Long School Roadrunners Are Off and Running!

***No School Monday, September 12***

What a great first week! Thank you everyone. We welcomed our Kindergartners and many other new faces. Our PTA hosted our annual Boo Hoo Breakfast. Several preschool programs began this week and others will be starting soon.

Long School was honored to host a visit from Randi Weingarten, National President of the American Federation of Teachers and David Hecker, President of the Michigan Federation of Teachers. Randi and David visited classrooms speaking with both students and staff regarding the start of the school year.

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We look forward to continuing our momentum following the long weekend.

Join us Sept. 20th for a College Fair

Dearborn Public Schools is pleased to host the

Dearborn Schools MACRAO College Fair

September 20, 2016
6:30pm-8:00pm
Ford Community and Performing Arts Center
15801 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn 48126

Representatives from more than 60 different post-secondary schools will be available to talk with students. This event is open to all Dearborn schools and surrounding districts!

college-fair-graphicJust a few of the participating educational institutions include:

  • Central Michigan
  • College for Creative Studies
  • Eastern Michigan
  • Grand Valley State
  • Henry Ford College
  • Kettering University
  • Lawrence Tech.
  • Michigan State
  • Northern Michigan
  • Oakland University
  • Saginaw Valley
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Windsor
  • Harvard
  • University of Illinois- Chicago
  • Columbia College- Chicago
  • Savanna College of Art & Design
  • Syracuse University
  • Gannon University

Plus many other

  • Universities
  • Trade Schools
  • Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Colleges
  • U.S. Armed Forces

For more Information e-mail:Welmerg@dearbornschools.org

Welcome Kindergartners!

We are looking forward to our newest students’ arrival and want to create as smooth a transition as possible. Dearborn Schools has developed and implemented 2 programs with this in mind.

Soft Start: All students K-5 begin with a half day on Tuesday, September 6th however Kindergarten will continue to attend school for half days on September 7-9. Incoming Kindergarten parents received a letter outlining this process in June. The schedule at Long will be as follows:

Tuesday, 9/6/15 – 8:35 to 11:45

Wednesday, 9/7/15 – 8:35 to 11:45

Thursday, 9/8/15 – 8:35 to 11:45

Friday, 9/9/15 – 8:35 to 12:15 (students will eat lunch at school)

Tuesday, 9/13/15 – Begin full days, 8:35 to 3:35

If you are in need of child care for these afternoons, please see the link below. This schedule is for Kindergarten Only.

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Jump Start:  This program will take place August 23, 24 and 25 from 9:00 to 12:00. During this time children will have an opportunity to meet teachers and staff, explore their classroom, and visit other areas of the school including the gym, art room and cafeteria.  The focus will be on introducing them to school routines and helping them feel more comfortable so that the first few weeks of kindergarten are positive and successful.

If you did not receive a letter for this program but feel your child would benefit, please email me at jakubuv@dearbornschools.org.

Enjoy the rest of the break!

New for Fall!

Long School will be home to several new programs beginning this fall.

First, we will be opening a Great Start to Readiness Program classroom this year. This is a funded preschool program for four year olds. We are extremely excited to welcome teacher, Veronica Kubitz, back to Long. Mrs. Kubitz’s children attended Long School and Mrs. Kubitz has been a very involved member of the school community. If you have a four year old child and are interested in learning more, please call Cotter Preschool at (313) 827-6150 or Long School after August 22.

In addition, we will be housing a preschool program for students in need of additional support. We are looking forward to welcoming teacher, Elizabeth Shaw, to the Long School community. She has been enthusiastically preparing for her young learners.

Finally (for now), Long School will be one of the first Dearborn Schools to implement the National Parent Teacher Home Visit Project.

Your teacher may be contacting you to set up a home visit. This is NOT a meeting to tell you what to do as a parent or to get you to sign up for anything. This is a time to get to know you and your student away from school. This is also a time for you to get to know your child’s teacher. During the visit, time is taken to share Hopes & Dreams, experiences, and school resources. It is also completely voluntary on your part.

Studies show that this program has increased student academic achievement and improved parent engagement in schools. It has brought teachers and families closer together and created opportunities for better communications between home and school.

Enjoy the rest of the summer break and don’t forget to visit our Media Center on Mondays (1-4) and Thursdays (9-12).

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Enjoy the Summer!

Thanks to everyone for another successful year at Long School. This year, we celebrated the retirement of several members of our family. Congratulations to Mrs. Kathy DeFroy, Nurse Laurie Feldcamp, Mr. Eric Shea and Mrs. Kathy Struk. We wish you all the best and look forward to your future visits.

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Just a reminder: The Long School Media Center will be open on Mondays from 1:00-4:00 pm and on Thursdays from 9:00 am to 12 Noon. Stop by to check out books, create crafts, access the chrome books and see friends.

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Thank You Mr. Shea!!!

Mr. Eric Shea conducted his final concert prior to his retirement from Dearborn Public Schools on Thursday, May 19th. Performers included 5th grade band and strings students from Long, DuVall and Whitmore-Bolles Elementary Schools. Mr. Shea has dedicated 30 years to enthusiastically developing the musical talents of Dearborn students. We are very grateful to him for sharing his expertise as a musician as well as his overall love of music with the children of Long School. Thank you Mr. Shea. We wish you all the best!

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Long Recycling is Moving Forward!

Long School has been actively recycling for several years but now our Student Recycling Committee is getting some additional support from the City of Dearborn and The Ecology Center. Through the efforts of a collaborative committee, Long School received new classroom recycling boxes and two more recycling bins. We will also be getting weekly pick-up at Long School (no more ‘borrowing’ neighbors curbs). The student committee will be closely monitoring the amount of recycling and ensuring that only recyclable items are placed in the bins. Long School was selected, along with Bryant Middle School, as a pilot for this program which the City and District hope to expand to more schools next year.

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Writers and Music Support Reading at Long

The value and diversity of reading has been particularly emphasized at Long School this week. On Wednesday, Johnathan Rand, author of the Michigan and American Chillers series, visited Long and shared many of his experiences including one of his favorite quotes “Reading isn’t something you do, Reading is a place that you go. Books don’t have covers, they have doors.” Wow, that’s deep. In addition, our music teachers incorporated reading and original compositions into the pieces students performed during their concert on Thursday. We finished the week with a ‘Sit in and Read’ activity to celebrate our groovy Reading Month.

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Teacher of the Year Nominations

Is there a certain teacher who really encouraged or motivated your child? Went above and beyond? Provided an extraordinary learning experience?
We have many exceptional teachers here at Long and now is the time to recognize them. Nominations are being accepted for the Alberta Muirhead Teacher of the Year Award. All you need to do is print and work with your child to complete the attached application then submit it to the Dearborn Chamber of Commerce. Teachers will be recognized and the awards will be presented during a ceremony at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center on May 11 at 4:15.

Teacher of the Year Application