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Photo shows Spencer Favor and Kinan KasabaliTwo seniors from Airline High School have been named Semifinalists in the elite National Merit Scholarship Program.

Spencer Favor and Kinan Kasabali now have the opportunity to continue in the National Merit Scholarship competition in which more than $31 million will be offered next spring.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.Over 90-percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

Favor and Kasabali were among the 1.6 million juniors last year that entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one-percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.

Bossier Schools congratulates these two exemplary students and wishes them the best as they now advance in the National Merit Scholarship competition.

Posted 9/18/18


Group photo cutting ribbonOne Town. One School. One Family. That is this theme at Plain Dealing High and never before has it rang truer than now.

It was a beautiful day to cut the ribbon on the new PreK/Kindergarten and Carrie Martin wing and invite the community to get a peek at the many improvements made over the last year throughout the PreK-12th grade campus.

In addition to the elementary wing there is a new press box, band room and library, as well as classrooms, playgrounds, improved drainage and more.

Principal Sandrina Isebaert thanked the many that worked tirelessly to revitalize the campus and Assistant Principal Jill Koeppen provided a historical perspective about Carrie Washington Martin, an educational trailblazer in Plain Dealing in the early 1900s, whose namesake has been carried forward to the high school.

Residents and elected leaders were then invited to meander the campus and explore for themselves the new Plain Dealing High School.

One Town. One School. One Family. Lion Pride!

Posted 9/5/18



Clip art that says  ApplauseThe LEAP 2025 test and End of Course exam Bossier Parish students took earlier this spring was no cake walk, yet 64 earned perfect scores in at least one of the content areas.

Those acing the English Language Arts portion of the LEAP 2025 in grades third through eighth are: Colin Herndon, Chloe Kelly, George Latimer, Annabeth Vogler, Abigail Petermann and Hope Roundtree, all from Benton Middle; Isabel Dean from Cope Middle; Adrianna Rhodes, Greenacres Middle; Elizabeth Smith, Haughton Middle; Lakendre Pugh and Lydia Dellenbach, Kingston Elementary; Jade Betts, Plantation Park Elementary; Zoe Bayne and Gavin Deville, Platt Elementary; Madison Brogdon and Emma Turnbow, Stockwell Place Elementary; Annabeth Leal and Ana Scarello, Sun City Elementary; and Kalia Andres, Kenley Neal, Lyla Sobolak and Mackenzi Venetis, all from W.T. Lewis Elementary.

Receiving perfect scores on the math portion of LEAP 2025 are: Isabel Dean, Cope Middle; Lyndi Deville and Abigail Hutson, both from Stockwell Place Elementary; and Alexander Hunsicker, Kingston Elementary.

Not missing a single question in the social studies section of LEAP 2025 are: Venna Burkhardt, Cope Middle; Annabeth Vogler, Benton Middle; and Mitchell Roberts and Ian Knudsen, Kingston Elementary.

Those middle school students accomplishing a perfect score in Algebra I on LEAP 2025 are: Devin Ennis, Edgar Lopez, Alizabeth Mitchell and Katarina Shilland, all from Cope; Jackson Ballew, Trenton Campbell and Starsky Murrell from Elm Grove; Briannah Norman, Greenacres; Ryan Rimmer at Haughton; and Taylor Moran, who attends Benton.

In the English II section of LEAP 2025, there were 20 students making perfect marks. They are: Joel Cardenas, Jordan Danzell, William Dart, James Moore, Caleb Stutzman, Tierea Sudds, Avery Meeks, Ashley Parker, Nathan Selmer, Bhavani Tivakaran and Ximena Villarreal, all of whom attend Airline High. Also, Nicholas Frewin from Benton High; Emily Taylor at Bossier High; Destiny Boothe at Haughton High; and Ainsley Martignetti, Dario Cosic, Colby Grayson, Ethan Maynard, Sonny Reed and Diana Tunek from Parkway High.

Earning a perfect score in Biology on the LEAP 2025 was Cade Gaydon at Benton High; and the three students nailing every answer on the English III EOC (End of Course) exam were Cameron Abrams and Spencer Favor at Airline and Brianna Long from Haughton High.

This is a remarkable accomplishment and one Bossier Schools applauds each of these students for achieving.

