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May, 2012


Water Day Tiger Pride Celebration

It was a lot of fun and everyone had a great, WET time! 

Parade of Nations

Olympics Ceremony Well Attended

Folsom Elementary School Spotlights Summer Olympics

Hundreds of parents, volunteers and children filled the Fendlason Community Center at Magnolia Park in Folsom Thursday afternoon as Folsom Elementary School celebrated the coming of the Summer Olympics with a colorful, musical, and respectful salute to the Nations of the World.

The event began with a parade from the school to the park, with 15 or more children each representing a nation, dressed in national costume, and carrying a sign. They made their way to the community center where parents awaited with their cameras.

Cassidy Barron served as mistress of ceremonies for the impressive event, introducing each country as they paraded into the gymnasium accompanied by specially-selected music.

The nations represented were Greece, Australia, the Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, China, Ethiopia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Mexico, the Netherlands, Romania, the Russian Federation, Spain, the United States and the United Kingdom. The program included a presentation of the Olympics flag, the arrival of the Olympic torch, and the lighting of the stadium Olympic torch, complete with special effects.

Torch runners, two from each grade level, were Ethan Andersen, Katie Goings, Micaiah Lee, Leah Whittington, Joshua Pitre, Abigail Truett, Jacob Graves, Felicia Baas, Brennan Ball, Deborah Divinity, Emily Stafford and Giovani Calderon-Zarate.

Special guests included several members and former members of the Armed Forces from the community: Carroll Falterman, Cyril Cleland, Peter Garrett, Marguerite Morin, and Bianca Scott.

The program was organized to help the children learn about the upcoming Summer Olympics and included special dance presentations, and salute to the flags of the United States and all nations. The whole school has been studying the Olympics, with each class concentrating on a particular country.

The program included the presentation of the flags of the Armed Forces of the United States, with the “Stars and Stripes” front and center. Dances included the Mexican Hat Dance, the Chicken Dance, and the Limbo Dance, plus country line dancing and a representation of a baseball game to celebrate America.

The Olympic Flag was brought in by Scott Roth, Brant Willie, Victoria Lowe, Donny Bush, Trinity Lodrigues, and Jacob Landry, while Avery Mendheim explained the meaning of the Five Olympic Rings and Lakira Clark told about the Olympic Motto. Eli Nettle explained the purpose of the Olympic Flame, with Cohen Early reciting the Olympic Oath. Principal Lesa Bodnar talked about the Olympic Creed, and closed the program by saying “Let the Games Begin!”

The parade begins...

Onward to Magnolia Park...

The band was ready...

Special guests representing the Armed Forces

Greece was the first to enter the gymnasium.

Special presentations told about the Olympics traditions

The Olympics flag was displayed

The Olympic torch was brought in with great ceremony

And the stadium Olympic torch was lit.

Entertainment included the Chicken Dance.

Parents were ready with cameras to record every moment.

The Mexican hat dance.

The Limbo dance.

The Salute to America

Country Line dancing

Presentation of the flags

The American salute

Principal Lesa Bodnar explains the Olympic Creed

"Let the Games Begin!"

And the audience cheered wildly.

Masks Created

Fifth graders in Ms. Judy Parsons Art class made their very own “Blue Dog” masks. 

Pictured from left to right are Arianna Brown, Andrew Jenkins, Brandon Gonzales and Kayla Garza with their “Blue Dog” masks.


Show Choir Showstopper

Some of our 4 th and 5 th grade students participated with Madisonville Jr. High’s Show Choir. They were “expressing” themselves in their own special way!!! The choir performed for 4 th and 5 th graders here at Folsom Elementary. 

They talked and sang about self-esteem, bullying and being proud of who you are!  It was absolutely amazing, the students loved it and it sent out a strong message!!!

April, 2012

Banner/Honor Roll Celebration

Third Nine weeks Banner/Honor Roll Celebration. From left to right – School Board President and FES’s School Board member, Coach Jack Loup, Logan Puckett, Ashley Bailey and Reese Edwards received a “dot” on the back of their certificate and Coach Jack Loup gave them each a Target Gift Card.  The students were so excited. Coach Loup is always at our Folsom Elementary events.  He looks forward to attending all our events he can.

Fun-filled Fundraiser

Here’s some pics from our second McDonalds Night.  We received 20% of the profits sold from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and received over $400.00

Mrs. Waskom helping with the drive–through.

Mrs. Frederick and Mrs. Angel acting silly.

Mrs. Jan and Mrs. Bodnar working the front counter

Mrs. Jenna, Mrs. Sciortino and Mrs. Kelly working the fries

Mrs. Eason helping out with the frappes!!!



