Week of March 28, 2016
This week is a very important week for our seventh and eight grade teachers and students. The first round of STAAR testing begins. Teachers and students have spent countless hours devoting their time and effort to ensuring that they have mastered what is expected of them from our state. The best way we can thank our hardworking teachers and students is by ensuring that we adhere to the testing protocols that we were trained on last week. Why you ask? As a courtesy and a sign of respect for their hard work, we owe it to them to provide the very best testing environment possible so that their hard work does not go on noticed due to a testing irregularity. As a special thank you to everyone for the active monitoring that is required, I am granting a free jeans pass for Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. This is it Longhorns! This is our moment to shine! Make it a great week of teaching and learning!
Our eight grade students are raising money for their eight grade activities. Donations in the form of candy, chips, drinks, or pickles are needed to sell afterschool. Please bring all donations to the main office.
Social Studies and Science teachers will need to meet Monday afterschool in the conference room for a brief meeting regarding TELPAS samples. If you did not attend the STAAR training last week you must also meet in the conference room immediately afterschool on Monday to receive the required training.
Our SBDM meeting is scheduled for this Tuesday at 5:00 PM in the conference room.
Key Action #1
Promote a college and career going culture
Key Action #2
Provide differentiated professional development, individual support plans and effective feedback and coaching.
Key Action #3
Increase the advanced levels through data driven rigorous instruction and progress monitoring.
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.
MissionOur 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
No Professional Development due to testing this week
STAAR 7th Grade Writing
STAAR 8th Grade Reading
STAAR 8th Grade Math
SBDM@ 5:00 PM
Coffee with the Principal
Last Day for Clubs
March 22-March 31
FSAC @ 7:30
Department Chair Meeting@ 3:45
Inclement Weather Day No School
Student Surveys Administered
Open Transfer Period Ends