Independence Middle Magnet students in Mrs. Hampton's, Ms. Fleming's, and Mr. Williams' classes recently visited the State Capital in Baton Rouge. Students raised the money to go on the field trip by purchasing items and selling them during recess. Not only did students learn about our state government, this experience offered them hands-on opportunities through lessons about budgeting, marketing, and economics, as they worked hard to pay for the trip themselves. The students even had time for a snapshot with our new first lady, Mrs. Donna Edwards!
Reverend Tamarlon Carter, Senior Pastor at Macedonia Church, hosts a Community Scholastic Celebration each year to honor excellent educators and students. The awards ceremony expresses the church’s value of education and appreciation for the educators who work diligently for the success of the children of our community. Hammond Westside Montessori School joined with Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church and recognized Mr. Ronald Davis. Mr. Davis is a custodian at HWMS who models a positive attitude and an outstanding work ethic on a daily basis. Emily Folk was honored as the Teacher of the Year for HWMS. Mrs. Folk is talented and dedicated. She makes a positive difference in the lives of her students. Corey Boice was honored as The Student of the Year for HWMS. Corey has a record of academic excellence and good character. Nathan Gendron was honored for being the recipient of the 1st Place Award at the “You Be the Chemist Competition” for the Tangipahoa Parish School System. HWMS is grateful for the opportunity to participate in the award ceremony.
Pictured from left to right: Hammond Mayor Pete Panepinto, Mr. Ronald Davis, Corey Boice, and Mrs. Cathy LeBlanc
Nesom's Math Teachers and Administrators participated in the National Teach to Lead Summit in New Orleans April 22nd through April 24th. Out of 150 applicants across the nation, 28 proposals were accepted by the committee and Nesom's Math team was the only group chosen to represent the state of Louisiana. The 3 day summit engaged educators in transforming their proposals into actionable plans. Nesom's proposal focused on F.A.C.T. (Fluency, Arithmetic, Computation, and Teaching Structure). Pictured in the photograph above are Patricia Huang, Curriculum Specialist; Ninotochika Jackson-Williams, 7th Grade Math Teacher; Heather Grace, 6th Grade Math Teacher; Tiffany Mitchell-Davis, 8th Grade Algebra I Teacher; and Dr. Samantha Austin, Assistant Principal.
Richelle Votaw, the computer lab teacher at O.W. Dillon, just installed a new Lego Makerspace Wall in the lab at the school. The Makerspace is a learning environment where students can tinker, design, and create together. The Makerspace movement encourages experimentation, open-ended exploration, and a belief that "making mistakes is a great way to learn.” It is also an integral part of STEM and STEAM. These Makerspaces encourage students to think critically and work collaboratively.
Robin Price, Alicia Deffes, and Orlandiea Johnson from Hammond Jr. HIgh attended the Louisiana Environmental Education State Symposium in Baton Rouge recently. At the event Mrs. Robin Price was presented with an award recognizing Hammond Junior High Magnet School as a state finalist for the Green Ribbon School Project, which places the school in the national competition. The U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon School Award recognizes schools and school districts that have made significant strides toward sustainability by reducing resource consumption, improving student health, and increasing environmental literacy. This is Louisiana's first year to have schools nominated for the award. For more information on this project please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/green-schools
On Sunday, April 24, 2016, at Macedonia Baptist Church, the annual Community Scholastic and Athletic Appreciation Celebration was held. The theme was “Education First” and it was held to spotlight and honor academic excellence at its best. Pictured here are from left to right: Ms. Cheryl Rousseau, Principal of Woodland Park Elementary Communications Magnet School, Kristen Morales Parker, Secretary and staff member chosen for excellence, Mrs. Bonnie Ezell with her student, Charleston Golman who is in her Kindergarten class. Charleston was chosen because he is “smart, quiet, and respectful. He represents a WPEMS Ranger who fits our motto of ‘Responsible, Safe, and Respectful’.” Next to him is Damion Johnson a kindergarten student from Mrs. Paula Dirickson class. Damion was chosen because “He is always respectful to adults and peers. He does his best in everything he does.” Next is Mrs. Tara Halaris who is Woodland Park’s Teacher of the Year and all the way to the right is Mrs. Tangee Daugereaux, the Assistant Principal.
During LEAP Testing, Mr. Williams, from Independence Middle Magnet, organized an event in which men from the community visited their local schools and gave words of encouragement to the students. Students worked hard to produce a video expressing their gratitude.