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Tidings from Taylor

A monthly newsletter brought to you by PFTSTA Publications.

Upcoming Dates: August 26 – September 14 PAC fundraiser September 5 Labor Day – no school September 9 Back to School/Saints Pep Rally September 9 Skype Session with Columbia University September 12—16 Interim Reports issued

August + September 2011

From the Principal’s Pen…Mrs. Jaime Zapico: I would like to take this opportunity to welcome back all of our returning Taylor students, parents, faculty and staff – further, to welcome all those new to the Taylor family! I know the summer flew by for many of our students but we are anxious to get to work and hit the ground running! Our teachers have been preparing all summer for this school year and look forward to working with our students and our parents as well. If there is anything I can assist you with or answer a question about please do not hesitate to call or email me. I look forward to building a relationship with all of you and having a productive and fulfilling school year! •

September 16 Top 10 Luncheon

• September 19 Boston College Visit

For the safety of our students please do not drop off or pick up students at the front entrance of Patrick Taylor. This is the entrance right off of Jefferson Highway. There is not a teacher on duty and due to the faculty and staff entering the gate it is extremely dangerous to drop off or pick up your child in that area. We have a new grandparents club! If you would like to join, please see the form at the bottom of this issue.

Let’s keep on the path to success! September 22 Florida State Visit September 26 National College Night – N.O. Convention Center September 28 Author Heather Brewer visits September 29 PAC Meeting* – (TOPS speaker) *additional PAC meetings November 10 March 1 April 19

September 30 Wear your spirit shirts

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

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

Lines from the Librarian…Mrs. Elizabeth Kahn: Over the summer I was lucky enough to attend two professional conferences. One was all about books and the other was all about technology. I have so many new ideas that I want to implement this year. I can hardly wait. You can keep up to date about what is happening in the library by visiting the library website: Or download a QR reader on your smart phone and find the library here  Our first author visit of the year will be September 28th. Heather Brewer, writer of the The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series, will talk to all 8th and 9th graders. She is making a tour for her new book, The Slayer Chronicles. Books will be sold to interested students in all grades, and of course the author will be signing those books. Look for more info in the PFTSTA Paw Prints and on the PFTSTA library website. If you want more info about the author look here: As always, we want to thank Octavia Books in New Orleans for this fantastic opportunity.

Principal – Jaime Zapico Questions – Barbara Harney ------PFTSTA Web-site

Here are some reminders about library policies. Books from the general collection may be checked out for 2 weeks and renewed if needed. Late fines are 10¢ a day not counting weekends and holidays. Students are responsible for paying for lost or damaged books. Reference materials and magazines may be checked out overnight only and late fines are 50¢ a day. If you want the passwords to our databases, please email or call me at school 838-2249.



Jefferson Parish Public School System Web-site

8th graders Sierra Torres, Mark Parfait and Alanah Cottingham visit Mrs. Kahn’s library during the Back-toSchool BBQ. Clearly, Taylor students are happy to back in the PFTSTA library for the 2011-2012 school year!

Counselor’s Corner…Ms. Wendy Durant: Welcome back students, faculty, and parents! I’m so excited about my return to Taylor. For those of you that may not be aware, I taught at Taylor for several years as a Social Studies teacher, and then left to assume a counselor position at the middle school. I’ve been gone a few years; however, I’m grateful that Mrs. Zapico invited me back and I look forward to an exciting 2011-2012 school year! Hopefully all of you had a restful and enjoyable summer and are now refreshed and prepared to continue your academic journey! This year several exciting activities, resources, and support services will be available from the counseling office. Please make sure to read the weekly edition of Tiger Talk which will include useful college and career information for parents/students, as well as scholarship opportunities, college tips, and useful community resources. Parents and students, even if you are at the middle school level, familiarizing yourself with this information early is a great way to jump start preparing for senior year and college down the road!! Also, all high school students are invited to attend presentations when local and out of state universities come on campus to meet with students. Pay close attention to dates and sign-up in the counselor’s office, in the next few weeks, MIT, Columbia, FSU, Tulane, and OLHCC will be on hand to meet with Taylor students. Students are responsible for making up any missed work while at the presentations! Additionally, a new feature to the Spotlight Senior segment in the weekly Tiger Talk requires that students guess who the featured senior is, and take a snapshot doing something Tigerrific with the senior. The first student to email a picture to with the senior wins a prize from the counselor’s office each week. I encourage all students to participate in this fun and interactive segment of the weekly newsletter. In closing, as a reminder the counseling department is up and running for the 2011-2012 school year! Always, please check in with Ms. Kim or Ms. Laura at the counter first to see if the counselor is available to meet with you right away. Counseling services at Taylor are designed to assist students, parents, and teachers to maximize the learning experiences of all students. I look forward to working closely with all students and families to help support and facilitate academic, career, and emotional growth.

