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June, 2013


Students Receive Chamber Scholarships


Three $1000 scholarships were presented by the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce at its June luncheon, the group’s annual event that spotlights achievements in education. From left to right are Chamber members Shasta Leninger and Vic Hess, School Board Member Peggy Seeley, Scholarship recipients Christina Grommon of Salmen High, Courtney Bozant of Slidell High, and Julie Huynh of Salmen High, Superintendent W. L. “Trey” Folse, III, Chamber Board Chairman Michele Blanchard, Chamber Chief Executive Officer Dawn Sharpe-Brackett, and Chairman of the Chamber's Education Committee Steve Kernahan.



May, 2013


State Legislature Honors
Girls Basketball Team

The Salmen High Girls Basketball Team was honored by the Louisiana State Legislature recently, with a resolution passed recognizing their outstanding accomplishments. They met with Senator A.G. Crowe on May 14 at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge.


The team was commended by Legislative Resolution for winning the Class 4-A state basketball championship earlier this year, defeating St. Thomas More High School of Lafayette by 40 to 39. Their resolution mentioned that the team was undefeated during the regular season and had been ranked nationally by The resolution congratulated them for their hard work, perseverance, commitment and determination to win the state tournament, as well as representing themselves, their school and their parish in an outstanding and positive manner.

The resolution specifically recognized Coach Kevin Anderson and Principal Terri Wortmann for their support and encouragement of the team’s sportsmanship, poise and dignity during this year's regular season effort and the tournament competition.


The team with State Representative J. Kevin Pearson.


April, 2013


School Board Honors
Girls Basketball Team

The Salmen High Girls Basketball Team was commended by the St. Tammany Parish School Board at its April 11 meeting in Slidell. Coach Kevin Anderson and his Lady Spartans team were congratulated for winning the state championship in Class 4A in a “down to the wire” tournament game in Monroe last month. On the back row, from left to right are Assistant Principal Saudah Blackman-Stokes, Superintendent W. L. “Trey” Folse, III, Myreonte Cooper, Kayla Sibley, Hayley Pichon, Coach Sylvia Brown, Kalani Brown, Adasia Tinson, Coach Wendy Stampley, Megan Brown, and Coach Anderson. On the front row, from left to right, are Christy Ducre, Macy DeGruy, Rachel Austin, Tiara Warren, and Shelanita Starks. A Channel 13 video shown at the School Board meeting showcased highlights from the final game, a 40 to 39 win over St. Thomas More.


Talented Music Students to perform
at French Quarter Festival

Congratulations to Kaitlyn Lykes and Troy Crawford who will perform with the Dillard University Jazz Program at the French Quarter Festival this Sunday, April 14, in New Orleans. Kaitlyn is a Salmen High School sophomore who plays the saxophone, and Troy is a Salmen high School junior who sings.

Kaitlyn Lykes and Troy Crawford

Troy and Kaitlyn are part of the Don Jamison Heritage School of Music which is funded by the Jazz and Heritage Foundation. They participate in weekly classes with students from the New Orleans area at Dillard University.

Here is a link to the French Quarter Festival schedule for Sunday.

They will perform from 11:00 a.m. to noon on Sunday at the
Caesar's Foundation Stage at 400 Royal Street.

For more information, click here.


Parish Council Honors
Girls Basketball Team

The Salmen High School Girls’ Basketball team was honored at the St. Tammany Parish Council meeting on April 4. District 12 Councilman and Council Chairman Jerry Binder invited the girls and coaches to Thursday’s meeting to be recognized for winning the state championship. Parish President Pat Brister and Mr. Binder presented the girls and their coaches with certificates of achievement and praised their hard work, saying they have represented Salmen High and the schools of St. Tammany Parish in an outstanding and positive way. Pictured from left to right are Parish President Pat Brister, District 14 Councilman TJ Smith, Tiara Warren, District 12 Councilman Jerry Binder, and Sheriff Jack Strain.


March, 2013



Girls Basketball Team
Wins State Championship

Salmen High School’s Girls Basketball team defeated St. Thomas More 40 to 39 in Monroe Friday night, claiming the Class 4A state championship title after a season of 29 wins and three losses. It was a last minute free throw that clinched the title and ended a week of ups and downs for the squad.

Superintendent W. L. “Trey” Folse, III, congratulated the team and the school, saying, ““We are proud of our Salmen girls and their great accomplishments this season, especially during these last few weeks and the state championship game. Nothing shows better how persistence and determination pays off for a team and individual members than what they achieved this year.”

Principal Terri Wortmann said, “The Salmen girls’ basketball team members have represented themselves with great poise and dignity this year. It is important for student athletes to understand the value of hard work and sportsmanship. This season has certainly reinforced those lessons and many more. I am so very proud of the girls and coaches for their positive attitude and for the great character that they displayed, especially in those final weeks and during the state championship tournament.”

