Malonda McElwee, a junior in the International Baccalaureate Programme at Hammond High Magnet School, has been selected to attend the Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) seven-week Leadership Summer Institute this summer at Princeton University's campus. According to the LEDA Scholars website, "LEDA finds and recruits approximately 60 LEDA scholars. Scholars are high-achieving, low-income students from communities that are under-represented at our nation's top colleges and universities and in the nation's leadership sectors."
As a LEDA Scholar, Malonda will stay on Princeton University campus this summer to "experience a supervised version of residential life at the college level." As well, she will receive writing instruction, standardized test preparation by Advantage Testing, and college guidance from LEDA's Director of College Guidance. Malonda will have the opportunity to tour and speak with representatives from several top colleges and universities. LEDA will continue to support Malonda in her journey from high school to college and from college into graduate school or a career.
Talented art students of Kitty Faulkenberry from HHMS tryout the booth they decorated that will be used by the boys and girls soccer teams during the Strawberry Festival next week end. The teams will sell crawfish and "Walking Doritos". Please support our various school groups by attending the festival. Click photo to enlarge.
Beverly Williams' students at Loranger Middle School proudly display their Easter Egg Basket art projects made from string.
Andree Miller, community liaison from Senator David Vitter’s office, visited Woodland Park Elementary Magnet School to donate an American Flag that was flown over the United States Capitol at the request of Senator David Vitter. Pictured above: Cheryl Rousseau, Andree Miller, and Larobyn Houston
Teachers at Woodland Park Elementary Magnet School boarded the school buses for an afternoon ride home with their students. The teachers experienced firsthand knowledge of what it feels like to be a child on a school bus and the many responsibilities of a bus driver. They can’t wait to do it again!
In celebration of Youth Art Month in March, students in Mrs. Disher's Visual Arts classes at Woodland Park Elementary Magnet School have been busy at work. Woodland Park will be represented by selected pieces on exhibit at the Central Office in Amite for the entire month of March. The Tangipahoa Parish School System Art Programs are also celebrating Youth Art Month with an exhibit at the Hammond Regional Arts Center. This exhibit opened on March 4th and will be on display through March 13th. George Rodrigue's "Blue Dog" art, "Geometric Sea Turtles", and "Symmetrical Monarchs" are some of the wonderful Kindergarten work you may see at these exhibits. Pictured above is Landry Haydel working on Blue Dog art. Click here to see more pictures.
Bus drivers at Woodland Park Elementary Magnet School are consistently seen performing random acts of kindness. Not only do they help students and faculty, they help each other! Last week, Mr. Joseph Williams and Pernell Dykes helped fellow bus driver Brad Wilson complete his bus route and aided him in fixing his bus in the rain.
In a statement issued by Gideon Carter, III, counsel for private plaintiffs, and Ashley Sandage, counsel for the School Board, it was stated that “productive discussions” between the parties and continued assistance from federal court compliance officer Donald Massey have resulted in this agreement. If approved by the Court, the School Board will use the 2015-16 school year to notify parents and otherwise prepare for full implementation of the new student assignment plan beginning with the 2016-17 school year.
The attorneys also announced that they intend to continue to meet on a regular basis to try to resolve remaining issues. Click here to see full plan.
Amite High's new "Writing Blitz" strategy is helping students more easily learn how to generate and organize their thoughts into written form. Essential elements of logical thinking of which students must demonstrate command include the ability to read and reflect on one or more texts, cite evidence to support text-based claims, provide examples to illustrate points, and relate personal life experiences to the text issues. English students participate in a "boot camp" style workshop on Fridays. Each month, different grade-levels are and will be participating: March--English II, sophomores; April--English III, juniors; and May--English I, freshmen. In August, incoming freshmen arriving next school year will be in-serviced to learn the strategy. Pictured above Vakayla Burton and Amira Steptoe put their heads together to review their writing based on Writing Blitz components. Click here to read full story.
On Wednesday, attorneys for the parties in the Joyce Marie Moore federal desegregation suit announced that they have reached an agreement to jointly request of the federal court that it allow the Tangipahoa Parish School Board to begin implementation of an alternative student assignment plan. That plan creates new school zones and new educational opportunities for students in an effort to enhance desegregation of public schools in the Parish. Read full story...
Tucker Elementary had Book Fair recently and the students donated money to buy new books for the library. The children were able to put their money in the scuba diver box or the octopus box, to vote for Librarian Krystle Hyman to dress up one of those ways. Here's the winner!!!
Seven Paras from Martha Vinyard Elementary School as well as others from around TPSS attended the Paraprofessional Conference in Baton Rouge on Saturday, March 14,2015. Guest speaker for the event was Jon Bel Edwards, candidate for Governor.
Students at Hammond High Magnet School experienced “A Day at Southeastern” on Thursday, March 12. Educational Talent Search, one of Southeastern’s TRIO Programs, extended the invitation to the junior class of HHMS to visit the campus and receive beneficial information that would help them in improving ACT scores and become productive citizens in the local community. Click here for Full Story.
Hammond Eastside is proud to announce that eighth graders, Garrett Sanders and Madison Greer, both placed at the Regional Science Fair held at Southeastern Louisiana University on March 13th. Garrett placed 1st, and Madison placed 2nd in the region! We are so very proud of them both! They will be representing Hammond Eastside at the State Science Fair at Louisiana State University on March 23-24th.
The Cat in the Hat visited Roseland Montessori recently for Literacy Night. Parents and students participated in literacy games and learned ways to promote literacy at home. The Tangipahoa Parish Library in Amite attended the event as well offering information for their upcoming programs. Click here for full story and more pictures.
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.