Open House was a Success: Open House took place on Thursday, August 18. It was great to see so many parents turn out for the event. Parents were able to meet their child's teachers and hear a little synopsis about each class.

PFTSTA is Now Broadcasting: Patrick Taylor is now on Twitter. You can follow the school on twitter here: @PFTSTA. If you want the information, but you don’t want to join Twitter, you can still visit. Go to and in the search box at the top, type in @pftsta. All the tweets from @pftsta will appear. Check out our pic of the day and more. We are also posting all of our school photos on Flickr. You can view the photostream by visiting the site on the web here: Also, every Thursday at 9:05AM, Mrs. Zapico will host a short live broadcast highlighting PFTSTA events and our students. If you would like to watch the broadcast, you can check it out here: Mrs. Zapico demonstrates what not to wear at Taylor on the first live Thursday Advisory Broadcast. Senior Jeffery Prado is the model.

CONGRATULATIONS to our TOP TEN Seniors! As of 1. 1. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

September 1, these students are our TOP TEN seniors! Amy Olson Shannon Vitrano Dennis Tran Caitlin Mitchell Mohammad Chowdhury Jenna Zeringue Archit Shukla Jeffrey Prado Arlo Spear Mohammed Samarra’e

Back to School BBQ Former students (8th graders Madison Pierce, Rayne Torry, Alex Walsh and Valerie Ruiz pictured at left) and teachers welcomed new students to PFTSTA at the annual Back to School BBQ





Revelers met in the cafeteria, where they feasted on food provided by the Parent Advisory Committee. Many PFTSTA alumni also joined in on the event – still proud of their alma mater. Though it was hot, spirits were high and it was definitely one of the best barbecues yet. This event signaled the commencement of another great year at Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy.

Big Brother/Big Sister Ice Cream Social On Friday, September 2, an ice-cream social was held for the 6th and 12th grade classes. The two grades were able to mingle and get to know each other. During the social, each 6th grader was paired up with a senior big bro/sis. The seniors are hoping that the big bro/sis program will make the 6th graders feel more comfortable at PFTSTA, by providing them with someone to look up, as well as get them more acquainted with their new school. In other 6th grade news: each year, the incoming 6th grade selects a color for their class spirit shirt. This year the class of 2018 picked the color purple! Their new shirts will be ordered soon!

PFTSTA Student to Write for the Times Picayune : Each year, the West Bank edition of the Times Picayune offers area high school students the opportunity to chronicle school activities as student correspondents for the community news sections. This year, PFTSTA will be represented by Junior Alexandra Baldassaro. Alexandra’s column will cover student activities as well as any other newsworthy Taylor events! Please look for her columns in the community news section of the Times Picayune – it will be published every other Sunday!

