Longleaf Elementary has been named a Participating School by the MAC (Mississippi Arts Commission). We have many professional development opportunities for our teachers to attend. We will be integrating arts in our classroom and throughout the school to allow our students to deepen their knowledge and learning experiences.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Constitution Day!

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

Longleaf third grade students celebrated Constitution Day on September 16th! This is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States and those who have become US citizens. 

Students learned the Star Spangled Banner during music prior to the special day. Students rotated to different stations to learn about the Liberty Bell, The Statute of Liberty, The Preamble, and Why the American Flag is important. They also learned about George Washington. While creating art projects, the students learned the symbolism and importance of each! 

What a wonderful way to integrate the arts while learning about the history of our county! Good job, third grade!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Day the Monsters Came to School

Longleaf 5th grade students created some really marvelous monster sculptures!  Each student used play dough to create a unique monster! They will use their monster creations as inspiration to write a narrative that describes the monster's first day at Longleaf!  

Check out the cool creatures! 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Welcome to Longleaf!

When you walk through the front doors of Longleaf Elementary, you are greeted by our awesome glass case displays and our beautiful foyer! Our teachers "go all out" to make the glass case displays creative and interesting! Our student-made Square 1 Art tiles are also displayed, and our tree murals are beautiful! 

We are a FAMILY at Longleaf!

Our beautiful mural! 

Square 1 Art

Kindergarten loves Pete the Cat! They are rockin' in their school shoes!

First grade welcomes their students in style! 

Second grade is growing into an awesome group of kids!

Third grade is ready for s'more learning!

Hehehe…this is just funny!

Looking good, third grade teachers! 

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make this the best year yet!

Fourth grade is ready to complete their mission!

Fifth grade will light up the stage…or at least the classroom! 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Gingerbread Week

Run, run as fast as you can. You can't catch me. I'm the gingerbread man!

Gingerbread Week is an Oak Grove tradition! Oak Grove kindergartners have been participating in this special tradition for many years! We have continued the tradition at Longleaf!

The purpose of Gingerbread Week is to introduce kindergarten students to school in a fun and exciting way! Throughout the week we read different versions of the book, The Gingerbread Man. The students compare and analyze these stories. Then…they participate in gingerbread-themed language arts, math, and art projects. At the end of the week, the students work together to create a giant gingerbread man! The gingerbread man runs away (gasp) just like in the stories! While searching the school for the missing cookie, the kids learn the locations of the office, library, cafeteria, playground, and gym. They finally find the gingerbread man in the classroom, and they eat him! 

It was a fun week for all involved...except for the gingerbread man. ;-) 

We tasted a gingerbread cookie and graphed the part we ate first.

This happens every year! We always like heads the most!

We made gingerbread houses using construction paper and stickers. 

Aren't they sweet! 

We used play dough to make gingerbread men!

He's almost good enough to eat! Almost…. 

We did a science experiment with a gingerbread man! We put him in a bowl of water!
These were our questions: What will happen to him if he gets wet? In the story, why didn't he swim across the river?
Why did he need the fox's help? 

We even made real gingerbread houses! 


 We made our very own gingerbread man!!!

We made the dough flat.

We shaped him.

We decorated him.

We imagined how yummy he would taste.

Isn't he beautiful!

We put him in the oven to bake.

We made wanted posters so people would know what he looked like.

The wanted posters didn't work so we searched the school! Shhhh…. he's very sneaky! 

We found clues that told us where to go!

They were everywhere!

We found him in the classroom!


Oh my! He gained some weight! 

We ate him!!!

We ate everything except his feet! No one wants to eat dirty feet! Yuck! 

He ran and he ran as fast as he could. But those kindergartners caught him! We knew that they would!