• INSTRUMENTS A COMIN’: The deadline is April 15 for school music teachers and nonprofits to apply for new band and orchestra instruments from the Tipitina’s Foundation through its Instruments A Comin’ program. To apply, visit tipitinasfoundation.org/iacapp. Award recipients will be announced in summer 2016. To date, the Instruments A Comin’ program has contributed more than $3.1 million worth of musical instruments to more than 100 music programs throughout Louisiana. For information, contact Jacob Garcia at (504) 309-7934 or at jacob@tipitinas.com.
  • MUSIC EDUCATION: The NAMM Foundation, a supporting organization of the National Association of Music Merchants, has recognized the St. Charles Parish Public Schools as one of the nation’s best communities for music education. St. Charles is the only school system in the state to receive this honor; across the country, 476 districts received the designation, which is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. “The arts are an essential part of education, and we are fortunate to have a thriving arts program for students of all ages,” said Superintendent Felecia Gomez-Walker. “The school board and school system has placed an emphasis on the arts and recognizes the importance the arts play in the success of a child. We are excited about receiving this distinction and look forward to expanding and enhancing arts opportunities in the school system and community with the opening of the Dr. Rodney R. Lafon Performing Arts Center in 2018.”
  • CHEMISTRY TEACHING AWARD: Bonnie Schneider, a science instructor at Cabrini High School in New Orleans, is the recipient of the 2016 Drake Award by the American Chemical Society as the outstanding high school chemistry teacher for the Southeast Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf Coast region. Cabrini junior Chloe Mangerchine nominated Schneider for the award.
  • LOUISE S. MCGEHEE SCHOOL: Annie Tete, a science teacher and STEAM director at Louise S. McGehee School in New Orleans, has been named a PBS Digital Innovator. One teacher from each U.S. state and territory is designated as a local PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator in recognition of their work incorporating digital media in classrooms and serving as leaders in educational technology.
  • ST. EDWARD THE CONFESSOR SCHOOL: St. Edward the Confessor School in Metairie has chosen fifth-grader Raleigh Lusignan as its student of the year. She has been a student at St. Edward since age 3. She is vice president of the Builder’s Club, a class representative and a Mass leader in chorale. She is a member of the school newspaper, advanced band (violin and flute), art club, safety patrol and Lego club; serves as a Sunday Mass greeter; and performs in the school’s talent shows and plays. She is a member of the school’s cross country, swim, soccer and cabbage ball teams. Academically, she has been on the Principal’s Honor Roll every quarter since first grade. Raleigh is an avid reader, loves to write short stories and aspires to be a pharmacist. She is the daughter of Kevin and Dorene Lusignan, of Metairie.
  • MOUNT CARMEL ACADEMY: “The Addams Family” will be presented the weekends of April 14-16 and April 21-23 in the Fitzmorris Performing Arts Center at Mount Carmel Academy, 7027 Milne Blvd., New Orleans. Performance times are at 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and at 2 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students. For information, call (504) 288-7626 or visit mcacubs.com.
  • DOMINICAN HOMECOMING: Homecoming weekend events at St. Mary’s Dominican High School will include an Alumnae Mass at 5:30 p.m. April 22 and a Homecoming Luncheon at 11 a.m. April 23. The Alumnae Mass in the Sister Ambrose Reggio Gymnasium on campus will be followed by a reception; there is a $15 fee. The Homecoming Luncheon at the Metairie Country Club, 580 Woodvine Ave., will feature the presentation of the Alumna of the Year Award and the Sister Mary Angela Mulhern Service Award. The cost is $15, and the reservation deadline is April 15. To register, visit stmarysdominican.org.
  • CABRINI HIGH SCHOOL: The Louisiana State Literary Rally in Baton Rouge on Saturday will involve 17 students from Cabrini High School in New Orleans. Leading the Cabrini contingent are Regional Rally overall winners Camila Courtade, fine arts survey; and Coi Jones, accounting. Students qualifying for the State Literary Rally include Caroline Allen, world history; Deborah Alvarenga, civics; Rebekah Alvarenga, U.S. history; Elenora Bullock, health; Tia Carter, biology; Elizabeth Cutrer, accounting; Jalien Doyle, business computer applications; Andrea Gautier, business computer applications; Sydnee Glass, Spanish; Katherine Heller, physical science; Kristin Lonsberry, physics; Sofia Mancherine, chemistry; Juliet McLaughlin, environmental science; Alecia Richards, French; and Maiya Tate, journalism. Other Cabrini students placing at the regional rally were Kamyrn Blume, business computer applications; Brittany Juneau, environmental science; Rebecca Reed, journalism; and Tegan Tam, business computer applications.
  • LOUISIANA SCHOOL FOR MATH, SCIENCE AND THE ARTS: Early registration is open for Summer@LSMSA, a summer program for rising seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade students at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts. The program will take place May 30 through June 3 at the school in Natchitoches. During early registration, through Friday, the cost is $375 for overnight campers and $275 for day campers. Courses to be offered include environmental science, everyday physics, exploring the human body, math in sports, piano for the total beginner, piano master class and sports variety. For information, contact Thorn LaCaze at (318) 357-2579 or tlacaze@lsmsa.edu. To register, visit lsmsa.edu/summer.
