The Longfellow Voice

January 19 - 23, 2015

Principal's Message

I hope each of you enjoyed the Martin Luther King Holiday and found a way to “Keep the Dream Alive.” As we return this week our focus will be on implementing the strategies we developed in our ACP action steps.

We have a tremendous amount of work to continue with our students. In the next few weeks we will be working extremely hard with our students to make certain they are ready at the Advanced level of the STAAR test. Each of you should be profiling and monitoring your students’ progress. We will be reviewing this data during our PLC meetings and focusing our training on these areas.

Also, this week we will finalizing the details of our two Saturday School dates. During our PLC’s we will be reviewing the S.E.’s and lesson objectives that are most critical for reteaching during this time.

I firmly believe that if we’re going to get this right and if we’re going to realize our students’ enormous potential that I see across this campus – our conversations must be about the decisions we have to make now, not about the ones made in our past. We have a distinct window of opportunity to make the instructional choices that will shape our work and students’ success for decades to come.

We have the brightest students of their generation who have come to Longfellow because they believe this is the place that can give them the skills and experience they need to shape their path in the world. We have a faculty and staff absolutely determined to make an impact through their knowledge and their expertise. We have a global alumni base that remains personally connected to and invested in this campus. Thank you for all you do for our students.

Together, we are the Longfellow family. And when we work as one with a sense of common urgency and shared vision – we are one of the most powerful forces for positive change and good work in this world.

Make it a GREAT week!

Dr. Wright

Dallas ISD Divisional Science Fair - Longfellow Earns 6 First Place Winners

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First Place Winners

Harmonye Lacy / ​ Penny Power /​ Electrical Engineering ​ / Grade 6

​Vanessa Padilla /​ Heating Up / ​ Physics / Grade​ 6

​Dalilah Aguilar /​ T.V. and Sleep / ​ Behavior/Social / Grade​ 6

​Lizzet Tapia / ​ Dairy /​ Health and Medicine / Grade ​8

​Alisha Benjamin /​ Temperature and Viscosity /​ Chemistry / Grade ​7

​Nick Erwin / Ice Cubes / Mathematics / Grade ​7

Longfellow Student “Heating Up” Divisional Science Fair

Vanessa Padilla, and five other Longfellow students win 1st Place in their categories at the DISD Divisional Science Fair. LONGHORNS ROCK!!! Click the link to read more.


Monday, January 19th

  • Martin Luther King Holiday / No School

Tuesday, January 20th

  • Spot Observations
  • Instructional feedback conferences – TBA
  • Lesson plans in Google Docs and hard copy posted on your door
  • Weekly PLC meeting; discuss and review formative assessments and progress monitoring of students
  • CAT Team Meeting - 3:45 PM - Bring Action Plan (Library)

Wednesday, January 21st

  • ACP Writing Assessment - Assembly Bell Schedule
  • Weekly PLC meeting; discuss and review formative assessments and progress monitoring of students
  • Grade Level Meeting – 6th Grade / 3:45 PM - Bring Action Plan (Library)

Thursday, January 22nd

  • Spot Observations
  • Weekly PLC meeting; discuss and review formative assessments and progress monitoring of students
  • Principal’s Professional Development 3:45 – 4:30 PM

Friday, January 23rd (Feedback Friday)

  • Instructional feedback conferences – TBA
Daily Assessment with Tiered Exit Cards

One way to do daily assessments of your students is with Tiered Exit Cards. Check out the video to see how one teacher provides quick and effective reteaching with daily tiered assessments.

Quote of the Week

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Henry W. Longfellow Career Exploration Academy

"Our students are learning to think globally,

act locally and go boldly into the future!"