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May, 2014

Goldfish Club Named Finalist for
Superintendent's Award

In the Superintendent's Award for Outstanding Character and Citizenship this year, the Principal’s Goldfish Club at Abney Elementary was named Finalist for the honor. The winners were announced at the May 15 School Board meeting in Covington by Superintendent W. L. “Trey” Folse, III.

The Abney Elementary Principal’s Goldfish Club reaches out to the community through activities including visits to retirement home, collection of items for those in need, a continual food drive, and even a shoe collection drive. The group started in 2009. A Channel 13 video was shown which outlined the many community service activities of the group. Click here to view the video.

Principal Mike Alford and Club Sponsor Debbie Davis, cafeteria manager at the school, were joined at the podium by several members of the club. “The kids understand what community means, and they come away with a view that looks at things differently,” Ms Davis stated.

“For all your hard work, I would like to present you with this award for being our finalist for this year’s Superintendent’s Award,” Folse stated, presenting them with a plaque and a check from Capital One Bank for $250.

One student member of the Goldfish Club told the Board, “The Goldfish Club is a group of really nice students, and I’m glad I’m a part of it.”

The Superintendent’s Award for Outstanding Character and Citizenship was established to give the School System an opportunity to spotlight the many outstanding acts of character and/or citizenship by individuals and groups. The program aims to encourage and recognize the value of teaching and modeling good character and citizenship among the educators, staff, students, and groups within the System. Winners are chosen based on criteria such as respect, responsibility, caring, trustworthiness, fairness, citizenship, and decision-making.

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Abney Talent Showcase At Board Meeting

Students from Abney Elementary took part in a showcase of talent Thursday night, May 15, in a special entertainment program held prior to the monthly School Board meeting. Here are some photos from the event. It featured violinists from the fifth grade and first grade, and the "Abney Actors Guild" performing "The Little Train" play.

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Fifth Grade Goes on Field Trip
To Washington, D.C.

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Here are photos from the fifth grade's recent field trip to our Nation's Capitol.

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First Place Writer

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Abney Elementary 2nd grade student Colin Poche recently won 1st place in the district writing competition for Young Authors 2013-14.  Young Authors is a district wide reading program sponsored by Northshore Reading Council.  Colin is pictured with Mr. Robert Alford, Principal of Abney Elementary.

 

Writing Contest Winners

Pictured are the students from Abney Elementary who were  winners of the recent Northshore Reading Council's Young Authors Writing Contest.

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From left to right, on the back row, are KC Chambers, Semaj James, Rashawn Harris, Maddison Gulley, and Redic Davis. On the front row are Colin Poche, Olivia Ownby, Sarah Abney, Diamond Irving, and Catherine Hesson. Not pictured is Frederick Johnson.

 

Read Across Abney Visitor

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Abney Elementary recently celebrated Reading Across Abney.  This special day included several guest readers including Mr. Trey Folse, Superintendent of St Tammany Public Schools. Mr. Folse is shown here with Mrs. Jenny Pansano’ s 2nd grade class after reading to the class. Students sitting from left to right are Jarreau Stewart, Lucas Mirelez, Jada Smith, Angel Moore, Kate Galey, Hailey Martinez, Faith Tate(behind Hailey),  Taylor Dunbar, Ja’Quan Rogers(behind Taylor), and Nyla Clark.  Standing left to right are Cole Kilburn, Tray Billiot, Shawn Washington, Travis Landor, Jerry Honore, Kingston Edwards, Arianna Zar, and Rhett Adam.

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Pictured is Mr. Trey Folse, Superintendent of St Tammany Parish Public Schools and Mrs. Dami Ownby, teacher, along with the students in her class.  Mr. Folse visited her class and read a story to the students as part of the school's "Read Across Abney" Day. On the front row are  Shawn Collins, Owen Halfpenny, Jacoby Cenac, Catherine Hesson, Hunter Cordes, Peyton Piazza, and Sylas Gunter. On the middle row are Michael Riedie III, Charles deMattos, Mia Saunders, and Zarriana Landor. On the back row are Joshua Jackson, Carolynn Knauer, Breyona Crawford, Cortlyn Burnette, Janey Chaney, Ava Pham, and Makayla Bourgeois.

 

Abney Gets Third Place Fitness Trophy

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Pictured are Principal Mike Alford, at left, and Physical Education Coach Brian Donnelly from Abney Elementary.  The school won 3rd overall finish at the recent district wide elementary school fitness meet. They were recognized at the Thursday night School Board meeting in Covington.

 


 

April, 2014

 

Cooking Demonstration

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The Abney Elementary Nutrition Advisory council recently visited the Azalea Assisted Living Center on Robert Blvd. where the council put on a a cooking demonstration featuring a quick and easy version of our very own Breakfast Granola Parfait. All supplies were provided by the Center, and we brought the smiles. Pictured are 5th grade NAC members Lillian Pace, Margo Talamo, and Destiny Guillory.

