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TIDINGS from TAYLOR

A monthly newsletter brought to you by PFTSTA Publications.

Upcoming Dates: April 4 Superintendent’s Band Festival April 4 Seniors pick up graduation supplies April 6 No School April 12—13, 16—17 Standardized Testing April 13 PAC Crawfish Boil PFTSTA café, 4:30—7:30 April 20 Senior Extravaganza April 23—27 Spring Break (No School)

Contact Us: 2012 Jefferson Highway Jefferson, LA 70121 504 838 2249 – phone 504 838 7029 – fax

Principal – Jaime Zapico jzapico@pftsta.jppss.k12.la.us Questions – Barbara Harney bharney@pftsta.jppss.k12.la.us ------PFTSTA Web-site http://ptsta.jppss.k12.la.us PFTSTA Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/pftsta

April 2012

From the Principal’s Pen…Mrs. Jaime Zapico: Can you believe we’re in the 4th 9 weeks already?!? Even though the end of the year is approaching quickly, students still need to be mindful of their grades and standardized testing. Remember, grades can be accessed 24 hours a day by going to http://echo.newtechnetwork.org. In order to keep our A+ status we have to at least grow two points in our overall school performance score. Phase II testing will begin April 12 and finish on April 17. Please make sure your child is at school each day and on time. We will have a big celebration for all of our students on April 20 with our annual senior extravaganza. A great time was had at the annual Senior Brunch with Mrs. Taylor at Mardi Gras World on April 1. The students were treated with great food and individual time with Mrs. Taylor. The students were also able to put on their dancing shoes since Mrs. Taylor had a D.J. playing some of their favorite songs at the event. Mrs. Taylor even showed off with some of her moves as well! Our annual PAC crawfish boil will be on Friday, April 13 from 4:30 – 7:30. More information about this event is in the newsletter. Come out for the last fundraiser of the year! The Class of 2012 will be graduating on Saturday, May 12 at 5:00 pm at the Alario Center. Seniors will need to be at the Alario Center by 4:00 pm. Parents please make sure all family members are on time for this special event. The doors will be closing at 4:55 pm to prepare for the entrance of our graduates. The doors will re-open after the National Anthem. No exceptions will be made. Thank you for your cooperation! Senior awards night will be on Thursday, May 3 at 6:30 pm in Monroe Hall which is located in Ochsner Hospital. Every senior is recognized at this event. Many awards will be given to the seniors that night and we hope all of you can make it.

Taylor Tigers School-Wide Expectations: Be Respectful Be Responsible Be Safe

Thoughtfulness of others Independence Global thinking Engagement in learning Responsibility Seriousness in using technology


Jefferson Parish Public School System Web-site http://www.jppss.k12.la.us

Lines from the Librarian‌Mrs. Elizabeth Kahn: Teen Tech Week (TTW) held in the library in early March was a big success. Photos of all the events are posted on the library website: http://bit.ly/wT2k00. Two contests were held during TTW. Every student who played the Research Riddles daily was eligible to participate in the grand prize drawing. Jeremy Ward was the middle school winner, and Kaylynn Tran was the high school winner. Each student received a $15 gift card for iTunes. The other contest was for the best book spine poetry. All students and faculty had a chance to vote on their favorite of the 16 entries. There was a tie for first place. Here are pictures of the winning poems:

Believe It or Not! The Last Dog on Earth Tunnels Holes Justin Case The Homework Machine Flipped The Secret Notes From the Dog Joseph Blanco, 6th grade

Shine Across the Universe just in case this world we live in Burned

Carson Chauvin, 10th grade

The middle school now has its very own book group. Books Rule in Middle School or BRiMS met for the first time on February 29, 2012 after school. All middle school students were invited to join. Mrs. Valence as a middle school teacher joined the group, too. At the first meeting the students and teachers all brought a book to share that they highly recommend. The group met for its second time on March 28, 2012. At this meeting, Tangerine by Edward Bloor was discussed, and tangerines were the snack of the day. If you want to find out what we will be reading next, visit the BRiMS webpage here: http://bit.ly/H1eM2m.

BRiMS says: Keep Reading!