Photo Credit: David Grunfeld, Picayune

Photo Credit: David Grunfeld, Picayune

Photo Credit: David Grunfeld, Picayune

Coach Anderson goes over a play during the Championship game in Monroe, LA.

Huddle talk before the game.

Lady Spartans are presented with a good luck banner from the Salmen family at the pep rally.

Lady Spartans attend a pep rally in their honor.

Lady Spartans ready for tip-off.

Lady Spartans Win the State 4A Championship.

Meagan Brown, Mrs. Kellum, and Christy Ducre share a hug to celebrate the State Championship.

Salmen students wishing a win as the Lady Spartans are off to Monroe for the State Championship game.

Spartan parents and fans ready for the Championship game in Monroe, LA.

The fans are on their feet during the Championship game.

The paparazzi descend on the Lady Spartans after their victory.

Troy Crawford sings a special song to the Lady Spartans.

Hayley Pichon's family helps celebrate the Lady Spartan's victory. Pictured are Myra Brown, Freddy Pichon, Reginal Pichon, Tracy Pichon, Arreanna Pichon, and Sylvia Brown.


Blood Drive Held For
Salmen High Graduate

Students at Salmen High School held a blood drive March 8 as part of a community-wide benefit for New Orleans Police Officer John Passaro, 41, who was shot several times while responding to a burglary in New Orleans in late February.

The Spartans held a blood drive to show their gratitude for his courage and service, with dozens of students, faculty, custodial workers and bus drivers taking part in the event. It was organized by the Interact club, under the direction of Cecelia Anderson. Passaro is a graduate of Salmen High.

Salmen students giving blood for Officer Passaro

Suzy Potter, Community Development Manager for the Blood Center, thanked the Salmen High community for its 44 donations of blood. “Thank you on behalf of the Blood Center and the many patients who will be the recipients of the gift of live. You are their Silent Heroes,” she said.

The Interact Club assisted in the recruitment of students to sign up for the Blood Drive. Among those helping in the effort were Julie Huynh, Christina Grommon, Roshauna Thompson, Meisha Vine, Ryan Ritterbush, Reese Simoneaux, Joseph La, Olivia Colton, Sarah Mehr, Christian Monson, Kayla Roig, Taylor Manning, Savadra Johnson and Kristen Maus.

Salmen students recruiting blood donors

Teacher Rhonda Theaux gives blood for Officer Passaro



ProStart Competition

Salmen High School ProStart Competition photos in Kenner, LA. Pictured are Kaila Johnson, Allegra Bentley, Aaliyah Cryer, Trenise Watts, Courtney Mobley, Shilon Callahan, and Lauren Peadeaux Ta.

Salmen ProStart team showing off their 2nd place medals: Ta'Ron Rayford, Shilon Callahan, Lauren Peadeaux, and Courtney Mobley.


Breakfast Week

The Salmen JROTC checks out the National School Breakfast Week bulletin board.


February, 2013



Basketball Sweethearts

2013 Salmen High School Basketball Sweetheart nominees

Runner up Christie Ducre and Basketball Sweetheart Brianna Brown



Black History Month Program

African Dance & Drum Group opening

Audience Participation with the African Dance and Drum Group

The Salmen Brass Band performs at the Black History Program

Troy Crawford sings at the Black History Program.JPG



I Know Who I Am

Salmen Talented Music, Theater & Chorus students perform I Know Who I Am




Monopoly Game
Presented To Superintendent

A World War II Monopoly Game designed by Salmen High School students was presented to Superintendent W. L. “Trey” Folse, III at the February 7 School Board meeting. The game, which was unveiled in October of last year, was the idea of teacher Kevin Boone as a way of engaging his students in studying the events of the second World War. From left to right are Salmen High Principal Terri Wortmann, student Phillip Semere, Boone, and Superintendent Folse. Representatives of the National World War II Museum were told of the homemade version that Boone had used in his classroom prior to a field trip to the New Orleans museum, and they contacted the Monopoly game owners about the idea. The new version was produced in record time, and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the game will go to the Museum. A group of 40 Salmen High students were special guests of the WWII museum in October to see the final product of the game they helped create. Boone told the School Board it was an excellent example of the educational innovation going on in the School System.


NFL Cheering Second Place

The Salmen High Cheerleaders placed 2nd in the high school division at the NFL Experience February 1 in New Orleans. Denise Troullier, cheerleading sponsor. said
"They truly were the highlight of the night. We had the most difficult routine, and I believe the only reason we did not get first is because they had only one division and we were combined with tumbling teams. The team represented Slidell, Salmen High School and our program to the utmost. Great experience for them heading into nationals this weekend!"


