Request from the Waters family
Hi everyone! So this is a little request from the Waters family for anyone who has known or worked with or been a student of Gail Waters (née Rives). On this July 4th she will be turning 70!! The big party idea is obviously out the window, so for our quarantine *SURPRISE* we are making her a scrapbook and a family ceremony. We would love to include your memories, well wishes, favorite moments, or even photos with Gail, so that all her neighbors and friends and students and loved ones from these seven decades on earth (and mostly in Tensas!) can also be present. You can send any contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org, or to her phone (PM for #). JULY 1ST DEADLINE!!
And remember, she doesn’t know!
Thank you so much, Thad, Kate and Beth
Tensas Academy will be holding a delayed and condensed version of its Annual Spring Carnival on Saturday, June 27, from 10:00 to 11:30 am. The fundraiser activities that day will consist of the Big Raffle drawing, the Gourmet Shop, and a Silent Auction of various donated items, including items that have typically been part of the Grand Auction in past years.
The auction will begin as an online auction on Friday, June 19, and will conclude as a silent auction on that Saturday morning in the TA gym. For those wanting to bid online at any time after the auction opens, they may access the auction website at https://charityauction.bid/tacarnival2020, where pictures and descriptions of the majority of the items, along with registration and bidding instructions, may be found. Online bidding will end at 11:59 pm on Thursday, June 25, before the beginning of the Silent Auction inside the gymnasium on Saturday, June 27, at 10:00 am. Be generous with your donation to make sure an in-person bidder does not outbid you on Saturday.
The Gourmet Shop will be housed in the TA Cafetorium, beginning at 10:00 am, with the usual array of home-cooked sweets, casseroles, and many other exceptional items that can be used to make or complete a great meal.
The Tensas Academy Board of Directors, Staff, and students greatly appreciate your participation in this and all fundraisers necessary to help pay for the various expenses that we incur each year as we strive to provide quality education and experience for our students.
For this event, we encourage our participants and patrons to practice social distancing within the buildings and wear a mask (if possible).
Schedule of Events
June 19 - 11:59 pm on Thursday, June 25 - Online Pre-Bidding for Silent Auction Items. You can register and pre-bid online before the auction. Be generous with your donation to make sure an in-person bidder does not outbid you.
10:00 am - Items Sell Out Gourmet Shoppe opens in the cafetorium. Come and purchase some of the best home cooking around—casseroles, Cakes, Pies, Jams, BBQ Sauce, Breads, and many other items.
10:00 am - 11:30 am Silent Auction - Come bid on a number of items. Handmade children's clothes, B.Viz Pillow, lake/outdoor, books, artwork, Saints Game Tickets with accommodations, too many things to list. Many one of a kind items, including items that have typically been part of the Grand Auction in past years.
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!
This is your student council reporter signing off,
Photos courtesy of Amy VandeVen
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