• LOUISIANA CONNECTIONS ACADEMY: A free Louisiana Connections Academy information session and ice cream social will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at the Best Western Plus Landmark Hotel, 2601 Severn Ave., Metairie. Another information session will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, at the Quality Inn and Suites, 100 Westbank Expressway, Gretna. Louisiana Connections Academy is a free, virtual public charter school for grades K-12. More events will be held in additional cities and can be monitored at the school website. The school also offers online information sessions for families unable to attend in person. Preregistration for the information session is not required, but is available at www. ConnectionsAcademy.com/LACAevents.
  • EDIBLE SCHOOLYARD: FirstLine Schools is seeking volunteers to help with its Edible Schoolyard New Orleans program, which serves 3,100 children at five open-admission New Orleans charter schools: Samuel J. Green Charter School, Arthur Ashe Charter School, Langston Hughes Academy, Phillis Wheatley Community School and Joseph S. Clark Preparatory High School. Edible Schoolyard connects children to where their food comes from and how to cook it, and gets students out of the classroom and into school gardens where they can participate in physical activity, experience hands-on learning, and work together. ESYNOLA seeks community volunteers and interns who are passionate about children, the natural world, New Orleans culinary culture, and education to assist in kitchen and garden classes, and to help in our school gardens. Weekday volunteers spend an hour or two each week helping in a garden class or kitchen class, or working in a school garden. Interns spend 10 to 12 hours each week working with edible-classroom content and building relationships with children. Volunteers are also needed for special events such as competitions, seasonal food celebrations and family food nights. To become a volunteer, visit esynola.org/get-involved.
  • DIGITAL INNOVATION: Allie Segura, who teaches technology at St. George’s Episcopal School in New Orleans, is one of 30 PBS Lead Digital Innovators for 2015. PBS LearningMedia uses its digital innovators program to recognize K-12 educators who are serving as leaders in education technology and incorporating digital media in classrooms. The 100 digital innovators receive professional development opportunities and ongoing support from their local PBS member stations. In addition, the top 30 lead innovators will receive a tablet computer and an all-expense-paid trip to Philadelphia to participate in the 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Summit. PBS LearningMedia is an on-demand digital media service from PBS offering digital resources for educators.
  • JEWISH COMMUNITY DAY SCHOOL: Sharon Pollin, head of school for the Jewish Community Day School, has been selected to serve a two-year term on the editorial board of RAVSAK’s HaYidion, the leading journal for Jewish day school practitioners. RAVSAK is The Jewish Community Day School Network, representing 132 member schools in the United States, Canada and worldwide. The editorial board of HaYidion represents a wide cross-section of field leaders, with participation of board members, school heads and Judaic directors, from schools of different affiliations, geographic location, size and ages served. In this capacity, Pollin will join with day school leaders to bring her perspective, knowledge, and her passion for Jewish day school education to the RAVSAK journal.
  • MOUNT CARMEL ACADEMY: Among the students from Mount Carmel Academy in New Orleans who placed in State Rally was Grace Zschiesche of Metairie, who was the overall English II winner and earned a $400 scholarship. The rally is presented by the Louisiana High School Rally Association. Others taking first place were Madeleine Erickson, French II; Nicole Petit, English III; and Nguyet-Hanh Tran, parenthood education. Taking second place were Jessica Davis, chemistry; Ashley Johnson, psychology; Sara Saak, physical science; Grace Tomeny, pre-calculus; and Diana Vazquez, sociology. In third place were Laura Dehart, Latin II, and Pilar Ruiz, biology. In fifth place were Mia Macaluso, world geography, and Elena Plakotaris, Spanish III. In the open foreign language events, superior ratings went to Katie Cannon, Spanish I interpretive reading; Rae Comeaux, Spanish II extemporaneous speaking; Alexis DeSalvo, Spanish III interpretive reading; and Natalie Naquin, French II interpretive reading. Excellent ratings went to Madeline Eustis, French IV interpretive reading; Sara Jesusa, French I interpretive reading; and Caroline Nogues, French II extemporaneous speaking. Olivia Rink earned a good rating in Spanish IV interpretive reading.
  • ARCHBISHOP RUMMEL HIGH SCHOOL: Archbishop Rummel High School treated 27 of its students to lunch at Copeland’s Restaurant in Metairie as a reward for earning all A’s on their second-quarter report cards. The students were: eighth-graders Quin Cadella, Michael Chepolis, Jacob Martin, Daniel O’Leary and Jordan Wright; freshmen Daniel Cobar, Bradley Este, Jacob Fury, Nathan Gomez, Trung Le, Clay Moody and Joseph Nugent; sophomores Alexander Bienvenu, Luke LaCoste and Connor Perret; juniors Mark Childress and Christian Hyde; and seniors Anthony Adams, Michael Cobar, Quinn Dantagnan, Robinson Hurtado, Jean-Paul Jeunesse, Adam Karrigan, Jacob Kliebert, Dylan Mire, Matthew Moreau and Scott Wetzel.