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Students Visit Police & Fire Department

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Students with the Random Acts of Kindness Club recenlty paid a goodwill visit to the Slidell Police Department and Slidell Fire Department.

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Read Across Abney Day Celebrates Reading

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Mrs. Cheryl Arabie, Assistant Superintendent, read to Mrs. Ownby’s first grade class at Abney Elementary School during the school’s “Read Across Abney” Day. Dozens of volunteer readers from across the parish visited the school, some in costume, to take part in the event.  The day included a “Great Book Giveaway” where every student got to take a book home to add to their own library.

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WWL Chief Meteorologist Carl Arredondo, second from left

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Slidell Mayor Freddy Drennan, at right

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Mrs. Pat Farris, at left

 

 

Pictures from Abney Landscaping Day

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3rd Nine Weeks Class AR Champions

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1st and 2nd Grade : 
Front row (left to right):  Shawn James, Timothy Asher, and Aeneas Toney
Middle row (left to right): Landon Leleaux, Eryca Boehm, Allie Vincent, Sophia Vu, Noah Bouche, Cortlyn Burnette, and Makayla Walker
Back row (left to right):  Christine Cloud, Saniyya Cook, Jackson Napier, Mr. Alford, Annaleigh Robbins, Arianna Zar, and Nadesha Rolon

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3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade:
Front row (left to right):  Kierstyn Horne, Jenna Clark, Davonti Landry, Jacory Clofer, Alizee Duran, and Reesha Esmes
Middle row (left to right):  Alex Ferreyra, Colby Anderson, Aidan Joyner, Tristin Mock, Brent Pace, Joshua Nguyen, and Kaelyn Hardrick
Back row (left to right):  Trinity Stevens, Leilah Pozo, Brandon Acker, Mr. Alford, Kailey Williams, Phillip Calloway, Lexia Staples, Christain Blappert, and Kameron Snyder

 

 

Learning About Plants

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Students in Mrs. McCann's and Mrs. Newell's classes recently learned about the plant life cycle and the different types of roots.

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Student Artwork Put on Display

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Abney Student artwork was recently put on display at Central Office.

 

Pinewood Derby

Abney’s Pack 42 held it's first ever Pinewood Derby at Abney Elementary on Saturday. Over 20 kids participated in the races that lasted all day long. The top 3 winners of each rank are headed on to represent Abney Pack 42 at the District Pinewood Derby. They will compete versus other Slidell, Lacombe and Pearl River Packs for the District Championship on May 3rd at Aldersgate Church.

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These 12 boys will represent Abney Pack 42 at the District Derby:
Ben Clifton (leader), Jacoby Cenac, Jacob Cloud, Dylan Bertucci, Brandon Weinz, Alex Clifton, Larry Tate, Kenny corcoran, Zander Ford, Kendall Brougham, Gavin Rucker, Charlie Pittman, Brandon Jackson

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These were the top 3 overall winners of Pack 42
Kenny Corcoran (3rd), Dylan Bertucci (1st), Gavin Rucker (2nd)

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Some of our awesome cars on the starting gate
Cars made by: Jacoby Cenac, Charlie deMattos, Preston Mayeux, Hunter Cordes

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Eli Falcone showing off his car by the Trophy table.

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One of the races with the 4 "race car drivers" watching their cars run down the track. From
(left to right) are Kaiden Rucker, Marilyn Tate, Kenny Corcoran, Eli Falcone, Gavin Rucker, Alex Clifton, Amber deMattos and Lindsay Young in front taking pictures.

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More cars at the starting gate made by Alex Clifton, Gavin Rucker, Eli Falcone, and Kenny Corcoran.

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Charlie Pittman showing off his first place trophy for the Wolf Division.

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Kendall Brougham showing off his trophy and certificate for "Meanest Looking Car" 

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The Pinewood Derby Track stretched across the entire Abney Gym!

 

Accelerated Readers Hit Goal

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Pictured are 1st and 3rd grade students from Abney Elementary.  These students all met their Accelerated Reader goal for the 3rd quarter were enjoying a fun game as a reward.

 

 


March, 2014

 

 

State Trooper Speaks To Scouts

On March 27th, Master Trooper Marchand of the Louisiana State Police came to speak to the Scouts. He taught the boys about the importance of seat belts, how to be a leader and what it is like to be a policeman.

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(Front Row): Peyton Odom, Charlie deMattos, Hunter Cordes, Robert Carroll, Jacoby Cenac, Larry Tate, and Brandon Jackson. (Back row) Ben Clifton (leader), Dylan Bertucci, Charlie Pittman, Brandon Weinz, Zander Ford, Kenny Corcoran, Emmitt Smith, Christian Dominque, Alex Clifton, Patrick Morales, Tray Billiot, Jacob Cloud, and Master Trooper Marchand.

 

Special Person's Day

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Abney Elementary recently held its annual Special Person's Day.  Over 500 special guests ( grandparents and special persons) attended the event and we able to eat lunch with their children, have a special picture taken and then enjoy the school annual book fair.  This has become a great annual event for the school.

