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Group photo of students at Student Council conventionMembers of the Student Council organizations at Airline High, Benton High, Benton Middle and Greenacres Middle returned from the Louisiana Association of Student Councils (LASC) annual convention teeming with ideas on how to make a difference both on campus and off.

Hosted by Captain Shreve High School in Caddo, Bossier students were joined at the convention by approximately 1,600 additional Student Council members from across the state. Students heard from two keynote speakers.  

Jennifer Drake encouraged them to let go of any issues they thought were holding them back so they could affect change in their schools and with their fellow classmates. Kyle Willkom challenged students to embrace what is unique about them and turn that into a positive in order to become the best servant leader they can be.

The students also had the opportunity to work in small groups with other students from around the state and brainstorm on how to improve their Student Council and derive ideas of how they could serve their school and communities. Each student also participated in a service project.  

The members walked away from the convention with new ideas, new friendships and a renewed excitement for Student Council.

Posted 2/12/18

Photos of Patrick Neff and Cheryl CorkranWhen it comes to the most respected band directors in the surrounding five-parish area, Cheryl Corkran and Patrick Neff rise to the top.

Corkran is the Band Director at Greenacres Middle School and Neff is the Band Director at Airline High School. Both were elected as the Middle School and High School Band Director of the Year respectively by members of the District VIII Band Directors Association.

District VIII encompasses Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Desoto and Webster Parishes and falls under the umbrella of the Louisiana Music Educators Association.

Corkran has 35 years’ experience as a music educator, which has spanned from New Mexico and Texas to Colorado and Louisiana. At Greenacres, Corkran is credited for establishing a program worthy of Mustang Pride, working diligently to set the standard for middle school bands, both regionally and statewide.

“Ms. Corkran has earned many consecutive sweepstakes trophies as well as state-level awards during her tenure at Greenacres Middle School and for the last 25 years has demonstrated beyond a shadow of doubt what a great musician, educator and person she is,” said James A. Willett, President of the District VIII Band Directors Association.   

Neff has been a standout music educator from the time he began his career at Many High School 18 years ago. He also worked in Caldwell and Franklin parishes, where he set the standard in his field of high school band programs.

Willett said, “Mr. Neff has taken the small bands of Louisiana and demonstrated an uncanny ability to create pride and enthusiasm as well as consistently motivating his students and challenging them to take it to the next level.”

He continued by saying, “Often, his bands in the small classifications have been competitive with the larger band programs at competitions. Expectations were high when Mr. Neff took over the much larger Airline High School band, but he has far surpassed our expectations using his knowledge, enthusiasm and abilities to earn two Grand Champion trophies for the Airline Marching Band, a first of many more to come for their program!”

Bossier Schools commends and congratulates these two top-notch educators for their dedication and passion shown at Greenacres and Airline. Being awarded Band Director of the Year for District VIII is just icing on the cake and music to our ears!

Posted 2/12/18

Photo of Jonathan McClain next to his dragsterHe may not have his driver’s license yet, but Greenacres sixth grader Jonathan McClain has a need for speed and knows how to burn rubber and navigate a racetrack.   

The 11-year-old recently won the Western Conference Finals Champion for the National Hot Rod Association Jr. Dragster series.  Not only does McClain have a huge trophy commemorating his win, but he also received a check for $1,500.  

He was recently recognized at Sam's Town Hotel and Casino at the National Hot Rod Association banquet. McClain was also featured in Jr. Dragster Magazine.  Click here to see him on page 14 and pages 26-29.

Being named national champion is most impressive and the Mustangs -- and Bossier Schools -- are certainly proud of their top-rated racer!

Posted 1/31/18

 

Photo of Rusheon Middle School teacher Shontell DavisT.O. Rusheon Middle School science teacher Shontell Davis will soon be doing a lot of traveling to learn how to make STEM learning more accessible for her students.

The Northrop Grumman Foundation and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)has chosen Davis to participate as a Teacher Fellow in the 2017-18 Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy. She is the only teacher selected from Louisiana. Davis will participate with 26 other educators in a number of science, engineering and technology-related activities and professional learning opportunities.

As part of the fellowship, Davis will travel in March to Atlanta to attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education. Over the summer, she will spend a week in Los Angeles participating in a five-day workshop at a Northrop Grumman facility, where they will discuss teaching strategies for integrating effective and authentic engineering design practices in the classroom.

Davis will also take part in an immersive, 80-hour externship at another Northrop Grumman facility during the summer of 2018 where they will be partnered with an engineer/technologist to observe and experience critical workforce skills in action. Other web-based professional learning activities will also accompany the fellowship.

Bossier Schools congratulates Shontell Davis for this tremendous honor and professional development opportunity. The Rusheon Rams are certainly excited about the knowledge and innovative ideas Davis will bring back to the classroom.

