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Photo of Col. Tony Zucco and CMSgt Leroy BrownGive a big round of applause to Haughton High School LA-801st Air Force JROTC Instructors Col. Tony Zucco and CMSgt Leroy Brown.

The two are recipients of the 2019 Outstanding Instructor Awards by the Department of the Air Force Air University, an honor that symbolized the "Best of the Blue" in AFJROTC.

Col. Zucco and CMSgt Brown were singled out for their exemplary contributions to the LA-801st and the impact they have made on their cadets, school and community.

Well done!

Posted 6/10/19

Photo of Benton High student Chase TaylorBenton High School junior Chase Taylor has earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36.This achievement is even more remarkable when you consider in 2018, only 3,741 out of more than 1.9 million graduates taking the ACT received a perfect score.

Taylor received a letter from ACT CEO Marten Roorda which stated,“Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare. Your exceptional scores will provide any college or university with ample evidence of your readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.”

The ACT Test is administered in all 50 states and is accepted at all four-year colleges and universities in the United States, including highly selective institutions.

Posted 6/6/19

 

Group photo of principal, cheerleaders and others holding giant check for  50,000It may have been cloudy and raining elsewhere, but the sun was shining June 5 on Plain Dealing High School where a local businessman gifted $50,000 for classroom enhancements.

Sierra Frac Sand Owner/President Kim R. Smith, whose business operations recently expanded from Tatum, Texas to the Plain Dealing area, presented a check to Principal Sandrina Isebaert during a ceremony at the school. Isebaert said the money will directly impact student learning and be utilized in numerous ways, including the purchase of scientific calculators, technology and other resources that were previously unattainable at the PreK-12 campus.  

Smith said he wanted to give back and decided to make the donation in gratitude for working with District 5 Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell, whose office helped Smith navigate utilities as he established his Sierra Frac Sand business operation in the area.

“This is a very generous contribution by Mr. Smith and his company. Plain Dealing is a rural area without a lot of resources, and seldom do you see businesses step up to help a school like this in such a big way,” Commissioner Campbell said. “I collected my first paycheck at Plain Dealing High School, and I have never forgotten that. The school gave me my start, and I’m happy to be a small part of this donation and return the favor.”

Bossier Schools Superintendent Mitch Downey praised Smith’s generosity and investment in public education, noting he gave $30,000 in the spring to Benton Middle School for student technology.  

“Sierra Frac Sand has provided Plain Dealing High a huge shot in the arm by affording students tangible learning opportunities to increase engagement,” Downey said. “We cannot express our gratitude enough to Mr. Smith for using his company’s success to elevate our students’ own academic achievements and outcomes.”

Posted 6/5/19

 

Group photo of Haughton High students that earned honor cordsMore than 80 Haughton High Buccaneers are among the first class of graduates to be honored by their school for being high achievers and college and workforce ready.

Honor cords and certificates were presented to those JumpStart students who achieved ACT National Career Readiness Certification status based on their Workkeys test scores. The purpose of the Workkeys test is to measure a high school student’s readiness for immediately entering the workforce, either directly after graduation or while in college. Their performance on the Workkeys test shows employers they would be a good hire.

There are four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. Haughton had 44 students earn Silver Certificates; 23 students earn Gold Certificates; and 14 students earn Platinum Certificates, the highest level of attainment for Career Readiness on the exam.

Only 20 students in Bossier Parish scored at the Platinum level, and Haughton High is the proud of home of 14 of those 20. Only 2.4% of all testers in the state of Louisiana earned this distinctive level of Work Readiness.

Congratulations to these Buccaneers on their achievement!

Posted 6/4/19

 

Clip art of a diploma and mortar board with tasselBefore the Bossier Parish Senior Class of 2018-19 graduates this weekend, the Louisiana Department of Education is focusing on the preceding class that reached an all-time high school graduation rate in Bossier Parish.

State graduation rate data for 2017-18 was released today and Bossier Schools received news 85.7 percent of its previous class graduated, reflecting a gain of 2.4 percentage points from the previous year and setting a record number of students receiving their high school diploma.

Three success stories, in particular, were at Benton High School, where the cohort graduation rate reached 93.3 percent; Bossier High saw its graduation rate skyrocket by more than 14 percentage points; and Plain Dealing increased its number of graduates by nearly four percentage points.

Not only did more students graduate than ever before, but more than half the Senior Class of 2017-18 throughout Bossier Parish earned credentials beyond their high school diploma. This is the result of them taking advantage of opportunities such as Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment, as well as Industry Based Certifications (IBCs), a direct correlation that indicates a student’s preparedness for college or readiness for the workforce. As a result, a rise of more than 2 percentage points was also seen in the district’s strength of diploma.

