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July, 2012

New Principal Appointed

Gary Marlbrough was appointed the new principal in July.

May, 2012


Rotary Bike

Northlake-Mandeville Rotary Club #03990 partnered with The Spokesman of Mandeville to provide a bicycle and helmet to one Chahta-Ima 3rd grade student. The winning student was drawn from the book reports 3rd grade students wrote and submitted throughout the school year. This year’s winner, Jayce Chaisson, is pictured with, left to right, Club President Tom Quinn and Ben Motion.


Rotary Most Books

Northlake-Mandeville Rotary Club #03990 sponsored a reading challenge at Chahta-Ima Elementary. Third grade students were challenged to read books and write a book report for each book they read. Anthony James read 43 books, the most in the grade level, winning him the autographed Drew Brees jersey. Pictured with Anthony are, left to right, Club President Tom Quinn and Ben Motion.


April, 2012



Earth Day

Chahta-Ima students participated in a relay to sort plastic, paper, and cans as part of a discussion of reusing, reducing, and recycling for Earth Day. Pictured are (left to right) Anastacia Casnave, Rosalie Guidera, and Joseph Fontenette.


Louisiana Bicentennial

Four-year-olds celebrating Louisiana’s 200 years through artwork. Chahta-Ima pre-kindergarten students created magnolia blossoms, alligators, and painted pelicans as they learned about Louisiana and its Bicentennial. Pictured are , front row left to right, Alanna Cousin, Jaida Melan, Greg Cusimano, and Skyler Segrave. On the back row, from left to right, are Isabelle Brown, Logan Desoto, and Royce Ziegler.


Caught Being Good

Chahta-Ima students and staff are continuing to be examples of positive behavior. Caught Being Good during the weeks of March 26 th and April 16 th were front, left to right, Kyree Laurant, Jada Melan, Destiny Bennett, Christopher Collins, and Layla Fuzy. On the back row, from left to right, are Candice Gianelloni, Celestia Langevin, Jason Landor, Rebekah Swenson, and Angelina Pellegrin.




Take Me Fishing

Teach a man to fish! Chahta-Ima third grade students went on a “Take Me Fishing” field trip to the National Wildlife Refuges Headquarters complex in Lacombe. The trip was funded and coordinated by the Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges. Students received their own rod and reel after learning to bait their hooks and cast their lines. Pictured are (Left to right) Jacob Roy, Kristian Stubbs, DeAnte Ducre, and one of the many catfish the children caught on their trip.


March, 2012

Family Math Night

Chahta-Ima Elementary held its annual Family Math Night on Thursday, March 1, 2012. In honor of Louisiana’s Bicentennial, the theme was “Happy Birthday Louisiana!” Families enjoyed a variety of activities designed to create real-life learning opportunities at home that enhance math at school. Pictured is first grader Harrison Martin getting a lesson in counting change from third grade teacher Toni Barth.


Spring Behavior

Chahta-Ima students and staff are “marching” into spring with positive behavior choices. Pictured left to right are (front row) Kyree Laurent, Devin Davis, Jack Russell, and Dustin Sturcken; Middle row Alex Cousin, Robbie Ruschmeier, Caleb Elliot, Alana Dumas, and Keenan Williams; Back row - Emily Fowler.


Paints & Brushes

The Slidell Art League made a very generous donation of watercolor paints and brushes to the Chahta-Ima Art Department on March 5th. Pictured left to right are Richard Ray, Nancy Chambless, Casey Gleason, and Tracey Williams.

Coach Jeter Visits

The Chahta-Ima Leadership Council recently welcomed a special guest speaker, Willie “Coach” Jeter. Jeter spoke to the children on the importance of being a leader and the value of being unique individuals. Pictured left to right are Tristan Coakley, Coach Jeter, and Daquan Young.

February, 2012


King and Queen

Chahta-Ima proudly announces the King and Queen of their annual Mardi Gras Parade! Third graders Kyle Piazza and Robbie Ruschmeier were chosen to represent the 3rd grade students by community partners who reviewed essays on leadership written by the 3rd grade students. Pictured are front row, left to right, Robbie Ruschmeier and Kyle Piazza; middle row, left to right, Bakey Hoover, Paulette Kloeppel, and Ellie Schroder, and back row, left to right, Pat Johnson, Rhonda Spiess, Tom Aicklen, and Stefaine Bestor.

Mardi Gras Fun

Chahta-Ima students and staff are having fun and making people’s days in the spirit of Mardi Gras! Pictured for February 3 and 10 are: Front (left to right) Kloie Danna, Beverly Rose Price, Molly Pampo, Kiley Gaines, and Jase Hecker; Middle(left to right) Ashley Casnave, Julian Robinson, Aaliyah Jones, Mekhi Batiste, and Emma Lober; and Back(left to right) LaTanya Alfred and Mary Crawford.


