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October 2014
 
 IMMS Teachers work collaboratively
 
Independence Middle Magnet School teachers Alex Fuentes, 8th grade Social Studies teacher and Brian Babb Read 180 teacher work collaboratively on Unity Day. 
 
 
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 LMS at the zoo
 
 After completion of a lesson on Zoo Animals, the students from Loranger Midddle School visited BREC Zoo in Baton Rouge.  The students met animals from around the globe. They also took a ride on the Cypress Bayou Train through the Cypress Swamp!  
 
 
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 Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet School Grandparents Day
 
 Hammond Eastside’s Parent and Teacher Organization (PTO) hosted the first Grandparents’ Day on October 15th for which over 300 family members participated in the event. The festivities included refreshments, crafts, family photos, and Scholastic’s Book Fair. Grandparents and students had the choice of a Fall-themed or Renaissance-themed family picture. Students were able to create and decorate picture frames for their pictures with their grandparents. Students were excited to shop in the book fair with their grandparents.

Hammond Eastside’s PTO worked tirelessly to plan, prepare, and facilitate the event. The school’s administration, faculty, and staff feel very fortunate to have such an active and dedicated PTO that contributes to the school life of their students making memories that they will never forget. The event was truly successful. Thank you, HEEM PTO!

Pictured: Savannah Johnson and Eva Delatte create their picture frame with their grandmother, Jo Johnson.
 
 
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 Fire Prevention Week at Woodland Park Elementary Magnet School
 
 The students at Woodland Park Elementary Magnet School observed Fire Prevention Week by participating in fire prevention activities all week. The Hammond Fire Department made a special visit to the school to give our Rangers a demonstration on fire safety.
 
 
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 College and Career Day at Roseland Elementary Montessori
 
 Roseland Elementary Montessori students celebrate College and Career Day in October. 
 
 
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Tangipahoa Parish Fair Spelling Bee  
Morgan Crowe, third grader at Chesbrough Elementary, represented his school at the Parish Fair Spelling Bee recently.
Click here for a complete list of all 2014 Fair Contest Winners.
 
 
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 College and Career day at Independence Middle Magnet
 
 Independence Middle Magnet School celebrated College and Career Day with a variety of in class activities. Students created posters, made foldables, brochures and completed scavenger hunts. Pictured is Ms. Tammie May, 5th grade ELA teacher, showing student, Tashia Taylor, how to use the iPad to complete her assignment. It was a very successful day!
 
 
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Ponchatoula High FFA Waterway Clean Up Project

 

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.

The FFA is planning to be a part of more clean ups and will help educate their peers about where their trash is actually going.
 
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Independence Elementary 4th graders enter Poetry Contest
 

4th grade students at Independence Elementary are geared up to participate in the Tangipahoa Parish Fair poetry contest.  Marius Jackson, Christoria Brown, and Sean Howard, from Mrs. Bernadette Legoria’s 4th grade class, recently shared their poems with the school during morning announcements.  These three students developed their poems and read them aloud to the student body at IES.  Principal, Lisa Raiford knows these students will represent the learning and education they are receiving at IES proudly at our parish fair.  Photo includes Marius Jackson, Christoria Brown, Sean Howard, and Principal Lisa Raiford. 

 
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 Midway collaboration meeting
 

What a great collaboration meeting at Midway Elementary.  Teachers working together to plan next week's reading lesson to make sure it is aligned with common core state standards.

 
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 Hammond Eastside first grade students are beginning a unit of inquiry on how the past influences everything in our lives. Mrs. Judith Lapeyrouse, one of Hammond Eastside’s first grade teachers, introduced the unit by setting up a mini museum in her classroom. As students entered the room in the morning, they were curious as to what the objects were. Some students asked her if her old black and white television was a microwave, and another asked her if her candelabra was a drinking cup. Mrs. Lapeyrouse recorded her student’s questions in a tablet as they asked them, so she could place them on her question board in her classroom. As students are investigating our city’s rich history during this unit, they will frequently revisit their questions they created by answering them and developing new ones. As an International Baccalaureate World School, Hammond Eastside actively embraces the inquiry stance. 