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Cub World Camp Out

Abney Pack 42 attended Cub World this weekend (March 21-23) out at Salmen Scout Reservation in Perkinston, Mississippi.Cub World is an entire weekend of scout skills and fun for the all the scouts in the New Orleans area Council from Slidell to Houma. Over 1400 scouts and their families attended.

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Boys learned about Woodworking and tools. On the back row are David Corcoran, Emmitt Smith, Ben Clifton (Leader), Zander Ford, Patrick Morales, Dennis Berry, and Brandon Jackson. On the front row, backs turned, are Kendall Brougham, Larry Tate,
and Charlie DeMattos, Scout Instructor.

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Waiting for the morning opening flag ceremony are Scouts Dylan Bertucci, Christian Dominque, and Jalin Keasley, and Leaders David Bertucci and Stacy Corcoran.

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Waiting for Saturday morning opening flag ceremony are Webelos Scouts Dylan Bertucci, Christian Dominique, and Jalin Keasley.

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Playtime at the fort. Pictured are Zander Ford and Charlie DeMattos.

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Archery practice with Dennis Berry

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Learning about the different trees and wood in the forest at camp and which are safe to roast marshmallows on and others which will make you sick. Pictured are Zander Ford, Mr. Joe (Nature Instructor), Larry Tate, Demarco Smith, and Patrick Morales.

 

Flagpole Cleanup

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As a service project, 5th grade members of the  Goldfish Club recently spent time landscaping the area around the flagpole. The Principal’s Goldfish Club were in action sprucing up the campus for the Clean City Initiative.

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Fitness Team

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Abney Elementary’s Fitness Team recently competed in the St. Tammany Parish School Board Fitness Meet held at Fontainebleau High.  The team brought back to Abney a 3rd place over all finish.  They also were the highest placed school team from the eastern side of the St. Tammany.  Pictured on the bottom row from left to right are team members Brady Parks, Jordan Brindell, Maya Calloway and Frederick Johnson.  Pictured, left to right, on the back row are Coaches Joseph Binder and Brian Donnelly.

 

Students Attend Pelican Game

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Over 150 students from Abney Elementary attended a recent New Orleans Pelican game.  The students attended the game as part of their achieving a goal in their Moby Max Math program.

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February, 2014

 

Mardi Gras Parade

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Abney Elementary recently held its annual Mardi Gras parade.  The parade featured the school's two dance teams, the Stompers an the Spartanettes,  along with the students from the first grade.  The parade route was the school's bus loop with all the school's students along with many special guest enjoying the parade.

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Pelicans Literacy Rally

Abney Elementary first grade students participated in the “New Orleans Pelicans Literacy Rally” at the Pelicans training facility in Metairie on Thursday, February 27, 2014.  Throughout the event the students got to participate in basketball activities, literacy games, and pick their very own book to take home.  They also were able to meet Pierre, the Pelicans mascot, as well as members of the Pelicans dance team.  Abney Elementary thanks Shell Oil and The New Orleans Pelicans for providing this opportunity for our students!

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Abney first graders are excited about their new books!

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Kira Chappetta participating in the antonym game.

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Catherine Hesson with Pierre

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 Left to right:  Anneleigh Robbins, Raquaris Stanley, Kimberly Ramierz, Kenneth Riedie, and Tristan Angelo

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Shell volunteers, Pelicans Dance Members, Mr. Alford, and Mrs. Moore

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Shell Sponsors cheering the students as they enter.

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Zarriana Landor and Jordon Lang with Pelicans Dance Members

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Mr. Alford and members of his first grade team

 

 

Black History Month Program

Students from Abney Elementary recently presented their annual program celebrating Black History.  This year’s program was very successful and included several Abney elementary students and several very special guest speakers.  The program was produced and directed by Abney teachers’ Mrs. Leslie Gros-Smith, 5th grade teacher and Mrs. Dawn Zimmer, 2nd grade teacher.

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From left to right are Abney students’ Ashley Mercadel, Brandi Breaud, Juan Wilson and J'Quan Fields wait their turn during the program to read their essays focusing on famous Black Americans.

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Liyah Ernest and Meya McMillen performing during the program.

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Students, teachers and special guests pictured on stage during Abney Elementary’ s Black History program.

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Students’, Olivia Hoffman, ,Jakiya Jarvis, Brandi Breaud, Ashley Mercadel, Juan Wilson and Dawn Zimmer , 2nd grade teacher and assistant program director
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Mr. Ray Alfred, School Board member (District 14), Mr. Raymond Morris, Assistant Principal of Salmen High School, Mrs. Leslie Gross-Smith, Abney 5th grade teacher and program director, Mrs. Dorable Dangerfield, STPSB Supervisor of Human Resources and Mr. Ron Randolph, STPSB Director of Payroll Services

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Ms. Lisa Semere, assistant principal at Boyet Junior High speaking to the audience during the program.