Secretaries Honored

THE WORLD’S BEST SECRETARIES!!!!! Mrs. Melanie Jennings and Mrs. Jan Myers, Folsom Elementary. Mrs. Lesa Bodnar, Principal and Mrs. Melissa Eason, Asst. Principal treated Mrs. Melanie and Mrs. Jan to a limousine ride, and lunch of their choice. Folsom Elementary School is so lucky to have such wonderful and dedicated secretaries.  Mrs. Jan is our front office secretary. She ALWAYS has a smile on her face and is so nice and comforting to everyone. Mrs. Melanie is our bookkeeper and helps Mrs. Jan, as well.  She takes care of the finances and is always in a good mood and willing to help in any way she can. 

Limo Ride

Mrs. Jan and Mrs. Melanie about to get into the limo!!! Tons of faculty members, staff and parents showed their appreciation to these two awesome ladies throughout the day with many gifts and flowers.  They had a wonderful day….They DEFINITELY deserved it!! 


Kindergarten Story Time

Sgt. Ray Wissin and Pvt. Joe Hamm from the National Guard are shown reading to our Kindergarten classes.

Art Project in Progress

Our 4th and 5th grade students are constructing an art project made out of recycled 2 liter bottles.  It will be plastered and painted very soon! From left to right (back) are Kamerin Washington, Art Teacher Judy Parsons, and Eleanor Waag. In front are Jose’ Valasquez and Brandt Willie.

Grandparents Day Lunch

Dontrell Richardson and his grandmother

Matthew Pond and Ava Fussell and grandfather

Brad Naquin and his Great Grandparents

Lillian Roth with her Maw Maw

Matthew Pond with his grandmother Gail Laird and grandfather Richie Laird 

Lillian Bradley and her grandmother 

Savannah Huval and her mother 


March, 2012

Educational Farm

This is Farmer Bryant Laird. He is the owner of Red Bluff Farms here in Folsom. It is a wonderful farm that does great educational field trips for students. This is a program sponsored by LA Ag in the Classroom. He read the book Seed, Soil, and Sun to the students and then presented the book to the class. He also brought bookmarks for everyone.


Students of the Month

3rd pic – Our Student of the Month Celebration for March, 2012. Top row – left to right –
Jacob Shoultz, Emma Landry, Deven Lampo, Avery Mendheim, Kaitlin Languirand, Trace Pittman, and Zavien Kellum. Next row – Amy Duffourc, Cohen Early, Slayton McDow, Jordaya James, Wyatt Rainey, Austin Atkins, and Jarren Lee. Next row – Tyler Smith, Thomas Masterson, Nicolette Belanger, Christian Scott, and Brayden Trapani. Kneeling – Catherine Hartley, Kasey Kolb, Marcos Gaytan, Ana Marie Cerniglia, and Jon-Ashley Wells

Honor/Banner Roll

5th grade Honor/Banner Roll for the 3rd 9 weeks

4th grade Honor/Banner Roll for the 3rd 9 weeks.

Tiger Pride Celebration

Every grade played BINGO. 

Belqui Quigley helps out her sister, Margarita Quigley during the BINGO Tiger Pride Celebration

Cameron Nettles helps out Ashlyn Maricelli during BINGO

Rakiah James picks out her prize for winning BINGO!

Pep Rally! 

Folsom Jr. High Cheerleaders perform for our students

Teachers and students play a game of Musical Chairs during the pep rally.  PAWS, our mascot is upset because he just got out!

Kindergarten teacher, Ms. Schneider is helped up by Bridget Andersen after Mrs. Taylor, 5th grade teacher fights over the last chair and WINS for 5 th grade!


Fitness Trophies!

Folsom Elementary's Fitness Team were OVERALL Winners from the Fitness Meat on Saturday March 17, 2012. Left to right are: Maya Leach, Ivy Mendheim, Jose Valezquez and Austin Alexander. At the bottom standing is our WONDERFUL and DEDICATED P.E. Coach, Ms. Ann Brown PROUDLY holding trophies. Events and winners were as follows:

Sit and Reach – 1 st place – Ivy Mendheim
Curl Ups – 3 rd place – Ivy Mendheim
3 rd place – Jose Valazquez
Pull Ups – 1 st Place – Ivy Mendheim
                3 rd Place – Jose Valazquez
50 Yard Dash – 1 st Place – Maya Leach

OVERALL GIRLS – 1 st Place – Ivy Mendheim


Perfect Attendance

Good morning!  Perfect attendance from 3rd 9 weeks - 2nd grade – Back row – Antonio Walker, Chloe Shoultz, Zoe Lee, Jarren Lee, Torin Bell, and Tyler Holden. Front row – Hailey Upham, Wyatt Buckelew, Ashton Anderson, and Luis Alcantara.

