Vision Statement

We strive to teach, challenge, and nurture students to be lifelong, engaged learners. We foster relationships with parents and the community to create students who are responsible citizens in an ever changing world.

About Longfellow

Longfellow Elementary is a learning community dedicated to continuous growth in student achievement.  We strive to ensure all students have access to effective instruction on a high-quality, grade-level curriculum that is tailored to their learning needs.  Parents and staff effectively work together to make quality decisions.  These partnerships are most evident in Longfellow's Leadership Team, Parent Advisory Team, and many other committees and groups.  In addition, the participation of staff and families in school activities such as Parent/Teacher Conferences, Family Nights, and parent volunteers in the classroom exemplify the strength of the Longfellow community.

Longfellow's primary goal is to ensure that all students acquire essential knowledge and skills to become responsible and productive adults in society.  Core goals and learning guides have been developed for all subject areas and are aligned to the Nebraska State Standards.  Longfellow Elementary follows a rigorous, standards-based curriculum in reading, language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.  Additionally, elementary students receive instruction using strategies to address the needs of our diverse student population.  These include: Interactive Touch Panel Technology in the Classrooms, 1:1 iPads (K-2) and Chromebooks (3-5), Wit and Wisdom ELA curriculum, Magnetic Reading, Bridges Math curriculum, PHD Science, Generation Genius Science, Studies Weekly Social Studies curriculum, and multiple SEL curriculua.

The elementary years are a time when students begin to develop their academic self-concept and confidence as learners.  They are beginning to develop decision-making, communication and life skills, as well as character values.  It is also a time when students develop and acquire attitudes toward school, self, peers, social groups and family.  Longfellow's learning community provides a positive environment that motivates and supports students and families.  Working as a team with parents, the school's staff is dedicated to making a difference in children's lives.

Principal's Message

BenzelWelcome to another great school year Razorback! At Longfellow Elementary we are dedicated to the success of the individual student and the motto of Scottsbluff Public Schools, “Every Child, Every Day.”  All staff members and the Longfellow community as a whole work together to ensure that every students’ needs are met academically, emotionally, and socially.

Our school theme this year is “Level Up Longfellow” as we look to build upon the amazing achievements of our students and staff that began last year and beyond. We begin this school year with newly remodeled restrooms and a few upgraded staff areas as well. During the summer of 2022 our building was remodeled and boasts a fresh color scheme, brand new furniture, cutting edge technology, and is even more accessible and functional than when it was originally constructed in 1939. In addition, a new playground was installed thanks to the Scottsbluff Public Schools Foundation in December of 2022.

At Longfellow, students are challenged with rigorous curricula that is second to none and accessible to all students. Our teachers are dedicated to differentiating instruction to meet the academic needs of all students through core curriculum, interventions, and individualized instruction. Our staff seeks to empower and inspire students to set and meet goals in all areas and prepare them for middle school, high school, and whatever life throws their way. We want our Longfellow Razorbacks to become strong Scottsbluff Bearcats that impact their community and beyond.

None of the great things that happen here at Longfellow would be possible without the strong relationships built between our staff with students and their families. We strive to hire individuals with strong skills, capable of building great relationships with students through sound classroom instruction, interpersonal skills, and the intangible qualities that make connections with students and inspire them to be their best. In addition, our Longfellow family is bolstered by an active, supportive PTO and Parent Advisory Committee. These entities work to assist with family events, fundraising, parent education, and much more.

Longfellow Elementary also provides opportunities to support the whole child. Our students are provided opportunities through a music program, physical education classes, art, library, and computer classes. We also have a School Counselor/LMHP and nursing staff available to assist students and families. Title I services in Reading and Math are available for our students. Special Education services are also available to students who qualify. We are also one of the first schools in the state piloting the Nebraska Department of Education’s Journey to Inclusion program. Our goal is to ensure that all students have equitable access to grade level curriculum. Our teachers have been, and continue to be trained in the area of “teaching to the edges” so that every student is getting what they need in order to grow and succeed in the classroom.

We are proud of our students, staff, and families here at Longfellow. We seek to “press start” and “level up” each day with a “Razorback Strong” attitude!