Longfellow District-Wide

45-15 Elementary School

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Longfellow 45-15 Elementary School Executive Summary


Longfellow 45-15 Elementary is an elementary school serving approximately 320 students in grades K-5 in southeast Rochester, Minnesota within the Rochester Public Schools (RPS). The population of learners has a vibrant richness of diversity representing an array countries and cultures from around the world.

Longfellow 45-15 Elementary School follows a 45-15 instructional calendar with school beginning the last week of July, following a six-week summer vacation. Students attend school each of the four instructional quarters for approximately 45 days followed by 15 days of vacation with minimal four-day weeks due to holidays. During each 15 day break, students are provided the opportunity to attend math and reading intervention classes (intersession) in the morning for one week in October, January and in March.  School Age Child Care (SACC) and 21st Century Community Learning Center Program offer enrichment activities during the remainder of the break for approximately two-thirds of our student population. The intersession classes are taught by Longfellow staff, where student/teacher ratio is low, to providing direct individualized instruction in a focused environment.

There are numerous benefits of the 45-15 schedule.  Students demonstrate greater retention and require less re-teaching due to the strategically placed breaks. Staff members are able to refresh and work collaboratively during the three-week intersessions. Another attribute of the calendar is reduced discipline problems as a result of a stronger school culture. In addition to our calendar, Longfellow has an all day, every day kindergarten program that we believe is extremely beneficial for building the moral and academic bridge between school and home.  Through data collaboration cycles amongst teams of staff, Longfellow is currently infusing more technology into the instructional process at all levels with a 1:1 iPad focus.  Currently, a tiered instruction model is implemented for reading instruction each day that maximizes our school’s staffing resources in all grades. With this support we are able to provide small group instruction and a more individualized instruction for the students, as well as support differentiation models to best meet student need within normal school hours. Items noted below are just a sampling of the ongoing creative work our staff commits to for an assurance of continued growth:

  • Use staff development funding to create research-based differentiation instructional models at each grade level.
  • Use staff development funding to provide training for site-adopted, technology based instructional practices.
  • Implement the use of data collaboration as part of grade level and prevention teams that meet in a cyclical manner to focus on data review/interpretation for academic and social needs of our students.

A strong culture for learning is the foundation of Longfellow. Current research in the socio-emotional domain demonstrates the need to infuse Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) to proactively support student learning. We are proud to say that Longfellow has been implementing PBIS for numerous years. Every member of our learning community is guided by three guiding social principles: Be safe, respectful and responsible. We conduct weekly assemblies at the onset of the week that focus upon a specific character trait that is taught, modeled and reinforced for a month. Each of the character traits are infused throughout the whole school experience (i.e. academic and social). This has provided the building block of strong, positive social identities to solidify that our students have a genuine sense of belonging at Longfellow.

Longfellow has established a strong tradition of creating high expectations for all of our learners in an academically progressive learning environment. Our current results are viewed as a status report as we strive for continuous improvement in all areas. We have a deep passion for learning at Longfellow that is reflected through our daily work. We welcome everyone to our school to see first-hand the experiences our students receive as members of the Longfellow family.

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