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May, 2014

 

 

Jazz Group Named State Grand Champion

Congratulations to the FHS Jazz Ensemble One for being named the State Grand Champion for the 6th time in sven years at the  2014 Louisiana Association for Jazz Educations 8th annual State Championship Saturday, May 3. Our jazz ensemble won the most outstanding award for every section, Outstanding Saxophone Section, Outstanding Trombone Section, Outstanding Trumpet Section, and Outstanding Rhythm Section.
For winning, the band was asked to play at a major concert Saturday night with Joey DeFrancesco, the top jazz organ player in the world. Following their performance, the crowd gave them a five minute standing ovation.

 

 


April, 2014

 

Avalon Project Showcases Drafting Students Innovative Solutions

Drafting students from Fontainebleau High School and Lakeshore High School unveiled their new design efforts Friday morning for the 2014 Avalon Project, a year-long design extravaganza that envisions a futuristic community that embodies sustainability, energy efficiency, and minimal environmental impacts. More than 100 students and visitors gathered in the Fontainebleau High Library to take part in the showcase of student work.

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Brooke Cawhon introduced the presentation of the projects in the library at Fontainebleau High School, with several other students describing the project criteria and displaying results in a number of assigned subject areas, from transportation and residential to energy saving features and space exploration. A new field being addressed this year was bio-medical designs, which included mechanical heart designs and robotic-like hand replacements.

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A panel of professional engineers, technical experts and consultants were called in from throughout south Louisiana to help judge the projects. The group included teachers, physicists, engineers, and logistics specialists, as well as experts in aviation and hydroponics. The jury members met with students for 45 minutes to discuss their projects and offer feedback on the designs.

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The Avalon Project is a exercise that students used in their drafting courses to guide design practices along specific assignments. Students engage in individual and team efforts to bring their imagination to the drawing board and beyond.

“Every year these projects get better and better, and the presentations are more impressive,” said Fontainebleau High Principal Johnny Vitrano. He especially thanked the members of the panel who shared their knowledge and expertise in a variety of areas.

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Avalon comes complete with shopping malls, hospitals, office buildings, an amusement park, and a stadium, all part of the annual project challenge that builds teamwork, fires the imagination, and comes up with practical solutions to society’s most pressing issues. An amusement park and adjoining resort hotel was one major addition this year.

Teacher Clifford Hinkle decides what part of the city the students should design, and then they research possible solutions, and use high-end computers and drafting design software to create photo-realistic posters illustrating their ideas. This year, a Cubex Duo 3-D Printer added to the excitement as students were able to learn how to create real parts and three-dimensional models from their design drawings.

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The 3-D Printer

The virtual city is home to about 330,000 people, Hinkel explained. While the entire city may be futuristic in design, it could actually be built today, Hinkle stated.

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The Avalon Project lasts all year long, with students spending many hours on the “project based learning” exercise. “Project based learning calls upon the student to dream up a concept, then learn the skills necessary to bring it to the final design,” he said. While the students use high-powered computers and photo-quality printers to produce their designs, they first learn manual drafting skills using pencils, triangles and T-squares. “Only after they learn manual drafting techniques do we let them get on the computers,” Hinkle commented.

Hinkle came up with the “Avalon Project” idea several years ago while seeking a long-range project that would capture the imagination of his students, offer a multitude of design options, be modern and relevant, increase the student’s technical skills and teach them how to work collaboratively. “The process demands continuous improvement, and each group develops common goals and objectives,” he explained.

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Students researched the latest innovations in green communities and then applied real engineering and community data to meet the needs of the city and its inhabitants. Software used during the work includes industry-standard Autodesk products and Solid Works, but Google Sketch-Up has also proved useful.

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Visitors included School Board Member Roanne Tipton, center

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March, 2014

 

 

Career Day

Click here for photos from Career Day

Fontainebleau High School held its annual “Career Day” on Wednesday, March 19, with 105 speakers representing a wide variety of occupations on hand to speak with students about their career opportunities. The guest speakers discussed the educational requirements, certification requirements and salary range for each career.  Students could select up to three speakers to visit with on their Career Day schedule.  

Speakers included engineers, artists, law enforcement officers, military service representatives, and even Congressmen, with U.S. Representative Steve Scalise telling students of his work in the House. Principal Johnny Vitrano said this year’s Career Day went great, and was their largest one so far. “Each  year it grows,” he stated. “The whole student body participated, we used almost every classroom, and there was a great turnout from the business community. It gives the students an opportunity to ask questions about the fields they are interested in, and the feedback I am getting is the speakers are excited about doing it, and they want to come back.”