January, 2013


MLK Essay Contest Winners

Five Salmen student essays were chosen for the Ministerial Alliance of Greater St. Tammany Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest. Siera Anderson, Alegra Bentley, Brandon Harris, Latonja Kelly, and Ryan Ritterbush wrote essays that the Ministerial Alliance chose to be read at a banquet on Saturday, January 19, 2013. The theme of the essay contest was "Let Us March on Together." Alegra Bentley received a 2nd place check for $15.00 and Brandon Harris received a 3rd place check for $10.00.

Salmen students chosen for MLK Essay contest included Brandon Harris, Ryan Ritterbush, Siera Anderson and Alegra Bentley.

Alegra Bentley, left, won second place, and Brandon Harris won third place.

Students To Study Jazz

Talented Music students Kaitlyn Lykes, saxophone, at left, and Troy Crawford, voice, of Salmen High School recently auditioned for Jazz Lessons at Dillard University and were accepted for the Saturday classes. Starting January 19, they will take part in Saturday Jazz Classes at the university and will be part of that performing program which includes the opportunity to perform at the French Quarter Festival, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Blues and BBQ Festival, and others. During the audition on January 12, the students had to perform a solo, scales, and to improvise for their audition.


December, 2012


Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair began Monday, December 10 and ends on Friday, December 14. The hours are from 6:55 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. with Tuesday extended hours after school till 5:30 to support girls basketball, and on Friday to 6:30 p.m. to support boys basketball. Anyone who attends the book fair on those evenings will get a $1.00 off admission ticket into the game if purchase is $5.00 or more at the book fair.

During school hours students may ONLY attend the book fair with their reading teacher.
Students may also attend the book fair before school, during lunch, or after school.
The computers will still be available to use however, students will not have a place to read and study (or socialize) in the library during the week of the book fair.


Door Decorations

Photos from Salmen High School’s PBS door decorating contest.

Caleb Elias cutting out paper to decorate Ms. Theaux's door.

Josh Cooper and Jare'cia Cooper tape paper to decorate the door.

Dristina Curley, April Davis, and Briana Cothran make decorations for Mrs. Bratton's door.

Mrs. Bratton's homeroom pose for a picture after completing their door decoration.

Mrs. Bratton's Senior homeroom cutting out paper to decorate the door.

Students in Mrs. Marks homeroom cutting out snowflakes to decorate their door.

Summer Voorhies works on a door decoration.

Tiara Warren attaches paper to Mrs. Watson's door.



November, 2012


Spartanettes Reunion

Former Spartanettes showing off a routine


Keeping Slidell Beautiful

Victoria Tran, Shanelle Reese, Ryan Ritterbush, Lindsey Nguyen, and Kristen Maus participate in Keep Slidell Beautiful city clean up

Salmen Juniors-in Service sponsored by Keep Slidell Beautiful during
the -November 3, 2012, sweep.


Celebrating The Score

Salmen faculty and staff celebrates the Letter Grade C Score and significant gains on the school's performance score.

Teacher Marty Mangus is excited to show off the Salmen plaque for significant gains

Casey Calderone, Toni Rich, and Charity Leblanc show off the reward for significant gains on the Salmen school performance score

Teacher Jim Comeaux showing off the Salmen plaque presented by Mr. Folse




October, 2012


Photo Album

1st Nine Weeks Honors Breakfast

Students enjoy donuts and juice
at the Honor's Breakfast

2012-13 Salmen JAG students

JAG-LA Student Leadership Conference


Salmen Spirit Day

Salmen Freshmen spirit

Salmen Seniors have spirit!



World War II Museum
Launches Salmen Inspired
Monopoly Game

A group of 40 Salmen High students visited the WWII Museum in New Orleans Thursday not only to view artifacts and displays, but also to see the final product of a professionally-produced Monopoly game they helped create in partnership with the museum. The special edition of Monopoly was the idea of Salmen High History Teacher Kevin Boone who used a homemade version of it to engage the interest of his students while they studied World War II.

On October 18 the students were guests of honor at the Museum, seeing the movie “Beyond All Boundaries” and playing ten shortened versions of the actual game during a special event in the museum’s lobby. Special historical displays offered information about the various pieces used in the game itself.

The idea for the new game came to Boone during preparation for a school field trip to the Museum earlier this year. He was looking for a new way to teach his world geography students, so as a class project, he had them create a Monopoly game using WWII facts. Each class played the other classes’ game before going to the museum on a field trip.

Chris Michel, Director of Retail Sales for the WWII Museum, dressed up as
Mr. Monopoly on the left, and Teacher Kevin Boone.

