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TPSS Job Fair 2014
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 Moon Walking at Amite High

Amite High School "moon walks" through Black History Month. 
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 The Big Event at HWMS

 The Big Event, sponsored by the SELU Student Government, gives back to our community by providing labor to job sites one day each year.  Hammond Westside Montessori partners with SELU each year in an effort to maintain a beautiful facility.  On March 15, 2014, five SELU students made a“big” difference at HWMS by organizing and cleaning closets, teacher workrooms,teacher lounges, and the PTA room.  The students were very respectful and helpful. All of the SELU students were business majors and proud members of SHRM, Society for Human Resources Management. HWMS is grateful for the outreach.

Pictured above: Emily St. Andre’, Jason Sims, Cathy LeBlanc (principal of HWMS), Amanda Young, Nikita Terrance, and Julie Entremont


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 Loranger High School Mock Trial Debate

Loranger High Debate Club Mock Trial Team competitors went on an educational field trip to the 21st Judicial District courthouse in Amite recently.  Students are preparing fort he upcoming Mock Trial Competition hosted by the Baton Rouge Bar Association.  The two teams from Loranger High School are the only in the parish. Each team consists of six competitors; three will compete as attorneys and three as witnesses.  Students were in attendance with club sponsor/coach Ms. Tyra Starkey, and Assistant District Attorney/coach Le'Anne Malnar.  The competitors were able to attend two different trials, view witnesses on the stand and attorneys during a live trial, presentation of evidence, and were invited to visit with two judges who gave them advice for the competition and allowed them to ask questions.

Pictured are: Back Row:  21st Judicial District Attorney Scott Perriloux, Josh Tassin, Andrew Labit, DJ Fairburn, Elston Bankston, 21st JDC Family Court Judge Jeffery Oglesbee.

Second Row:  Kortney Parrish, Jenna Licciardi, Samantha Messina, Drue Disher, Kayla Chaisson, Isabella Saba, Tyra Starkey, Samantha Ingraffia, and Le'Anne Malnar.

Front Row:  21st JDC Judge Douglas Hughes, Kassidy Braddy, and Paige Puls.

In attendance, but not pictured:  Kimmi Perkins
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gold medalist visits

 Gold Medalist visits Loranger Elementary

Loranger Elementary was visited recently by a Gold Medalist in the World Indoor Track Championship in Poland. Cassandra Tate, who is a Loranger High School 2008 graduate, runs the 4 x 400 meter track event.  Ms. Tate has a niece in Catherine O'Rourke's classroom at LES and wanted to visit the class to share her experiences with the children.

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 KHMS students attend Broadway show "Memphis"

Students from Kentwood High Magnet School that received high ACT scores, showed exceptional academic growth, and performed well at the Literary
Rally attended the Broadway musical "Memphis" at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans on Saturday, March 15, 2014. The students were accompanied by teachers Sheldran Taylor, Karen Mizell, and Desiree Wardsworth.

eyeglass donations

 Eyeglasses for charity

Amite High School Beta Club collected 132 pairs of eyeglasses that will be taken to Thailand this week by eye doctors and a mission team. Temporary clinics will be set up so that eyeglasses and medications may be distributed directly to the needy in Thailand.

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 Loranger High Cheerleaders

 Loranger High cheerleaders received a 4th place at the National Competition recently. They also received a 2nd place silver medal for the Game Day Competition as well. Congratulations.

Devin King, Sumner High School

Devin King, a senior at Sumner HIgh School, isn't your ordinary high school athlete, he's also a nationally ranked pole vaulter and as Juan Kincaid of WWL-TV news found out, King is attempting to remain just that, by keeping his head down and training in seclusion. Click here for the story and video.

College and Career Readiness Day

The Tangipahoa Parish School System would like to bring awareness to our goal of ensuring our students with an education that is robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our students need for success in college and careers. With our students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in a global economy. We are taking time  to help you remember all the opportunities that are ahead of you, so do your part to become College and Career Ready.

HHMS Torbotics

Hammond High Magnet School Torbotics team won the "Chairmans Award" at the Bayou Regional Competition this weekend.  This is the most coveted of all the team awards and qualifies the team for the International Competition in St. Louis. In addition,  Mrs. Shelly Gaydos was recognized as the "Most Outstanding Mentor," a very well deserved award as sponsor of the Torbotics team. She was awarded the" Woodie Flowers Award". Congratulations to all! 