He thanked the speakers for volunteering their time to help students get career-ready.
Following the three hour-long sessions where speakers visited with groups of students, a luncheon was served in the school library. Congressman Scalise told the students of his work in the U.S. House, particularly his committee work. “You’ve got a great opportunity at Fontainebleau High to learn about what you are going to need in the future, the tools you are going to have to have to move forward in your careers,” he said.

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WDSU Television reporter Heath Allen, shown above, gave the students an idea of what his work day was like, and several oil and gas industry speakers told of the opportunities in those fields, especially in south Louisiana. Bryant Landry, an instrumentation control systems supervisor with LOOP Inc., said the students asked some very good questions, showing not only that they were paying attention, but that they were respectful and had done their homework researching the topic of his line of work.

Lunch for the participants was provided by the school’s ProStart Culintary Arts students.

Careers highlighted included animal science, drafting/design, Art/Illustration, Athletic Training/Coaching,  automotive technology,  aviation, broadcast journalism, business management, conservation,  construction,  cosmetology, court reporter, culinary arts, dance, playwrighting, education, emergency communications, and emergency health.

Speakers also represented the fields of chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, film/videography, finance, and firefighting. There was a Wildlife and Fisheries Game Warden, government workers and politicians, Graphic Artist/Designer, Healthcare Occupations and Administrator, and representatives from the Hospitality and  Tourism industry, as well as experts in the areas of Industrial Manufacturing/Operations, Investigations, Laboratory work, Medical Technology, Law, Law Enforcement (both local and federal), forensics, Marine Operations (Boat Captain), and Marketing and Sales.  The founder of Pan American Pharmaceutical Labs and a Medical Sales representative from Zimmer Dental discussed the opportunities in the field of Marketing /Sales. Representatives from the military branches were also on hand: the Air Force, Army, Marines, and Navy.

Visitors also spoke about nursing, offshore careers, pharmacy work, photography,  physical therapy, medical doctors, Psychology/Counseling,  Radiology, agricultural research, geology, oceanography, Industrial Technology, speech therapy, surgery technicians and nursing, computer science, information systems, instruments and controls, web design, veterinary medicine and welding careers.

 

Fontainebleau High physical science students
experience LIGO Observatory


 

January, 2014

 

Fontainebleau High Hosts
Jazz Legends Concert

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On Thursday, January 23, Fontainebleau High School hosted an “historic” battle of big bands being billed as “The Kremlin Meets the Crescent City.” Two internationally-acclaimed groups took part, legendary pianist/educator “Ellis Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra” and the Igor Butman Jazz Orchestra (IBJO) from Moscow, Russia.

The concert was held in the Fontainebleau High School auditorium in Mandeville with hundreds of students, parents and School System officials in the audience.To view photographs from the event,click here.

As the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans has influenced musicians around the world for over a century. This one‐of‐a‐kind show highlighted the great jazz legacy as interpreted by two entirely different cultures with the same objective, Band Director Hicks said, and it was an opportunity that Fontainebleau High School was proud to present.

 

Jazz Band Entertains School
Board Meeting Visitors

The Fontainebleau High Jazz Band conducted by Band Director Lee Hicks performed several musical selections for the St. Tammany Parish School Board and visitors just prior to the January 16 Board meeting at the C. J. Schoen Administrative Complex in Covington.  The student jazz group has won numerous local, regional, state and national recognitions.

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Fontainebleau High To Host Historic
International Jazz Concert

On Thursday, January 23, Fontainebleau High School will host an “historic” battle of big bands being billed as “The Kremlin Meets the Crescent City.” The two groups taking part will be legendary pianist/educator “Ellis Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra” and the internationally renowned Igor Butman Jazz Orchestra (IBJO) from Moscow, Russia.

The concert will be held Thursday, January 23, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Fontainebleau High School auditorium in Mandeville. “This is a great opportunity for our community to hear world class musicians right here at Fontainebleau High,” said Lee Hicks, band director, whose local student jazz musicians have won numerous regional, state and national awards. “This is a live concert that is sure to be an epic event, an International Jazz Music Throwdown.”

Tickets to the special event are $10, and all ticket proceeds will go to the musicians. “These guys are just looking to play a great concert and have a lot of fun with a packed house,” Hicks stated.

