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Back to School 2011 Cover design by Sheila Allemand • Editorial content by Debbie Glover & St. Tammany Parish School Board

Message from Superintendent “Trey” Folse

2011-12 parish public schools calendar

Registration information for students

New principals taking the lead at schools

New school opens in Madisonville

Free & reduced lunch info & guidelines

Complete parish public & private school directory

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From the Superintendent Dear parents,

means to addressing specific concerns and getting curOur public schools work rent information about each well because our communistudent. Parents have a ty values education and propowerful tool in our online vides support for its high home school connection, expectations. Parents are STI Home, to check on stufull partners in the educadent grades, attendance and tion of their children and other important informacontribute in important tion, any time and any place. ways to student success. We believe that it is vital Good attitudes about school that school personnel and begin at home. Discussions parents work together to about the importance of support student achieveW.L. “TREY” FOLSE III education and clear expectament and to make daily decitions about student responsibility in comsions that will promote successful school pleting assignments, attending school experiences. Involved parents help to every day, following rules and regulations make St. Tammany Parish Public Schools and giving full attention and effort to the right choice for our community. school work go a long way in signaling that Thanks for your active participation in school is a top priority. your child’s education. Ongoing involvement in the educational program is essential to help ensure steady student progress. Parents are encouraged to attend open house and other opportunities that are provided by schools to become familiar with programs and services. Parent conferences are an important


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2011 St. Tammany Parish Public Schools Calendar Aug. 4, 2011 - Teachers’ Professional Development Day Aug. 5, 2011 - Teachers’ Day Aug. 8, 2011 - School Opens Sept. 5, 2011 - Labor Day Holiday* Sept. 30, 2011 - Parish Fair Holiday* Oct. 6, 2011 - End of First Grading Period (42 days) Oct. 7, 2011 - 1/2 Prof. Dev. / 1/2 Rec. Keeping (No Students) Nov. 21-25, 2011 - Thanksgiving Holidays* Dec. 16, 2011 - End of Second Grading Period (45 days) End of First Semester (87 days) 1/2 Day Record Keeping Dec. 19, 2011 – Jan. 2, 2012 - Winter/ Christmas Break* Jan. 3, 2012 - School Re-Opens Jan. 16, 2012 - Martin Luther King Holiday* Feb. 20-24, 2012 - Mardi Gras Holidays* March 8, 2012 - End of Third Grading Period (42 days)

1/2 Day Record Keeping May 23, 2012 - Teachers’ Day May 24, 2012 - Teachers’ Professional Development Make-up Day** The School Board requires an appropriate program for: Veterans’ Day, Nov. 11, 2011 School Administrators are asked to avoid scheduling activities on the following days whenever possible: Rosh Hashanah (Observance begins at sundown), Sept. 28, 2011

March 9, 2012 - 1/2 Prof. Dev. / 1/2 Rec. Keeping (No Students)

April 2-9, 2012 Spring/Easter Break* May 22, 2012 - End of Fourth Grading Period (46 days)

* In case of emergency, student make-up days will be taken from existing holidays in the above schedule. ** Professional Development make-up day: all teachers who did not “bank” six (6) hours of workshop time will be required to attend either the one-half day or one full day to satisfy the state in-service mandate.


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For Your Information

New registration process taking place this summer By Debbie Glover St. Tammany News

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tudents who are entering the St. Tammany Parish School System for the first time for the 2011-2012 session will need to register at the school the student will attend. Students changing schools within St. Tammany Parish, students who are entering the School System from home schooling, and parents or court-appointed guardians who do not have the required proof of residency must complete and Assignment/Transfer Request Form at one of the child welfare and attendance offices in Covington or Slidell. They must also obtain an Assignment/Transfer Request Form from one of those offices before registering at the school they will attend. This does not apply to students already in the Public School System going to a different school because of advancement to the next highest grade level.

Children entering first grade must meet the following criteria: attended a full-day public or private kindergarten for a full academic year or pass an academic readiness screening at the time of enrollment for first grade. Students who finish kindergarten at an accredited private school must furnish proof of attendance. Children born before Oct. 1, 2005 are eligible for first grade and children born before Oct. 1, 2006 are eligible for kindergarten. Registration dates for each school are as follows from 9 a.m. until noon on the date given: July 27—Bayou Lacombe Middle, Chahta-Ima Elementary, Covington High, Cypress Cove Elementary, Florida Avenue Elementary, Folsom Junior High, Fontainebleau Junior high, Lake harbor Middle School, Lee Road Junior High, Little Oak Middle, Little Pearl Elementary, Magnolia Trace Elementary, Mandeville Elementary, Mandeville High, Northshore