Ponchatoula High Science Olympiad Team

The Ponchatoula High School Science Olympiad Team recently participated in the State Science Olympiad held at Southeastern Louisiana University on March 29. The team is under the direction of Dr. Jerry Coleman, Physicist.

First Row: Hunter Kliebert, Lucas Coleman, Holly Kliebert, Ashley Ghawaly, Jazmine King, Heather Lobb. Back Row: Ian Bardwell, Dr. Jerry Coleman, Zack Cusimano, Austin Roy, Troy Tanguis, Nick Randazzo, Christopher Stansbury, Gabe Marcus, Logan Dougherty.  Not Pictured: Eric Ortiz

Awards: Rocks and Minerals (1st Place): Ashley Ghawaly and Holly Kliebert; Geologic Mapping (2nd Place): Hunter Kliebert and Holly Kliebert; Entomology (2nd Place): Heather Lobb and Jazmine King; Bungee Drop (3rd Place): Lucas Coleman and Eric Ortiz; Disease Detective (3rd Place): Logan Dougherty and Nick Randazzo.

Moon Phases at Hammond Westside Montessori

Students in Mrs. Kaylin Cruise's class at Hammond Westside Montessori are learning about the phases of the moon in a fun and delicious way! Students are using the Montessori Moon Phase work to help them create the moon phases using Oreo cookies! Yum! Mrs. Cruise is a first/second grade Montessori Directress. Pictured from left to right: Bradnesha Hooker, Serinitee Ivring, and TaCoryin Bryant.

Woodland Park Elementary Magnet School

Woodland Park Elementary Magnet School's RoboRangers are collaborating monthly with Hammond High Magnet School's Robotics Team to create simple machines. The Robotics Team's taught the RoboRangers how to create a catapult that each Robo Ranger was able to take home.

Natalbany Elementary students

Students in Melissa Blow's 5th grade class at Natalbany Elementary are using unit cubes to build objects with a specific volume.

Marvin Cervantes, Cody Pickering, Sara Zito, and Amari Felder are  pictured above.

Roseland Elementary Montessori students use iPads


April Shaw, 4th and 5th grade teacher at Roseland Montessori was the first teacher to utilize the brand new IPAD learning cart at the school.  After a novel study unit on Greek mythology, the students used the IPAD technology to incorporate their study of space with the Greek gods and goddesses they read about.  The app allowed the students to view various objects in space by holding the devices at different angles.  They recorded what they saw and used the app to gather information for their report. What a fun way to learn!  Pictured is Cameron Hano, Hunter Mendahl, Rechard Jackson, and Kaliyah Lee. 

  • REMS Young Ladies Society

    In the recent months the Young Gentleman Society at Roseland Montessori has created such an interest that the young ladies in grades 4-6 have asked for a similar club.  Yesterday was the first meeting of the Young Ladies Society.  Twenty five girls gathered in their Sunday best to participate in an etiquette lesson hosted by Liz Addington and Jeanna Humphrey.  The girls learned the proper way to sit in a dress, manners for eating in a restaurant, and the correct way to set the table.  These girls will be joining our Young Gentlemen on May 14th as they demonstrate what they have learned during a lunch at the Dinner Bell Restaurant.  The girls have much to look forward to in the upcoming meetings, including a lesson in makeup application from the Aveda Institute, line dancing, and a class on self-respect and self-esteem hosted by North Oaks. 

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  • Colette Taillon's class at Hammond Westside Montessori School

    Mr. Ian Turpin, an involved community member who values public education, visited ColetteTaillon’s class at Hammond Westside Montessori School on Friday, March 22nd. In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday in March, Mr.Turpin read the book, The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss. The fable conveys the message regarding the danger that corporate greed poses to nature. He encouraged the students to take responsibility for their part in preserving our earth and its resources. He quoted from the book, “UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”  Mr. Turpin, who is affiliated with Amite Marble and Granite, presented a granite stone that has the word “UNLESS” carved into it as a reminder to the children at HWM that if they care enough, they can make a difference.

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    Roseland Elementary Montessori Science Night

    Students, and parents too, became scientists at Roseland Montessori's Family Science Night recently! The teachers each hosted a science experiment in which the children questioned, tested, and recorded scientific phenomenon.  Each student, with research journal in hand,explored over 20 stations where the teachers challenged them to test theories.  Pictured is Mrs. Mollere enticing Cohen Saragusa, Croix Pampas, Vincent Cuti, Blaine Brocato, Kade Conrad, and Waylon Saragusa with an experiment on density using oil and water.  Students took home their findings, experiments, and explanations so that the learning could continue beyond school.  Thank you to all that came out for the event, especially Katherine Farbe from LSU Ag Center and a group of Sumner High School students that volunteered to  help with the booths.

