Independence Middle School Principal Alexa Hookfin and Head Football Coach Tyronee Williams receive a $500.00 donation from Ms. Cheryl Brumfield of First Guaranty Bank, Independence. The donation will assist the student athletes with purchases of equipment and materials needed for a successful season! Thanks First Guaranty Bank for supporting IMMS!Independence Middle Magnet School hosted the 1st 6 weeks Honor Roll Breakfast. Students were treated to a nice formal breakfast with friends and family members. All students received certificates and special gift cards from Chick Fil A. Special thanks to Ms. Jamie White, Social Studies teacher, for organizing this great event. Ms. White poses with Caleb Martinez, left, and Elvis Martinez, right, along with their mom, Ms. Margarita Ortega. Brandon Merritt, left, is pictured with Kelsey Johnson, right, and Kelsey's mom, Ms. Ashley Reed. Brent Miller proudly shows his certificate!On Tuesday, September 22, The Rotary Club of Hammond presented dictionaries to all 3rd grade classes at Hammond Westside Montessori. Rotary Members presented a mini lesson to each class they visited explaining how to use a dictionary, as well as other resources found in the dictionary. The students enjoyed exploring different resources found in the dictionaries but not limited to including maps, lists of United States presidents as well as the longest word in the English language with over 1000 letters. Rotary members left to right: Ed Burns and Mark Dispenza; Students from Cat Donnow’s class left to right: Colin Perret, Obbie Griffin, Ellyana Holman, Bailey Miller, Payton Boice, Maya Joseph, Nicholas Hano, Trendan Spears, Mathew Authement; Rotary Members from L to R: Lance Kern, Michelle Gallo, Sue Karmeisool; Students from Colette Taillon’s class: L to R – Ashlyn Walker, Layla Williams, Brooklyn Brignac, Andrew McKlveen, Braden Bellina, Noah Mayeaux, Bode McDaniel;Students in Colette Taillon's classroom at Hammond Westside Montessori School recycled their milk cartons in the cafeteria to make a pot to plant a seed in. This was part of an "Ag in the Classroom lesson" that Mrs. Taillon taught. The students learned the stages of germination and placed a picture of the stages of germination around the milk carton. The kids also used a ruler to measure their height and recording it on a worksheet.
Hammond Eastside participated in their first Cross Country meet of the season on Thursday, September 10, 2015. Levi Johnson, Caleb Ortiz, Nygel Lewis, Stephen Helsley, Luke Vignes, Billy Kemp, Darrius Toney, Blake Rodi, Luke Bourg, Logan Gilbreath, Princeterry Garrett, and Landon Allen ran combined times to win 2nd place in the boy's sub-elementary division. Among the other top finishers were Aaron Stewart (12th place- 6:39 mile) and Maggie Frances Broadwater (5th place- 7:10 mile.) Pictured: Maggie Frances Broadwater; Levi Johnson; Left to right- Luke Vignes, Blake Rodi, Logan Gilbreath, Bailey Vreeland; Caleb Ortiz;
Students in Sandra Spears' 6th grade math class at O.W. Dillon Elementary participated in a STEM activity under the guidance of Mrs. Spears and Richelle Votaw. Groups of students were given 50 cups and 75 craft sticks and asked to build the tallest structure they could while keeping it stable. Students came up with different methods.
September 23, 2015, Mr.Tom Hogan of Hogan & Hogan Attorneys visited Ms.Iasigi's 5th grade class at Roseland Elementary Montessori School. He spoke to the class as part of Constitution Week. Mr.Hogan talked with the class about the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The students asked many thoughtful questions and were encouraged by Mr.Hogan to continue asking asking questions and discussing ideas.
