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February

How to Dress a Po'Boy

How to Dress a Po'Boy

Jenny Saing's Pre-K and Kindergarten students at Hammond Westside Montessori School read the story,  How to Dress a Po'boy, by Johnette Downing,  and made a "how to" video to go along with it. Click here to see the video.

 

1st place at Beta Convention

Brendan Cuti at Hammond High Magnet School

Brendan Cuti, Hammond High Magnet School sophomore, placed first in a social studies competition at the Louisiana State Beta Club Convention recently. Students must be proficient in knowledge in  topics including American history, civics, economics, world history, geography and current events. More than fifty schools were represented at the state convention. Brendan has advanced to the National Beta Club Convention competition level. This event will be held in Nashville in June. HHMS is very proud of Brendan!

spelling bee champ

Independence Elementary Spelling Bee Champ

Independence Elementary is proud to announce their school Spelling Bee Champion, Za’liya Baker.   Za’liya is a 4th grade student in Mrs. Christy Ard and Mrs. Bernadette Legoria’s classes.  She is the 9 year old daughter of Chantey Baker and Shalonda Harris.  Za’liya holds a 3.7 GPA and attends accelerated classes at IES.

Nutrition class

Nutrition Class at HWMS

On Monday, February 9, 2015, students in Coach McCoy’s physical education class began a six week course about nutrition with nutrition educator, Donna Landry (pictured), from the LSU Ag Center. In today’s lesson, students learned about the importance and role of fiber and whole grains in their diets. Ms. Landry distributed handouts to the students and had actual food items and posters for an impressive visual display.  

100th Day at WPEMS

100th Day of School at Woodland Park

Woodland Park Elementary Magnet School became 100 days smarter today as the students and faculty celebrated the 100th day of school. The day was filled with fun skill-related activities focused on the 100th day celebration. Click here to see more pictures.

hwms student of the year

Hammond Westside Montessori Student of the Year

 

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. 

LHS Bb training

Loranger High Students in Blackboard training

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.

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    Yee-Haw! Its Rodeo time! Ponchatoula High School’s FFA Chapter will be holding their annual Open Youth  Rodeo at Florida Parishes Arena in Amite on Friday, March 13th, and Saturday, March 14th. Books close at 6:00 pm, admission cost $5.00 and events will begin promptly at 7:00 pm both nights. All contestants must be of 18 years of age or younger and must bring a parent or other legal guardian to be present for the event. Want to see barrel racing, pole bending, bull riding and many other rodeo events this March? Then come with us to Amite and support your local FFA Chapter! If you are interested in competing or attending and would like to know more information, please contact Kendra Keen  at kendra.keen@tangischools.org, 985-474-8830, Agricultural Educator, at Ponchatoula High School. 

     
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  • Pre-School Round-Up
     
     Pre-School Round-Up will be held all throughout Tangipahoa Parish School System on Friday, March 27, 2015. Children registering for Pre-K must be 4 by September 30, 2015.  Children registering for Kindergarten must be 5 by September 30, 2015. Please click here to find out more details about requirements, places, and times.
     
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  • Teacher Job Fair
     

    The 2015 Teacher Job Fair will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Pennington Center at Southeastern Louisiana University. Click here for more information.

     
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  • HWMS Knock it out of the PARCC Committee members
     
     
    Hammond Westside Montessori School hosted a “Knock It Out of the PARCC” and a “Parent Montessori Workshop” on Saturday, February 7, 2015. Both were a huge success with a great turnout!  A lot of hard work went into the planning and preparation of this event.  It enlightened parents who attended of what PARCC was about and how we are preparing students for success!  There were many teachers, staff, administrators and parents involved in this Saturday event to help our children.  
     A special thank you to Lea James for making her idea become a reality.   She "stepped up to the plate", got a committee of hard working people, and "ran home" with it! “Knock it Out of the PARCC” Committee from left to right:
    Becky Navara, Angela Bradford, Cathy LeBlanc, Lea James, Mia Lewis, and Tonya Betancourt. 
     
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  • SLU Lab School Beta Club
      The Southeastern Lab School Beta Club came home with notable wins at the recent District 9 Jr. Beta Competition which was held at Lakeshore High School in Mandeville. Honors include: First Place in Songfest – entire club; First place in Living Literature – Morgan Duncan, Jai-Li Colucci, Holly Bordelon, Madalyn Duncan, Claire Kroussel; First Place in Special Talent – Aubree Lavergne;  Second Place in T-shirt – Holly Bordelon and Julia Swank;  Second Place in Speech – Emery Echols; Third Place in Tower of Power – Daniel Acosta, Calvin Mai, Peter Mai, Brendan Alack and JaKobe Harris;  Fifth Place in Quiz Bowl – Jada Bezue, Jamie McClendon, Lauren DeVaney, Fiona Hawkins.  Click here to see more pictures.
     
