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Flier for TAP Lagniappe, taking place from 6-9 p.m. April 5 at the East Bank District in Bossier City. Live performances, food trucks, face painting and more.Circle your calendar now for TAP Lagniappe, an evening of art, music, food and fun at the East Bank District. 

 

Students in Bossier Schools' Talented Arts Program will be performing live and their talents will be on display. It's the hip place to be, so make plans to be there! 

Posted 3/11/19

 

 

Bossier Parish School System PreK logoWant to learn about early childhood educational opportunities in Bossier Parish for children, birth to five-years-old? The Bossier Early Childhood Community Network will be hosting two come-and-go informational events.

 

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Bossier Instructional Center

2719 Airline Drive

Bossier City, LA 71111

 

Thursday, April 4, 2019

4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Haughton Library

116 West McKinley

Haughton, LA  71037

 

Bossier Community Partners include: ABC Learning Center, ALL About Kids, Awesome Kids Learning Center, Bellaire Learning Centers, Caterpillar Corner Learning Center, Country Place, Epic Learning Center, First Friends, Kids Unlimited, Star Point Child Development, Stonewall Child Development Center, Benton Head Start, Booker Head Start, Bossier Early Head Start, Hooter Park Head Start, Wesley Head Start

 

Bossier Parish Schools offers PreK classes at the following schools:

 

Bossier Elementary - 1 classroom, Central Park Elementary - 2 classrooms, Elm Grove Elementary - 2 classrooms, Kerr Elementary - 4 classrooms, Meadowview Elementary - 3 classrooms, Haughton Elementary - 2 classrooms, Plain Dealing High School - 1 classroom, Plantation Park Elementary - 4 classrooms, Rodes Elementary - 6 classrooms and Waller Elementary - 3 classrooms.

Posted 3/5/19

Bossier Parish School Board logoA disturbing hoax called the “Momo Challenge” has been sweeping social media and video game platforms that Bossier Schools wants to address.

It is being talked about by students of all ages and involves a creepy image called “Momo” that appears in YouTube videos, Fortnight, Minecraft and various children’s videos.

The character encourages viewers to complete a series of tasks that promote self-harm and injuring others and stresses that secrecy is paramount while participating in the challenges.  

Bossier Schools encourages parents to supervise the games their children play and be mindful of the videos they are watching and to have a candid conversation about what is considered inappropriate and dangerous content. It takes us all working together to ensure our children’s safety.

Posted 3/1/19

Photo of Deputy Cagle with K9 Officer MiaMeet Mia, the first official member of the Bossier Schools family with four legs and fur.

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor who purchased the three-year-old Belgian Malinois and paid for her training, Mia is a certified detector dog with the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office dedicated solely to Bossier Parish Schools. Sheriff Julian Whittington has also agreed to pick up all food and medical expenses to ensure Bossier Schools does not incur any costs.

Mia is paired with School Resource Officer Deputy Josh Cagle, who received his certification to be her handler. Home base for the two crime fighters is Airline High School, where Deputy Cagle and Mia report to work each day. The team serves in a proactive role, patrolling the campus for illegal drugs and firearms, but are available anywhere in the district where needed.

“Mia is going to be used to conduct random narcotic sweeps at middle and high schools as well as visit special needs students becauses of her gentle temperament,” Cagle explained.

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington added, “We know that having an SRO on every campus makes our schools safer. Now with the help of our new K-9 ‘Mia’ and her handler SRO Dep. Cagle, we are better able to search for contraband in our schools.”

“Bossier is the only school district in the region with its own K-9 officer and we are fortunate to have Mia as an added layer of protection on our campuses to ensure students’ and employees’ safety,” said Bossier Schools Assistant Superintendent of Administration and Personnel Mitch Downey. “We cannot express our gratitude enough to this benefactor who has extended to us such a valuable resource.”

Posted 2/7/19

 

Logo for Bossier Parish School BoardBossier Schools has received several inquiries about possible attendance zone changes for the 2019-20 year.

The Bossier Parish School Board is a defendant in a school desegregation lawsuit filed many years ago in federal court in Shreveport. While that case is pending, all school attendance zones and all changes in school attendance zones have to be approved by the federal court.

Most of the current zones have been in effect for many years despite major growth and demographic shifts in Bossier Parish. At the suggestion of the parties in the case, the Court has ordered a re-examination of all school attendance zones to determine if any need to be changed in light of the demographic shifts and projections of future growth.  

