May 2016

SUPERINTENDENT JOHN WATSON ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

Superintendent John Watson

Livingston Parish School Superintendent John Watson recently announced he will retire at the end of June, bringing an end to more than 33 years of working in the district. Watson said he will retire six months before his contract’s end to allow the school board an opportunity to find his replacement before the 2016-17 school year begins.  Watson has served as superintendent of the Livingston Parish Public School district since 2012.  Prior to that time, he worked as an assistant superintendent, administrator, principal, teacher and coach.

 

LIVINGSTON PARISH SCHOOLS HONOR YEAR’S TOP PRINCIPALS

Livingston Parish Principals of the Year – The Livingston Parish Principal of the Year winners were honored at a special May 5 ceremony.  Superintendent John Watson presented plaques to the winners, pictured left to right:  Elementary School Principal of the Year Stacey Milton, Seventh Ward Elementary; Middle School Principal of the Year Jeff Frizell, Juban Parc Junior High; and High School Principal of the Year Kelly Jones, Denham Springs High School.  Frizell was also named a semi-finalist for the Louisiana Middle School Principal of the Year.

The Livingston Parish Principal of the Year winners were honored at a special May 5 ceremony. Superintendent John Watson presented plaques to the winners, pictured left to right: Elementary School Principal of the Year Stacey Milton, Seventh Ward Elementary; Middle School Principal of the Year Jeff Frizell, Juban Parc Junior High; and High School Principal of the Year Kelly Jones, Denham Springs High School. Frizell was also named a semi-finalist for the Louisiana Middle School Principal of the Year.

 

LIVINGSTON PARISH SCHOOLS HONOR YEAR’S TOP TEACHERS

Livingston Parish Teachers of the Year – The Livingston Parish Teacher of the Year winners were honored at a special May 5 ceremony.  Pictured with Superintendent John Watson, from left to right are:  High School Teacher of the Year Rosalind Dalberg, Live Oak High School; Middle School Teacher of the Year Joni Smith, Albany Middle School; and Elementary School Teacher of the Year Michele Link, Albany Lower Elementary.  Smith was also a state semi-finalist for the Louisiana Middle School Teacher of the Year Award.

The Livingston Parish Teacher of the Year winners were honored at a special May 5 ceremony. Pictured with Superintendent John Watson, from left to right are: High School Teacher of the Year Rosalind Dalberg, Live Oak High School; Middle School Teacher of the Year Joni Smith, Albany Middle School; and Elementary School Teacher of the Year Michele Link, Albany Lower Elementary. Smith was also a state semi-finalist for the Louisiana Middle School Teacher of the Year Award.

 

Those Livingston Parish teachers who were given the Teacher of the Year award at their respective schools are as follows:

2016 LPPS High School Teacher of the Year winners — Karen Drinnon, Walker Freshman High; Cortney Haser, Albany High; Bradley Watts, Doyle High; Rosalind Dalberg, Live Oak High; Kelly Becnel, Walker High; Dana Ray, Holden High; and William Bradford, Denham Springs High. Not pictured is Cade LeJeune, Springfield High.

 

LPPS Middle School Teacher of the Year winners --  Joni Smith, Albany Middle; Melissa Varnado, Holden High; Susan Scardina, Juban Parc Junior; Tonya Costa, Live Oak Middle; Nicole King, North Corbin Junior; Velvet Crow, Southside Junior; Lisa Hoover, Springfield Middle; and Cynthia Beall, Westside Junior High.

2016 LPPS Middle School Teacher of the Year winners — Nicole King, North Corbin Junior High; Susan Scardina, Juban Parc Junior High; Velvet Crow, Southside Junior High; Joni Smith, Albany Middle; Melissa Varnado, Holden Junior High; and Lisa Hoover, Springfield Middle. Not pictured are Tonya Costa, Live Oak Middle; and Cynthia Beall, Westside Junior High.

 

LPPS Elementary Teacher of the Year winners --  Michele Link, Albany Lower Elementary; Kim Ishee, Albany Upper Elementary; Debbie Kish, Denham Springs Elementary; Lisa Arledge, Doyle Elementary; Michelle Jones, Eastside Elementary; Bette Jo Sibley, French Settlement Elementary; Carrie Button, Freshwater Elementary; Hannah Gates, Frost; Rebecca Waguespack, Gray’s Creek Elementary; Shawn Wascom, Holden; Theresa Callicott, Juban Parc  Elementary; Rebekah Nickel, Levi Milton Elementary; Leslie Ellis, Lewis Vincent Elementary; Erin Nettles, Live Oak Elementary; Sunny Anderson, Maurepas; Thomas “Art” Clement, North Corbin Elementary; Michelle Patrick, North Live Oak Elementary; Tasha Pruitt, Northside Elementary; Amy Millet, Seventh Ward Elementary; Amanda Lavigne, South Fork  Elementary; Minnie Spinosa, South Live Oak Elementary;      Britney Gillich, South Walker Elementary; Yolanda McGee, Springfield Elementary; Sarah Watson, Southside Elementary; and Rachel Baio, Walker  Elementary.

2016 LPPS Elementary Teacher of the Year winners — (front row) Amanda Lavigne, South Fork Elementary; Bette Jo Sibley, French Settlement Elementary; Rebecca Waguespack, Gray’s Creek Elementary; Michelle Jones, Eastside Elementary; Hannah Gates, Frost Elementary; Kim Ishee, Albany Upper Elementary; Michele Link, Albany Lower Elementary; (back row) Rachel Baio, Walker Elementary; Theresa Callicott, Juban Parc Elementary; Thomas “Art” Clement, North Corbin Elementary; Carrie Button, Freshwater Elementary; Erin Nettles, Live Oak Elementary; Yolanda McGee, Springfield Elementary; Debbie Kish, Denham Springs Elementary; Rebekah Nickel, Levi Milton Elementary; Britney Gillich, South Walker Elementary; Leslie Ellis, Lewis Vincent Elementary; Minnie Spinosa, South Live Oak Elementary; Sarah Watson, Southside Elementary; and Amy Millet, Seventh Ward Elementary. Not pictured are Tasha Pruitt, Northside Elementary; Sunny Anderson, Maurepas Elementary; and Shawn Wascom, Holden Elementary.

 

STUDENTS PERFORM “TOP 40” MUSICAL

The Gray’s Creek Elementary 4th and 5th graders recently performed the musical “TOP 40” for a packed audience of students and parents.  The musical included dancing, acting, soloists, costumes, props, comedy and a 200-member voice choir.  Many musical hits from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s were highlighted, including impersonation performances of Elvis, The Beatles and Sonny & Cher.

The Gray’s Creek Elementary 4th and 5th graders recently performed the musical “TOP 40” for a packed audience of students and parents. The musical included dancing, acting, soloists, costumes, props, comedy and a 200-member voice choir. Many musical hits from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s were highlighted, including impersonation performances of Elvis, The Beatles and Sonny & Cher.

 

JUBAN PARC JUNIOR HIGH BAND EARNS AWARD

band-clipart-jazz-clip-art1The Juban Parc Junior High School 8th Grade Band earned a sweepstakes award at both the District and State Music Performance Assessment Festivals this spring.  The award is the highest honor offered at these festivals.  This is the first year the band participated at the state-level competition.  Band Director Abby South said she plans to have next year’s group compete at both festivals as well.  She said they will have an opportunity to get a “jump start” on sharpening their skills this summer during a music camp at the school.