High first registration, Pitcher Junior High, Pontchartain Elementary, Riverside Elementary, Salmen High (A-L, first registration), Slidell High, Tchefuncte Middle, Whispering Forest Elementary and Woodlake Elementary. July 28 — Abney Elementary, Boyet Junior High, Carolyn Park Middle, Covington Elementary, Creekside Junior High, Fifth Ward Junior high, Folsom Elementary, Honey Island Elementary, Lakeshore High, Lyon Elementary, Madisonville Elementary, Madisonville Junior High, Mandeville Junior High, Mandeville Middle, Marigny Elementary, Monteleone Junior High, Northshore High second registration, Pearl River High, Salmen High (M-Z second registration), St. Tammany Junior High, Sixth Ward Elementary and Slidell Junior High. July 29— Abita Springs Elementary, Bayou Woods Elementary, Bonne Ecole Elementary, Brock Elementary, Clearwood Junior High, Fontainebleaus High, Lancas-

ter Elementary, Mayfield Elementary (registration will be held at Bayou Woods Elementary) and Pine View Middle. Paperwork needed for registration include a state certified birth certificate, social security card, proof of residency, report card/records from last school/LEAP results, assignment letter if applicable, custody papers if applicable and health record of required immunizations. Required immunizations include the following: four doses of DTP, three doses pf polio, two doses of MMR, three doses of Hepatitis B, four doses of HIB, two doses or a history of chickenpox and MCV4 for all student 11 years old. Students 11 years old must also have proof of booster doses of Tdap and chickenpox. No student will be allowed to enter school without proof of immunizations. For more information, call the Covington Annex at 898-3370 or the Slidell Annex at 646-4917. Public schools will open Aug. 8, 2011.


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For Your Information

Nine new principals to take helm this year By Debbie Glover St. Tammany News

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hen school starts in August, there will be nine new principals in the St. Tammany Parish School System for 2011-2012. Serving at Covington Elementary will be Susan Perilloux Wolfe, who has served as assistant principal at the school since 2003. Wolfe holds a master’s degree in elementary education and has been a teacher in St. Tammany since 1975. She began her career at Lyon Elementary, moved to Pine View Middle and returned to Lyon as a teacher from 1980-1994 and as resource helping teacher from 1994-2003. She was teacher of the year at Lyon in 1989 and 1993. “I have big shoes to fill,” said Wolfe about Martha Romo. “This is the best school, faculty in the whole, wide world and I will make certain it stays that way.” Kimberley Burgoyne will be the new principal at Florida Avenue Elementary

School. The holder of two master’s degrees, one in educational leadership and a second in curriculum and instruction, she began her career at Calvary Baptist School in Slidell in 1997. She has taught at Riverside Elementary and was technology resource teacher at Whispering Forest. Most recently, she served as assistant principal at Florida Avenue Elementary. “Thank you Ramona Carlin, my mentor, my cheerleader,” she said. “I am so proud to be working in St. Tammany Parish and am looking forward to an awesome 2011-2012 year at the school on the avenue.” A newcomer to St. Tammany, Charlotte Burney-Tillman, has been selected to lead Pine View Middle School. “I’m so elated to join the St. Tammany Parish school district,” she said. “I vow to ensure the school is a shining example and to make a positive difference in a student’s life.” From Texas, Burney-Tillman holds two master’s degrees, one in educational leadership and a Master of Science in health

education degree. She also attended the aspiring administrator’s academy in Spring, Texas and the new leaders for new schools program. She in certified in third and fourth grade early childhood and twelfth grade health education, is a grant writer, a member of the association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the Young Leadership Council of New Orleans, and has been a presenter at numerous workshops. Madisonville Junior High’s new principal is Dwayne J. Kern, the assistant principal at the school since 1997. Kern holds a master’s of education degree in educational administration, a master’s degree plus 15 hours of management classes and has been an educator since 1997, where he began his career at Slidell Pathways. He has also been a teacher and head football and track coach SEE PRINCIPALS, PAGE 14

The new principals • Susan Perilloux Wolfe, Covington Elementary • Kimberley Burgoyne, Florida Avenue Elementary • Charlotte Burney-Tillman, Pine View Middle • Dwayne J. Kern, Madisonville Junior High • Chris Oufnac, Fifth Ward Junior High • Arlana LeBlanc, Henry Mayfield Elementary • Chantelle O’Meallie, Mandeville Elementary • Susannah Welch, Lancaster Elementary • Mary Hart, Mandeville Middle


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For Your Information

Lancaster Elementary to open doors Aug. 8 By Debbie Glover St. Tammany News

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LANCASTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

n October 2009, the ground was broken for a new elementary school near Madisonville. The school is ready for the new school year with parents meet and greets scheduled Aug. 5. Named for the first official superintendent of St. Tammany Parish schools, Joseph Bradford Lancaster, the state of the art school groundbreaking was held with five generations of the Lancaster family in attendance. “This is the highest

honor a School Board can bestow,” said then-superintendent Gayle Sloan at the groundbreaking. “I am now the 14th or so superintendent and after Katrina destroyed many of our buildings and records, we realized how important it is to keep our heritage alive,” she said. “It is truly an honor to remember our first recorded, official superintendent with this beautiful new building.” The School Board unanimously decided to name the new school for Lancaster in November 2008 by a unanimous second. The school is located

west of Madisonville off Louisiana Highway 22 on Pine Creek Road east of Perrilloux Road. Newer subdivisions such as Autumn Creek and Black River are not far from the new school that will house second- through fifth-graders. The estimated budget for the school was originally set as $19.5 million, funded by the 2008 bond issue, but the bid from DonahueFavret Construction was $18,340,000. The two-story, 104,814-square-foot building has 47 classrooms for SEE OPEN, PAGE 15


