Issue:  February 6, 2012  


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Students Excel in MATHCOUNTS Competition

Seventh and Eighth Grade students competed in the annual MATHCOUNTS regional competition which was held at Louisiana State University on February 3. Middle School students Caroline Casey, Jacob DeWitt, Alex Dunbar, Joe Leo, Jerry Liao, William Medick, Mark Prutz, and Akbar Zamin make up the MATHCOUNTS team.
Episcopal congratulates the Eighth grade team of Alex Dunbar, Joe Leo, Mark Prutz, and Akbar Zamin who placed third and will advance to the state level MATHCOUNTS competition to be held in Pineville, Louisiana on March 23. In addition, EHS applauds Alex Dunbar who placed in the top 12 and advanced to the final round of competition.
MATHCOUNTS participants are divided into two teams and they compete in three contests – Sprint, Target and Team Rounds.  In the Sprint round, students must complete 30 questions in 40 minutes.  For the Target round students must complete a total of eight questions; two questions at a time with two mintues to complete.  In the Team round, students have 30 minutes to complete 10 questions.  The questions are challenging and involve higher math levels of algebra and geometry.
"I am impressed with our students' awareness of the importance of mathematics and how they strive for a deeper understanding of it," said Dianne Greer, Middle School Math teacher and MATHCOUNTS sponsor.  "It is rewarding, as a teacher, to witness their enthusiasm and successes as a mathlete."
"This is a great accomplishment considering the EHS MATHCOUNTS team is a club and doesn’t have designated class time," said Pam Goodner, Math Department Chair. "Students compete against teams who train for this competition in a dedicated class all year."
MATHCOUNTS is a nationwide mathematics program for students in the middle school level. The program consists of a series of competitions at the regional, state and national levels designed to stimulate student interest and achievement in mathematics.

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The Annual Fund Still Needs Your Help 

Due to the generosity of many parents, alumni, grandparents, past parents, faculty, staff and EHS friends, the Annual Fund has reached 95% of the $700,000 goal. We are so very close to achieving what we set out to do last August when we announced the campaign – fund our general operating account AND direct funds to much-needed and long overdue improvements in Webster Dining Hall.
Imagine the Dining Hall – the one place on campus where EVERY EHS student goes EVERY DAY – with an enhanced appearance and aesthetics, natural lighting via new windows and doors, improved acoustics, energy efficient pendant lights and an overall upgraded space which will expand our functionality. If we can meet the funding goal, construction on all these improvements will begin immediately after Memorial Day and be completed by the time the students return to school in August.
If you have already contributed to the campaign – THANK YOU! If you are still considering your contribution, we invite you to support our school community now by making a financial commitment to the campaign. Pledges (payable by June 30, 2012) and contributions can be mailed to the school or made online at
While we have said this all along, it is very true. Every gift is important and no gift is too small – each and every contribution has brought us closer to the goal! We all know that Episcopal is an extraordinary asset to Baton Rouge. Let’s show the community that we are 100% STRONG!

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Fifth Graders Visit Local Museum

Lower School students spent the day immersed in science and social studies as they toured the Louisiana Museum of Natural Science and the Louisiana State Museum on January 27.
Fifth Graders departed the Episcopal campus shortly after Morning Meeting, spending the first half of their day at LSU's Museum of Natural Science where they experienced various collections e.g., archaeology (artifacts), herpetology (reptiles/amphibians), mammalogy (mammals), ornithology (birds), etc. 
Following a picnic lunch in the Greek Amphitheatre, students cultivated their knowledge of the state at the Louisiana History Museum learning about the first steam-powered vessel in New Orleans that navigated the Mississippi River and its impact on the nation's economy and culture.  Other areas of interest included Mignon Faget's life in art and jewelery design, the influence of Jazz in our state, the story of Katrina, as well as an in depth look at Mardi Gras.

