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April, 2013


Top State FFA School for

The Creekside FFA Nursery/Landscape Career Development Team was named Top Middle School in the recent State FFA Career Development Events. The team members were Kylea Milton, Daniel Seither, Savannah Montoya, and Austin Perkins. The team had tied for fifth at the Area IV FFA CDE prior to competing at the State FFA CDE against 18 other jr high and high school teams.


March, 2013


In the Spotlight

Creekside Jr. High School's choir was "IN THE SPOTLIGHT"! The choir sang the National Anthem at the Hornets vs. Orlando Magic game on Monday, March 4, 2013. All of their hard work during and after school paid off with a stellar performance. Congratulations on a job well done Photo courtesy of photographer David Grunfeld and The Times-Picayune.

Choir's dedication pays off

Dedication certainly pays off. Mrs. Permenter, the chorus teacher, and her students have been working hard this entire year during and after school and received the dividends of their work. Both the 6th grade choir and the 7th/8th grade choirs from Creekside qualified for State at the Large Ensemble Assessment this week. Mrs. Permenter gave the students credit, "They did a fantastic job!" At the end of April or the beginning of May, they will be headed to Lake Charles, Louisiana to be assessed at the state level. We wish them continued success!



December, 2012


Friends of Rachel

Creekside Junior High's Amplify F.O.R. Club joined in a mission with Mandeville Junior High's Amplify Junior Club at Mount Olive in Slidell. After Rachel's Challenge was presented at Creekside Jr. High earlier this year, many students responded and Amplify F.O.R (Friends of Rachel) Club was born at Creekside.

At the heart of this club is a desire to make a positive impact on our schools and communities. Students requested that they be able to serve others in the community. Mrs. Shelly Martin of Creekside and Ms. Melanie Chacon of Mandeville Jr. High brought together students from the two schools for a joint community service project in conjunction with Mount Olive AME Church.

Students from the two schools volunteered 4 hours of their time on a Saturday to box lunches for Meals-on-Wheels and also serve the public who entered for a hot meal. The students donated 2 Christmas trees as well as decorations for St. Tammany residents to be able to eat in a festive environment for the holidays. With 33 students, much can be accomplished in a little time. After wrapping and boxing all 300 lunches in an hour and a half as oppose to the normal 3 hours, the students searched for other jobs to keep them busy. They grabbed brooms to sweep and dust vents, restocked the food pantry, inventoried "use by date", and cleaned shelves. Not only did these amazing students give back to their own community whole heartedly, but they also had fun by participating in games for all. Rachel Joy Scott once said, "You never know how far a little bit of kindness can go." This statement has been exemplified and amplified through our youth's actions today. These students stepped up to the challenge issued by Rachel's Challenge and encourage the rest of our community to show kindness and become part of F.O.R. (Friends of Rachel).

Participants included: From Mandeville Jr. High, Max Prosper, Katie Johnson, Morgan Wilson, Courtney Teas, Michael Burkett, Kyra Wilson, Savannah Weisensee, and Camille Dedeaux. From Creekside Jr. High, Seth Davis, Rebecca Keller, Hannah Brady, McKayla Burbank, Kasey Rudesill, Addie Smith, Kandice Wisher, Heaven Dearie, Victoria Stewart, Charolette McQueen, Rebecca Fletcher, Lilliana Glaze, Katie Speziale, Kylie Parish, Bailey Kennedy, Ashley Whitehead, Kirsten Diaspro, Allison Mims.

Kandice Wisher and Kirsten Diaspro suit up to help serve others at Mount Olive AME Church.


October, 2012


Good Behavior Breakfast Club

Positive behavior pays off at Creekside Jr. High. Students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades who completed the first nine weeks meeting the ALI Expectations for behavior were invited to attend Breakfast Club this month. What a wonderful sight to see such a long line and large group of well-behaved students! Way to go ALI Gators!

Creekside Gators lined up for good behavior and received a sweet treat.

In 6th grade picture: Mrs. King and Ms. Childs serve Gators at 6th grade Breakfast Club. Students: Luke Rulliman, Sarah Waller, Jessica Little, Bryce Killion, Justin Dean, Drew Soileau, Tyler Graham


Rachel's Challenge

On Tuesday, October 23, 2012, Mr. Larry Scott addressed the Creekside Gators. As Rachel Scott's uncle and a representative of Rachel's Challenge, Mr. Scott shared Rachel's dreams and passed the baton to make those dreams reality to Creekside's students.

Rachel's Challenge is an organization started after the shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, which left 13 people dead including Rachel Scott. After her death, Rachel's family began to read and hear about the positive impact Rachel had on those around her through her acts of kindness intended to start a chain reaction. She left a written dream to touch the lives of millions. Through Rachel's Challenge and sharing her story, Rachel Scott is still positively impacting the lives of people.

Mr. Scott, through Rachel's story, encouraged students to stand for what is right, to include those who have been left out, and to dream big. With these simple but bold steps, Creekside Gators will be able to start their own chain reaction that will impact our community. During the day, students were able to share how their lives were similar to Rachel's story and how it had impacted them. Those students who chose to be a part of this positive movement pledged to be a part of Rachel's Challenge by signing a banner that will be displayed on campus.

Larry Scott addresses Creekside Gators



History of the Blues

Not one sad face was found amongst these Creekside Gators October 18. Creekside's 7th grade students celebrated the history of the blues on their PBIS field trip to the House of Blues. Congratulations to all of the ALI Gators. Keep living those ALI Expectations! Students pictured on stage: Jeremy Stafford, Kyle Chighizola, Tyler Spano, Darrien Alexander, Chris Simon, Abigail Randolph, Jada Gillum, Amber Slaughter,  Alicia Tillman, and  Haley Stone.

September, 2012




Tillison Addresses Students

Edward Tillison, former Detroit Lion running back, recently addressed Creekside's seventh grade students about being a professional athlete and a business owner. Mr. Tillison's unique perspective and experiences made his visit to Creekside the perfect launch activity for the seventh grade as they prepared for readings about professional athletes.

Students were intrigued to meet a professional athlete and connected with Mr. Tillison because he, like them, has gone through school in Pearl River. During his time, Mr. Tillison challenged students to develop good character, to believe in themselves, to overcome adversities, and to pursue their dreams. He drove home his points by sharing his own experiences and challenges.

He rounded out his time helping students understand the meaning of success. In his definition, he pointed students to having integrity and doing their personal best by going above and beyond expectations, whether it be as a professional athlete, business owner, or any other career. Students left with a vision of the way their choices and actions today affect their futures.

Pearl River native and former Detroit Lion, Ed Tillison, 
challenges Creekside's seventh grade students.




August, 2012



FFA Members Visit School Board

The annual Future Farmers of America report was given to the School Board August 16, with over a dozen FFA members in attendance. Creekside Junior High School’s FFA Chapter was represented at the meeting by, from left to right, Dylan Murray, Makenzie Bennett, and Daniel Seither. Their FFA has been named one of five finalists in the nation for the National FFA Top Middle School Chapter.


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