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May, 2013


State Social Studies Fair


Three students from Abita Springs Middle School placed first at the Regional Social Studies Fair at Southeastern Louisiana University in March, and were invited to participate in the State Social Studies Fair held in Lake Charles this May. Pictured from left to right are Konrad Barrack, who entered the Economics division with his "Stock Market" project; Jonathan Scholl entered his "Apollo 11" project in the History division; and Lily Bellas entered her "Mardi Gras" project in the Louisiana History division. Abita Middle School is proud to have been so well-represented by these outstanding students.


Talent Showcase for Lake Harbor

St. Tammany Parish Talented Theatre Students from Abita Springs Middle School performed a showcase of plays and improvisational warm up games for parents, grandparents, relatives and friends at Lake Harbor Middle School in Mandeville, the location of their talented theatre class. Students are bused weekly to Lake Harbor for instruction in performing arts taught by talented theatre teacher, Debbie Knick. The principal at Lake Harbor Middle School is Susan Patin and the Assistant Principal is Nicolle Balser. The principal at Abita Springs Middle School is Donna Forrest and the Assistant Principal is Rhonda Meyers.


A combination class of fourth and fifth grade talented theatre actors performed their adaptation of The Emperor’s New Clothes. Shown in the picture from left to right seated are Andy Broussard, Quinn Young, and Ashley Schilling. On the top row are Brianna Dunne, Landon Curtis and Mia Stewart.


Fifth grade talented theatre actors performed their adaptation of The Necklace, a short story written by Guy de Maupassant. Pictured from left to right are Noelle Downey, Hailey Diaz, Madison Viola, Annabella Kondas, and Tia Thibodeaux.


Talented theatre actors in the sixth grade performed Romeo and Juliet, Emily’s Version, a script adapted and written by cast member, Emily Brown. Pictured from left to right seated are Madison Lazaro, Romeo Robinson, and Emma Sedgebeer. Those standing from left to right are Joshua Gratia, Emily Brown, and Konrad Barach.



Google Doodle State Winner

Artwork submitted by sixth grade student Megan Barr at Abita Springs Middle School won this year’s “Doodle 4 GOOGLE Contest” for Louisiana. She was honored at a special assembly program for the whole school on Wednesday afternoon, May 1. As a result of her selection, she and her family will travel to New York on May 22 where she will be in the running for a $30,000 scholarship if she wins the national prize.

The Doodle4Google contest is a competition where K-12 students use their artistic talents to redesign Google’s homepage logo for millions to see. A total of 130,000 entries are submitted nationwide, and one design is chosen from each state.

Megan with Google representatives Carolyn Witte and Mia Amoils

The theme of this year’s illustrations was “My Best Day Ever." Megan’s entry shows her grandfather’s camp on the bayou near Cocodrie where she has many great memories of family gatherings. “It’s very beautiful there,” she said. “It’s like being in your own world with the fireflies and other critters, fishing and catching crabs.” She used oil pastels and colored pencils to produce the artwork.
Google representatives Carolyn Witte and Mia Amoils flew in from San Francisco to unveil her winning doodle at the school assembly. “It is quite an honor for Megan to win over every entry in our state,” said Principal Donna Forrest. Megan’s mother is a fifth grade teacher at Abita Middle. 
The national winner will be decided by votes sent in by the public who visit the website Google.Com/Doodle4google and vote for the various individual pieces of artwork displayed.

Megan and her art teacher Barbara Dooley



February, 2013



Math Project

Mrs. Rivet's 6th grade math students recently had a great time with a hands-on math project. They started with cardboard, and had to apply their knowledge of measurement, estimation, and adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers to construct impressive birdhouses.


Student of the Year Nominees

Congratulations to an outstanding group of fifth grade students who were nominated for Abita Springs Middle School 2012-2013 Student of the Year. They are pictured here with Principal, Mrs. Forrest. From left to right are Ashley Schilling, Amanda Phillips, Brayden Ibert, Maci Liberto, Callie Dufrene, and Konrad Barach. Students were nominated based on Academic Achievement, Activities, and Citizenship. The selection process was based on the students' portfolio containing evidence of these components and a writing sample, in addition to an interview. We are so proud of each of these remarkable students. Congratulations, Ashley Schilling, on being selected Abita Springs Middle School 2012-2013 Student of the Year!


Science and Social Studies Fairs

First Place winners from Abita Springs Middle School's Science and Social Studies Fair are eligible to move on to the Region VIII Fair held at Southeastern Louisiana University, where their projects will be in competition with winners from other schools in St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, St. Helena, and Washington Parishes.

Science Fair Winners are pictured, left to right: Callie Dufrene, Jacob Bech, Cody Poret, Laken Adcox, Timothy Snow, Christian Bobo, and Trey Keylen.

Social Studies Winners are left to right Tyler Davis, Thomas Hamburger, Brian Clark, Peyton Hulin, Lilly Bellas, and Konrad Barrack. Not shown are winners Jonathan Scholl and Jackson Heap.


Play 60 for NFL

4th Grade students of Abita Springs Middle School and their teachers had a SUPER time at NFL Play 60 in January. It was their own little piece of the Superbowl and an experience they won't soon forget!

