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April, 2013


Choir Wins Top Award

Northshore High School’s choir earned superior ratings in all of the categories of performance at the recent District Choir Festival and received the Sweepstakes Award. They were invited to compete at state competition in Lake Charles on April 30 for the first time since 1998. Northshore was the only high school from St. Tammany Parish to be invited to state.

They received the best ratings possible for all the categories in which they were judged, and won the Sweepstakes Trophy at state - a first in Northshore High School’s history.

Choir members Jennifer James and John Esperance pose with the new state trophy.


Team 1912 Combustion
wins fourth Chairman's Award

To cap off their fiery eighth year, FIRST Team 1912 Combustion of Northshore High School celebrated the Bayou Regional Competition with cheers and awards aplenty.

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Key Club Intl. Names
NHS Student Dist. Governor

A Northshore High School student, Cameron Clatterbuck, was named LaMissTenn (Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee) District Governor for the 2013-2014 school year for Key Club International.  This is the first time a student at Northshore High School has held this position.



National Merit Finalists
Recognized by School Board

The nine National Merit Scholarship Program finalists from Northshore High were recognized for their achievement at the School Board meeting in Slidell on April 11. Superintendent W. L. “Trey” Folse, III congratulated each of them, telling of their academic achievements and community involvements. From left to right are Superintendent Folse, Northshore High School students Emily Campbell, Alexis Abell, Daniella Gentile, Aretha Guo, Joshua Xu, and Juan Carrasquilla. Unable to attend the meeting were Finalists Zachary Collins, Michael Capritto, and Samuel Holladay. The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, a test which serves as an initial screen of more than 1.5 million entrants each year. From those some 50,000 students with the highest scores qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship Program, and approximately 16,000 of the highest scoring students become qualified as Semifinalists. Only about 8000 semifinalists receive notification of being a finalist and receive a Merit Scholarship® award which is valued at $2500.


Ambassadors Bring Gifts

Northshore High Student Ambassador officers take a moment to pose while delivering toys to patients at Children's Hospital in New Orleans. They collected toys and financial donations from students and staff at Northshore High and then delivered the results on March 22 during Spring Break. Pictured are Ralph Price, Adora Anadi, Terrie Jackson, Alfonso, Meara McNitt, Marshall Wadleigh, Joey Price, Cameron Cladderbuck, Phoebe Castro, Lucia Zamudio Suarez and Allison Carvin.

The Student Ambassadors of Northshore High School spent their Spring Break taking part in a community service project called “Charity for Children,” collecting toys and donations from students at Northshore High to give to the young patients at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans. The total collections came to approximately $2000 worth of toys, books, games, and gift cards for Children's Hospital.

Student Ambassador board members, the group’s sponsor Teacher Catherine Tanguis and Assistant Principal Steve Alfonso visited Children’s Hospital on March 22 to distribute the donated toys to the kids there. Ambassadors talked to the children, and presented them with the gifts from the Northshore community.

“Each child lit up with excitement when the Ambassadors entered the room bringing in the gifts,” said Ambassador Phoebe Castro. Junior Ambassador Adora Anadi said, “This experience made me appreciate the many things I have been blessed with, especially my health.”

Last fall, the group’s service project was “Students for Soldiers.” They sent 55 boxes of items to soldiers in Kuwait, also collecting enough money to ship the items and send $400 worth of iTune cards to the soldiers.

Boxes sent to soldiers in Kuwait

In addition to these service projects, the Student Ambassadors mentor freshmen students and help with other activities around the school, such as Freshmen scheduling and orientation.

The Northshore High School Student Ambassador program was first suggested by Principal Dr. Michael Peterson, who envisioned an organization of students who
would promote leadership and serve as guides to the other students.

As members of the Student Ambassador Program, these students are provided with opportunities to further develop leadership and character as they represent Northshore High School to their fellow students peers and to the community.


March, 2013


Hornets Game Flags

The Northshore High JROTC Color Guard recently presented the flags
at a Hornets Game in the New Orleans Arena.


Substitute Teacher of the Year

Here is a picture of our Substitute Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Jabbia, with one of the assistant principals, Frankie Jabbia. 


Basketball Award

Principal Dr. Michael Peterson, right, congratulates Senior student, Jeffrey Joyce, who recently won a basketball award.




February, 2013



Ms. Tanguis Participates in
Global Education Symposium

Northshore High School teacher Catherine Tanguis visited Washington, D.C. February 14 -16, 2013, to participate in the Global Education Symposium, part of the Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC). She was the only teacher representing Louisiana at the gathering. The event, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), selected 160 teachers, school principals and district administrators from across the country to participate in the symposium.

“In Washington, I had the opportunity to meet many members of our Department of State as well as teachers and administrators from around the country.” Ms. Tanguis said. “It is an exciting program. I am the only teacher representing Louisiana this year.” Last year, St. Tammany Parish teacher Teri Kliebert participated.

Ms. Tanguis and her students: From left, Alyson Carvin, Annie Johnson, Erin Trumbach, Ms. Tanguis, Raya Islam, Brett Houser, and Kaela Brand.

