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Kappa Chatter “The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International” Kappa Chapter, Epsilon State VOLUME 20, NUMBER4 Summer Newsletter 2011 PRESIDENT, REBECCA ALLEMAND EDITOR, CAROL KOVAR President’s Message Upcoming Meetings September: Our meeting will be held on During this year, I have witnessed tremendous growth within our chapter. There Thusday, September 8 at 6 p.m. at New are many reasons for us to be proud. We Gardens Restaurant in Thibodaux on St. Mary increase attendance at functions; several Highway. It will be a buffet supper with the members have received grants and scholarships, and we now have three meeting to follow. The price range is $9-$10. members on state level committees. Our The meeting theme is “Welcome Back”. At the response to Brave Heart was gratefully meeting, there will be a membership received. We had one member to receive her committee presentation, a presentation by Dr. doctorate and another, her board certification. Melanie Becnel about the new Bayou Last year, we set the bar high, this is a good Community Academy School, and we will thing. Our challenge this year will be to match honor new retirees. We will also have the ½ or surpass those achievements. We can start by increasing our professional and personal and ½ sale. Dues will also be collected at this growth by attending both the District meeting time. in November and the State convention next November: Our Brave Heart meeting will be March (see dates below). held on November 9, at 6 p.m. at the I am proud of our chapter and I want to thank Lafourche Crossing Fire Station on Hwy. 308. you for the opportunity to be your President. The meal will be fingers foods and more Becky Allemand information about the menu and cost will be coming. You may bring gifts unwrapped to this SAVE THE DATES meeting. Our guest speaker will be Celeste Gravois from the Department of Children and Sept. 8, 2011-Gardens Buffet Nov.5, 2011-South District Meeting Family Services who is the liaison for Brave Nov. 9, 2011-Brave Heart Heart. Dec. 3, 2011-Christmas Gathering Dec: Terri Naquin has graciously offered her Mar. 23-25, 2012-State Convention home, again, for the Christmas Gathering. ΔΚΓ Mission Statement The meeting will begin at 11:00 a.m. At this …promotes professional and personal meeting everyone is asked to bring a covered growth of women educators and dish. Please check calendar for more excellence in education. information. Current Events: Scholarships Data, Data, Data Grant-In-Aid: One time grant of $100.00 In today’s classroom, data is the driving force Non-member of Delta Kappa Gamma that helps teachers better instruct our Must be female, and completed 2 years of teaching in students. Data Drive Decision Making is a Lafourche Parish Applications must be postmarked and/or received by process that consists of collecting data and November 1 using that data to inform and guide decisions. Grant will be presented at the December meeting After collecting data from many different resources like: iLEAP, LEAP, DIBELS (which State (Epsilon): See www.sabine.k12.la.us/dkgla/ are now pretty much universal assessments Up to 21 scholarships and awards available each year used in Louisiana), and other assessments (11 State, 1 Tulane, 1 LSU (doctoral), 8 past president/other endowed used specifically at a school, teachers, Range from $500 for part-time study up to $2500 for coaches, and administrators sit and discuss doctoral study how this data will be used to better instruct the Membership of a minimum of 5 years plus 5 years student. This data helps to differentiate teaching experience instruction to meet specific needs of that Master’s Degree required Most for special certification programs or advanced student. In turn, this data driven decision degree classes making will help increase test scores and Awarded at the convention each March for summer or achievement. following year Application forms online or from State Scholarship Chair Rose Awards Current chair is Lessie Fowler, 334 Stanton St., New Llano, LA 71461 th If you would like to nominate a member for Applications due by January 15 , (notification by st March 1 ) either the Rose in Bloom Award or the Rosebud Award, this is due by September Bea Davis Leadership Seminar: 15th to the State. The Golden Rose Award Purpose –to train potential leaders for service to form is also due September 15th. Please bring Epsilon State and Delta Kappa Gamma. your nomination