Nov 302016
 
Bob and Sheryl Merrick (center) are joined by daughter Lacey Merrick Conway ’98 and Jason Conway, daughter Amanda Merrick Seale ’97 Justin Seale’99, and grandchildren outside the Robert W. Merrick Family Building at Green Trees Early Childhood Village at the November 10 dedication ceremony and reception. (Photo by Tracie Morris Schaefer, courtesy of Isidore Newman School).

Bob and Sheryl Merrick (center) are joined by daughter Lacey Merrick Conway ’98 and Jason Conway, daughter Amanda Merrick Seale ’97 Justin Seale’99, and grandchildren outside the Robert W. Merrick Family Building at Green Trees Early Childhood Village at the November 10 dedication ceremony and reception. (Photo by Tracie Morris Schaefer, courtesy of Isidore Newman School).

Bob Merrick (courtesy of Newman)

Bob Merrick (courtesy of Newman)

The main administrative building of the new early-childhood education building at Isidore Newman School will bear the name of Robert Merrick, CEO of Latter & Blum, after he and his family gave $1 million in support of the school. Continue reading »

Nov 222016
 

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InspireNOLA Charter Schools achieved impressive academic results for the 2015-2016 school year at all three of the schools that it operates, continuing its status as the highest performing open-admissions charter network in New Orleans and Louisiana.

InspireNOLA’s two foundation schools, Alice M. Harte Charter School and Edna Karr High School, both achieved A letter grades for the second year in a row. Alice Harte’s school performance score (SPS) rose to a 104.3, with 45% of students scoring mastery or advanced on state assessments – far surpassing the district and state averages of 27% and 33%, respectively. Continue reading »

Nov 212016
 
Letter-grade increases highlighted in blue; decreases in orange. (chart by UptownMessenger.com, source: Louisiana Department of Education)

Letter-grade increases highlighted in blue; decreases in orange. (chart by UptownMessenger.com, source: Louisiana Department of Education)

Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans became the latest Uptown charter school to receive an ‘A’ rating from the state, and Sophie B. Wright rose to a ‘B,’ according to the latest School Performance Scores released late last week.

But three schools in the College Prep network all struggled this year — Cohen fell a grade level from a B to a C, Crocker saw its score fall, and Sylvanie Williams remained at a D. Continue reading »

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Nov 162016
 

JCC logoThe New Orleans Jewish Community Center, located at 5342 St. Charles Avenue, will host the annual benefit concert, “Coats For Kids”. The concert will take place at 7 p.m. on November 16 (tonight) and will feature performances by Germaine Bazzle, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and more. Continue reading »

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Nov 142016
 
The former James Weldon Johnson Elementary School (photographed in 2011) will eventually be refurbished and assigned to KIPP Believe Primary under a new configuration for Carrollton public schools announced Thursday morning. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

The former James Weldon Johnson Elementary School (photographed in 2011) could become a temporary home for Lycee Francais next year. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Expanding their footprint in the Carrollton area, officials at Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans are considering moving some of their upper grades into the former James Weldon Johnson school on Monroe Street for several years while continuing to work on their long-term home on the Priestley campus. Continue reading »

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Nov 102016
 
(via Holy Name of Jesus School)

(via Holy Name of Jesus School)

Holy Name of Jesus School will celebrate its 125 years of Catholic education as the school hosts its 33rd Annual Gator Fest this Friday, November 11, to Sunday, November 13. The three-day fair will feature carnival rides, food, live entertainment by MoJEAUX, talent show, and more. Continue reading »

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Oct 262016
 
The International School of Louisiana hopes to remain at the John Dibert campus in Mid-City even after renovations of its Camp Street building are complete. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The International School of Louisiana hopes to remain at the John Dibert campus in Mid-City even after renovations of its Camp Street building are complete. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

With enrollment growing beyond expectations and a possible preschool on the horizon, the International School of Louisiana has requested a third Eastbank campus for the next academic year. Continue reading »

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Oct 242016
 
Lusher Charter School. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lusher Charter School. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Lusher Charter School governing board plans to drop its lawsuit over the Orleans Parish School Board’s new school-funding formula for this year, but may revive it if the formula is changed again to create any deeper cuts to the school’s budget in the future. Continue reading »

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Oct 202016
 

lyceeThe Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans board met this Monday and praised the school’s athletics program for their first victory in flag football and for 5th grader Chase Duvernay winning a medal in every cross country event this fall sports season — the first student athlete to win a sports medal in the young school’s history. Continue reading »

