We all want our children to be “happy”, but what is happiness? This question has been explored by countless universities. In recent years, Yale University founded a course titled “Psychology and the Good Life” and it has become one of their most popular courses. This course explores the keys to happiness and is now available online to the public on Coursera identified as “The Science of Well-Being”. In this course, Professor Laurie Santos links happiness to kindness, social connection, gratitude, mindfulness, and positive health habits such as sleep and nutrition.
As parents, we are often aware of any slight physical changes in our child. We look out for their health and wellness by taking them to the doctor at any sign of illness, for their vaccinations, and we bandage a skinned knee. However, mental health can be a challenge to identify. Focusing on observable behaviors and having daily conversations with our children is critical to understanding their mental well-being. Our young children often wear their emotions on their sleeves and show us through tears or exclamations of excitement how they are feeling. As teens move into middle school, they often become more guarded with their emotions. Adolescents are beginning to pull away from parents and focus more on peer relationships. While this is normal and healthy as they develop their own identity, it’s important to realize they still need parental reassurance, support and nurturance.
How can you identify if your child is in emotional distress? These observable indicators may help you:
Here are some guidelines for starting the conversation with your child about their mental health and well-being:
Episcopal School’s mission statement focuses on developing the “whole child”. We want to partner with you to support your children to grow into successful and happy young adults. This May marks the 70th year that the Mental Health Association of American recognizes “Mental Health Awareness Month” providing an opportunity for us to talk openly about mental health and our children’s happiness. If you have concerns for your child’s mental health, please reach out to your division counselor. We are available to collaborate and provide support.
Yale University Course on “Psychology and the Good Life” https://news.yale.edu/2018/02/20/yales-most-popular-class-ever-be-available-coursera
Coursera offering Yale Course “The Science of Well-Being” https://www.coursera.org/learn/the-science-of-well-being
Mental Health America: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/about-us
NBC News Learn Parent Toolkit: https://www.parenttoolkit.com/health-and-wellness/conversation-starter/mental-health/tough-talks-how-to-talk-to-your-child-about-mental-health
Child Mind Institute: https://childmind.org/article/tips-communicating-with-teen/
Alicia Kelly has served as a School Counselor at Episcopal since 2001. As the Middle School Counselor, she has a passion for helping preadolescents reach their potential, academically, emotionally, and spiritually. Alicia holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Masters in Health Sciences - Rehabilitation Counseling, and is a Certified School Counselor.
Imagine a handwritten birthday card from your grandmother with the neat, devoted cursive writing that only grandma can create. Now imagine a birthday card written in the scrawling, proud script of your young child who just learned to connect letters. Handwriting can elicit such emotion and feeling among readers. Now Episcopal third graders are bringing back the art of letter writing. This spring, students participated in a pen pal project with St. James Place residents. Not only are they making meaningful connections, but they are also brushing up on cursive writing.
“My hopes and dreams for this year are to feel more confident in Math and to do well writing in cursive.” Molly
“My hopes and dreams for this year are to do well on Rocket Math and to work hard on my cursive writing.” Wynston
Each August, the third grade teachers have students set goals for themselves. Teacher Lauren Bilskie says every year students express interest and excitement about learning and perfecting cursive writing. “Learning cursive is sort of a rite of passage for our students,” says Bilskie. She says students are eager to learn the way each letter connects and it’s always an exciting day when they learn to link the letters of their own name with curves and loops.
Once students have the method down, Bilskie says they need practice with cursive writing and reading. Finding opportunities to practice cursive can be a challenge with students more accustomed to keyboards and touch screen devices. Fortunately, a national news story highlighting a pen pal program between senior living residents and students at a Dallas Episcopal school recently inspired Bilskie to create a similar program here. Knowing that several students have family members living at St. James Place, Bilskie felt the residents there would be the perfect match for these young writers. When she reached out to officials at St. James, Director of Active Lifestyles, Tanya Dickson, had actually heard about the same story and was ecstatic about the opportunity to connect students and residents.
The pen pal program was such an easy program to establish that Bilskie says she can’t believe they didn’t think of it sooner. Students started their written friendship by writing to a resident in cursive and asking them about their third grade teacher and their favorite school subject. The cursive responses came pouring in. Residents were excited to correspond with the young students with some even writing back with colorful, decorated notes. “This has made cursive so meaningful for all of us,” says Bilskie.
