Jun 062019

A young Lycee Francais student trades a fist bump with Cam Jordan during the Saints player’s visit to the school in 2014. (via Lycee Francais on Facebook)

The Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans Board of Directors is currently accepting applications for new board members. Continue reading »

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May 222019

The McDonogh 7 building on Milan Street in the Touro neighborhood. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

The Orleans Parish School Board announced Tuesday it will move forward with its plans to trade the historic McDonogh 7 school in the Touro neighborhood for land atop the former Silver City dump for use as athletic fields for Booker T. Washington High School, Marta Jewson reports in The Lens.

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May 072019

Sophie B. Wright Charter School is at 1426 Napoleon Ave. (via Google Maps)

Sophie B. Wright Charter School filed a motion Monday, May 6, to move a case filed by one its students to federal court. The school’s attorney, Tracie Washington, filed notice as the student, her parents, lawyer and other supporters were set for a hearing at the Orleans Civil District Court.

Lyric Fernandez, an 18-year-old senior, alleged in the April 26 complaint that the Uptown public charter school denied her due process when it determined its punishment for a senior prank.

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May 062019

Audubon Gentilly is hosting its first signature event

Fais Do-Do!

We invite the community to join us as we celebrate the end of our first year of school with a free festival full of activities, food, music, and fun for the whole family!

As we prepare to “take a nap” over the summer (better known as summer break), Audubon Gentilly will host a unique end-of-year event combining traditional festival fun with our celebration of multi-culturalism.

On Saturday, May 11, Fais Do-Do will feature games and activities for the whole family as well as food, beverages, and entertainment.  Continue reading »

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Apr 262019

ReNEW is vacating the former McNair Elementary School at 1607 S. Carrollton Ave. (via Google Maps)

The Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orleans board voted Monday to submit a letter of interest to acquire the soon-to-be-closed McNair campus in the Carrollton neighborhood.

The ReNEW charter system was operating two programs at the former Ronald G. McNair Elementary School at 1607 S. Carrollton Ave.: a pre-kindergarten program and a therapeutic day program for children with behavioral disorders. Continue reading »

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Apr 242019

Sophie B. Wright Charter School is at 1426 Napoleon Ave. (via Google Maps)

Parents and community members are calling on Sophie B. Wright’s school board chair to call a special meeting to publicly address what they say is overly harsh punishment of senior students, an advocacy group announced.

On April 5, about 30 students were given five-day suspensions from Sophie B. Wright Charter School on Napoleon Avenue after a senior prank water fight. The students also had their senior privileges revoked, including walking for graduation, senior prom, senior picnic and their last day of school.

According to an April 8 statement from the school, students vandalized the school with water balloons, water guns, eggs, vinegar and mustard. Sophie B. Wright officials have said the prank resulted in injuries and could lead to legal action.

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Apr 172019

A 13-year-old juvenile was arrested and accused of making threats of violence toward the Lafayette Academy Charter School, the New Orleans Police Department reported.

The First District, working with the Second and Fifth districts, made the arrest Tuesday night.

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Apr 162019

A Lycee Francais banner hangs from the roof at the former Priestley campus in 2015, after Lycee purchased the building.  (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The public French immersion school Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans has received a lead gift of $100,000 from Jim and Catherine MacPhaille. These funds are a donation to the recently launched Room to Grow campaign, a campaign to raise funds for the renovation of the Priestley building, which will house Lycée’s high school program.

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Apr 052019

Students at the soon-to-be-shuttered Edgar P. Harney elementary school had to use outside trailers as bathrooms this week as workers fixed a dislodged drainage pipe beneath the school, Marta Jewson reported in The Lens,  describing just the latest in a series of challenges the Central City school has faced. Continue reading »

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Apr 012019

Brenda Bourne accepts an award for academic excellence in 2014. (via Orleans Parish School Board)

Lusher’s former middle school principal is now leading the charter school in a new role as the newest member of its governing board, officials said.

Brenda Bourne — who stepped down as principal in 2014 after working at Lusher since 1991 — was introduced March 23 as the newest member of the school’s governing board. Continue reading »

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Mar 262019

The McDonogh 7 building, photographed in May 2013, is home to Audubon Charter’s upper school. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

The Housing Authority of New Orleans is making a bid for the McDonogh 7 building on Milan Street, expected to be vacated by the Audubon Charter School  in 2021, in exchange for the much sought-after land for a sports field next to the new Booker T. Washington High School on Earhart Boulevard, Della Hasselle reports in the New Orleans Advocate.

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Mar 212019

Musicians Marie and Jacques Letalon dance together after performing at Fete Francaise. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

L’Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orleans is presenting its 20th annual Fête Francaise on Saturday, March 23, at its Uptown campus, 821 Gen. Pershing St.

Fête Française is a free outdoor festival hosted by the French immersion school at the school’s Uptown campus off of Magazine Street. Entertainment this year includes Cha Wa, Soul Brass Band, Bon Bon Vivant, Panorama Jazz Band, The Tin Men, Michot’s Melody Makers, Les Rebelles and DJ Camille Lenain, plus performances by L’Ecole Blingue students

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Feb 112019

Lusher seniors Kierra McDowell, left, Jordan Fields, Bryce Langford, Lucia Garcia and Kaysie Ratliff  were awarded Posse scholarships. (Mitch Soileau, courtesy of Lusher Charter School)

Five Lusher Charter School seniors have been named Posse Foundation scholars: Kierra McDowell, Illinois Wesleyan University; Bryce Langford, University of Notre Dame; Kaysie Ratliff, University of Notre Dame; Jordan Fields, Illinois Wesleyan University; and Lucia Garcia, Case Western Reserve. Posse scholars receive full-tuition scholarships.

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Jan 292019

The ACS Black History Celebration comes to the Ashé Power House Theater for 6 p.m. this Wednesday , Jan. 30. 

Audubon Charter School’s Talented in Arts students will celebrate Black History Month with the Ashé Cultural Arts Center through music, dance, drumming, spoken word and storytelling.

The theme will be the origin of the Anansi the Spider Stories (Ghana West Africa); students will perform and show how these stories crossed the ocean through oral tradition told from generation to generation. Continue reading »

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Jan 222019

Trumpeter, composer and Grammy Award winner Nicholas Payton, a New Orleans native, is headlining Starry Night Gala, a fundraiser for the Waldorf School.

The 15th annual Starry Night will be held at the New Orleans Jazz Market in Central City on Feb. 1. The gala will also feature silent and live auctions, raffles, live music, dancing, drinks and food. Tickets are available at different levels, from music-only to patron.

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