Tensas Academy welcomed students back with the time honored tradition of prayer around the flag pole this morning.
We are looking forward to an outstanding school-year.
Splash Into Class
Splash into Class at Tensas Academy on Monday, August 13 from 5-7 pm. We are changing up the usual Open House routine with water slides for all grades!!! Yes, even high schoolers will have their own huge slide! Please join our faculty in the cafeteria for a meet and greet and the chance to sign up for all of the upcoming year's events, purchase spirit shirts, and volunteer for that committee where your skills are best put to use. After a delicious hot dog dinner, all students will get to slip, slide and play. Please bring appropriate clothes, footwear, and towels.
We want everyone to Splash into Class and get ready for a remarkable new school year at Tensas Academy!
Schedule of Events:
5:00 pm - Prayer and Welcome Assembly
5:30 pm - Hot Dog Supper
6:00 pm - Waterslide Fun for all Students (including Jr. High and High school).
*There will be separate slides for each age group. Siblings that aren't quite old enough for Tensas Academy are welcome to join in the fun.
On April 13, 2018, the College of Engineering and Science at Louisiana Tech University recognized LA state high school students and one teacher for its 6th Annual National Center for Women & Information Technology awards ceremony. The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) provides a long-term community for female technologists, from K-12 through higher education and beyond, encouraging persistence in computing through continuous engagement and ongoing encouragement at each pivotal stage of their educational and professional development. Thousands of technically inclined girls and women are offered opportunities to learn through computing-related activities, network at virtual and in-person meetups, receive visibility for technical achievements, and grow leadership and entrepreneurial skills by leading computing outreach programs in their local communities. Additionally, they gain exclusive access to scholarships, internships, and job opportunities. All of these benefits are made possible by NCWIT Alliance Members, AiC peers in the network, and adult influencers who serve as volunteers and mentors. This collective investment is making a considerable and sustainable impact on future technology and innovation by increasing women’s meaningful participation. The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing builds a talent pool for the growing technical workforce and helps academic and corporate organizations celebrate diversity in computing by honoring young women at the high school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing; leadership ability; academic history; and plan for post-secondary education. The Aspirations in Computing Educator Award identifies outstanding educators who play a pivotal role in encouraging young women to explore their interest in computing and technology, and recognizes these educators for their efforts to promote gender equity in computing.
Area students that were recognized for this honor were two honorable mentions Ms. Anna VandeVen from Tensas Academy and Ms. Stephanie Mayberry from Destrehan High School. Four winners Ms. Lyndsey Bromfield from Iberville Math, Science, and Arts Academy – East, Joshi Ishwari from Baton Rouge High School, Ziying He (National Honorable Mention) from Baton Rouge Magnet High School and Deepti Vaidyanathan (National Honorable Mention) from Baton Rouge High School. The educator award went to Ms. Rebecca Nguyen who teaches at Iberville Math, Science, and Arts Academy – East.
On Friday, April 20, 2018, Tensas Academy’s Pre-Kindergarten through Second-grade classes took a field trip to the Mississippi Children’s Museum in Jackson, Mississippi. The students and their parents were able to visit each of the museum's exhibits and actively participate and learn something at each station. After several hours of going through all three floors of this educational and fun museum, the students had worked up an appetite. The parents and students enjoyed a picnic lunch at LeFleur's Bluff State Park and some playtime before returning home.
Tensas Academy’s High School first nine weeks book reports were to be written on a biography or a memoir. Students made posters describing the plot, characters, timeline, and conflict of their books. Check out all their amazing work!
Tensas Academy’s Freshman Class has had an exciting year in Physical Science! They were assigned to construct a bridge using popsicle sticks and glue. The bridge had to be four feet long and support at least twenty pounds. The students learned about the difference between weight and mass, the force of gravity, and the skills needed to construct a bridge.
By Anna VandeVen
Tensas Academy’s Fifth Grade had an educational and fun trip to Ruston, Louisiana on Thursday, September 28. They attended Waterfest at the Lincoln State Park and learned about water quality and conservation. The Sparta Aquifer is depended upon by fifteen parishes in north Louisiana, and the water supply is gradually disappearing. The t-shirts students obtained during the trip pictured sayings such as, “Reduce your use” and, “Every drop counts.”
