October 13, 2017
Runnels has always been the school for all races, religions, and national origins.
In last Sunday's Baton Rouge Advocate , we celebrated our 32 Nationally Recognized Scholars (Merit Finalists, Semifinalists, Commended Students and AP Scholars) with a full-page advertisement. Here's the ad, just in case you missed it: Click here to see the ad in the Advocate ...

As you know, Runnels will be hosting three Open Houses for the Baton Rouge community this week. Please be sure to share this information with your friends, family, neighbors and colleagues. Runnels Open House...

We are extremely grateful to everyone who has made a donation to the 2017 Annual Giving Campaign. Special thank yous go to our newest Diamond Donor families, Steve Hayden and Julie Martin, Shawn and Wendy Worsham, and Frank and Bennie Coates. Their names will be added to the donor plaque in the foyer of the Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre when the campaign has concluded.

Sunday, Oct. 15, is the deadline for becoming a member of Runnels Schools, Inc., by making a gift of $250 or more to the 2017 Annual Giving Campaign. This one-year membership includes invitations for two to the annual Corporation Dinner Meeting in November where you'll get a sneak preview of what's on the horizon for our school. Donate now to the Annual Giving Campaign ...
In focus this week: Preschool "Story Book Character Parade"; Balloon Powered Car Challenge; Rolling Out Raider Star Assemblies; Kudos and Thank Yous; Halloween Writing Contest; Math-A-Thon Kick-Off; Open House Events Oct. 18-20; Kudos and Thank Yous; Friendly Reminders and Sports.
Story Book Characters on Parade at Preschool
October brought the Fall Scholastic Book Fair to our preschool campus along with its traditional concluding event, the "Story Book Character Parade." Dressed up as their favorite characters from their favorite books this morning, the Pre-K students delighted a large audience of parade-going parents, relatives, teachers and friends. The children shared the names of the characters they were portraying along with the titles of the books from which they came with event emcee Ms. Danielle.

“The purpose of the parade,” explained Preschool Co-Director Karen Runnels, is to “emphasize the importance of reading with young children. Early reading creates a love for reading in our students and sets them up for success in school.”  (Photo: Dressed up as a bear from I'm Going on a Bear Hunt written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury is Pre-K student Rhodes Robert.)

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Introducing Raider Wrap Up and Raider Spirit Cup
The premiere episode of Raider Wrap Up , the new weekly video blog produced by the junior and senior high, aired this morning. Raider Wrap-Up will be available each Friday via a Google Classroom site. In the blog, seniors will star as on-air talent reading the  Student Scoop  and previewing coming events. (Photo: Seniors Max Sager and Michael Stevenson anchor the first ever 'Raider Wrap Up.')

Introduced in today's Raider Wrap Up was a new intraschool competition for grades 7-12 called the Raider Spirit Cup. Each class is invited to stack up points to win the cup by participating in designated campus “spirit events.” A certain number of points will be assigned to each particular “spirit event,” and the class with the highest level of participation in the event will win those points. The winner of the Raider Spirit Cup will be announced at Raider Rally in March. The winning class will be treated to a special school sponsored “class-free” morning sometime in April (details to come). 

St. Jude Math-A-Thon Gets Going in Elementary Grades
Two special assemblies for grades 1-6 held in the Elementary Drama Room Tuesday jump started the annual St. Jude Math-A-Thon at Runnels. By participating in the fundraiser, students have the opportunity to practice their math skills while helping to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Families never receive bills from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.
  Students participate in the fundraiser by solving age- appropriate math problems in an online Math-A-Thon Funbook. They raise money for the charity by asking family and friends to support their participation in the Math-A-Thon. Since 1991, Runnels has raised more than $160,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The Math-A-Thon is scheduled to run through Oct. 27. For more information, visit mathathon.org or contact elementary math teacher Christine Pousson at c.pousson@runnels.org. ( Photo: Brooke Drescher, grade 1, and Runnels Math-A-Thon sponsor Mrs. Pousson show that Math-A-Thon participants can be superheroes by making a difference in the lives of the children of St. Jude. )
Balloon-Powered Car Challenge Fires Up Learning
Learning hit the fast lane in Marcy Faust's physical science classes this week when students competed in a Balloon Racer Challenge. For the event, students designed and build light-weight balloon-powered cars from recycled materials. The project, which demonstrates Newton’s Third Law of Motion, challenged students to consider how mass, air resistance, and friction might affect the speed and distance their balloon-powered cars could travel. Winners in the the distance category were Lindsey Huynh and Barrett Couvillon, with a car that traveled 14.46 meters (the minimum goal called for the cars to be able to travel a distance of five meters). Taking the prize in the speed category were Ramsey Rogers and Wesley Stevenson. Their car moved at a pace of 1.5 miles per second. Students also used Google Forms to vote for the most attractive entry. The car earning the beauty prize belonged to the team of Emily Reid and Ellerie Tregre. (Photo: Izzy Yan, Emily Schacht and Ryan Roper take a balloon-powered car for a spin.) of St. Jude. )
Wanted: Spooktacular Stories and Poems
The Writing Center is sponsoring a Halloween creative writing contest this month for students in grades 7-12. Original Halloween-themed work may be submitted in the Poetry or Short Story category. Students' Choice and Teachers' Choice awards will be presented in both divisions. All entries must have titles and should be typed. Poems may be of any length or form. Short stories should be limited to three pages. Submissions, which will be collected by English teachers, are due Oct. 27. Award winners will be invited to read their entries aloud in the Andy Mack Memorial Library during the lunch hour on Oct. 31.

