Longhorn News

Week of December 14, 2015

Principal's Message

As we close out the semester, I find it necessary to stop and reflect on our shared vision of excellence. Not only did we create our shared vision and mission, but we have also defined what quality instruction should look like on our campus. We defined quality instruction as the following: 1. Student Owned Learning 2. Higher Order Thinking Culture 3. Well Planned Purposeful and Meaningful Aligned Lessons and Tasks 4. Collaborative and Joyful Engagement and 5. Twenty First Century Skills. As you plan for the upcoming six weeks keep our vision of excellence in mind and ensure that every decision you and your department make is well grounded on these five items. Thank you for laying the foundation this first semester. Thank you for your commitment to excellence. I look forward to an even stronger second semester. Enjoy your well deserved winter break.

In Partnership,

Lorena G. Hernandez

Great Holiday Program from our Performing Arts Department

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Longfellow at the Mayor's Race

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

December 14

Department Chair Meeting @ 3:45

December 15-17

Department Planning Meetings


December 15-18

1st semester ACPs 8:30-1:05

December 17

Happy Birthday Mr. Whisenhunt!

December 18

Staff Holiday Party @ 2:00

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

Quote of the Week

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