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Dance Challenge Celebrates 10th Anniversary Tonight, April 13

WEATHER UPDATE: The Dance Challenge will take place as planned tonight, April 13, 2016, at 6 p.m. Martin Marino’s Dance Challenge has grown in participation and popularity over the past decade. One thing that’s remained the same, however, is the special role this always anticipated event plays for its young competitors. “The dance program gives Jefferson Parish […]

Meet the Winners, See the Sights from the 9th Annual Dance Challenge

Martin Marino’s 9th Annual Dance Challenge proved to be well worth the wait. Originally scheduled for April 15, severe weather postponed the much anticipated event to April 29. Parents and other supporters still filled the Pontchartrain Center to cheer on over 320 elementary school students as they competed in a variety of dance styles. Students […]

Dance Challenge Rescheduled for April 29 at 6 p.m.

  More than 320 Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) students from 18 elementary schools will participate in Martin Marino’s 9th annual Dance Challenge on Wednesday, April 29 at 6 p.m. The event is free to the public and will be held at the Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd. in Kenner. The Dance Challenge was […]

Louisiana First Lady Brings Gifts to Bissonet Plaza

First graders at Bissonet Plaza Elementary recently had a very special visitor who came bearing gifts. On January 17, Louisiana First Lady Supriya Jindal visited with teacher Monique Lemonie’s class of eager first grade students. She spoke to the students about the importance of math and science and its use in our everyday lives. “Studies […]

Ten JPPSS Schools Recognized As Higher Performing Schools

The National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA) has named ten Jefferson Parish Public Schools to its 2012 Higher Performing Schools list in the state of Louisiana. NCEA, a division of ACT, Inc., is a not-for-profit organization that provides research-based solutions and expertise in higher performing schools, school improvement, and best practice research that lead to […]

Bissonet Plaza’s Bollywood Family Fitness Day

In late October, family members joined students at Bissonet Plaza Elementary for a Bollywood-themed Family Fitness Day. According to Principal Brenda Breithaupt, a committee of teachers works on programs to involve the families and the community in the school. “There are seven different languages spoken by families at our school,” Breithaupt said. “We select activities to fit […]

JPPSS Student Named Finalist in Student of Year Program

A Bissonet Plaza Elementary School student was recently named a finalist in the Louisiana Student of the Year program for the 2012 – 2013 school year. Bissonet student Bennett Rine is one of five other finalists in the elementary school category and will compete for top honors during a daylong program at the state department […]

3 JPPSS Schools Earn State High Performing High Poverty Honor

Three elementary schools in the Jefferson Parish Public School System earned the High Performing – High Poverty honor from the state Department of Education. Bissonet Plaza, J.C. Ellis, and Greenlawn Terrace elementary schools have been identified by the state agency for overcoming the challenges associated with educating large populations of poor and minority children.  This is […]

Two Jefferson Public Schools Receive National Recognition For Healthy Schools

This year for the first time, two Jefferson Parish Public School System schools are being nationally recognized for their efforts to implement wellness programs and creating overall healthy school environments. Thomas Jefferson High School in Gretna and Bissonet Plaza Elementary School in Metairie were honored on June 13 by former President Bill Clinton, American Heart Association […]

Bissonet Elementary Is Healthiest School In System

Bissonet Plaza Elementary School was recently selected as a recipient of the annual School Health Award for the 2008-2009 school year by the Louisiana Department of Education. This is the first time the Metairie school has been recognized for this award. The School Health Award recognizes activities that encourage students to develop lifelong healthful eating and […]