International High slates annual gala

International High School of New Orleans will hold its annual gala in the lobby of the First NBC Bank at 210 Baronne St. from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdaycultural food and drinks will be served at the gala.

Tickets are on sale at $75 for a couple and $40 for individuals by calling Kari Ayala at IHSNO at (504) 613-5726. Tickets can also be purchased online at All funds raised for the evening event benefit the school, which has a current enrollment of more than 450 students.


Patrons will sample various cultures from every continent of the globe including unique international cuisine and music. The annual gala is a charitable benefit that supports the rigorous programs of the International High School of New Orleans.

The evening’s entertainment will kick off with Danny Alexander’s Blues Band. Featured performances include a Chinese opera vocalist, an exciting performance by the Versailles Lion Dance Team, Middle Eastern dance by Coco and a Chinese stilt dancer.

A variety of multiConstruction starts on Morris Jeff facility

Construction will begin Saturday on Morris Jeff Community School’s new facility, expected to be completed in fall 2014, Morris Jeff Principal Patricia Perkins said.

The new school will be located at 211 S. Lopez St., the site of the old Fisk Howard Elementary School in Mid-City.

“We have been waiting for this good news since we first learned of the plan for a new building in 2009,” Perkins said. “We are so thrilled and excited. We will be eagerly watching progress on our new home.”

Morris Jeff will be housed at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church on Esplanade Avenue until its new building is complete.

The new $19 million facility will include art rooms with a kiln, music rooms that can open out to form a small auditorium, a gymnasium, 21st-century technology in every classroom, a library and foreign language classrooms, as well as general education classrooms for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

Morris Jeff, an open-enrollment charter school, serves 335 students from pre-K to fourth grade.

Chapelle students place at literary rally

A number of Archbishop Chapelle High School students placed at the Greater New Orleans District Literary Rally held at UNO on March 23.

They were: Allison Muller (Advanced Math), Halle Ku (English II), Caitlin Walpole (Environmental Science), Gabrielle Thorsen (Fine Arts Survey), Rosa Gutierrez (French I), Kaitlyn Mele (Parental Education), Lauren Guillot (Physical Science), Madeline Horta (Psychology), Olivia Polk (Sociology), Sarah Plaeger (Sociology), Jennifer Campbell (Spanish IV), Teresa LaCour (World Geography), and Daniela Lopez (French III).

Patrick Taylor earns performance honors

Patrick F. Taylor Academy Science and Technology Academy has been classified as an A+ school and the best public school in Jefferson Parish, according to the state school performance scores.

In addition, several faculty members at the grades 6-12 school were recently singled out for honors.

Math teachher Kay Butler was been named Louisiana Outstanding High School Math Teacher for 2011 by the Louisiana Association of Teachers of Mathematics.

Librarian and media specialist Elizabeth Kahn and English language arts teacher Lisa Valence have been given the Gale TEAMS Award for middle school.

Kahn also was selected as Region I Educator of the Year for 2011 by the Louisiana Association of Computer-Using Educators.

Mount Carmel gym team places at meet

The Mount Carmel Academy gymnastics team competed April 27 in Division II at the State Meet at Baton Rouge High School. The team earned seventh in State in Division II. Amanda DiVittorio competed in Division I and placed seventh out of 28 in state.

Gymnasts are Marie Golden of Belle Chasse, Peyton Czerwonka of New Orleans, Amanda DiVittorio of Harahan, Moderator Cathy Massengale of New Orleans, Emily Pfister of Metairie, and Megan Glennon, of New Orleans.

Winners named in essay contest

St. Augustine held an essay contest titled “What It Means to be a Purple Knight” with criteria set by the English Department. The entire school competed in the contest. Cash prizes were awarded for three best essays in the middle school and high school.

The middle school winners were: Tyler Wilson, first; Marc Barnes Jr., second; and Eddie Davis, third.

High school winners were Myles Poydras, first; Herman Williams IV, second; and Malki Gibson, third.