New Orleans school briefs for April 4, 2013

Haynes student a finalist in contest

Injee Hong, middle school Student of the Year for the Jefferson Parish public school system, was named one of 18 regional finalists who will compete for the state title of Student of the Year.

Hong, an eighth-grader at Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies, is no stranger to the spotlight. She was named Louisiana’s Elementary Student of the Year as a fifth-grader at Metairie Academy. Also that year, she was a finalist in the Doodle for Google Contest and won a trip to New York.

Last year, she was the big winner on Jeopardy Kid’s Week, taking home more than $29,000 in prizes. Hong won in the final round when she was the only contestant to correctly answer the final Jeopardy question.

“Injee is a highly intelligent, well-rounded young lady who is also a leader on the Haynes campus,” Haynes Academy Principal Jerome Helmstetter said. “She has a personality that is contagious and always has a big smile on her face. We are very proud that we have the type of environment at Haynes Academy that can provide Injee the opportunities to flourish.”

Ursuline to offer spaghetti supper

Ursuline Academy’s annual Spaghetti Supper fundraiser will be from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in the courtyard of the academy, 2635 State St., New Orleans.

Attendees can purchase a wristband for $10 for unlimited access to a long list of games and other activities. Spaghetti and meatball dinners are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

After the event, Ursuline students will perform the musical “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” in the auditorium. Doors open at 4 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children. Visit http://www.ursulineneworleans.org or call (504) 861-9150.

Plessy gains spot
at Douglass

The Homer A. Plessy Community School announced it will be in the Frederick Douglass building, 3820 St. Claude Ave., for the 2013-14 school year.

Arise Academy, which is having its permanent home in Drew Elementary School across the street from Douglass renovated, was assigned to Douglass for 2013-14 but has agreed to share space with Plessy.

Einstein Charter
to hold open house

Einstein Charter Elementary School Extension will hold an open house for current, new and prospective students for the coming academic 2013-14 school year from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at the school’s main campus, 5100 Cannes St., in New Orleans, Chief Executive Officer Shawn Toranto said.

This includes a tour of the school and information about the curricula, programs, activities and the school’s mission. Einstein Extension’s principal is Glendalyn Lewis

Einstein Charter School, recognized by the state Department of Education as a “Top Gains” school and by New Orleans public schools as a “Top Performing” school, was awarded a $1 million grant to turn around Intercultural Charter School, where Einstein Extension will be located. The extension campus, 5316 Michoud Blvd., will accommodate up to 500 students.

Einstein Extension is a K-8 open admission charter school operated by the Orleans Parish School Board.

For information, call (504) 324-7453.

Haynes students heading to D.C.

Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies is planning a Harry Potter Festival on Friday to raise money to send 27 students in the school’s Advanced Placement government class to the national finals of the “We the People” competition April 26-30 in Washington at George Mason University.

For the third year in a row, Haynes students will compete with peers from around the nation to demonstrate their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution during simulated congressional hearings.

For information on fundraisers or to make a donation, contact Chris Totaro at Haynes at (504) 837-8300.

Easton kicks off
birthday celebration

Warren Easton Charter High School, a “National Blue Ribbon” school, will kick off the celebration of the school’s 100th year anniversary with a Centennial Celebration at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the school, 3019 Canal St.

The event will unveil a centennial banner and feature the award-winning Warren Easton Charter High School band. The event is free and open to the public.

The official anniversary date is Sept. 16. For information, go to http://www.warreneastoncharterhigh.org.

Groundbreaking set
for military school

Sen. Mary Landrieu and other officials representing Federal City and Algiers economic development organizations, as well as school leaders from Louisiana, will join the New Orleans Military and Maritime academy in a groundbreaking for their new charter school campus Monday.

The groundbreaking will take place at 9 a.m. Monday at Federal City, 425 O’Bannon St.