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The next School Board meeting will be held
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

Ouachita Parish School Board will conduct its regularly scheduled meeting. All public is invited to attend. The location will be Ouachita Parish School Board Room - 100 Bry Street, Monroe. For more information: 318-432-5000.

The next Finance Committee meeting will be held
Monday, September 15, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. in the Board Room at the Central Office.


Substitute applications will be accepted Monday - Wednesday
8:30-11:00 a.m. & 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Only certified teachers need apply to substitute teach.

Questions may be directed to Janice Pierot at 432-5230 or Cheryl Hart at 432-5227.

WOHS Art Work Is On the Move
OPSB News WOHS Talented Art Senior Gillian Holder and Junior Jordyn Hodnett were winners in George Rodrique Foundation scholarship competition. If you are interested in seeing the show with these two winners from West Ouachita, see the dates below.

August 1 - 31, 2014
The R. W. Norton Art Gallery
Shreveport, LA

September 12 - October 6, 2014
Imperial Calcasieu Museum
Lake Charles, LA

October 17 - November 22, 2014
Alexandria Museum of Art
Alexandria, LA

January 15 - February 23, 2015
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
New Orleans, LA

Congratulations to Gillian and Jordyn! Their work will travel throughout the state of Louisiana. What an honor for our school and Ouachita Parish!
Posted by aline on Monday, August 18, 2014 @ 10:30:28 CDT (162 reads)
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WMHS Student Earns Culinary Scholarship
OPSB News Brian Tyler Day, a West Monroe High School 2014 graduate, was awarded the LRAEF/NRAEF ProStart Scholarship by the Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation to further his culinary and hospitality-related studies at a post-secondary institution.

The LRAEF/NRAEF ProStart Scholarship is awarded to student who has achieved the nationally-recognized ProStart II Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts certification.

He is attending El Centro College, located Dallas, Texas, where he is pursuing an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts. Congratulations and best wishes to Brian!

Follow the link for more information:
NewsStar Article
Posted by aline on Monday, August 18, 2014 @ 10:26:31 CDT (172 reads)
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Sterlington Art Congratulates State and Congressional Art Competition Winners
OPSB News Sterlington High School is pleased to announce two winners in prestigious State and Regional Art Competitions.

Maggie Remoy, sophomore, placed first with her entry in the annual Governor's Inclusion Art Contest. Maggie, along with her art instructor, Mrs. Leah Reitzell, have been invited to the Governor's mansion, where Maggie will be presented with a medal and certificate from Governor Jindal.

Zachary Lowery, senior, placed second in the annual Congressional Art Competition . His work will hang in Congressman Vance McCallister's Monroe Office for the entire year, and he was also awarded a special certificate from the Congressman's office.
Posted by aline on Thursday, July 24, 2014 @ 14:07:27 CDT (617 reads)
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WOHS Talented Art Student Wins Art Scholarship
OPSB News Jordyn Hodnet, upcoming WOHS senior, attended the summer art workshop at the Art Institute in Dallas last year. During this time,she received a scholarship which would pay for this summer's classes. Professors were so impressed with her abilities they wanted her to return closer to her senior year. Her work in animation was so impressive she received the top award of $2,000 in the hopes that she will return next fall.

Congratulations Jordyn as you earn the recognition you deserve for the high quality art work you have produced!
Posted by aline on Tuesday, July 08, 2014 @ 10:05:53 CDT (1564 reads)
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OPSB News Attention coaches and interested applicants: Bus Driver Re-Certification and New Driver Training will be held on Monday through Thursday, July 21- 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Ouachita Junior High School Auditorium.

Re-Certifications attend Monday only. New certifications attend entire course. Call 388-8924 for more information.
Posted by aline on Monday, June 30, 2014 @ 08:18:51 CDT (1216 reads)
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OPHS Student Wins Championship Title
OPSB News On June 20-22, Ouachita Parish High School student Timothy Holdiness competed in the Certiport 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Championships in Atlanta, Georgia. “I studied with my teacher, Mrs. Carraway, for weeks before the event. Every school day I would spend at least an hour studying PowerPoint© 2010,” said Timothy.

All of the studying paid off when Timothy was invited to compete in the Certiport 2014 U.S. National Championships. He competed against 9 students. The students took an exam based on their exam track and a qualifying interview. Out of the 44 total students competing, only 6 would advance to the World Championships in Anaheim, CA.

“My heart felt like it was going to beat out of my chest,” Holdiness says. “First they announced third place, and it wasn’t me. Then second place, and it still wasn’t me. And then they said ‘the Microsoft Office PowerPoint© 2010 specialist U.S. Champion who will go and represent the United States at the World Championships at Disneyland in Anaheim, California is . . . Timothy Holdiness.’ I couldn’t believe it! I was shaking as I walked up to the stage to receive the 1st place trophy and the Microsoft Surface tablet that all of the 1st place winners received,” explains Timothy.

