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June, 2013


Fifth Ward Jr. High FFA Chapter Named Tops in State


The Fifth Ward Junior High School FFA Chapter received top honors at the State FFA Convention in Alexandria last month by being named the best overall FFA Chapter in the state for 2012-2013.

Fifth Ward is the only middle school chapter to have ever won the overall Top FFA Chapter Award, which is usually given to high school chapters. Tommy Peters, the chapter advisor, and student members were congratulated on their outstanding state accomplishment. “We won overall in the state based on student development, chapter development, and community development,” he said. They had earlier won best middle school chapter in the state, and he attributed the outstanding overall recognition to a lot of hard work on the part of the student members.

Some of Fifth Ward FFA’s major activities include an Agricultural Leadership and Parent Night, an Exploring Careers in Agriculture event, the Character and Anti- Bullying Program, the FFA Awards and Appreciation Banquet, a Winter Gala, chapter fundraisers, a PEC Service Learning Project, the Fifth Ward Farm Safety Day, and Petting Farms at the parish fair and other events.

Now that it has been chosen at the top overall Louisiana chapter, Fifth Ward’s application will be forwarded to National FFA Association. The group will head to the National FFA Convention in late October. It was in the top five in the nation last year.
The Fifth Ward Junior High FFA chapter has been named the top middle school chapter in the state several times before.



April, 2013




March Students of the Month



Honor Roll Students

4th Grade Honor Rolls

4th Grade 3.0 Honor Roll

4th Grade 3.5 Honor Roll

4th and 5th Grade 4.0 Honor Roll

Fifth Grade Honor Rolls

5th Grade 3.0 Honor Roll

5th Grade 3.5 Honor Roll

Sixth Grade Honor Rolls

6th Grade 3.0 Honor Roll

6th Grade 3.5 Honor Roll

6th Grade 4.0 Honor Roll

Seventh Grade Honor Rolls

7th Grade 3.0 Honor Roll

7th Grade 3.5 Honor Roll

7th Grade 4.0 Honor Roll


Eighth Grade Honor Rolls

8th Grade 3.0 Honor Roll

8th Grade 3.5 Honor Roll

8th Grade 4.0 Honor Roll




8th Grade Class Photo











February, 2013



January Students of the Month

Danielle Smith, Trenton Smith, Kallie Owens, Noah Payne, Hayden Rester, Sara Vrettos, Aiden Keaton, Levi Cowart, Graven Seawright, Evan Jordan, Skyleigh Dufrene, Dane Hopper, Noelle Hudson, Aaron Conlin, Justice Tisdale, Justin Nelson, Sarah Kinsley, Presley Boler, Catalena Cuny, Collin Parker, Ian Cardona, Joy Conlin, Brianna Buras, Breana Ritchie, Avery Collins, Emily Hudson, Cheyenne Justice, Cameron Stogne, Madison Penton, and Hunter Thomas


Legislators Visit Cafeteria

Senator Ben Nevers visited the Fifth Ward campus Wednesday, Feb. 6, to learn about the school's Food Service Department and Child Nutrition Program. He met the cafeteria staff, talked about the challenges of daily breakfast and lunch preparation, and even put on a chef's hat and helped in the serving line.


January, 2013


Play 60 Celebration

Fifth Ward students welcome Saints player Jimmy Graham as he enters to be the guest speaker for the NFL Play 60 Superbowl Challenge fitness program held on January 29.

Jimmy Graham, Michael Lewis, Principal Chris Oufnac, and Akiem Hicks

The presentation of the Grant Award Check.

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Fifth Ward Wins Grand Prize

The National Football League's (NFL) “Play 60 Superbowl Challenge” project for 2012-2013 has recognized several St. Tammany Parish Public Schools for outstanding exercise programs, and Fifth Ward Junior High was named the “Grand Prize Winner” in this year’s program.

Our school was commended for its “exceptional participation and the keeping of records for all eligible students at the school.” Not only will the school receive a $2500 grant check, but it will also receive a special NFL assembly later this month, as well as physical education equipment and an invitation to take part in the “NFL Kids Day Experience” at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans on January 30.

Principal Christopher Oufnac said, “This is such an amazing opportunity for our students and community – the NFL is coming to Bush, Louisiana.  We knew our students worked hard  and really bought into the Play60 program, but to actually hear someone on the phone say I am calling from the NFL, it was really exciting for our PE teacher.   The community and the school are buzzing.”

He plans to use the grant money towards the purchase of new physical education and athletics equipment. The P.E. equipment the NFL will be donating to the school will include 15 footballs, 30 cones, 20 jump ropes, and 20 three pound weights.


December, 2012


Annual Concert

Fifth Ward Junior High recently had their annual chorus and band concert.  Pictured is the elementary choir singing led by Mrs. Susan Harrell.

