February 2, 2018
Runnels has always been the school for all races, religions, and national origins.

In this week's Friday Focus : National Writing Contest Honors; 100th Day of School Celebration; National Spanish Exam Leads to Scholarship Opportunities; Out of This World Board Games; Traveling to Texas for Professional Development Opportunities; Thank Yous; Kudos; Friendly Reminders; Weekly Photo Album; and Athletic Corner.
National Writing Contest Recognizes Runnels Authors
Junior and senior high students Mickey Kaiser, Ashley Belcher and Christopher Ortego have been awarded honorable mentions in the 2018 Scholastic Arts & Writing Award contest. Ashley, grade 8, and Mickey, grade 10, were recognized for their poetry submissions, and Christopher for his flash fiction entry.

Their award certificates will be presented by the Greater New Orleans Writing Project on April 15 at the University of New Orleans. Michele Stanfield and Kylie Harbin, their English teachers at Runnels, have been invited to join them at the ceremony.

Copies of their award-winning work are on display in the Andy Mack Memorial Library. For more information on the
National Scholastic Art & Writing Program: http://www.artandwriting.org/.

(Photo: Award-winning writers Ashley Belcher, Christopher Ortego and Mickey Kaiser.)
Counting the Ways to Celebrate the 100th Day of School
Learning about counting added up to terrific fun for our kindergartners on Jan. 30 when they officially celebrated the 100th Day of School.

They marked the special event with a party in the Drama Room featuring their magnificent and diverse collections of 100 items. Among the displays were 100 crayons in the shape of a rainbow, 100 puff balls formed into a teddy bear, and a 100-piece jigsaw puzzle.

Students also enjoyed counting to 100 by ones and fives, reading a story about the 100th day of school, popping 100 balloons, and playing a hide-and-seek game featuring 100 chocolate Hershey’s Kisses. The occasion concluded with the presentation of blue frosted cupcakes arranged into the number 100 for all to enjoy.

(Photo: Runnels kindergartners, from left, Amelia Wright, Anderson Smith and Reyhan Patel view collections of 100 items on display in the Drama Room in honor of the 100th Day of School.)
National Spanish Exam Leads to Scholarship Opportunities
High school Spanish teacher Kayleigh Smith reports that two of her students, junior Ian Lansing and sophomore Eric Ho, are eligible to apply for scholarships to study Spanish through two different immersion programs this summer. "Based on their scores on last year’s National Spanish Exam and their commitment to continue studying Spanish next year," she said, "they will each apply for a competitive scholarship through the AATSP (American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.)" 

Ian will apply for the Junior Study Abroad Scholarship, a ten-day program in Spain, which covers tuition, meals, lodging, and travel expenses. Eric will try for the Global Citizen Scholarship, a two-week program through Concordia Language Villages in Minnesota, which provides tuition, meals, and lodging. Scholarship winners will be notified by April 1. “I wish them the best," said Ms. Smith, "and hope they win the scholarships!” (Photo: From left are Ian Lansing, Spanish teacher Kayleigh Smith, and Eric Ho.)
Out-of-This-World Science Games
“Planetopoly,” “Galaxy Race,” and “Astro Blast” were just a few of the heavenly titles thought up by students in John Baird’s fifth-grade science classes for the board games they recently created as part of their studies of astronomy.

Students imagined they were educational toy company executives charged with inventing a new and exciting astronomy-themed board game for children aged 10-12. The game had to include a colorful board featuring astronomy-related images, at least 20 question cards (based on a study guide for an upcoming astronomy test), rules for playing, objectives for winning, and materials needed for game procedures such as spinners, tokens or dice.

On Wednesday, the students had a blast playing the games they invented with their classmates. (Photo: Carter Parsons displays his board game, "Spaceopoly.")
Traveling to Texas for Educational Theatre Convention
K-12 Theatre Program Chair Neena McLain took advantage of the opportunity to expand her expertise in the classroom, on stage, and behind the curtain by heading to Galveston last week for the 2018 Texas Educational Theatre Association’s (TETA) Annual TheatreFest Convention at Moody Gardens.

The meeting, which attracted more than 1,800 participants, offered more than 300 theatre and film-related workshops, a multitude of scholarly presentations, educational and design exhibits, and appearances by guest artists including working Broadway actors. The convention also provided theatre students with chances to audition for scholarships to colleges and universities across the nation. 

A native of Texas and graduate of McMurry University in Abilene, Ms. McLain, who also holds a master’s degree from LSU, has been a member of TETA’s Advisory Board for three years. At the convention, she participated in workshops and networked with theatre educators and professionals from other parts of the country. “I was able to bring back of wealth of information for my classes,” she said.

