Headline Archives - October 2013

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    October 2013
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    Hammond Jr. High Magnet School students of the month

    Hammond Junior High Magnet School is pleased to announce our Students of the Month for October. Every month a specific focus is over emphasized in each classroom. Teachers observe and record student interaction with the selected application through various classroom assignments and activities. At the end of the month, teachers nominate and select students whom they feel best represented that focus.


     Representing the 7th grade is Katelyn Swanson (pictured on the right).


    Katelyn is the daughter of Sherri and Greg Swanson.  She is the granddaughter of Beverly and John Bulligan and Ann Swanson. Her favorite subjects are English, Computer Programming, and Engineering. In her spare time she enjoys singing, reading, going to Youth, hanging out with her friends, hunting, and spending time with her family. After high school, she plans to earn a college degree in Engineering and Computer Science. Katelyn is a member of the Beta Club, Better Girls Club,and is on the HJHMS Cheerleading Squad.


    Representing the 8th Grade is Matthew Bateman (pictured on the left).


    Matthew is the son of Ashlie Bateman, and the grandson of Rudy Bouche, Paula Perry, and Chuck Bateman. His favorite subjects are art and history. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, working with his grandpa, and teaching his brother to play football. He is still deciding what to do after high school, but is leaning toward attending SLU to become a teacher. Matthew was a member of 4H in Loranger.


    HJHMS is helping students develop the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and skills necessary to participate actively and responsibly in a changing world.

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    Champ Cooper Read for the Record 2013
    Ms. April Smith's first grade class at Champ Cooper School participated in "Read for the Record 2013". On October 3, these students joined millions of adults and children across the nation in reading Otis by Loren Long. The lesson began with guest reader, Assistant Principal, Jamie Mills, reading the book Otis to the class. The students helped complete a Circle Map of things they remembered from the story. They were then able to use their new grammar skills to write a telling sentence about Otis. They enjoyed closing the lesson by coloring a picture of Otis the tractor!
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     TPSS Central Office Pink out Day
    Central Office Staff participated in a "Pink Out Day" to support Ms. Jo Marten's efforts to raise money for Relay For Life. Staff wore pink in support of the American Cancer Society fundraiser and many pink goodies were available for sale, including: pink lemonade, pink sweet treats and a pink M & M’s guessing game. The winner received a gift basket and gift card from Canes Chicken Fingers.
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    Sumner High School Pink Out
    Mrs. Deana Simmons and her Sumner High School English IV Honors Class is advertising for Sumner High's Pink Out Game that will be held on November 1st, 2013. Senior Scotti Dykes is organizing the event with the help of Mr. A. Anthony as part of her Community / Senior Project.
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    DC Reeves Parent night
    D.C. Reeves recently held their first Parent Night.  It was an evening full of information and strategies to assist parents with the challenges of Common Core.  Each parent participated in hands-on activities focusing on the main shifts within Common Core.  It gave parents a chance to experience the changes and rigor of the new curriculum.  
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    Ponchatoula Jr. High Top Gains
    Ponchatoula Jr. High School receives the mark of Top Gains, which occurs when a school earns 10 bonus points for students who did not score basic or above, but made significant gains nonetheless. GREAT JOB PJHS! 
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    Rochell Bates, Kentwood High Principal

    Mr. Rochel Bates, Principal of Kentwood High Magnet, leads a cluster team on a review of the recently released school performance scores. Team members analyzed data and located areas to improve upon to increase next year’s SPS score.

    KHMS was recognized as one of only three schools in the district that earned “Top Gains”recognition. In addition, KHMS was recognized as 1 of 18 schools in the state that were highlighted for setting a high bar for student learning and one of 63 schools for having highest bar for classroom teaching excellence using the COMPASS tool. A press release from the state, noted that schools on these lists “…. had high rates of success with students but also a very high bar for excellence in classroom observations. Each of the schools on the list was in the state’s top 10% in student improvement or over all achievement, and at the same time had 10% or fewer of its teachers scored at the ‘highly effective’ level on the classroom observation element of the Compass process. The statewide average for highly effective classroom observation scores per school was 27.
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    West Side Middle School
    West Side Middle School received Top Gains recognition, earning 10 points toward the School Performance Score for students in the below proficient category who moved up at least one proficiency level. Way to go WSMS Warriors!!
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    REMS skypes with the troops in Kuwait
    Today the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade class in Mrs. Iasigi's room at Roseland Montessori School participated in a Skype video call with the 205th Engineer Battalion in Kuwait. The students at REMS collected and sent several care packages to the troops during a recent service project. Today they were able to speak with just those in which they supported. Several visitors such as Superintendent Mark Kolwe, Mrs. Gail Pittman-McDaniel, Mrs. Ann Smith, the Daily Star, the Tangi Digest, and Action News 17 all came to participate. Click picture above for Action News 17 video.