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JPPSS Expands Health Promotion Program to 16 More Elementary Schools

CATCH Global Foundation and the Jefferson Parish Public School System will expand implementation of a program that helps kids and parents learn to make healthier food choices and be more active in their daily lives, thanks to a $159,000 grant from the Humana Foundation. Phase 1 of the “New Orleans CATCH Coordinated School Health Initiative” […]

Teacher of the Year Banquet Honors Best in JPPSS

The Jefferson Parish Public School System recognized excellence in education during its annual Teacher of the Year Awards Ceremony Luncheon May 18 at The Four Columns in Harvey. The Teacher of the Year from every JPPSS school was honored during this event that was attended by Jefferson Parish School Board members, business and community stakeholders, […]

See the Sights, Meet the Winners from 11th Annual Dance Challenge

Over 300 fifth grade students from 17 schools across the Jefferson Parish Public School System took part in Martin Marino’s 11th Annual Dance Challenge. This ballroom dance competition is the only public schools program of its kind in Louisiana. The couples and team winners are listed below. Click here to see when the Dance Challenge will […]

Martin Marino’s 11th Annual Dance Challenge Takes the Stage April 5

More than 340 fifth grade students from 17 schools across the Jefferson Parish Public School System take to the dance floor April 5 for Martin Marino’s 11th Annual Dance Challenge. This free ballroom dance competition starts at 6 p.m. at the Pontchartrain Center at 4545 Williams Blvd. in Kenner. “We are so proud of all […]

JPPSS Announces Outstanding School Support Employees of the Year

The Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) named its Outstanding School Support Employees of the Year. The 2016-17 winners are Mildred Harris Elementary ESL paraprofessional Darlleny Santos, Marrero Middle accounts clerk Ariel Young, and Thomas Jefferson High plant manager Farrel Williamson, Jr. “It takes a multitude of professionals to build the right environment for student success,” […]

After School Program Turning JPPSS Students into Young Rembrandts

Young Rembrandts is a national program that’s impacting local students here in the Jefferson Parish Public School System. A recognized leader in art education, this after school program is enhancing the fine arts skills and academics of young children in our area. Mildred Harris Elementary is one JPPSS school that benefited from an end of […]

Three JPPSS educators honored as 2016 American Petroleum Institute Teacher Awardees

Each year, the American Petroleum Institute (API) Delta Chapter recognizes distinguished educators in the region’s schools. This year, API honored three educators in the Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS). The 2016 spring recognition reception was held June 7 at the Louisiana Children’s Museum. API Chairman Tessa Wiggins presented certificates and checks to JPPSS teachers […]

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 […]

Off-Broadway Production Provides Living History Lesson at Harris Elementary

History and art converged to give students at Harris Elementary an unforgettable lesson on the Tuskegee Airmen. Two actors from Black Angels Over Tuskegee performed an excerpt from this Off-Broadway production for fourth and fifth grade students in the Harris Elementary cafeteria. Written and directed by Louisiana native Layon Gray, this historical docudrama follows six men embarking […]

Teacher-Student Bond Enhances Classroom Libraries for Two JPPSS Schools

The relationship between teacher and student led to thousands of books being added to the libraries of two schools in the Jefferson Parish Public School System. Katy Graves is the current Superintendent of Schools for the Sag Harbor Union Free School District in New York. One of Graves’ former middle school students is current Theodore […]