Dutchtown High breaks ground

Leslie D. Rose @Editor_Citizen
DTHS cheerleaders perform during the groundbreaking ceremony.

    GEISMAR –  The final of the 2015 Freshmen Academy ground breaking ceremonies took place this month. School board members, elected officials and community representatives, along with students made for a presentation like none other.

     Being held on Veterans Day, a special emphasis was placed on remembering/saluting area Veterans. Presentation of Colors was done by Dutchtown’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps, and music was played by the school band.

     Both the Griffin Girls and cheerleaders performed just before the ceremonious ground breaking that included confetti and a large school banner.

     The purpose of the Freshmen Academy is to better acclimate ninth grade students to high school by providing them with an experience of their own.

     “Physically putting freshmen into classes with only other freshmen has been an experience that has reached great results for our school district – both academically and in student social adjustment,” said Superintendent Patrice Pujol.

     Freshmen students have been previously separated from upperclassmen, located in separate wings or in temporary buildings on campus. And while this hasn’t hindered Ascension Parish’s 87 percent graduation rate, Pujol said it can only better the already high numbers area public high schools boast. Dutchtown High School holds a 90 percent graduation rate and was recently ranked fourth in Louisiana for performance among all high schools, according to the latest state school reports.

     “We are certainly excited for future freshmen to have the Academy built especially for them during this important transitional year,” said Duthctown High School principal, Carli Francois. “We know that improved facilities will help us in continuing our efforts to meet the needs of every Griffin.

     Our students are held o very high standards and this new academy building will help to ensure that our freshmen are prepared for high school and beyond.”

     St. Amant and East Ascension high schools preceded Dutchtown in ground breaking this year.