On Tuesday, September 1st Barn Hill Preserve, a small, family run Zoo located in Ethel, traveled to Independence Elementary. Barn Hill Preserve's FREE mobile program consisted of one, 45-minute oral presentation on their LIVE animal ambassadors. The program offered students the unique experience to get up close and personal with animals they may have never seen before! The students participated by asking questions, getting involved in demonstrations, and responding to the speaker. The program was both educational and entertaining! Barn Hill Preserve's exotic animal education program is 100% FREE to schools. The students at IES were given the opportunity to take pictures with a Bearded Dragon, Sloth, and Ball Python. Sarah Boatner, of Barn Hill Preserves, speaks with the students at Indy Elementary about the Bearded Dragon sitting on her head. Sierra Rhynes, a 4th grade student at IES, takes a picture with a sloth after the presentation from Barn Hill Farms.Mark Griffin, a 3rd grader, nervously poses with a Bearded Dragon.
On Sept. 11th, students at Independence Elementary remembered and honor those heroes who bravely perished or fought to save lives in the attacks on September 11, 2001. Mrs. Bernadette Legoria’s 4th grade class read I Survived the Attacks of 9/11 in a pass the book activity, Mrs. Jamie Greer’s class created Never Forgotten ribbons to commemorate the fallen heroes of 9/11, and Mrs. June Willis’ 2nd grade students created a hand flag to hang in their hallway at school. Superintendent Mark Kolwe stated, in an email to teachers throughout the parish, the importance of teaching our children about our country, patriotism, and the freedom that we so often take for granted.
On September 15, students at Hammond Eastside Magnet celebrated
International Dot Day with the help of Visual Arts teacher, Heather
McNamara. The Dot, written by Peter H. Reynolds, is the story of a
reluctant student who doubts her abilities. Her teacher dares her,
"Make a mark, and see where it takes you." The student's
creativity blooms, which in turn inspires others.
HEM students celebrated by creating a gallery of dots: dots inspired by famous
artists, dots inspired by the dot art of Australian Aborigines, and even
collaborative dot paintings. Pre-K and 1st grade identified the shape of
a dot, and asked fellow students, "May I help you paint your
circle?" Students were also encouraged to identify people who made a
positive impact, or "mark", on their lives. What kind of mark
will you make?
Pictured are Ms. Anna Catalanotto’s Kindergarten students posing
in front of their art work with Ms. McNamara. Back row: Semahj James, James Gunn, Gracie Methvin, Braeden
Bankston, Brian Catalano, Kaleb Mitchell, Kaylynn Addison, Hanna Herkes, Andrew
McNamara, Emerson Fletcher; Middle row: Chloe Wascom, Dylan Mondebello, Parker Danna, Jackson
Hoyt, Violet O’Berry, Lauren Rein, Kady Perilloux, Riley Fleming; Front row: Logan Matthews, Lataja Jackson, Breanna Addison,
Madisyn Fornea, Aubrey Bergeron
Colette Taillon's class at Hammond Westside Montessori has a day full of activities planned to celebrate International Dot Day on September 15. Students will participate in a Socratic Seminar using the book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. Art, Music, ELA and Technology activities, plus homemade dot gumballs will round out their Dot Day celebration.
Independence Middle Magnet School has been celebrating Literacy Week by inviting over 25 guests to read to the students! Each class has been visited by multiple guest readers each day. Mr. Mark Kolwe, Superintendent of TPSS, prepares to read to Ms. Rhoto's 8th grade class. Chief Academic Officer Theresa Hamilton reads her favorite book to Ms. Kennedy's 7th grade class. One of the 6th grade ELA classes is read to by Ms. Letha Cook, Independence Head Start Director. Independence Mayor Ragusa reads to Coach Williams class and Chief of Independence Police Frank Edwards reads as Brandon Merritt listens attentively. Additionally Ms. Rhoto's 8th grade ELA participated in a video conference with accomplished author Valerie Marsh from the Marian Ecolab in Indiana. The school will conclude with an exciting Literacy Night event Monday, September 14 from 6:00-8:00 pm.
Mr. Fekete's Agriculture and Construction classes at Independence High completed foundation basics recently. Mr. Fekete discussed scenarios to probe students' thinking while monitoring student progress during foundation design phases. Students constructed batter boards and layout lines using tools and geometric measurements to ensure accuracy in construction.
Students and Teachers at Natalbany Elementary selected
their favorite book and dressed as a character the book for National Literacy Week.
Back to school supplies were donated by ENTERGY to Woodland Park
Elementary Magnet School students. Thank you to the Customer
Invoice Accounts and Human Resource Department at the Hammond Energy Branch for
leading this back to school drive. Pictured from left to right: back row:
Cheryl Rousseau, Naina Kallianpur, Jackie Gray, Roshanda Johnson, Dorothy
Barrow-Robinson, and Kristina Head. Front row: Maya Diaz, Jamaure
Williams, and Kadie Steib
The Roseland Montessori Crochet Club held its very first meeting this week. Students were introduced to the tools needed for crochet and then began their first stitching. The first project these students will complete will be scarves for the residents at the Tangi Pines Nursing Home. Pictured is Lakelynn Venable. Also, Blake Blades, Hunter Blades, Lakyria Nichols, and Jacob Wilson.
St. Thomas Aquinas High School's Campus Ministry
donated school supplies to Hammond Westside Montessori on Wednesday, September
2, 2015. HWEM is very grateful to Mrs. Grace Gambel, Campus Ministry Sponsor,
and STA Campus Ministry students and families for supporting it's school,
teachers, and students. Pictured on the back row are STA students: Natali
Scimeca, Hayes Perrilloux, Ryan Anbersome, Connor Seale, and Mayson Miller.
Pictured on the front row are HWEM students:
Alayna Alleman, Alaya Anderson, Jaylen Nelson, Harper Hood,
and Elijah Pierre.
Independence Elementary partnered with Tangipahoa Parish
Library (Independence Branch) encouraging students to continue to read
throughout the summer while enjoying the fun presentations offered during the
summer reading program. These 17 students attended at least 8 special programs
and/or logged in a minimum of 10 hours of reading. Indy Elementary
recognized these students in a special presentation on Sept. 14th.
Each student received a Thumbs Up Trophy and Star Student Medal, books, hero
bookmarks, and hero pencils. Pictured are Back row L to R: Jennifer Ocana
Espinoza, Ashly Castro, Maurice Brumfield, Nicolas Soto, Willie Allen, Tyrese
Brumfield, Ja’Dora Arline, Mallory Harmon, and Zamaria Zanders. Front Row L to
R: Jonathan Hartman, Jesus Soto, Raelyn MacNeil, Anthony MacNeil, Ramiro
Sanchez, Zarion Zanders, Brandon Castro, and Jasmine Washington.
Mrs. Disher's Visual Art classes
at Woodland Park Elementary Magnet School read and discussed Leo Lionni's
"Little Blue and Little Yellow" as well as Peter H. Reynolds'
"The Dot" for inspiration to create their own magnificent blue and
yellow DOTS! Pictured are: Faith Stanboro, Carson Serpas, Jourden Peters and LaShannon Miller.