• Tangi Happenings
    March 2015
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     So You Think You Can Write?

    On Saturday, March 7, four International Baccalaureate students at HHMS were awarded and celebrated for their writing at the Hammond Regional Arts Center.  According to the Hammond Regional Arts Center, the "So You Think You Can Write" competition was developed "to encourage emerging writers and promote literary excellence through its competition..."  The art-work based competition encouraged students to write about a piece of art from local artists and collections of the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Students could select to write in a variety of genres, including: poetry, short-story, and essay. 

    Emma Griffith, IB junior, was awarded first place for her poem "Starved: A Response to Dogs in the French Market",  Kayleigh Raines, IB senior, was awarded second place for her poem "At the Midnight Battle,"  Kristen Swanson, IB junior, was awarded third place for her poem "A Girl in Love", and Mercy Yang, IB senior, was awarded first place for her essay, "Alligators."

    Pictured Left to Right: Emma Griffith (IB Junior), Mercy Yang (IB Senior), Kayleigh Raines (IB Senior), and Kristin Swanson (IB Junior).

    All of the contestants entries were published and are available to read on the Hammond Regional Arts Center website: http://www.hammondarts.org/sytycw

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    O.W. Dillon 5th grader Uriah Galmon


    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.

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    Tor Buddies

    "Tor Buddies" from Hammond Eastside Magnet enjoyed making their St. Patrick's Day art work.  Mrs. Donielle East and her child development students at Hammond High Magnet School provide daily pre-school activities for the students.

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    HHMS Juniors attend ACT Boot Camp  

    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.

    The morning began with the students participating in an “ACT Boot Camp” conducted by ACT representative Mr. Tyler Munson.  Students were given information about the exam and learned numerous strategies to help increase student performance on the exam, which they are scheduled to take March 17.

    Following the “ACT Boot Camp,” the students were given a presentation from the New Orleans Saints Youth Programs and Community Affairs Department. During this presentation, Mr. Jason Troxclair talked to the students about how making the right choices today will set them up to be successful in the future. He also emphasized that any wrong choices the students make could impact their future in a negative way. In addition, Troxclair spoke about being responsible while using social media, and he encouraged students to become more involved in improving their local community. Members of the National Guard accompanied Troxclair and shared their experiences in the National Guard, as well as how students could gain additional information if they were interested in joining.  Particular emphasis was placed on the financial and health benefits of joining a branch of the armed services. Following the presentations, the students were actively engaged in a question/answer period and received some great giveaways for their positive responses to questions. 

    Students ended the day with presentations given by HHMS counselor Lorretta Evans, Assistant Director of Educational Talent Search Ferdinand Bezue, Outreach Specialist for Math/Science Upward Bound Donta Mills, and Southeastern Admission Counselor/Minority Recruiter Marjorie Parker. The students received scheduling information for their senior year and learned about opportunities they will have should they choose to attend college. 
    Pictured above: Michael Kyles, Detarius May, Jason Troxclair, Aareonte Braziel, Thailond Dillon, Sarah Alford, Rodrick Pool, and Steven Bass; Bottom: SSG Carlton R. Pylant and  SSG Eric Q. Tyrrell
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    The Cat in the Hat visited Roseland Montessori on Tuesday night 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.  One of the most memorable projects of the night was the booth set up by PreK student Morgan Matheny.  Morgan decided early on in the year to share her love of books with others and began collected books to give away.  She set up a booth at Literacy Night where students could choose a book to take home.  PTA helped Morgan with her project by hosting a book swap as well. A love of reading is a fundamental part of our Montessori curriculum, and we strive to share that love as much as possible because as Dr. Seuss said, "The more you read, the more things you will know, the more you know, the more places you'll go!"  
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    Youth Art Month at WPEMS  
      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. In the top picture you see back row from left to right:  LaShane Brown, Gabrielle Williams, Jada Sims; Bottom from left to right:  Brinley Bauers, Lily Huynh, Cordez Wilson; 
    Woodland Park Elementary Magnet School Youth Art Month  
    Kanari Robinson works on his beautiful Blue Dog art project. 
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    Cadet Malik Donte Jarrett  
    Cadet Malik Donte Jarrett, a junior at Hammond High Magnet School, has been selected to attend West Pont's Summer Leaders Experience (SLE) in June.  More than 5,000 juniors nationwide applied to SLE.  The program offers outstanding high school juniors the opportunity to experience life at West Point. SLE attendees live in the cadet barracks (dormitories), eat in the Cadet Mess, and participate in academic, leadership, athletic, and military workshops. The seminars are designed to help juniors with the college-selection process, and to develop leadership and decision-making skills.  All SLE attendees participate in virtual-reality war simulation, military and physical fitness training, as well as leadership workshops.
    Please contact MAJ Floyd Dickson,  with HHMS JROTC or Dr. Beth Moulds, HHMS Principal at (985)345-7235 for additional information concerning the program.
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     Community visitors to Hammond Westside Montessori
    Hammond area businessmen were invited to tour Hammond Westside Montessori Magnet School on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. They visited several classrooms to observe students engaged in Montessori works. School Ambassadors welcomed them to the school. (From left to right, back row): Robby Miller, Jay Artegues, Sheriff Daniel Edwards, Heather Thompson, District Attorney, Scott Perrilloux, Joe Wong, and Steve Hoover. In front are student ambassadors  Paul Boyd, Karissa Celestine, Cierra Knighten, and Kenndi Sibley along with Magnet Specialist Sue Courtney and her Assistant Nancy Perrilloux.  
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    You Be The Chemist Winners  
    300 Students in grades 5-8 from TPSS district schools competed in the You Be the Chemist Challenge.  The students participated in science exhibits, and a quiz bowl competition at Southeastern Louisiana University.  Bercen, Inc. is the gracious sponsor of the event. The five district winners are Lauren DeVaney (SLU Lab, 1st place), tied for 2nd and 3rd place are Cooper Coldwell (PJHS) and Ire'yana Zanders (IMMS), Kent Bardwell (SLU Lab, 4th place), and Taylor McLain (LMS, 5th place). Pictured with the district winners are Theresa Hamilton, Chief Academic Officer, and Tiffany Adkins of Bercen.  The district winners will compete in the state challenge at LSU on April 25, 2015.  Click here to see lots more pictures and information. 
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    Woodland Park teachers take a bus ride with students

    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!