Letter from Ms. Ellen Varnado
My name is Ms. Ellen Varnado. I work at Hammond Westside Montessori as a Reading Interventionist. I ran into a very interesting young man last weekend, Marvin Andrews. At first, I couldn't believe my eyes, it was a boy painting a Christmas picture in the cold, outside of a finance company. I took a picture and continued my shopping. When I returned to my car, he was still there, determined as when I first saw him. So I walked over. He introduced himself, as well as I. He was polite, determined, and cold. He continued to tell me who he was and he explained to me that he painted the fleur de lis painting that was displayed on the Independence Middle Magnet School website. I told him that I remembered it. I saw him as a young entreprenuer that loves to draw and is wiiling to take it to the next level...painting. Something tells me that he's not going to stop there. This was an amazing holiday experience for me, you guys have a wonderful student with a bright future ahead of him! Shout out to Marvin Andrews.
Thanks,Enjoy, & Share,
Ms. Ellen Varnado
The 5th and 6th grade teachers of Independence Middle Magnet School wore their tackiest Christmas sweaters to school today. From left to right is Debi Driscoll, Emily Pecquet, Paige Robertson, Elizabeth Doyle and Jamie White. As you can see from the photo, Ms. Robertson was the clear winner!! Thanks to these teachers for sharing your Christmas spirit.
8th grade science students at Sumner Middle School experiment with dry ice as a culminating activity for their unit on "Properties of Matter."
Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet's Curiously Memorable Teacher Sweater Expo took place recently at HEEM. Front Row: Maureen Terese, Rachel Johnson, Joy Chun, Liz Olson Back Row: Sarah Strahan, Artie Gautier, Rhonda Blackwell, Rene Fletcher,
Mrs. Claus visits with Kadi Ragan and all the other PreK and K students at Woodland Park Elementary Magnet School. The students were so excited to see Mrs. Claus (Kathy Prine) this holiday season. Merry Christmas!!
Christmas came early to Amite Elementary Magnet School thanks to Academy Sports store in Hammond! On Friday, December 6, 2013, 30 brand new Huffy bicycles were delivered to AEMS by Kevin McCray, Rachel Escobar, and Jennifer Schwartz of Academy. The bikes were given to 15 girls and 15 boys who have demonstrated excellent behavior throughout the school year. Students were also given safety helmets to wear when riding the bikes. In a surprise assembly, Assistant Principal Dana Topps recognized the students for their great behavior and presented them with award certificates. The students were thrilled to receive the new bikes! Everyone at AEMS would like to thank Academy Sports in Hammond for their generosity.
Top - Second Grader Gabriel Franklin with his brand new bike and Principal Gary Porter
Bottom - Assistant Principal Dana Topps recognizes students for super behavior and presents them with new bikes.
Four students from Mrs. Ard and Mrs. Serpas’ class becameelves for the day at Independence Elementary. These students helped wrapgifts and deliver them to teachers and staff members throughout the school. Allreceived a copy of Bless You Bugs by local authors JoanneMehrtens and Pat Roig. Eliska Trobona, Sean Howard, Jose Pina, and AlyssaBall were chosen based on their eagerness to help and their merry spirit.
HWEM says, "Lion Up!"
Colette Taillon's class at Hammond Westside Montessori says "Lion Up" in support of SLU Lion Football team.
Nesom Junior Beta Club Officers for the 2013-14 school year are President - Kristen Steilberg; Vice-President - Krysten Stafford; Secretary- Peyton Kahl; Treasurer - Ta'Lacia Williams;
Independence High AFJROTC Color Guard supported the Relay of Life event by presenting the colors at the opening ceremonies on November 9th. Representing the Color Guard are Chelsea Satterlee, Austin Owens, Herman Buquet and Robert Treuil.
Mr. Frank Fekete's Agriculture I class at Independence High is working hard on the farm producing broccoli and cauliflower in the school garden.