Lower School Closing
May 24, 2023
The Writes of Spring is an annual regional contest for students in Lafayette Parish and five neighboring parishes, sponsored by the Lafayette Parish Public Library.
In the Kindergarten-2nd grade Poetry division:
5th-6th Poetry Division:
Youth Wetlands Writing Contest is another statewide writing competition. It is sponsored by The Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act and was designed to provide young writers the opportunity to unleash their creativity while bringing awareness to the importance of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands, and to celebrate the gifts of Louisiana culture and its community spirit.
ESA swept the Kindergarten-4th grade poetry category:
In 4th grade, Ainsley Frank won 1st place for “Swamp Days.”
In 2nd grade, Rozi Oliver took 2nd place for “Born on the Bayou.”
In 4th grade, Emaline Sonnier took 3rd place “Down by the Bayou.”
We also several 5th grade winners in 5th-8th grade poetry category:
Our 5th-grade students placed in the 5th-8th grade Short Fiction category:
Le Grand Concours
ESA 3rd and 4th graders competed this year in Le Grand Concours, a national competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. Our students’ scores are compared to the over 3,000 students who competed in the elementary division.
Several 3rd graders scored at the 55th percentile nationally.
One 3rd grader scored at the 65th percentile nationally.
One 3rd grader scored at the 70th percentile nationally.
One 4th grader scored in the 55th percentile nationally.
Three 4th graders scored in the 60th percentile nationally.
Several 4th graders scored in the 65th percentile nationally.
Two 4th-grade students scored in the 70th percentile nationally.
One 4th grade-student earned a bronze medal for scoring at the 75th percentile nationally:
One 4th grade student earned a silver medal for scoring 85th percentile nationally:
Fifth graders did not compete in the Grand Concour this year. Instead, in collaboration with the Cade Campus World Language department, they took the AAPPL test. It stands for Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages. AAPPL is not a contest, so there are no medals to be awarded. It is, however, a challenging test, and fifth graders bravely rose to the challenge of written and verbal components of the test.
Students in 4th grade compete in the Continental Math League. This is a national problem solving competition that requires students to complete timed, written tests. There are six challenging word problems on each test. At the end of the competition, top scorers within our school are recognized for their achievement with awards.
3rd place - three-way tie
Fifth graders from around the globe compete each year in the Math Olympiad. Each month, from November through March, our students take challenging, 30-minute, timed tests. Their scores are combined and compared to students from all 50 states and 30 other countries around the world.
5th graders scoring in the top 50% of all of this year’s scores)
Scoring in the top 40% of all scores
Scoring in the top 30% of all scores
Scoring in the top 20%
Scoring in the top 10%
And, for earning the highest score among the ESA 5th graders and placing in the top 2% of all test takers with a perfect score:
Students receive Honor Roll recognition for having no grade lower than a B- for the academic year.
Jacques LaBry Jr.
Students receive Headmaster’s List recognition for a cumulative grade point average of 3.67 or above and no grade below a B minus for the academic year.
Headmaster’s and St. Barnabas Awards
Our last two awards are selected by the entire upper elementary faculty, with input from teachers all the way back to PK3. They recognize fifth-grade students who have epitomized the values of ESA, embraced our mission to develop the habits of scholarship and honor, and lived the words of our school prayer throughout their time with us, however long or short it has been.
St. Barnabas Awards: Addie Kennedy and Annabel Clark
Headmaster’s Award: Emme Pham
Class of 2030
Zeyd Ben Youssef