With this year’s success, Bilskie and her fellow teachers hope to organize the program again next year, with a few additions. Bilskie says they plan to start earlier in the year and may organize a trip to St. James Place so that the pen pals can meet in person. In the meantime, the correspondence may continue over the summer with students writing to their new friends about beach trips and camp adventures.
“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” Oprah Winfrey
Nine Episcopal seniors will embark on an adventure this fall in pursuit of their dreams. After countless auditions, miles of traveling and sleepless nights preparing portfolios, these students are attending some of the nation’s top art schools, including Bates College, Berklee College of Music, Drexel University, Illinois Wesleyan University, Louisiana State University, Loyola University, Texas Christian University and Tulane University. College Counseling Director Justin Fenske says Episcopal students have gone on to study art in the past, but this year’s group of nine is the largest in recent memory. “This shows the growth of our programs,” says Fenske. “We’ve always had success but that success is now building upon itself.”
Deciding what you want to be when you grow up and choosing the right college can be daunting for people of all ages. For those passionate about the arts, the process is even more grueling. Once these students determined that they wanted to dedicate their life to a profession in the arts, the college application process began. All of the students applied to multiple schools, with some students submitting 20 or even 30 applications. Art school applications are quite rigorous with audition tapes and portfolios required for each. Then there’s the waiting. After completing their applications, students and families waited anxiously for news. Many received invitations for in-person auditions in multiple states, meaning families logged frequent flier miles along the way. As intimidating and overwhelming as this may sound, these future artists say they wouldn’t trade the experience for anything in the world.
Future LSU music education and music performance major, Lauren Smith, says the process was tiresome but she enjoyed every minute of it. Lauren has long dreamed of the day she would begin her music journey. Her thesis was on the racial disparity in classical music and how not seeing people who represented her among those in the music she loves impacted her. Now Lauren will have the opportunity to fulfill her dreams and impact the face of classical music. Such a passion inspired her to withstand the grueling application process. “Make sure you love what you’re pursuing,” she advises anyone considering their future.
Ethan Wax, who plans to double major in musical theater and marketing at Illinois Wesleyan University, agrees. “This was one of the most stressful, but rewarding experiences of my life,” he says. Wax says it was rewarding to meet people with the same passion for the arts and to see the different methods used by other performers. Fellow actor Maggie Ewing, who will attend TCU in pursuit of a BFA in theater with an emphasis in acting, says the application experience was an “insane, challenging, rewarding process of self-discovery.” However, she says the experience was worth it. “Have faith in yourself and put all of your efforts into it,” she advises her classmates.
Even as these students were preparing to pursue their dreams, the day-to-day requirements remained. With that in mind, Lauren Reed, who will attend Bates College as a dance major, advises anyone interested in pursuing an art degree to start the process early. “Keep up with school work - school work doesn’t stop because you have to go out of state to audition.” While the requirements of high school do not stop during the college application journey, Fenske says faculty are supportive and ultimately want students to be successful. In fact, Fenske says a major strength of Episcopal is the faculty’s ability to mentor students and help them develop beyond what is typically available in the classroom. “Our faculty members are committed to helping our students excel and they work diligently to make sure there is no limit on what students can achieve,” he says. Fenske points to the creation of the Dance Masters Seminar course and the Theatre Masters Seminar course as examples of how the faculty personalized course offerings to meet the needs of this talented group of students.
The majority of this group of nine seniors have known for some time that art was important to them. “I have to dance,” says future Tulane dance and communications student Mackenzie Bell. “You can do anything you set your mind too,” Bell advises others as she reflects on her decision to pursue her passion. “I knew I liked art, but I never thought about majoring in it,” says Tess Cunningham, who will pursue a BMA in music industry studies – performance track with a minor in business at Loyola University New Orleans College of Media and Arts. Tess says she researched her options and found a way to make a career of doing what she loves. Senior Lara Rende, who will attend Drexel University to obtain a degree in animation, had a slightly different path. Lara was new to the country and not at all sure what degree to pursue. However, she says she followed her gut and decided to study animation. “I created a portfolio in one week,” says Lara with an excited smile. After several sleepless nights and being accepted into Drexel, Lara says the entire experience was worth it.
