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.
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.
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.
The Book Fair is coming next week and the theme for this year is “groovy”. Long School students and staff kicked the month off by wearing our grooviest apparel this Friday. Long School is carrying on the theme through all of our March is Reading Month activities including Family Literacy Night on March 9. Click on the calendar attached to keep up on all of the “happenings” at Long.
Just a reminder that Dearborn Schools will be closed Friday and Monday. We will resume classes on Tuesday, February 16th.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our water collection. Long School was able to donate 60 cases of water to help the residents of Flint. A special thank you to Mr. Bartolomei for transporting all of the water to the Administration Building.
Several parents and students at Long have expressed interest in the Dearborn STEM Middle School. Here is the latest information.
Applications for the school Year 2016-2017 will be submitted online this year by clicking the link below; Must be a Dearborn City Resident to Apply. All applications must be submitted by March 18th.
Enrollment is limited and based on student interest and test scores. Currently, we will have 60 openings for 6th grade (current 5th graders) and no openings for 7th grade (current 6th graders), and 3 opening for 8th grade (current 7th graders).
8th grade is still in the planning stages and we will have more information sometime in semester 2.
Process: Apply before the deadline! Administration will look at your M-Step and NWEA scores. Depending on number of applicants, a selection will be asked to come to the Dearborn Heights Campus and take the Explore test. Based on those scores students will be invited to attend the STEM school.
Testing is penciled in for the weeks between April 4 and 22nd.
This is a school of choice and transportation is the families responsibility.
Explore Test information and preparation link: Explore Info and Prep
Click on ‘All about the test’ and on the right are practice tests.
Mrs. Newsted worked with Mrs. Jones fifth graders to produce technology enhanced planet reports. The students used Chatterpix to create their report and Mrs. Newsted linked their reports to a QR barcode that can be accessed through a cell phone or tablet. Check them out in the hall by the gym or scan the code in the picture below.
The Long School S.A.S. (Serious About Science) Club will begin meeting with Mrs. Newsted next Thursday, Jan. 14 from 3:45-4:30. This is a new academic enrichment program for fourth and fifth graders interested in Science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities. Interested students applied for the program and selected students were notified this week. We are excited to be offering this opportunity and would like to expand in the future.
For more information about Long students’ scientific endeavors, check out the Long Science Enrichment blog.
Students involved in the afterschool music program at Lowrey School visited Long School today and entertained us with their caroling. Under the direction of music teacher, Ashley Helper and with the assistance of teacher, Rana Hassna, 44 students in grades 4 and 5 rode the bus to Long and performed several songs for students in first, second and third grades. Everyone enjoyed the event and we are very thankful to Ms. Helper for including Long School in the singers’ itinerary.
Our School Culture Committee has transformed the main hallway into a Winter Wonderland. The fence that once held pumpkins is now home to snowmen and snow women enthusiastically displaying their math knowledge. Every student is contributing in their own unique way. Stop by and ask your child to point out his or her snowman.