Thanks to the enormous efforts of our Fine Arts Alliance and several individual donors, Ascension has made significant improvements to the sound and lighting equipment in the Downtown Activity Center.
With our new Crestron ® system, we now have individual control of each set of speakers in the bleachers, front of the house, and on stage. Our new digital snake allows us to run one Cat-5 cable from the wall into our soundboard, giving us complete control of the sound rack on stage. We are now also able to control sound remotely from an iPad, allowing us to make adjustments as needed from anywhere in the room. We added new antennas on the stage to extend the range capability of our microphones; this minimizes our susceptibility to interference, which alleviates the issue of sound ducking.
Our lighting system for Downtown performances has also undergone a complete overhaul. We now have twenty-four LED lights installed on stage and six front lights mounted beneath the track. We also have a new console that gives us wireless control over the system. This upgrade has nearly a dozen pre-designed lighting effects and limitless color capabilities, and will allow us to program and customize the lighting design for our shows completely.
Many thanks to our Fine Arts Alliance President, Michelle Franques, and the generosity of the following donors: Brenda and Larry Curtis, Michelle and Leonard Franques, Leslie Jacobs, Jacy and Mike LeBlanc, Stacy Ste. Marie, Carol Ann and Jim Piccione, and Tiffany and Chris Taulbee.
Our Middle School Blue Gators were inspired this semester by the influence of STEM and the role that art plays in our the world. Gaining insight from a recent professional development conference, Ascension’s Middle School art teacher, Danielle Bacque, has chosen to focus on creative problem solving, STEM, and community projects for this school year. The wave pendulum project was a collaboration with math teacher, Mrs. Daly, media teacher, Ms. Gros. Middle School media students are assisting with documenting, filming, and editing the film you see here, which demonstrate the early steps of the project. In the spring semester, the art and media classes will be calculating the final calibrations and will film with black lights in the media lab, and still have some final calibrations to make before final filming in black light to music. When asked about the project, Ms. Bacque says, “I wanted our students to experience the real world of engineering, successes, AND failures through teamwork and creative problem solving this year in art classes. I am excited about how this project is turning out.”
Ascension Episcopal School joined the nation in celebrating Computer Science Week in the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code! This global movement shows kids that computer science is fun, creative and accessible at all ages, for all students, regardless of background. Students across all three campuses participated in online or off-line activities to learn commands and tasks needed for computers, apps, and websites to function.
River Ranch students paired up to "code" each other around a track and used coding fundamentals in their Makerspace. On the downtown campus, the middle school coding club planned a variety of student-led stations for 1st-7th graders. These stations included programmed robots moving through obstacle courses, a Breakout EDU escape game, and an Hour of Code dance party. Upper school students explored a Technology Expo, led by senior Ian Carlisle, with presentations on building a computer, Ethical Hacking, Robotics, and coding their own games!
We hope that students will go beyond one hour- to learn for a whole day or a whole week or longer! Visit www.code.org for more information!
One misconception about high school swimming is team champions must have large team. University High, Ascension Episcopal and E.D. White Catholic blew that notion right out of the water at the LHSAA swim meet Thursday.
The Ascension Blue Gators powered their way to victory Friday night in the first round of the Division III playoffs, defeating the visiting Riverside Academy Rebels 35-13. The win sets up a matchup with the second-seeded Country Day Cajuns Friday in Metairie.
While our website may provide a glimpse of what life is like at Ascension, the only way to truly experience the school is to see us in action. For that reason, we offer campus tours throughout the year, and we invite you to tour all three campuses to learn how each age-appropriate campus contributes to Ascension’s college preparatory mission.
When a team comes as close to winning the state title as the Ascension Episcopal Blue Gators volleyball team has, taking the next step can seem like a challenge. This season could be the one where they take that step, as the Blue Gators have eight returning seniors, including leaders Addie Vidrine and Hannah Mattke. The team is 5-3 so far, and although the team has had some ups and downs, head coach Jill Braun said she is impressed with the way her players have performed.
Our Sugar Mill Pond Theatre Program proudly announces they will be performing Freaky Friday, The Musical at the Acadiana Center for the Arts on October 25 through 27, 2018. When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again. Freaky Friday, a new musical based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films, is a heartfelt, comedic, and unexpectedly emotional update on an American classic.
For a team that's got a lot of holes to fill in 2018, there's one position where the Blue Gators are loaded. That's at wide receiver, where three starters return, led by senior Seth Kerstetter. Not only can they catch the ball, this unit has the ability to play a role in the running game as well. The receivers make up half of the six returning starters offensively. The good news is that doesn't even include sophomore tackle Clay Ancelet and senior running back Jhalen Brown, who both got valuable varsity experience as reserves last season.
