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Meet Our Principal

Along with the teachers and staff, I work hard to continue the legacy of success established at Longfellow by building strong relationships with parents, students and community partners.  We will focus on Positive Behavior Supports (PBIS), implement Iowa Common Core, the use of data to drive instruction, and continue to provide consistent implementation of the curriculum in a rigorous manner so that we can continue to increase student achievement for all students.
This year is going to be amazing as we continue to provide academic experiences for our students that are rigorous, relevant, and help them build relationships while making real-world connections.  As your principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors- teachers, students and parents- are excited to be here!  This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun, and nurturing environment.  My is door is always open and I welcome your input.  Please feel free to call or email me to discuss any concerns and celebrations you might have throughout the school year.  

Kelli Webb, Principal

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About Longfellow Elementary

Longfellow Elementary was built in 1917 and was named after Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was the most widely published and most famous American poet of the 1800’s. Our elementary school serves about 350-400 students each year. Longfellow Elementary School blends the tradition of a turn-of-the-century building with the modern adaptations needed to accommodate successful 21st-century learning. The rich cultural diversity of the neighborhood makes it a unique and diverse elementary school within the Iowa City Community School District. 

Through the implementation of a schoolwide Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) plan, students are taught and acknowledged for positive behavior and social skills. Longfellow has common behavior expectations in all areas of the school. Children are taught and expected to demonstrate the skills needed to be safe, supportive, and responsible students. Parent involvement is an important component of Longfellow Elementary School.

The educational program here incorporates an emphasis on learning the common core curriculum through explicit instruction, inquiry based learning, and enrichment opportunities. Included in the program are activities that integrate multicultural experiences, the arts, technology, and a lot of reading. The staff is committed to building high self-esteem in each child, fostering positive, cooperative attitudes and focusing on the whole child.


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