‘SATCHMO’S STORY’: Registration is open for schools that wish to participate in a performance of “Satchmo’s Story,” which the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will present at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 29, at the Mahalia Jackson Theater in New Orleans.
Music will include selections important to Louis Armstrong: from what he heard growing up to what he made famous, including “The Entertainer” and “What a Wonderful World.” The performance will involve NOLA Project actor James Bartelle and trumpeter Kermit Ruffins.
Participating schools will have five rehearsals with an LPO musician to work on the music. The fee for the concert is $6 per student ($3 for Title I schools) and $6 per adult (with 1 free for every 10 students). For information, or to register a school, call education director Amanda Wuerstlin at (504) 523-6530, ext. 501.
ST. ANN SEAFOOD DINNERS: Seafood dinners will be served from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 6, and Friday, March 27, in the school cafeteria at St. Ann Church and Shrine, 3601 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie. Visitors should enter from Loveland Street.
The cost is $8 for fish or shrimp dinners, or $10 for combination dinners. All dinners are served with a potato, salad and garlic bread. Seafood gumbo will be sold for $5 a bowl. Prices are good for eat-in or take-out.
POSSE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS: Eight students from the Jefferson Parish Public School System have been awarded four-year, full tuition scholarships from The Posse Foundation, including students from Helen Cox High School, Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies, L.W. Higgins High School, Riverdale High School and Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy.
“We are so excited that these eight students have been recognized for their hard work and their accomplishments,” said Superintendent James Meza, Jr. “It’s a huge honor to be selected as a Posse Scholar, and I congratulate not only the selected students, but also their families, teachers and counselors, and school staff for supporting and nurturing these students’ drive for excellence.”
The Posse Foundation gives extraordinary high school students who may be overlooked by the traditional college selection processes the resources and the support needed to complete a four-year degree at partner universities. Posse Scholars are nominated by their high schools in their senior year for their leadership in the school and the community, their academic commitment and their overall motivation to succeed. The nominees undergo a rigorous selections process conducted by both Posse staff and their partner universities before being selected for the merit-based scholarship.
The newest Posse Scholars from JPPSS selected to attend Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson in New York are Saul Amezcua, Helen Cox High School; and Jazlyn Johnson, Thomas Jefferson High School.
The Scholars attending Tulane University in New Orleans are Younes Boulares, Haynes Academy; Keristen Edwards, Riverdale High School; Sydney Monix, Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy; and Bilal Sarmini, Thomas Jefferson High School.
Gabrielle DeRoche, from L.W. Higgins High School, and Edward Scott, from Helen Cox High School, are part of the inaugural Posse cohort from the New Orleans area headed to Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa.
HIGH SCHOOL MATH TEACHER OF THE YEAR: Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy teacher Angela Guthrie was recently honored with the 2014 Outstanding High School Teacher of Mathematics Award from the Louisiana Association of Teachers of Mathematics. Guthrie, who teaches pre-algebra, Algebra I and geometry, began her teaching career at Taylor six years ago while simultaneously completing her master’s degree in education from the University of New Orleans. She serves as the head of the mathematics department at Taylor and has also trained faculty on the use of technology and interactive learning in classrooms.
“Ms. Guthrie models exemplary teaching throughout the school year,” said Principal Jaime Zapico. “Not only does she possess strong content knowledge in her field, but she also realizes the importance of continuous learning.”
Guthrie is one of three educators in Louisiana selected for the Outstanding Teacher of Mathematics Award by LATM, which honors one teacher every year from the elementary, middle and high school levels. In addition to her master’s degree, Guthrie holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of New Orleans.