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Mr.Raymond Morris, assistant principal at Salmen High School.

 

 

Students Visit Assisted Living Center

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As part of our ongoing community outreach, the Principal’s Goldfish Club, Nutrition Advisory Council, and Abney Honors Band, visited the Azalea Assisted Living Center recently. Students brought gifts of goodie bags, extra special Mardi Gras beads, lots of good company, and entertainment to residents there. Several residents remarked how they have looked forward to our past visits there and many more to come. A good time was had by all.

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Hundredth Day Hoedown

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Pictured are students from Mrs. Ownby’ s first grade class as they celebrated the recent 100th day of school with their  "Hundred Day Hoe-down".  On the front row are Catherine Hesson, and Kristin Cousin. On the middle row are Shawn Collins, Zarriana Landor, Owen Halfpenny, Sylas Gunter, Michael Riedie, and Jacoby Cenac. On the back row are Hunter Cordes, Makayla Bourgeois, Joshua Jackson, Mia Saunders, Charlie deMattos, Janey Chaney, Ava Pham, and Peyton Piazza.

 

 

 

Saturday Clean Up

Several members of  Abney Elementary Boy Scout troop recently receive special awards for their Saturday activity of helping spruce their school.  Please see the following pictures:

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Left to Right: Ben Clifton (leader), Brandon Jackson, Preston Mayeux, Larry Tate, Charlie deMattos, Hunter Cordes, Kenny Corcoran, Kendall Brougham, Zander Ford, Trey Billiot, Charlie Pittman, Emmitt Smith, Eli Falcone, Alex Clifton, and Priincipal Mike Alford. Not pictured are Gunnar Murray and Brandon Weinz.

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Left to right are Larry Tate, Charlie deMattos, Hunter Cordes, Kenny Corcoran,
and Mr. Alford.

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Left to right are Charlie Pittman, Emmitt Smith, Eli Falcone, Alex Clifton Mr. Alford.

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The Abney Elementary Scout Troop  spent a recent weekend at Salmen Scout Reservation.  Over  60 parents and scouts attended the camp out with many experiencing their time camping.

 


January, 2014

 

 

1ooth Day Celebration

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“Abney Elementary teachers and students recently celebrated the annual 100th day of school with day long academic celebrations.”

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Scouts Clean Up Campus

Pictured below are members of the Scouts from Abney Elementary (Pack 42).  The scouts participated in a cleanup day sprucing up various areas of the school.

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Front Row: Conner Grafton, Kendall Brougham, Kenny Corcoran, Hunter Cordes, Charlie deMattos, and Gunnar Murray. Middle Row: Zander Ford, Trey Billiot, Charlie Pittman, Preston Mayeaux, Larry Tate, Brandon Jackson, and Jacoby Cenac. Back Row: Brandon Weinz, Emmitt Smith, Eli Falcone, Alex Clifton, and Dylan Bertucci.

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Alex Clifton and Gunnar Murray

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Charlie Pittman and Emmitt Smith

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Trey Billiot, Preston Mayeux, Brandon Jackson, Alex Clifton, Charlie Pittman and Charlie Pittman's dad Charles.

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Larry Tate

 

Family Literacy Night

Abney Elementary celebrates Family Literacy night.

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Essay Contest

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Abney Elementary’ s Martin Luther King, Jr. essay contest winners are Jeremiah McGee (3rd grade), Alexandria Populis (5th grade), Ivonni Guss (3rd grade), and Dylan Catchot (3rd grade).

 

Keeping the School Clean

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Pictured are Abney Elementary students' Christopher Baker, Troy Joseph, Christian Braxton, Richard Riveria, Jaylun Robinson who recently spent their recess time picking up trash around school.  A wonderful example of a Random Act of Kindness.  The students are from Mrs. Rebecca McCann's and Mrs. Christy Newell's 3rd grade class.

 

AR Champs

Abney Elementary’ s  2nd quarter Accelerated Reader Champions are pictured below.  These students read the most books in their homeroom classes during the 2nd – 9 week period.  Accelerated Reader (AR) is a program where students read selected books and are tested as to their comprehension.

2nd Nine Weeks AR Champions

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(2nd & 3rd Grade)
Front row (left to right): Kristen Fallas, Dennis Berry, Jerry Honore, Travis Landor, and Emmitt Smith. Middle row (left to right): Jean-Luc Bouche’, Nathaniel Young, Kyla Hardrick, Brent Pace, and Khalleah Ward. Back row (left to right): Antonio Bacchus, Jackson Napier, Raeghan Blue, Peyton Johnson, Principal Mike Alford, Dylan Barthelemy, Naima Rattley, Joseph Coursey, and Jordan Foto

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(4th & 5th Grade)
Front row (left to right): Brandon Ackers, Jacory Clofer, Sofia Kaluyeva, Kaelyn Hardrick, Reesha Esmas, Myah Provenzano, and Christian Blappert. Back row (left to right): Leilah Pozo, Olivia Hoffman, Andrew Celis, Kailey Williams, Principal Alford, Elizabeth O’Lear, Aaliyah Richardson, and Lexia Staples. Not pictured is Alexis Hutchinson.

