New Orleans School Briefs for Dec. 20, 2012

27 Jefferson schools win state awards

Twenty-seven Jefferson Parish public schools were designated as “Top Gains” schools by the Louisiana Department of Education and will be awarded $8,500 each.

George Hebert Jr., principal of Fisher Middle and High School, said the school plans to use its award to support full implementation of the Common Core.

Another “top gains” school, Judge Lionel R. Collins Montessori, plans to build a computer lab.

The “Top Gains” designation was given to schools that improved their School Performance Score by or beyond a pre-determined growth target.

The schools are: Airline Park Academy for Advanced Studies, Alice M.Birney Elementary School, Geraldine Boudreaux Elementary, Bridgedale Elementary, Chateau Estates Elementary, Clancy-Maggiore School for the Arts, Lionel R. Collins Montessori, Ella Dolhonde Elementary and J.C. Ellis Elementary School.

Also, Fisher Middle and High School, Gretna No. 2 Academy for Advanced Studies, Harahan Elementary, Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies, Phoebe Hearst School and Congetta Trippe Janet Elementary School.

And Thomas Jefferson High School for Advanced Studies, Marrero Academy for Advanced Studies, McDonogh No. 26 Elementary, Metairie Academy for Advanced Studies, Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy, Riverdale High School.

And, Marie B. Riviere Elementary, L.W. Ruppel Academy for Advanced Studies, Walter G. Schneckenburger Elementary, Washington Montessori, Westbank Community School and Woodmere Elementary School

Deadline extended for art contest

The Rau for Art Foundation has extended the deadline for its art scholarship contest.

The final deadline is now two weeks later than the originally posted date.

Student submissions will be accepted until Jan. 4, giving students the winter break to complete entries.

This year’s theme is “New Orleans Cuisine, from Producer to Plate.”

The foundation is offering $17,500 in scholarship money and the opportunity to study art in Italy.

Three finalists will be chosen by a panel that will include lawyer Christine Guillory, artist Alex Beard and FOX 8 Reporter Rob Masson, along with RAF founder Bill Rau.

The contest is open to all 10th-, 11th- and 12th-graders in the Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Bernard parishes.

For more information, visit rauforart.com.

Edible Schoolyard wins $150,000 grant

Edible Schoolyard New Orleans has received a $150,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation, the foundation created by the late actor Paul Newman.

The award will allow FirstLine Schools to expand its food education classes, fitness programming and special events for students and parents in five public schools.

Building on a program established at Samuel J. Green Charter School, Edible Schoolyard NOLA will use the grant to increase food and nutrition knowledge, encourage healthy lifestyles including physical fitness and support community-led school wellness activities, FirstLine officials said.

Academy registering students in Algiers

The New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy is registering prospective students in grades 9-11 at its interim campus in Federal City at 2000 Opelousas Ave., Building H-100, Algiers.

The academy is an open-admission charter school, accepting students from all 10 metropolitan parishes. Students of NOMMA are also cadets in the Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program.

The campus will be relocating to a new Federal City campus in Algiers in 2013.

Paremts may contact the school for information and tours at (504) 227-3810.

Compiled by The Advocate’s New Orleans bureau