New Orleans metro school briefs, March 28, 2013

Morris Jeff school
moves to Holy Rosary

Morris Jeff Community School, 2239 Poydras St., will move to the school facility at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 1322 Moss St., for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years, awaiting the completion of a permanent building.

“Morris Jeff has outgrown its current facility due to increased enrollment,” Principal Patricia Perkins said. “We are excited to partner with the Archdiocese to temporarily locate our school at the church site.”

Morris Jeff Community School serves 335 students from pre-kindergarten through fourth grade and will add 75 students each year until the school reaches its capacity of 735 students from pre-K to eighth grade.

Perkins said the school expects to remain at the temporary site until construction is complete on its permanent facility at the old Fisk Howard Elementary School site, a custom-built $19 million facility at 211 S. Lopez St., in 2015.

Chapelle honored
by tech giant Apple

Archbishop Chapelle High School has been named an Apple Distinguished School for the 2012-13 school year for its implementation of iPad into its 1:1 technology program.

Katherine Hughes, a K-12 development executive from Apple Education, presented the Apple Award to President Jane Ann Frosch during a school assembly March 5.

Jan Lancaster, superintendent of Catholic schools; Jack Truxillo, associate superintendent; and Justin Gibson, director of the office of information technology for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, were also in attendance.

The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for schools that meet criteria for innovation, leadership and educational excellence and demonstrate a vision of exemplary learning environments.

Archbishop Chapelle is one of 87 schools nationwide, the only Catholic school in Louisiana to receive this honor, as well as the only all-female institution.

Lusher is state
Quiz Bowl champ

Lusher Charter of New Orleans won the 22nd annual State Quiz Bowl Tournament at Northwestern State University.

The tournament was sponsored by the Louisiana Association for Academic Competition. Lusher Charter received the Jerry Hickman Memorial Trophy as overall champion.

Lusher Charter defeated Vandebilt Catholic of Houma in the finals. Lusher Charter defeated Cedar Creek in one semifinal match and Vandebilt beat four-time defending state champion Jesuit of New Orleans in the other semifinal match

Jesuit was the Division I champion. Dutchtown was second and Brother Martin was third. Vandebilt Catholic won Division II while Neville was second and St. Martin’s was third.

Lusher Charter was the Division III champion. Anacoco was second and Menard was third. Cedar Creek won Division IV followed by Episcopal School of Acadiana and River Oaks.

St. Aug Marching 100 invited to Roses parade

For the second time in history, the St. Augustine Marching 100 has been invited to the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., in January.

The band last performed at the parade in 2001.

Mount Carmel dancers win awards

Mount Carmel Academy’s Rhythm dance team attended the Marching Auxiliaries Gulf Coast Regional Competition on March 9 at Grace King High School. They received the competition’s top honor, the Winner’s Circle Award, for being one of the top scoring teams for the day. The office jazz routine earned a superior and an outstanding choreography award. In the ninth-10th solo category, sophomore Olivia Nuss was the first runner-up, and in the 11th to 12th grade solo category, junior Kelly Couget was the second runner-up.

The eighth-grade dance team, the Cubettes, also won the Winners Circle Award and Best in Class for highest scoring junior high/middle school team. Individual awards at the marching auxiliaries competition were second place solo, Brooke Bailey; third place solo, Beverly Morris; fifth place solo, Kathryn Kitto; and first place duet, Kathryn Kitto and Sophie Sercovich.

Salesian sister visits
Marrero schools

Sister Kathleen Taylor, a member of the Salesian Sisters’ General Council, visited Academy of Our Lady and Immaculate Conception School in Marrero from March 4-8.

At Immaculate Conception Elementary, Taylor met with the administrative team, Sister Helene Godin, principal; Roxanne Rawle, assistant principal for the primary school; and Linda Henry, assistant principal for the middle school.

At Academy of Our Lady, Taylor met with student leaders as well as student council moderator Amy Danos and president/principal Sister Michelle Geiger. She also met with other administrators, including Michele Coulon and Teri Verret.

At the end of her visit, Academy of Our Lady musical theater students performed an act from the schools’ upcoming production, and the program ended with Taylor leading the students in a second-line parade.