John F Long School

Message from the Principal

  • Principal Leticia Castro

    Dear Longhorn School Families,

    Welcome to the 2021 - 2022 school year!  I am excited to welcome you back to school. It is truly a blessing to continue as principal of this amazing school. I hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer. I also hope you are relaxed, recharged and ready to start a new school year. I am honored that you are part of our amazing learning community. I welcome and value your positive energy and dedication to excellence in education, and I look forward to working with you and your children to ensure the success and well-being of all of our students. We will continue to focus on learning and accelerating student achievement. 

    We have exciting news to share with you all! Office Depot has an awesome back-to-school program called Start Proud!. Start Proud! is a community investment program that benefits students, teachers and parents of select public schools in select U.S. school districts.


    This school year, our school John F Long was selected as the 2021 Start Proud!

    As a Start Proud! school, each and every student at our school will receive a high-quality backpack filled with common elementary school student supplies. These supplies include (subject to minor changes): 2 Wired Notebooks, 4 Composition Workbooks, 4 Folders, #2 Pencils, Highlighters, Eraser Caps, Crayons, Markers, Colored Markers, Pourable Glue, Glue Sticks, Pencil Sharpener, Wood Ruler and Index Cards. Please do not purchase a backpack or these listed supplies!

    The backpack filled with supplies for each child will also include a $20 Office Depot Gift Card; parents/guardians, you may shop for additional school supplies throughout the year, in-store or online!

    Students will receive their backpacks and supplies on August 3, 2021. Office Depot will host a special and vibrant distribution at our school for our students, teachers and staff.

    Office Depot will be starting our students’ school year prepared, confident and proud. We could not be more thankful for their partnership and look forward to welcoming your child(ren) back for the 2021-2022 school year with Start Proud!.


    Monday, July 19-22nd:  Kindergarten Jump Start

    Thursday, July 29- Meet the Teacher Night, 4:30-6:00 (in person) 6:30-7:00 (Zoom)

    Monday, August 2nd- First Day of School 

    Below are just a few of our frequently asked questions...

    What are the school office hours? Monday- Friday: 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

    What are the school hours? Monday- Thursday: 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM

    Will students be wearing uniforms? Yes, we are a uniform school. 

    Tops: Collared shirts with short or long sleeves. Colors: White, Light Blue, Navy Blue, Dark Green, and Red

    Bottoms: Uniform bottoms in one solid color. Colors: Navy Blue or Khaki

    Will students eat in the cafeteria and have recess? Yes

    I encourage families to stay connected and informed by following our district website for important updates and information regarding our reopening plans. 

    District Website:

    Follow us on Facebook: John F Long Elementary School

    Follow us on Twitter: @JFLongSchool 

    I eagerly look forward to greeting students and families. It remains an honor and privilege to serve as your principal.  I am looking forward to seeing all our families for Meet the Teacher Night.  Together, I know we will make this school year one of growth and achievement for all children.

    Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with questions or concerns at (623)691-4310 or Stay safe!


    Leticia Castro

    Proud Principal