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May, 2013


Breakfast of Champions

Below are pictures for the 4th Nine Weeks Breakfast of Champions.  These students earned the highest percentage of points and maintained an 85% or higher on all of their AR test for the 4th nine weeks.  They were treated to donuts and milk with Mr. Alford.


1st – 2nd Grade Picture: front row, left to right, Makayla Walker, Alexis Fusilier, Joshua Norris, Sharif Kellam, Brent Pact, and Ashley Whiteman. On the back row, left to right, are Jaidon Dumas, Cyla Logan, Raquel Bruno, Richard Rivera, Mr. Alford, Shawn James, Kayla Vine, Ivan Arnolie, Michael McMillian, and Daria Jones.


3rd- 5th Grade Picture: front row, left to right, Devyn Edmonds, Ashlee Curry, Nicholas Roques, Terrance Glover, Joshua Bordelon, Trinity Stevens, and Brandon Conerly. On the back row are Rodney Doubleday, Michael Lear, Rachel Sarah, Mr. Alford, Cayla Lee, Logan Romero, Jasmine Washington, Fatima Wajid, Nicholas Tran, and Steven Thompson.


Abney Entertains at
School Board Meeting

Dozens of students from Abney entertained at the School Board meeting in Covington May 16. The audience included School Board members, Central Office administrative personnel, parents, and others who were attending the night's Board meeting.


The Abney Elementary School Chorus sang a vareity of songs. From left to right, on the
back row, are Annie Elder, Geneva Vu, Cade Pace, Ashlynn Creel, Superintendent W. L. “Trey” Folse, III, and Keith Simmons, master of ceremonies. On the front row, left to right, are Katrina Rivera, Savannah Dantin, Dita Edl, Aaliyah Dolye, Zaquoiya Bolden, Pearl Rivera, Cori Rice, and Kristina Timmons.


The Abney Elementary School Dance Team performed on stage at the May School Board meeting. On the front row, left to right, are Tiffany Alonso, Destiny Guillory, Lillian Pace, Jalya Roberson, Kristian Keys, Margo Talamo, Devyn Edmond, and Raina Sagona. On the second row, left to right, are Kimberly Farmer and Melissa Perry (sponsors), Bianca Simmons, Jalea Turner, Jada Vidato, Peyton Price, Bethany Nicaud, Taylor Menner, Cayla Cordes, and Adriana Blue. On the third row, left to right, are Superintendent W. L. “Trey” Folse, III,
Kristina Timmons, Taryn Monroe, Karisa Greenlee, Ronnishia Finley, Principal Mike Alford, Keely Cole , and Sponsor Robin Fletcher.


The Fifth Grade Honors guitar class also played several tunes under the direction of Music Teacher Brian Bosarge.


Superintendent W. L. “Trey” Folse, III is shown with Keith Simmons,
master of ceremonies for the special event.




NOMA Field Trip

Fith grade members of the Abney Elementary’ s Principal's Goldfish Club and Nutrition Advisory Council went on a recent field trip to the New Orleans Museum of Art. Chaperoning were Pat Haun (Art) and Mrs. Debbie Davis, school sponsor.   The students were most interested in Louisiana History, African American pottery, and lots of handmade Native American baskets.


April, 2013


Principal’s Goldfish Club

Fourth grade members attended the reception last week for the Principal’s Goldfish Club. This was held on April 25 in the school cafeteria to welcome the new fish, say goodbye to those moving on junior high, and to honor all their good works during the year which included the "Pennies for Patients," "Thanksgiving Baskets," "The Great Abney Book Giveaway," the Literacy Project, and more. Participants included Matthew Dobson, Bryant Bray, Margo Talamo, Jae-Ann Ibanez, Destiny Guillory, Madison Jancas, Brady Parks, Jalen Moore, Lillian Pace, and Aaron Parks.


Attendance Contest Winners

Pictured are the winners of the 4 th grade Abney Elementary LEAP attendance contest sponsored by Wood Forest Bank.  Each 4 th grade student who attended school on time for each of the LEAP testing days got an entry into the contest.  From left to right are students’ Sian Pierre, Trista Everett, Ms. Dee Scott (Wood Forest Bank), Barkley (Wood Forest mascot), Student, Jesse Elder, Mr. Warren Carey,(Wood Forest Bank), Mr. Mike Alford, Principal and student, Frederick Johnson.


Accelerated Reader
Breakfast of Champions

The 3rd through 5th grade Accelerated Reader Breakfast of Champions was held for the 3rd nine weeks. These students earned the highest percentage of AR points in their classroom for the 3rd nine weeks. On the front row left to right are Kaelyn Hardrick, Davonti Landry, Nicholas Roques, Andre McCoy, Taylor Davis, Aaron Parks, and Ashlynn Lyons. On the back row, from left to right, are Davin Donaldson, David Eades, Cori Rice, Rachel Sarah, Mr. Alford, Natalie Elder, Olivia Roberts, Miracle Robertson, Mark Gulley, and Cade Pace.

