Issue:  January 23, 2012  

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Making the “Dining Hall” Improvements Happen

 
Our thanks to everyone who has participated in the 2011-2012 Annual Fund Campaign either as a volunteer or donor. To date, we have raised more than $638,000 toward our goal of $700,000. We have accomplished our first “mission”, securing the funds needed for general operating support. We are now working to raise the remaining $62,000 specifically for the renovations in Webster Dining Hall. If we can grab the “carrot” by the close of the Annual Fund, the improvements can be accomplished by Fall 2012.
 
One of the highlights of the campaign has been our parent participation. At present, commitments from 70% of EHS current families have been recorded. This is an amazing show of support!
 
To better acquaint the EHS community with the Dining Hall improvements, “Sip and See” events are planned for Tuesday, January 24 from 8-9 a.m. and 2-3 p.m. and Wednesday, January 25 from 8-9 a.m., 2-3 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. These informal gatherings will allow time to see the Dining Hall plans and hear more about the specific capital improvements. You can click here to RSVP – walk-ins are also welcome.
 
“If you have already pledged to the campaign but would like to make an additional contribution, we would be very, very grateful,” shared Maria Darden, Campaign Co-Chair. “Every dollar helps get us closer to realizing our dream of improving the Dining Hall for our children. We also hope that those who have not yet committed to the campaign will do so now.”
 
Contributions and pledges can be made online by clicking here, with pledges payable by June 30. You can also mail your contribution to EHS at 3200 Woodland Ridge Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70816.
 
This truly has been a collaborative effort and we appreciate the support of the EHS parents, alumni, students, past parents, grandparents, faculty, staff and friends. “The Dining Hall – or ‘carrot’ – is clearly resonating with people who want to take an active part moving the project forward,” commented Hugh McIntosh, EHS Head of School. “Thank you for the confidence you have shown in EHS through your support.”


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Episcopal Places Second in State Competition

 
A group of 7th and 8th grade students took Second place in the "Future City" State Competition Saturday, January 21 at Southeastern University in Hammond, Louisiana. 
 
The crowd marveled at the students’ ability to combine energy conservation, innovation and forward thinking in their futuristic city, Knightopia.  
 
William Medick, Claudia Bradford and Cris Jackson presented the unique features of Knightopia by giving both a virtual and physical tour of the team’s city. The students explained their new technology, Satellite Solar Energy, which was outlined in the research essay.  Of the many key features, two of the most futuristic may be that magnetic pods will completely replace cars and that the lay-out is in the form of a flower—where each petal represents a different, crucial aspect of city planning (residential, commercial, vacation, education, etc…).
 
Dr. Cris Koutsougeras, Regional Future City Coordinator and professor of Computer Science and Engineering Technology at Southeastern University, said that Episcopal accomplished an amazing feat by completing the project in such a short time frame (especially as this was our first year!).  An audience member shared with students that the Episcopal team didn't just complete the project; they had the other team nervous.
 
Students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and are anxious to work on a new city next year. The team worked diligently for just over two weeks to prepare for a competition that is designed to take several months. In addition to the presenters mentioned above, recognition and congratulations goes to the rest of the team on their accomplishments at Saturday's event: Deven Kimbrell, Annie Kramer, Nathan McConnell, Rory McCracken, Sienna Williams, Sarah Nguyen, Sarah Clark and Skye Schmolke.
 
Mr. Ed Kramer, EHS parent who also attended the event, had this to say about the experience. "I was very sincerely impressed with the ideas of the Episcopal students and how they were able to incorporate them into the project."
 
"In fact, I think that the Episcopal students' ideas were much more 'futuristic' than the others. The whole program, and what was presented by Episcopal, was much better than I expected, and we should all be very proud of what they accomplished in such a short time. The bonding experience among the students, learning to work together, and solving problems as a team is a really great experience," added Mr. Kramer.
 
 
Future City
 
 

Student Art Selected to Represent Louisiana



Congratulation to Fifth Grade art students who had their artwork selected to represent Louisiana as part of the Youth Art Month Flag Design competition.
 
Madison Baker, Madeleine Cope, Madeline Dansky, Lily Johnson, Lindsay Landry where selected among all participating Fifth Grade students who entered the competition to honor Louisiana and Youth Art Month, which is celebrated nationally in March each year. 
 
