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May, 2014

 

Organic Harvest

Bayou Lacombe Middle School students celebrated their whole-school organic garden harvest Thursday May 8, 2014. The students harvested and prepared their entire garden-to-table salad for lunch in the cafeteria.

The middle school students planted the garden in their science classes, learning the organic gardening methods of companion planting and organic compost fertilizing.  The Junior Master Gardeners (gifted students) and garden club students tended the "salad" garden all winter and spring. The students composted fruit and vegetable scraps from the school cafeteria. The cafeteria composting helped to enrich the soil, suppress disease, and increase crop yield.

All the students, assisted by the Junior Master Gardeners (gifted students), Garden Club, and Home Depot team harvested the purple cabbage, Bok Choi, mustard greens, collard greens, radishes, turnips, carrots (5 varieties of red, purple, white, & orange), snow peas, kale, spinach, lettuce, Swiss Chard, micro-greens, and green onions.

The students worked in stations with each class simultaneously harvesting, then washing, then peeling and chopping.  The garden adventure was punctuated with shouts and squeals of delight as over 200 students washed their harvest, prepared their produce, and created a massive organic salad bar spread, which included their house-made herbal dressings (“dill-icious” ranch and balsamic vinaigrette) and croutons from the herb gardens.

Joining the students in harvesting and cooking was The Home Depot management team, which has been a community partner since the organic garden's inception over four years ago. This was their first harvest with the students!  Garden mentor/partner Linda Franzo, owner of Passionate Platter and HSA member, taught the students how to make the salad dressings.

After the Organic Garden Harvest Garden-to-Table Cooking, the students: Garden Club and JMG students joined the Home Depot Team, Linda Franzo (Master Gardener and HSA member), and teacher Rebekah Ellis in an Organic Garden Expansion, expanding their outdoor classroom herb garden into a Shakespeare Garden.

While studying William Shakespeare in the classroom with Mrs. Ellis, the students discovered that he had a passion for growing herbs, and that he made several references to herbs in his poems.  During a recent trip as garden mentors, planting an herbal garden and conducting garden cooking lessons at the Northshore Nature Center, Mrs. Linda Franzo and the students were discussing rue, when one of the students quoted a line from Shakespeare.  Mrs. Franzo then told the students about several gardens around the world, referred to as “Shakespeare Gardens," which gave students the idea to make their herb garden into their own Shakespeare Garden.  Principal Patrick Woods put his talents to work in making an iron arch for the Shakespeare Garden. The students wrote the lines from Shakespeare’s poems and plays onto stones and placed them next to each herb and flower it quoted.

Preparation Stations and Salad Bar in Cafeteria

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Chopping Stations

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Enjoying the Salad Bar

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Harvesting Cabbage

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Herbal Garden Salad Dressing

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I've got a big one.

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Making herbal salad dressings

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Peeling carrots

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Salad Bar Showcase

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Washing station

Look What I Grew

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Snow Pea Harvesting

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Fourth Grade harvesting

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First Harvest Garden Club, Junior Master Gardeners, and Home Depot partners

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Harvesting the produce

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Harvesting with our Home Depot partners

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Ready, set, harvest!

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Squeals of Joy

It was a busy, busy day!

Shakespeare Garden Fills With
Quotes from the Bard

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Keep Lacombe Beautiful Presentation
Held at BLMS

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Bayou Lacombe Middle recently invited U.S. Fish and Wildlife, The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, and Keep Lacombe Beautiful to the school in order to educate their role in keeping our environment free of litter and other materials that can eventually harm wildlife and humans. Students were taught how chemicals and other waste can enter into the environment through rainwater and absorption into the ground and/or lake.   The presentation consisted of an overview, a PowerPoint, and a student-involved skit.  The students pictured in the skit were Ty Batiste, Daniel Cryer, Joshua Ricks, Sydney Sconza, Mekhi Batiste, Yaileen Castro, Alexah Hamilton, Tressie Kahl, and Xavier Gaskew.