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  • TalentedArt Exhibit   Annual Talented Art Exhibit

    The Annual Talented Art Exhibit under the direction of Mellie Bodker and Kitty Faulkenberry was hosted by the Hammond Regional Arts Center during the month of March. Pictured on the left is Madyson Shields, Grade 4, Loranger Elementary. Pictured on the right is Cindy Truong, Senior, Loranger High School.

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 Question of the Day
In order to ensure Louisiana students are prepared for college and Louisiana's economy, our state is moving to higher standards and new assessments. Starting February 17, the Louisiana Department of Education will highlight one sample question each day to help Louisiana educators and families preview Louisiana's new 2014-15 assessments.  These new assessments were developed with significant input from Louisiana educators who have served as key partners in identifying content for the test, developing the specific items, and guiding the technology specifications. 

Theresa Steward

Theresa Steward, a teacher at Amite Elementary Magnet School, was chosen as a 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator. This yearlong professional development program will foster and grow a community of tech-savvy educators that will serve as ambassadors for integrating best practices in digital learning in classrooms across the country.

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 Special Olympics joy!!

Hammond High Magnet special education teacher, Michael Chaney, and his students race to the finish line at the recent Special Olympics held at Ponchatoula High.

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 Black History month program at HWMS

 Hammond Westside Montessori students performed in an annual Black History program recently. The message that was portrayed was that of living out the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As Mrs. Jessie Hart, program director stated, " Dr. King's dream was that one day we will live in a nation where black kids and white kids would walk together, talk together, and play together." That dream came together at HWM as seen in the program's theme"A School of Color and Many Dreams." The musical director was Catherine New and the choreographer was Laqualla Hart. Special speaker, Dr. Duane Donald, conveyed three attributes students must possess in today's education: Motivation, Determination, and keeping in mind the Final Destination, which is the defining factor in America.

Pictured are Daryl Varnado and Nicholas Genre as President and Mrs.Obama.

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 Tucker Elementary Library has ebooks for students

Students in the Tucker Elementary library are getting "techie."  Librarian, Krystle Hyman, rotates iPads among the children with eBooks and Storia, a free app from Scholastic. Pictured above Mrs. Hyman is showing 2nd graders in Mrs. Van's class,Claire Lusk and Conor Montalbano, how to use the interactive questions feature of their ebook.

spring planting

 Independence High Ag II class plants garden

Independence High Agriculture 2 class is planting tomatoes, peppers and onions….get ready to come get some!

parish champs

 Independence Middle Magnet School Boys Basketball

The Independence Middle Magnet School Boys Basketball Team took home the parish championship!  Congratulations to these young men for an outstanding season! Along with winning the Tangipahoa Parish Championship, they came in first place in the Amite West Side Tournament and won first place in the Hammond Jr. High Magnet Tournament.  The boys' record this year was 18-1.  Outstanding job IMMS Tiger Basketball team!  We are proud of you!

Kneeling left to right:  Kenneth Baham, De'Angelo Gaines, Rodarian Austin, Ivy Rogers, Alton Baldwin, Craigdrick Williams, TyrrickHarness, and Christopher Day.

Standing left to right:  Melvin Baker, Tayvien Cole, Markevien Wells, Kadarius Hill, Stephan Jackson, Demetrius Hookfin, Anthony McClain, and Donald Drake.

Head Coach is Henry Fleming and Assistant Coach is Christopher Gordon.
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top AR reader

 Liam Tallo - Top AR reader at Tucker Elementary
 Liam Tallo - Tucker 2nd grader in Sherry Majeau's class is the first student to reach 100 AR points this year! Students attended an Accelerated Reader Party in the Library at Tucker, where they received prizes for all their hard work.

st.patrick's day

 St. Patrick's Day at Hammond Westside Montessori School

Mrs. Ambrose's Pre-K/K class at Hammond Westside Montessori School celebrated St. Patrick's Day by reading books to learn about its history. After learning all about St. Patrick's Day and its traditions they completed rotations where they used the 100's chart to create leprechaun hats, learned primary and secondary colors through making edible crafts and finger painting. They also used their labeling skills and created necklaces in the traditional St. Patrick's Day colors.