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
Resource cuts are in the works for Longfellow for the coming school year.
We've just learned that District officials have proposed cuts for Longfellow. A loss of resources will increase class sizes as well as eliminate additional support classes for our most challenged students.
As it is now, there aren't enough resources to serve the needs of our students:
In sixth grade, Longfellow has 75 students in need of reading intervention support with resources to serve 31
In 7th grade, 91 students in need of reading intervention support, resources to serve 15
In 8th grade, 69 students in need of reading intervention support, resources to serve 5
In math for all grades, 185 students in need, and the ability to financially serve 64
Our school's high concentration of need requires a high concentration of resources.
Below are a few easy ways to continue standing up for our students.
Tell our elected school board members that Longfellow's programs serving struggling students should be strengthened, not weakened - as currently proposed by district officials. Longfellow needs additional funds to begin a school design process that increases instructional minutes and supplements learning with critical enrichment and interventions so that all of our students can succeed.
Here are a few easy ways to add your voice!
1. Send the letter at the following link to our elected school board members. Just click here to go to the prepared letter to School Board Members. Click the red "start writing" button to view the prepared letter. You can then quickly send the prepared letter as is or you can add your personal comments before sending.
2. Attend an upcoming School Board Meeting from 7:00-8:15pm. RSVP for May 9.
3. Meet with our elected school board members at their Office Hours. Click here to see Office Hour dates and to sign up.
4. Share our Longfellow School Governance Council (SGC) letter to BUSD officials with parents that you know. You can download it here.
Please take a quick moment to send a letter today to our elected school board members.
We know that Longfellow students need and deserve more; not less.