 

Awards Day

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Bayou Lacombe Middle School held the awards ceremonies on May 21st and 22nd.  Students were recognized for their achievements in math, reading, science, social studies, language arts, Accelerated Reader, and My Reading Coach.  In addition to the academics, students were also recognized for participation and excellence in band, choir, Orff and athletics. Some other awards given by the Principal included, the “Presidential”, Academic Excellence Award”, the Principal’s Award, and the Student of the Year. Pictured is Principal, Patrick Woods and 5th grade Bayou Lacombe Student of the Year, Elena Cook.

 

 

PTA Sponsors Lucky Laptop Winner

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Each year Bayou Lacombe Middle School’s PTSA sponsors a laptop and printer drawing which  occurs  during the End of Year Awards Ceremony.  Students who achieve Honor Roll during the first three grading periods are eligible to be in the drawing.  The laptop give-a-way encourages academic achievement while, at the same time, provides students with a learning tool.  This year’s lucky winner was sixth grader, Caden Wilson.

 

 

 

Recycling Competition


Bayou Lacombe Middle School participated in The Bayou Women's Republican Club of Lacombe recycling competition for grades 4-6. Club member Dale Neale worked with teacher Kay Narcisse to coordinate the competition. Students were asked to bring in as many aluminum can pull-tabs as they could collect. The tabs brought in by each grade were then tallied to determine the winners. The fifth grade won the competition and were rewarded for their efforts with a popsicle party. The pull tabs will be recycled for cash, which in turn the BWRC will donate to the War Veterans Home in Jackson, LA. The students enjoyed the competition and also learned about the benefits of recycling for a worthy cause.

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Pictured left to right are  BWRC member Dale Neale, students Adrian Dumas and Madison Pearson who brought in the second and third most pull tabs, and teacher Kay Narcisse.

 

 

Organic Garden Expansion

Shakespeare Garden Planned

A special program will be held for Bayou Lacombe Middle School’s Whole School Organic Garden Harvest, Garden-to-Table Cooking, and Organic Garden Expansion!  On Thursday, May 8th, the students will harvest and prepare their entire “salad” garden produce for the Garden-to-Table lunch.  After lunch, the students will work with volunteers to expand the outdoor classroom and build a Shakespeare Garden!

The middle school students planted the entire garden in their science classes, learning the organic gardening methods of companion planting and organic compost fertilizing.  The Junior Master Gardeners (gifted students) and garden club students have tended the “salad” garden all winter and spring.  The Nutrition Advisory Council has been directing the entire school in daily composting in the cafeteria in order to enrich the soil, suppress disease, and increase crop yield.  Their hard work is evident in the overwhelming bounty in the organic garden!

Students, assisted by the Junior Master Gardeners and Garden Club will harvest all the purple cabbage, Bok Choi, mustard greens, collard greens, radishes, turnips, carrots, snow peas, kale, spinach, lettuce, Swiss Chard, microgreens, and green onions. The entire school will wash their harvest, prepare their produce, and create a beautiful and delicious organic salad bar spread.

Joining the students in harvesting and cooking will be The Home Depot management team, who has been a community partner since the organic garden’s inception over four years ago.  This will be their first harvest with the students, and we are delighted for them to enjoy the harvest of their four years of loving labor and constant dedication.  Bayou Lacombe Middle School PTA members, several Louisiana Master Gardeners, and garden mentor/partner Linda Franzo (Passionate Platter owner) will also be on hand to join in the harvest festivities!

After lunch, the Junior Master Gardeners, Garden Club students, teachers, parents, Home Depot team, Master Gardeners, and Linda Franzo will install a solar-powered fan in the greenhouse; lay river pebbles for the veggie garden and herb garden walkways; and design, build, and plant a Shakespeare Garden.  It is a themed garden that cultivates plants mentioned in the works of William Shakespeare. The garden features flowers and plants mentioned in his sonnets and plays, with the quotes painted on stones by the students and scattered throughout the garden.  The garden will be completed with a bust of the English Bard and a large ironwork arch designed and handmade by the principal, Patrick Woods.

