Longhorn News

Week of January 11, 2016

Principal's Message

In preparation for next week's small learning community, I would like to clarify the expectation so that you can come well prepared. Identify a problem a practice that has been revealed through your ACP data and bring with you ready to share with your team. This type of problem of practice will ensure that we stay data driven when we make decisions about what our students needs and how we help them. I am looking forward to grade levels working together to make decisions in the best interest of the students that you share.

In Partnership,

Lorena G. Hernandez

Mid-Year Conferences

Midyear conferences have begun with Ms. O'Neal and I. If you haven't signed up using the sign-up genius email, please do so at your earliest convenience. Fill out the midyear form that was provided during last week's staff development day and bring it with you to the meeting. Midyear conferences are a great opportunity for us to work together to identify instructional and professional strengths and opportunities for growth. I know that our midyear conferences will ensure Student Owned Learning, a Higher Order Thinking Culture, Well Planned Purposeful and Meaningful Aligned Lessons and Tasks, providing Collaborative and Joyful Engagement, and preparing our students with Twenty First Century Skills.

Tardy Sweeps

Before the break, we began to see an increase in tardiness by our students. In order to encourage timeliness, we will be conducting random tardy sweeps. When you hear the announcement, "Tardy Sweep" close your door. Any student caught in the hallway during a tardy sweep will be processed in the auditorium, and given a tardy pass to report to class. Please make sure that you mark any student caught in the tardy sweep tardy. Any student with three or more unexcused tardies will not be allowed to attend the Valentine's Dance on February 12.

Open House/Applications

I want to extend a warm thank you to everyone for making our Open House a successful event. Thank you for planning engaging activities. I know that your efforts have paid off. We had many satisfied parents. This Monday we will begin accepting applications for next school year. Evaluating the applications is a team effort. We will be sharing the rubrics with all teams very soon so that teams can begin filling out score sheets for each applicant.

Longfellow Priorities



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

January 11

Happy Birthday Mr. Griffin!

No PD in lieu of preparation for parent conferences

Applications for 2016-2017 accepted

January 12

Parent Conferences 4:00-7:30 PM

January 15

Club Schedule

Coffee with the Principal

January 16

Happy Birthday Ms. Jimenez!

January 18

No School MLK Jr DAY

January 19

Breakfast in the Classroom begins

PD @ 3:45

Coming Soon!

February 12

Valentine's Dance and In and Out Burger

January Birthdays

3- Mr. Nigro

11- Mr. Griffin

16- Ms. Jimenez

22-Ms. Gerst


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