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May, 2013


Pitcher Student Honored


               Phoebe Allen, a seventh grade student at William Pitcher Jr. High, was honored at the Louisiana Recognition Ceremony recently held at Northwestern University.  The event is sponsored by the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP).  Seventh grade students in 16 states who make qualifying scores on the ACT or SAT test are invited to attend summer academic programs. Phoebe will be attending a summer studies program on the campus of Appalachian State in Boone, North Carolina.  The program offers advanced level courses in a challenging and inspiring setting.



March, 2013


Support Person of the Year

Support Person of the Year for 2012-2013 is Cafeteria Manager Lynda Reynier. She is pictured above at left with Principal Roslyn Hanson.


Teacher of the Year

Teacher of the Year for 2012-2013 is Ren Agena. Pictured above, from left
to right are Principal Roslyn Hanson, Ms. Agena, and Asst. Principal Eddie Walker.



Students Tour
Downtown Covington

Dozens of William Pitcher Junior High students walked around downtown Covington the morning of March 20, taking a tour of historical landmarks in connection with the City of Covington’s Bicentennial Celebration. They visited the H.J. Smith’s Son General Store on Columbia Street, the 911 Call Center in the Emergency Operations Center (the old parish courthouse on Boston Street), the old Post Office, and the Covington Tammany Trace trailhead. The students enjoyed lunch at Bogue Falaya Park, hand-sketched scenes of downtown Covington with their art teacher and heard guest speakers give presentations at Covington Cemetery No. 1, and Columbia Street Landing. They are pictured above as they walk past the historic Southern Hotel building which once housed parish administrative offices. The building is currently undergoing extensive renovations.

Walking past the Emergency Operations Center.

At Columbia Street Landing with former Mayor Keith Villere

The old Covington High Building, now the C. J. Schoen Administrative Complex,
the School System's Central Office

At the H.J. Smith Sons General Merchandise and Museum

At the Trailhead Museum listening to an exhibit


February, 2013


Black History Month

A special program was held on February 26 commemorating Black History Month. It included several skits, music, dancing, singing, and a talk by Jerry Shelby of Alabama.



Leadership Class Visits

The 2012-2013 Leadership St. Tammany Class attended a special briefing February 20 at the C. J. Schoen Administrative Complex to learn first hand about the mission and achievements of the St. Tammany Parish Public School System. After that meeting, several members of the Leadership Class visited Pitcher Junior High for a tour of our campus. It was an opportunity to showcase the great learning experiences at Pitcher as well as an opportunity to show off the recently renovated buildings.

Home Economics students Cleo Estopinal, Cayla Calamia, Samantha Burke are shown preparing vegetable stir fry.


Home Economics Teacher Ms. Lela Menge and Kayla Brown and Derricka Brumfield prepared garlic parmesan scalloped potatoes.

Haile Emmons, Taylor Ebersole, Science Teacher Ms. Donna Mansfield, and St. Tammany Business Leader Casey Brunnings are shown in the dissection lab.





November, 2012


Veterans Day Program

Students at Pitcher Jr. High School honored Veterans with a special presentation held on Friday, November 9, 2012 in the school’s gym.  The event included several students reading letters written to veterans that they knew recognizing the sacrificing the veterans make on behalf of their country.  The school choir and band also participated.  Special guest, Ms. Sharon McLeese, shared her son’s story, Justin McLeese, USMC, who was killed in Fallujah, Iraq while serving his country.  Justin McLeese attended Pitcher as a junior high student.  The presentation also included a presentation by the Veterans of Foreign Wars to Pitcher recognizing the school’s participation in the Veteran’s Day program. 

Front row - Camryn Young, Kelsy Fisher, Lindsey Jenkins, Kara Kidder, Sophie Van Zandt, Corrie Langsford, and Cathryn Triche. 2nd row – Alexis Folse,k Ms. Sharon McLeese, WWII Veteran Cy Buchret, Casey Ingram, Cayla Calamia, Samuel Winters, Darryl Myles, Kelly McCormick, and Savannah Taylor. 3rd row – students Cayla Calamia, Samuel Winters, Darryl Myles, Kelly McCormick, and Savannah Taylor. Back row:  Principal Roslyn Hanson, Veterans Ricco Pietro, Art Suttles, Melissa Kase, Jed Sharp, Charles A. Ledet, Muhamma Abdulla, Dean Kemp, and Social Studies teacher Les Heidelberg. 




Three Rivers Honors

Pitcher Junior High Talented Art students scored top honors at the Three Rivers Art Festival on November 11.  Isabella Biondini won First Place and The Best of Show award while  Claire Burns (left) received an Honorable Mention. Students are shown with Paulo Dufour, Talented Art Teacher at Pitcher.  According to Dufour,  “ These students explored the medium of pen and ink to create a real portrait of native Louisiana subjects.”

August, 2012


Kelly Cook Grant

Katherine Agena, a gifted ELA Teacher at Pitcher Junior High, was awarded a grant from the Deborah Rochelle Teacher Grant Program Thursday. Her grant was named “Project Mac” and is designed to give students the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of literature by creating, designing, and producing videos, and sounds, as well as a website to showcase their work. It will lead to a deeper richer understanding of texts and give them technology skills that will last a lifetime, the grant proposal said. Ms. Agena is shown at left with her Principal Roslyn Hanson at the grant award ceremony.

Here Ms. Agena is at right receiving the grant from Ms. Deborah Rochelle. The Deborah Rochelle Teacher Grant Program is a part of the Kelly Gene Cook Charitable Foundation.



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