Perfect attendance from 3rd 9 weeks - 3rd grade – Back row – Isabell Pierre, Morgan Greer, Felicia Baas, Jazmin Fifield, Julianne Donewar, and Samuel Griffin. Front row – Anthony Saragusa, Erin Stafford, and Ethan Cancienne.

Drawing Winners

Attached are 3 lucky winners chosen by drawing of 10 faculty/staff members. The each won a $10.00 gift certificate to Subway for receiving perfect attendance the entire 3rd Nine weeks of school. Pictured are from left to right, Principal, Lesa Bodnar, cafeteria staff, Jackie Michel, and secretary, Jan Myers.

Other faculty and staff who were recognized were: Teachers – Brook Hirstius, Gayle Schneider, and Emily Womack (they received a FREE DUTY DAY); Custodian – Prascilla Cyprian (candy) ; and Cafeteria staff – Marjorie Rainey, Myra Rainey, and Deidre Woodson (candy)


Substitute Appreciation Lunch! 

Here is the beautiful decorations setup by our awesome secretary, Jan Myers.

Pictured is Jana Pond, one of our wonderful substitutes enjoying her lunch!

Rachel’s Challenge

This is Sam Downey, a presenter from Rachel’s Challenge.  He presented to our 3 rd, 4 th and 5 th grade students. 

The main lesson learned during this presentation was to start a “chain reaction” of kindness and compassion.  Every students accepted the challenge and wrote their names on our banner which will be displayed at our school.

Perfect Attendance

4th grade perfect attendance – left to right top row 1st – Gregory Smith, Christopher Allen, Cullen Breaux, Austin Trapani, Belqui Quigley, Nia Thompson, and Zoei Casnave. Bottom row – Jared Brown, Matthew Bourgeois, Emily Alcantara, Alveon Garrett, Cedric Laird, and Matthew Denis .

5th grade perfect attendance – top row – Ehryn Anderson, Jacorey Milstead, Darrion Santee, Maya Leach, Emily Robinson, Brianna Wimmer, Kaitlyn Walker, Austin Heno, Ricky “Duece” Woodson, and Oscar Jimenez. Bottom row – Courteny Mongrue, Scott Roth, Zachary Greer, Victoria Perrin, Alexandria Funches, Meghan Romano, Ja’Coby Milstead, and Salvador Martinez.


From left to right: Pre-K – Alana Bailey, Jena Wondergem and Logan Wilson

Kindergarten – Juliana Romano, Valery Morales – Vega, Deivy Limon-Lobo, Laila Thompson, Angel Martinez, and Lillian Roth

1st Grade –Top Row -  Katie Muhl, Bryson Husser, Zachary Gennusa, Nicholas Williams, and Mackenzie Crawford. Bottom Row – Adrion Berry, A’dadrien Berry, and River Cornell.



February, 2012




Students of the Month
For February

From left to right 5th row on TOP: Evan Fussell, Brianna Wimmer, Darrion Santee, Courtney Mongrue, and Victoria Perrin. 4th row: Carson Lanclos, Jane St. Phillip, Julianne Donewar, Donny Bush, Bailie Danos, Rosi Sandavol, and Jacob Graves. 3rd row: Dalton Safar, Alydia Graves, Torrin Bell, Antonio Walker, Jessica Wright, JD Duncan, and Marian Boothe. 2nd row (kneeling): Stephanie Jimenez, Lauren Warren, Ben Waag, Krissy Manton, and Marissa Madere. 1st row (sitting): Emma Carty, Frankie Francois, Gracie Hall, and Caylee Campbell.






Black History Program

Black History Day program special guests “Honey”, Mardi Gras Indian performs a chant – like song while Mr. Chuck Perkins plays the drums.  “Honey” can be seen on channel 6 and HBO.  The Mardi Gras Indian culture is thriving due to his leadership and guidance.  Also a native of New Orleans, Honey is also a part of the Hornets Basketball Organization. 

Mr. Chuck Perkins, second from right, is a well-known poet who performs with his band The Voices of New Orleans at a variety of popular venues from festivals to jazz clubs as well as colleges and schools. He has performed all over the U.S. including the Green Mill in Chicago, the Bowery Poetry Club and the Jazz Gallery in New York, the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, and the Southbank Centre in London.  He has shared the stage with poets such as Amiri Baraka, Slam Poetry creator Marc Smith, and former Poet Laureate Mark Strand;  he has also performed with any number of jazz musicians including Henry Butler, Donald Harrison, Allen Toussaint. In recent years he has toured extensively in England, France, and the Netherlands. His work appears in the best - selling poetry anthology The Spoken Word Revolution and his own books A Bucket of Questions  and the recently issued Voices from the Big Easy: A Love Song for NOLA which includes a critically acclaimed CD of his poetry and music.