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Hicks said that Marsalis will provide the unique wisdom and musical touch of a true Jazz Master, accompanied by the energetic and New Orleans flavored Uptown Jazz Orchestra. The Igor Butman Jazz Orchestra from Russia features Moscow’s finest jazz players. “It is a force to be reckoned with, led by Russia’s Number 1 jazz personality, saxophone virtuoso Igor Butman,” Hicks went on to say.

Butman trained at the prestigious Berklee College of Music and loves spreading the news of jazz around the world. He has shared the stage with jazz greats including Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Jack DeJohnette, Pat Metheny and Gary Burton. IBJO will feature the sensational vocalist Fantine, known for her passionately soulful and dynamic style.

His 50th birthday concert took place at the 6000‐seat Kremlin Palace and featured Wynton Marsalis and Natalie Cole. At a state dinner hosted by Vladimir Putin, American President Bill Clinton stated that Igor Butman may be the greatest living jazz saxophone player, who happens to be Russian.

The Uptown Jazz Orchestra (UJO) began in 2008, receiving standing ovations each year at the Jazz & Heritage Festival, on road excursions and regularly at Snug Harbor. Under the direction of Ellis Marsalis, UJO will display extreme versatility, playing everything from traditional New Orleans music, swing and bebop to modern‐day brass band funk.

“Marsalis, who has kept the torch of modern jazz alive in New Orleans since the 1950s is known for his ability to swing with effortless mastery at all tempos,” said Director Hicks. Named an NEA Jazz Master in 2011, Ellis Marsalis, at age 79, is a special American treasure.

As the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans has influenced musicians around the world for over a century. This one‐of‐a‐kind show will highlight the great jazz legacy as interpreted by two entirely different cultures with the same objective, Hicks said, and it is an opportunity that Fontainebleau High School is proud to present.

Click here for flyer about concert.

 

 

 


September, 2013

 

Band from England Visits Campus

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The Screaming Kicks Big Band, a group of twenty or so young musicians from England, visited Fontainebleau High October 28 to meet and play music with the Jazz Ensemble One. The Big Band is a project based ensemble drawing upon a different cohort of young musicians attending the Hot House Music School, one of the largest and most renowned private music schools in the United Kingdom. The music school has several large bands playing different styles of music.

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The FHS musicians played three songs with a distinctive New Orleans style, then the Screaming Kicks Big Band played four songs, after which the two bands merged on stage for some trans-Atlantic musical collaboration. Then the groups enjoyed a traditional New Orleans style dinner supplied by parents.

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The Fontainebleau High musicians

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Then came the visitors to the stage

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Audience participation

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Singing included

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The audience applauds the visitors' performance

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Then both bands took the stage to play some music together.

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First Place

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FHS Cross Country Boys and Girls Varsity teams won First Place in the Chalmette-Holy Cross Invitational held September 7th in City Park.  Team members are, front, Olivia Hunt, Alivia Johnson, Whitney McHugh, Amanda Doell, Courtney Smith, Katherine Patin, Alaina Thurber and Rachel Campbell; Back, Daniel Carter, Cannon Kent, Matt Riddlebarger, Matt Myrtue, Jordan Sparks, Cody Navarro, Griffin Wiemelt and Eric Valverde.

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The Fontainebleau Girls Cross Country team took first place at the Slidell Invitational CC meet held at Fontainebleau State park on Friday, September 13th. Team members are, from left to right, Courtney Smith, Olivia Hunt, Alaina Thurber, Rachel Campbell, Alivia Johnson, Katherine Patin and Whitney McHugh.

 


July, 2013

Student Attends Chamber
Youth Leader Workshop

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The St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce recently conducted its “Leaders of Tomorrow” Program 2013 graduation in the atrium of the C. J. Schoen Administrative Complex. The week-long program familiarizes high school students from throughout the parish with a variety of community services and introduces them to successful business leaders in a wide range of fields. Superintendent W. L. “Trey” Folse, III, and Assistant Superintendent Cheryl Arabie attended the graduation program, as well as a number of parents.

One of the participants was Grace Valentine of Fontainebleau High School. "I learned a lot about networking and how important it is to make connections in the community," she said. Emphasis was placed on the opportunities in St. Tammany Parish and how young people can succeed by returning to St. Tammany after graduating from college.

The program also encouraged the use of internships and "shadowing" programs that give students a better sense of what a particular career is like.

 

 
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