• Back to School
     Tucker Teachers
     A Bright Start at TES!

    The teachers of Tucker Elementary participated in Team Building activities as a way to reconnect with their colleagues for the start of the new school year. See more photos on their website by clicking here.

     Montessori Training at HWMS

    Beginning July 6, 2016, several teachers at Hammond Westside Montessori School spent two weeks training with certified Montessori teachers from Hammond Westside Montessori. The teachers were presented Montessori lessons, taught strategies, how to use the Montessori Materials and practiced with the materials. In the photo shown, Beverly Free, certified Montessori Teacher at HWM, presents part of the pink series, a phonics component of the Montessori education to new teachers.  Counterclockwise -  Beverly Free, Natasha Perry, Josh Luneau, Samantha Toranto, Jennifer Perelli, Leigh Waring. Not shown, Beth Soniat

    Montessori Training at HWMS  

    Photo 2 - Colette Taillon, certified Montessori Teacher at HWM, presents the Reading Analysis lesson to new teachers. Counterclockwise - Colette Taillon, D'ashia Johnson, Letrice Carter, Phyllis Schenck, Allie Ryan, Amy Peco, Rae Burch, Kathryn Coudrain  

     Independence Leadership Academy held their annual Teacher/Staff Meet-n-Greet on Wednesday, July 20th.  Principal Lisa Matherne-Raiford and Administrative Assistant Melanie Johnston introduced the school theme “Teach like a Pirate” through a treasure hunt and pastry party. Independence Leadership Academy will be a Pre-K through 8th grade school this year. 

    Photo 1: Cap’n Lisa Matherne-Raiford (left) and Cap’n Melanie Johnston (right) welcome all “Matey’s” to Independence Leadership Academy.

    Photo 0122: Teachers Karla Douglas, Angela Barber, Becky Bader, and Kayte Wold choose to “Teach like a Pirate” at Independence Leadership Academy.
    Photo 0152: After an exciting treasure hunt around the Independence Leadership Academy School campus to gather loot, this team of I.L.A. teachers/staff did not have to walk the plank. Back row L to R Katie Maklary, Jamie Madron, Gerri Goodwin, Becky Bader, Marilyn Vicknair. Middle L to R: Lisa Banks, Jamie Greer, Angela Barber, Veronica Dunomes. Front L to R: Brenda Pecoraro and Natalie Oubre. 


    The roaring Wildcat faculty of Woodland Park Communication Magnet School is spending the summer in professional development to prepare students for project based learning during the 2016-2017 school year.  Project Based Learning activities immersed in technology will be used across the curriculum with a focus on reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Pictures from left to right: PBL 1:  Amber Majeau and Dr. Kayla Lamonte; PBL 2:  Alicia Bennett, Alexis Accardo, Tina Montecino, and Nicole Wells; PBL 3:  Anne Klien and Bryan Neal;

     Roseland Montessori School training
     Teachers wrapped up their on-site Montessori training in July at Roseland Montessori.  Several staff members,  both current and new, joined Montessori specialist Kay Saragusa during a 3 week training period to learn how to utilize the Montessori materials and philosophy. The teachers are excited to begin a brand new year. This upcoming year brings several changes to the school district, one being the implementation of 7th and 8th grade at Roseland Montessori.  Everyone looks forward to meeting the new families for the 2016-17 school year! Meet and Greet for grades 1st-8th will be held on August 8th from 4pm-5pm, and PK/K orientation will be on August 11th at 9:30am.  Pictured are two of the new faces added to the staff at Roseland Montessori, Loreta Campo and Ashley Good, practicing during training on the algebraic peg board.   
     line Hammond Eastside Magnet attends conference

    Hammond Eastside Magnet teachers take a minute to pose at the IB Conference they attended in Keystone, CO. from June 26-29, 2016.
     Pictured above...Front: Christina Leitz and Kathy Johnson; Back: Crystal Addison, Lauren Robertson, Anna Cattalanoto, Shelley Trosclair, Stacy Lindsey, and Janice Vignes;

     line  Tangi educators at Model Schools conference

    A group of Tangipahoa Parish educators attended the 2016 Model Schools Conference in Orlando, Florida recently. These educators attended sessions on building culture and best practices aligned to the Rigor, Relevance, and Relationship Framework.

