On November 15, CBG teamed up with BPSB to help recognize a number of students, employees and schools for their accomplishments with the Award of Excellence, all of which make Bossier Schools the high-achieving district it is. We are so proud of all of these honorees. To be able to sponsor this award is such an honor for us!
The first of the awardees were 14 amazingly talented high school musicians who were chosen from across the state to be a part of the Louisiana All-State Band and All-State Orchestra. They represent the best of the best musicians, having to first past an audition at the district level, followed by a state-wide audition in order to be selected.
The Louisiana All-State band and Orchestra performed a few weekends at the Louisiana Music Educators Association Annual Convention in Baton Rouge, Bossier Schools was well-represented to say the least!
The Bossier Parish All-State Band and Orchestra musicians are:
Airline High School: (under the direction of Patrick Neff)
Geoffrey Browning on trombone
Kyle Hollis on trumpet
James Moore, alto saxophone
Benton High: (under the direction of Evan McCormick)
Evan Bryant on trombone
Kaitlyn Hinton, clarinet
Parkway: (under the direction of Mark Minton)
Ethan Maynard, tenor sax
Noah Rampmaier, trumpet
Kathy Phillips, French horn
Richie Salzer, French horn
Gabe Ferrell, French horn
Brandon Parker, clarinet
Lucas Mooney, trombone
Colby Grayson, trombone
Matthew Stephens, euphonium
Another shining example of excellence is Elm Grove Middle School teacher Cameron Beckham.
Mr. Beckham fully embraces the district’s motto “Inspiration, Imagination, Innovation” and it is why he has been named the LACUE Region 7 Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year.
LACUE, which is an acronym for Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators, is an organization that encourages and recognizes innovation in teacher technology use. Mr. Beckham is a STEM educator at Elm Grove Middle who strives to integrate technology into his classroom and helps others find creative ways to implement it as well.
He was recognized last month at the LACUE State Conference in New Orleans.
Congratulations to Cameron Beckham!
Speaking of someone who is an innovator … our district’s own Supervisor of Technology Stewart Thompson.
Just as technology is ever evolving, so is Stewart … and others outside Bossier Schools are taking notice, because he was selected among this year’s class of “40 Under 40” by the Young Professionals Initiative, which is an extension of the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Thompson’s career in education began at Benton High, where he taught for 13 years, during which time he built one of the top AP Calculus programs in the region. Fast forward to July 2016 and he became the district’s Supervisor of Technology. Since then, BPSB has seen significant growth in the number of student devices, network infrastructure upgrades, the launch of an online applicant portal … the list goes on and on.
The “40 Under 40” initiative identifies the region’s 40 most dynamic and engaged young professionals and spotlights them as movers and shakers to watch in our community.
We want to congratulate Stewart for this well-deserved honor!
Suanne McConathy is another highly-skilled professional who has been making a difference in Bossier Parish students’ lives for over 19 years. She manages the district’s speech therapy program that encompasses every elementary, middle and high school that impacts over 1,600 students. She also develops and implements professional development for 35 Speech-Language Pathologists.
Mrs. McConathy is a much-beloved member of the Bossier Schools family and such a valuable part of our system. Now, she’s being recognized in a different venue as one of 16 ATHENA Leadership Award nominees.
Each year, the Business Development Connection honors 16 individuals that attain and personify the highest level of excellence and creativity in their business or profession, while continuing to devote time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community. Another criteria of ATHENA is that nominees actively assist other women in achieving their full leadership through service and mentorship.
In addition to serving as coordinator of the district’s Speech Therapy Program, and as a Speech Language Pathologist in a number of Bossier schools, Mrs. McConathy also participates in Child Find screening services and serves as a mentor to up-and-coming SLPs.
The ATHENA Leadership Award was inspired by the goddess of Greek mythology known for her strength, courage, wisdom and enlightenments -- qualities embodied in the ATHENA Leadership Model and that perfectly describe Suanne McConathy, our own ATHENA Award nominee!
For 25 consecutive years, Bossier Parish School Board has done that and received an Award of Financial Reporting Achievement (AFRA) for its fiscal management. Actually, make that 26 years.
Director of Finance Frank Rougeau recently got word from the Government Finance Officers Association the School Board has attained the Certificate of Achievement, which is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting. It represents a significant accomplishment by a government and reflects its money management practices.
When a Certificate of Achievement is awarded to a government, an Award of Financial Reporting Achievement is also presented to the individual or department designated by the government as primarily responsible for its having earned the Certificate.
Janet Singleton was November’s Gold Star Winner. Mrs. Singleton has been a Special Education teacher at Meadowview for 33 years. Altogether, she has worked in the Bossier Schools’ system for an incredible 44 years!
As you can imagine over that many years, Mrs. Singleton has touched MANY lives and has earned the respect and admiration of many. She teaches students that are considered Mild and Moderate and has a class of 10 Kindergarten-5th graders from the time they arrive at school to the time they leave.
And she has incredible success stories to share, from children learning to feed themselves and becoming potty-trained to even non-verbal children learning to talk and communicate.
Barbara Bland said, “Janet goes above and beyond for her students to learn. She teaches students with moderate to severe needs, but she meets them at their level to teach them life skills as well as academics. She cares about her students and their families and checks on them years after they have left her. Her dedication and commitment is unprecedented.”
Others commented on her quiet, humble manner, her incredible patience and the advocacy role she takes on for the students under her tutelage.
Director of Special Education Lillian Holley said, “I am absolutely amazed at the work Mrs. Singleton does. The transformation she is able to make happen in her classroom with her students is remarkable! Students have blossomed in her classroom. Some students have entered her classroom with very significant needs that have been addressed by Mrs. Singleton that are no longer an issue. I trust Mrs. Singleton to work with students and families. She is truly a Gold Star...She has a calling and it shows!”
And last but definitely not least, we were able to award the Principals in Bossier Parish. Of this amazing group, three of them were named 2019-2020 Principals of the Year. We thank each and every one of you and want to congratulate Lisa Burns (of W.T. Lewis), Dr. Kyle Machen (of Benton Middle School), and Jason Rowland (of Airline High School)!
It was a wonderful night and, as always, it brings us such joy to see all of the good that is happening in our community.
Thanks to Kris Darwin (CBGosslee's Broker & COO) and Jessica Wimberly (CBGosslee's Social Media Manager) for representing us so well at this event. Another big thanks to Sonja Bailes for being such a wonderful public relations liason for the Bossier Parish School Board, as well as providing us with the write up's of all of the honorees! She is the best! And thank you to Kassie Richardson for taking these lovely photos!
We look forward to the next ceremony on December 13th! We hear that the Parkway Band will be performing Christmas Music for us!