Monday, May 4, 2015

Check out Chartwells' new NutriSlice website and app!

The way we access our school menus is changing in an exciting new way! FirstLine Schools, in partnership with Chartwells, is now using Nutrislice to publish the school menus to a new interactive website and a free smartphone app! Now our school community can access our menus anywhere, anytime!

New easy-to-use features include:
* More information about menu items, including a photo and description
* Filter for common food allergens like nuts, wheat and dairy
* A translation feature to translate your menus into a number of different languages
* Access to nutrition information like carb counts and calories with just a few clicks!

The new site and mobile app is now available and information will continue to be posted on the Chartwells' website. Be on the lookout for the launch of our new site and feel free to direct any questions to Tom Gandolfo, 504-914-8461

Monday, April 20, 2015

Pizza Poetry Day at Green

Students at Green Charter were proud to participate in this year's Pizza Poetry Day sponsored by Big Class in celebration of National Poetry Month. The day featured writing, poetry reading, and pizza. Last Friday, April 17th, student's poems were printed onto pizza boxes, which were delivered throughout the city. We are delighted to share a selection of those poems with you here:
School is fun
school is cool
my mom thinks
school rules
When school
is over
it makes
me cry
my mother
– My’kael
I live in New Orleans
flying high, singing
songs you might
see me flying
by, sometimes
it will be in
the fall,
will ever
make me
– Hiyanta

I love pizza
it’s so cheesy
and crispy I love meat love
pepperoni and others too
so I love all types
and that’s me.
– Damiri

Sadness is the soul of the moon
Stars that walk like people
and keep on going
And people never see
the beauty of me
That a thing can keep sealed
I used to have a dream,
only one about the real me.
– Nala

Humpty Dumpty fell on the
hill he couldn’t get
up and never got
his wish of
pizza so
you might
want to
get pizza
he wanted
– Tyriell

School: Samuel J. Green Charter School

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Wheatley Community School's Black History & Culture Fair

On February 25th, Phillis Wheatley Community School (formerly John Dibert Community School), had a very special event in honor of Black History Month - A History and Culture Fair, organized by Ms. Sarah Bliss and her 6th Grade Scholars. 

Since the beginning of the school year, students have been looking forward to black history month. The fair provided students the opportunity to study one person in depth while also learning from each other by creating and presenting their projects. Some in-class research time was provided, but the majority of the work was done on their own time, over Mardi Gras break nonetheless! 

Students were integral to the event's success, helping to set up, take down, distribute tickets, and collect votes. If students weren't presenting, they were giving tours to parents and the Pre-K to 2nd grade classes that attended. The historical figures studied ranged from the well known (Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman) to the lesser known (Angela Davis and Meadowlark Lemon). It was an amazing experience for students, parents, and the whole Wheatley community; seeing kids teach guests about their history and take so much pride in what they learned was really inspiringThe projects went above and beyond what Ms. Bliss expected, and she plans to make sure The Black History Month History & Culture Fair becomes a February tradition at Wheatley. 

Congratulations to winners of the prizes, which were were given in 3 categories: 

Presentation - Kiara Bell (Ella Fitzgerald)

Lookalike (dressed up as historical figure) - a tie: Francisco Williams (Ray Charles) and Chavone Zeno (Katherine Dunham)

Project Excellence - Dascia Cofield (Mamie Smith)

