Longhorn News

Week of March 28, 2016

Principal's Message

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!

In Partnership,

Lorena Hernandez

ACP Viewings

The ACP viewings have begun and continue until March 31st depending on the content you signed up for. I hope everyone had a chance to enroll and does not miss out on this great opportunity to view the upcoming ACPs. What a great way to find out what adjustments may be necessary to ensure your students are successful come May.

Second Round Applications

This week you will be receiving additional applications for our second choice students. All completed packets are due as soon as you are completed with them but no later than next Tuesday. Thank you for your help with this very important task.



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

March 28

No Professional Development due to testing this week

March 29

STAAR 7th Grade Writing

STAAR 8th Grade Reading

March 30

STAAR 8th Grade Math

SBDM@ 5:00 PM

April 1

Coffee with the Principal

Last Day for Clubs

Coming Soon!

March 22-March 31

ACP viewings

April 4

FSAC @ 7:30

Department Chair Meeting@ 3:45

April 11

Inclement Weather Day No School

April 12-15

Student Surveys Administered

April 22

Open Transfer Period Ends

April 29

Field Day

March Birthdays

Shantel Barber 2

Habtom Tewolde 11

Susan Higgins 17

Helen Jones 24

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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