It is possible some school attendance zones may be altered by the Court after it has reviewed the report that must be submitted to it by March 2019. If any changes are ordered, they will not take effect until the 2019-2020 school year or later.

Bossier Schools understands the urgency related to this matter and parents’ need for concrete information and we will get those answers to you as soon as the Court weighs in. 

Posted 1/31/19

 

Group photo of veterans and JROTC cadetsMembers of the local chapter of Disabled American Veterans presented checks totaling $25,000 to the five high school JROTC programs in Bossier Parish during a lae January ceremony.

The Disabled Veterans of Louisiana ran Bingo games for more than two years to raise the money, only to give it away to Bossier youth. As cadets from each unit were presented $5,000 checks for their school’s JROTC program, they handed letters expressing their gratitude to the veterans.

There are nearly 1,400 cadets involved in JROTC in Bossier Parish. They will use the money in various ways that promote service, commemorate our nation’s heroes and further bolster the JROTC program.

Bossier Schools extends sincere thanks to the DVL and thanks them for their service.

Posted 1/31/19

Photo of School Resource Officer Daniel GoldenThanks to everyone for their continued support of T.L. Rodes Elementary School Resource Officer Deputy Daniel Golden who was hit last week while directing traffic.

He is still being treated for severe injuries at Ochsner LSU Health Hospital. Deputy Golden has a long road ahead of him with recovery and rehabilitation. For those wanting to help his family of four with expenses, an account has been set up at Barksdale Federal Credit Union. Just go by any branch to donate to the BPSO Deputy Daniel Golden Fund.

Posted 1/28/19

Photo of Taylor Henry, Caroline Moore and Katie BowlinThe atmosphere was electric as news quickly spread throughout Bossier Parish that the 2019 Students of the Year were being announced.

Accompanied by an entourage of educators, Bossier Schools Superintendent Scott Smith made surprise visits January 16 to three schools to announce Taylor Henry had been chosen as Elementary Student of the Year, Caroline Moore as Middle School Student of the Year and Katie Bowlin as High School Student of the Year.

Henry is a fifth grader at W.T. Lewis Elementary who excels academically and in numerous other ways. She is a cheerleader at her school, participates in 4-H, FCA, Destination Imagination and performs in plays and theatrical productions. Henry also has a tremendous heart for helping others in need, having raised more than $10,000 to assist hurricane victims in Louisiana.

Moore is an eighth grade student at Benton Middle and actively involved in Student Council, FCA, First Priority and Destination Imagination. She is also a member of the Cross Country and Archery teams, plays soccer with CABOSA, and serves the community through her church. Her passion is shown through her interactions with the Lighthouse Foundation, Providence House and mission trips to Haiti.

Bowlin is a senior at Benton High and active member of Student Council, Tiger Girls danceline, FCA and First Priority. She has been involved in the National Honor Society, Gold Jackets, Bossier Youth Leadership and Special Olympics. One of her most notable accomplishments is being recognized as the Pay It Forward Networking Volunteer of the Year. Following graduation in May 2019, Bowlin plans to attend Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and major in Mass Communications with a concentration in Political Communications, then attend LSU Law School.

“These three young ladies are exemplary students and servant leaders and we could not be more proud than to have them represent Bossier Schools as the Parish Students of the Year,” Smith said.

Henry, Moore and Bowlin will now advance to the Regional Student of the Year competitions to be held next month in northwest Louisiana and be honored at the March 7 Bossier Parish School Board meeting by Student of the Year sponsor Citizens National Bank.

Posted 1/16/19

Billie Jo Brotherton passes gavel to 2019 School Board President Shane CheathamA new face will now be front and center at Bossier Parish School Board meetings as District 11 Representative Shane Cheatham takes the helm as President for 2019. He was passed the gavel by 2018 School Board President Billie Jo Brotherton during a January 11 ceremony. Serving as Cheatham’s Vice President is District 12 School Board member Dennis Bamburg, Jr.

A new slate of Bossier School Board members were also sworn into office by Bossier Parish Clerk of Court Jill Sessions. Kent Bockhaus will now serve as District 2 Representative; Tammy
Smith will serve the constituents in District 3 and Duane Deen will be the District 4 School Board member.