His idea caught on with the museum representatives, who became as excited about the game as his students. The museum began working with the students to create a real Monopoly game, and several months later, the game was delivered to the WWII Museum retail store and will soon be in over two hundred Wal-mart stores. If it is a success there, it will go into 2,000 stores nationwide.

Boone feels the game will help generations to come learn about and understand World War II better, and he appreciates being given the opportunity to make it come to reality.
“It has been a tremendous learning experience,” he said. A first edition was given to Boone, and he will put it into safe keeping. He and his own kids play Monopoly all the time, he said.

The museum unveiled the WWII-Themed edition of the popular Monopoly game this month after making a number of pre-release sales through its online store. They worked in conjunction with USAoploy, under license from Hasbro, Inc., with the aim being to educate young generations about the significance of World War II, the “war that changed the world.”

The game, entitled “America’s WWII: We’re All in This Together,” introduces basic facts about WWII to the generation for whom the war is distant history and not living memory. It is hoped the game will get young people talking to their parents and grandparents about their own experiences during and after the war.

Spaces on the game board and corresponding deed cards feature significant WWII events and “Railroads” are replaced by “Supply Routes” while “Houses” and “Hotels” are replaced by “Camps” and “Headquarters.” “Allies” cards and “Home Front” cards replace the familiar “Chance” and “Community Chest” cards. Players have the opportunity to move around the board using specially designed tokens such as a Sherman tank and combat boots while building support and rallying the troops.

“Games can stoke interest in important moments and historical events such as World War II,” said Dr. Gordon H. “Nick” Mueller, The National WWII Museum’s president and chief executive officer. “To reach young people who live in a kinetic world of word, sound and image, we must do so in a manner that is both memorable and entertaining. Our Education Department, working with high school history students, went to great lengths to vet the facts and ensure our game is not just entertaining, but above all, a vehicle to convey the importance and the sacrifices of the Greatest Generation.”

Walt Burgoyne, the education program director at the museum, thanked the Salmen students for all the hard work they had done in the initial development of the game to provide a fun and engaging way to learn about history. “Young people can learn a lot of history with this game in a fun way,” he stated, especially when parents or grandparents share with their children their personal connection to the war.

Mr. Burgoyne speaks to the students.

The game addresses not only the battles, but the importance of supply lines, the contributions of the home front, and the significant role played by the Allies.

“You can't tell a young person what’s important, they have to find it on their own,” Burgoyne said. “Maybe playing this game will provoke their interest in doing research on some aspect of the war, or even ask questions about the family picture of great granddad in his military uniform.”

Museum representatives said they were inspired by the Salmen students to explore other game possibilities. Chris Michel, Director of Retail Sales for the Museum, said it was the quickest, smoothest roll-out of a new product that he had seen in his many years of retail promotion. Everyone at the Museum worked on it, proofreading, testing, and designing the game, he said. “It was a team effort, and the excitement level in putting together this project was amazing. The game has been well-received nationally, and we are having a high rate of sales through our website.”

A first edition copy is given to Mr. Boone.

Twenty three additional museums across the country have already asked to carry the game as well, he said.

“When we saw what Mr. Boone and his students had done with the game, it just inspired us here at the museum. We are very grateful to them,” Michel stated.

MP3 Audio File of Comments By Museum Officials

A growing New Orleans landmark, the National WWII Museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world – why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today. Dedicated in 2000 as The National D-Day Museum and now designated by Congress as America’s National WWII Museum, it celebrates the teamwork, optimism, courage and sacrifice of the men and women who served on the battlefront and the Home Front.


Fall Literacy Tail Gate

Prior to Salmen High School's last home football game there will be a Fall Literacy Tail Gate gathering. The purpose of the project is to highlight literacy and encourage reading at home for our community. There will be celebrity readers for all children, book give aways, and literacy activities for all children ages 3-young adult.


Homecoming Tailgate

Coach Brian Babin and family enjoying the Faculty Family Tailgating party before the Homecoming game



Homecoming Week

Gnomeo & Juliet dress up for Homecoming Movie Day

Priscilla Power and Jade Calhoun dress up for Homecoming Week

The Pink Ladies Mrs. Wortmann, Mrs. Blackman-Stokes, and Mrs. Rich
during Homecoming Week


Homecoming Pep Rally

Salmen High School Seniors enjoying the Homecoming Pep Rally

Salmen JROTC members ready for the Homecoming Pep Rally

St. Tammany Junior High Cheerleaders lining up to perform at the
Salmen Homecoming Pep Rally

The Abney Stompers are preparing to perform at the Salmen Homecoming Pep Rally




Open House

Salmen parents receiving information from French teacher Rhonda Theaux at Open House Sept. 18, 2012


Spartan Cheerleading Team




September, 2012


Salmen High Swim Team


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