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‘My Plate’ simplifies meal planning By Debbie Glover St. Tammany News

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emember the food pyramid? Changes to the food pyramid? The confusing measurements, the ambivalence of which vegetables or fruits are better than other fruits and vegetables? A simpler, more userfriendly nutrition system has been developed and released by the United States Department of Agriculture. Basically, it’s a plate. Half the plate should be fruits and vegetables, the other half, grains and protein. You should also include a serving of low-fat dairy with each meal. According to the USDA Website, there are other ways to improve your

“We realized that we needed something that made sense not just in classrooms or laboratories, but at dinner tables and school cafeterias.” MICHELLE OBAMA first lady of the United States

nutrition. For example, enjoy your food, but eat less and avoid oversized portions. Make half your plate fruits and vegetables. Make at least half your grains whole grains and switch to fat-free or low-fat (1 percent) milk. Foods most people should decrease include sugary drinks—instead, drink more water. And you should compare sodium in foods like soup,

bread and frozen meals and choose the foods with lower numbers. “In fact, one of the main goals that came out of last year’s White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity report was to simplify the way we convey our nutritional information,” said First Lady Michelle Obama at the introduction of the new system. “We realized that we needed something that

made sense not just in classrooms or laboratories, but at dinner tables and school cafeterias. We needed something useful, something simple,” she said. “And that’s why I like the MyPlate approach so much, because when it comes to eating, what’s more useful than a plate? What’s more simple than a plate? This is a quick, simple reminder for all of us to be more mindful of the

foods that we’re eating.” “And as a mom, I can already tell you how much this is going to help parents all across the country, because when a mom or dad comes home from a long day of work, we’re already asked to be a chef, we’re already asked to be a referee, cleaning crew, you name it, we’re on it,” she said. “So the last thing we need to do is be the nutritionist in our family, as well. Parents don’t have the time to measure out exactly three ounces of chicken or to look up how much rice or broccoli is in a serving. That has confounded me as a parent for a very long time. I still don’t know how much protein comes in X number of ounces. And we’re all bombarded with so many dietary mes-

sages that it’s hard to find time to sort through all this information.” “But we do have time to take a look at our kids’ plates. We do it all the time. We usually are the ones fixing the plates,” she said. “And as long as they’re eating proper portions, as long as half of their meal is fruits and vegetables alongside their lean proteins, whole grains and low-fat dairy, then we’re good. It’s as simple as that. That’s how easy this can be for parents.” Obama has been trying to fight childhood obesity by changing the way children interact with the “Let’s Move” program and the milk program for which St. Tammany Schools won several awards last year.


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For Your Information

Know the criteria for free/reduced lunch By Debbie Glover St. Tammany News

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s the summer vacation reaches its end, school officials are already hard at work preparing for the new school year which begins Aug. 8 Among back-toschool chores such as updating vaccinations, getting paperwork in order is also underway. The St. Tammany Parish Public Schools have released the eligibility requirements for students to receive free lunch, or a meal at a discounted rate under the National School Lunch and/or School Breakfast programs.

The main criteria is to fill out an application. Criteria are based on need with following annual incomes used for determination. The number of people in a household include the adults, parents or guardians, as well as the chil-

dren. Income figures are based on gross income per year, before any taxes or other deductions are taken out. If a family receives SNAP or FITAP assistance, they only need to give the SNAP or FITAP case number and

the signature of an adult household member. The school officials will determine eligibility based on documentation obtained directly from SNAP/FITAP. If a family is eligible and does not to participate, they must contact the school. SNAP and FITAP households should fill out an application if they are not notified by Aug. 19. Also, if a family is turned down, they can make a formal appeal to William Brady, assistant superintendent, St. Tammany Parish School Board P. O. Box 940 Covington 70434 or call 892-2276. Income criteria for free and reduced meals are as

follows: Family size 1, $14,157 for free meal, $20,147 for reduced meal. Two in a family, $19,123 for free and $27,214 for reduced. Three people in a family, $24,089 free, $34,281 reduced. For a four-person family, the limit is $29,055 for free and $41,348 for reduced meal price. Five people in family, $34,021 for free meal and $48,415 reduced. Six people in a family, $38,987 for free and $55,482 for reduced meal. For seven people, $43,953 for free and $62,549 for reduced. For a family of 8, the income is limited to $48,919 for free meals and $69,616 for reduced price meals.

