January 18, 2019
Runnels has always been the school for all races, religions, and national origins.
In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, school is closed on Monday, January 21. We'll see you on Tuesday!

In Focus this week: Runnels Crowns Its First Homecoming King and the 2019 Homecoming Queen; Fifth Grade D.A.R.E. Graduation Ceremony; Newly Published Poets; Exploring the Writings and Times of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; "Kid Inventors' Day"; Remember To Re-Enroll at Runnels by February 1; Kudos and Notable Events; We Sincerely Thank; Weekly Photo Album; Athletic Corner; Friendly Reminders.

(Above: The 2019 Homecoming Court - front row, from left, freshman Ryan Roper, sophomore Sophie Edwards, junior Annie Fink, senior Anna Claire Pousson, senior Sophia Torres, 2019 Homecoming Queen Emma Tooraen, senior Kayla Evans, junior Catherine Bonaventure, sophomore Mia Alfonso, freshman Hailey Lester; back row, freshman Collin Coates, sophomore Wesley Stevenson, junior Brandon Hall, senior Tyler Robbins, senior Ian Lansing, 2019 Homecoming King Daniel Mayeaux, senior Peterr Lukinovich, junior Ryan Ly, sophomore Barrett Couvillon, and freshman Josh Freeman.)
Fifth Grade Completes D.A.R.E. Program

To mark the successful conclusion of the 18-week D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program, the fifth-graders held a graduation ceremony in the Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre on Monday. Hosting the event was Capt. Randy Aguillard of the EBR Parish Sheriff's Office, who has served as the D.A.R.E. instructor at Runnels since 1994.

This year's D.A.R.E. essay winners, Alex Griffin, 5A, Henry Frederic, 5B, and Lexie Matens, 5C, read their compositions aloud and were presented with special certificates and essay winner pins by Capt. Aguillard.

At the ceremony, each fifth grader received a certificate of completion for the course, a logo t-shirt, his or her completed D.A.R.E. workbook, a gift bag, and a handshake from Capt. Aguillard. As a thank you, social studies teacher Cheyenne Davis presented Capt. Aguillard with a gift certificate to the Outback Steakhouse and a thank you note signed by the entire fifth-grade class.

( Photo: D.A.R.E. instructor Capt. Randy Aguillard and essay winners, from left, Lexie Matens, Henry Frederic, and Alex Griffin.)
Celebrating "Kid Inventors' Day" In the Elementary Library

January 17, Benjamin Franklin’s birthday, is also celebrated as “Kid Inventors’ Day.” In the Elementary Library this week, students marked the occasion by reading about the many everyday items invented by children which include Popsicles, earmuffs, Braille, the trampoline, and magnetic wallpaper for lockers.

“In the library, we read If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen to kindergartners and excerpts from The Kid Who Invented the Popsicle and The Kid Who Invented the Trampoline by Don Wulffson to fourth and fifth graders," reported elementary librarian Leah Pizzalato.

A makers project involving LEGOS also encouraged students in grades K-6 to think outside the box. “They worked on creating their own invention prototypes -- real or make-believe,” Mrs. Pizzalato said. Some students came up with seriously interesting inventions: a time machine, a device to clean dirty water from a swimming pool, a helicopter with a blender attachment in case you need to make a smoothie, an inner tube with a built-in camera so you can take pictures in the ocean, and a sibling replacement machine!

( Photo: Isabelle Kennedy, 6A, displays her LEGO invention -- a prototype for a sauna.)
Re-enrollment Reminder: Be sure To Reserve Your Space for the
2019-2020 School Year by February 1

Friday, Feb. 1 is the "deadline" for re-enrolling for the 2019-20 school year at Runnels with no re-enrollment tuition. This can mean a savings of up to $750 per student. If you have any questions or would like additional forms or copies of re-enrollment materials, call 225-215-5706 or visit the Business Office in McMath Hall on the main campus. Open enrollment for new families begins Feb. 1. For more information, contact Admissions Director Sarah Haase at admissions@runnels.org.
Kudos and Notable Events ...
Spirit Banner Award ... Kudos to the eighth grade class for capturing first prize in the Spirit Banner Contest. The eighth-grade class officers are (in photo, from left) Zeena Shammout, Sadie Allelo, Emma Collett, and Mira Badawi.

Spirit Drawing Winners ... High school teachers were asked to nominate the "most spirited students" they encountered this week for a Spirit Week Drawing, which was held at the Presentation of the Homecoming Court today. Congrats to winners Janie Schlotterer, Aaron Taliaferro, and Eli Latiolais. All received Chick-fil-A gift cards.
Those Crazy Spirit Days ... Raider Spirit ruled on both ends of the main campus this week as students in all grades exercised their creativity in devising unique Spirit Day outfits. In junior and senior high, classes showing the highest level of participation received daily "Spirit Ribbons." The winners were: “Wake Up or Made Up Monday” – senior class; “Athletes vs. Mathletes Tuesday” – No prize awarded; “It’s Wednesday, My Dudes” – eighth grade; “Decades Day Thursday” – senior class; “Movie and TV Show Friday” – eighth grade. Pronounced the overall winner – the senior class. ( Photo: "Athletes vs. Mathletes" Spirit Day participants, from left, Ethan Ly, 4B, Rebecca Ortlieb, 5B, and Zoe Kane, 5B.)

