Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:38 GMT
A widespread power outage has affected a large portion of Ascension Parish. Small portions of neighboring parishes are also affected. As of 5:40 p.m., the Entergy website reported 20,981 homes andMore >>
A widespread power outage affected a large portion of Ascension Parish and part of EBR Parish Monday. More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:29 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:29:03 GMT
A Livingston man was shot after allegedly attacking a deputy Sunday.According to reports, Zebulun Kennedy, 25, charged the deputy, knocked him to the ground and continued attacking him. The deputy drewMore >>
A Livingston man was shot after allegedly attacking a deputy Sunday.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 3:33 PM EDT2013-05-20 19:33:45 GMT
Baton Rouge Police are looking for a suspect who allegedly killed a man in a fight.According to reports, Andres Gonzalez, 27, and Raphael Domino Jr., 39, were fighting at Club End Zone on Plank Rd. justMore >>
Baton Rouge Police are looking for a suspect who allegedly killed a man in a fight.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:01 AM EDT2013-05-21 06:01:07 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >>
At least 51 have died in a storm the National Weather Service described as large and violent.More >>
At the corner of Plank Rd. and Scenic Highway sits a Chevron gas station. It's off I-110 near Memorial Stadium. Around 10 p.m.Sunday, a family stopped here to get gas. "Upon our arrival, we located threeMore >>
A man said he, his wife and his daughter were all punched because they were in the "wrong neighborhood" when they stopped to get gas at night. More >>
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
McKinley Middle School was one of only five schools in the state to receive the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award and the only school in this area of the state to be recognized for this national distinction.
In all, the U.S. Department of Education recognized 269 schools across the United States this month as 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools based on their overall academic excellence or for making progress in improving student academic achievement levels. The 219 public and 50 private schools will be honored by the Department at a recognition ceremony November 12-13 in Washington, D.C.
"It's a very special award that not very many schools have. And I know not many schools in Louisiana have won it twice," said Mitchell Boyle, an 8th grader.
EBRPSS' nine Blue Ribbon Schools are: Baton Rouge Magnet High – 1983 and 2003, Forest Heights Academy of Excellence (elementary) - 2008, Glasgow Middle - 2007, McKinley Middle – 1984 (and now 2012), Northeast Elementary (1994), Ryan Elementary - 2010, Shenandoah Elementary - 2006, Sherwood Middle
Under the leadership of Principal Herman R. Brister, McKinley Middle Academic Magnet School is a visual and performing arts Magnet school offering an academically focused program for college-bound students. It is the only middle school in the district that offers advanced academic programs with an integrated arts program, and its School Performance Score has increased from 101 to 121 over the past four years. McKinley Middle School's awards include the state's High Performing/High Poverty Schools Award for 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012; the Magnet Schools of America School of Distinction Award for 2006 and 2012; and recognitions by the state for Exemplary Growth and Academic Growth, both in 2009. It features a wide range of instructional opportunities offering:
High School Credit Courses: Spanish I, French I, Algebra 1, Geometry, Intro to Business Computer Applications and Physical Science
An Award-Winning Visual Arts Program: Art, Arts & Crafts, Drawing and Painting, Stage Craft Design, TV/Film Productions, Writing for Media, Creative Writing with Arts Integration and Web Design
An Award-Winning Performing Arts Program: Drama, Musical Theatre, Dance, Ballet, Choir, Strings, Piano and Band
Talented Services: Talented Art, Talented Drama and Talented Music
Facility: Ultra Modern Theater, Dance Studio and classrooms specifically built for the enhancement of the arts
International and National Travel: Students have traveled to Rome, Greece, London, Paris and Spain. This school year, the students will travel to Beijing and, domestically, to Washington, D.C.; New York; Orlando; Atlanta; and Houston.
"We believe in educating the whole child," said Principal Herman Brister. "We have used that to our advantage and to try to expose our students in every shape, or fashion."
"McKinley Middle School exemplifies the best in our local public education system -- from its hard-working students and highly qualified teachers to its strong and caring school leaders and supportive parents and community members," said Dr. Bernard Taylor, Jr., EBRPSS' superintendent. "It has shown what we can accomplish when we all work together to provide children the best education possible. I congratulate the Mr. Brister and his staff on a job well done and thank them for their dedication and service to the children of East Baton Rouge Parish."
Teachers say they are happy to, once again, showcase their efforts to people all around the country.
"They are working, our parents are working, the community is working for that end result to get these kids to a point where so many may not expect them to go," said Gloria Carter, an English teacher at McKinley Middle.