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Kindergarten Award Program
Louisiana Style

Florida Avenue Elementary opened its gym doors to proud families and friends of kindergarten students. The award program this year celebrated the “Spirit of Louisiana,” and the children’s pride in their state was very plain to see. The ceremony opened with children dressed as the Saintsations bursting through a fleur de lis banner. The excited cheerleaders formed two lines, and little Saints football players ran through to the roar of the onlookers. More students dressed as Honeybees and Hornets followed suit. They were succeeded by southern belles and their beaus, swamp people, and a costumed Mardi Gras parade. After the ceremony was completed, the children second-lined behind their teachers with their diplomas waving in the wind.


Saintsations – Molly Hursey, Terez Michalik, Alexia Pinkney, Deven Phares, Jayanna Brown, Mia Giglio, Summer Krantz, & Anj’ae Collins

Hornet basketball player - Rene Dantzler, Honeybees – Theresa Freeman, Aniya Crawford, Diamond Coleman, Isabella Acosta, Ava Krantz, Alexis Anthony, Britney Silva, Te’lia Sylvester

Emily Gueho & Dwayne Mills

Finn Gayle & Christian Torres

Mistress of Ceremonies – Brooke McGee

Upper Grade Awards

 

 

5th & 6th Choir Students
Front Row: Mariah Craige, Madelyn Hughes, Rebecca Prezbindowski, Eboni Owens, Elizabeth Watts, Daraneisha Williams,
Middle Row: Jessica Brisbin, Kassandra Canales, Karen Jackson, Isabella Cordoba, Anjae Johnson, Starlit Kennedy, Alexandra Martinez,
Back Row: Jordan Porter, Jessica Rabalais, Lilly Brown, Mya Cooper, Rebekah Bazanac, Jenna Morgan, Katelynn Norris

5th & 6th Band Students
Front Row: Elizabeth Byrd, Courtney Capritto, Michael Gleason, Kathryn Montgomery, Nicole Santalla, Thomas Sanders, Zamuel Shelby
Middle Row: Emily Aguirre, Jayce Alltop, Jonah Alfred, Collin Aupied, Alexandria Batiste, Briley Sanders, Sarah Campbell, Ciara Sosa, Victoria Hickman, Ariana Matamoros
Back Row: Brandon Morgan, Keon Fix, Diamond Peters, Timothy Pursley, Christopher Arroyo, Daniel Hartley

4th Grade Students Who Reached 100 Accelerated Reader Points
Matthew Perronne, Heaven Brown, Martha Chairez, Hannah Juneau, Scott Oates

 

4th Grade Student Who Reached 200 Accelerated Reader Points
Allyson Silva

5th Grade Students Who Reached 100 Accelerated Reader Points
Front Row: Kassandra Canales, Isabella Cordoba, Anjae Johnson, Kayla Laris, and
Briley Sanders
Back Row: Emily Aguirre, Brandon Morgan, Samuel Hartley, Zykerriah Stevens

5th Grade Students Who Reached 300 Accelerated Reader Points
Collin Aupied

5th Grade Students Who Reached 500 Accelerated Reader Points
Jessica Rabalais

5th Grade Students Who Reached 600 Accelerated Reader Points
Sharda Owens

6th Grade Students Who Reached 100 Accelerated Reader Points
Front Row: Courtney Capritto, Chloe Hanberg, Madelyn Hughes, Rebecca Prezbindowski
Back Row: Christopher Arroyo, Daniel Hartley, Remy Legaux

6th Grade Students Who Reached 200 Accelerated Reader Points
Kaelan Krause, Mariah Craige

6th Grade Students Who Reached 400 Accelerated Reader Points
Jenna Morgan

4th Grade: Who had the Highest Points in Accelerated Reader for their Grade Level
Allyson Silva

5th Grade: Who had the Highest Points in Accelerated Reader for their Grade Level
Sharda Owens

6th Grade: Who had the Highest Points in Accelerated Reader for their Grade Level
Jenna Morgan

Overall Top Accelerated Reader Who had the Highest Points at Florida Avenue Elementary
Sharda Owens

4th Grade Honor Roll “All Year”
Front Row: Alicia DeSilva, Taylor Weber, Allyson Silva
Middle Row: Matthew Perronne, Heaven Brown, Martha Chairez, Jennifer Navarro, Gracie Stoltz, Sierra Rowland, Jacqueline Rodriguez, Elizabeth Robertson
Back Row: Cameron Clark, Abigail Carlton, Robert Thibodaux, Emma Johnson, Sloan Smith

5th Grade Honor Roll “All Year”
Front Row: Isabella Cordoba, Jessica Rabalais, Brandon Morgan, Briley Sanders, Alexandria Batiste, Jessica Brisbin, Emmanuelle Harris, Kayla Laris
Back Row: Kaylor Yates, Sharda Owens, Collin Aupied, Rebekah Carswell, Jillian Krieger, Jonathan Lowery

 

6th Grade Honor Roll “All Year”
Front Row: Camryn Holmes, Hailey McComas, Nicole Santealla, Daraneisha Williams, Madelyn Hughes
Middle Row: Courtney Capritto, Alex Chauffe, Mariah Craige, Ysabel Palomo, Emilie Gentry, Chloe Hanberg, Kaelan Krause
Back Row: Daniel Hartley, Rebecca Prezbindowski, Christopher Arroyo, Aliha Encinia, Jenna Morgan
(Also Morgan Shows, Kelsi Bauer, Alfred Loredo

4th, 5th, 6th A Honor Roll “All Year”
Kassandra Canales (5th Grade)

4th, 5th, 6th Overall Most Improved
Front Row: Alicia Frank, Davryn Holmes, Zamuel Shelby, Jeremiah Arrington, Terry Cooper, Willie Ducre, Jr.
Back Row: Alexis Deane, Sloan Smith, Samuel Hartley, Elizabeth Watts, Calvin Lott
IMG_1203: Kobe Botts (Also Overall Most Improved)

4th, 5th, 6th Citizens of the Year
Front Row: Martha Chairez-Ceballos, Abby Carlton, Edwin Montes, Jessica Brisbin, Ysabel Palomo, Jonathan Lowery
Back Row: Leah Hoy, Desmond Davis, Seth Pena, Anjae Johnson, Jenna Morgan

4th, 5th, 6th Perfect Attendance
Kaelan Jackson, Solomone Hartley, Rebekah Carswell (2 years), Phillip Thomas, Chloe Hanberg (2 years)

 

Awards & Recognitions

2nd Grade Students Who Reached 100 Accelerated Reader Points
Front Row: Elijah Dendinger, Abby Elston, Andrew Emerson, James Feeley, Landyn Pilet, Kierra Roberts, Elijah Krieger, Savannah Thomas
Back Row:Grant Bridges, Javon Thompson, Peyton Lewis, Mallory Harvey, Dalton Wallace, Daquan Jennings, Bradlee Jones, Sheldon Ruano-Girard, Zachary Tanner

2nd Grade Students Who Reached 200 Accelerated Reader Points
Cora Petit & Jayden McClain

3rd Grade Students Who Reached 100 Accelerated Reader Points
Treasure Boutan, Eleanor Bridges, Jakob Bustamante, Mackenzie Crowe, Kristina Hoffman, Gissele Silva-Maldonado (Not Shown: Rylie Miramon)

Students Who had the Highest Points in their Grade Level
Carson Johnson (1st Grade), Jayden McClain (2nd Grade), Gissele Silva-Maldonado (3rd Grade)

1st, 2nd, 3rd Grade Overall Most Improved
Front Row: Jasmine Diaz, Alaina Hughes, Taliah Davis, Skylar Kirstein, Connor Hickman, Elijah Krieger, Gavin Brown, Brandyn Adam
Back Row: Nicholas Pastoret, James Ross, Hailey Ray, Anson Rigaud, Harley Boyd
(Not Shown: Frank “Tripp” Buffone)

1st, 2nd, 3rd Grade Citizens of the Year
Front Row: Alice Holmes, Olivia Miller, Lily Monchgesang, Waylon Gayle, Jamie Gueho, Mallory Harvey, Ross Bernard
Back Row: Eleanor Bridges, Aerianna Smith, Santos Chairez, Grant Bridges, Will Gayle, Fernando Torres, Treasure Boutan (Not Shown: Leah Hoy)

Citizens of the Month

Florida Avenue Elementary School May Citizens of the Month include, front from left, Rylee Galloway, Angel Juarez, Britney Silva, Landen Vanderslice, Olivia Waguespack, Mia Barnes, Aaron Ard ; back row, Charles Krantz, Gavin Brown, Nyla Holmes, Mallory Harvey, Connor Hickman, Carson Johnson, David Manlove, Devin Phares and Jonathan Mackles. Citizens of the Month are honored as part of Florida Avenue Elementary’s Positive Behavior Support program. Students are recognized listening and assisting classmates and teachers in need; serving as a positive influence in the classroom and community; demonstrating a positive/helpful attitude; participating in class celebrations; demonstrating a strong effort in academic endeavors; and leadership.

