacsi and Ms. Condon sending the Longfellow love ZOOM style

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