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POSITIONS AVAILABLE

Ouachita Parish School Board is now accepting applications for paraprofessionals. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and hold an Associates degree or higher OR have a passing score of 450 or above on the Paraprofessional Praxis Assessment. Please bring proof of eligibility to the Personnel Department at 100 Bry Street, Monroe, Louisiana between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday to obtain an application.

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If you have problems or questions contact the OPSB IT Department at 432-5120

OFFICIAL MEETINGS

The next School Board meeting will be held Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 12:00 noon


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 Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 1:00 in the Board Room at the Central Office.


School Choice Information
2013-2014

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. Shady Grove Elementary and Swayze Elementary have been deemed in need of improvement in Ouachita Parish. School choice is only available for eligible students. Contact your principal for student eligibility requirements.


WEST RIDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL GRANT WINNER !!
OPSB News Coach Pat Holliman (P.E. Department) received a $1200.00 grant from Bowler's Education In-School Bowling Program. With this grant, West Ridge will receive six (6) carpet bowling lanes, rubberized bowling balls and pins plus instructional DVD's and a curriculum guide. West Ridge was one of 12 schools across the United States who received this grant.

This grant is designed to help elementary and middle school physical education teachers teach bowling to their P.E. students. Bowling will not only introduce the required skills necessary to compete in bowling, but also improve student's coordination, encourage self-confidence and introduce a sport that can be enjoyed throughout their lives. Bowling is an enjoyable activity where all students can participate. Once a student learns to bowl, he/she can use this as a life time activity.

CONGRATULATIONS TO COACH HOLLIMAN AND THE P.E. DEPARTMENT !!
Posted by aline on Monday, March 31, 2014 @ 12:34:20 CDT (246 reads)
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Good Hope Middle Student - Regional Spelling Bee Winner
Good Hope Middle School Eighth grader, Chloe LaFleur, earned FIRST place in the Regional Spelling Bee on Friday, March 14. Congratulations to Chloe for her hard work. Good luck as she prepares to go to Washington, D.C.
Posted by aline on Monday, March 31, 2014 @ 12:33:23 CDT (137 reads)
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SCHOOL BUS DRIVER TRAINING
OPSB News Other††Other Event Date: Monday, April 14, 2014††Start Time: 09:00 AM End Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014††Ending Time: 03:00 PM The Transportation Department will be conducting a school bus driver training course for applicants and employees of Ouachita Parish School Board. If you are interested in becoming a substitute school bus driver for OPSB please call us at 388-8924 to register for the class. If you are a school employee and need to obtain your bus driver certification please e-mail greer@opsb.net or you may call 388-8924 to register. Location - Ouachita Junior High.
Posted by aline on Monday, March 31, 2014 @ 12:32:59 CDT (233 reads)
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Ouachita Parish Names 2014 Outstanding School Support Employees of the Year
OPSB News Congratulations to our 2014 district finalists!

Brenda McElroy, Shady Grove Elementary

Sonya Kile, Pinecrest School

Bertha Jones, Richwood High

Posted by aline on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 @ 14:42:53 CDT (199 reads)
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STUDENTS OF THE YEAR REGIONAL FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
OPSB News Congratulations to all three Ouachita Parish Students of the Year who have been named regional finalists!

BATON ROUGE, La. - Eighteen students from across the state have been named regional finalists for the Louisiana Students of the Year award. The 18 regional finalists include one 5th grade, 8th grade, and 12th grade student from six regions and represent public and non-public elementary, middle, and high schools across Louisiana. These regional finalists and state winners for each of the three grades will be honored on April 16 during a ceremony at the Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge.

"Our future as a state depends on students who excel in the classroom and serve as a role model for others. These students are not only superior students but have superior character and leadership abilities," said State Superintendent of Education John White. "Anytime we have the opportunity to reward the success of our students, it is as much a reward for me as it is for them. I look forward to recognizing their accomplishments."

Students are selected based on criteria that measure academic achievement, leadership skills, character, and service to their schools and communities. All public schools, as well as state-approved non-public schools, were asked to submit one candidate from their student body to compete at the district level. District-level winners advance to the regional competitions. Regional selection committees use portfolios of accomplishments created by each student, along with student writing samples and interviews, to assess the communication and critical-thinking skills of each candidate to name the regional finalists. Prior to selecting the three state winners, the state selection committee will conduct interviews and review a writing sample from each of the regional finalists.

