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2014-15 CALENDAR ADJUSTED TO MAKE-UP DAYS MISSED

In wake of the unprecedented number of weather closures, Ouachita Parish School System administrators have adjusted the 2014-15 school calendar. Parish students' last day of school was changed from half-day on May 21, to dismissing at 11:30 a.m. on the following day, Friday, May 22. Therefore, May 21 will be a full day dismissing at regular time. School cafeteria and bus schedules have been adjusted for the new calendar. The change also affects teachers and paraprofessionals who will now have their last workday on Tuesday, May 26, ending at 3:00 p.m.

Previously, schools adjusted daily schedules to make up the missed time caused by the October 2014 tornadoes and February 2015 ice/snow days. The calendar adjustment was prompted by the added inclement weather day in early March, which caused too great a shortage to be easily compensated by adding minutes to the school days.

The decision to close school is always a difficult process. While the calendar builds in some weather closure days, district leaders cannot anticipate exceptional weather events such as those experienced in this school year. Resources utilized in making the decision include all weather prediction entities, as well as local law enforcement and homeland security officials. When faced with the possibility of inclement weather, officials strive ensure the safety of students and staff above all else in their considerations.

SCHOOL CHOICE INFORMATION 2015-16

Federal law requires school districts to offer families in schools that have been identified as in need of improvement the chance to transfer their children to other public schools in the same district. Eight schools have been deemed in need of improvement in Ouachita Parish.

To help parents/guardians understand how the choice program works and make an informed decision, letters/applications have been prepared and mailed. This information can also be found by clicking the link below which corresponds to your child's current school.

Crosley Elementary School Choice Information - Students Entering Kindergarten
Crosley Elementary School Choice Information - Students Promoting to First Grade
Lenwil Elementary School Choice Information
Richwood High School Choice Information
Richwood Middle School Choice Information
Riverbend Elementary School Choice Information
Robinson Elementary School Choice Information
Shady Grove Elementary School Choice Information
Swayze Elementary School Choice Information


The deadline for applying is 3:00 p.m., Thursday, April 2, 2015.

POSITIONS AVAILABLE

Ouachita Parish School Board is now accepting applications for the following position:

Head Coach - Girls Basketball
Ouachita Parish High

Submit cover letter/resume by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2015 to:

Eddie Mahoney, Interim Principal
Ouachita Parish High School
681 Highway 594
Monroe, LA 71203


Retirement Specialist
Ouachita Parish School Board

Submit cover letter/resume by 12:00 noon on Monday, March 30, 2015 to:

Dr. Don Coker, Superintendent
Ouachita Parish School Board
100 Bry Street
Monroe, LA 71201


OFFICIAL MEETINGS

The next School Board Meeting has not been announced at this time. The meeting previously scheduled for 3/24/2015 HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

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.

To access past Board Meeting Minutes, click here.

The next Finance Committee meeting is on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. in the Central Office Board Room.


SUBSTITUTE APPLICATION SCHEDULE

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

Only certified teachers need apply to substitute teach unless you are directly referred by an OPSB school principal.

Note: No substitute applications or fingerprinting will be done during the following weeks:

4/27/15-7/31/15

Questions may be directed to Cheryl Hart at 432-5227.

Former WMHS Students Discover Bacteria:
Represent ULM at Howard Hughes Medi
OPSB News 2013 West Monroe High School graduates Kyle Gresham and Grant Gallien were selected to represent the University of Louisiana at Monroe’s Biology Department at a symposium held at Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Campus in Virginia. Kyle and Grant accompanied professors from ULM to present their findings at the symposium after discovering an unidentified bacteriophage (virus) that infects bacteria. Kyle found the virus in a soil sample taken from under a bridge on the ULM campus, and given the opportunity to name the new virus, chose “Hobo” as its name. The young men presented their findings to students and faculty from various universities from across the country.

​During their stay at Howard Hughes, both young men were privileged to hear a Nobel laureate speak, and meet many other students interested in biology and the medical field. Kyle and Grant say they are honored to have been chosen to represent their university in this way, and are thankful for this opportunity.
Posted by aline on Thursday, January 22, 2015 @ 20:45:48 CST (740 reads)
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WJHS Congratulates All-State and Honor Choir Members
OPSB News Woodlawn Junior High is thrilled to announce our All-State Choir and Honor Choir members for 2014-2015. We are very proud of our students!

