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April, 2013


Honor Roll Breakfast

Students at Carolyn Park Middle School enjoyed pancakes and sausage at the quarterly honor roll breakfast hosted by the PTA.  the students worked hard to maintain 3.0 and above grade point averages.

Top left:  Shelby Dorand, Angelle Williams, Aaliyah Howard, and Jason Dorand. Bottom:   Gabrielle Laine, Harlee Garlick, Carielle England, and Hannah Tullis

Top left:  Amara Santalla and Angel Fisher. Bottom table:  Jade Freeman, Tayja York, Crystal Williams, and Madison Cook.

January, 2013

Principal Gets Patriot Award

Principal Anthony Esposito received the “Patriot Award” from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Organization on Tuesday, January 15, in recognition of his support of his employees serving with the Guard.

He was presented with the framed certificate by Teacher Kim Alexius, the teacher who had nominated him. Special guests included Assistant Superintendent William “Bill” Brady; Edward “Ed” Hooks, Member of the ESGR Louisiana Committee, and Ryan R. Nelson, Employer Outreach Coordinator with the ESGR in Louisiana.

The Patriot Award recognizes supervisors and employers nominated by a Guardsman or Reservist employee for adjusting work schedules to assist the Guard member in his service to the country. It reflects a wide range of efforts from flexible schedules and time off prior to and after deployment to caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed.

Alexius thanked Principal Esposito for his continued efforts to accommodate her military service and all the missions she has gone on over the past four years. “I know it wasn’t easy sometimes,” she went on to say. “On behalf of my unit, which is currently in Afghanistan, this award is from us to you, for your support of the National Guard and its mission.”

“This is a great honor for Tony and our School System, showing our support to our Guardsmen and Reservists,” said Donna Smith, Assistant Principal at the school.

Hooks said employer support for the military reservists is an important part of the military mission, everything from accommodating their need for time to fulfill their service obligations to looking in on their families while they are on active duty. “This award is an opportunity for the service person to recognize their employers,” he said.

The ESGR is a Department of Defense agency, established in 1972, that promotes cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment.

Teacher Kim Alexius, Principal Anthony Esposito and
Assistant Superintendent William "Bill" Brady


December, 2012


Handmade Scarves

Carolyn Park Middle School's Raven Donald and Brianna Hackett participated in the "Knit Your Bit Program" sponsored by The National World War II Museum, providing handmade scarves to veterans. The sixth graders hand delivered their scarves while on a class field trip to the museum. Faith Mitternight- Teacher


November, 2012


Letter Grade Score

Carolyn Park Middle School received a special visit from Superintendent W.L. “Trey” Folse III and  Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Cheryl Arabie to congratulate the school on increasing its School Performance Score one letter grade this past school year.  The efforts of the administration, teachers, and students were praised and expressed with an engraved plaque highlighting the achievement. From left to right are Cheryl Arabie, Principal Anthony Esposito, Assistant Principal Donna Smith, and Trey Folse.

Carolyn Park Hosts Annual
Neighborhood Dinner

More than 400 people from neighborhoods around Carolyn Park Middle School in Slidell enjoyed visiting with each other and sharing dinner together Monday evening as part of the school's fifth annual “Feast for Friends” event, a Thanksgiving week tradition that has developed deep community connections.

A dinner of turkey and dressing, ham, cranberry sauce, mashed sweet potatoes, string beans, homemade buns, tea, desserts and even gumbo was available to the visitors to the school cafeteria. Principal Tony Esposito,who came up with the idea five years ago, said it has become a popular event the neighbors look forward to all year.

Terry O'Malley, who coordinates the project for the school, said the effort of twenty plus school cafeteria workers, teachers, and others started at 6 a.m. in the morning, preparing and cooking many of the menu items from scratch. “It says a lot that Monday is the first day off for teachers during the Thanksgiving Week holidays,and yet here they are, helping out,” O'Malley said. The dinner was served from 4 p.m. To 6 p.m.

