The Tangipahoa FIRST (a Framework for Inducting, Retaining, and Supporting Teachers) curriculum coaching team held orientation and induction training for all newly hired teachers in the Tangipahoa Parish School System on January 19th and 20th. Information on school system policies and programs were presented by district leaders. Teachers participated in model lessons, taught by the TangiFIRST curriculum coaches, using best practices. Topics addressed over the 2 day training period included: Accountability, Classroom Management, Discipline, Cooperative Learning, Meeting Individual Student Needs, and Positive Expectations. Tangipahoa Parish School System provides a three year program of support and assistance to all intern (0-3 year) teachers in the district, specifically designed to meet the unique needs of new teachers. The TangiFIRST staff also provides coaching support to experienced teachers and assists with the implementation of district wide initiatives and professional development training at the school level.
On Friday, January 27th at Independence Elementary, parents had the opportunity to read with their children during a designated time. 4th Grade teacher, Robyn Hutchinson, wrote a Target grant for the Independence Elementary PTA called "Come Read with Me." This literacy grant promotes reading with children and spending special time with them. Through this grant, traveling books and reading time for parents to join their children during the school day are provided at Indy Elementary. Piggly Wiggly of Independence also partnered with this grant to help provide the traveling book-bags and snacks during special reading times. Over 35 parents attended this first monthly Reading time.
Brent Miller, a student in Ms. Bader's accelerated 2nd grade, read to his grandparent's Ernest and Barbara Miller.
Kindergarten student Mallory Harmon reads to her mother Ella Harmon and brother Braydan.
Parent Nikki Womack reads along with her 4th grade daughter Kimberlyn Womack.
Brandy Huguet and her sixth grade students produced an excellent video honoring the establishment of the first Montessori school on January 6th and also the work of Hammond Westside Montessori students. Click here to view Ms. Huguet's video.
PJH Community Service at TES
The Ponchatoula Junior High Literature Club worked with students at Tucker Elementary as part of their Community Service project.
Hammond Westside Montessori recently held a Spelling Bee for students in grades 4-6. Participants were competing for a shot to represent Hammond Westside at a Spelling Bee sponsored the Children's Discovery Center in Hammond. Participants are front row from left: Miguel Martinez, Nor'Dajiha Kelly, Resjune Griffin, and Anthony Luckey. Back row from left are Arnel Harris, Jaelynn Ramsey, Joseph Hankins, and Taj Banks.
Pictured above are the winners of the Spelling Bee from left: Jaylenn Griffin, 3rd place, Anthony Luckey, 1st place, and Taj Banks, 2nd Place. They are very proud of all the participants and wish Anthony luck in the next round!
Theresa Ingraffia and Danny Thomasson, 9th grade Physical Science teachers at Ponchatoula High School wear color diffraction grating glasses at a recent LIGO training.Teachers from all over TPSS attended the workshop at LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational Observatory) in Livingston. Teachers explored exhibits, the control room, and built a constant acceleration device.
The Champ Cooper 4-H Club recently visited the Robotics program at Hammond High Magnet School.
Hammond Hight Magnet School cheerleaders represented not only HHMS but Tangipahoa Parish School System at the BCS Sugar Bowl game in New Orleans. They along with 400 other girls from around the country performed during the half time show in the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
Hammond Westside Montessori Master teacher, Leslie Cuti, and first grade student, Harold Glossop, raised the school's first flag last week. Mrs. Cuti spent time teaching Harold about flag etiquette and he truly was reverent and patriotic in the ceremony.