New Orleans area school news, May 9, 2013

Morris Jeff school
fair is Saturday

Morris Jeff Community School will hold its third annual Feria de Primavera, a spring fair, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at First Grace United Methodist Church, 3401 Canal St. The school invites the community to join in the fun for a great cause.

The event will feature carnival games, inflatables, face-painting, music by DJ Brice, a fire truck, free health screenings, a silent auction, student performances and great hands-on activities with community partners like NOLA Green Roots, the New Orleans Public Library, Second Harvest Food Matters, the New Orleans Police Department and the Welcoming Schools Program.

Food will include hot boiled crawfish and pulled pork plates, along with beverages for all ages. Proceeds will help build the playground for the school’s new facility in Mid-City, where construction will begin June 1 on the site of the former Fisk Howard Elementary School.

Holy Cross School names alum director

Holy Cross School announced that Dale Gautreaux has been named director of alumni relations. Gautreaux will be responsible for the direction of the alumni department.

He will be in charge of programs and activities that encourage alumni involvement in the life of the school. Other responsibilities include organizing alumni functions and the effective development of, and communication with, alumni and parent volunteers.

“We’re excited to have Dale join the Institutional Advancement office,” said Development Director Tony Enterante, a 1986 graduate.

“Adding him to our staff will help strengthen the department.”

Dale Gautreaux, a 1996 graduate, began his new position as alumni director in mid-March.

4 Jefferson schools
top U.S. News list

Four Jefferson Parish Public School System high schools were ranked nationally on the 2013 Best High Schools list, produced by U.S. News & World Report.

To determine the 2013 rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 21,000 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia.

Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on state proficiency standards and how well students are prepared for college.

The four high schools recognized by U.S. News are Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies, gold medal, No. 138 nationally and second in Louisiana; Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy, silver medal, 826 nationally and third in Louisiana; Thomas Jefferson High School, silver medal, 1,028 nationally and sixth in Louisiana; and Fisher Middle/High School, bronze medal.

“We are pleased that our top high schools continue to receive recognition nationally,” Superintendent James Meza Jr. said. “All of these schools are doing tremendous work to ensure that our students graduate ready to succeed in the next stage of their lives.”

Loyola sets summer band camp in June

The College of Music and Fine Arts will hold its annual band camp June 16 through June 20. The program is open to students who have completed any grade seventh through 12th and play piano, bass, guitar, drums, brass, woodwind or string instruments.

Students will develop their skills and understanding of jazz by working closely with Loyola jazz faculty in master classes and private lessons.

Tuition is $200 for commuting students and $340 for students who require room and board. Students must be a minimum of 14 to say in the double occupancy dorm. The registration deadline is May 17. For information contact Loyola’s coordinator of Jazz Studies John Mahoney at (504) 865-2164 or email to Mahoney@loyno.edu.

Gretna charter sets information session

Young Audiences Charter School invites prospective students and families to attend an information session at 10 a.m. Saturday at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., in Harvey. The new open-enrollment, arts-integrated charter school will open its doors in August at Kate Middleton campus, 1407 Virgil St., Gretna.

The school is open to any Jefferson Parish student entering kindergarten through third grade. Students must reside in Jefferson Parish. Each year, the school will add one grade, with the goal of serving students in grades kindergarten through eight by fall 2018.

Enrollment is limited to 388 students. Parents are encouraged to visit http://www.yacharterschool.org, call (504) 523-3525 for enrollment information.

Mount Carmel places in Academic Games

The Mount Carmel Academy Academic Games team won the following awards at the National Competition in Charlotte, N.C. in April: Regina Lowe, fifth-place overall Propaganda; Krisi Williams, first-place Propaganda and overall winner; junior team of Mary Margaret Monistere, Victoria LaDell, Kristi Williams, and Regina Lowe, second place overall Propaganda; senior team of Taylor Glorioso, Gabrielle Vogt, Alex Howell and Maggie Dowling, fourth place overall Equations.