To add to their learning experience at the museums, students were tasked with a research project to be continued back in the classroom.
A special thanks to all the parent chaperones, Lyle Abouchahla, Becky Baker, Karen Bolton, Aimee Broussard, Rachelle and Bobby Cope, Eddie Cretin, Lisa Cuevas, Rachel Frazer, Christine Landry, and Amanda Pellegrin as well as the EHS Fifth Grade faculty, Leslie Arceneaux, Margaret Boudreaux and Sonny James who attended the event.  
Fifth Grade Video

Upper School Students Train Dogs in French

French V students visited the Baton Rouge Animal Control to train dogs using French commands on January 26.
The Upper School students used standard training techniques along with the common phrases of 'assis, reste, couche, ici, saute, au pied, and aboie' to train the dogs to 'sit, stay, down, come, jump, heel, and speak.'
As part of the community service and animal care day, the students plan to design and market a monthly planner using the photographs taken at the event.  The planner, whose proceeds will go to the Friends of the Animals, will be available to students, faculty, and staff. Friends of the Animals is a local non-profit organization that raises money and provides necessary surgeries for dogs and cats. They also have pet adoptions each Sunday at Orvis in Perkins Rowe.
French V students participating in the event were Carly Berggreen, Libby Bourgeois, Katherine Bowler, Elisabeth Butler, Grace Chetta, Neal Courter, Mary Heintz, Madison McMurray, Adelaide Ritter, Susan Smither and Sara Stevens. The students were accompanied by Mlle Blair Richards, French teacher, and Coach Claney Duplechin, as EHS faculty and chaperones.
Photographs provided by senior, Libby Bourgeois.  Story submitted by seniors, Neal Courter and Sara Stevens.

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Re-Enrollment Incentive Deadline Approaching

Re-enrollment packets for the 2012-2013 school year were mailed in mid-January to families with students currently enrolled at Episcopal.
Take advantage of the $100 commitment fee discount by returning your contract(s) on or before February 17, 2012. Additionally, be sure to look in your re-enrollment package for a special incentive to those families turning in their contracts before the February 28, 2012 deadline.
The re-enrollment mailing included only the forms needed for enrolling in school. Forms for extended care, transportation and health records will be sent in a second mailing in the spring. 
For your convenience, some of the documents that you received in your re-enrollment packet are also available online. These are located on the 2012-2013 re-enrollment section of the 'my episcopal' page, which can be accessed after signing-on to the EHS website. 

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Students Vote for Young Readers Choice

Middle School students took to the polls to cast their ballot for the Louisiana Young Reader's Choice on January 24, 2012.
Authentic voting machines, provided by the State Library of Louisiana, were used for the event in Aldrich Library, allowing the Middle School students to cast their ballot for the top two books of the year.
Students have been reading from the list of nominees from August, 2011, through January. Many of the 12 titles on the nominee voting list were also included as part of the Middle School's Summer Reading Program. The Louisiana Young Reader's Choice book will be announced during March 2012.
The Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award takes place in all regions of the state and involves community and school libraries.  The intent of the program is to foster a love of reading in the children of Louisiana by giving them a voice in recognizing great literature.
Lower School students, grades 3-5, also participated in the Young Readers Choice voting using an appropriate grade level list of 15 books, most of which were also part of the Summer Reading Program. Students placed their votes using paper ballots during the week of January 30, with The Dunderheads taking the lead for First Place and Tsunami coming in Second Place. 
Ms. Susie Chew, Lower School Librarian, indicated that although the winners have not been announced publically, the Middle School favorite hands-down is, The Way of the Warrior. The books, Closed for the Season and 11 Birthdays tied for second place. 
Young Readers Choice

