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School News: May 11, 2016

Kerr Elementary students donate money to flood victims

At Kerr Elementary,  writing is a key part of daily instruction.

During the month of April, second grade students learned the proper technique to write persuasive letters. Ja’Nyha B., a student in Ms. Clark’s class, found a way to use the power of persuasion to benefit people in her community.  She recognized a need for funds to help those who had lost their homes and belongings in recent floods.
Ja’Nyha decided to write a letter to her principal, Ms. Janet Doughty, to ask for a way to raise money for donations. She persuaded Ms. Doughty to allow a ‘jeans day’ for $1 donations.  
Ja’Nyha’s writing inspired students to donate $243.51 for flood relief within Bossier Parish.

Her genuine love for others and for writing is sure to inspire the people of the Shreveport – Bossier area!

 (Submitted by Barbara Helm, Kerr Elementary)

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Bossier High holds honor society induction ceremony

Bossier High School held its annual National Honor Society induction ceremony Tuesday, April 26th, 2016.
This ceremony honors a select group of 11th graders who were chosen to represent Bossier High School’s finest students for the coming year. This group is composed of students who have at least a 3.3 GPA, are in good standing with the administration, and have shown responsibility in their actions. 
As official members of the National Honor Society, these students must uphold the tenets of the society & perform service duties during their senior year. They will be rewarded for their efforts when they graduate in 2017 wearing an honor collar from NHS, a feature that sets them apart from all other graduates. 
The following BHS students were inducted for the 2016-2017 year: Alyssa Broadway, Noemi Castillo, Ana Damian, Myra Edwards, Juan Flores, A’reonna Gilbert, Mckayla Hagar, Shai Johnson, Mosse’ Martinez, Mikayla Miller and Regine Neal.”

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Bossier schools win big at regional RARC competition

An adventure around the world came to an exciting end at the Bossier Civic Center on Saturday, April 30, as the Regional Autonomous Robotics Circuit (RARC) hosted its final competition of the 2015-2016 school year.

RARC is a series of three competitions for students in grades 3-12 that engages students in cyber and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning experiences that also integrates the liberal arts through a theme. The 2015-2016 RARC theme, Exploring the Wonders of the World, allowed students to explore cyber and STEM fundamentals through use of a robotics platform as well as learn about geographical wonders like the Amazon rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef through a competition mat and detailed storyline.
“It’s amazing to see how enthusiastic the students are at the competitions. I think every adult in the room wishes that the hands-on learning RARC provides was available when they were in school. I am proud that Bossier City sponsors RARC for the students in our region,” commented Mayor Lo Walker.

More than 200 teams from public, private, and charter schools and homeschool and after school programs from eight Louisiana parishes (Bossier, Caddo, Lincoln, Livingston, Natchitoches, Richland, Sabine, and Webster) and two Arkansas counties (Miller and Union) registered for RARC Competition 3.

The third competition not only included challenges the teams prepared for in advance through pre-released guidelines, but also boasted a mystery challenge that was revealed to elementary and middle school teams at the competition. Teams had thirty minutes to use their 21st century skills like critical thinking, communication, and teamwork to program their robots to accomplish the challenge without the aid of their coaches.

Throughout the day, teams accumulated points based on their performances and were ranked accordingly. Trophies were awarded to the first through third place winners during the awards ceremonies.

In the elementary division, Plantation Park Team 1 emerged as the first place winner followed by Princeton Team 2 in second place and Curtis Team 1 in third place. For the middle school division, SBC Middle Team 1 triumphed and placed first while T.O. Rusheon Team 2 earned second place and Greenacres Team 3 won third place. Delhi Charter Team 1 took first place in the high school division followed by Benton Team 1 and Caddo Magnet Team 2 in second and third place, respectively.

Adding to the excitement of the awards ceremonies, the RARC grand champions for the 2015-2016 circuit were also named. The grand champion results are based on an overall circuit score, which is a tally of the highest point total earned by each school’s top team at each competition. 
Scores from all three competitions were given equal weight.

After calculating each school’s existing scores with the results of Competition 3, the following schools/organizations finished in the top three in each division:
South Highlands (Elementary School, 1st place); St. John Berchmans Cathedral School (Elementary School, 2nd place); Legacy (Elementary School, 3rd place); Elm Grove (Middle School, 1st place); T.O. Rusheon (Middle School, 2nd place); Broadmoor/FDDOC (Middle School, 3rd place); Delhi Charter (High School, 1st place); Caddo Magnet (High School, 2nd place); Benton and Southwood (High School, 3rd place tie).

All grand champions received technology awards to further the robotics programs at their schools.

G.B. Cazes, Vice President of the Cyber Innovation Center, explained, “It’s important to provide resources to schools so they can update their existing technology or expand their programs so that more and more students can benefit from cyber and STEM education programs.”

RARC is sponsored by the Cyber Innovation Center’s National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC), the City of Bossier City, Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center, Bossier Parish Schools, and Caddo Parish Schools. To learn more about RARC, please visit http://nicerc.org/rarc/rarcla/.

Courtesy Photo | Plantation Park Team 1
Courtesy Photo | Plantation Park Team 1
Courtesy Photo | Elm Grove Middle, 1st Place, Grand Champion
Courtesy Photo | Elm Grove Middle, 1st Place, Grand Champion
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