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Oct 172016
 

David Alvarez (via Facebook)

David Alvarez (via Facebook)

Woody Koppel

Woody Koppel

The next few years will bring the the long-awaited reunification of nearly all the city’s public schools under a single entity governed by a locally-elected Orleans Parish School Board. While only three of the seven seats on the board are contested in the Nov. 8 election, one is District 6 in Uptown and Carrollton, where incumbent Woody Koppel will face a challenge from neighborhood activist David Alvarez. Continue reading »

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Oct 122016
 

inpisrenola-logoInspireNOLA is pleased to present its second annual fundraising gala “Reaching New Heights” on Thursday, October 20, at Alice M. Harte Charter School (5300 Berkley Drive, New Orleans, LA 70131) from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Every year, InspireNOLA honors members of the community for going above and beyond with regards to service for others. The 2016 Inspiration Award honorees are: Andrea Chen, Executive Director of Propeller; Kenneth Polite, U. S. Attorney; Lloyd Dennis, Executive Director of the Silverback Society; Alon Shaya, Executive Chef and Partner of Domenica, Pizza Domenica and Shaya; and Karen Carter Peterson, Louisiana State Senator. Continue reading »

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Oct 042016
 
The building at 3101 Erato Street, photographed in April 2016. (via Google Maps)

The building at 3101 Erato Street, photographed in April 2016. (via Google Maps)

By Claire Byun

A proposed low-barrier homeless shelter marketed as key to reducing the city’s homeless population is already drawing fire from school and community groups. Continue reading »

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Sep 292016
 

Austin Taets (Orleans Parish booking photo)

Austin Taets (Orleans Parish booking photo)

(via Iowa Sex Offender Registry)

(via Iowa Sex Offender Registry)

The police chase that led to lockdowns at Isidore Newman School and Lusher Charter School’s Freret campus on Thursday ended with the arrest of a wanted sex offender from Iowa who was also a suspect in a break-in earlier this week on State Street, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Sep 282016
 
Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

Tuesday morning I awoke abruptly just before 4 a.m. from a dream.  Convinced I was awake for the day, I decided to send a few emails.  While clacking out my correspondence in the dead silence of pre-dawn I heard in the not-too-far distance successive gunshots.  I thought it was about eight rounds.  Maybe it was seven.  But does it even matter how many there were?  I called 911.  They took my location, name, etc.  Then I went for a run.  And this is normal in New Orleans.  At least for now. Continue reading »

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Sep 232016
 
French consul Gregor Trumel speaks as Lycee CEO Keith Bartlett listens Sept. 15 at the ribbon cutting for the school's newest location at Central St. Matthew UCC on South Carrollton Avenue. (via Lycee Francais on Facebook)

French consul Gregor Trumel speaks as Lycee CEO Keith Bartlett listens Sept. 15 at the ribbon cutting for the school’s newest location at Central St. Matthew UCC on South Carrollton Avenue. (via Lycee Francais on Facebook)

After starting classes at its new temporary location on South Carrollton Avenue this fall, Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans is already looking for ways to maximize its use of the space as the school continues to grow, officials said this week. Continue reading »

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Sep 192016
 
The McDonogh 7 building, photographed in May 2013, is home to Audubon Charter's upper school. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

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

By Claire Byun

Audubon Charter is considering expanding to a third location, but school officials stressed Saturday morning that the expansion is “only an idea” at this point. Continue reading »

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Sep 162016
 
U.S. Secretary of Education John King discusses an experiment on soil samples with students Shamon Gurley and Jordyn Smith in Ariee Smith's AP Environmental Science class. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

U.S. Secretary of Education John King discusses an experiment on soil samples with students Shamon Gurley and Jordyn Smith in Ariee Smith’s AP Environmental Science class. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

When U.S. Secretary of Education John King visited Walter Cohen College Prep High School on Friday afternoon in recognition of its dramatic increase in test scores, former board member Kenneth Polite asked him one of the most difficult questions facing the New Orleans education landscape: Why are the city’s public schools so segregated, and what can make them more diverse? Continue reading »

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Sep 162016
 
The building at 4310 Magazine Street will become an expansion of Ecole Bilingue, as Peaches Records has now moved into the larger building next door. (image via Google)

The building at 4310 Magazine Street will become an expansion of Ecole Bilingue, as Peaches Records has now moved into the larger building next door. (image via Google)

The former Top Drawer annex building on Magazine Street will become an expansion site for Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle Orleans, and the school will hold a meeting tonight to share its plans with neighbors. Continue reading »

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