SLP Superintendent's Newsletter

Week of September 30, 2019

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Reflection and Moving Forward! - As we close our first nine weeks of school, have you had an opportunity to reflect on our mission statement and the district’s strategic plan? Both are powerful components to the success of St Landry Parish School System. However, success is not something that can be done in a vacuum. Both the district and each school's success depend on the contributions of the students, parents, faculty, and staff. In essence, I believe what SLPSD has learned through its experiences and what I have learned through sports and my leadership experiences are that the most effective way to forge a winning team is to call on people’s need to connect to something larger than themselves. It requires all individuals involved to surrender their self-interest for the greater good so the whole adds up to more than the sum of its parts. Thus the saying, “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Bill Russell of the Chicago Bulls probably said it best, “Most teams have guys who want to win, but aren’t willing to do what it takes. What it takes is to give yourself over to the team and play your part. That may not always make you happy, but you’ve got to do it. Because when you do, that’s when you win.” What a team we have at SLPSD! Keep expanding and embracing our vision set forth by the board in which the group imperatives takes precedence over individual glory, and success comes from being awake, aware, and in tune with others!

Become What You Believe! Yes, We Can!


ACT allows two windows of WorkKeys administration with accommodations. Originally ACT only had one testing window and LDOE urged for another testing window for these students. So a student that requires accommodations on the WorkKeys assessment will have 4 opportunities to take the assessment-twice as a junior and twice as senior. The extended time accommodation can be given to students whose IAP/IEP requires that accommodation during the computer-based window and is allowed to test every 30 days.

Date Events



Principal survey completion for Interest and Opportunities DUE 11/01

F2F: School Support Institute (Shreveport)

F2F: Learning IQWST Grades 6-8 (Baton Rouge)



October CLASS collection (CUR, SIS, PEP) opens (closes 1/8/20)

WorkKeys accommodated testing window opens (closes 10/15)

F2F: South Louisiana Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness (New Orleans)

F2F: School Support Institute (Lafayette)

F2F: Activate Learning IQWST Grades 6-8 (Baton Rouge)

DEADLINE: U.S. Senate Youth Program and Scholarship Application

DEADLINE: Science Content Leader RFA Written Inquiry



Board Meeting

F2F: Activate Learning IQWST Grades 6-8 (Baton Rouge)



F2F: School Support Institute (New Orleans)

DEADLINE: AP Class rosters must be created in the AP Registration and Ordering system

“My life - my personality, my habits, even my speech - is a combination of the books I choose to read, the people I choose to listen to, and the thoughts I choose to tolerate in my mind.” ― Andy Andrews, The Noticer: Sometimes, All a Person Needs Is a Little Perspective. Stay sharp and it is all about your perspective…Iron sharpens Iron!

District 2019 - 2020 Theme: Become What You Believe!

“To succeed, we must first believe that we can.” ~ Michael Korda

I will try to see as many of you as possible this week. See you tomorrow! Have a great week and see the messages below!

I Believe in the impossible because no one else does, and that gives me an excellent chance at accomplishing it! - Florence Griffith


Paint the Town Pink

I encourage you all to decorate your schools and participate in the "Paint the Town Pink" contest. ****CONTEST DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS OCTOBER 4, 2019****
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REMINDER: Louisiana Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness Registration

Please share with counselors. Registration is now open for the South Louisiana Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness, which will take place on October 1 at the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. This free event, hosted by the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation and DEA 360, will educate middle and high school students about the dangers of opioid addiction and encourage them to be part of the solution to ending this epidemic. The Summit empowers students to take action in their schools to promote prevention and encourage their peers to seek the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle.

REMINDER: U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship Opportunity

The Department and the William Randolph Hearst Foundation are pleased to announce the launch of the 2020 United States Senate Youth Program. Two outstanding students from Louisiana will be selected to spend a week in Washington, D.C. in March of 2020 and will each receive a $10,000 scholarship from the Hearst Foundation. The Department requests your assistance with selecting these students. Please distribute to juniors or seniors who hold elected or appointed offices in school or community groups listed in the national program brochure and the logistics memo which includes the application and selection procedures. Please ensure that students understand the rules and regulations governing this competition. For test security reasons, the test secure essay topics will only be released to school systems and will not be available on the Department’s website. High school personnel should contact as soon as a student request is made for the essay topics. The names of the students selected and their application portfolios must be received at the email address below no later than October 1. Finalists will be notified by October 21.


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New: Save-the-Date 2020 Jump Start Convention

Please share with CTE leaders, administrators, and counselors. The 2020 Jump Start Convention is scheduled for January 28 at the Baton Rouge River Center. Attendees of the convention should include school system administrators, counselors, high school principals, career and technical education leaders, regional economic development, and workforce development organizations.

