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January, 2013



Cheerleaders Win Honors

The Monteleone Jr. High Marlin Cheerleaders competed and placed 3rd at the Kickin’ it for Kids Championship hosted by Spirit Professionals on January 13 th. All proceeds from the Marlins were donated to Children's Hospital in New Orleans. The Marlin Cheerleaders are coached by Stephanie Kell and Rachelle Kelley.

From left to right are (back row standing) Kylee McCaleb, Elise Hancock, Loreal Moran and Karley Bordelon. On the middle Row are Kylah Houk, Alena Honold, Allie Simmons, Meghan Robinson, Ashton Choppin, Caroline Ponseti, Ali Vath, Miranda Alphonso and Jamie Eschette. Kneeling are Lauren Nicklas, Payton Bates, Bayley Lyle, Camryn Collins, Lindsay Rehage, Makenzie Kell and Emily Geno.


Darlin Marlins Win Trophies

On Sunday, January 6, 2013, the Monteleone Junior High Darlin Marlins dance team competed at the UDA state competition at Southeastern University. Their months of hard work paid off as they brought home 2nd place trophies in both pom and jazz categories! Caroline Marshall, one of the 8th grade captains, also competed in the soloist division and came in 10th place. The Darlin Marlins will be attending the UDA national competition at Disney World in early February. Pictured are: Front row (left to right) Kaitlyn Gandy, Catherine Norris, Caroline Marshall, and Morgan Lewko. Second row (left to right) Sherran Marx, Skye Jeansonne, and Lauren Pattarozzi. Third row (left to right) Taylor Robinson, KelliLauren Brousard, and Madison Raynor. Back row (left to right) Bailey Levine, Bailey Weber, Emily Cox, Rachel Kitchen, Olivia Salazar, Alyssa Steib, Erica Oddo, and Isabella Canas. The Darlin Marlins sponsors are Gail Blalock, Kendra Thompson, and Katie Turner.



December, 2012


Marlins of the Month
and Booster Backers

Pictured on the front row are Sharlet Ducre, Karl Schreiner, Christian Weicks, Hailey Chew and Kaitlyn Gandy. On the back row are Paul Tullier, Christina Hotard and Dawn Robinson.


Donations for Gifts

Monteleone Jr. High students donated more than $1200 to buy gifts for needy families in our community.  Pictured on the front row are Laura Zambiasi, Taylor Robinson, Kayla Simpson, Taylor Ferguson, Meghan Robinson, and Dawn Robinson. On the back row are Donna Addison, Aaron Zambiasi, Laurance Hagan and Sheri Jones.


Reflection Contest Winners

Monteleone Jr. High students, Julia Elmer and Olivia Morales, were selected as PTSA reflection contest winners.   They will be recognized at the Children’s Banquet in March.


Student of the Year

Monteleone Junior High selected Lauren Hickey as the 2012-13 Student of the Year.  Lauren is very involved in school and community activities.  She is Vice President of the Builder’s Club and Secretary of Nu Alpha.  Lauren is also a member of the Beta Club and Talented Theater program.  She is pictured with her grandmother, Gwen McKeon and her mother, Chandelle Hickey.


Honor Band Selected

Congratulations to the Monteleone Junior High band students who were selected for the District 9 Honor Band. Pictured are: front row - Angela Fang, Madison Neill and Olivia Morales. Back row – Daven Milliken, Alex Plache, Bryce Humbrecht and Nick Miceli.



Cancer Donation Drive

Monteleone Jr. High students teamed up to fight breast cancer.  The students raised $570 for the Ochsner Foundation for breast cancer research.  The captains of the Monteleone football team presented the check to the representatives from Ochsner. Pictured are  Randy Raymond, Assistant Principal Sheri Jones, Jessica Bruggers, PA-C; Coach Doug Harper, Deanna Nettles, RTRM; and Evan Puissegur.


Marlins of the Month

Monteleone Junior High recognized its November Marlins of the Month. Pictured are (front row) Randy Raymond, Madison Neill, Jordan Hymel, and Ben Watson; (back row) Chris Womack, Paige Gunter, and Liz Wells.


November, 2012


Veterans Day

Monteleone Junior High honored its students with parents who are currently serving in the military overseas on Veterans Day.  Pictured are Ronnie Campora, Draven English, Stephen Cangelosi, Anthony Piccoli, and Cali Church.


