Crescent City school briefs for December 23, 2015 _lowres

Gaige M. Wilcox, a junior at Alfred Bonnabel Magnet School in Metairie, meets former U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel while participating in the weeklong National Youth Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C.

  • U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY FORUM: Gaige M. Wilcox, a junior at Alfred Bonnabel Magnet School in Metairie, was one of about 150 young people from across the country who attended the weeklong National Youth Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C. The program introduced the students to firsthand experiences and challenging career options in national security and related fields. Bonnabel teacher Charles Thirsty nominated Wilcox for the opportunity. Wilcox is the son of Tracey H. Flournoy and Randall Wilcox.
  • COMPUTER-USING EDUCATORS: The coordinator of educational technology for the St. John the Baptist Parish Public Schools has been named to the board of directors of the Louisiana Association of Computer-Using Educators. Bonnie Dinvaut’s appointment was made during the organization’s conference in New Orleans Dec. 7-9. “Technology integration is not an event,” Dinvaut said. “It should be an everyday part of our classroom, just like taking attendance.” Dinvaut will represent St. John the Baptist, Ascension, St. James, Assumption, St. Mary, Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes.
  • GREATER NEW ORLEANS COLLABORATIVE OF CHARTER SCHOOLS: Warren Easton High School Principal Alexina Medley will be 2016-17 president of the Greater New Orleans Collaborative of Charter Schools. Other executive officers of the collaborative will be Kathy Riedlinger, Lusher Charter School, vice president; Sean Wilson, International High School of New Orleans, treasurer; and Claire Jecklin, New Orleans Charter Science and Math High School, secretary. Ken Ducote was recently named executive director of GNOCCS. “We are proud of the accomplishments of all of our charter schools and the continuous support that GNOCCS gives to them, helping them to focus more on student needs,” he said. GNOCCS members schools are Audubon Charter School; Benjamin Franklin High School; Einstein Elementary Charter Schools; Hynes Charter School; International High School of New Orleans; International School of Louisiana; International School of Louisiana, Jefferson; Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy; Lake Forest Elementary Charter; Lusher Charter School; Morris Jeff Community School; Robert Russa Moton Charter School; New Orleans Charter Science and Math High School; and Warren Easton Charter High School.
  • AUDUBON ELEMENTARY: John James Audubon Elementary School in Kenner’s students of the month received pins, pencils and goody bags. They are Anthony Gomez, Braylon Mason, Peyton Dupre, Allison Aguilar, Joaquin Alexander, Lisa Litolff, and Doris Quintero Rodriguez. Dilan Fajardo-Diaz’s name was omitted from the November students of the month.