2011-2012 Lower School Third Through Fifth Grade &
Head of Lower School: Professional Strengths
Dear EHS Community Members,
This letter continues our journey through Lower School picking up at Third Grade and taking us through Fifth Grade. The Enrichment teachers not featured earlier are introduced in this letter along with the Head of Lower School, Mrs. Bridget Henderson.
Lower School is “on the move”—without doubt.  It is well integrated into many other aspects of EHS and is on a course to become even more involved throughout the school. See if you can identify the Varsity Cheerleading Coach among the Lower School teachers written about in this letter. Another teacher is involved with the Eighth Grade (i.e., Middle School) Pep Squad. And, then find the Middle School Soccer Coach in here, too. The EHS Gymnasts’ Coach and the Eighth Grade Girls’ Bible Study Co-Leader are each “hidden” in plain sight in this letter, as well. One of our male Lower School teachers featured does a lot of Varsity and Middle School Softball coaching; find him. Chaplain Charlie, I’ll remove the mystery here, teaches in Upper School in addition to his extremely important spiritual leadership and work in Lower School. And, there is another man mentioned in this letter who teaches some of our smallest students computer skills and, in the afternoons, makes our already strong Upper School girls and boys even stronger in the weight room and leads the EHS Power Lifting program---a somewhat hidden gem among the EHS athletic offerings.
In our Lower School, compassion abounds and works in partnership with the high professional standards and depth of the host of well-rounded and dedicated educators who can see the “territory ahead” for our Lower School students. Yes, “Joy is all around” and is engendered by the highly qualified, caring people mentioned in this letter, along with their colleagues written about earlier. After reading about the full Lower School faculty and staff, I hope you will join me in “re-realizing” the depth of professional achievement and character EHS is fortunate to have involved in the learning environment in Lower School.  
Third Grade
This year, one of the exciting elements in 3rd grade is the students' study of Louisiana History. During this unit, Ms. Barber, Ms. Shoemaker and Ms. Talbot enjoy incorporating project-based learning into their curriculum. As a part of Louisiana history, students study the architecture of plantation homes, weather and climate of Louisiana, Louisiana culture and traditions, Louisiana books, and Louisiana food products. This unit allows students to also study elements of fiction as they read a variety of fairytales and folktales from Louisiana, as well as from around the world. Students write a "Cinderella" story from Louisiana that helps teach others about the region’s culture. The culminating event is a Louisiana Festival that features student work, including project boards, 3-dimensional models, PowerPoint presentations, writing pieces, photographs, and Louisiana products.
“A teacher’s purpose is not to create students in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image.”
Ms. Barber is a 2000 graduate of EHS and went on to receive a B.S. in Elementary Education and Masters in Elementary Education with a concentration in Language Arts from LSU. In addition to teaching 3rd grade, Ms. Barber is involved in the 8th grade Pep Squad. This is her second year as a teacher at EHS.

"A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank...but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child." - Forest Witcraft

Ms. Shoemaker has been a member of the EHS faculty for 17 years and was a graduate of EHS herself in 1987. Her mother was the chair of the English Department and taught here for 17 years. Her daughter, Ellie, is a 3rd grade student in Ms. Barber’s class. Ms. Shoemaker holds a B.A. in Education from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. She is a National Board Certified teacher and serves as the Grade Level Coordinator.
"They may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel.” – Carol Buchner
Third grade teacher, Ms. Talbot, has a B.S. in Education and a M.Ed. with an emphasis on Administration from LSU. Her daughter, Corrine, is a current 5th grade student, and her son, Clayton, is a current 8th grade student. Ms. Talbot has been a member of the EHS faculty since 1997.
Fourth Grade
Fourth grade welcomes two new faculty members, Ms. Aja Brown and Ms. Stephanie Mitchell! Along with Ms. Griffin, the 4th grade classrooms are very busy this year. Students are currently learning how to track hurricanes using longitude and latitude. They have already started their first novel Sarah, Plain and Tall and will finish their novel study with a project on seashells. In Math, students renamed themselves with numbers and put the whole class in order from least to greatest. Teachers look forward to continuing mental math challenges and hands-on learning experiences as a part of Singapore Math. In Social Studies, students will study U.S. geography and participate in the "Scouting Out Your State" research project. Further down the road, students can look forward to a Field Day after reading the novel, Loser. Recently, they enjoyed a visit to the Blue Dog exhibit with their 2nd grade buddies. The students' original Blue Dog creations are hanging in the Greer Center for all to enjoy!