On Thursday, Oct. 1st., Independence Elementary held their annual Grandparent’s Day Celebration. Grandparents were invited to have professional photographs taken with their grandchildren, spend time in the classroom, and participate in bingo games. Students and teachers were excited to have so many special guests visit their classrooms. Each year the celebration grows as more and more grandparents take time out of their day to visit IES. Scotlynn Merritt and her grandparents Ruthie Spillers and Scott Clements enjoyed spending time in Scotlynn’s 3rd grade classroom during IES’s Grandparent’s Day Celebration. These grandparents shared their time with ALL of the students in the room and even poised for pictures with the entire class. Doris Bean poises with her grandsons’ Maurice and Tyrese Brumfield at Indy Elementary’s Grandparent’s Day Celebration. Taylor Thomas, in Mr. Tim Jacksons’ 3rd grade, stops to present her grandmother Phyllis Brown with a poem she completed to show her love and affection for her grandmother.Hammond Westside Montessori preschooler, Jacob Bourque, learned the number 2! On Friday, September 4, 2015, students in Mrs. Beverly Free’s class learned the number 2. A two dollar bill was not something they expected to see!
Students in Mrs. Catherine Campbell’s 1st grade at Independence Elementary presented their “My Hero” projects on Friday, September 4th. Daltan Taylor brought a special guest to his presentation. Fireman T.J. Spencer, of the Independence Fire Department, stopped in to join Daltan while he explained why firemen are his heroes. Classmate Lain Perry helps hold his poster.
On Tuesday, Sept. 8th, Independence Elementary celebrated International Literacy Day with guest readers. International Literacy Day gives children and communities a chance to rediscover the joys of reading. Sheriff Daniel Edwards, Matt Williams, of WAFB News, Leanne Malnar, Asst. District Attorney, and Brian Mashon, LA State Fire Marshall and his K-9, Monty visited Indy Elementary to read throughout the day to the students. Mrs. Karla Douglas, Library Media Specialist, arranged for IES’s 1st annual celebration of International Literacy Day. A special thanks goes out to all of the speakers who gave of their time to attend the celebration.Picture 1: Sheriff Daniel Edwards reads to Kindergarten students Officer Buckle and Gloria.
Picture 2: Ms. Kayte Wold’s and Mrs. Denise Savoy’s Kindergarten students pose for a picture with Sheriff Daniel Edwards on International Literacy Day Top row L to R: Ms. Kayte Wold, Ashton Robertson, Jocelyn Hernandez, John’Taz Johnson, Sheriff Daniel Edwards, Ja’Mayah Thompson, Israel Sanchez, Vicente Castro, Isaiah Brown and Mrs. Denise Savoy. Middle Row L to R: Jayon Robinson, Mariah Sales, Jariya Robertson, Juan Rangel Torres, Victor Ochoa Madrigal, Robert Bonds, Christian Munoz, Rylan Robinson, Bre’onna Mitchell, Cain Higgins, Deleigh Arnone, Fysher Bel, and Zaniyah Williams. Front Row L to R: Tikima Lee, Joshua Collier, Brayam Herrera-Cruz, Tripp Guidry, Esmeralda Diaz, Tytiana Battiste, Koby McDonald, and Jamrion Freeman.Picture 3: Mrs. Leanne Malnar, Assistant District Attorney, reads Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears to students in Mrs. Helen Kisser’s 3rd grade class.
Picture 4: Lieutenant Brian Mashon and K-9 Monty, of the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office, allow Adam Capdeboscq to pet him after reading to his 2nd grade class Officer Buckle and Gloria.Picture 5: New Anchor Matt Williams, with WAFB9 News This Morning, entertains students while reading Harry the Dirty Dog to students in Mrs. Jamie Madron and Mrs. Sharon Hicks’ Kindergarten classes.Independence Middle Magnet School has been "camping in the foyer" to celebrate Literacy Week! Check out student Destiny Lauricella reading her book. Fred McDowell is taking it easy in the tent while he reads his book. 6th grade students, Brent Miller and Jacqueline Moreno, read books while "camping in the foyer." Students have also been visited by multiple guest readers each day.