Counselor’s Corner…Ms. Wendy Durant: Parents, students, and faculty, it’s time to get ready for Spring Testing 2012!! 6 th and 7th grade students will take the iLEAP test, 8 th grade students will take Phase II of the LEAP test, and 11th students will complete Phase II of the GEE on April 12th-13th, and April 16th-17th. The iLEAP assessment has both timed and untimed sections. Both the GEE and LEAP have recommended timeframes for each section, however students can have extended time if needed. Parents and students, please try your hardest to get to school on time and avoid being absent during testing. Some studies suggest that students perform better on standardized testing when they are able to test under normal testing conditions (with their peers) and not rushed because of entering the testing room late. A few additional tips for students to be successful on the test includes:     

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Keep a positive attitude throughout the whole test and try to stay relaxed. If you start to feel nervous take a few deep breaths to relax. Pace yourself, don't rush. Read the entire question and pay attention to the details. Write legibly. If the grader can't read what you wrote, they'll most likely mark it wrong. Always read the entire question carefully. Don't make assumptions about what the question might be. If you don't know an answer, skip it. Go on with the rest of the test and come back to it later. Other parts of the test may have some information that will help you out with that question. Don't worry if others finish before you. Focus on the test in front of you. If you have time left when you are finished, look over your test. Make sure that you have answered all the questions. Only change an answer if you misread or misinterpreted the question because the first answer that you put is usually the correct one. Watch out for careless mistakes and proofread your essay and/or short answer questions.

8th grader Alyssa Duffourc Wins Writing Competition: Alyssa Duffourc, 8th grade, won $5,000 for PFTSTA on World Wetlands Day as a result of America’s Wetland Foundation’s (AWF) 10th anniversary special “Keep Your Eye on the Prize” contest. The $5,000 grant is going to be used for educational materials, equipment, and a school wetlands restoration project coordinated by the Foundation. According to the AWF web-site, “the awards are the largest in AWF history and come as a result of the organization’s upcoming 10-year anniversary. Students were asked to provide art, photography and essay submissions in response to the questions, ‘How can Louisiana adapt to coastal land loss?’ and ‘Why should the area known as ‘America’s WETLAND’ be saved?’” Alyssa’s 1st place essay can be read here: http://www.americaswetland.com/contestEntryDetail.cfm?sID=403&cat=essay A special thanks to Angela Giffin, Alyssa’ 8th grade LA History teacher, for encouraging participation in this contest!

Mark Davis (Tulane law professor and executive director of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana), Alyssa Duffourc and Ms. Angela Giffin with the $5000 check.

Alyssa, Ms. Giffin, Mr. Davis with the PFTSTA 8th grade class.


Accolades for Academic Games: Propaganda Tournament Results: Individual Winners  1st Place (Junior Division) – Kayla Tarr 

4th Place (Middle Division) – Alexandra Miserendino

Team Winners  2nd place (Junior Division) – Kayla Tarr, Carson Chauvin, Derick Pillai, Edward Johnson, Micquel Downs 4th Place (Middle Division) – Alexandra Miserendino, Daniel Pillai, Ty Dugas, Rachel Indest, Dylan Vasquez

 On-Sets Tournament Results: Individual Winner  2nd Place (Junior Division) – Derick Pillai

Team Winners  2nd Place (Junior Division) – Kayla Tarr, Carson Chauvin, Derick Pillai, Edward Johnson, Micquel Downs 4th Place (Middle Division) – Alexandra Miserendino, Thanh “Michael” Pham, Daniel Pillai, Ty Dugas, Rachel Indest

 Equations Tournament Results: Individual Winners  3rd Place (Junior Division) – Derick Pillai 

3rd Place (Junior Division) – Kayla Tarr

Team Winners  1st Place (Junior Division) – Kayla Tarr, Carson Chauvin, Derick Pillai, Edward Johnson, Micquel Downs 

Linguishtiks Tournament Results: Team Winners  2nd Place (Junior Division) – Kayla Tarr, Carson Chauvin, Derick Pillai, Edward Johnson, Darla Nguyen

4th Place (Middle Division) – Alexandra Miserendino, Thanh “Michael” Pham, Daniel Pillai, Ty Dugas, Rachel Indest

Team Winners  3rd Place (Middle Division) – Alexandra Miserendino, Thanh “Michael” Pham, Daniel Pillai, Ty Dugas, Rachel Indest

National Qualifiers Please congratulate the following students who were invited to participate in the National Academic Games Tournament April 27—30 in Wheeling, West Virginia.  