 

Shoe Down and Food Helpers

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Abney Elementary's "Shoe Down and Food Helpers" groups collected 150 pairs of shoes and 150 canned goods for donation to help the needy in our area. This will be an ongoing project focusing on a different item each month. Pictured are Jaylun Moore, Aaron Parks, Jacory Cloffer, and Stacy Jones.

 


December, 2013

 

 

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"Service Day"

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Students from Mrs. Suzanne Cole's 5th class' held a special "Service Day" on Dec. 20. 2013.  On this half day of school before the holiday break, the class performed many different service projects for teachers around the school.  The Service day focused on students learning how to "pay back" good deeds to others.

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Collage Collection

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Pictured are 5th grade collages from Ms. Dycus' incredible cell projects.

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Students of the Year

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Pictured are the Abney Elementary’ s Students of the Year for the 2013/2014 school year. From left to right are  Aaron Parks, Principal Robert Alford and Brady Parks.

 

Abney Actors Guild

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This is the school’s drama club and shown here is the club’s first performance of “A Winters’ Holiday Show”.  Over 50 students participate in this club.  The club is sponsored by Abney teachers, Mrs. Suzanne Cole and Mrs. Dami Ownby.

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A great back stage picture of Abney Elementary's recent holiday play, "A Winter's Holiday Play".  The play was presented by the Abney Actor's Guild

 

Toy Hop

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Pictured are students and staff from Abney Elementary who recently attended the school's Toy Hop.  The Toy Hop was sponsored by the school's Random Act of Kindness Club.  Students who brought in a new unopened toy could attend a special afterschool dance activity,  Over 100 toys were collected with the toys going to a local organization, The House, who is providing these gifts to families in need.  5th grade teacher, Mrs. Jessica Flores, leads the Random Acts of Kindness Club along with other staff members, Mrs. Shaneika Merrill, Mrs. Cathy Baker and Mrs. Loresha Bray.

 

Second Harvest

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Following up on the fantastic harvest of Romaine and Butter Bibb lettuce last month, we enjoy again some wonderful things from our garden thanks to Mr. Jackson and our students. Pictured here is our Nutrition Advisory Council picking fresh green onions and rosemary to be used for the school’s Thanksgiving meal.They include Destiny Guillory, Lillian Pace, Margo Talamo, and Tiffany Alonzo.

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Students Visit Greenbrier

Students from Abney Elementary's Random Act of Kindness Club recently visited
Greenbrier Assisted Living.

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Students from Abney Elementary' s Random Acts of Kindness club visiting Greenbrier Assisted living facility to spread some holiday cheer. On the top row (from left) are MadieO'Lear, Lizzie O'Lear, Nathan Siegers, Cydni Haynes, Ashley Bar, Hannah Burkhardt, Angel Griffin, and Bryant Bray. On the bottom Row (from left) are Akayla Jones, Jeremiah McGee, Jenna Powers, and Priscilla Dyer.

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Students Nathan Seghers and Ryan Sims passing out holiday treats and socializing with residents.

 

Choir Performs at Mall

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The Abney Choir recently performed at Northshore Mall. The choir, under the direction of Mr. Brian Bosarge, along with the school’s two dance teams, The Spartanettes and Stompers, visited the mall, Brock Elementary and Florida Avenue Elementary providing some early holiday cheer.

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Swamp Tour

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 Abney Elementary's third grade students recently took a tour of the
Pearl River Swamp .

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November, 2013

 

 

Holiday Play Rehearsals

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Pictured is the Abney Actors' Guild practicing for the upcoming holiday play.  Over 50 students are participating in the program.

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Scouts Collect Cans

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Abney Elementary’ s Scout Troop recently did their part to support the school annual Thanksgiving food drive by collecting food items. Pictured are Scouts (front row left to right)
Irome Pryer, Brody Grafton, Faith Tate, Zander Ford, Larry Tate, Eli Falcone, Alex Clifton, Dennis Berry, and Dylan Bertucci. Pictured in the back row are the Troop Sponsors:
David Bertucci, Marilyn Tate, Jennifer Berry, Skye Falcone, Ben Clifton, and Stacy Corcoran.

 

Animal Lovers Club

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Pictured are students from the school's  Animal Lovers Club.  The students are spelling the word, "habitat".  The club which has over 100 members focuses on bringing an awareness of those animals who are on the endangered species list.

 

Fun Run

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Abney Elementary held its annual fun recently.  The event is sponsored by the school' PTA.  Over 200 runners participated in the event. The run was a huge success with over 200 runners of all ages participating.  Pictured is the school's dance team, The Spartanettes,  cheering on the runners as the race begins.

