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April, 2014

 

 

Superhero Students for April

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4th grade: On the bottom row, from left to right, are Weatherly Hall, Parker Peffer, and Colin Gomez. On the middle row, from left, are Ross Scafidel, Brennon Matherne, Destini Malbrough, Isabella Applebaum, and Ben Abernathy. On the top row from left are Kier Nunez, James Morgan, Macy Milstead, Elena Whatley, and Payne Thomas.

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5th grade: On the bottom row, from left to right, are A’rianna Buckhanan, Chloe Asher, Alex Coffin, and Camille Butcher. On the middle row, from left, are Grace Hitchcock, Anna Hayes, Christopher Wetzel, Cade Eckel, Celeste Allen, and Ashley Bryan. On the top row, from left, are Angelina St. Romaine, Jeremy Saacks, Kurt Collins, Cameron Pike, and Chloe McGuckin.

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6th grade: On the bottom row, from left to right, are Elda Tale’Cau’ and Ali Hildago. On the middle row, from left, are Isabella Gaudreau, Isabella Ragusa, Jill Meyer, Cameron Doyle, and Grace Russell. On the top row, from left, are Joshua Marshall, Garrett Gros, Mikayla Bidwell, Alexis Pike, and Kate Atchison. Not pictured are Javen Lott, Elise Suter, Caroline Bonner, and Joseph Jones.

 

 


March, 2014

 

Art Exhibit Winners

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4th grade Tchefuncte Middle Talented Art students taught by Ms. Gay Gladney with award winning art from 3-Rivers student art exhibit. Anna Grace Branch, 1st place, and Abby Rase, Honorable Mention.

 

Fitness Meet Super Heroes

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Congratulations to Tchefuncte Middle School Super Heroes Meagan Bubeck, Raedon Stephens, Parker Mercola, and P. Kier Nunez,  first place winners of St. Tammany Parish Fitness Meet 2014. Pictured left to right are Raedon Stephens; P. Kier Nunez; Desi Ardis, Physical Ed. Teacher; Parker Mercola; and Meagan Bubeck.

 

Tchefuncte Wins National PTA Award

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Tchefuncte Middle School recently won a National PTA Award for parental involvement as a result of its “Take Your Family To School Week” activities in February. Representing Tchefuncte Middle at the recent School Board meeting where they were honored for the event were, from left to right, are PTA President Sherri Ventsam, PTA Vice-President Yvette Benson, Principal Dr. Mitch Stubbs and Sixth Grade Teacher and PTA Educator of Distinction Donna Clement.


National PTA® has recognized the Tchefuncte Middle School PTA with a $1000 grant for its efforts to strengthen family engagement in St. Tammany Parish Public School System through PTA Take Your Family to School Week. Tchefuncte Middle School's PTA is one of only 51 PTAs, nationwide and in Europe, selected to receive a grant. Being recognized with a grant, demonstrates Tchefuncte Middle School's leadership and commitment to building family-school partnerships to support student success and school improvement.

"Decades of research shows that when families and schools work together, student achievement increases, schools improve and communities grow stronger," said Otha Thornton, National PTA President. "PTA Take Your Family to School Week is designed to spotlight the importance of family-school partnerships and expand and enhance family engagement efforts in schools across the country. We are pleased to recognize the hard work and dedication of Tchefuncte Middle School PTA to ensure families are involved in Tchefuncte Middle School and St. Tammany Parish Public School System, during PTA Take Your Family to School Week and throughout the year."

This year, PTATake Your Family to School Week will be marked Feb. 17-21, 2014 and will incorporate the theme "Supporting Student Success." The timing of the week honors the day PTA was founded: Feb. 17, 1897. Throughout the week, PTAs and schools across the country will host family-focused events with an emphasis on addressing risks associated with high school drop-out by raising awareness of bullying prevention and multiculturalism, increasing arts participation and improving literacy and math skills.

During PTATake Your Family to School Week, the Tchefuncte Middle School PTA will help host an Extra-Curricular Extravaganza and a Multicultural Night to showcase a TMS Family Heritage Celebration.