 

 

 


April, 2014

 

Global Youth Service Day 2014
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Festival

Students from Chahta-Ima Elementary, Bayou Lacombe Middle, Monteleone Junior, Mayfield Elementary, and Lakeshore High schools took part in the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Festival” held on Saturday, April 12, commemorating Global Youth Service Day with students from throughout the world. Activities were held at Bayou Lacombe Middle School.

The event was a youth-led initiative designed to encourage community sustainability, healthy living, and volunteerism while teaching youth important leadership skills. Students partnered with Keep Lacombe Beautiful, Concerned Citizens of Lacombe, Lacombe Nursing Centre, Coastal Waste Management, and Junior Corps to put the event on.

There was an organic garden farmers market where fresh herbs, herbal soaps, and teas were sold, along with hand-painted bird houses, garden kits, and organic products such as pesto, salsa, pepper jelly, pickled okra, and spring/summer veggie mixes. Walking tours featured the organic garden led by the Garden Club students.

Elementary students held a bake sale to raise money in order to provide farm animals for African villages through Heifer International.

A compost booth displayed how to use egg shells, coffee grinds, fruit and vegetable scraps, and oak leaves in the garden. The Student Nutrition Advisory Council from Bayou Lacombe Middle School provided informational pamphlets and training in the methods and benefits of composting.

Food drives were held to benefit Goodwill and the Mount Olive AME Food Ministry.

At the "Recycle and Trash to Treasure Booth," visitors learned how to turn recycled trash into art or a new usable item.

Mayfield Elementary students manned a booth raising funds for the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter.

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Demonstrating the compost bucket

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Seeing the rotating cylinder composter bin

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Checking out the informational brochures

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A variety of herbal soaps were for sale

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Tours of the organic garden were given

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The greenhouse was a star attraction

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March, 2014

 

March Students of the Month

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Each month at Bayou Lacombe Middle School, students who display good character and citizenship are chosen by their teachers as “Student of the Month”.  Students receive a certificate, a student of the month button and armband, pencil, candy bar, and have a special luncheon with Mr. Woods, the Principal. The March Students of the Month are Danielle Wilson, Ernesher Casnave, Arista Battenberg, Billy Banks, Jenna Montz, Julian Robinson, Emma Lober, and Jada Wilson.

 

 


February, 2014

 

Wildlife Artwork Chosen

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Two of Bayou Lacombe Middle School’s talented art students, Kirstyn Hamilton and Erica Ponthier, had their work chosen to be inserted into the St Tammany School Board’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report-June 2013.  The theme was Louisiana Wildlife.  Both girls created colorful bird pieces.

 

 

February Students of the Month


Each month at Bayou Lacombe Middle School, students who display good character and citizenship are chosen by their teachers as “Student of the Month”.  Students receive a certificate, a student of the month button and armband, pencil, candy bar, and have a special luncheon with Mr. Woods, the Principal. The February Students of the Month are Caden Wilson, Zoie Sheldon, John Boyd, Ethan Dennies, Gemi Jet Buras, Zaria Anders, Makayla Wilson, and Alana Dumas.

 

 


January, 2014

 

Student of the Year 2013-2014

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Each year schools around Louisiana choose a student to represent them as Student of the Year. This year’s Student of the Year chosen to represent Bayou Lacombe Middle School is fifth grader Elena Cook.  She was chosen to represent BLMS for her outstanding academic performance, leadership, and communication skills. Elena has a variety of hobbies including dancing, drawing, cooking and acting.  Elena is part of the Principal’s Leadership Council and enjoys participating in the Garden Club.

 

 

Social Studies Winners

            Bayou Lacombe Middle School held its annual Social Studies Fair on January 10, 2014.  There were many outstanding projects submitted by 4th, 5th, and 6th graders with community members as judges.  

