• DOMINICAN HIGH SCHOOL: St. Mary’s Dominican High School in New Orleans has acquired a SynDaver surgical model that will allow anatomy students to remove and replace models of every muscle, bone, vascular component and organ in the human body. Dominican is the first high school in the United States to have a SynDaver. The full-body surgical simulator can be programmed to simulate the circulatory system and will be used in the senior and junior human anatomy classes taught by Anjel Guitroz.
  • CRESCENT CITY DEBATE LEAGUE: The eighth-grade debate team from Einstein Charter Middle School finished seventh among 40 teams in the Crescent City Debate League tournament held Oct. 24 at the school, newly opened at the Sarah Towles Reed campus. The league was organized by the Tulane Debate Education Society. Service learning students from Tulane’s English department collaborate with area schools to develop debate programs that cultivate civil discourse and critical reasoning skills. Debate topics at the tournament ranged from the merits of mandatory computer science classes to the Iran nuclear deal, from the effects of television on society to whether graffiti constitutes an art form. “It was an amazing event to see young minds in action debating such challenging topics,” Einstein Charter Middle Principal Tiffany Cherrie said.
  • ST. PHILIP NERI SCHOOL: The St. Philip Neri Ladies Co-Operative Club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the assembly hall at the school, 6600 Kawanee Ave., Metairie. Sign in begins at 6:30 p.m. The club will hold a bunco night at this meeting. $10 to play. Sign-up forms can be found in the school office. You do not need to be a Co-Op member to play.
  • LUSHER OPEN HOUSE: Lusher Charter School, in Uptown New Orleans, will host open houses for prospective students and their parents to highlight its K-12 arts-integration, inquiry-based approach to education. Lower School Open House for incoming Kindergarten students will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Lower School Campus at 7315 Willow St. Open House for grades 1-5 will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 20 at the Lower School. Contact Becky Bell at (504) 593-8275 for information about the Lower School. The Middle and High School Open House for students in grades 6-12 will be held Nov. 19, 6:00 pm at Lusher’s Fortier Campus, 5624 Freret St., in the Atlantic Bridge Gymnasium (between the school and the football field). Call Jenny Cromer at (504) 304-3961 for information about Middle/High School. For information or to download an application, go to www.lusherschool.org. Applications are due by noon Jan. 8.
  • AUDUBON STUDENTS OF THE MONTH: John James Audubon Elementary School in Kenner has announced its students of the month. Receiving pins and pencils and a goody bag were: Simon Jaramillo-Torres, Jehra Breaux, Diana Gonzales, Jaheir Breaux, Denaya White, Dominick Castro, Naimah Romero, Joshua Bannister, Amy Garcia, Kayniyah Francis, Herbert Lipscomb, Angelique Moya, Kaelyn Green Leanna Rowan, Alexander Ittia, Roxana Rocha, Carlos Gutierrez, Kevine Green, Breanna Toups, Madalyn Cancer and Dilan Fajardo-Diaz.
  • ST. PHILIP NERI SCHOOL: These students have been chosen for the senior soccer team at St. Philip Neri School in Metairie: Kobe Brown, Riley Boudreaux, Demi Benitez, Eric Miller, Evan Decastro, Ryan Grob, Jack Levenia, Alyssa Newmann, Isabelle Fitzmorris, Brennan Molero, Dylan McDonald, Luis Bonilla, Sam Harris, Brandon Dooley, Tyler Dupuis, Gavin Williams, Jacob Pregeant, Carolina Dykes, Grace Dufrechou and Briana Tejeda. These students have been chosen for the junior soccer team: Eduardo Lagos Jr., Hayden Perilloux, Christian Aertker, Larson Klibert, Dayne Benitez, Christopher Wallace, Evan Liang, Collin Tusa, Leah Trejo, Michael Elmer, Dalten Wickboldt, David Parra, Katie Kliebert, James Keyes, Jake Giardina, Colin Doyle, Caleb Molina, Grace Dufrechou, Carolina Dykes and Brianna Tejeda.
  • LOUISIANA SCHOOL FOR MATH, SCIENCE AND THE ARTS: The Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts is accepting applications from current high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors. The early deadline for completed applications is Feb. 1, while the regular deadline is April 1. These are priority deadlines, meaning students that have completed all the parts of their application by these dates receive priority over students that have not completed the process. This does not mean the school stops accepting applications. The Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts is a state-supported residential high school with competitive admissions. As a public school, there is no tuition and only a nominal room and board fee that can be reduced or waived. A completed application includes the student’s portion (short answers); parental permission; two teacher recommendations (one from an English instructor and one from a math instructor); one counselor recommendation; a recent (within the last calendar year) ACT or SAT score; and an official campus visit. For information about the application process, call (318) 357-2589. To apply online, go to www.LSMSA.edu.
  • ST. ANDREW’S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL: St. Andrew’s Episcopal School will hold open houses for prospective parents interested in prekindergarten through eighth grade on Thursday, Dec. 3 and Jan. 14 at the school, 1031 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans. To register, visit www.standrewsepiscopalschool.org. For information, call Lisa Witter, director of admissions and financial aid, at (504) 866-6553.