We Sincerely Thank...
Transportation Week at Preschool ... Bo Cassidy (Connor, 3s) of RR Cassidy Construction brought three of his company's specialty trucks to the preschool on Tuesday. The 3 year olds have been learning about things that go, and trucks were high on the list for show and tell. Many thanks to Mr. Cassidy and his company for bringing the trucks to our preschool campus. ( Photo: At the preschool to talk about trucks and what they can do are, from left, an RR Cassidy Construction representative, preschooler Connor Cassidy, his dad Bo Cassidy, and two more representatives of RR Cassidy.)
Happy Chinese New Year ... The seniors were treated to a lunch of Chinese culinary delights on Jan. 17 in the gym, compliments of class sponsors Christine Pousson and Amy Taliaferro and their posse of senior parents. We sincerely thank everyone who contributed to this event. ( Photo: Helping to serve at the Jan. 17 senior luncheon are, from left, Stacey Nicholson, Janice Lansing, Rachel Evans, Jean Griffin, Tish Karl, Julie Edmonton, and Norbert Courville. Not pictured: Wendy Worsham, Connie and George Torres, Sarah Wagner, Christine Pousson, and Nancy Rogers.)
T hank You for the King Cake! ... We extend a king-sized thank you to the PAR (Parent Association of Runnels) and its fleet of parent volunteers for serving king cake to students in grades K-12 on Wednesday as part of our homecoming festivities.
( Photo: With some of the entries from this week's Spirit Banner Contest -- the winning eighth-grade banner on the left and the sophomore class banner on the right -- are Founding Headmaster Dr. L.K. Runnels and Mrs. Gladys Runnels. Though retired, they joined us on campus this afternoon to crown our first homecoming king and the 2019 homecoming queen. We send them our sincere thanks.)
In this week's photo album: D.A.R.E. Graduation, LEGO Inventions, Preschool Hand Washing and Guest, and Candids. Check above albums for more photos from Spirit Week and today's homecoming presentation.
Athletic Corner

Our spring sports season is around the corner and it’s time to sign up for the following sports: Boys Baseball, Girls Volleyball and Boys/Girls Track and Field. Your student is allowed to play more than one sport. Simply complete the Sign Up Form twice. Please sign up ASAP so that the coaches can get an accurate headcount.

Boys Baseball and Track and Field will begin practicing the third week of February.
Girls Volleyball season will run mid-February through April with practices beginning in late January.

Your child must have a completed physical on file to participate. The athlete will not be allowed to practice or play until the physical form is complete and the online sign-up form is submitted. If your child has been cleared for another sport this school year or completed the free spring physical in May at Runnels, your child's physical is valid for the entire sports season. You do not need to get another. If your child has asthma, you will also need to have a Physician Order/Airway Action Plan completed by your child’s doctor before he or she is allowed to practice or play.

Once your Physical Form and/or Physician Order/Airway Action Plan are complete, bring a copy to the Jr./Sr. High Office or scan and email to Junior High Athletic Director Sam Coates, s.coates@runnels.org.


The Raiders hit a school record 21 3-pointers against 3A Bolton last Friday night to cruise to an 88-61 victory. Senior Cade Tate broke the single game record for 3-pointers with 12 triples. He was 12 for 16 from 3 and had 42 points in the game. “It was pretty incredible,” Runnels coach Ben Young said. “He set a school record with 12 3-pointers, and he made 12 of 16 3-pointers.” Sophomore Wesley Stevenson was 6 of 9 from 3 and had 26 points. 

On Wednesday night, Runnels defeated Brusly, another 3A team. The final score was 75-67 and again the Raiders were hot from three. As a team, the Raiders shot 12 of 18 from three. Cade Tate made 5 of them while junior Ben Holliday added 4 and Wesley 3. The Raiders are now 21-11 and have won 7 of their past 8 games. The Raiders are currently third in the power rankings in division V. 

Tonight, the Raiders open district play with Mt. Hermon for our homecoming game.

Photo: Senior Cade Tate

The Runnels junior high boys basketball teams took on Southeast Middle School on Monday, making a clean sweep of all 3 games. In an exciting overtime game, the 6th grade boys beat Southside Middle School 22-18. Preston Treadway led the team, scoring 8 points. The 7th grade team started the game "fierce," 22-0, and defeated the Cougars 36-14. Rossie Harrison racked up 10 points. The 8th grade won 49 -26, with Alan Lam and Charlie Tucker each scoring 10 points.