The students absolutely loved the presentation “Honey” and the beautiful poem written by Mr. Chuck Perkins earlier in the program.  This is something they will remember for a long time.

Daniel Melton, at left, and Malik McDowell are the Masters of Ceremonies and lead the Black History Presentation.  They did a wonderful job!


Jerseys for Jeremy Day!

Back Row from Left to Right – Melissa Eason, Asst. Principal and Lesa Bodnar, Principal.
Sitting – Serenity Burge, Raven Cerniglia, Mirayah Lathers, Miles Pond and Trent Rainey.




Mardi Gras Parade

Jessica VanVliet leads our Mardi Gras parade.  Behind her is Victoria Perrin, Trace Pittman and Shane Davis.

PAWS, our mascot has great time walking in the Mardi Gras Parade, with the help of Jena Talbert, speech pathologist

Support Person of the Year

Jan Myers, Support Person of the Year! Jan has been our secretary at Folsom Elementary School for 6 years! She is such an asset to this school. She is always in a great mood and takes care of EVERYONE!!!!

Substitute of the Year

Jana Pond, Substitute of the Year! Jana has been substituting here at Folsom Elementary for 2 years. She is an outstanding substitute and everyone just loves her. She is always around during her free time offering a hand to anyone in need.

Fitness Team

The fitness team will train to compete at the St. Tammany Parish/Louisiana Governor’s Fitness Meet later this year. From left to right: Austin Alexander, Bernard Ciravola, Cameron Nettles, Maya Leach, Jacob Baudean, Zachary Greer, Ivy Mendheim, Denzel Evans
Hanging: Avery Mendheim and Jose Valazquez
Sitting at bottom: Kyren Whittington.


January, 2012

Science Fair Winners

Here are our Science Fair WINNERS!!! Front Row: Gabby Parks, Cade Morere, Zavien Kellum, Ethan Oggs, Carson Cothran, Meghan Romano, Cassidy Barron, and Cameron Nettles. Back Row: Katherine Macera, Christopher Allen, Eli Nettles, Ashley Bailey, Emily Stafford,
Kaitlyn Walker, and Avery Mendheim.


100th Day

This is Mrs. Bruhl’s Kindergarten Class celebrating the 100th Day of school!

From Left to right on top row: Devin Garrett, Bryce Kenan, Dontrell Richardson, Savannah Huval, Grace Posey, Middle Row – Matthew Pond, Laruen Warren, Cameron Charrier, Sh’Van Treadwell, Bottom Row: Lillian Roth, Lillian Bradley, Brad Naquin, Autumn Serpas

Sh’Van Treadwll, left, and Cameron Charrier, right, making their 100th Day snack.

Dontrell Richardson and Lauren Warren are helping Assistant Principal, Melissa Eason make her 100 th Day Snack! They did a GREAT job!

Lillian Bradley and Matthew Pond are so proud of their snack

Devin Garrett

Lillian Roth and Brad Naquin


Reading Times

100th Day Celebration and some 5th graders reading to our little ones.

5th Grader, Joshua Lee, loves reading to Mrs. Bruhl’s Kindergarten class.

Bryce Kenan and Devin Garrett are so interested in the book being read to them by 4th grader, Denzel Evans.





Students of the Month

Below are our students of the month for January! 

Our 3 rd, 4 th and 5 th graders, from left to right beginning on top row are Shane Davis, Carson Cothran, Cherin Hughes, Isaiah Benetrix, John Addison, Austin Trapani, Victoria Lowe, Matthew Denis, Blake Lott, Salvador Martinez, Blake Simmons, Sarina Mclain, Bryce Bailey, and Corryn Faciane.

Our Pre-K, K, 1 st and 2 nd graders, from left to right, beginning on top row are Evan LaFrance, Derrius Wilson, Cebreah Bankston, Zoe Lee, Eric Wiener, Alivia Benetrix, Isabelle Pitre, Mark Mills, Blaine Prevost, Zachary Ford, Grace Richard, Cedric Thompson, Dylan Melton, Gabriel Ball, and Lillian Bradley.

Perfect Attendance

Faculty and staff members received a $10.00 Subway gift card for having their names picked out of a hat for having perfect attendance either the 1st or 2nd 9 weeks.

1st 9 weeks WINNERS are (from left to right) Ms. Reneisha Cherry (5th grade teacher), Ms. Prascilla Hart-Thomas (pre-k para), and Ms. Sandra Frederick (TRT).

