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Posted 6/1/20

Clip art that says  Mark Your CalendarMark your calendar for these important dates:

 

*Out of District transfer applications for the 2020-21 school year are available at all school sites and at Bossier Parish School Board at 410 Sibley Street in Benton. Forms must be returned to: 

 

Bossier Parish School Board/Annex II

P.O. Box 2000

Benton, LA 71006

 

Deadline for applications to be returned is June 18, 2020. Forms will not be accepted after this deadline. 

 

*Kindergarten registration is July 28, 2020 at the appropriately zoned school sites

 

*New student registration is July 30 at the appropriately zoned school

 

*Pre-Kindergarten (PreK) registration is scheduled for August 13, 2020 (8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.) and August 14, 2020 (8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) at the Bossier Instructional Center, 2719 Airline Drive, Bossier City, LA 71111

Posted 6/1/20

 

Bank president Jason Smith hands iPad to Zach CryerMay 21 was the last ‘official’ day of school for Bossier Parish students, although they were not on campus. Needless to say, it has been a year unlike any other.

Many milestones have passed our students by and countless celebrations canceled; but thanks to Citizens National Bank, the Bossier Parish Student of the Year district winners were recognized and awarded plaques and iPads on the last day of the academic year.   

Congratulations to 2019-20 Bossier Parish Student of the Year winners Shelby Ledet, Stockwell Place Elementary; Zachary Cryer, Benton Middle; and Shannon Mathers, Airline High School. We are in awe of your many accomplishments and proud of how you represent Bossier Schools.

Special thanks to Citizens National Bank and President/CEO Jason Smith for continually investing in our students and school system and for celebrating our district winners.

Posted 5/21/20

Side by side photos of Mallory Cooper and Kimmie SmithTwo Bossier Parish educators have been selected as 2021 Teacher and Principal of the Year semi-finalists by the Louisiana Department of Education, a testament to their commitment to student success.

Mallory Cooper, a sixth grade science teacher at Haughton Middle School for the past eight years, said she cannot imagine doing anything else. 

“It’s a job I love and it’s easy to do a job you love,” Cooper said. The 2021 Teacher of the Year semi-finalist went on to say, “My hope is to show my students that even if they don’t master a concept right away, they can work hard and grow over time and that’s just as valuable as getting the answer right on the first try.” 

Principal of the Year semi-finalist Kimmie Smith has served as the leader of Legacy Elementary since 2017 and been in education for 25 years. A proud product of Bossier Parish Schools herself, Smith points to a quote that has been her mantra since undergraduate studies:  

“‘Children do not care what you know, until they know that you care.’ This statement made a huge impact on my thoughts as an inspiring educator,” Smith explained. “It became the basis for my educational philosophy and has proven true throughout my career. Life is about relationships and it is my desire to create an atmosphere where our students are loved and nurtured as they are encouraged and challenged to reach their greatest potential.”

“These two educators are exceptional. Their love for children and desire for them to succeed is genuine and they exemplify the teaching profession,” added Bossier Schools Superintendent Mitch Downey. “We are proud to call them our own and wish them the best as they advance from the district to state level, although they have already won in our book.” 

Each year the Louisiana Department of Education, in partnership with Dream Teachers and Louisiana Association of Principals, recognize and celebrate the state’s most exceptional educators through the Teacher and Principal of the Year programs. 

Posted 5/12/20

Photo of Bossier Schools  Superintendent, Zach Cryer and the principal of Benton Middle SchoolBossier Schools has a winner! 

Benton Middle School eighth grader Zach Cryer was surprised in class by Bossier Schools Superintendent Mitch Downey with news he is the Regional Middle School Student of the Year winner.

Region I is comprised of 16 parishes, which Cryer will now represent as he moves on to the state competition. 

Superintendent Downey said he is hopeful Cryer will have a repeat performance; he was the 2017 Louisiana Elementary Student of the Year. 

Benton Middle School Principal Dr. Kyle Machen said the news comes as no surprise, because Cryer exemplifies excellence in everything he does. 

Cryer is actively involved in Student Council, basketball and Bossier Parish 4-H. He hopes one day to become a cyber engineer. 

Bossier Schools congratulates Zach Cryer and wishes him the best of luck at State.