For each additional person, the income is risen by $4,966 for free meal and $7,067 for reduced meal program. All information is confidential and application may be submitted at any time during the school year. However, information may be verified at any time during the school year by school or other program officials. If a house member becomes unemployed or if the household size increases, the household should contact the school, as the children may be eligible for meal benefits. For more information, contact your school.


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PRINCIPALS: Nine new principals to lead public schools in 2011-12 » FROM PAGE 9

at Clearwood Junior High. “I’d like to thank the wonderful staff and strong community,” said Kern. He is a member of the Louisiana Association of School Executives, the St. Tammany Parish School Board Cohort Legacy of Leaders Group, Driving School Association of Louisiana and the National Safety Council. “I’m thrilled and excited and I really appreciate all the support from the faculty and staff,” said Chris Oufnac, newly appointed principal of Fifth Ward Junior High School in Bush. “I’m ready to rock and roll and move Fifth Ward to where it needs to be—on top.” His background is varied, with experience as a physical education and health teacher in New Orleans from 1997-2000 as well a assistant women’s basketball coach at Loyola University from 1998-2001. At Fontainebleau High School he taught in addition to serving as head girls’ basketball coach 20042007. He then became a parishwide assistant principal, a Legacy Leader cohort, and most recently served as assistant principal at Tchefuncte Middle School from 2008 until now. He holds a master plus 30 from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and a master’s degree in educational administration from UNO. Arlana LeBlanc, the for-

mer assistant principal of Lakeshore High School, will be moving to Henry Mayfield Elementary School in the fall. The new school, still under construction, is located in the Bayou Woods area of Slidell. LeBlanc holds a masters of education in educational leadership administration degree from Southeastern Louisiana University as well as an elementary education certification and Bachelor of Science degree in mass communications from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Her experience includes math curriculum specialist for middle grades, 2007-2009; assistant principal of Carolyn Park Middle School, 2005-2006; and classroom teacher at Slidell Junior High School for eight years. She also taught at Carolyn Park Middle School and Sam Houston Elementary School in Port Arthur, Texas. Mandeville Elementary School will have a new principal, Chantelle O’Meallie, mostly recently assistant principal at Carolyn Park Middle School in Slidell. She holds a master’s degree plus 30, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction reading specialist and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She began her career in 2000 in Hammond and has been with St. Tammany since 2002. She has been Elementary Teacher of the Year for St. Tammany Parish, Elks and

Rotary Clubs and is nationally board certified as an early childhood generalist. Susannah Welch, former assistant principal at Lake Harbor Middle School, was named principal of Lancaster Elementary. Welch holds a master’s degree plus 30 hours in elementary education from Southeastern Louisiana University. She has been at Lake Harbor Middle School since 2001. Before that, she taught fourth grade at Mandeville Middle School from 1993-2201. During her career, she has been a LaTAAP supervisor as well as chairing the 504 Committee, the school improvement plan, technology committee, and positive behavior support. Welch has coordinated the LEAP and iLEAP tests, crisis team and professional development as well as coordinating field trips and school events at Lake Harbor. She was recognized by the PTA as educator of distinction for Lake Harbor in 2002; Sally Mae Teacher of the Year in 1993; Math Teacher of the Year at LATM Conference in 1999; and state finalist for Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics Teaching in 2001. She also has received numerous grants. Mary Hart is the new principal of Mandeville Middle School. She has served as assistant principal of the school since 1999. She holds a master’s degree in educational administration.


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Tips to prep your kids for the school year (ARA) - Summer vacation will end soon, which means the school bell will soon ring. Your kids probably have mixed feelings about going back to school - excitement to see friends and participate in fun school activities again, and dread that the lazy hours of summer are almost over. Whether they’re ready for it or not, getting kids prepared for the school year doesn’t have to be a lot of work. Here are some tips to help find the best deals on supplies and prepare them for the first day back: • Tackle the school supply list early. Review everything you already have on

hand, and then create a list of the materials your children need for the entire year. Take advantage of back-to-school sales and coupons, and don’t be afraid to shop online. A site like CouponHeaven.com consolidates thousands of online coupons and discounts in one easy-to-use place. You can find coupon codes for everything from kids clothing to the pencils and folders they’ll need for classes. • Exercise their brains. Studies have shown brain drain frequently happens during the summer months, causing kids to have to relearn material when they return

to school in the fall. If you haven’t encouraged your children to keep their brains active with reading, mind puzzles and other fun mental exercises this summer, start now to help them get a jumpstart before classes begin. • Plan social activities. It’s been a long summer, and your children have plenty of stories to share with their friends. Help ease kids into the school year in by organizing social activities with your children’s fellow classmates. Make sure you take them to meet the teacher before the first day of class.

• Set a school day schedule. Start waking the family up earlier in the mornings especially if you have older children who like to sleep in. Establishing a school day schedule before the year starts will help everyone manage the first day rush and chaos with less stress and anxiety. Before you know it, you’ll be packing lunch boxes and backpacks and kissing your children goodbye as they board the bus or enter the school building. But you’ll know that you’ve done everything you can to prepare them well for the first day back at school.

