Apr 142014
 
The Louisiana State Museum at the Cabildo on Jackson Square. (image via friendsofthecabildo.org)

The Louisiana State Museum at the Cabildo on Jackson Square. (image via friendsofthecabildo.org)

Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans plans to hold a rotating section of fourth-grade classes at the Cabildo in the French Quarter next year, and has hired new directors of development and admissions, school officials announced Monday night. Continue reading »

Apr 052014
 

Students at the José Luis de León Díaz enjoy learn about their culture and art with the help of donations towards Proyecto Luis de Lión (via Proyecto Luis de Lión Facebook)

Students at the José Luis de León Díaz learn about culture and art with the help of donations towards Proyecto Luis de Lión (via Proyecto Luis de Lión Facebook)


Party with a cause on Thursday night (April 10) at the Proyecto Luis de Lión fundraiser at the Prytania Bar. The event will have live music and a raffle with all proceeds from the cover charge, raffle tickets and a percentage of drink proceeds to go toward community art, culture and education for children in San Juan del Obispo, Guatemala. Continue reading »

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Apr 022014
 
Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

“I think I was 7 or 8 when I took apart my father’s radio,” says Cameron MacPhee, native New Orleanian and co-catalyst for this coming weekend’s Mini Maker Fair, recalling the first thing he remembers disassembling as a boy. “I was sure I had his permission,” he follows up, if not somewhat deadpanned.  “I even got shocked, like one of the capacitors got me.” 

MacPhee is now a father to a couple of young boys himself, and his story is likely all-too-familiar for the those participating in and attending Saturday’s first-ever event, the DIY and Maker movement is an all ages affair that extends beyond the boundaries of craft and convention. Continue reading »

Mar 232014
 

A sign reading "Eat Local"  in the edible garden at Samuel J. Green Charter School. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A sign reading “Eat Local” in the edible garden at Samuel J. Green Charter School.
(Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

An “Edible Evening” brings more than just food to the table. The annual fundraiser benefits children through the Edible Schoolyard’s garden, kitchen, and wellness education programming at five FirstLine Schools.

Wine, burgers, desserts, tacos and more will be provided during the outdoor garden party at the Samuel J. Green Charter School in the Freret neighborhood from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday (March 27). For those party goers arriving or staying late, for the first time in five years the party will go until 10 p.m., a “Late Wave” party with Company Burger and Cure. Continue reading »

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Mar 222014
 
The Lusher High School courtyard on Saturday morning, prior to the start of the school's annual crawfish boil fundraiser. Next year, modular classrooms will fill the space. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Lusher High School courtyard on Saturday morning, prior to the start of the school’s annual crawfish boil fundraiser. Next year, modular classrooms will fill the space. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The two homes in the 7300 block of Jeanette. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The two homes in the 7300 block of Jeanette will be demolished to make way for modular classrooms, Lusher officials say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lusher Charter School has received approval for temporary modular buildings at both of its campuses during renovations next year — in a courtyard space at the high school, and replacing two homes that will have to be torn down on the corner of the lower school site, officials said. Continue reading »

Mar 182014
 

Sophie B. Wright’s return to its renovated home on Napoleon Avenue has been delayed by the discovery of more termite damage; two employees of the former Xavier University Preparatory School have been charged with embezzlement, middle-school grades are shifting between Crocker and Cohen College Prep, and a new principal is on the way to De La Salle, according to recent reports. Continue reading »

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Mar 152014
 

An illustration of problems with the steel beams at Audubon's Broadway campus. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

An illustration of problems with the steel beams at Audubon’s Broadway campus. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Audubon Charter School’s return to its Broadway Street campus has been pushed back a year to 2015 as school officials continue investigation construction issues there, the school board learned Saturday morning. Continue reading »

Mar 132014
 

The International School of Louisiana'a Camp Street campus.

The International School of Louisiana’a Camp Street campus.