 

LIVINGSTON PARISH NEWS PUBLISHER DONATES ITEMS

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Juban Parc Junior High School Band Director Abby South thanks Livingston Parish News Publisher Nancy David for donating a piano to the school. She said the donation will allow students to practice piano at the school, enable teachers to offer piano lessons at the school, and help to prepare piano students for their annual solo and ensemble festival competitions. She noted that the school plans to have a piano accompanist for its band at festival competition this next school year, which was not possible before without a piano at the school.

School leaders recently extended their sincere appreciation to Livingston Parish News Publisher Nancy David for donating several items to area schools in memory of her husband, Jeff David.  The donated items included an upright Kimball piano and weight equipment, which were given to Juban Parc Junior High, and a running treadmill and lat pull machine, given to Denham Springs Freshman High School.  All the equipment has been delivered and installed on the campuses.

 

April 2016

LIVINGSTON PARISH SCHOOLS RECOGNIZE TOP STUDENT OF THE YEAR WINNERS

The Livingston Parish School Board and Superintendent John Watson on April 21 recognized parish students in grades 5, 8 and 12, who were awarded Student of the Year honors at their respective schools, including the top three 2016 Student of the Year winners who represented the parish in the three grade categories in regional and state competitions.  The top three winners include Keagan Rabalais, a 5th grader at South Live Oak Elementary; Ella Otken, an 8th grader at Denham Springs Junior High; and Taylor Prudhomme, a senior at Springfield High School.  Rabalais advanced to the state finals in this year’s competition, being named the region’s top student in the 5th grade category.

The Livingston Parish Student of the Year winners were honored by the Livingston Parish School Board at a special April 21 ceremony. Pictured, left to right, are: (front row) Livingston Parish School Board members Jan Benton, Karen Wax-Schmitt, Livingston Parish Elementary Student of the Year Keagan Rabalais, Livingston Parish High School Student of the Year Taylor Prudhomme, Livingston Parish Middle School Student of the Year Ella Otken, Kellee Hennessy-Dickerson, (back row) Malcolm Sibley, James Richardson, Sid Kinchen, Buddy Mincey, Jr., Jimmy Watson, and Jeff Cox.

The Livingston Parish Student of the Year winners were honored by the Livingston Parish School Board at a special April 21 ceremony. Pictured, left to right, are: (front row) Livingston Parish School Board members Jan Benton, Karen Wax-Schmitt, Livingston Parish Elementary Student of the Year Keagan Rabalais, Livingston Parish High School Student of the Year Taylor Prudhomme, Livingston Parish Middle School Student of the Year Ella Otken, Kellee Hennessy-Dickerson, (back row) Malcolm Sibley, James Richardson, Sid Kinchen, Buddy Mincey, Jr., Jimmy Watson, and Jeff Cox.

 

All the Livingston Parish students who were awarded Student of the Year honors for their respective schools include:

The 2016 Livingston Parish High School Student of the Year winners include: (pictured from left to right) -- Madison Peters, Albany High; Kacey Chopin, Denham Springs High; Nathaniel Bankston, Doyle High; Brooks Courtney, Holden High; Haley Miller, Live Oak High; Holly Garland, Maurepas High; Taylor Prudhomme, Springfield High; and Laynie LeBlanc, Walker High.

2016 LPPS High School Students of the Year – The 2016 Livingston Parish High School Student of the Year winners, pictured from left to right, are: Nathaniel Bankston, Doyle High; Laynie LeBlanc, Walker High; Madison Peters, Albany High; Taylor Prudhomme, Springfield High; Brooke Courtney, Holden High; Holly Garland, Maurepas High; and Kacey Chopin, Denham Springs High. Not pictured is Haley Miller, Live Oak High.

 

The 2016 Livingston Parish Middle School Student of the Year winners include: (pictured from left to right) -- Grace Purvis, Albany Middle; Ella Otken, Denham Springs Junior High; Cassidy Charpentier, Doyle Junior High; Dannah Lynn Martin, French Settlement Junior High; Kristal Edwards, Frost; Josie Lea Purvis, Holden Junior High; James Gould, III, Juban Parc Junior High: Parker Giering, Live Oak Middle; Bryce Felps, Maurepas Junior High; Casey Gibson, North Corbin Junior High; Logan Whittington, Southside Junior High; Brielle Lee, Springfield Middle; and Ali Gautreaux, Westside Junior High.

2016 LPPS Middle School Students of the Year – The 2016 Livingston Parish Middle School Student of the Year winners, pictured from left to right, are: (front row) Ali Gautreaux, Westside Junior High; Casey Gibson, North Corbin Junior High; Brielle Lee, Springfield Middle; Ella Otken, Denham Springs Junior High; Parker Giering, Live Oak Middle; Kristal Edwards, Frost; (back row) Cassidy Charpentier, Doyle Junior High; Logan Whittington, Southside Junior High; James Gould, III, Juban Parc Junior High; Josie Lea Purvis, Holden Junior High; and Grace Purvis, Albany Middle. Not pictured are Dannah Lynn Martin, French Settlement Junior High; and Bryce Felps, Maurepas Junior High.

 

The 2016 Livingston Parish Elementary Student of the Year winners include: (pictured from left to right) – Clancy Morrison, Albany Middle; Brooke Foster, Denham Springs Elementary; Madelyn Morgan, Doyle Elementary; Sylvia White, Eastside Elementary; Emma Gaudet, French Settlement Elementary; Ada Ishler, Freshwater Elementary; Brooke Dupuy, Frost; Jenna Shakotko, Gray’s Creek Elementary; Autumn Herring, Holden; Tyler Kimble, Juban Parc Elementary; John Bergeron, Levi Milton Elementary; Sabrina Bishop, Lewis Vincent Elementary; Abbigail Delanoix, Live Oak Elementary; James Ernest, Maurepas; Ashly Veazey, North Corbin Elementary; Zachary Morgan, North Live Oak Elementary; Emma Carroll, Northside Elementary; Michael Dunlap, Seventh Ward Elementary; Tony Courville, South Fork Elementary; Keagan Rabalais, South Live Oak Elementary; Ava Pitarro, South Walker Elementary; Madalyn Harris, Southside Elementary; Katie Riddle, Springfield Middle; and Annabelle Fontenot, Walker Elementary.

2016 LPPS Elementary Students of the Year –The 2016 Livingston Parish Elementary Student of the Year winners, pictured from left to right, are: (front row) James Ernest, Maurepas; Tony Courville, South Fork Elementary; Madelyn Morgan, Doyle Elementary; Clancy Morrison, Albany Middle; Jenna Shakotko, Gray’s Creek Elementary; Keagan Rabalais, South Live Oak Elementary; Annabelle Fontenot, Walker Elementary; Brooke Dupuy, Frost; Ada Ishler, Freshwater Elementary; Sabrina Bishop, Lewis Vincent Elementary; Emma Carroll, Northside Elementary; Zachary Morgan, North Live Oak Elementary; Autumn Herring, Holden; (back row) Ava Pitarro, South Walker Elementary; Emma Gaudet, French Settlement Elementary; Katie Riddle, Springfield Middle; Tyler Kimble, Juban Parc Elementary; Sylvia White, Eastside Elementary; Brooke Foster, Denham Springs Elementary; Michael Dunlap, Seventh Ward Elementary; John Bergeron, Levi Milton Elementary; Madalyn Harris, Southside Elementary; Abbigail Delanoix, Live Oak Elementary; and Ashly Veazey, North Corbin Elementary.