Junior Division – Kayla Tarr, Carson Chauvin, Derick Pillai, Edward Johnson Middle Division - Alexandra Miserendino, Thanh “Michael” Pham, Daniel Pillai

Notes from National Honor Society: On Thursday, March 8, 29 new members were inducted into the National Honor Society. To be eligible to join, students must be at least a sophomore and have an unweighted GPA of 3.5 or higher as well as recommendation by the faculty. The ceremony was held in the Taylor cafeteria. Dwayne Fontenette Jr., former Southern Regional Chief, Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s National Honor Society, was the keynote speaker. Dwayne is a junior at Loyola University, and the students could relate to his youth as well as his message about the importance of service. This was the 5th and largest induction ceremony that Taylor has had. The newest members of the PFTSTA Chapter of NHS are SENIORS: Agathe Carrier and Zarik House; JUNIORS: Sara Adoue, Krishna Allam and Daniel Gutierrez; and SOPHOMORES: Jose Alexander, Tameka Aych, David Burns, Carson Chauvin, Daniel Colosino. Nicklas Dang, Micquel Downs, Paris Evans, Arielle Laurent, Melina Liriano, Abrania Marrero, Nuri Melancon, Nicholas Melara, Louis Messina, Evan Michel, Ricky Nguyen, Mary Beth Oliver, Andrew Roberts, Thomas Sostarics, Stephen Torry, Alicia Tran, Kaylynn Tran, Lauren Tran, and Celia Zaeringer.


New officers were also inducted during the ceremony Tiffany Lou as president, Sara Adoue as vice president, Allie Baldassaro as secretary, and Krishna Allam as historian.

NHS officers for 2012-13 from left to right are Lou, Allam, Adoue and Baldassaro.

NHS members graduating in May in the front row from left to right: Caitlin Mitchell, Archit Shukla, Nikki Nguyen, Mohammad Chowdhury, Amy Olson and Shannon Vitrano; in the back row: Jeffrey Prado, Hunter McDaniel (Mu Alpha Theta member), Mohammed Samarra’e, and Jenna Zeringue

Star Students: Congratulations to the following STAR STUDENTS – these students were recognized by one (or more!) of their teachers during the 3rd 9 weeks. A Nachos Party was held on March 30 to reward our stars. In order to be nominated, students must embody the following ideals:

Thoughtfulness of others Independence Global thinking Engagement in learning Responsibility Seriousness in using technology


Middle School Star Students: 6th grade

7th grade

Paige Bass Joseph Blanco Gerald Blank Madeleine Brown Joel Gabourel Andres Gallardo Tyree Hackett Samantha Herman Jake Leblanc Harrison Reiner Ozzie Ross Dominic Scheurer Jeremy Ward Holly Wilkinson

Elizabeth Baudoin Dylan Craigie Henry Hazlett Taijha Marshall Gavin Morrow Isabelle Ordonez Claire Pantell Alexcia Perilloux Daniel Pillai Rocky Rico Soheil Saneei Andrew Souther Stefan Suazo Matthew Trochez Mason Varuso Nicholas Vo

Freshmen

Colin Bardwell Claire Commagere Jawan Fox Jonathan Griffith Edward Johnson Brittany Lehmann Sydney Monix Tyler Nguyen Derick Pillai Saraya Sibley Kristen Stamp Kayla Tarr Jazmine Wells

Sophomore Imani Bell Benny Boudreaux David Burns Brandon Clancey Daniel Colosino Nicklas Dang Jasmyn Hall Joshua Henderson Arielle Laurent Melina Liriano Kathleen McShane Nuri Melancon Nicholas Melara Louis Messina Lee Montgomery Sarah Morrison Mary Beth Oliver Alexandra Pollard Madison Rolig Thomas Sostarics Stephen Torry Celia Zaeringer

State Science Fair Winners: Congratulations to Linda Arellano for placing 1st in the Louisiana State Science Fair held at LSU in Baton Rouge. Linda placed with her Senior Project titled “How do age, gender, and race correlate with the incidence of precancerous polyps?” Former PFTSTA student Brenna Gourgeot placed 3rd with a project done while at Taylor titled “What is the effect of skyglow on the darkness of the night sky?”