These nine students have grown through the college application process. Aspiring musical theater performer, Ethan Massengale, who will attend TCU this fall, says the experience brings those in the process to a space of vulnerability. “It is the most exciting, yet nerve-wracking experience,” he says. He encourages others not to give up. “If you really want to do it, it will work out.”
This week’s announcements certainly did not happen overnight. These students and their families have committed years of their lives to seeing this dream come true. Jessica Fletcher, who will attend Berklee College of Music to major in professional music with concentrations in vocal performance, songwriting and music business, advises others to practice every day if they are serious about the field. As for audition day, she had this advice. “Go in there with confidence and look them in the eye. You have what it takes.”
The success of these students is a shining example of Episcopal’s whole child philosophy, which allows students to explore and excel in academics, arts, athletics and spirituality, all on one campus.“The combination of challenging academics and faculty dedicated to providing students art conservatory-level programs is really something special,” says Director of Performing Arts Paige Gagliano. “It has been rewarding to see Episcopal’s whole child mission in action as these students have developed new skills and discovered new talents.”
At Episcopal, 90% of students participate in the arts. The school offers a range of art opportunities including music, visual art, theater and dance. There is truly something for everyone.
Now that these students have completed the college admissions journey, the true adventure of pursuing their dreams begins. We wish you well in life’s adventures. Good luck to each of you.
Fourteen years ago when Hurricane Katrina made landfall, the current eighth graders were just infants, with no understanding of the chaos and destruction taking place around them. In 2016, these same students endured the Baton Rouge flood and now have a more personal understanding of what a natural disaster can do. This semester, the students delved deeper into the topic as they asked themselves the question - What are resident’s energy needs after a natural disaster?
The eighth grade teachers, including Shyamala Alapati, Rebecca Milligan, James Moroney and Kristina St. George, teamed up with Librarian Tiffany Whitehead and Academic Technology Coordinator Betsy Minton for this cross-curricular, project-based lesson. In addition to exploring the topic of energy needs, the team also incorporated the theme of this year’s Quest for Peace Program – Finding a Place in a Displaced World. The teachers found creative ways in which to incorporate the theme into a variety of lessons. In geography class, as students studied the countries of the world they learned about the energy challenges and needs of that country’s citizens. In science class, students learned about the different types of energy and how they are created. The theme of energy was even studied in English, where teacher Rebecca Milligan introduced literature written about hurricanes Harvey, Katrina and Maria. Milligan says the text focused on the challenges and emotions that coincide with displacement in the midst of these natural disasters. While you might think it’s a challenge to teach students about energy in English class, Milligan says it’s rewarding to find text that is relevant and applicable to current events, while still teaching students the required academic components.
The eighth grade team invited guest speakers with personal and powerful connections to natural disasters to speak with students. Middle School Spanish teacher Giselle Clouatre, who is originally from Puerto Rico, spoke with students about the challenges her own family faced after Hurricane Maria. Her story was real and relatable for the students who are growing up in a state often impacted by hurricanes. “I think seeing a teacher we see almost every day talking about such a horrible experience changed my view on disasters and the lives of the people that experience them,” said Sacha Dernoncourt. “Ms. Clouatre told us about things that happened in her real life, which I think is a lot more helpful when we’re learning because it’s easier to understand and actually comprehend what someone has gone through when you actually know them,” said Haley Wright.
Episcopal graduate and Cajun Army founder, Chris King ’88 discussed the challenges of responding to a natural disaster. He related stories of 11 hour boat rescues and volunteers working tirelessly to organize thousands of meals for displaced residents in the aftermath of the 2016 flood. He challenged students to be the next group of innovators to think of solutions to help citizens fare better in the next natural disaster. What are you going to create? How can you help?
