JEFFERSON PARISH ADVANCED STUDY ACADEMIES: Informational meetings for parents interested in enrolling their children in Jefferson Parish advanced study academies will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Jefferson Parish Public School System administration building, 501 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey; and at 6 p.m. Sept. 21 at Bonnabel Magnet Academy High, 2801 Bruin Drive, Kenner. The academies are designed to expose the most highly capable students to a challenging, rigorous and accelerated curriculum. The application period for the advanced study academies will be from Sept. 25 through noon Oct. 20. Applications will be made available Sept. 22 at jpschools.org, at all JPPSS schools, at the JPPSS administration building, and at the Paul Emenes Building, 822 Clearview Parkway, Harahan. For information, call the ASA admissions office at (504) 349-7792 or Julia.Johns@jppss.k12.la.us.
CRAFT FAIR: There will be a craft fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at Archbishop Chapelle High School, 8800 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Proceeds will benefit the Class of 2018 Prom Fest, a safe post-prom celebration with fun and games. Admission to the craft fair is free.
ST. JOHN SUPERINTENDENT'S COUNCILS: St. John the Baptist Parish Public School District Superintendent Kevin George has established his first Superintendent’s Councils to gather input from students about their schools. Each high school has a council, with students chosen by the school administration, that will meet with the superintendent once a month. Members of the Superintendent’s Council at West St. John High School are Covan Barnes, Tre’Shon Barnes, Alyjah Borne, Zian Bryant, Dejanae Frank, Briana Grayman, Christopher Holmes, Talika Howard, Amyri Lopez and Maya Sanders. Members of the Superintendent's Council at East St. John High School are Tahyri Bolden, Julianna Chalas, Jaylin Darensbourg, Kaila Hall, Angeliqué Hunt, Aaliyah Johnson, Shaelin Keller, Logan Mitchell, Corey Samuel, Trinity Slade, Tyreé Tuircuit, Audra Verret, Ni’Jae Weston and Alexxus Williams.
URSULINE ACADEMY: Dress-down days at Ursuline Academy were used to raise money to help a Catholic school in the Houston area affected by Hurricane Harvey. For a small donation, students could dress down at school for the day. In the two school days students participated, $4,000 was raised.
JEFFERSON PARISH STUDENT PROGRESS CENTER: Jefferson Parish Public School System will release its new student information system for parents of students in grades one through 12 on Sept. 25. The Student Progress Center will replace the Parent Portal for monitoring students' attendance, grades, teacher notices and other school data. A link to the Student Progress Center will be available on the district website at jpschools.org and on all of the district’s school websites.
R.J. VIAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Angelle Babin, principal of R.J. Vial Elementary School in Paradis, has nominated fourth-grade teacher Karmann Samaha for the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award. Samaha is the mother of three sons who serve in the U.S. military.
ST. MATTHEW THE APOSTLE: The 2017-18 officers of the Home & School Association at St. Matthew the Apostle School in River Ridge are Stephanie Schmidt, president; Hollie Dugas, vice president; Candace Macaluso, recording secretary; Olivia Mills, treasurer; Denise Malo, immediate past president; Stephanie O'Brien, corresponding secretary; and the Rev. Joseph Tran.
NOCCA OPEN STUDIO: An open studio day for potential students at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 7, at NOCCA, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. Topics will include audition requirements for middle school and high school arts instruction, and the full-day school Academic Studio for eighth-graders seeking ninth-grade placement. There will be student demonstrations, tours, faculty discussions and open performance rehearsals. Registration is not required.
PRESCHOOL READING CARNIVAL: All children ages 5 and younger are welcome at the Preschool Reading Carnival from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at R.K. Smith Middle School, 281 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway, Lulilng. In 2016, more than 120 families participated in the event, which builds literacy awareness through fun, learning activities and storytelling. Preschool teachers and STAR students design activities to inspire and engage students. Also, representatives from Early Steps, the health clinic, fire department, the public library and the Sheriff's Office will provide demonstrations and information. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.