Notes from Mrs Heckenlaible...
Dear Parent or Guardian,
Spring has sprung and with it brings state testing for grades 3-8 and grade 11. It is the time of year when the Mitchell School District students can showcase what they’ve learned throughout the year (and hopefully the gaps we’ve closed due to being out last spring). South Dakota is part of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium where students across the nation are being assessed on common core standards. Longfellow students will test from April 7–May 7.
Please keep this in mind when scheduling appointments as we primarily test in the mornings. It is important for our learners to be on time so they can start the testing session with their classmates. We appreciate your efforts to ensure our Longfellow students have a positive testing experience. A good night’s sleep, a healthy breakfast, and encouraging words to do the best they can are a few ways that parents can assist their children. Preparing our children for academic success requires a partnership between home and school. Our Longfellow teachers feel very fortunate to be able to work with such supportive families. Thank you for all you do! (Please see the enclosed Home & School parent letter for further testing information.)
It's time to register your child for the 2021-2022 school year. Please complete your ‘Annual Information Update’ for the 2021-2022 school year. Please follow the online directions, in this newsletter, to update your information for your Begindergarten-4th grade child/ren, during the month of April. All information updates need be completed by May 1, 2021. This meets the requirements for registering your child for Longfellow for the 2021-2022 school year. Providing completed forms and updated information will assist us for the upcoming school year. If you have questions, please call the Longfellow office at 995-7500.
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dates to remember
- April 1-5 - Easter Break - NO SCHOOL
- April 7-May 7 - State testing for grades 3-5
- April 12th - School Board Meeting 5:00 pm
- April 26th - School Board Meeting 5:00 pm
- May 12th-BK-3rd grade music concert recording (link will be sent out later)
- May 11th-5th Grade band Concert at the Performing Arts Center
- May 18th - 4th and 5th Grade Music concert at the Performing Arts Center
- May 20 - 5th Grade recognition at the Performing Arts Center 6:30pm
Register for the 2021-22 school year
Please watch for an email from the school district in the next few weeks regarding registering/annual update your child for the 2021-2022 school year. Click on the link and follow the directions. You can also simply follow the in structions below. Thank you for completeing this online registration ASAP. The information needs to be updated for office use. Even if you don't intend on using the parent portal now, you will when your child enters middle school.
message from the school district
It is that time again where you will need to log onto your parent portal and fill out the Annual Information Update for the 2021-2022 school year.
Directions to get to the Annual Information Update are:
- Parent Portal link: https://sis2.ddncampus.net/campus/portal/mitchell.jsp
- More Tab (left hand side)
- Annual Information Update.
- Click on the Existing Student Registration
- Fill it out and then submit.
We ask that you do this before registration in the Fall.
The deadline to complete this July 1st, 2021.
If you don't have a parent portal, please contact the school that your child is attending and the secretaries will be able to assist you with that.
Mitchell School District
Who's got talent? The Teachers Got Talent!
South Dakota Weather.....unpredictable
5th Grade Recognition Reception
Thursday, May 20th, 6:30pm
821 North Capital Street
Silly Sock Day
Longfellow Lions Family Fitness Challenge!!
Longfellow Family Fitness Challenge-Complete Winners List
March Madness Baskets
Basketballs and Subway
Reeghan Willis O’Connor
Dallas Zimmerman and Oaklynn Soulek
Magnuson Family (Gabbie, Gannon, Grayson)
Tyrah, Maria, Karalynn Loudner
Dominique and Amelia Skovbo
Cara and Christian Tidwell
Lala and Donald Tyson
Oaklee and Nealee Cwach
Sofia and Edgar Uribe Kiner
Habits of Mind
Longfellow focuses on students making good choices based on Habits of Mind. Every month, 2 habits will be highlighted. Each teacher will choose a student of themonth who demonstrates that month's habits of mind. Way to go Lions! We are SO proud of you!!