Bringing the Lesson to Life
Students recently had the opportunity to connect everything they’ve learned. While sixth and seventh grade students were testing, eighth grade students were fully immersed in the concepts they had spent so long studying. Students explored multiple ways to create energy. They used potatoes, wind, water and a hand crank to light a tiny LED bulb. Outside of the library, students tried a variety of methods for lighting fire, including magnifying glasses, flint and friction. With each method students saw results, ranging from a wisp of smoke to tiny flames. The reward for their efforts was roasting s’mores over a fire pit. Inside the library, students were tasked with solving a series of disaster-related puzzles to unlock an escape box to gain access to the prize within. As a reminder of the impact a natural disaster can have and to truly reinforce the day’s theme, students watched the documentary Hurricane on the Bayou in St. George’s classroom. All of the activities were engaging and entertaining for students. Milligan says the hope is that the experience helps students make a connection between the impacts a natural disaster can have, such as loss of energy, and how citizens can be displaced as a result.
This is Project-Based Learning in Middle School.
Most of the Episcopal community is familiar with a project-based learning unit. Students explore all aspects of a topic, they make connections about the topic, investigate and research it and eventually share what they have learned. The projects are cross-curricular and include everything from guest speakers and field trips, to hands-on activities designed to generate excitement and enthusiasm for the topic. This year, Middle School teachers worked toward the goal of organizing such a project and the eighth grade energy and displacement project was a success. “I am so impressed with our 8th grade teachers’ work together to support their students with project work focused on energy,” says Middle School Division Head Lucy Smith. “Our students have had a great opportunity to increase their awareness of and empathy for the energy challenges that arise when natural disasters occur. We hope their work on the project will motivate their ideas and leadership for problem-solving in the future.”
Students were, in fact, inspired to take action as a result of the lesson. After learning more about the challenges of natural disasters, they elected to create natural disaster kits in preparation for future events. St. George says students took on leadership roles, with a disaster kit lead designated in each homeroom. She says the student leaders encouraged their peers to donate items on the disaster kit list and an eighth grader even designed the flyer used to promote the effort. With student donations and the $256 generated from eighth grade field day concession sales, 11 complete disaster kits were created. St. George says the kits will be given to Catholic Charities for deployment during the next disaster.
While the eighth grade field day activity was certainly fun and engaging for students, the lesson had a larger purpose and impact. The teaching team is hopeful that the students make a connection between their classroom lessons and the real life applications – after all, isn’t that what learning is all about?
In the spring, the butterflies are returned to students in North America. During their spring migration, some of the Episcopal butterflies had “landed” at Fulton Elementary School in Fulton, Maryland in the classroom of Louisiana native LeSantra Ledet. Through the power of social media, the two classrooms were able to exchange videos and share about their experiences learning about monarch butterflies. This chance encounter on Facebook gave the students a deeper investment in the project. Human connections like this provide opportunities for our students to learn about children in other schools, states and countries, and help further Episcopal’s mission to “prepare graduates for college and for purposeful lives.”
Back in the PreK garden, students were thrilled at the spring arrival of the monarch butterflies. They documented each step of the life cycle from discovering tiny eggs on their milkweed plants, to watching the butterflies emerge, almost simultaneously, in the biggest sighting of butterflies in the garden’s history.
Students wrapped up the year with a butterfly parade in the VPAC. Families were treated to a song and poem performed by the PreK-4 classes. After the show, students showcased their published book, “Becoming a Butterfly” and hosted an art show and book signing. The metaphor of the caterpillar’s journey to becoming a butterfly is especially fitting for our young learners during this transformational year of school. The mini Knights are ready to “take flight” in Kindergarten as they take the next step in their educational journey at Episcopal.
Julie Mendes, a 2001 graduate of Episcopal, returned to teach Pre-K4 at her alma mater in 2012. She received both her undergraduate degree and MEd in elementary education at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. After teaching second grade in a Dual Language program in Texas public schools for three years, Julie moved abroad to teach first grade at a bilingual school in Gracias, Lempira Honduras. Julie enjoys teaching alongside some of her former teachers and seeing what life is like on the other side of the desk.
With the stroke of a pen, four Episcopal athletes solidified their plans to continue competing at the college level. Adele Broussard, Brandan Garrido, Todd McInnis and Mary Kathryn Underwood join a long line of Episcopal athletes who elected to continue their athletic career. At a signing day ceremony this week, Athletic Director Randy Richard congratulated the athletes. “What a year it was for Episcopal athletics,” he said. “Today is a day of looking forward to the future.”