Using this year's theme “Bicentennial of Louisiana Statehood, 200 years," students designed a flag with the YAM (Youth Art Month) logo, our state’s name, 200 years, and images representing art and our state.
 
The students' work will represent Episcopal High School in the state competition and will be honored at a ceremony to be held at the captiol on May 7, where the designs will be displayed on May 7. This day is called “Artists in the Capitol Day” hosted by the Louisiana Art Education Association.
 
The grand prize winner from our state will have their design made into a flag and it will be flown in Washington, D.C. in March at the National Youth Art Month Ceremony.  They will also win a trip to New York City to visit art museums, hosted by Sargent Art Supply.
 
The Fifth Grade YAM art work submission for the competition was coordinated by Jennifer Keith, Lower School Art teacher.

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Students Celebrate Halfway Mark

 
The Class of 2018 carried on the tradition of celebrating the halfway mark of their K-12 educational journey on Friday, January 13.
 
The ceremonies began in the Visual and Performing Arts Center where Sixth Grade students, Clayton Daniel and Anna Garrett, opened with a warm welcome followed by a prayer. Sara Heigle, senior student and Vice President of the Honor Council, spoke to the 2018 class about her memory of middle school, encouraging the class to take advantage of all the opportunities presented to them at Episcopal e.g., class dances, school club activities, relationships with teachers.  "It's all great," she said. "But only if you make it." Lucy Smith, Middle School Division Head, concluded the presentation sharing words of wisdom to the class. 
 
Following the ceremony, students enjoyed refreshments on the Alumni House Deck served by the sixth grade moms.  The Class of 2018 then competed in a scavenger hunt, coordinated by the sixth grade teachers. It was clear that everyone appreciated the joyous halfway celebration and that the Class of 2018 looks forward to the challenges and opportunities of the remaining six years as an Episcopal student.
 
Halfway Celebration
 
 
 

Upper School Art Show Begins 



The Visual and Performing Arts Department is pleased to announce its annual Upper School Student Art Show which runs until March 2, 2012.
 
The Episcopal community is invited to stop by and see the student artwork on display in the Visual & Performing Arts Center (VPAC) between the hours of 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. This year's showcase features paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, pottery and digital images created by high school students.
 
Additionally, Episcopal High School will hold its second annual arts week during February 13-17, 2012, which engages the entire student body in daily creative arts events and activities.
 
 
US Art Show
 
 
 
 
 

Third Graders Focus on Ecosystems



To complement the Third Grader's unit on ecosystems in Louisiana, Ms. Dinah Maygarden of the Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences, visited with Ms. Katie Barber's class on January 17.
 
Ms. Maygarden, whose primary work deals with the Coastal Education Program through the University of New Orleans, spent the morning in the classroom, educating students on the first three ecosystem areas for this month's science unit: salt-water swamps/marshes with a focus on the depleting coasts in Southern Louisiana. She emphasized the Multiple Lines of Defense Strategies for flood control and wetland restoration in coastal Louisiana.
 
As part of a 'hands-on' learning activity, students were able to see first-hand the value of our marshes and levees.  The class was surprised to learn that we lose a football field of swamp every hour and were able to recognize how this loss affects the ecosystem. 
 
Coastal Speaker
 
 
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2012-2013 Academic Calendar Online


The Episcopal High School academic calendar for the 2012-2013 school year is now available online via the EHS website.
 
The calendar, which lists school holidays, in-service days, end of quarters, exam days, commencement, etc., can be accessed from the pubic side of the website via the academics tab or via the portal after signing-on.
 
To access the calendar via the public side, click academics, then either the Lower, Middle or Upper School tab. Click on the 2012-2013 academic calendar link located on the right hand side of the page.
 
To access the calendar via the portal side, sign-on to 'my episcopal,' click either the Lower, Middle, or Upper School portal.  Click on the 2012-2013 academic calendar link found in the downloads channel.
 
 
 

EHS Re-Enrollment Season Begins

 
 
It is time to build the foundation for the 2012-2013 school year.  The time to re-enroll has begun.  Packets were mailed last week. Families with students currently enrolled at Episcopal will soon receive 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 and plan for 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 are also 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. 
 

