Crescent City community photo gallery for Dec. 25, 2014 _lowres

Photo provided by St. Charles Catholic High School -- Art students in Robyn Denny's classes at St. Charles Catholic High School in LaPlace recently participated in a surreal-collage unit, based on the work of Salvador Dali and other Surrealist artists who combined images in unexpected ways. The SCC students used magazine images to create a collage of a figure made of mismatched parts. Here, Sara Louque coats her surreal collage with glue before proceeding to the next stage of the creative process.

MILLENNIAL PARENTS: Sister Carol Cimino will present a talk on “Millennial Parents: Meeting and Managing a New World of Needs” at 7 p.m. Jan. 6 in the gym at Archbishop Rummel High School, 1901 Severn Ave., in Metairie. Cimino is superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Buffalo, New York, and a three-day champion on “Jeopardy.” Her presentation will be free and open to the public. The school phone number is (504) 834-5592.

MIDYEAR-SCHOOL SWITCHING: Louisiana Connections Academy is an option for families with children who would not benefit from finishing out the school year at their current school.

Louisiana Connections Academy is a free, public virtual school with 1,800 students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

“Changing to a virtual charter school is not just a change of venue, but a change of mindset,” said Glenda Jones, Louisiana Connections Academy principal.

The top reasons for switching schools midyear are when a student is learning at a different rate and would benefit from personalized pacing, when traditional classrooms fail to address the student’s needs to stay focused or recover self-esteem or when a student’s athletic, performance or health routines demand flexibility.

For information, visit www.LouisianaConnections

4-H CHALLENGE CAMP: Six Jefferson Parish 4-H members participated in the 4-H Challenge Camp at Tickfaw State Park in Springfield recently. 4-H members from 16 parishes enjoyed the outdoors while learning about the environment and healthful living. They also participated in challenge and teambuilding activities. 4-H Challenge Camp is held each November and is open to 4-H members in seventh and eighth grades.

The 4-H members participating were Katie Maise, from Junior Leader Club; Hope Hebert, Bailey Ledet, from Concordia Lutheran School; and Bobby Diaz, Blake Bonnette and Julian Simmons, from Patrick Taylor Academy.

LSU Ag Center 4-H agents Julie Boyd and Chantel Williams accompanied the group.

SCIENCE AND MATH GRANTS: The Gordon Cain STEM Center at LSU has awarded grants to 19 teachers from the Jefferson Parish Public School System through the Quality Science & Mathematics Grant Program. Statewide, the center awarded about $162,000 in grants for the 2014-15 school year.

Teachers receiving the grants were: Lintz Adams, Green Park; LeeAnn Albrecht and David Samsel, Helen Cox; Donald Bloomenstiel and Aaron Cosman, Ehret; Kelly Carter and Jackie May, Hearst; Mary Crane, Michelle Leonard, Lisa Rednour and Amanda Stevens, Riverdale Middle; Allison Drake, Birney; Maggie Grindstaff and Lisa Valence, Taylor; Melissa Hassinger, Pittman; Kristina Kramer and Patricia Sumera, Thomas Jefferson; Paul LeBlanc, Higgins; and Jasmine Melancon, Terrytown.