Tangi Happenings
    October 2012  
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    Diane Vaccaro teaches knitting

    Melanie Sanchez, a TAP master teacher at Hammond Westside Montessori, started a knit club for 6th grade students at Hammond Westside Montessori.  Mrs. Sanchez belongs to a knit club called "Chicks with Sticks."  "Chicks with Sticks" have committed to teaching the 6th graders the art of knitting.  "Chicks with Sticks" brought beautiful purses, scarves and hats that they made to share with the girls to inspire them to keep their eyes on the prize!  Ten students joined the club and showed great talent. The children were engaged, appreciative, and very polite.  Sarah Brabham, Kate Perrilloux, and Deberal Patterson, teachers at HWM, and Diane Vaccaro, a friend of HWM, also volunteered.  Chicks with Sticks volunteers were Laurie Ott, Carolyn Dupont, and  Johnnie Whisenhunt. The 6th grade knitters are Zamiri Collier, Bryla Gordon, Samyria Edwards, Frances Anthony, Divya Chadha, Destinee Travis, Rebecca Corkern, Jaelynn Ramsey, Jasmine Alexander, Infinity Thomas and Shakira Allbritton. Gretchen Chauvin from Tealou and Josephine and "Chicks with Sticks" donated the knitting needles and yarn. In the picture above
    Hammond Westside Montessori friend, Diane Vaccaro, and teacher, Deveral Patterson, show student Destinee Travis some of the techniquest involved with being able to knit.

    Johnnie Wizenhunt teaches knitting


     "Chicks with Sticks" member, Johnnie Whisenhunt, demonstrates to Hammond Westside Montessori student, Divya Chadha, how to use the materials to knit a scarf.
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    This week is PBIS Spirit Week at O.W. Dillon. Students who earned enough points for the 1st six weeks were invited to participate in Spirit Week--Monday was mismatched shoes/socks; Tuesday crazy hair/hat/wig, Wednesday Career Day, Thursday Costume Day and Friday Roo Spirit Day.

    Week1--6th graders in Mrs. Spears class, Amber Haney, Ambria Cook, Ryan Johnson, Robert Barze, Ro'Daijah Coleman

    Week2--Kindergartners--Mrs. Kylie Sharkey, Caden Moore, Cedric Addison, Victoria Harrell

    Week3--6th graders in Mrs. Pennington's class, Ja'Vonte Venible, Ivanel Rhea, Aaliyah White, Terriunna Venible, Kamberlyn Tate

    Week4--5th graders in Mrs. Wilson's class, Zsane Wicker, LaTrinity Knighten, Aaliyah Martin, Amber Cox

    Week5--5th graders in Mrs. Wilson's class, Rechard Robbins, Wyatt Grice, Olivia Jackson

    PBIS Spirit Week-Crazy Hat-hair-wig--(front row) Sha'Cora Hughes, LaKirsta Sibley (back row) Will Dunn, Jhailyn Pillows, Tyler Colbert (all in Mrs. Hall's 3rd grade)

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    Independence Middle Magnet School   Independence Middle Magnet School    Independence Middle Magnet

    Independence Middle Magnet School students woke up a little earlier than usual to celebrate the International Walk to School Day on Wednesday morning. They were joined by parents, teachers and community leaders as they took to the streets of Independence, LA. This one-day event is part of an international effort to encourage more families to get out of their cars and enjoy the benefits of safely walking or bicycling to school. Students in Independence can do just that thanks to the city's Safe Routes to School grant which funded new sidewalks and speedometer signs around IMMS.
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    Loranger High STAR students

    Learning through playing.  Two students in Mrs. Anthony's STAR (Students Teaching and Reaching) class complete an activity where the students learned about how children of different ages learn skills through playing.  The students will complete the Human Development unit with a project based on specific ages and abilities.  Pictured are L-R, Samantha Stewart and Majestic Hatcher.

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    Lady Bug Girl Video Conference

    Peggy Binning’s kindergarten class at O.W. Dillon connected with students of Livonia High School in Pointe Coupee Parish Thursday afternoon, October 4th.  The high school students dressed in costumes to reflect the bug characters in the story Lady Bug Girl and the Bug Squad.  The kindergarteners enjoyed being read to and were able to interact with the older students, making for a very unique lesson.  Ms. Richelle Votaw, computer lab teacher, helped make the collaboration possible by participating in our Read for the Record event this fall.
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    DC Reeves students' pumpkin art

    D.C. Reeves students are welcoming fall by drawing pumpkins. The students learned about shading and blending and then used these techniques when designing their pumpkins! Mrs. Bria Richardson, DCR's art teacher was very impressed with the student work and the students were thrilled to have their artwork hung in the halls of the school.

    Pictured is Ms. Gregg's third grade class.

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    Roseland Elementary Montessori Fair Booth

    Roseland Elementary Montessori won first place in the Tangipahoa Parish Fair Booth Contest. Congratulations.

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    Lieutenant GovernorJay Dardenne visited Hammond High Magnet School on October 3,2012. A fewhighlights of the Lieutenant Governor's visit include: meeting with MajorDickson and his Cadets in JROTC, participating in a Civics lesson in Mr. Kyles'class, receiving a splint on his arm by one of Ms. Sitman'sFirst Responder students, viewing of the Torbotics robotdemonstration in Mrs. Gaydos' Engineering Lab, and enjoying tasty treatsprepared by Mrs. Johnson's ProStart students. The two hour visit was apositive experience for students and faculty.



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    Pet Show at O.W. Dillon

    Ms. Cowell and Mrs. Shelia’s Pre-K class at O.W. Dillon Elementaryconcluded a two week unit on Pets by reading Pet Show! By: EzraJack Keats. Today Ms. Cowell brought a special pet to class to share in all thefun. The class discussed ways to take care of many different kinds pets.
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     Sumner Middle School students create gumdrop atoms
    Sumner Middle School sixth grade Physical Science students in Lisa McMorris' classroom made  "gumdrop" models of atoms recently.  It was fun AND very productive!!  Learners were totally engaged in this lesson.
      gumdrop atoms at Sumner Middle
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    Natalbany Elementary

    Kristy Joiner's fourth graders at Natalbany Elementary constructed rockets for an integrated lesson in Math, Writing/Language, and Science. The students launched their rockets and graphed the distance in feet. They were given the option of picking what type of graph to use: Line graph, Bar graph, Circle graph, etc. The students also wrote a paragraph about how much force was used to launch the rockets.
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    Kentwood High Magnet School students

    Students from the Kentwood High Magnet School Jazz Band and Dance Ensemble had the opportunity to visit and tour New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA) for an Arts College Fair recently. 50 colleges from the USA were represented including LSU, Dillard, Loyola, Tulane, UNO, & ULL. The students were invited to attend NOCCA during the summer, as well as a student day from The University of Southern Mississippi. Desiree Wardsworth, Fine Arts Specialist at KHMS made additional contacts for students interested in design, culinary arts, and study abroad. Feedback from the college representatives and NOCCA staff was highly complimentary of the KHMS young people. Many left with new college choices, excitement, and the hope of options for their future. The keys to success are opportunity, access, and knowing social mores, all of which the students experienced on this trip. Let's continue to nurture, encourage, and support our students in their future endeavors.

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