In addition, all junior and senior high students are invited to enter the Andy Mack Memorial Library's drawing to win a "monster" chocolate bar this month. To enter, recommend your favorite scary book to junior and senior high school librarian Wendy Herumin and submit a quotation from the book (in writing). The drawing will be held in the library at lunchtime on Halloween day. (Photo: Writing Center peer tutors McKenna Tregre and Austin Stansbury invite students to enter the "monster" chocolate bar scary book drawing.)
Kudos and Thank Yous
Double Scholarship Winner - Congrats to Adam Howe (Class of 2017), now a freshman at the LSU Honors College, for winning two scholarships awarded by the LSU College of Agriculture: a Louisiana American Society of Sugar Cane Technology Scholarship and a College of Agriculture Dean's Award. He was recognized for these accomplishments at the LSU Honors Convocation today. Adam's scholarship profile and picture ( above ) were on display at the ceremony and will be featured in social media posts from the LSU College of Agriculture.

On Stage at LSU - Kudos to alumna Savannah Sanders (Class of 2017), currently at LSU, for playing the lead in a drama entitled Marjorie Prime performed in the Studio Theater in LSU's Music and Dramatic Arts building in September.
We Sincerely Thank ...

... Stephen Hanks , father of Calliope (preschool 3s), and his fellow LSU chemistry classmates, Joshua Doss and Jaime Fusilier, for visiting the preschool this week to demonstrate the properties of gasses. The activity involved balloons, bubbles, flames and one big boom! (Photo: Stephen Hanks and his daughter, preschool student Calliope Hanks.)

... Jim Linford , father of Brodie (kindergarten), for reading Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin to our kindergarten class this week in the Elementary Library. (See photos in Weekly Album.)
We Have Jazz - Bravo to the Upper Elementary Chorus and director Johnice Thoms for treating us to a concert devoted entirely to American jazz this morning in the Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre. "We Have Jazz" traced the history of American jazz from the birth of the blues through bee-bop. The chorus presented songs and skits celebrating the contributions of jazz greats such as Fats Waller, Cab Calloway, Thelonious Monk, Billy Holiday and more.

(Photo: Waiting in the wings for the concert to get started are members of the Elementary Chorus.)
(Above) Giants in the Sky cast members sing and dance their way through last night's dress rehearsal in the Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre. Tickets for tonight's 7:00 pm show are available at the door, and seats for Sunday's 2:00 pm matinee are going fast at seatyourself.biz. (Online ticket sales close 12 hours before each show.)
In this week's album: Math-A-Thon Kick-Off, Technical Theatre Class, Eighth Grade Youth Legislature Speeches, Physical Science Balloon Racer Challenge, Guest Reads to Kindergartners in the Library, Elementary Chorus Concert, PE, Playing at Preschool, Candids and Trip to Poverty Point.
Friendly Reminders

October 13
Reception for Runnels Art Faculty Show, Those Who Teach, Can, 6:00 - 8:00 pm at the Firehouse Gallery, 427 Laurel St. in Baton Rouge. Show continues through Oct. 28.

October 13 and 15
Giants in the Sky , Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre, Friday, Oct. 13 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, Oct. 15 at 2:00 pm Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students, and $12 for all at the door. 

October 15
RPO's "Raider Relief" Fundraiser at Raising Cane's , 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm at the Raising Cane's at 14929 Market St. in Baton Rouge. Mention the Runnels School Fundraiser so that 15% of your purchase will be donated to "Raider Relief."

