Longhorn News

Week of April 4, 2016

Principal's Message

Data driven instruction is one of our campus priorities. Other than the intervention plans that you create based on the data each six weeks, how else are you keeping track of individual student or class data to ensure they are mastering the TEKS? The picture below is just one example of how Ms. Garza is keeping track of her student data. She has created a great way for her classes to be involved in a healthy competition. Not only does each student track their own data, she also has this bulletin board outside of her classroom that shows students which TEKS each class is doing well on or which is in need of intervention. She calls it the battle of the classes. I encourage you to stop by Ms. Garza's class this week to see how she does it. Way to go Ms. Garza, you have been identified as our Teacher of the Week for allowing data to drive your instruction!

Make it a great week of teaching and learning!

In Partnership,

Lorena Hernandez

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Second Round Applications

All completed and scored second round applications are due to your team leader no later than this Tuesday so that we can mail out the responses to our applicants by the April 8th deadline.



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.

Important Dates to Remember

April 4

FSAC @ 7:30

Staff Meeting @ 3:45

Department Chair Meeting@ 4:00

April 5

Band UIL competition

SS/Science Tutoring

April 6

Reading Tutoring

April 7

Math Tutoring

Coming Soon!

April 11

Inclement Weather Day No School

April 12-15

Student Surveys Administered

April 18

Whataburger Fundraiser

April 22

Open Transfer Period Ends

April 29

STAAR pep rally

Field Day

April Birthdays

Sandra Jackson- 10

Dorothy Jackson- 21

Mr. Williams Students Explored Food Styling as a Career

Can you believe how delicious and appealing this food looks? No, this is not from a restaurant menu or magazine. This was all done in Mr. Williams Career Explorations class! I think these students have a future career in food styling don't you?

LCC Cadets Bring Home the Gold

While we were enjoying our Saturday, our very own LCC students were working hard! They were competing at their second drill competition held at Long Middle School. Their hard work paid off! Longfellow cadets won first place in the individual "knock out" drill commands and marching category and third place in the platoon rifle team exhibition drill performance. Congratulations to Sergeant Patterson and the Longhorn Battalion!

Biz Kid$

Ms. Anderson and her Biz Kid$ have been learning how to write a business plan and create a successful business. Last week they presented their business plan to a panel of judges. What a great hands on approach to exploring entrepreneurship.


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