Students Participate in Summer Internship Programs: Many PFTSTA students participated in summer internship programs: Ochsner STAR and SCRUBS, Advanced Materials Research Institute at UNO, Suit Up for the Future sponsored by the Louisiana Bar Association, and LSU Health Sciences Center Internship. Ben Gothard, Tiffany Lou, Jeffrey Sturcke, Caitlin Mitchell, Jaylen Parquet, Nilmo Hernandez, Linda Arellano, Ashley Laurent

Alex Soniat, Alexandra Baldassaro, Kenia Carvajal, Mohammad Chowdhury, Kyrsten Jones

Alumni Announcements: Graduating with 14 credits, Taylor gave me a huge jump start for college. Now, I attend the University Of New Orleans and will graduate next spring with a degree in Biology and minor/s in Business Administration and Chemistry. After graduation, I plan to get a Masters in Hospital Administration – this will take me about a year to complete. I am still unsure if I want to attend medical school or not, but by the time I receive my Masters, I will be 21-years-old; this is possible because of not only the summer classes I have taken, but also the credits I earned while at Taylor. At UNO, I am the VP of the Latin American student Association at UNO, an organization I plan to turn around with some great team members! I can honestly say that I acquired all of my leadership skills at Taylor and would not be half of the person I am today if I had not attended Taylor. I feel very proud to say that I was a member of the First in Line…the Class of ’09 – Zeyda Oro Alums we want to hear from you. Please let us know how you are doing and update us on your accomplishments – we might highlight you in our next newsletter!

Helpful Hints from the East Bank Advisory Council: Parents, do you wonder what it takes to help your kids do their very best at school? Good Housekeeping went into classrooms at schools around the country and talked to the teachers who spend their days with your children. Here's what they said about how you can help them help your kids: Don't be a stranger! Talk to your child's teacher early and often. Back-to-school night shouldn't be the only time you connect, but it's a great time to introduce yourself and find out the best way to contact her in the future. Then stay in touch with updates on how things are going at home, questions about your child and his work, or to schedule conferences to head off trouble (should you worry about that string of C's?). Most teachers have e-mail at school, which is a great way to check in. PLEASE JOIN US! EPAC MEETINGS ARE HELD THE 2nd Monday OF THE MONTH: 7:00P.M. – T.H. HARRIS MIDDLE SCHOOL Thank you for helping us encourage parents to participate in children's educational experiences!

Uniform Information: East Bank: Schiro’s Shoes and Uniforms 4948 West Esplanade Ave. – Metairie 504-885-2993

West Bank: J & L Uniforms 1742 Stumpf Blvd. – Gretna 504-366-6887 Johnson’s Uniform Inc. 619 Westwood Dr. – Marrero 504-340-6061

SCHOOL COLORS, HEAD TO TOES…SHIRTS TUCKED IN, SPIRIT SHOWS! P.E. uniforms can be purchased through Taylor's P.E. Department PFTSTA pull-overs may be purchased from Mrs. Kathy Hill, Account Clerk, for $25 each.

Information from the PAC: The Fall PAC Fundraiser commenced on August 26 and will conclude on September 14. The proceeds from this sale will be used for educational materials, equipment and projects to benefit all of our students. The projected delivery date is October 13. We will be selling a wide selection of incredible delectables, including cookie dough through school – further, thousands of items through the online store will also be part of the fundraiser. Frozen items are not available online – only directly through the school. There was a school-wide kickoff for the PAC Fundraiser on Friday, August 26. All students received packets to bring home. Important information about the sale and all incentives were included in the packet – if you have not seen it yet, please ask your student to show you the packet! If you would like to take a look at the online store, the web site is: Our school number to register is 1473131. We are looking forward to a very successful sale!

AP Courses Beneficial for Students: For the second year in a row, PFTSTA will offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses – Taylor teachers and students involved in AP courses are excited and prepared for the rigorous work that is required to be part of such a class. According to the College Board, AP courses help students acquire the skills and habits they will need to be successful in college. One of the most appealing aspects of taking an AP course is the possibility of earning college credit. More than 90 percent of four-year colleges in the United States give students credit on the basis of AP Exam scores. Also important to note: AP helps students qualify for scholarships – 31 percent of college and universities look at AP experience when determining scholarships! AP Environmental Science – Dr. Simpson

AP English Literature – Mrs. Srygley

Dr. Simpson’s AP Environmental Science class picked the Mississippi River as their study site for an online project studying Earth Systems Science. On September 7, students will participate in a virtual field trip. This field trip will allow them to meet with experts who study the Gulf of Mexico.