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Kaliyah Quinn sitting at the typewriter. Ava Williams with the princess phone. Annie Hackney and Calvin Grant looking at the television. Charles Davis, James Wright, and Robert Aych looking at the television and record player. Raquan Harris with the 8mm movie projector.
 
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National Day of Concern
Hammond Junior High Magnet held a National Day of Concern Assembly on Wednesday, October 15th .  Students took a pledge against gun violence led by Pastor Andrew L. Jackson.
Pictured Above: Mrs. Jackson, Mr. Chris Broadwater, Mayor Mason Foster, Mrs. Johnson and the parents of the victims who lost a loved one due to gun violence.
 
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PHS FFA is honored
 
The Tangipahoa Parish School Board recognized the Ponchatoula High School FFA for their efforts to clean up Ponchatoula Creek. The teens are partnering with the South Louisiana Waterways Litter Removal group, spending many of their Saturdays and holidays collecting trash that makes its way to the Creek. School Board member Rose Dominguez, a PHS alum and former FFA Sweetheart, showcased the students at the TPSS Board’s October 7 meeting and presented them with $500 in gift cards from Raising Cane’s, courtesy of local franchise holder and TPSS parent Luke Greer. 
 
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Rebecca Cullen's fourth graders at HWMS
 
 Hammond Westside Montessori's fourth grade teacher, Rebecca Cullen, is using a program called Nearpod to lead instruction in her classroom this week. Nearpod is an online program that is free for teachers and students, and allows for interactive mobile presentations that teachers create and customize themselves. Ms. Cullen checked out a Tech Tub with a set of iPads from the Tangipahoa Parish School System’s Technology Department for her students to use. She is giving her students a sneak peak at PARCC like questions that they will complete at the end of the review. Students interact and submit responses on the iPads to the lessons delivered through the Nearpod program.
 
 
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Hammond Westside Montessori School celebrated "Colors for the Cure" week, October 6-10, 2014.  Click here to see the video
 
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Loranger Middle students  
 
Loranger Middle students in Beverly Williams' class make paper mache' pumpkins. 
 
 
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 Independence Elementary Faculty with Walmart Gifts
 
On Friday, October 17th, teachers at Independence Elementary were treated to a surprise visit by representatives from Wal-Mart’s distribution center. Tina Milder and Ed Allen delivered gift bags and cake to all of the teacher at Independence Elementary. Twenty lucky teachers were selected to receive a $50.00 Wal-Mart gift card along with their gift bags. Wal-Mart representatives explained how much they appreciate the teachers and understand how much teachers spend out-of-pocket to help students succeed. Lisa Raiford, Principal of IES, stated that IES appreciates Wal-Mart’s dedication to helping teachers off-set the cost of educational items purchased and look forward to the partnership established.

Photo includes Front row L to R: Stephanie Amos, Jamie Greer, Karla Douglas, Todd Arceneaux, Bernadette Legoria, Nicole Coxen, Tina Milner (Wal-Mart Representative), Stacey Hager, Gail Caves, Lisa Davis, and Ed Allen (Wal-Mart Representative)
Middle Row L to R: Jamie Madron, Timothy Jackson, Veronica Dunomes, Judy Demarco, Linda Morel, Joette Price, Catherine Campbell, Denise Savoy, Candace Anthony, Becky Bader, Dwayne Watkins.
Back Row L to R: Kayte Wold, Stephanie Smith, Kathy Candiotto, Megan Clement, June Willis
 
 
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On Thursday, October 23rd, Independence Elementary welcomed parents and students to their Louisiana themed Family Math & Literacy Night.  Teachers dressed as Louisiana themed characters, parents received educational materials and free books, students played learning games, and the Tangipahoa Parish Library offered information packets on obtaining library cards and free prizes for those already owning library cards.  A great time was had by all in attendance.  (Click "i" in the top left hand corner of the picture for caption.)

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