Fundraiser Project

Monteleone Jr. High recently sold poinsettias as a fundraiser.  The money earned was used for new technology.  The top sellers served as Principal and Assistant Principal of the day.  Pictured are Sheri Jones, Trey Galland and Laurance Hagan.


October, 2012


Marlins of the Month

Monteleone Junior High recognized its October Marlins of the Month and Booster Backers. 

Pictured are (Front row) Carrie Furman, Emily Riddell, Taylor Wolfe, Anthony Piccoli and Gavin Morel. (Back Row) Karen Gunther, Cindy Rush, Stephanie Kell and Grace Robicheaux.


Fence Ribbons

Nathan Smith (left) and Brooke Ponthier, 7th graders in Paige Gunter’s English class at Monteleone Junior High, tie ribbons to the school’s fence. At the beginning of the school year students were issued a "40 Book Challenge" to read 40 novels this school year. During the first nine weeks of school, students collectively read 2383 books. Each ribbon placed on the fence represents one of the books.  So far, Nathan has read 27 books and Brooke has read 11.

Gift Card Winners

The Walmart Neighborhood Market in Mandeville recently awarded 20 Monteleone Junior High Teachers and Administrators with $50 gift cards to purchase classroom supplies through its Walmart Teacher Rewards Program. Pictured are: Front row: Jennifer Westcott, Katie Turner, Kathy Scioneaux, and Lauri Phares. 2nd row: Kendra Thompson, La Gina Davis, Rachelle Kelley, and Donna Addison. Back Row: Lance Nelson, Martye Golden, Patricia Desanti, Paige Gunter, Stephanie Kell, Christen Timmins, Chris Carter, and Sandy Schinetsky.
Not pictured are Michael Eddy, Cathy Rouquette, Kristi Beshenich, and Matthew Gardner.


Mobile Mining

Monteleone Junior High Earth Science classes experienced mobile mining after studying rocks and minerals.  The students got the opportunity to mine a box of Brazilian mining ore to discover their own gem collection.  Pictured are Danielle Loup and Madelyn Fayard.

September, 2012


Marlins & Backers

Monteleone Junior High recognized its first Marlins of the Month and Booster Backers. 

Pictured are (Front row) Danielle Loup, Caroline Standley, and John Parker Furman. On the Back Row are Janelle Meyers, Herb Gomez, Katie Turner, Matthew Blake, and Bridgette Davis.



March, 2012

District PTA Award

Olivia Morales , a 7th grader at Monteleone Junior High, received the Award of Excellence at the District PTA Children’s Banquet. Olivia’s Safety Board Entry will be moving on to the Louisiana PTA State competition. Pictured are Olivia and parents; Holly and Erik Morales.

All Pro Dads

Monteleone Junior High held its monthly “All Pro Dads” meeting. The theme was “The Importance of Being Detail-Oriented.” Shown are special guest Chris Bromley, Emma Villemarette and her dad, Jeffrey Villemarette.


Marlins of the Month

Congratulations to Monteleone Junior High’s March Marlins of the Month. Pictured Left to right: Julia Savoie, Merideth Wethern, Brandon Shepherd, Evan Gillis, Crystal Ecuyer, and Matthew Gardner. Not Pictured is Edna Williams.


Marlins of the Month

Congratulations to Monteleone Junior High’s February
Marlins of the Month and Booster Backers. 

Pictured are Peggy Doucette, Kelley Buras, Katie Gunther, Stephen Cangelosi, Rachael Moore, Brian Williams, Nic Mullen, and Ashley Folse.

Gator Visit

Karen and David Milliken of Milliken Farms and Wildlife Control visited Monteleone Junior High 7 th grade life science classes to enrich students’ learning on the topics of ecosystems, habitats, exotic and indigenous species.  Pictured here from right to left are Emily Riddell, Caroline Olsen, Kylah Houk, and Katelynn Mulle.  Holding the alligator is Daven Milliken.


January, 2012


Patriot's Pen

Monteleone Junior High student, Sarah English, placed third in the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest.  Pictured are Donna Addison and Sarah English.


Marlins of the Month

Congratulations to Monteleone Junior High’s January Marlins of the Month and Booster Backers. 

