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, November 25, 2017

Limelight 2017-2018

Limelight performed their fall show at Oak Grove High School, and they were fabulous! We are so proud of these talented kids!

Limelight is directed by Jennifer Timidaiski and Jennifer Craft. And...We are excited to announce that Stacey Bennett is now assisting!

Limelight will perform their fall show again on December 14 at Lighting of Longleaf. In February, they will compete at the Purvis Invitational and Petal Invitational. They will also perform at Longleaf Family Arts Night. They will be performing their competition show at all of the February performances. You will not want to miss this amazing show!










Saturday, November 11, 2017

Hocus Focus

"Those who don't believe in magic will never find it."
                                                     ~Roald Dahl

Well...the students at Longleaf Elementary most definitely believe in magic after a visit from magician Kevin Spencer! This visiting artist wowed students and teachers alike with his amazing illusions! The kids will be talking about this guy for years to come! 

Here's a little info about Kevin and his awesome project, Hocus Focus. 
Kevin Spencer is a teaching artist, researcher, speaker, consultant, and award-winning film producer as well as faculty in the Special Education program at Carlow University where he teaches a course on the intersection of the arts for special populations. He is also a world-renowned illusionist! Kevin is the creator of the Hocus Focus project! This is an arts-based multidisciplinary curriculum.

To learn more about the Hocus Focus Project visit his website! 

The kids loved his first trick!

I love how he invited the children onto the stage!

Wow! They are really engaged!  








I love how he took the time to interact with the children. 


To help our teachers learn how to use his "magical"techniques in the classroom, Kevin presented model lessons. Our teachers had the unique opportunity to learn some really awesome teaching strategies!   









Here's a video of one of his tricks! 


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Limelight Superheroes!

It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's Longleaf Elementary's….Limelight! These SUPER kids competed in their first competition, and they came back winners! This award-winning show choir also performed for the students of Longleaf Elementary, and they were a hit!

Way to go, Limelight! We are so proud of you!




This trophy is displayed in the glass case in the front of the school! 
The Petal Invitational! 





Our door at the Petal Invitational! So cute! 
Longleaf Performance! 




The kids loved watching Limelight! 






Saturday, March 4, 2017

Second Annual Longleaf Family Arts Night

The second annual Longleaf Family Arts Night was a huge success! Students and families had lots of fun! 

The student art show was fabulous! We have so many talented artists at Longleaf!













The Music Experience was fun for the kids and adults!




The Painting Experience was inspired by Jackson Pollock. Blowing paint is so much fun! 



The kids loved learning about mixing colors! It's always fun when you get to drink your art! 



The Collage Experience was inspired by Henri Matisse's Cutouts! The kids learned to paint with scissors! 




The Photography Experience was a lot of fun!


The Pottery Experience was a hit! The kids made some really cool sculptures! 





We added a new experience this year…The Dance Experience! 




We had so many wonderful pieces of art in the Local Artist Silent Auction! 










The night would not have been complete without a performance from our award-winning show choir, Limelight! 







What a great night! I can't wait until next year!