November 17, 2017
Runnels has always been the school for all races, religions, and national origins.

In focus this week: Elementary Robotics Club; Mary Poppins in Production at Runnels; Winning Awards at Math Tournament; Delivering "Cookies for Heroes"; Countdown Begins for Runnels Visual and Performing Arts Showcase at Barnes & Noble; Toys for Tots; Runnels Christmas Ornaments Available; Thank Yous and Kudos; Friendly Reminders; Weekly Photo Album and Athletic Corner.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Elementary Robotics Club Wins Big at First Tournament
The new Elementary Robotics Club emerged from its inaugural competition at the First Lego League Qualifying Tournament held Nov. 11 at Woodlawn High School with honors and a chance to represent our school at the State Championship. Fourteen teams made up of students in grades 4-8 took part in the meet.

Competing as three teams grouped by age -- the Electric Einsteins (grade 6), the Techno Clan (grades 5 and 6) and the HydroBots (grade 5) -- the Runnels club participated in sessions on Core Values, Projects and Robot Design as well as Robot Challenge Matches. 

The Electric Einsteins won the “Rookie of the Year Award” and qualified to advance to the State Championship. The Techno Clan earned the “Robot Design Award,” and the HydroBots took 4th place in the Robot Challenge.

Elementary Robotics Club co-sponsor Aprille Wright said the teams did an amazing job. “Everyone showed gracious professionalism, teamwork and skill, all while being rookie teams. We (Mrs. Wright and club co-sponsor Alecia Tate) are two proud coaches!”  
Electric Einsteins (from left), Summer Guerin, Yaseen Pirzadah, Poppy Pellissier, Conor Reynolds, Gavin McManus and Paul Stevenson. (Not pictured: Gavin Oram.)
Techno Clan (from left) Luke Hillman, Alexa LaPlace, Morgan McCloud, Yaseen Zaid, Arthur Donaldson, Nathan Coxe and Aubrey Francois.
HydroBots (from left) Zeb Tate, Parker Wright, Mason Pizzalato, Taylor Valentine, Jack Ezell, Sophia Rabeaux, Lina Derzi and Sam Kennedy.      
Multiple Awards at Math Tournament
Seven Runnels students pitted their math skills against approximately 350 students from 24 other local high schools by participating in the Mu Alpha Theta Math Tournament at Episcopal on Nov. 11. 

Senior Austin Stansbury finished 3rd in BC Calculus, with Alex Matthews and Ashley Stansbury, also seniors, taking honorable mentions. Also bringing home 3rd-place honors was freshman Connor Porthouse, in the Algebra 2 individual competition.
Receiving honorable mentions in team competitions were Reagan Kyle, grade 8, Austin Stansbury, Ashley Stansbury and Alex Matthews. Also competing for Runnels were Ryan Lam, grade 11, and Marshall Pentes, grade 9. The Mu Alpha Theta sponsor is Karen Matthews. 

(Photo: Mu Alpha Theta members participating in the Episcopal tournament were, from left, Alex Matthews, Marshall Pentes, Connor Porthouse, Ryan Lam, Ashley Stansbury, Austin Stansbury and Reagan Kyle. )  
Mary Poppins the Broadway Musical in Production at Runnels
The magical world of Mary Poppins will come to life in our theater Jan. 19-21 when the junior and senior high drama department presents Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins the Broadway Musical .
Based on the children’s books by P.L. Travers and the 1964 film starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, Mary Poppins the Broadway Musical takes us to the Banks home at Number 17 Cherry Tree Lane where trouble is brewing. The mischievous children have sent another nanny scurrying out the door. The mysterious Mary Poppins suddenly appears just in time to take on the job. Mary and her chimney-sweep pal, Bert, delight the children with magical adventures and, in her practically perfect way, sets the Banks household on a true and steady course to a happy ending.

Directing the show is Neena McLain, Runnels K-12 Theater Program Chair. Jill Swetnam is the music director, Aaron Turnipseed will provide vocal direction, and the choreographer is Rachel Harper-Hart. Technical Theater students will run the show, with Camille Doucet as stage manager and Jena Carballo assisting. Leading the 7th-12th-grade cast are Kayla Evans as Mary Poppins and Alex Morgan as Bert,Tyler Robbins as George Banks, Sophia Torres as Winifred, Madisan Milam as Jane and Evan Shaneyfelt as Michael. (Photos: Junior Kayla Evans, left, will portray Mary Poppins and Alex Morgan, also a junior, will portray Bert the chimney sweep.)

