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Parent Resources Newsletter

Parent Resources Newsletter

Summer institute at Princeton

Malonda McElwee

Malonda McElwee, a junior in the International Baccalaureate Programme at Hammond High Magnet School, has been selected to attend the Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) seven-week Leadership Summer Institute this summer at Princeton University's campus.  According to the LEDA Scholars website, "LEDA finds and recruits approximately 60 LEDA scholars.  Scholars are high-achieving, low-income students from communities that are under-represented at our nation's top colleges and universities and in the nation's leadership sectors."

As a LEDA Scholar, Malonda will stay on Princeton University campus this summer to "experience a supervised version of residential life at the college level."  As well, she will receive writing instruction, standardized test preparation by Advantage Testing, and college guidance from LEDA's Director of College Guidance.  Malonda will have the opportunity to tour and speak with representatives from several top colleges and universities. LEDA will continue to support Malonda in her journey from high school to college and from college into graduate school or a career.

Easter Egg Basket Art

Easter Egg Basket Art

Beverly Williams' students at Loranger Middle School proudly display their Easter Egg Basket art projects made from string.  

Easter Egg Basket Art

Patriotism Stands Tall

Patriotism Stands Tall at Woodland Park

Andree Miller, community liaison from Senator David Vitter’s office, visited Woodland Park Elementary Magnet School to donate an American Flag that was flown over the United States Capitol at the request of Senator David Vitter. Pictured above:  Cheryl Rousseau, Andree Miller, and Larobyn Houston

 

All Aboard

Woodland Park teachers take a bus ride with students

Teachers at Woodland Park Elementary Magnet School boarded the school buses for an afternoon ride home with their students.  The teachers experienced firsthand knowledge of what it feels like to be a child on a school bus and the many responsibilities of a bus driver.  They can’t wait to do it again!

Youth Art Month

Youth Art Month at Woodland Park Elementary Magnet School

In celebration of Youth Art Month in March, students in Mrs. Disher's Visual Arts classes at Woodland Park Elementary Magnet School have been busy at work. Woodland Park will be represented by selected pieces on exhibit at the Central Office in Amite for the entire month of March.  The Tangipahoa Parish School System Art Programs are also celebrating Youth Art Month with an exhibit at the Hammond Regional Arts Center.  This exhibit opened on March 4th and will be on display through March 13th.  George Rodrigue's "Blue Dog" art, "Geometric Sea Turtles", and "Symmetrical Monarchs" are some of the wonderful Kindergarten work you may see at these exhibits. Pictured above is Landry Haydel working on Blue Dog art.  Click here to see more pictures.

Not just a bus driver

bus drivers help each other

Bus drivers at Woodland Park Elementary Magnet School are consistently seen performing random acts of kindness.  Not only do they help students and faculty, they help each other!  Last week, Mr. Joseph Williams and Pernell Dykes helped fellow bus driver Brad Wilson complete his bus route and aided him in fixing his bus in the rain. 

  • Jeans Day for Autism
     
    On Thursday, April 2, 2015, all students and employees will be allowed to wear jeans to work and school for a cost of $1.00 per person in conjunction with Autism Awareness Month. All proceeds will go to Strengthening Outcomes with Autism Resources (SOAR), a non-profit organization that partners with Tangipahoa Parish to provide training and support materials for our staff members who work with autistic children.
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  • Bryanne Mader  

    Congratulations to Mrs. Bryanne  Mader, 7th grade Humanities and 7th/8th grade Social Justice teacher at Hammond Jr High Magnet School. Mrs. Mader was selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship to attend the Arthur & Rochelle Belfer Conference at the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D. C. this July. Mrs. Mader will have the opportunity to work hand-to-hand with museum staff, historians, and expert educators to become a teacher leader in Holocaust education. The scholarship program offered through the U.S. Holocaust Museum is highly competitive and only a limited number of scholarships are granted nation wide. This is a huge honor for Mrs. Mader and for our school! 

