On Saturday, March 7, four International
Baccalaureate students at HHMS were awarded and celebrated for their writing at
the Hammond Regional Arts Center.
According to the Hammond Regional Arts Center, the "So You Think
You Can Write" competition was developed "to encourage emerging
writers and promote literary excellence through its competition..." The art-work based competition encouraged
students to write about a piece of art from local artists and collections of
the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Students
could select to write in a variety of genres, including: poetry, short-story,
Emma Griffith, IB junior, was awarded
first place for her poem "Starved: A Response to Dogs in the French Market", Kayleigh Raines, IB senior, was awarded
second place for her poem "At the Midnight Battle," Kristen Swanson, IB junior, was awarded third
place for her poem "A Girl in Love", and Mercy Yang, IB senior, was
awarded first place for her essay, "Alligators."
to Right: Emma Griffith (IB Junior), Mercy Yang (IB Senior), Kayleigh Raines
(IB Senior), and Kristin Swanson (IB Junior).
All of the contestants entries were
published and are available to read on the Hammond Regional Arts Center
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.
"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.
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.
began with the students participating in an “ACT Boot Camp” conducted by ACT
representative Mr. Tyler Munson.
Students were given information about the exam and learned numerous
strategies to help increase student performance on the exam, which they are
scheduled to take March 17.
“ACT Boot Camp,” the students were given a presentation from the New Orleans Saints Youth Programs and Community Affairs
Department. During this presentation, Mr. Jason Troxclair talked to the
students about how making the right choices today will set them up to be
successful in the future. He also emphasized that any wrong choices the students
make could impact their future in a negative way. In addition, Troxclair spoke
about being responsible while using social media, and he encouraged students to
become more involved in improving their local community. Members of the
National Guard accompanied Troxclair and shared their experiences in the
National Guard, as well as how students could gain additional information if
they were interested in joining.
Particular emphasis was placed on the financial and health benefits of
joining a branch of the armed services. Following the presentations, the
students were actively engaged in a question/answer period and received some
great giveaways for their positive responses to questions.
ended the day with presentations given by HHMS counselor Lorretta Evans,
Assistant Director of Educational Talent Search Ferdinand Bezue, Outreach
Specialist for Math/Science Upward Bound Donta Mills, and Southeastern
Admission Counselor/Minority Recruiter Marjorie Parker. The students received
scheduling information for their senior year and learned about opportunities
they will have should they choose to attend college.
Pictured above: Michael Kyles, Detarius May, Jason Troxclair,
Aareonte Braziel, Thailond Dillon, Sarah Alford, Rodrick Pool, and Steven Bass;
Bottom: SSG Carlton R.
Pylant and SSG Eric Q. Tyrrell
The Cat in the Hat visited Roseland Montessori on Tuesday
night 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. One of the most memorable
projects of the night was the booth set up by PreK student Morgan Matheny. Morgan decided early on in the year to share
her love of books with others and began collected books to give away. She set up a booth at Literacy Night where
students could choose a book to take home.
PTA helped Morgan with her project by hosting a book swap as well. A
love of reading is a fundamental part of our Montessori curriculum, and we
strive to share that love as much as possible because as Dr. Seuss said,
"The more you read, the more things you will know, the more you know, the
more places you'll go!"
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. In the top picture you see back row from left to right: LaShane Brown, Gabrielle Williams, Jada Sims; Bottom from left to right: Brinley Bauers, Lily Huynh, Cordez Wilson;
Robinson works on his beautiful Blue Dog art project.
Cadet Malik Donte Jarrett, a junior at Hammond High Magnet School, has been selected to attend West Pont's Summer Leaders Experience (SLE) in June. More than 5,000 juniors nationwide applied to SLE. The program offers outstanding high school juniors the opportunity to experience life at West Point. SLE attendees live in the cadet barracks (dormitories), eat in the Cadet Mess, and participate in academic, leadership, athletic, and military workshops. The seminars are designed to help juniors with the college-selection process, and to develop leadership and decision-making skills. All SLE attendees participate in virtual-reality war simulation, military and physical fitness training, as well as leadership workshops.
Please contact MAJ Floyd Dickson, with HHMS JROTC or Dr. Beth Moulds, HHMS Principal at (985)345-7235 for additional information concerning the program.
area businessmen were invited to tour Hammond Westside Montessori Magnet School
on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. They visited several classrooms to observe
students engaged in Montessori works. School Ambassadors welcomed them to
the school. (From left to right, back row): Robby Miller,
Jay Artegues, Sheriff Daniel Edwards, Heather Thompson, District Attorney, Scott Perrilloux, Joe Wong, and Steve Hoover. In front are student ambassadors Paul Boyd,
Karissa Celestine, Cierra Knighten, and Kenndi Sibley along with Magnet
Specialist Sue Courtney and her Assistant Nancy Perrilloux.
300 Students in grades 5-8 from TPSS district schools competed in the You Be the Chemist Challenge. The students participated in science exhibits, and a quiz bowl competition at Southeastern Louisiana University. Bercen, Inc. is the gracious sponsor of the event. The five district winners are Lauren DeVaney (SLU Lab, 1st place), tied for 2nd and 3rd place are Cooper Coldwell (PJHS) and Ire'yana Zanders (IMMS), Kent Bardwell (SLU Lab, 4th place), and Taylor McLain (LMS, 5th place). Pictured with the district winners are Theresa Hamilton, Chief Academic Officer, and Tiffany Adkins of Bercen. The district winners will compete in the state challenge at LSU on April 25, 2015. Click here to see lots more pictures and information.
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!