The Longfellow Voice

November 17 - 21, 2014

Principal's Message

This past Friday our students participated in our school's signature event

The Henry W. Longfellow Career Exploration Academy - Career Fair!


Our students had the opportunity to engage with people from many areas in the work world. During this week we want to reinforce the career development process and how it is unique to every person and evolves throughout one’s life. During your lessons this week have students to focus on the process of career awareness, exploration, and preparation in order to navigate the globally competitive work environment of the information age.


Many other students are not able to explore various careers like our students and may believe, it's possible to quickly choose a career. It's possible to quickly choose a job, but to find a career that's right for you, it's helpful to slow down, give it some thought, and take the time to get it right.


The Longfellow Career Fair was an excellent opportunity for students to start exploring their interests and aptitudes, finding out the things they’re good at. After talking to students during some of the presentations, it was obvious the Career Fair greatly enhance our students’ interest in career exploration by allowing them to interact with community role models that shared their experiences first-hand.


As many of you may know, every ninth grade student must select a Career Pathway Endorsement. This endorsement must be selected by the end of the eighth grade year. The Career Fair was an engaging experience that provided a deeper understanding of the world of work and the knowledge and skills needed for traditional and nontraditional jobs and careers. This week take time to discuss careers in your content areas and how they relate to the learning in your classrooms.


Thank you to all of you that worked to make this event a success and invited guest to participate in the Career Fair. I know our students benefited from this experience.


Make it a GREAT week!


Dr. Wright

The Longfellow Academy Career Fair

Releasing the responsibility of learning to students

The video link below teaches us to focus on the instructional moves that help teachers release the responsibility of learning to students. This shift is crucial because it helps students construct their own learning, which in turn, teaches them how to think. Watching and analyzing the video is an important step in our theory of professional learning and studying the deliberate and precise teaching moves that make a big impact on student learning helps us grow as teachers.

National Blue Ribbon Ceremony in Washington D.C. Nov. 10 - 11, 2014

Week-at-a-Glance

Monday, November 17th

· Spot Observations and Extended Spot Observations

· Lesson plans in Google Docs (Lesson Cycle format)

· Weekly PLC meetings; discuss and review RtI strategies for tiered students; review ACP viewing and instructional strategies


Tuesday, November 18th

· Spot Observations and Extended Spot Observations

· Instructional feedback conferences – TBA

· Weekly PLC meetings; discuss and review RtI strategies for tiered students; review ACP viewing and instructional strategies


Wednesday, November 19th

8th Grade Field Trip to Skyline High School

· Spot Observations and Extended Spot Observations

· Weekly PLC meeting; discuss and review RtI strategies for tiered students; review ACP viewing and instructional strategies


Thursday, November 20th (Feedback Thursday)

· Spot Observations and and Extended Spot Observations / Feedback Conferences

· Lesson Objectives and Demonstration of Learning due to CILT/CAT members for review

· Weekly PLC meeting; discuss and review RtI strategies for tiered students; review ACP viewing and instructional strategies

Principal’s Professional Development


Friday, November 21st

8th Grade Field Trip to Yvonne E. Townview High School

· Tutoring / Longhorn Clubs – Activity bell schedule

· Weekly PLC meeting; discuss and review RtI strategies for tiered students; review ACP viewing and instructional strategies

Henry W. Longfellow Career Exploration Academy

"Our students are learning to think globally,

act locally and go boldly into the future!"