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November 21st, 2013

Ruston full of holiday cheer

Residents might have noticed that Ruston has already started to herald in the holiday season.
Holiday decorations are hung downtown, Santa’s sleigh — for his quick trips to the area before Christmas — has already been installed in Railroad Park and stores across the city have already put up vibrant holiday displays.
So, despite it being a little early, downtown Ruston has decided to kick off the holiday today with a little something special.

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Practice deer stand safety

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The season has fallen upon us, and with it comes something that is precious and valuable to the people of North Louisiana — hunting. During this time of year, the brisk, bright mornings mean the sound of guns shooting and dogs barking — deer steak for breakfast and chili on the table at dinner.

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IAL’s Payton named science teacher of year

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The Louisiana Science Teachers Association is proud to announce that I.A. Lewis School science teacher Holly Payton was named Outstanding Middle Grades Science Teacher of the Year during ceremonies recently held in Baton Rouge. She was selected among nominees across the state from fifth through eighth grades.

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Cox-Boniol wins prestigious science award

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Lincoln ACHIEVE Coordinator Cathi Cox-Boniol has been named the recipient of the Claudia Fowler Distinguished Service to Science Education Award. Presented by the Louisiana Science Teachers Association during a recent ceremony in Baton Rouge, the award is the highest honor given by the organization and recognizes extraordinary contributions to the advancement of science education in the sciences and science teaching.

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Simsboro Honor Roll

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Simsboro Elementary has released the names of those students who have achieved the honor roll for the second six-week grading period.
“A” Honor Roll
First grade: Khidan Brantley, Elizabeth Cornejo, A’eja Franklin, Aaliyah Goodwin, Erik Lopez, Faith Milton, Kayla Mitchell, Iva Sibley and Trumarion Smith.
Second grade: Richard Canterbury, Dimitri Carr, Bo Collinsworth, Harley Dowling, Taylor Hill, Steven Holstead, Angela King, Grisham Locke, Jon Robert Scheer, Kwuntaevion Shine, Kirah Spivey, Luke Waldron, Amayah West and Will Young.
Third grade: Addison Eckert.

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Cypress Springs Elementary: ALA learns about going green

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Cypress Springs Elementary School Advanced Learning Academy students are seen with teacher Pat Albritton (back left) and local artist Jackie Cochran, of Art Innovations (back right), following the completion of “green planters” created for use during the upcoming North Central Louisiana Arts Council Holiday Arts Tour. Cochran visited CSE and other schools throughout the district to work with the students as they built planters out of newspaper.

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Downsville Charter receives a ‘B’ from the state

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It’s a “B” and a “Top Gain School” for The Downsville Charter School.
There is reason for celebration in Downsville. The Louisiana Department of Education has awarded Downsville Charter School a letter grade of “B,” which represents an extraordinary improvement from nearly a “D” school to a solid “B.” This higher rating is a strong indication of the quality of education provided at DCS. Additionally, the school has been named a “Top Gain School” because the school performance score has increased 16.8 points from last year.

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Campbell, Letendre Samsung finalists

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Lincoln Parish educators have captured two of the five State Finalist honors in the national Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. Simsboro High School science teacher Chris Campbell and New Tech @ Ruston Animation and Visual Effects instructor Catherine Letendre were selected among more than 2,300 applications submitted to advance in the competition.

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LSMSA: Seniors visit Centenary College

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Twenty seniors from the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts were invited to visit Centenary College in Shreveport Nov. 10-11. Students were able to sit in on classes, spend the night in a residence hall and tour the campus. Pictured are those that attended.

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Registration now open for Virtual School

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Students from across the state can register now through Jan. 15, for the Virtual School at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts.
Semester block courses available starting in the spring include Algebra II, anthropology, astronomy, computer applications, computer science I, digital photography, fine arts survey, French I and II, geometry, introduction to business, introduction to financial accounting, introduction to culinary arts, introduction to social media, music appreciation, personal finance, public speaking, social problems I and Spanish I, II and III.

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