2nd 9 weeks WINNERS are (from left to right) Ms. Marjorie Rainey (cafeteria manager), Ms. Brenda Foxworth (1st grade teacher), and Ms. Anna Greenwoood – Garrett (music teacher).

Faculty and staff with perfect attendance whose names were not called, but still won a pack of M&Ms with a label stating You’re MARVELOUS and MAGNIFICENT were as follows: 1st 9 weeks - Holly Couvillion, Brooke Hirstius, Olice Weary, Bill Bischoff, Stephanie Sims, Sandra Bryant, Jenna Bloodsworth – Talbert, Karen Pearson, Suzanne Jenkins, Deborah O’Keefe, Myra Rainey, Deidre Woodson, Thomas Sharp, and John Wondergem. 2nd 9 weeks – Holly Couvillion, Theresa Bruhl, Emily Womack, Sandra Bryant, Brian Brewer, Myra Rainey and Prascilla Cyprian.

Goal Posters

Students were asked to make a poster of their educational GOAL for the upcoming school year. This was an incentive program for all students at FES. The grade with the most goal posters won the spirit stick at the upcoming pep rally.

This is Brieana Haney, 3rd grader in Ms. Moran’s class. Her poster states she would like to make her AR goal. Brieana’s poster was one of many outstanding goal posters. 5th grade won the spirit stick with over 60 posters made.

Shannon Breaux, 2nd grader in Ms. Waterson’s class. 
Her goal is to increase her AR goal in 2012.

Herman Davis III puts his goal poster on display.  Ms. Hirstius is his kindergarten
teacher.  His goal is to explore and learn new things! 


Author Talks to Students

Author Michael Finklea gives a talk to students at Folsom Elementary School.

Pictured from left to right are Jazmine Fifield, Corryn Faciane and Ethan Cancienne as they wait in line to have their books signed by author, Michael Finklea.


Birdfeeder Builders

All the students had such a great time building birdfeeders.

Jesse Baham, Mrs. Ollie’s T-1 Classroom making a birdfeeder.

Morgan Silver, Mrs. Ollie’s T-1 Classroom also making her birdfeeder. 



Teacher of the Year

Pictured left to right are Lesa Bodnar (principal), Brooke Hirstius (Teacher of the Year), and Melissa Eason (Assistant Principal). Brooke is an outstanding Kindergarten teacher.  This is her third year here at Folsom Elementary.  She has been teaching for four years. 

Campus Photos

Cooper Frank helps Mrs. Byrd, teacher at Folsom Elementary School with recycling.

Catherine Hartley, first grader, patiently awaits her PIZZA and cookies for making her AR Reading Goal.

Lesa Bodnar, principal of Folsom Elementary School visits and congratulates all students during the AR Party! Pictured from left to right are: Shannon Breaux; Lyric James; Kadence James; Kassidy Hardy; and Jacob Murray.

Lesa Bodnar (principal), Meghan Romano (Student of the Year), and Melissa Eason (assistant principal) pose on the front steps of the school. Miss Romano is a 5th grade student, and her parents are Joseph Romano III and Kelly Romano. 


Cohen and Gabe make constant adjustments on their roller coaster project.

Experiment time with an in school field trip.
Students experience science with a scientist from LIGO.

Victoria Lowe and Eli Nettles along with other students learn about waves.

Students learn about compression waves.

Tiger Pride

Kolbe Hollins (left) and Ja’Corey Milstead (right) both hope their number seat is called during our 2nd 9 weeks Tiger Pride Celebration, which is part of our PBS program.   All students with no more than 1 detention and ZERO suspensions could attend this celebration.  The students would walk around the chairs and when the music stopped, they sat down in the chair closest to them.  A number would be picked and that person picked from a HUGE VARIETY of treats made by our parent volunteers.  At the end of the time, if someone’s number wasn’t chosen, they would still get a treat!  A great time was had by all!

Gardener Teacher

Second Grade Teacher Margaret Waterson is an avid gardener.  Her class has their own vegetable garden here at Folsom Elementary.  Here she is with lettuce and carrots picked STRAIGHT from her garden today!  The kids love it!


December, 2011

Bullying Discussed

In accordance with the Safe and Drug Free curriculum, Louisiana State Trooper Manale recently made an informative presentation about bullying and cyberbullying to the 4th and 5th grade students at Folsom Elementary.  Pictured with Tropper Manale are Emma Landry, Cassidy Barron, Emily Stafford, Salvador Martinez, and Ehryn Anderson.