A highlight of the trip was meeting keynote speaker and Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Ruth Buzzi, a veteran actor who found fame in the ‘60s as a regular on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In. (Photo: Neena McLain.)
Exploring Physics Through Roller Coaster Design Project
Physics and honors physics students in Amy Guillory's classes have been learning about the science behind roller coasters. Working in teams, they recently designed and built model roller coasters out of piping insulation, tape, cardboard and a few other odds and ends. They also performed measurements and calculations on their creations to review physics concepts they have been covering in class.

The project called for the coasters to incorporate a vertical loop, a hill and a creative way of bringing a marble ("the rider") to a stop at the end of the "ride" without human intervention.

In addition to physics, explained Ms. Guillory, "students are learning some basic engineering and problem solving skills." They're also gaining experience in group communications and time management. "The students have really enjoyed working on the roller coaster project," she added, "and I love that we were able to do a fun activity to reinforce difficult physics concepts." (Senior Ila Bordelon-Walker and junior Camille Doucet work on their roller coaster design.)
We Sincerely Thank...
... The Manhattan Chamber Players for visiting our campus on Jan. 30 to present an informal performance and demonstration on how a chamber group operates and communicates without the leadership of a conductor. The musicians, who just completed a residency at L.S.U., also performed excerpts from the works of Brahms, Chausson and Bartok. (Photo: From left are violinist Francesca dePasquale; clarinetist Yoonah Kim; pianist Adam Golka; Manhattan Chamber Players Artistic Director and violist Luke Fleming; and celllist Michael Katz.)
... Preschool Music Week Guest Artists for generously sharing their love of music with our preschool students through a variety of performances and demonstrations. We sincerely thank ... Bhakti Patel, mother of Ameera, 2s, and Reyhan, K, (cultural music and dance); Dane Bailey , father of Daisy, 3s, and Jude, K, (guitar); Rebecca Todaro , mother of Eli, grade 10 (harp); Sarah Burke , Runnels Class of 2012, (music and movement); and Shamara Cummings , mother of Alli Arita, 2s (ballet). (Photo: Preschooler Lucy Williams assists Runnels alumna Sarah Burke, now a music teacher, with a Music Week demonstration.)
Kudos To ...
... The 56 Runnels junior and senior high students chosen to represent our school at the 2018 Louisiana District Literary Rall y at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond on Feb. 24.
... The newly inducted members of Mu Alpha Theta , the national honor math society: freshmen Evan Beoubay, Caroline Collins, Marshall Pentes and Connor Porthouse, sophomore Natalia Tooraen, junior Carson Badinger, and seniors Catherine Henning and Kelly Nguyen. They were welcomed to the club with a lunchtime pizza party on Jan. 24. The Mu Alpha Theta officers are Alex Matthews, president; Kayla Evans, vice president; Sophia Torres, secretary; and Alex Morgan, treasurer. (Photo: New Mu Alpha Theta members include, from left, Catherine Henning, Marshall Pentes, Connor Porthouse, Evan Beoubay, Carson Badinger and Caroline Collins. Not pictured: Kelly Nguyen and Natalia Tooraen.)
... The Runnels students who performed with the 2018 All-Parish Middle and High School Honor Orchestras last Saturday at Baton Rouge High. They are sixth graders Sela Basso, Olivia Chaisson and George Forgey; seventh graders Ali Guerin, Hannah Landry, Brooke Parsons and Maddie Reonas; eighth graders Ashley Belcher and Farzeen Wahid; ninth grader Connor Porthouse; tenth graders Ally Sutton and Anna Manning; eleventh grader Anna Claire Pousson; and twelfth graders Harrison Bonaventure and Sean Parker.

(Photo: In rehearsal for the Honor Orchestra performance at Baton Rouge High last weekend are, at left, Ali Guerin and Maddie Reonas.)
Friendly Reminders
Feb. 2-4 / Disney and Cameron MacIntosh's Mary Poppins, The Broadway Musical, at the Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre; Ticket Information: seatyourself.biz 

Feb. 4 / Advanced String Orchestra will perform at Boudreaux's , 2647 Government St., during Sunday Brunch from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. (www.boudreauxs.com)

Feb. 5 / Art Club Field Trip to LSU, 8:40 am - 2:30 pm

Feb. 12-16 / Mardi Gras Holiday ; School resumes Feb. 19

Feb. 24 / Louisiana High School District Rally , Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond
Feb. 21-23 /  Junior Beta State Convention , Lafayette, LA
Feb. 24 /  Louisiana High School District Rally , Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond
Feb. 26, 28 and April 2 /  Teacher Appreciation

Mar. 8 /  Junior Class Ring Ceremony , Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre, 11:20 am

March 16 /  Raider Rally , Elementary Playground, 5:30 pm 
Above: A sneak peek at the "Jolly Holiday" production number from "Mary Poppins, The Broadway Musical." Be sure to come out this weekend to see the show. It's going to be great!