O'Malley said that the program included giving away door prizes donated by local businesses, including discounts on Christmas trees. Students from Carolyn Park and other schools like Creekside Junior High and Mayfield Elementary were also on hand to help. Parish Council Member Steve Stefancik was on hand for the occasion, and he said the event was well-received and appreciated by the community.


October, 2012

Fire Truck Tour

Captain Von Joffrion speaks to fourth grade students at Carolyn Park Middle School about fire safety, as Captain Lester Schellinger and Bryce Callihan prepare to show the students fire truck equipment.


Character Day

The fifth grade students at Carolyn Park Middle School participated in Literary Character Day. The students dressed as their favorite literary character and then participated in character trait activities during Reading. A fun day was had by all.



Slime Time

Mrs. Bernadette Finn’s fifth graders at Carolyn Park Middle School enjoyed learning about physical and chemical changes in matter. Pictured left to right are Chloe Dufrene, Benjamin Albert and Kali Annis are seeing the results of a chemical change during the activity “Slime Time”.


Star Student Bash

Carolyn Park Middle School fifth graders (left to right) Trevor Steinhauser, Jay White, and Jeremy Jarvis show off their star student shirts.  They are a few among many who enjoyed frozen treats and fun at the "Star Student Bash", a quarterly event recognizing students making great achievements or scoring advanced/mastery on spring 2012 standardized tests.


Native American Traditions

Fourth Grade Carolyn Park students enjoyed a visit from Tom Varnado, also known as Strong Buffalo.  The students were able to learn about Native American traditions and history through story telling, exploring the teepee, and holding the tools that Native Americans used.


September, 2012


Lick Experiment

Carolyn Park sixth grade students (left to right) Brandon Acosta and Lenny Williams are conducting a Science experiment to see how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop.  This activity reinforced the skills of the Scientific Method, which was studied that week in Mrs. Nicole Burgess’ science class.


Grandparents Day

Grandparents pack Carolyn Park Middle School’s cafeteria for the Grandparent Breakfast, sponsored by the P.T.A. They enjoyed sausage biscuits, milk, and orange juice.

Grandparents enjoy a scrumptious breakfast with their grandchildren.

Parent volunteers Laura Grubb and Ellistair Falgout, Sr. serve orange juice to grandparents at the breakfast.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert enjoy their biscuits as they sit across from their grandson. Mrs. Robert is also a fifth grade teacher at the school.



Cash Vault

The “Cash Vault” at Carolyn Park Middle School is a great PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support) Tool! Students displaying good character traits and/or impressive academics, are invited to test their skills in collecting “Eagle Bucks”, as they whiz around the machine.

Principal Anthony Esposito and sixth grade science teacher Nicole Burgess look on as Tristan Lear prepares to collect bucks. in the background are, from left to right, Patrick O’Malley and Kyle Bertaut provide assistant with operations.

Pictured from left to right are sixth grade science students Tristan Lear, Lenny Williams, Briana Hackett, Yunique Lloyd, and Teresa Tillman await their turn to enter into the money machine.

August, 2012


Tracking the Storm

Mrs. Cochran, a 6th grade teacher at Carolyn Park Middle School, is teaching her social studies class how to track Tropical Storm Isaac. Her class began with coordinates from local news channels from Friday (8/24) and made predictions through Wednesday (8/29) afternoon.

Harleigh Berns and Lenny Williams (Left to right), sixth grade students at Carolyn Park Middle School, are listening closely as they learn about Hurricane Tracking Maps and plotting coordinates in their social studies class.


Citizen of the Year

Patrick O’Malley, a volunteer at Carolyn Park Middle School, points to the sign
announcing him as “Citizen of the Year” chosen by the Slidell Elks Club
for 2012. He has volunteered at Carolyn Park for ten years. He also has
the honorary title of Director of Football Operations at Slidell High School for his
more than 20 years as a volunteer there.



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