November, 2011

Wellness Council

Folsom Elementary is participating in the NFL-sponsored Fuel Up to Play 60 program to ensure that children are eating correctly and engaging in adequate physical activity. Pictured is the FES School Wellness Investigation Council as they meet to discuss their plan for identifying strengths and pinpointing ways to improve the school's nutrition and physical activity environment.  As a part of this process, they will interview the cafeterial manager, P.E. teacher, school nurse, principal, and family and community members.  In the picture from left to right are Avery Mendheim, Eli Nettles, Emma Landry, Cassidy Barron,  P.E. teacher and Program Advisor Ann Brown, Victoria Lowe, and Kaitlyn Walker.

Veterans Day

The Veterans Day program at Folsom Elementary began with the presentation of the American flag and flags of all branches of the Armed Forces, the Pledge of Allegiance led by the Sign Language Club, a patriotic rendition of songs of America, and recognition of all veterans in the audience.   Sgt. Raymond Wissing, veteran, member of the Reserve National Guard and past student of Folsom Elementary, was the guest speaker.  The program ended with Mr. Bischoff, fourth grade teacher, playing taps.  Pictured are 4-H members who served as flag bearers with Sgt. Wissing.  Left to right are Scout Cannizzarro, Victoria Holden, Maya Leach, Sgt. Wissing, Meghan Romano, Darrion Santee, and Ashley Bailey.

Three Rivers Art Festival

Pictured are Folsom Elementary students, Anthony Saragusa and Gabrielle Nave, who received recognition for their artwork entered in the recent Three Rivers Art Festival. Anthony Saragusa won third place for third grade in the 2-Dimensional Art category. His piece, a drawing  of a mother alligator with baby alligators, was done after a study of Louisiana animals and their habitats. Gabrielle Nave received an Honorable Mention for the fourth grade in 2-Dimensional Art.   Her piece was a relief print inspired by underwater ocean scenery.


Pop, Poppity, Pop

Mrs. Andersen's class at Folsom Elementary put on a play called "Pop, Poppity, Pop!" to engage students in using their senses and imagination while they worked on reading fluency, reading with expression, and team work.  Pictured left to right are Thomas Masterson, Lance Badeaux, Cassidy Hardy, Timesha Polk, Dalton Puckett, and Evan Lafrance.

Student of the Year Nominees

Folsom Elementary recognized those fifth grade students who were nominated by teachers for Folsom Elementary Student of the Year.  These students were chosen because of their outstanding academics, citizenship, and leadership qualities.  One student will represent the school in the district selection of a Student of the Year. Pictured are  Emma Landry, Alexandria Funches, Cassidy Barron, Tanner Bahm, Kaitlyn Walker, Avery Mendheim, Emily Stafford, Scott Roth, Meghan Romano.

November Students of the Month

These students were chosen by their teachers to represent Folsom Elementary as November Students of the Month. 

The PK-1st grade students are, first row:  Jerlissa Wilson, Frank St. Philip, Jaycee Fail, Jaden Bell, Micaiah Lee, and Arianna Wimmer. Back row:  Margarita Quigley, Bryson Matthews, Jacob Whitaker, Elizabeth Longino, Kaitlin Toomer, and Timothy Leblanc.

The 2nd-5th grade students are, front row:  Justin Basse, Ashley Meibaum, Natalie Manders, Isabell Pierre, Cyrus Edwards, and Cymiria Hughes. Middle row:  Hunter Love, Deborah Divinity, Scout Cannizzaro, John Addison, and Alanze Alexander. Back row:  Cade Morere, Emily Robinson, Cassidy Barron, Giovanni Calderon-Zarate, Meghan Romano, and Colleen Mathies.


October, 2011

Family Math Night

Kindergartner Hope Yax and her mother, Dena, are pictured working together to complete an estimation task at the Family Math Night recently held at Folsom Elementary.  Students and parents enjoyed engaging math activities designed by the faculty to enhance skills taught in the classroom. 

Red Ribbon Week

Folsom Elementary began a celebration of Red Ribbon Week with Smart Bodies, a Louisiana youth program for healthy bodies and active minds.  The celebration continued with a Red Ribbon Rally in which the  Folsom Junior High band, cheerleaders, and football players led the student body in activities emphasizing the importance of staying drug free.  Motivational talks were also given by the local police and fire chief.  Other events held that week consisted of a vehicle display by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Department and a presentation by the Louisiana State Police.  Throughout the week students were allowed to show their committment to being drug free by participating in daily events such as "Sock It To Drugs," "Don't Let Drugs Sneak Up On You," and "Who Dat Say They're Going to Stay Drug Free." 

Shania Wells (left) and Natasha Welch (right) display the banner that the Folsom Jr. High presented to Folsom Elementary for Red Ribbon Week.

Looking out from the inside of the SWAT vehicle are kindergarteners Dontrell Richardson (left) and Grace Posey (right).

