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Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet is hosting private tours of the school for parents. Please contact DeShea Johnson at 985-345-8481 for more information.

  • HEM Showcase

    Join us as students and teachers share their work. The HEM student showcase will be held on November 11th beginning in the multipurpose room at 6:00 p.m.

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  • Newsletters - Digital Citizenship PARENT Newsletter

    The latest edition of the Digital Citizenship Parent Newsletter is now online (PDF File).

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  • International Baccalaureate Authorizes Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet as IB World School, Primary Years Programme

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014, Hammond Eastside Principal Maureen Terese received the following message from the Director General of the International Baccalaureate: On behalf of the International Baccalaureate (IB), it is my privilege to inform you that Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet School is to become an authorized IB World School, Primary Years Programme (PYP). Congratulations on your considerable accomplishment. – Siva Kumari, IB Director General.

    We commend Hammond Eastside’s educators, students, families, and community members for their active roles in helping our school become an authorized IB World School, Primary Years Programme (PYP). As an IB World School, we are part of a global community of schools committed to developing knowledgeable, caring young people who will be ready to negotiate their futures successfully and make contributions resulting in a more harmonious and peaceful world. The positive results of the PYP will become evident in our Hammond community as classes of PYP students graduate and undertake activities that enhance social, cultural and economic environments locally, nationally and, perhaps, internationally.

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  • Students Raise $1,000 for their Classrooms
     

    Students at Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet, an IB World School, brought in over 10,000 Box Tops! HEEM raised $1,000 from Box Tops for Education. The students and parents were encouraged to turn in the Box Tops. The money will be used for classroom and teaching supplies. Box Tops for Education has contributed over $525 million to participating schools.
     
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  • What happened to the PYP Inquiry Parent Night?
     

    On November 11, 2014, Hammond Eastside held a family night called the HEEM Showcase. It was known as the PYP Inquiry Parent Night in previous years. With the addition of 7th and 8th grades, administrators felt a HEEM Showcase was a more appropriate name for the event.

    What is the HEEM Showcase’s purpose?

    The HEEM Showcase is an event where International Baccalaureate World School practices are showcased exclusively. Parents are informed about Hammond Eastside’s progress with the IB programmes. For example, Mrs. Darlene Hammer, Acting Principal, presented parents with HEEM’s vision for the IB programmes. She stated the school successfully gained authorization as an IB world School offering the Primary Years Programme this July for our Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grades, but the school is now entering the consideration phase of the authorization process for the Middle Years Programme for our sixth through eighth grades.

    After Mrs. Hammer presented the school’s vision for the IB, Mrs. DeShea Johnson, who is the PYP Coordinator, presented parents with the results of our official IB report. She presented commendations and recommendations stating, “The school received no matters to be addressed.” Running out of time, Mrs. Johnson offered to sit down with any parent to continue discussing our recommendations.

    Next, Mrs. Stephanie Ciresi, who is the MYP Coordinator Designate, presented the plan for the school’s Middle Years Programme verification timeline. She stated, “I will be submitting our Application for Candidacy in April 2015.

    What about IB instructional practices showcased?

    After parents enjoyed a tribute “American Tears” performed by the Hammond Eastside “Company” in honor of Veterans Day and the presentation regarding IB, parents were invited to experience inquiry-based learning experiences with their children in classrooms and in the halls for grades Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grades.
     
     
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  • “Egg”citing Science News!
     

    Mr. Michael Martin’s life science class has a new classmate today, in the form of a baby chick! Mr. Martin’s students researched information on incubating and hatching the chicken eggs. Technology Specialist, Linda Joiner, who acquired the incubator through DonorsChoose.org when she was teaching life science, donated it and the fertile eggs to the class. Students will be taking care of the new chicks in the classroom until they all hatch. Then they will be adopted by several of the students.

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  • Germs, Germs, and more Germs -- Yuck!
     

    The 5th graders at Hammond Eastside had quite a life changing learning experience when Donna Landry with the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center brought the Germ Cave to the school on Friday, October 24. Mrs. Meredith Mull, 5th grade teacher, arranged this experience to reinforce the 5th grade science lesson on how the body defends itself – our immune system. Purple powder was used to simulate germs and how easily germs can spread. Students were amazed how quickly the purple powder spread to their faces and hair. Thorough hand washing practices were emphasized throughout the experience.
     