January, 2012

Caught Being Good

A new year brings a new set of students and faculty caught being good at Chahta-Ima! New Year's resolutions not needed for this group--they are being there and having fun everyday! Pictured are front row, left to right, Hunter Thomas, Charlie Auxilien, Cameron Ducre, Grace Cousin, Braxton Rosiere, and Louis Davis; middle row, left to right Gage Ainsworth, Anastacia Casnave, Gracie Smith, and Yosy Davis; back row, left to right, LaTanya Alfred and Yvonne Populis.


Chahta-Ima Elementary students and staff members “Caught Being Good” during the weeks of January 20 and 27. Way to go!! Pictured are:front row, left to right, Gavin Williams, Warren Williams, Royce Ziegler, Madison Gilmore, and Ja’marion Parker; middle row, left to right, Caleb Hoover, Jonathan Shepherd, Tristan Coakley, Dameon Langevin, and Olivia Stevenson; back row, left to right, Denise LaBella and Amy Bordelon.

Math Mania

Math Mania is running rampant at Chahta-Ima Elementary School! Pre-K through third grade students are invited to complete a calendar of math activities each month. Participation is voluntary and the students who choose to complete it are part of a drawing for a sweet healthy treat. Pictured left to right are Principal Casey Gleason and Assistant Principal Candice Hickman with the December Math Maniacs Deshawn Ducre, Olivia Stevenson, and Jonathan Shephard.

Teacher of the Year

The Chahta-Ima Elementary family is proud to announce the selection of Emily Fowler as the 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year. Fowler's dedication not only to her first grade class but the entire student body is evidenced in many ways including the Flipchart, Newsmaker, and other technological presentations she uses in her instruction and gladly shares with colleagues. Congratulations Emily! Pictured (left to right) Assistant Principal Candice Hickman, Emily Fowler, and Principal Casey Gleason.

Coats for Kids

Chahta-Ima Elementary was recently the recipient of 170 coats from the WGNO Bruce's Coats for Kids program. These coats will be distributed as needed to the students of Chahta-Ima Elementary and Bayou Lacombe Middle School. Pictured delivering and receiving the coats are (left to right) Sheri Plaisance, Jermal Horne, Zachary Jordan, Candice Hickman, and Sharon Yoli.


December, 2011

Village Visitors

Community partnerships are flourishing at Chahta-Ima Elementary School! Two of the many valuable community partners for the school paid a visit with generous donations of funds and materials to support various programs in place at the school.

From The Village Church in Lacombe are, left to right, Pastor Paul Ernewein, Jason Kahl, Dawn Kahl, and Principal Casey Gleason.

Representing Capital One Bank, Lacombe Branch, is Jill Strain, pictured with Principal Casey Gleason.


Holiday Lunch

Residents of the Lacombe Nursing Home joined with Chahta-Ima Elementary students on Wednesday, December 14, for a special holiday lunch. Pictured are (left to right) Blake Cousin, Jewel Hebert, and Molly Pampo.

Outstanding Character

Chahta-Ima Elementary students and staff show outstanding character! Caught Being Good for the weeks of December 2 and 9 are front row (left to right) Destiny James, Adrian Coakley, Regan Ziegler, Jerry Musgrove, Greg Cusimano, and Maya Stubbs; Middle row (left to right) Alana Dumas, Audrina Johnson, Elena Cook, Madison Rasmussen, Alyssa Ratcliff, Ja'maya Parker, Tai Pampo, and Colby Ziegler; Back row (left to right) LaTanya Alfred, Cathleen Huval, John Lee, and Tina Neal.

Reflections Winners

Chahta-Ima Elementary is proud to announce the school winners for the Annual PTA Reflections contest! These students will represent CIE at the District PTA level of competition. Students responded to the prompt "Diversity Means". Pictured are, left to right, Darion Byrd, Xavier Hernandez, Marcellus Adams, and Lana Thompson. Not pictured is Trey Powell.

Dictionaries Donated

The Bayou Lacombe Republican Women group showed their support of education by donating a dictionary to each Chahta-Ima Elementary third grade student on Wednesday, December 7, 2011. Pictured are: front row, from left to right, Imia Laurent and Makayla Wilson; M(L-R) Trey Powell, Audrina Johnson, and Darion Byrd; back row, from left to right, Bakey Hoover and Dale Neale.

Swings Donated

The men of the Knights of Columbus Alex Semel Counsel, St. John the Cross Church in Lacombe donated two swings for students with special needs at Chahta-Ima Elementary. Pictured left to right are Darryl O’Meallie, Readan Roberts, and Merlin Schwab.


November, 2011

Food Drive

Third grade student members of the Chahta-Ima Elementary Leadership Council decided that having a food drive would be a great way to give back to their community. The students developed and executed their plan which proved to be very successful. They collected 847 items which were donated to the Samaritan Center. Pictured are (Left to right) Remmie Guidera, Joseph Fontenette, Erika Dixon, Imia Laurent, Mya Musgrove, Lucas Atlow, Craig Thomas, Aaliyah Jones, and Tyler Haffner.