The Teachers for Global Classrooms Program is an exchange and professional development opportunity for secondary school teachers sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the non-profit organization IREX. Through the program, teachers from across the United States learn how to advance their schools’ global education practices, internationalizing teaching and learning in their classrooms.

During the symposium, the teachers, principals and district administrators participated in sessions such as The Need for Global Education, Principles for Globalizing Schools, Bringing Global Education to Your Zip Code, and Working Effectively Across Cultures. The Global Education Symposium follows the teachers’ completion of an online course and prepares the teachers for their upcoming field experience. This spring and summer the U.S. teachers will learn with, and from, their colleagues in other countries developing and sharing international knowledge and skills.

The U.S. teachers will participate in a three week professional experience in Brazil, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Morocco, or Ukraine. Mrs. Tanguis will travel to Brazil. “I will be spending three weeks during June in Brazil, touring the country, basically serving as an educational ambassador, sharing our country’s educational practices and philosophies and learning about theirs,” she said.

The teachers will reconvene in October in Washington, DC, to share their experiences and to discuss best practices. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs promotes international mutual understanding through a wide range of academic, cultural, private-sector, professional and sports exchange programs. These international exchanges engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes and emerging leaders in many fields in the United States and in more than 160 countries. Alumni of these exchanges comprise over one million people around the world, including more than 50 Nobel Laureates and more than 350 current or former heads of state and government.

Ms. Tanguis encourages other St. Tammany Parish educators to apply for the upcoming 2013-14 TGC Program.


Black History Month

Putting up bulletin boards about Black History Month

January, 2013

Literacy Magazine
Wins Top Award


The Northshore High School student literary and art magazine, the PRISM, recently won national recognition from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). The publication received a “Superior” ranking , one of only two school literary magazines in Louisiana so designated.

The organization recognizes students, teachers, and schools for producing outstanding literary magazines through its “Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines (PRESLM).” The program evaluates student literary publications from throughout the United States, Canada, Virgin Islands, and American schools abroad.

Prism is the annual anthology published by the Inksplash, the creative writing club. It is a collection of poetry, short stories, prose, and creative art portraits by students at Northshore.

The writing club’s co-sponsor Theresa Veazey notes that in addition to publishing the magazine, the club sponsors the school wide spelling bee and a monthly open mic in the school library. The club meets weekly and engages in a variety of creative writing activities that spawns poetry and prose for the magazine. Numerous Northshore High School students and Inksplash members have also been recipients of Gold and Silver Keys from the Scholastic Writing Awards.

It is the second national award for the publication this school year, the first being from Columbia University Press in August of last year. In that honor, the magazine won a Columbia University Press Scholastic Association Gold Medal and three Gold Circles, being the only public high school on the list. The Columbia Scholastic Press Association noted that 10,444 entries from newspapers and magazines produced by students at colleges, universities and secondary schools throughout the United States were submitted to its 29 th Gold Circle Awards program.



October, 2012


Principal & Teacher Honored

Principal Dr. Mike Peterson and Teacher Dawn Casselberry were honored by the School Board October 11 for being selected as District Principal of the Year and District Teacher of the Year for 2012-2013 in the High School Division.

Dr. Peterson at the Board meeting after receiving his award.

Ms. Casselberry at the podium of the Board meeting after receiving her award.


September, 2012



Semifinalists Named In
National Merit Scholarship Program

The nine Northshore High School students named September 12 as Semi-finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program are, seated from left to right, Alexis G. Abell, Emily C. Campbell, Michael J. Capritto, and Juan Carrasquilla; and standing from left to right, Zachary Collins, Daniella K. Gentile, Aretha Y. Guo, Samuel R. Holladay, and Joshua Xu. Principal Dr. Michael Peterson is standing at right.

August, 2012



First Dean's List Award

Rachel Holliday from Northshore High School received the First Dean’s List Award.




National Hispanic Recognition


Two Northshore High School students were named 2012-2013 Scholars in awards from the National Hispanic Recognition Program.  From left to right are Principal Dr. Mike Peterson, Daniella Gentile, Juan Carrasquilla and Pauline Calderone, Senior Counselor. The College Board awards were for Excellence in Academic Achievement in the National Hispanic Recognition Program. Only 5,000 of 253,000 were selected to be recognized based on their performance on the PSAT. Both students are desinated as Scholars based on their GPA of 3.5 and higher.



July, 2012

Girls Soccer Champs Honored

In a special presentation at its July 12 meeting, the St. Tammany Parish School Board recognized the outstanding accomplishments of the Northshore High School Girls Soccer Team between 1986 and 1990. Several members of the Northshore High School Girls Soccer Team from 25 years ago were present as Parish Athletic Director Larry Favre and Channel 13 Multimedia Specialist Charles “Tiger” Edwards told of the team winning five state championships in a row shortly after girls soccer was sanctioned by the Louisiana High School Athletics Association. From left to right are Gretchen Guidry Thomas; Superintendent W. L. “Trey” Folse, III; Michelle Ortner; Coach James Scott; Shannon Gipson; Meme Soho Leonard; Kathi Easter Nelms; and Corrine Blakeman Aertker. Their team achieved a 75 game winning streak in the late 1980’s as well as the five state championships.


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