 

TEACHERS HONORED AS 4-H LEADERS

Two Livingston Parish teachers were recognized at the Livingston Parish 4-H Achievement Day as 4-H Leaders of the Year.  Amanda Lavigne, the 4-H sponsor at South Fork Elementary, (pictured left) and Bronwynn Cobb, the 4-H sponsor at North Corbin Elementary, (pictured right) were presented with leadership plaques by Jan Fairchild, president of the Denham Springs Kiwanis Club.

Two Livingston Parish teachers were recognized at the Livingston Parish 4-H Achievement Day as 4-H Leaders of the Year. Amanda Lavigne, the 4-H sponsor at South Fork Elementary, (pictured left) and Bronwynn Cobb, the 4-H sponsor at North Corbin Elementary, (pictured right) were presented with leadership plaques by Jan Fairchild, president of the Denham Springs Kiwanis Club.

 

FOUR PARISH TEAMS ADVANCE TO STATE SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT

Livingston Parish is making its presence known in Sulphur during the final weekend of April, as four of the parish’s high school girls’ softball teams will compete in the 2016 LHSAA State Softball Tournament.

Holden and Maurepas earned the No. 2 seeds in their divisions, Class B and Class C, respectively. Holden entered the tournament with a 29-3 record, while Maurepas compiled a season-long record of 22-5. Both schools have state runner-up finishes in the past decade – Holden in 2011 and Maurepas in 2012.
Live Oak captured a share of its fifth consecutive District 4-5A championship this season on its ways to a 21-4 record a repeat state tournament appearance. The Eagles enter the tournament as the No. 5 seed.

Doyle is the parish’s “Cinderella” team in the playoffs. Ranked No. 12, the team upset a perennial powerhouse to earn one of the eight spots in the Class 2A championship tournament.

March 2016

SOUTH LIVE OAK ELEMENTARY STUDENT COMPETING FOR LOUISIANA’S STUDENT OF THE YEAR

Keagan Rabalais

Keagan Rabalais

Keagan Rabalais, a fifth grader at South Live Oak Elementary School, has been named a regional finalist in the state’s annual Student of the Year competition that is sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Education.  One student in 5th, 8th and 12th grade is selected from each of the state’s six regions to compete for the state’s top award at each grade level.  Rabalais and the other finalists will convene at the Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge on April 13 for an awards ceremony and to have the winners announced.  The Livingston Parish Public School System will honor Rabalais and all the Student of the Year nominees from each school at the Special Education Building, located next to the School Board Office in Livingston, on April 21.

 

 

VOTERS IN ALBANY AND SPRINGFIELD SCHOOL TAX DISTRICTS ASKED TO SUPPORT FUNDING PROPOSITIONS

april9The Livingston Parish School Board is asking voters in the Albany and Springfield school tax districts to support major improvement plans proposed for local schools in those communities. Both districts are seeking school bond issues on the April 9 election ballot.  The Early Voting period for the election is March 26-April 2.  Voters in both districts have paid ZERO DOLLARS in school construction taxes for the last four years!

 

The new Springfield High School will be equipped with 24-hour security, efficient carpool lanes and student parking, an air-conditioned gym, and a cafeteria constructed to also serve as a fully functioning auditorium.

The new Springfield High School will be equipped with 24-hour security, efficient carpool lanes and student parking, an air-conditioned gym, and a cafeteria constructed to also serve as a fully functioning auditorium.

Voters in the Springfield School Tax District are seeking to bond up to $14.25 million to construct a new Springfield High School.  The new school will be designed after the original high school that was destroyed in a 1971 fire, and it will be built on 88 acres that was purchased several years ago on the south side of La. Highway 42 at the intersection of George Settlement Road.  The new campus will allow the Springfield school system to transform from a three-school configuration to four schools, and will immediately alleviate overcrowding at all existing campuses.

The new elementary will be located on 13 acres that already has been purchased on La. Highway 43.

The new elementary will be located on 13 acres that already has been purchased on La. Highway 43.

Voters in the Albany School Tax District will vote to bond up to $13.4 million to construct a new elementary school, a new middle school gym and additional high school classrooms.  The proposed improvement plan also includes renovations and technology upgrades to the upper elementary school library.

 

 

 SPRINGFIELD HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE PRESENTS THE JUNGLE BOOK

2016-02 SHS Jungle Book PosterStudents in the Springfield High School Theatre Class will perform The Jungle Book in this year’s live stage production, which will be held April 11-15, with a Youth Night on April 6 and Talent Show on April 8.  The students will also host a dinner theater night on April 15.

This year’s play is based on Rudyard Kipling’s book about Mowgli, an abandoned child raised by wolves, who has his peaceful existence threatened by a man-eating tiger. To survive, Mowgli must overcome his reluctance to leave his wolf family and return to the “man village” with the aid of his panther and bear friends.  Tickets are on sale now.

 

 

HOLDEN AND DENHAM SPRINGS GIRLS’ BASKETBALL TEAMS COMPETE IN STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

Holden High School’s Kaitlyn Kropog is awarded a plaque for being named the 2016 Class B State Championship Game’s Outstanding Player.

Holden High School’s Kaitlyn Kropog is awarded a plaque for being named the 2016 Class B State Championship Game’s Outstanding Player.

Two Livingston Parish girls’ high school basketball teams competed for top honors earlier this month at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s Girls Basketball State Championships, which were held at Southeastern Louisiana University. Holden’s team, which is coached by Craig and Pam Forbes, defeated top-ranked Florien in the final game, 42 to 34, to win the Class B State Title.  Sophomore Kaitlyn Kropog, who scored 13 points in the championship win, was named the game’s Outstanding Player.  Denham Springs’ team, which is coached by Shelly LaPrarie, fell short against Mount Carmel Academy, 59 to 48, to be named the Class 5A State Runner Up.

 

 

 

DANCE TEAM PAVED WAY TO NATIONALS WITH 6,900 PAIRS OF SHOES

The Live Oak Middle School Eagle Pizazz Dance Team collected 6,900 pairs of shoes.

The Live Oak Middle School Eagle Pizazz Dance Team collected 6,900 pairs of shoes.

The Live Oak Middle School Eagle Pizazz Dance Team found a way to help others and help themselves compete in the National Dance Team Championships at Walt Disney World in Orlando earlier this year. The dancers collected 6,900 pairs of new and used shoes and donated them to the Funds2Orgs, which is a fundraising organization that works with organizations to help impoverished people start, maintain and grow micro-enterprises in countries such as Haiti, Honduras and nations in Central America and Africa. The shoes help to create a sustainable economic impact in the countries by being shipped to on-the-ground business operators there who clean and make minor repairs to the shoes.  This enables individuals in those communities to feed, clothe and house their families.

 

MAUREPAS BETA CLUB RECOGNIZED AT STATE CONVENTION

Maurepas High School’s Senior Beta Club recently competed at the State Convention in Lafayette earlier this year where it received the designation of Champion Philanthropy for its sponsorship of a community Bike-A-Thon.  The money raised by the event helped to fund a state charity that supports families with children battling cancer.  Club Sponsor Yvette Hill, pictured center, received the award on behalf of the students.  Also pictured are Chaz Montaldo, left, who received 2nd place in the agriculture test, and Ava Borskey, right, who won third place in the creative writing contest.

