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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

 

Author is lying across a book caseWords can wield more power than the mighty sword. Just ask young teen author John David Anderson, who spoke at Elm Grove Middle School about utilizing writing as an outlet, but also the importance of choosing words wisely.  

“Words are the most powerful weapon you have,” Anderson said at a school-wide assembly. “They can build people up or tear them down. You must choose them carefully.”

Anderson’s visit was the culmination of a summer reading assignment every EGMS student participated in. After reading his book Posted, Principal Jennifer Armond said she knew it was the perfect tome to assign to the entire student body. Set in a middle school, Posted illustrates the power of words.

Author of 20 books geared toward the middle school aged child, Anderson also touted the importance of perseverance, sharing that it took 13 years before he had his first book published.

“It took 20 years of practice, perseverance and imagination before Dr. Seuss was published,” he revealed. “There will always be people that tell you (that) you can’t. You’re not fast enough. You’re not strong enough. You need to set the positive standard.”

Before adjourning to lead student writing workshops throughout the day, Armond presented Anderson with a shirt emblazoned with the word ‘Creative.’

It goes along with a year-long team building initiative underway at EGMS in which each teacher chose a word that best embodies his or her personal mantra. Each faculty and staff member is also assigned to a tribe, which students will take part in come Sept. 4 when they spin a wheel to be matched with a group.

It is all about being a part of something. Acceptance. Having a group of people or tribe that has your back. That is the journey the Elm Grove Eagles are on this school year, with Anderson serving as a source of inspiration to kick it off. 

Posted 8/22/18

Photo of Damian Clark holding a KindleBenton Middle School seventh grader Damien Clark is an avid reader and it paid off for him over the summer besides fostering his literacy skills.

Clark was enrolled in Bossier Parish Libraries’ Teen Summer Reading Program at the Benton branch. As a result of his participation, he won the grand prize; a Kindle so he can download and read even more books on-the-go.

And here is an interesting twist. Clark’s sister, Makenzie Lewis, won the same prize a year ago when she took part in BPL’s summer reading program.

Not only does the brother and sister duo share a love for literacy, but now they also have matching Kindles, so there is no need to share. Congratulations to Damien Clark!

Posted 8/9/18

Photo of 2019 LA Teacher of the Year Spencer KiperLook no farther than Elm Grove Middle School in Bossier Parish to find the 2019 Louisiana Teacher of the Year.

STEM educator Spencer Kiper was named the top educator in the state July 27 by the Louisiana Department of Education at the 12th annual Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Awards Gala in Baton Rouge. Kiper will now go on to represent Louisiana at the 2019 National Teacher of the Year competition.

This is the first time Bossier Parish has had the overall state Teacher of the Year winner. A proud graduate of Bossier Schools, Kiper teaches middle school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) enrichment and is heavily involved in building a stronger cyber presence in the region.

His accolades are many. Kiper has spent four summers as a professional development specialist for the Space Academy for Educators program at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. He is also a Henry Ford Institute Innovator of the Year recipient; Civil Air Patrol National Aerospace Educator of the Year and was most recently tapped by STEM Revolution to travel to Dubai to train teachers from United Arab Emirates about innovative STEM instructional practices.

During his acceptance speech, Kiper praised the educators that have made an impact in his life and inspired him to be the teacher he is today. He also gave special recognition to Elm Grove Middle School Principal Jennifer Armond for being an exceptional team builder who has further contributed to his success in the classroom.

Bossier Schools Superintendent Scott Smith, who attended the awards gala to cheer on Kiper, said “Over the next year, he will be a great ambassador for Bossier Parish and the Louisiana as he competes for our state at the national level. Spencer has a great chance nationally because of the excellence he brings to this profession every single minute of the day, both instructional and non-instructional.”

As part of his prize package, Kiper received keys to a new Mercedes Benz for the next year, Community Coffee for the teachers’ lounge at Elm Grove Middle for a year and more incentives, all made possible by the nonprofit organization Dream Teachers.

Posted 7/28/18