Jan 182019

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) poses for a social-media video with members of the Eleanor McMain choir after speaking at Xavier University. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Widely viewed as a top contender for the Democratic Presidential nomination, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker told thousands of New Orleans high school students on Friday morning that they have the power to bring about the next generation of social changes in America.

“The opposite of justice is not injustice,” Booker said Friday morning at Xavier University. “It’s apathy and indifference.”

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Jan 172019

(courtesy of InspireNOLA)

On Friday, Jan. 18, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, will keynote the “Project LIVE & Achieve” Rally for Excellence that 5,000 students from more than 20 local schools across the New Orleans area will attend. Booker is appearing at the invitation of rally hosts InspireNOLA Charter Schools and U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans. Continue reading »

Jan 102019

A.J. Allegra, far right, director of musical theater at Lusher, speaks with Stavros Koumbaros, center, and Paige Smallwood, left, of the musical Les Miserables in front of a group of 35 students. The play is at the Saenger Theater from January 8 through 13th. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Theater students from a local high school had the opportunity to hear from two actors from “Les Miserables,” a Tony award-winning musical playing at the Saenger Theatre until Jan. 13.

On Wednesday, Paige Smallwood and Stavros Koumbaros, actors from “Les Miserables,” spoke with 35 theater students at Lusher Charter School on Freret Street. During the event arranged by Broadway in New Orleans and the Orleans Parish School Board, the actors answered questions from A.J. Allegra, director of the musical theater division at Lusher, and directly from the students themselves. Continue reading »

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Dec 172018

Lusher Charter School’s QuestBridge scholars: Kiya Henderson, Mayela Norwood, Kimani Coye and Amaris Lewis.

Lusher Charter School is pleased to announce that four seniors have been named QuestBridge Scholars: Kimani Coye, Vanderbilt University; Kiya Henderson, Pomona College; Mayela Norwood, Claremont McKenna College, and Amaris Lewis, Stanford University.

College Match Scholarship Recipients are admitted early to QuestBridge college partners with guaranteed, full four-year scholarships that are provided by the colleges and universities.

At Lusher, students choose an area of concentrated electives with focused courses. Kimani is receiving a certificate of artistry in visual arts; Kiya is completing a certificate of artistry in musical theater; Amaris is in the engineering design and development program; and Mayela, the biomedical innovation program.

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Dec 172018

The monthly Central Circle networking lunch will be held Wednesday, Dec. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dryades Public Market, 1307 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. If you plan to attend, you can RSVP here.

Robert Morris of UptownMessenger.com will speak about his work with Uptown charter schools, Marta Jewson from TheLensNOLA.org will talk about Edgar P. Harney Charter School, and Allison Cormier, the manager of the Police Community Advisory Board, will share the program’s role.

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Dec 152018

The Allen school building on Loyola Avenue, currently occupied by New Orleans Charter Science & Math High School (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lusher Charter School’s expansion into the Allen building next door is unlikely to happen prior to the fall of 2021, but school officials have already begun considering what renovations they may need now that the current occupant, Sci High, has held the official groundbreaking for its new building. Continue reading »

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Dec 032018

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Live Blog Lycee Francais – December board meeting

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Nov 282018

(Mid-City Messenger)

Some local schools are providing an opportunity for shoppers to skip the malls on Saturday in favor of holiday boutiques and fairs.

At these fairs, you can support New Orleans children while crossing items off your Christmas shopping list. At the same time, you can second-line with Santa, buy a tree or wreath in a Magical Forest or let it sneaux at a French market while listening to Little Freddie King.

The schools holding fairs Uptown on Saturday include De La Salle High School, the Waldorf School of New Orleans and Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orleans. Continue reading »

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Nov 142018

The Edgar P. Harney Spirit of Excellence Academy on Willow Street is losing its charter and is expected to close at the end of the school year, Orleans Parish school Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. told Orleans Parish School Board committee members on Tuesday.

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Nov 122018

New Orleans luminaries dance-off to benefit arts education

Inspired by ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, the 9th Annual Young Audiences Dancing for the Arts gala will feature local community leaders competing on the dance floor with professional dancers for the coveted People’s Choice Award.

The gala will be held at Harrah’s Casino Theatre this Friday, Nov. 16 from 7 to 11 p.m., starting with a red carpet reception and cocktail hour. Festivities will also include a silent auction, open bar, fine fare, and entertainment. Continue reading »

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Nov 072018
Lusher CEO Kathy Riedlinger

Lusher CEO Kathy Riedlinger

Lusher Charter School CEO Kathy Hurstell Riedlinger was awarded the 2018 Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

Joined by New Orleans School Board Superintendent Henderson Lewis, she received the U.S. Department of Education award during a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

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Nov 052018

The courtyard of the Benjamin Banneker school building, most recently used by KIPP Believe. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Audubon Charter School expects that the renovations needed at the Banneker campus will take about two years before students can move in, an issue that is causing some tension with the Orleans Parish School Board, officials said Monday night. Continue reading »

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Oct 302018

A Walter L. Cohen College Prep student marches in the Krewe of Oshun in February 2018. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After dozens of students, parents and teachers complained to the board of New Orleans College Prep earlier this month about the impact of emergency layoffs, officials at the charter network promised Monday they have determined the system’s finances have stabilized and that no more layoffs are expected.

“Our finances are stable, which means we do not foresee any need for further layoffs,” said College Prep board chair Patrick Norton. Continue reading »

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Oct 242018

A free Kindergarten Readiness Forum featuring a panel of educators and administrators from local public and private schools will be held at 6 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, Oct. 24) at the Jewish Community Center on St. Charles Avenue.

Sponsored by the JCC, the Parenting Center at Children’s Hospital, and the Jewish Community Day School, the readiness forum is “designed to demystify the kindergarten enrollment process, which can often be confusing and stressful for families.” Continue reading »

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Oct 202018

Lusher Charter School on Willow Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lusher Charter School will reserve a portion of its kindergarten seats for students from economically disadvantaged families in the next school year, partly in response to removing the neighborhood-based admissions district two years ago, officials said Saturday morning. Continue reading »

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