Mary Poppins
the Broadway Musical
Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre
Friday, Jan. 19 at 7 pm
Saturday, Jan. 20 at 7 pm
Sunday, Jan. 21 at 2 pm
Tickets: $12 if purchased in advance
and $15 at the door

Online ticket sales begin December 1 at

Delivering "Cookies for Heroes"
To show their appreciation to local first responders and in support of the "Cookies for Heroes" program, members of the Runnels Jr. Beta Club delivered boxes of homemade cookies to local firefighters, police officers, sheriffs deputies, and EMS personnel on Nov. 10. The students also gave them hand made cards and posters thanking them for their service to the community.

This is the 15th year the Runnels Jr. Beta Club has taken part in this annual event, which recognizes local heroes and commemorates 9/11. (Photo: Sixth graders Kate Kelfstrom, left, on top of truck, and Allie Bethea deliver “Cookies for Heroes” to members of the St. George Fire Department.)
Countdown to Holiday Arts Showcase at Barnes & Noble
It's only two weeks until our 8th annual "Visual and Performing Arts Holiday Showcase" begins at the Citiplace Barnes & Noble. Get a head start on your holiday shopping while enjoying a lavish program of performances and exhibitions by Runnels music, art and theater students. The Showcase will also feature a robotics demonstration, a chess tournament and complimentary gift wrapping for your holiday purchases.

The Showcase begins Friday, Dec. 1 at 5:45 pm with an Opening Reception for the Student Art Show (grades K-12) and holiday harp music. At 7:00 pm, we'll have carols by the Jr./Sr. High Vocal Club and class at the top of the escalator and a P.J. Party in the Children's Room.

When making purchases at the Showcase, please remember to mention Runnels School or present a Runnels voucher (below) at checkout. Barnes & Noble will donate 25 percent of pre-tax sales to our school on nearly all of your purchases. (Photo: Harpists, from left, Kyra Reeves, Anna Manning and Jordyn Miller perform at the 6th annual Runnels Visual and Performing Arts Holiday Showcase.)

A Way To Help This Holiday Season
You can help make the holidays brighter for disadvantaged children in our area by participating in the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots Program. If you can help, please place new, unwrapped toys in the collection boxes located in the foyer of our Elementary School on or before Friday Dec. 14. The toys will be distributed as holiday gifts to needy children in the Baton Rouge community. 
Runnels Ornaments Available
Don't miss the opportunity to own and give this lovely glass keepsake ornament featuring the distinctive Runnels fleur de lis and the current year. A limited number of ornaments are available for purchase. All proceeds from the sale of the Runnels ornaments will go to our library programs.

Ornaments are available from the Elementary Library. (Make checks out to Runnels Elementary Library.) Information:
Thank yous ... and Kudos ...
Library Book Fair Thank Yous
Thanks to our supportive shoppers and volunteers, the Elementary Library's Fall Scholastic Book Fair was a tremendous success. We raised funds for the purchase of new books for the library, and the students really enjoyed the experience of shopping at school. Donuts with Dad, and Muffins with Mom were standing room only events. Just a note: the Moms did edge out the Dads a bit this year. Once again, the lollipop pull for “All for Books” was successful, and we were able to buy books for University Terrace Elementary, a school in great need, and for the Kids Hope Program. We extend special thanks to JoPaula Smith, Julie Horridge, and Kendall Krebsbach (for loaning us their before-care/classroom space in the Drama Room) , Meredith Wartelle...  read more...
Saying So Long to "Strong Buffalo"
After 17 years of pitching his teepee on our playground to teach kindergarten students about how the Plains Indians lived, Native American historian Tom Varnado, better known around here as "Strong Buffalo," is folding up his tent for the last time at Runnels. Mr. Varnado is planning to retire. We sincerely thank him for sharing his knowledge of Native American history with many generations of Runnels students. He will be missed.
Scouts Lend a Hand
Kudos to the members of Girl Scout Troop 10164 for regularly reaching out to help others in the community. They recently made tutus to be sold at the Baton Rouge Girls on the Run 5K race Nov. 19. Proceeds from the sales will be used to cover annual Girls on the Run fees for disadvantaged children. In October, the girls worked the face painting booth at the Barnhill Preserve in Ethel, LA for a Pumpkin Patch event. (Photo: Emma Collett, left, and Samantha Marino, both in grade 7, help out at the Girls on the Run warehouse.) 
Accepted To Southeastern Honor Band
Six Runnels students have been selected to the 2017 Southeastern Invitational Honor Band. They are senior Sam Day and freshmen Evan Beoubay, Preston Kyle, Joseph Ismail, Caleb Reid and Chris Yura. The honor band concert will be held at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond on Dec. 2 at 3:30 pm.