December, 2012


Terrific Turkeys

Terrific TURKEYS from Ms. Damare's 4th grade class: left to right - Derricka Wallace, Mitchell Martin, Ernest Helmer, Angel Hadlow, and Cayden Anderson


Americanism Contest


Fourth graders Katie Lambert and Elissa Young, both in Ms. Damare's class at Abita Springs Middle School won with their award-winning drawings submitted for the Americanism Contest sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The winning students received certificates and monetary awards from the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW.


November, 2012


Students of the Month

October Students of the Month
Front Row L-R: Lauren Brown, Andrew Bryant, Ethan Delacruz, Demmi Drolla, Bailey Echevarria. Second Row: Lucy Fonseca, Olivia Hernandez, Katelyn Jarrell, Katie Lambert, Isabel Medina. Third Row: Ethan Mitchell, Lucille Moore, Brit Payne, Kennede' Robin, Landen Seeley. Back Row: Alexa Theriot, Kyle Waguespack, Angelle Watson, Zachary Watson, and Chevie Willyard. Not present for photo: David Leblanc II, and Kane Wohlert.


November Students of the Month
Front Row, L-R: Kimberly Austin, Julianna Barrack, Kaitlyn Calhoun. Second Row: Shelby Cangelosi , Simri Castillo, Austin Dupuy, Karley Fasullo, and Gaige Roberts. Third Row: Angelle Gauthier, Brady Grisby, Cheylee Hoover, Presley Howard, and Dorian Land. Back Row: Zachary Landon, Tristian Lange, Jacob Norman, Gage Garafalo, and Gabrielle Spindler. Not present for photo: Jacques Noel and Savannah Jenkins.



Veterans Day


Students at Abita Springs Middle School honored Veterans and Service Men and Women at a school-wide assembly on Monday, November 12th, in observance of Veterans' Day. The program featured a variety of patriotic musical compositions performed by the Abita Springs Middle School Band, under the direction of Mr. Justice Buras, and the Orchestra, Fiddle Club, and chorus, led by Mrs. Annie Young-Bridges. 

Playing violin, left to right, are Alyssa Lewis, Maci Liberto, and Casey Osbourn.

6th grade chorus with flags

Students seated next to their special Military Guests




Rachel's Story

Students at Abita Springs Middle School have created a new club called “Friends of Rachel” after hearing a presentation about the kindness and compassion of Rachel Scott, a young woman who was killed in the 1999 Columbine High School tragedy in Colorado. Her influence on those around her, and her life philosophy as found in her diary and poetry have had a significant impact on millions of students around the country. Pictured above, Principal Donna Forrest and presenter Dee Dee Cooper discuss the program at a meeting in the gymnasium.

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Firefighters Visit WASM

Representatives of the Abita Springs Fire Department made a special appearance on student-led live broadcast at Abita Springs Middle School. The firemen joined WASM to promote awareness of Red Ribbon Week, which encourages positive choices and discourages drug use.  Pictured with Mr. Ryan Chaisson (back left) and Mr. Eric Givens (back right) are fifth grade students from Mrs. Bond's class who made up the broadcast crew last Tuesday, (left to right) Alexa Theriot, Callie Dufrene, Rose Dufrene, and Patricia Mendoza.



4-H Club Officers

The Abita Springs Middle School 4-H officers attended Officer Training Day on Wednesday, October 31st at Covington High School to further their knowledge of the leadership roles in which they have been elected to serve. Pictured are President- Lauren Hosch, Vice President-Emma Frost, Treasurer- Mekell Stansbury, Secretary- Grace Dufrene, Reporter- Gwen Shallin, and Parliamentarian-Michaela Michailakis.


October, 2012


Red Ribbon Week Activities

Monday: Wear Red Day

Tuesday: Don't Get Mixed Up in Drugs!!

Wednesday: We Won't Let Drugs Tie Us Down

Thursday: Team Up Against Drugs

Friday: Hats Off to Being Drug-Free!



Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Winners of the Abita Springs Middle School 2012 Pumpkin Decorating Contest were: 1st Place: Emma Frost (Rooster); 2nd Place Laken Adcox, (Mama and Baby Owls); and 3rd Place: Sarah Jenkins (Mini Me Witches)


School Lunch Week

During National School Lunch Week, Abita Springs Middle School designated Thursday as Grandparents' Day. Many grandparents joined us for lunch, and the students thoroughly enjoyed their special company.



September, 2012



Students of the Month

Bottom row:Kameron Batts, Chase Canattella, Sophie Conrad, Jackson Dobraska, and Avione Fabre. Middle row, left to right: Evan Fornea, Tyeshia Johnson, Mason Lampo, Macey Liberto, Hailey McCance, Payton Nunmaker, and Owen Romeril. Back row: Landen Seeley, Brennan Simoneaux, Timothy Snow, DJ Warren, and Jackson Wicker. (Not present for photo: Madison Lazaro and Kevin Martin).



August, 2012



Students of the Month

Top row, left to right: Dwayne Bernard, Jonathan Diaz, Callie Dufrene, Samantha Fisher, and Evan Fornea. Middle row: Rachel Gilbert, Alexis Gratia, Camryn Hood, Scott Kastner, Haley Martin, Conlyn Moore, and Trent Lorio. Front row: Chloe Navarro, Skyleigh Neumann, Matilda Plaza, Ashley Schilling, Kaleb Solar, and Analisa Toussaint. (Not present for photo: Amelia Bretz)


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