Posted 1/31/18

Photo of Chad Patterson accepting award.Cope Middle School’s Chad Patterson took center stage at The Arc of Louisiana’s 2017 Annual Awards Ceremony in Lafayette, where he was named Educator of the Year.

The award recognizes a teacher who has demonstrated excellence in teaching students with developmental disabilities.

Patterson, who has been employed at Bossier Schools since 2009, is a Special Education autism teacher at Cope.

Principal Judy Grooms nominated Patterson for the exemplary way he works with the children in his class. In addition to teaching, Patterson also coaches archery and softball for the Cougars.

Bossier Schools congratulates Chad Patterson for being named The Arc of Louisiana’s Educator of the Year. It is an award that is well-deserved.

Posted 1/24/18

It is all about family at Rusheon Middle School and that has been brought to a new level this year. Rusheon’s Teacher and Student of the Year are a mother/son duo.

Teacher of the Year Christine Fox has been an educator at Rusheon for seven years and is credited for being an outstanding mentor to everyone she works with and always willing to do anything to help her fellow teachers. Ms. Fox is said to also work tirelessly to educate the Rusheon Rams and give them the best education possible.

Eighth grader Nathan Fox is an overall outstanding student and was chosen as Student of the Year. He is extremely polite, hard working and enjoys volunteer work. He definitely has a bright future ahead of him.

Congratulations to Rusheon’s two winning Foxes! It is, indeed, a special year for mother and son.

Posted 12/27/17

Congratulations to Cope's MathCounts team. They participated in the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts Math competition and did well, placing in the competition.

Ryo Lopez placed 4th out of over 120 participants and Devin Ennis placed 5th in the individual competition. In the group competition, Cope Team ‘A’ placed 4th overall. Members of Team ‘A’ are Layla Clayton, Devin Ennis, Ryo Lopez and Katarina Shilland. Cope was also awarded 2nd place overall.

Members of Cope’s MathCounts team include: Kylie Authenent, Allison Brual, Layla Clayton, Liam Denehan, Devin Ennis, Haley Hamilton, Ryo Lopez, Ashley Mills and Katarina Shilland.

Way to go, Cope Cougars!

Posted 12/20/17

Christmas came early to Robert Gallant’s classroom at Greenacres Middle School. Representatives from CSRA came bearing gifts December 1 in the form of 20 laptops for Gallant’s Robotics and Cyber Patriot program.

Gallant had reached out to CSRA a few months ago about securing newer technology for his lab. These top-of-the-line “almost new” laptops will be a huge benefit to the program.

A big thanks to CSRA for putting technology at our students’ fingertips and poising them for success.

Posted 12/4/17

Cope Middle School teacher Elizabeth Vance was the center of attention at the Governor’s Mansion, where she was recognized as a Presidential Award Finalist for Excellence in Science.

A luncheon was held in honor of the seventh grade Life Science educator and the four other finalists from around Louisiana. There, they enjoyed visiting with First Lady Donna Edwards, who is a former teacher. She spoke with the group about the importance of the education profession. Also attending was Dr. Gary Jones, President of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), and Cope Principal Judy Grooms.

In addition to the recognition luncheon, Vance spent four days in Baton Rouge working for the Louisiana Department of Education in preparation for state testing, as the Science Standards have changed this year throughout Louisiana.

We are proud of Vance for achieving this high of an honor and appreciate the dedication she shows for her students and Bossier Schools.

Posted 12/1/17

Bossier Parish middle school students did some serious number crunching Saturday, November 11. They were competing for the number one spot ranking at the 2017 Bossier Parish MathCounts Competition, held at Cope Middle School.

The competition brought together 64 students for the event, as well as teachers and parents rooting them on. Nate Rich from Cope placed first among individuals, followed by Ryo Lopez, also from Cope, in second place. Jackson Ballew from Elm Grove and Katarina Shilland from Cope tied for the third place spot.

First place team awards went to the Dancing Narwals from Cope. Team members included Isabel Dean, Layla Clayton, Ryo Lopez and Nate Rich. The second place team was the Radioactive Gummy Worms from Cope. Team members were Devin Ennis, Katarina Shilland, Ethan Barrier and Kylie Authement; and third place honors went to the Elm Grove Middle School Chickens. Members of the EGMS team were Jackson Ballew, Trenton Lape, Samuel Espinoza and Adrian Orellana.

Special thanks to Math Curriculum Coordinator Jacob Hesselschwardt for coordinating the contest. The regional MathCounts Competition will take place in February at the Louisiana Tech Technology Transfer Center in Shreveport. Help us congratulate all of these MathCounts competitors and wish them luck at regionals.

Posted 11/13/17