Here are the 1st and 2nd grade students who earned the highest percentage of AR points in their classroom for the 3rd nine weeks. On the front row, left to right, are Joshua Nguyen, Kyla Hardrick, Kyla Dundy, Kalleah Ward, Lyndrea Joseph, Evian Harris, and Jean-Luc Bouche’. On the back row, from left to right, are Nicholas Gambino, Jaidon Thomas, Airel Finley, Mr. Alford, Victoria Romano, Hailey Holmes, Dylan Barthelemy, Mason Calamari,Camyrn Horst, and Makayla Walker.


Fundraiser Check Presented

Students and teachers presenting a check to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as part of the schools collection for Pennies for Patients.


Young Authors Winners

Young Authors winners at Abney are congratulated by Principal Alford, at left. They are, from left to right, , Matthew Dobson, Kaelyn Hardrick, Taylor Authement, and Dakode Foley. First place in Poetry went to Dakode Foley for his poem "I'm Building a Rocket." First place in Non/Fiction went to Matthew Dobson for his account of "Boy Scouts Weekend at Camp Sweet Water." First place in Non/Fiction also went to Taylor Authement for "The Day to Remember." An honorable mention in Non/Fiction went to Kaelyn Hardrick for "Finding a Cure."



Student Art on Display

Students' Art from Abney that is currently on display through April at the central office in Covington.


March, 2013


District Fitness Meet

The Abney Elementary Fitness Team celebrates a successful Parish Fitness Meet. Destiny Stokes (left) placed 4 th in the parish in Long Jump, while Noah Harris (right) placed first in pull-ups.  Herbert Keys (kneeling) placed 2nd in pull-ups, 1st in curl-ups and scored the highest 7 event total to be named overall boys champion. Coach Brian Donnelly is pictured center. 

Coach Brian Donnelly (left) discusses event strategy with Herbet Keys (middle)  and Noah Harris (right) at the 3 rd annual St. Tammany Parish Elementary School Fitness Meet.  Noah was the parish pull-up gold medal winner, and Herbert won the silver medal in pull-ups, gold medal in curl-ups and scored the highest 7 event total to be named overall boys champion.


February, 2013



Animal Club Meets

Photos from the first meeting of the Abney Animal Club.


"Read Across Abney"

Students, faculty, and administrators all took part in the "Read Across America" day event celebrating the 109th birthday of Dr. Seuss. For photos from the community-based event, click here.


Pennies for Patients

Members of the Principal's Goldfish Club and the NAC distributing the "Pennies for Patients" collection boxes all over the school to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Pictured are students David Eades, Neeiona Zar, Matthew Bagneris, Fatima Wajid and Jacob Tranchina.



Love on a Leash

Sandy and Roxanne, the Great Dane from "Love on a Leash", visited Ms. Ratliff's first grade class and read books to the students Tuesday, February 26. The students were also able to spend some time petting and visiting with Roxanne. The students were then encouraged to practice their reading skills at home by reading to their pet or their stuffed animal (if they do not have a pet).


Spring Teaching Garden

The Abney Student Garden Club recently worked on the Abney Elementary spring planting of the Teaching Garden.



Black History Month

Celebrating Black History Program which we presented on February, 2013


Mardi Gras Parade

The Krewe of Abney rolled recently with students and faculty
enjoying the festivities.


King & Queen

Here is a picture of the king and queen of the Krewe of Abney annual first grade parade which was held on February 6 at the school. Shown with Principal Mike Alford is Queen Gabby Ham and King R.J. Poiroux.

January, 2013


Fall Harvest Day

Abney Elementary held a “Fall Harvest Day”  in conjunction with the school’s teaching garden.  The garden is part of a grant from the American Heart Association.


King Cakes

Third grade classes made king cakes as part of a local partnership with Winn Dixie.


Caps for Kids Day


Breakfast of Champions

Students who recently attended the Breakfast of Champions for excelling in the school Accelerated Reader program are pictured below.

1st-2nd Grade picture:
Front row left to right: Alexis Fusilier, Riley Chappetta, Kayla Sessions, Raeghan Blue, Kyla Hardrick, Dwayne Perkins, Makayla Walker, and Hailey Holmes. Back Row: Mr. Alford, and Tyler Dean. Not Pictured is Victoria Romano.

3rd – 5th Grade picture:
Front Row left to right Brandon Conerly, Nicholas Tran, Taylor Davis, and Hayden Waguespack. Middle Row: Taylor Menner, Jalen Moore, J-Quan Fields, Jesse Elder, Jessica Trigo, and Brady Parks. Back Row: Zireya Simmons, Keith Simmons, Shynequa McDonald, Mr. Alford, Austin Duffey, Akira Barbarin, Samara Dixon, and Mark Gulley. Not Pictured are Bryanna Johnson and Cody Smith.


100th Day of School

Abney Elementary first grade students recently celebrated the 100 day of the school year. It is an annual event that the first grade really enjoys.


December, 2012


Annual Program

The school band, chorus, and dance teams performed to a pack house at the school's annual program.



Abney’s Goldfish club recently attending a play at Playmakers in Covington as a reward for doing several community service projects during the first semester of the school year.


