Congratulations to ESA Quiz Bowl! The A Team placed second out of 31 teams in the LSU tournament. The B Team earned a spot in the top 16 as well. At the Lusher tournament, the JV team placed second in their level. ESA Quiz Bowl will compete at UL-Lafayette on November 16th.
The ESA Swim team has lots to celebrate! With only 10 swimmers eligible to score at District, the boys placed 3rd, the girls placed 2nd, and the team finished 2nd. It was Senior Night, and the team recognized seniors Michael dela Rosa and Ryan Rhoades. Regan Manning, '22, was The Advertiser'sFemale Athlete of the Week. At the Top 24, Regan swam the 500 Free in 5:23.42 - a personal best time and new school record. The girls 200 free relay set another new school record witha time of 1:58.31. Finally, Regan, Michael dela Rosa, and Elena Alvarado made the All-Star team. Congratulations, Falcons!
The 1st-2nd grade photography and 3rd-5th grade digital photography clusters ventured to the Cade campus to learn about the film development process. Visual Arts co-chair Jennifer Graycheck, '01, explained film camera history and basics, as well as the steps to process film, then demonstrated film development in Cade's darkroom to the young photographers.
Second grade students served as the jury in the case to decide whether Goldilocks damaged property at the Bears' house. Thank you to Judge Charlie Fitzgerald, '92, ESA parent and District Judge of the 15th Judicial District Court, for sharing his courtroom and presiding over the case, and to ESA parents and attorneys Tim Ryan and Matt Green for arguing the two sides. Goldilocks (played by teacher Elizabeth Pham) was declared innocent. The students also served as judges and attorneys as they argued whether Reflex Math should be required homework.
The fourth-fifth grade Girls STEM Club, led by Caitlyn Cotteleer, '22, Amaryllis Wiltz, '20, and Ava Allam, '21, met Friday to make film canister rockets, and to learn how they work and how to adjust the variables for maximum height.
The Upcycling enrichment cluster (first and second graders) took a trip downtown to Dieuxieme Vie Creative. Students turned old soda cans into beautiful garden flowers, and shopped around the store for items they could upcycle. They found lots of “trash” that they are eager to turn into treasure.
ESA Volleyball defeated Catholic High in three games Wednesday night. Falcons play at home again Tuesday. ESA Basketball scrimmaged with STM on Thursday. The regular season begins with a home game on Tuesday, November 5th. Go Falcons!
ESA's Community Service Club created the 2019 Fan Favorite for the WeCANDoIt can sculpture contest, part of a fundraiser for Solomon House. Thanks to ESA families for donating the cans for the winning sculpture!
The Class of 2024 thrived during their adventure in North Carolina's Pisgah National Forest! The eighth graders spent five days and four nights of backpacking in Pisgah National Forest. The campers carried food, pots and pans, tarps, sleeping bags, clothing for weather changes, and everything else they needed to thrive on the trails. Along with rock climbing, they rafted the Nantahala River.
The Falcon swim team competed against Division I and II schools in Tuesday's meet. The boys placed fourth, and the girls placed third. The relay team of Regan Manning, Elena Alvarado, Lily Pillaro, and Malaika Subramanian broke the school record in the 200 Freestyle Relay, with a time of 1:58.33. Michael dela Rosa, '20, who was recently named to the All-Academic Boys Swimming Team, is also The Advertiser'sAthlete of the Week! Cheer the team on for Districts on Tuesday, November 5th at 5:30 pm at the Robichaux Center. Go Falcons!
Third, fourth, and fifth grade students from ESA Lower School and Epiphany Day School came out to the Cade Campus for Duo Day, a celebration of Episcopal Schools Week. After a chapel filled with music and cheers, seniors led their groups of visitors through an obstacle course, tug-of-war, art projects, a service project, and other stations hosted by the juniors.
Fall Enrichment Clusters met for the first time this week. The 1st-2nd grade Photography Cluster welcomed ESA parent and photographer Amy Stanford, who explained the basics of her craft, including the different categories of photography and the parts of a camera. Students had the opportunity to use her professional camera and zoom lens to take photos. Thanks to Amy and to all of the volunteers and professionals who share time and expertise with ESA students through clusters!
The Class of 2022 spent three days at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab near Mobile, Alabama, to learn about the estuary and its unique ecosystem. They explored the salt water marsh and studied the marine life in the area through a hands-on experience aboard the lab’s research vessel.
At Tuesday night's meet, with three boys and six girls eligible to score, the ESA Swim team gave an outstanding performance. The girls' team took first place, the boys placed second, and the team finished second overall. The final meet before Championship Week will be next Tuesday, October 22nd. Good luck, Falcons!
PK4 students reviewed their study of the human body at the annual Anatomy Fair. The children visited stations with hands-on activities focused on their lungs, teeth, muscles, digestive system, and much more. Thanks to the many volunteers who helped with the activities!
This weeks Enrichment Cluster Fairs introduced first through fifth grade students to the possible topics for this year's enrichment clusters, which bring students together in interest groups across grade levels. Each Wednesday for seven weeks in the fall, the first and second grade groups meet to explore their areas of study, learn from experts in the field and chart their own in-depth learning. In the spring, these students select a different cluster topic and enjoy another seven weeks of exploration. Third through fifth grade groups explore one topic for sixteen weeks. Topics the students viewed at the fairs include: for first and second grades, volunteering, collage, photography, invention, upcycling, puppets, magic tricks, gardening, bubble science, games and puzzles, the great outdoors; and for third through fifth grades, American sign language, podcasting, hand embroidery, world customs and cultures, pioneer spirit, improv, architectural models, no waste lower school, cooking through history, flood factor, set design, songwriting, costume design, photography/photo documentary, news, and knitting.
ESA Swimmers took first place in last Saturday's meet! Regan Manning, Elena Alvarado, Michael dela Rosa, Lily Pilaro, Curtis Hidalgo, Malaika Subramanian, Ava Allam, and Nicolas LaGraize all placed in the top three for their events. Nicolas and Curtis made new state cut times as well.
Lauren Gachassin, '21, facilitated the first Leadership Lunch of 2019-2020, with guest Kacee Schexnayder Thompson, the Foundation Director of Hospice of Acadiana. Mrs. Thompson spoke to eight upper school students about her leadership philosophy, lessons learned, and advice for aspiring young leaders. Thanks for bringing Leadership Lunches back to ESA, Lauren!