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May, 2012


FHS Graduate
Design Seafood Fest Poster

Rick Danielson, at left, with the Northshore Kiwanis Club of Mandeville presented an official 2012 Mandeville Seafood Festival Poster to the St. Tammany Parish School Board at its May 17 meeting, announcing that a recent graduate of Fontainebleau High School, Miranda Barajas, center, was the winning artist this year. The Kiwanis Club has sponsored the Poster Contest for the last six years, with entrants from five Mandeville area junior high and high schools taking part. Some 70 poster designs were submitted overall. The poster was presented to Superintendent W. L. “Trey” Folse, III, at right.


Class Project Works
Towards Greener Community

Students in a drafting class at Fontainebleau High School recently experienced a new way of working together while designing a greener community.

In April students participated in a culminating drafting activity called the “Avalon Project,” an idea explained by Clifford Hinkle, the drafting teacher, which encouraged the students to use all of their drafting skills to solve elementary engineering problems.

“I began thinking of a long range project that would capture the imagination of my students, offer a multitude of design options, be modern and relevant, increase the student’s technical skills and teach them how to work collaboratively. The process would demand continuous improvement, and each group would develop common goals and objectives,” Hinkle stated.

The project began with the students reading a paper on renewable energy. After a series of class discussions, the students decided to focus their work on “living green.”

In an effort to identify the community’s architectural needs, the students developed a Planning and Zoning Map, basing their designs on real engineering data. Extensive research was conducted in the areas of energy use, power generation, energy conservation, existing green communities, energy companies and community development contractors.

In addition, experts from Chevron, Cleco, and LaGrange Consulting spoke with the students about “green communities” and what the contribute to saving energy.

The students demonstrated their advanced drafting skills using AutoCAD, Goggle SketchUP, SolidWorks, and Autodesk Home Styler.

At the end of the school year, the students presented their projects to a group of community leaders, explaining their ideas on how to live “greener.” They received feedback from the community leaders which enabled them to improve the project and their own personal skills.

In assessing the experience, Aaron Alford, a junior, stated, “I liked the project because it gave me a chance to dive into a field of my interest. The research part was really important because of the many details that are required to make the project work. It was a relevant and fulfilling experience. It is exciting to know that you made something real, completely understood how it worked, and you made it happen.”

April, 2012


Fontainebleau Wins $10,000 Math/Science Grant

Fontainebleau High School was notified April 19 that it had won a $10,000 Chevron and New Orleans Hornets Math and Science Resource Center Grant.

The school will use the money to build a special laboratory for student research and presentation in four key areas: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and through it encourage interest in STEM careers among high school, junior high, and middle school students.

The Chevron/Hornets grant recognizes projects that hold promise in helping improve math and science education in the education community, since STEM education is at the heart of today’s high-tech, high-skill global economy.

The specific purpose of the Fontainebleau High grant is to increase student achievement in math and science as well as to increase interest in other STEM courses and careers by offering more engaging, constructivist project-based and inquiry-based learning into the school’s instructional efforts. Much of the effort will involve incorporating robotics engineering in a number of curriculum areas, due to the high interest among students and the subject being applicable across the curriculum.

Casey Walderman, Community Investment Development Executive for the New Orleans Hornets, said, “We received several very impressive grant applications and applaud each school for their hard work and dedication. All of the applications demonstrated a clear commitment to math and science education.”

The title of the Fontainebleau High grant is “Fontainebleau High School Learning Community: The New “Fun-tier” STEM Initiative. The state-of-the art STEM resource lab will provide teachers with a proven template for integrating real-world situations and career cluster projects into their curriculum.

The new resource center will enable students to research, via communication and collaboration with the outside world, the effective integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). “We envision the STEM Center to be a fun, colorful, interactive, engaging teaching and learning facility, equipped with state of‐ the‐art technology for both the laboratory and presentation areas,” according to the grant application, said Melissa Strata-burger at Fontainebleau High. “It will provide for innovative instruction and research that supports student inquiry allow high‐level student research to become a cornerstone of our school district.”