Pictured are (Front) Alli Moore, Lauren Hickey, Zach Zitzmann, and Chris Zimmer; and (Back) Stephanie Ruoss, Rocky Mullen, Sheila Jeter-Hayes, Sharlet Ducre, and David Lindsey.


King Cake Honors

Monteleone Junior High held an Honor Roll King Cake party on January 25, 2012.   All students who earned a 3.5 or higher the 2 nd nine weeks were invited to attend.  167 students enjoyed king cake, juice and prizes.  Pictured are Bayley Lyle, Nicholas Miceli, Catherine Norris, Adam Vigueira, and Camryn Collins.


Honor Band Concert

The LMEA District IX Jr. High Honor Band clinic and concert took place at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond on January 19-21. Pictured are Monteleone Junior High School band students who auditioned and were selected to participate in the honor band under the direction of guest conductor, Mr. Paul Frechou. Jennifer Pulling is the band director at Monteleone Junior High School. Pictured (left to right) are Nick Ruoss, Brandon Martinez, Madison Neill and Mark Soileau.


PTSA Grants

Rebecca Bunce received a $200 grant from the Monteleone Junior High PTSA. The money will be used to purchase an IPOD Touch and APPS to use in her American History class. Pictured are : Carolyn Bertucci, Rebecca Bunce, and Stacey Neill.


The Monteleone Junior High ELA department recently received an $800 grant from the PTSA.  The money will be used to purchase books for their students to read as part of the “40 Book Challenge”.  So far this year their students have read over 5500 books. Pictured are Rachelle Kelley, Melissa Bier, Lisa Reis, Gail Blalock, Paige Gunter, Patricia DeSanti, and Mary Kay Walden. Not Pictured: Kendra Thompson


Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Mr. Craig Camus for being selected as the 2012 – 2013 Monteleone Junior High Teacher of the Year.  Mr. Camus teaches 8th grade ELA and coaches track, football and basketball.  He also serves on numerous committees and is always willing to help when needed.  This is his seventh year at Monteleone Junior High.  Pictured on the front row are Allison Ducre, Craig Camus, Brianda Robinson, Alyssa Alvarez and Emily Workman. On the back row are  Cole Krieger, Alexandra Schofield, Taylor Armand, Ikell Laurent, Kenya Pierre, Chad Ducre, Patricia Brion, Keegan Stanworth, Ashley Folse, and Alex Dunaway.



Toy Drive

The Monteleone Jr. High Beta Club recently sponsored a toy drive.  The toys were donated to Project Christmas, a non-profit organization that provides help to needy families on the Northshore. Pictured are (front row) Thomas Trapp, Ludvig Andersson, Tommy Naka, Morgan Stelly, Logan Jordan, Corrine Pritchett, Megan Williams, Jaycee Wilson, Sunnie Eschette, and Ethan Molitor; (second row) Justin Ronquillo, Alexis Linson, Jamie Morris, Ryan Miller, Connor Orvin, Katherine Hernandez, Aeli Carter, Tiffany Horn, Collin Martin, Garrett Scalia, Dallas Matamoros, and Michael Hopkins; (third row): Emma Claire Furman, Carmen Fontenot, reigh Blouin, Claire Roberts, Christen Carriere, Devan Curtis, Ally Rehage, Ashley Folse, Samantha Turner, Tia Monjure, Matthew Romano, Jonathan Ruoss, Mason Chauvin, Michael Rodehorst, and Nick Ruoss; and (back Row) Bri Robinson, Dana Prevost, Lovisa Andersson, Stevie Roth, Madie Leger, Ethan Palma, Nicole Ferrara, Bailee Warren, Anna Kathryn Thames, Logan Buras, Ren Foster, Cole Krieger, Alejandro Pulido, and Allen Sievert.

Student of the Year

Congratulations to Ethan Palma for being selected as the 2011 – 2012 Monteleone Junior High Student of the Year. Pictured are Gabrielle Palma, Ethan Palma, Harold Palma, Dena Palma, Collin Palma, and Donna Addison.