Ascension Episcopal School is proud to announce the opening of our Innovation Lab at the Preschool. Led by veteran River Ranch teachers, Allyson Womack and Leigh Barry, the Innovation Lab will function as a dedicated learning space for students to engage, explore, and exercise their creativity.
Ascension Junior, Jillian Barczyk, has announced her verbal commitment to the University of Georgia for the class of 2023. Barczyk swims for City of Lafayette Aquatics and Ascension Episcopal School, where she is undefeated in her high school career thus far.
The senior class of 2018 has been offered a collective $5 million dollars in college scholarships. This dynamic class is the epitome of balanced excellence! While also excelling in academics, 56% of this class has participated in Fine Arts and 83% in athletics during their time at Ascension. Way to Go Gators! We wish you the best of luck as you venture on to your next adventure. Thank you to our Senior Parents who have made the commitment of Educational Excellence in a Christian Environment for their children.
Recently, the Rev. Charles and Alice Busingye from Epiphany School in Uganda visited Ascension Episcopal School in Lafayette to express their gratitude for the school's years of support. Ascension Episcopal students and staff presented a $20,000 check to the Busingyes for the Epiphany School, as well as 30 iPads for officials to take back to the campus in Uganda.
Through a partnership with local surgeons, Dr. Uyen Chu and Dr. Jim Garcelon, Ascension Episcopal School Upper School students will be allowed a unique, hands-on experience with the da Vinci Robot and learn the most up to date surgical techniques. Dr. Chu and Dr. Garcelon are surgeons with Lourdes Physician Group in Lafayette. The da Vinci Robot is a product of Intuitive Surgical.
Ascension's Blake Pearson admits to being confused. Standing at second base, his Ascension Episcopal teammates sprinted toward him to begin celebrating. Friday’s home game against Catholic-New Iberia was, suddenly and dramatically, over.
Congratulations to the following Senior athletes who are moving on to complete in collegiate athletics:
Eli Mouton - University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Basketball; Christian Deville - Saint Anselm College, Football; Kenny Odinet -Texas A&M, Track & Field
Hearing the phrase “fourth-year starter” in high school sports, one could assume that it is being used in reference to a senior. But at smaller schools like Ascension Episcopal, some talented athletes become starters on the varsity teams as soon as the seventh or eighth grade. Sean Michael Brady is among the latter of the two, a junior pitcher and infielder for the Blue Gators who is more than midway through his fourth year as a starter.
Wendy Rodrigue speaks at Ascension Episcopal School about the life and legacy of her late husband and famous Louisiana painter, George Rodrigue.
During the fall of 2017, Ascension Episcopal School established a partnership with the Coalition for Grieving Students. Through the Coalition, the school received a grant from New York Life Insurance Company that has been used to develop the first-ever Coordinated School Wellness Initiative (CSWI). The purpose of the Coordinated School Wellness Initiative is to improve the scope and quality of holistic wellness programs for Ascension students, families, and employees.
Sydney Smith is Ascension Episcopal Soccer's leading scorer and a starter on the Blue Gators basketball team. It's not uncommon for her to play both games in both sports on the same night. The role of an athlete, however, is just one of the many things that make up Sydney Smith's life. She's also a business owner, creating jewelry for the company she started last year --The Tangled Jewel.
Can’t get to school because of weather? It may not be an issue for students at Ascension Episcopal School for long. During the recent weather related school closures, students on the Ascension Episcopal School Sugar Mill Pond campus participated in a pilot version of a Virtual School Day.
Congratulations to the following Sugar Mill Pond students who have achieved the designation of Academic All-State for the fall of 2017. To be a recipient of this honor, the student must be a senior, must have participated in the sport at least two years in high school and must have a 4.0 (all A’s) for their first three years in high school. The honorees are Olivia Brown, Swimming, Connor Landry, Swimming, Greer Leleux, Cross Country, Christian Deville, Football, Leo Franques, Football and Jack Leoni, Football. Congrats to these Blue Gator athletes on a job well done! By living out balanced excellence, they make our whole school community proud!
Our PTO has put in countless hours for our 2017 Auction, Louisiana Saturday Night. Check out the awesome video they put together to celebrate our unique school community.
Our welcome video gives an introduction to who we are, a glimpse of our halls filled with the leaders, developers, and creators of tomorrow fueled with enthusiasm and a thirst for innovation. Our students are tailoring their future though our emphasis on 21st century learning.