This year at Long International Middle School, we are shifting our focus of "belonging" towards "authenticity." While each and every student, staff, and partner will always "BeLONG at Long," we also want our students, staff, and partners to embrace his/her/their authenticity. Standing in our identity as an international academy, we are embracing each other using our school theme beginning this year: Sikhona. Sawubona. These South African greetings express what we hope to impress upon each other. We want our students to be and feel seen (Sikhona), and we will see them (Sawubona).