Congratulations to these students and their band teacher at Runnels, Jill Swetnam. (Photo: front row, from left, Caleb Reid, Chris Yura, Preston Kyle; back row, from left: Joseph Ismail, Sam Day and Evan Beoubay). 
Jr. Beta District Rally Awards
 At the 2017 Jr. Beta District Rally held Nov. 11 at Copper Mill Elementary in Zachary, the Runnels Jr. Beta Club placed second in the “Tower of Power” competition and fourth in the Special Talent division.

Kudos to the “Tower of Power” team (Photo: Dawson Latona, Robby Harrison, Brendan LeBlanc, Nick D'Gerolamo and Omid Boushehri) and the musical trio of Emma Collett, Brooke Parsons and Meredith Taliaferro. The “Tower of Power” team qualified to advance to state competition. 
Friendly Reminders

Nov. 20-24 /  Thanksgiving Holidays  (School Resumes Nov. 27)

Nov. 27 / Lunchtime Pizza Party for Kindergarten . They won the party for having Most Participation in the Fall Fling Pumpkin Shine.

Dec. 1 / Harp Concert , 9:30 am, Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre

Dec. 1 - 3 / Runnels Visual and Performing Arts Showcase , Citiplace Barnes & Noble

Dec.1 / Advance tickets go on sale for Mary Poppins. (Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre, Jan. 19-21)

Dec. 4 / 4th- and 5th-Grade Band Concert , 7:00 pm, Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre

Dec. 5 / 6th- and 7th-Grade Band Concert , 11:00 am, Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre
8th-12th-Grade Band Concert , 7:00 pm, Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre

Dec. 6 / Seminar on "Teen Tips for Coping with Stress," 8:40 am, Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre

Dec. 8 / String Orchestra Concert , 9:00 am, Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre

(Above) Preschool 3s embrace the spirit and history of the First Thanksgiving.

In this week's album: Decimal Olympics, Strong Buffalo, 5th Grade Airplanes, 3rd Grade Field Trip to Global Wildlife, 4th Grade Field Trip to LASM, Dance Class Demonstration, Kindergarten Native American Day, Painting, Senior Luncheon, French Club Playing Boules/Petanque, Preschool Thanksgiving Celebrations and Candids.
Athletic Corner

The Running Raiders made school history by winning both the girls and boys Class B runners-up trophies at the 2017 LHSAA Cross Country State Championship Meet held at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches Nov. 13. The girls team missed coming in first by just one point! (Photo: Girls team at State - Back row: Anna Claire Courville, Kaylen Howe, Annie Fink, Micah Roper; Front row: Sydney Worsham and Ryan Roper.)

Leading the boys team with a second-place finish in individual competition was senior Sam Matthews. He was also named to the All-State XC Composite Team. Eighth grader Sydney Worsham posted the fastest time for the girls, placing 5th.

Other Runnels competitors finishing in the top 10 were seniors Alex Matthews and Kaylen Howe, junior Micah Roper, and sophomore Annie Fink. Also competing for Runnels were eighth graders Dawson Latona and Ryan Roper, sophomore Eric Ho, juniors Anna Claire Courville and Daniel Mayeaux, and senior Peyton Collett. (Many thanks to the Courville, Howe and Worsham families for Cross Country photos.)

Congratulations to the Running Raiders, Head Coach Julie Fink and assistant coach Linn Fink.
Boys XC team at State: Peyton Collett, Alex Matthews, Dawson Latona, Sam Matthews, Eric Ho and Daniel Mayeaux.
Head XC Coach Julie Fink, right, and assistant coach Linn Fink, left, with Sydney Worsham, grade 8, the top finisher among the Runnels girls at State.
Senior Sam Matthews, right, ran to a second-place finish in Class B individual competition. He also earned a spot on the All-State Cross Country Composite Team.

