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Stock image of a bullseye targetIt was a complete shut out at the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) state tournament, with Bossier Parish teams taking home the top prize in every division.

Benton Elementary, Benton Middle and Haughton High School won first place in both the Bullseye and 3D competitions in each of their divisions, making them the reigning State Champions.  

Several archers won first place in their individual categories as well. In the Bullseye, they are: Victoria McClung, Stockwell Place Elementary, 1st out ot 160; Cassidy Waters, Benton Middle, 1st out of 165; Aiden Haire, Benton High, 1st out of 110; and Amber Long, Benton High, 1st out of 126.

In the 3D competition, Anna Young from Benton Elementary came out number one of 82 in the elementary girls category and Spencer Campbell, Kingston Elementary, was 1st among the 71 elementary male archers.  Thomas Allen, Benton Middle, came in 1st out of 122; Taylor Bourn, Haughton Middle, placed 1st out of 88; Aiden Jones, Haughton High, placed 1st out of 57 and Amber Long, Benton High, placed 1st out of 47.

For complete rankings, click here for the Bullseye competition and here for the 3D state tournament.

Several archers also took home scholarships for their prowess with the bow and arrow. Winning scholarships in the Bullseye are: Aidan Haire, Benton High and Cassidy Walters, Benton Middle, $3,000; Mallory Benton, Haughton Middle, $2,000; Amber Long, Benton High, $1,000; Julia Drozdz, Cope Middle and Brady Duncan, Benton High, $500; and Aidan Jones, Haughton High, and Emma Rutledge, Benton Middle, $250.

Cashing in on 3D scholarships are: Thomas Allen, Benton Middle and Taylor Bourn, Haughton Middle, $1,500; Aiden Jones, Haughton High and Emma Rutledge, Benton Middle, $1,000; and Ethan Isaksen and Cassidy Walters, Benton Middle, $750.

Practice is on now for the U.S. Eastern National Tournament, which will be May 9-11 in Louisville, KY. Congratulations to all of our archery teams and best of luck at Nationals. Here is to hitting the bullseye!

Posted 4/16/19

Logo for PreK Bossier Parish SchoolsThe application for Bossier Parish PreK is now available for the 2019-20 school year.

 

Registration will be Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10 at Bossier Instructional Center, located at 2719 Airline Drive in Bossier City.

 

For the PreK application and answers to frequently asked questions, please click here

Posted 3/20/19

 

Group photo of Benton Middle School 2nd place Sweepstakes Winners in the Region I Science FairBossier Parish was well represented at the Region I Science and Engineering Fair held March 7-9 at the Bossier Civic Center.

 

Numerous students placed and earned the right to compete in the 2019 Louisiana State Science Fair, which will be March 19-20. Best of luck to them!  

 

Division A Grades 4-5   Elementary

 

Biomedical Engineering -- Kylie Borschowa, Kingston Elementary; 3rd

 

Robotics & Intelligent Machines -- Aiden Butler, Kingston Elementary; 2nd

 

Behavioral  & Social Science -- Anna Kate Cascio, Kingston Elementary; 1st

 

Biomedical & Health Science -- Fisher Erickson, Apollo Elementary; 1st

 

Materials Science -- Eryn Flowers, Apollo Elementary; 2nd

 

Physics & Astronomy -- Case Jorden, Benton Elementary; 1st

 

Energy: Chemical -- John McCasland, WT Lewis Elementary; 3rd

 

Energy: Physical -- Madison Moncrief, Stockwell Elementary; 3rd

 

Environmental Engineering -- Riley O’Mara, Legacy Elementary; 3rd

 

Environmental Engineering -- Anna Kathryn Wakefield, Kingston Elementary; 2nd

 

Chemistry -- Cody Trang, Apollo Elementary; 3rd


 

Division B Grades 6-8 Middle

 

Environmental Engineering -- Zach Cryer, Benton Middle; 1st

 

Earth & Environmental Science -- Aubri Edmonds, Benton Middle; 1st

 

Plant Science -- Madeleine Mejia, Benton Middle; 2nd

 

Energy:  Physical -- Jessica Weber, Benton Middle; 1st

 

Division C Grades 9-12 High

 

Plant Science -- Camry Belcher, Haughton High; 3rd

 

Microbiology -- Creighton France, Benton High School; 1st

 

Cellular & Molecular Biology -- Gannon Matlock, Benton High School; 3rd

 

Sweepstakes Awards 2019

 

Division B, 2nd Place -- Benton Middle School (pictured above)

Posted 3/15/19

Photo of Sun City Principal with Academic Coach Pam Naifeh holding a cookie cakePam Naifeh is the epitome of a teacher’s cheerleader. The only thing missing is the pompoms.

