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Photo of Kari JohnsonThe Stockwell Place Stallions are fired up about their awesome and now, award-winning library aide Kari Johnson.

 Johnson has been named this year’s Outstanding Support Staff Professional by the Louisiana Library Association and will be honored at its annual conference and awards ceremony in March in Alexandria. The LLA recognizes excellence in Louisiana school library programs.

Congratulations to Kari Johnson for this incredible honor. We are proud to call you our own!

Posted 2/9/18

Graphic of the American flagCongratulations to these 2018 American Heritage Poetry Contest Bossier Parish winners. What a fantastic display of patriotism and love of country!

A big thanks to the Bossier Association of Educators for hosting this annual event.

Kindergarten

  • 1st - Bear Bass - Legacy
  • 2nd - Anthony Puckett - Benton
  • 3rd  Savannah Yarrington - Stockwell

First Grade

  • 1st - Reese Cunningham - Rodes
  • 2nd - Savannah McKoy - Legacy
  • 3rd - Elizabeth Grace Ivie - Apollo

Second Grade

  • 1st - Addalynn Allen - Platt
  • 2nd - Ella Tracy - Kingston
  • 3rd - Brooklyn Law - Elm Grove

Third Grade

  • 1st - AJ Robinson - Kingston
  • 2nd - Annabeth Leal - Sun City
  • 3rd  Zachary Scott - Plantation Park

Fourth Grade

  • 1st - Taylor Hentry - WT Lewis
  • 2nd - Amiya Williams - Meadowview
  • 3rd - Avery Claire Brignac - Legacy

Fifth Grade

  • 1st - Kinsley Brotherton - Princeton
  • 2nd - Allanah Cooper - Carrie Martin
  • 3rd - Maddy Stringer - Legacy
Posted 2/8/18

Photo of Apollo Custodian Tracy FortHe may be a relative newcomer, but it did not take long for Apollo Elementary custodian Tracy Fort to make his mark and win over a legion of fans.

After working in the oil and gas industry for 23 years, Fort said he needed a change and arrived  on Apollo’s campus in August 2016 to maintain the grounds. He does so much more than that, though, and judging by the 14 glowing Gold Star nominations written by his colleagues, Fort could not have been a better choice to join their ranks.

Ashley Sanchez said, “Mr. Tracy goes above and beyond EVERYDAY to make sure Apollo is running smoothly and his teachers are taken care of. Each morning he is the first to arrive at Apollo. First, he makes sure the coffee is ready to help jumpstart everyone’s day. He goes around the school and turns on the heaters and Christmas trees in each classroom. It is such a welcoming feeling to walk into a classroom that is already warm and lit with the Christmas spirit. Mr. Tracy is always the first one to volunteer to help a teacher complete any task. We love having Mr. Tracy at Apollo.”

Others mentioned the fact Fort is always bright, cheerful, friendly and has a willing attitude.

“He’s always ready to offer a lending hand for setting up, tearing down, preparing, washing, moving and anything else that is needed,” added Ashley Dabbs.

It is no wonder Fort was chosen to receive Bossier Schools’ Gold Star employee award for the month of January!

“This is all too much. I don’t deserve this. I come here and I do my job,” Fort said sheepishly after a surprise assembly was held in his honor to announce he had won the Gold Star award.

Apollo Principal Laura Leflett will tell you otherwise.

“There is no way to express what Tracy means to Apollo with just a few short words,” she said. “I think our entire staff, along with our head custodian, would agree that our Mr. Tracy is among the most dedicated employees and is truly deserving of this award. He wears many hats at Apollo as you have heard. We are so blessed to have him on our team.”

Not one to take credit, Fort lauded the people he works with as the best part of his job. Oh, and the kindergarten and first graders for whom he has developed a soft spot.

“That’s what makes the job so good,” Fort explained. “This is a great place to be.”

Yes, Apollo Elementary is a great place to be, and it is made even better by having Tracy Fort as part of the Bossier Schools family. Congratulations to January’s Gold Star!


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 going to http://bit.ly/2cZB4XX.

Posted 1/30/18

Photo of Stockwell fifth graders lined up to voteVoting has been going on this week at Bossier Schools for the Louisiana Young Readers Choice Award and Stockwell Place Elementary 3rd-5th grade students have picked their favorites to win.

Librarian Kim Howell said the Stockwell Stallions spent the last nine weeks reading and researching each book they would vote on, making book models and more.

The election process is serious business. The Secretary of State's office sends actual voting machines to 90 schools throughout Louisiana for students to vote on their favorite of 14 books, which is another educational experience in itself!

Stockwell students are eager to hear if they picked the book that will be receive the Louisiana Young Readers Choice Award. They will know soon!

Posted 1/24/18

Kingston Elementary fourth graders got an exclusive sneak peek November 1 inside the new Shreveport Aquarium, being chosen as the first school group to visit the new venue on the riverfront.