  • CABRINI HIGH SCHOOL: Rakell Spencer, a senior at Cabrini High School in New Orleans, is one of 11 female players selected to the Louisiana High School Basketball Coaches Association team. She also was selected to compete for the East Squad for the LHBCA All-Star game. She will be attending Texas A&M on a basketball scholarship in the fall.
  • MOUNT CARMEL ACADEMY: Shelby Dwyer, of Metairie, a senior at Mount Carmel Academy in New Orleans, has been awarded a Gold Key on the regional level and a Silver Medal on the national level for her graphite drawing “True Love Doesn’t Drown.” The 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition attracted nearly 320,000 submissions of art and writing, of which 2,400 received national medals.
  • JUNE LEADERSHIP CAMPS: Leadership Education and Development camp sessions for students entering grades eight, nine and 10 will be held the weeks of June 5 and June 12 at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts in Natchitoches. Students will take part in activities designed to enhance their leadership skills in both small and large group settings. Also, participants will get involved in the Natchitoches area with a community service opportunity. The cost of the camp is $250. For information, contact Jenny Schmitt, coordinator of student engagement at LSMSA, at jschmitt@lsmsa.edu or (318) 357-2540.
  • BOTANY TEACHING: Ann Smart, head of the science department at Cabrini High School in New Orleans, has been selected to join the Biological Science Curriculum Study’s “Digging Deeper” curriculum research study. The study will gather data from Smart and her students on the effectiveness of the “Digging Deeper” curriculum for botany, specifically photosynthesis and cellular respiration. “These topics are difficult to teach,” Smart said. “Any program that gets students excited and interested in learning about cell respiration and photosynthesis, or makes it easier for students to understand, is well worth the effort.”
  • NORCO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: The February students of the month at Norco Elementary School are Tylen Anderson, Preston Brown, Kassidy Crawford, Emily Foy, Austin Gros, Hunter Hales, Shylah Johnson, Nikeya Joseph, Kai Martin, Bennett McNamara, Jackie Mena, Kimberly Mena, Cooper Naquin, Reid O’Regan, Ervin John Pamintuan, Ryan Parker, Kayla Roberts, Anna Brooke Rogan, Alexander Schiff, Javen Shorts, Jace Troxler, Ethan Vicknair, Timbrelle Williams and Sophia Winingham. The March students of the month at Norco Elementary School are Noah Bagwell, Hope Berg, Emma Bivona, Ayanna Brown, Ty Cade, Caden Degruy, Evelyn Glore, Sarah Glore, Lane Lousteau, Lilly Lousteau, Collin Lowry, Emily Madere, Maddox Madere, Emily Mancuso, Madison Mancuso, Zoe McAllister, Mylie Mulé, Eli Naquin, Brett Pradat, Paris Richard, Brooklyn Robin, Jordan Robin, Grace Rome, Hayden Stoute, Jonathan Walker, Elise Wenning, Alyssa Zeringue and Donell Zeringue.
  • ALICE BIRNEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Students with straight A’s during the third nine-week session of the school year at Alice Birney Elementary School in Metairie were honored with breakfast with the principal. They are Steven Baker, Candace Bell, Cassandra Cumings, Niyla Dabney, Elijah Eastin, Rashad Emery, Hadi Hachem, Malak Hachem, Evan Madaric, Dasha McClain, Mayla McGhee, Yousif Natiq, Jonathan Padilla, Julian Pelto, Christopher Ramos, Yahir Matos Sosa, Samantha Suazo, My Thai, Janae Weber, Carlos Zaragoza, Sara Zerfaoui and Jasmine Zou.
  • ST. EDWARD THE CONFESSOR SCHOOL: The April students of the month at St. Edward the Confessor School in Metairie are kindergartners Noelle Youngblood and Vivian Tan; first-graders Lucy Sonier and Nyle Harrison; second-graders Parker Mills and Aubrey Daigrepont; third-graders Peyton Depolitte and Vincent Matranga; fourth-graders Gianni Feliu and Joshua Anderson; fifth-grader Annie Leingang; sixth-graders Noah Davis and Luke Barbara; and seventh-graders Emily Ledesma and Emma Dubuisson.
  • LAPLACE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: The March students of the month from kindergarten through third grade at LaPlace Elementary School are Jael Anderson, Christopher Becknel Jr. Jashad Beckwith, Eric Bergeron, Tiera Brumfield, Travaz Carter, Jonathan Carver, Georgina Castro, J’Aveon Davis, Brandon Fernandez, Mykel Francis, Nicholas Morgan, Skylar Morgan, Kialee Pfister, Aliza Randle, Clyde Stewart, Che Stutes, G’Leya Theriot and Keilon Williams. The March students of the month in grades four through eight at LaPlace Elementary School are Keneth Barahonu, Kaleb Brumfield, Aja Creecy, Myla Edwards, Terron Ford, Seth Matherne, Omahri Oliver, Kajah Rose, Vanessa Ross, Ciara Smith, Mitchell Walker and Bryce Watkins.