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Photo of Jonathan McClain holding trophiesWe already knew Greenacres Middle School student Jonathan McClain has the need for speed. Now, here's even more proof.

He went back to the Western Conference Finals in June to defend his championship and was runner-up! Jonathan received a $500 cash prize and a trophy. He also got a trophy for Best Winning Reaction Time and his team won Best Appearing Track.

He will be traveling in July to Tennessee to compete for the first time in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Best of luck, Jonathan! We are pulling for you to be the first to speed across the finish line!

Posted 6/28/18

Group photo of Benton Elementary archery team holding world championship bannerBenton Elementary is on top of the world after its archery team accomplished what few, if any, have ever done.

The Tigers staged a total shut-out at the NASP World Archery Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky, bringing home three titles; the World Championship in the bullseye and 3D competitions, as well as the Centershot World Bullseye Tournament. Yes, Benton Elementary achieved world domination across the board.

Hot on the Tigers’ heels was Kingston Elementary, which took second place honors in the bullseye and 3D. Bossier Parish middle schools also rocked the competition. Benton Middle came in second in the bullseye and third in the 3D, while Haughton Middle placed third in bullseye and fourth in 3D. The Buccaneers’ team of 39 archers especially shined at the Centershot tournament, where Haughton’s team took first place honors in the bullseye.

Several individual archers from Bossier Schools were singled out for their prowess with the bow and arrow and earned awards. Anna Young from Benton Elementary placed second in 3D overall female elementary archer; Hannah McKenzie, also from Benton Elementary, came in fifth in bullseye overall female elementary archer; and Emma Rutledge from Benton Middle claimed the fifth place spot in bullseye as overall female middle school archer.

It is safe to say Bossier Parish once again made its mark on the global stage in the world of archery. It was a lot of hard work, but it paid off and Bossier Schools congratulates its four winning teams.

Posted 6/13/18

Group photo of grant winnersThe Bossier Optimist Club has continued its commitment to educational excellence and successful student outcomes at Bossier Schools by awarding $28,000 in grant money to 15 teachers for classroom enhancements and programming.

In all, 65 Bossier Parish educators submitted grant proposals detailing various initiatives to improve classroom learning and increase student engagement. Monetary awards, ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 each, were doled out at a June 6 luncheon hosted in the teachers’ honor by the Optimists.

Recipients of this year’s Bossier Optimist Club grants are: Lea Anne Nelson, Curtis Elementary; Marissa Marrero, Sun City Elementary; Jessica Armstrong, Britney Bass and Angi Reger, Legacy Elementary; Lindsay Burns, Plantation Park Elementary; Joanna Racouillat, Meadowview Elementary; Shelly Malone, Benton Middle; Rebekah Gibbs, Elm Grove Middle; Kelly Birdsong and Charlene Cooper, Cope Middle; Beauchamp Powers, Haughton Middle; Hannah Hagerhjelm, Airline High; and Linda Finimore and Karyn Lipsey, Airline High.

Bossier Schools Superintendent Scott Smith praised the Bossier Optimist Club for consistently living up to its motto ‘Friend of Youth’ and putting its money where its mouth is.

“The Bossier Optimist Club is a true friend and partner to Bossier Schools,” Smith said. “The Optimists understand the importance of investing in our teachers and students in an effort to help them achieve success and that, in turn, benefits our entire community in countless ways.” 

The Optimists began awarding grants to Bossier Parish teachers in 1988 and to date has funded more than $459,000 in classroom enhancements. Each week, club members work Bingo games to raise money specifically for this grant program.

Posted 6/6/18

Photo of Spencer KiperThe annual Teacher Leader Summit in New Orleans got off to a great start for Bossier Parish Schools, when Elm Grove Middle School educator Spencer Kiper was announced as a finalist for the 2019 Teacher of the Year awards.

Kiper teaches STEM at EGMS and is the Bossier Parish Middle School Teacher of the Year. He advanced to win Regional Middle School Teacher of the Year and was then named a state semi-finalist.

Now, it's on to the state competition, where Kiper will be honored at a ceremony in July in Baton Rouge and Bossier Schools will be there to cheer him on!

Posted 5/30/18

Elm Grove Student Council members handing out bananas to people in needThis school year the Elm Grove Middle School Student Council learned what it meant to be true servant leaders.

Their service project led them to an organization called “Feed the Homeless-Shreveport” that enabled them to reach out to those in need of life’s most basic necessities: food and clothing.

The Student Council collected socks during “Socktober” and winter clothes and blankets during the cold weather months, but their efforts did not end there.

Students twice served the homeless in downtown Shreveport, collecting enough supplies to distribute 200 snack packs each time.

Kristi Loyd and Rachel Smith, sponsors of the EGMS Student Council, said they have enjoyed watching their Student Council members grow and mature this year by doing something as simple as being kind to people who are often overlooked by others as bothersome.

“It has been such a joy to see these kids step up and help out these people,” Smith said. “Seeing them being blessed while they are here to be the blessing has been an awesome experience … It has truly been an unbelievable blessing.”

Smith said the Student Council plans to serve again in downtown Shreveport during the 2018-19 school year.

Posted 5/23/18

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 Spencer KiperBossier Schools is over the moon after learning Spencer Kiper, STEM teacher at Elm Grove Middle School, has been chosen as a 2019 Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalist.

Kiper is the Bossier Parish middle school Teacher of the Year and advanced to the regional competition.

Now after being tapped as a semi-finalist, he will now advance to the State Teacher of the Year competition and be recognized in July at the 12th Annual Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Symposium and Celebration in Baton Rouge.

Bossier Schools congratulates Spencer Kiper, who is an out-of-this-world educator!

Posted 4/4/18

Group photo of Benton Elementary archery team photoThree Bossier Parish archery teams hit the bullseye and brought home the State Championship title at the 2018 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries ALAS tournament.

Airline took home the High School state title in the Bullseye, followed by Haughton in second place. Winning the Middle School title was Benton Middle, with Haughton Middle coming in second. In the elementary division, Benton Elementary claimed the title and bragging rights, with Kingston Elementary close on the Tigers’ heels in second place.

Benton schools swept the state titles in the 3D division. Benton High, Benton Middle and Benton Elementary were right on target to win the team awards. Bossier schools took second place honors across the board as well. Haughton High, Haughton Middle and Kingston Elementary went home with trophies for second place and Airline High and Benton Middle (Team 2) placed third.

Several students won individual awards as well. Aidan Haire from Benton High School shot a 293 and claimed the honor of Top Male Archer in the Bullseye and scored a $5,000 scholarship. Amber Long from Benton Middle shot a 290 and was named Top Female Archer in the Bullseye and also won a $5,000 scholarship. Tyler Pope from Benton Elementary shot a 291 and Eden Old from Benton Middle, a 290. They both took home a $2,500 scholarship. Emma Rutledge, a student at Benton Middle, scored a 287 and a $1,250 scholarship. Rutledge was the big winner, taking home another $1,250 scholarship after shooting a 289 in the 3D competition.

A number of other Bossier Parish students came out at the top of their game. Those rankings are attached.

Bossier Schools congratulates all of its outstanding archers, who are now preparing for Nationals and after that, hopefully the world tournament. They undoubtedly put Bossier Parish on the map -- right in the center of the bullseye.  

Posted 3/8/18