Building Relationships at HWMS.
At Hammond Westside Montessori School, the administration, faculty, and staff believe in building positive relationships with their students. This photo captured building relationships at its finest. Kaci Puglia, a 1st/2nd grade teacher at HWMS, was spending
some "one on one" time with one of her precious students, Levi Gordon, right before the bell rang to start the day. That special, quality time together adds self worth to and builds confidence in the children at HWMS.
Congratulations to Sumner High School students, Devin King and Leonel Moreno, for outstanding performances at the LSU Indoor Track and Field Classic. Athletes from seven states participated in the meet. Devin King broke the 15-year meet record. He also broke the LSU 18-year field house record. He now leads the country with his 16' 6 1/2" pole vault. Leonel Moreno now leads the state of Louisiana with a time of 10:16.93 in the 3,200 meter run. He placed third in the meet, but the other two athletes were not from Louisiana.
OnFriday, April 19th, Amite Elementary Magnet School held the first 1-Mile FunWalk for third and fourth grade students. The event was organized byphysical education teacher, Mrs. Susan Pray. All year long, Mrs. Pray hasbeen teaching the importance of getting plenty of exercise and eating healthyfoods. Thirdand fourth graders walked a one mile loop from the school grounds throughthe local neighborhood. Every student who participated completed theevent! Afterwards, they were provided a healthy snack of crackers, an apple,and a bottle of water. The1-Mile Fun Walk would not have been a success without help from thecommunity. Sonic Drive-In provided the apples, and Mrs. MichelleDees provided the water. Members of the AEMS PTO served the snacks to thestudents. "Iwould like to give special thanks to Chief of Police, Jerry Trabona, and theAmite City Police Department for escorting our students during the walk. We couldn't have done it without them!" said Mrs. Pray.
Hammond High Magnet Torbotics Team 2080 Awards
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)
Bayou Regional, New Orleans (competed against 54 teams from Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Conneticut, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Tennessee)
8th seed Alliance Captain, Advanced to the Quarter-finals (lost to the winning alliance)
Safety Hat Award was present to Torbotics for excellence in safety knowledge and practice.
The Gracious Professionalism Award celebrates outstanding sportsmanship and continuous Gracious Professionalism® in the heat of competition, both on and off the playing field. In FIRST, Gracious Professionalism means that we learn and compete like crazy, but treat one another with respect and kindness in the process. Team Torbotics sent members out into the pits to help other teams fix and rebuild their robots so these teams could have the opportunity to compete. In addition, the team was recognized for their presence in their community and school.
Razerback Regional, Fayetteville, Arkansas (competed against 41 teams from Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas)
Advance to the Semi-Finals (lost to the winning alliance)
CHAIRMANS’s AWARD WINNER --- The Chairman’s Award remains FIRST’s most prestigious award and is the highest award a robotics team can achieve. The Chairman’s Award represents the spirit of FIRST. It honors the team that, in the judges’ estimation, best represents a model for other teams to emulate. It embodies the goals and mission of FIRST. A team of 3 students presents before the judges and answer interview questions. The team also submits an essay and a video to the panel. Regional winners advance to the FIRST Robotics Competition Championships in St. Louis, Missouri to compete against all of the Regional Chairman’s Award winners from around the world. Factors contributing to Torbotics’ winning this prestigious award include: over 2000 volunteer hours in the community, over 3000 volunteer hours directly related to promoting the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and spread FIRST’s message to over 800,000 people during the last year. Additionally, the team sparked the development of a 4 year engineering program at HHMS which grew from 17 to 130 students. All of this was made possible by strong partnerships with H Rocker Electric, North Oaks Health Systems, Hammond area Rotary Clubs, local and state public officials, and the support of many other local donors.