The Raiders are off to a hot start this year at 6-0. The varsity team defeated Episcopal School of Acadiana last Friday 51-49. The game was tight throughout, and it came down to a last-second shot by ESA. Cade Tate led the way for the Raiders with 5 threes and 29 points. Griffin Kennedy added 10 points and 5 rebounds. 

On Tuesday night, Runnels prevailed over Catholic Pointe Coupee 72-58. There were 4 players in double figures. Griffin Kennedy scored 21 points, Kyle Sieberth had 15, Cade Tate added 14, and JP Guillot had 10.

Last night in the opening game of the Runnels Round Robin, the Raiders won against Albany on a last second three pointer by Cade Tate. Albany had an early 15-0 lead in the first quarter, and held a double digit lead for most of the game. In the fourth quarter, Runnels outscored Albany 23-14. Cade Tate had an incredible game with 31 points, with 19 of them coming in the fourth quarter. Tate hit a three as time was running out for an exciting 52-51 finish. 

Runnels will play Livionia Friday at 7:15 pm and Booker T. Washington at 11:45 am on Saturday.

This week, the 7th and 8th grade basketball teams each had big wins against Silliman. The 7th grade team dominated at 48-13. The 8th grade also won, 46-21. Both teams are 4-0 so far this season.

Alex Lam led the 7th grade with 16 points. For 8th grade, Charlie Garrison scored 15 points. Robbie Harrison had 14 and Collin Coates had 13.

Last Wednesday, the teams faced off against Victory Academy. The 7th grade won 47-40. Leading the team were Shelby Anders with 16 points and Alex Lam with 15. In addition, the 8th grade team crushed Victory Academy 57-20. Robbie Harrison led the team, scoring 20 points.


In their first game of the season, the girls soccer team ran over Brusly, 8-0. Scoring big were Lainee Alfonso and Ally Garrity, who each made 3 points. Kaylen Howe and Avery Hamachek added a goal to the total.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the Varsity Boys and Girls teams competed at the LHSAA State Swim Championship Meet in Sulphur. With 21 teams competing in the Boys category, the swimming Raiders took 6th place. The Lady Raiders team placed 12th in a field of 19 teams -- with only two Runnels swimmers competing.

The Boys relay team placed 3rd in the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay. Swimmers included: Barrett Couvillion, Parker Rhinehart, Spencer Spivak and Michael Stevenson.

Jordyn Miller, captain of the Girls team, placed 2nd in both of her events — the 200 Yard Individual Medley and the 100 Yard Butterfly. Erin Oehrle placed 8th in the 100 Yard Freestyle and 6th in the 100 Yard Backstroke while swimming her personal best. Kate Oehrle was unable to swim due to an injury but cheered from poolside. 

Michael Stevenson, co-captain of the Boys team, placed 4th in the 50 Yard Freestyle and 10th in the 100 Yard Butterfly. Co-captain Parker Rhinehart placed 10th in the 200 Yard Freestyle and 12th in the 500 Yard Freestyle. Spencer Spivak placed 6th in the 100 Yard Breaststroke and 11th in the 100 Yard Freestyle. Barrett Couvillion placed 9th in the 500 Yard Freestyle and 11th in the 200 Yard Freestyle. Seth Miller swam his best time in the 50 Yard Freestyle but unfortunately did not place. Steven Spivak swam his best times in the 100 Yard Freestyle and the 100 Yard Backstroke but unfortunately did not place top 16. 

The Boys Relay team took 4th place in the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay and 3rd place in the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay. Relay swimmers were Michael Stevenson, Parker Rhinehart, Spencer Spivak and Barrett Couvillion. 

Congratulations swimmers on a great season! (Photo: Back row: Steven Spivak, Barrett Couvillion, Michael Stevenson, Parker Rhinehart, Spencer Spivak; Front row: Coach Leighanne Kiggans, Erin Oehrle, Jordyn Miller, Kate Oehrle, Seth Miller and Coach Matt Kiggans. )

On Friday
Varsity Boys Basketball – Runnels Tournament at Home

On Saturday
Varsity Boys Basketball Tournament continues
Varsity Girls Soccer at Walker – 2:00 p.m.

Varsity Boys Basketball vs. St. Helena at Home on November 20th at 5:00 p.m.

Varsity Girls Soccer at Lutcher on November 21st at 6:00 p.m.
Please include the date and location of the event and the students pictured .