April's habits of mind are:
Responding With Wonderment and Awe: Have fun figuring it out!
Finding the world awesome, mysterious and being intrigued with phenomena and beauty.
Finding Humor: Laugh a little!
Finding the whimsical, incongruous and unexpected. Being able to laugh at one's self.
student of the month
Brooks Giblin is the BK student of the month! Brooks loves to explore and learn new things. He loves to ask questions and respond with wonderment and awe. Brooks also does a great job at making his friends smile and laugh. He is a joy to have in class. I am so proud of him! Way to go Brooks!
Jordan Stange is Mrs. Hauck's student of the month. Jordan is a great friend and loves to bring others joy. She is good at finding humor if something does not go as planned. Jordan also loves to learn new things. She is in awe and loves to explore everything around her. Jordan has grown so much this year. I am proud of you Jordan!
Madison Boehmer is KNs student of the month. Madison is great at finding humor in situations and always being flexible! She loves to learn and is always wondering! Way to go, Madison!
Hawkyn Zilla is the KR student of the month for Responding with Wonderment & Awe and Finding Humor. Hawkyn explores the world around him and can point out some pretty amazing things that many others would overlook each day. He helps us reflect on all the beautiful things in the world around us. When things are not going as planned in our day we can count on Hawkyn to help us find humor. Keep up the great work Hawkyn!
Ellie Reindl is the student of the month for 1H. Ellie shows curiosity and interest in new ideas or topics as they are introduced in the classroom. She is able to find humor in situations and is quick to share a smile with those around her. Her smiles are contagious! Way to go Ellie!
Tito Castillo is the student of the month for 1S! Tito enjoys school and learning new things. Tito is curious, constantly learning, and sharing what he has learned with his classmates. Tito also has a great sence of humor. He wears a smile each day to school and laughs each day! Way to go Tito!
Myles Aaker is the student of the month for 1V! Myles loves learning new things and responds with wonderment and awe, often saying, "Wow!" He enjoys sharing those new facts with his classmates and teachers. Myles also loves to find humor, anything that can make him and his classmates laugh and be entertained. You are amazing, Myles!
Lauren Wilson is 2B's student of the month for April. Lauren is great at finding humor. She loves new experiences and responds with wonderment and awe. She appreciates the little things and new experiences in our classroom. Keep up the good work and keep being a great example for your classmates.
Asher Kaus is Mrs. McPeek's student of the month. Asher is always in wonderment to what is happening around him. He is intrigued by new things he sees and experiences. He also finds humor in his mistakes. He shakes it off and moves on. He always has a way to make someone laugh and smile when they need it the most. Great job, Asher!
Leighton Backlund is 2J's Student of the Month! Leighton beightens any room she walks into, and is such a positive role model for her classmates. She always has a smile on her face and is the first to find humor in any situation. Keep being awesome, Leighton!
Avery Eldeen is Mrs. Bakhtiari’s class pick for this month. Avery is a great friend that always listens and responds with excitement. She is able to find humor if she makes a mistake and also when her teacher makes a mistake. :) Keep laughing Avery!
Victor Tovar is 3G's student of the month. Victor loves to learn new things. He is a great classmate to all and will notice when a friend is in need. Victor loves to laugh and make others feel happy. I am so proud of you Victor!
Olivia Vaughan is 3K's student of the month. She always has a positive attitude and finds humor when appropriate. She sees the good in all people and situations and we are so glad she joined us at Longfellow this year. I am proud of you, Olivia!
Jorge Figueroa-Melendrez is 4N's student of the month for April! When thinking of someone in the class who always keeps it light-hearted and fun, it's easy to think of Jorge. He's the first one to make someone laugh and is always excited for what the day has in store. He's a friend to everyone and 4N and Den C would not be the same without him! Thank you for being you, Jorge!