8th grade Elias Carrier Alexandra Compagno Alanah Cottingham Alyssa Duffourc Cameron Granger Jason Hall Kiara Horton Hayley Hughes Tyler Libert Solomon Mansfield Marissa Nguyen Drew Ordoyne Mark Parfait William Phillips Madison Pierce Valerie Ruiz Gavin Stevens Sierra Torres Rayne Torry Ariel Walker

Junior

Senior

Sarah Adoue Nathalie Argueta Courtney Beamer Daniel Gutierrez A.J. McGee

Lorin Allen Jezzett Anderson Peyton Aubin Mohammed Chowdhury Brennan Edler Ashley Laurent Hunter McDaniel Jaylen Parquet My-Huyen Pham Jeffrey Prado Archit Shukla Arlo Spear Darion Toups Jenna Zeringue


Regional Social Studies Fair Winners: Our students had a good showing at the Regional Social Studies Fair on Saturday, March 31. All of our projects looked great and all of our students impressed the judges! The following is a list of all of our winners. All 1st and 2nd place winners will advance to the next level of competition, the Louisiana State Social Studies Fair. Good Luck! DIVISION 2 - Middle School Alex Walsh & Valerie Ruiz – 1st place, LA History (How did Katrina affect education in New Orleans) Madison Pierce & Rayne Torry – 1st place, Geography (Remembering 911: The National September 11th Memorial) Matthew Trochez –2nd place, Economics (What effect did Pol Pot have on the Cambodian Economy?) Jake LeBlanc – 2nd place, History (How did Winston Churchill Affect Modern Warfare?) Bailey Bourgeoois – 3rd place, Political Science (How did the Triangle Shirt-Waist Fire Change Working Conditions for Factories?) DIVISION 3 - High School Amy Olson – 1st place, LA History (Huey P. Long Bridge) Hunter McDaniel & Caitlin Mitchell – 1st place, Sociology (Socioeconomic, Legal, and Political Aspects of Abortion) Nick Dang – 1st place, Economics (The Effect of the European Union on its Member Countries) Tiffany Lou & AJ McGee – 2nd place, History (Nazi Science: The 3rd Reich's experiments during the Holocaust) Quentin Andrus – 2nd place, Political Science (Democracy: Reality or the Great American Delusion) Sara Adoue – 3rd place, Sociology (Desensitizing America One Sitcom at a Time) Kashif Mustahsan & Jeffrey Sturcke – 3rd Place (The Doomsday Clock) Addison Hinson – HM, Anthropology (How Does Greek Theatre Inspire American Theatre?) Mary Beth Oliver – HM, Sociology (Hows the View? History of Pentecostal Christianity in a Nutshell

Yearbook Ads + Yearbooks for Sale: Mrs. Johnson’s Publications class is selling ads for the 2011-2012 yearbook. $100 (full page) $25 (1/4 page)

$50 (1/2 page) $12 (1/8 page)

2012—2013 yearbooks can now be pre-ordered – they are $35!

Key Club Clippings: On March 23 and 24, 2012, three newly elected officers (Krishna Allam, Kashif Mustahsan and AJ McGee) of the Patrick F. Taylor Key Club participated in officer training in Baton Rouge. The training was a district wide training and consisted of team building, leadership, and community awareness workshops. Our key club is a member of the LaMissTenn (Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee) district, which affords the club the opportunity to meet with and work with a diverse cross section of teens.


Key Club International is the high school organization sponsored by Kiwanis International. Key Club assists Kiwanis in carrying out its mission to serve the children of the world. High school student members of Key Club perform acts of service in their communities, such as cleaning up parks, collecting clothing and organizing food drives. They also learn leadership skills by running meetings, planning projects and holding elected leadership positions at the club, district and international levels. Any high school student interested in joining the Key Club please see A.J. McGee, the club president. Future events: District Convention April 20-23 in Baton Rouge and International Convention July 3-10 in Orlando, Florida. All Key Clubbers are encouraged to attend.