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  • Talented Art Exhibit 2015
     

    Talented Arts Program Exhibition

    March 19-31, 2015     6:00-7:30 PM

    Closing Reception on Tuesday, March 31

    Hammond Regional Arts Center

    217 East Thomas, Hammond- across from the Columbia Theatre

     
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  • Vakayla Burton and Amira Steptoe

    Amite High's new "Writing Blitz" strategy is helping students more easily learn how to generate and organize their thoughts into written form. Essential elements of logical thinking of which students must demonstrate command include the ability to read and reflect on one or more texts, cite evidence to support text-based claims, provide examples to illustrate points, and relate personal life experiences to the text issues. English students participate in a "boot camp" style workshop on Fridays. Each month, different grade-levels are and will be participating: March--English II, sophomores; April--English III, juniors; and May--English I, freshmen. In August, incoming freshmen arriving next school year will be in-serviced to learn the strategy. Pictured above Vakayla Burton and Amira Steptoe put their heads together to review their writing based on Writing Blitz components. Click here to read full story.

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  • Independence High Ag students plant corn
     
     Independence High School Agriculture students planted corn in their field recently. These students gain relevant agriculture experiences through hands-on learning. Pictured above are Kevin Johnson, Andrew Goynes, Jose' Alfaro, Ulyses Garcia, and Nick Perkins.
     
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  • Electrical champions
     
     Associated Builders and Contractors Pelican Chapter recently hosted their annual Craft Olympics in Baton Rouge. Loranger High competed in the contest this year for the first time and won 1st Place at the contest.  Pictured from left to right is Matt Campbell-High School Outreach Coordinator, Hoyt Ponder-LHS Teacher, Cade Cernich, Travis Morel, Virgil Polezcek, Boo Ragan - EXCEL Recruiter, and Robert Clouatre-ABC Director of Education and Training.  The team had a maximum of 90 minutes to wire three separate circuits.  Travis Morel also placed third as an individual out of the 24 individual competitors in the contest. 
     
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  • Teacher Job Fair
     

    The 2015 Teacher Job Fair will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Pennington Center at Southeastern Louisiana University. Click here for more information.

     
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Autism Awareness Walk

Autism Awareness Walk

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Southeastern Louisiana University Speech and Language Disorder students are organizing an Autism Awareness Walk to be held on April 1, 2015, at North Oak Park in Hammond.  All proceeds will go to families with children affected by Autism.

 

Paraprofessional Conference

Paraprofessionals from TPSS

Seven Paras from Martha Vinyard Elementary School as well as others from around TPSS attended the Paraprofessional  Conference in Baton Rouge on Saturday, March 14,2015. Guest speaker for the event was Jon Bel Edwards, candidate for Governor.

ACT Bootcamp at SLU

ACT Boot Camp at SLU

Students at Hammond High Magnet School experienced “A Day at Southeastern” on Thursday, March 12. Educational Talent Search, one of Southeastern’s TRIO Programs, extended the invitation to the junior class of HHMS to visit the campus and receive beneficial information that would help them in improving ACT scores and become productive citizens in the local community. Click here for Full Story.

tor buddies

Tor Buddies

"Tor Buddies" from Hammond Eastside Magnet enjoyed making their St. Patrick's Day art work.  Mrs. Donielle East and her child development students at Hammond High Magnet School provide daily pre-school activities for the students.

science fair winners

Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet School Science Fair Winners

Hammond Eastside is proud to announce that eighth graders, Garrett Sanders and Madison Greer, both placed at the Regional Science Fair held at Southeastern Louisiana University on March 13th. Garrett placed 1st, and Madison placed 2nd in the region! We are so very proud of them both! They will be representing Hammond Eastside at the State Science Fair at Louisiana State University on March 23-24th

literacy night at roseland

Roseland Elementary Montessori Literacy Night

The Cat in the Hat visited Roseland Montessori recently for Literacy Night.  Parents and students participated in literacy games and learned ways to promote literacy at home.  The Tangipahoa Parish Library in Amite attended the event as well offering information for their upcoming programs. Click here for full story and more pictures. 

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss

Mrs. Achee's 1st Grade class at Tucker Elementary celebrates Dr. Seuss and his birthay on March 2!

OWD Social Studies Winner

O.W. Dillon 5th grader Uriah Galmon

O.W. Dillon 5th grader Uriah Galmon finished first place in his division at the Region VIII Social Studies fair at Southeastern earlier this week.  Uriah will be representing O.W. Dillon at the state competition.