• LOUISIANA CONNECTIONS ACADEMY: An information session for Louisiana Connections Academy, a free, virtual public charter school, will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Best Western Plus Landmark Hotel, 2601 Severn Ave., Metairie. The information session will review the school’s curriculum and programs and will provide opportunities for families to ask questions of teachers and currently enrolled families. The school also offers online information sessions for families unable to attend in person.
  • 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 April 15, 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 www.LSMSA.edu/ summer.
  • ST. BERNARD PARISH SCHOOL BOARD: The St. Bernard Parish School Board has launched a new district website, www.stbernard.k12.la.us, to provide families and the community up-to-date information and resources. Individual school websites are expected to be launched before the start of the 2016-17 school year.
  • ARCHBISHOP RUMMEL HIGH SCHOOL: Administrators at Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie recently awarded 14 academic scholarships to grammar school students. The amounts of the scholarships were based on the students’ scores on entrance tests: Those scoring between the 95th and 99th percentiles will receive $3,600 for five years, and those scoring between the 90th and 94th percentiles will receive $1,800 for five years. The winners of $3,600 scholarships are Tristan Boudreau, of St. Ann; Braden Burmaster, of Chateau Estates; Aidan Champagne, of St. Angela Merici; Mauricio Chavez, of Haynes Academy; Hunter Gueydan, of St. Edward the Confessor; Christopher Hammett, of John Ory; Elliot Lastrapes, of Sacred Heart of Jesus; and Patrick Pomes, of St. Christopher. Winners of $1,800 scholarships are Isaiah Crawford, of Belle Chasse Academy; Joshua Cruthirds, of St. Catherine of Siena; Amari Knighten, of Our Lady of Prompt Succor; Seth Roques, of St. Edward the Confessor; Nathan Theriot, of St. Benilde; and Chase Tollin, of Patrick Taylor.
  • VISITATION OF OUR LADY: Madison Jarvis, of Visitation of Our Lady School in Marrero, placed first in third-grade reading comprehension during the recent Academic Fair at Academy of Our Lady, also in Marrero. In all, 10 students in grades one through four at Visitation of Our Lady placed at the fair, giving the school third place overall. Finishing in second place were second-grader Ella Ory, religion; third-graders Aiden Bucalan in reading comprehension, Riley Doherty in religion and Braeden Dunne in math; and fourth-graders Sadie Burrell in spelling and Emmet Scobel in math. Finishing in third place were Natalee Breaux, second-grade math; Savana Guill, third-grade spelling; and Joseph Loyola, fourth-grade reading comprehension.
  • NEW ORLEANS COLLEGE PREP: The Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver law firm recently donated $4,000 to the New Orleans College Prep school network to ensure that students are able to participate in local and out-of-state college campus tours. Joshua Cox, an associate at the law firm, is a board member and former teacher of the New Orleans College Prep network. Every spring, network students in grades five through 12 visit colleges to speak with admissions counselors, tour dormitories and get a firsthand experience of what college life is like.
  • ST. CHARLES CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL: The Students of the Year at St. Charles Catholic High School are eighth-grader Kelly Haik Campbell and 12th-grader Ashley Nicole St. Martin. Both students maintain a 4.0 GPA and participate in activities both at school and in the community. Campbell is vice president of her class and an active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She is on the school volleyball, basketball, softball and swim teams. Her career goal is to work as a geriatric pharmacist. St. Martin represents the senior class on the Student Council and is a member of the Retreat Team, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Beta Club and National Honor Society. She has received the Bronze Service Award for her dedication to serving others. Her plans include medical research and engineering, with the goal of finding a treatment option, if not a cure, for Alzheimer’s disease.
  • VISITATION OF OUR LADY: Catherine Legendre, a sixth-grader at Visitation of Our Lady School in Marrero, recently participated in the Knights of Columbus free-throw contest for 12-year-old girls. She placed first at the district level and the regional level, earning a medal and trophy. She advanced to the state level and placed second.
  • HYNES CHARTER SCHOOL: Students at Hynes Charter School gave a musical presentation March 15 in honor of music education and Music in Our Schools Month. At Hynes, all students participate weekly in various music classes. Their experiences include singing, rhythm and movement, playing instruments and music technology. The school also offers after-school band and chorus activities. Music teacher Brittany Smith directed the presentation March 15.