Todd McInnis – Mississippi College, Cross Country/Track and Field
As Coach Richard introduced the athletes, he reminisced on their success. For senior Todd McInnis, who plans to participate in cross country and track and field for Mississippi College Honors College in the fall, there has been tremendous success. “Senior members of the boys cross country and track and field teams have earned 12 state championship titles in the last four years,” said Richard. “You guys have never lost.” Todd and his family were all smiles as they discussed the runner’s bright future. “I’m thankful for the opportunity to keep running,” says Todd. He also encouraged others with a passion, to work hard and remain level headed as they search for an opportunity to continue doing what they love. Todd says Mississippi College was the right fit for him because of the school’s Christian values, which are important to him. Coach Claney Duplechin says Todd is one of the hardest workers he has ever coached. “If he’s not a captain I’ll be very surprised.”
Adele Broussard – Louisiana State University, Cross Country
Adele Broussard has had impressive success in the long distances, earning numerous individual state championship titles. Coach Richard commended Adele for the enviable inner strength she possesses in order to run the anchor leg of a relay immediately following a two mile run. With another team state championship recently earned, Adele says this is the perfect way to end her senior year. She looks forward to donning the purple and gold for LSU in the fall along with her former Episcopal classmates. “LSU was the perfect school. The team was very welcoming.” No doubt, Adele will be a welcome addition to her new team. Coach Jones says she is a hard worker, a fierce competitor and a fabulous person.
Mary Kathryn Underwood – Fordham University, Track and Field
At the recent signing day, Mary Kathryn told Coach Richard and the crowd that she knew she had to do everything she could to help her team win at the very beginning of this year’s cold, wet cross country state championship meet. Despite the conditions, the girls were victorious and brought home the title. Now Mary Kathryn heads to her favorite city, New York, to attend Fordham University and continue track and field. “It’s important that I keep running,” she says. “It helps me with school, time management and clears my head.” Coach Jones says Mary Kathryn is tough as nails on the track and one of the nicest people he’s ever been around. Both qualities should serve her well as she looks toward her future.
Brandan Garrido – Birmingham Southern College, Basketball
This dual sport athlete says after a long decision-making process he ultimately went with basketball over football because the sport was his first love. Brandan says he’s had a lot of fun playing sports while in school and he looks forward to continuing that in college. Birmingham Southern was his school of choice because the school felt like a second home and he felt accepted as soon as he got there. Coach Beckman congratulated Brandan and says he’ll never forget how Brandan beat Denham Springs at the buzzer twice in two different years or how happy Brandan was when the team was victorious against Riverside. Brandan certainly has much to be happy about now as he looks to becoming a college athlete this fall.
The Year in Review
State Champs X’s 5!
Boys cross country – State Champs
Girls cross country – State Champs
Boys indoor track and field - State Champs
Boys outdoor track and field – State Champs
Girls outdoor track and field – State Champs
It was a tremendous year for Episcopal runners and track and field athletes with five team state championship titles in one year. Here’s a look at impressive individual results:
Adele Broussard – Individual cross country state champ, 800M, 1600M, 3200M state champ, indoor 1600M state champ
Francie Oliver – Long jump state champ
Trevor Babcock – 800M state champ, indoor 800M state champ
James Christian - Individual cross country state champ, 3200M state champ
Trevor Babcock, Austin Broussard, Todd McInnis, Brandan Garrido - 4 X 400M state champs
Austin Broussard, Greyson Yorek, Logan Leblanc, Trevor Babcock - Indoor 4 X 800 M state champs
David Whitehurst – 1,600M state champ
Episcopal golfers had a great showing at the recent state tournament. The girls finished as the Division II State Runner Up! Riely Heaslip and Caroline Glynn shot a two day score of 324! Riely finished as the third place medalist in the tournament.
Freshman Boyd Owens finished as the Boys Individual State Runner Up with a two day 36 hole score of 145.
Senior Riely Heaslip is certainly ending her last year of Upper School on a high note. In addition to a great tournament finish, she has also been named as the Advocate’s Star of Stars for Girls Golf. This is the second year in a row that Riely has won the award.