A picture of State Trooper Mannino with K-9 Kimba.

Covington High students Payden Lynch (left) and Hannah Williamson (right) teaching how making the right choices in diet and exercise keeps their hearts healthy. FES students are (left to right) Joseph Sumling, Jailyn Grauel, and Christian Hardy.

Here are the students from the Covington High Leadership Club that assisted with Smart Bodies.  They did an outstanding job of presenting information to the elementary students as they rotated through the different parts of the body. Front row:  Kelsey Spruill, Sarah Pavur, Kimi Chellette, Natalie Travis, and Callie Waskom. Second row:  Payden Lynch, Mallorie Danos, Destiny Odom, Jessie Jourdan, Alivia Vicari, Tiffany Warren, and Zachary Barry. Back row:  Drew Crawford, Raquel Ingles, Katherine Pennington, Carlie Hutti, Hannah Williamson, Chandler Dejean, and Taylor Travers.

Read for the Record

Folsom Elementary joined schools nationwide in Jumpstart's
Read for the Record on October 6, 2011. 

Special guest, Superintendent Trey Folse, captured the attention of the kindergarteners as he read Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney in the library. The entire school then enjoyed his reading as it was broadcast throughout the school.  Pictured are Folsom Elementary Principal, Lesa Bodnar, Superintendent Folse, and Asst. Superintendent Cheryl Arabie.

Mr. Folse reading the book.

In the teddy bear picture are some of the kindergartners: In the foreground is  Gavin Lee, while in the background at left is Bryson Mathews and on the right is   Frankie Francois. The kindergartners wore their pajamas and brought their stuffed animal or blanket.

Students of the Month

These students were selected at Folsom Elementary as October Students of the Month because they are respectful, responsible, and safe at school. Front row:  Hope Yax, Juliana Romano, Talisha Moore, Violet Duet, Omar Solis, Ethan Andersen, Bryce Toups, and Devin Garrett. Second row:  Tristan McLain, Zachary Gennusa, Hayden Newman, Rose Janke, Joshua Pitre, Nate Andersen, Kohen Willie, and Justin Taylor. Third row:  Maryann Leblanc, Denzel Evans, Reese Edwards, Brennan Ball, Cassidy Hardy, Sydney Ragas, and Jared Brown. Fourth row:  Emma Landry, Oscar Jimenez, Giovannie Polk, Jacob Landry, Scott Roth, and Serenity Burge.

Social Studies Showcase

Pictured are Sandra Bryant, fifth grade teacher, and student Scott Roth at Folsom Elementary's Social Studies Showcase held on October 26th. Parents and friends of fifth grade students were invited to view Native American models of shelters and tools and other displays on topics the students have studied. Scott's model was a replica of the Iroquois turtle shell rattle used by the Iroquios people for song and dance rhythm. Scott had a real snapping turtle shell into which he inserted dry corn. He used an arrow head that he found in a river bed in Tennessee for the head of the turtle and hawk feathers that he found on his property for decoration.

Honor Roll Students

4th grade Honor Roll Students:

Front row: Cohen Early, Cullen Breaux, Austin Trapani, Carson Cothran (Straight A's), Brennan Ball (Straight A's), Elizabeth Murphy (Straight A's), Madison Bell (Straight A's), Jared Brown (Straight A's), Shastin Jenkins, and Brionne Brumfield. 2nd row: Reese Edwards, Serenity Burge, Jasmine Lumley, Alveon Garrett, Emily Alcantara, Sedrue Hall, Blake Lott, Isiah Phillips, Slayton McDow, Bailie Danos, and Jessica Miller. 3rd row: Belqui Quigley, Carson Lanclos, Ashlynn Amador, Cameron Nettles, Colleen Mathies, Endya Lodge, Deborah Divinity, Kyle Simmons, Kaleb Root, Jacob Shoultz, Cole Smith, and Nia Thompson. 4th row: Alexton Ardoin, Isaiah Johnson, Trent Rainey, Cade Morere, Christopher Allen, Zoei Casnave, Pierson Vittitoe, Brett Baham, Emily Walls, and Bailie Danos. 5th row: Reggie Gause, Evan Wiener, Ben Hicks, Dorian Weber, Kyren Whittington, Rachel Lee, Gabrielle Nave, Jordan Johnson, Jacob Baudean, and Brianna Sandoval. (Not pictured are Jazmyn Extein and Kaleb Wascom.)

