During Summer 1999, TangiTech Institutes were
held all over Tangipahoa Parish. Danny Williams conducted
two high school sessions at Ponchatoula High with 23 ninth through
twelfth grade teachers attending. Jake Ragusa, Mary McMahan,
Smithie Cooper and Dee Potasnik held two junior high sessions
at West Side Middle School in Amite with 21 fifth through eighth
middle school teachers attending. Vicki Blackwell conducted
three elementary sessions at D.C. Reeves Elementary with 70 Kindergarten
through fourth grade teachers attending.
Tangipahoa Parish teachers participated in five days of intensive
technology training. The emphasis during these sessions was not
only techology skills but the integration of these skills into
the curriculum to help technology become one more strategy for
effective teaching and learning.
Some teachers were asked to write two to three sentences about
their TangiTech workshop. Kim Zabbia from Ponchatoula High
had the following comments about TangiTech.
"Agh!!!! (1) I couldn't go to sleep for
two days afterward because my mental capacities were so drained
that the function for "go to sleep" was in default.
(2) When I did get to sleep, my dreams were filled with Custom
Animation and Slide Transitions.
(3) During my waking hours, I heard myself saying things like,
"Insert peanut butter from file jar to bread."
(4) And, lastly, I knew I was addicted when I asked my daughter
if she was sure she wanted to delete the kitchen garbage.
Needless to say, I soaked up everything I possibly could and
I can't wait for Day 6 and Day 7.
Congratulations go out to 46 Tangipahoa Parish
Teachers who were awarded Louisiana LEARN Individual Teacher
subgrants in September. Each of these teachers received $1000
of materials and equipment for their classrooms. This is the
first round of awards, with more expected at the end of October.
Those awarded are as follows:
Amite Elementary- Kindergarten Group - Nora Burch, Nancy
Campo, Sharon Hicks, Becky Lawson, Kathy Schilling, Dina Spears.
Champ Cooper- Tia Giglio
Chesbrough Elementary - Altarene Brown, Paula Splane.
Crystal Academy - Stan Salassi
D.C. Reeves Elementary School -
Melissa Hebert, Kathy Prine, Shannan Reis, Kristi Simmons, Dorothy
Sledge, Lisa Strahan, Margaret Tucker, Vickie Welch.
Hammond Eastside Upper - Ann Dwelle, Sally Klein, Amy
Russell, Melissa Ryan.
Hammond Junior High - Georgia Barras
Hammond Westside Primary - Stephanie Evans, Sandra Holley.
Independence Middle School - Linda Morgan, Mary McMahan.
Kentwood Elemenatary - Janet Strickland
Loranger Elementary School - Tonya Martin, Melissa Stilley.
Loranger High - Jane Terrase, Gloria Vinyard.
Ponchatoula High - Steve Grigas
Ponchatoula Jr. High - Joann Sellers/Stan Laroux
SLU Lab School - Heidi Rhea
Spring Creek Elementary - DeRoxolyn Hall
Sumner High - James Lewis, Carrie Pugh
Tucker Elementary - Amber Gardner, Jeanette Gregoire,
Denise Grigas, Monica Hutson, Anita Johnson, Becky Roberts, Melanie
Sanchez, Christie Thomasson, Cathy Tricou, Carla VanVrancken,
Jean Veasey, Kristy Williams.
Jake Ragusa, TPSS Instructional Technology
Coordinator, has announced that After-School Technology Training
classes will be held at three training sites this school year.
D.C. Reeves Elementary in Ponchatoula, Independence Middle School,
and West Side Middle School in Amite will host classes every
Monday through Thursday afternoon from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. All
Tangipahoa Parish Schools should have the schedule of classes
posted and employees should register by emailing Vicki
Blackwell at email@example.com
or faxing her at 386-9620.
Some of the things that these sessions will
cover are: Windows 1 and 2; MS Word; MS Excel; MS PowerPoint
1 and 2; Internet 1 and 2; Peripherals 1 and 2; Graph Club; Kid
Pix 1 and 2; and Ultimate Writing and Creativity Center; Web
Page Design will begin second semester.