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  • Vinyard Elementary Beta Club
     
    On Saturday, January 31, 2015, Jr. Beta District Day for District 9 was held in Mandeville. Twenty schools (4th - 8th grade) from Livingston, Tangipahoa, and St. Tammany Parishes competed in various categories. Martha Vinyard 5th & 6th graders won 7 awards and will advance to compete at state convention in May!
    Back Row: Tyler Cowart, Aidan O'Donnell, Emma Dow, Dody Martinell, Jake Savona, Lucas Puissegur, Hunter Porter, Autumn Smedley, Colin Zimmerman, Haley Brents, Kylie Burks
    Middle Row: Jacob Lea, Cole LaCour, Vanessa Smay, Bryce Lipscomb, Noah Polland, Micah Delgado, McKayla Mixon, Lola Hansen
    Front Row: Allie Cenni, Molly Martinell, Ann Marie LaCour, Caroline, Cranford, Savannah McDaniel, Tyler Robertson, Ariana Diaz, Morgan Montet
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  • TPSS Honor Band  
     
     
    Students from Ponchatoula Junior High School, Ponchatoula High School, Southeastern Lab School, and Loranger Middle School recently participated in the District IX Louisiana Music Educators' Association Honor Band Ensembles.  These students were selected from an individual audition performance that was held in December.  Once selected, students participated in the District Honor Band Clinic on Thursday, January 22-Saturday, January 24 held at Southeastern Louisiana University.  After three days of rehearsing, the students performed a concert in the Pottle Auditorium at SLU. 
    First Row: Jai-Li Colucci, SLUL, Chloe Glover, LMS, Miles Lyons, PJHS, Cassidy Anderson, PJHS
    Second Row: Jacey Webber, PJHS, Nicholas Hooper, PJHS, Kendall Vining, PHS, Kayla Kelly, PHS, Madeline Maurin, PJHS Micah McGee, PJHS
    Third Row: Austin Roy, PHS, Scott Poulin, PHS, Zachery Cusimano, PHS, Lucas Drake, PJHS, William Drake, PJHS
    Participating Band Directors (Not Pictured): Jeff Cardaronella, Ponchatoula Junior High, James Square, Ponchatoula High School, Lloyd Bosch, SLU Lab School, Brennan Arceneaux, Loranger Middle School
     
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  • Tucker Elementary Book Club
     
     Tucker Elementary School Book Club is celebrating their 8th year for the 2nd graders. These second grade students read a chapter book that is above grade level, each month, and meet in the Library for snacks and discussion.  Pictured with students are Mrs. Krystle Hyman, Librarian and Mrs. Wendy Savarino, Music Teacher.
     
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  • Independence High Ag class
     
     Independence High Ag students proudly display their Winter Harvest.
     
     
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  • B'Yon Scrabble
     
     The annual B'YON Scrabble Tournament took place recently at Hammond Westside Montessori School.  Teachers Erin March, Beverly Beech, Michelle Mount, and Gretchen Hintz, who work with the B'YON students, organize this district-wide yearly event for the kids.
     
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OWD Social Studies Winner

O.W. Dillon 5th grader Uriah Galmon

O.W. Dillon 5th grader Uriah Galmon finished first place in his division at the Region VIII Social Studies fair at Southeastern earlier this week.  Uriah will be representing O.W. Dillon at the state competition.

2nd annual african american read-in

aems read-in

Guest reader, State Representative John Bel Edwards (candidate for Governor of Louisiana) helped launch Amite Elementary Magnet School's 2nd Annual African American Read-In by graciously accepting the opportunity to help make literacy a significant part of Black History Month.

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Care Packages for Troops

Care Packages for the Troops

The Nesom family, headed by the Beta Club, collected items to send to the troops overseas. These weren't just any troops, the packages were sent to a team that does  EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal Technicians). When a convoy or patrol encounters an IED (Improvised Explosive Device), they are the ones going in to disarm it.  Nesom students were so happy to be able to collect 9 boxes full of different items to send to the troops.  Dedicated Beta Members : Kimberly Michelli (Beta VP), Elizabeth Richardson, Hanna Pellegrin, and Madison Dowell, carefully help pack each box and send a heartfelt card in each to wish and thank them! 

HEEM - how the world works

Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet students

All fourth graders at Hammond Eastside are studying a unit of inquiry on “How the World Works.” They are investigating how scientific principles help influence the way we live as humans. More specifically, Mrs. Stacy Lindsey’s fourth grade students are analyzing how the use of a ramp affects the speed of a car. They are gathering information regarding gravity and how it affects our daily lives. The best part is that HEEM students are so engaged in their learning! Pictured: Madison Register, Avery Melton, and Dennis Hebert completing their experiment.

 

No Bullying at PELC

PELC says "NO" to Bullying

Perrin Early Learning Center students participated in Unity Day by wearing orange. Unity Day is designed to unite against bullying. These Kindergarteners made a powerful statement by "Just Saying No to Bullying!" Click picture to enlarge.

hhms robotics

HHMS Robotics Team

The Hammond High Magnet School Robotics Team parents took 9 students to Houston, Texas recently for an off-season competition where they played last years game. The HHMS Robotics Team under supervision of Shelly Gaydos spent the last six weeks building a new robot for this competition. They won 2nd place against teams from several states. The trophy is shown below. Congratulations!!! 

HHMS Robotics Team trophy

REMS Teacher of Year

Roseland Montessori Teacher of the Year

Roseland Montessori is pleased to announce the 2015 Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Rainey Iasigi.  Rainey has taught at REMS since its start 4 years ago.  She teaches 4th-6th Math, and does a fantastic job teaching concepts at this level using the Montessori materials.  Rainey is a teacher leader at REMS and for the district.  She has a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership, and is currently expecting her first child.  REMS is proud to have Rainey as part of the school family.