More Florida Avenue Elementary May Citizens of the Month include, front from left, Christian Camper, Karla Cortes, Carmen Bob, Hannah Marks, Alicia DeSilva, Elizabeth Robertson, Selena Cook, Zamuel Shelby; back row, Alyssa Bemelman, Jillian Krieger, Janai Whitehead, Samuel Hartley, Alexa Loredo, Ashlyn Epperson and Madelyn Hughes.

Florida Avenue Elementary School April Citizens of the Month include, front from left, Lily Monchgesang, Yandel Perez, Cody Janeau, Mia Giglio, Jarin Guevara, Connor Russell, Makaila Gabriel, William Taylor; back row, Principal Mrs. Kimberley Burgoyne, Anthony Pursley, Abby Elston, Hope Rybczyk, Alexus Chambers, Taliah Davis, James Ross, Jonathan Woods and Alexis Lyons. Citizens of the Month are honored as part of Florida Avenue Elementary’s Positive Behavior Support program. Students are recognized listening and assisting classmates and teachers in need; serving as a positive influence in the classroom and community; demonstrating a positive/helpful attitude; participating in class celebrations; demonstrating a strong effort in academic endeavors; and leadership.

 

More Florida Avenue Elementary April Citizens of the Month include, front from left, Brayden Bond, Hailey Ray, Martha Chariez-Ceballos, Alexis Bush, Aamarian Ducree, Devin Schuler, Noah Hughes, Kobe Botts; back row, Principal Mrs. Kimberley Burgoyne, Daraneisha Williams, Jenna Morgan, Emily Adams, Scott Oates, Kaylor Yates, Rebecca Anderson and Gavionne Parker. Not pictured is Megan Younce.

 

 

Making Music on the Avenue

Fifth and sixth grade students in Mr. Nathan Mumphrey’s band class at Florida Avenue Elementary performed for their proud familes and friends. The crowd even laughed in surprise when the students began using their voices, rather than their instruments, to keep time with his direction.

Beginning Band: 5th Grade - Jayce Alltop - Trumpet; Collin Aupied - Saxophone; Jonah Alfred - Percussion; Alexandria Batiste - Saxophone; Briley Sanders - Trumpet; Victoria Hickman - Flute; Sarah Campbell - Saxophone; Brandon Morgan - Saxophone; Ariana Matamoros - Trumpet; Emily Aguirre - Flute; Timothy Pursley - Trumpet; Ciara Sosa - Clarinet; Diamond Peters - Clarinet; and Keon Fix- Clarinet.

6th Grade - Nicole Santalla - Flute; Michael Gleason - Trumpet A; Zamuel Shelby - Saxophone; Daniel Hartley - percussion;

Returning Band: 6th Grade - Matthew Smith - Trumpet; Thomas Sanders - Trumpet; Morgan Shows - Flute; Elizabeth Byrd - Flute; Kathryn Montgomery - Clarinet; Courtney Capritto
-Christopher Arroyo

 

The Sounds of Strings

Florida Avenue Elementary violin students Jack Landry and J.W. Melton, under the instruction of Andrew Monteleone, performed for their classmates, teachers and parents on Monday, May 14, 2012. “It was such a joy to have the opportunity to spend my break listening to these upcoming violin superstars!” exclaimed Kindra Rintala.

Left to right, Jack Landry from Mrs. Debbie Green’s kindergarten class, J.W. Melton from Mrs. Sabrina Parish’s first grade class, and Violin Instructor Andrew Monteleone

 

Singing on the Avenue

Florida Avenue Elementary held their 10th Annual Choir Festival. Students from local area schools attended the event with their choir instructors and performed for their families and friends. Everyone sang beautifully, and it was a lot of fun!

Mr. Nathan Mumphrey’s choir class from Florida Avenue Elementary.

5th Grade: Alexandra Martinez, Isabella Cordoba, Jessica Rabalais, Jessica Brisbin, Kassandra Canales, Anjae Johnson, Jordan Porter, Karen Jacksan, and Starlit Kennedy

6th Grade: Rebekah Bazanac, Madelyn Hughes, Mariah Craige, Rebecca Prezbindowski, Daraneisha Williams, Mya Cooper, Lilly Brown, Eboni Owens, Katelynn Norris, Jenna Morgan, and Elizabeth Watts

Cruising Down The River

Students at Florida Avenue Elementary celebrated the end of their “Cruise down the Mississippi River” by landing in the Port of New Orleans. As their culminating event, they celebrated reading in Louisiana by inviting native-born Louisiana author and illustrator, Mike Atrell, to visit their school and share his expertise with them. Mr. Artell is an award-winning author, illustrator, TV cartoonist, conference speaker, musician, storyteller and humorist.
Children were already howling with laughter as they walked into the library as they saw a slideshow of funny pictures. When everyone was seated, he read a portion of his book, “Petite Rogue: A Cajun Red Riding Hood” to the kids. Afterwards, he discussed the various emotions people have and showed the students how eyebrows, lips and eyes can be drawn to show those expressions.
Just before the children left, he shared the song “I Couldn’t Believe What I Saw” from his music album, “Calling All Children to the Mardi Gras.” The children had a blast going through the hand motions that accompanied the song.
Florida Avenue Elementary would like to send a hearty thank you to Mike Artell for visiting the school and making this AR celebration a memorable one!

Mike Artell dancing with Payton Tigano from Mrs. Allison Nata’s 2nd grade classroom.

 

Leaving It Better
than They Found It

Florida Avenue Elementary’s Student Government worked together to make the school a better place. Working together, they repainted the school benches to help protect them from the weather. Fifth grade students also joined in by weeding the front of the school. Not to be left out, many other classes enjoyed the beautiful weather by cleaning up their classrooms’ flower beds. From utilizing solar energy to cleaning up the gardens, Florida Avenue Elementary Students are dedicated to making their school better each and every year!


Rebecca Anderson, Calleigh Giglio, Karen Jackson

Isabella Cordova

Courtney Capritto, Alfredo Laredo, Thomas Sanders, Alliah Encinia

Ms. Thornhill To Retire

Ms. Maryann Thornhill, one of Florida Avenue Elementary’s (FAE) beloved teachers, will be retiring in May after 37 years of teaching. Maryann has been an anchor at Florida Avenue Elementary from the beginning of her teaching career. In 1975, she student taught at the school. “We were the first student teachers at FAE!” Maryann shared. She was hired on after she received her BA in Education later that same year. Maryann taught in a looping classroom for first and second grade until 1978 when she was permanently placed in second grade until the present.

In 1979, she went back for her Master of Elementary Education and Special Education. “I’ve always been involved in workshops to further my education and to stay on top of the newest trends in education.” she adds.

Maryann has also remained very involved with her family, school and community throughout her long career. She has participated faithfully in PTA, Red Cross, Yearbook Staff, Beautification Committee, SBBA Team Mom, Audubon Institute Program, and St. Genevieve Church. She also served as Chairperson of the Hospitality Committee, Mentor of Slidell High School’s Teaching Academy, and Committee to Maintain School Accreditation. As Supervisor of Student teachers since 1983, Maryann has had the privilege of seeing two of her former student teachers receive the “New Teacher of the Year” award after their first year of teaching.