Mrs. Jennifer Nuccio and her elementary band performing during the recent band/chorus concert at Fifth Ward Junior High. 

Pictured are Fifth Ward Junior High chorus members singing during their recent performance. 

Pictured is Fifth Ward's junior high band performing led by Mrs. Jennifer Nuccio.


Angel Tree Giving

Dozens of parents, staff members and students brought wrapped Christmas presents to the Fifth Ward Junior High School gymnasium Friday afternoon to be distributed to children in the community through the Office of Community Services (OCS) . The gifts were collected by the school’s Angel Tree program. LA4 Paraeducator Jennifer Jenkins supervised the project.

Sixty eight children were on the list to receive the gifts through the program in which Fifth Ward has participated for the past several years. “Every year our school unselfishly gives more than asked for,” said Principal Christopher R. Oufnac.

The tradition has been very rewarding and is one of the things Principal Oufnac is most proud of at his school. “It is something most of our Falcon family take part in,” he said. “It is a school-wide project, and we feel good about bringing a smile on someone’s face when they wake up on Christmas morning. The students love the project,” Oufnac explained.


Students of the Month

Fifth Ward recently honored their November Students of the Month. Pictured are
Damien Donnell, Braxten Thibodeaux, Caleb Stogner, Claire Sicard, Lathan Mizell, Kevin Sanchez, Landon Frizzell, Kayl Tassin, Ethan Kyle, Noah Senac, Courtney McKinley, Jasmine Stites, Alexandra Accardo, Trilby Hill, Caroline Smith, Brooklin Kyle, Katie Melton, Jayden Kenny, Demille Davis, Kolby Parker, Jared Heck, Chase Davis, Jordan Tisdale, Ian McDaniel, Christian Williams, Saige Tassin, Abbie Vollenweider, Brandt Grinnell, Holly McDaniel, and Madison Lacroix.


November, 2012



Ribbon Cutting Held

The ribbon was cut Tuesday morning to commemorate the completion of extensive renovations to Fifth Ward Junior High School in Bush, with Superintendent W. L. “Trey” Folse, III and several School Board Members in attendance.

The event was accompanied by the chorus singing the school’s Alma Mater, students reading a variety of recollections by their parents and grandparents about the school’s early years, and tours of the new facilities by members of the cheerleading squad.

Among those in attendance were St. Tammany Parish School Board President Stephen “Jack” Loup, III; School Board Members Peggy Seeley, Beth Heintz, Michael Dirmann, and Charles Harrell. Assistant Superintendents William “Bill” Brady, Cheryl Arabie, and Pete Jabbia were present, as well as former principals T. J. Rogers and Brandon Clanton, and Parish Council District Six member Richard Tanner.

Principal Christopher Oufnac told the audience, “We have embarked on a new journey, and today we celebrate our progress.” Superintendent Folse said Fifth Ward Jr. High was a leader in “community connections” for the School System. “Fifth Ward has a very rich history in this community, and we are honored to be here,” he said. “The school does a lot of great things for the community, hosts meeting space for Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts, takes part in Toys for Tots and The Angel Tree Drive.”

The school’s eighth grade choir, under the direction of Susan Harrell, sang the Alma Mater which was written in 1956. Among the memories read by the students were recollections by former students, teachers, parents and grandparents. One stated that the school started as “Oak Grove School” and was named “Fifth Ward” in 1949.

After the program, students led tours of the new facilities. The renovations included new buildings and updates for existing buildings housing the Family and Consumer Science department, the band and chorus rooms, computer rooms, and classrooms.

During the special program, Elise Carter led the Pledge of Allegiance, Alissa Long sang the National Anthem, Joy Nettles and Colt Dutruch introduced special guests, and Lily Jenkins, Santana Lang, Peyton Talley, and Jaylene Whitehead all read the memories recalled by former students.

Click here for an MP3 recording of Superintendent Folse's comments.

Click here for an MP3 recording of the School Memories read by students.

Superintendent Folse speaks to group

Students welcome visitors to the ceremony

Reading the memories of past students

Past and Present Principals: Brandon Clanton, Christopher Oufnac, and T. J. Rogers

Principal Oufnac interviewed by Channel 13

Tour of Family & Consumer Science Room

Tour of Chorus and Band room

The eighth grade choir sang the School's Alma Mater



Drawing Wins At Festival

Sixth grade student Kimberly Rubio of Fifth Ward Junior High recently won first place for her textured tree pencil drawing that she entered at the Covington Three Rivers Art Festival.  Her art teacher is Mr. T.A. Calahan.