Maurepas High School’s Senior Beta Club recently competed at the State Convention in Lafayette earlier this year where it received the designation of Champion Philanthropy for its sponsorship of a community Bike-A-Thon. The money raised by the event helped to fund a state charity that supports families with children battling cancer. Club Sponsor Yvette Hill, pictured center, received the award on behalf of the students. Also pictured are Chaz Montaldo, left, who received 2nd place in the agriculture test, and Ava Borskey, right, who won third place in the creative writing contest.

 

 

February 2016

NEW BAND ROOM AND GYM IMPROVEMENTS APPROVED FOR SOUTHSIDE JUNIOR HIGH

new_buclogo2The Livingston Parish School Board recently approved a new $558,000 band room that will be built at Southside Junior High as the result of an expansion and improvement of the campus gym.

School leaders recently decided to expand the gym to accommodate the school’s growing student body, but to do so, they must demolish the existing band room to make space.

School Board Member Buddy Mincey, Jr., said the current gym has bleachers only along one side of the building, allowing seating for about 500 people.  By expanding the building, the school be will able to install bleachers along another wall, bringing the seating capacity up to 900 or 950 people, enabling the school to seat its entire assembly for special presentations, awards programs and pep rallies.  Work crews will also install a new heating and air conditioning system in the gym.

The specifics of the new band room have not yet been finalized, but Mincey said the facility will feature more space and better acoustics.

 

LIVINGSTON PARISH OBSERVATORY MAKES WAVES

LIGOScientists at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, or LIGO, which is located north of Livingston, have reported observing ripples in the fabric of space and time, confirming a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity.

The ripples, called gravitational waves, were detected on Sept. 14 by both of the twin LIGO detectors in Livingston and in Hanford, Washington. Physicists conclude that the detected waves were produced during the merger of two black holes, which took place 1.3 billion years ago.

The announcement, which has been reported worldwide, is being hailed by scientists as a major breakthrough in better understanding the nature of gravity and the origins of the universe.

 

WALKER HIGH’S CREDIT UNION OFFERS “REAL WORLD” CONNECTION

Students at Walker High School are learning first-hand about banking and personal finance thanks to a “real world classroom” they share with Neighbors Federal Credit Union (NFCU). The high school houses a student-run Walker Wildcat Branch of NFCU.

Neighbors Federal Credit Union Member Service Office Jacquie Tillman, pictured far right, works with Walker High School students Chase Swann, Brianna Tullier and Mallory Duncan, pictured left to right, to manage the day’s financial activities at the Walker Wildcat Branch Neighbors Federal Credit Union.

Neighbors Federal Credit Union Member Service Officer Jacquie Tillman, pictured far right, works with Walker High School students Chase Swann, Brianna Tullier and Mallory Duncan, pictured left to right, to manage the day’s financial activities at the Walker Wildcat Branch Neighbors Federal Credit Union.

Space within the high school’s business education building accommodates two teller windows equipped with PCs, printers, and modems for member services. Daily activities include student and faculty withdrawals, deposits, account transfers, loan payments, and opening of new accounts to name a few. Student workers must complete a summer employee training and orientation to prepare them for their jobs.

“Our students do everything that needs to be done. They are basically learning on the job, and that is making school relevant for them,” Walker High School Principal Jason St. Pierre said.

St. Pierre said the credit union offers customers a Walker Wildcat debit card, and with every purchase made with it, NFCU makes a donation to Walker High School.

 

MAUREPAS HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY CLUB MEMBERS HONORED AT STATE CONFERENCE

Pictured, standing from left to right, are Maurepas High School Library Club members Sophia Salinas, Ava Borskey, Chaz Montaldo, Kayleigh Kuykendall, Cassie Wesley, Megan Alexis, and seated from left to right, Rebecca Weir and Cayla Breland.

Pictured, standing from left to right, are Maurepas High School Library Club members Sophia Salinas, Ava Borskey, Chaz Montaldo, Kayleigh Kuykendall, Cassie Wesley, Megan Alexis, and seated from left to right, Rebecca Weir and Cayla Breland.

The Maurepas High School Library Club recently attended the annual state library club convention held by the Louisiana Teenage Librarians Association (LTLA).  Cayla Breland was chosen as LTLA Secretary for 2016 – 2017, Sophie Salinas and Rebecca Weir won first place in the Wes Smith Essay Contest, and Ava Borskey received third place in the essay contest.  The school club also received first place in the Senior Bulletin Board contest.

The LTLA is a state organization composed of individual library club members from throughout the state. It has a full slate of student-elected officers and an executive committee that conducts business under the sponsorships of a branch of the Louisiana Library Associations (LLA) called the Louisiana Association of School Librarians (LASL). The Maurepas High School Library Club is sponsored by librarian Cindy Stilley.

 

LIVE OAK HIGH CHEER TEAM WINS GOLD AT NATIONALS, MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAM TAKES SILVER

The Live Oak High School squad includes seniors captain Gabbi Brown, Olivia Nesom and Ashleigh Ramsey; juniors Kolby Bond, Kendall Calmes, Julia Davis, Emily Hiestand, Carlie Hill, Bailee Klein, Georgia Langlois and co-captain Ally Mitchell; sophomores Laci Baldwin, Mason Bonura, Holland Hardison, Morgan King, Mandy Seale, Shelby Summers; and freshmen Kaitlyn Couvillion, Landyn Curtis, Aubrie Lewis, Ashlynn McFadden, Callie Prestridge.

The Live Oak High School squad includes seniors captain Gabbi Brown, Olivia Nesom and Ashleigh Ramsey; juniors Kolby Bond, Kendall Calmes, Julia Davis, Emily Hiestand, Carlie Hill, Bailee Klein, Georgia Langlois and co-captain Ally Mitchell; sophomores Laci Baldwin, Mason Bonura, Holland Hardison, Morgan King, Mandy Seale, Shelby Summers; and freshmen Kaitlyn Couvillion, Landyn Curtis, Aubrie Lewis, Ashlynn McFadden and Callie Prestridge.

Two Live Oak cheerleading squads came home with hardware after competing in the National High School Cheerleading Championship at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

The Live Oak High School squad captured the national championship title in the Medium Varsity Division I and Super Varsity Game Day contests. The contests were produced by the Universal Cheerleaders Association.

The team from Live Oak Middle School walked away with a silver medal for a second place win in the Large Junior High Division.

The competitions showcased nearly 5,400 dancers from 345 teams and nearly 13,000 cheerleaders from 667 teams. Varsity Spirit will post segments of each performance on www.varsity.com and the competitions also will air on ESPNU and ESPN2 starting in March and will continue through mid-April.

 

CALENDAR SET FOR 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR

The Livingston Parish School Board School recently approved next year’s academic calendar, placing the first day of school on Aug. 4 and the last day on May 23.

Teachers will return for their first full day on Aug. 2 and work through May 24.

Students will have ample vacation time at Christmas, spring break, Thanksgiving and other holidays, plus an extra day off for next fall’s presidential election, since so many campuses double as voting precincts.

View the approved calendar at www.lpsb.org.

