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"The Leader in Me" at Longfellow

Thousands of adults have benefited from Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People since that book was first published more than 20 years ago, and now, HISD students are starting to benefit from it, too.

For more information about Longfellow Elementary and The Leader in Me™ process, please visit the HISD
News Blog.

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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

Sign Up Now! Longfellow Spring 2015 Leadership Day
Wednesday,  March 11, 2015 9-11AM


Longfellow students collect nearly 2 tons of food and supplies for the needy!

Longfellow students recently synergized with the community and conducted a Food Drive holiday food and supplies drive at their school. The hugely successful, month-long campaign was held from mid-November to mid-December and was designed to raise students’ awareness of hunger and poverty in our country.

Guest author, Noah Rattler, who walked 1800 miles from Houston to Los Angeles over four months to raise awareness about homelessness, shared some of his experiences with students in November. In December, students watched informative videos and learned about underlying causes of poverty and hunger in grade-level assemblies and classroom discussions.

The school’s goal was to raise 2,000 pounds of food, water, and supplies to help the needyand less fortunate. Students, teachers, and staff synergized and almost doubled their goal by collecting nearly 2 tons of food /water/supplies weight for a grand total of 3,775 pounds in poundage. All donations benefitted the Star of Hope Men/Women/Family shelters.

Congratulations to Mrs. Morrison’s 5th grade homeroom, Ms. Davis’ 5th grade homeroom, and Ms. Kasner’s 1st grade class for being the top 3 classes (respectively) in the school to collect the highest food/water/supplies weight.

The school counselor, Garland Spiller, coordinated the campaign with help from student Community Service leaders Corry Bell, Leah Gebreyseus, Layla Moore and others. He said, ”We are teaching our students to be leaders… be compassionate, concerned about others, and to take positive, proactive steps to improve their world. Students helped collect food, weigh it, calculate totals, and report the results back to the school. It’s wonderful to see students raise their awareness and take the lead in the fight to end hunger and help their fellow man.”

Norma Gwynn, the principal, added, “We have to prepare our students to not just succeed academically in their world, but also morally and humanely. Projects like these are a fantastic start!”

Longfellow wishes to thank all students, parents, teachers, staff, and community members who helped make the food and supplies drive a resounding success!

iStation at Home Can Help Your Child Become a Better Reader!

iStation Istation delivers individualized instruction — complete with age-appropriate content — for pre-K through eighth grade students (Kinder through 5th grade at Longfellow). Plus, every lesson is supported with data-rich benchmarks and continuous progress 
monitoring assessments through Istation's proprietary ISIP™ technology.
Depending on the grade level, the English reading curriculum includes education in critical reading domains.

And, thanks to ISIP™, Istation's Indicators of Progress assessment technology, the curriculum is adjusted automatically to every child's individual ability in all of the skill areas — from struggling to advanced. Rich, lively animations and characters draw kids in, engage their interest, and motivate them to participate. From Detective Dan, the Diagraphs, and WordMasters to Mr. Marco, and more, Istation characters serve as welcoming friends and admirable role models that demonstrate how fun — and empowering — learning can be!
NEW! app now available on the App Store! Click here for more information!
Please contact your child's teacher for an iStation username and password, if you haven't already received one.
Download iStation for home use here. Your child's teacher can provide you with directions as well as your child's unique username and password (Kinder through fifth grade only)

Download Instructions for Windows   Mac         Download the FREE iStation software here  

Now You Can Receive HISD Information On Your Cell Phone!

hisd text At the Houston Independent School District, communication is one of our top priorities. We all must work together to ensure our students are successful, which is why we believe it’s so vital for our parents and students to stay informed. This fall, we’re taking another step toward achieving that goal by introducing a new communication tool — text message alerts.

Formally launching on Sept. 9, text messaging won’t replace our existing means of communications — callouts, emails, letters sent home with students or notices posted on our website. Rather, it will be an additional way to quickly and efficiently contact you about campus emergencies and other important district and campus events.

Signing up for HISD’s text message alerts is quick and easy. Simply text the word “YES” to 68453 from each cell phone on which you wish to receive text messages. Make sure all your cell phone numbers are registered with the school your child attends.
If you have students in middle or high school, you can also register their cell phone numbers so they can be contacted by the school in case of emergencies. To do this, simply contact the school and request that your student’s cell phone number be added to the School Information System, and text “yes” to 68453 from your child’s phone. Elementary school children will not receive texts.


Keeping Students Safe in a Digital World

girl on computer Did you know that the average child between 8 and 18 spends 53 hours a week on media and technology? Houston ISD has just launched an initiative to help you keep your child safe in a digital world.
Topics include: Cyber Bullying, Sexting, Digital Relationships, Online Security, Digital Citizenship, Copyrights & Plagiarism, Safe Gaming, Social Media 101, and Family Media Agreements.
Please take a look, it's worth your time!


  • Early Dismissal
    Students leave school at 1:00pm.
    Wednesday, January 28th

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  • Family Valentine's Dance - February 6th from 6:00-8:00pm
    "Candy-gram" sales have already started ($5.00 per Candy-gram). Please return your order form and payment to the PTA office or to your teacher. Candy-grams will be delivered to classrooms on Friday, February 13th.
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Habit of the Week

  • Habit # 7 Sharpen the Saw
    Balance Feels Best
    I take care of my body by eating right, exercising, and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I find meaningful ways to help others.
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Spelling Bee Winners

spelling bee winners

We'd like to thank all of the brave 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students who participated in this year's spelling bee. You all did a great job!

Pictured from left to right are Ethan Salters (3rd Place), Stephen Shrock (1st Place), and Ian Crafton (2nd Place).


Text alerts

Cyber Safety

Plan Your Path
Parent Notification


Norma Perez-Gwynn - School Principal
Julia Campbell - Instructional Coordinator

Patricia Emerson
 - Instructional Coordinator
Andrea Pennington - Magnet Coordinator
Garland Spiller - School Counselor