In an exciting beginning to the school year, the gym at East Natchitoches Elementary School was filled with the enticing aroma of popcorn and a standing room only crowd of students, parents and family members attending the school’s open house Tuesday, Aug 13. Second year Principal Chrystal Davis introduced her faculty and support staff and spoke to the attendees about her expectations for the year. In the district’s banding concept, East will host 428 students in 5th & 6th grades.
East Natchitoches Elementary School offers a full lineup of extra-curricular activities to keep the fun and learning going on past the classroom hours. The boys and girls may choose from 4-H, Basketball, Cheerleading and the superb East Natchitoches School of Fine Arts. Deputy Derick Turner of the NPSO is the school’s resource officer and D.A.R.E. Instructor.
One notable addition to the school’s educational resources was the purchase of 162 I Pads for the student body. In addition to the existing supply, East Natchitoches Elementary is approaching a 1 to 1 ratio of machines to students. The devices are used in instruction as well as for getting students accustomed to the on-line format of the LEAP tests.
The 33 members of the East Natchitoches Elementary School faculty include three first year teachers. Ms. DaGabrielle Paul is a product of Lakeview High School and is a Louisiana Tech alumnae. She will be teaching English Language Arts and Social Studies. She is joined by her fellow first year teacher, Ms. Sh’Kea Sibley, another former Lakeview Gator and a 2019 alumnae of Northwestern State University. Ms. Sibley will be teaching English Language Arts and Social Studies. Rounding out the slate of first year teachers is Ms. Jermesia Anderson, a 2019 alumnae of Northwestern State University. She will likewise be teaching English Language Arts and Social Studies.
The Natchitoches Parish Journal wishes the boys and girls of the East Natchitoches Elementary School all the best in their academic journey through the school year. We are looking forward to seeing their accomplishments. We also wish Ms. Paul, Ms. Sibley and Ms. Anderson every success as they embark on their teaching careers.