Timothy and the 5 other champions will go on to represent the United States in the World Championships on July 27-30, 2014. Congratulations Timothy, and good luck in Anaheim!!

Posted by aline on Monday, June 30, 2014 @ 08:14:48 CDT (570 reads)
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WOHS FFA Members Receive Awards
OPSB News Congratulations to the West Ouachita High School FFA Chapter for having 11 members receive a total of 21 awards at the Louisiana State FFA Convention June 3-6 in Monroe. The members received the awards based on their Supervised Agricultural Experience program that they completed outside of class time. The members won a total of $2,675 for their ​accomplishments in their award areas. Members of the Veterinary Science team finished first in the event, and will compete at the National FFA Convention, October 29 to November 1 in Louisville, Ky. The chapter was also recognized for being a superior chapter, having 100 percent membership and being the largest chapter in the state for the second consecutive year. Way to go CHIEFS!

Posted by aline on Thursday, June 12, 2014 @ 15:31:48 CDT (1406 reads)
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Parish Students Garner Awards in Duke TIP
OPSB News Duke Talent Identification Program is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically gifted and talented students. Duke TIP works with students, their families, and educators to identify, recognize, challenge, engage, and help students reach their highest potential. Now in its 34th year, the 7th Grade Talent Search identifies bright seventh graders based on standardized test scores achieved while attending elementary or middle school. Candidates are invited to take the ACT or the SAT college entrance exams as seventh graders, which allows them greater insight into their academic abilities. In addition, they gain valuable benefits and have access to unique resources for gifted students.

Ouachita Parish middle schools had 50 students participate in this year’s Duke testing. Of those, 21 qualified for state recognition. These MIDDLE school students earned an award by scoring at or above the national average of recent HIGH school graduates on at least one part of the ACT. One student, Simran Kang of Sterlington Middle, qualified for Grand Recognition by scoring 29 on the English portion of the ACT! All of these students were recognized at a special ceremonies in May. Honorees are:

Calhoun Middle
Olivia Edgar
Kailey Liner
Garrison Lowder
Brooklyn Nolan
Austin Pardue

Good Hope Middle
Michaela Austin
Matthew Duke
Michael Swanner
Connor Wiedemeier

Ouachita Junior High
Ashley Carey
Cheyanne Craft
Jennaka Dickey
Makayla Price

Sterlington Middle
Simran Kang
Calyn Lamanno

West Ridge Middle
Avneet Aulakh
James Aulds
Taylor Bailes
Hailey Davis
Kameron Olds
Abigail Powell

Congratulations to all!
Posted by aline on Monday, June 09, 2014 @ 10:29:42 CDT (687 reads)
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WMHS students earn MOS Certifications
OPSB News At West Monroe High School this year, all of Mrs. Beach's BCA students were given the opportunity to prepare for and take Microsoft Office Specialist Exams. According to Certiport.com, “Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification is the leading IT certification in the world”.

Twenty-four students took advantage of this free opportunity and took the following exams. Thirty-three exams were passed.

Congratulations to all these students!

MOS Word, Excel and PowerPoint Certifications:
Jessica Lunberg
Cheryl Ricks
Cole Squyers

MOS Word and PowerPoint Certifications:
Aynsley Smith
Charles Wilkerson

MOS Word and Excel Certifications:
Jeremy McDonald

MOS Word Certification:
Christina Austin
Samita Bellevue
Victoria Bice
Brandon Eads
DeAnna Ellis
Dillon Fabacher
Nate Franks
Kinte Garner
Daniel Givens
Aniqua Hammond
Tatiana Hatten
Austin Howze
Trace Price
Savannah Smith
Hudson Spillers
Micah Valeriano
Isaac Warren
David Yanez
Posted by aline on Thursday, May 29, 2014 @ 10:32:03 CDT (2649 reads)
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SMS Students Marvel at La Tech's Professors
OPSB News 7th and 8th grade Gifted science students from Sterlington Middle, taught by Mary Beth McCoy, were in awe over the amazing sites, people, buildings and demonstrations they experienced while on a recent field trip to LA TECH University. Ms. McCoy is a lead teacher and presenter with LA TECH's LA-SIGMA RET Project.

Since being involved in this, the largest NSF funded grant of this type the state of LA has received, Ms. McCoy was able to offer her students the opportunity to meet and visit with world renown research scientists, tour labs, see projects and state of the art technology. Students participated in a computer modeling session later constructing models. They were updated on the latest discoveries at La Tech on alternative fuel, sensors used in the automobile industry, paper and pulp industry, drug delivery, nanotechnology, microbiology, brain research, cancer, and Alzheimer research. Dr. William Deese taught a chemistry lesson that literally sizzled, smoked, froze, ignited, popped and blew them away!!
Posted by aline on Thursday, May 29, 2014 @ 10:31:22 CDT (1114 reads)
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