Maryann also participated in exciting programs that allowed her students to learn more about the world around them. Her class has participated in the Disney Pen Pal Program since 1985. Each year, her students get the opportunity to write to students in other classrooms around the world. Her students also enjoy getting a yearly visit from Flat Stanley, a paper character created at another school who travels around the nation visiting classrooms and collecting information about that area to share with his home school. She even received a letter from President Ford for participation in the plans for the National Bicentennial.

In 2010, FAE adopted the Accelerated Reader Program developed by Renaissance. As a result of this new program, Maryann said, “This year I have truly strived to promote more reading and enjoyment of reading. I read a lot to my students and promote the AR program at our school. The students in my class have all reached at least 100 points, and a couple have almost reached 200 points. They have really learned to love to read!”

Maryann remarked how she aims to bring out the best in all of her students and the make her classroom a wonderful experience for all of the kids. Her hard work was rewarded when she was named FAE’s Teacher of the Year for 2000-2001. She has also been recognized by Who’s Who among America’s Teachers multiple years. She was awarded second place for EIRS Teacher of the Year. She was even nominated for the Disney Hand Teacher Award in 2003.

However, Maryann was careful to add, “The most cherished awards of all come from former students, when many years later they still remember you and thank you for the inspirations, principles, & examples you provided which remain with them into adulthood, and you know you have made a difference in their lives.”

“As long as I can remember, I have always wanted to be a school teacher. I remember my first and second grade teachers as those who really helped to mold me into what I am today. They showed me that I could accomplish whatever I set out to do, and that I should do everything to the best of my ability. I was always treated with kindness and love, and given direction and a sense of security while in the classroom. They bolstered my self esteem always making me feel important and good about myself. I always dreamed that one day I could also make children feel that way about themselves,”Maryann shared.

“Teaching is my life, as I feel that I have made the ultimate difference in my student lives and feel that they are better students because of the dedication I have to them and education,” she added.

Her special gift to her students each year is a photo album for each student of all the school activities that they have participated in through out the entire school year. “It is wonderful to have my former students reflect about their fond memories in my classroom and of my ‘Magic Kingdom’ and share those memories with their children whom I have also taught. I will miss FAE, friends & all my but it is time to start a new chapter in my life. My memories will always be with me.”

In honor of all that Ms. Thornhill has done for Florida Avenue Elementary, the school will be hosting an open house from 12:00-2:00 PM on May 22nd for people to come and wish Ms. Thornhill well on her retirement. We are inviting our current students as well as the community.

100 Point Goal

Florida Avenue Elementary students from Mrs. Maryann Thornhill’s second grade class are making waves in reading! Every student in Thornhill’s class reached at least 100 points for their Accelerated Reader (AR) goal. In celebration, the principal, Kimberley Burgoyne, will be throwing the class a fun pizza party to reward their diligence and hard work. Some students had so much fun getting to their 100 point goal that they kept reading and are nearly at 200 points! As always, Florida Avenue Elementary fosters a love of reading and a feeling of success for the students’ accomplishments.

Left to right - Front row: Cora Pettit, Elijah Krieger, Abby Elston, and James Feeley.
Middle row: Landyn Pilet, Andrew Emerson, and Savannah Thomas
Back row: Javon Thompson, Dalton Wallace, Keirra Roberts, Mallory Harvey, Mrs. Maryann Thornhill, Jayden McClain, Bradlee Jones, and Sheldon Ruano-Girard
Not shown: Daquan Jennings


April, 2012

 

Music makers

Second grade students at Florida Avenue Elementary made beautiful music together! As a science project, the students were allowed to bring in homemade instruments. Children who participated in the voluntary project from Rachael Gleason, Allison Nata, Dru Scoggin, Maryann Thornhill, and Christy Wood’s classes all joined together to show off their instruments. Then, played a tune together. Through the project, the students learned about sound vibrations, inside & outside sounds, and how music becomes a part of sound. Learning is always fun on the Avenue!

Top: Zackary Tanner, Fernando Torres, Alexis Lyons, James Feeley, Abby Elston, and Emily Holmes. Floor: Jéan Melton, Emma Beard, Eva Eaton, Kyleigh Polk, Bradlee Jones, and Curtis Lewis.

Deaf Olympics

Students who have a hearing loss from Florida Avenue Elementary joined in on the festivities at the 30th Annual Deaf Olympics at Wally Pontiff, Jr. Playground in Metarie. Every year, Florida Avenue’s Deaf and hard of hearing students attend this exciting event. They participate in friendly competitions such as: 50-200 yard dashes, standing broad jump, soft ball throw, horse shoe throw, croquet, kite flying, and so much more. On top of fun activities, the students get the extraordinary opportunity to communicate with other students and adults from across the region who have similar communication modes (e.g. American Sign Language, Pidgin, Signed Exact English). “It is a wonderful experience that our students look forward to every year!” shares Suzanne Lynch a teacher of students who are Deaf and hard of hearing.

Cody Janeau from Pam White’s 1st grade class

Javon Thompson from MaryAnn Thornhill’s 2nd grade class

Hannah Marks from Alisa Brand’s 3rd grade class & Alicia Frank from Susan Mooney’s 4th grade class

Alicia Frank, Jennifer Navarro (from Ashley Colgin’s 4th grade class), Hannah Marks, Cody Janeau

 

Citizens of the Month

Florida Avenue Elementary School March Citizens of the Month include, front from left, Alaina Hughes, Emily Gueho, Joshua Bennett, Jordan Mackles, Nevaeh Robertson, Brandon Roy, Peyton Hoffmann, Isabel Flettrich; back row, Principal Mrs. Kimberley Burgoyne, Cora Pettit, Gavan Robertson, Jasmine Diaz, Trey Brisbin, Lakota Richardson, Jason Helmke, Alyssa Gonzalez and Grant Bridges.  Not pictured is Daniel Pichon. Citizens of the Month are honored as part of Florida Avenue Elementary’s Positive Behavior Support program. Students are recognized listening and assisting classmates and teachers in need; serving as a positive influence in the classroom and community; demonstrating a positive/helpful attitude; participating in class celebrations; demonstrating a strong effort in academic endeavors; and leadership.

More Florida Avenue Elementary March Citizens of the Month include, front from left, Sierra Rowland, Victoria Hickman, Faith McGraw, Roberth Duarte, Troy Taylor, Sasha Burk, Chandler Weber, Jessica Brisbin; back row, Principal Mrs. Kimberley Burgoyne, Daraneisha Williams, Wille Ducre Jr., Chance Lombard, Jessica Rabalais, Anson Rigaud and Kavon Jackson Not pictured is Patrick Slay.
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Final 4 Jersey Day

Students at Florida Avenue Elementary are always celebrating positive behavior. They filled up another CHAMPO line on their school-wide board, and were allowed to wear their favorite jerseys to school. Students really enjoyed a break from the norm of school uniforms, and those who followed basketball were excited about the upcoming Final Four.

From Mrs. Pam White’s first grade class - Brayden Brewer, Addison Colgin, Grace Holman, Harleigh Crowe

From Mrs. Mary Ann Thornhill’s second grade class - Andrew Emerson, Mary Ann Thornhill, Bradlee Jones, Jayden McClain

 

I Finished My Plate!

Florida Avenue Elementary’s cafeteria staff rewards students for finishing their lunch plates! Cafeteria Manager, Kathy Coleman shares, “We are trying to encourage students to eat a school lunch and help increase the amount of students participating in the school lunch program.” Each week, Coleman purchases trinkets for the kids, while Wende Roy gift wraps the prizes. “She does such a great job! The kids are really excited about it and we enjoy doing it.” Coleman adds.

