SLP Superintendent's Newsletter

Week of October 15, 2018


Fred Factor – Several years ago I read and recently re-read an excerpt from the book “The Fred Factor” that said, “You Can Reinvent Yourself Regularly!” What does that mean? It simply means that we at SLP can continue to reinvent our self every day and every moment by attending training such as Local, State and National Professional Development activities, embedded professional development activities, and school-wide PLCs. We have to continually ask the question, how can I reinvent myself and my work for our students and community of SLP. I want to continue to encourage you to do everything you can possibly do to produce personal and student excellence. I know that on some days we wake up tired or we go home at the end of the day exhausted. But the good news is that your fatigue is an indicator of your hard work, dedication, and ability to rejuvenate day by day to get the job done at any cost. Keep up the good work! Excellence in Education for every student, every day!

Continue to Focus on the successes, we have too many here at SLP to count!

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Job Duties

Quote for the Week

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Post-Secondary Carousel

Date: October 16, 2018

Location: Opelousas High School

Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Coffee & Conversation

Date: October 18, 2018

Location: Java Square

Time: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Listening Tour

Date: October 18, 2018

Location: Park Vista Elementary Cafeteria

Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Coffee & Conversation

Date: October 19, 2018

Location: Chicory's Cafe

Time: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Listening Tour

Date: October 19, 2018

Location: Grand Coteau Elementary Cafeteria

Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

NMSI Teacher Training - English

Date: October 19-20, 2018

Location: Port Allen High

Time: 7:30 AM


October is Bullying and Suicide Prevention Month

Below are resources available for the education and training on bullying and suicide prevention.


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High School Planning Guidebook

Each year, the Office of Student Opportunities publishes the High School Planning Guidebook to help administrators, counselors, and teachers use key policies, programs, and resources to help both students and schools achieve their goals. Specifically, the guidebook focuses on the following processes:

● planning for struggling students;

● foundational academic skills in the first two years of high school;

● developing basic and advanced college and workplace skills;

● providing Jump Start opportunities that can help all students, in all parts of the state, create the foundation for a successful adulthood;

● counseling and supporting all students throughout their high school career; and

● earning recognition for school excellence through an accountability system that rewards schools for helping students successfully pursue their college and career aspirations. The print version of the 2018-2019 High School Planning Guidebook will be distributed at the Fall Counselor Collaborations. The online version will be available on the Department’s Principal Support Toolbox on October 1.


Custodian Meeting:

A meeting/training will be held Thursday, October 18th in the Resource Center at 8:30 am. for all Head Custodians and 1 additional full-time custodian from each school.


OpenSciEd Training

The Department is helping educators transition to the Louisiana Student Standards for Science (LSSS) in the 2018-2019 school year by offering middle school science teachers the opportunity to receive training on and pilot high-quality units by OpenSciEd, a project that is building out a full middle school curriculum. Middle school educators can register for the pilot and the four-day professional development using the links below. Registration is currently open.

Date: October 12-13 and 26-27

Vendor: LSU Cain Center

Cost: $200

Registration Link

Date: November 3-4 and 10-11

Vendor: Louisiana Tech

Cost: $500

Registration Link


LASE Conference

The 2018 LASE Conference is coming soon! Mark your calendar.

Ø Dates: Sunday, November 11 – Monday, November 12, 2018.

Ø Location: Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge

Ø As in the past couple of years, there is no registration fee.

Attached is a tentative agenda, registration form and Principal of the Year information.

This conference will be time well spent, and I look forward to seeing you in November.


Teacher PGP & SLTs

All PGPs and SLTs must be entered into HCS by October 12th.



Robotics Education and Competition (REC) Equipment Grants

The Robotics Education and Competition (REC) Foundation provides resources needed to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers in Louisiana. In order to inspire Louisiana students to pursue STEM degrees and careers, they are offering robotic equipment grants to Louisiana schools in support of the Louisiana STEM (LaSTEM) Advisory Council. Grant applications are due October 26. Details about the grant can be found in the overview, or by contacting or calling 1-832-683-1674.

