SLP Superintendent's Newsletter

Week of October 22, 2018


Over the course of the last 3 weeks, I have had the pleasure of visiting many of our schools and communities, listening and learning about concerns within those communities. The "Coffee and Conversation/Town Hall" events provided me with many thought-provoking questions, great suggestions, and passionate commentary about our schools.

The most consistent comment centered around one word, "Trust." Many feel that we have lost the trust of our communities. Because of this, we must work 2, 3, 4 times as hard in building relationships with all our stakeholders. Trust is not given, it is earned. We must work to repair those broken relationships in each of our communities.

For us to be successful, we must realize that education is a partnership between the school and home and every child will succeed if given a supportive environment and an opportunity to work to the best of his or her ability.

Success does not happen by accident, it is intentional!

In closing, I would like to use the words of Ernest Hemingway, "Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be. But what will happen in all the other days that ever come can depend on what you do today..."

Quote for the Week

SUCCESS is often measured by comparison to others. EXCELLENCE, on the other hand, is all about being the best we can be and maximizing our gifts, talents, and abilities to perform at our highest potential. Pursue excellence today.


  1. Have your staff Review Safe Schools for any incomplete or updated training modules.
  2. if you have any support staff members that need additional training, Safe Schools can provide extra training in the forms of those listed below, to name a few.
  • Nutrition Services
  • Transportation
  • Special Education

Please contact Mrs. Gloria Malbrough if you need assistance.

Job Duties


Executive/BLS/Finance Committee Mtg

Date: October 22, 2018

Location: Old Board Room

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Edlio Website Training

Date: October 22, 2018

Location: SLPSD Computer Lab

Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Academic/Personnel Committee Mtg

Date: October 23, 2018

Location: Old Board Room

Time: 4:00 AM - 5:00 AM

Tech Facilitator Meeting

Date: October 24, 2018

Location: Resource Center

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

NMSI Teacher Training - Math

Date: October 26-27, 2018

Location: Lee High School - Baton Rouge

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.



The Interim 1 Assessment Window for grades 5 – 8 English Language Arts is October 23 – 29, 2018.

Promotion in Jeopardy

As a district, we must work wholeheartedly to ensure early identification of students who are not making adequate progress towards achieving standards. We know that effective intervention is crucial. In accordance with the Board’s policy on grading and assessment systems, teachers shall assess the teaching and learning process on a continual basis. Teachers shall identify students early in the school year (each nine weeks) who are not making adequate progress toward achieving the district’s academic standards. To that end, please find attached the district’s Promotion in Jeopardy form. This form must be used by each content teacher to maintain records for all students who have not attained at least a 67% by the end of each nine-week grading period. In addition, students with more than five absences within a nine-week period must be documented on the form. Evidence of parental conferences must be maintained on file as documentation of efforts made by the teacher to ensure dialogue with the parent/guardian on student progress. Principals, please monitor and ensure that teachers are properly documenting students in jeopardy of promotion as well as making the necessary parental contact. In addition, please ensure that you, as principal, maintain evidence of your school’s efforts in identifying and remediating students on each teacher’s Promotion in Jeopardy checklist. As you review the form and share it with your instructional staff members, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.


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: November 3-4 and 10-11

Vendor: Louisiana Tech

Cost: $500

Registration Link



Starting on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, you will be required to submit a copy of the correspondence/letter that you are using to notify parents when students are in jeopardy of receiving an LA-15 for excessive unexcused absences. The correspondence/letter must be submitted along with the LA-15 form to the Census Department. NOTE: LA-15’s are generated on J-Campus after a student misses five(5) unexcused absences.




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.


Congratulations to David Reed for being awarded a second REC grant to begin a second robotics team at NHS.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.


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.

PAST DUE - 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

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



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.