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Group photo of Kingston Elementary archery teamKingston Elementary hit the bullseye after traveling to Louisville, KY last weekend to participate in the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) 2018 U.S. Eastern National Tournament. They returned to Bossier Parish with the national title and trophy in-hand.

Several teams from Bossier Schools made the trek to Kentucky to take part in four tournaments; the Centershot Ministries’ National Tournament and National IBO/3D tournament and the NASP Eastern National Tournament and Eastern National IBO/3D Tournament.

Once again, Bossier archers were at the top!  Not only did Kingston come home a winner, but so did Benton Elementary and Haughton Middle. The Benton Tigers won first place in the Centershot Nationals in the elementary division and the Haughton Buccaneers captured top honors among middle schools. In addition, Haughton Middle 8th grader Aiden Jones claimed the Middle School Boy 3D National Championship, placing 1st out of 920 archers.  

Now, Kingston and several other Bossier teams are preparing for the World Championship tournament to be held June 7-9 back in Louisville. Congratulations to all of our teams for their outstanding performance!

Here is how each team fared.  Complete results can be found here

 

Airline

NASP Nationals – 200 out of 237 teams.

NASP 3D – 78 out of 105 teams.

Apollo

NASP Nationals – 109th out of 171 teams.

Benton Elementary

Centershot Nationals - 1st place out of 23 teams. Fourth grader Anna Young, 2nd place and 4th grader Emerson Fite, 10th out of 253 elementary girls. Fifth grader Tyler Pope, 2nd out of 278 elementary boys.

NASP Nationals – 3rd out of 171 teams;  5th grader Tyler Pope placed 6th out of 2,014 elementary boys.

NASP 3D – 2nd out of 67 teams; 5th grader Tyler Pope came in 2nd and 4th grader Mason Hicks, 10th out of 598 elementary boys. Fourth grader Anna Young, 8th out of 496 elementary girls.

Benton Middle

Centershot Nationals - 2nd out of 34 teams.  Seventh grader Emma Rutledge ranked 7th out of 357 middle school girls.

Centershot 3D – 6th grader Cassidy Walters placed 6th out of 153 middle school girls.

NASP Nationals – 5th out of 255 teams;  6th grader Brailey Bishop placed 2nd out of 2,644 middle school girls and 7th out of 6,689 overall girls.

NASP 3D – 3rd out of 108 teams.

Benton High

Sole participant; Abbie Rutledge qualified for Worlds in 3D by placing 21st out of 768 high school girls.

Greenacres

NASP Nationals – 145 out of 255 teams.

Haughton Middle

Centershot Nationals - 1st out of 34 teams; a second team placed 8th; 6th grader Matthew Hollis placed 6th and 7th grader Bradley Johnson came in 10th out of 360 middle school boys.  Sixth grader Taylor Bourn, 10th out of 357 middle school girls.

NASP Nationals – 2nd out of 255 teams; 6th grader Taylor Bourn, 5th out of 2,644 middle school girls; 6th grader Matthew Hollis, 9th out of 2,917 middle school boys.

NASP 3D – 2nd out of 108 teams (their second team placed 32nd).  8th grader Aiden Jones – MIDDLE SCHOOL BOY NATIONAL CHAMPION (1st out of 920) and 3rd place overall boy out of 2,324.

Kingston Elementary

Centershot Nationals - 2nd place out of 23 teams. Fifth grader Thomas Allen placed 6th out of 278 elementary boys; 5th grader Mikayela Sanchez, 10th out of 253 elementary girls.

NASP Nationals – NATIONAL CHAMPIONS – 1st out of 171 teams. Fourth grader Spencer Campbell, 8th and 5th grader Jackson Vickers, 10th out of 2,014 elementary boys. Gilliana Gonzalez, 8th out of 1,652 elementary girls.

NASP 3D – 4th out of 67 teams.

Parkway

NASP Nationals – 232nd out of 237 teams.

Princeton

NASP Nationals – 37th out of 171 teams.

NASP 3D – 30th out of 67 teams.

Stockwell

NASP Nationals – 49th out of 171 teams.

Posted 5/16/18

Bossier Schools logoMoving to Bossier Schools? We cannot wait to meet you! Here is what you need to know to make it official.

New student pre-registration will be going on at all school sites from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 25-August 7.

Kindergarten students who did NOT pre-register in April can also do so at their school sites July 25-August 7. Kindergarten registrants must be five years of age on or before September 30, 2018. Screening will take place on one of these dates, August 8-13, and each kindergarten student will attend one full day of school.

All new students, including kindergarten students, must have a certified birth certificate, an up-to-date Louisiana health card and proof of residence. New students in grades 1-2 must bring previous school records.

The first day of school for students in grades 1-12 is Wednesday, August 8. Kindergarten students' first day is Tuesday, August 14.