 

Black and Gold Day

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Trivia Question of the Week

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Pictured are Coach Donnelly and the winners of the trivia question of the week. From left to right are Coach Brian Donnelly, Jalen Moore, Aaron Parks, Brady Parks and Madison Jancas.

 

Moby Math Night

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Pictured are parents watching a presentation from Mr. Geremy Jackson, teacher, at Abney’s recent Moby Math Night.  Moby Math is a special web based program that students and parents can access the program  from their home as a tool for students to practice math and other academic skills. Parents were also given a chance to practice the program themselves during the night’s activities.

 

Animal Club

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Picture are the members of Abney Elementary's Animal Club.  These students are dedicated to bringing an awareness of those animals on the endangered species list.  With more than 80 students, the club is sponsored by Mrs. Kendra St.Pierre and Mrs. Katie Crum.

 

Abney Hero

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Pictured is 4th grader Kameron Carter with her mom.  Kameron was recently selected as an Abney Hero for being a role model to younger students.

Veterans Day

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A special visit from the Marines' Color Guard.

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Several veterans,  parents and grandparents of students, were honored at the school Veteran's Day program.

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Mrs. Lesa Paille, assistant principal, presenting certificates of appreciation to one of the many visiting veterans.

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Student Dylan Clark playing a very moving "Taps" during the closing ceremony of the school Veteran's Day Program.

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5th grade students pictured with the Marine Color Guard.

 

Fast Forward Celebration

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Picture from left to right are Abney Elementary teachers and students, Mrs. Katie Crum, Diondre Morgan, Daijon Leatherman, Daniel Henry, Tyler Simmons, Sal Gendusa and Mrs. Kendra St.Pierre.  These students along with their two teachers were celebrating these five students reaching far beyond their FastForword goal.

 

Garden Harvest Becomes Salads

Students at Abney Elementary are enjoying fresh lettuce salads out of their own gardens this week, after planting, tending, and harvesting the vegetables themselves. The Teaching Garden project helps children learn about where food actually comes from, and teachers across the campus are using the activity to tie in their own lesson plans.

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Members of the school’s Student Nutrition Advisory Council joined with students from Special Education Teacher Geremy Jackson’s gardening project to harvest enough greens on Wednesday, November 6, for most of the school’s students to get a taste of the home-grown salads. Students helped wash, rinse, and dish up salads to serve to the group.

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Say No to Drugs

Slidell Police Department recently visited Abney Elementary to show their support of the school's "Red Ribbon Week" of focusing on "Saying No to Drugs"  Pictured are Captain Kevin Swann and Sgt. Brian Nicaud speaking to Abney Elementary students about the dangers of illegal drugs.

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Captain Kevin Swann and Sgt Brian Nicaud at Red Ribbon cermony.

 

Pledge Board

Abney Elementary recently held its annual Red Ribbon Week to promote saying "No to Drugs".  The students from the school's 5th grade each made a personal pledge to say "no to drugs" by placing their hand prints on the school's pledge board.

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Pictured are 5th graders Madison Jancas, Matthew Dobson, Aaron Parks, Brady Parks, Bryant Bray and Jalen Moore.

 

 

Scarecrow Day

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Abney Elementary's first grade teachers show their school spirit and celebrate the first grades' annual celebration of Scarecrow Day. Pictured are top row (left to right), Lisa Ratliff, Courtney Ricketts, Rhonda Colwart, Michelle Stone, Mr. Alford, Principal, Dami Ownby and Amanda Spencer; bottom row (left to right), Frances Copeland, Donna Boyett, Crystal Crowe and Jessica Barnes.

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Pictured are three little first grade scarecrows.  The first grade recently celebrated their annual Scarecrow Day October 31st. The students in the picture are
Caylee McGovern, Brandon Jackson and Alyssa Daries.

 

Landscaping Day

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Saturday, November 2nd, faculty and volunteer staff participated in a "Landscaping Day at Abney"  Several key areas around the school were landscaped including the flagpole area.  Pictured are faculty members Rhonda Calcote, Suzanne Cole and Geremy Jackson along with members of the Pace and Parks Families.

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Flagpole area gets a makeover

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Mr. Mike Parks along with son's Aaron and Brady helping on barricades

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The Pace Family helping on Landscaping Day

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The Parks Family Helping during Landscaping Day

 

 

 

 

 


October, 2013

 

Pumpkin Decorating Contest Winners

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Pictured is Ms. Tessa Heiss, 2nd grade teacher at Abney Elementary, along with the winners of her in-class pumpkin decorating class.  Pictured from left to right are Ms. Heiss, Gabriela Ham, Olivia Ownby, Jean-Luc Bouche, Tyler Hays, and David Garnett.

 

Grand Prize Winner -
St Tammany Parish Fair Booth

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Mr. Robert Alford, principal of Abney Elementary, is shown presenting to Mrs. Irit Sirkes, the school's art teacher, a check in the amount of $225.00 which will be used for the school's art supplies.  The award was given to the school by the St. Tammany Parish Fair Association for winning the Grand Prize for the most outstanding school booth (elementary division) at the recent St Tammany Parish Fair. 

