Athlos Academy of Jefferson Parish charter school groundbreaking

Crescent City Schools Notes for January 31, 2018


AUDUBON CHARTER SCHOOL: Theater students from Audubon Charter School will present “Dreams Freedom Change: African-American Voices Through History” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, at the Ashe Power House, 1731 Baronne St., New Orleans. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 7 and younger at or (504) 324-7110.

JEFFERSON PARISH PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM: An online payment service,, now allows parents throughout the Jefferson Parish Public School System to pay for fees, student purchases and more with a debit card, credit card or electronic check. A program fee may apply. Parents can review any fees, and cancel if they choose, before they are charged. Schools are adopting the program on varying schedules, and the type of fees payable will vary from school to school. The phone number for MySchoolBucks customer support is (855) 832-5226.

NOCCA OPERA: The classical vocal music department at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts will present George Frideric Handel’s Baroque opera “Semele” at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 in Lupin Hall at NOCCA, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. Based on Ovid’s “Metamorphoses,” the opera tells the story of the goddess Semele, mother of Bacchus, who is in love with Jupiter, king of the gods, who is married to Juno. Tickets are $15 at

BROTHER MARTIN HIGH SCHOOL: The Brother More Schaefer Faculty Award at Brother Martin High School was presented to Chris Biehl on Jan. 21. Biehl is in his sixth year at Brother Martin, and his fourth year as head basketball coach, with a 95-47 record. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of New Orleans. Also recognized at the luncheon at the Audubon Tea Room were John Devlin and Mary Picou, for 40 years of service; Amelie Levis and Tony Melito, 30 years; and Carroll Bourlet, Kenny Spellman, Deborah Broussard, Tina LaBeaud, Peter Valiente and Cathy Duran, 20 years.

ST. FRANCIS XAVIER: The 2017 edition of the Jaguar Tales yearbook for St. Francis Xavier School in Metairie has earned a first-class honor rating in National Scholastic Press Association competition. The yearbook adviser was Kathleen Calder, whose De La Salle books regularly earn state, regional and national recognition. The 2017 book marked the school’s 90th anniversary, and the opening two pages gave an overview of the principals and highlights of the early years.

ST. ANN CATHOLIC SCHOOL: Walk-through tours for prospective families are offered at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 1 and Feb. 5, and every Thursday and Monday morning school is in session, beginning in the school office, 4921 Meadowdale St., Metairie. New student registration will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, in the school cafeteria.

GIRL SCOUT PARADE: St. Ann Catholic School’s Girl Scouts will parade at 1:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at the school, 4921 Meadowdale St., Metairie.

JEFFERSON PARISH PUBLIC SCHOOL PROGRAM SHOWCASE: Presentations on specialized programs offered at Jefferson Parish public schools will be given Feb. 5 at the JPPSS Administration Building, 501 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey; and Feb. 6 in the gym at Riverdale High School, 240 Riverdale Drive, Jefferson. The hourlong showcases, both of which will begin at 6 p.m., will give parents the opportunity to learn more about the choices available before the annual magnet program application period. Applications for 2018-19 magnet programs will be accepted from Feb. 19 to April 13. Applications will be available Feb. 19 at


Construction is underway on Athlos Academy, which will open at 1001 Behrman Highway, Terrytown, in fall 2018. Ben Bourgeois, is chairman of the school’s nonprofit board. The school, with about 90,000 square feet of space, will initially serve 900 students in grades K-6. Once fully enrolled, the school will serve 1,200 students in grades K-8. For information, visit

ST. ANN MEN’S CLUB: The Men’s Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, in the cafeteria of St. Ann Catholic School, 4921 Meadowdale St., Metairie.