Last night, the Runnels junior high girls White team defeated Episcopal, 17-7. And in a close game, the Blue team lost to Copper Mill, 18-16.


The Indoor Track and Field season is underway. The Raiders competed at LSU on Jan. 5 and at McNeese on Jan. 12 and have posted top times for Division 2 (3A-C) in the 4x800m relay, 800m, 1600m and 3200m. The Raiders will compete next on Saturday at LSU and will be traveling back to McNeese on Jan. 26.

Currently, the team is in good position to qualify for the State Championship on Feb. 16 at LSU. Sydney Worsham, Blaiklee Guillot, Micah Roper and Annie Fink are ranked 3rd in Division 2 for Girls 4x800m. In Girls 1600m, Annie Fink is ranked 3rd and Micah Roper is 4th. In the Girls 800m, Annie Fink is ranked 3rd, Micah Roper is 10th and Ryan Roper is 11th. Micah Roper is also ranked 2nd in the Girls 3200m. In the Boys 1600m/800m, Ryan Ly is ranked 22/21.
Photo: The junior high girls soccer team and C oach Nick Khorsavi, upper right, with members of the LSU ladies soccer team at practice on Tuesday.

Last Saturday, the junior high boys team defeated Parkview 3-2 thanks to a 2 goal performance by George Forgey. Chris Cox also scored. Connor Reynolds had a great performance in goal.

On Sunday, the Raiders ended the regular season with a loss to Westdale 5-1. Goal scored by guest player Chelsea Holden.

The boys play next on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. at Independence Park. If they win, they’ll advance to semi-finals on Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

On Sunday, the junior high girls soccer team finished the regular season, tying undefeated Sherwood 2-2 with goals by Chelsea Holden and Sarah Ortlieb. On Monday, the girls played a friendly game against Division 1 Most Blessed Sacrament, winning 4-1, thanks to a 2 goal performance by Chelsea Holden. Annie Garrison and Chloe Bueche also scored.

Tuesday afternoon, the girls were joined at practice by members of the LSU soccer team. This unforgettable afternoon was organized by junior high soccer coach Nick Khorsavi. The girls were grateful for this opportunity.

On Jan. 19 at 3:30 p.m., the girls will compete in a tournament. If they win, they advance to the finals at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20 at Independence Park.

Photo: Lilah Wartelle practicing with a member of the LSU ladies soccer team.
Basketball Homecoming Game vs. Mt. Hermon – JV at 6 p.m. & Varsity at 7:15 p.m. The
Homecoming Court will be presented during halftime of the Varsity game.
Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Catholic PC at Burbank #13 – 4:30 p.m. (time change)
Jr. High Boys Basketball at St. George Tournament - TBA

Varsity Girls Soccer vs. Catholic PC at Burbank #12 – 11:00 a.m.
Varsity Boys Soccer at Walker – CANCELLED
Jr. High Boys Basketball at St. George Tournament - TBA

Varsity Girls Soccer at Dunham – 5:00 p.m. SPIRIT EVENT!
Jr. High Boys Basketball vs. Parkview at Home – 7th at 5:30 pm & 8th at 6:30 pm


Email game and fan photos to  n.latiolais@runnels.org . Please include the event and the name of the students pictured .  
Friendly Reminders
Jan. 19 / Homecoming Basketball Game / Raiders vs. Mt. Hermon, Catalano Gym, JV at 6:00 p.m. and Varsity at 7:00 p.m., with encore presentation of the 2019 Homecoming Court at halftime during the varsity game.

Jan. 19 / Midnight Masquerade Homecoming Dance / Catalano Gym, 7:00 p.m.

Jan. 21 / Martin Luther King Day / School Holiday

Jan. 23 / 6th Grade Field Trip / LIGO , 8:30 am - 2:45 p.m.

Jan. 23 / Sr. Beta Club Induction Ceremony / Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre, 11:50 a.m.

Jan. 28 - 30 / Scheduling Meetings for the 2019-2010 School Year. Parents are welcome to attend with their students. / Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre:  Jan. 28 - Current 11th Graders, 9:20 a.m. & Current 10th Graders, 10:10.  Jan. 29 - Current 9th Graders, 9:20 a.m. & Current 8th Graders, 10:10 a.m. Jan. 30 - Current 7th Graders, 9:20 a.m. & Current 6th Graders, 11:00 a.m.

Jan. 31 / Jr. Beta Club Induction Ceremony / Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre, 11:00 a.m.

Jan. 31 / High School Shakespeare Contest / Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre / 11:50 (during lunch)

Feb. 9 / Mini-Cheer Clinic for Grades K-5 / Catalano Gym, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Feb. 15 - 17 / Disney's Beauty and the Beast / Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre, Friday, Feb. 15 at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 16 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 17 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets: $10 for students, $12 for adults in advance and $15 for all at the door. Click here to purchase tickets .