Longhorn News

Week of May 9, 2016

Principal's Message

This week is the last week of STAAR testing for our students. Take time to encourage and motivate your students to do their very best. A short note or words of encouragement go a long way. As you know, most of our students are very capable of passing a test. By now, we have all taken notice that many of the passing rates on STAAR vary from the 40% to the 60%. The advanced rate however, is almost always in the 80% or higher. Let's remind students this week, that their goal is not to just pass the test but to demonstrate that they have truly mastered their grade level curriculum. Let them know you believe they can do it.

For those not testing, although you may be relocated to another room this week, it is important to continue with quality instruction and alignment no matter where you are located. ACPs are around the corner, students deserve and require the very best you have to offer no matter what may be going on. Thanks for staying committed to excellence and staying strong through the last lap of this race. Make it a great week of teaching and learning.

In Partnership,

Lorena Hernandez

Happy Mother's Day

I want to wish all of our wonderful, hardworking, devoted and loving mothers a very Happy Mother's Day.

Free Jeans Pass

STAAR testing is occurring all week. Feel free to wear jeans and soft sole shoes this week.

Field Day Meeting

We will meet on Monday at 3:45 for a school wide Field Day meeting. It is important to be in attendance to receive information that applies to all of us and to ensure a successful event.

Department Chair Meeting

We will meet this Monday after our Field Day meeting in the library.

STAAR Schedules

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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.

We Rolled Out the Red Carpet for our Superstar Teachers!

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Great Presentation by our Longhorn Battalion

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Important Dates to Remember

May 9

Math 6&7 STAAR

Field Day Meeting

Department Chair Meeting

May 10

Reading 6&7 STAAR

Reading 8 Retest

May 11

Science 8 STAAR

May 12

Social Studies 8 STAAR

May 13

SLOs entered into Schoolnet

Field Day

Coming Soon!

May 10-25

TEI Roster Verification Window

May 16-20

8th Grade Week

May 20

8th Grade Ball

May 25

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

May 27

6th,7th grade Awards

May 31

8th Grade Awards

June 2

Last Day for Students

June 3

End of Year Luncheon

May Birthdays

Joseph Bruno- 17

Connie Simone- 24

Charlotte Hutson-24


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