An educator with Bossier Schools for 43 years, Naifeh knows what teachers need and has a wealth of experience she readily shares with them. From the 38 years spent as a first grade teacher and Master Teacher at Central Park to the last five years as academic coach at Sun City Elementary, Naifeh has seen lots of changes firsthand and enjoys playing a supportive role to fellow educators.

“The children are my heart and teachers have so much on them, so if I can help lessen their load so they can be there for a child, because teaching is such a hard job. They wear so many hats,” Naifeh said.

Naifeh also wears many hats and sports them exceptionally well. Though her plate is full as testing coordinator, working with educators and administration to achieve student growth, assisting with lesson planning and modeling lessons to teachers, Naifeh will put her own workload to the side to come to the aid of someone who needs it.

“She makes you feel like you are a rock star at your job,” said Emily Arledge. “She even goes and does duty every morning for different teachers so we have a surprise break. She is always there to try and make our job easier. I cannot say enough good things about her.”

“I am a first year teacher and she has been such a blessing,” said Amber Rei. “She constantly checks on me to see if I need anything. She is there for words of wisdom or encouragement when it has been needed. She has come to teach my lessons when I have had to go observe my mentor for Bossier CARES … She is the perfect example of a shining star here at Sun City!”

Described as the consummate professional, advocate for teachers and students, and willing to go the extra mile without asking for anything in return, Naifeh shines bright at Sun City. It is no wonder her colleagues came together to nominate her as Bossier Schools’ Gold Star employee for the month of March, then were Naifeh’s cheerleaders when she was surprised with the award at a school-wide assembly.

“This faculty is over the top anyway, but for them to take the time to do this with all they have to do …” Naifeh paused as she collected her thoughts and spoke from her heart. “They embraced me from the minute I got here. I feel blessed.”

Principal Kim Tuminello said this month’s award could not have gone to a more deserving educator.

“She has put in many, many years of service, but still has the drive of a brand new educator,”  Tuminello explained. “Anytime teachers are feeling down, she is always the first person to step up and remind them of the reason that we are here. ‘The kids.’ As an administrator, I value her experience and ideas. She walks in the door with the quick walk that only she can do and gets to business each and every day. She is the true meaning of a Gold Star. I would have to say I am the luckiest principal around by being lucky enough to have Ms. Naifeh as our academic coach.”  

“Looking back at my career, this is the icing on the cake,” Naifeh reflected. “Bossier has been good to me and I’ve been blessed over the years.”


Editor’s Note: Special thanks to Bossier Federal Credit Union for sponsoring the Gold Star Award, which is now in its seventh year. Know someone exemplary that works for Bossier Schools and deserves a Gold Star? Nominate them by going to https://bit.ly/C1Gvhr

Posted 3/14/19

Group photo of children in Suzie Vrana s class at R.V. Kerr ElementaryStudents in Suzie Vrana’s class at R.V. Kerr Elementary went home with swag bags and an even greater appreciation for African Americans in history, thanks to a partnership with Suddenlink.

As part of Black History Month, Suddenlink representative Julie McEachern dropped by with literature, goody bags and T-shirts, provided through the History Channel and Altice USA.

She also read with students and heard from them about the lessons they were learning about African Americans’ contributions.   

As a bonus, Suddenlink funded $500 toward the purchase of Kindles for Ms. Vrana’s classroom.

Bossier Schools thanks Altice USA/Suddenlink for being such valuable community partners!

Posted 3/7/19

 

Group photo of Champion Cheernastics teamChampion Cheernastics-Team Steel of Bossier City will be bound for the House of Mouse in May after winning a bid to compete in the D2 Summit Championship.