RESCHEDULED - CTE – Monitoring; NEW DATE: December 3rd-7th

The Louisiana Department of Education will be on-site to audit all schools who benefit from Carl Perkins.

Career Futures

Career Futures Expo and Reality Store will be on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at Northwest High for all 10th graders. More information will be sent out in October in order to prepare your students for this event. ALL School Counselors will be helping to facilitate this counseling event.

Curriculum Design Team – Business / Industry Advisory Board Meetings

Curriculum Design Team In-service will be held at each school with their Business / Industry Advisory Board members attending. Each Curriculum Design Team is to inform the CTE Coordinator of the date, time, and place of the meeting, along with an invitation to Dr. Therese D. Ellender to participate. This should begin no later than November.

This is a requirement to receive Perkins funding and for NCCER Accreditation.

Grant Opportunities

Grant opportunities are available in all disciplines. Grant opportunities are updated monthly and can be found at Please notify my office if you receive a grant so that you can be acknowledged. Thanks

Advanced Placement (AP) Updates


● College Board is offering a webinar on October 17 at 1:00 p.m. on new AP program resources.

Registration is now open.

Data and Reports

All data related to AP student exam performance including AP Instructional Planning Reports are now available. For assistance with account access, please contact the AP program directly at 877-274-6474.

Supervisor of Instruction, School Choice, & School Improvement - Trina Preston

New: Timeline for Fall School System and School Performance Score Release

The 2017-2018 school system and school-level performance scores will be released through the Louisiana School Finder on November 8.

Below is a timeline of events that will take place before and after this release.

School system leaders prepare principals for SPS release - Early-mid October

Release of Communications Toolkit - October 16

Briefing calls with school system leaders - Week of October 28

Release of school and school system performance scores in School Finder - November 8 Release of secure portal for school system and school leaders - Winter

Social Studies Practice Test

Although the 2018-2019 practice tests for social studies do not reflect the new social studies test designs, the LEAP 2025 Social Studies Practice Test Guidance will be updated to include recommendations on how to address the design changes, especially in grades 3 and 4.

New: LEAP 2025 Practice Test Webinars

Teachers and instructional supervisors or coaches interested in learning general information about resources, and specific information about best uses and common misuses of the practice tests should join the following practice test webinar.

Principal Training Deck for School Performance Score Release

During the September Collaborations, the Department previewed a training deck to be used with principals to help them prepare for the release of the 2017-2018 school performance scores. The presentation attached below is now final and available in the Principal Support Toolbox library in the “School Finder Toolkit” section.

New: Updated ELPT and LEAP ConnectParent Guides

Please share with family engagement coordinators and school test coordinators. The Parent Guides for the ELPT and LEAP Connect assessments have been updated to reflect test information for the 2018-2019 school year. Please share these guides with families to help them better understand these assessments and better support their child’s preparation. Both parent guides are available in the Family Support Toolbox library.

Placement Tests

If you are unsure whether or not a student needs to take a placement test, please do not hesitate to contact me. The placement test letter and application can be found on the district website homepage or by going to these links:

· Students entering grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and high school:

· Students entering grades 5 and 9:

Assessment Updates

A one-page reference of all updates for assessments for the 2018-2019 school year has been posted in the LDOE Assessment Library under Resources + Forms. Updates include information about:

• LEAP 2025 and EOC Biology tests

• Science Practice Tests

• English Language Proficiency Screener (ELPS)

Assessment Guides for all state assessments can be found at this link:

Online Tools Training (OTT)

The Online Tools Training (OTT) for LEAP 2025, LEAP Connect, and the English Language Proficiency Test should be utilized throughout the year in order for students to become familiar with the online testing tools (e.g., highlighter, magnification, etc.) used for the operational test.


