Artwork based on words from Dr. King's I Have a Dream speech created by students in Mrs. Dorman's Advanced Art class, done for Black History Month
Pancake Breakfast and Book Swap
Caring Elders/Grandparents Day
Thank you to everyone who participated in our very sweet and educational day of Caring Elders!
We had about 100 guests on our campus, joining us to share their wisdom, and their love for and expectations of our students.
The library breakfast welcome was 5 star quality, with donations from Mo'Joe Cafe, Semifreddi's, Sweet Adeline Bakeshop, Westside Bakery Cafe, Berkeley Bagel, Homemade Cafe, and La Farine and supplemented by generous contributions from our PTA.
Through the assemblies, our students honored our elders through dance, song, and music.
All three of our assemblies were inspiring. Every Caring Elder who spoke on one of our School Expectations was eloquent in their message of support, high expectations and love for our students.
All across our campus, teachers were facilitating cross generational dialogues with our Caring Elders, setting the stage for our focus on Social Justice.
Tremendous thanks goes out to our school for creating such a loving community, to our families for bringing so many Caring Elders to share the day with us, to the Counseling and Positive School Culture Department for coordinating this event, to Ms Hernandez and the Asian Pacific Islander students for helping decorate the library, to our Leadership students for welcoming grandparents, and helping with the assemblies, to our music department for our Chamber Orchestra, our Jazz Ensemble, and our Mariachis. Thank you to Ms Charisma who supported our duet in their beautiful song. Thank you to our EDP and Ms Shaeedah for our Envisions Dancers, to Ms Coe for her publishing class photographers, and certificates, to Ms Dorman's art class for the Caring Elders sashes worn by all guests, and Ms Dorman for califgraphering each certificate of appreciation. Thank you to our Safety Officers and front office staff for making the day run smoothly. Thank you to our community sponsors, for the delicious baked goods and coffee. Thank you to Mark Coplan and Todd Kerr who both help our school shine with their photography. And, of course, Thank you especially to all of our teachers, who brought their students to our assembly and who facilitated cross generational dialogues.
Dia de los Muertos Altar
Joanne Bland Civil Rights Lecture
Hear Joanne Bland's Story in This YouTube Video
Longfellow students had the privilege of attending a talk given by Joanne Bland. Ms. Bland was 11 years old in 1965 when she marched with other Selma activists on Bloody Sunday. That day she witnessed brutal police beatings of protesters, including her 14-year-old sister. She took part in the march from Selma to Montgomery, soon after which President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, prohbiting racical discrimination in voting. Ms. Bland remains a civil rights activist. She encouraged Longfellow students to avoid apathy and to get invloved - there is still much to do.