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super speller

Morgan Crowe, Chesbrough Elementary

Morgan Crowe, third grader at Chesbrough Elementary, represented his school at the Parish Fair Spelling Bee recently.

Click here for a complete list of all 2014 Fair Contest Winners.


kingdom of books

HWMS library door

Hammond Westside Montessori Librarian Michelle Hampton has some help from Anna Kate Richardson, Joelle Lacoste and Briana Brister to get the library entrance ready for their upcoming book fair.

volcanic eruptions

Volcanic Eruptions - O.W. Dillon

Robin Taylor's 6th grade ELA class has been reading a story about how smaller islands in the Caribbean are formed from undersea volcanic eruptions.  Students built volcanoes to watch how the eruption looks.  Students had a "blast" taking their volcanoes outside and using a variety of methods to make them "erupt." Click here to see pictures.


  • TPSS app icon
    Tangipahoa Parish School System now has an app that can be downloaded to your mobile device to help you stay in better touch with what’s going on in our school district.   The app is FREE and ready for you to download to your mobile device from either the Apple iTunes Store or Google Play.  Even though this is an app for the TPSS District, the viewer can also choose the school(s) that they are interested in and they will receive announcements, headlines, etc. from that school’s website as well.
    Click here for directions to download.

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  • Colors for the Cure - October 6 - 10, 2014
    Hammond Westside Montessori School celebrated "Colors for the Cure" week, October 6-10, 2014.  Click here to see the video.
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  • PHS FFA is honored
    The Tangipahoa Parish School Board recognized the Ponchatoula High School FFA for their efforts to clean up Ponchatoula Creek. The teens are partnering with the South Louisiana Waterways Litter Removal group, spending many of their Saturdays and holidays collecting trash that makes its way to the Creek. School Board member Rose Dominguez, a PHS alum and former FFA Sweetheart, showcased the students at the TPSS Board’s October 7 meeting and presented them with $500 in gift cards from Raising Cane’s, courtesy of local franchise holder and TPSS parent Luke Greer. 
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  • National Day of Concern
    Hammond Junior High Magnet held a National Day of Concern Assembly on Wednesday, October 15th .  Students took a pledge against gun violence led by Pastor Andrew L. Jackson.
    Pictured Above: Mrs. Jackson, Mr. Chris Broadwater, Mayor Mason Foster, Mrs. Johnson and the parents of the victims who lost a loved one due to gun violence.

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  • Taylonne Austin makes a great catch at Play 60

    For the fourth year in a row, Saints Fuel Play 60 was on the campus of Independence Middle Magnet School to get students active for 60 minutes a day! Students went through the same football drills as Saints players.  The Saints Junior Training Camp representatives join with IMMS to fight childhood obesity and share the hope that IMMS students will stay active! Taylonne Austin makes a beautiful catch in picture above.

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  • Rebecca Cullen's fourth graders at HWMS
     Hammond Westside Montessori's fourth grade teacher, Rebecca Cullen, is using a program called Nearpod to lead instruction in her classroom this week. Nearpod is an online program that is free for teachers and students, and allows for interactive mobile presentations that teachers create and customize themselves. Ms. Cullen checked out a Tech Tub with a set of iPads from the Tangipahoa Parish School System’s Technology Department for her students to use. She is giving her students a sneak peak at PARCC like questions that they will complete at the end of the review. Students interact and submit responses on the iPads to the lessons delivered through the Nearpod program. 
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  • Champ Cooper Second Graders

    The 2nd grade students of Champ Cooper Elementary went to Belle Maison to show love and respect to members of their community. The students created homemade cards to pass out to the residents at the home. It was a very special time for the teachers, students, parents, and the residents. The students then engaged in Science Inquiry at The Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center in Hammond. Pictured above is Melissa Gatlin with her students and their new friend.
    Click here for more pictures.
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  • Ronald McDonald visits Vinyard Elementary

