During the 4th week of the 21st Century summer program at Independence Elementary, students visited the Independence Parish Library to attend the summer reading program "Dream Big Read". Valerie Agnello, Library Assistant of Children Services, presented a program about dreams and wishes. The students were able to talk about their dreams, create a silly story, play a wishing game, learn about wishing traditions from other countries , and gathered around the campfire for a final picture. The students were excited to learn about the programs offered at the library during the summer. Pictured are front L to R: Victor Alvarez, Jaylon Hampton, Isaiah Coleman, Jeremiah Ricard, Colby Watson, Maya Bell, Terrilyn Robinson, Thomas Ransom, Caleb Martinez, and Cedric Chandler Middle row L to R: Laderricka Couch, Kristy Alvarez, Darionte' Ginn, Raniya Austin, and Jonas Clay Back row L to R: Sierra Havis, Joshua Reyes, Josue Figueroa, Destiny Cardona, and Roydrick Brister.
School's Out but Learning Continues at Independence Elementary
Students at Independence Elementary continue their learning this summer as the 21st Century Community Learning Center continues. This is the 3rd summer that this program has been offered by Catholic Charities of New Orleans in the Independence area. Nearly 90 students are participating in academic classes along with extra-curricular such as art, music, computer lab, sign language and P.E. The program is in session from June 4th-June 28th, Monday-Thursday from 8:00a.m.-3:30p.m. ELA teacher Judy Demarco and 4th grade students continue to explore reading and writing during the 21st CCLC summer program. Pictured are: Jalyn Chester, Javion Haywood, Nia Starks, Jalayssia Washington, Alexis Ricard, Rodarian Austin, Ms. Demarco, Dallas Lott, and Jakyria Moore.
Sierra Havis,and Deshior McGary use the computer during the 21st CCLC Summer Program to write a story using the writing process.
Southeastern Lab Students
Over 70 students from Independence Elementary School enjoyed the day learning about Louisiana swamps on the Honey Island Swamp tour. This guided tour introduced students to plant life and animal life found in the swamp. Alligators came up close as the tour guides fed them. Students who had never been on a boat experienced the ride of a lifetime. Catholic Charities of New Orleans provides the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant at the three Independence area schools. This program affords the opportunity for students to experience many of our Louisiana treasures through various field trips during the three year grant. Picture above shows Summer Program Teachers Jamie Greer, Kristy Martin, Stephanie D. and Colette Ruffin along with students back row L to R: Cedric Chandler, Jordan Watson, Jamyria Williams, Jovana Cruz, Jaylon Hampton, Noe Delgado, Victor Alvarez,Caleb Martinez, Christian Wright. Front row: Isaiah Coleman, Maya Bell, Jeremiah Ricard, Demetriona Hookfin, Alisha Robinson, Elvis Martinez, Mykel Knox, and Tiana Davis.
Captain Pop is feeding hot dogs to the alligators in the Honey Island Swamp.
TPSS teachers attended meetings at CM Fagan during June 11-15 to learn how the new Common Core State Standards for Mathematics are to be implemented and assessed. A group of second through fourth grade teachers discussed the importance of the standards during a Kagan activity called "Numbered Heads". Pictured are Miesha Williams (Loranger Elementary), Elizabeth Jenkins (Champ Cooper), Aline Newman and Dorothy Boyette (both from Loranger Elementary).
Publisher Holt McDougal provided sample resources aligned with the Common Core State Standards for teachers. During the 6th-8th grade and high school sessions, a drawing was done for a sample textbook. The winners were excited to receive a textbook with the new skills. The high school winners pictured are Lee Wheeler(Hammond High Magnet School), Beth Brabham (Kentwood High Magnet School), Amy Dunn (Hammond High Magnet School), Jason Helmstetter and Anna Bankston (both from Loranger High School). The winners for the 7-8th grade session are Janelle Michalik ( FPJDC), Patricia Bratcher (Ponchatoula Jr. High), Eileen Foster and Myrtle Cook ( both from Hammond Jr. High Magnet). The winner for the 6th grade was Kathy Staughan (Loranger Middle).and Bridget Acosta (Vinyard Elementary) - not pictured.