Members of the class from left to right: Fatmeh Ali, Crystal Suggs, Logan Leslie, Linda Tran, Anthony Tran and Nathalie Argueta.

The AP English Literature and Composition course is designed to engage students in close reading and critical analysis drawn from multiple genres, periods and cultures from 16th century to 21st century. Students through reading consider a work’s structure, style, and themes as well as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. AP Literature and Composition focuses on writing about literature with emphasis on the critical analysis of literature and development of stylistic maturity. Students write expository, analytical, and argumentative essays as well as exploratory, informal responses to literature.

News from the School Cafeteria •

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The nutritional content of each food item listed on school menus have been compiled from data provided by the food manufacturer and a USDA database. This information is then calculated through the use of Horizon International Software. Students with specific medical related dietary requirements should consult with their physicians prior to relying strictly on these calculations. Doughnuts may be served on a different day than shown on the menu due to delivery schedules. Snacks are only offered in schools participating in after-school programs. Satellite schools whose meals are transported from other sites may have menus adjusted from what is published. Parents can check with the individual school to confirm what is being served School menus can be downloaded from the school system website and Patrick Taylor’s website. Please note: SCHOOL MENUS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME!

Sports Shorts…Ms. Vicki Foster & Coach Elmo Steinert 2011 Volleyball Schedule: DATE




Wed. 8/31 Tues. 9/6 Wed. 9/7 Fri/Sat 9/9/10 Mon. 9/12 Wed. 9/14 Thur. 9/15 Mon. 9/19 Wed. 9-21 Fri. 9/23-24 Mon. 9/26 Thur. 9/29 Mon. 10/3 Wed. 10/5 Thur. 10/6 Mon. 10/10 Wed. 10/12 Mon. 10/17 Tues. 10/18 Wed. 10/19 Mon. 10/24

St Mary(JV) AOL (JV) Ecole(JV) Bis Mcmanus Tour St Mary(JV) Lutheran Ecole(JV) Lutheran Ridgewood(JV) Tournament Ridgewood(JV) Bishop Mcmanus S.Plaquemine* Holy Rosary* Bishop Mcmanus Crescenty City* S. Plaquemine* Holy Rosary* AOL(JV) Crescent City* Ridgewood

St Mary AOL Ecole Bis Mcmanus ST Mary Lutheran Ecole Lutheran Ridgewood Ridgewood Ridgewood Bis Mcmanus S. Plaquemine Home Bis Mcmanus Crescent City Home Holy Rosary AOL Home Ridgewood

4:00pm 4:00pm 4:00pm TBA 4:00pm 4:30pm 4:00pm 4:30pm 4:00pm TBA 4:00pm 4:30pm 4:00pm 4:00pm 4:30pm 4:00pm 4:00pm 4:00pm 4:00pm* 4:00pm 4:00pm

*District Game Ridgewood/Taylor Tour:

Taylor Ridgewood AOL Ecole St. Mary Crescent City

JV- Notes Varsity and JV Game Coaches: Elmo Steinert – Vicki Voster –

Nathalie Argueta Melina Liriano Amy Olson Kaylynn Tran Dariel Warner

STUDENT ROSTER Imani Bell Mariam Kudsy Claire Pantell Shannon Vitrano Jenna Zeringue

Kristen Clement Sydney Monix Madison Pierce Alexandra Walsh

The Volleyball team will be selling DIG PINK t-Shirts for their DIG PINK volleyball tournament. The t-shirt sale starts September 7 and ends September 16. T-shirts will sell for $10 and all money collected will go toward Cancer Awareness. Students will be allowed to wear their t-shirts on Friday, September 23 and will get into the tournament for FREE on Saturday, September 24 (at Ridgewood).

