Fontainebleau High School

Ribbon Cutting for the new STEM Lab

September 25, 2012

The grand opening of the new science and math lab at Fontainebleau High School was held Tuesday, September 25, with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by top School System officials, Chevron representatives and New Orleans Hornets team members. Fontainebleau High School won a $10,000 Chevron and New Orleans Hornets Math and Science Resource Center Grant in April to build the special laboratory for student research and presentation in four key areas: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The specific purpose of the Fontainebleau High lab is to increase student achievement in math and science as well as to increase interest in other STEM courses and careers by offering more engaging, project-based and inquiry-based learning into the school’s instructional efforts. From left to right are Teachers Karen Mathews and Tracy Hoffman, Superintendent W. L. “Trey” Folse, III , Principal Johnny Vitrano, Karen Rawls with Chevron, students Alex Martinez and Marcus Kety, Administrative Assistant Melissa Strata-Burger, Hornets Honeybee Tamera and Hornets player Jason Smith.

Teacher Karen Mathews addresses the crowd.

Hornets player Jason Smith gets a tour of the STEM Lab facility.

Sean Kelley, Jean-Paul Dardenne and Administrative Assistant Melissa Strata-Burger

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Cheryl Arabie stands at right admiring the school's
robot with (from left) Sadie Gould, Graham Graves, and Blake Sheffield.

Hornets player Jason Smith goes one-on-one for a basketball toss from his robotic buddy.

Hugo of the Hornets also got in some basketball practice.


Hugo arrives with the Honeybees.

Virtual dart game entertains Hornets representatives.


Principal Johnny Vitrano is interviewed by Director of Broadcasting Dr. Melody Swang

Hugo tries his hand at virtual dart throwing.

Superintendent Folse looks over one of the projects in progress.

Mitchell Rabalais interviews Jason Smith.

Principal Vitrano at the podium.

Jason Smith talking about the importance of math education.

Superintendent Folse tours the computer work stations.