"An integral part of the success of our students and school can be directly contributed to a strong school/PTA partnership.Family involvement can have significant effects on student achievement"
-Mitch Stubbs, Ph.D., Tchefuncte Middle School Principal

PTATake Your Family to School Week reinforces PTA's legacy and mission to promote children's educational success and health and well-being through strong family involvement. For more information about PTATake Your Family to School Week and to view a list of the 2014 grant recipients, visit PTA.org/tyftsw.

PTA® comprises of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.

 

 


February, 2014

 

 

"Show You Care" Bears

Tchefuncte Middle School's S.G.A. recently participated in Random Acts of Kindness Week by collecting over 200 stuffed animals to donate to the local fire and police stations. These "Show You Care" bears and other stuffed animals will be given to children at local hospitals and children in crisis.

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Left to right, S.G.A. representatives Jordan Eure, Cooper Ferguson, and Elizabeth Knight with Greg Albers, from the Mandeville Fire Department

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Left to right, S.G.A. representatives Chase Bermudez, Madeline Bermudez, and Peyton Burkhalter with James Kindler, DARE officer at TMS from the Mandeville Police Department

 

 

Student of the Year

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Congratulations to Vani Pandian, Tchefuncte Middle School’s 5th Grade Student of the Year, who also won 5th Grade Student of the Year for St. Tammany Parish. Good luck to Vani in the state competition! Pictured with Vani is Mitch Stubbs, Principal of Tchefuncte Middle School, on her left, and Hannah Daussat and Meagan Bubeck, two of the other 5th Grade Student of the Year candidates, on her right.

 

Grant Awarded

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Fourth grade math and science teacher Stephanie Rousseau at Tchefuncte Middle School in Mandeville was awarded a grant through the Quality in Science and Mathematics Council (QSM) to purchase STEM learning tools for her classroom. Her students are excited to begin using the equipment in their math and science classes! Seated from left: Kylie Stock, Tyler Roberts, Cable Owen, Caleb Bonner, Julia Stevens. Standing from left: Stephanie Rousseau, Alexa Badeaux, Mason Alford, Ben Abernathy, Avery Cockrell, Seth Ledig, Chloe Barach, Madison Wibright and Alianna Badeaux.

 

Justice League

Tchefuncte Middle School’s January Justice League includes students chosen for their outstanding citizenship qualities. Students taking part are pictured below.

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4th grade:

Top row, left to right, Geneva Thompson, Austin Heard, Jaden Fleniken, Lee Ballantine, and Taylor Miller. Middle row – Kylie Stock, Isabella Mejia, Alejandro Zelaya, and Elizabeth Cordoba. Bottom row – Brenan Foster and Olivia Tomlinson. Not Pictured is Ashley Vitter.

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5th grade:

Top row – Gage Tybussek, Sopohia Ruffino, Jacob Ehrlicher, Katie Colgan, and Jillian Schlabach. Middle row- Chase Bermudez, Peyton Burkhalter, Mason Wineski, Aidan Brown, and Sophia Maranto. Bottom row – Hannah Thomas, Garrett Valley, Nick Barreto, and Ben Spiegel.

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6th grade:

Top row – Narissa Gunderson, Jessica Hile, Sarah Lucido, Christian Faler, and Tyler James.
Middle row – Hufsa Arain, Alexa Volk, Jordan Maggio, and Connor Morgan. Bottom row – Erica Li, and Jordan Williams. Not pictured is Damin Strydom.

 

Grand Prize Winners

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At the Region VIII Social Studies fair held at Southeastern Louisiana University on Feb. 5th, Tchefuncte Middle School students, Yusuf Malik, a fifth grader, and Matthew Larsen, a sixth grader, were Grand Prize winners for their divisions. Yusuf was the Grand Prize runner-up for Division I, which is grades 4-5, and Matthew was the Grand Prize winner for Division II, which is grades 6-8. Pictured are Yusuf on the left and Matthew on the right holding their plaques.

