New Orleans area school news, June 20, 2013

Gretna No. 2
teacher honored

Kathleen Fahery, a social studies gifted teacher at Gretna No. 2 Academy, has been named the Louisiana History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, a nonprofit organization devoted to the improvement of history education.

Fahery was chosen as the State History Teacher of the Year by a panel of teachers, administrators, and academics from Louisiana for her use of primary documents in the classroom, her career achievements in education, and her ability to inspire her students.

She will receive a $1,000 cash award, a certificate of recognition, and an archive of books and historical resources that will be presented to the school library in her name.

Gretna No. 2 Academy for Advanced Studies is a selective-admission, pre-K through fifth-grade Jefferson Parish public school for high-achieving students.

L’Union Francaise honors top students

L’Union Fran├žaise, the oldest Franco-American society in New Orleans, recently recognized exceptional achievement in the French language by high school students in the New Orleans area.

The honored students are: Carrie Christmann, Academy of the Sacred Heart; Brett Davis, Benjamin Franklin High School; Raymond Louis Price III, Brother Martin High School; Sarah Heraty ,Cabrini High School; Dominick Bioc, De La Salle High School; Jessica George, Isidore Newman Upper School; Carl Hellmers IV, Jesuit High School; Skye Bocage, John Ehret High School; Caroline Wiewiorowski, Mount Carmel Academy; Charlotte Elodie Goudail, St. Martin’s Episcopal School; Sarah Elizabeth DiLeo, St. Mary’s Dominican High School; and Lydia Labatut Davies, Ursuline Academy.

L’Union Fran├žaise also conducts adult conversation classes in French at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels at 4522 Prytania St.

Classes are held both spring and fall. For information call (504) 899-4477 or visit

Online school holds information sessions

Louisiana Connections Academy, an online K-12 public school, is enrolling students for fall and offering information sessions both online and in person.

Online information sessions start Monday. To sign up, go to

In-person information sessions will be held at 6:30 p.m. July 8 at the Best Western Landmark Hotel, 2601 Severn Ave., Metairie; and 6:30 p.m. July 31 at Homewood Suites by Hilton, 101 Holiday Square Frontage Road, Covington.

Parents can enroll their child online at:

There were 1,200 students enrolled in Louisiana Connections Academy in the 2012-13 academic year. For more information, call (504) 382-6010.

John White to host discussion at Delgado

State Superintendent of Education John White will host a discussion at 2 p.m. Monday at Delgado Community College regarding plans to change the state’s high school diplomas.

Parents, students, educators and community members are invited.

The department has proposed simplifying the three diploma system (Core Four, Basic and Career), to one diploma with two tracks: technical career preparation and four-year college preparation.

The technical path would include junior and senior year education within employment areas dependent on the student’s region. Technical colleges, local industry and high schools would provide courses.

This set of broad recommendations to the diploma will be discussed and developed into a more-detailed plan in summer and fall. Any changes to the current system would affect students who start high school in 2014, and regions would fully develop junior and senior coursework by 2016.

Cabrini hosts reunion for orphanage

Cabrini High School hosted a reunion June 2 for former residents of the Sacred Heart Orphanage, once housed in the Esplanade building of the Cabrini campus.

St. Frances Cabrini and the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart oversaw the construction of the Esplanade building and opened the Sacred Heart Orphanage in 1905. Former residents gather each year to celebrate the history and legacy of the orphanage.

The reunion opened with the Call to Worship read by former resident Pattie Thompson Eilertsen. Former residents Rose Trevino Agee and Valree Combe Eberle served as lectors, and current Cabrini High School students Lindsey McDonald and Celeste Reames served as ushers.

A reception was held in Cabrini’s Alumnae Hall in the historic building that once was home for these ladies, and pictures and artifacts from the orphanage were passed around for all to view.