In this week's album: Fifth-Grade Science Board Games, Dodgeball, Kindergarten 100th Day Celebration, Manhattan Chamber Players Visit, Physics Roller Coasters, Preschool Music Week, and Candids.
Athletic Corner
Junior Griffin Kennedy scoring the tie-breaking layup at the 2018 homecoming game against the Holden Rockets.

The varsity boys basketball team won the homecoming game in dramatic fashion, beating the Holden Rockets 44-42 in overtime. Humza Pirzadah led the way with 12 points, and Griffin Kennedy made 2 clutch shots. Kennedy hit a game tying jumper to force overtime and scored the game-winning layup with 6 seconds left in the game. 

The Raiders knocked off St. John Tuesday night 66-50 and beat Archbishop Hannan Thursday night, 51-43. Cade Tate led the way against St. John with 21 points, while Griffin Kennedy added 14 points and Kyle Sieberth, 11. Against Hannan, Cade Tate and Humza Pirzadah had 17 and 15 points, respectively, while Griffin Kennedy contributed 11. 

The Raiders are now 20-13 and will take on Maurepas Friday night. Next week Runnels will host the district tournament.


This week, the bowling Raiders played matches against Baton Rouge High and Lee High. Karli Hebert remains on the leader board with the second highest girls score, 174.

In a game against Baton Rouge High, Alex Matthews picked up a difficult 1, 2 10 split, with Alex bowling a 453 series with the high game of the day, 161. Scoring their season high scores were Rachel Hargrove, 140, and Jenna Carballo, 135. 

Seth Miller bowled a 415 series and had the high game of 162. Janie Schlotterer bowled an amazing game, scoring 55 pins above her average. Karli Hebert bowled above her average in all three games against Lee, improving in each game. 

This week, Janie Schlotterer, Jenna Carballo, Seth Miller, Karli Hebert and Alex Matthews, improved their averages by an average of 6 pins apiece. While Seth and Alex are veteran bowlers, all the girls are new to the team.

Coach Karen Matthews said that she is seeing an amazing amount of improvement every game. 

On Tuesday, t he Raiders celebrated Senior Night and finished the regular season as the #22 ranked team in Division IV. The first playoff game is Friday, Feb. 2, at Country Day. The Raiders will take on Country Day, the #11 ranked team in the state. 

(Pictured: Seniors Stephen Worsham, Bruce Huynh, Ryan Carrier, Max Sager and Parker Rhinehart celebrate Senior Night.)

On Thursday--in the first playoff game for the state title--the Lady Raiders suffered a loss to Christ Episcopal, 3-2. Ally Garrity scored the team's 2 goals. This game brings an end to their outstanding season.  

(Pictured: At last week's Senior Night festivities are, from left, Ally Garrity, Lainee Alfonso, Kaylen Howe, and Abby Courville.)

Last weekend, the 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys basketball teams played in the St. Thomas Moore basketball tournament. Going 3-0, the 8th grade won the tournament beating Most Blessed Sacrament 42-22, Episcopal 38-26 and St. Jude, 42-26, in the championship game.

(Pictured: Coach Sam Coates with the 8th grade team, from left, Jake Haase, Josh Freeman, Robbie Harrison, Collin Coates, Brock Toney, Blaine Nicholson and Charlie Garrison.)
Finishing 4th, the 7th grade beat St. Jude 26-22. The Raiders lost two close games to Sacred Heart (40-32) and to St. Aloysius (34-30).

The 6th grade team won the consolation bracket by first losing to St. Aloysius, 30-17. The boys came back by defeating Sacred Heart 24-20 and Episcopal 19-18.

(Pictured: Coach Sam Coates with the 6th grade team, from left, Cooper Coates, Malek Badowi, Caleb Johnston, Kareem Badawi, Ben Hader, and Rossie Harrison.)

On Friday
Varsity Boys Soccer Playoff Game - 3:30 pm - Metairie Park Country Day School
Varsity Basketball at Maurepas - 7:30 pm ( JV game cancelled)
Lady Raiders at Maurepas - 6:00 pm
YMCA High School Tennis Challenge - Lamar YMCA Tennis Center

On Saturday
Indoor Track and Field Meet at LSU
YMCA High School Tennis Challenge - Lamar YMCA Tennis Center
Jr. High Boys Basketball at Episcopal - 7th vs. Episcopal Navy at 9:00 am; 8th vs. Iberville Charter 10:00 am


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