March 1, 2024
Dear KNOS Families:
The academic year is flying by, and we are excited as the end of another successful quarter approaches on March 8. As students dig deep during this final stretch of the quarter ahead of Spring Break, we need your partnership more than ever. By giving your commitment over the next few weeks, you help strengthen both academic and emotional wellness for our scholars. Together – school, family and communIty - we can fulfill dreams.
Krewe of KIPP
This year, nearly 1,000 students across all KIPP New Orleans Schools middle and high schools proudly marched in over 25 different parades across various routes for Mardi Gras season. Students demonstrated grit through months of rehearsals, as dance teams choreographed complex routines, color guards and flag teams polished their skills, and drumlines and horn sections came together to harmonize.
Their dedication paid off with spectacular performances that wowed parade-goers. The Booker T. Washington High School Band even won first place in the Krewe of Oshun. Beyond accolades, the most special moments were seeing joy spread through crowds as students filled the streets with elaborate routines and soulful music. Smiles bursting from spectators of all ages perfectly captured the community spirit.
We’re grateful for the dedication of all the parents who chaperoned late nights, team and family members who volunteered, and sponsors who gave extra time for practices. After a wonderful and safe season, we can’t wait to see our students back participating in this time-honored Carnival tradition next year!
For a video highlight from this year's amazing Mardi Gras performances click HERE.
Authors of Color
In keeping with our commitment to diversity and cultural appreciation, our annual Authors of Color initiative has launched in our primary and middle schools, coinciding with Black History Month. This program provides our scholars with a unique opportunity to engage with culturally relevant texts and interact with local authors through engaging Q&A sessions. Meanwhile, in our high schools, students participated in the annual Black Lives Matter essay contest, where winners will earn an unforgettable trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the National Museum of African American History.
As a part of this ongoing effort, we're delighted to announce the visit of New Orleans children’s book author Juan Pardo to KIPP New Orleans Schools this March! Every PK-2nd grade class in our schools will receive a copy of Pardo’s acclaimed book, “When the Morning Comes: A Mardi Gras Indian Story.”
Pardo will visit with student and share insights into his inspiration behind the story, while local Mardi Gras Indians proudly showcase their hand-sewn suits. Additionally, select students will have the opportunity to present drawings depicting the significance of these celebratory suits to our community. By embracing this rich Carnival tradition through literature, our students deepen their understanding of our diverse heritage.
Black History Month
Join us in celebrating Black History Month with a special video highlighting the rich heritage and achievements of KIPP New Orleans Schools. This inspiring video showcases our students, staff, and community members’ resilience, creativity, and impact. Click the link below to watch and share in the pride of KIPP New Orleans Schools.
As we look ahead to the remainder of the quarter, let's continue to support and uplift one another, ensuring that every student feels a sense of belonging and is equipped to achieve their fullest potential. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to our students' success.
KIPP New Orleans Schools