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FUTURE The Foundation for Science and Mathematics Education 2013-2014 Report to Our Community

Sci High was founded on the belief that all students deserve the opportunity to achieve at high levels. With our open-enrollment policy, any student who desires a rigorous education and abundant opportunities in life sciences, physical sciences, technology and mathematics can attend Sci High. We help each student succeed by creating an environment that supports achievement alongside cultural, athletic, health and counseling services that both uplift students and reinforce positive choices. 1



In 2014, the Greater New Orleans Foundation released a forecast on the jobs of tomorrow for New Orleans. Their research identified bioscience, environmental, digital media and software development, energy, and advanced manufacturing as key growth areas for our region. As each industry shares a similar STEM foundation and skill set, Sci High graduates are uniquely positioned for future leadership. In this report, you’ll read the stories of students, alumni and teachers who represent the best of what Sci High has to offer. Each story reflects our commitment to meet every student where he or she is and to create a personalized path for individual success—from entry into a top-tier college to progression into advanced training for a skilled vocation. The Foundation for Science and Mathematics Education provides the critical funding to support student achievement.

OUR FUTURE STARTS WITH YOU This report celebrates the accomplishments of the Sci High community. And that community starts with you. We need your continued commitment to create and sustain our vision for the future for our students, our school and our region. Florence D. André, Board Chair Foundation for Science and Mathematics Education writing and design by Karen Buck, photography by Oliver Alexander


CONNECTIONS YIELD RESULTS. Unsatisfied with her previous school, Caprice transferred to Sci High and credits her academic growth to the personalized attention she receives from teachers. Caprice plans to attend Delgado Community College to pursue a career as a dental assistant, a profession she’s drawn to because she wants to help others. 3


COMING BACK . After earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Sci High alum Rachel Thomas launched her teaching career. When a physics teaching position opened at Sci High, she jumped at the chance to return. Every day, she finds new ways to excite each student with the wonder and possibilities of science.



DIGITAL . Teachers Kevin Dickerson and Andrew Winstead help students explore how computers and software can shape and enhance our modern world. From the foundation of networking standards to coding robots to mastering JAVA programming, Sci High students thrive on the relevance and instant feedback native to tech projects.


RESEARCH GROWTH. Last summer, Lionel and Alana seized Sci High internship opportunities to further their learning. At Xavier University, Alana examined cell plates as part of a cancer project, and at the LSU School of Medicine, Lionel looked at the intersection of bacteria and plasma DNA. Each hopes to enter medical fields next year in college. 66

GLOBAL EXPOSURE. Reiss joined students from Sci High and Lusher on an eight-day study abroad trip in Jordan last June. Students made friends with their Jordanian peers, visited environmental projects and discussed the intersection of climate change and entrepreneurial opportunities. His greatest insight? “People everywhere are pretty similar. It’s human nature.” 7

CHANGING HEALTHCARE. After her Sci High internship experience at the Tulane Cancer Center, Jaune Boudreaux conducted undergraduate chemistry research at Xavier University, where she examined nanoparticles and tumor cells. Now in graduate pharmacy school, Jaune hopes to develop new life-saving medicines as a research pharmacist.



BARD EARLY COLLEGE NEW ORLEANS offers juniors and seniors the opportunity to attend their half-day program in the afternoon and complete the first year of a Bard education.

GIRL SCOUTS SOW WHAT program encourages 9th and 10th grade girls to experiment with new food options and incorporate healthy eating habits into their daily routine.

COACH ACROSS AMERICA is an Americorps program launched by Up2Us to provide coaches/ mentors to resurrect afterschool sports programs in urban areas.

GLOBAL NOMADS GROUP is an international nonprofit with a mission to foster dialogue and understanding among the world’s youth through cultural exchange and collaborative projects. Four Sci High students and a teacher traveled to Jordan this past summer.

COWEN INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION INITIATIVES, based at Tulane University, supports Sci High through college and career readiness efforts. EASTBANK COLLABORATIVE OF CHARTER SCHOOLS helps insure the sustainability of the charter school movement by helping members become more effective and efficient in their operations and providing a unified voice to local, state and national agencies.


GNO, Inc., the regional economic development alliance, has partnered with Sci High around workforce development and planning career pathways. GROW DAT works collaboratively to produce healthy food for local residents and to inspire youth and adults to create personal, social and environmental change in their communities. Ten Sci High students work at the City Park farm.

HEROES OF NEW ORLEANS, a project of nola4women Students in Sci High’s World History Class research local New Orleans heroes, learn from visiting speakers, and present papers on these accomplished women. INSTITUTE OF ETHNIC & WOMEN’S STUDIES partners with the student-based health clinic to inform parents about available free treatment and promotes students’ healthy choices. j.k. livin supports afterschool fitness and wellness programs for inner-city public schools, teaching students about the mindbody connection. KEEP LOUISIANA BEAUTIFUL promotes personal, corporate, and community responsibility for a clean and beautiful Louisiana. KLB provided a school dishwasher and expanded our robust campus recycling program.