2012 Kay Fenton Memorial Powerlifting Meet

The Episcopal High School Powerlifting program hosted another successful Kay Fenton Memorial Powerlifting Meet on Saturday, January 7.
 
Over 250 lifters from schools in and around the Baton Rouge area competed on 5 platforms in the school's main gym. This annual meet honors the memory of Kay Fenton - beloved teacher and supporter of Episcopal Athletics. The meet also serves as the Powerlifting Team’s annual service project with the proceeds from the meet supporting Cancer Services of Baton Rouge and the Kay Fenton Endowed Scholarship Fund at Episcopal.
 
Over 20 Invitational records were either broken or tied during the meet.  A special thanks to the Episcopal parents for their contributions to the success of the meet. Under the supervision of Powerlifting liaison, Ms. Jaime Crouch, the parents of the Episcopal Powerlifting team members worked various jobs at the meet to ensure its success.
 
The meet went off without a hitch and should provide a great foundation for the powerlifting program’s annual donation at the end of the season in late March to both the Kay Fenton Memorial Scholarship Fund and Cancer Services of Baton Rouge.
 

Shop for eGear On-line



 
Be sure to shop the mid-year eGear sale, which is available online now through Sunday, January 29.
 
Episcopal High School merchandise available for purchase includes new leggings, fleece pants and scarves as well as the traditional sweatshirts and rain jackets. 
 
To access the online store and place your order, click here or click on the 'support' tab from EHS website.
 
For questions regarding the online store, please contact Parents Guild Online Store Manager, Jennifer Hicks at jenbhicks@cox.net.
 

14th Annual Alumni & Parents Golf Tournament

 
All parents & alumni are invited to join us at the 14th Annual Alumni & Parents Golf Tournament on Monday, March 26, 2012.
 
For more information or to register for the tournament, please view the brochure which can be accessed by clicking here.
 
Contact Andrew Wyly, Alumni Relations Director, at WylyA@ehsbr.org if you have any questions.
 
 

Upcoming Events

 
Upper School Art Show
January 17 - March 2
VPAC Lobby
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
 
Annual Fund "Sip and See"
Webster Dining Hall
Tuesday, January 24
8 a.m. or 2 p.m.
Wednesday, January 25
8 a.m., 2 p.m., or 5 p.m.
 
Rising 9th Grade Parent Meeting
Wednesday, January 25
Alumni House
6-7:30 p.m.
 
Upper School Talent Show
Saturday, February 4
VPAC
7 - 9 p.m. 

Sports News


 
Boys Basketball  The Knights are currently ranked # 3 in the State, and have a record of 21-4 overall and 7-0 in district. Episcopal beat U-High 63-42 , and EBR-Lab 102-50 this past week. Junior Brian Bridgewater went over 2,000 career points, joining David Gomez in this elite club. The Freshman team played in the Parkview tournament this weekend, and they finished 2nd in the tourney.
 
Girl’s Basketball  The Knights knocked off #2 ranked University on Tuesday and EBR-Lab on Friday.  The team is currently ranked #4 in the power rankings and #6 in the Sportswriter’s poll.  The JV team hosted the 5th annual Brian Hess Invitational and it was a great success.  The Knights host #9 Capitol on Tuesday and travel to Redemptorist on Friday.  The JV Knights travel to the St. John tournament on Saturday in Plaquemine.
 
Girl’s Soccer Episcopal Girls' are now 18-3-1 overall and 5-1 in District after defeating West Feliciana last week 8-0.  Tuesday, January 24th at 6pm is Senior Night where we will recognize the Seniors with their parents starting at 5:30. On Saturday at 11am, Girl's will host U-High for their final District game, which will determine the District Champion.

Boy’s Soccer This past Saturday the Knights defeated St. Martin's (ranked 5th in the state) 3-2 in the Episcopal Cup, an annual tradition between the two schools. The team now looks ahead to two district games this week: at Parkview on Tuesday and at home against University High on Friday night, 6 PM.  The Knights are 4-2 in district and 7-15 overall.
 
 
Go Knights! 
 
 
 
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