Joshua Butler Students Succeed with Conscious Discipline

Three years ago, Joshua Butler Elementary School instituted conscience discipline in an effort to change the culture of the school. During that time, Butler raised its school letter grade from a D to B. In recognition of this and for their many accomplishments, Butler Principal Denise Rehm has been named the 2015 Louisiana Principal of […]

Knit One, Purl Two at Metairie Academy

It’s not just reading, writing, and arithmetic at Metairie Academy. Students are given the opportunity to sing in the choir, play the bells, work on the yearbook, and even take up knitting in what the school calls “enrichment clusters.” Principal Helen Blanke believes that the clusters are important because students can study an area of […]

Adams Middle Takes Ice Bucket Challenge

The idea of the Ice Bucket Challenge began in the exploratory class at Adams, the last period of the day used for various activities including homework, reading, theater, and others. For the first few weeks of school, the focus of the class was on bullying – to promote awareness and to have the students really […]

First Day of School

The 2014-2015 school year for the Jefferson Parish Public School system is underway, as the district’s 47,000 students said goodbye to summer and hello to a new school year. Superintendent Dr. James Meza and Jefferson Parish School Board President and District 1 board member Mark Morgan joined principal Tamara Warner to welcome students to Gretna […]

JPPSS Staff Wellness Day 2014

Last spring, the Jefferson Parish Public School System held its first ever staff wellness day. It was a day devoted to having staff learn about physical and mental health. The day began with a brisk walk around the building, a Zumba class and exhibits set up in the board room. Ochsner Health Systems sponsored a […]

WWE Superstars Team with KaBoom to Build Playground

More than 200 volunteers worked together to give the students of Woodland West Elementary a new KaBoom playground. KaBoom is a national non profit ensuring that all kids have the opportunity to play everyday at home, in school and in their communities. According to former principal Amy Hoyle, the highlight of the day was when […]

New Orleans Style Art Houses

The art classes at East Jefferson High School became involved with New Orleans Style Art Houses. In order to ensure that the art class crosses the curriculum, teacher Renee Borne incorporated the history, and architecture of New Orleans. Students selected a style and built their houses using recycled materials.

Talented Visual Arts Program

The Jefferson Parish Talented Visual Arts Program is made up of students who have been identified as being gifted with exceptional artistic abilities. This program is available in every school and any child or parent of a child who is interested in these classes is encouraged to seek out the art teacher at his or […]

Living Biography at Grace King

Special needs students at Grace King High School ended the year by participating in a Living Biography project. Speech Language Pathologist Bridget Seals said that each student selected whom they would like to portray, developed a power point and created a costume. About 40 students participated in this year’s program with family members in attendance. […]

JPPSS Announces New Principal Appointments For 2014-2015

The Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) today announced new principal appointments for the 2014-2015 school year. “We are excited to welcome these talented, enthusiastic and energetic leaders to the district,” said Superintendent Dr. James Meza, Jr. “Our new principals have extensive backgrounds in elementary and middle school education. We are confident that we have […]