Longhorn News

Week of May 23, 2016

Principal's Message

I speak for both Ms. O'Neal and I when I say how thankful we both are for last week's demonstrations of appreciation that we received from each one of you during Educational Bosses' Week! We definitely do not do what we do to receive accolades, however it is nice to feel appreciated and thought of. Thank you so much, you made our week extra special!


Lorena Hernandez


This Wednesday morning we will be hosting a volunteer appreciation breakfast. Please park on the Inwood Rd side so that our guests are able to park in the front of the building.

TEI Roster Verification

TEI Roster Verification (TRV) is available through MyData Portal. Teachers must submit rosters by 5:00 p.m. on May 25.

Did you know?

  • TRV is the teacher’s only opportunity for teachers to ensure the rosters accurately reflect the students they taught during the school year.
  • Students are eligible for inclusion in a teacher’s TEI achievement metrics based on their scheduling and attendance with the teacher.
  • You can also sign up for an open lab session or a one-on-one telephone support call with OIR staff if you have questions about your rosters.
  • NOTE: If you are not a teacher of record or your students do not take district, state, or national assessments, you will not have rosters to verify.

Click here to log into MyData Portal and access your rosters and training materials.

2016-2017 Contract Dissemination for Eligible Employees

Human Capital Management has issued contracts for the 2016-2017 school year. Contract-eligible employees can now access their contract via Oracle Employee Self Service.

  • Depending upon an employee’s certification and length of service in a contract-eligible position, the contract will be either an Educator Probationary or Educator Term contract.
  • Contract acceptance occurs by electronic signature within Oracle Employee Self Service.
  • Employees will have two weeks to accept the contract offer. The deadline to accept the 2016-2017 contract is May 25, 2016.
  • Please review the contract fully and contact


    if you have any questions about your contract or employee data.
  • According to the Texas Education Code, contract-eligible employees wishing to resign must do so 45 days before the first instructional day of the school year. The last day to resign prior to the 2016-2017 school year is July 08, 2016.

Need instructions on how to log into Oracle to accept your contract? Want to see a list of contract-eligible positions? Visit the contracts home page at



ACP testing meeting

We will meet this Monday at 3:45 in the library for ACP mandatory training.

Closeout Checklist

You will be receiving an end of year closeout checklist this week. All items must be completed and initialed by the indicated personnel before you leave for the summer on June 3. Please note: It is important that you do not send students around to retrieve signatures during class time. Signatures will only be signed before school, after-school, and during scheduled planning periods.

End of Year Luncheon

Our end of year luncheon will take place at Uncle Julio's on June 3rd at 11:30 A.M. The luncheon will be complimentary for all staff. This luncheon includes end of year celebrations and recognitions and it is important that all staff is in attendance.



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.

Evening of Theater

Our theater students performed ten short plays for our parents during PTA night. They did a fabulous job demonstrating their acting skills.

Choir Students Competing at Sandy Lake Park

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Congratulations to our choir. They obtained the following results this weekend:
6th grade received a superior or 1
Treble Girls received a superior or 1
Tenor/Bass received an excellent or a 2.5

8th Grade Ball

Students, staff and parents danced the night away Friday night during our end of the year 8th grade ball. A special thanks goes out to Ms. McCoo, Ms. Gerst, Ms. Thompkins, and Ms. Johnigan for setting up and decorating and Ms. Higgins for purchasing decorating supplies. I know getting this ball organized was a huge undertaking and that many assisted in making it happen. I especially want to recognize Ms. Dorothy Jackson for her assistance in ensuring that we had the venue and DJ set up. A special thanks goes out to all of our wonderful staff members that joined us during the ball, Mr. Griffin, Ms. Armstrong, Ms. Dorrough, Ms. McCoo, Ms. Johningan, Ms. Gerst, Ms. O'Neal, Mr. Williams, Mr. Ford, Sergeant Patterson, Ms. Borges, Ms. Anderson, and Ms. Britton. We had a wonderful time thanks to the teamwork displayed by all.

Maylin Gonzalez and Adilene Lopez at the Business Plan Competition this Saturday

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Important Dates to Remember

May 23

ACP testing meeting

May 24

Happy Birthday Ms. Simone!

Happy Birthday Ms. Hutson!

May 25

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

TEI Roster Verification Deadline

Last Day to Sign Contracts

Dance/Choir Program @ 6:00 PM

May 27

ACPs 1st/2nd Periods AM

3rd/4th classes remainder of day

6th/7th Grade Awards Program @ 1:30

Coming Soon!

May 31

8th Grade Awards

June 2

Last Day for Students

June 3

End of Year Luncheon

July 8

Last Day to Resign from the District without Penalty

May Birthdays

Joseph Bruno- 17

Connie Simone- 24

Charlotte Hutson-24


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