Welcome to Bossier Schools!

Posted 5/11/18

 

Photo of Jennifer Maggio with classroom of childrenBossier, Central Park and Kerr Elementary Schools had a special visitor drop by to their surprise.

Northwestern State University First Lady Jennifer Maggio came by to read and give away hundreds of children's books to each school.

Maggio’s First Lady service project is called Forks Up for Literacy and by soliciting the support of NSU students and alumni, she collected 4,200 new and gently used books to distribute to schools in the area.

“Reading is a life changer,” Maggio said. “It can help with ACT scores and going to college.”

Bossier Schools thanks Mrs. Maggio and NSU for choosing us as recipients. The children loved having her in their classrooms!

Posted 5/10/18

Photo of a teacher and students looking at art boothsA thousand second graders have experienced what Bossier Schools’ inaugural i3 Art Expo is all about; now it is everyone’s turn to visit the district-wide arts festival taking place at the Bossier Civic Center, where a full slate of family activities and free fun is scheduled.

Presented in partnership with the City of Bossier City, the i3 Art Expo is a culmination of Bossier Parish students’ many talents and representative of Bossier Schools’ motto “Inspiration, Imagination, Innovation.”  

A high school music competition will take place from 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 4 and short film screenings at 6 p.m. After viewing the short films, audience members will be able to vote for their favorite to win the People’s Choice award.

The Bossier Civic Center will be teeming with activity from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 5. Visitors can expect to see an impressive display of 2-D and 3-D visual art, photography, literary works, a Destination Imagination challenge course, art demonstrations, hands-on children’s activities, book readings and author discussions, an art scavenger hunt, the ThisAbility Walk, a book fair, special mascot appearances and more.

The Bossier Schools Showcase, sponsored by Bossier Federal Credit Union, will also be going on throughout the day Saturday, featuring hundreds of student performances. At 4 p.m. Bossier Schools’ i3 Art Expo will conclude with an awards ceremony, sponsored by Citizens National Bank, recognizing students whose works, films and performances were chosen by independent judges as winners in their respective competitive categories. For a detailed list of events and times, click on the i3 Art Expo banner at the top of the home page. 

“I am in awe every day by how talented and creative our young people are,” said Bossier Schools Superintendent Scott Smith. “Whether they draw or paint, enjoy filmmaking, acting or singing, i3 is enabling us to showcase Bossier Parish students’ talents and give them a stage on which to shine.”

Special thanks to the many sponsors that have made Bossier Schools’ i3 Art Expo a reality. They include the City of Bossier City, Shreveport-Bossier Family Dental Care for Kids, Citizens National Bank, Bossier Press Tribune, Cyber Innovation Center, Bossier Parish Police Jury, Bossier Parish Community College, Bossier Federal Credit Union, CHRISTUS Bossier Emergency Hospital, Builders Supply, Shreveport Communications, Oasis Printing, Bossier Parish Libraries, Bossier Arts Council, Music Mountain Water and CSC Productions.

 

What:   Bossier Schools’ i3 Art Expo

When:  Friday, May 4 from 5-8 p.m.

 Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Bossier Civic Center

Cost:     Free and open to the public

Posted 5/4/18

Photo of Plantation Park Elementary principal receiving award from SuperintendentThey represent the best of the best in academics, job performance, work ethic and leadership.

Bossier Schools honored its 2017-18 Students of the Year and district Teachers, Principals and School Support Personnel winners at the Celebration of Excellence banquet, sponsored by Citizens National Bank.

The recognition ceremony held a special surprise for Plantation Park Elementary principal Tonya Hilburn, who was named the “Innovator of the Year” by Superintendent Scott Smith. Hilburn’s improved school performance score was cited, as well as her faculty’s outreach into the community as just a couple of reasons why she perfectly fit the district’s motto “Inspiration. Imagination. Innovation.”

A special thanks to the Benton High Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of band director Evan McCormick, for providing musical entertainment during dinner and much appreciation to Citizens National Bank for investing in Bossier Schools, not only as Celebration of Excellence sponsor, but in so many other ways.

Posted 4/27/18

 

 

Photo of Richard SingletonSix years ago, Richard Singleton did a 180. After spending years working in hot, dirty conditions in the oilfield, Singleton traded in his work boots and coveralls to tie shoes and play dress-up in between tending the grounds at T.L. Rodes Elementary. He is loving every minute of it.

“I couldn’t see not coming to work and not seeing all these babies’ faces every morning,” Singleton said as he smiled. “That’s part of the pay. That’s part of it and I enjoy it so much.”

Though his title is janitor, his colleagues at T.L. Rodes are quick to note the many ways Singleton goes out of his way and beyond his job description each day to help them and the 750+ Pre-K through first graders at the school.  