Students touched sting rays, watched sharks swim overhead and saw beautiful tropical fish. Kingston S.T.E.A.M. Director Laurie Salvail said the visit will help teach and reinforce science concepts as students learn more about aquatic life and the importance of protecting the environment in her S.T.E.A.M. lab.

What a terrific day and fun way to learn hands-on about the mysteries of the sea!

Posted 12/29/17

Hummingbirds and butterflies are flocking to the outdoor science learning courtyard at Elm Grove Elementary and students are loving their up-close interaction with nature.

Elise Spoor landed a $4.375 Toolbox for Education grant through Lowe’s that enabled her to create the STEM mecca that was recently dedicated. There is a reading meditation area featuring a pelican statue and fountain that is powered by solar energy; herb and vegetable gardens that harness wind energy and will enable Garden Club students to foster community outreach efforts.

Spoor said it did not even take a day before hummingbirds and butterflies came to visit, even though most had already migrated for the winter. She is expecting even more in the spring when the 20 different native Louisiana plants come back to attract additional feathered friends to Elm Grove’s STEM courtyard.

Posted 12/29/17

What does the U.S. flag symbolize and what does it represent to you?

That was the topic of conversation at Curtis Elementary, where fourth graders had the pleasure of hearing from three distinguished guests.

Barksdale 2nd Bomb Wing Commander Col. Ty Neuman, Louisiana Senator Barrow Peacock and Representative Dodie Horton talked about the flag, what the stars and stripes represent, democracy, the U.S. Constitution and patriotism.

Col. Neuman told Curtis students he carries two things with him on every mission; a pocket-sized edition of the U.S. Constitution and the American flag.

“As a military guy, I took an oath to uphold the Constitution, meaning I would give my life to uphold what’s in this book,” the 2nd Bomb Wing Commander said, referring to the copy he keeps on him. “Every combat mission I’ve ever flown, I have a flag. In the event we are ever captured, it gives us a sense of purpose and reminds us of why we serve.”

Rep. Horton, who hosted the informative presentation, then presented Curtis Principal Terri Bird with a Louisiana flag flown over the state capitol.  It was a great way to start the holiday break and a visit the Curtis Tigers will not soon forget.

Posted 12/14/17

The weather could not have been better for Bossier Parish fifth graders to enjoy getting Fit for Life and focus on adopting healthy lifestyles.

Every fifth grade student in the district attended the much-anticipated event October 24 at Freedom Fields in Bossier City, where they got the chance to run, jump rope, kick soccer balls,  participate in hockey drills and simply enjoy being kids.

The purpose of Fit for Life, organized by Bossier Schools’ PE Curriculum Coordinator Michael Valentine, is to promote physical activity and emphasize the importance of healthy habits in hope our young people will carry these lessons with them throughout life.

Fit for Life ended with jaw-dropping acrobatics by the Plantation Park Elementary Tumblers, which drew rave reviews and applause. Then, after motivational words from Mudbugs Hockey Coach Jason “Soupy” Campbell and General Manager Scott Muscutt, they engaged in a quick soccer match-up against Superintendent Scott Smith and School Resource Officer Jackie Loveless.

It was a perfect day to get Fit for Life!

Posted 10/24/17

Curtis Elementary is coming to the rescue to help families in Puerto Rico get back on their feet.

The Tigers answered the call from local non-profits to help gather donations for those struggling following Hurricane Maria. The conditions there are dire and the needs are great.

Students at Curtis eagerly stepped in and gathered loads of diapers and baby items that are especially needed in Puerto Rico.

We are proud of Curtis Elementary for their efforts because it shows the Tigers’ character and reflects what is in their hearts!  Their generosity will most certainly make a big difference.

Posted 10/18/17

Bellaire Elementary paid it forward by giving Operation BBQ Relief a heaping helping of support to the tune of $1,100.

Bellaire chose to wage a penny war at school to raise money for the disaster response team that takes its barbeque rig on the road to feed first responders working in devastated communities.

Operation BBQ Relief recently returned from Houston, which was devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Bryan Roppolo said while there, his disaster response team fed nearly 372-thousand people, about 90-percent of them being first responders and hospital workers. Operation BBQ Relief also helps fill the gaps and feeds a hot meal to those not being served in shelters.  

Knowing the good work Operation BBQ Relief does, the penny war at Bellaire got particularly competitive among grade levels. After a week of friendly competition, the Bombers brought in enough pennies to feed 1,100 people.

Principal Alyshia Coulson presented a check to Roppolo, who praised the students’ efforts. He also gave them an Operation BBQ Relief flag that normally flies at feeding sites. He wanted the Bombers to have it to hang at their school to serve as a reminder of the great work they did to help others.  

Way to go, Bellaire Bombers!

Posted 10/16/17