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 […]

Butler Students Dance for Metairie Manor Residents

On November 3, 2014, students from Butler Elementary School showcased their dancing skills in salsa, swing, tango, and waltz for the residents of Metairie Manor, a retirement and assisted living facility. The students are participants in the JPPSS Ballroom Dance Program/Dance Challenge, a program founded by former JPPSS board member Martin Marino that features elementary students performing […]

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 […]

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 […]

Denise Rehm of Butler Elementary Named Louisiana Principal of the Year

The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) has named Denise Rehm, principal of Joshua Butler Elementary School in Westwego, as the 2015 Louisiana Principal of the Year during the 8th annual Cecil J. Picard EducatorExcellence Symposium in Baton Rouge. The annual event honors the most exceptional educators from local school systems throughout the state. “JPPSS is […]

JPPSS Principal Named Finalist for State Principal of the Year Award

Joshua Butler Elementary School principal Denise Rehm has been named a 2015 Principal of the Year finalist by the Louisiana Department of Education. “Being a principal is one of the most challenging and important jobs in our district,” said Superintendent James Meza, Jr. “I want to congratulate and thank Mrs. Rehm for her leadership, vision, […]

JPPSS Educators Named Semi-Finalists for State Teacher and Principal of the Year

Two Jefferson Parish Public School System educators were named as semi-finalists in the 2015 teacher and principal of the year competition by the Louisiana Department of Education. More than 50 districts from around the state submitted nominations. Troy Hobson, 5th grade teacher at Greenlawn Terrace Elementary School in Kenner, moved on in the teacher of […]

Butler BBQ Cook-Off

Fans of the Butler Elementary School’s BBQ Cook-Off braved torrential rain to partake some mouthwatering offerings. This second annual fundraising event featured games for kids, class performances, and BBQ. This year’s grand prize went to Candice and Adam Abadie and the Swamp Sizzlers who won with their fabulous alligator sausage and brisket. The Swamp Sizzlers […]