Longhorn News

Week of December 6, 2015

Principal's Message

The magnet fair was a huge success thanks to the teamwork that was displayed by all involved. We are fortunate to call ourselves Longfellow teachers, staff and administrators. I say we are fortunate because it is a privilege to serve the students and families that we have been entrusted with. Our school is great because of the combined efforts that we all display in making it great. Regardless of the school location or the students in it, our school is only as great as the effort we are willing to put into it. Thank you so much for understanding and demonstrating the importance of teamwork. Your hard work and positive attitude inspires and motivates me.

Have a great week of teaching and learning.

In Partnership,

Lorena G. Hernandez

10 Days of Christmas

For the next 10 days stop by the conference room each day for a special treat from the administration. It is our special way of counting down to our winter break and saying thank you for all that you do. We hope you enjoy it!

Longfellow Priorities

Climate Survey

As of Friday morning we had a 44% completion rate on our climate survey. Please take time to complete it at your earliest convenience. Your responses are completely confidential. Let's ensure 100% participation on this very important survey that will inform our next steps for our campus goals.

Students and Staff were Inspired by Cynthia Izaguirre!

Magnet Fair Was a Huge Success!



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

December 7

Monthly FSAC meeting @ 7:30 in Conference room

SBDM meeting @ 5:00 PM in the library

December 10

ACP Testing Meeting @ 3:45 in the library

PTA- Winter Holiday Program@ 6:00 PM

December 14

Department Chair Meeting @ 3:45

December 15-18

1st semester ACPs

January 4-5

All Day Professional Development

January 7

Open House 4:00-6:00 PM


17- Mr. Whisenhunt

27-Mr. Black

28-Ms. Thompkins

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