October 18
Jr./Sr. High (Grades 7-12) Open House for Prospective Families , 9:00 am-11:00 am, Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre

October 19
Elementary (Grades K-6) Open House for Prospective Families , 9:00 am – 11:00 am, Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre

October 20
Preschool Open House (2s – Pre-Ks) for Prospective Families , 9:00 am – 11:00 am, Molly Hightower Activity Building

October 20-22
Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play , Oct. 20 and 21 at 7:00 pm and Oct. 22 at 2:00 pm, Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre (Online ticket sales close 12 hours prior to each performance.)

October 22
Runnels Advanced String Orchestra performs at Broadmoor United Methodist Church for the 9:00 am service in the Sanctuary, 10230 Mollylea Drive, Baton Rouge, LA

October 25
NHS Costco Pizza Sale Fundraiser , lunchtime on main campus, Pre-order forms available from junior and senior high English teachers. All proceeds will be donated to "Raider Relief." (details to come)

October 26
Fourth-Grade Band Concert , 9:00 am, Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre

October 27
RPO Fall Fling Fundraiser for “Raider Relief,” Outdoor Plaza, Main Campus, 6:00 pm
October 28
Sadie Hawkins Dance , Catalano Gym, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Athletic Corner
Calling All Runnels High School Student Artists

The Runnels Booster Club is sponsoring a t-shirt design contest as part of a plan to create one big RAIDER NATION. T-shirts with the winning design will be produced and sold at Runnels. Students wearing the shirts to home games will receive FREE admission to all sports, all year.

The design must have no more than 5 words in the name, one of which is "Raider(s)" and must have the appearance of a logo. The winner will be announced Friday, Oct 20. A cash prize of $50 and a free t-shirt will be awarded to the first-place winner. The second-place winner will receive a $15 gift card to Raising Cane’s, and the third-place winner will receive a free drink/meal at a home game. Design entries are to be submitted to Mrs. Schlotterer either in person or via email,  d.schlotterer@runnels.org , by Thursday, Oct. 19 by 3:00 pm.
Cross Country Scholar-Athletes Recognized
Congratulations to Running Raider seniors Kaylen Howe, Alex Matthews and Sam Matthews for being named to the All-Academic Composite Cross Country Team for 2017. Kaylen, Alex and Sam will be recognized at the State Cross Country Championship in Natchitoches on Monday, Nov. 13. (Photos below)

"Last Saturday," reports Cross Country Head Coach Julie Fink, "the Running Raiders struck with more PRs, season best times, improved place finishes and a NEW SCHOOL RECORD at the Catholic High School Invite meet! Congratulations to Dawson Latona for setting a new Junior High Boys School record for the 2-mile in 11:37.59. Adam Howe previously held the record set on October 14, 2013 with a time of 11:41."  (Photo: Dawson Latona)
Sam Matthews
Alex Matthews
Kaylen Howe
Last weekend, the Junior High Swim team competed at Crawfish Aquatics. Natalie Fairley was a preliminary finalist in the 50 Yard Butterfly and the 100 Yard Freestyle. Michael Hillman was a preliminary finalist in the 50 and 100 Yard Freestyle. In both the 50 Yard Freestyle and the 50 Yard Backstroke, Emma Allerheiligen improved her personal best times.
This week, the Lady Raiders volleyball team played its second district game against Church Academy. The four-game match ended with a loss, 18-25, 27-25, 24-26, 22-25.

On Thursday, the Lady Raiders were defeated by Baton Rouge High in a competitive three-game match,16-25, 8-25, 19-25. Team leaders were KK Roy with 5 assists, Catherine Henning with 4 kills and Rachel Wehbe with 2 kills and 2 blocks.

Join the Lady Raiders Monday, Oct. 16 for Senior Night as they take on district competitor Southern Lab starting at 5 pm at home.
Saturday, Oct. 14
JV Volleyball Tournament at Central High, 10:00 am vs. Brusly, 11:00 am vs. Central
and 1:00 pm vs. Episcopal
Varsity Cross Country at Menard Invitational at Fort Buhlow Recreation Area, 9:00 am
Jr. High Cross Country at STM Race at LSU Innovation Park, 8:15 am
Varsity Swim Meet at Crawfish Aquatics – 8:30 am
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Show us your Raider Spirit by sending in your fan photos to be included in our Weekly Photo Album or featured in the  Friday Focus . Email photos to  n.latiolais@runnels.org
Please include the date and location of the event and the students pictured.