October, 2011

Campus Clean Up

Chahta-Ima Elementary's playground was cleaned up by volunteers on Saturday, October 8. Volunteers concentrated their efforts on preparing areas around the playground equipment for additional pea gravel to help cushion any student falls. Thanks to, front row left to right, Kavin Starr, Gavin Bech, Candace Bech, Kaylee Bech, and Kyson Julian. In the back from left to right are Kevin Starr, Kay Starr, Candice Gianelloni, Casey Gleason, Katie Julian, Josh Julian, Tina Neal, and Frank Sewell.


Caught Being Good

Chahta-Ima students and faculty are being "Caught Being Good" all over the campus. Pictured are those caught for the weeks of October 14 and 21, front row, left to right, Devin Davis, Brianna Kieper, Malaana Young, Shannon Jones, and Jase Hecker. Middle row, left to right, Celestia Langevin, Julian Robertson, Gage Ainsworth, David Davis, and Nikko Bell. Back row, left to right, Lorraine Dahlberg, Toni Barth, and Chasey Pecot.

Just Say No

Just Say No Fence Sign: Chahta-Ima students in Robin Wojcik's class and the message they created in front of school for Red Ribbon Week. Pictured are front row from left to right Dayshawn Cooper, Jonathan Shepherd, and Alissa Rayburn. In the back is Robin Wojcik.

Red Ribbon Week

Sheriff K-9: St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office sent members of their K-9 Unit to Chahta-Ima Elementary for a demonstration during Red Ribbon Week. Pictured are: Front-Flex, B(L-R) Preston Lewis, Kyle Piazza, Brennan Edwards, Trey Powell, and Corporal R. Edwards.

Safety Day


Chahta-Ima Elementary students participated in Safety Day on Thursday, October 6. Students learned lessons about being safe in boats and on bikes as well as Stranger Safety, Bus Safety, and Fire Safety.

Rick Clark with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries demonstrates how to properly wear a life vest with the help of Skyler Pennington at Chahta-Ima Elementary's Annual Safety Day.

Chahta-Ima Elementary students (L-R) Malaana Young, Greg SMith, Angelina Laurent, and Deshawn Ducre, led by Lacombe Firefighter Stefaine Bestor, are putting on their thinking caps to think of their fire safety plans.

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office Deputy Eddie Vauthier described how to be safe to Chahta-Ima Elementary students at the school's Annual Safety Day. Pictured are F(L-R) Gavin Bech, Mye'shawn Fox, Destiny Bennett, and Skyler Pennington; B-Deputy Eddie Vauthier

Caught Being Good!

Chahta-Ima students and teachers Caught Being Good for the weeks of Sept. 28 and Oct. 6. Front: Liana Levy, Branson Taylor, Tahirah Ducre, Luke Daigrepont, and Malique Fleming. Middle: Michael Piazza, Mya Musgrove, Miracle Smith, and Tyler Douchette
Back: Dayshawn Cooper, LaTanya Alfred, Ann Baham-James, and Damiontae Pric.



September, 2011

Fuel Up To Play 60

Photographs from the recent "Fuel Up to Play 60" kick-off school wide event.

Big Books

Chahta-Ima students Grace Cousin and Samuel Palencia in Cathleen Huval's transitional first grade class are learning big things with big books!

Caught Being Good in Early September

Chahta-Ima Elementary is buzzing with teachers and students Caught Being Good!
Way to go groups from Sept. 2 and 9! Front row, left to right, are Alexis Daniels, Rhett Rosiere, Joey Shea, Gavin Williams, Braxton Rosiere, and Dakota Moore. Middle row, left to right are Daniel Wilson, Drew Hyde, Alexah Hamilton, and Yosvany Davis. On the back row, left to right, are Giselle Batiste and Stacy Arabie.

August, 2011

Caught Being Good In August

Chahta-Ima students and teachers "Caught Being Good" for the weeks of August 19 and 26. On the front row, left to right, are Maya Stubbs, Hunter Mullen, and Tai Pampo. On the middle row, from left to right, are Jimmy Carter, John Ochoa, Alexander Cousin, and Devin Sylve. On the back row, from left to right, are Shiela Cole, Craig Thomas, Brenden Thompson, and Stacy Arabie. Not pictured is Jamarion Parker.

Haircut In The Gym

Mia Waller, a T-1 student at our school and a Leukemia survivor, was given the opportunity to cut off 11-12 inches of Candice Hickman's hair as a PBS event.The students have worked hard to earn this CHAMPO line school wide celebration. We donated the hair to the Locks of Love organization and Paris Parker donated the "clean up" hair cut this afternoon after school.

Here is the after the haircut photograph.
Ms. Hickman is assistant principal of the school.


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