Welcome Incoming 6th Graders and New Families!
We are so glad you and your family are joining the Longfellow Community! You probably have many questions about your new school, and we'll be happy to answer all of them! Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
- How do I sign up for zero period music or 7th period jazz?
Simply come to the class the first day of school to register. Zero period students should come to the breezeway inside the Derby Street gate at 8:00 on Aug. 30.
- Does Longfellow have lockers?
No. Students must have their backpacks with them all day. Some students choose to get rolling backpacks.
- Does Longfellow have PE uniforms?
No. Students are required to change their clothes for PE class, but they can wear any clothes that are approriate for doing sports - shorts, sweats, T-shirts, and proper shoes.
You may bring a combination lock to secure your belongings during PE class. PE lockers are not for all-day use, just for your PE period.
- What school supplies do I need?
The teachers require every student to have a three-ring heavy-duty binder which includes
six tab dividers and a zippered pencil case to fit in the binder.
In addition, there are other basic supplies which students should bring to school everyday: 2 pens and 2 pencils, a highlighter, an eraser, a two pocket folder for homework, a 12-inch ruler, and lined notebook paper (3-hole).
- What is the LMS daily schedule?
Click here for the bell schedule.
- Are there any accommodations for 6th graders?
Yes! Most sixth grade classes are held in a building separate from the upper grade
- How will I know the expectations at Longfellow? Is there a guidebook?
Yes! The Student Handbook is printed in the planner you'll receive. If you'd like to review it now, click here for the full text
- How can parents keep up with what's going on at Longfellow?
We recommend parents sign up for the LMS eTree to receive email messages about campus life, announcements, and special events. Parents can click here to sign up for the eTree.
Longfellow Middle School
OUR MISSION AND VISION
Longfellow School Mission:
Longfellow's mission is to enable our student body to achieve academic excellence and make positive contributions to our world.
Longfellow School Vision:
We strive to achieve this mission by nurturing our students' interests, embracing our students' diverse families, cultures, and communities, and developing skill sets necessary for college and career readiness. Our school provides an equally rich educational experience for all. Our campus is a safe space where all community members truly belong.
We set high expectations while providing consistent and thoughtful support. The teachers of Longfellow measure their own success by how much their students grow and learn. We know that people learn best when they persisit and stuggle to gain new understanding. Both students and teachers develop their knowledge through reflection, collaboration, and meaningful work.
Longfellow is an interdependent community of learners, that celebrates the shared endeavor as much as individual achievement. We inspire students to become agents of change who are hopeful about the future.
A Brief Timeline of Longfellow Middle School:
The school was named for Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), an American poet and educator. Read his biography and works.
The Longfellow School was originally located at the current Washington School site. In 1897 a building was constructed at Bancroft Way. The architect was the Cunningham Brothers. The first principal was Miss Emelie Bergen.
In 1905 the building was moved to California and Ward Street, the site of the current school. The property did not reach as far as Sacramento Street. In 1907 there were 186 students enrolled at Longfellow School. Soon after the building was moved, the mass transit lines were established on both California and Sacramento Streets. This caused some safety concerns for the school.
In 1922 a new building was built. The architect was William C. Hayes. In 1930 an addition was added to the school. The architect was James W. Plachek. In 1926 there were 533 students enrolled at the school. The building was retrofitted in 1935. The western and eastern appearances changed dramatically in this retrofit.
By 1931, it was an elementary school with grades Kindergarten through sixth.
In 1963 the annex was constructed. The architect was Lockwood, Apaydin and Angel Architects.
By 1964 it was an intermediate school with four through sixth grade.
By 1970 the student population had grown to 1,018.
In 1995 the school became a middle school. In 1996 the architect firm of Elbasani and Logan (ELS) was hired to design a new building, a partial retrofit of the main building, and demolition of the annex and a portion of the main building. Construction took approximately two years and was completed by Fall 2000. Part of the main building retrofit including renovation of the historic theater space.