Longfellow Newsletter

Week of: November 16th-22nd

First Bell-7:50 am / Tardy Bell-7:55 am

Every Student Counts, Every Moment Matters!

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Message From Principal Webb

Hello families-

It was a chilly start with our 2-hour delay this week! Thank you to all of the guardians who attended Thursday's conferences. We look forward to the other parent conferences on Tuesday. Just a reminder there is no school for students on Tuesday! Check out the Lost and Found when you stop in.

Our Seymour Stars are starting a winter service project. See more information below. We also have a McTeacher's Night/PTA event in December that we hope you can attend and support the school!

We had a great week at Longfellow!

Enjoy the weekend and stay warm.


Kelli Webb

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Parent Teacher Association Information!

The Latest News from the Longfellow Elementary Parent Teacher Association (PTA):

  • McTeacher’s Night

Longfellow will be participating in McTeacher’s Night, a fundraising initiative that allows schools to “take over” a local McDonald’s restaurant for a set period of time, with a percentage of sales going directly to support specific school needs. We have booked a McTeacher’s Night for Longfellow at the McDonald’s on Lower Muscatine Road (near Sycamore Mall) on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., so please mark your calendars and plan to attend!

There is a special classroom competition during this two-hour dining event: The Longfellow class with the most student attendees will win $100 for its room! Each participating student will fill out a sheet when he or she comes in, and organizers will tally these sheets at the end of the two-hour event to determine the classroom winner. In addition, we’ll need two parent volunteers who can help us out with managing this event—or one parent volunteer who is willing to staff the event for the full two hours. Please contact PTA President Lanny Tygrett, at presidentlongfellowpta@gmail.com, to help out. We can’t make this happen without volunteers!

  • Anyone can join the PTA! We ask for a $10 “goodwill” donation when you join, but this fee is totally optional.

  • Please note that we will not be hosting a PTA meeting in December. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. in the Longfellow library. All are welcome, and we hope to see you there!

Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP)

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As you are aware, Iowa students in grades three through eleven completed a new assessment last spring, called The Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP). Because this was a newly created assessment and needed to undergo a rigorous standards setting process, districts are just now receiving results. In future years, we anticipate receiving results in a much more timely manner.

Since many of our students are in different buildings than when they took the assessment last spring, it will take us some time to sort through the reports to get them to the correct buildings before they can be sent home. You should expect to receive a copy of your child’s report on or shortly after December 13. Elementary students will bring theirs home in their backpacks and secondary students will receive theirs in the mail. Buildings have been instructed not to provide advanced copies of the reports so please do not make this request.

In the meantime, please read through the attached information regarding the assessment and interpretation guidelines. Please keep this email so that you are able to refer to these documents once you receive your child’s results. As you will notice from the sample report, ISASP does not provide a National Percentile Rank since this assessment was only given statewide. They have calculated Iowa Percentile Ranks, but those will not be printed on your child's individual report. If you are interested in comparing your child's performance with other students across the state, you will be able to use the attached document to find the Iowa Percentile Rank associated with your child's scaled score.

It is important to remember that since this is a new, more challenging assessment, comparisons should not be made to previous Iowa Assessments. It will, however, establish a baseline for future growth and progress.

ICCSD will take these assessments again this spring. Elementary assessments will begin on April 6 and secondary assessments will begin on April 13. Results from the 2020 assessments should be available by the end of the school year.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s teacher or principal.

Thank you,

Diane Schumacher

Dr. Diane Schumacher

Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
Iowa City Community School District
1725 North Dodge Street
Iowa City, Iowa 52245
(319) 688-1000


Longfellow Happenings!

3rd grade Ms. Muir's class won the "Tunesday -Tuesday"! They had a dance party with Seymour!
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Pupil Progress Reports

Here is a link to a powtoon that explains the reports/conferences.


Attendance Awareness Month

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Language Highlight!

Each month I would like to highlight a language spoken in our building during the morning announcements. If you or your student would be willing to share a little about a language (other than English) that you know and speak please contact Mrs. Webb at webb.kelli@iowacityschools.org!

Just a few languages we are looking for representatives are: Spanish, French, Swahili, German, Russian... (the list is wide open).

Upcoming Events for Longhorns:

11/19- Parent-Teacher Conferences- No School

11/27- No School

11/28 -No School

11/29 -No School

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District flyers and other information

Longfellow Elementary School

Every student counts. Every moment matters.

ADDRESS: 1130 Seymour Ave., Iowa City, IA 52240

PHONE: 319-688-1135

FAX: 319-688-1136

Kelli Webb, Principal

Amanda Mosley, SFA

Stacia Nkumu, Principal Secretary

Non-Discrimination Policy:

It is the policy of the Iowa City Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy, please contact the Director of Equity, 1725 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52245, (319) 688-1000.