 

January 2016

 

CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS PLENTIFUL ACROSS DISTRICT

The Livingston Parish School Board has approved bid proposals and funding for construction projects throughout the district to address much-needed renovations and expansions to keep up with the parish’s growth. Here’s a brief report:

The board will put out bid requests soon for the new academic building at Walker High School, which is part of a major campus expansion that is estimated to cost about $23 million and will include more than 30 classrooms, a library, vocational training area, a cafeteria, band room and athletic facilities.  Voters in the Walker School District approved the funding for the improvements in a special election in May 2014.  Work has already begun on a new parent pickup area, utility upgrades and improvements to the field house, including lockers, a wrestling room, offices and areas for trainers.  Phase I of the construction also includes preparation work for the main classroom building.  The field house work is expected to be ready in August.  All the improvements are expected to be completed sometime in late 2017 or early 2018.

WALKER HIGH RENDER

At the same time, the board approved a $1.2 million bid for an eight-classroom expansion at Denham Springs High School.  The new expansion will include an on-campus credit union for students and faculty, a school store and choir room.

Construction crews also have been working to convert the old, unused Live Oak High School to a campus for students in 7th and 8th grades, freeing up space at the local middle and elementary schools.  Crews are putting in new floors, ceiling tiles and lights, as well as rewiring the school for increased computer and wireless Internet access. They are expanding the cafeteria dining room and changing bus and drop-off lanes, and upgrades are being made to the gym in hopes of making it a designated FEMA emergency shelter.  Federal monies have been allocated to replace the gym roof and add storm shutters.  School officials are hoping the $4.5 million project will be completed before the end of 2016.

Other improvements include a new cafeteria and classrooms at Southside Elementary; a new band room with a gym expansion and possibly a new library at Southside Junior High; and three classrooms and a multipurpose building at South Fork Elementary, which is in addition to four new classrooms that opened earlier this year.

On the east side of the parish, major renovations are underway at Holden High School.  New roofs are being built for the school’s cafeteria, special education building and gymnasium.  Improvements will also be made to the interior of the school’s historic gym, which was built in 1950 at a cost of $34,640 with the help of local community members, including many of the family members of recently retired principal Paula Green.  Those improvements will include new insulation and a vaulted ceiling, new lighting and improvements to the locker rooms and concession area.

Voters in the Springfield and Albany School Districts will go to the polls on April 9 to vote on two separate and independent funding proposals for construction projects to manage the continued growth in both of these communities.

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Architectural rendering of new Springfield High School main building.

School officials are proposing to construct a new Springfield High School on land that has already been purchased for the purpose of a new school.  The current high school has run out of classroom space, as well as room on the campus for additional temporary buildings.  If voters approve a new $14 million bond proposition, officials will build a new high school on 88 acres south of La. Highway 42 at George Settlement Road.  The new school’s design will honor the community high school building that was destroyed in a 1971 fire.  Upon completion, the middle school will be moved to the current high school campus, where air conditioning is also being installed in the gym.

Albany school officials and community leaders are proposing to build a new elementary school on 13 acres north of town, off La. Highway 42, a new gym at the middle school and additional classrooms at the high school.  The $13 million project also includes renovations and technology upgrades to the upper elementary school library.

 

STUDENTS CONTRIBUTE MORE THAN $1,000 TO SHERIFF’S CRUSADE

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Albany Upper Elementary Fourth Grader Brayden Blackwell throws a whip cream pie in the face of his principal, Lisa Sessions.

Students at Albany Upper Elementary raised more than $1,000 for Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard’s Christmas Crusade, which works with local organizations and families to provide Christmas gifts to the children of needy families.

For their effort, the students were able to put a pie in the face of Principal Lisa Sessions and Assistant Principal Jeanna Saucier.

 

LIVINGSTON PARISH HOSTS REGIONAL STUDENT OF THE YEAR COMPETITION

Slouisianachool officials in Livingston Parish will host the state’s 5th Grade Student of the Year competition next month for a 15-District region that includes Tangipahoa, St. Tammany, Bogalusa, St. Helena, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana and Livingston parishes, as well as the community school districts of Baker, Central and Zachary and the Baton Rouge Charter Academy at Mid City.

School Administrator Debbie Kropog said student winners from each school district will go before a panel of judges for an interview and to review their portfolios.   South Fork Elementary will host the competition, and Livingston Parish Assessor Jeff Taylor and Livingston Parish Federal Credit Union are helping to sponsor the event.

 

 

 

December 2015

LIVINGSTON PARISH SCHOOLS MAINTAIN STATE’S A RATING

copy-of-rank-a-logoLivingston Parish Schools continue to be among the state’s top performers, even with the introduction of new, more rigorous tests last school year, according to the Louisiana Department of Education’s latest accountability report released this month.  The district earned a District Performance Score of 102.5 to maintain its overall “A” rating, and 38 of the district’s 41 schools received an A or B.  The district has no D or F schools.

Superintendent John Watson noted that tremendous gains were made at the high school level, with improvements noted in virtually all areas, including End of Course exams, ACT scores and strength of diploma measurements, which include greater participation in dual credit, Advanced Placement and Industry-Based Certification courses. Parish students in grades 3-8 scored a high number of progress points on this year’s report.  The state awards progress points to schools who successfully push at-risk or struggling students to meet or exceed the learning goals set for them. Watson credits the progress to the district’s professional development efforts that have better equipped teachers with strategies to individualize instruction for their students.

 

SCHOOL BOARD CALLS FOR TAX ELECTIONS IN APRIL TO BENEFIT SPRINGFIELD AND ALBANY SCHOOL DISTRICTS

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The Livingston Parish School Board recently approved two requests to call for school tax elections on April 9 to issue construction bonds to build a new high school in Springfield and a new elementary school in Albany, as well as major upgrades at the upper, middle and high schools in Albany. The two issues will be voted on separately by voters in their respective school districts.

Voters in the Springfield School District are asked to approve a 36.25-mill property tax that will pay for a 20-year, $14.25 million bond issue to fund the construction of a new high school campus. School Board Member Jim Richardson said the current campus has run out of room with its many temporary buildings on site.  The new school would be built on 88 acres south of La. Hwy 42 at George Settlement Road.  Once the new high school campus is completed, the current campus would be used to house students in grades 6-8.  At that time, the current middle school would be used to house grades 3-5, freeing up additional room at the lower grade levels.

Voters in the Albany School District will vote on a 45.26-mill property tax to pay for a 20-year, $13.4 million bond issue to build a new elementary school on 13 acres north of town off Highway 43,  a new gym at the middle school and additional classrooms at the high school. The construction improvement plan also includes renovations and technology upgrades to the upper elementary school library.  School Board Member Sid Kinchen said the improvements are needed to help alleviate overcrowding.

 

WALKER CHORAL STUDENTS WIN TOP STATE HONORS

Pictured from left to right are Kayla Spearman, Elizabeth Watkins, and Marian Luzier, choral students from Walker High School.

Three Walker High School sophomores were recently selected to the American Choral Directors Association All State Choir. Kayla Spearman, Elizabeth Watkins, and Marian Luzier performed in New Orleans at the Jefferson Parish Performing Arts Centre as part of their all-state selection.  Also, Luzier, who sings alto, was chosen to participate in the Louisiana Music Educators Association All State Choir.  Luzier competed in two rounds of auditions to qualify for the selection.  The first round of auditions were held at Catholic High School.  The top five singers in each voice part moved on to compete in round two of auditions at Lafayette High School.  Participants had to perform prepared selections and sight-read short selections.  The top five singers from each state district were chosen after the second round of auditions for the All State Choir.  Cathy McManus is the choral students’ Talented Music Teacher at Walker High School.

