ROBOTICS REGIONAL: The senior robotics team from St. Mary’s Dominican High School recently took the top award in the Red Stick Robotics/LSU College of Engineering VEX® Skyrise State Qualifier. Winning the Excellence Award means the team will participate in the state championship Feb. 28 at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
The Robo Girls team was the only all-girls team at the regional competition, which drew 15 other top schools in the region. Team coaches are Crissy Giacona, Matthew Foss and Anjel Guitroz.
SCHOOLS EXPO SATURDAY: Representatives from more than 95 schools will be on hand for the Schools Expo being held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The expo is sponsored by the Parent Information Center of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans.
The Schools Expo provides an opportunity for families to apply on-site to public direct-run, private, charter and Catholic schools. It empowers parents to make informed school choice decisions and better understand the city’s changing educational landscape.
In addition to schools, families will have an opportunity to visit more than 80 resource providers including LSU School of Dentistry, Tulane Drop-In Center and Daughters of Charity, all offering health and wellness services.
In partnership with Total Community Action, Inc., this year’s expo will include an early childhood provider section featuring more than 30 high-quality early care and educational programs serving children from birth to 5 years old. To help inspire youth innovation, the 2015 Schools Expo has partnered with Dr. Calvin Mackie and STEM NOLA to offer students hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) projects.
The event is open to the public, and free Superdome parking will be available at Garage 6 on Sugar Bowl Drive. For more information on the Schools Expo, contact Arielle McConduit at (504) 620-2332 or PIC@ulgno.com.
JPPSS KINDERGARTEN MEETING: The Jefferson Parish Public School System will hold an information session for parents on the prekindergarten registration process for the 2015-16 school year from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday in the boardroom of Bonnabel Magnet Academy High School, 2801 Bruin Drive, Kenner.
General information on the prekindergarten program can be found on the district website at www.jpschools.org/department/pre-kindergarten.
JEFFERSON PARISH ENROLLMENT: The Jefferson Parish Public School System has increased its total enrollment to 48,126 students for the 2014-15 school year, an increase of 1,465 compared with this time last year. Since the 2009-10 school year, JPPSS has increased its enrollment by more than 3,000 students.
“These numbers demonstrate that JPPSS schools are becoming the schools of choice for more and more Jefferson Parish families,” said outgoing Superintendent James Meza Jr. “We have more high-quality schools in the district than ever before, with 39 A and B schools in 2014. I think families are taking advantage of all of the options for a great education through JPPSS.”
The district’s increase in enrollment was seen across grade levels, with elementary grades growing by 2.8 percent, middle school grades growing by 1.2 percent, and high school grades growing by 6.3 percent when compared with last year. JPPSS charter schools represented about 20 percent of the growth overall as Young Audiences Charter School and Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy added additional grades.
The district’s free and reduced lunch rate remained the same at 76.5 percent despite the increase in students. The number of its English language learners, however, increased by more than 1,200 students to 5,634, an increase of 27.5 percent.
ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON: The youngest students at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School will participate in a Mardi Gras parade on the street in front of the school, 4119 St. Elizabeth Drive, Kenner, at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13. Meanwhile, the school’s chocolate candy sale is underway through March 4.
JEWISH COMMUNITY DAY SCHOOL: The Kash-ROOT Kitchen, a project of the Parent Association of the Jewish Community Day School, provides from-scratch hot kosher lunches five days a week for the school’s students and others at the Goldring Woldenberg campus, 3727 West Esplanade Ave., Metairie.
Kash-ROOT chef Andy Adelman is making two products available to the public: kosher pizza on Thursdays and fresh-baked challah on Fridays. To order pizza or challah, call (504) 343-9498 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.