Click through to take a virtual tour. Longfellow Elementary is a PK-6th grade public elementary school and a part of Kansas City Public Schools. Students at Longfellow live in the surrounding neighborhood or can be bussed to school in grades K-6. All students wear a uniform of khaki or navy pants with white or navy blue tops.
Dr. Jimmie Bullard is the principal at Longfellow Elementary. She has worked to make Longfellow a community school by building partnerships with local organizations and businesses.
These Junior Achievement volunteers come regularly to Longfellow Elementary to teach students about entrepreneurship.
Each morning, students at Longfellow have a morning assembly. Dr. Bullard makes whole school announcements and prepares them for their day.
In class students work in class as a whole group at the lower elementary level. These first graders are discussing character traits with their teacher. (Note that SMKCS happened to be at Longfellow to photograph on Field Day. Students and teachers were dressed for outdoor fun and not in their usual work clothes or uniforms!)
As a part of Kansas City Public Schools, there is no charge for lunch or Before and After school care for K-6 students at Longfellow. Workers from LINC oversee after school programming each day.
Longfellow has teachers that pull out students to work with small groups who need more support in reading and math.
Here a pull out teacher is working one on one to support a student with reading.
All students at Longfellow Elementary go to computer lab weekly. There, they work with their teacher to learn computer skills and how to be digital citizens. Students also have opportunities to use the MakerSpace at nearby Operation Breakthrough for projects.
In upper elementary classrooms, students like these fifth graders work in small groups to complete their assignments.
Students at Longfellow Elementary are avid readers. Through a partnership with My Very Own Library, students in grades 3-5 get new books to take home three times each year.
Every student in grades 1-6 has their own computer at Longfellow Elementary. These sixth graders are working together to complete an online game.
In Pre-K and kindergarten classes, students focus less on technology and more on mastering skills. Here are students preparing to watch a sight word video.
Longfellow has two playgrounds for students. This one is the result of a partnership with Allstate Insurance and is open to all students.
This playground is smaller and used for Pre-K students only.
Students at Longfellow Elementary are participants in the Lunch Buddies program. Through it, corporate professionals like this executive from Hallmark Cards come and have lunch with students during the week.
In class, teachers at Longfellow work hard to make learning relevant and fun for all students. Here a teacher has students make slime as a part of her science lesson.
In fifth grade, students are playing a game with their teacher to review what they learned from a recent lesson.
Students at Longfellow Elementary go to Art class weekly. They are also able to participate in Art Club after school. The school has a partnership with Crayola that provided $1500 in art supplies. Artists also come to help students paint murals at school.
In PE, students work with their teacher to give their brains and their bodies exercise. All students go to PE weekly.
Students also have a large black top and picnic area where parents can eat with kids during special outdoor events.
Student at Longfellow are active participants in the Scholastic Book Fair. Here the library is set up for parents and community members to purchase books at the end of the school day.
Teachers at Longfellow Elementary have worked to create a positive culture of high achievement. Here, students wear t-shirts with the school tagline “I can. I will. I believe. End of story.”
Students at Longfellow Elementary have a large soccer area that was donated to them by Sporting KC. You can see it in the upper right corner of the screen.
Parent and community involvement is high at Longfellow Elementary. Parents have organized an active School Advisory Council that oversees Spirit Week, Teacher Appreciation Week, and raises money for school events. They also have a Facebook page and a school newsletter.
Here a Lunch Buddy jumps rope with Longfellow Elementary students during an all school fun day.