December, 2011

Cheerleaders Place 2nd

The Monteleone Jr. High Cheerleaders recently competed in the LHSAA State Cheer Competition. The Marlins received second place in their division and earned an automatic bid to national cheer competition in Orlando Florida. The squad will compete for a national title February 10 - 14. The Marlin Cheerleaders are coached by Stephanie Kell & Rachelle Kelley. On the front row, kneeling from left to right are Avery Callendar, Alexis Galey, Camryn Collins, Ashton Choppin, Taylor Canfill, Alexis Rabalais and Emily Ponseti. On the back row, standing from left to right are Sarah Mayley, Loreal Moran, Anna Kathryn Thames, Ally Rehage, Bailee Warren, Colleen Ball, Kristin Krummel, Christen Carriere and Bayley Lyle.


Marlins of the Month

On the front row are Students Ryan Miller, Danielle Loup, and Carmen Fontenot. On the back row are Kentrell Johnson, parent volunteer Liz Wethern, support staff Liz Wells, and teacher Stephanie Bosco.


STEM Projects Underway

Students in Jeanne Knight's Earth Science class at Monteleone Junior High are seen working on their STEM projects (science, technology, engineering and math) creating clean water filtration systems. From left to right are Claire Roberts, Taylor Windom, Michael Schenk and Olivia Fletcher.


November, 2011

Educator of Distinction

Math teacher Katie Yarborough was recently selected by the PSTA as Monteleone Junior High’s 2011 – 2012 Educator of Distinction. Pictured are PTSA Co-President Kim Villars, Katie Yarborough, PTSA Co-President Virna Bays, and Principal Donna Addison.

Marlins of the Month

Shown are the November “Marlins of the Month” at Monteleone Junior High. Front row are Students of the Month, Christen Carriere and Laurance Hagan, Teacher of the Month Paige Gunter, Volunteer of the Month Lyn Monteleone, Student of the Month Emily Riddell and Support Staff of the Month Amy Riddell. Back row includes: Booster backers Lynne Carter and Sal Sheppard, and Student of the Month Mason Chauvin

Earthquake Detection

Nicole Ferrara  and Anna Kathryn Thames, students in Christina Hotard’s science class at Monteleone Junior High, work on testing the magnitude and intensity of an earthquake created by dropping a book from a chair using the accelerometer and the iSeismograph App in their classes new iPads. The iPads were recently donated by the Harvey L. Foster Foundation for Science Education.

All Pro Dads

Monteleone Junior High held its monthly “All Pro Dads” meeting on November 16. The theme was “Being Thankful.” Shown are special guest Shane Booker, Madelyn Fayard and meeting coordinator Gary Fayard.

Reading Challenge

Michayla Cousin (left) and Kaitlyn Smith, 8th graders in Mary Walden’s English class at Monteleone Junior High, tie ribbons to the school’s fence. At the beginning of the school year students were issued a "40 Book Challenge" to read 40 novels this school year. Part of the challenge involves reading different genres of books to experience many different works of literature. During the first nine weeks of school, students collectively read 2518 books. Each ribbon placed on the fence represents one of the books.

October, 2011

FFA Elects Officers

The Monteleone Junior High FFA Club recently elected officers. Shown are (front row) Logan Buras, Sentinel. On the back row are  Kyle Dozer, Secretary; Devin Aucoin, President; Samantha Baxter, Treasurer; Andrew Snell, Vice President; and Michael Hopkins, Reporter. 

Spanish Discussed

Monteleone Junior High students in Barbara Sutton’s Spanish class enjoyed a “cultural hour” with guest speaker Gary Fayard. He explained how Spanish has been important in his teaching and his travels and brought some colorful and fascinating relics from his trips to South America. Students left to right are Parker Nelson, Justin Paek, Brianna Blackshear and Elise Poret.

Crystal Garden

Mrs Knight's Life Science Class at Monteleone Junior High are discovering if crystals are living things by growing a crystal garden. From left to right are Kalie Conley, Leighanne Lachney, Camryn Collins, and T.J. Blanchard.

Mitosis Demonstrated

The student's in Mrs. Knight's 7th grade Life Science Class at Monteleone Junior High use cookies to show the process of Mitosis. From left to right; Tyler Marshall, Thomas Mayer, Nick Pizzuto, Mallory Whitfield, and Skye Jeansonne.

Experimental Reaction

The students in Mrs. Knight's Earth Science Class at Monteleone Junior High are conducting an a chemical reaction experiment. From left to right are Lance Williams and Corey Prestwood.

iPads Presented

The Harvey L. Foster Foundation for Science Education granted Monteleone Junior High School five iPads for science education. The iPad applications will allow students to use scientific inquiry to learn everything from scientific vocabulary to how a seismograph works. Shown are: Harvey L. Foster, Principal Donna Addison, Christina Hotard, Christen Timmins, Mike Foster, Christine Foster and Jeanne Knight. Hotard, Timmons, and Knight teach science classes.




