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contributions by Vince Murchison, Kelly Newman, Randall Duke, & J. Kyle Rains

J.L. Long Site Based Decision Making Committee

SBDMC Chairman, Vince Murchison
Photo by J. Kyle Rains
Here are some of the highlights of the accomplishments of the Site Based Decision Making Committee (SBDM), from Chair, Vince Murchison:

The Concilio: 60+ families graduated in May from this parent education program. Ben DuBose single-handedly raised the funding.

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB/MYP): In January, Long setup an Ad Hoc Committee of campus reps and Dallas ISD upper management to set up classes, schedules, faculty needs, professional development, student resources,etc..

IB/MYP Funding: Monty Watson has quietly worked in the background to devise a mechanism for community support for the IB/MYP.

Mr. Murchison also layed out some of the details for the IB/MYP in the coming year:

  • Only 38 schools in Texas offer IB/MYP, with 452 in the U.S. and approximately 1,000 in the world.

  • Long remains a candidate school - but the Big Event - our certification visit in late Winter - will make it official.

  • Two subcommittees to the IB/MYP Ad Hoc Committee are hard at work to prepare our school grounds on the one hand, and our students, faculty and community on the other hand:
    • Facilities: Representatives from SBDM, PTA, the Bond program, and Dallas ISD Facilities department are working together to  identifying campus needs, identify needs for functionality and beautification, then  assemble the resources and execute. We owe many thanks to Troy Hotchkiss, Laurie Murray, Blis Freeman, Maria Hasbany, and our Dallas ISD Bond and Facilities guys.
    • Communications: Representatives from SBDM, PTA, and the Dallas ISD Communications Department are working together to craft a communications plan for informing the community about our entry into the IB Programme. Many thanks to Jim Weber, Heather Brooks, Helene Honeybone, Jennifer Kindert, Maria Hasbany, and the Dallas ISD Communications team.
  • Lakewood Home Tour: PTA President Maria Hasbany has set Long up for a HUGE event this November - J.L. Long will be featured on the Lakewood Home Tour and host the Home Tour's International Café. The IB/MYP preparations are fully integrated with Home Tour preparations.
  • Those folks will be hard at it all summer in preparation for Day One, August 27.
  • Finally, we will continue to work with the Dallas ISD Board and Central Administration to implement the MYP

Award Winners

Congratulations to Beverly Hirsch for winning The Rotary Club of Dallas Outstanding Teacher Award for Service Above Self

Hirsh Wins Rotary Award

Photo courtesy of Kelly Newman


350 athletes, coaches, cheerleaders and parents gathered for this year’s J. L. Long Middle School athletic banquet. The banquet recognized Long’s city volleyball championship, district championships in soccer and basketball, first place cheer competition victory and other outstanding accomplishments of the school’s 300 student-athletes. Athletic Director Deborah Barnd served as Mistress of Ceremonies for the event.

Long Athletes of the Year
Ethan Smith and Jakkisha Smith
Athletes of the Year.
Photos by J. Kyle Rains


Long Iron Men






Long "Iron Men"

Long Iron Women






Long "Iron Women"

"Iron Man" and “Iron Woman” awards were also presented to athletes participating in six sports in two years.

Preparing for the 2012-13 School Year

J.L. Long Middle School
Photo by J. Kyle Rains

The Buccaneer Camp for J. L. Long Middle School incoming sixth graders will be held from 9 am to 3 pm on Friday, August 10 at the school. There is a pre-registration form to fill out and participating students will receive class schedules and have priority with schedule change requests.

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