As a result of the grant, students will be able to use real world tools to connect learning to specific careers, tools such as various computer software programs, applications and engineering kits.

Efforts will also be made to design a comprehensive Learning Community Outreach Plan to share the activities with middle and junior high schools that provide students to Fontainebleau High. Using the “STEM-Up™ model,” a comprehensive program of interrelated activities, the school hopes to engage students, parents, teachers, and community-based organizations with hands-on activities, role models, and information about career opportunities in STEM.

The project may also include “Fun-tier” Summer Camps, a “RoboDawgs” robotics Summer Camp, and STEM Star Lessons. Students from FHS will conduct mini-STEM Lego and Robotic Lessons at schools which are members of their learning community to help encourage interest in younger students in those curriculum areas.

Students will use the same industry-leading 3D design software used by companies like Intel, Lockheed Martin and Pixar. They will explore aerodynamics, astronautics and space life sciences and can also apply biological and engineering concepts related to biomechanics – robotics. As part of the process, they design, test and actually construct circuits and devices such as smart phones and tablets and work collaboratively on a culminating capstone project.

Data will be collected all throughout the project to assure that planned goals students are being reached. Each quarter data will be analyzed to determine if the overall STEM plan needs to be revised.

In a detailed description of the STEM Laboratory, the grant stated that the classroom will be configured as interactive state-of-the-art, dynamic, and innovative space where all students enrolled in math and science courses can engage in high level research, and produce innovative and creative design in the fields of applied mathematics and science. “We envision a space like no other on a high school campus in St. Tammany Parish,” said Principal Johnny Vitrano.

The room will be designed to create a colorful and high-tech atmosphere to invite student interaction with pulleys, prisms, magnets, calipers, micrometers, Robotics design kits, Venier Lab Quest II devices, digital cameras, calculators, industrial gauges, force and motion tables, and assorted engineering kits. Additionally, students will use state-of-the-art computers and software such as Logger pro and Solid works, as well as STEM related websites. When making a presentation of each project, students will have access to a large flat screen TV, Elmo, projector, Promethean Board, and IPADs.

The classroom will be configured into several work stations for different phases of each project. The flat screen TV will serve as a presentation device and will be connected to the Internet to show videos and web sites as well as video examples of STEM lessons and student products. Lining the walls will be display posters reflecting themes of Creativity, Innovation, Engineering, and Applied Science and Math.

Chevron has partnered with the New Orleans Hornets on several community service programs, including a “Mathmobile” and the Mathlete’s program which rewards students for improving or maintaining good grades in math.

March, 2012


Special Olympics

Special Olympics: Pictured from left to right, Fontainebleau High's Caitlyn Maroney, Morgan, Brownlee, Sean Leehans, Arden Wells, Paula Semel, and Thomas Beckstrom celebrate Special Olympic victories. Morgan Brownlee won a 2 second place ribbon and a third place, Sean Leehans won 3 second place ribbons, and Paula Semel won 3 first place ribbons.

