Baton Rouge Parents Magazine - August 2020

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CONNECT EDUCATION EBR LAUNCHES ONLINE REGISTRATION

The East Baton Rouge Parish School System has made the technology jump to online registration for this school year. The new system integrates with existing student management software, eliminating extra steps and duplication of data entry while limiting in-person interactions, particularly important during COVID-19. “Online enrollment is the next step in meeting our families’ 21st-century technology needs,” says outgoing Superintendent Warren Drake. “Our families rely on technology to pay bills, shop, order groceries, etc. They expect their children’s schools to provide similar ease and access.” Student transfers are still managed outside this registration system. ■ ebr.edgear.net/register

WHAM FAMILIES BAKE TO STAY CONNECTED

Getting creative in the kitchen with baking projects is a great way to pass the time at home. Westdale Heights Academic Magnet School recognized that and took it to the next level with its Great WHAM Bake Off. The WHAM parent-teacher organization challenged families to create a WHAM-themed dessert, and families, faculty and staff responded in a big way. “During the pandemic, they have created ways for our families to connect and engage,” says Principal Catasha N. Edwards. “These activities have made it possible for our students to be close together even when we are apart.” Winning confections received prizes from the PTO. ■ facebook.com/ebrmagnet.org

DUTCHTOWN HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL IS NAMED 2020 STATE PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR

The 2020 State Principal of the Year for Louisiana is Carli Francois of Dutchtown High School. The award is presented by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the leading organization of and voice for middle and high school principals and other school leaders in the United States. “I am humbled and honored to represent educators in the state of Louisiana, in Ascension Parish Schools, and at Dutchtown High School,” Francois says. “The part of this experience that excites me most is being given the opportunity to meet, network with, and ultimately learn from outstanding principals from around the country.” Francois was also named the 2019-2020 Louisiana Principal of the Year by Louisiana Dream Teachers. ■ nassp.org

PARKVIEW BAPTIST SCHOOL’S BEAUTY & THE BEAST PERFORMANCE ON DEMAND

The show must go on, and the student cast and crew of Parkview Baptist School’s Fine Arts Department’s Beauty and the Beast production performed the tale as old as time in different ways for all audiences. The family-friendly performances were rescheduled from March due to the COVID-19 school closures. More than 100 students in grades 4 through 12 took part in bringing the story to life with exciting staging, special effects, classic Disney songs, and show-stopping dance numbers. In addition to the socially distanced and audience-masked live performances, Parkview made the show available online to viewers from all over to ensure that more viewers could be their guests during the performances. ■ parkviewbaptist.com/watch

LIVINGSTON RECEIVES FEDERAL FUNDS TO REBUILD FLOODED SCHOOLS

Livingston Parish Schools have been awarded more than $57 million in federal funds to rebuild school campuses damaged during the August 2016 floods. Denham Springs Elementary, Southside Elementary and Southside Junior High will have enlarged and much improved campuses when work is complete. “These campuses will be larger, fully code compliant, more efficient and better equipped for learning inside and outside the classroom,” Murphy says. “We are excited about what these facilities will mean for our system and the Denham Springs community, and we are most grateful that the federal funding will allow us to cover most of the cost.” 20

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