Superintendent Update

Caldwell Parish Schools

Greetings Team Caldwell!

It's hard to believe it's time for Thanksgiving break! We've had a very busy fall packed with lots of learning and extra-curricular activities. Our students are definitely blessed with well-rounded experiences at each of our schools, and for that I am especially grateful. Everything we offer in Caldwell Parish Schools is intentionally designed to give our students the very best opportunities possible.


LDOE released School & District Performance Scores this week, and it is so reassuring to know that our efforts to reengage students and recover learning gaps has paid off. Each school in the district either made gains in overall SPS and/or in the Student Progress index! This is no easy feat, and we appreciate the hard work that goes into making these gains a reality for our students.


We are half way through Year 2 of our district-wide work with ANet and we are encouraged by the gains we are already seeing in our student performance as well as the shifts we are seeing in classrooms as we learn strategies to help our students do the "heavy lifting." We have so much to celebrate and be thankful for in our schools. At the rate we are moving, I know we will see even more gains in next year's SPS/DPS.


Over the next week, I hope you all take time to slow down and enjoy your families and friends. You've all worked so hard and through many obstacles this school year. You definitely deserve the time off! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and know that you are appreciated for all you do for the students of Caldwell Parish!


Nicki McCann, Superintendent

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Teacher Spotlights

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Early Childhood Spotlight

Our Early Childhood/Ready Start Network goes above and beyond to involve parents in all aspects of their child’s education. Both Head Start and the Louisiana Early Childhood guidelines require strong parental involvement and our team continues to grow and find new ways to involve all members of the family. Two recent events were the Fall Festival/Veterans Day celebration at Kelly Early Childhood Center and The Parent Picnic at Caldwell PreK Center.

Elementary Spotlight

Mrs. Springfield’s kindergarten class at CES learned how to compare numbers using manipulatives, group discussion and an alligator puppet.

Mrs. Springfield

Secondary Spotlight

Mrs. Meadows’ Agriscience I class is introduced to commonly used hand held tools. Students learn the different parts of the tools and how to properly use them.

Mrs. Meadows

CTE Spotlight

The FFA Carpentry team went to state competition at the State Fair in Shreveport. Two teams competed where they had to complete a handwritten test and then build a patio table to required specifications.

FFA @ State Fair



Also, November is National Career Development Month and both CPJH and CPHS are sharing posts of students and their work spotlighting career exploration and development activities this month.


Student Support

Mrs. Eubanks students completed an escape room complete with pumpkin pie ingredients to help free a Thanksgiving Turkey!

Mrs. Eubanks

LITERACY SPOTLIGHT



How important is reading 20 minutes a day?


Read more about the importance of reading 20 minutes a day.

Click on the Link:

Why Children Should Read 20 Minutes a Day and How This Impacts your Kids’ Development - At Any Age

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November is National Family Literacy Month


We know that families play an important role in the literacy development of children of all ages. Please visit the Louisiana Department of Education’s literacy library for fun and engaging activities to use at home with your child.

Family Literacy Engagement

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Technology Updates

All elementary Chromebooks are configured and delivered. Work continues on junior high and high school devices. BenQ boards have been delivered. Installation will be scheduled and schools will be informed about dates. Abby is working through configuring teacher laptops and some have been distributed. CPHS laptops for robotics class and administrator desktops have been ordered.



CPSB YouTube

CPSB Youtube is linked near the bottom of the new district website. Here is the direct link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmN0H96jk9FzBbHXwc--3zg


New Teacher Corner

Looking for a Teacher Certification Program?

The Department — in collaboration with the Board of Regents — launched a new website, LouisianaTeacherPrep.com, that allows prospective educators to explore teacher preparation programs. The website includes information on Louisiana’s 29 teacher preparation programs, including certification areas offered, testimonials, as well as the demographics of program completers and retention data. Each provider’s performance on Louisiana’s Teacher Preparation Quality Rating System will be added to the website this winter. Prospective educators can use the website to select teacher preparation programs that best meet their needs, and school systems can use the information to address their educator workforce needs.
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Social Emotional Shoutout

CPSD Social Emotional Support Update



Check out the latest news in CPSD SEL! SEL Article nov 2022

Student Life

CPJH Robotics Club

With the support from our friends at Hatch and LA Green Fuels, Mrs. Kaci Fontenot is leading the first Robotics Club at CPJH. Check out this video to see our future engineers! CPJH Robotics


Parent Information

Parent Advisory Meeting

Parental Advisory Council fall semester meeting will be held at the Title I Office Tuesday, December 8, 2022 from 12:00p.m.-1:00p.m.

Special Education Advisory Council


The Caldwell Parish School Board is accepting applications for membership on the Special Education Advisory Council.

This council will meet three (3) times per year to provide advice and recommendations regarding special education policies, procedures, and resources.

The council will also engage in outreach activities to the community at large to increase the level of knowledge, support, and collaboration with respect to special education.

For more information about the SEAC's roles and responsibilities click here.

Applications must be submitted by November 30, 2022. Apply here: https://forms.gle/ZRB2KZXnHnn6zEYz7