Curtis Lewis from Mrs. Rachael Gleason’s second grade class

 

Healthy Choices

Students learn more than academics at Florida Avenue Elementary. They also learn how to create their own healthy snacks. Cafeteria Manager, Kathy Coleman, taught Rebecca Blache’s kindergarten class about healthy snacks. She showed them how you can make a tasty desert using strawberry yogurt and fresh fruit. To make the snack more fun, they put the yogurt in an ice cream cone.


Mrs. Rebecca Blache’s kindergarten class

Anj'ae Collins

 

Changing of the Flag

Florida Avenue Elementary’s Student Council provided funds so that the school could replace their old American Flag. Students from Mary Ann Thornhill’s second grade class were delighted to witness the changing of the flags. As they watched, some even helped weed nearby flower beds. The retired flag was given to Slidell Army Surplus, who has promised to properly dispose of it with the respect it deserves. Thank you to the student council and Slidell Army Surplus for helping to make this possible!


Going top of pic and around garden: Savannah Thomas,James Feeley, Landyn Pilet, Dalton Wallace, Sheldon Ruano-Girard, Mallory Harvey, Keirra Roberts, Abby Elston, Jayden McClain And Andrew Emerson

Music Teacher and Green Team Sponsor Nathan Mumphrey

Corner of pic - Abby Elston, Keirra Thomas (pole), Bradlee Jones, and Jayden McClain, looking at Mr. Mumphrey

Principal for the Day

Students are always rewarded for meeting their AR goals at Florida Avenue Elementary! Sharda Owens from Mrs. Jennifer Brewer’s fifth grade class is no exception. When she surpassed her goal and reached 400 points, she was allowed to be Principal for the Day! She followed Principal Kimberley Burgoyne around as she visited various classrooms to take “snapshots” of teachers engaging students in learning. Sharda was able to see what learning was like in multiple different grades. Keep up the great work Sharda Owens!

Sharda Owens is sitting at Principal Kimberley Burgoyne’s desk.

 

Mayor of the Day

Florida Avenue Elementary’s own, Rylie Miramon, was “Mayor of the Day!” During the PTA’s annual fund raiser, Riley sold the most products. As her prize, she was allowed to be the Mayor. She had a very exciting day sitting through the morning meetings in the Mayor’s office. She also visited the pet shelter and art museum. She loved getting to choose where she wanted lunch--Buffalo Wild Wings. At the end of the day, she and the Mayor returned to Florida Avenue Elementary to speak with the rest of the third grade students. The Mayor was presented with a beautiful sketch of the school created by Nancy Gaines, one of FAE’s own staff members. Congratulations Riley!

Left to right: Principal Kimberley Burgoyne, Rylie Miramon, Rylie’s teacher Rachel Aupied, and Mayor Freddy Drennan

Butterfly Project

2nd Grader’s Butterfly Project

Florida Avenue Elementary’s second grade students learned about butterflies in a fun and creative way. After taking a field trip to the Insectarium, each class raised their own group of butterflies. They watched daily as their little caterpillars grew in size, built their cocoons, and eventually emerged as butterflies. Students kept a daily journal to document their insects’ progress, as well as learned all the different parts of a butterfly and interesting facts about them. One class even chanced the rare opportunity of witnessing the butterfly emerging from its cocoon and pumping up its wings with fluid to make them take form. After enjoying the butterflies for several days, students went outside to say a final farewell to their six-legged friends.

Mary Ann Thornhill & Andrew Emerson

Landyn Pilet, Abby Elston, & Mary Ann Thornhill


Left to Right: Brody Cutrer, Nathan Howard, Cody Frosch, Jan Batista, Gavin Brown, Logan Weber, Emily Holmes, Mrs. Wood, Asia Howard, La'Heathra Victor, Daniel Pichon, and Madeline Bowser, SHS intern


Left to Right: Waving to butterfly, Alexis Lyons, Nathan Howard, Cody Frosch, Jan Batista, Logan Weber, Gavin Brown, Mrs. Wood, Daniel Pichon, La'Heathra Victor, and Madeline Bowser, SHS intern

 


March, 2012

 

Working Hand in Hand
with Local Businesses

Florida Avenue Elementary works hand in hand with local businesses to help the community. Once a month, the school celebrates a special “Dinner Night” at a specific restaurant. Students encourage their family to visit the restaurant for dinner that night, and a portion of the proceeds go to the school. The PTA uses the funds raised from dinner nights to help the school purchase things that are needed. These events also help fund the PTA Teacher Grant Program which helps teachers raise the necessary funds to start new and exciting projects with their classes. In addition to helping the school, it raises interest in local restaurants and encourages families to patronize the local businesses.

Pictured at Dinner Night are (left to right) Grace Holman,
Texas Roadhouse Armadillo, and Addison Colgin.

Buddy Breakfast

Florida Avenue Elementary opened their doors Friday, March 17, 2012, at 7:30 a.m. They invited the students’ family and friends to join the children for breakfast in the cafeteria. Students had double the fun since they were allowed to dress up for the AR celebration. Some of the parents joined in the AR fun and also dressed in fifties clothing to match their children.


Richie, Taryn, Grace Holman, and Ruth Fulmer

Keith Budde, Cody Janeau, Cara Budde, and Kilian Janeau

 

Persons of the Year

Pictured from Florida Avenue Elementary are Left to right: Kimberly Dillon (Substitute of the Year), Karen Tesei (Teacher of the Year), and Sandra Harris (Support Person of the Year),

 

 

Blackfoot Nation

Florida Avenue’s own fifth grade student, Collin Aupied, will be attending the State Social Studies Fair located in Lake Charles on April 23rd. His project, titled “Blackfoot Nation” won first place at Florida Avenue Elementary and second place at the regional level in the Anthropology division. Collin learned a lot while completing the project. He “found it very interesting how even though the area that the Blackfoot lived grew smaller, their population grew larger. Through the judging process, he learned the importance of always staying by your project so that you are not away if a judge comes by.” Shared his mother, Rachel Aupied. “Collin chose this topic because he will be traveling to Western Canada this summer as a People to People Ambassador. While there, he will be visiting a Blackfoot Reserve, so he decided to research the area before his trip.” Florida Avenue Elementary is very proud of Collin and wishes him great luck at the State Social Studies Fair and in Canada this summer.


Collin Aupied speaking with a judge at the regional Social Studies Fair.

Collin Aupied with his 2nd place ribbon at the regional Social Studies Fair

 

Rocking through Reading
in the 50’s

Students at Florida Avenue Elementary celebrated reaching their AR reading goal for the third nine weeks by blasting to the past! Students and faculty’ alike’ dressed up in fifties style clothing and enjoyed a fun dance in the gym. Students also played hula hoop relay games. The teachers especially found the music and dancing to their liking. Some teachers even worked with their students ahead of time to teach them dances reminiscent of that time period. At the celebration dance, these students performed for their peers and then taught them how to do the dances, too. As always, Florida Avenue Elementary makes reading fun and reaching your goals a memorable event!

4th Graders: Kimyatta Camper from Mrs. Dani Merrill’s class, Heaven Brown and Timisha Edwards from Mrs. Ashley Colgin’s class


Fifth grade teacher, Denise Holman is painting sideburns on her student, Ethan Barnes.

Jamie Gueho, Elijah Dendinger, Curtis Lewis, Qen'nisha Richard, Danielle Bauer, Coach Cara Twillie, Gage Schenck, Connor Hickman, Jonathan Woods and Je'an Melton

Music Teacher Nathan Mumphrey and Computer Teacher Gary Bennett

 

Pet Shelter Visits

Animal Control Officer Damian Anti traveled to Florida Avenue Elementary March 13, 2012 to speak with students about the proper care of their pets.

Bringing two puppies, two rats from the shelter, he showed students what adorable creatures were just waiting for a happy home.

He also demonstrated how they catch a stray dog.

 

He discussed proper feeding, housing and walking procedures for your dogs. Students especially enjoyed when he brought out a “stuffed” snake from a container and showed how he would catch a real snake if one was loose. The students at Florida Avenue Elementary thoroughly enjoyed their education on animals and what they can do to give their pets and happy and loving home.

