• ST. MARY MAGDALEN SCHOOL: The St. Mary Magdalen Parents Club will hold a Christmas pot-luck dinner at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the cafeteria of the school, 6425 W. Metairie Ave. Metairie. No child care will be provided. Parents are encouraged to bring a dish and pass a good time with fellow parents.
  • ‘CHRISTMAS IN NEW ORLEANS’: The Chalmette High School Performing Arts Center is presenting “Christmas in New Orleans.” The show celebrates musical styles and traditions that are unique to the holiday season in the Crescent City. Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Chalmette High School Cultural Arts Center, 2700 Palmisano Blvd., Chalmette. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for students. Contact Robin Calecas at Chalmette High School at (504) 272-0300 for ticket information.
  • ST. ANDREW’S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL: St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, 1031 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, will hold an open house for parents of prospective students from prekindergarten through eighth grade at 9 a.m. Thursday. Another open house will be held Jan. 14. For information, call Lisa Witter, director of admissions and financial aid, at (504) 866-6553 or visit standrews episcopalschool.org.
  • ST. MARY MAGDALEN SCHOOL: The St. Mary Magdalen Parents Club will hold its annual Sip ’n’ Shop from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, in the cafeteria of the school, 6425 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie. Christmas gift shopping can get done while sipping a little wine.
  • LANGUAGE ARTS TECHNOLOGY: Chase Petit, who teaches seventh grade at R.K. Smith Middle School in Luling, gave a presentation on the use of technology in the language arts classroom during the Louisiana Middle School Association conference in New Orleans in October. More than 40 participants from across the state took part in the hands-on presentation.
  • ST. AUGUSTINE WINNER: Blaine Derbigny, of St. Augustine High School, has been named a school winner for the prestigious Wendy’s High School Heisman Award, which highlights exceptional high school seniors and their achievements in the classroom, on the field and in the community. Derbigny will move on for consideration in the next stage of the program, where he could be named a state finalist.
  • LOUISIANA SCHOOL FOR MATH, SCIENCE AND THE ARTS: The Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts in Natchitoches has been ranked the ninth-best public school in the nation and the best high school in Louisiana in Niche’s 2016 Best Public High Schools in America ranking. Niche’s annual K-12 rankings are based on analysis of dozens of statistical factors and millions of reviews from students and parents. Along with the rankings, Niche also released 2016 report cards, which assign letter grades to more than 100,000 K-12 schools and districts across America on topics such as academics, college readiness and teachers. LSMSA earned an A+ in academics, teachers, educational outcomes, resources and facilities, and administration and policies.
  • ST. MARY’S DOMINICAN HIGH SCHOOL: Vegetarian offerings are getting a new emphasis in the cafeteria at St. Mary’s Dominican High School, through the Vegitas (Truth in Vegetables) addition at SAGE Dining Services. “You don’t have to be a vegetarian to enjoy vegetables, and many are making that discovery,” said Andrew Shuford, food service director at Dominican.
  • NORCO ELEMENTARY: Students of the month for November at Norco Elementary School were chosen for showing the character traits of simplicity, community service and gratitude. They are Avery Cancienne, Jaceé Pate, Leah Taylor, Caroline Rome, Taylor Donaldson, Owen Weber, Colin Candebat, Beau Harris, Maiah Marino, Gabriel St. Pierre, Kaylee Davis, Jace Morris, Koby Llewellyn, Wyatt Kimble, Brennan Bailey, Wendy Howe, Skilar Pitre, Avram Palmore, Peyton Triche, Shelby Labat, Hailey Mansilla, Matthew Tamporello, Madison Vasquez, Skylar Wallace, Bryce Dunn and Lily Hearn.
  • MCGEHEE HONOR SOCIETY: Thirty-two students were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society at McGehee on Nov. 9. The NJHS is one of the nation’s premier organizations established to recognize middle school students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, character and citizenship. This year’s inductees are: Ninth grade: Holly Brown; Eighth grade: Evelyn Argote, Ella Baumgarten, Chloe Beals, Claire Beary, Angelle Brown, Tess Bruno, Lucy Carradine, Frances Currence, Callan Dry, Bella Frankowski, Annabelle Gotzkowsky, Lynn Mary Hammel, Sirina King, Sela Kline, Matilda Knight, Natalia Morris, Chloe Nelson, Amelia Perret, Martha Pinney, Julia Pittman, Kate Puckett, Kelsey Rainey, Conery Schmidt, Sissy Skinner, Emily Smither, Katherine Solomon, Molly Stockmeyer, Sadie Thorne, Marin Trepagnier, Zaynab Zeini and Izzy Zitt.
  • MCGEHEE BETA CLUB: 16 high school students were inducted into the McGehee Chapter of the National Beta Club Society on Nov. 10. Sophomores, juniors and seniors who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.3 are invited to apply; their applications are reviewed by the faculty and students are accepted based on their demonstrated worthy moral and ethical character, good mentality, creditable achievement and commendable attitude. McGehee’s newest Beta Club inductees are Caroline Beary, Sophia Bruton, Keely Culbertson, Mary Kathryn Fitzpatrick, Elizabeth Gainey, Peyton Kullander, Vivienna Lapeyre, Sydney Pannagl, Meghan Rigby, Caroline Seelman, Taylor Smith, Maddy Tillery, Annabel Coleman, Taeler Johnson, Victoria Savage and Jordan Sentino.