Bailey Adams
Landry Allen*
Caroline Barfoot*
Emily Beckham*
Randi Beckham*
Aubrey Boutin*
Ravion Brown*
Nalin Chambless*
Britney Clark
Clara Davis
Jayla Delmore
Brooklyn Groan*
Jacelyn Groan*
Andrew Guice
Christina Ford
Paige Hall
LeAnn Hammons*
Madi Hunt
Abby Jackson*
Callie James
Melanie Johnson
Hannah Jones
Zach Jones
Molly Lenard*
Katie Marcantel
Courtney Marsala*
Jewell McGuffee*
Maggie Mercer
Christopher Moore
Abigail Naylor*
Jade Parker*
Grace Peters
Harley Rowe
Laela Simmons*
Holden Stafford
Caleb Stewart
Casey Stutson
Emma Tarver
Logan Taylor*
Ethan Telano
Zayla Van
Olivia Williams*
Rachel Williams
Jordan Willis

* All-State Choir Members
Posted by aline on Thursday, January 22, 2015 @ 20:40:09 CST (745 reads)
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Good Hope Middle School Choir Notes
OPSB News The Good Hope Middle School Choirs enjoyed a wonderful semester full of exciting performance opportunities and musical experiences! Through All-State Choir, Christmas Caroling and a fabulous Christmas Concert, the featured groups proved to be some of the best in the region. The Spring semester promises to be just as full of musical events as the Fall semester. On January 30th and 31st, students selected to perform in the 7th and 8th grade district honor choir will work with other singers throughout our area and present a concert featuring a special clinician on Saturday the 31st. The 6th grade honor choir members will have the same opportunity on February 20th and 21st. The choirs will also participate in the annual Festival Evaluation on March 24th and 25th at West Monroe High School. One of our members, Seph Ware, was even chosen to sing in the National Honor Choir! He will travel to Salt Lake City, Utah in February. When combined with community service events and a fun-filled Spring Concert, the GHMS choral department will be busy during the coming months! Please come out and support the Colonel Choir members when you can! The choral director at Good Hope is Lisa Johnson and the principal is Twainna Calhoun.


7th and 8th grade Honor Choir Members:
Ross Albritton
Landis Alexander
Brooke BeDoit
Gordon Bennett
Brady Brown
Andrew Cady
Hagen Cascio
Livi Counts
Collin Duffey
Hayden Gissendanner
Gavin Gresham
Kayela Herrington
Connor Hill
Julia Hogan
Emma McCandlish
David Myers
Hayley Myers
Wyatt Perkins
Lanie Scott
Grace Streeter
Ema Stone
Landen Vessel
Reid Wallace
Ella Walter
Grace Waren
Annalee Watson
Elaina Webb
Chloe Whitlock
Callie Williams

6th Grade Honor Choir Members:
Cheyene Blake
Abbi Grace Breithaupt
Lauren Calhoun
Katie Compton
Olivia Dinh
Laura Katherine Dupuy
Lauren Green
Celeste Hearne
Elise Kirkland
Kourtney Lemoine
Anastaysia McDaniel
Grace Monk
Caroline Owens
Hannah Price
Seph Ware
Emma Webb
Posted by aline on Thursday, January 22, 2015 @ 20:17:56 CST (751 reads)
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Riser Middle and Elementary District Honor Choir members
OPSB News Riser Middle Choir and Riser Elementary Music Classes are proud to announce the students who will be singing with the District I Honor Choir.

Middle School:
Lauren Lawson
Analese Wagg
Jerica Shepherd
Emylee York
Malachi Bidleman
Ali Morehead
Baylee Day
Blakely Wright
Sophia Mendez
Natalie Boyer
Anna Walker

Elementary School:
Breunna Capers
Ernest Jackson
Sam Blue
Shelby Stanga
Sarah Greenwood
Trystin Jean
Gabrielle Welch
Skylar Haley

These programs are under the direction of Mrs. Mindy LeBlanc. Mrs. Nicole Zordan is the Principal at Riser Elementary, and Mr. Rodney Lloyd is the Principal at Riser Middle School. Congratulations singers!
Posted by aline on Thursday, January 22, 2015 @ 20:02:50 CST (1310 reads)
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SHS Takes the Top Spot at District Beta Convention
OPSB News Sterlington High School hosted the District 2 Beta Convention in November and came away with a First Place overall win among the 9 area schools that participated. Sterlington also won First Place in the chant competition.

Aaron Delcoure won 1st in Special Talent with his Drum Ensemble which qualified him to compete at the State Beta Convention.