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First Place

 Social Studies Fair first place winners are Elena Cook, Matthew Laurent,
Hunter Bryant, and Morgan Faciane.  

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Second Place

Second place winners are Jada Williams, Jasmine Thomas, Adia Moody, and Rosalie Guidera.

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Third Place

Third place winners are Taylor Sims, Dylan Newton, Keithan Ducre,
Alana Batiste, and Victoria Mayeaux.

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Honorable Mention

Honorable mention are Madison Gutierrez, Caden Wilson,
Arianna Pulido, Isabella Kelly, Remmie Guidera, and Jaycedi Wust.

 

January Students of the Month

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Each month at Bayou Lacombe Middle School, students who display good character and citizenship are chosen by their teachers as “Student of the Month”.  Students receive a certificate, a student of the month button and armband, pencil, candy bar, and have a special luncheon with Mr. Woods, the Principal. The January Students of the Month are Aubreyanna McClendon, Brennan Edwards, Rosalie Guidera, Gracie Smith, Jasmine Landor, Angelina Pellegrin, Lizeht Rodriguez, and Jaylyn Clarke.

 

 


December, 2013

 

Christmas Around The World

Students at Bayou Lacombe Middle School took part in an around-the-world tour of Christmas holiday traditions the morning of December 18, visiting different classrooms for educational presentations on a number of countries.

The “Christmas Around the World Celebration” gave students the opportunity to travel from one “country” to another to learn about the culture, traditions, food and music related to Christmas season activities. Before the special project began, students each made their own “passport” which was stamped as they entered a different country, and gave them a place to take notes about the experience.

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Science Fair Winners

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Bayou Lacombe Middle School held its annual Science Fair on Friday, December 6, 2013. The fourth and fifth graders’ projects were judged, and the winners were presented with ribbons.  Pictured are (left) Morgan Faciane (3rd Place), Kirstyn Hamilton (3rd Place), Billy Banks (2nd Place), Adrian Dumas (2nd Place), Theresa Miller (2nd Place), Dylan Newton (3rd Place), Jasmine Thomas (Honorable Mention), Lyric Garrett (1st Place), Madison Gilmore (1st Place), and Isabella Kelley (Honorable Mention).

 

 

Students of the Month

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Each month at Bayou Lacombe Middle School, students who display good character and citizenship are chosen by their teachers as “Student of the Month”.  Students receive a certificate, a student of the month button and armband, pencil, candy bar, and have a special luncheon with Mr. Woods, the Principal. The December Students of the Month are Anthony Dumas, Miracle Smith, Malia Chopfield, Madison Gutierrez, Christopher Fontenot, Jeremiah Smith, Brianna Smith, and Alexia Reimonenq.

 

 

Leadership Council Partners
with Samaritan Center

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The BLMS Principal’s Leadership Council is comprised of representatives from each homeroom who serve as an advisory council to the Principal and assist in organizing the school/community events.  Bayou Lacombe Middle School has partnered with the Samaritan center for the past 3 years for a holiday food drive.  This year the Principal’s Leadership Council raised over one thousand items for the Samaritan Center.  Pictured are Leadership Council members (Left Standing): Adrian Dumas, Ja’Maya Parker, Miracle Smith.  (kneeling): Justin Williams, RJ Schneider, Robbie Ann Ruschmeier, Jasmine Thomas, Kristian Stubbs, Angelina Pellegrin, Jaycedi Wust, Anthony James, Dwell Faciane (Samaritan Center Volunteer), Mekhi Batiste, Ashley Casnave, Malia Chopfield, Brent Piazza, and Julian Robinson.