Students to Represent Taylor in Leadership Programs: Juniors Alexandra Baldassaro and Daniel Gutierrez have been selected by Ms. Zapico to represent Taylor in the Teen Ambassadors Against Crime (TAAC) Leadership Program. The goal of the TAAC Program is to give students an opportunity to directly engage with law enforcement and other community partners while becoming educated and empowered to serve as crime prevention role models in their communities. Ambassadors will be challenged to address the "no snitch" culture and to foster the message of empowerment of our Safe School Program. Seniors Mohammed Samarr'e, Linda Arellano, and Jenna Zeringue have been selected by Ms. Zapico to represent Patrick Taylor in the Jefferson Chamber Youth Leadership Program (JCYL). According to its literature, The primary goal of the JCYL is to educate current and future community youth leaders about Jefferson Parish's opportunities, hurdles, and potential in order to strengthen the sense of community among young professionals. During the school year, students participate in six thought-provoking day long sessions once a month that identify Jefferson Parish's dynamics. The program begins with a mandatory orientation and ends with a graduation for the class and two guests.

Notable News from Jefferson Parish Schools: Louisiana PASS: Practice Assessment + Strengthen Skills

Students in grades 3-12 may practice assessment and strengthen their skills by going on-line to This is a Web-site where students have the opportunity to practice tests similar to those on the LEAP 21. We encourage ALL students to take advantage of this test preparation tool. If you have any questions about PASS, you may call the Louisiana Department of Education’s toll-free help line at 1-877-432-4040. PASS includes multiplechoice, short-answer and essay questions. Look for a new test EACH month!

Cafeteria Reminder

Medication Policy

A Jefferson Parish school NO CHARGE policy went into effect on October 1, 2009. No student will be able to “charge” a lunch ion the cafeteria if they have no funds in their account. This does NOT apply to students who qualify for the free lunch program. To sign up for the MealpayPlus program where you can add money to your child’s account using a check, credit or debit card and have automatic reminders e-mailed to you, call 877-713-5436 OR go to You will need you child’s school ID number to set up an account!

No medication can be administered to a student without proper written authorization from BOTH the parent(s) and physician. Medication and authorization forms must be brought to the East Bank Regional Office where a school nurse will check for accuracy and approve. After approval by the school nurse, parents should then bring medication in a sealed envelope to the school office. Any change in medication, time or directions must again be approved by the nurse before changes can be enacted. Necessary forms may be obtained in the office. NO student may transport or be in possession of medication or drugs of ANY kind – this includes over-the-counter medications!

Teens and the Stress of Starting a New School Year, Dr. Ann Gatty from, With the start of a new school year, many teens are busy getting ready, not only by buying notebooks, pencils and pens, but by finding ways to present a new shiny image that embraces the latest fashion trends, hairstyles and makeovers. The new school year signals a new beginning and an opportunity for being noticed. With all of this planning, there is a lot of pressure on teens and the stress increases along the way. On top of that, messages in the media don’t make it any easier for our teens. If you listen to the what’s being communicated, you hear some recurring themes along the lines of, “Who you are today isn’t good enough for tomorrow.” Teens find that they have to continually buy new stuff and spend more just to keep up with what they perceive is expected of them. Magazines offer many ways for teens to create a new look that keeps up with the latest trends, catch the perfect guy, and create a complete face and hair makeover. It’s no wonder that teens and stress go hand-in-hand. They are continually worried what their friends and peers in their social circles will think of them. So what’s a parent to do to help worried teens and stress overload? Here are four tips I have found helpful. Make your home a safe haven. Since teenage years are filled with drama, volatile emotions, steep learning curves and challenging life decisions, the world can seem like a dangerous place at times. Add to this the social pressures of keeping up with all of the media expectations with which teens are bombarded. Getting away from these daily pressures can provide an opportunity to regroup and gain a healthy perspective. One of the most helpful things I try to offer is a home that is a safe haven for teens. When they are at home, they can be themselves without worrying about being criticized for not being up on the latest trend or following the social rules established by the school cliques. It’s comforting for teens and stress can be left outside the door.