 

JUBAN PARC STUDENT WINS LOGO CONTEST

Pride of the Parish LogoThe Pride of the Parish Tournament Committee named 7th grader Grace Fruge’ of Juban Parc Junior High as the winner of the tournament logo contest. The annual, four-night middle school soccer tournament includes Southside Junior High, Live Oak Middle School and the parish team, LP Express.

Fruge’s logo was chosen from numerous other submittals for its originality and artistic creativity. The design will be used in all tournament publicity. Additionally, Lizbeth Fruge’ received a $50 Raising Cane’s Gift Card and certificate and will be recognized on Jan. 14 at DSHS Yellow Jacket Stadium during the Championship Games on the final night of the Pride of the Parish Tournament.

 

HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS “CONNECT TO SUCCESS” WITH CHAMBER

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Pictured are those Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce education committee members, speakers and school officials who participated in the “Connecting to Success” conference. They include, from left to right, (front row) Jamie Seal, LeAnn Stelly, Leesha Gleber, Delaine Hood, Trixie Sheffield, Amie Barton, Shannon Bernard, Regina Scott, Staci Polozola, Genevieve Howard, Chris Vaccaro, (back row) Margot May and John Watson.

More than 140 high school juniors from Springfield, Holden and Maurepas high schools participated in the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce’s “Connecting to Success” business conference at Carter Plantation on Dec. 1.  The students were exposed to topics on ethics, team building and personal presentation, and they spent time sharing with local business leaders.

Speakers and presenters included: James Cathey of North Oaks Health System; Lisa Roache of Gainey’s Concrete; Brian Abels of Boyer, Hebert, Abels, & Angelle; Tab Lobell, newly elected to the Livingston Parish Council; Josh Randall, Speaker; Jill Wyble of Our Lady of the Lake; Shannon Bernard of Primerica; Regina Scott of North Oaks Health System; Jamie Seal of Quality Engineering & Surveying; April Wehrs of Livingston Parish Chamber; John Blount of Blount General Contractors; Chad Bacas of Forte & Tablada; Trixie Sheffield of eLearningK12; Bob Toepher of Springfield Drug Store; Kay Landry of Covington & Associates; Leesha Gleber of Livingston Parish News; Dr. Ron McMorris of Elite Chiropractic; and Mike Fulmer of Berryland Campers.

 

 

 

November 2015

 

JUBAN PARC JUNIOR HIGH PRINCIPAL RECEIVES STATE EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AWARD

Juban Parc Junior High Prinicpal Jeff Frizell

Juban Parc Junior High Prinicpal Jeff Frizell

Juban Parc Junior High Principal Jeff Frizell has been awarded the distinguished Paul H. Fouquier Educational Leadership Award for exceptional contributions, leadership and service to education in Louisiana by the Louisiana Association of School Executives (LASE).  Frizell became principal of Juban Parc Junior high in 2010 after the school was newly constructed.  He has successfully established his vision for the culture and climate of the school from the very beginning, leading Juban Parc to be named a Top Gains School in just its second year, and since, moving from a “B” rating to an “A” rating in the 2013-2014 year with a school performance score of 106.1 points. LASE presented the award to Frizell at its annual conference this month.

 

NORTH LIVE OAK ELEMENTARY EDUCATOR WINS SCIENCE TEACHER AWARD

North Live Oak Kindergarten Teacher Karen Parrino receives the LSTA Science Teacher of the Year award from LSTA President Nathan Cotten.

North Live Oak Kindergarten Teacher Karen Parrino receives the LSTA Science Teacher of the Year award from LSTA President Nathan Cotten.

Karen Parrino, a kindergarten teacher at North Live Oak Elementary, has been named the Elementary Science Teacher of the Year by the Louisiana Science Teachers Association (LSTA).  Parrino was recognized for her extensive work with the Louisiana Department of Education, PARCC and other state and national organizations on developing instruction and assessments in the areas of English and Language Arts and science.  Parrino received an award plaque and a $400 cash award to be used in her classroom.

 

LIVINGSTON PARISH SCHOOLS INTRODUCE ICLASS TO FRESHMAN MATH AND ENGLISH CLASSROOMS

Albany High School Freshman Megan Dakroue is one of many Algebra I students in Livingston Parish who are engaged in blended learning with iCLASS.  Parish school officials have paired the curriculum in the students’ Springboard textbook with an interactive digital format that is accessed by Dell laptops in class and is stored on a cloud server that students and teachers can access on their home computers and mobile devices at any time.  Also pictured is Albany High classmate Tristan Crim.

Albany High School Freshman Megan Dakroue is one of many Algebra I students in Livingston Parish who are engaged in blended learning with iCLASS. Parish school officials have paired the curriculum in the students’ Springboard textbook with an interactive digital format that is accessed by Dell laptops in class and is stored on a cloud server that students and teachers can access on their home computers and mobile devices at any time. Also pictured is Albany High classmate Tristan Crim.

Livingston Parish educators are implementing a new technology-enriched curriculum for Algebra I and English I classes this year called iCLASS.

The catchy acronym stands for Collaboration, Literacy and Assessment for Student Success, and it incorporates digital texts, learning software applications and web-accessed sites into traditional teaching strategies.  The selected Springboard text for the classes is available in a digital format, allowing students to interact with the words on the page to create individualized study guides and references.  Teachers can easily access the students’ files to see their work and provide comments, and even assign individualized instruction.

Jody Purvis, supervisor of high school curriculum, said school officials targeted Algebra I classes across the parish with the technology-rich curriculum because scores in freshman-level math units have been traditionally lower than in other areas.  At the same time, they targeted English I classes in hopes of being able to progressively expand iCLASS strategies to English II classes next year, and continue the progression to English IV and other courses over time.

 

 

EASTSIDE ELEMENTARY WINS P.E. EQUIPMENT IN FACEBOOK CONTEST

2015-11 PE EquipmentEastside Elementary School recently won third place in a Facebook contest, allowing the school to receive $5,000 worth of sports equipment.  P.E. Teacher Tallie Seighman regularly follows “Let’s Play” on Facebook, which provides great ideas for physical activity for families and in-school settings.  The “Let’s Play” page offered a “Before and After Contest.”  Her contest entry was selected for consideration in the final voting competition.  The award presentation is being underwritten by Good Sports.  Eastside Elementary will receive new sports balls, jump ropes, playground balls and other physical education equipment.  The equipment is scheduled to arrive after the Thanksgiving Holiday break, she said.

 

CONGRESSMAN GRAVES VISITS DENHAM SPRINGS HIGH CAMPUS

U.S. Congressman Garret Graves speaks to a “standing-room-only” classroom of students at Denham Springs High School.

Louisiana U.S. Congressman Garret Graves spent time with students at Denham Springs High School before the Thanksgiving holiday break speaking to the Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics classes taught by William Bradford.

He answered questions from students and discussed issues concerning the federal budget, immigration, same-sex marriage, Syrian refugees, ISIS, the Keystone pipeline and the slate of Republican presidential candidates.

Graves also stayed on campus to eat lunch with students in the cafeteria and visit with cafeteria workers as part of the National School Nutrition Association’s Congressional Lunch Challenge.

Graves is the U.S. Representative from Louisiana’s 6th Congressional District, which includes Livingston Parish.  Graves was invited to the campus by Denham Springs School Board Member Buddy Mincey, Jr.

