CMTHS 1ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Upon graduation, two out of three Rapides Parish students don't go to college. In an effort to change that statistic, district administration is working to provide more workforce ready opportunities to students.

Their Career and Technical Education Program is excelling at high schools like Buckeye and Tioga. The program has given Tioga senior Casey Matney all of the tools he needs to graduate and get a high paying job in the automotive field. - Read entire article @ Kalb

The Town Talk Published 7:57 p.m. CT March 15, 2018 | Updated 8:20 p.m. CT March 15, 2018

TTBESBecoming entrepreneurs for a day allowed Buckeye Elementary School second-graders to apply knowledge that they have learned for their Market Day, said Kristan Cripps, second-grade teacher.

"So through Market Day today, you're seeing the kids apply all of the knowledge that they have obtained over the last several weeks," said Cripps.

"The students are entrepreneurs today and they're really showing those products and using all that rich vocabulary that they've been developing."

"We created a truck and some slime and squishies and an iPad," said second-grader Peyton Smith. Her group named their business Toy Tower.

Kindergarteners at the school have also been learning about oceans and displaying what they have learned. - Read article at


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The Rapides Parish School Board is considering a plan to create new feeder systems within three proposed school zones in Alexandria and Pineville through the reconfiguration of grades at 12 elementary and middle schools.

The proposal made by administration involves differently distributing students within the boundaries of new Community School Zones. About 4,500 students are located within the area that would be encompassed by the proposed system, which includes what are called Zone 1 in Pineville and Zones 2 and 3 in Alexandria. - Read entire article


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The garden at Lessie Moore Elementary School recently yielded a supply of collard greens. At the invitation of P.E. teacher and garden sponsor Christy Parker, the Good Food Project came to the school to host a cooking demonstration.

"They have been harvesting collard greens," said Frances Boudreaux, executive director of the Good Food Project. "And wanted to have a cooking demonstration about how to use collard greens at home for the family."

The Good Food Project partners with over 30 schools in the 11-parish region served by the Food Bank of Central Louisiana, said Boudreaux. Read entire article at The Town Talk

pic6A whole school transformation process is coming to Pineville Elementary, paving the way for student leaders.
The school will be the first one in Central Louisiana to adopt the Franklin Covey 'Leader in Me' program.
"Our school already has a strong culture, but we want to take it further," said Pineville Elementary Principal Dr. Erin Stokes.
With 94 percent of her students in poverty at the school, Dr. Stokes is turning to the 'Leader in Me' program to keep them on the road to success. - See video report @ KALB

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