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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

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 Sierra Frac President, his daughter and the Benton Middle School principal holding a check for  30,000Benton Middle School will soon be halfway to its goal of a 1:1 ratio for student technology thanks to a very generous donation.

Kim R. Smith, Owner/President of Sierra Frac Sand, and daughter Casey made a $30,000 check presentation to Principal Dr. Kyle Machen.

Dr. Machen explained the funds will be used to support the school’s Tiger Tech Initiatives, enabling the purchase of three Chrome carts. That will put an additional 108 Google Chromebooks in students' hands.

A big thanks to the Smiths for being such a generous community partner and good neighbor.

Posted 2/21/19

Group photo of Benton Middle School facultyOnce is nice but twice is even better.

Benton Middle School has again accomplished something no other school in Louisiana has before. It has been recognized as a 2018 National Model Professional Learning Community for the second year in a row.

The PLC Model represents a set of core principles that shift the focus from ensuring students are taught to ensuring they learn. Promoting a culture of collaboration and working in teams is another critical component.

After a rigorous national PLC review panel assessed Benton Middle School’s overall commitment and successful implementation of PLC core concepts, the Tigers once again received the distinction as a national PLC Model School. It is a reflection of the exemplary work by administration and faculty in establishing a high-achieving professional learning community.

Posted 2/21/19

 

 

Photo of Gold Star winner Michelle Prewitt holding a giant cookie cakeHers is the first face you see when arriving at Benton Middle School and chances are Michelle Prewitt will greet you by name. She knows every student’s name -- all 1,000+ of them -- and most of their parents’. Not only that, but the greeting comes with a welcoming smile that warms the hearts of everyone Prewitt encounters.

Colleagues call the BMS attendance clerk the “go to problem solver” and embodiment of “Tiger Pride,” adding when someone has a question, Prewitt likely knows the answer.  

Teacher Ashley Holliday said, “She takes care of the kids as if they are her own. Her warmth and understanding allows students to find a safe place in her. She acts as a counselor, caretaker, nurse, protector and compassionate supporter of each and every child she comes in contact with. Her positive spirit is contagious! We are so lucky to have her as our number one supporter.”

“She is eager to serve our school and our community any way she can and does it with a smile,”

Becky O’Neal added. “Mrs. Prewitt was instrumental in developing and providing our Tiger Tree Program to provide holiday gifts for Benton community children in need.”

She coordinates the Friday backpack program as well.

“This woman gets it done, no matter what!” added parent and teacher Kimberly Searcy. “I truly wish that she could be cloned and taken to the high school when my kiddos leave BMS!”

It is no wonder Prewitt was nominated by nearly 60 co-workers, including her administrators, for Bossier Schools’ Gold Star employee award for February. She was greeted by a gym full of excited seventh graders yelling “Surprise!”

“I’m grateful,” Prewitt remarked later after all of the excitement. “I just can’t believe it. You hope to be noticed for the right thing and everybody here is so good. I’m very lucky to do what I do.”

This is the fourth year Prewitt has worked in the front office full-time at BMS, although she substitute taught and helped with Response to Intervention (RTI) prior to that. No one day is the same, she said, but in addition to tending herd over attendance she is answering parents’ questions, phoning home for forgotten pom pons and golf equipment, and tending to sick students.

“I love my job. This makes me feel like they love me, too,” Prewitt remarked.

Principal Dr. Kyle Machen perhaps summed it up best.

Mrs. Prewitt truly embodies everything we strive to stand for at Benton Middle School. She has a heart for people and a powerful ministry in the job she has in our organization. I have seen her serve people in ways many would not even consider, be it as a receptionist, nurse, counselor, coordinator, bookkeeper, administrator, conflict resolver, you name it she does it! Each day she does all this with a contagious smile and an incredibly sweet disposition. Michelle Prewitt is a treasure to our community and Benton Middle School is so lucky to have her!”

Congratulations, Michelle Prewitt. This month’s Gold Star is for you!

 

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 2/20/19

Group photo of mathletes at Regional MathCounts competitionBossier Parish mathletes excelled at the 2018-19 Regional MathCounts Competition, especially when it came down to crunch time.

Mathletes were selected to compete and they represented their schools well. In team placings, Elm Grove Middle took the 2nd place prize, followed by Cope in the 3rd place spot.

Individuals placing were Kylie Authement, who scored 4th overall, and Christian Orozco, who came in 10th overall.

Mathematics Curriculum Coordinator for grades 6-8 Jacob Hesselschwardt complimented students, teachers and administrators alike for the joint effort.

“Being selected to compete and then responding ‘yes’ to competing speaks volumes for the character and willingness of these students to consistently go above and beyond.” Hesselschwardt said. “I am proud of each and every one of our Mathletes. I also wish to extend congratulations and thanks to each of our MathCounts teachers for stepping forward in guiding our district to one of the best overall finishes that we have had in several years.”

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

Group photo of Benton Elementary 2019 ALAS North Regional ChampionsThe new year is right on target for three Bossier Parish schools that claimed first place in their division at the 2019 ALAS (Archery in Louisiana Schools) North Regional Tournament held earlier this month in Shreveport.

Benton Elementary hit the bullseye and took home the first place trophy in the elementary division. Benton Middle Team 1 captured top honors in the middle school category and Haughton High School clenched the highest honor in the high school competition.

Several students also rose to the top as first place archers in their age categories. They are:  Kyleigh Bernard, Benton Elementary; Spencer Campbell, Kingston Elementary; Emma Rutledge, Thomas Allen and Brailey Bishop, Benton Middle; and Abbie Rutledge and Aidan Haire, Benton High. For complete results, click here.

Teams now have their sights set on the state tournament to be held in April, National in May and World in July.

Sure as shooting, the archery programs in Bossier Parish are right on point for a terrific season!

Posted 1/10/19

 

Photo of teacher Robert Gallant holding up a copy of SB MagazineGreenacres Middle School Science and Robotics teacher Robert Gallant is considered the best of the best.

He was recently surprised in class with the honor of being named by SB Magazine as Best Teacher, as voted on by readers. Gallant has been working in Bossier Schools since 2009, beginning as a substitute before graduating from Louisiana Tech and Louisiana State University.

Congratulations to Robert Gallant! Bossier Schools is proud to call you one of our own.

Posted 1/10/19

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