“This is the culmination of a lot of hard work,” said Bossier Schools Superintendent Mitch Downey. “Our high school accountability coaches are one of the main reasons we are seeing this level of success. They focus on opportunities for our students and outcomes, while working in partnership with their entire teaching staff that is also working collaboratively. It is all vital to our children’s academic success and directly impacts school scores and graduation rates.” 

Posted 5/16/19

Photo of Spencer FavorSpencer Favor could not have had a better senior year at Airline High School and will stroll across stage at graduation May 18 knowing she reached the pinnacle of her academic career.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced earlier this month Favor is a National Merit Scholarship winner, one of only 2,500 designees selected from more than 15,000 finalists in the running for the honor.

This year’s National Merit Scholarship Program began in October 2017 when over 1.6 million juniors throughout the nation took a test as part of an initial screening. Favor made the cut and became one of 16,000 Semifinalists who then made it to the Finalist level of the competition.

Not only is Favor receiving the $2,500 National Merit Scholarship, but she also accepted a full ride to the University of Alabama amounting to a nearly $200,000 scholarship package in recognition of her academic excellence.

Bossier Schools extends its congratulations to Favor for being named a National Merit Scholarship winner and wishes her success at the University of Alabama.

Posted 5/16/19

Photo of Meredith McGovernParkway High teacher Meredith McGovern will be bound for Brussels soon after the 2018-19 school year ends.

As one of only 12 educators selected, McGovern will be traveling with a delegation of K-12 and post-secondary educators to Belgium in mid-June to gain firsthand knowledge about the European Union through a study at the European Union Parliament.

The trip is coordinated through the University of Pittsburgh Center for European Studies and funding is provided by a "Getting to Know Europe" grant from the European Delegation to the United States.

The trip itinerary includes visits to the U.S. Mission to the European Union, meetings with top European Union officials, and presentations on human rights initiatives within the EU.  The trip will culminate with the writing and publishing of curriculum on the European Union.

Posted 5/13/19

Three students shown working on laptopsCompetition was intense and the obstacles the Airline Robotics/Cyber team had to overcome were challenging. Yet at the end of the National Governors Association Cyber Competition, Billy Neill’s team of cyber sleuths excelled.

The competition, sponsored by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and hosted by the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC), took place over the course of 24 hours in a virtual environment called a cyber range at each team’s school site.

“CTF (Capture the Flag) is a cybersecurity challenge designed to both test knowledge and teach cyber-related skills,” said Kevin Nolten, Director of Academic Outreach for the Cyber Innovation Center and NICERC. “The problems are broken into categories, such as reconnaissance, web exploitation, cryptography, networking and reverse engineering, with each challenge having a varying point value corresponding to the perceived difficulty.”

Airline’s two teams were among more than 312 from 27 states vying for top billing in the national competition, making their placement especially impressive. The Vikings placed 32 and 34. Nolten called Airline’s performance “amazing.”

“I’m always incredibly proud of what my students end up accomplishing,” Neill said. “These poor kids are trying to run Shell on computers with so little processing power that it would lag out for five minutes while they were writing the code, not even running it yet. They would have to pull out their phone and try to solve a Cryptography question while they waited for the computer to finally process enough to accept inputs. The personal tenacity it takes to not let that frustration take over is something inspiring.”

“Every school that participated did an outstanding job and I’m especially proud of all the Louisiana schools that took part,” said Gov. Edwards. “This competition tested the students’ creativity and knowledge within a short period of time. Hopefully, it has given them an even greater desire to pursue this field of study as they continue their education and possibly as a career.”

Cybersecurity will take center stage May 14 and 15 at a first-ever conference being hosted by the state in Shreveport-Bossier City, at which time Airline’s cyber teams will be recognized by the governor.

Posted 5/13/19

Photo of Brian LanderosThe first time was the charm for Brian Landeros, four times over!

In 14 weeks, the 9th grade Bossier High student in Christa Denney’s business class took and passed IBCA and BCA, then passed all four MOS Certifications the first time he tried; Word, Word Expert, Excel and PowerPoint.

Landeros is the first Bossier High student to earn four certifications in one semester and the second to earn the MOS Word Expert IBC. This is no easy accomplishment, as these MOS tests are very difficult. It is quite the feat for any student to pass, but especially a 9th grader.

Needless to say, we are super proud of him!

Posted 4/28/19

Paris and Washington showing Off State Gold MedalsLook no farther than Parkway High School to find the Louisiana State Girl’s Doubles Champions!

Sisters Jasmin and Paris Washington defeated the Saint Joseph Academy’s doubles team at the State Championship held April 26 and 27 in Monroe to win the LA State Girl’s Doubles Championship Title in 5A Tennis. This after posting wins of 3-6, 6-2 and 6-2.

A big congratulations to this sister act and their school tennis coach, Col. Johnson, for a successful season. Go Panthers!

Posted 4/28/19