Tennis State Champs
Congratulations to the boys tennis team who brought home a state title of their own. One of the contributing factors of the regional and state titles for the team this year was a talented group of doubles teams that occupied three of the four slots in both tournament semi-final rounds. The doubles team of Ethan Gettys and Carter Rigby capped off those teams by finishing as regional champs and state runner up in the boys doubles competition.
Athletes of the Year
At this spring’s sports ceremony the Athletes of the Year were announced. Congratulations to the following athletes who won Episcopal athletics' highest award:
Adele Broussard (Cross Country and Track & Field) – Annslee Laura Phillips Female Athlete of the Year
Brandan Garrido (Football, Basketball, Track & Field) – Michael Babers Male Athlete of the Year
*Alum Bart Phillips '91 was on hand to present the Annslee Laura Phillips Female Athlete of the Year award, named in honor of his sister.
Athletic Hall of Fame Honors
Former Episcopal Coach “Chinkie” Cointment was inducted into the Episcopal Athletic Hall of Fame. Chinkie has been a mainstay in Episcopal athletics since 1979 and helped solidify a strong Middle School athletics program, while also helping to pave the way for girls athletics at Episcopal.
For a look back at action earlier in the year, check out these blog posts.
Fantastic Fall Performances
Winning Winter Sports
Be on the look out for a new Episcopal athletic field house informational piece coming out soon. For more information on the field house, click here.
Future Business Professionals
Several Episcopal students spent part of their spring break learning more about investments and the management of public companies at the 23rd Annual Burkenroad Reports Investment Conference hosted by the Tulane University A.B. Freeman School of Business. Such an experience could help them someday continue the Episcopal tradition of entrepreneurship. Read more about that tradition in a previous blog post here here.
Tops in Math!
Episcopal School of Baton Rouge congratulates tenth grader Abhay Basireddy for scoring in the top 2.5% on the American Mathematics Competitions 10 (AMC 10 A) exam. Nationwide, more than 42,000 students from 1,920 schools took the exam, which consists of 25 multiple choice questions covering mathematics curriculum up to the tenth grade. By scoring in the top 2.5%, Basireddy is now qualified to take the American Invitational Mathematics Exam, along with 2,730 other students from across the country.
In addition, three other Episcopal students scored in the top 25% nationally on the AMC 10 A. Episcopal congratulates the following:
Justin Dynes – ninth grade
Alex Nelson – tenth grade
Arya Patel – ninth grade
All four Episcopal students are members of the school’s Mu Alpha Theta math team, which recently placed fifth overall at the Louisiana Mu Alpha Theta state convention.
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Essay Contest Winner
Episcopal Students Win National Latin Exam Awards
The National Latin Exam, sponsored by the American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League, is a 40 question, multiple choice test, offered to students on seven levels. Students encounter questions on grammar, comprehension, mythology, derivatives, literature, Roman life, history, geography, oral Latin and Latin in use in the modern world.
Of the 44 Episcopal students that took the 2019 National Latin Exam, 20 earned awards. This year over 139,000 students from all 50 states and the District of Columbia and 20 foreign countries took the exam. Congratulations to this year’s award winners!
State Literary Rally Success
Episcopal students had a great showing at the recent State Literary Rally held at LSU. Congratulations to the following:
District II Literary Events:
District II State Open Events:
This year’s Youth Legislature team had tremendous success! Congratulations to everyone.
Two Episcopal students were elected officers.
Libbie Kelly – Governor’s Cabinet - Secretary of State/Press Secretary
Riley Ewing – Speaker of the House
The Episcopal team successfully passed ten bills.
Free Prosthetics for Veterans – Ryann Richard, John Luke Boagni
Sports for Disabled Kids – Shreya Kamath and Amelia Pleasant
Solar Installation Tax Incentives – Joey Roth and Jada Crawford
Urea Ammonium Nitrate Control Act – Mia Pulliam and Carter McLean
Weapon Protection for Schools – Sarah Theriot and Suzie Heneghan
Homes for the Homeless – Tori Pierce and Nidhi Sthanki
Diabetic Supplies for the Uninsured – Katherine Fivgas and Claire Kiesel
Online Privacy Act – Hayden Singh and Pearson Spender
Protecting the Marshlands – Jacob Bruser and Jacob Jones
Save the Bees – Sarah Laiche and Alexandra Streuli
Several Episcopal students were selected for the Youth Legislature Hall of Fame.