OPEN: New Madisonville school set to open its doors next month » FROM PAGE 11

876 students. In addition to the classrooms, a 300-seat cafeteria/multi-purpose room containing a stage, movable wall, coach’s office and full service kitchen will

serve as a gathering space in the building. The school will be set on 12.62 acres and will provide 168 parking spaces. The site will house the school as well as a playground, separate bus and car pick up sites. There is

also a growth area that can be built out to house 16 more classrooms in the future, if needed. Meet and greet times Aug. 5 will be held at 9-10:30 a.m. for second graders; 10-11:30 a.m. for third graders and 11 a.m. until

12:30 p.m. for fourth graders. The principal for the new school is Susannah Welch. The school’s colors have been selected with royal blue and kelly green winning support. The mascot will be the sea tur-

tle. Parents were polled and 93.4 percent of them voted in favor of uniforms. Welch said that faculty, parents and students are excited and she said, “We are eager to set sail for a new adventure.”


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Back to school with virtual learning Separating fact from fiction (ARA) - Seventeen milpre-kindergarten lion through 12th-grade students in the U.S. will get at least some of their education virtually by 2015, according to new research from Ambient Insight. More than four million of these students will get their entire educations virtually, from full-time virtual schools. While each family has its own reasons for choosing full-time virtual schools, the most common driver is the ability for a student to work at his own pace and level, regardless of what other students are doing. The proliferation and proven success of virtual schools like the national

network of Connections Academy schools has also fueled the e-learning education boom. “More parents today know about the solid academic track record of virtual schools. They see that technology helps deliver a more personalized education for their children, so that students’ studies are tailored to their abilities, needs and interests,” says Connections Academy’s Senior Vice President for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Patricia Hoge. “Virtual schools are increasingly the go-to option for students who aren’t thriving in a traditional bricks-and-mortar classroom setting.” Virtual schools can be a

great alternative for lots of different kinds of students — whether they’re ahead or behind their peers, have learning challenges, are pursuing athletics or a host of other circumstances. Yet despite the growing popularity of virtual education, some parents still don’t know how virtual schools work, or hold onto outdated or incorrect viewpoints on this latest education innovation. Here are educators’ top K-12 e-learning facts to help parents understand virtual education today: F act: V ir tu al pu b lic school is not home school The two are very different. Virtual public schools

deliver public education in the comfort of the student’s home. Like all public schools, they are tuition-

free to students. State-certified teachers deliver a rigorous curriculum that correlates to state standards.

Schools provide students SEE LEARNING, PAGE 17


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LEARNING: Facts about virtual learning » FROM PAGE 16

with a variety of curriculum materials and learning resources - sometimes even computers. Virtual private schools are also available. Fact: Not all virtual schools are created equal Parents need to do their homework to pick a high quality virtual school that’s the best fit for their child. Look for a school with a track record of delivering student academic achievement and high levels of parent and student satisfaction. Other key quality benchmarks include: accreditation from AdvancED; full-time, certified and highly qualified teachers; state-of-the-art technology resources; and community activities like clubs and field trips for students. Fact: Certified teachers do the teaching At Connections Academy full-time virtual schools, stu-

dents learn at home under the guidance of a certified teacher. Assisting the student in day-today activities is an adult Learning Coach, who is typically a parent, but also could be another family member or responsible adult caregiver. The teacher works directly with both the student and Learning Coach to develop an individual learning plan, provide instruction and evaluate assignments. Fact: Students use textbooks, pencils, microscopes and interactive curricula In virtual schools, the computer is a tool for teachers and parents to manage and track assignments, communicate (along with the phone) and deliver interactive curricular materials. However, students complete many assignments “unplugged,” and spend time reading textbooks, using workbooks, reading library books and doing hands-on experiments - just like a traditional school.

Fact : Stu de nts re g u lar ly s oci al iz e a nd in te r act wi t h peers Virtual students have opportunities to interact with each other. Just like all kids, they choose to IM, text or talk to each other on the phone. Connections Academy sets up a number of field trips each month so students can get together as a group. Many of the students also find that the flexibility of virtual education makes it possible to be involved in activities, such as sports and volunteering. In many states, parents can still enroll their children in fulltime virtual school programs for the coming school year. In states where virtual public schools are not available there are fee-based virtual private school options. To learn more about virtual school and if it’s right for your family, visit www.ConnectionsAcademy.com.