NHS Induction

National Honor Society induction: From Top Row:Daniel Crain, Brandon Freeman, Logan Forest, Reed Kirk, John Robert Lawrence, Bryce Clark, Michael Lawrence, Gregory Lewis, Cade Bourgeois, Andrew Knudsen, Hailey Pomme, Aaron Alford, Kara Kopcso, Meghan Mumphrey, Jordan Ball, McKenna Veca, Grace Fritterer, Calla Harper, Catherine Comardelle, Rachel Triay, Michael Nickelotte, Caitlin Moroney, Cannon Kent, Courtney Smith, Madison Heath, Raquel Rodriguez-Fernandez, Mason Watson, Madelyn Jarman, Nora Bloemer, Chole Bullock, Carly Maassen, Douglas Berlin, Grace Herbert, Catherine Maxwell, Brooke Henderson, Emily Ingrassia, Amanda Killeen, Christian Bennett, Emme Bretz, Hailey Allo, Grace Valentine, Kerilyn Morales, Emma Giustiniano, Annie Guidroze, Breana Jackson, Haley Miller, Danielle Sabathe, Cameron Kast, Paige Bordelon, and Abbegayle Phares. Bottom Row: Arden Wells, Lauren Meaux, Logan Murray, Megan Simon, Hayden Guthrie, Abigail Tatum, Savannah Cardenas, Megan Boucher, Crystal Collins, Katelyn Mulkey, Bianca Rapp, Brooke Bergeron, Drew Walker, Cassidy Steibing, Emily Fontenot, and Anna Brown

Jazz Band

The jazz ensemble poses with their new trophy after winning first prize at the 2012 Louisiana Association of Jazz Educators’ State Jazz Festival on March 3. Top row (from left to right) Blake Gonzales, Robert Bose, Bryan Cass, Matt Sutton, Nathan Sheffield, Mr. Ralph Lee Hicks, Taylor Mroski, Blake Johnson, Reid Nuss, Connor Matherne. Second row: Hayden Migliore, Clark Lambert, Kevin McNeill, Joshua Morgan, Alec Legros, Eric Brown, and Willie Richardson. Bottom row: Sophie Guidry, Anna Brown, Haley Bruch, and Lenus Jack.

School Board Recognition

Band Director Hicks, Jr. and several members of his Jazz Ensemble One were recognized by the School Board March 15 for winning First Place and Louisiana State Champion honors for their superior performance at the 2012 Louisiana Association of Jazz Educators State Jazz Festival held at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. Hicks, who is now in his 10th year at the school, said he was pleased to have such incredible student musicians at the school each year. “We enjoy representing our school, our School District, and our parents, the key to our success,” he said. Fine Arts Supervisor Margaret Sharpe said it was the third consecutive time the Fontainebleau Jazz Ensemble has won the top award. Not only did the group win top state honors, but individual musicians recognized for being the most outstanding Soloists were Blake Johnson - Outstanding Trumpet Soloist; Matt Sutton - Outstanding Trombone Soloist; Bryan Cass - Outstanding Piano Soloist; Reid Nuss - Outstanding Guitar Soloist; Taylor Mroski - Outstanding Bass Soloist; and Eric Brown - Outstanding Drums Soloist. The Fontainebleau High trombone section was also named Outstanding Trombone Section.

JROTC Speaker

Second Lieutenant Matt Fair, 2006 graduate of Fontainebleau High School, spoke to JROTC cadets at FHS. While at Fontainebleau High, he was in AFJROTC and was the Wing Corps Commander. He also played football for Fontainebleau High. Mr. Vitrano, congratulated Matt and thanked him for his presentation to our cadets.


Substitute of the Year

Meghan Pound Is Substitute of the Year
for Fontainebleau high school


February, 2012


ProStart Spotlighted

ProStart Instructor Angie Drago of Fontainebleau High School, second from left, told the School Board at its recent meeting of the opportunities provided by the highly-acclaimed culinary arts program endorsed by the Louisiana Restaurant Association. Superintendent W. L. “Trey” Folse, III, center right, congratulated her and her two students, Graham Roth, left, and Jonathan Guidroz, right, for their presentation and also for sharing slices of fresh-baked King Cake with those in attendance. Ms. Drago recently won the 2012 Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation’s “ProStart Educator of the Year” Award.




National Merit Finalists Arden Wells, Thomas Beckstrom, and Kayleigh Voss.