A majority of the young ladies on the cheer team are from Bossier Schools; Camoriah Green, Apollo Elementary; Makenzie Lewis, Benton Middle; Ryleigh Jo Spearman, Elm Grove Elementary; Skylar Spearman, Greenacres Middle; Adyson Baker, Haughton Elementary; Kaydence Specks, Haughton Middle; Trinity Smith, Madelyn McMillian and Logan Jeffcoat, Kingston Elementary; and Camille Branton and Ally Foster, Princeton Elementary.

These young ladies took elite to a new level when they won a bid to perform May 10-12 on one of the most prestigious stages for competitive cheer; the D2 Summit Championship at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Not only are these girls performing in the classroom, but they are burning up the blue mats as well. Congratulations to them and best of luck at Disney World!

Posted 3/6/19

Logo for Destination ImaginationBossier Schools had an incredible showing at the Louisiana Destination Imagination State Tournament. We are proud of every team member that demonstrated their creativity and STEAM skills at that event.

The 10 Bossier Parish teams qualified to advance to Global Finals in May in Kansas City, MO are as follows:

 

Bossier Parish School District Global Finals Qualified Teams:

 

1st Place, Elementary Technical Challenge: Legacy Elementary

1st Place, Middle School Scientific Challenge: Haughton Middle School

1st Place, High School Scientific Challenge: Haughton High School

1st Place, High School Fine Arts Challenge: Parkway High School

1st Place, Elementary Improvisation Challenge: W.T. Lewis Elementary

1st Place, High School Improvisation Challenge: Haughton High School

1st Place, Elementary Community Service Challenge: Kingston Elementary

1st Place - Tie, Middle School Community Service Challenge: Elm Grove Middle School

1st Place - Tie, Middle School Community Service Challenge: Haughton Middle School

1st Place, High School Community Service Challenge: Airline High School

 

Bossier Parish School District Top 4 Placing Teams By Category

 

Technical Challenge:

1st Place, Elementary Technical Challenge: Legacy Elementary

 

Scientific:

2nd Place, Elementary School Scientific Challenge: Stockwell Place Elementary

4th Place - Tie, Elementary School Scientific: Apollo Elementary School

 

1st Place, Middle School Scientific Challenge: Haughton Middle School

3rd Place, Middle School Scientific Challenge:Cope Middle School

 

1st Place, High School Scientific Challenge: Haughton High School

 

Fine Arts:

2nd Place, Elementary School Fine Arts Challenge: Bellaire Elementary School

4th Place, Elementary School Fine Arts Challenge: Princeton Elementary School

 

2nd Place, Middle School Fine Arts Challenge, Elm Grove Middle School

4th Place, Middle School Fine Arts Challenge, Elm Grove Middle School Elective

 

1st Place, High School Fine Arts Challenge: Parkway High School

2nd Place, High School Fine Arts Challenge: Haughton High School

 

Improvisation:

 

1st Place, Elementary Improvisation Challenge: W.T. Lewis Elementary School

2nd Place, Elementary Improvisation Challenge: Kingston Elementary School

3rd Place, Elementary Improvisation Challenge: Apollo Elementary School

4th Place, Elementary Improvisation Challenge: Benton Elementary School

 

2nd Place, Middle School Improvisation Challenge: Elm Grove Middle School Elective

3rd Place, Middle School Improvisation Challenge: Haughton Middle School

4th Place, Middle School Improvisation Challenge: Elm Grove Middle School

 

1st Place, High School Improvisation Challenge: Haughton High School

 

Engineering:

 

2nd Place, Elementary Engineering Challenge: Sun City Elementary School

2nd Place, Middle School Engineering Challenge: Elm Grove Middle School

 

Community Service:

 

1st Place, Elementary Community Service Challenge: Kingston Elementary School

2nd Place, Elementary Community Service Challenge: Legacy Elementary

4th Place, Elementary Community Service Challenge: Haughton Elementary

 

1st Place - Tie, Middle School Community Service Challenge: Elm Grove Middle School

1st Place - Tie, Middle School Community Service Challenge: Haughton Middle School

2nd Place - Elm Grove Middle Community Service Challenge: Elm Grove Middle School Elective

 

1st Place, High School Community Service Challenge: Airline High School

Posted 3/4/19

Photo of Kim HowellStockwell Place Elementary can lay claim to having the top librarian in the state.