 

United Way Dinner

Every year, St. Tammany Parish schools work to help the United Way. All faculty and staff members choose to donate some of their hard earned salary towards helping others. Students also donate funds. This year, FAE employees raised $2,245.08, and the students raised $768.66. The total amount of funds raised at FAE was $3013.74. School employees who donate over a certain amount are invited to a celebratory dinner where they receive special recognition for their generosity.

Pictured are Ann Cook, (Assistant Principal), Suzanne Lynch (Teacher),
and Kimberley Burgoyne (Principal).

 

War on Pennies

Every year Florida Avenue Elementary students bring in pennies to help support the American Heart Association. Each class competes against the other to see who will raise the most money. The classroom that raises the most money wins a Subway meal! Last year, FAE raised over $500 in pennies alone! So, parents, send in those pennies! Pictured is Harley Boyd from Mrs. McGee’s 3rd grade class.

 

Citizens of the Month

 

Florida Avenue Elementary School February Citizens of the Month include, front from left, Beau Ross, Sadie Vaultz, Landyn Pilet, Mailan Williams, Ja'Kary Curry, Thomas Peterson, Cliffie Lyons, Lamur Ankrum; back row, Paige Bradley, Lei Lani Swan, Brody Cutrer, Gage Schenck, Seth Wolfe, Anaiya Boutan and Principal Mrs. Kimberley Burgoyne.  Not pictured is Eva Eaton. Citizens of the Month are honored as part of Florida Avenue Elementary’s Positive Behavior Support program. Students are recognized listening and assisting classmates and teachers in need; serving as a positive influence in the classroom and community; demonstrating a positive/helpful attitude; participating in class celebrations; demonstrating a strong effort in academic endeavors; and leadership.

 

Florida Avenue Elementary February Citizens of the Month include, front from left, Andre Jones,  Eathon Bass, Allie Batiste, Taylor Thibodaux, Davryn Holmes, Dayton Sanchez, Harley Boyd, Amya Camper, Elizabeth Seoane; back row, Gavin Schenck, Zachary Morrow, Arielle Perkins, Elizabeth Watts,Christopher Arroyo,  Jeremiah Arrington, Ciara Sosa, Leah Hoy and Principal Mrs. Kimberley Burgoyne.

 

WFAE TV

 

WFAE TV News

Every morning students at Florida Avenue Elementary start their day by watching news on TV! That’s right! Sixth grade students work as news anchors and lead the school in all important announcements, fish philosophy of the day, weather reports, and cafeteria meal of the day. An American Sign Language Interpreter is there to interpret everything for FAE students who are Deaf or hard of hearing, as well. Students enjoy saying their morning pledge and school pledge, as well.

“We use an AV switcher to alternate between camera, computer, DVD, and VCR output to our closed circuit TV system. To produce the Tiger Casts, I use iMovie and Keynote.” Shares Gary Bennett the school computer teacher. “We are in the very preliminary process of upgrading our studio. We hope to add a more sophisticated video production pipeline: Tricaster Studio (production studio in a box), lighting equipment, green screen, a dedicated studio site, and wireless mics.”

In addition to the regular morning news students enjoy the occasional music video, storybook on video, and other school-created videos to highlight positive behaviors and special recognitions or rewards.

The video camera used to broadcast the news is “powered by pure sunshine” thanks to FAE’s Green Team’s efforts to create solar energy at the school.


Gary Bennett


Left to right: Daniel Hartley, Mariah Craige, Alex Chauffe, Mikey Gleason (Mrs. Indest's homeroom)

 

Reading on the River

Florida Avenue Elementary opened their doors yet again to give families a chance to share in the “Accelerated Reader” experience with their children. Families read books with their children and then helped them to take their reading quizzes online. Each book read adds points to the child’s overall reading score. Teachers set individualized goals for each child, and the school celebrates achieved goals each nine weeks with the students. FAE makes reading fun for the whole family!

Rickey Andre, II and Rickey Andre, III

Tamea, Cynthia, and Aaron Madison

States of Matter

Dru Scoggin’s second grade class at Florida Avenue Elementary had a blast learning about the three states of matter. They spent a week creating solids, liquids and gasses, and analyzing which category the creations fell.


Mrs. Scoggin’s second grade class - Front row: Kyla Fletcher, Diamond Lweis, and Nyla Holmes. Middle: Murphy Mammelli, Kyleigh Polk, Bradley Jones, and Grant Bridges. Back:
Rhiannon Legaux, Jayla Lang, Jerome Smith, Logan Harrington, Jackson Dudenhefer, Ethan Lewis, Asten Phares, Jaydin Charles, James Ross, and Eva Eaton.

Scoggin’s class combined vinegar and baking soda to inflate a balloon and create a gas.
Pictured are Murphy Mammelli, Jaydin Charles, Mrs. Scoggin, Jayla Lang, Kyleigh Polk, and Diamond Lewis.

 

Teacher on Panel

Florida Avenue Elementary’s very own Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Suzanne Lynch was chosen to sit on the ETS Deaf Educator’s Praxis Standards Setting Panel at Princeton. Her co-worker, Erin Wright, was also nominated but was unable to attend due to being on maternity leave.
Teachers wishing to be certified in Louisiana must take this standardized test after graduating college. As a panel member, Mrs. Lynch worked with other Deaf Educators from around the country to determine what the pass/fail score should be for the Praxis Examination for Teachers of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students.

“It was such an honor to be chosen to serve on the Praxis panel. While I was there, I learned just how wonderful St. Tammany Parish’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program really is! We have many programs and services that we are able to provide to our students. I found that other Deaf Educator’s from around the country were quite surprised by all the technology we have to offer our students. They were also impressed by the amount of teachers who can sign to their students as well as teach them. I am proud to be a member of such an outstanding Deaf Education program!”

Suzanne Lynch

 

 


February, 2012

 

Jerseys for Jeremy


Students at Florida Avenue Elementary donned their favorite jerseys and team shirts on Wednesday, February 29, 2012. By donating one dollar each to the Jeremy Hebert Foundation, students help this group in their effort to provide AEDs in all St. Tammany Parish Public Schools.

Pictured on the back row are Julie Walder, Audrey Capritto, Jayden Twillie, Cameron Weiss, Sasha Burk, Harley Padgett, Brandyn Adam, and Ella Bridges. On the front row are
Hannah Marks, Noah Hughes, Chandler White, Mackenzie Crowe, Taylor Thibodaux, Ty Lambert, Christy Ard, Cameron Boni, and Jadon Ramirez.

 

 

Smart Bodies!


Florida Avenue Elementary students took an interactive journey through the human body on Monday, February 27, 2012 thanks to the Smart Bodies’ Body Walk program. During their trek through the approximately 40-foot walk-through exhibit, they traveled through various parts of the body including the brain, mouth, small intestines, muscles, and much more! Parent volunteers, high school student teachers and activity teachers manned each station to engage the students in five-minute activities focused on healthy choices. The children learned about the importance of making good nutrition choices and being physically active. FAE would like to thank their parent volunteers: Pat Manlove, Lisa Manlove, Jeanene Seoane, Robert Thibodaux, Loni Gayle, and Christine Yates for helping make our journey possible! They also send a special thank you out to the students of Slidell High School Teaching Academy: Kaitlynn Baham, Madeline Bowser, Alexis Brown, Kevin Brown, Jessica Capdeville, Chelsea Dawson, Katelyn Dours, Fallon Headrick, Kara March, Crystal Reese, & Annalise Vidrine.

Tashia Arroyo

Kaitlynn Baham, Chelsea Dawson, Robert Thibodaux

Aerial shot of entire Walk through

Hand Washing

Slidell Memorial Hospital presented a program on correct hand washing to Florida Avenue Elementary’s students on February 9th. Students were given fake “germs” on their hands that glowed under a special germ looking glass. After they learned how to properly wash their germs away, they filed to the sinks and began their thorough task. When they were finished, they were able to look at their hands again and see how well they had washed their “germs” away. Florida Avenue Elementary would like to thank Slidell Memorial Hospital for their wonderful hand washing program.