Literacy Night

Abney Elementary recently held Literacy Night with a variety of fun and games for students and their parents.

November, 2012



Literacy Field Trip

The 5th grade members of the Principal’s Goldfish Club  visited  Kindergarten students at the Abney Elementary Early Childhood Center. The “fish” began this ongoing program last year and as part of a much larger literacy project will also give out free books to each student both here at Abney and to the little “Sprouts” next door.

Starting from the top and going left to right: Jacob Tranchina, Zachary Hursey, Drew Segreti, Karisa Greenlee, David Eades, Jasmina Barakat, Taylor Menner, Logan Watters, Jared Jones,Neeiona Zar, Bianca Simmons, Shaye Bryant, Shalayna Bailey, Jada Vidato, Meredith Mareno, Peyton Price, Fatima Wajid, Kathy O’Lear (Para), and Debra Davis, Cafeteria Manager and GF Club sponsor.

October, 2012


Scarecrow Day

Mrs. Ownby's first grade class during the annual scarecrow day.


"What's Cooking"

Mrs. Morris' 3rd grade class is the grand prize winner of the National School Lunch Week Door Decorating contest. The theme this year is "What's Cooking". They win a dress down day.


Louisiana Wildfowl Carvers

Recent winners of the Louisiana Wildfowl carvers festival, four students from Mrs. Bridgett Taylor's class are pictured along with Mrs. Irit Sirkes, art teacher and Mr. Mike Alford, Principal. The students received art awards and were recognized for their art work at the Louisiana Wildfowl Carver's Festival held the weekend of October 8 and 9 in Mandeville.



Free Book Distribution

This is a picture of the members of the Abney Goldfish Club giving "free" books to students from Abney Elementary Early Childhood Center. This was part of Abney's Literacy Day. The books were donated by "Books for Kids".

These pictures are from our Abney Celebrates Literacy which included students participating in the Read for The Record,  also all students received a free book to add to their home library compliments of Books for Kids, and parents attended a special seminar that focused of the school’s Striving for Literacy Grant.

September, 2012



Spartanettes In Spotlight

The Abney Elementary Spartanettes performed at the Salmen Homecoming parade.


Teaching Garden Planted

Students at Abney Elementary School are learning all about homegrown vegetables this semester, as they plant and nurture several raised beds in the green spaces between classroom wings. Parents helped put together the planting beds last Saturday, and classes helped and had fun activities during the planting of the beds on Wednesday afternoon.

On hand for the presentation of a Gold Shovel Plaque naming Abney Elementary as a “Teaching Garden School,” were, from left to right, teachers Geremy Jackson and Christine Landry, Assistant Principal Kelley Smith, Principal Mike Alford and teacher Suzanne Cole. Jessica Gremillion, vice president of the local American Heart Association, and Brittany Gay, a coordinator with the Association.

It is the first teaching garden planted in the area, and it not only teaches students how to plant and care for vegetables, it also comes with a curriculum with lessons on the importance of eating healthy, recycling, and the use of math in keeping track of garden growth. “It’s really just keeping nutrition and physical activity in the front of their minds,” said Ms. Gremillion. “We are trying to get the children to embrace eating healthier while having fun with the garden.”

The parents built the raised beds from materials delivered to the school by the American Heart Association. The project was funded by LLOG Exploration, she said.



Patriot's Day Observed

Fifth grade students from Abney Elementary commemorate Patriot's Day by a special presentation honoring the victims of September 11. They presented their program via live broadcast to the whole school during morning meeting.



Teaching Garden


A new program for fourth and fifth grade students will be launched this year called “The Teaching Garden.” The program is designed to improve student learning through hands-on, real world lessons and improve their nutrition intelligence.

The first phase of the Teaching Garden involves classes planting herbs and vegetables to grow seedlings to plant in the raised beds. The second phase will be the building of the ten raised beds and filling them with soil. This will take place on Saturday, September 22, with assistance of adult volunteers. The raised bed gardens will be located adjacent to the fifth grade hall next to the old kindergarten wing, between Bldg. 2 and 1-C. On Wednesday, September 26, we will have the school planting day.

Beginning the first Monday in October, (October 1st) we will have our Garden Club meetings. The fourth graders will meet on the first Monday of each month, with the fifth graders meeting the 3rd Monday (October 15). The meetings will last from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will include instructional time and activity time.

Abney's Teaching Garden is a hands-on learning laboratory where 4th and 5th grade students learn how to plant seeds, nurture growing plants, harvest and use the produce to create part of a meal. "We are very excited about this project as it will promote understanding of the value of healthy eating. Additionally, it will reinforce responsibility, leadership and team building. Educationally, students will learn environmental awareness, life science, use problem-solving skills and math skills," said Mrs. Landry and Mrs. Cole, the "Garden Champions" who are implementing the new program.

A binder full of ideas for tying in garden lessons to each teacher's regular curriculum has been placed in the teacher’s workroom.

The American Heart Association is sponsoring the project by providing some basic supplies and equipment to establish and maintain the Teaching Garden, and technical support to help establish and maintain the garden.


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