Laura Jane Kirkpatrick
Congratulations to Anna Katherine Harrell for being named the Outstanding Photojournalist.
State Tournament Success
Episcopal golfers had a great showing at the recent state tournament. The girls finished as the Division II State Runner Up! Riely Heaslip and Caroline Glynn shot a two day score of 324! Riely finished as the third place medalist in the tournament. Freshman Boyd Owens finished as State Runner Up with a two day 36 hole score of 145.
The Episcopal boys tennis team won the 2019 Division III State Championship title!
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Pablo Picasso
Give a Lower School student a paint brush, a crayon or even Play-Doh and watch as they create their own art with passion, gusto and a little messiness. Lower School art teacher Caroline Hagan enjoys helping these uninhibited little artists make their mark. Recently, she organized the annual Lower School art show highlighting works from students in PreK-3 through fifth grade. The subject matter was appropriately Lower School themed, with brightly colored drawings featuring everything from a cactus and a happy cat to the pigeon from the Mo Willems’ pigeon series.
Beginning in PreK-3, students make the “field trip” to Hagan’s classroom multiple times a week for art instruction. Hagan says she focuses on the experience of making art and not the end result. She uses a process-based approach to guide students in the elements and principles of art, including line, color, shape, value, form and texture. “A lot of people don’t have an art vocabulary,” says Hagan. “I want students to be able to discuss art at art museums and dinner parties in the future.” Hagan’s students also have the opportunity to experience many different materials and how they are used. While in kindergarten, students practice drawing shapes and putting them together to form larger images. By fifth grade, they are learning the steps in the printmaking process.
Hagan also finds meaningful ways in which to incorporate student art within the Lower School experience. For example, she worked with third graders to create an Episcopal wish tree for the community read earlier this year. Her fifth grade students made pieces that were sold at the annual global market and even PreK-3 and PreK-4 made pottery bunnies for their families this Easter.
With advancements in technology creating new careers, including animators and video game designers, creativity is an asset. Hagan says parents can help foster their budding Picasso’s natural artistic instincts by allowing the child to create their own artwork without input or expectations. In the end, the child will have a great time creating and the family will end up with an original piece to display in the home.
Do you have tips to encourage young artists? Share them in the comments section below.
Episcopal placed fifth overall at the Louisiana Mu Alpha Theta State Convention in Baton Rouge. This is only the second time in eight years that Episcopal has placed in the top five and ties the team's best finish in those eight years! The 37 Episcopal students competed against 753 students from 33 schools. Congratulations on this tremendous accomplishment!
Individual Test Awards –
Theta – 10th Joy Lee
Alpha – 3rd Abhay Basireddy
Mu A – 12th Lara Rende
Mu B – 14th Arohi Gopal
Area Test Awards –
Alpha Advanced Math – 4th James Christian and 16th Shuhei Niwano
Alpha Trigonometry – 13th Justin Dynes and 14th Katie Knight
Open Functions – 1st Abhay Basireddy
Open Statistics - 1st Elaine Gboloo
Mu Integration – 4th Lara Rende
Mu Differentiation – 5th Clay Burton and 12th Mason LaFerney
Mu B – 3rd Arohi Gopal, 4th Nicholas Johannessen, 8th Alex Nelson, and 13th Gautam Mahes
Game/Team Awards –
Descartes Theta – 6th Laura Gboloo
Descartes Alpha – 4th Tochi Mbagwu
Descartes Mu B – 4th Matthew Bickham
Theta Gemini – 3rd Joy Lee and Eugene Jiang
Alpha Math Bowl – 5th Abhay Basireddy, James Christian, Justin Dynes, KC Shimada
Mu A Math Bowl – 5th Ellie Sim, Lara Rende, Mason LaFerney, and Clay Burton
Mu B Math Bowl – 6th Nicholas Johannessen, Adam Reid, Gautam Mahes, and Gracie Veillon
Alpha Top Cipherer - Abhay Basireddy
Overall School Awards –
8th Theta Interschool
2nd Alpha Interschool
5th Mu Interschool