Kim Howell has been named the School Librarian of the Year by the Louisiana Association of School Librarians (LASL). This honor is presented to a school librarian who has demonstrated outstanding work through action and philosophy to the mission and goals of the school librarian profession within the state of Louisiana.

Howell has long been a leader when it comes to finding innovative ways to get Stockwell Place students excited about reading and modernizing how school libraries meet the needs of today’s child.  

She is a past recipient of the Louisiana Library Association James O. Modisette Elementary Library and a 2017 finalist for the H. Norman Saurage III Community Service award. Howell is also on the Dream Teachers Board of Directors.

Bossier Schools is proud to call State Librarian of the Year Kim Howell one of our own.

Posted 2/5/19

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

Photo of Jeannie WilsonIt is those working quietly behind the scenes that are oftentimes the ones overlooked, but the faculty at Bossier Elementary School made sure that was not the case with their Instructional Coach.

Jeannie Wilson is described as “the backbone” at Bossier Elementary. She is all in when it comes to doing everything she can for her students and teachers, no matter if it is after hours or weekends, or means digging into her own pocketbook to provide for them. Her colleagues say she has a servant’s heart, is always quick to the rescue, and they would be lost without her.

Wilson’s overwhelming dedication is why more than two dozen teachers poured out their hearts in touching letters, nominating her as Bossier Schools’ first Gold Star winner of 2019. Wilson was visibly stunned when she walked into the crowded auditorium at Bossier Elementary to shouts of “surprise!” and Bossier Schools Superintendent Scott Smith standing on stage alongside her administrators bearing flowers and a congratulatory banner. The outpouring of love moved her to tears.

Melody Polk wrote, “She goes out of her way to support teachers. I know this from experiencing it myself and she still continues to do this daily. She may have a lot on her plate at all times, but she is always there to rescue a student, para, teacher or even administrators in need. She works tirelessly and opens the school on weekends for anyone that needs it. Her heart has always been dedicated to these students. She works for them and she doesn’t give up because she is their champion -- she is our champion!”

Tanisha White added, “Jeannie is the true definition of AWESOME! In the past four years of working with Mrs. Wilson, she has never once told me no for any request that I may have had or asked for.” She went further to say, “As the Curriculum Coach for Bossier Elementary, Jeannie is tasked with handling so many duties and responsibilities that are sometimes beyond her job description and she handles all of it with love and not a single complaint. Jeannie Wilson definitely deserves the Gold Star and I would nominate her 1,000 more times if I could!”

Wilson came to work at Bossier Schools in 1997 and immediately fell in love with Bossier Elementary.

“I just feel like God put me here for a reason,” she explained. “These babies deserve someone who loves them and is going to go to bat for them -- teachers, too -- and it’s so rewarding. I love to see the light bulbs go off. It’s just my passion.”

As Instructional Coach, Wilson wears many hats; from DIBELS testing and supporting teachers with their curriculum needs to being in charge of testing, analyzing student data and working one-on-one with the children that need that extra assistance. It can be overwhelming, but Wilson handles it all with grace.

“She is deserving of the Gold Star because her heart shows everyday through her work!” added Bossier Elementary Principal Andrew Coleman.

“I’m the one who’s blessed because I get to work with people who want to be here,” Wilson said. “To be here, you have to want to be here. It’s not just about a paycheck. They all deserve Gold Stars. You support each other and that’s how we do it. We are just like a family and it’s an awesome family.”

It is facing those challenges as a team and making a difference in their students’ lives that makes Wilson go home with a full heart.

“When the light bulbs come on and kids are progressing ... You love to hear kids say, ‘I don’t want to go home.’ This is their safe place and that’s a good feeling. They are loved here and they are put before anyone else. I’ll do anything for them.”

 

Editor’s Note: Special thanks to Bossier Federal Credit Union for sponsoring the Gold Star Award, which is now in its seventh year. Know someone exemplary that works for Bossier Schools and deserves a Gold Star? Nominate them by going to https://bit.ly/C1Gvhr

Posted 1/16/19