Cheerleaders Honored

The state champion cheerleading squad from Fontainebleau High School was given special recognition at the February 9 School Board meeting in Covington. The group won top state honors in the Large School Varsity Division of the first Dance and Cheer State Championships held by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LSHAA) in December. They are now eligible to take part in national competitions. Pictured on the back row, from left to right, are Sponsor Lisa Landry, Allison Woodall, Kelsey Donahue, Hailey Allo, Kelli Sarver, Chandler McCoy, Superintendent W. L. “Trey” Folse, III, Shelby Corcoran, Madison Bastion, and Courtney Conrad. On the middle row, from left to right, are Kaleigh Palmisano, Heidi Schexnayder, Mary Katherine Duhon, Jamie Horowitz, Megan Quirk, Madison Heil, and Elizabeth Nuss. On the front row, from left to right, are Madison Guidry, Bailey Seay, Madisyn Taylor, Ashlynn Gremillion, and Tori Rodriguez. Not pictured are Caroline Kieffer and Sarah Guzman. The state competition took place in Lake Charles, and drew more than 1300 participants. The LSHAA held the event to recognize the artistry and athleticism of the dance and cheer squads throughout Louisiana. Parish Athletic Director Larry Favre told the School Board that while all other sports have seasons with definite beginnings and endings, the cheerleaders work on their routines and skills year-round. Their commitment and dedication to support and encourage other athletes at the school are truly appreciated, he said.


January, 2012

Bonneval Recognized

     Awarded the title of Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year for Louisiana, FHS student Haley Bonneval was chosen for her excellence in athletics, her high academic achievement and her exemplary character.


Outstanding Seniors

     Senior volleyball players, (from left to right) Sarah Ulm, Morgan Todd and Haley Bonneval, celebrated their state championship victory at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner before the holidays. The seniors were part of the team last year that won District, however, this year, they took their game all the way to the state championship.

     Senior Haley Bonneval, Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year, finished with 1,628 kills and 581 digs in her prep volleyball career.

Board Honors Team

Members of the Fontainebleau High School girls volleyball team were given special recognition by the St. Tammany Parish School Board at its January 12 meeting. The group won the Louisiana Division One State Championship in early November, and Coach Danny Tullis commended the players, the parents, and the Principal for outstanding encouragement and support during the 44 – 1 season. Pictured kneeling from left to right are Assistant Coach Amy Este, Madison Heath, Nora Bloemer, Cassidy Stiebing, Lauren Sutton, Maddy Shannon, and Morgan Marlbrough. Standing from left to right are Assistant Coach Lauren Rhodus, Megan Zulli, Megan Meyer, Jessica Paxton, Natalie Cousin, Ava Zimmerman, Haley Bonneval, and Coach Danny Tullis. In front is the Division One Louisiana State Championship Trophy.

Cheerleader Champions

     Fontainebleau High cheerleaders captured the State Champion title at the LHSAA State Cheer Competition at Lake Charles Civic Center in December.

Pictured from bottom left to right are Bailey Seay, Madison Heil, Caroline Kieffer, Hailey Allo, Chandler McCoy, Shelby Corcoran, and Jamie Horowitz. Second row left to right are Mary Katherine Duhon, Megan Quirk, Madison Bastion, Ashlynn Gremillion, Heidi Schexnayder, Tori Rodriguez and Madison Taylor. Top row, left to right are Courtney Conrad, Sarah Guzman, Allison Woodall, Kelsey Donahue, Kelli Sarver, Elizabeth Nuss and Madi Guidry.


Performing Cheers


Cheerleaders Madison Taylor, Chandler McCoy and Elizabeth Nuss perform for the judges during the LHSAA State Cheerleading competition. The girls practiced many hours and even enlisted the help of certified all-star cheerleading coaches to choreograph their dance and create stunt sequences. They won first place in the state championship.


Talent Show Winner

Abby Mongrue won first place in the FHS 2011 Talent Show for her strong guitar and vocal act of Adele’s “First Love."


Best in Show

Ben Vollentine won overall “Best In Show” at the FHS Talent Show for his vocal rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight.”