“He is our quiet hero of the school,” wrote Lauren Brimer. “I say quiet because he cleans up our mess with a smile and NEVER complains. When something goes wrong we know we can ALWAYS count on him to save the day (mess)! We love him!”

“Mr. Richard is the most friendliest person I know!” exclaimed Kristi Beaty. “He always has a smile and takes his job seriously. He loves helping everyone. He is great with the kids as well. If you have a need, Mr. Richard is there for you in a blink of an eye! He deserves to be recognized for his exemplary personality and work ethic.”

Jennifer Hillman further explained, writing “It’s the things that he doesn’t have to do, but still does that make Mr. Richard a star at our school. Students recognize how helpful Mr. Richard is and they will even ask him for help to tie their shoes! I’m sure shoe tying is not in his job description, but you will find him at least once a day down on the floor tying a student’s shoes. When he walks by the front office and sees that boxes have arrived in the mail, he always makes sure to deliver the heavy ones directly to the teacher’s classroom. If he spots a teacher struggling to carry items for her class, he will race over and offer to help.”

It is no wonder the faculty at T.L. Rodes got together to nominate Singleton for Bossier Schools’ Gold Star employee award. He could not have been more surprised when he was summoned to the cafeteria and was greeted by teachers and first graders shouting “Surprise!” The former oilman, who used to work alongside only men, was moved to tears.  

“Sweet women that always try to take care of me. Always try to feed me and do something for me because they appreciate what I do back for them. I’ve never had a surprise birthday party or anything like that, so I was blown away,” Singleton said after the news sank in. “Like I said, they’re always doing stuff like that for me around here and I was very surprised.”

Principal Lisle Meador, who helped orchestrate the Gold Star surprise, is another one that sings her janitor’s praises.

“I don’t have to ask him to do anything because he already has it done. He’s amazing!” Meador added, “He cares about our school and works very hard to keep it clean and orderly and he loves our children. He always has time for a high five -- and no one better steal him!”

So, about Singleton playing dress-up, that goes back to the Pre-K teachers dressing up as the book characters from Winnie the Pooh. The only one missing was Christopher Robin.  

Always good natured, Singleton grinned and said “They needed somebody and like I said, I’m the only man here, so I couldn’t let the babies down.”

Congratulations to Richard Singleton for being named Bossier Schools’ shining Gold Star this month!

 

Editor’s Note: Special thanks to Bossier Federal Credit Union for sponsoring Bossier Schools’ Gold Star program. Each month, a BPSB employee who exemplifies ‘the best of the best’ is chosen by an independent judging panel. Know someone deserving of the Gold Star award? Nominate them by clicking here.

Posted 4/17/18

Group photo of Tonya Hilburn with faculty from Plantation ParkPlantation Park Elementary School principal Tonya Hilburn is definitely a "Girl On Purpose." Her actions show it everyday.

Not only is she a phenomenal leader who is beloved by her students, their parents, faculty and staff, but Hilburn also makes a positive impact in the surrounding community.

That is why it is no surprise she was singled out recently by Northpoint Community Church as a "Girl On Purpose" for loving big, leaning in and living out her purpose. Hilburn was chosen for serving and making an impact within the PPE community.

Northpoint Community Church awarded Hilburn $1,000 for use at Plantation Park, as well as a gift card to Office Depot.

This video captures the essence of how Mrs. Hilburn loves big! Congratulations, Tonya Hilburn, for an honor that is well-deserved.

Posted 4/9/18

Destination Imagination logoTwelve teams from Bossier Schools qualified to advance to Global Finals in Knoxville, TN after a highly successful Destination Imagination State Tournament held March 3 in Bossier.

Volunteer teachers coached 51 teams from Bossier Schools, Elm Grove Middle School and Sun City Elementary hosted the tournament on their campuses, over 100 community volunteers helped and more than 30 high school volunteers from the Parkway High Beta Club and Haughton High School Red Jackets served as ambassadors throughout the event.

The tournament was especially meaningful as it was dedicated in memory of Emilie Gibson, a Legacy Elementary DI team member who bravely faced DIPG Brain Cancer last year.

Emilie passed away October 31, and the tournament focused not only on creativity and competition, but on helping to raise awareness and donations for childhood cancer research.

Over $2,000 was raised and will be matched by Louisiana Destination Imagination to donate to the Michael Mosier Foundation in support of research for DIPG.

Bossier teams were certainly up to the challenges posed to them at DI State Tournament. Not only did a dozen teams qualify for Global Finals, but several others placed in the top three spots in various categories.

