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School calendar set for 2019-2020 school year

Photo by Lauren Langlois

LONG LIVE ART CLASS — Art educators and students are recognized by Tangipahoa Parish School System at the school board meeting Thursday night. The board declared March to be Youth Art Month.

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com

Tangipahoa Parish School System employees can plan out their vacations now that the 2019-2020 school calendar is official.

The school board approved the calendar at its meeting Thursday. A previous calendar brought to the board had a professional development day on Memorial Day, raising objections from some board members.

The board asked the administration to come up with new options that have the school year wrapping up before May 25, 2020.

Assistant Superintendent Ron Genco returned Thursday with an option that put the first day of school for students on Aug. 12. Professional development for teachers will be Aug. 6-9. The last day of classes for students will be May 21, which will be followed by a professional development day on May 22.

Genco said employees who responded to a yes-or-no survey on the option overwhelmingly approved it.

AS FOR HOLIDAYS, FAIR DAY WILL BE OCT. 4 AND THE THANKSGIVING BREAK WILL BE NOV. 25-29. CHRISTMAS BREAK WILL BE DEC. 23-JAN. 3. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY WILL BE JAN. 20. FOR MARDI GRAS, STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES WILL HAVE FEB. 24-26 OFF. EASTER BREAK WILL BE APRIL 10-17.

The calendar is on the school system's website, tangischools.org, under the school board tab.

Also Thursday, Superintendent Melissa Stilley said staff are working to gather feedback from parents, teachers and other stakeholders, who took online surveys about school needs.

Recognitions

There were a lot of accolades at the board meeting this week.

Shelby Core, a Ponchatoula Junior High School student, was recognized as the school's Student of the Year.

Issac Phillips of Ponchatoula Junior High School was applauded for winning the 2019 Regional Scripps Bee Competition. He is the first person from Tangipahoa Parish to win the regional spelling bee. Phillips will head to Washington, D.C., to compete the national spelling bee in May.

Natalia Tadlock of Champ Cooper Elementary School was named the winner of the President's Student of the Month Award. She was nominated for the award because she is unfailingly courteous to her peers and teachers, and is a good student with a positive attitude. She also spends her free time rescuing and nurturing injured and abandoned animals. The monthly award comes with a certificate and $20.

THE BOARD ADOPTED A PROCLAMATION THAT DECLARES MARCH 2019 AS YOUTH ART MONTH TO SUPPORT ART EDUCATION, AS IT HAS BEEN SHOWN TO HELP STUDENTS WITH COMMUNICATION, CREATIVITY AND PROBLEM SOLVING, WHILE ALSO BOOSTING MORALE.