Students Showcase Their Talent

The Episcopal community gathered in the Visual and Performing Arts Center (VPAC) for the annual Upper School Talent Showcase on February 4, 2012.
Leading the show and taking first place was Mookie Darden and his band, The Midterm, who played Running Away and Small Talk. Congratulations to Mookie and his band members Reed Dunaway, Stephen Montgomery and Jay Wilson.
Cody Dillard stole the show from the Emcees, Peter Broderick, Charlie O'Brien, and Charles Creed, taking home second place with his own standup comedy act. Krisann Chumney took third place honors with her contemporary dance. Caroline Whitley received honorable mention with her piece, One Thing by One Direction.
Other students participating in the Talent Show, which was coordinated by the Junior class to raise money for Prom night, were Michael Hicks who played House of the Rising Sun; Sicily Wafer and Avani Alapati with Landslide; James Munro with his monologue, The Smoker; Jacob Belding with Strawberry Avalanche; Michael Chapman with For The Summer; Jo Hilliard and Joanna McKee with Someone Like You; and Krishna Surakanti on electric guitar with Watch the World Burn
"Everyone had a great time," said Stephen Anderson '02, Swim Coach, Math Teacher and Junior Class Sponsor. "This was the first year in EHS Talent Show history that the audience was able to have a say in the outcome of the show. In fact, after the judges' scores were tallied, the top three acts were tied, and it was the audience vote that broke the three-way tie!!" 
A special thanks to this year's judges, Upper School Faculty members Kealy Duke, Angie Edwards, Scott Engholm, and Father Ralph Howe. 
Photographs provided by Junior student and Accolades staff member, Megan Escott.
US Talent Show
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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 if you have any questions.

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Upcoming Events

Upper School Art Show
Ends March 2
VPAC Lobby
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Arts Week 2012
February 13 - 17, 2012
EHS Campus
8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Mardi Gras Holiday
No School
February 20-24, 2012
School Holiday/ Faculty In-Service
Friday, March 9

Sports News

Boys Basketball   The fourth ranked Knights defeated Northeast 81-59  and lost to fifth ranked Dunham  56-50. The team plays at Runnels on Tuesday and hosts University on Friday.
Girl’s Basketball  The team defeated Northeast 43-30 last Tuesday and Dunham 37-33 on Friday.  The Knights are currently ranked #4 in the power rankings and #6 in the Sports’ writer’s poll. The team travels to Runnels on Tuesday and hosts University on Friday. Friday will be Senior night, JV starts at 4 p.m.
Girl’s Soccer  Girl's Soccer defeated Christian Life 9-0 to advance to the Regional round of the playoffs.  We will travel to Ouachita Christian School in Monroe for our next playoff game on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
The team was also recognized and joined a total of 350 soccer teams (135 boys, 215 girls) from throughout the United States that earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award for exemplary performance in the classroom as a team during the 2010-11 academic year. Among these programs EHS is one of only 60 schools receiving honors for both their boys and girls teams. Our team had a 3.53 average GPA. Congratulations for this noteworthy achievement!!
Baseball  Episcopal hosts a scrimmage against Hammond at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
Wrestling The team competed in the Greater Baton Rouge City JV Tournament at Central finishing 9th of 21 teams. Only Brusly finished ahead of the Knights in our Division. All other teams were 4A or 5A schools. James Davis led the Knights with a third place finish at 138 lbs, his first placement in any tournament. Lawson Hoover added a 4th place finish at 182 lbs.
This weekend the team will compete in the Division III State Championships in Kenner at the Ponchartrain Center beginning on Saturday morning.
Qualifiers are:
106 lbs Will Forrester
113 lbs Edward Daniel
120 lbs Max Khonsari
132 lbs Ellis Herring
138 lbs James Davis
145 lbs Kendall Ravey
152 lbs Jack Bowman
160 lbs Griffin Miller
220 lbs Taylor McKay.
Three qualifiers, Duncan Pearce,  Ben Hausmann, and Lawson Hoover will be unable to compete due to a conflict with the ACT testing on Saturday.
Congratulations to the Knights who have signed to play for colleges.  More to come on this next week.
Go Knights! 
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