I am a parent of a student at Longfellow elementary school and I was recently informed during a Tea with Torres, the Principle, that second graders and fifth graders are required to purchase an iPad for school to be able to keep up with technology and the school curriculum. I was informed that testing is now done using iPads at this public school and as a parent was not given an alternative for my child to be able to test. This school has no control over the PTA and no structure on the School Site Council and their meetings are closed to the public. I thought SSC meetings were public, but Principal Torres asked me to leave. I do not agree with the PTA's outburst against spanish speaking parents and their outburst on the parents lack of appreciation for their hard work, according to the PTA council, their exact words. Attend School Site Council and PTA Meetings December 10, 2014 @ 4:30 pm and see for yourself. I am not an angry parent, just disappointed with the schools lack of commitment for the childrens education.
I have been very impressed with this school. The teachers are dedicated and kind. The principle has been instrumental in facilitating many improvements to this school and is invested in the children. Also, they have some great parent volunteers who go out of their way to encourage and excite the kids. Do not let their rating fool you because I could not ask for a better learning culture for my kids.
I went to Longfellow beginning in 1975 (Kindergarten) ; I left to attend another school in 1976 ; I finally returned in 1979 and attended through 1983 . My kindergarten teacher was really creative , and she nurtured creativity in all of her students . I first heard early Pink Floyd ("Piper at the Gates of Dawn" , 1967) in her class ; it was from her extensive record collection. 5th grade had me attending instruction under an excellent teacher. At the time , I wasn't too happy about being academically pushed (what kid does ?) , but his format actually helped me and my classmates monumentally. Great times spent at Longfellow . I wonder how many of my former teachers are still part of Longfellow's staff ...
This is my sons first year at this school. We transferred from Downey and I was concerned about the ratings they had overall. To my surprise my sons teacher has been great. I can completely tell she cares for him and the students. I am extremely pleased with the school and his teacher this year.
I am a mother of 2, and have had a wonderful experience at Longfellow! I was completely skeptical about the rating and found that the teacher's are exceptional especially my son's Kindergarden teacher Mrs. Mayo...
I am a parent of twims in 2nd grade. We transferred this year from a private school and I was very concerned with the low rating. However, I have been greatly suprised. My boys have wonderful teachers who truly care about their students. I am glad that we transferred to this school.
The teachers have been good, some even great and I would highly recommend them by name to friends to request at enrollment. The principal however, I find to be sorely lacking in leadership qualities. The previous 2 principals, however, were excellent.
Hi I am a parent of a first grader at Longfellow. His teacher is the greatest, she is smart and fun. He adores her. However, the principal is flaky and unprepared, and often makes decisions on the spot and does not follow through with any of his promises. He is nice enough, but I wouldn't want to work for him.
Well next year is my daughter last year I thinking of change school. I witness something I hope never to witness again. I have just drop my daughter off. I walk in the office this was about two weeks ago. This lady was yelling at child asking the child. 'Do you know what annoying means? Do you know how to spell annoying? The child was just listening to her and holding the microphone in his hand. The Principal was there and did nothing about. In my opinion the lady should never speak to a child in that matter and the Prinicipal should never allow adult to speak to a child like that. That is degrading to a child. When I saw that I was disappointed in the Principal because I thought he was going to make a different in the school and in our children life by inspiring them.
I am a parent of a 1st and 2nd grader at Longfellow. Yes, the school has had low scores, change does not happen overnight. However, I personally have witnessed dramatic changes within the administrative and academic area. The school is continually requesting parent involvement, which I believe is the key to a successful student. I work hard with my children, dedicating two hours per day to homework and reading. Thankfully, both are at the top of their class. In the 2006-2007 year, the school has held reading workshops for parents - giving tips on getting your children to read more. The Principal has held forums for parents to discuss problems/issues, which I might add, did address issues with his constant agitated attitude. Since that day, I have seen a dramatic change in his personality. Addressing issues will get you a long way.