 

State Representative Visits School Cafeteria

Area Louisiana state legislators were recently invited to visit schools in St. Tammany Parish to learn how the food service programs and school cafeterias play an integral part in the health and education of students.  On Monday, February 3, Representative Timothy Burns visited Pontchartrain Elementary and Tchefuncte Middle School. He was given a “chef’s hat” to wear while working in the cafeteria. He met with cafeteria managers and principals and was brought up to date about new menu requirements and opportunities.

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Click here to view photos from the event.

 

 


 

 

January, 2014

 

Middle Ages Castle

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Mrs.Tiffany Hewson's 6th grade class at Tchefuncte Middle School finished up a study of The Middle Ages with an extra credit 3-D castle assignment. Castles were made with recycled or edible objects from home. Pictured kneeling are Sam Roberto and Cary Morel. Standing are Hannah Wintz, Meredith Winchell, Olivia Russell, Rachel D'Alessandro, Gentry Spinks and Tedie Cahill. On the back row is Rachel Riddle.

 


December, 2013

 

 

Reading for Pizza!

Elizabeth’s Sullivan’s fifth grade class at Tchefuncte Middle School celebrated “Top Class for AR” by earning 1,177.3 points.

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Pictured from left to right are Bryan Becnel, Caroline Masson, Camille Butcher, Adelyn Bailey, Axel Henderson, Caden Costa, Mitchell Domangue, Quinn Waldmann, Gage Miller, Aidan Brown, Raedan Stephens, Grady Brechtel, Yusuf Malik, Brandon Marquez, William Bules, Jake Holincheck, and Mrs. Sullivan.

 

Choir Auditions Held

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District IX Honor Choir auditions were held on Sat., Oct. 19th at Fontainebleau Jr. High. These students from Tchefuncte Middle auditioned and were chosen to participate. Students from across St. Tammany Parish, Washington Parish, and Tangipahoa Parish will practice separately, then together, and perform a concert on Sat., February 1, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Ponchatoula High School. Our middle school Honor Choir will be working with clinician Randall Boyd. The public is invited to attend. Students pictured from left to right are MacKenzie Harless, Cassidy Lyons, Madilyn DeJean, Grace Johnson, and Olivia Buise with music teacher, Claydene Glynn.

 

 

 

 

Sublimation Studies

Mrs. Carolyn Carney's 6th grade science classes recently enjoyed a science lab in which they investigated sublimation.  Labs really make the science concepts come alive!

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Pictured from left to right Michael Murzi, Trent Levi, Justin Vail, and Ethan Tardy

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Ella Kutner, Jill Meyer, Emily Pinchon, and Elena Endriss

 

Energy Consumption Presentation

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The Tchefuncte Middle School 5th grade science classes of Mrs. Sandra Jourdan and Ms. Deanna Desmond recently finished a science unit on Energy and Forces.  Mr. Chavez from Exxon visited the classroom and talked to the students about different topics that were studied during this unit.  Mr. Chavez presented a power point that informed students about how much energy is consumed in the United States and in the world.  He also talked to the students about how important it is to conserve energy and ways they can help at home.  Students connected information with their Energy unit from school. Pictured is Mr. Chavez with his twins Isaac and Solomon Chavez.

 

SGA Officers for 2013-2014

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Tchefuncte Middle School is proud to announce its Student Government Association officers for the 2013-14 school year. Pictured from left to right are Shelby Yokum, parliamentarian; Yusuf Malik, recording secretary;  Virginia Patterson, Vice President; Hannah Bordelon, President; Elizabeth Knight, Vice President; Chase Bermudez, Corresponding Secretary; and Madeline Bermudez, Historian.

 

Hooray for Heroes

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Librarian Theresa Currie, and her daughter, 4th grader Opal Currie, exhibit their superhuman strength at Tchefuncte Middle School's "Hooray for Heroes" Family Night. TMS families rotated through stations that celebrated real life heroes and presented ways for our students to become heroes in our community.

 

 

Hummer Limousine Ride

Several students from Tchefuncte Middle School were treated to a Hummer limousine ride, lunch at Carretta's, and dessert at Fruitberry for their outstanding behavior and participation in the TMS Walk-a-Thon fundraiser.

