THE 74: Two New Orleans educators are among a dozen highlighted recently in an article on, a news site covering education in America, where there are 74 million children. On the list of "extraordinary and inspiring educators we met this year" are Jamar McKneely, CEO of InspireNOLA Charter Schools; and Angelique Shorty-Belisle, director of Educare’s New Orleans Center.

ACADEMY OF THE SACRED HEART: A team of Upper School economics students at the Academy of the Sacred Heart has advanced to the second round of the 2018 Trust Your Crazy Ideas Challenge. A partnership between Junior Achievement New Orleans, the Brees Dream Foundation and the Idea Village, the competition teaches entrepreneurial thinking to high school students. The Sacred Heart team of three students is among 25 teams of semifinalists chosen from nearly 300 entries, which were announced by Drew Brees on Dec. 18. As semifinalists, students will be mentored by local entrepreneurs and community leaders to fine-tune their business pitch. After their training, there will be a few days of online voting in early March. Finalists will then be selected to present their ideas at a culminating event during the Idea Village's New Orleans Entrepreneur Week in late March.

ST. CHARLES CATHOLIC: Placement testing for prospective students at St. Charles Catholic High School will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at the school, 100 Dominican Road, LaPlace. Walk-ins should report at 7:45 a.m. Lunch will be served; students should be picked up at noon. For information, contact the admissions office at (985) 652-3809, ext. 119.

ST. ANN OPEN HOUSE: An open house for the parents of prospective students will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, in the cafeteria of the school, 4921 Meadowdale St., Metairie.

LAKEWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: The teacher of the year at Lakewood Elementary School is Jessica Brevelle, who has taught at the Luling school for six years of her 14-year career. Brevelle teaches language arts. 

ST. ANN CATHOLIC SCHOOL: Walk-through tours for prospective families are offered at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 8 and Jan. 11, and every Monday and Thursday morning school is in session, beginning in the school office, 4921 Meadowdale St., Metairie. 

PINEWOOD DERBY: The Cub Scout pack at St. Ann School will hold a Pinewood Derby from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, in the school gym, 4921 Meadowdale St., Metairie.

ST. ANN MEN'S CLUB: The St. Ann's Men's Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, in the cafeteria of the school, 4921 Meadowdale St., Metairie.

ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON: There will be an open house for the parents of prospective students from preschool through seventh grade at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School, 4119 St. Elizabeth Drive, Kenner. Plans for the new school under construction at 4337 Sal Lentini Parkway will be available for viewing. For information, visit or call (504) 468-3524.

ST. ANN HOME AND SCHOOL CLUB: The St. Ann Home and School Club will hold a general meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, in the cafeteria of the school, 4921 Meadowdale St., Metairie. Co-presidents are Shelly Nunes and Wendy Cooper.

UNIVERSITY VIEW ACADEMY: Enrollment is open at University View Academy for students from kindergarten through 12th grade interested in making a midyear schooling switch. University View Academy is a free online public charter school. Midyear switches may benefit students who need greater flexibility or a safe learning environment. Parents can begin the enrollment process online at For information, call (225) 421-2900.

ST. CHARLES CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL: Walk-In Wednesdays will resume at 10 a.m. Jan. 10, for parents of students in seventh or eighth grade who would like to tour the SCC campus. No reservations required. Walk-In Wednesdays are also set for Jan. 24, Feb. 7 and Feb. 21.

NOCCA APPLICATIONS: Online applications to the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts are being accepted through Jan. 19. Students can start an application, save their work, send in required documents electronically and request a teacher recommendation. To apply, visit For information, contact Leigh Traylor at or (504) 940-2825.

LSMSA: The winter Exploration Day at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts in Natchitoches will be from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. Students in grades eight through 11, along with their families, will tour the campus, meet staff and students, and sit in on classes led by the third-ranked faculty in the nation. Another Exploration Day will be March 9. To register for Exploration Day, visit the admissions section at For information, call (800) 259-3173.

ST. ANDREW'S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL: St. Andrew's Episcopal School will hold a STEM Expo open house for prekindergarten through eighth grade at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 26. To register, visit For information, call Lisa Witter, director of advancement, enrollment and financial aid, at (504) 866-6553.