Other individual winners are as follows:
ELA Academic Test 3rd Place: Catherine Darnell
Social Studies Academic Test 3rd Place: Tatiana Pham
Math Academic Test 1st Place: Luke Vaughn

Art Competition:
Painting 1st Place: Madison Mitchell
Painting 2nd Place: Gracie George
Painting 3rd Place: Anna Beth Guerriero
Drawing 2nd Place: Gracie George
Drawing 3rd Place: Caroline Buchan

Best of Show: Madison Mitchell

Congratulations SHS Beta Club!
Posted by aline on Thursday, January 22, 2015 @ 19:58:01 CST (1038 reads)
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WRMS National Honor Choir Students
OPSB News Congratulations to the following West Ridge Middle School choir members on being selected for the prestigious 2015 ACDA National Honor Choir! These students will travel to Salt Lake City, Utah Feb. 25-28 to represent our school, parish and state in the national choir. Their Director is Mrs. Pam Givens, Principal is Mr. Jim McKay.

Sopranos: Sierra Shoemaker and Piper Finley

Altos: Paige Freeman and Mikayla Jackson
Posted by aline on Thursday, January 22, 2015 @ 19:52:02 CST (1464 reads)
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SHS Advanced and Talented Artists Experience Art at ULM
OPSB News Sterlington High School students from Mrs. Leah Reitzell's and Mrs. Jennifer Sweeney's Advanced and Talented Art classes, respectively, joined together for a fabulous and unique field experience, touring the Art Department at University of Louisiana Monroe. London Artist-in-Residence, Marcia Scott, gave them a personal tour of her work on display at Bry Gallery, as well as an in-depth lecture on the History of Abstract Painting, and finally, a hands-on tour of her personal studio. Once there, she walked the students through her work process and unique way of mixing pigments. The students were also treated to a wheel throwing demonstration by ULM's own Gary Ratcliff, who with his 40 years of clay experience, made the vessels appear like magic on the pottery wheel. The SHS students, many of whom are considering Art as a career path, said the experience was one they would never forget. Thanks to Dr. Joni Noble, Ms. Marcia Scott and Mr. Gary Ratcliff for making the students and teachers feel so welcome.

Posted by aline on Thursday, January 22, 2015 @ 19:45:55 CST (701 reads)
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SHS Digital Design Students Walk with Nature and Photographer
OPSB News At Sterlington High School, Mrs. Leah Reitzell's Digital Design Students are learning much about Photography and Photoshop this year. Recently they traveled to Black Bayou National Wildlife Refuge to capture the beautiful morning light and even had a special guest walk with them on the trails. Burg Ransom, Award Winning Regional Wildlife Photographer, accompanied the students and advised them well, giving them useful tips on their cameras and taking wildlife photos. The students greatly enjoyed the experience and are eager to get back into their lab and create an exhibit of their work.

Posted by aline on Thursday, January 22, 2015 @ 19:34:39 CST (1479 reads)
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West Ouachita All-State Honor Band Students
OPSB News Congratulations to Delton Dickson, Asa Willis, and Noah White for making the 2014-2015 LMEA All-State Symphonic Band! Delton Dickson placed first trombone, Asa Willis placed sixth tuba, and Noah White placed fifth percussion. These three students traveled south to perform in a group with the best musicians in the state. We are so proud to have had these three students represent West Ouachita High School at the annual LMEA Conference and All-State Clinic.
Posted by aline on Thursday, January 22, 2015 @ 19:30:15 CST (1465 reads)
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Riser Middle Fine Dining Restaurant
OPSB News Fine Dining Restaurant opening dates:

Reservations need to be made a couple days before opening dates.
RMS 387-0567 ext 258
$5.00 a plate
Takeout available (pick up only)

January 21 & 22, 2015
Gumbo sausage and chicken, Rice, French bread, Chocolate brownies, Sweet & unsweet tea

February 18 & 19, 2015
Lasagna, Green bean bundles, Yeast rolls, Italian Cream Cake, Sweet & unsweet tea

March 25 & 26, 2015
Crawfish Etouffee, Corn, French bread, Dessert, Sweet & unsweet tea

April 29 & 30, 2015
Blend of the Bayou, Shoe Peg Corn, Yeast rolls, Dessert, Sweet & unsweet tea

May 6 & 7, 2015
Chicken enchilada, Mexican Rice, Shoe Peg Corn, Dessert, Sweet & unsweet tea
Posted by aline on Friday, January 09, 2015 @ 13:00:10 CST (1737 reads)
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