New: CLEP Preparation and Exam Funding

Please share with counselors, administrators, and instructional leaders. Modern States, a philanthropy dedicated to making college more accessible and affordable, offers an opportunity for interested students preparing for CLEP exams to participate in thirty-two free online courses taught by college professors from across the country. Upon successful completion of the course and practice exam, Modern States will provide a voucher to cover the $89 CLEP exam fee. School systems are encouraged to have students register and enroll today to start saving time and money on their college degree. The length of each course is six to eight weeks.

New: Critical AP Classroom Action

Please share with administrators and AP coordinators. In order to gain access to the new Advanced Placement instructional resources, there are three steps schools must complete: activate the Advanced Placement registering and ordering system (APRO), create AP sections, and provide students with join codes to individual classroom sections. At present, according to the College Board, Louisiana schools are on track with two of those three tasks:

● 89 percent have activated the APRO (registration and ordering) system and signed an AP participation form;

● 82 percent have created AP sections; and

● 48 percent of teachers have provided students with join codes to join individual classes, unlocking the new AP resources (Unit exams, Item Bank, Progress Dashboards, etc.).

To better support schools in completing these steps, the Department will host six recurring Advanced Placement Activation Webinars throughout the month of October that are designed to walk participants through the process of completing the AP Classroom activation process. Each webinar will last approximately twenty minutes with time for Q&A. Each webinar will be the same, so there is no need to attend each one unless participants have additional questions.

Louisiana Extension Academy

Request for Applications Please share with administrators. On September 26, the Department released a request for applications for 2020-2021 Extension Academies. The purpose of this innovation is to provide students, who are on track to graduate but not on track to participate in a low-cost post-secondary college or training program, with an additional year to attain a Regents-recognized associate degree, participate in a registered pre-apprenticeship, or attain an advanced Industry Based Credential (IBC). An informational webinar will be held on October 7 at 3:00 p.m. to answer any questions about the RFA. Webinar details are listed below:

● Webinar Date and Time: October 7 at 3:00 p.m.

● Webinar Link:

● Webinar Phone Number: 646-876-9923

● Meeting ID#: 644 881 662 The RFA priority deadline is November 20 at 4:00 p.m.

AP Coordinator Exam Order Training Dates

Please share with administrators and AP coordinators.

The preferred AP exam ordering deadline is October 4. Please register for one of the nine remaining Preparing and Submitting the Exam Order sessions for AP coordinators to prepare for the changes. The sessions will be offered at varying times on the following dates.

● September 19 at 8:00 a.m.

● September 25 at 11:00 a.m.

● October 2 at 8:00 a.m.

● October 10 at 6:00 p.m.

● October 31 at 3:00 p.m.

● November 6 at 11:00 a.m.

● November 12 at 8:00 a.m.

The final deadline for submitting AP exam orders is November 15.

2019-2020 Jump Start Updates

Please share with counselors and principals.

The Department has released several Jump Start updates, listed below, that provide detailed information for implementing various Jump Start programs.

● 2019-2020 Guidelines for Use of CDF Allocation

● 2019-2020 Jump Start Funding Guidance

● 2019-2020 List of CDF Qualifying Courses

● 2019- 2020 Jump Start Pathway Updates

Quest for Success Teacher Training

Please share with career and technical education (CTE) supervisors and administrators.

Quest for Success is an innovative, new, high school-level, career exploration course designed to prepare all Louisiana graduates for career and life success. Individuals who have not attended the two-day Quest for Success training and seek to teach the Quest for Success course should attend one of the upcoming training events. Registration is currently open for the following two-day trainings. Each training will run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.

● October 22-23 in Mansfield

● November 4-5 in Chalmette

Social Studies Fair






2019 Career Futures Expo

The 2019 Career Futures Expo will be October 23rd at Northwest High School. The registration deadline is October 15th and we would love to have your confirmation of attendance to reserve your booth! There is NO COST to you to participate and breakfast will be provided by Cengage as well as a hearty lunch by various businesses.

The Career Expo is designed to allow 10th graders an opportunity to explore career options prior to determining a pathway at the end of the school year. This year 10th graders from St. Landry and Evangeline Parish Schools will be in attendance as well as St. Edmunds and Opelousas Catholic. We have an estimate of 1,500 students attending.

I look forward to receiving your registration, attached.


1. Fixed Assets- Beginning of Year Inventory counts are due to Charlie Latiolais by 9/30/19.

  • Form A- Fixed Asset Inventory Verification Form (signed by principal),
  • Form B- Fixed Asset Inventory Form for every room and area on campus (signed by staff),
  • Staff Roster

2. You should be reviewing and approving the following bookkeeping reports monthly. And your bookkeepers should be submitting these to Angie Marks monthly by the 15th.

  • 1. General Ledger Activity Report for the month
  • 2. Bank Reconciliation Report
  • 3. Outstanding Check Listing
  • 4. Copy of Entire Bank Statement (including copies of checks and deposits)

August 2019 reports are due now.


