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HISD Attendance and Tardy Information

Attending school every day is extremely important to the academic success of your child. This video explains HISD’s attendance policies and lets parents know where they can find information about school calendars and other important dates throughout the school year.

School Hours

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

Written in synergy by: Maya Hansen, Aaliyah McKinney, and Aurelia Mickens

Longfellow Elementary had a blast on our annual field day. The inspiration for the theme was from this year’s winter Olympics held in Sochi. Mr. Berry’s very own art student, Amanda King, won this year’s field day ‘Olympic’ tee-shirt contest. We’d all like to thank her for her incredible artwork and hard work.
The activities this field day were fun and also great exercise. “The high jump was cool. The kids were jumping (including me) so far. That was exciting. The torch relay was my favorite. You had to hold a torch while running to people on the other side on your team. Seems easy, right? Try doing it 20 times! I definitely got my exercise by then! We also had a stage where people showed off their moves. It was YouTube worthy. We had snow cones, popcorn, face painting, and refreshments too.”
Some student leaders got to help out with field day by running the stations. “I loved helping out with field day. I thought it was so much fun,” say Maya. “There were so many games like high jump, scooter races, an inflatable obstacle course, torch relay and a dance floor. We had snow cones and popcorn. Some of my friends said they liked the Frisbee toss. At field day there was face painting. I got a butterfly. There was even ‘pin the moustache’ on the teacher!” Maya added. Aurelia said, “As I worked field day for PK-2nd grade students, I thought the funnier they were, the more adorable they were!”

The school synergized to make this year’s field day a huge success and a lot of fun for everyone involved. We’d like to thank our school staff, the PTA, all the high school volunteers from Challenge Early College High School and everyone who helped make this year’s field day one to remember!

Career Day is Just Around the Corner!

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.  


  • Fine Arts Performance Week - April 28th through May 2nd
    Specific performance times will be announced soon!
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Longfellow News

longfellow pta newletter
Longfellow PTA Newsletter
Thursday, April 24, 2014 Download (PDF)

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