Tough Competition for the First Annual Pitre Chili Cook Off

The competition was spicy on October 18, 2014, at the first annual chili cook off fundraiser for Vic Pitre Elementary School. Team Nacho Mama chef Blake McDonald said that they decided to participate because they are committed to helping children in the community. As a public school graduate, some of his best memories are of […]

Haynes Academy Puts on a Circus for Fall Fest

Fall Fest at Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies was a real circus this year, according to theater teacher Rene Piazza. “We decided to go with a circus theme this year,” said Piazza. “We have stilt walkers, clowns, games, rides, and great refreshments.” The entire school family came together to put on the event, including students […]

Showcasing Artistic Talent at Ehret

John Ehret High School recently held its 2nd annual juried art show. The show was open to not only the art students, but all Ehret students, who were asked to submit what they thought was their best work for consideration. Art pieces were placed in different categories for judging, including Art I, II, and III, […]

Message from the Superintendent: October 2014

On October 21, the Louisiana Department of Education released school and district performance scores for the 2013-14 school year. I’m so proud to share with you that the results demonstrate another year of academic growth for the Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS), and I hope you will join us celebrating the accomplishments of our […]

U.S. Attorney Polite Visits Johnson Gretna Park

The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Kenneth Polite, Jr., visited Shirley Johnson Gretna Park Elementary on October 15, 2014 to observe the National Day of Concern about Young People and Gun Violence. The Student Pledge Against Gun Violence is a non-political initiative that honors the role that young people, through their own […]

Haynes City Park Night for Friends and Family

On a recent evening, friends and family of the Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies took over Storyland at City Park enjoying rides, games, refreshments, and fun. The event, a fundraiser for the theater department, began three years ago and has grown to its current attendance of over 900 with proceeds going to support the next […]

Higgins Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Soccer demonstrations, traditional dancing, and sampling authentic candy were just a few of the activities L.W. Higgins High School students enjoyed during the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. Coordinated by soccer coach Francisco Castillo and Spanish teachers Warren Jones and Maria Schneider, the goal of the celebration was to recognize the importance of the various cultures […]

Butler Celebrates 4th Annual BBQ Cook-off

Joshua Butler Elementary School recently held its fourth annual BBQ cook-off at the Westwego Farmers Market. The day kicked off with a parade from the school featuring the royal court, with the king and queen opening the festivities. Games, a silent auction, ballroom dancing, demonstrations by the students and, of course, BBQ were the order […]

Winn Dixie Partners with Alexander to Turn Students into Junior Cake Decorators

Thanks to their local Winn Dixie store, students at A.C. Alexander Elementary School not only decorated their cakes, but ate them, too. At a recent cake design event sponsored by Winn Dixie, Alexander students donned hairnets, aprons, and gloves, and topped their outfits off with hats that read “I’m a jr. cake decorator.” According to […]

Message from the Superintendent: September 2014

I want to thank all of our students, families, teachers, and staff members for ensuring that the 2014-2015 school year got off to a smooth and successful start. District leaders, including board members, were excited to visit several schools to help kick off a new year, and I was so pleased to see the energy […]