Returning Bossier Parish School Board members are: Billie Jo Brotherton, District 1; Michael Mosura, District 5; Glen Bullard, District 6; J.W. Slack, District 7; Kenneth Wiggins, District 8; Eric Newman, District 9; and Sandra “Samm” Darby, District 10.

A graduate of Bossier Schools, Cheatham and his wife, Sam, have  two children currently attending schools in the district. His first order of business after introducing his family was to outline his vision and priorities for 2019 as Bossier Parish School Board President.

Below is the speech President Cheatham delivered to the attentive audience. Please join Bossier Schools in wishing President Cheatham well as he guides our district over the course of 2019.

 

Good evening. I feel very blessed and humbled to be here tonight and become the President of the Bossier Parish School Board for 2019. As a product of the Bossier Parish School system,  and having two children currently in our system, it is an honor to have the opportunity to work with my fellow board members, our superintendent, our staff, and our community stakeholders.

I have very big shoes to fill, sitting in this chair after Mrs. Billie Jo Brotherton, but I promise to work just as hard as she did and continue to do the things that are in the best interest of Bossier Parish Schools.

In 2019, we will have many important things to accomplish as a board. Our biggest obstacle, in my opinion, is hiring and retaining great teachers and employees. Bossier Parish has not given our teachers a substantial pay raise in over 20 years. We must address this, and we must be more competitive so that we can recruit the best teachers possible, as well as retaining the teachers we have hired, trained, and mentored. If Bossier Parish wants to continue to be the best, we have to recruit the best talent, and we have to address the fact that our neighboring parishes currently pay their teachers more than we do.  Bossier Parish is second to none in my opinion and it is time to take back our title as the best school system to work for in the State of Louisiana.

As a board we will have many other exciting and important things to accomplish in 2019. We have a need to address our technology infrastructure in our schools. Our classrooms are requiring more technology at each school, but our infrastructure has not been addressed to fit our current and future needs. We have to address this issue very soon and equip our educators with the technology they need to successfully teach our children.

In 2019 we will open the new Benton High School. We will see a new classroom wing open at Sun City Elementary School, new Restrooms and Concessions at Parkway High School’s baseball and softball fields, and we will begin other improvements to Bossier High School’s stadium and turf field; a turf field that has been great for our community and has been used by many of our parish’s students, from our elementary school students to our high school students.

In 2019, we will have our Bossier Schools' 2nd annual i3 Art Expo, which will be Feb. 14-16 at the Bossier Civic Center.

Last year's inaugural event was a huge success, bringing together thousands of students, families and community members in a showcase of Bossier Parish children's talents. It is a true community effort. The City of Bossier City is once again our co-sponsor and we have Cyber Innovation Center and numerous other community partners that have eagerly jumped on board to support Bossier Schools' efforts.

We have a lot of work to do in 2019, but as you can see we also have a lot of exciting things going on in our parish. We are growing faster than ever. We are setting the bar higher in the classrooms. We are all working together for the benefit our our community. I am blessed to represent District 11 in South Bossier, and I plan to keep working hard for every student and constituent that I represent.

In closing, I would like to thank a few people. First, I would like to thank all the board members that supported and voted for me as our President in 2019, and I look forward to serving with each of you. I would also like to thank all of our Bossier Schools employees for the time and energy they give towards educating our children.

Finally, I would like to thank my family for supporting me. It will be a busy 2019, but with the support of my loving wife, Sam, my amazing daughter, Olivia, and my mini-me, Hunter, I look forward to a great year as President of the Bossier Parish School Board.

Posted 1/11/19

Photo of Spencer Kiper in Louisiana Life magazineBossier Schools’ own Spencer Kiper can add yet another title to his growing repertoire. The 2019 Louisiana State Teacher of the Year has been named by Louisiana Life magazine as one of nine Louisianans of the Year.

Kiper is an award-winning STEM educator at Elm Grove Middle School who is being singled out by the magazine for thinking outside the box to expose his students to the real-world applications and possibilities of science, technology, engineering and math.

Outside of the classroom, Kiper is educating teachers at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama to build STEM programs at their schools and most recently in Abu Dhabi. .

There is no question Kiper is a rock star in Bossier Schools’ eyes. Now, others throughout the state, nation and world are seeing for themselves why he has been chosen among the select group of 2019 Louisianans of the Year.

Posted 1/8/19