Mona Lisa Look

Senior Sarah Campbell poses as Mona Lisa at National French Week.


Eiffel Drawing

Alexis O'Connel displays her French pride with a drawing of the Eiffel Tower.


Eating Contest

As part of the National French Week celebration, students take part in a crepe eating contest, while others cheer them on.






December, 2011

iPad Winner

The Fontainebleau High Girls Soccer team held a fundraiser to raffle an iPad 2 before the holiday break. The winning ticket was pulled on Friday, December 16th, and David Bernard, teacher at FHS, was the winner of the iPad. Pictured are Carly Hotard, coach of the FHS girls soccer team and Bernard.


November, 2011


STAR Attendees

The FHS STAR (Students Teaching and Reaching) class attended a Teaching Academics Conference on November 3, 2011, at the St. Tammany Intructional Technology Center in Mandeville. Mrs. Karen Mathews is the STAR instructor.  She prepares the class of future teachers by equipping them with instructional strategies, classroom management tips and routine skills, such as using a copy machine and laminating pictures. Pictured at the conference, from left to right, are Meghan Henry, Rebecca King, Brooke Whelan, JoJo Lemane, Katie O'Donnell, Hailey Caldwell, Superintendent of St. Tammany School District Trey Folse, Kayla Gill, Jennifer Spiess, Nick Tranchina and Laura Thompson.


Band Showcase Win

Congratulations to Mr. Lee Hicks and the Crimson Band and Colorguard on their performances at Louisiana Showcase of Marching Bands State Championship Saturday, October 29, 2011.  They were named Second Place Reserve Grand Champions in Louisiana.  They also won 1st place Class AAA Louisiana State Champions and received superior ratings in Auxiliary, Drum Major and Band divisions.  They placed second in Large Class Best Soloists. Pictured is Mr. Lee Hicks with the Showcase trophy.


Championship Trophy

The FHS Lady Bulldogs captured the State Volleyball Championship trophy in the game against Mount Carmel on Saturday, November 12, at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner. Pictured from left to right, bottom row: Cassidy Stiebing, Lauren Sutton, Morgan Marlbrough, Morgan Todd, Natalie Cousin, Madeline Shannon, and Brooke Todd. Left to right, top row: Head Coach Danny Tullis , Coach Lauren Rhodus, Nora Bloemer, Ava Zimmerman, Haley Bonneval, Sarah Ulm, Jessica Paxton, Madison Heath, Non-faculty Coach Jimmy Guttierrez, Mallory Springer, Megan Meyer, Coach Amy Este’, Megan Zulli and Jessica Ragas.

Writing Marathon

Students enjoy writing and sharing their work during their second annual FHS Writes Fall Writing Marathon. The writing marathon is day long experience in which writers get outside their routine environment in order to find inspiration from their surroundings and their fellow writers. The field trip ended in the afternoon at the St. Tammany Parish School Board building. Pictured left to right are Sarah Barbier, Jacob Darouse, Megan Simon, Megan Ferrando and Cody Sasser.

Buddies Fall Festival

Bulldog Buddy members share laughs and cake at their annual Fall Festival. Bulldog Buddies is an organization that supports friendships between the student body and special need students. Pictured left to right are Haley Goertz, Abigail Harper, Ambrose Ramsey and Brooke Pendergast.

Cross Country Team Win

Congratulations to the Girls’ Cross Country Team for winning the District 6-5A Championship. Special congratulations go to Nicole Durham on repeating as the individual champion and Courtney Smith, Courtney Musgrove, Caitlin Moroney, for making the All-District team. Pictured from left to right are Caitlin Moroney, Olivia Hunt, Jenna Hildebrand, Nicole Durham, Courtney Musgrove, Alexandra Wimley and Courtney Smith.


Athlete of the Week

Congratulations to junior Kara Kopsco for being selected as the Times Picayune Athlete of the Week. Kara is a member of the FHS Swim Team and was selected last year to participate in the Olympic Trials for the 400IM (100 meters of each of four swimming styles).