In a conversation that will be very familiar to parents, the International School of Louisiana is again exploring a wide range of options to ease the overcrowding at its Camp Street campus — from reducing the number of students it accepts each year to leaving the site altogether.

“[Facilities] is one of our biggest issues, as it is for many other charter schools,” said ISL board chair Matthew Amoss during the school’s monthly board meeting Wednesday. “We’re always cramped for space, and we always have way too many people wanting to come to ISL, more than we have spots.” Continue reading »

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Mar 122014
 

By Clark Thompson

If you live in Uptown New Orleans, you’ve probably had the misfortune of driving on Octavia street in the past few months. The US Army Corp’s SELA project effectively closes Jefferson Avenue, and ends up sending lots of traffic onto Octavia, and the wear and tear of additional use is destroying the street. And the street is destroying cars, but that’s already been covered. Continue reading »

Mar 112014
 

RSD Superintendent Patrick Dobard stands outside a school bus on Napoleon Avenue in 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

RSD Superintendent Patrick Dobard stands outside a school bus on Napoleon Avenue in 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

The distance that New Orleans children ride the bus to school each day has risen to 3.5 miles in the city’s fragmented charter-school system, nearly double the 1.8 miles they traveled before Hurricane Katrina, according to a report by Della Hasselle of our sister site at MidCityMessenger.com. After the traffic death of a first-grader waiting for the bus last month, City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and other city officials are looking into ways to make the busing system safer and more efficient across the city, Hasselle reports.

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Feb 282014
 

Michael Kyrlakoudes (left) receives guitar pointers from Little Big Horns’ guitarist Russell Welch during the Sunday Jan. 26,2014 Youth Music Workshop at Tipitina's on Napoleon Avenue.

Michael Kyrlakoudes (left) receives guitar pointers from Little Big Horns’ guitarist Russell Welch during Youth Music Workshop at Tipitina’s in January (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Zach Brien).

Young music students can attend two free workshops this March, offered by the Tipitina’s Foundation. Continue reading »

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Feb 252014
 

The John A. Shaw Elementary School building in the St. Roch neighborhood. (via latterblum.com)

The John A. Shaw Elementary School building in the St. Roch neighborhood. (via latterblum.com)

Although a plan to renovate the John Shaw Elementary School building on Arts Street in the Seventh Ward in time for ENCORE Academy to move in over the summer is ambitious, school officials said Tuesday night that the project is progressing quickly and on track.

“It is a fast timeline, but we’ve done it before,” said Karl Jentoft, a consultant associated with the Charter School Development Corp. working with ENCORE on the project. Continue reading »

Feb 252014
 

Independent auditors have raised questions about thousands of dollars of credit card spending at Sophie B. Wright Charter School; Bricolage Academy will spend a second year at its temporary home at Touro Infirmary; and the International School of Louisiana drew the most early applications of any school under the city’s new OneApp admissions process, according to recent reports. Continue reading »

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Feb 242014
 
A  Krewe of Morpheus parader passes out throws from the top of a float. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A Krewe of Morpheus parader passes out throws from the top of a float. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

St. Katherine Drexel Prep school (the former Xavier University Prep) will offer Mardi Gras stands, parking, food and drinks this year so friends and supporters can enjoy the Magazine Street parades in comfort while supporting the school’s growth. Continue reading »

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Feb 212014
 
An Irish man looks over the Atlantic Ocean just south of Dublin  (via Jessica DeBold,   Uptown Messenger)

An Irish man looks over the Atlantic Ocean just south of Dublin (photo by Jessica DeBold, UptownMessenger.com)

University College of Dublin emblem (via www.ucd.ie)

University College of Dublin emblem (via www.ucd.ie)

High school juniors can take a virtually free trip to the emerald Isle this summer to study for two weeks at the University College of Dublin. The winners of the Irish Network-NOLA scholarship competition will receive free return flights, tuition, accommodation and food in the historic city, but the application is due Monday. Continue reading »