Students at Woodland West Elementary School are afforded the opportunity to participate in the Academic Games Program, which consists of games in the content areas of mathematics, English, and social studies.  Learning and competing in these games provides students excellent enrichment opportunities in the skills of cooperative learning, deductive reasoning, critical and creative thinking, problem solving, and decision making.

          Students learn the rules and strategies of these games in order to compete in parish tournaments, and ultimately to qualify for a chance to be selected as a member of the Jefferson Parish National Team and participate in the National Tournament. 

          The games which are played are PRESIDENTS (social studies), LINGUISHTIK and PROPAGANDA (English), and ON-SETS and EQUATIONS (mathematics).  The focus of these competitions is on helping students learn.  The ?games? that are used in the tournaments challenge the students academically and challenge them to learn more about the subject matter being contested.  The more they learn, the better they do.  Promoting and enhancing students? motivation to learn is the paramount purpose of this program.

WOODLAND WEST STUDENTS

B I G  WINNERS AT

ACADEMIC GAMES NATIONAL TOURNAMENT!!!!

Woodland West students brought home many national trophies after competing with over 350 elementary students in team and individual competition at Kissimmee, Florida, during the 2000 Academic Games National Tournament.  The following summarizes their accomplishments.    

TEAM COMPETITION WINNERS

Sixth graders ERIC LE BLANC and MITRELL OSIRIO 

were members of the team which won the following:  

NATIONAL ELEMENTARY SWEEPSTAKES CHAMPIONSHIP

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP - PRESIDENTS

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP - PROPAGANDA

1st Place Division - LINGUISHTIK

1st Place Division - EQUATIONS

5th graders VICTORIA BUI, BRITTANY BYERS, JILLIAN GIBBS, STEPHANIE HOLT, and 6th grader LAUREN VALLE were members of the team which won 3rd Place in the Elementary Sweepstakes competition and 6th Place in Presidents.

5th graders PETER LIEN and DAVID SCHULZ were members of the team which won 3rd Place in Presidents and 1st Place Division in Linguishtik.

4th graders JONATHAN KIM, JOSEPH NGUYEN, and DOUGLAS PRATER were members of the team which won 1st Place Division in Linguishtik and 5th Place in Presidents

2000 INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION WINNERS SWEEPSTAKES

 (The best overall individual players in the nation)

ERIC LeBLANC (6th Grade) - 2nd Place

PROPAGANDA

ERIC LeBLANC (6th Grade) - NATIONAL CHAMPION

PRESIDENTS - Top Ten Scorers

ERIC LeBLANC (6th Grade)      JILLIAN GIBBS (5th Grade)

LINGUISHTIK - Undefeated

PETER LIEN (5th Grade)

NOTE: In the game of LINGUISHTIK at the national competition, all individuals in the Elementary Division who complete the four rounds of tournament play without being defeated or tied are declared UNDEFEATED and are awarded the equivalent of 1st place trophies.         

Dr. Bonnie Burt, Woodland West=s coach and Coordinator of JPPSS Academic Games League, was recognized as one of the nation=s greatest Academic Games coaches of the 20th century during AGLOA=s Elementary Division awards ceremony.

4-H is an educational youth organization open to boys and girls.  Members work on individual projects.  Participate in club and parish contests, learn new and interesting things, and get involved in worthwhile activities.  Dues are $4.00, and you receive a project book, and the opportunity to participate in the other activities.  We have guest speakers and refreshments. 

Officers of the club are:  President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Reporter, and Photographer.  Officers of the club are elected by the members.  Demonstrators are voluntary.  Arbor Day celebration, sew with cotton, food cookery contest, honeybee essay contests, skating party, pizza party , a field trip to the livestock show in Baton Rouge, and much, much more! 

   The fifth grade 4H members elected their officers on October 8th.  Officer's of the club are:

PRESIDENT:   Jillian Gibbs

VICE PRESIDENT:  Victoria Bui

SECRETARY:  Theresa Pham

REPORT/PHOTOGRAPHER:  Hang Nguyen

TREASURER:  Linda Huynh

DEMONSTRATOR:  Khirey Walker

   The fifth grade 4H club meets once a month and features a different guest speaker each month.  So far they have had Atheria Scott (October) who spoke on MINDING YOUR MANNERS.  Harvey Reed (November) who spoke on AGRICULTURE AND IT'S IMPORTANCE TO OUR LIVES.  Cheryl Abadie (December) who made Orange Julius for a demonstration and Michael McAuliffe, (January) a fireman who spoke on Fire Prevention and Safety. 

    Each month contests are offered for members to participate in.  October featured Fire Safety, Soil and Water Conservation and Junior Livestock poster contests.  In November member collected Telephone book covers as a recycling project.  The members also collected non-perishable food items for the needy.  In December, 4-H members collected stuffed animals and toys for needy children.  

   January is a very busy month for 4-H members.  The sew with cotton contest was held with its fashion revue on Jan.20th.  Members also planted a tree and held a ceremony for Arbor Day on January 20th.  The 4H foods contest was held Jan.25th to Jan.28th.  Entries included beef, egg, poultry and seafood dishes.  

  February holds adventure for 4H members as they attend the annual 4H Livestock and Rodeo on February 19th. 

  March includes Dairy and Beef Poster Contests and in April our club exhibit day.  Members will show their completed projects and receive awards.  4H sponsors pickle sales to fund their efforts. 

   The pledge for 4H says:   I PLEDGE MY HEAD TO CLEARER THINKING, MY HEART TO GREATER LOYALTY,   MY HANDS TO LARGER SERVICE AND MY HEALTH TO BETTER LIVING FOR MY CLUB, MY COMMUNITY, MY COUNTRY AND MY WORLD!

The member with the most points at the end of the school year will be able to attend the 4-H summer camp at a reasonable cost.  Return 4-H dues and enrollment cards as soon as possible.

Those who wish to run for office, must also hand in their registration sheets by October 1st.  Due to the changes in schedules, meetings will be held once a month on Tuesday mornings from 8:00 a.m. to 8:55 a.m.  Please consider this when registering.  Students who miss 3 meetings in a row will be dropped from the club.  Dues are non-refundable.

Submitted by:  Nancy Sarver, 4-H Leader and 5th grade teacher