4-H Club Officers

Pictured are the elementary 4-H club officers.  Top row: Karsyn Bardy - Vice President, Lillie Jenkins - President, Mackenzie Sessum - Secretary. Bottom row: Robert Hall - Treasurer and Crysany Lachute - Reporter.

Fifth Ward Junior High's  4-H club recently held their elections for junior high club officers.  The officers also attended a training at Covington High.  Pictured are the junior high officers : Top row: President - Reporter - Hannah Bader,  Vice President - Joy Nettles, President - Charity Conlin,  and Treasurer - Tiffany Owens. Bottom row: CRD Chairman - Corinne Hall and  Secretary - Shayna Cothern


October, 2012


Students of the Month

Fifth Ward Junior High recently honored their Students of the Month for October.  Pictured are:  Cade Pounds, Elizabeth Leos, Dana Hopper, Zayne Paul Wagner, Kylie Gallo, Johnathon “Leon” Slayton, Lauren Montalbano, Sarah Cowell, Brooklyn Crawford, Peyton Lang, Tina Wells, Zaiden Wagner, Kaymron Arnouville, Brianna Miller, Brennan Wood, Kyle Hidalgo, McKenzie Mosbey, Chase Senac, Taylor Newgaard, Haylee Jarrell, Gabriella Olsen, Robert Hall, Abby Blackmon, Kayleigh Mosbey, Kayla Garner, Larkin Branch, Emily Ehret, Victor Pounds, Dante’ Marquez, Colt Dutrutch, and Serena Bonnette. 


All About Pumpkins

Students in Mrs. Hall's class had a great time learning all about pumpkins.  Students estimated how much the pumpkin weighed, sorted and counted seeds, assisted in carving the pumpkin, roasted pumpkin seeds, and wrote a paragraph about how to carve a jack-o'-lantern.  Pictured are Talyn Love, Hailey Baudoin, Richie Turner, and Ashley Temples each taking a turn scooping out seeds and pulp from the pumpkin. 

Students of the Month

Fifth Ward recently honored their September Students of the Month.

Pictured are Sophia Accardo, Isabella Baham, Kaitlyn Freeman, Madison Holloway, Joseph D’Herete, Shawnee Lawrence, Tapanga Hunt, Colby Alford, Daniel Hopper, Lexi Herrera, Braden Lynch, Diann Cotton, Halle Cooper, Brie’Anna Miller, Autumn Dykes, Evan Ehret, Madison Wake, Hunter Blackwell, Peyton Talley, Savannah Hughes, Cody Garner, Kimberly Rubio, Shane Jarrell, Brooke Sheridan, Brittany LaChute, Madelyn Hughes, Elise Carter, Shayna Cothern, Mikayla Strain, and Lily McCrae. 



September, 2012



Volleyball Strategy

Coach Amanda Bordelon talks strategy to the FWJH volleyball team.



United Way Support

Fifth Ward Junior High students and faculty show off their Saints spirit while helping raise funds to support United Way. Students paid $1.00 to wear their Saints shirts and all proceeds go toward United Way.



Fall Begins

    Fifth Ward Pre-K students Braxten Thibodeaux and Caleb Stogner helped to celebrate the beginning of Fall by helping rake and haul pine straw on the playground.



Erupting Volcanoes

Students in Mrs. Hall and Ms. Illg's classes enjoyed creating erupting volcanos. Students pictured are Richie Turner, Cole Justice, Michael Whitsett, Hailey Baudoin, and Ashley Temples.



Monster Muffins

Madison Holloway, Dana Hopper, Mason Tranchina and Aidan Ryan enjoyed making monster muffins after learning the letter M in Mrs. Murphy's Kindergarten class at Fifth Ward Junior High.



Classroom Visitor

Coach Sean Payton makes an appearance in Mrs. Rollins's 5th grade classroom. 




FWJH cheerleaders Tiffany Lachute, Charity Conlin, Brianna Williams, Emma Bardy, and Paige Nold root for the home team. 


Pep Talk

Coach Bordelon giving the Fifth Ward football team a pep talk.



9/11 Remembrance

Fifth Ward Junior High students Lillie Jenkins and Shianna Fulton are shown working on a 9/11 remembrance video for Patriot's Day in Mr. Michael Vandervelde's class.


August, 2012


FFA Chapter To
Compete at Nationals

The Fifth Ward Junior High FFA Chapter was recently named as one of five finalists in the National Top Middle School FFA Chapter Award competition. Visiting the School Board meeting on August 16 were chapter members, from left to right, Abigail Jenkins, president; Reese Tassin, Brandi Mowen, and Delani Hopper. At the state FFA convention, the group competed at many different levels against many different teams, high school and junior high, and placed first in the state in livestock evaluation judging. Chapter representatives will be travelling to the national convention in Indianapolis in late October to present a program about their school’s FFA activities.



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