JAG Group State VP

Chris Wallace was inducted as the State Vice-President of Civic Development for the State JAG (Jobs for America’s Graduates) career association at the Student Leadership Conference in Lafayette by Attorney General James Caldwell. Noel Morris was nominated for state vice-president, and Allison Brumfield was nominated for state secretary.




October, 2011

Homecoming Queen

Returning 2009-10 Queen, Amber Batiste, crowns this year’s FHS Homecoming Queen, Emily Lockhart who is escorted by her father, Shawn Lockhart.

Homecoming Court and Escorts

Pictured left to right are (bottom row) Braiden Grzych, Kelley McClenhan, Arianna Landry, Kayleigh Buvens, Laurel Upton, Alexis O’Connell, Emily Lockhart, Emily Ingrassia, Logan Jones, and Morgan Sommerville. Top Row, from left to right, are Daniel Fox, Brandon Foto, Darryl Gaudet, Benjamin Ballex, Andrew Tarbell, Jake Chapman, Conner Smith, Matthew Fontenot, Bobby Tyson, and Vincient Williams.

All Academic Team

Sarah Campbell was recognized for making the LHSAA All-Academic team for Cross Country.

Theus Selected

Chosen by members of the National Alliance of Black School Educators, Andrea Theus has been selected to introduce the mayor of New Jersey at the Alliance’s national conference in New Orleans on November 18 .Theus was selected because of her excellent leadership and academic achievements.

Hero Award Recipient

Arden Wells, a senior at FHS, is the newest recipient of the HERO Award for the month of October. Wells participates in many clubs, organizations, and opportunities that have qualified her for this award. At school, Wells is involved in National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Photography Club, Bulldog Buddies, and Knights of the Veg-Table. She participates actively in her church youth group and is involved in the praise band, a bible study, and more.

Think Pink

In support of the Bulldogs and breast cancer awareness, sports medicine assistants and cancer survivor Claire Carley work at the FHS “Think Pink” game, Friday, Oct 7. Pictured from left to right are Brooke Costanza, Abbegayle Phares, Jasmine White, Claire Carley, Emily Ingrassia, Ryan Grace and Marcus Kety.

Cheerleaders Think Pink

At the “Think Pink” game, FHS Cheerleaders wear pink hair ribbons in support of Breast Cancer Awareness at the October 7 football game against Northshore High School.

Shoelaces Go Pink

Football players don pink shoelaces at the “Think Pink” game Oct 7 to support breast cancer awareness.

Wild Things Art Contest Winners

Representing Louisiana native wildlife, several Fontainebleau High art students took home ribbons from the Wild Things Youth Art Contest on October 15, 2011. The contest was held at the Bayou Lacombe Center, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The following students won awards: Bottom row, from left to right, are Katherine Wickham (1st place in painting), Breana Franklin (1st place in drawing), and Kristen Bullock (honorable mention in painting). Top row, from left to right, Michael Barreiro (honorable mention in painting), Christien Rucker (2nd place in painting), and Mrs. Sherryl Alack (FHS Art teacher).

Matherne Named
Coach of the Week

Fontainebleau’s Coach Mike Materne was awarded the NFL Coach of the Week award by Andrew Remson, Youth Programs Manager for the Saints.  Materne is surrounded by the Fontainebleau Bulldog football team whose season record is 6-1.


Student Achieves
Top ACT Score

Thomas Beckstrom, the son of Mark and Joan Beckstrom and a junior at Fontainebleau High School, earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test. He is a member of the FHS Swim and Quiz Bowl teams, and the Pelican Athletic Club Swim Team. Thomas also enjoys composing and performing music and playing ultimate Frisbee. His academic interests include pre-medicine and biomedical sciences, which he plans to study upon his graduation in 2012.



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