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SPES students celebrate the Heart and Soul of Black History

South Plaquemines Elementary School held its annual Black History Program on Feb. 14. To commemorate Valentine’s Day, the theme for the program was, “The Heart and Soul of Black History.” The celebration began with fifth grade students performing to the tune of “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Students marched in dressed in choir robes donated by local churches- Mt. Sanai Baptist Church in Port Sulphur and Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Boothville. The choir under the direction of Mrs. Brenda Hymes performed to “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” There was a special presentation that depicted the lives of influential African-American figures, past and present. Sixth grade performance focused on the evolution of African-American music. Several grade levels recited poetry, sang, and danced to popular songs. There was a moment of silence in honor of the late Kobe Bryant that brought tears to the eyes of many. Following the moment of silence, Ethan Antoine shared important facts about the late Bryant. Although students had to change into multiple costumes as they performed in different areas, they were assisted by Mr. Kenny Petkovich, Director of Secondary Education, Ms. Peavy, District Title I Facilitator, and Mrs. Pansy, District Special Education Coordinator. Dr. Barrett would like to give a special shoutout to Derrielle Williamson and Ke’shawna Jackson, who stepped up and helped when the orator who also had a major speaking part was absent. They did an outstanding job filling in the gap at the last minute. Congratulations to all of the students and the parents/guardians who came out to support the students.

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SPES Robotics Team wins awards

South Plaquemines Elementary School (SPES) Diamond Bots traveled to Hammond Magnet High School in on Saturday, Feb. 15, to compete in their second robotics competition this year. Their first competition in Lafayette was just a warm-up. Although they did not place in Lafayette, they learned valuable strategies to give them a leg-up for the competition in Hammond.

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SPES January Students of the Month

Congratulations to all of the students who were selected to represent their grade levels as Students of the Month at South Plaquemines Elementary School. Being selected as Students of the Month means that you have met the schoolwide expectations of being respectful, responsible, and safe. “We are proud of your commitment in making South Plaquemines Elementary a model school. Keep up the good work.” said Dr. Stacey-Ann Barrett, Principal of South Plaquemines Elementary School. “And also, thank you to the teachers who took the time to attend the ceremony and share positive reflections about their students.” Pictured in the front row, from left: Jamari Scot, Chaz Williamson, Sa’Mi Parker and Aisley Mackey. Middle row: Mrs. Kelly Fontaine, Ms. Madison Griffith, Keyiara Davis, Kamaree Jones, Ja’Lyn Lightell, Aiyanna Ancar, Kyla Williamson, Mrs. Kay Hammond and Mrs. Sophia Reichenau. Back: Ms. Wendy Sisung, Ms. Jessica Jackson, Ms. LaJhonet Forrest, Ms. Jessica Pons, Mrs. Amanda Pelas, and Dr. Stacey-Ann Barrett. Not pictured: Isaac Jasso.

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South Plaq. YMCA forms Leaders Club

The South Plaquemines YMCA has formed a Leaders Club (teens in seventh through 12th grade) in collaboration with South Plaquemines High School. Leaders Club is designed to provide knowledge, training and experiences so that teens become strong leaders in their community and foster a spirit of service to others. Leaders gain confidence, maturity and exposure for career and college readiness through club participation.

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