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    J. S. Aucoin Celebrates Miss Acosta & Miss Elrhanjaoui Mr. Stadalis helped out with the celebration! Mrs. Hoang & Miss Acosta

    J. S. Aucoin Elementary recently found out that we achieved "A" status for our School Performance!  

    Faculty, students, parents, and visitors celebrated with a rocket launch, pajama day, and Smarties for the parents in 

    the drop off line! 





    CLASS OF 1966-67


    J. S. Aucoin's first principal: Mr. August Cremaldi                             

      Mr. August Cremaldi


    1st Principal of  J. S. Aucoin Elementary School



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  • February 8 - February 12

    Posted by Gidget Everitt at 2/5/2016 6:00:00 AM

    For Students:  "The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it."  --WILLIAM JAMES

    For Staff:  "What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to what lies inside of you."  --RALPH WALDO EMERSON

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  • Online Bullying: Beware of These Apps

    Posted by Susan Dupre at 2/10/2016 6:00:00 AM

    While society has reaped huge benefits from the Internet, the online world is also infamous as a vehicle through which people can be cruel to others. All online etiquette guidelines include recommendations that would prevent this behavior, but the perceived anonymity of a virtual environment often causes people to believe they can say or do anything they want with no personal consequences. 

    A recent article highlighted smartphone and tablet apps that experts agree can prove harmful for children and teens. While many of these apps require users to be at least 13 years of age, parents may be unaware of exactly what happens within the app after a profile is created.

    Gaggle, the vendor who provides email monitoring for St. Mary Parish, has provided a list of apps that parents should consider deleting from a child's phone or device. Here are some related to bullying:

    • Afterschool: The Apple App Store listing reads, "Funny Anonymous School News for Confessions and Compliments." However, students use the app to spread rumors about other students, and the app allows sexual/graphic images.
    • Yik Yak: Postings here are often mean, vicious, and demeaning. Because postings are anonymous, there is no easy way to trace the author and therefore no consequences for saying something hurtful. Even more dangerous is the feature that limits viewing to those who are geographically close to the poster. 

    • Whisper: Users are supposed to be 17 years of age or older, but nothing stops a child from creating a profile with an incorrect birthday. The app is supposed to give users a place for anonymous "confessional" postings, but it is often used to bully or intimidate.

    Remember that new apps pop up daily, and kids will find out about these apps long before parents are aware of the danger. It's important that parents explain to their children why these apps could be harmful and make the decision to delete them together. 

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  • Anonymity: The Mask of Technology

    Posted by Susan Dupre at 2/3/2016 6:00:00 AM

    In the online world, we often find that the "mask of technology" can give us a certain degree of anonymity, making us feel as if our true identities are hidden from other users.

    Anonymity can be a great tool for objective discussions, for sharing situations that might otherwise be embarrassing, or as a tool for reducing bias due to status, gender, race, or religion. For better or worse, this mask of technology can also create a feeling in users that they can say or do things that perhaps they wouldn't do in a face-to-face environment.  

    In actuality, it is very difficult to maintain total online anonymity.  Many websites and apps track you through your device IP addresses and collect information about you from your profile. This is particularly true if you use a social media site account (like Facebook) to login to other sites.  If you have created a profile with false information, it only takes one "friend" to share that information with others, thus revealing your identity.

    Knowing that the mask of anonymity is incomplete should make us rethink what we share online:

    • Before you post anything, think about how you will feel if your family, friends, coaches, neighbors, employers, or teachers find it. What you post may have a bigger audience that you think. Even if you use privacy settings, you can't completely control who sees your profile, photos, and texts.

    • Once you post information online, it's there forever. You can only control the original posting, and even if you delete it, older versions will exist on other people's computers. 

    • Think about your own privacy and the privacy of others before you post photos or videos. It can be unfair and unsafe to post photos or videos without getting permission from the people in them



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