"Find a job you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life." - Confucius

Ms. Brown began her first year at EHS as a 4th grade teacher this August. She has earned a B.A. in Marketing and MBA from Southeastern Louisiana University. She also serves as the Varsity Cheerleading Coach. Prior to joining the EHS faculty, she taught at Delmont Elementary for three years in East Baton Rouge Parish.
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” – Henry Ford

Ms. Griffin is beginning her 24th year at EHS! In addition to teaching 4th grade, she is the Grade Level Representative, member of the Faculty Senate, and EHS Gymnasts’ Coach each year at the LHSAA State Gymnastics Meet. She has a B.A. in History and B.A. in Dance from the University of California, Irvine. Her graduate studies in Elementary Teaching, which led to a California credential, were from Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA. Both of her children graduated from Episcopal; Julia graduated in 2003, and Patrick graduated in 2000.
“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” – Dr. Seuss

This is Ms. Mitchell’s first year at EHS. She spent three years teaching at Villa del Rey Elementary School in East Baton Rouge Parish and one year at South Fork Elementary in Livingston Parish. She has a B.S. in Elementary Education from LSU. Her 4th grade students are looking forward to a fun year being big buddies to Ms. Crousillac’s 2nd grade students!
Fifth Grade
Fifth grade students are busy preparing for their upcoming transition to Middle School. One exciting step 5th grade students take for the first time this year is changing classes, which helps prepare them for the shifting schedules they will encounter as rising 6th grade students. Please read on to learn about the exciting things happening across all disciplines in 5th grade, including Language Arts with Ms. Boudreaux, Science and Social Studies with Mr. James, and Math with Dr. Arceneaux.
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein

Dr. Arceneaux, who teaches 5th grade Math, has been a part of the EHS community since 2008. She has earned a B.S. in Elementary Education, M.A. in Reading and Ph.D. in Educational Research/Statistics all from LSU. Her son, Garrett, graduated in 2011, and her daughter, Hannah, is a current sophomore. In addition to 5th grade Math, Dr. Arceneaux teaches 3rd grade Math Enrichment, plays piano for Lower School Morning Meeting and is the 8th Grade Girls’ Bible Study Co-Leader. This year in 5th grade Math, students are participating in model drawing, visual algebra and hands on problem solving. In March, students will celebrate and compete during "Pi" Week. Cross-curricular studies with 5th grade Science and Language Arts are also keeping 5th grade students engaged and energized this year!
“Mrs. Boudreaux is All Awesomeness.” – John Daniel Davis, current 6th grade student
Fifth Grade English Language Arts teacher, Ms. Boudreaux, is a 1976 graduate of EHS. Her daughter, Anne, is a current 10th grader, and her son, Elliott, graduated in 2010. She has a B.A. in Liberal Arts, and when she is not classroom teaching, Ms. Boudreaux is a JV cheerleader mother. This is her 5th year teaching at EHS. Before teaching 5th grade, Ms. Boudreaux volunteered with the Parents’ Guild, served on the Board of Trustees and was a substitute teacher. This year in 5th grade English Language Arts, students are reading Hatchet. To prepare for the novel, students became “Fifth Grade Survivors” by watching survival videos, reading survival how-to books, and simulating a two-week wilderness adventure by packing a backpack, designing a shelter and keeping a journal. Later in the year, students will read Half Magic. To engage with the novel further, students will explore magic and possibly perform a magic show!
"In Science, we open minds through hands on discovery."
Mr. James teaches Science and Louisiana History to 5th grade students and has been a faculty member for 17 years. In his 5th grade classroom he promotes hands-on discovery, and a number of interesting projects are in the works this year. Fifth grade students will test water for the Save the Lake foundation, since EHS is located in the Lake Pontchartrain drainage basin. Students actively garden and provide Chef Pat with an array of fresh produce to cook. Mr. James’ students will also be the only Lower School students statewide to play the Stock Market Game and compete with high school students around the state. Mr. James’ students have successfully won the game many times over the years! In addition to classroom teaching, Mr. James is the Varsity Softball Assistant Coach and Middle School Softball Coach. He started the recycling program at EHS, and his students collect materials each Friday. 
“The object of teaching children is to enable them to get along without their teacher.” – Elbert Hubbard