Krishna Allam, Kashif Mustahsan, AJ McGee, and Mr. McCloskey at officer training

Regional Rally Winners: Congratulations to students who attended District Rally on March 24. Everyone from Patrick Taylor placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd on their respective subject tests! Many of the students were competing with students an entire grade level above them! What an outstanding representation of our school. 1st and 2nd place winners go to State Rally at LSU on April 21. Thank you to Mrs. Linda McEwen, the PFTSTA Rally sponsor!

1.

LastName, FirstName

Class

Ranking Subject

Adoue, Sara

Junior

2

nd

US History

nd

Physical Science

2.

Andrus, Quentin

Freshman

2

3.

Baldassaro, Allie

Junior

1st

Junior

st

Environmental Science

nd

Chemistry

1

st

Physics

1

st

Spanish I

Sophomore 2

nd

Civics

Junior

1

st

Advanced Math - Functions & Statistics

2

nd

Biology

1

st

Spanish III

1

st

Algebra I

2

nd

English IV

st

Algebra II

4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Beamer, Courtney Chauvin, Carson

Sophomore 2

Chowdhury, Mohammed Senior Cottingham, Alanah Dang, Nick Gothard, Ben

10. Hughes, Zachary 11. Johnson, Edward 12. Libert, Tyler 13. Lou, Tiffany 14. Marrero, Abrania

1

Eighth

Freshman Freshman Eighth Junior

Sophomore 1

Advanced Math - Pre Calculus


15. McDaniel, Hunter

3

rd

World History

2

nd

Calculus

1

st

Spanish II

Sophomore 1

st

English III

Freshman

1

st

Geometry

1

st

World Geography

1

st

English II

3

rd

English I

Senior

16. Mitchell, Caitlin

Senior

17. Monix, Sydney

Freshman

18. Oliver, Marybeth 19. Pillai, Derick 20. Stamp, Kristen

Freshman

21. Tarr, Kayla

Freshman

22. Torry, Rayne

Eighth

3rd 9 Weeks Honor Roll: 6th GRADE

7th GRADE

Principal Honors Bass, Paige L Bundick, Elizabeth A Leblanc, Jake M Quach, Tiffany N Rosato, Harrison Scheurer, Dominic Thai, Johnny Vo, Dylan T A - Honors Andras, Taylor M Adkins V, Caudle J Blanco III, Joseph T Bourgeois, Bailey J Brown, Madeleine I Derefaka, Tamunobelema Gabourel, Joel D Gallardo, Andres Hudson, Claire H Lumar, Cameron R Mahl, Gavin M Marque, Devin M McDonald, Corianna C Mores, Grayce S Paternostro, Eduardo J Pati, Marilyn I Plunkett, Alexis A Reiner, Harrison J Silva, Brennan V Smith, Laura K VanderMeulen, Willem A Wilkinson, Holly M

8th GRADE

Principal Honors Hazlett, Henry M Morrow, Gavin G Pillai, Daniel Souther, Andrew D Suazo, Stefan L

Principal Honors Cottingham, Alanah A Horton, Kiara B Miserendino, Alexandra M Pierce, Madison D Torry, Rayne E

A-Honors Baudoin, Elizabeth P Clement, Kristen L Flores, Marco A Hamed, Mustafa S Ordonez, Isabelle E Pantell, Claire V Perilloux, Alexcia R Thomas, Kala M Varuso, Mason R Vo, Nicholas T

A-Honors Carrier, Elias Compagno, Alexandra M DeJesus, Johann M Dugas, Ty M Evangeloulis, George A Evans, Baylor M Hall, Jason M Hughes, Hayley Libert, Tyler R Ordoyne, Drew R Rogers, Sarah E Romero Jr., Bill M Ruiz, Valerie A Torres, Sierra M Walker, Ariel M

B-Honors French, Noah M Gagneaux, Benjamin J Indest, Rachel D Modica, Michael J Marshall, Taijha M

B- Honors Blank III, Gerald J Hughes, Treyvor Ross III, Ozzie Ward, Jeremy D FRESHMEN Principal Honors Johnson, Edward K Monix, Sydney G Pillai, Derick M Syed, Abdullah Tarr, Kayla R

