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Chazz Blanton On His Way to State Social Studies Fair

Apollo fourth grade student Charles “Chazz” Blanton is on his way to the state Social Studies Fair, where he will represent not only his school but Bossier Parish.

Blanton won first place in the Political Science category and overall in Division I with his project, which is titled “Is Obama Legal?”

Principal Julie Dupree said, “Chazz is a very bright young many who gives an eloquent presentation on his project.”

Blanton will travel to the Louisiana Social Studies Fair on April 29 in Lake Charles.

Congratulations, Chazz Blanton, for winning both first place and being named the Overall Division I winner.


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Gladiators Take Competition to the Mat

Bossier Parish is home to some mighty warriors – Gladiators to be exact.

The Gladiator Wrestling Club consists of kids from Bossier Parish Schools and others. ...more


Bellaire Has A Lot of Heart for Hounds

The Bellaire Elementary Bombers have a lot of heart, especially when it comes to caring for their four-legged canine friends.

As part of Bossier Schools’ ...more


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Sun City Soccer Player Heads to Spain

To say it is one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities would be an understatement considering where Sun City third grader Aeron Burrell is heading soon.

He ...more


Elementary School News

Princeton Math Class to Get iPods, Thanks to Teacher Grant


 Coming soon to Amber Beach’s fourth grade math classes at Princeton Elementary? Another half dozen iPod Touches to further ignite learning amongst her students.

 Beach was beyond surprised when she walked into the gymnasium to cheers and a television camera. It quickly became clear, Beach had won the $1,000 KTBS/Barksdale Federal Credit Union “One Class At A Time” teacher grant she had applied for.

 Beach is a big believer in technology in the classroom. Since purchasing seven iPod Touches, it has enabled her to customize students’ lessons that fit their level and learning style with a few taps on the screen. They are also able to practice math skills in a hands-on way that engages them.

 Her kids love them. The only problem is rotating seven devices among 23 children becomes a challenge and limits their effectiveness. Thanks to the “One Class At A Time” grant, Beach will be able to buy six more and a $100 iTunes gift card to purchase apps.

 “I am so excited to receive more innovative technology for my classroom and cannot wait to get these iPods into the hands of my students,” Beach said. “I am thrilled!”



Winners Named In American Heritage Poetry Contest

Being a judge for the American Heritage Poetry Contest 2015 for Bossier Parish was a tough job and not an enviable one.

Dozens of elementary ...more


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 Waller Student Wins VFW Art Contest


 Waller first grader Eian Flowers’ show of patriotism won first place honors in his age category in the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Art Contest.

 Eian designed and colored the United States flag free-handed and was recognized for his win at the VFW banquet on February 19.

 Eian’s art teacher is Karen Mitchell. His homeroom teacher is Jamie Prock.

 Beautiful job, Eian. Congratulations on winning first place.


Carrie Martin Has a Dog Gone Good Time Helping Hearts

Carrie Martin’s faculty and students had a “DOG GONE GOOD” time the last part of January, loving on and helping some four-legged friends.

As ...more


Bellaire and Meadowview Students Go On A Body Walk

What really happens to that sandwich you eat after you swallow it? Students at Bellaire and Meadowview Elementary Schools found out as they toured ...more


Princeton’s “Mr. J.R.” Wins

Gold Star Award


 Even before Princeton head custodian Johnny “J.R.” Ruffin’s name could be announced during an assembly as the latest winner of Bossier Schools’ Gold Star employee award, the students began to excitedly point at him and yell his name.

 You see, everyone at Princeton Elementary loves “Mr. J.R.” and for so many reasons. He has been at the school for 14 years and is as much a part of it as the bricks and mortar that hold the building together. But it is not his years there that have endeared him to the faculty, staff and student body. It is the love he shows to each of them.

 “Man, they got me good!” Ruffin exclaimed after receiving the award. “I kind of got teary eyed.” He then added, “I love all those kids. That’s what I love. And the teachers are the bomb.”  

 Teacher Haley Mitchell nominated Ruffin for the Gold Star award, writing “He is always putting others first! This morning I came in to a warm, cozy classroom. He had gone to all the classrooms and turned the heat up for us. He fixes anything we ask for, most of the time before we even realize something is broken. I am so thankful to have him as our head custodian.”

 Assistant Principal Andrea Spinney also nominated Ruffin, saying he is much more than a head custodian.

 “He loves our campus, faculty and students. We have a very large campus with a lot of outside work; he is always meticulous about our school’s presentation, offering suggestions on how to improve it. He checks on our students and makes sure they are following the Princeton expectations, and he is always passing out our Princeton “BUCS” to the students.”

 Spinney went on to explain how Mr. J.R. takes the time to get to know each student and follows up with certain ones to make sure they have what is needed to be successful in the classroom.

  “During summer remediation, he can be found on the sidewalks cheering the students on as they enter to retake the LEAP. He lives near our campus and is ALWAYS willing to come let a teacher in, check on the school’s safety or anything else that is needed.”

 Principal Nancy Devers echoed that sentiment.

 “He’s always doing the extra things we need, even on his off time,” Devers said. She added, ”The main thing I appreciate is his positive attitude. He’s always cordial, agreeable and always willing to help not just me, but everybody.”

 The camaraderie Ruffin has with everyone, parents included, is also unparalleled. The die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan laughed as he told of all the Saints paraphernalia they try to give him during football season.

 “They’re always trying to convert me!” he laughed. “Shame on them. It ain’t gonna work.”

   Now, he has his own star to match the Cowboy star he wears on his cap. Congratulations, Mr. J.R. Your Gold Star is well deserved.


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T.L. Rodes Principal Named State Principal of the Year Semi-Finalist

Bossier Parish Schools is proud to call 2016 State Principal of the Year Semi-Finalist Lisle Meador one of its own. Meador is a ...more


Princeton Cheerleaders Break Out the Jams and Win Competition

The Princeton Elementary Cheerleaders pulled out all the stops at the JamFest Cheerleading Competition held February 21 at the ...more


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Elm Grove Elementary Surpasses Goal Collecting “Pennies for Patients”

The Elm Grove Gators are particularly motivated to help the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society raise money for research and to help ...more


Waller “Helps Hearts”

One Penny At A Time

A penny saved is a penny earned.”

Those wise words from Benjamin Franklin certainly ring true at Waller Elementary, where the Wildcats brought in their ...more