• MUSIC FACULTY ENDOWMENT: The Brenda Castillo Music Department Endowment Fund has been established at St. Mary’s Dominican High School by Dr. and Mrs. Kraig de Lanzac and their daughter, Mallory, a 2015 DHS graduate, in appreciation of the work of Brenda Castillo, fine arts department chairwoman and director of band and choir. “We are thrilled to be in a position to continue to give back to St. Mary’s Dominican High School. We wanted to recognize an outstanding faculty member for the significant impact and transformational influence she had on our daughter, Mallory, during her five years at DHS,” Kraig de Lanzac said.
  • DAY OF REFLECTION: The St. Bernard Parish School Board will celebrate its achievements since Hurricane Katrina during a Day of Reflection breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28, in the Lacoste Campus Gymnasium at Chalmette High School, 1101 E. Judge Perez Drive. For tickets, contact the School Board at (504) 301-2000.
  • JEWISH COMMUNITY DAY SCHOOL: Parents and toddlers will gather for a Shabbat Shalom Sing-along from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, at the Jewish Community Day School Jewish Babies Club in the second floor Beit Midrash, 3747 West Esplanade Ave., Metairie. “Beit midrash” is Hebrew for “house of study.” Deborah S. Mintz, Shir Chadash director of education and family programming, will lead the sing-along. Jewish Community Day School has 18 new students this year, mostly in prekindergarten and kindergarten, producing its largest enrollment in five years.
  • SCHOOL SUPPLY GIVEAWAY: The Dinerral Shavers Educational Fund will hold its Back-to-School Extravaganza from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. The free school supply giveaway will have the theme “A Heart-Healthy New Orleans.” There will be live music, motivational speakers and health screenings. There will be a canned food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank. The fund also will honor its 2015 scholarship essay contest winners: Aerial Anderson, Landry-Walker High School, first; Treshor Stirgus, NOCCA Academic Studio, second; and Malik Gibson, St. Augustine High School, third. The Dinerral Shavers Educational Fund was founded in March 2007 in memory of educator, musician and entrepreneur Dinerral Shavers. It promotes youth empowerment, community development and enhanced educational opportunities in New Orleans.
  • INTERNATIONAL SUMMER CAMP: St. Martin’s Episcopal School in Metairie recently was host to 39 10th-graders and three teachers from its Chinese sister school, Yanzhou High School, as part of the school’s first international summer camp program. Travel problems related to a typhoon in China delayed the visitors’ arrival. After a welcome brunch and visit to the French Quarter, they left for trips to Boston and Washington, D.C. Upon their return to New Orleans, they spent a week living with American families, learning what it feels like to be an American student in Louisiana.
  • SPELLING BEE: Einstein Charter School student Tien Thuy Nguyen was a participant in the 2015 National Scripps Spelling Bee, having won the New Orleans-area competition. She was one of 146 girls and 139 boys in the Maryland competition and received a tablet computer for her participation. She was the only New Orleans resident in the competition.
  • RIVERSIDE MILITARY ACADEMY: Cadet Capt. Robert Pee, son of Dr. Elizabeth Connell Lewis, of Metairie, recently graduated from Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Georgia, which he attended as a boarding cadet. He is the son of Thomas Pee, of Watkinsville, Georgia, and the stepson of Mark Lewis, of Metairie. C/CPT Pee served as Alpha Company Commander in the RMA Corps of Cadets, which consists of more than 500 young men in grades seven through 12 from 27 countries. His duties included commanding and instructing the company at all formations, ensuring company preparedness and knowledge of the chain of command, and executing orders, directives and policies received from superiors. He was team leader of the RMA 2014 national champion JROTC Raider team, a goalie for the RMA soccer team, and a member of the RMA swim team. He was the recipient of the American Legion Military Award and the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States President’s Medal for distinguishing himself as an outstanding leader who goes above and beyond his duties.
  • DESIGN THINKING: St. Martin’s Episcopal School in Metairie will break ground in October for the Gibbs Family Center for Innovation + Design, which will house the school’s design thinking program. The building is slated to open in fall 2016. Design thinking is an educational process that encourages the development of skills like creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking to solve real-world problems. The $1.1 million project was funded entirely through individual and foundation donations. It will be named for Marian and Larry Gibbs, of Gibbs Construction, whose five children and one grandchild have all attended St. Martin’s.