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Mission:  Through school based and community program/partnerships, it is our goal that by the time students leave Sixth Ward Elementary they would have exemplified growth in all aspects of their lives.

Vision:  The vision for Sixth Ward Elementary is to adopt programs and encourage professional practices that promote the development of the whole child. Whereby, the academic, behavioral, social, and emotional needs of our students are met, in an effort to produce a more well-rounded student and foster life-long success.


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Lucas Cortez

Lucas Cortez, a fourth-grade ELA teacher, is the 2019 Sixth Ward Elementary Teacher of the Year. “The road…has been long. I’ve been here for 17 years,” said Cortez, a two-time Teacher of the Year recipient. “I did not expect to receive this honor; I just come to school every day, and give it my all!” he said. “I am extremely grateful.”

Lucas is the son of Paul Norris Cortez, and the late Celeste R. Cortez. He is the brother of Andrea Cortez, and the late Shawn Cortez. A devoted uncle and Godfather to Shawna and Jaidan Cortez. Lucas is a former student of the St. James Parish Public School System. He is a 1998 graduate of St. James High School, and then continued his education at Nicholls State University where he earned his B.A. degree in Elementary Education in 2002. 

         Receiving his first job at Sixth Ward Elementary School in August 2002, he remained a fixture of the school as a hard-worker, role model, and mentor to many students and teachers for the past 17 years. Some of his current duties include: teaching 4thgrade ELA, 4H Sponsor, Social Studies Fair Coordinator, PBIS Chairperson, SWES After-School Performing Arts & Tutoring Director, and a Supervisor of a Student Teacher.

         “This title is an opportunity for me to go out and be an ambassador for education, and to share with our community what it means to be a part of this wonderful profession. However challenging it may be, it is also very rewarding at the same time,” he stated. When asked why did he become a teacher, he replied, “Well, I didn’t become a teacher for the pay or the “summers” off. I became a teacher in hopes of inspiring future generations to think, grow, and prosper.”



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Attitude Determines Altitude

Thursday, September 20th, SJHS Athletic Director  and head football coach Robert Valdez visited with the Sixth Ward Elementary 6th graders. He spoke about having a positive attitude and how it can help students in their school achievements. Valdez also shared with students opportunities that will be afforded to them when they get to SJHS next year such as ROTC, welding, performing arts, Beta Club and many more. He also stressed the importance of maintaining good behavior and grades.


Grandparents were treated to an hour of painting with their grandchildren on Wednesday, September 12th at Sixth Ward Elementary.



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Click the link to check out our new SWE news station for current events happening at Sixth Ward. Be sure to check back every two weeks for a new episode! Episodes can also be found on the Sixth Ward Elementary Facebook page!!

On Tuesday, August 28th, SWE students attended NED's Mindset Mission. Students were motivated to Never give up, Encourage others, and Do your best (NED).



Fantasia Barrino-Taylor

Excitement was in the air Friday, August 17th at St. James High School. Fantasia Barrino-Taylor was on campus to celebrate the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for its Performing Arts Program. SWE Students provided entertainment in the form of narrators, singers, and dancers for Barrino, special guests, Gramercy Magnate students and the entire SWE student body. After the performance, Fantasia encouraged all students to do their best, stay in school and never give up.


Thursday, August 9th


Teachers and community members welcomed students the first day of school.


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SWES Teacher of the Year


Mrs. Brenda Faucheux has been selected the Sixth Ward Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year.  She is the mother to Benjamin, Blake, and Brent Faucheux and has 7 grandchildren.  Mrs. Faucheux graduated from Nicholls State University with a bachelor of science in Elementary Education. She has been teaching first grade at Sixth Ward Elementary for 22 years in the same classroom and will retire after the current school year.  Mrs. Faucheux served as chairperson of the Spelling Bee for 18 years and only gave up chairmanship this year.  Her favorite teacher quote is by Dr. Seuss,  “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more place you’ll go.” 

Congratulations Mrs. Faucheux and best wishes for your retirement!


   Mr. Lee Granier, mathematics teacher at the SMA and STEM Lead Teacher for St. James Parish Schools, integrated a 3rd grade STEM Challenge this past week with Mrs. Danielle Leblanc’s 3rd grade students at Sixth Ward Elementary. Mrs. LeBlanc’s 3rd grade students were given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and understandings of Louisiana’s 3rd Grade Science Standard: Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions (3-PS2-1), as well as, using the Engineering Design Process, to build a Balloon Powered Car that will travel 5 or more feet.  This student driven in-class STEM enhance lesson is an amazing way to have students engaged in the learning process and a chance to incorporate math and their science concepts with creativity, innovation and critical thinking. This is one of many projects Mr. Granier plans to integrate into Science lessons across St. James Parish Schools.



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News and Events

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School Day Notice
Posted on 08/09/2013
School begins at 7:45 and dismisses at 3:10.   READ MORE... about School Day Notice
Science and Social Studies Fair Night
Science and Social Studies Fair Night
On Monday, October 19, 2015, the Sixth Ward faculty and staff with the assistance of the Science and Social Studies Fair coordinator, Mr. Lucas Cortez, presented a Science and Social Studies Fair Night. The purpose of this event was to present and inform parents and students with tips and suggestions for completing Science and Social Studies fair projects. At the workshop, parents were presented with a PowerPoint with helpful tips and information to produce an effective project display. After the PowerPoint presentation, students were separated into groups where Science and Social Studies classroom teachers assisted students with choosing topics for their project and getting them started with their projects.  READ MORE... about Science and Social Studies Fair Night
Orange Shirt Day
Bullying Prevenion Awareness Month
In support of Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, students and teachers in the St. James Parish School system wore orange shirts on Wednesday, October 21st.  READ MORE... about Bullying Prevenion Awareness Month
2015 2016 Beta Club
Beta Club Induction
On Tuesday, October 20th 2015, Sixth Ward Elementary Jr. Beta Club inducted its new members: Jadan Aubert, Bryson Green, Tre’Zhure Smith, Skylar Smith, Johneekia Emery, and Jamaul Hooker.   READ MORE... about Beta Club Induction
Carnival Smiles
Fall Carnival
On Friday, October 30th, Sixth Ward Elementary held its annual Fall Carnival and everyone was smiling.  READ MORE... about Fall Carnival
Luncheon Attendees
Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon
On Monday, October 26, Sixth Ward Elementary hosted a Breast Cancer Awareness luncheon.   READ MORE... about Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon
Favorite Book Character Dress Down Day
On Friday, November 13th the SWE Library Club sponsored a “Dress as Your Favorite Book Character” dress down day.   READ MORE... about Favorite Book Character Dress Down Day
Science Fair
SWE Science Fair
Sixth Ward Elementary held the annual Science Fair on Thursday, November 19, 2015.  READ MORE... about SWE Science Fair
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Upcoming Events
   MLK Day - No School
   Jan 21 2019
   Financial Fitness Fair - 6th
   Jan 22 2019
   BETA Meeting
   Jan 23 2019 at 03:15 AM
   SWE Spelling Bee
   Jan 24 2019

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