SMH Representative Christi Chagnard and student Jah’Ky Owens.

Parade Madness

Florida Avenue Elementary’s third grade students worked extremely hard to put together a Mardi Gras parade at their school. All other students in grades preK to Kindergarten lined up outside to enjoy the festivities. Floats were created from wagons and even a motorized car! The kids had a blast, and lots of bead of candy were thrown.

Pictured are (left to right) Amya Camper, and Jocy Loredo.

Providing music are, left to right, Collin Aupied and Brandon Morgan.

 

Bippo the Hippo

Kindergarten and prekindergarten students at Florida Avenue Elementary had an exciting visit from Bippo the Hippo on Wednesday, February 15th. He shared fun facts about brushing his teeth and even danced with the children. Bippo the Hippo visits children at different schools, teaching how fun going to the Dentist can be. Florida Avenue Elementary would like to send a special thanks to Bippo’s Place for Smiles Dentist Office for their educational program.

Bippo the Hippo (center) Students (left to right): Finn Gayle, Jonah Cox

Citizens of the Month

Florida Avenue Elementary School January Citizens of the Month include, front from left, Hunter Ray, Cameron Weiss, Edwin Montes, Elijah Neighbor, Allyson Silva, Jacqueline Rodriguez, Heaven Brown; back row, Dedric Warren, Tanner Harvey, Brinklee Bond, Davionta Butler, Isabella Cordoba, Tyrell Huntington, Megan Baptist and Principal Mrs. Kimberley Burgoyne. Citizens of the Month are honored as part of Florida Avenue Elementary’s Positive Behavior Support program. Students are recognized listening and assisting classmates and teachers in need; serving as a positive influence in the classroom and community; demonstrating a positive/helpful attitude; participating in class celebrations; demonstrating a strong effort in academic endeavors; and leadership. Not pictured is Mariah Craige.

More Citizens of the Month

More Florida Avenue Elementary January Citizens of the Month include, front from left, Keilon Robertson, Tamea Madison, Taylor O'Brien, Joshua Lowery, Brandon Twillie, Jan Bautista, Teigh O'Brien, Alexis Anthony; back row, Principal Mrs. Kimberley Burgoyne, Makayla Melerine, Skylar Kirstein, Dalton Wallace, Kyla Fletcher, Je'an Melton and Dionne Lowery.

 

AR Celebration

Florida Avenue's own Danielle Bauer and Connor Hickman enjoy posing with CHAMP amidst the hustle and bustle of their second AR celebration of the year "The Kentucky Derby".

Danielle Bauer 

Connor Hickman

 


January, 2012

Science and Social Studies Fair

Florida Avenue Elementary recently held a Science and Social Studies Fair where students in grades 4-6 had the opportunity to enter individual projects. The first place winners in grades 4th -6th have the opportunity to compete at the Region VIII Fair at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.


Pictured is Matthew Perronne whose project “The Bermuda Triangle” won first place in Social Studies for 4th grade.

Pictured is Collin Aupied whose project “Blackfoot Nation” won first place in Social Studies for 5th grade.

Pictured is Tanner Harvey whose project “Waterfowl Hunting” won first place in Social Studies for 6th grade.

Pictured is Elizabeth Seoane whose project “Chocolate-What Kind Do People Like Best?” won first place in Science for 4th grade.

Pictured is Jillian Krieger whose project “Which Paper Towel is the Strongest” won first place in Science for 5th grade.

Pictured are Morgan Shows and Emilie Gentry whose project “Are Your Eyes Bigger Than Your Stomach?” won first place in Science for 6th grade.

Students who participated in the Social Studies Fair include, front from left, Tanner Harvey, Collin Aupied, Matthew Perronne ; middle row, Ciara Sosa, Rebekah Bazanac, Taylor Weber, Emma Johnson; next row, Chandler Weber, Jenna Morgan, Madelyn Hughes, Kassandra Canales; back row, Selena Cook, Leah Brunson, Diamond Peters, Braeden Moore, Thomas Sanders and Daniel Hartley.

Students who participated in the Science Fair include, front from left, Elizabeth Seoane, Emilie Gentry, Jillian Krieger; middle row, Kassandra Canales, Alicia DeSilva, Kathryn Montgomery ; next row, Jessica Brisbin, Daniel Hartley, Allyson Silva; back row, Elizabeth Watts, Jeremy Hughes, Eboni Owens and Breanna Levron.

 

 


December, 2011

Citizens of the Month

Florida Avenue Elementary School December Citizens of the Month include, front from left, Ella Bridges, Rykiah Thompson, Maya Fisher, Alyssa Bernard, John Lowery, Samuel Gentry; back row, Principal Mrs. Kimberley Burgoyne, Calleigh Giglio, Seth Pena, Morgan Shows, Jose Rodriguez, Robbie Thibodaux, Solomone Hartley, Emmanuelle Harris, Desmond Davis and Anjae Johnson. Citizens of the Month are honored as part of Florida Avenue Elementary’s Positive Behavior Support program. Students are recognized listening and assisting classmates and teachers in need; serving as a positive influence in the classroom and community; demonstrating a positive/helpful attitude; participating in class celebrations; demonstrating a strong effort in academic endeavors; and leadership.

 

More Florida Avenue Elementary December Citizens of the Month include, front from left, Aishling Mayo, Danielle Bauer, Alexander Proa, Anastasia Watts, Kaleb Wright, Molly Hursey, Lily Perkins; back row, Jason Helmke, Principal Mrs. Kimberley Burgoyne, Grace Capritto, Elijah Krieger, Isabella Garcia, Gracie Seibel, Jaylin Green, Ava Bise, Jayla Lang and Frank "Tripp" Buffone. Not pictured is Paige Pizzuto.

 


November, 2011

Citizens of the Month

Florida Avenue Elementary School November Citizens of the Month include, front from left, Milton Fuentes, Jonah Cox, Alyssa Washington, Logan Harrington, Keirra Roberts, Isabel Flettrich, Stephanie Crawford; back row, Principal Mrs. Kimberley Burgoyne, Brennan Diaz, Spencer Schnadelbach, Xavier Gaskew, Zachary Tanner, Nathan Howard and Tyler Howard. Not pictured are Keyri Juarez-Laureano, Clark Thomas and William Wood. Citizens of the Month are honored as part of Florida Avenue Elementary’s Positive Behavior Support program. Students are recognized listening and assisting classmates and teachers in need; serving as a positive influence in the classroom and community; demonstrating a positive/helpful attitude; participating in class celebrations; demonstrating a strong effort in academic endeavors; and leadership.

More Citizens of the Month

More Florida Avenue Elementary November Citizens of the Month include, front from left, Martha Chairez-Ceballos, Taylor Weber, Christy Ard, Davryn Holmes, Ross Bernard, Aaron Madison, Kobe Botts, Butch Favalora back row, Principal Mrs. Kimberley Burgoyne, Calvin Lott, Caleb Diaz, Madelyn Hughes, Kayla Laris, Alex Martinez, Courtney Capritto and Logan Ruano.

 

 

Recycling

 

      Everyone knows that Florida Avenue Elementary’s students and staff care about education and becoming positive members of society. However, FAE is also paving the way for future protectors of our global world. Earlier this year, Nathan Mumphrey, the music, band, and chorus teacher, was highlighted in the paper for his work with FAE’s “Green Team” to create solar panels that power our WFAE TV News each morning. His team has taken on another task to help FAE’s work towards a greener world.

      Students and staff, alike, bring in cans and bottles each week to be collected and scanned. That’s right, Florida Avenue Elementary has their own recycling program now!
Parent volunteers such dedicate a couple hours each Friday to pick up recyclables from each homeroom teacher. The bags are weighed, and individual items are scanned using their barcodes. The technology being used keeps track of each class’s contributions, and the students have become quite competitive with their fellow classrooms.