Here are the results:
Bossier Teams Advancing to Global Finals:

  • Airline High School Improv Team
  • Airline High School Scientific Team
  • Benton Middle School Engineering Team
  • Benton Middle School Service Learning Team
  • Elm Grove Middle School Improv Team
  • Elm Grove Middle School Scientific Team
  • Haughton High School Fine Arts Team
  • Haughton High School Engineering Team
  • Kingston Elementary Service Learning Team
  • Sun City Elementary Fine Arts Team
  • Sun City Elementary Technical Team
  • W.T. Lewis Elementary Improv Team

Bossier Parish 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Teams By Category:

  • Elementary Technical Challenge:  1st place, Sun City Elementary School
  • Middle School Technical Challenge:  2nd Place, Benton Middle School
  • Elementary Scientific Challenge:  2nd place, Bellaire Elementary
  • Elementary Scientific Challenge:  3rd place, Legacy Elementary School
  • Middle School Scientific Challenge:  1st place, Elm Grove Middle School
  • Middle School Scientific Challenge:  3rd place, Greenacres Middle School
  • High School Scientific Challenge: 1st place, Airline High School
  • High School Scientific Challenge: 2nd place, Parkway High School
  • Elementary Fine Arts Challenge:  2nd place, Sun City Elementary School
  • Elementary Fine Arts Challenge:  3rd place, Princeton Elementary School
  • Middle School Fine Arts Challenge:  2nd place tie, Greenacres Middle School
  • Middle School Fine Arts Challenge:  2nd place tie, Cope Middle School
  • High School Fine Arts Challenge: 1st place, Haughton High School
  • High School Fine Arts Challenge: 2nd place, Parkway High School
  • Elementary Improv Challenge: 1st place, W.T. Lewis
  • Elementary Improv Challenge: 2nd place, Legacy Elementary
  • Elementary  Improv Challenge: 3rd place, Apollo Elementary
  • Middle School Improv Challenge: 1st place, Elm Grove Middle School
  • Middle School Improv Challenge: 2nd place, Cope Middle School
  • High School Improv Challenge:  1st place, Airline High School
  • High School Improv Challenge:  2nd place, Haughton High School
  • High School Improv Challenge: 3rd place, Parkway High School
  • Elementary School Engineering Challenge: 3rd place, Princeton Elementary
  • Middle School Engineering Challenge: 1st place, Benton Middle School
  • Middle School Engineering Challenge: 3rd place, Elm Grove Middle School
  • High School Engineering Challenge: 1st place, Haughton High School
  • Elementary Service Learning Challenge: 1st place: Kingston Elementary
  • Elementary Service Learning Challenge: 2nd place, Legacy Elementary
  • Middle School Service Learning Challenge: 1st place, Benton Middle School
  • Middle School Service Learning Challenge: 2nd place, Cope Middle School
  • High School Service Learning Challenge; 1st place, Haughton High School
Posted 3/9/18

Group photo with Ian KnudsenIan Knudsen had the perfect Friday and beginning of Spring Break. The Kingston Elementary fifth grader spent the day at the movie theater and park with his classmates, then came back to a big surprise.

Bossier Schools Superintendent Scott Smith strolled into his classroom, along with Knudsen’s mother and an entourage of people, to announce he had been chosen as the Regional Student of the Year. That means he will compete at the state competition next month, where he will represent the school districts in seven parishes across northwest Louisiana.  

Knudsen is the all-around student. He is actively involved in robotics, archery, 4-H, Student Council and is co-founder of the Kingston Military Kids Club. He also volunteers with HUB Ministries and holds three Tae Kwon Do world championship titles.

When asked how he feels about representing Region I at the state level in Baton Rouge, Knudsen said “I know I have to work a lot harder, but I am going to have fun and try my best. Maybe I’ll even see the state capitol.”

Bossier Schools is proud to have Ian Knudsen represent our district as well as Region I and we wish him the best.

Posted 3/9/18

Group photo of Spencer Favor with children at Central Park ElementarySpencer Favor loves to read; so much so, the Airline High School junior decided to share her passion for literacy with students at Central Park Elementary School by organizing the Book Store Project.

After talking with a Bossier Parish elementary school librarian, Favor came up with the idea to host a children’s book giveaway at Central Park.

For three months, she partnered with her church and school to collect more than 1,500 new and gently used books. So many people gave that it filled a spare room at Favor’s house.

Her personal reward came the day students were getting out for spring break. Favor and her dad went to Central Park, loaded with books, and every student got to choose two to take home and keep.

“It feels good that they like them all,” Favor said as she assisted children with making their book selections.

There were shrieks of delight as one girl spotted a book with Elsa on the cover and a boy beamed as he thumbed through one about construction vehicles.

“I love reading and I have a lot of books at my house, so I wanted y’all to have books at your house,” Favor told the children gathered around her.

No doubt Favor’s passion for books will not be lost on the boys and girls at Central Park who are excited about starting their own library at home. It is a gift that Favor hopes will keep on giving.

Posted 3/9/18