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Longfellow PTA Newsletter
Thursday, April 17, 2014 Download (PDF)

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School Hours

clock at 8:15 Tardy Bell: 8:15am
Dismissal Bell: 3:30pm

PTA General Meeting Wrap-Up

pta Thank you to all of the terrific parents, children and staff who attended the general PTA meeting Thursday, March 27th. Ms. Burns did an excellent job explaining how our school is measured using the results of the STAAR test. She answered all of our many questions from identifying students who need help through tutoring at the beginning of the school year to how parents can stay involved. Thank you Ms. Burns.
The results of our elections are as follows:
Executive Board
Co-Presidents: Yokira Shorter & Ruben Serna
Vice President: Kathie Harris
Treasurer: Catherine Beebe
Secretary: Tahita Dbisi
Parliamentarian: Ross Reedstrom

Committee Leaders
Leopards Den: Ms.Wofford
Fundraising: Yekcira Burnom
Committee Members: Cris Stennett and Kim Slaton
Hospitality: Kiauna Johnson
Committee Members: Renee Hawk and Mijana Bajic
Student Services Chair: Stephanie Guillory
Publicity/Community Relations: Jessica Evans
School Services Chair-: Jewel Pettaway
Committee Member: Trish Nichols
Member Services Chair-OPEN
Yearbook: Eboni Curtis
Historian: Melissa Spencer

Career Day - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

career day Longfellow will be hosting its third annual Career Day on May 21, 2014 from 8:45-10:00. This has proven to be a great opportunity for our students to learn about career options and create a focus "with the end in mind." The students truly love to see their parents, neighbors, family and friends come into their classroom and share their expertise. The speakers prepare one presentation and share it with three different groups of students. If you’re willing to participate for any or all of the sessions, we would love to welcome you and learn about your career. Volunteers should contact Amy Gurghigian at (713) 295-5268 or at By synergizing, we can all make a difference and learn something new.

Name That Book Team Ties for 4th Place!

name that book Longfellow Elementary competed and tied for 4th Place at HISD's Grades "3rd-6th Grade Name That Book Contest", held at Williams Middle School on Friday, March 28, 2014. The 6 member team, which included 2 third graders, one fourth grader, and 3 fifth graders, had been working hard since the beginning of the year to represent Longfellow Elementary, reading approximately 30 books representing a variety of genres. Teams compete on stage before judges in exciting game show style, and score by correctly naming the books that contain the random quotes that are read to the teams. Great job Longfellow Name That Book Team!

2013-2014 Promotion Standards

promotion standards
In order for HISD students to move to the next grade level, they must show that they have reached HISD’s “Promotion Standards” - what the State of Texas requires of all public school children. These standards generally include classroom grades and a local or state test.
 Grade Level Promotion Standards
 1 and 2 
  • Students must pass High Frequency Word Test – Recognizing and reading words that appear very often in written and spoken language.
  • State requirement of overall yearly average of 70 or above and local requirement of an average of 70 or above in reading/language arts, mathematics, and science or social studies.
  • Students must have sufficient attendance*
 3, 4, and 5 
  • Students must pass STAAR (State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness) in reading and math.
  • State requirement of overall yearly average of 70 or above and local requirement of an average of 70 or above in reading, other language arts, mathematics, and science or social studies.
  • Students must have sufficient attendance*
In addition to local and state promotion requirements, the Texas Legislature created The Student Success Initiative (SSI) to ensure that students receive the instruction and support they need to be academically successful in reading and mathematics. Under SSI, students in 5th and 8th grade must pass the STAAR reading and math tests.
For more information, contact your school or visit the Student Requirements website here.  


  • STAAR Testing
    Tuesday, April 22nd - Mathematics (Grades 3 & 4)
    Wednesday, April 23rd - Reading (Grades 3 & 4); Science (Grade 5)

    Understanding the STAAR test for 2013-14 school year
    For more information about the STAAR test, please visit Houston ISD's STAAR website.
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2013/2014 Yearbooks On Sale Soon!

The yearbook is now turned in for publishing and over the next 2 weeks the order forms for the yearbooks will go home in the communication folders. Please be sure to order your yearbook in advance to secure a copy. There are additional order forms in the rack adjacent to the PTA office. We will be excited to see the final result!

If you are interested in serving on the yearbook committee next year, please stop by the PTA office and let us know. We would love to have you.

Best wishes to you and your families,

Your PTA board
2011-2012 Yearbook Cover
Please note: 2011-2012 Yearbook Cover is pictured here.


Norma Perez-Gwynn - School Principal

Kathy Burns - Instructional Coordinator

Amy Gurghigian
- Instructional Coordinator
Emily Smart - Magnet Coordinator
Garland Spiller - School Counselor