The Monteleone Junior High band performed at all home football games this year. They are led by band director, Jennifer Pulling. Shown are, on the front row, from left to right, Chris Davis, Olivia Morales, Shannon Roussell, Joe LeBlanc, Hurshell Crawford, and Isabel Ellender; on the second row, from left to right, Daven Milliken, Giuliana Bays, Brandon Martinez, Caitlin Ecuyer-Officer, Tim Pease, and Madison Neill; on the third row, from left to right, Bryce Humbrecht, Ricki Johnson, Allen Seivert-Officer, Alyssa Hawkins-Officer, Daniel Giangrosso, Nick Bertucci, Brittany Simone, and Gabrielle Grose; on the fourth row, from left to right, Matthew Caluda, Will Britton, Alysse White, Nick Fontenot, Patricia Brion, and Biancha Ricks; and on the fifth row, from left to right, Ethan Molitor, Joshua Erickson, Alex Planche, Bryce Hartlin, Owen Alvarado, Thomas White, and Tyler Montgomery. On the sixth row are Mark Soileau-Asst. Band Captain, Nick Miceli, Gary Couturie-Band Captain, Austin Folse, Eric Roberts, Chandler Baptiste, Calvin Smith, and Dominique Lewis.
Not pictured are Keyshawn Casnave, Richard Lallande and Nick Ruoss.

Football Team

The Monteleone Junior High football team defeated Pitcher Junior High 32-16 on Oct 25 to capture the Division II district championship. Shown in photo are: on the front row, left to right, Collin Martin, Dallas Matamoros, Dylan Charbonnet, Phillip Abadie, Garrett Scalia, Landon Gilcrease, Cody Champagne, Jason Wahlen, Richard Humphry, and Jeffrey Huth. On the second row, left to right, are Ryan Daughtry, Jonah Icard, Luke Tullier, Blayne Hetro, Greyson Buras, Tyler Vinet, Laurance Hagan, Jonathan Ruoss, Zack Zitzman, Randy Raymond, Jonnathan Hayes, Connor Orvin, Dane Ziegler, and Tyreak Chappell. On the third row, from left to right, are Logan Buras, Corey Prestwood, Desmond Zenon, Jason LeBlanc, Nathan Faciane, Coach Doug Harper, Alex Marquez, Stephen Cangelosi, Thomas Mayer, Javi Salano, Jacob Heffner, Cody Doucette, Evan Puissegur, Nick Ruoss, and Ryan Daries. On the back row, left to right, are Rafe Schindler, Coach Brian Williams, Trainer Jeff Meyers, Cody Ledet, Jeffrey Grapp, Josh Meyers, Thomas Schenck, James Jowly, Andrew Snell, Nic Mullen, Sam Valentine, Brandon Shepherd, Kavondre Williams, Coach Craig Camus, and Coach Chris Womack.

September, 2011


All Pro Dads

On September 15 Monteleone Junior High held its first “All Pro Dads” meeting. The guests enjoyed breakfast and heard an inspirational speech about overcoming the obstacle of fear. The next meeting will be Oct. 19 at 7:30 a.m. in the LMJH cafeteria. Shown are All Pro Dad Coordinator Gary Fayard along with student Hurshel Crawford and dad Michael Koch, raffle winners of a football autographed by former L.S.U. coach Jerry Stovall.

Marlins of the Month

Pictured on the front row are Students Katherine Hernandez, Kaitlyn Gandy, Nicholas Bertucci, and Jason Wahlen. Pictured on the back row are Support Person of the Month Janet Clark, Booster of the Month Letiche Albers, Teacher of the Month Rachelle Kelley, and Volunteer of the Month Virna Bays.

Art Club Recognized

Monteleone Junior High recently held its annual “Blue and White” game, an inter-squad football game. At halftime of the game all school clubs were recognized. Shown representing the Art Club are Haley Simms, Olivia Morales, Gianna Nastasi, faculty sponsor Tonya Hendon, Michayla Cousin, Sadie Stanchec, Officer David Synakiewicz, and Art Club President Milan Synakiewicz


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