U.S. Congressman Garret Graves took time to eat lunch in the Denham Springs High School cafeteria with students Alex Ortiz and Noah Wesley, seated to his left, and Brayden Halden and Brittany Davila, seated across from him. Also pictured are Livingston Parish Assistant Supervisor of Child Nutrition Sommer Purvis and Supervisor of Child Nutrition Leah Smith, seated to his right.

 

 

 

 

 

October 2015

LIVINGSTON PARISH SCHOOLS MAINTAIN TOP TEN RANKING WITH GRADES
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Livingston Parish Schools continue to rank among the state’s top tier districts in academic performance, according to the latest report from the Louisiana Department of Education, which shows how students in grades 3-8 did on tests taken in March and May.  The rankings were released this month, showing Livingston Parish is among the state’s Top Ten districts.   At the same time, the latest report shows that Livingston Parish increased the number of students in grades 3-8 scoring Mastery and above from 33 percent in 2014 to 43 percent this year – a 10 percent increase at the top testing levels.  The state department will release individual results in November, and letter grades for the district will be given out in December.

 

PARISH HIGH SCHOOLS OUTPERFORM STATE AND NATIONAL AVERAGES

The seven high schools in Livingston Parish that have received scores thus far from the Louisiana Department of Education made improvements in measures used to assess school performance, collectively growing a total of 50.8 school performance points over last year’s score.  That growth represents an average improvement of 7.25 points per school.  The parish’s other four combination schools (high schools that include lower class grades on the same campus) will receive their scores in December.

Superintendent John Watson noted that the average ACT score for the parish’s 2015 graduating class was 20.5, which is nearly a full point above the national average of 19.7, and much better than the state average of 19.2.  “The remarkable aspect of this statistic is that Louisiana is one of only 11 states in the nation that has every senior take the ACT.  Some of the other states calculated in the national average have only the top 30 percent of their student population taking the ACT,” Watson said.  He also noted that the parish’s graduation rate is at 80 percent, which is considerably higher than the state average of 74.6 percent, and parish students scored 11 percent higher than the average Louisiana student on End of Course Exams.

 

RENOVATIONS AT HOLDEN SCHOOL TO BEGIN SOON

100_1262The Livingston Parish School Board recently accepted a construction bid to begin more than $280,000 worth of renovations at Holden School. The list of improvements include replacing the gym’s roof, and interior repairs in the school’s cafeteria and special education building.  School Board President Malcolm Sibley said the work is expected to begin in November and will take about a year to complete.

 

MAUREPAS HIGH SENIOR BETA CLUB HOSTS BIKE-A-THON FOR CHARITY

The Senior Beta Club at Maurepas High School hosted a bike-a-thon on Oct. 17 to raise funds for Colors for a Cause, a Louisiana charity supporting families with children battling cancer.  Participants were asked to contribute at least $5 in donations to ride round-trip from the school to Whitehall Grocery, which is approximately five miles.  Business sponsors each contributed $50 to the cause.  Overall, the event raised more than $2,100.

Senior Beta Bike-A-Thon Participants: (Front Row, L to R) Emily Wagner, Tori Bovia, Chloe Ernest, Sarah Crawford, Keegan Marchand, Laigen Loupe, Hannah Gautreau, Brailie Gautreau, Hannah Delatte, Rebecca Weir; (Back Row, L to R) Peyten Sturges, Christian Vicknair, Lacy Loupe, Kiah Barthelemy, Mason Vicknair, TJ Stewart, Hannah Maggio, Ava Borskey, Grant Meadows, Briggs LeBourgeois, Tyler Anderson. Not Pictured: Chaz Montaldo, Chaz Scivicque, Sophie Salinas, Hunter Dupuy, Holly Garland, Cole Bovia.

Senior Beta Bike-A-Thon Participants: (Front Row, L to R) Emily Wagner, Tori Bovia, Chloe Ernest, Sarah Crawford, Keegan Marchand, Laigen Loupe, Hannah Gautreau, Brailie Gautreau, Hannah Delatte, Rebecca Weir; (Back Row, L to R) Peyten Sturges, Christian Vicknair, Lacy Loupe, Kiah Barthelemy, Mason Vicknair, TJ Stewart, Hannah Maggio, Ava Borskey, Grant Meadows, Briggs LeBourgeois, Tyler Anderson. Not Pictured: Chaz Montaldo, Chaz Scivicque, Sophie Salinas, Hunter Dupuy, Holly Garland, Cole Bovia.

 

LOCAL BAND MEMBERS TO PLAY WITH LOUISIANA YOUTH ORCHESTRAS

Five members of the Denham Springs High School Jacket Pride Band will play with the Louisiana Youth Orchestras for the 2015-16 season.

Hannah Graham and Levi Thompson will play oboe and clarinet, respectively, in the Louisiana Youth Orchestra. Juan Cecchini, Tim Marquess and Jonas Truax will participate in both the Louisiana Junior Youth Orchestra and the Louisiana Youth Orchestra on French horn, percussion and trombone, respectively.

The Louisiana Youth Orchestras, which is the educational component of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, is made up of four ensembles with participants from Baton Rouge and the surrounding parishes in the metro area. The program serves students ranging in age from 5 to 21 and helps to supplement and enhance music education received in schools and private lessons with orchestral performance opportunities.

pictured from left to right: Levi Thompson, Hannah Graham, Jonas Truax, Juan Cecchini and Tim Marquess will play with the Louisiana Youth Orchestras for 2015-16.

pictured from left to right: Levi Thompson, Hannah Graham, Jonas Truax, Juan Cecchini and Tim Marquess will play with the Louisiana Youth Orchestras for 2015-16.

 

 

LIVE OAK STUDENT IN LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

2015-10 Grace Ann CarrollGrace Ann Carroll, a student at Live Oak High School in Watson, represented Livingston Parish at the Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy this summer at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux. The academy is a program of the Louisiana Center for Women in Government and Business, which was established in 1990 at Nicholls to promote, inform and encourage leadership among women.

The tea was hosted by Maurice Durbin of Denham Springs, a 2011 Louisiana Women’s Center Hall of Fame honoree, and Sandra Herman of New Orleans, a 2013 Louisiana Women’s Center Hall of Fame honoree.

 

 

September 2015

AWARDS GIVEN FOR EXCELLENCE IN CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

2015-09 GBRIA Award Presentation to LPPS Educators

Livingston Parish educators were recognized at the GBRIA awards night. Pictured left to right are Gary Jones, DSHS welding/electrical instructor; Staci Polozola, LPPS Career & Technology Education Coordinator; Jason St. Pierre, principal of Walker High School; and Billy Doiron, Craft Workforce Development instructor at Live Oak High School. Not pictured is Raymond Roberts, Craft Workforce Development instructor at Maurepas High.

Three parish high schools and a local instructor have been awarded the Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance, Inc., (GBRIA) High School Craft Workforce Development Excellence Award for outstanding promotion of career and technical education on their campuses. Denham Springs, Maurepas and Walker high schools were recognized for teaching and promoting career and technical education classes related to construction as Associated Builders and Contractors Pelican Chapter’s “High School Program Partners.” Billy Doiron, the welding, agricultural science, carpentry and electrical instructor at Live Oak High School was also named a GBRIA Craft Education Champion for his efforts in developing education programming and curriculum that meets today’s industry needs. The awards were presented at the Eighth Annual Craft Workforce Development Excellence Awards program, which was held at the Renaissance Baton Rouge on Sept. 10.

