New Orleans school briefs for Aug. 22, 2013

Dominican continues ‘Big Sister’ tradition

At the beginning of each school year, it is a Dominican tradition for a DHS senior to act as a “big sister” to an incoming DHS freshmen or eighth-grader who becomes their “little sister.” Seniors show their little sisters around, give them pointers and enjoy a lunch on campus together.

Mount Carmel to host genocide survivor

Immaculee Ilibagiza, author and survivor of genocide in Rwanda in 1994, will be the guest speaker at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Mount Carmel Academy in the Mother Therese Chevrel Assembly Center, 7027 Milne Blvd., in New Orleans.

Ilibagiza was a young engineering student at the National University of Rwanda when she became one of many victims of the Rwandan genocide. She writes in her book “Left to Tell” how while her family and friends of the Tutsi tribe were brutally murdered, she survived by hiding with seven other women in a bathroom in a minister’s house for 91 days. There, she taught herself English with a dictionary and a Bible and said she learned to suppress her anger with constant prayer and, once freed, she forgave her family’s murderers.

Now an American citizen, Ilibagiza travels the world sharing her inspirational story and preaching forgiveness. She has appeared on CBS’ “Morning Show,” in Newsweek and The New York Times, among other media.

She will return to New Orleans in December to host a retreat for teenagers Dec. 13 and one for the general public Dec. 14.

Robert R. Moton hosts open house

Principal Paulette Bruno welcomed back students and parents to Robert R. Moton Charter School on Gentilly Boulevard. But all the buzz was about the new school location being prepared in North Kenilworth, 8550 Curran Road.

Moton has been waiting for a permanent building since it was displaced following Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent levee failure. The new building will be ready for students in January 2015.

Science and art presentations adorned the hallways at the school as parents and students were able to speak and interact with parents, teachers and school officials.

Brother Martin runner receives scholarship

Rhett Rogers, Brother Martin Class of 2013, was named one of four recipients of the 2013-14 NOTC scholarship. He received his award Aug. 17 at the 50th anniversary race in City Park.

The New Orleans Track Club, one of the nation’s oldest and largest running clubs, offers scholarships to new college freshmen who are active in the sport of running. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to those individuals that meet one or more of the following criteria: Participated in a minimum of eight NOTC races in the past 12 months; was an active member of their 2013 High School Track Team; was an active member of their 2012 High School Cross Country Team.

All applicants must also submit an essay about what running personally means to them.

Charter School opens conference registration

The Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools invites educators, parents, current and prospective charter board members and community leaders to register for its sixth annual conference “Adjusting the Sails: Staying on Course for Success,” LAPCS Executive Director Caroline Roemer Shirley said.

The day-long event will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Baton Rouge Crowne Plaza, 4728 Constitution Ave. It will feature keynote Jeffery Duncan-Andrade as well as conference tracts dedicated to building strong charter schools.

A complete list of conference sessions is available at www.lacharterschools.org. The sessions include “The Six Levels of Parent and Community Involvement,” “Board Dynamics,” “The Worst Board Meeting Ever,” “Driving Teacher Performance — What Really Works?” and “So, You Want to Start a Charter School?”

For information, visit www.lacharterschools.org or call LAPCS at (504) 274-3651.