(1st Grade) Left to right: Alexis Lyons, Brody Cutrer, Stanley Morrison, Logan Weber

Scanning a can


 

NJHS Mentoring

     Kayla Cureaux, alumni of Florida Avenue Elementary (FAE), is currently a member of Slidell Junior High School’s National Junior Honor Society (NJHS). For her volunteer service hours, she serves in Mrs. Christy Wood’s second grade classroom. Each month, she visits the class and leads the students through various craft projects.
      “I like when Miss Kayla comes. She is Deaf like me. We do cool, fun stuff together,” said Asia Howard. “The students enjoy Kayla coming to our class each month. Kayla is an extraordinary role model for all of the students,” said Mrs. Wood.
      This week, the students worked on making a Thanksgiving Tree. Students wrote what they are thankful for on cut-outs of their hands.
      There are eleven NJHS students total who volunteer in classrooms. Twice a month they plan art and poetry activities for the kids as well as select AR books to read with them. In addition to teaching the students, FAE’s monthly field trips allow the NJHS members to work closely with the younger students as leaders and mentors.
      “I really enjoy seeing how the kids gravitate towards the volunteers because they’re so excited to see them. The mentor students love receiving hugs and smiles which makes it all worthwhile. FAE has made us feel immensely welcome, and we are so grateful. What an amazing experience for the teachers and students!” Stefanie Chapman, NJHS sponsor, stated.



Front row (left to right):Isabella Garcia, Logan Weber, Brody Cutrer, Jan Bautista
2nd Row: Alexis Lyons, Jacob Karem Cody Frosch, La’Heathra Victor, Emily Holmes, and Daysha Richardson. Back Row: Nathan Howard, Fernando Torres, Stanley Morrison, Daniel Pichon, Kayla Cureaux

 


October, 2011

Celebrating Down the Mississippi with Reading

Florida Avenue students are “Riding Down the River” this year! The school has purchased the Accelerated Reader program, which allows students to take tests and earn points with each book they read. Goals are set each 9 weeks, and students challenge themselves to reach their reading goals. In celebration of their success, the school hosts quarterly reading celebrations.

Donning their farmer attire, students engaged in many exciting activities that helped them learn about the culture of agricultural areas situated along the Mississippi River. From the Corn Relay to the Wisconsin Cheese toss, they experienced the joys of other people and cultures from around our great nation.

All this would not have been possible without the planning and help of our wonderful AR committee and the dedication of our FAE parent volunteers who spent their day leading children through these fun activities.

Pictured here is some of our happy farmers who were caught Riverboat Dancing in the library where everyone was anything but quiet today! Darius Loman, sporting his straw hat, showed his kindergarten teacher, Rebecca Blache, and PE coach, Cara Twillie, how to cut a jig.

Smoke House

Safety is always first at Florida Avenue Elementary! Fire Prevention Officer, Chad Duffaut, brought his brave crew to the school to demonstrate ways to evacuate a burning building. They also dressed a firefighter in his gear and showed the children that he is not scary. Children had fun demonstrating for their peers how to “stop, drop, and roll.”
The children separated into groups and entered a miniature version of a real house. The rooms filled with smoke, and the children practiced feeling for heat on the door, crawling through the smoke, and exiting the house to a central meeting location.

Children were also encouraged to go home and make sure they had a working smoke alarm in their rooms. Then, the children walked through the fire truck and learned interesting facts about it. Florida Avenue would like to send a special thank you out to Chad Duffaut, Captains Rudesill and Wadsworth, Operator Provenzano, and Firefighters Ellinwood, Kennedy, and Cetrone for spending the day enriching the lives of FAE’s students and for all their brave work to make our homes a safe place to live.

Pictured are Firefighter Jason Cetrone and Alexander Proa.


Citizens of the Month

Florida Avenue Elementary School October Citizens of the Month include, front from left, Theresa Freeman, Finn Gayle, Alyssa McCoy, Haley Marks, Mia Encini, and Nicholas Nicosia; back row, Jayden McClain, Isaias Proa, Elijah Dendinger, Ethan Lewis, Payton Tigano, Carson Johnson, Isabella Mumphrey and Principal Mrs. Kimberley Burgoyne. Not pictured is Logan Weber. Citizens of the Month are honored as part of Florida Avenue Elementary’s Positive Behavior Support program. Students are recognized listening and assisting classmates and teachers in need; serving as a positive influence in the classroom and community; demonstrating a positive/helpful attitude; participating in class celebrations; demonstrating a strong effort in academic endeavors; and leadership.

More Citizens of the Month

More Florida Avenue Elementary October Citizens of the Month include, front from left, Aliha Encinia, Gracie Howard, Kristina Hoffman, Sky LaRoux, Elizabeth Robertson, and Brandyn Adam; back row, Aaliyah Williams, Sloan Smith, Collin Aupied, Jacob White, Joe Alexander, Will Gayle and Principal Mrs. Kimberley Burgoyne. Not pictured are Hailey Brinson, Kassandra Canales and Braeden Moore.

Family Reading Night

Florida Avenue opened their library doors after school hours to allow families to share the AR book reading experience with their children. Parents, grandparents and teachers, alike, grouped around books and embarked on countless adventures with their favorite storybook characters.

After completing each escapade, the children were able to use the library computers to complete comprehension tests and earn points towards their personal goals and the school-wide goal of 35,000 points. If that goal is reached, the students will get to have “Fun on the Avenue,” which will be a special day with watersides, fun activities, and snowballs! With the help of their families, FAE students earned almost 200 points, nearly doubling their daily point average. With the rate students are reading and enjoying the places books can take them, they will surely reach their goal before the year is finished. Waterslides and snowballs here we come!

Adam Casborn, Jr. reading to Isabella Mumphry.

Jenny Brewer and son Brayden Brewer


September, 2011

 

Citizens of the Month

Florida Avenue Elementary School September Citizens of the Month include, front from left, Ysabel Palomo, Cameron Clark, Joseph Manlove, Gage Bourgeois, Jocy Loredo, Harley Padgett, Emma Johnson, Hannah Juneau; back row, Principal Mrs. Kimberley Burgoyne, Brailynne Williams, Christopher Arroyo, Phillip Thomas, Starlit Kennedy, Rebekah Carswell, Jeremy Hughes and Dillon Beagle. Citizens of the Month are honored as part of Florida Avenue Elementary’s Positive Behavior Support program. Students are recognized listening and assisting classmates and teachers in need; serving as a positive influence in the classroom and community; demonstrating a positive/helpful attitude; participating in class celebrations; demonstrating a strong effort in academic endeavors; and leadership.

More Florida Avenue Elementary September Citizens of the Month include, front from left, Giada Barbaro, Harleigh Crowe, Christian Torres, Jarvis Williamson Jayda Bickham, Michael Motino, Caden Duhon, Rene' Dantzler; back row, Principal Mrs. Kimberley Burgoyne, Arrianna Webber, Jamie Gueho, James Feeley, Rhiannon Legaux, Madison Saltalmachia, Zoey Boyd, Wil Craige and Charles Krantz. Not pictured is William Taylor.

 

CHAMP the Tiger

Every high school student loves seeing their mascot’s antics at sporting events and pep rallies. However, it is a rare treat, indeed, when elementary school students can look forward to sightings of their very own mascot. That’s where CHAMP comes in. He found a new home at Florida Avenue Elementary in 2010 thanks to the generous help of the Gayle family. Following his adoption, a quest to find the proper name for our beloved tiger was begun. Students submitted their ideas for his new name, and Alex Franco’s name of CHAMP was the ultimate winner. When asked why he named him CHAMP, Alex Franco said, “I named him CHAMP because he helps provide the school with pep and fun. He makes CHAMP-Os fun, too!”

CHAMP’s good looks have come in quite handy for helping boost school moral. "CHAMP is used at FAE to enhance our PBS (Positive Behavior Support) Program and FISH Philosophy,” shared Ann Cook, Assistant Principal. “We use him for AR celebrations, Literacy Night, Math Night, collecting money for United Way, Open House, Meet & Greet—just about any function we have at school. When someone wants to be Champ, then Champ will arrive,” said Terri Picou the Resource Helping Teacher. When asked about her thoughts on the furry adopted school member, Mrs. Cook stated, “CHAMP ‘Makes Everyone's Day’ when he visits FAE.” If you pay a visit to Florida Avenue Elementary, keep your eyes opened. You never know when a tiger may be lurking around the next corner ready to “Make Your Day” too!

