Rebecca Cullen’s 4th grade students at
Hammond Westside Montessori School 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.
1st place - Bradney Brown
2nd place- Jasmine Johnson
3rd place- Sa'miya Knighten
4th place- Aysia Lee
5th place- Alexsia Bahney
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place received a free
kids meal from Chick-fil-A and a free frosty key chain from Wendy's. 4th and 5th place received a free
kids meal from Chick-fil-A.
Dr. Jesse Allison, Assistant Professor of Experimental Music and Digital Media from LSU came to Loranger Elementary to present workshops for 3rd and 4th graders entitled "Music in Motion: Laptops, Mobile Phones, and Making the Future of Making Music." This presentation is funded through a federal grant provided through the "Speaking of Science" program from the Board of Regents. The children were exposed to different areas of study that they can pursue as they decide upon a career field. Dr. Allison told them that he started his career in music, and then incorporated the fields of technology and science, which are also things he enjoys, with what he is doing now. He currently works with experimental music and digital media, and showed the students a variety of ways that sound and music overlap with science.
Ms. Tyra Starkey and Coach Spencer at Loranger High have recently implemented the use of Blackboard into their classrooms. Students will utilize their Blackboard classrooms to access discussion boards, blogs, online assignments, and any information missed if the student is absent. The students will not only be interacting online with their fellow classmates, but will also have the opportunity to network with students in the other American History classes. Ms. Starkey's 11th grade students were taught to self-enroll into Blackboard, and then assisted Coach Spencer's 9th grade students in doing the same. All students then shared laptops and learned to navigate the new sites. Click picture to see it enlarged.
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. Pictured from left to right are: Cathy LeBlanc, Principal of HWMS, Noah Holman, father Woody Holman, and mother Miranda Holman.