    Bryce and Gabby are helping Ronald McDonald demonstrate how to stand up to bullies and make friends at Martha Vinyard's A/B Honor Roll reward celebration recently. 
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    Ponchatoula High FFA Waterway Clean Up Project


    On Saturday September 27, 2014 Ponchatoula High School's FFA students volunteered to help with the ongoing trash problem that is affecting Ponchatoula Creek and the Natalbany River.  In just under four hours twelve students along with six chaperones filled up two trailers that were provided by the Tangipahoa Parish full of garbage.  The items the FFA found included fourteen tires, two refrigerators, two very large TVs, and over thirty bags of trash.

     The movement has been headed by Captain Brandon Hayes and his fiancé, Meghan Giblon, of the United States Coast Guard.  In their off time the couple organize cleaning events and regularly visit Ponchatoula Creek and the Natalbany River to clean all of the trash that is continually accumulating on its banks.

    "We are just trying to get the word out and get as many people involved as we can. This is a huge problem and it can't keep on being ignored.  We are very grateful for all the help we are receiving from the FFA students, so much more can be cleaned up with their help," says Captain Hayes.

    "The trash comes from people dumping straight bags of household trash into the creek but most of it comes from throwing trash out of their vehicles or in parking lots.  The trash then gets washed into the ditches and then the creeks whenever it rains and all of the trash flows into Ponchatoula Creek.  If you have ever driven down Bankston Road off of HWY 190 you can see all the trash that is in the ditch.  It is really quite sad," says Giblon.   

    Ponchatoula FFA member and Senior at Ponchatoula High Johanna Puls says “It felt great to help clean up our water ways! It was shocking to see all the house hold trash and debris in such a beautiful creek. This trip inspired us to keep our waterways beautiful. It was also proves the impact our community members on our local environment.

    The FFA is planning to be a part of more clean ups and will help educate their peers about where their trash is actually going.
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  • Strawberry Planting Time at Independence High
     The Independence High Ag class is preparing for strawberry season by laying plastic in the school's agriculture field.  Mr. Fekete and his students are preparing the ground for the most delicious strawberry season yet.
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Sports Balls
The Hammond High Magnet School 2014 Fall All-Sports Clinic will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 (Election Day) from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The clinic will be open to children 1st grade to 8th grade and will include breakout sessions where HHMS student-athletes will educate campers on various sports through practice drills and exercises. Click here for more information

top readers @ aems

AEMS top AR readers honored

Amite Elementary Magnet School librarian, Mrs. Sandy Daniels, honored the top Accelerated Reader (A.R.) students. These students read the most books and earned the most points.  On Friday, September 26th, the top student of each class was invited to a chocolate milk and donut party in the library.  Mrs. Daniels also presented a certificate to each child in recognition of their achievement.

A.R. is a computer program that helps teachers and librarians monitor children’s independent reading practice.  Students choose books at their own level and read at their own pace.  Then the students take a short quiz about the story on the computer.  The A.R. program motivates children to read books for fun and tracks the total number of points they earn from each story.  A.R. is a key component to the communication magnet program at A.E.M.S. because of its emphasis on reading.

Pictured with AEMS Librarian Sandy Daniels and Principal Gary Porter, fourth graders Andrea Mixon and Sa’Kira Williams both earned “Top of the Class”.  They have each read 20 books in the first 6 weeks of school. The other Top Readers honored are pictured below. Click picture to see it enlarged.

AEMS Top AR readers

Amite Elementary Magnet School celebrates World Milk Day

Students at AEMS celebrated World School Milk Day on Wednesday, September 24th.  Milk is an important part of a healthy diet, and that's why it's served in schools every day.  In honor of World School Milk Day, students watched special videos, received pencils and milk moustache stickers, and most importantly - drank milk! Pictured above are Kindergarten students, Sanovia Williams and Kaleah Wicker, smile with their milk moustaches to celebrate World School Milk Day.