Longhorn News

Week of May 2, 2016- Teacher Appreciation Week

Principal's Message

My message this week is one of extreme gratitude. I want to take this moment to tell you that although this week is designated as Teacher Appreciation Week, I appreciate you each and every day. As teachers you have one of the toughest professions. You are molding our future while being pulled in many different directions. I may not always see or even recognize everything you do for our school and our students, but know this, You are making a difference! Without you Longfellow teachers, our students would not be able to accomplish what so many have so far. The great thing about teaching is that your influence can never be erased. Take time this week to enjoy the small tokens of appreciation that we have planned for you. Most importantly take time to enjoy making a difference in the lives of our students! Make it a great week of teaching and learning!

In Partnership,

Lorena Hernandez

Free Jeans Pass

If you are reading this, enjoy this teacher appreciation week in none other than....Jeans!

STAAR Testing Meeting

We will meet on Monday at 3:45 for a mandatory testing meeting for this next round of testing. All support and professional staff is required to be in attendance.

FSAC Meeting

We will be meeting this Monday at 7:30 AM to finalize the student planners for next year and school supply lists.


We will meet this Tuesday for our rescheduled SBDM meeting. We will meet in the conference room at 5:00 PM.



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.

Varsity Band Receives a 2nd Division Rating at Sandy Lake

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STAAR Pep Rally

Our STAAR Pep Rally was inspirational, motivational and altogether fun! Thank you teachers for participating and a special thank you goes out to our 8th grade class president Sara Sandoval for organizing and planning most of the event.

Important Dates to Remember

May 2

FSAC @ 7:30

STAAR Testing Meeting@ 3:45

May 3

Science/SS tutoring

SBDM@ 5:00 PM

May 4

Algebra 1 EOC

Reading Tutoring

May 5

Math Tutoring

Last Day of Tutoring

Coming Soon!

Week of May 9

STAAR Math,Reading, Science, Social Studies

May 10-25

TEI Roster Verification Window

May 13

SLO's completed and entered into Schoolnet

Field Day

May Birthdays

Joseph Bruno- 17

Connie Simone- 24


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