Ayiona Red Day is 4S's student of the month for April! Ayiona has really grown a lot this year. Ayiona shows Wonderment and Awe when learning new and interesting things, sharing something exciting and when exciting things are happening around her. Ayiona is also always able to find humor, she is great at making her friends laugh as well as herself. Keep growing Ayiona, I am so proud of you!
Alannah Lang is 4/5K's student of the month for April! Alannah is great at finding humor throughout the day. She also always has a smile on her face. Alannah practices responding with wonderment and awe while at school as well whenever she learns something new or sees something she hasn't seen before. Way to go Alannah!
Theo Briggs is 5A's Student of the Month for April. Theo is always responding with wonderment and awe. He is engaged and continuously thinking about what we are learning, and he looks for ways to think outside of the box. He is always able to find humor in situations. Whenever you see Theo, he always has the biggest smile on his face and a positive attitude. Super job, Theo! I am proud of you!
Dylan Waltz is 5M's student of the month!! Dylan is always ready to make someone smile or cheer you up when you're down. He is great at responding with wonderment and awe when he learns something new. He especially loves sharing his fascination with World War facts. Dylan has a huge heart and always puts others before himself. he finds humor in uncertain situations and always has a positive attitude about things. Dylan, I am so so proud of you and all the growth you have made this year, keep up the great work and keep being YOU!
Fourth- and fifth-grade students from Longfellow Elementary School in Mitchell, South Dakota, won the National FBI Safe Online Surfing (FBI-SOS) award in the large school category for the month of December 2020. The students at Longfellow scored 91.60 percent to beat out every other participating school in the country in that category for the month.
During December 2020, a total of 162,185 students in 2,280 schools in all 50 states and U.S. territories took the exam nationwide to compete for the award.
FBI Special Agent Matt Miller will present a certificate to the students during a presentation at the school at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 23, 2021. The FBI-SOS Internet Challenge was developed with the assistance of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and with the input of teachers and schools. Anyone — young or old, in the U.S. or worldwide — can complete the activities on the FBI-SOS website. The testing and competition, however, are open only to students in grades 3-8 at public, private, or home schools in the United States and its territories.
Open to all public, private, and home schools nationwide, the FBI-SOS initiative is a free, age-appropriate, competitive and fun online program that promotes cyber citizenship and teaches students in third through eighth grades how to recognize and respond to online dangers — like Internet predators and cyberbullying — and covers topics such as social networking and gaming safety. Every month during the school year, the FBI recognizes the top-scoring schools in each of its three size categories, based on the number of students participating from each school.
Thank you to FBI Special Agent Matt Miller who came to present Longfellow with this award, speak about safe internet practices and answer student's questions.
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random acts of art
These colors remind us that spring is just around the corner.
Before you know it, we'll be planting pretty flowers outside.
If I had a pot of gold
KN was asked to think about what they'd do if they found a pot of gold. Most named someone they would share it with.
Zoo Mobile visits Longfellow
2M's book shelf
Mrs McPeek's class is keeping track of the books they read and adding those titles to their book shelf. The shelves are filling up fast.
8th grader, Kate Ahlers, at MMS is working on a project for FCCLA. For one week, she came in for an hour each day to work with Mrs. McPeek's 2nd graders on various ways to learn sight words. The students used their detective skills. Kate will present her project at the State FCCLA competion with hopes to make it on to Nationals. Good Luck Detective Kate!
The students all received a small detective kits as well as an I-Spy cookie
2M's book shelf
All about frogs
3K learned about frogs. This frog tongue will catch lots of bugs.
Take a look at these facts.
"The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence."
How to write
1S is continuing to work on sentence structure and the proper steps to writting a story.
Keeping math fun
2J is working on those measurements.
Congrats to 5th grader, Londyn Hajek, on being selected to Honor's Choir. We are so proud of you.
Miss Merten's class wrote narrative writtings. Nice story!
Den B's got talent
Mrs. Krell showed off one of her many talents during Den B's class meeting.
Noel Ahlers-Administrative Assistant