Issue:  January 17, 2012  


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EHS Draft Strategic Plan Sessions Conclude

On January 5, 2012, Episcopal held its final Strategic Plan Focus Group session gaining input from parents, alumni, Board of Visitors, faculty and staff on the Strategic Plan Draft document prepared by Hugh McIntosh, Head of School, and the Board of Trustees. 
The 21 sessions which began on November 14, 2011, were well attended and showed representation of the Episcopal community. Session participants discussed the strengths of the draft, asked questions, and made recommendations on components they felt were understated or missing from the draft. 
Attendees also shared their views on ideas for their ideal vision of the school. The session facilitators, which included Gordon LeBlanc '78, Board Chair; Lolly Martin, Board Immediate Past Chair; Ty McMains '84, Board Vice Chair; Hugh McIntosh, Head of School; Dr. Jewel Reuter, Dean of Curriculum and Instruction; Noel Parnell '74, Director of Advancement; and Lucy Smith, Middle School Division Head will meet to discuss feedback and trends received in the meetings. This information will be forwarded to the Board of Trustees who will then revise the draft plan before sharing the final document with our community. 

Episcopal Students Plan a Future City

A group of 7th and 8th grade students are using their extensive imagination, critical thinking, and prior knowledge of city-planning during several sessions over the past two weeks.
Thirteen students have formed a team and are engaging in an exciting opportunity to develop an ideal city 150 years in the future with a focus on energy conservation. Students have worked for the last two weeks preparing their final product for presentation at the Future City State Competition on January 21. Jori Erdman, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP; David West, Architect; and James Reuter, III, PE, ASHRAE have been mentoring the students as they develop their city. 
Each team member has chosen to focus on one of four project components for this competition: the virtual city, research essay, city narrative, or model of the city built to scale. After brainstorming aspects of a present-day city that are crucial for functionality, students began brainstorming about how these aspects will advance in the future by extending trends that are currently being studied in architecture and engineering. Currently, the Future City participants are developing plans to advance solar energy and hydroelectric power, creating new modes of transportation so vehicles will be moot, and entertaining the idea of developing their city on the newly discovered “Goldilocks” planet (HD 85512b).
Future City is enabling students to develop their science, math, and creativity skills while considering a question many ask on a daily basis: What will life look like in the future? Our students are excited to share their answer on January 21.
Future Cities

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Morning Meeting Message Focuses on Genesis


Lower School Morning Meeting was host to a research scientist from LSU who shared with students about her special field of research --sweet potatoes. Mary Hoy, Pathologist and Research Associate at LSU's Department of Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology and a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, told students how work being done at LSU has had a worldwide impact on this staple food item. Ms. Hoy's presentation complemented Chaplain Charlie deGravelles' message on the story of creation from the Book of Genesis.

Ms. Hoy emphasized the complexity, diversity and wonder of God's creation and our responsibility to respect and take care of it for the good of others. Her work specifically affects the yield of sweet potatoes, which is one the most important crops in developing nations and therefore has a direct impact on feeding the world's hungry.  Capping off the morning presentation, Chef Pat included baked sweet potatoes and sweet potato fries as part of the day's lunch menu.

Ms. Hoy's presentation on food reinforced Chaplain Charlie's subsequent morning meeting messages during the week which focused on pollination and hybrids. The week's readings were from the Book of Genesis with the message focused on God's creation of the world and our responsibility for taking care of it.
Sweet Potato

Episcopal Welcomes Beijing Students

Episcopal welcomed six students from Beijing, China and their teacher during a light breakfast reception in the Alumni House Dining Hall on Monday, January 9.
The students, who arrived in Louisiana on Saturday, January 7, quickly embraced the local football spirit donning LSU gear for their first day of school.  The group, who will study at Episcopal until February 10, are here for total immersion in American culture. They plan to learn what it is like to be a student in America through class attendance and participation. In addition, many off-campus cultural experiences including the Baton Rouge must-sees e.g., state capitol, LSU, museums, and swamp tours, as well as trying traditional Cajun foods are in the works.
As part of their visit and learning, the students will give short presentations to Upper School students about what they have observed and the differences between Chinese culture and American culture.
This program was made possible through the Ameson Foundation in Beijing, China, who has a partnership with the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS).  The program was launched this year and Episcopal is proud to be one of several SAIS schools who are participating.
A special thanks to Upper School students and their families who have taken our foreign visitors into their homes for the five week period: Caroline Chapple ‘14, Aly Dellinger ‘14, Richard Guo ‘14; Cassie Huye ‘13; AJ Ostrowe ’14, Joshua Posner ’13, and Chris Sammons ‘12.
Nicole Pinson, Upper School Counselor; Father Skully Knight, Middle School Chaplain and Associate Head of School for Character Development and Service Learning; and Katie Sutcliffe, Associate Head of School managed the planning, preparation, and coordination of the student program.

