January 26– HWEM Spelling Bee at 10:30am in the Multi-Purpose Room
Ms. Rebecca Cullen’s 4th grade students at HWEMS completed a diorama of a Louisiana ecosystem. Ms. Joiner and Ms. Miller assisted her with judging the projects, which had to include 3 animals (found in Louisiana), 2 plants (found in Louisiana), everything must be labeled, and it must be a Louisiana ecosystem. The following students received a prize for their hard work.
On Monday, January 26, Hammond Westside Montessori had nine students compete to see who would represent HWEM at the Louisiana Children's Discovery Center Regional Spelling Bee. The students competed for 12 rounds. The HWEM Spelling Bee Champion is Sa'Miya Knighten, a fourth grade student in Mrs. Ziegler's and Mrs. Cullen's classes.
Part of the mission of Hammond Westside Montessori is to create a family environment and produce students who make healthy choices in a complicated world. Tyheim Fleming is a middle school student who does just that! As we honor Dr. Marin Luther King, Jr. for the peaceful way that he changed the world, HWMS also honors peaceful students. Tyheim Fleming is honored for making noble and brave choices and being a peacemaker. Tyheim is a role model for his peers. His teachers are Chasity Joseph, Deberal Patterson, Pamela Sullivan, and Karen Threeton.
Charles Gross, Noah Holman, and Demetriana Anderson are 5th graders at Hammond Westside Montessori School who maintain academic excellence and honorable character traits every year. These students uphold the vision and mission statements of HWMS by working to their potential, making healthy choices, and respecting themselves, others and their environment. They were all eligible to compete at the school level for the 2014-15 Student of the Year. They represent HWMS with dignity and respect. Noah Holman was the recipient of the award, but all three students are "winners"!
Hammond Westside Montessori, along with Mayor Pete Panepinto, honors the 2014-15 Student of the Year, Noah Holman. Noah is a 5th grader in Mrs. Becky Tobin and Ms. Demetria Miller's classes who has maintained excellent academic standing from PreK through 5th grade. Noah exhibits the qualities of a student who inspires others. He is honest, hard-working, respectful, generous, and kind. At the school level, Noah completed a portfolio that depicted his accomplishments in school and in his life outside of school. Noah will compete as the Student of the Year at the district level on January 23rd. He will be interviewed and complete and impromptu writing assignment. Noah well deserves this public recognition for his outstanding academics and admirable character. Mayor Panepinto honored Noah by presenting him with his City of Hammond Lapel pin, giving him some words of recognition and advice, and by offering for the City of Hammond to frame his certificate.
Hammond Westside Montessori recently held grade level spelling bees to determine who will advance to the HWEM Spelling Bee on January 26. Eighty- eight students in grades 4, 5, and 6 competed.
HWEMS’s “Christmas Around the World” program was held on December 17, 2014. There were two productions at the school: one for grades PreK-3rd and one for grades 4-6. The program was put together by educators, Nicholas Varnado, Mrs. Jessie Hart, and Ms. Laqualla Hart and consisted of a mixture of poetry, skits, dances, and choir performances. A different holiday tradition from around the globe was featured in each performance. For the finale, the men on the faculty performed the Temptations version of Silent Night.
Hammond Westside Montessori PreK/ kindergarten multiage classes enjoyed week-long daily visits to the "Elf Express Workshop". Each day students created ornaments and treats to take home as special surprises for their families. The workshop was supported by many parent elves.
Tangipahoa Parish School System has a Tandberg Video Conferencing System in every school in the district. Teachers and students use this equipment to break down the walls of their classrooms and reach out to the world. Ms. Pam Sullivan and Ms. Becky Tobin, 5th grade teachers at Hammond Westside Montessori School, recently participated in a video conference called “Geometric Transformations” presented by the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Using simple materials-scissors, tape and strips of paper, students created three-dimensional loops, then transformed them into unusual shapes. They also created and explored the mobius loop. It was a wonderful hands-on experience to introduce or reinforce geometric concepts.
Faculty at Hammond Westside Montessori recently voted on their choices for Teacher of the Year and Support Personnel of the Year. After all votes were in, Catherine Donnow was chosen as the Teacher of the Year. Support Personnel of the Year was awarded to two deserving candidates: Jessie Jackson and Jessie Hart.