 

 

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STATE DEPARTMENT LAUNCHES COMPREHENSIVE JUMP START WEB SITE

The Louisiana Department of Education has launched a new “All Things Jump Start” web portal that includes more than 200 valuable resources for students who are interested in earning industry-valued credentials that will prepare them to continue their post-secondary education or career development and most likely lead to high wage careers. Jump Start is for all students. To achieve Jump Start industry credentials, students must complete graduation pathways of courses and workplace-based experiences that have been developed by a team of industry, college and school district professionals. The State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has approved 47 graduation pathways.

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DENHAM SPRINGS SENIOR NAMED SADD STUDENT OF THE YEAR

DSHS Senior Susan Lynch has been named the Livingston Parish SADD Student of the Year.

DSHS Senior Susan Lynch has been named the Livingston Parish SADD Student of the Year.

Susan Lynch, a senior at Denham Springs High School, has been named the Livingston Parish Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Student of the Year for 2015-2016. Lynch will be the teen spokesperson for the organization, and she will represent her peers on the organization’s board of directors. SADD is a peer-to-peer education, prevention and activism organization dedicated to preventing destructive decisions, particularly underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, bullying, teen violence and suicide.

 

 


TRAINING SESSION FOR ASPIRING STUDENT LEADERS SET FOR OCT. 1

Nearly 100 high school students in Livingston Parish who are drug-free and aspire to become active members of the nation’s leading peer-to-peer education and prevention club have been chosen to attend a leadership training session on Oct. 1 at the Literacy & Technology Center.  The event is hosted by the Livingston Parish Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Chapter.  At the training session, the high school students will meet with experts in the prevention field and learn how to address issues like underage alcohol use and prescription abuse.

 

LIVINGSTON PARISH FAIR CELEBRATES 78TH YEAR

LPFF-logoThe Livingston Parish Fair Association will celebrate its 78th year of existence next month, when it hosts the Annual Livingston Parish Fair, Oct. 3-11 at the fairgrounds in Livingston. The eight-day event will begin with a chili cook-off and parade early Saturday, Oct. 3. Family Night will be held Tuesday, Oct. 6, and festival goers can pay the single price of $15 to enjoy the rides from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Exhibits from the school clubs will be on display beginning that same day.

 

 

August 2015

Property Donated to Livingston Parish Schools for Future School Campus Site

The Livingston Parish School Board recently accepted a donation of nearly 16 acres of land off 4-H Club Road, located south of Denham Springs, to be used as a potential site for a future elementary or middle school in the Denham Springs School District. The property, which consists of 15.981 acres, is located adjacent to the future site of Nickens Lake Subdivision off 4-H Club Road.

“This donation will provide the Denham Springs district with the land it needs to build a new campus in an area where we are anticipating future growth,” School Board Member Buddy Mincey, Jr., said.  “While we do not have a projection on when a new campus will be needed, we want to prepare for what appears to be an inevitable need to help us manage our growth.”

Mincey said the donation agreement will stipulate that the Livingston Parish School System has 25 years to build a school on the property or the land could revert back to the original owner.  The agreement includes an additional five-year period to purchase the land at the appraised value if the school system had not begun construction on the property within the first 25 years.  Mincey noted that the agreement gives the school system a full 30-year option on the property.

 

Livingston Parish Schools Rank 5th for ACT Scores

actThe latest ACT scores released by the Louisiana Department of Education confirm that Livingston Parish students continue to be among the highest performing students in the state.

The Livingston Parish School District ranks 5th in the state with a composite ACT score of 20.5. The state average is 19.4. At the same time, more students within the parish are achieving “college-going” scores of 18 or higher on the ACT, which is allowing more graduates to enter college without needing to take remedial courses. The number of Livingston Parish seniors who scored an 18 or higher on the ACT during the 2014-2015 school year increased by 319 over those achieving the same mark in the 2011-2012 school year.

According to the state’s latest report, those district with the highest composite ACT scores are St. Tammany Parish, 21.5; Central Community Schools, 21.1; Zachary Community Schools, 20.7; Ascension Parish, 20.6; Livingston Parish, 20.5; West Feliciana Parish, 20.5.

 

Livingston Parish Students Continue to Perform on Advanced Placement Exams

lb_deptLogoLivingston Parish students continue to be among the state’s top performers in Advanced Placement (AP) exams, according to a recent report by the Louisiana Department of Education.

According to the report, 368 students in the 2014-15 school year earned an AP exam score that resulted in college credit, which is a 50-percent increase from the previous year, when 243 students earned college credit.

AP courses in high school offer students the opportunity to earn college credit in the same subject, depending on the outcome of an end-of-course exam.  Those students who score a 3, 4 or 5 on the AP exam can earn college credit and have those credits transferred to nearly any college in the nation and all colleges in Louisiana.

The largest increase in participation occurred at Albany High School, where participation grew from approximately 30 students taking AP courses in 2014 to 120 taking AP courses in 2015.  Holden High increased its count from about 20 students taking AP courses in 2014 to 66 taking AP courses in 2015. Walker Freshman High, which offered AP courses for the first time last year, led the parish with a 70.8 percent rate in the number of students who scored a 3, 4 or 5 on the AP exam.  More than 57 percent of Walker High School’s AP students earned a qualifying score for college credit last year, while nearly 54 percent of Live Oak High School’s AP students earned a qualifying score for college credit.

 

Assessor Sponsors 15th Year of Parish-Wide School Supply Drive

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Livingston Parish Assessor Jeff Taylor and his team of volunteers recently completed their 15th year of providing needy children in Livingston Parish, from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade, with the school supplies they need to be successful in the classroom.  This year’s Assess the Need campaign collected more than $46,000 to benefit more than 2,600 students.  The supplies were distributed to all the parish’s schools.  Donations were collected outside the parish’s Wal-Mart stores and through business sponsors.

“It’s hard to believe that we started this program 15 years ago.  In many ways it seems like yesterday that my wife and I were sitting at our breakfast table with some of our teacher friends discussing the need in our schools and putting a plan of action together,” Taylor said.

Taylor noted that he will once again sponsor the Chef’s Showcase, which will feature the parish’s restaurants and their top dishes, along with a live and silent auction, on Oct. 15, with proceeds benefitting Assess the Need. Tickets are available at the Livingston Parish Assessor’s Office.

 

Industry Helps Livingston School Teach Construction Skills

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Superintendent of Schools John Watson accepts a check for $59,630 from Pelican Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors Alvin Bargas to support welding and electrical training classes at parish high schools. Attending the presentation are (front row, from left) ABC Board member Troy Allen, Bargas, Watson, Board member Glenn Redd and parish schools Career and Technical Education Coordinator Staci Polozola. On the back row are instructors Josh Murphy, Billy Doiron, Glenn Miller, Gary Jones and Darrell Posey. (photo and information provided by the Livingston Parish News)

The Livingston Parish School System recently received a $59,630 check from private industry to support a program that taught welding and electrical construction skills to dozens of students last semester.

Stacy Polozola, the district’s career and technical education coordinator, said the after-hours classes at the campuses of Denham Springs, Live Oak and Walker High schools will help provide the state and region with workers ready to fill a growing number of highly technical jobs. The Associated Builders and Contractors Pelican Chapter sponsored the grant through the Louisiana Construction Education Foundation.  The grant paid for materials and supplies that were needed and paid for all the instructors’ time after hours.

Polozola said Denham Springs High School signed up 34 students in its after-school classes – half in welding and half in electrical instruction; Pathways in Walker had 18 welding students and Live Oak High School enrolled 13.