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Welcome to Good Shepherd School

Opened in 2001 as part of the vision of the late Fr. Harry Tompson, S.J., the Good Shepherd School provides an excellent education, paid for by benefactors, in a safe and nurturing environment to at-risk, under-served children in New Orleans. The effect of this exceptional academic opportunity is to empower these children by providing them with the tools to break away from the cycle of poverty into which they are born.

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GSS’s First Anti-Gun Violence Day

On October 15, 2014, the Good Shepherd School participated in the First Annual Student Pledge Against Gun Violence Day, coordinated by United States Attorney Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. and the US Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Louisiana.

The Student Pledge Against Gun Violence (the “Student Pledge”) is a non-political initiative held in conjunction with the National Day of Concern about Young People and Gun Violence. The initiative honors the role that young people, through their own decisions, can play in reducing gun violence. Supported by a unanimous U.S. Senate Resolution and a Presidential Proclamation, the Student Pledge Against Gun Violence began in 1996. It called for the observance of a National Day of Concern as well as national distribution of the Student Pledge.

By signing the Student Pledge, our students made the following three declarations:
1. I will never bring a gun to school;
2. I will never use a gun to settle a personal problem or dispute;
3. I will use my influence with my friends to keep them from using guns to settle disputes.

The day’s program included two speakers from the US Attorney’s Office, Marquest Meeks and David Haller; as well as a presentation from Officer Sheerese Harper, Quality of Life Officer for the NOPD’s 8th District. Students in grades 4th, 5th, and 6th submitted essays about the prevention of gun violence, and one winner was chosen from each class. Winners read their contributions as part of the program, and those essays are reproduced here. At the conclusion of the assembly program, the middle school classes led a Peace March through the Central Business District, carrying banners they had created and handing out copies of the pledge to passersby.

To read the powerful winning essays: Pledge Against Gun Violence Essay Contest Winners


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Third graders write and act in their own skits!

Last Friday, the students in third grade worked in cooperative groups to write skits using their vocabulary words. They were required to use at least five words and construct proper story lines with problems and resolutions. Every student had to have a part in their group’s skit.

Third grade is always excited to participate in this activity, and they thoroughly enjoy performing for their peers! Below are photos of third grade working in groups to write skits and Ahmad and Steve in character during a performance!

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Second Grade Scientists!

GSS Second Grade students were assisted by volunteers from Warren Easton High School as they learned about the scientific method and performed a hands-on experiment during their enrichment period on Thursday, September 18, 2014. 


After forming a hypothesis from information they’d been given, the GSS scholars and their teenage assistants used play money to purchase the supplies they needed to create the bounciest “Gloop” they could from mixtures of water, school glue, and borax.  Each team of young scientists worked together to produce their ball of “Gloop,” then tested its bounciness by dropping it in front of a ruler.

The bounciest one bounced so high that it required a second ruler to measure!  We’re very thankful for the teachers and wonderful young people from Warren Easton High School for providing such excellent leadership and a great example of academic engagement to our Second Grade Scientists!