Protecting your kids from cyber bullying (ARA) - The days of the schoolyard bully who set out to take your lunch money or shove you in a locker seem like a dream to kids today. Today’s kids face bullies who utilize

technology to take schoolyard antagonism to a whole new and SEE BULLYING, PAGE 19


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Push for science, math education can mean greater rewards (ARA) - The message becomes clearer the more it’s repeated: America needs to catch up when it comes to science and math. International student tests have shown that America’s students lag behind their peers in other countries, and many feel that it’s essential to gain ground in those fields if America’s future is truly going to be bright. The Obama administration is leading the charge to emphasize the importance of science and math education. In President Obama’s 2011 State of the Union address, he made a point of mentioning the need for stronger science and math education, saying, “We need to teach our kids that it’s not just the winner of the Super Bowl who deserves to be celebrated,

but the winner of the science fair.” Obama and others have noted that without a strong science and math education, America’s children might not have the skills necessary to keep innovation and technology growing in the United States. And in a world market where America must compete with other nations that have strong science and math programs, the country’s future is considered to be closely tied to its students’ abilities. The effort to encourage kids in science and math should come from inside and outside the classroom. Teachers and schools certainly do their part, but parents can also help foster an interest in the science and math fields. Something as simple as taking a young child to a science museum

might be the catalyst for a lasting fascination that could turn into a career. For older students, parents can act as guides by discussing the benefits of careers in the science, math and technology fields. In addition to the government’s enthusiasm for science, many large corporations are eager to promote science and math education, as they will be dependent on a strong base of well-educated future employees. Scholarships for science and math students are abundantly available, and other programs offer opportunities that go even further. The Intel Science Talent Search, for instance, a program of Society for Science & the Public (SSP), is an annual competition that identifies the nation’s most promising young sci-

entists and mathematicians. Science Talent Search alumni have gone on to receive the Nobel Prize, Fields Medals, National Medals of Science and even an Academy Award, illustrating that awards for the creative and inspiring work of science are available. High school seniors are eligible for the award and this year, 1,744 students entered the competition with original research projects from a range of mathematical, engineering, environmental and scientific disciplines. The field was narrowed down to 300 semifinalists and $600,000 in awards was divided among the students and their schools, to support math and science resources. Forty finalists gathered in Washington D.C. to compete for more

than $630,000 in awards. Evan O’Dorney, 17, of Danville, Calif., won the top award of $100,000 from the Intel Foundation for his mathematical project in which he compared two ways to estimate the square root of an integer. His research stems from an interest he developed as early as age 2, when he was checking math textbooks out of the library. O’Dorney and other finalists were also given the opportunity to meet with President Barack Obama at the White House. Obama discussed with the students the importance of science and math education and shared his encouragement of their research pursuits. “By meeting with us, it was sort of like President Obama was passing on the baton for us to take on the

future,” said Elaine Zhou, an Intel Science Talent Search finalist from Winter Park, Fla. “We may not become politicians, we may not live in the White House, but his support of young scientists like us reinforces that we can have a strong impact and change the future for the better.” The effort to take America back to the top ranks of innovative countries is manifesting in the encouragement of the country’s students to explore their curiosity for how the world works and develop solutions for global challenges. What might seem like a spark of interest today could be a world-changing innovation tomorrow. For more information on the Intel Science Talent Search, go to www.inspiredbyeducation.com.


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BULLYING: Protect your children » FROM PAGE 17

oftentimes dangerous level. Cyber bullying is the use of technology and information by a minor to torment, threaten, harass, embarrass and otherwise humiliate another child. The Internet, social networking sites, cellphones and other digital and interactive technologies are used to take the bully’s message to a greater audience than ever before, giving them more power to leave their victims humiliated on a global scale. “It is much easier to bully online than in person,” says Dr. Mirjam Quinn, assistant professor of clinical psychology at Argosy University, Chicago. “It is easier to reach a large audience online, there is less, if any, adult supervision governing online behavior and the Internet provides a -

sometimes false - sense of anonymity that may lead individuals to behave more aggressively than they would in real life. It is also easier to dehumanize a victim online, since the bully doesn’t see, thus can ignore, the victim’s immediate emotional reaction.” “Victims who experience cyber bullying reveal that they were afraid or embarrassed to go to school. In addition, research has revealed a link between cyber bullying and low selfesteem, family problems, academic problems, school violence and delinquent behavior. Cyber-bullied youth also report having suicidal thoughts, and there have been a number of examples in the United States where youth who were victimized ended up taking their own lives,” says Eric Kurt, academic director of the Web Design &

Interactive Media program at The Art Institute of Indianapolis. How do your protect your kids? Set appropriate boundaries and monitor their activity. Both Kurt and Quinn encourage parents to talk to their kids about appropriate behavior online. Teach them to never post something on the Internet or send a text message that they wouldn’t say to a parent or family member. “Once you send a message or an image out into the world via the Internet or text message, you have no control over where it goes and who will receive it,” says Kurt. “Assume that anything posted can, and often will, be made public. If you don’t post anything disrespectful, irresponsible or vulgar, then you don’t have to worry about who is viewing it.”


