New Orleans school briefs, July 11-17, 2013

Einstein Charter calls for students

Einstein Charter Elementary and Extension School in eastern New Orleans has more than 100 seats available, Chief Executive Officer Shawn Toranto said.

The open-admissions K-8 charter school has a math and science focus.

Parents are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible. Applications are available at the school’s website.

The school will offer special education services, before/after care, English as Second Language, programs in the gifted and talented arts, a nurse, a social worker and extracurricular activities.

The original campus is at 5100 Cannes St. in the Village de L’est area. Lela Stewart is principal of Einstein Charter; Gwendalyn Lewis is principal of Einstein Extension.

“The Einstein community is committed to helping our entire student community have the best educational experience for the 2013-2014 academic year, by connecting with opportunities provided by teachers, school leaders and parents,” Toranto said.

Information is available at or call (504) 324-7450.

16 students chosen for science program

The Ochsner Community Outreach Division has selected 16 students for its high school science program featuring hands-on research in a laboratory with medical scientists and rotations in nearly 40 departments throughout Ochsner Health System.

The Science, Technology, Academics and Research program is a free, educational summer camp for Louisiana high school students that seeks to support high school science curriculum through inquiry-based research projects and engage students in health care careers through practical learning.

Students are chosen based on their interest in science, health care and community service, as well as high school recommendations.

This year’s class is: Manahil Cheema, of Bonnabel High School; Chiara Dellihoue, of Edna Karr; Michael Denham, of Mandeville High School; David Dupart, of Holy Cross; Jacob Elnaggar, of Benjamin Franklin; Madeline Evans, of Dominican; Kathlen Garmendia, of West Jefferson; and Sharon Luc, of Academy of Our Lady.

Also, Sydney Monix, of Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy; Sarah Normand, Academy of the Sacred Heart; Celeste Reames, Cabrini High School; Allen Stenson, of Sci Academy; Lekha Thangada, from Newman; Sarah Wang, from Benjamin Franklin; Jaymalisa Whatley, of West Jefferson; and Richard Williams, from Jesuit.

Students will do research in a laboratory setting with research-funded scientists in molecular genetics, infectious disease, liver transplant research, cancer research and more.

Students also learn phlebotomy, suturing and other basic clinical skills before participating in a “Mock Clinical Exam” to test their skills and bedside manner.