The regional finalists are as follows:

Grade 5:
Kevell Byrd, Luling Elementary School, St. Charles Parish
Mathilde Fox-Smith, Bains Elementary School, West Feliciana Parish
Emma Purifoy, A.E. Phillips Laboratory School, Lincoln Parish
Shelby Rambo, George Welch Elementary School, Ouachita Parish
Charles Roemer V, Our Lady of Mercy School, Diocese of Baton Rouge
Isabella Wade, Kinder Middle School, Allen Parish

Grade 8:
Logan Berthelot, Brusly Middle School, West Baton Rouge Parish
Kerry Doyle, Calhoun Middle School, Ouachita Parish
Sunjay Letchuman, Caddo Middle Magnet School, Caddo Parish
Adeline Martin, Lacache Middle School, Terrebonne Parish
Marcus Shallow, Elton High School, Jefferson Davis Parish
Rebekah Travis, Mount Carmel Academy, Diocese of New Orleans

Grade 12:
Faiz Alam, Lafayette High School, Lafayette Parish
Patrick Flanigan, Mandeville High School, St. Tammany Parish
Lauren Haigler, Airline High School, Bossier Parish
Kalin Larousse, Thibodaux High School, Lafourche Parish
Audrey Marsh, St. Joseph's Academy, Diocese of Baton Rouge
Skylar Winters, West Monroe High School, Ouachita Parish


Good luck at State!!
Posted by aline on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 @ 14:39:42 CDT (162 reads)
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WOHS Students Named Semi-finalists in Art Contest
OPSB News The West Ouachita High School Art department proudly announces that Jordyn Hodnett and Gillian Holder are among the Semi-finalists in the George Rodrigue Scholarship Art Competition.

700 entries were received from Louisiana high school students, making the final decision extremely difficult as noted by the judges on the official website. Several run-offs and tie breakers occurred.

Gillian will compete on the senior level with a chance to win $6,000 for college and Jordyn competes on the junior level for a cash award ranging from $250 to $1,250. Artwork will be judged and placed in New Orleans.

All entries to the contest were so worthy of the honor and all work will be on display at the Talented Art show in May.

Please see the official GRFA website and look for more details about the contest. Congratulations and good luck girls!
Posted by aline on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 @ 13:04:18 CDT (239 reads)
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Central Social Studies Fair Winners
OPSB News Central Elementary held their annual Social Studies Fair. We had about 217 entries at the Fair this year. Thank you to all the judges from our community that took time out of their day to judge! Congratulations to all the winners!

Anthropology
1st Place: Kade Parker
2nd Place: Levi Perkins
3rd Place: Clare Corely

Economics
1st Place: Lauren Brownlee
2nd Place: Jacob Little
3rd Place: Bryant Simpson
Group:
1st Place: Allison Thrasher and Caitlyn Davidson

Geography
1st Place: Rylie Atkinson
2nd Place: Hayes Nethery
3rd Place: Samuel Blake

History
1st Place: Carson Weaver
2nd Place: Cassie Bigelow
3rd Place: Cheyenne Marks
Group:
1st Place: Elias Salas and Brandon Salas
2nd Place: Justin Bonnett and John Mark Rowton
3rd Place: Sarah Brackin and Audrey Brackin

LA History
1st Place: Ethan Miller
2nd Place: Briyanna Mendieta
3rd Place: Ella Mayfield

Political Science
1st Place: Madison Gordon
Group:
1st Place: Lane Little and Brady Ryals
2nd Place: Destin Reppond and Colby Holcomb

Sociology
1st Place: Jordyn Neal
2nd Place: Austin Whittington
3rd Place: Taylor L. May
Posted by aline on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 @ 13:00:28 CDT (378 reads)
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WOHS Students Selected for ULM Art Show
OPSB News The following talented art students have work on display in Bry Gallery for the highly competitive Jr/Sr Juried Competition at ULM.
Cierra Moncrief
Haylie Lowe (2)
Gillian Holder (2)
Jordyn Hodnett (2)
Yasmine Ramirez
Molly Butler
Also in photography were
Savannah Tolbird
Jenna Ramsey
Hannah Blake

Reception is February 27th at 5:30 in Bry Gallery. Additional awards and recognition will be announced! Parents, faculty and friends are encouraged to come and view the show!
Congratulations!

Posted by aline on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 @ 12:59:14 CDT (584 reads)
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WMHS All South Honor Band Students
OPSB News Matt Anderson, Ryan Bishop, Madelyn Bryan, Joanna Calhoun and Chloe Hennon, all West Monroe High School students, were selected to attend the All South Honor Band at the University of Southern Mississippi. Matt, Ryan and Joanna made the competitive Wind Ensemble Honor Band. Congratulations!
Posted by aline on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 @ 12:57:32 CDT (187 reads)
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WOHS Honor Band Students
OPSB News Recently, the District 1 Band Director's Association of Louisiana held auditions for the annual District 1 Honor Bands. Students from around the parish performed in a concert at Louisiana Tech University. The West Ouachita band program is extremely proud to have had 33 band students make honor band.

Honor Band students from WOHS include:

Holly Adams
BJ Allen
Kyle Boutin
Brandy Chapman
Joshua Chisholm
Brendan Clark
Erich Corbett
Morgan Crosser
Delton Dickson
Jordan Dixon
Nicholas Douglas
Kayla Duchesne
Kaitlyn Eads
Morgan Earp
Tre Gilbert
Jessica Harper
Destinee Harrell
Luke Jalovec
Haley King
Corbin McCormick
Hunter McCormick
Derrick Menier
Phillip Naron
Kristen Nugent
Tyler Peacock
Ethan Pool
Ethan Sims
Kimberlyn Slade
Dayton Smith
CJ Turner
Shanna Vallery
Noah White
Asa Willis

Congratulations to all!

Posted by aline on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 @ 12:56:47 CDT (315 reads)
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