EHS Re-Enrollment Season Begins

It is time to build the foundation for the 2012-2013 school year.  The time to re-enroll is here and packets will be mailed at the end of this week. Families with students currently enrolled at Episcopal should soon be receiving everything they need to sign up for next year. There are a few changes to look for this year. 
You will notice the initial re-enrollment packet is not as bulky as it has been in the past. This mailing includes only the forms needed for enrolling in school. Forms for extended care, transportation and health records will come in a second mailing in the spring. 
There are a few other things to look for as well.  There will be a $100 discount on the commitment fee for any contracts returned on or before February 17, 2012. Also, look for a special incentive from Mr. Hugh McIntosh, Head of School, detailed in his letter to all families turning in contracts before the deadline of February 28, 2012.
Turning in contracts by the deadline is a crucial step in planning for the upcoming school year. It is the foundation. The sooner we know how many students we will have, the sooner we can more accurately and efficiently begin to build what will be another wonderful year in the life and history of EHS. 
For your convenience, some of the documents that you receive in your re-enrollment packet will also be available online. These are located on 2012-2013 re-enrollment section of the 'my episcopal' page, which can be accessed after signing-on to the EHS website.  

World-Renowned Poet to Speak with Students

As part of her Baton Rouge tour celebrating Martin Luther King Day and Black History Month, Nikki Giovanni will hold speaking events in Baton Rouge, including an appearance at Episcopal High School.
Ms. Giovanni who is recognized as a world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator, is scheduled to talk with Upper School students at 9:50 a.m. on Thursday, January 26, in the school's Visual Arts & Performing Center (VPAC). Her topic will focus on "The Legacy of Dr. King paired with anti-bullying." While on campus, Ms. Giovanni will hold a Literary Salon with Q&As, hosted by Umoja, the African American Student Club, in the Alumni House Parlor. Additionally, Giovanni welcomes the Episcopal community to her presentation at the Manship Theatre at 6 p.m., on Wednesday, January 25, where she will share on “Hope, Justice, Democracy and Love.” Click here for more details.
The speaking events are a collaborative effort by Louisiana State University, the Manship Theatre, and Episcopal High School.  Ms. Brenda Brock, Library Director, who was instrumental in the collaborative effort, coordinated the event for Episcopal.

Perrett Selected to Dancing for Big Buddy

Dawn Perret, Middle School Science Teacher, has been selected to participate in the 6th Annual Dancing for Big Buddy, a creative fundraising event to be held on May 5, 2012.
Modeled after the hit ABC television show, all funds raised by the dancing event which features a total of 14 Star Dancers will support the Big Buddy Program. The event will be held at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on LSU's Campus which is the birth site of the Big Buddy Program.
Ms. Perret's dance partner has not been determined; however, the Middle School teacher has received 'dancing' support from various dance instructors and facilities.
For those who would like to support the local community and the Big Buddy Program, sponsors are accepted at the Signature, Event, Table, and Supporter levels. Additionally, seat tickets for the Dancing event are $250 and include a full course dinner and drinks. General admission seating for the upper level are available at $10 per seat. 
Additionally, Ms. Perret's supporters are encouraged to begin voting for her via an on-line voting process which begins March 1, 2012.  More details to be provided.

Chinese Language Classes Begin

The first of a series of Mandarin Chinese classes offered at Episcopal High School was held on January 11 in the Middle School computer Lab 201.
EHS is piloting a new Mandarin Chinese course from Mando Mandarin, a virtual school, which provides students an opportunity to interact with and learn in real-time from a teacher in China. The pilot course, which is free and consists of ten sessions, was evaluated and selected by Nathalie Roy, Foreign Language Chair and teacher and Dr. Jewel Reuter, Dean of Curriculum and Instruction and virtual program evaluation expert. The technology support was provided by Steven Latuso, EHS Systems Technician.
"The pilot was timed carefully to coincide with the arrival of the Chinese exchange students from Beijing to give EHS host students an opportunity to maximize time spent with their special guests," said Ms. Roy about the program.
"I love learning and understanding the basics of another language and for the ability to interact with someone from China in real time, said Megan Stauss '16 about the sessions. "So far, we have learned how to say hello, how are you, I am well, I am so so, and thank you. Since speaking is part of the lessons, we are also getting practice in pronouncing all of these words very well."
Attending the 7 a.m. classes are: Louise Andreeff '18, Rachel Posner '18, Aiden Reilly ’18, Katherine Ann Andreeff '17, Gabrielle Bienasz '16, Jim Conklin '16, Wendy Conklin '16, Chris Heigle '16, Anna Reilly '16, Megan Stauss '16, Richard Whitehurst '16, Aly Dellinger '14, Richard Guo '14, Natalie Ross '14, Rachel Donovan '13, Alexis Herrington '13, Noreen Moosa '13, Elizabeth Prutz '13, Elizabeth Butler '12, Keely Davis '12, Sarah Heigle '12, and Chris Sammons '12. Ms. Blair Richards, Foreign Language teacher, Dr. Jewel Reuter, along with Kelly and Caesar, two of the exchange students who are staying with Chris Sammons and Aly Dillinger, are also attending the online sessions.
On-Line Chinese Class