Posted 8/27/18

Group shot of the three Airline S2S membersThree members of the Airline High School Student to Student (S2S) program made quite the impression when they attended the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) Training Seminar over the summer in Washington D.C. and have since been asked to share their perspective with a worldwide audience.

Jackson Charles, Hannah Huynh and Gabrielle Mockerman, along with one of their program sponsors, SMSgt Margo Miller, participated in the Distinguished Lecture about the resiliency of military children, along with the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, Jr., and his wife, Ellyn.  

Airline S2S also conducted a distinguished lecture about their school’s S2S program on “The Benefits of Effective Communication in Leadership,” which received rave reviews. They have now been asked to share their knowledge by recreating their presentation into a podcast to be shared with all S2S programs worldwide.  

In addition to SMSgt Miller, Linda Finimore and Elena Patronis also sponsor the S2S program at Airline. Special thanks to the S2S students for making our military-connected friends feel welcome when they move here and for representing Bossier Schools so well in our nation’s capital.

Posted 8/24/18


Becky Trammel  right  is pictured with Erin Carroll from the state.Already a trailblazer in the state, Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning is once again leading Louisiana high schools as the first provider approved by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) to offer the Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate Program.

Under the direction of Early Childhood Education instructor Becky Trammel (pictured on the right), BPSTIL will also be the first high school this fall to meet requirements to provide the Jumpstart Early Childhood program. That means Bossier Parish students will receive training for the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, which is nationally recognized, and also training in the CLASS tool. The CLASS tool is an evaluation instrument used throughout the state to measure teacher effectiveness for preschool teachers, whether in public school preschools, Head Start programs or in child care centers. Students will gain actual teaching experience rather than simply observing.  

BPSTIL Principal Jayda Spillers praised Trammel for her hard work that made the Early Childhood program a state leader. Trammel worked hand in hand with Erin Carroll, the Workforce and Engagement Senior Manager of Early Childhood with the Louisiana Department of Education (pictured on the left), as well as Bossier Schools’ Early Childhood Education department.

“With their assistance, she (Trammel)  has worked over the past school year to complete the lengthy application process, become a CLASS certified instructor, undergo interviews and restructure our whole Early Childhood Education program at BPSTIL to meet the BESE requirements,” Spillers explained. “We could have just taken the easy way by settling to fall under a post-secondary school for BESE approval, but we wanted to take the lead in making BPSTIL the first, and currently the only high school, to accomplish this huge task.”

The BPSTIL Early Childhood Education program will now be the example for all others to follow, which is a monumental achievement and nod to the tenacity of Becky Trammel and Linda Thorn-Lewis, Cathy Martin and Scarlett Smith in the Bossier Parish Early Childhood Community Network.  

Posted 7/31/18

Photo of Airline student Spencer FavorAirline High School senior Spencer Favor has accomplished what few do. She made a perfect score of 36 on her ACT.

Favor set a goal early on to hit the 36 mark. She made back-to-back scores of 34, then achieved a 35 in April before the school year ended. Over the summer, Favor took the ACT again, this time accomplishing her goal of a perfect score.

And that is not all. Favor also scored a 1,580 out of 1,600 on the PSAT and has qualified for the National Merit Scholarship program. She will learn in the fall if she advances to finalist.

Favor is actively involved in Destination Imagination, archery, Airline’s History Bowl and is in the Talented Arts Program. She is also Vice President of the Beta Club. Outside of school, she is a philanthropist and literacy advocate, having worked on a project to collect and distribute books to students at low-income schools.

Last school year, Favor distributed approximately 800 books to students and teachers at Central Park Elementary. This year she hopes to continue collecting and giving away books to students.

Following graduation, her plans are to major in Biomedical Science, then attend medical school and study to be a pediatric surgeon. Needless to say, this young lady is one smart cookie who will, no doubt, accomplish everything she sets out to do.

Posted 7/31/18

Bossier Parish 175th anniversary logoA shout out to Mikayla Fujimo, a former student in the Graphic Arts program at Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning.

The 175th anniversary logo she designed for Bossier Parish was chosen as the winning entry. 

Ms. Fujimo's efforts were rewarded with a Kindle Fire from the Bossier Parish Police Jury, Bossier Parish Libraries History Center and Bossier Chamber of Commerce.

Her artistic abilities are a great representation of Bossier Schools and Bossier Parish. 

Posted 7/19/18