New Orleans school briefs for Feb. 28, 2013

Photo provided by Children's Defense Fund -- Experience of a lifetime -- Crescent Guardian Inc., a New Orleans-based security firm, donated 50 tickets for the NFL Experience, a temporary theme park complementing the Super Bowl, and flag football equipment to children of the local Children’s Defense Fund. The children receiving the tickets are part of the CDF Freedom Schools® programs, a free summer and after-school initiative with literacy-based learning that integrates conflict resolution and social action in programs that promote social, cultural and historical awareness. 'Our children are absolutely thrilled to receive the tickets,' said Mary Joseph,  director of CDF New Orleans. 'It’s a nice reward for all their hard work and will be a great experience for them.' The students are, from left, Michael Green, Eric McCraine, Christopher Love, Donovan Love, Joseph Robins, Hakeem Calvin, Isaiah Travis, Tyree Skipper, Kobe Jones, Henya Williams, Mike Abrams, Kyle Armstrong, Zavier Frazier, Morris Cannon, Mark Joseph and George Lafarge. Front and center are Terry Johnson and Marian Pierre, CEO and founder of Crescent Guardian Inc.
Photo provided by Children's Defense Fund -- Experience of a lifetime -- Crescent Guardian Inc., a New Orleans-based security firm, donated 50 tickets for the NFL Experience, a temporary theme park complementing the Super Bowl, and flag football equipment to children of the local Children’s Defense Fund. The children receiving the tickets are part of the CDF Freedom Schools® programs, a free summer and after-school initiative with literacy-based learning that integrates conflict resolution and social action in programs that promote social, cultural and historical awareness. 'Our children are absolutely thrilled to receive the tickets,' said Mary Joseph, director of CDF New Orleans. 'It’s a nice reward for all their hard work and will be a great experience for them.' The students are, from left, Michael Green, Eric McCraine, Christopher Love, Donovan Love, Joseph Robins, Hakeem Calvin, Isaiah Travis, Tyree Skipper, Kobe Jones, Henya Williams, Mike Abrams, Kyle Armstrong, Zavier Frazier, Morris Cannon, Mark Joseph and George Lafarge. Front and center are Terry Johnson and Marian Pierre, CEO and founder of Crescent Guardian Inc.

Christian Academy to hold open house

The Greater New Orleans Christian Academy, 5220 Irving St., Metairie, will hold an open house for new applicants from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. Refreshments will be served.

On Friday from 8:15 until noon, the school will observe “Read Across America” and a kindergarten open house. Children who will be 5 in the 2013-14 school year are invited to attend, dressed as their favorite Dr. Suess character.

For more information, call (504) 302-7940.

Downtown school taking applications

Homer A. Plessy Community School, a new open-enrollment public charter school opening in the Upper Ninth Ward in fall 2013, is accepting applications for 2013-14 for students entering prekindergarten, kindergarten, first and second grades.

Deadline for applications is March 14. Homer A. Plessy is not participating in the Recovery School District/One App enrollment process.

For more information, go to http://www.plessyschool.org.

Mount Carmel teacher writes book

A Mount Carmel Academy religion teacher, Joan Gass, recently became a published author with her book “Alpha Bits of Prayer.”

For 19 years, Joan has taught religion at Mount Carmel. Her book expresses her sincere devotion to God by using ordinary people, objects, and events as a source of prayer and meditation.

To learn more about the book, visit http://www.vdpublishing.net.

NOCCA presents the musical ‘Carnival!’

NOCCA musical theater students will show off their talents in the musical “Carnival!” March 20-23, at 7 p.m. and March 23 at 2 p.m. at Lupin Hall on the NOCCA campus, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans.

Premiering in 1961, this Merrill and Merritt musical is based on the 1950s film “Lili.” Audience members will be taken on a journey under the circus tents by the traveling troupe of ‘Carnival!’

Tickets are $15. For more information, call (504) 940.2854.

St. John magnet taking applications

John L. Ory Communication Arts Magnet School, 182 W 5th St., LaPlace, is accepting applications from students in St. John the Baptist Parish for the 2013-14 school year from now until March 15 at noon.

John L. Ory Communication Arts Magnet School is the public school district’s top performing K-8 school.

Students will be selected by a lottery process April 17. There are no academic requirements to enter the lottery for acceptance into the school.

Tours will be offered March 14 at 9:30 a.m. For more information go to http://www.oryapplicant.net or call (985) 651-3700.

UNO collection event set for Long library

The University of New Orleans will celebrate the 30-year anniversary of the Orleans Parish School Board collection at the Earl K. Long Library at the UNO campus. The collection documents more than 170 years of public education in New Orleans with photos, oral histories, meeting minutes, legal files on desegregation and more.

A free, public reception will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday in room 407 of the Earl K. Long Library on UNO’s campus.

Special ed conference Saturday at Loyola

A conference focusing on the impact of special education reforms on laws and practices is the central topic of a daylong event at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

“Special Education in a New Era of Reform” will be held Friday in room 308 at the College of Law. It is free and open to the public. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the conference continues from 9 a.m. to 3:35 p.m.

A panel of experts from across the United States will analyze reform efforts and discuss topics including the impact of school vouchers on special education students, the availability and quality of special education in charter schools, identifying students with special needs and achieving special education reform through class-action lawsuits. For more information, call (504) 439-4029.

Biodiversity youth ambassadors sought

High school students age 13 to 17 with an interest in science and nature are invited to apply to the Biodiversity Youth Ambassadors program, to be held May 17-18 at Jean Lafitte National Park in Barataria. The program will take a youth ambassador into wetlands near his or her own community to count, map and learn about plants and animals.

Applicants must live within 60 miles of New Orleans, have participated in Scouts, science fairs or nature clubs, and submit an essay or video on their interest in the program.

Complete instructions can be found at http://www.nps.gov/jela/bioblitz-2013-at-jean-lafitte.htm. Call (504) 689-1690, ext. 25, for more information. Deadline to apply is March 18.