Tangi Happenings
January 2016  
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Hammond Westside Montessori Leading Ladies   

On Wednesday, January 20th, the Leading Ladies from Hammond Westside Montessori participated in a formal Mardi Gras Dinner. The sponsors transformed the gym into a fine dining restaurant with a Mardi Gras theme. The ladies were sent invitations asking them to come dressed in their Sunday best. Upon arriving, gentlemen volunteers from the Ambassadors Club and the Distinguished Gentlemen Club escorted each girl individually to her table and waited on the young ladies the entire evening refilling their drinks, clearing their plates, and delivering food to the tables. The Leading Ladies received a menu for the evening and a Mardi Gras Mask. Mrs.Cathy Leblanc, the principal of Hammond Westside Montessori, and sixth grade teacher, Mrs.Lideway Skal,  were there as special guest speakers. Mrs. Leblanc taught the girls the top ten rules for table etiquette and Mrs. Skal taught the girls a lesson on how to walk in high heels. The lesson concluded with each table of girls walking down the “runway” in fashion show style. The young ladies enjoyed a three course meal of salad, baked chicken, rice dressing, green beans, and a roll. They had a dessert choice of homemade bread pudding, homemade banana pudding, and king cake. The evening concluded with a Mardi Gras Second Line around the gym. It was a wonderful evening and a night the Leading Ladies will not soon forget. From left to right – Kassidy Swanson, Paris Bickham, Aliah Beckendorf, Re’Alate Pierson, Kamiya Washington, Aysia Lee.  Gentlemen below are - Parker Peffer, Isaiah Magee, Jaquan Livers, Jamaal Saap, George Griffin, Joseph Wilson.

Hammond Westside Montessori Ambassadors and Distinguished Gentlemen  
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 Roseland Elementary Montessori Teacher of the Year
 Roseland Montessori is pleased to announce the  2016 Teacher of the Year, Brittany Girard Kurtz. Brittany has taught at REMS for three years.  She teaches third grade English Language Arts, utilizing Montessori materials, concepts, and philosophy.  Brittany is a member of the REMS Leadership team and also represents her school in the district’s Teacher Leader Cadre.  She is an alumnus of LSU and is currently working on her Masters Degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment.  REMS is proud to have Brittany as part of their school family.
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Donation from Exxon Mobil  
On Thursday, January 21, 2016,  Kim Gonzalez with Exxon Mobil presented Hammond Westside Montessori with a check for $500.00. This $500.00 grant is part of the Exxon Mobil Educational Alliance Program. HWEM is extremely grateful to Exxon Mobil for their continued support of our school. Pictured from left to right is Kim Gonzalez with Exxon Mobil and Administrative Assistant Becky Navarra.

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Emily Folk teacher of the year at HWMS  
Mrs. Emily Folk, a multiage class teacher at Hammond Westside Montessori, has been selected as the school’s 2015-16 Teacher of the Year.  Mrs. Folk teaches a multiage class of 3rd and 4th graders.  She has taught multiage classes for 3 years.  She is the epitome of a Montessori teacher.  She prepares the classroom so that it promotes curiosity and a student-centered environment. Her students are challenged in a way that makes learning fun!  Recently, her students learned to communicate with their teacher and classmates about their learning via Blackboard.  They use instructional technology as a motivating learning tool.  Mrs. Folk’s students work to their potential as they complete rigorous, work plans and mentor other students once they have mastered difficult tasks.  Mrs. Folk serves on the Leadership Team and enjoys sharing best educational practices with her colleagues.  Hammond Westside Montessori School congratulates Mrs. Emily Folk as she represents all of the great Montessori teachers at HWMS. Pictured with Mrs. Folk are students Ava Lankford, Lar’Mireka Elzy, Camryn Oubre, Dunia Saad, Laquavius Williams, and Tyshun Leonard. 
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