Pictured left to right are Assistant Principal, Ann Cook, CHAMP, Robbie Thibodeaux and Principal Kimberly Burgoyne.

United Way

As always, Florida Avenue's students show how much they care about others by contributing money to the United Way Campaign. Pictured are Champ, Florida Avenue Elementary School's mascot and Kathy Ward, the school's guidance counselor.

 



 


 

August, 2011

Citizens of the Month

Florida Avenue Elementary School August Citizens of the Month include, front from left, Edwin Montes, Treasure Boutan, Lexi Hover, Matthew Manlove, Aerianna Smith, Logan Adams ; middle row, Jonathan Lowery, Alyssa Bernelman, Jennifer Navarro, Abby Carlton, Julie Walder, Emilie Gentry; back row, Daniel Hartley, Brandon Morgan, Diamond Peters, Leah Hoy, Jenna Morgan and Principal Mrs. Kimberley Burgoyne. Citizens of the Month are honored as part of Florida Avenue Elementary’s Positive Behavior Support program. Students are recognized listening and assisting classmates and teachers in need; serving as a positive influence in the classroom and community; demonstrating a positive/helpful attitude; participating in class celebrations; demonstrating a strong effort in academic endeavors; and leadership.


More Citizens of the Month

More Florida Avenue Elementary August Citizens of the Month include, front from left, Cameron Thomas, Jakob Redman, Stephen Washington, Brooke McGee, Jack Landry, Summer Krantz, Alice Holmes, Olivia Miller; back row, Savannah Thomas, Mackenzie Davis, Waylon Gayle, Fernando Torres, Grant Bridges, Santos Chairez-Ceballos, Selena Watson and Principal Mrs. Kimberley Burgoyne.


Cruising Into Literacy

Florida Avenue Elementary recently held their family literacy night called “Cruising into Literacy!” In keeping with the school theme this year, many families joined the Florida Avenue Crew and cruised into a variety of hands-on educational literacy games in a relaxing setting. The teacher-directed stations ranged from Pre-K to Sixth Grade levels. The purpose of these family events is to give parents ideas on how they can help their children at home with practical and fun activities using materials found around the house.

Pictured are students who cruised through a variety of literacy games.    


2010 - 2011

Citizens of the Month

Florida Avenue Elementary School January Citizens of the Month include, front from left, Madelyn Hughes, Jamie Martin, Alexandra Martinez, Starlit Kennedy, Bryce Dutton, Gary Arena, Scott Oates, Rebekah Bazanac; back row, Gery McCann, Alexa Boyer, Mysham Watson, Jessica Loredo, Megan Baptiste, Jordan Porter and Principal Mrs. Ramona Carlin. Not pictured is Elizabeth Seoane. Citizens of the Month are honored as part of Florida Avenue Elementary’s Positive Behavior Support program. Students are recognized listening and assisting classmates and teachers in need; serving as a positive influence in the classroom and community; demonstrating a positive/helpful attitude; participating in class celebrations; demonstrating a strong effort in academic endeavors; and leadership.


Citizens of the Month 2

More Florida Avenue Elementary January Citizens of the Month include, front from left, Kierra Roberts, Hunter Burkell, Theresa Freeman, Milton Fuentes, Maria Cousins, Mailan Williams, Tamea Madison, Isaias Proa; back row, Zoey Boyd, Savannah Irvin, Kyleigh Polk, Aaron Madison, Kristina Hoffman, Daysha Richardson, Owen Crawford, Principal Mrs. Ramona Carlin, Mackenzie Davis and Aerianna Smith. Not pictured is Amya Camper.


December, 2010

Florida Avenue Elementary School December Citizens of the Month include, front from left, Kaleigh Mautner, Landon Burgard, Ethan Monchgesang, Connor Hickman, Andrew Emerson, Harleigh Crowe, Ethan Cooper, Leila Pichon, Chebonee Robedeaux, Joshua Bennett; back row, James Ross, Janai Whitehead, Maya Fisher, Will Gayle, Zachary Tanner, Madison Saltamalchia, Principal Mrs. Ramona Carlin, Carson Johnson and Addison Colgin.  Citizens of the Month are honored as part of Florida Avenue Elementary’s Positive Behavior Support program.  Students are recognized listening and assisting classmates and teachers in need; serving as a positive influence in the classroom and community; demonstrating a positive/helpful attitude; participating in class celebrations; demonstrating a strong effort in academic endeavors; and leadership.

More Florida Avenue Elementary December Citizens of the Month include, front from left, Michael Gleason, Aliha Encinia, McKenzie Davis, Brandon Morgan, Tizian Lee, Aaliyah Williams, Josh Martin, Terriona Lewis, Alexis Deane, Caleb Diaz; back row,  Daniel Hartley, Katie Stephens, Brooklyn Curran, Desmond Davis, Dedric Warren, James Crawford and Principal Mrs. Ramona Carlin.


Fair Participants

Florida Avenue Elementary recently held a Science and Social Studies Fair where students in grades 4-6 had the opportunity to enter individual projects. The first place winners in grades 4th -6th have the opportunity to compete at the Region VIII Fair at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.

Students who participated in the fair include, front from left, Tiffany Crawford, Hailey McComas, Cassandra Canales, Jessica Brisbin, Emily Robertson, Samuel Hartley; middle row, Raven Rome, Janie Lowery, Starlit Kennedy, Collin Aupied, Isabella Cordoba, Matthew Smith, Jordan Johnson, Caleb Johnson; back row, Daniel Hartley, Mya Cooper, Eboni Owens, Jordyn Carter, Christopher Arroyo, Sophia Reid, Leah Brunson and Brooklyn Curran.

Caleb Johnson's project “Fruit Battery” won first place in Science for 6th grade.

Christopher Arroyo's project “Which Fabric Absorbs the Most Water” won first place in Science for 5th grade.

Isabella Cordoba's project “How Fast Does Alka-Seltzer Dissolve?” won first place in Science for 4th grade.

Jordan Johnson's project “Fighting for Independence” won first place in Social Studies for 6th grade.

Tanner Harvey's project “Swimming as a Sport” won first place in Social Studies for 5th grade.

Collin Aupied's project “Scouting Past to Present” won first place in Social Studies for 4th grade.


Solar Panel Project

 

Florida Avenue Elementary had a very productive Green Team this past 2010-2011 school year. The Green Team's job was to help further the education of students on the topics of our environment and how we could recycle trash and conserve energy. The students at Florida Avenue were making sure that the school wasn't wasting energy.

Green Team members conducted random room checks and gave feedback to the school faculty on how energy was being wasted. This in turn helped the faculty see where they could help in the conservation of energy which helped in lessening our energy consumption school-wide. The Green Team representative (Nathan Mumphrey) decided that if the students could help conserve energy, why not also help in the production of their own energy.

Once this was explained to the students, they became very excited. This excitement peaked even more when they found out that their main Green Team Project was going to be building a Solar Panel using simple items purchased off of eBay and materials from local hardware stores. Mr. Mumphrey explained to the students how energy was going to be collected though Solar Cells and what the possibilities were for what items it could power.

The soldering of the Solar Cells and wires were done under the student's eye and the teacher's hand, but the entire construction of the panel itself was done by the students with the simple guidance of Mr. Mumphrey. The result was a fully functioning Solar panel which currently runs at 20 Volts and 3.6 Amps; making it roughly a 70 Watt panel. The students also helped to successfully build the battery charging station which collected and stored the energy from the Solar cells.

The Solar panel can be found on the side of the Library at Florida Avenue. Each day this panel produced the power used in broadcasting their Morning News and also acts as a battery recharging station for any rechargeable battery in the school. So far it has charged items such as camcorders, AA, AAA, 9V batteries, multiple laptops, and even gave power to standard oscillating fans and radios for outside Field Day events.

 

 

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