Hammond Westside Montessori Librarian Michelle Hampton has some help from Anna Kate Richardson, Joelle Lacoste and Briana Brister to get the library entrance ready for their upcoming book fair.
Robin Taylor's 6th grade ELA class has been reading a story about how smaller islands in the Caribbean are formed from undersea volcanic eruptions. Students built volcanoes to watch how the eruption looks. Students had a "blast" taking their volcanoes outside and using a variety of methods to make them "erupt." Click here to see pictures.
For the fourth year in a row, Saints Fuel Play 60 was on the campus of Independence Middle Magnet School to get students active for 60 minutes a day! Students went through the same football drills as Saints players. The Saints Junior Training Camp representatives join with IMMS to fight childhood obesity and share the hope that IMMS students will stay active! Taylonne Austin makes a beautiful catch in picture above.
On Saturday September 27, 2014 Ponchatoula High School's FFA students volunteered to help with the ongoing trash problem that is affecting Ponchatoula Creek and the Natalbany River. In just under four hours twelve students along with six chaperones filled up two trailers that were provided by the Tangipahoa Parish full of garbage. The items the FFA found included fourteen tires, two refrigerators, two very large TVs, and over thirty bags of trash.
The movement has been headed by Captain Brandon Hayes and his fiancé, Meghan Giblon, of the United States Coast Guard. In their off time the couple organize cleaning events and regularly visit Ponchatoula Creek and the Natalbany River to clean all of the trash that is continually accumulating on its banks.
"We are just trying to get the word out and get as many people involved as we can. This is a huge problem and it can't keep on being ignored. We are very grateful for all the help we are receiving from the FFA students, so much more can be cleaned up with their help," says Captain Hayes.
"The trash comes from people dumping straight bags of household trash into the creek but most of it comes from throwing trash out of their vehicles or in parking lots. The trash then gets washed into the ditches and then the creeks whenever it rains and all of the trash flows into Ponchatoula Creek. If you have ever driven down Bankston Road off of HWY 190 you can see all the trash that is in the ditch. It is really quite sad," says Giblon.
Ponchatoula FFA member and Senior at Ponchatoula High Johanna Puls says “It felt great to help clean up our water ways! It was shocking to see all the house hold trash and debris in such a beautiful creek. This trip inspired us to keep our waterways beautiful. It was also proves the impact our community members on our local environment.
Amite Elementary Magnet School librarian, Mrs. Sandy Daniels, honored the top Accelerated Reader (A.R.) students. These students read the most books and earned the most points. On Friday, September 26th, the top student of each class was invited to a chocolate milk and donut party in the library. Mrs. Daniels also presented a certificate to each child in recognition of their achievement.
A.R. is a computer program that helps teachers and librarians monitor children’s independent reading practice. Students choose books at their own level and read at their own pace. Then the students take a short quiz about the story on the computer. The A.R. program motivates children to read books for fun and tracks the total number of points they earn from each story. A.R. is a key component to the communication magnet program at A.E.M.S. because of its emphasis on reading.
Pictured with AEMS Librarian Sandy Daniels and Principal Gary Porter, fourth graders Andrea Mixon and Sa’Kira Williams both earned “Top of the Class”. They have each read 20 books in the first 6 weeks of school. The other Top Readers honored are pictured below. Click picture to see it enlarged.
Students at AEMS celebrated World School Milk Day on Wednesday, September 24th. Milk is an important part of a healthy diet, and that's why it's served in schools every day. In honor of World School Milk Day, students watched special videos, received pencils and milk moustache stickers, and most importantly - drank milk! Pictured above are Kindergarten students, Sanovia Williams and Kaleah Wicker, smile with their milk moustaches to celebrate World School Milk Day.