 

 

Principal of the Day

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Fifth grader, Railynn Jacobs, was named “Principal for the Day” for selling the most candy in a fundraiser to benefit Positive Behavior Support at Bayou Lacombe Middle School.  Railyn conducted Learning Walks, appeared on broadcast, made announcements, supervised a raffle drawing for a Saints Jersey and gave out Cardinal Cash for positive behavior.  She was an excellent principal and role model for the BLMS students. From left to right are Kimberly Coody, Assistant Principal; Railynn Jacobs, Principal for the Day, and Patrick Woods, Principal.

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Winners of the Saints football jersey are Railynn Jacobs and Jersey Winner- Lexus Monroe.

 

 

PTA Sponsors Birthday Recognition

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At the end of each month, the Bayou Lacombe Middle School PTA recognizes students who have had a birthday in that month.  The PTA volunteers make cup cakes, treat bags, and a specially wrapped candy bar for each birthday celebrant.  (pictured: Mekhi Batiste, Zaria Anders, Gemi-Jet Buras)

 

 

Organic Farmers Market
Set For December 17

Bayou Lacombe Middle School students are hosting their bi-annual Organic Garden Farmer’s Market on Tuesday, December 17th! The students will be at John Davis Park from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm selling produce from the garden harvest.

From the garden harvest and herb gardens, the students made pickled okra, gumbo veggie mixes, strawberry pepper jelly, Mediterranean humus, rosemary pita bread, pesto pasta, herbal pizza and pasta sauce, garden salsa, herbal olive tapenade, and many types of chef’s blend pesto. They are also selling fresh and dried herbs, herbal teas and soaps, luffa and pumpkin scrub soaps, Growums garden kits, organic seeds, student-made birdhouses, and much more! They make the perfect Christmas gifts, and the students are even offering holiday wrapping!

This is truly a school-wide, cross-curricular project. All the middle school students planted the entire garden in their science classes, learning the organic gardening method of companion planting. The Junior Master Gardeners (gifted students), 21st Century Junior Corps, and garden club students faithfully tended the garden all summer and fall. Additionally, the Nutrition Advisory Council have been helping all the students compost in the cafeteria in order to enrich the soil, suppress disease, and increase crop yield. Their hard work is evident in the overwhelming bounty in the organic garden!

The students designed the organic garden project as a community service project with proceeds benefiting Mt. Olive Soup Kitchen in Slidell, so please join us in our community outreach! Hope to see you there!

 

 


November, 2013

 

Northshore Leadership Visits

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The Northshore Leadership class visited several St. Tammany Schools November 6, 2013.  Bayou Lacombe Middle School’s visitors toured facilities, visited with the Principal and staff members, and ate lunch in the cafeteria. Pictured are, starting left clockwise, Carolyn Baringer, Jenn Hoover, Christina Lowrance,  Thomas Benasco, Chad Duffaut, and Principal of Bayou Lacombe Middle, Patrick Woods.

 

 

Students of the Month

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Each month at Bayou Lacombe Middle School, students who display good character and citizenship are chosen by their teachers as “Student of the Month”.  Students receive a certificate, a student of the month button and armband, pencil, candy bar, and have a special luncheon with Mr. Woods, the Principal. The November Students of the Month are Erica Ponthier, Jaron Savoy, Shalise Deflanders, Rakelle Deflanders, Dayshawn Cooper, Anthony James, Tressie Kahl, and Lucas Atlow.

 

 

Black and Gold Day

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Veterans Honored

Bayou Lacombe Middle School honored Veteran’s from all branches of service on the morning of November 11, 2013.  The Welcome was given by Arianna Pulido, the Presidential Proclamation was read by Yasmin Jackson, the singing of the National Anthem was led by Megan Gonzalez and Shalise Deflanders, and Sophia Jiang led the Pledge of Allegiance. Grade levels performed songs and choral readings of poems with military appreciation themes. The VFW Post #8290 and their Auxiliary presented certificates and gift cards to the students who won the Veteran’s Day drawing and essay contest.  Commander Mickey Carroll of the VFW distributed the awards along with a Veteran for each winner. Bayou Lacombe Middle School teacher, Sergeant Chermaine Casnave, was the keynote speaker.  Sgt. Casnave shared her experience of Boot Camp and how teamwork played a role in everything she did and still does and how it is needed in the students’ everyday lives.