Mr. Baronich teaches Technology to Pre-K through 5th grade Lower School students. He has earned a B.S.E in Social Studies from Delta State University. In addition to his work in Lower School, Mr. Baronich is the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Football program, Head Boys and Girls Powerlifting Coach, and Weight Room Coordinator for Upper School athletics. This year, Mr. Baronich will work with each grade level on a regular basis to help them integrate technology into their curriculum. Each student will learn how to use age-appropriate application and multimedia software to enhance their daily school work and promote creativity. Mr. Baronich encourages students to use technology, whether it is used to research information for a report, enhance the visual information used in a presentation or simply to find out more about a subject that interests them. He has been a member of the EHS community for 21 years!
“For a teacher, there’s nothing that compares to unlocking a student’s curiosity, the hunger to know more, watching with pride as he or she turns the key and steps into a new insight or accomplishment.”

Chaplain deGravelles (known to most at EHS as “Chaplain Charlie”) plays an instrumental role on our campus. Each morning, Chaplain deGravelles leads Morning Meeting for the Lower School where he teaches a wide variety of topics, all anchored in Scripture and all leading to a moral lesson. He also teaches religion to 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade students, as well as an Upper School course, “Ethics and the Bible.” Chaplain deGravelles holds a B.A. in Journalism and M.A. in English from LSU with a Creative Writing concentration. He is also an ordained Deacon in the Episcopal Church. Prior to joining EHS in 2002, he worked as a journalist, musician, and businessman.
Reflective writing is a part of all his Lower School religion classes. He leads 4th grade students to write and produce their own Bible plays, a method he will present this fall at the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools Conference in Dallas, Texas. To learn more about Chaplain deGravelles’ involvement in Upper School, watch for the Religion Department feature in the upcoming weeks!
"Try not. Do or do not. There is no try." - Yoda
Mr. Silverman holds a variety of roles at EHS. In addition to his work as Extended Care Coordinator and managing the Bookstore, Mr. Silverman teaches 4th grade Math Enrichment. He is instrumental in implementing the Singapore Math program. In Extended Care this year, he is making an effort to join Chef Pat’s healthy choice initiatives and is revising the snack policy to include healthier options. This is Mr. Silverman’s first year here, and his daughter, Lucy, is a current 3rd grade student. Mr. Silverman attended Middle School at EHS and went on to receive a B.A. in Political Theory from LSU. He also serves as the Middle School Soccer Coach.

"Joy is all around."
Bridget Henderson comes back to her roots here at EHS as Head of Lower School. Ms. Henderson spent more than five years teaching 5th and 6th grade students at Episcopal. During her time as a faculty member here, she served as Curriculum Coordinator for four years and oversaw the development of 2nd and 1st grades and eventually Kindergarten. Ms. Henderson has earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from LSU and an M.Ed. in Education of the Gifted from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Prior to rejoining Episcopal, Ms. Henderson taught grades 2-11 in self-contained and departmentalized settings in private, public and parocial schools. She has also served as Assistant Principal and Principal in Lincoln Parish.
Next week, please look for the Foreign Language department letter, recognizing the faculty who bring the exhilaration and beauty of Latin, Spanish and French to our students.

Hugh M. McIntosh
Head of School
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