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    Several TPSS schools and Principals were honored recently at Central Office  by Superintendent Mark Kolwe and Board members. 

    ·       Principal of SLU Lab School, Pat Williams, was recognized as an “A” School.

    ·       Principal Daniel Strickland of Ponchatoula HighSchool, Principal Catherine Perry of Loranger Middle School, and Principal Brenda Johnson of Jewel M. Sumner Middle School were all recognized as “B” Schools.

    ·       Principal Bobby Matthews of Ponchatoula Jr.High, Rochel Bates of Kentwood High School, and Ashley Walker of West Side Middle School in Amite were all recognized as “Top Gains” Schools.

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    Hammond Westside Montessori student of the year
    Mr. James Griffith is shown presenting a check for $100 to Kiaunna Conley, Hammond Westside Montessori and Tangipahoa Parish School System’s Student of the Year, and Sue Courtney, Montessori Specialist, HWM. The check was given to the school in correlation with the campaign, “School Strong, Hammond Strong.” This campaign is a unique collaboration of business people and educators, private citizens and government and community leaders, and people from all walks of life, all of whom recognize the importance of strong schools in a vibrant community. Where strong schools are, there is a strong quality of life.
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    Vinyard Elementary Spelling Bee contestant

    Olivia Housley, 5th grade student at Martha Vinyard Elementary School made it to the finals of the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee held at SLU this year.  She is being congratulated by Vinyard Principal, Melissa Ryan.  Tangipahoa Parish School System had five schools represented in the finals: Champ Cooper, Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet, Martha Vinyard Elementary, Ponchatoula Jr. High and SLU Lab School. Nicholas Fontenot from Champ Cooper made it the furthest, making it to round 4 of the finals. We are so proud of all of our students who attended the Scripps Spelling Bee.

    Loranger High FFA Leadership

    Tangipahoa Parish FFA Leadership CDE Results from Loranger High are as follows: 

    Creed: 1st place: Joshua Cangelousi
    3rd place: Travis Morel

    Geaux Teach Ag: 1st place: Richard "Bubby" Mathis, Jr.
    2nd place: Matthew Howze

    Extemporaneous: 1st place: Nicholas Carrier
    2nd place: Niki Synder

    Gulf of Mexico: 1st place: Paige Puls
    2nd place: Denver Populis

    Prepared: 1st place: Richard "Bubby" Mathis, Jr.
    2nd place: Delta Bailey 
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    Independence Elementary


    The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded a $3,200.00 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education® grant to Independence Elementary School in Independence, LA. for grade level beautification and learning planters.   Independence Elementary is one of more than 350 schools across the United States to be awarded a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant this fall for improvement projects during the 2013-2014 school year. Pictured are Principal Lisa Raiford, Admin.Asst. Melanie Johnston, Teacher Nicole Coxen, Niyah Starks, Destiny Lauricella, Setora Braxton, Braydon Shannon, Robert West, Mercedes Bailey, Anthony MacNeil, Ro’Keria Navarre, Alex Guevara, and Damaris Castillo.  Mrs. Coxen wrote the Grow and Learn grant for flower and vegetable planters at IES.  Each grade level will be responsible for 2 planters. Click here to read more about this grant. 

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    Artist in Residence

    Tangipahoa Federation of Teachers member, Rita Anderson, a paraprofessional at Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet, was named the Artist in residence Award winner at the Louisiana Federation of Teachers Paraprofessional and School Related Personnel Conference, held on February 22 at the Baton Rouge Marriott Hotel. Ms. Anderson authored a book of poems called Poetic Ponderings and Piths.The annual PSRP Conference recognizes the contributions of school support staff. It includes professional development workshops, briefings on important legislative and educational issues, and awards to honor the achievements of members.


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    Outstanding Support Employee of the Month
    Mr. Roger Williams is a custodian at Hammond Westside Montessori.  He was recognized as Outstanding Support Employee for 2013-14 at the Tangipahoa Parish School Board Meeting on March 18.  Mr. Williams is a team player and goes above and beyond to maintain a clean and beautiful school.   He always has a smile on his face.  His pleasant and polite demeanor is contagious!  Mr. Williams worked around the clock during Hurricane Isaac when HWMS was used as a shelter.  He never complained and maintained a very clean environment despite the heavy traffic.   His dedication to HWMS is appreciated and valued.  

    Pictured from left to right: Becky Navarra (administrative assistant), Roger Williams (award recipient), Monique Bergeron (financial secretary), and Rosie Higgs (secretary)

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    Ronald McDonald visits Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet


    On Monday, March 10th, Ronald McDonald visited Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet School. He talked to students about being yourself and believing in yourself. The program is titled Adventures in Friendships. Ronald McDonald goes to schools and talks to students about building character, cooperation, believing in yourself, being a risk-taker, and bullying. At the end of the program, Ronald McDonald gives thanks to the teachers for teaching our children. The students of Mrs. Melanie Sledge, Mrs. Jennifer Labbe’, Mrs. Sedley Brown, and Ms. Anna Catalanotto’s classes all had a wonderful time visiting with Ronald McDonald.

    Pictured is Ronald McDonald with Ms. Anna Catalanotto, Arnell Garner, Madison Duplessis, and Ms. Melanie Sledge
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    HWMS selfie

    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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