JCFA WEST

June - July

From the Executive Director - Millie Harris

Welcome all returning and recently enrolled students!

The West Bank is great!

Always a lot going on JCFA West. Check it out!

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Mr. Billiot recently shared and explained the results of the Summer EOC test scores of these wonderful students

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Spirit Day Group Photo

JCFA SAC

JCFA Students have elected the new Student Advisory Council Officers which are as follows.

A note from SAC President - Dylan Rodrigue

Being elected Student Advisory Council President comes with great responsibilities but grants me many opportunities, including assuring my fellow students have their opinions and concerns voiced. I want to help make JCFA more comfortable for students with the input of my peers. I'd also like to thank those who recognized my abilities as a leader.

New Tutuors have arrived!

Please welcome our new Tutors.

JCFA East is pleased to have these three awesome Tutors to help students achieve their goals.

June-July

March - April - Saw lots of testing and other academic activity. Ms. Chaun had her hands full, but managed to pull it off without a hitch.

Ms. Boll's Class - English/Language Arts

A note from the English Teacher:



"I Speak English....Why Should I Have To Take It?"


All students have to take four years of English…much to their dismay. As teachers, however, it means that we have the pleasure of working with almost every student who comes through our doors. In the English Department, our mission is “to cultivate an appreciation for literature while strengthening students’ reading, writing, and thinking skills.”

At JCFA, the first two years of English give students a solid foundation in poetry, prose, and drama. Students have the opportunity to read both classic and contemporary texts from Shakespeare to Langston Hughes. English III is a journey though American history by way of literature, from early North American cultures to Hurricane Katrina. In English IV, students explore World Literature to understand themes that transcend time and place.

Throughout or classes, students are encouraged to apply what they have learned by writing essays, stories, and poems. Students have written on such topics as bullying, racism, criminal justice, and the effects of violence on our communities. We hope that the lessons and skills students learn will help them discover the power of their voices.

Mr. Billiot's Class - Social Studies/Electives

Mr. Billiot loves to read essays, especially when a student goes that extra step to make their essay interesting. One such essay, is listed below the photo of the author.

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Sociology - Lamar Primus

One question posed for the required Sociology Course Essay Portion asked, "How has the new communications technology affected the way social movements are organized?"


Lamar's research-based response:


Communication technology makes daily life easier with video conferencing, and internet instant messaging which means people are a finger tip away always. Communication technology makes our daily lives safer too. Police use data bases for information, 911 emergency, etc. Communication technology has developed significantly since the 1960's when ideologically oriented movements had profound influences on public and social policy. Communication technology is closely tied to the internal and external strategies of social movements as a means to attract and mobilize adherents and to amplify movement goals to a broader audience.


According to research, the breadth of available ways to examine the relationship between communication and social movements is indicative that no single published work is sufficient to capture the relationship, perhaps because each element targets a different audience. In the field of communication, overviews of the way mass media operates will sometimes include segments on social movements and related political process. More recent work in information communication technologies indicates a bridges the communication social movement perspectives to populate its own growing literature.

Remember...

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Mr. Collins' Class - Science/Electives

The Science classroom has a new pet, Lil G, formerly known as Grace Kelly. She was graciously donated to the class by Lauren Russo. We do not see Lil G very often during class due to her nocturnal nature, but occasionally she will rouse and go for a spin on her wheel
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Mr. Collins Highlights a Scientists of the Month for March and April

Mr. Augusts' J.A.G. Class

Customer Service Classes have been underway. Students who stood out as exemplary participants of this...

Ms. Jourdan explains the REAP rewards program

PBIS Perspective


At Jefferson Chamber Foundation Academy, we understand the importance of promoting positive behavior among our students. Problem behaviors are barriers to academic achievement. At JCFA, we reduce negative behaviors by striving to create a unique and nurturing environment in which students can appreciate the benefits of demonstrating positive behaviors. A key strategy to creating this environment has been implementing school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS).


Being a nontraditional school, JCFA has a unique set of circumstances and challenges. At JCFA, we embrace these challenges by creating a system that emphasizes rewards for positive behavior instead of punishment for negative behavior. This system is based on the core values of respect, responsibility, effort, academic progress, and positive behavior. Teachers and faculty have supported PBIS by rewarding students with JCFA cash. Students are also rewarded for demonstrating these core values by being recognized on the R.E.A.P. Rewards board.


The R.E.A.P. Rewards board is used to reward positive behavior, but the ultimate goal of the PBIS system is to instill in the students the value of the behavior itself. I hope that students will take the skills and values that they learn through the PBIS system to become better individuals and productive members of the community. My vision is for both the students and the PBIS system to continue to grow and improve the JCFA community.

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August Graduation

JCFA Proudly Announces August 2014 Graduation Ceremony

Jefferson Chamber Foundation Academy is proud to announce its graduation ceremony will commence on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014, at La Maison Creole in Harvey. This graduation marks the eighth graduating class since JCFA opened its doors in August 2010. The graduates include:


  • Nicholas Alli

  • Keenan Artigos

  • Ashley Borel

  • Andrea Brown

  • Corey Dillon

  • Brian Hatfield

  • Megan Henson

  • Jennifer Johnson

  • Sharice Johnson

  • Corey Knecht

  • Cecilia Melancon

  • Charlene Nguyen

  • Savannah Parria

  • McKetney Riviere

  • Matthew Shaw

  • Dylan Solar

  • Wes Turner, Jr.,

  • Hobart Young IV.


For this graduating class, the average age upon admission to JCFA was 17.7 years old. The average length of enrollment was 18.7 months. The total number of credits earned by this graduating class was an astonishing 211.5 credits! Among those graduating, nine have applied to college and four have already started college or will be starting this August! Nicholas Alli is one of the graduates starting college this August. Barely a month after finishing his last class on July 23rd, Nicholas will start his first semester of college on August 20th at the University of New Orleans. Nicholas earned the TOPS scholarship, which is a merit-based scholarship that helps students pay for college. He will be majoring in Pre-nursing. We are very proud of Nicholas and all of our graduates for achieving their goal of earning a high school diploma and we wish them much success in their future endeavors!

Recently, Jefferson Chamber Foundation Academy celebrated its Spring Graduation ceremony. This ceremony marked the largest JCFA graduation with a total of 23 graduates! Also, JCFA-East had their first graduate attend the event. We are very proud of our graduates, and we look forward to our next graduation ceremony in August.