Be a role model. Dealing with social situations can be difficult for teens and stress often results from not knowing how to handle conflicts with best friends, or disappointments over not being chosen for a specific activity. By modeling how I handle conflicts with friends, or how I handle social events, I am offering my teens examples that they can try for their own situations. Offer honest advice. I like to think that I am someone with whom my teens can talk and ask advice regarding how to handle different situations that arise in their lives. I do not try to be a best friend, but I do try to be someone who is approachable and honest with advice when asked for my opinion. Encourage your teens to discover and develop their own talents. During these years, teens are trying to discover who they are and what they should do with their lives when they grow up. Helping teens identify and discover how to use these talents is a self confidence boost and it reduces stress as a result. It’s great when teens start to become proud of their unique abilities and stop worrying about trying to fit in with others’ expectations. Teens and their high levels of stress will always be a topic of discussion for parents, but finding ways to make these years less filled with turmoil will lower the likelihood of emotional outbursts and help your teen be more comfortable with who he is in his own skin. These are my tips to help teens adjust to the start of a new school year. What are yours? Dr. Ann Gatty is the mother of two young adult boys. She is also a life coach, author and organizational strategist, and she hosts a website which offers stress management strategies, life skill development, and a means of finding your true passion in life. You can also find Dr. Gatty’s “Stress Management 4 Women” on Facebook.

Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy

Grandparents Club Dear Parents, Patrick Taylor Academy is in the process of forming a Grandparents Club. Our main objective will be to raise money to supplement the needs of the students and the classrooms. The club will also be an enjoyable way for grandparents to meet and make friends for years to come. Our goal is to have all grandparents join. Some grandparents live out-of-state, work full time, or are physically incapable of participating in school activities. If this is the case, they can simply pay their dues of only $10 per year and they’ll still be helping their grandchildren. There is absolutely NO mandatory involvement or commitment. I’m asking you to help me by filling in the info on the attached form. We will be using the info requested on the attached form to mail Membership Forms to the grandparents. Please include the grandparents’ names. By joining our Grandparents Club, their dues & donations contribute to benefit the kids. During the school year, the Grandparents Club will communicate by email, so please be sure that all email addresses are correct & are printed clearly. Please just include your email address if your parents don’t have email, so you can pass along info to them. I will be sending out emails about the Grandparents Club meeting, breakfast with the grandparents, Spring Fling, school events, Bake Sales, etc. It’s just another way to keep us grandparents ‘in the know’. If you prefer to pay the dues for your parents, please indicate this and include your name and address on the form also. Thanks for your cooperation. All donations over the $10 dues are accepted & greatly appreciated. Our largest Annual Fund Raiser is this collection of membership dues at the beginning of each school year. Thanks for your cooperation, Debbie Mahl 504-780-7636 or 914-1678 * Please return the following form to advisory teachers by Wednesday, September 8

PATRICK F. TAYLOR SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY GRANDPARENTS CLUB We want to invite all grandparents (also great-grandparents and all ‘adopted’ grandparents) to join the Patrick Taylor Academy Grandparents Club. We ask that you include all grandparents . . . even those who work fulltime and those who don’t live nearby. Please explain to your parents that there is absolutely NO commitment involved. (Please note: We won’t be mailing forms to other countries.) If you prefer to pay the dues for your parents, please indicate this and include your name and address on the form also. Please put additional info on back of form. E-mail addresses are very important. Please make sure they are accurate. PLEASE DO NOT SEND PAYMENT WITH THIS FORM Student/s Info: Name__________________________________________________ Grade_______ Name__________________________________________________ Grade_______ Name__________________________________________________ Grade_______

Grandparent/s Info: Names_____________________________________________________________ Mailing Address ______________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ Phone Number (_______)________________________ E-mail Address ______________________________________________________

Names_____________________________________________________________ Mailing Address ______________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ Phone Number (_______)________________________ E-mail Address ______________________________________________________

Names_____________________________________________________________ Mailing Address ______________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ Phone Number (_______)________________________ E-mail Address _____________________________________________________

Tidings From Taylor August & September 2011  

This is September and August's issue of Tidings From Taylor by PFTSTA.