Posted 3/5/20

Archery In Louisiana Schools logoThe Archery in Louisiana Schools (ALAS) 3D state meet was held February 29 in Alexandria and Bossier Parish archers showed up and showed out, shooting their way to the top of the leader boards. Here are the results:

 

Elementary Team

1st Benton ES 1545

2nd Stockwell Place 1540

 

Middle Team

1st Benton MS 683

2nd Haughton 642

 

High School Team

1st Benton HS 1684

 

Top 5 High School

1.  Ethan Isaksen, Benton HS 289 (21 10s)

2.  Aidan Haire, Benton HS 289 (19 10s)

3.  Emma Rutledge, Benton HS 286

4. Amber Long, Benton HS 281

5. Tatum Malone, Benton HS 279

 

Top 5 Middle

1. Karmen Harrison, Benton MS 284

5.  Anna Young, Benton MS 282

 

Top 5 Elementary

1.  Lucas Cox, Kingston 271

2.  Savannah O’Donohue, Stockwell 270

3.  Abram Coats, Stockwell 269

4.  Austin Case, Benton ES 266

 

Girls’ Scholarships

$1,500 Emma Rutledge, Benton HS

$1,000 Karmen Harrison, Benton MS

$750 Anna Young, Benton MS

 

Boys’ Scholarships

$1,500 Ethan Isaksen, Benton HS

$1000 Aidan Haire, Benton HS

 

Congratulations to each of our Bossier Parish archers and teams!

Posted 3/4/20

 

Photo of Robert Gallant alongside his principal holding a giant cookie cake“There are many people that inspire us in the world. For most people, their inspiration and role models would be a famous person, but I am lucky, for my role model is someone I get to see almost every day! That person is Mr. Gallant.” 

Those are the words of student Bailey Knutz describing her favorite teacher, Robert Gallant, a science and STEM educator at Greenacres Middle School. Though Knutz has since moved on to high school, the impact Gallant made on her both at Greenacres and Apollo Elementary remains profound; so much so, she put it into words when she nominated Gallant for Bossier Schools’ Gold Star award. 

“I moved to Louisiana in third grade. I was this shy, insecure and awkward 8-year-old,” Knutz explained. “Mr. Gallant taught me it doesn’t matter what people think of you. You can be anyone you want to be, and you should embrace that! Mr. Gallant’s room had Marvel and DC super heroes everywhere. He didn’t care if people thought he was immature, he still made his classroom like he wanted it to be. I can’t put in over two years’ worth of words into one letter. My mom said Mr. Gallant turned me from a caterpillar into a butterfly.”  

Other students praise Gallant as well, citing how he goes out of his way to not only make learning fun, but truly connect with them. Angel Jones penned this testament. 

“Not only did Mr. Gallant help me learning-wise, but he helped me mentally.” Jones continued, saying “Whenever I was having the worst day or I was really sad, I would go to Mr. Gallant’s class and he would make everything better. His positive attitude and funny jokes would turn my frown upside down.”

She also referenced times when other classmates would speak rudely to Gallant, yet he took it all in stride. That made an indelible impression on Jones. 

“It really broke my heart, but Mr. Gallant handled it well. Instead of yelling at them, he would talk to them in a normal tone and then go back to teaching and being happy. The way he would go back to being his happy, energetic self, even after a student was so mean to him, inspired me because it showed me not to let others get to you and ruin your mood.” 

Gallant’s joyous personality and energetic teaching style were on full display when he was surprised on Valentine’s Day. His STEM class was getting ready to launch the rockets they designed when it was announced he was the February recipient of Bossier Schools’ Gold Star award. 

“As you read out some of the submissions, it really made me tear up,” Gallant said. “I love all my students! Every student I interact with, not just the ones I teach, become my kids! I’ve had students tell me the only reason they came to school was because they knew I would be looking for them and they didn’t want to let me down or for me to be worried.” 

Gallant went on to say, “I was that student growing up who was picked on and left out of a lot of things and I always felt like I had no one to talk to. I don’t want any other student to feel that way … I attempt to inspire all my students to be the best they can be and it is the most rewarding position to watch them go off and be the best they can! I am always weird and sometimes tell stupid jokes, but it helps my students know they can also be weird and be themselves. I always encourage my students to break out of their shells and show off their true personality!”  

It was his own fourth grade science teacher, Ray Barnes, who Gallant points to as his source of inspiration and whom he tries to emulate. He says Barnes made learning interesting, fun and always had you asking questions. 

“I have slowly been going through my own metamorphosis as I learn more about how students learn and how you encourage them to be and do their best,” he explained. “I am working hard at being that teacher Mr. Barnes was for me -- someone my students look back on and say ‘Yeah, he was weird, but he was a great teacher!’” 

It is no surprise Gallant has amassed a long list of grants, as well as local and state awards during his eight years of teaching, yet he says the Gold Star is the one that makes him most proud. 

“The students who nominated me did so out of their own love and appreciation of me … Sometimes teaching is hard and you get bogged down and stressed out. An award like this really puts new energy into teaching and inspires teachers to work hard and make differences in students’ lives.”

 

Editor’s note: Know someone who works for Bossier Schools that is deserving of recognition for going above and beyond? Nominate them for the Gold Star award, proudly sponsored by Bossier Federal Credit Union. Just go to https://www.bossierschools.org/goldstarnews and tell us what sets them apart. They may be next month’s winner!

Posted 2/19/20