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Group photo: front row: Commander, Mickey Carroll, Andy Guidera, Allen Tufts, Allen Fridley, Mike McGovern, Chaplain Tom Miller Left to right: Mark Arnett, Nina Casnave, Chris Sconza, Kevin Starr, Jason Kahl, George Reyes, Bruce Williams, Andrew Beaujeaux, Lori Casler, Chermaine Casnave, Mark Moody, Rudy Antunez,  Pat Dempsey 

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Auxiliary photo: Laurie Carroll, Joan Moody, and Noreen Reyes

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Winners: 4th Grade winners photo: front row: Christopher Fontenot, Alana Dumas, Yaileen Castro, Rhiannon Legaux, Zaria Anders, Brent Piazza, Dameon Langevin, Mason Batiste- back row Veterans: Bruce Williams, Rudy Antunez, Mark Moody, Pat Dempsey, Allen Tufts, Allen Fridley, Mike McGovern, Tom Miller

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5th grade winners photo: front row: Keithan Ducre, Preston Lewis, and Elena Cook- back row Veterans: Mark Arnett, Andy Guidera, Rudy Antunez

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6th grade winners photo: Brooke Pellegrin, Jasmine Thomas, Arianna Pulido, Anthony Dumas, William Banks, Kiya Jones- Veterans: Chris Sconza, Nina Casnave, Bruce Williams, Andrew Beaujeaux, Chermaine Casnave, Kevin Starr

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Keynote speaker photo: Sergeant Chermaine Casnave

 

 


October, 2013

 

 

Nutrition Advisory Council Plans for the Year

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Bayou Lacombe Middle School’s NAC (Nutrition Advisory Council) Representatives met recently to plan for the year.  The students perform taste testing, help in decorating the café, supervise composting for the school’s garden, and assists with other activities that may go on during school lunch week and holidays. This year’s group is Brianna Smith, Kiya Jones, Arianna Pulido, Jaycedi Wust, Rakelle Deflanders, Cheyanne Sams, Tressie Kahl, Emily Santamaria, Ralph Landes, Justy Arceneaux, Darion Byrd, Dayshawn Cooper, Edward Laurent, Christopher Fontenot, and Jacoby Chatman. Not pictured are Ava Losch, Zoe Scandurro, David (Trey) Douglas, and Elena Cook.

 

 

Bus Safety and Bus Driver Appreciation Week

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Bayou Lacombe Middle School celebrated Bus Safety Week and Bus Driver Appreciation Week October 21st through the 25th.  Bus drivers were given cards made by the students, special buttons to wear, a candy bar, free lunch, and a relaxing breakfast.  Pictured from left to right are Dale Gladden, Ruby Pepper Right: Walter Cousin, and Carolyn Jones.

 

 

Generous Donation

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Mr. John Dussouy and his wife, Georgie, visited Bayou Lacombe Middle School in late October. The couple made a generous donation of twenty four tickets to twelve Pelicans’ home games.  Bayou Lacombe Middle uses the tickets as a positive reward.  Students’ names who have not had a referral participate in a drawing for two tickets to the next Pelican home game. The student and his/her adult get to attend the Pelicans’ game, courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. John Dussouy.  The first winner of the drawing was fifth grader, Maddison Pearson, shown above with Mr. and Mrs. Dussouy.

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Maddison Pearson and her mom, Ami Ducre, at the Pelicans’ game against Charlotte.

