ADOPT-A-FAMILY: Religion classes at St. Mary's Dominican High School in New Orleans adopted 59 families total as part of the school's Adopt-A-Family Christmas program. Of the adopted families, 35 were identified by the St. Mary of the Angels Early Head Start and Head Start programs for infants and toddlers. Dominican also adopted 11 families from St. Augustine Church in the Treme neighborhood, and 13 families from the Metro Center for Community Advocacy. Christian Leadership Council officers organized the gifts and staged them in Alumnae Hall for pickup by Dads Club members, who packed their vehicles and made deliveries to the agencies. Participating members of Dominican's Christian Leadership Council members included Rene Bourdais, Emily Douglass, Alison Dupre, Abby Haydel, Sabrina Nguyen and Abby Slattery. Participating Dads Club members included Kenny Bertucci, Brian Broussard, Eric Clark, Roger Duckworth, Bill Dumas, Nathanael Heller, John Laughlin, Cory Lobel, Dwight Payne, Erik Sekinger, Bill Weber and Dirk Wild.
MORRIS JEFF COMMUNITY SCHOOL: The International Baccalaurate Organization has authorized Morris Jeff Community School in New Orleans to offer its Middle Years Programme in grades six through 10. Morris Jeff already offers the Primary Years Programme from kindergarten through fifth grade. Morris Jeff is accepting applications for prekindergarten through 10th grade, with a grade added each year until the school continues through 12th grade. Morris Jeff will offer the International Baccalaureate’s Diploma Years Programme to its high school students by 2019-20. Morris Jeff is a OneApp school; to apply, go to enrollnola.org. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call (504) 373-6258 or go to www.morrisjeffschool.org.
ST. MARY'S DOMINICAN HIGH SCHOOL: Adelaide Madary, a freshman at St. Mary's Dominican High School in New Orleans, won second place at the French II level in a recent French oratory competition at Ecole Bilingue. She was honored for her recitation of “La Musique” by Charles Baudelaire. Also, Dominican French teacher Joan Rupp received the Outstanding Teacher Award from French Consul General Vincent Sciama. The 15 French honors students from Dominican who participated in the competition were Sydney Raymond, Emilie Wensel and Katie Zimmermann, French III; Rebekah Haase, Adelaide Madary, Courtney Mercadel, Olivia Olson, Kennedy Payne, Mia Pettitt, Caroline Ondrusek, Audrey Owen and Catalina Torres, French II; and Alexandra Amato, Monica Cabes and Sara Landry, French I.
NORCO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Kindergarten teacher Bridgette Oubre is teacher of the year at Norco Elementary School, where she is in her fourth year of teaching. Norco Elementary's student of the year is Hayden Stoute, son of Cajun and Jason Stoute.
ALLEMANDS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Art teacher Shelly Herbert is teacher of the year at Allemands Elementary School in Des Allemands, where she is in her 17th year of teaching.
ASCENSION OF OUR LORD SCHOOL: The student of the year at Ascension of Our Lord School in LaPlace is Caleigh Remondet, daughter of Carla and Cleven “C.J.” Remondet, of Reserve. A fifth-grader, Caleigh is involved in many activities at Ascension of Our Lord such as 4-H, WAOL Morning News, CYO, cheer and Missoula Children’s Theater while maintaining a high grade-point average.
EINSTEIN CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL: Students from Einstein Charter High School in New Orleans placed in top spots at the 2017 Louisiana Scholastic Chess League Holiday Scholastic Chess Tournament hosted by Cajun Chess at Tulane University on Dec. 2. Jimmy Lam and Cyrill Banks, both in 10th grade, tied for first place; and Quan Lee and Andy Nguyen, both in ninth grade, placed third and fourth respectively. The tournament provided the first opportunity for students to earn ratings from the U.S. Chess Federation. Einstein Charter High math teacher Joshua Malkin coaches the students.
BROTHER MARTIN HIGH SCHOOL: The Louisiana Music Educators Association has chosen 22 members of the Brother Martin High School Crusader Band for its District VI Senior and Junior High honor bands. Auditions were held at Bonnabel High School on Dec. 9. These students performed a collection of scales, études and sight reading exercises before a group of professional musicians who scored and rated them. The honor band members are Cameron Balser, Michael Berrigan, Michael Cancienne, Patrick Carter, Trevor Chambers, Michael Connick, Anthony DiLorenzo, Patrick Donovan, Ben Doster, Ben Dufour, Nick Gendron, Stephen Gonzales, Mark Hastings, Brett Hildreth, Ryan Laurent, Christopher Lindner, Allan Merida, Jake Murillo, Leonardo Nuila, Jared Pelegrin, Matthew Pelman and Grant Restel.
ST. MARY'S DOMINICAN HIGH SCHOOL: On a mission trip to Nicaragua this month, seminarians at Notre Dame Seminary brought along more than 700 T-shirts for girls ages 12-18, collected by students, faculty and staff at St. Mary's Dominican High School in New Orleans. Among those participating in the T-shirt drive were Cecelia Chaney, Catherine Glorioso, Muosekalo Ituah, Reva Keller, Alexis Lang, Emily Maddie, Kennedee Martin, Breanne Mitchell, Zoe Nelson, Alyssa Ordoyne, Kennedy Payne, Jaelyn Payton, Nia Payton, Elisa Perriott, Savannah Rouzan, Lindsey Sellers, Kirby Sheridan, Alyssa Vazquez, Eryka Vazquez and Delanie Wheeler.
ST. EDWARD THE CONFESSOR SCHOOL: Visitors shared their favorite stories during Young Readers Week at St. Edward the Confessor School in Metairie. For third-graders, the guest reader was former student Guy Bercegeay, who read a book titled “We Gather Together … Now Please Get Lost!” by Diane de Groat. Bercegeay also discussed the importance of reading to his work as a lawyer. For fourth-graders, the guest reader was Joseph Meynier, who read "The Birds' Peace" by Jean Craighead George. A retired Marine, Meynier also shared his experiences of worldwide travel. Former student Eugenie Brignac, now working as an editor, read to middle school students.
YOUNG AUDIENCES CHARTER SCHOOL: Keven Aguilar, Melody Hopkins and Jamari Ross, of Young Audiences Charter School, successfully applied for more than $400 in grant money to finance their science projects for the Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair.
VISITATION OF OUR LADY SCHOOL: Students competed to design the T-shirts for the 2018 Cajun Festival and the 2018 Cajun Festival Road Race. Christani Nuila won the festival T-shirt contest, and Forrest Chessher won the road race T-shirt contest. The Cajun Festival will be April 20-22.
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.
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. 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 www.universityview.academy. 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 apply.nocca.com/apply. For information, contact Leigh Traylor at email@example.com 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 www.lsmsa.edu. 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 www.standrewsepiscopalschool.org. For information, call Lisa Witter, director of advancement, enrollment and financial aid, at (504) 866-6553.