form to the September Seminar held in early June th meeting and give to any board member. Just Deadline is January 15 . a reminder, this person does not have to be International: See www.dkg.org currently teaching. The following is a website 2011-2012: 30 scholarships at $6000. at which you can download the appropriate Membership required usually 5 years, some up to 10 forms years http://www.sabine.k12.la.us/dkgla/stateforms. Most must be accepted and enrolled in graduate htm. Remember: this award is a surprise, so program, pursuing doctorate Provide evidence of service and excellent scholarship be secretive. Letters of reference, transcripts, etc. required Application packet on website, or order from International Headquarters st Due by February 1 for the following year *See also Lucile Cornetet “Professional Development Awards” and www.educatoredge.org grants for Attendance Counts!! conferences and seminars Local: (Kappa Chapter) Application forms available from chapter scholarship We are continuing the attendance incentive chair or Kappa website award again this year. Members with perfect Scholarship-$100.00 attendance during the year will be rewarded- Current chair is Barbara Foret (693-7373) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org MONETARILY!! Kappa will pay a portion of Applications due by April meeting each year the next year’s dues. Old News Kappa Birthdays April Meeting: Our April meeting was held at St. Birthday wishes are extended to: John Hall in Thibodaux, Louisiana. At 11:10 a.m. the April: July: meeting was called to order by President Rebecca Sharon Morvant Tammie Arcement Allemand. After a reciting the pledge and saying a April Pierce Juliette Daviet blessing which was lead by Anne Falgout a covered Eve Pierce Deborah Falgoust Karen Tabor Deborah Griffin dish luncheon was enjoyed by everyone. At the Shirley Legendre meeting, there were several committee reports: Dian May: Lesley Marcello Leger informed everyone that our Founder’s Day Ramona Hymel Celebration will be held on May 11, 2011 at 6 p.m. in Becky Landry August: Larose at the Civic Center, Anne Fagout discussed the Elsie Taylor Noella Charitat Nancy Toups Brenda Gautreaux choices of the meal and prices for this meeting, and Terri Naquin Marie Zannis reported on an article from the Bulletin, Phyllis Williams called “Morality in Education”. At the 2011 Epsilon June: State Convention held in New Orleans, Becky reported Charlene Blank September: Carol Kovar Rebecca Allemand that service awards went to Marie Zannis for 25 years Jo Carpenter and Shirley Legendre for 50 years. Kappa received Betty Elfert several other awards such as: Gold Key Chapter Anne Falgout Award, Newsletter Award, and Beat the Buzzer Award. Allene Green Barbara Foret After the business at hand was finished our ceremony Jennifer Russell began for our new initiates. We welcome into our Sylvia Zeringue chapter Melanie Becnel, Jamie Ledet, and Marian McCann. The meeting was adjourned at 12:45. Brag Corner May Meeting: On May 11, 2011, Kappa Chapter Congratulations to Dr.Melanie Becnel who is held its meeting at the Larose Civic Center. Rebecca the principal at the new charter school, Bayou Allemand called the meeting to order at 6:05 p.m. Community Academy in Thibodaux. Becky welcomed our new members Melanie Becnel and Deana Shipley. Paula Hotard led in the pledge and Also, congratulations to Catherine Bryan and Jamie Andras on the birth of their new baby Anne Elise Falgout gave the blessing. After, everyone girls!!! On the birth of a new grandson to Becky enjoyed a catered meal; the meeting proceeded with Allemand. reports and announcements. Kappa now has three members serving on state committees: Anne Elise Falgout (Membership), Becky Allemand (Nominations), Educational Quote and Charlotte Gaubert (First Timers). Awards presented that night were: The Kappa Achievement Award went to Anne Elise Falgout, and Paula Hotard The mind is not a vessel to be filled, received a Kappa Scholarship. Kappa Spotlight but a fire to be ignited. member was Shirley Legendre for creating the design for our flag. Since this is a time to remember our Plutarch founders of Delta Kappa Gamma, Dian Leger prepared a powerpoint presentation. The meeting was adjourned. July Meeting: On July 20, 2011, the Executive If anyone has news to share in the Committee and Committee Chairs met at Dian Leger’s Kappa Chatter, please contact Carol Kovar at home to discuss this year’s upcoming events. 446.2881 or email at email@example.com