 

Special Guest Reader

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Mr. Alford, Principal of Abney Elementary, is shown reading to Mrs. Ownby's first grade class.  Pictured with Mr. Alford are students Kristin Cousin, Joshua Jackson, Sylas Gunter, Jacob Boone, DeReyon Jenkins and Jacoby Cenac.

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Mr. Alford is shown here recently reading to Ms. Amanda Spencer's first grade class.

 

 

Harvest Coming

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Abney students will soon be harvesting their crop of Romaine lettuce.

 

AR Champions

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Abney Elementary celebrated with the students who were named Accelerated Reader Champions for their classes for the 1st nine weeks.  They are (left to right) Kierstyn Horne, D’Andre Vaughn, Kayla Williams, Jackson Napier, Trinity Stevens, Brent Pace, Makayla Walker, Joshua Norris, Makayla Walker, Shayla Luneau, Kyla Hardrick, Joy Xiao, Mr. Alford, principal, Tiffany Curry, Benjamin Halfpenny, Jade Thomas, Jessica Trigo, Jenna Clark, Ta’nyrian Cooper, and Olivia Bruza. Not pictured are Kaelyn Hardrick, Ozzie, Lambert, and William Helton.

 

Lettuce Crop

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A picture of our lettuce crop

 

 

Student Art Contest

Pictured are Abney Elementary' s art teacher, Mrs. Irit Sirkes, with Melanie Tassin, third grade student at Abney .  Melanie received honorable mention for her artwork in the recent Louisiana Department of Wildlife Student Art Contest.  This was Melanie's 2nd year to receive an award for your artwork in this contest.

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Fire Department Visit

The Slidell Fire Department recently visited the school and conducted fire safety assemblies with the students.

 

 

Reading Rocks

Abney Elementary recently held its Reading Rocks at Abney Day.  This included a free book giveaway, reading for the record and a special parent presentation on tips for helping students with their reading at home.

Great Book Giveaway

Parent Workshop Presentation

 

Communication Research Reports

Pictured are 5th grade students in Mrs. Farmer’s class working on their Communication Research Reports.

 

 

Fair Booth Wins Grand Prize

Pictures of Abney Elementary’ s exhibit at the St. Tammany Parish Fair.  The exhibit was selected as the grand prize winning booth for the elementary school division.

 

Laptops Donated

Pictured is Mr. Mike Alford, principal, Mr. Travis Roques from Valero and Mrs. Jessica Flores..  Valero donated 25 laptops to the school.

 

 


September, 2013

 

Spartan of the Month

Pictures from Abney's "Spartan of the Month" for the month of September.

 

 

First Week of Fall

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Mrs. Ownby's first grade class taking advantage of the cooler weather to write about the first week of Fall.

 

New Scout Troop

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Abney starts a new Scout Troop.  Over 75 students and their parents attended the organizational meeting for a new scout troop.  Boys Scout representatives Ben Kirkland and Jonathan Barfield are seen here introducing the program to the parents and students.

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Recycling Club

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Abney Elementary began a new Recycling club.  The club has been organized by Aaron and Brady Parks, both 5th graders at the school.  Shown in this picture are from left to right Brady Parks, Coach Brian Donnelly (club sponsor) and Aaron Parks.

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Brady and Aaron Parks placing the first recycled aluminum can in the recycling bin.  Abney is beginning a new recycling club this year.  The two students come up with the idea and help establish it.

 

 

Binders Donated

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Caption: Abney Elementary received a gracious donation from Shell Oil of over 100 binders.
Pictured is Mr. Robert "Mike" Alford, Principal, thanking Mr. Adam J. Troyer, Materials Lead for Shell, for Shell's community partnership and generosity.

 

Fall Plantings

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Pictured are members of the Abney Elementary Garden Club sponsored by Mr. Geremy Jackson.  They are seen participating in the Fall planting which included planting potatoes, onions and carrots.  This program is sponsored by both the American Heart Association and Chevron.

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PBS Celebration

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Abney Elementary Student Chose their Attitudes, Made their Teacher’s Day, Learned how to be There, and now they get to Have Fun and Play as they celebrate at their first Positive Behavior Support celebration of the year.  Over 95% of the students were able to join their classmates in a school-wide PBS incentive.

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Author Visits Second Grade

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Pictured from left to right are Tanya DiMaggio from the St. Tammany Parish Library,
Author/illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka and Principal Mike Alford. Mr. Krosoczka spoke to the 2nd grade class about how he became an author of children’s books and inspired and challenged each one of the students to be an author one day.  Mr. Krosoczka was sponsored by the St. Tammany Parish Library.