 

 

 

First Grading Period Honor Roll

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4th Grade: Ava Losch, Rhiannon Legaux, Jaylyn Clarke, Mekhi Batiste, Aaliyah Jones, Ra’Kelle Deflanders, Zoe Scandurro, (middle row) Zaria Anders, Randall Salazar, Jaycob Tatum, Julian Robinson, Bryce Bickham, Gemi-Jet Buras, Jailyn Weber, (top row) Dameon Langevin, Logan Filby, Christopher Fontenot, Alana Dumas, Anastacia Casnave, Jaron Savoy, Tressie Kahl

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5th Grade:(Bottom row) Dylan Newton, Railynn Jacobs, Madison Gilmore, Sydney Sconza, Caley Wilson, Jaycedi Wust, Anthony James, Emma Lober, Sheldon Wyatt, (middle row) Krisitan Stubbs, Marley Joseph, Mya Musgrove, Jolie Gosier, Celestia Langevin, Jade Salazar (back row) Keithan Ducre, John Boyd, Elena Cook, Isabella Kelley, Audrina Johnson

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6th Grade: (bottom row) Lennon Middaugh, Justy Areceneaux, Arianna Pulido, Brianna Smith, Jada Williams, Erica Ponthier, Brooke Pellegrin, (middle row) Morgan Faciane, Aubreyanna McClendon, Theresa Miller, Yasmin Jackson, Ethan Dennies, Anthony Dumas, Caden Wilson, (top row) Jasmine Thomas, Tracie Moreau, William Banks, Maci Losch, Kiya Jones

 

 

Carl Arredondo Visits

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WWL Chief Meteorologist, Carl Arredondo, visits the fourth graders at Bayou Lacombe Middle School annually to speak with them about not only the weather, but careers in Meteorology. Mr. Arredondo recently spoke to the students who asked great questions and gave him small gifts to show their appreciation of his donated time.

 

 

October Students of the Month

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Each month at Bayou Lacombe Middle School, students who display good character and citizenship are chosen by their teachers as “Student of the Month”.  Students receive a certificate and have a special luncheon with Mr. Woods, the Principal. The October Students of the Month are (seated) Miracle Smith, Ava Losch, Remmie Guidera, (standing) Rhiannon Legaux, Theresa Miller, Aaliyah Jones, Maci Losch, and Caley Wilson.

 

 


September, 2013

 

 

 

Beautification Project

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Once again, Lakeshore High collaborated with Bayou Lacombe Middle, BLMS PTA and local businesses to complete a school beautification project. Amanda Lee, the Agriculture Club sponsor, brought seven Lakeshore High School students to Bayou Lacombe Middle and worked the entire day.   Everyone worked hard to make the courtyard area look amazing! Pictured are Agriculture Club sponsor, Amanda Lee; Jahyra Bagent, Tori Mitchell, Robbie Ricks, Kendall Gibbs, Connor Carter, Dylan Clement; Bayou Lacombe Middle Principal Patrick Woods, and Jack Shreve (kneeling).

 

Grandparents’ Day

On September 10th, 2013, students at Bayou Lacombe Middle School spent time celebrating Grandparents’ Day with special people.  Grandparents were invited to attend a special luncheon with their grandchild eating southern fried catfish.  Each grandparent and grandchild had their picture taken and was mailed a copy as a memento.

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Brooklyn Bowman and Ruby Bowman

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Ralph Landes and Shirley McBrayer

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Chylie Brossett and Patricia Lawrence

 

September Students of the Month

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Each month at Bayou Lacombe Middle School, students who display good character and citizenship are chosen by their teachers as “Student of the Month”. Students receive a certificate and have as special luncheon with the principal. The September Students of the Month are Yaileen Castro, Jacoby Chatman, Marley Joseph, Paris Cox, Mekhi Batiste, Mya Musgrove, Bryce Bickham, Arianna Pulido, and Sophia Jiang.

