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Chalmette High School Hosts Scheduling Expo for Current and Incoming Students

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Media Contact: Alexis Pritchard

Date: 11/17/2022

Phone: (504) 301-2000

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Chalmette High School Hosts Scheduling Expo for Current and Incoming Students

Chalmette, LA - Chalmette High School was the site for a very special gathering when it hosted its first-ever Scheduling Expo.  Similar to an Open House, this event allowed over five hundred students and family members to learn all about the array of academic, artistic, athletic, and extracurricular activities that are available to high school students. 

Kelli Watson, an Assistant Principal at CHS, said the goal of the event was to help students make good choices in planning their futures.

"Students who schedule into courses and programs that interest them are better prepared for success after high school," she said. "Whether it's for a four-year university, a technical program from Nunez Community College, or going into the workforce, when students are able to make informed decisions about their scheduling choices, they are more likely to engage in the course work. It really is an investment in their future."

Watson said the idea for the expo came about last year when school officials visited Walker High School for a similar event. 

"We were so impressed with the opportunity it gave students to hear from other students about why they should schedule into certain electives," Watson said. "We wanted to replicate their event, but since we have so many new programs and courses available for students, we also felt the need for administrators and counselors to speak directly to parents."

In addition to the various interactive stations that were a part of the expo, the event also included a welcome and overview of the evening from CHS administrators as well as informational breakout sessions for the participants. 

"We wanted to plan an event that would provide meaningful information and leave students knowing not only what courses they will schedule into next year, but also in their remaining years at Chalmette High," Watson said. 

She was quick to credit the efforts of Aleen LeBoeuf and Holly Landry as well as the scores of teachers, counselors, and volunteers who made this undertaking possible. 

"Any big event is always a team effort, and we are truly grateful for the students, parents, and everyone in our Owl family who shared their time with us. It really was a meaningful experience for all of us."

School Board President Clifford Englande said the expo allowed families to gain a deeper understanding of the people, programs, and partnerships that make the St. Bernard Parish Public School System so unique.

“Whether it’s preparing our students for college or for a career, our schools offer something for everyone. And through the Reimagine Grant, we look forward to the continued expansion of our offerings,” he said. "I'd also like to thank our partners at Nunez Community College for participating in the expo and continuing to build opportunities for our students."

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