Title I

Principals, please be reminded that 75 percent of your expenditures from your Title I Schoolwide Budget for supplies/materials and equipment must be spent by November 1st, 2018.

Title I Documentation

Please ensure that Title I documentation is submitted on your school’s server by the required date as indicated on the 2018-2019 Title I Compliance Upload Deadlines (Title I Handbook, pages 12-13). There are a number of schools that have not uploaded the required documentation.

Parent & Family Engagement Policy - Public Input

Please be reminded that you must upload documentation by 10/19/18 of evidence of public input regarding your school’s Parent and Family Engagement Policy. As noted during the Federal Programs Update in the summer, the best way to obtain public input on your Parent and Family Engagement Policy is by placing it on your school’s website and providing a timeframe for public comment. Then, you can upload a screenshot of the page requesting public comment.


SLPSB Veteran Employee Recognition Day

In honor of Veterans Day, St. Landry Parish School Board in Partnership with LHC Group

will recognize former and present employees who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

Veteran Employee Recognition Day will be held Thursday, November 8, 2018 at the Opelousas Civic Center.

The program will begin at 5:00 P.M.

In preparation:

© The Veteran Employee Form MUST be completed.

© Forms can be downloaded from the School Board website:

© Forms MUST be submitted to Pat Mason-Guillory no later than October 26, 2018.

© Show your Pride – Wear your Service Uniform, if possible!!!!!

© Family members and friends are welcome to attend.

“We defend and we build a way of life,

Not for America alone…but for all mankind.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt


*The District Monthly Newsletters for Parents and Students are available for download on three (3) levels:

Elementary School

Middle School

High School

The newsletters contain tips for parents and families to help their children do better in School.

Please share during your school’s parent activities and with your staff.

Thank you.

*If you designated a member of your staff to oversee the Parent and Family Engagement Component of Title I, please send me their contact information.

*The School, Family, and Community Partnerships Handbook is to be used as a resource guide for implementing the Six-Types of Involvement: Parenting, Communicating, Volunteering, Learning at Home, Decision Making and Collaborating with the Community.

*Parents Right-to Know: Please remember to send parents the notification letter if their children are being taught by a non-certified teacher.

*Parent and Family Engagement requirements are to be uploaded to the Title I Compliance Folders.

This process is on-going, therefore, please try to keep your folders as current as possible. Thank you.

Students of the Year Program – Levels 5th, 8th & 12th

*The Name of the Student (s) representing your school as the 2018-2019 Student of the Year

Must be submitted to me on or before November 7, 2018.

*The Writing Component will be held on November 14, 2018, at the Resource Center for 5th, 8th and 12th Grades.

Time: 8:00 A.M. Students MUST be in their assigned seats at the Resource Center by 7:45 A.M.

*Special thanks to the Faculty Representatives for their attendance at the organizational meeting on September 12, 2018.

Please reach out to me if additional assistance is needed.



There will be a school website admin. training on October 22, 2018. If you have not selected a person on your campus to maintain your school website, please do so. I will be conducting a school web admin training for new school website administrators or web admins who need a little extra assistance with keeping your school website current.

Date: October 22, 2018

Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: SLPSB Computer Lab

*Basic Website Admin Training

*Please forward the link below to them in order for them to register for this training.

Registration Link


DATE: October 24, 2018

TIME: 1:00 PM

LOCATION: Resource Center

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Editable Compass Observation Form


National School Lunch Week is October 15-19, 2018.

"School Lunch: Lots 2 Love" is the theme for the 2018 National School Lunch Week. This theme is about the unique details that make your cafeteria a special place that students want to eat every day – creative menus, choices, fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, whole grains. More than 30 million students are served a lunch every day at school by devoted school lunch staff — that is Lots 2 Love!!!



Please submit School Seclusion and Restraint Policy Form to Tonia Eaglin by October 22, 2018.

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Submitting Content for Administrative Reminders

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