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Coach Beckman Celebrates 400 Wins

Congratulations to Coach Chris Beckman who reached his 400th career victory last month.
Coach Beckman, who began his basketball career with Episcopal during the 1996-97 school year, was recognized for his remarkable victory achievement on the evening of his 400th win against Jehovah-Jireh Academy which was hosted at Episocpal High School. During the game, Andrew Wyly, EHS Athletics  & Alumni Relations Director and Renee Price, Athletic Office Manager, recognized Coach Beckman for his milestone victory as well as his contributions to the school.  Coach Beckman will be officially recognized at the Winter Sport Award Program on March 25.
In addition to teaching 1st grade Motor Skills, 6th grade Boys Basketball, and Upper School Basketball, Tennis, and Physical Fitness, Coach Beckman is the Head Varsity Boys' Basketball coach and Assistant Varsity Baseball coach. 
Click here to read Coach Beckman's story featured in the Baton Rouge Advocate.

Hanson Memorial Invitational Powerlifting Meet

Several members of the Boys/Girls Powerlifting Teams competed this past Saturday at the Hanson Memorial Invitational in Franklin, Louisiana.
In the boys' competition, Spencer Flanders and A. J. Ostrowe placed 2nd and 3rd respectively in the 132 lb. weight class; Noah Ponjuan placed 2nd in the 148 lb. weight class; Monty Travis placed 2nd in the 165 lb. weight class, with Matt Selig and Lawson Hoover placing 1st in the 181 and 198 lb. weight classes.
In the girls' meet, Emily Thompson, Emma Massengale and Teresa Kling each won their respective weight classes. Grace Chetta and Caroline Gikas both placed 2nd in their respective weight classes with Caroline Chapple, Caroline Gikas and Isabella Harlan all placing 3rd in their respective weight classes. 
Congratulations to these students on their achievements as well as to powerlifting Coach Steve Baronich.
The next meet for the boys/girls powerlifting teams will be a dual meet vs. the Louisiana School for the Deaf at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1, in the Episcopal weight room.

Welcome New Faces

EHS welcomes new team member Kellie Bruce to its community. She joined the Business Office support group as Human Resources Manager during September, 2011.
Kellie attended Southeastern Louisiana University completing the Bachelor of Science program with an emphasis in Accounting. Much of her professional work experience has focused in accounting. Most recently, Kellie has worked as an Operational Auditor and Staff Accountant at Associated Grocers in Baton Rouge and as a Staff Accountant with a public accounting firm in Hammond, Louisiana.
"My goals while here at EHS are to become acquainted with the people as well as to provide excellent service to the community with regards to payroll and benefits, including timely and accurate information about retirement options, flexible spending accounts, life insurance and disability, and health insurance coverage," said Kellie.
In her free time, Kellie enjoyes her very active three year old son, thrift store shopping, gardening, pokeno, and French films.  

Upcoming Events

Upper School Art Show
January 17 - March 2
VPAC Lobby
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
EHS Used Uniform Sale
Wednesday, January 18
VPAC Lobby
2:30 - 5 p.m.

Sports News

Boys Basketball The Knights defeated Dunham 52-43, and  Runnels 83-30. We are currently ranked #3 in the 2A media poll. The 9th grade team made it to the finals of the Catholic High tourney, and the 8th grade team made it to the finals of the St. George tournament.
Girl’s Basketball Our team defeated Dunham and Runnels last week.  We are ranked #7 in Class 2A.  The JV team competed in the St. Amant JV tournament this past weekend. The Knights travel to U-High Tuesday for a 4 p.m. JV game and 6 p.m. Varsity game. We host East Baton Rouge Lab on Friday. We will also host the 5th annual Brian Hess JV Invitational on Saturday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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