SOPHOMORE Principal Honors Dang, Nicklas W Downs, Micquel D Laurent, Arielle M Liriano, Melina A Marrero, Abrania D Oliver, Mary B

B-Honors Branch, Kaleb M Falanga, Keegan A Gallardo, Manuel D Hammonds, Tyler S Hooter, Caleb V Mansfield, Solomon D McGowan, Jasmine R Nguyen, Marissa M Pham, Thanh M Stevens, Gavin Vasquez, Dylan F Walsh, Alexandra J

JUNIOR Principal Honors Adoue, Sara E Baldassaro, Alexandra D Lou, Tiffany J

SENIOR Principal Honors Allen, Lorin C Chowdhury, Mohammad A Dantin, Tyler J Hendrix, Raymond P House, Zarik L


Wells, Jazmine E

Tran, Lauren D Zaeringer,Celia M

A-Honors Allred, Sarah N Andrus, Quentin C Bardwell, Colin A Berard, Madison D Bold, Rachelle M Burnett, Destiny H Commagere, Claire S Fox, Jawan M Griffith, Jonathan A Kirkland, Alexandra J LeCompte, Kirsten A Lehmann, Brittany M Nguyen, Tyler T Stamp, Kristen Syed, Abdullah Tally, Da’Nesha N Tran, John B-Honors Abadie, Warren M Cooper, Courtney E Magaw, Everett W Nguyen, Dillon D Walker, Erionne M

A-Honors Alexander, Jose Aych, Tameka N Burns, David Chauvin, Carson G Colosino, Daniel G Evans, Paris R Hall, Jasmyn N McShane, Kathleen E Melancon, Nuri A Melara, Nicholas J Messina III, Louis B Michel, Evan J Nguyen, Ricky H Roberts, Andrew E Rolig, Madison C Sostarics, Thomas N Stamp, Kristen Torry, Stephen B Tran, Alicia M Tran, Kaylynn H

A –Honors Allam, Krishna C Beamer, Courtney N Gothard, Benjamin P Gutierrez, Daniel N Leslie, Logan R Mustahsan, Kashif M Sturcke, Jeffrey B Tran, Linda B- Honors Argueta, Nathalie J Buquoi, Emmalyn C Roussell, Michael J Suggs, Crystal N Tran, Anthony H

B-Honors Bell, Imani M Boudreaux IV, Benny Clancey, Brandon P DePriest, Dylan E Kudsy, Mariam Moise, Ashley J Montgomery, Lee C Pollard, Alexandra M

Kreller, Stephen J Mitchell, Caitlin E McDaniel, Hunter M Nguyen, Nikki A Olson, Amy C Prado, Jeffrey R Shukla, Archit B Spear, Arlo J Vitrano, Shannon M Williams, Joelle Ziegel, Blaine A A-Honors Anderson, Jezzett A Aubin, Peyton M Carrier, Agathe E Edler, Brennan R Fox, Jona T Houston, Monet Jones, Kyrsten K Parquet, Jaylen J Samarra’e, Mohammed S Tran, Dennis H Warner, Dariel S Zeringue, Jenna L B-Honors Arellano, Linda G Balsomo, Jasper V Hernandez, Nilmo D Howard, Brianna L Laurent, Ashley M Soniat, Alex J

PAC Spring Fundraiser: CRAWFISH BOIL When: Friday, April 13, 2012 Time: 4:30 – 7:30 pm Where: PFTSTA School Campus Cost: $12.00/person on or before Thursday, April 12th OR $15.00/person at the door on April 13th Your ticket will get you a good-sized portion of crawfish, a potato, corn on-thecob and one drink. Eat on campus with other PFTSTA families or pick-up a “togo” box to bring home. Additional drinks can be purchased + desserts sold by the Junior Class. An order form is attached below – you can also get one from Mrs. Kathy Hill!


PAC Spring Fundraiser: Crawfish Boil Order Form

Student Name: ____________________________________ Advisory Teacher:__________________________________ # of Dinners: ________ x $12.00/ea = $_______ Cash _________ or Check #______________ checks accepted ONLY from PFTSTA Families – make checks payable to PFTSTA – PAC Do you plan on picking up your order to go?: Yes______ No_____


Tidings From Taylor April 2012