Fostoria City Schools

Home of the Redmen

619 Sandusky Street          Fostoria, Ohio         Phone: 419-436-4135         Fax: 419-436-4155

Longfellow Elementary

 Grades Preschool - Kindergarten - School Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Kelli Bauman, Longfellow/Riley Principal
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Karla Grine, Secretary
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Year 3 of Leader in Me

As we continue our journey with the Leader in Me, we jump into the Empowering Instruction portion. All teachers participated in training this summer to prepare for the 17-18 school year. In years 1 and 2, we have focused on teaching the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, setting goals with students to increase academic achievement and overall building culture improvements.

Level 3 of Leader in Me focuses on the following:

  • Building Trusting Relationships
  • Activating Student-Led Learning
  • Engaging Collaborative Planning and Reflection 

These components are focused towards what teachers can do instructionally to empower students, even at the young age of a kindergarten or preschool student. This transforms the classroom culture from being exclusively teacher-led into a place where students are empowered to lead themselves. This year will give us a chance to bring all parts of the Leader in Me together for a whole-school transformation. We are working to show measurement of these parts through a results assessment created by Franklin-Covey. I look forward to seeing the outcomes as we prepare students socially, academically and culturally through this amazing process. 

Reading is the Key

Everything we do in school and in our lives revolves around our ability to read.  This is why we need to start early with our children learning to read and continue to grow and challenge them to read longer, more difficult, and different types of material.  InfoOhio recently published some information, primarily focusing on students in pre-school through third grade and skills they should be working on and things you can do with your child at home. With the Third Grade Guarantee, it is important that we have students on track with their reading levels by the end of the third grade.  Much like learning to ride a bike, playing an instrument or participating in a sport, reading is a skill that needs repeated practice.  Research shows students who are at grade level in reading have a higher percentage chance of graduating on time from high school as well as performing better on other subjects standardized testing.  These newsletters can be found by going to  I encourage everyone to take a moment to read these and see how we can make reading a part of many activities we do on a daily basis and show our children reading is fun and rewarding.

Andrew Sprang

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