Rave Panic Button

Rave Panic Button for School Safety School safety and security continue to be a priority for the state of Louisiana, and as a result, Governor Edwards and the Louisiana State Police (LSP) have funded Rave Panic Button for all K-12 schools in the state. The Rave Panic Button smartphone app is designed to speed up emergency response by simultaneously placing a 9-1-1 call while delivering immediate notification of the nature and location of the emergency to other school employees and first responders. In the coming weeks, school systems will be provided with specific instructions for setting up Rave Panic Button for each school, as well as recommendations for how to best roll it out to staff.


Assessment and Accountability New: Updated LEAP 2025 Assessment Guides for Grades 3 and 4

Please share it with test coordinators. The LEAP 2025 assessment guides for grades 3 and 4 have been updated to include 2019-2020 paper-based testing schedule, shown below.

Day 1: April 27 ELA session 1; math session 1

Day 2: April 28 ELA session 2; math session 2

Day 3: April 29 ELA session 3; math session 3

Day 4: April 30 science session 1; science session 2

Day 5: May 1 social studies session ; social studies session 2

New: LEAP Connect Online Tools Training (OTT) Expanded

Please share with test coordinators. The LEAP Connect Online Tools Training (OTT) has been expanded from one OTT to six. The previous OTT has been separated by ELA and math, and then by grade bands 3 to 5, 6 to 8, and high school. The OTTs not only include tasks from the previous OTT but also include some new tasks from the assessment guides. New Directions for Administration and Reference Materials for each OTT are available in eDirect and the Assessment Guidance library. LEAP Connect science OTTs will be added in the winter and will include all the science samples found in the assessment guides.

New: Updated LEAP Connect Assessment Guides

Please share with supervisors and school test coordinators. All three of the LEAP Connect assessment guides have been updated to include:

● information about the new science field tests and sample science tasks for grades 4 and 8, and high school; and

● a new appendix which lists the ELA and math vocabulary for American Sign Language (ASL) translation, object replacement, tactile graphics, word boards or word banks, and Assistive Technology and Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AT/AAC) devices.

New: LEAP Connect Sample Math Constructed-Response Tasks Webinar

Please share with supervisors and school test coordinators. The Department will host a webinar on using the LEAP Connect sample math constructed-response tasks. Participants will learn how to administer, score, and use the LEAP Connect Sample Math Constructed-Response Tasks and Directions for Administration.

● Webinar Date and Time: October 16 at 3:30 p.m.

● Webinar Link:

● Webinar Phone Number: 646-876-9923

● Meeting ID#: 448 611 621

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The link to the Assessment Guidance Library is below.

Reminder: Available Assessment Resources

Please share with teachers and school leaders. The following LEAP 2025, LEAP Connect, and ELPT/ELPS resources are now available in the Assessment Guidance Library:

● 2019-2020 Assessment Guides

● 2019 Teacher Leader Summit presentations and materials

● Updated Mathematics Equation Builder Guides

● LEAP Connect Constructed-Response Sample Items


Please note that CIS has completed the rollover for the 2019-2020 school year. I am working on giving you access for your observation entries and evaluation assignments. Comparing the list to the rosters of recertification completers I have come across more people that have not turned in their certificate than those that have. In order for me to give you access, I need to receive your certificate of completion.

Also, when making your evaluation assignments, do not give an assignment to a teacher that is no longer on your staff. Once you do that then it makes it hard for me to delete that person. If a teacher is on your CIS roster is listed as other, I need to know what capacity they are working in (ex. Speech therapist, nurse), I will assign their evaluator.


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We will be filming a short video clip to showcase some of the wonderful things that are being done in our district. If you are implementing a program at your school that you think is extraordinary, please send me an email with a description. We look at all the information we get and notify you if your school has been chosen to be in the video.


We will be kicking off our United Way Campaign on October 28, 2019. All elementary, junior high, and middle schools are encouraged to participate.

Please send me the name of the person at your school that will be handling the kick-off. I will be sending this person campaign resources in the near future.

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Principals' E-Binder

Remember to check the Principals' E-binder for forms you may need throughout the year.

Login Credentials:

Username: slpsb

Password: principals

*Send me an email if there is something specific that you would like included in the e-binder.

Shop Local Campaign

Please make every effort to shop local when possible. Shopping local keeps our tax dollars here in St. Landry Parish. With people shopping on Amazon and other online venues, we need to try to promote local shopping. This is mutually beneficial for the local stores and for our district.

Many of these local businesses support each of your schools when you are in need.

Here is a link to purchase "Shop Local" advertisement items:

Please encourage your staff to shop local and to promote local shopping!


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Principal Meeting Reminders

Master Schedule needs to be complete!!!! Oct 1 class will be used to report to the state for students (SIS and CUR) and teachers (PEP)!!!

Student Schedules—ALL students should have a complete schedule!! This will be reported to the state also!!

DROPS—NO SHOWS---need to be done also. The MFP for Oct 1 will begin to be submitted in the coming weeks. This is very important for our funding.

Also remember that PEP and Class Schedules are used for CVR! If these are not correct when submitted, it will not populate correctly.

Submitting Content for Administrative Reminders

To submit content, email Tricia Fontenot at the email address below.