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Abney Elementary SNAC Visits
Early Education Childhood Center

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Abney Elementary students from the Nutrition Advisory Council and the Principal's Goldfish Club visited the Abney Early Education Childhood Center Pre-K students at Bayou Woods Elementary yesterday. Pictured are L-R Lillian Pace, Devine Dunbar, and Tiffany Alonzo. Coincidentally, Tiffany's aunt is Paraprofessional Martisha Peterson who is in the PK class with teacher Debra Faciane. Our NAC read THE ENORMOUS POTATO to Ms. Faciane's class.
We were received like Royalty by BWE principal Kathy McDowell and Vice Principal Sheryl Humphries who escorted us around campus during our visit. Debra H. Davis, Manager

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Goldfish and SNAC Visits Bayou Woods

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The Principal's Goldfish Club and Nutrition Advisory Council from Abney Elementary had a fantastic visit with the Abney Early Education Childhood Center Pre-K students at Bayou Woods Elementary recently. Our group was warmly received by Principal Kathy McDowell and Vice Principal Sheryl Humphries who accompanied us throughout the visit. On this trip, we had a total of 24 GF and NAC students who read and visited with very engaged and interested PK classes. Again this year these Abney ambassadors will be out in our community making connections.

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Practicing Math Facts

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Pictures of Mrs. McCann's and Mrs. Newell's 3rd grade class utilizing all types of technology in their classroom as they practiced math facts.

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Spartan of the Month

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Pictures from the first "Spartan of the Month" celebration. Each student cashed in their Fish slips to earn this award with some having over 25 slips.

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Food Bank Collections

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Abney students collecting food for local food bank.

Do you know how high a fish can jump? If it's an Abney Elementary Goldfish, it can jump high and do it very quickly.

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The Principal's Goldfish Club has hit the stream swimming again this year. With a quick response to community need, the fish have delivered a big load of non-perishable food items to the food bank (and we're still collecting).
We will do our annual food drive for the holidays as well.

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August, 2013

 

Abney PTA Supporters

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Here is a picture of Abney cafeteria crew showing their support of the Abney PTA.

 

Charlotte’s Web

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Mrs. Mehr’s 3rd grade is reading Charlotte’s Web.  Pictured are some of Mrs. Mehr’s students discussing in small groups the first few sections of the book.

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Stability Ball Exercises

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This week, Mrs. Dami Ownby’s first grade class started using stability balls (also called exercise balls, balance balls, or yoga balls) as our classroom chairs.

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Mrs. Ownby's class sits on Stability Balls

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Fish Philosophy Award

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Students receiving their PBS Award for following the FISH philosophy during the first week of school

 

Guitar Basics

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Brian Bosarge, Abney Elementary music teacher,  works with a group of Abney students as they learn the basics of guitar.

 

Goldfish Club

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Abney's Goldfish Club meets for the first time.  The club planned many exciting events this year including their annual food drive, reading to pre-k students and a public service recognition program at the mayor's office.

 

New Teacher for Gifted Students

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Several 5th grade students at Abney are seen working with new teacher, Michelle Majorie. Mrs. Majorie recently joined the staff at Abney as academic gifted teacher.

 

Student of the Week

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Some of Abney Elementary' s students enjoying 15 minutes of free dance time as a reward for being selected as Students of the Week.  "Students of the Week" is a part of the schools'  Positive Behavior Support program (PBS).

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More students enjoying Student of the Week

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Great Wall of Great Writings

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Pictured above are the first students from Abney Elementary to have their writings posted on the School's "Great Wall of Great Writings"  Pictured are: back row, Mrs. Holly Moore , Literacy Integrationist, students' Cyndi Haynes, Sarah Timmons and Alexis Jones and Mr. Mike Alford , Principal. The bottom row from left to right is Brendon Michel and Izzy Chormann.  The school's Writing for Excellence Program targets teaching appropriate writing skills and is part of the school's focus on literacy.

 

Morning Meeting Show

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Pictured above is Mrs. Suzanne Cole's and Mrs. Suzette Brooks' 5th grade class. They are the first class to be featured this year on the school's weekly morning meeting show. They have been discussing daily on morning meeting "how to choose the right attitude each day?"

 

Flag Team In Action

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The 2013 Abney Elementary Flag Corps preparing to raise the school flag for the first time.
Pictured on the top row, left to right, are Mrs. Kathy O'Lear, Flag Corp sponsor, Bryant Bray, Matthew Dobson and Faijah Faciane. On the lower row, left to right, are Meya McMillian and Alphonse Jones

 

Grant Award

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Pictured is Ms. Ashley Lewis from First Castle Federal Credit Union presenting to Mrs. Suzanne Cole a check for $500.00 dollars. This check is for special classroom grant offered by Frist Castle to help teachers with special classroom projects.  Mrs. Cole was one of ten teachers in St Tammany Public schools to win this grant.

 

First Live Broadcast

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Abney Elementary Broadcast Team are shown getting ready for their first live broadcast of the school's daily morning meeting.  Pictured from left to right is Aaron Brady, Andrea McCoy (CHAMPO MAN), Madison Jancas (Weather Board), Lizzy O'Lear and Brady Parks.


 

 

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