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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.

Festival Booth Preparations

HHMS Strawberry Festival Booth

Talented art students of Kitty Faulkenberry from HHMS tryout the booth they decorated that will be used by the boys and girls soccer teams during the Strawberry Festival next week end.  The teams will sell crawfish and "Walking Doritos". Please support our various school groups by attending the festival. Click photo to enlarge.

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. 

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  • Alternate Student Assignment Plan

     

    On Wednesday, April 1, 2015, attorneys for the parties in the Joyce Marie Moore federal desegregation suit announced that they have reached an agreement to jointly request of the federal court that it allow the Tangipahoa Parish School Board to begin implementation of an alternative student assignment plan. That plan creates new school zones and new educational opportunities for students in an effort to enhance desegregation of public schools in the Parish.

     

    In a statement issued by Gideon Carter, III, counsel for private plaintiffs, and Ashley Sandage, counsel for the School Board, it was stated that “productive discussions” between the parties and continued assistance from federal court compliance officer Donald Massey have resulted in this agreement. If approved by the Court, the School Board will use the 2015-16 school year to notify parents and otherwise prepare for full implementation of the new student assignment plan beginning with the 2016-17 school year.

     

    The attorneys also announced that they intend to continue to meet on a regular basis to try to resolve remaining issues. Click here to see full plan.
     
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  • PHS Lady Wave Honored
     
     The Ponchatoula High School Lady Waves Basketball team was honored recently at the TPSS Board Meeting.  The Lady Waves are the 2015 Louisiana 5A State Basketball Champions. 
     
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  • Midway Fun Day

    Midway Elementary celebrated Spring Break with a "Fun Day" on April 2, 2015.  The students enjoyed a beautiful time outside with games, bouncers, face painting, dancing and egg hunts.  It was a perfect way to start the Tangipahoa Schools Spring Break. 
     
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  • HWMS St. Jude Trike-a-Thon
     

    Hammond Westside Montessori School's PreK/K students participated in the St. Jude Trike-A-Thon recentely. This year the PreK/K students raised $1,549 for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.  That will provide chemotherapy for one child for one day. It takes $1.9 million a day to run the hospital. Thank you to everyone that participated.

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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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  • 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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Scuba Diving for Books

Scuba Diving for Books

Tucker Elementary had Book Fair recently and the students donated money to buy new books for the library.  The children were able to put their money in the scuba diver box or the octopus box, to vote for Librarian Krystle Hyman to dress up one of those ways.   Here's the winner!!!

Katherine Davis is Presenting...

16 in 10 Minutes or Less
by Bradley Hayward                   

KATHERINE DAVIS, a Sumner High senior project student, is producing her own play, and it will be presented at the Amite High Auditorium on Saturday, April 11, at 6:00 p.m.  Admission is free. Katherine has been a student of Charley Vance since middle school (or before) and has been in the productions that Mrs. Tabitha Blades produced the last two years for Sumner High.

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.