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  • Inquirers at Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet School!


    All fourth graders at Hammond Eastside are studying a unit of inquiry on “How the World Works.” They are investigating how scientific principles help influence the way we live as humans. More specifically, Mrs. Stacy Lindsey’s fourth grade students are analyzing how the use of a ramp affects the speed of a car. They are gathering information regarding gravity and how it affects our daily lives. The best part is that HEEM students are so engaged in their learning.


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  • Grandparent’s Day at Hammond Eastside

     
    Hammond Eastside’s Parent and Teacher Organization (PTO) hosted the first Grandparents’ Day on October 15th for which over 300 family members participated in the event. The festivities included refreshments, crafts, family photos, and Scholastic’s Book Fair. Grandparents and students had the choice of a Fall-themed or Renaissance-themed family picture. Students were able to create and decorate picture frames for their pictures with their grandparents. Students were excited to shop in the book fair with their grandparents.

    Hammond Eastside’s PTO worked tirelessly to plan, prepare, and facilitate the event. The school’s administration, faculty, and staff feel very fortunate to have such an active and dedicated PTO that contributes to the school life of their students making memories that they will never forget. The event was truly successful. Thank you, HEEM PTO!
     

     
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  • HEM Wins at Tangipahoa Parish Fair 

     
    Hammond Eastside Elementary won 3rd place at the Tangipahoa Parish fair this year. The theme was "The First Parish Fair." In 1888, Tangipahoa held the first parish fair in the State of Louisiana.
     

     
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  • The past influences everything!


    Hammond Eastside first grade students are beginning a unit of inquiry on how the past influences everything in our lives. Mrs. Judith Lapeyrouse, one of Hammond Eastside’s first grade teachers, introduced the unit by setting up a mini museum in her classroom. As students entered the room in the morning, they were curious as to what the objects were. Some students asked her if her old black and white television was a microwave, and another asked her if her candelabra was a drinking cup. Mrs. Lapeyrouse recorded her student’s questions in a tablet as they asked them, so she could place them on her question board in her classroom. As students are investigating our city’s rich history during this unit, they will frequently revisit their questions they created by answering them and developing new ones. As an International Baccalaureate World School, Hammond Eastside actively embraces the inquiry stance. 
     

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  • Tech Tubs at Hammond Eastside Magnet School

    Nickson Elidor, Language Acquisition (Spanish) teacher, taking advantage of the iPad Tech Tubs available through the TPSS Technology Department. Teachers can check-out the Tech Tubs through the department to integrate iPad technology into their lessons. Mr. Elidor's 7th grade students are using an app called Qué Onda to identify family members in Spanish and to practice spelling the vocabulary words and expressions.
     

     
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  • Working to Make A Difference

    Hammond Eastside Elementary Magnet School teachers for grades Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grades hold meetings each week during their planning periods to collaboratively make curriculum decisions. One of these meetings is either dedicated to International Baccalaureate planners, which are unit planners designed for inquiry-based instruction, or their Professional Learning Community meeting during which they analyze student data to inform their daily instruction. The second meeting of the week is dedicated to grade-level lesson planning during which teachers work collaboratively to make instructional decisions and cooperatively to allocate responsibility to each team member. Here at Hammond Eastside, teachers are working to make a difference in the lives of our students.
     
    Corwin and Cavilee  
    6th grade teachers, Rosemary Cavilee and Misty Corwin work to complete their second six week unit plans for mathematics.
     
    Gilbreath Poche Ciresi Hammer
    Acting Principal, Darlene Hammer, and Curriculum Coach, Stephanie Ciresi, listens as
    sixth grade ELA (language and literature) teachers, Shawn Gilbreath and Sarah Poche, explain their instructional plans.
     
    Miller
    Dr. Anthony Miller, a sixth grade social studies (individuals and societies) teacher, reviews his unit plans to make final touches before discussing his work to his team members.
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