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St. Tammany Parish School Directory St. Tammany Parish Public Schools Abita Springs Elementary K-3 Rebecca Stogner 22410 Level St. Abita Springs, La. 70420 892-8184

Abita Springs Middle 4-6 grades Donna Forrest 72079 Maple St. Abita Springs, La. 70420 892-2070 Abney Elementary K-5 grades Robert “Mike” Alford 825 Kostmayer Ave. Slidell, La. 70458

643-4044 Alton Elementary K-5 grades Schanette Hebert 3876 5th Ave. Slidell, La. 70460 863-5353 Bayou Lacombe Middle 4-6 grades Patrick Woods

27527 St. Joseph St. Lacombe, La. 70445 882-5416

259 Brakefield Slidell, La. 70458 643-5166

325 S. Jackson St. Covington, La. 70433 892-4311

Bayou Woods Elementary K-3 grades Linda Bankston 35614 Liberty Dr. Slidell, La. 70460 641-1901

Carolyn Park Middle 4-6 grades Anthony Esposito 35708 Liberty Dr. Slidell, La. 70460 643-8593

Covington High 9-12 grades Deborah McCollum 73030 Lion Dr. Covington, La. 70433 892-3422

Bonne Ecole Elementary K-6 grades Dr. April S. Owens 900 Rue Verand Slidell, La. 70458 643-0674

Chahta-Ima Elementary K-3 Casey Gleason 27488 Pichon Road Lacombe, La. 70445 882-7541

Creekside Junior High 6-8 grades Lisa Virga 65434 La. Hwy. 41 Pearl River, La. 70452 863-5882

Boyet Junior High 7-8 grades Mitchell Stubbs 59295 Rebel Dr. Slidell, La. 70461 643-3775

Clearwood Junior High 4-8 grades Alan R. Bennett 130 Clearwood Dr. Slidell, La. 70458 641-8200

Cypress Cove Elementary K-1 grades Lisa Dial 540 S. Military Road Slidell, La. 70461 641-3033

Brock Elementary K-5 grades Rose Smith

Covington Elementary K-3 grades Susan Wolfe

Fifth Ward Junior High K-8 grades Christopher Oufnac


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81419 La. Hwy. 21 Bush, La. 70431 886-3273 Florida Avenue Elementary K-6 grades Kimberley Burgoyne 342 Florida Ave. Slidell, La. 70458 643-1605 Folsom Elementary K-5 grades Lesa Bodnar 82144 La. Hwy. 25 Folsom, La. 70437 796-3820 Folsom Junior High 6-8 grades Sharon Garrett 83055 Hay Hollow Road Folsom, La. 70437 796-3724 Fontainebleau High 9-12 grades Johnny Vitrano 100 Bulldog Dr. Mandeville, La. 70471 892-7112

Fontainebleau Junior High 7-8 grades Dr. Timothy Schneider 100 Hurricane Alley Mandeville, La. 70471 875-7501 Honey Island Elementary 2-3 grades Mary Jane Smith 500 S. Military Road Slidell, La. 70461 641-3557 Lake Harbor Middle 4-6 grades Susan Patin 1700 Viola St. Mandeville, La. 70448 674-4440 Lakeshore High School 9-11 grades Brennan McCurly 26301 La. Hwy. 1088 Mandeville, La. 70448 624-5046 Lancaster Elementary School Grades 2-4

Susannah Welch 133 Pine Creek Drive Madisonville, La. 70447 792-0156 Lee Road Junior High K-8 grades Anna Bowie 79131 La. Hwy 40 (Lee Road) Covington, La. 70435 892-3636 Little Oak Middle 4-6 grades Amy DiCarlo 59241 Rebel Dr. Slidell, La. 70461 641-6510 Little Pearl Elementary PreK-Kindergarten Dr. April Whitfield 63829 U. S. Hwy. 11 Pearl River, La. 70452 863-5906 Lyon Elementary K-3 grades Jeanine Barnes 1615 N. Florida St.

Covington, La. 70433 892-0869 Madisonville Elementary K-3 grades Lauren Spencer 317 La. Hwy. 1077 Madisonville, La. 70447 845-3671 Madisonville Junior High 4-8 grades Dwayne J. Kern 106 Cedar St. Madisonville, La. 70447 845-3355 Magnolia Trace Elementary 2-3 grades Melanie Edwards 1405 La. Hwy. 1088 Mandeville, La. 70448 626-8238 Mandeville Elementary K-3 grades Chantelle O’Meallie 519 Massena St. Mandeville, La. 70448 626-3950

Mandeville High 9-12 grades Bruce Bundy 1 Skipper Dr. Mandeville, La. 70471 626-5225 Mandeville Junior High 7-8 grades Mary Ann Cucchiara 639 Carondelet St. Mandeville, La. 70448 626-4428 Mandeville Middle 4-6 grades Mary Hart 2525 Soult St. Mandeville, La. 70448 626-8778 Marigny Elementary K-1 grades Leslie Martin 1715 Viola St. Mandeville, La. 70448 674-3011 Mayfield Elementary Grades PK-5 Arlana LeBlanc