LEADING EDUCATORS partners with schools and districts to maximize the leadership development of highly effective teachers, bolstering the talent pipeline by identifying and training strong potential teacher-leaders and, in turn, increasing student achievement. LSU SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTER offers comprehensive physical and behavioral health services on Sci High’s campus. LSU COMMUNITY & MINORITY HEALTH EDUCATION sponsors the Science Club, provides guest speakers from healthrelated careers, sponsors field trips, and organizes a summer program to increase awareness and recruitment into the medical professions. Each participant receives a stipend.

LOUISIANA UNIVERSITY MARINE CONSORTIUM LUMCON’s Education Department facilitates partnerships between scientists and Sci High’s faculty and students and promotes awareness of marine and coastal environmental issues. NEW ORLEANS CENTER FOR CREATIVE ARTS allows students to pursue preprofessional training in visual, performing, and culinary arts and creative writing on a half-day basis. NEW SCHOOLS FOR NEW ORLEANS HIGH SCHOOL COLLABORATION enables open-enrollment charter high schools to share best teaching practices and professional development, including the NSNO Common Core Fellows. ORLEANS PARISH SCHOOL BOARD Sci High is a proud OPSB school and is grateful to receive funding

opportunities, teacher training and administrative guidance. TEACH FOR AMERICA The national teacher training program recruits talented college grads, offers intensive training and focuses on eliminating educational inequality. TEACHER PREPARATION PROGRAMS AT UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS, TULANE UNIVERSITY, LOYOLA UNIVERISTY, AND XAVIER UNIVERSITY Sci High faculty mentor graduate and undergraduate education students in partnership with teacher preparation programs to develop a pipeline of professional educators in New Orleans. TULANE SERVICE LEARNING STUDENTS have partnered for the past seven years with Sci High to tutor roughly 80 students each semester in a full range of subjects.

The Foundation for Science and Mathematics Education is grateful to the community partners that have contributed so much to the success of our students. 10



SCI HIGH $50,000 –$124,999 21st Century Community Learning Innovative Approaches to Literacy Keller Family Foundation New Schools for New Orleans Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Mary Zervigon

$10,000–$49,999 Mr. and Mrs. F. Macnaughton Ball Boatner Reily Family Foundation Freeport McMoRan Foundation Georges Lurcy Charitable and Educational Trust Global Nomads Group Goldring Family Foundation j.k. livin foundation Pro Bono Publico Foundation RosaMary Foundation St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church Up2Us/Coach Across America

$5,000–$9,999 Amy and Nicholas Altiero Karen Buck German Protestant Orphan Asylum Foundation Keep Louisiana Beautiful Foundation Gustaf W. McIlhenny Family Foundation 11

Bob and Margaret Reily Fund Reily Foods Company Robert Sternhell, Ph.D.

$1,000–$4,999 Almar Foundation Florence D. André Toni and Richard Bachmann Mr. and Mrs. George Bernstein Nancy Bissinger Carrollton Enterprise Services Diana and Joseph Caverly Robert Corley Colby Dempsey and Kathleen Martin Margo and Clancy DuBos Jennifer Fallon Elizabeth Fowler Kay and Robert Kerrigan Kinder Morgan Foundation Jean and Janet Lapeyre Catherine Lemann Louis and Jane Glade Roger Ogden and Ken Barnes Lynn E. Pyke Lee and Kathy Randall Chris Reade Pamela Ryan Madalyn and Robert Schenk Tulane University Dr. and Mrs. Roy Weiner Thomas Wiese, Ph.D.

$500–$999 Charles Dyal Kristen Engeron Margaret and Joe Epstein Frances and Calvin Fayard Gregory and Marcella Ferris Brian Friedman Cathy Glaser Kirk Menard Virginia Meyer Drs. David and Janet Rice Sara Stone Carroll Suggs Cedric and Julie Walker Andres Zervigon

$100–$499 Anne Bradburn Mrs. Philip Breitmeyer John Brown Dr. and Mrs. Roderic Camp Matthew Caverly Russel Patrick Cecola Joan Coulter Mason Curran Mr. and Mrs. William M. Detweiler Entergy Laura Fakier Maria Gilcrist Prof. Paul Guth Yvette Hales

Michelle Hayes Sarah Hess Susan Hess Katherine Jackson Trevor Karjanis Judith Kiser Anna Lord Deborah Love Sarah Martzoff Pat and Lee Mason Dr. and Mrs. Charles A McKee Lourdes Moran Sybil Morial Mr. and Mrs. David Mushatt National Financial Services, LLC New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau Northwestern Mutual Foundation Sidney Pulitzer James and Elizabeth Schnieders Mary T. Stern Jacqueline L. Sullivan Roy Waterhouse Mr. and Mrs. James Wesner Kevin Wilkins Noel B. Williams

