Lusher Charter School, located in Uptown New Orleans, will host open houses for prospective students and their parents to highlight its K-12 arts-integration, inquiry-based approach to education.
Lower School Open Houses for incoming Kindergarten students will be held on Friday, November 14 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am at the Lower School Campus at 7315 Willow St. Open House for grades 1-5 will follow from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm at the Lower School. Contact Becky Bell at (504) 593-8275 for information about the Lower School.
The Middle and High School Open House for students in grades 6-12 will be held Thursday, November 20, 6:00 pm at Lusher’s Fortier Campus, 5624 Freret St. in the Atlantic Bridge Gymnasium (between the school and the football field). Call Jenny Cromer at (504) 304-3961 for more information about Middle/High School.
From Fame, to Hairspray, to last year's stunning version of Hello Dolly!, Lusher's annual Fall Musical has become an institution. This year, a cast of students accompanied by Lusher's own stage crew and orchestra presents Pippin, and it's as likely to amaze as it is to sell out.
Pippin is a musical about a prince who learns the true meaning of glory, love and war in this iconic musical allegory with an infectiously unforgettable score from the four-time Grammy-winner, three-time Oscar-winner, and musical theatre giant Stephen Schwartz.
Lusher Charter School to receive designation of 2014-16 Exemplary School at "Back to the Block" party
Lusher Charter School will host its "Back to the Block" 2014 Block Party tomorrow, October 17 from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm. The block party will be on Lusher's Freret St. campus on 5624 Freret St, New Orleans, LA.
Lusher Charter School senior Madeleine LeCesne, 18, was among five students appointed as a 2014 National Student Poet at the White House today by First Lady Michelle Obama.
The First Lady hosted a poetry reading in the Student Poet’s honor where LeCesne and fellow honorees read original poems for the audience.
The five recipients were chosen from over 13,000 entries nationwide for the honor. Earlier in the spring LeCesne was named as one of 37 poetry ambassador semi-finalists as part of the selection process for the new class of National Student Poets. The other Student Poets were Weston Clark of Zionsville, Indiana; Ashley Gong of Sandy Hook, Connecticut; Cameron Messinides of Camden, South Carolina; and Julia Falkner of Louisville, Colorado.
Lusher Charter School students won 16 awards in the 2014 Louisiana Writes! competition, across ten categories in grades K-12.
The awards included 1st place in 5th-6th non-fiction; 1st place in 5th-6th fiction; 1st and 3rd place in 7th-8th fiction; 1st and 2nd place in 7th-8th poetry; 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in 9th-10th poetry; 1st place in 9th-10th fiction; 1st place in 11th-12th poetry; and 1st place in 7th-12th senior division French poetry. The final tally included 8 first place awards! The students will be honored at an awards ceremony at the State Museum in November that will open the Louisiana Book Festival.
The Lusher winners are: Kysah Khokher, 1st place, 5th - 6th Nonfiction; Madeleine LaCesne, 3rd place, 11th - 12th Nonfiction; Grace Morse, 1st place, 7th - 8th Poetry; Aja Becker, 2nd place, 7th - 8th Poetry; Madeline Sintes, 1st place, 9th - 10th Poetry; Alexandra Gulden, 2nd place, 9th - 10th Poetry; Sophie Evans; 3rd place, 9th - 10th Poetry; Madeleine LaCesne, 1st place, 11th - 12th Poetry; Keiffer Ary, 2nd place, K-2 Fiction; Joyce Zhao, 1st place, 5th - 6th Fiction; Benjamin Wilkins, 2nd place, 5th - 6th Fiction; Freda Sciarappa, 1st place, 7th - 8th Fiction; Zachary Arendt, 3rd place, 7th - 8th Fiction; Alexandra Gulden, 1st place, 9th - 10th Fiction; Madeleine LeCesne, 3rd place, 11th - 12th Fiction; Lizzette Toto, 1st place, 7th-12th Senior Division French Poetry.
The Louisiana Writes! Youth Writing Contest is open to students in all grades from kindergarten to 12th grade in Louisiana schools. Volunteer teachers from the National Writing Project manage the contest. Each year these teachers from around the state gather to judge nearly 1000 entries in the areas of English or French fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Louisiana authors judge the finalists.
Lusher's summer program, Summer Arts Intensive (SAI), will be offering a Music Institute offering dynamic courses in jazz improvisation, composing and arranging, theory and keyboard, and genres of musical history with an emphasis on New Orleans music, culture, and history. Throughout the month of June, classes will run from 9am to 3pm, Monday through Friday.
Lusher Charter School students in grades 7-12 received 145 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards at in the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Southeast Louisiana Region-at-Large Competition, earning more awards than any other school in Louisiana. The awards included 98 Creative Writing and 51 Media and Visual Arts wins.
Lusher received 18 Gold Keys (the competition’s highest award), 15 for Creative Writing, two for Media Arts and one for Visual Arts. In Creative Writing, these included two Gold Keys for Senior Portfolio and Poetry to Peyton Brunet, along with a Silver Key for senior portfolio; Marisa Clogher, who won three Gold Keys in the Poetry, Personal Essay/Memoir and Short Story categories; Helene Lovett, who earned an award for Personal Essay/Memoir; Aja Becker for Poetry and Flash Fiction; and Madeleine LeCesne, Madeline Sintes, Morgan Ruoss, Kate Stubbs, Diego Oldenburg, Kelly Yu and Piper Howard for Poetry. Emelie Oppman won a Gold Key for Visual Arts, Elliott Blunk won for Design and Aili Francis for photography in Media Arts. See photo.
Lusher Charter School is proud to announce that the school’s orchestra and cast of “Hello, Dolly!” won a $10,000 prize to support the school’s music program.
Lusher Charter School’s Orchestra and the cast of “Hello, Dolly!” recorded a video performance of the all-time classic song from the musical to compete in a contest sponsored by Popeye’s “Love That Music” Competition. All public and private schools were invited to submit a video to be judged on artistic merit, band dynamics, confidence, energy, group cohesion, interpretation of style, originality, and rhythmic control.
Judges included Grammy Award Winner Irvin Mayfield, The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra Musicians, and Jazz Studies faculty from the University of New Orleans.
The Lusher students won first place in the regional division and overall winner across divisions.
Enjoy the video in the link below:
LUSHER CHARTER SCHOOL PRESENTS HELLO, DOLLY!
WHAT: Lusher Charter School presents the production of “Hello, Dolly!”. A student cast of over 100 students from Lusher School, accompanied by Lusher’s own orchestra and stage crew, will bring the famous musical to life with a high quality performance and production.
WHEN: November 7-9, 2013; 7:00pm
WHERE: Tulane University Dixon Hall
Zimpel St., New Orleans, LA 70118
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased through each campus office. For more information call 504-304-3960, or visit http://lusherschool.org.