Students learned that an aquifer is a thick underground layer of material that holds water replenished by rain. The Sparta Aquifer is 40 million years old and three-hundred feet below the ground. Students discussed all of the ways they use water, drinking, bathing, cleaning, washing, cooking, swimming, gardening and feeding pets and livestock. They also learned ways they can conserve water, such as washing dishes in a washing machine instead of hand-washing, turning the water off while brushing your teeth, and taking a quick shower instead of a bath.
The group went through a maze, representing the traveling water. Every object they passed represented another piece of litter our water has to go through before it gets to the aquifer. They learned not littering plays a significant role in water conservation as well.
The students played a final relay game where they had fifteen minutes to fill a 100-gallon container with lake water one bucket at a time. They got exercise and learned to appreciate their water sources and were thankful they did not have to carry water in buckets.
The group traveled back to Tensas Academy in the cars of gracious parents and grandparents of the fifth grade, Amy VandeVen, Bill Crigler, and Mary Nell Rushing. It was a water-filled fun day for all!
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Photos courtesy of Amy VandeVen
By Anna VandeVen
Tensas Academy’s high school had an exciting day at the Northeast Region’s 4-H Field Day. The trip was open to not only 4-Hers but the rest of the high school as well. Students had a lot of fun learning about various topics.
They started the day off learning how chickens in the poultry industry are handled. First, the pullets (twenty-week-old females) lay eggs, which are carried down a conveyor belt and put in an incubator, where they stay for eighteen days. The remaining three days are spent in crates, until the chicks hatch. After hatching, they are shipped off to large houses full of 15,000-19,000 chickens each! Did you know that the average American consumes 91 pounds of chicken every year? The group then learned about different wildlife foresters and the process for tree harvesting.
A quick hay-ride behind tractors through a field and the team was at a patch of sweet potatoes ready to be harvested. The sweet potatoes were dug up, and the group sorted between Number Ones (sweet potatoes for store shelves), Canners (sweet potatoes to be canned), and jumbos (sweet potatoes to be cut into fries for freezing.) Then, the group got to try Sweet Potato Fries. Yum!
The group's last station was the world of honey bees, where they learned the life cycle of honeybees, the different kinds, and even got to taste fresh honey! After finishing their cycles, the group had a healthy lunch and traveled back to Tensas.
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Just as Christmas, New Years, Valentines, etc., rolls around each year … the time for one of our favorite annual events has arrived – The Tensas Academy Spring Carnival! On Saturday, March 19th, you can start your day off by purchasing tickets and challenging your kids at some fun Midway Games on the TA Football Field. Shoppe our Gourmet Shoppe, fill your freezer, and have something easy to prepare on those evenings when you are rushing the door to support our Chief’s at one of their many athletic endeavors. You can graze on many other tasty treats while you and your friends visit and compete for all of the beautiful items displayed at our Silent Auction. Reserve a spot for your children at Kids Camp, grab a plate from the BBQ Babes, and dine to the melody of the auctioneer’s voice during the Grand Auction. It will be hard to decide what is more fun – eating all the great food or out bidding your friends for one of the many handmade, one of a kind items. There is something for everyone – food, fun and unique items! You only this this chance once a year, so come with your check book, debit card or cold hard cash and help support a really great school. All proceeds go to Tensas Academy and we thank you in advance for your loyal support.
Schedule of Events
9:30 am - 11:00 am- Kids Midway Games on the Football Field. Children of all ages will enjoy a variety of games hosted by the TA Teachers and their classes.
10:00 am - Items Sell Out Gourmet Shoppe opens. Come and purchase some of the best home cooking around. Casseroles, Cakes, Pies, Jams, BBQ Sauce, Breads, and many other items available.
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Silent Auction - Come bid on a number of items. Handmade children's clothes, plants, books, artwork, too many things to list. Many one of a kind items.
11:00 am - Kids Camp for small fee. Drop your child off at the cafetorium and enjoy shopping child-free! Bring the kids and let them play.
12:15 pm - Grand Auction Begins - Larger items. Trips, dinners, lawn and garden, antiques, artwork, many handmade and one of a kind items. Make sure to sign up for a bidder number.
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