For more pictures of the History & Culture Fair, click THIS LINK  

Monday, March 2, 2015

Celebrating Successes at FirstLine

On Friday February 13th, while all our scholars slept in for the beginning of their Mardi Gras break, FirstLine’s staff gathered together in the gym at Arthur Ashe Charter School for a network pep rally! The Theme for the Pep Rally was: The Mystic Krewe of FirstLine presents: The FirstLine Renaissance. In true Krewe tradition, the celebration started with a parade. Each school put together a float that their staff members marched in behind. As the brass music blared and the schoolteachers stomped, the Mardi Gras spirit was infectious throughout the gym. A healthy competition among schools ensued, where they were judged in (3) categories. Everyone showed their FirstLine spirit as they acted out the key messages of the FirstLine Renaissance: Body, Mind and Spirit. After the competition, it was time for the main event of the pep rally: The Inaugural Big Chief Awards.
The Big Chief Awards were created to spotlight teachers and staff who exemplify FirstLine’s core values of Learning, Results, Collaboration, Service, and Fun (the secret value). At the awards ceremony, awards in each area were presented, with (2) winners taking home the service award. The names of the award winners were kept a surprise until the video presentations revealed the winner. When the names of the winners were announced, huge cheers erupted in the bleachers, and winners were prone to being swarmed with hugs and adoration from their peers. As they made their way to the spotlight at the center of the gym, the Big Chiefs (who the awards are named after), were there to present them with a beautiful glass sculpture created by local non-profit organization Ya-Ya.

Big Chief Award Winners (l to r): Carolyn Trask, Julia Dezen,
              LaJean Hunter, Sivi Domango, Kaitlyn Gaddis, Eileen Bunton

The awards ceremony inspired all FirstLine employees and reminded us of why we do what we do. It showed us just how much we can achieve, and how much stronger we become when we group together as a network. But above all, it showed us that even though everything we do is for the scholars, none of it could happen without the staff. We would like to congratulate the inaugural Big Chief Award Winners on a job well done! Thank You for all that you do!

The Ramona Luke Big Chief of Service Award (Two winners): Carolyn Trask, Langston Hughes Academy, Social Worker; LaJean Hunter, Joseph S. Clark Preparatory High School, Front Office Administrator

The Darcy McKinnon Big Chief of Collaboration Award: Sivi Domango, Arthur Ashe Charter School, Co-Director

The Anthony “Doc” Recasner Big Chief of Learning Award: Eileen Bunton, Samuel J. Green Charter School, Literacy Integration Specialist

The Brenda Benoit Big Chief of Results Award: Julia Dezen, Samuel J. Green Charter School, Fourth Grade Teacher

The Kelly Miranda Big Chief of Fun Award: Kaitlyn Gaddis, Phillis Wheatley (formerly John Dibert) Community School, Kindergarten Teacher

To view all of the Big Chief Award video presentations click THIS LINK.
For photos, click THIS LINK.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Green Charter gets a new soccer field!

Through an in-kind donation from Crescent City Soccer, Samuel J. Green Charter School has received a brand new soccer field! Crescent City Soccer runs a league for adults, and one of their leagues plays on the field four to five times per week, often until 11pm!

The kids at Green love running around on the brand new grass and playing all sorts of games with each other. The beautiful open space provides a welcome area to just have fun and to be children. While soccer may not be the most popular sport in the US, we're guessing that it's going to become much more popular at S.J. Green Charter in the upcoming weeks!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

FirstLine scholars compete in Special Olympics Bowling Tournament

Last week, Colonial Bowling Lanes in Harrahan, hosted a Special Olympic Bowling Tournament. Arthur Ashe Charter School, Samuel J. Green Charter School, John Dibert Community School at Phillis Wheatley, and Langston Hughes Academy, each had students participating in the tournament.

Each team bowled at least two games, and let me tell you, I have never seen so many strikes! A big congrats goes out to all of our scholars who participated, and to everyone who helped to make this even possible.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Our 4th graders at Green wrote a book!

Last Tuesday Samuel J. Green Charter School held the Big Class Publishing event. The event was a release party for a book penned by our very own 4th grade Green Charter scholars. During the event all our 4th grade scholars read their favorite excerpt from different stories in the book.
The book, titled “This is How it All Began: Animal Origin Stories,” tells imaginative stories of how different animals came to existence. Our scholars were excited and animated while reading the different excerpts. All the wonderful parents and guardians in attendance were delighted to hear the creative stories their scholars wrote. Our 4th graders were very happy with their work and beamed with pride following their readings.

FirstLine would like to give a big shout-out to Big Class for publishing the wonderful stories our Green Charter scholars wrote. We would like to give a shout-out to all our Green Charter scholars for writing such creative and fun stories. We would also like to give a shout-out to all the awesome parents and guardians that came out to show their support for their scholars. We always enjoy the opportunity to expose our scholars to new experiences and celebrate their successes. We look forward to the next batch of great stories!

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