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4th grade winners are , left to right, Alexis Dillon, Scott Schehr, and Majeed Najdi

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5th grade winners are , left to right, Nick Traylor, Rex Kilpatrick, Gavin Saacks, Mauricio Bautista, Aidan Brown, Dr. Mitch Stubbs (Principal), Aarushi Gupta, Emma Sonnier, and Mackenzie Harless

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6th grade winners are , left to right, Jaden Picone, Charissa Heston, Alison Hidalgo, Tori Ventsam, Hannah Bordelon, and Carson Wollfarth

 

Cricket in Times Square

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For the past several weeks , the fourth-graders at Tchefuncte Middle school read the novel, Cricket in Times Square.  During the novel the students built their own cricket cages (Bottom Nadia Kolbus), and after completing the novel,  Charlotte Couvillion’s  classes had a celebratory Chinese dinner like the one in the book (Top right - Emry Estes). They enjoyed eating with chop sticks and discussing the book, which brought the novel to life in a fun way! Students also completed a creative book report. Tad Druery chose to develop a board game for the novel (top left)!

 

Musical Instruments

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Students in Stephanie Rousseau's fourth grade science class enjoyed learning about sound through creating their own musical instruments using recycled materials. Students shared how their instrument can change its pitch and volume, as well as played a song for the class. Pictured on the bottom row from left are Lexi Wibright, Kylee Corales, Jenna Macaluso, Samantha Phillpott. On the top row from left are Colin Gomez, Chase Wilson, Campbell McSwain, Alexandra Donde’ville and Reginald McIntyre.

 

Electric Currents

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Fourth grade students in Stephanie Rousseau's science class at Tchefuncte Middle School designed and created working series circuits after learning about electrical currents. Pictured from left is Gabrielle Penny, Kylee Corales, Majeed Najdi, Elizabeth Cordoba, Sofia Brown, and Chase Wilson.

 

Veterans Day

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Students in Tiffany Hewson’s sixth grade class performed an acrostic at Tchefuncte Middle School’s Veterans’ Day assembly to honor our military veterans in attendance. Pictured left to right are Kat Vice, Isabella Ragusa, Sammy Jarrett, Kollen Jackson, Kaitlyn Baek, Mason Bray, Maggie Babin, Virginia Patterson, Isaac Winston, Ashanti Collins, Mary Beth Veiner, and Angelina Chauvin.

 


October, 2013

 

Ancient Babylon

Tchefuncte Middle School sixth-grade social studies students in Mrs. Jiles' class made their theatrical debut this year as they learned all about the beginnings of law in Ancient Babylon.  "Hammurabi and His Law Code" was performed in a set of two casts to family, friends, and neighbors!  Seth Rubin stated, "The best part of the Hammurabi Law Code is that the belief that the strong should not oppress the weak.  There were laws that tried to protect people with little political power, as children and widows.  Although, some laws were quite harsh."  A lesson to show the beginnings of law as we know today turned out the be great fun!

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23:  From left are Izzy Zelaya, Jeff Deng, Matthew Larsen, Lizzie Knight, Grace Newman, Cameron Doyle, Sofia Garza-Caraccia, and John Paul LeBlanc.

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From left are Izzy Zelaya, Umika Kuroda, Molly Levert, Grace Johnson, Seth Dardar, Adam Janney, Seth Rubin, and Hufsa Arain.

 

Geaux Pink

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Students at Tchefuncte Middle School participated in the "Geaux Pink" day to raise money for the Mary Bird Perkins Breast Cancer Center. Students and staff donated a dollar or more to wear jeans and pink shirts to show their support for breast cancer survivors and victims. Pictured are some students from Lisa DePoy's sixth grade class along with Assistant Principal, Tom Heier. In front is Armand George. On the middle row, left to right, are Sarah Marino, Carissa Heston, Lauren Carrington, Rani O'Connel, Jade Ehlert, and Lisa DePoy. On the back row are, from left to right, Jordan Mayeaux, Dayona Denson, Presley Autry, Angelina Chauvin, and Tom Heier.