    Project Core Math - Summer 2016  

    Teachers from all across TPSS are participating in Project Core Math training for ten days this summer. This professional development is offered as part of the STEM initiative coordinated by CC. Lanier in our school district. Click here to see more pictures.
    line   Woodland Park Magnet Archery Training

    Recently, several faculty, staff, and administrators at Woodland Park Communications Magnet School participated in archery training.  This is a free training offered through the Office of Wildlife and Fisheries.  Pictured below from left to right  are Brad Jackson, co-trainer, Nellie Hurtado, Para Educator, Tina Montecino, Curriculum Specialist, Amber Majeau, PE Teacher, Tangee Daugereaux, Assistant Principal, Cheryl Rousseau, Principal, Jessica Keown, 3rd Grade Teacher, Kristen Morales, Secretary, Bryan Neal, 6/7/8th Grade Science Teacher, Folasade Aguilar, Spanish Teacher, and Jan McGovern, Trainer.  All participants passed the requirements to be certified to teach archery to the students next year as part of our new PE curriculum.  Wildlife and Fisheries will loan the equipment to the school for the 6 to 8 week unit.  The school is currently writing a grant to secure their own equipment.  Woodland Park has been a Pre-K - K school for the past fifteen years and will become a Pre-k - 8th grade school beginning with the 2016-2017 school year.  The faculty and staff are working diligently to prepare for the addition of our older students.


    Independence High Carpentry students

    The Independence High School Carpentry students built eight sets of "cubbies" for classrooms in the Loranger Schools.

    line     Kindle Project Grant at Sumner Middle

    Carolyn Travis at Sumner Middle School wrote a Donors' Choose grant for 40 Kindles for her students to use and it was fully funded.

    "We are immensely grateful for all you do for your students each and every day. Today is a celebration of you and your fellow teachers. We hope the materials our generous donors have funded for you today will push you one step closer to the classroom of your dreams. Thank you for your dedication, for your enthusiasm, and for your contribution to the education of our nation's youth. Happy Best School Day Ever!”

                                                                                                                                                                             -David & Angela Filo

    David Filo is the co-founder of Yahoo, his wife Angela is a photographer and teacher. David and his wife lived in Louisiana while attending Tulane University. David Filo and his wife Angela give about $10 million annually through their prized Yellow Chair Foundation. Filo and his wife launched Yellow Chair Foundation in 2000, helped in the launch of Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship in 2008 and have endowed professorships in engineering and education. In 2013, they helped create the K12 Start Fund, which invests in education technology companies.

    Vinyard Beta Club  

    Martha Vinyard Jr. Beta Club is proud to announce their national ranking! Members recently attended the Jr. Beta Club National Convention in New Orleans and won Runner-up (2nd Place) in Leadership Challenge: Rapid Response. These 5th & 6th grade students competed against many groups consisting of older students and still managed to do so well. 

    Pictured left to right: Club Sponsor Ms. Erin March, Jacob Lea, Adam Deslatte, Lennon Landry, Mallory Bourquard, Autumn Smedley, Mackenzie Duplechin, Jillian McDougal, Shelby Core, and Assitant Principal & Jr. Beta State Sponsor-Elect Mrs. Tamara Whittington. Not pictured: Gi'rah Steptoe 

    Autumn Smedley's essay entry qualified at our state convention to compete at the national level, and the club participated in several other open competitions such as Meeting of the Minds, Reimagine, Recreate, and Recycle, and Invention Convention. 

    Betas, parents, and sponsors attended a Masquerade Ball and enjoyed meeting Betas from around the country throughout the convention.