Up To $99 Frances André Ana Babington Drs. Marc Bernard and Johnette Hassell Troy and Monique Butler Michael Carbo and Martha McKnight Joseph Daschbach Brooke Duncan Drs. and Mrs. Marc Friedman Deena Gerber Google TRIPS for Charity Mr. and Mrs. Seth Harris Lee Hayes Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Knill Jeanne Krull Mr. and Mrs. Joel T. Mague Mrs. Walter F. Marcus Margaret Milling

Clairborne Perrilliat Mary Pitts Brian Sheppard Catherine Simoneaux Stevario Windhorn William and Linda Zeininger

Co-Principals Chana Benenson Claire Jecklin

Board Members 2013-15: Foundation for Science and Mathematics Education Florence D. André, President Toni Van Zandt Bachmann, Vice President Bob Brown, Vice President Mason Curran, Vice President Kristen Engeron, Treasurer Ellen Ball, Secretary Nicolas Aziz Barbara Beckman, Ph.D. George Bernstein, Ph.D. Nancy Bissinger Karen Buck Bradley Cousins Michael Cunningham, Ph.D. Bill Detweiler Tim Dilligan Margo DuBos Frances Fayard Betsy Fowler Brian Friedman Louis B. Glade, M.D. Kay Kerrigan Judith Kiser Lisa Martin* Sarah Martzolf Pat Mason* Lourdes Moran Gregory J. Probst Christopher Reade* Pamela Ryan Madalyn Schenk Mary Tunis Stern Robert Sternhell, Ph.D.

Carroll W. Suggs Jackie Sullivan Ian Tucker Cedric Walker, Ph.D. Roy S. Weiner, M.D. Thomas Wiese, Ph.D. Kevin Wilkins Arnold H. Zea, Ph.D. Mary Zervigon *2013–14 Board Members

Board Members 2013-15: Advocates for Science and Mathematics Education Inc. Mary Zervigon, Chair Sybil Morial, Secretary James Schneiders, Treasurer Nicholas Altiero, Ph.D. John Brown Joseph Caverly Joan Coulter Joe Daschbach Jennifer A. Fallon Cathy Glaser Michelle Hayes Deborah Love, Esq.

Foundation Staff Martha McKnight, Director of Advancement Michael Spara, Accountability and Communications Assistant

We We have have made made every every effort effort toto ensure ensure completeness completeness and and accuracy. accuracy. Please Please contact contact Martha Martha McKnight McKnight at at 504.324.7045 504.324.7045 oror with with any any errors errors oror omissions, omissions, so so that that our our records records and and the the online online donor donor roll roll can can be be corrected. corrected. 10 12

2013-2014 IN


IMPROVED SCHOOL PERFORMANCE SCORE Sci High reclaimed B school status by focusing on increased on-time graduation, championing AP credits and improving test scores. ADVANCED PLACEMENT As part of our OpenEnrollment Advance Placement (AP) Program, nearly 1/2 of our students took college-level courses last year. TEST READY In End of Course testing, 90% of students passed all of their tests on the first attempt, with 63% of students scoring “Good” or “Excellent.”


DIVERSE ENROLLMENT Of our students, 54% are female and 83% are African-American. They come from every New Orleans neighborhood and are often from financially challenged families; 84% qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch. GRADUATING ON TIME They succeed: 93% of our seniors graduated in June. The majority remained in Louisiana to continue their education. Out-of-state colleges chosen in 2014 included Knox, Howard, Hendrix, and Agnes Scott. AMONG THE STATE’S BEST Sci High ranked #3 of all public high schools in Louisiana by US News & World Report for closing


the achievement gap, and #5 in greater New Orleans and #8 in the state for public STEM schools succeeding in math and science according to Children At Risk. INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE 41 students had paid internships in summer 2014 at 14 nonprofits ranging from LSU Health Sciences Center to GNO, Inc. and the Children’s Museum. Four students and a teacher also took part in the Global Nomads Group trip to Amman, Jordan. GROWING COMMUNITY The 2014-15 school year boasts Sci High’s largest population in history with 415 enrolled students. 13

We need your continued commitment to ensure that all of the children of New Orleans can access the rigor, support and enhanced high-school experience that Sci High offers. Here are a few ways you can help: VOLUNTEER We actively seek new volunteers to serve as tutors as well as provide other pro-bono support based on academic background or professional skill sets.

CONNECT YOUR NETWORK Share the Sci High story with your friends and colleagues via personal conversation and social media. The more people who know us, the greater number of students we can serve.

SPONSOR AN INTERNSHIP Professional experiences create opportunities for students to sample careers, enhance resumes and strengthen college applications. We seek more internship locations and funding for stipends.

MAKE AN UNRESTRICTED GIFT When you donate to the Foundation for Science and Mathematics Education, we funnel your gift to address priority needs that support student achievement.

To connect with or donate to the Foundation for Science and Mathematics Education, contact Director of Advancement Martha McKnight at (504) 324-7045 or The Foundation for Science and Mathematics Education, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, supports the New Orleans Charters Science and Mathematics High School.


BY US NEWS & WORLD REPORT We’re closing the achievement gap! See page 13 for more 2013-2014 accomplishments.


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