 

Walk A Thon

Britton Everett, a 6th grader at Tchefuncte Middle School, was the winner of the Walk-a-Thon t-shirt design contest. The Walk-a-Thon will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2nd at Mandeville High School track and will be a fun night for everyone.

 

 


September, 2013

 

SGA Elections Held

Tchefuncte Middle School recently held its Student Government Association elections for class representatives. The following students were elected by their classmates:

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Pictured in 4th grade: Top row (left to right): Ceres Kitchens, Sponsor; Emmie Bourgeois; Riley Ellefson; Madison Wibright; Payton Lyons; Samantha Phillpott; and Darla Foley, Sponsor. Bottom row (left to right): Cara Colvin; Emry Estes; Krishna Hariprasad; Kaylie Brown; Shelby Yokum; Brookelyn Darr

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Pictured in 5th grade: Top row (left to right): Ceres Kitchens, Sponsor; Madeline Bermudez; Sam Perrin; Madi DeJean; Kaitlyn Corales; Yusuf Malik; Alainna Roundtree; Darla Foley, Sponsor. Bottom row (left to right): Catherine Clark; Jack Weese; Cullen Goscienski; Chase Bermudez; Peyton Burkhalter; Nicholas Reardon; Nadia DeRoche

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Pictured in 6th grade: Top row (left to right): Ceres Kitchens, Sponsor; Gentry Spinks; Elizabeth Knight; Rachel Quinlivan; Olivia Minkin; Hannah Bordelon; Katelyn Allen; Darla Foley, Sponsor. Bottom row (left to right): Ella Millet; Andrei McKinney; Aria Sereno; Callie Freshley; Jordan Eure; Cooper Ferguson; Virginia Patterson
Not pictured: Ashanti Collins and Nick Simpson

 

Science Lab Activity

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Fifth grade students from Sandra Jourdan's class at Tchefuncte Middle School are participating in activities about birds in the Science Lab, taught by Rhonda Estes. Pictured from bottom left are Chrissy Dibos, Kate Dalton, Chloe Asher, and Sarah Kate Hendry.

 

Student Government Association Election

Several students at Tchefuncte Middle School participated in the Student Government Association elections held recently. Pictured below are a few of the candidates who campaigned for a week before the election.

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Emry Estes

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John Price

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Kyle Hooter and Madeline Bermudez

 


August, 2013

 

Book Fair Success

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Tom Heier, assistant principal at Tchefuncte Middle School, aka Mr. Incredible, greeted car line students in costume to celebrate the Book Fair surpassing its goal. Pictured with Mr. Incredible are Sophia Vahle on the left and Patrick Rauch on the right. We are having "Super Hero Success at TMS".

 

First Week Celebration

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Tchefuncte Middle School teachers enjoy an ice cream treat to celebrate a successful first week of school. Pictured left to right are Desiree Maguire, Bonnie Stokes, Cathy Billingsley, and Heidi Rhea.

 

Super Hero Success at TMS

 "Super Hero" Mayor Don Villere visited Tchefuncte Middle School's Book Fair and helped to support technology and learning at TMS with his purchase.

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Left to right are Tom Heier, Asst. Principal; Mary Boudreaux, TRT; Theresa Currie, librarian; Don Villere, Mayor; Chris Casale, librarian aide; and Mitch Stubbs, Principal

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Mayor Don Villere, left, and Mitch Stubbs, Principal

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Mayor Don Villere  and Kelly Ann Currie

 

Teacher of the Year

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Tchefuncte Middle School would like to congratulate its 2013-14 Teacher of the Year, Donna Clement. Mrs. Clement is an outstanding educator, role model, and an asset to TMS. Pictured are Donna Clement (on the left) and Laura Norsworthy, former TMS principal (on the right).

 

 

 


June, 2013

 

New Principal Appointed

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Mitch Stubbs

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Tchefuncte Middle School's faculty and staff are pleased to welcome their new principal, Dr. Mitch Stubbs,on the left, pictured with Mr. Tom Heier, assistant principal, on the right.

 




 



 

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