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Mr. Wilkins Helps the Bossier Arts Council’s Dream Come Alive

With the help of the Airline High School Wood Tech Department (under the guidance of John Wilkins and special assistance from Kevin Jones) and a very special donation from the Ricky Murov Family- the Bossier Arts Council has created the first ever "Little Free Arthouse" in Bossier Parish. Based on the concept of a "Little Free Library," they expanded this notion to include what they do best and that is ART! This Little Free Arthouse located at the Bossier Arts Council offices will supply free art supplies, monthly activities, and instructional books to students across Bossier and Caddo parishes.  Thanks to Mr. Wilkins and his wood tech students!


Bossier Parish Graduation Rate Shatters Record

For the second consecutive year, Bossier Schools has shattered another all-time high graduation rate and set  a record within the district.

State cohort graduation data for 2018-19 was released today by the Louisiana Department of Education and Bossier Schools received news that 88-percent of its Class of 2019 graduated, reflecting a gain of 2.4 percentage points from the previous year. This means a greater percentage of students than ever before are receiving their high school diplomas and are better positioned for success in their adult lives.

Each high school in Bossier Parish showed gains and strengths. Plain Dealing saw its graduation rate skyrocket by more than 16 points, reaching 86.7-percent. Haughton and Parkway showed growth of 2.60-percent and 4.70-percent, respectively, in their graduation rates; and more than 60-percent of students in the Bossier High Class of 2019 earned credentials beyond a high school diploma. This is the result of them taking advantage of opportunities such as Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment, as well as Industry Based Certifications. Airline and Benton High Schools both surpassed a 90-percent graduation rate, which is the benchmark for Louisiana’s 2025 Vision and indicative that a school has met raised expectations in the state’s accountability system.

Other significant wins were earned by three 2019 cohort sub-groups; students identified as economically disadvantaged showed a 4.9-percent increase; students with disabilities marked a 7.6-percent gain and 100-percent of those in the military cohort sub-group graduated.  

“These gains are a tribute to our amazing teachers, counselors, staff and students who continue to raise the bar on a daily basis and meet those expectations,” said Bossier Schools Superintendent Mitch Downey. “This is not merely data, but real student success stories. It reflects the heart of education and the concerted effort we make to ensure our seniors make it across the finish line and exit stage left with a diploma in hand. That is ultimately our district’s greatest reward.” 


In the Spotlight Archives


Mrs. Finimore's Theatre Tech class was given a daunting challenge and ran with it.  Their challenge was to design an outfit for a known character that is made of nothing but recycled materials.  Design the outfit, write a script introducing the character and how the design team utilized the chosen materials, and present the outfit and script to a large audience and a group of judges.  All six groups ran with the challenge and did an outstanding job.  In the end Belle from Beauty and the Beast won the top score.


Airline’s Junior ROTC group took 20 cadets to an orienteering meet at Eddie B. Jones park

On Saturday, February 6, Airline’s Junior ROTC group took 20 cadets to an orienteering meet at Eddie B. Jones park.

Orienteering is a competitive sport in which participants find their way to various checkpoints across rough wooded areas with the aid of a map and compass. The competitor with the and the lowest elapsed time and most points is deemed the winner.

Airline cadets had three hours to complete their course. Several Airline cadets placed in the competition, earning themselves a medal and ribbon.

On behalf of Airline Junior ROTC, we congratulate Cadets: Katie Allen, Charlie Allen, Remington Davis, Keely Henry, Antonio Hernandez, Isaac Pavkovich, Justin Rice, Arianna Snyder, Ani’Ja Walpool, and Omar Watson on their outstanding performance.

Story written by: Cadet Emmalynn Nagot


Airline Teacher Tapped for National Cybersecurity Committee

Airline High School teacher Billy Neill knows his stuff when it comes to cyber science and robotics. Now, his knowledge will be tapped as a member of a national committee focused on developing new K-12 cybersecurity learning standards to be used in schools across America.Neill is one of 30 educators representing 22 states who will serve as a content specialist on a committee focused on writing cyber curriculum. The groups will collaborate virtually October 27-29. Once complete, the standards will help ensure students not only have a foundational understanding of cybersecurity, but also the skills and knowledge needed to pursue cybersecurity careers in greater numbers.Supported by government agencies such as the Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Institute for Cybersecurity Education, Neill and fellow educators will be broken into three sub-committees based on their expertise. He will be on the high school team.Growing a stronger cyber and tech workforce is the ultimate goal and Neill has been doing his part through robotics and cyber literacy classes at Airline. Bossier Schools places a strong emphasis district-wide on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), in partnership with Cyber Innovation Center. According to, the academic initiative of the Cyber Innovation Center in Bossier, current demand for cybersecurity talent is outpacing the supply. It is projected by 2022 that 1.8 million cyber jobs will be unfilled.


Drama Club Thanks our SROs

The AHS Drama Club, lead by President Madelyn Frentress and Vice-President McKenna Estess, presented our Bossier Parish SROs with cookies to show gratitude and appreciation for all they do for us.


Airline AFJROTC Instructor Is “Best of the Best”

Bossier Schools is thrilled to announce that Senior Master Sergeant Margo Miller has been selected as the AFJROTC Outstanding Enlisted Instructor for Region 6, which covers over 100 units spread out over seven states.

SMSgt Miller works as the AFJROTC instructor at Airline High School.

Please join us in congratulating Miller for being recognized as the "Best of the Best."