5th Grade Honor Roll Students

Front Row: Hunter Verret, Brant Willie, Avery Mendheim (Straight A's), Alexandria Funches (Straight A's), Cassidy Barron (Straight A's), Andrew Jenkins, Jessica VanVliet, Scott Roth, and Whitney Burgess. 2nd row: Trace Pittman, Jacob Landry, Victoria Lowe, Mackayla Todd, Zavien Kellum, Blake Lampo, Austin Alexander, Donny Bush, and Seth Trapani. 3rd row: Madisen Smith, Kaitlin Languirand, Emily Robinson, Shane Davis, Giovannie Polk, Jacorey Milstead, Scout Cannizzaro, Evan Brassette, Devin Lampo, and Zachery Greer. 4th row: Darrion Santee, Emily Stafford, Emma Landry, Petra Voggenauer, Victoria Perrin, Eria Johnson, Eleanor Waag, Meghan Romano, and Courtney Mongrue. 5th row: Kaitlyn Walker, Victoria Holden, Maya Leach, Tanner Bahm, Deuce Woodson, Eli Nettles, Paul Thompson, Ashley Bailey, and Hope Fayard. (Not pictured are Kenneth Manton and Trinity Lodrigues.)

Jumping Jacks Record

In support of the" Let's Move!" initiative, Folsom Elementary students teamed up with National Geographic Kids and First Lady Michelle Obama to break the record for the most people doing jumping jacks.  On October 12 the playground became the venue for one minute of jumping jacks. 

Jacob Whitaker practices for the event with Laila Thompson (left) and Ethan Andersen (right) looking on.


Pictured are the community volunteers who monitored the event.  Front row:  Abby Kohn, Kim Core Lummus, Ines Bruhl, and Ann Brown (FES P.E. teacher).  2nd row:  Evelyn Davis, Paula Duet, Bridget Jenkins, Kathy Tubbs, Diane Bourgeois.  Back row:  Jane Pittman, Juanita Mizell, Patsy Blackwell, Ronald Denenea, Leo Bourgeois, Mayor Phillip Bickham.  Not pictured are Curtis Spencer and Carrie Jones.


Winning T-Shirt Design

Cassidy Barron of Folsom Elementary shows off her winning t-shirt design for the FES 4-H Club


September, 2011


911 Service Discussed

Kelisha Young from the St. Tammany Parish Communications District #1 made a presentation to first and second graders at Folsom Elementary on when and how to make 911 calls. She stressed to students the importance of making 911 calls only in the case of emergencies.

Lance Caminita, first grader, practices making a 911 call.

Nicholas Williams, first grader, and Kelisha Young, the presenter.


4-H officers

Folsom Elementary recently selected 4-H officers for their 2011-2012 club. Pictured from left to right are Victoria Holden- Treasurer, Darrion Santee- Reporter, Scout Cannizzaro- Secretary, Maya Leach- Vice-President, Meghan Romano- President, and Ashley Bailey- Recreation.

Saints Kickoff

Students lined up in support of the Saints season kickoff, a neat activity where they made a human graph, sorted by Saints player number or just black and gold shirt. It allowed the students to compare data, a necessary math skill.

Open House

First graders in Mrs. Kirchoff's class at Folsom Elementary enjoyed preparing for Open House by making life-size images of themselves to display for their parents. Pictured are (left to right) Jesse Willie, Bryanna Morales, Marcos Gaytan, Landin Warren, and Tylor Senac(front). Parents visited classrooms to view their children's work and learn more about the exciting year ahead.

Frank Levy Presents

Frank Levy, a local actor and director at Playmaker's Theater, made an interactive presentation to third, fourth, and fifth grade students at Folsom Elementary. Utillizing the story line from the play The Dragon and the Knight, Mr. Levy gave students test taking strategies and encouraged them to always do their best. Pictures are of students in the various roles.

Pictured left to right are Kyle Simmons, Matthew Denis, Tyler Randall as they provide sound effects.

Portraying princesses were Monica Thrush (left) and Macaylah Todd (right).

Flowers included Emily Walls (left) and Arianne Patterson (right) with Frank Levy (back).

Black History Month

Folsom Elementary's Black History Month Program consisted of presentations by the school chorus and Sign Language Club, as well as a motivational speech by Damon Singleton, WDSU-TV meteorologist. The students were encouraged by Mr. Singleton to strive to do their best every day because they all have the potential to be something great. Pictured here are Mrs. Ollie, first grade teacher, and Singleton.

Fitness Team

Folsom Elementary proudly recognized these students who competed in the Louisiana Fitness Parish Meet at Lakeshore High School. Pictured with Mrs. Hinson, P.E. teacher, are Kylie Fairburn, Quandarius McDowell, Zachery Greer, and Jordaya James. McDowell placed first parishwide in the 50-yd. Dash and Shuttle Run, and he won third place parishwide in the Standing Broad Jump.



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