 

 

Students Encouraged
to "Read More Books"

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Students at Bayou Lacombe Middle School gathered in the gym on Friday, September 6th, to learn about the new Accelerated Reader awards for this school year.  Fourth grade teachers, Robin Pratt, Emily Riche, Melissa Murry, CaTina Walker and music teacher, Ms. T. Hotard, sponsored the event. Students were welcomed and then asked to join in the traditional school chant led by Ms. T. Hotard.  The fourth grade teachers performed a skit which emphasized why students would want to make their goal for each grading period.  The finale was the entrance of the “Chick-fil-a Cow” who drew names of students who had already met their Accelerated Reader goal for the first grading period.  These students received free meal coupons and were encouraged to “read more books”.  Pictured are Sixth grader, William Banks and fourth grade teachers, Robin Pratt and Emily Riche.

 

 

Young Scientists

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Mrs. Riche’s fourth grade students at Bayou Lacombe Middle School visited the science lab to practice their observational skills.  The students used the scientific method to answer the investigative question: “Do skittles dissolve faster in hot or cold water?”

Students were placed in investigative teams that measured 4 tbsp of hot water in one bowl and 4 tbsp of cold water in another bowl.  One skittle was placed in the bowl with the hot water and one skittle was place in the bowl with the cold water. The skittles were dropped in at the same time with the “S side” up.  The students observed both bowls.  After 5-10 minutes, students observed and recorded that the skittle that was in the hot water was significantly smaller than the one in the cold water.  After 20 minutes the skittle in the hot water was completely dissolved. The students used a skittle recording sheet and explained their observations in their science journals using observation drawings, analysis,  and conclusions.

After the experiment and the recordings were complete, students generated other questions based upon this experiment. Pictured are Aaliyah Jones, Ra’Kelle Deflanders, Alana Dumas, Jenna Montz, and Mekhi Batiste.

 


August, 2013

Grant To Fund Organic Herbal Garden and Composting “Outdoor Classroom”

The Herb Society of America has awarded a $3,003 Grant for Educators to Bayou Lacombe Middle School Organic Garden for a whole-school composting and herbal gardening program and a professional greenhouse system for the sustainability of the organic garden outdoor classroom. The Bayou Lacombe Organic Garden and Composting Project was selected as one of the two nationwide grant recipients!

On Thursday, September 5, 2013 Home Depot (Slidell) Store Manager, Scott Corry, a team of store managers, and the Garden Team will be working with the students to finish the professional greenhouse—building the final aspects of the greenhouse and installing the greenhouse misting system, solar-powered fan, shelves, and much more—all provided with funds from the Herb Society of America Grant for Educators. Just in time for the students to begin seeding for their fall/winter garden!

Teacher Rebekah Ellis, the gifted students, community partner Linda Franzo (Louisiana Master Gardener), and Principal Patrick Woods of Bayou Lacombe Middle School will be on hand to help the volunteers from Home Depot. The team from Home Depot (Slidell Northshore) have been an integral part of the garden project since its inception over three years ago, donating supplies and working with the students for each new planting season and community Farmers Market. Now, thanks to the grant from Herb Society of America, the students can finish their professional greenhouse and equip it with the necessary tools for raising successful seedlings. The grant will also provide the materials for the students’ Farmers Market herbal products: herbal soaps, herbal teas, and informational pamphlets.

The “outdoor classroom” organic garden and composting project provides the ideal setting for students to learn environmental stewardship, sustainable living, entrepreneurial skills, and nutritional health in addition to challenging the students in every aspect of the curriculum and developing higher order thinking and problem solving skills. Now that the gifted students have established the organic garden, the project is broadening to incorporate the entire school, Chahta-Ima Elementary School (feeder school), and the community and make the organic garden self-sustainable through large-scale composting.

 

Good Behavior Gets the Prize

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Students at Bayou Lacombe Middle earn Cardinal Cash as a positive reward for good behavior. Students save their Cardinal Cash to use on various rewards during the school year. Throughout the year, students have an opportunity to place as much of their Cardinal Cash as they would like into a drawing for various items.  The first drawing of this school year was for a Saints Super Bowl hat.  The lucky winner was a fifth grader, Alexah Hamilton.

 

 

BLMS TEAM on three 1-2-3 Team!

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Times Picayune / Nola.com Article

 

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