31820 U. S. Highway 190 Slidell, La. Monteleone Junior High 7-8 grades Donna Addison 63000 Blue Marlin Dr. Mandeville, La. 70448 951-8088 Northshore High 9-12 grades Dr. Michael Peterson 100 Panther Dr. Slidell, La. 70461 649-6400 Pearl River High 9-12 grades Michael Winkler 39110 Rebel Lane Pearl River, La. 70452 863-2591 Pine View Middle 4-6 grades Charlotte Burney-Tillman 1200 West 27th Ave. Covington, La. 70433 892-6204


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Pitcher Junior High 7-8 grades Roslyn Hanson 415 S. Jefferson Ave. Covington, La. 70433 892-3021 Pontchartrain Elementary K-3 grades Kimberly Thomas 1500 W. Causeway Approach Mandeville, La. 70471 626-3748 Riverside Elementary 1-5 grades Mary Lou Jordan 38480 Sullivan Dr. Pearl River, La. 70452 863-3141 St. Tammany Junior High 6-8 grades Vincent DiCarlo 701 Cleveland Ave. Slidell, La. 70458 643-1592

Salmen High 9-12 grades Terri Wortmann 300 Spartan Dr. Slidell, La. 70458 643-7359 Sixth Ward Elementary K-5 grades Dr. Mary Biernacki 72360 La. Hwy. 41 Pearl River, La. 70452 863-7126 Slidell High 9-12 grades William C. Percy Jr. 1 Tiger Dr. Slidell, La. 70458 643-2992 Slidell Junior High 7-8 grades Patrick Mackin 333 Pennsylvania Ave. Slidell, La. 70458 641-5914 Tchefuncte Middle School

4-6 grades Laura Norsworthy 1530 W. Causeway Approach Mandeville, La. 70471 626-7118 Whispering Forest Elementary K-3 grades Eric Sacks 300 Spiehler Road Slidell, La. 70458 641-3400 Woodlake Elementary K-3 grades Dr. Jean Krieger 1620 Livingston St. Mandeville, La. 70448 626-8842

Private and parochial schools Archbishop Philip M. Hannan High School

Principal, Greg Homer 80 Christwood Blvd. Covington, La. 871-9902

Principal, Mitch Bilbe 25 Patricia Drive Covington, La. 70433 892-4415

Calvary Baptist School 3 years old- 8th grade Principal, Susan Hickey 1615 Old Spanish Trail Slidell, La. 70458 643-7224

Christ Episcopal High School Grades 9-10 Principal, John Morvant 80 Christwood Blvd. Covington, La. 871-9902

Lake Castle Private School Madisonville PK-8th grade Principal, Barry M. Butera 235 La. Hwy 21 Madisonville, La. 70447 845-3537

Cedarwood School 2 years- 7th grade Principal, Kathryn LeBlanc 607 Heaven’s Dr. Mandeville, La. 70471 845-7111

First Baptist Christian School Grades 1 – 12 Principal, Mona Nelson 4141 Pontchartrain Drive Slidell, La. 643-3725

Lake Castle Private School Slidell PK-8 Principal, Brian J. Butera 363 Thompson Road Slidell, La. 70460 641-3363

Christ Episcopal School PK-K Principal, Greg Homer 120 S. New Hampshire Covington, La. 70433 892-9156

Holy Trinity Lutheran School 18 months-PK 1 North Marigold Dr. Covington, La. 70433 892-6146

Christ Episcopal School Grades 1-8

Kehoe-France Northshore 1 year old- 7th grade

Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic School PK3-7th grade Principal, Sybil Skansi 1515 W. Causeway Approach Mandeville, La. 70471 674-2466 Northlake Christian School 6 weeks – 12th grade

Grades 8-12 Fr. Charlie Latour 71324 La. Hwy. 1077 Covington, La. 249-6363


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Head of schools, Dr. L. Joe Schorter Preschool Principal, Maureen Gaddy Secondary principal, Monty Fontenot Elementary Principal, Brenda Williamson 70104 Wolverine Dr. Covington, La. 70433 635-0400 Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School PK-7th grade Principal, Frank Smith 312 Lafitte St. Mandeville, La. 70448 626-5678 Our Lady of Lourdes School Grades 1 – 8 Principal, Robert Kiefer Jr.

345 Westchester Blvd. Slidell, La. 643-3230 Pope John Paul II High School Grades 9-12 Principal, Martha Mundine 1901 Jaguar Drive Slidell, La. 70461 649-0914 Slidell Christian Academy Grades K-8 59344 N. Pearl Drive Slidell, La. 70461 St. Margaret Mary School Grades K-8 Principal, Bobby Ohler 1050 Robert Blvd. Slidell, La. 70458 643-4612

St. Paul’s School Grades 8-12 Principal, Br. Raymond Bulliard, FSC 917 S. Jahncke Ave. Covington, La. 70433 892-3200 St. Peter Catholic School PK-7th grade Principal, Melody Barousse 130 E. Temperance St. Covington, La. 70433 892-1831 St. Scholastica Academy Grades 8-12 Principal, Mary Kathryn Villere 122 S. Massachusetts St. Covington, La. 70433 892-2450


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