SLP Superintendent's Newsletter

Week of November 5, 2018

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Quote for the Week

Chinese Bamboo Tree

I like the story of the Chinese bamboo tree: You take a little seed, plant it, water it, and fertilize it for a whole year, and nothing happens.

The second year you water it and fertilize it, and nothing happens.

The third year you water it and fertilize it, and nothing happens. How discouraging this becomes!

The fifth-year you continue to water and fertilize the seed and then---take note. Sometime during the fifth year, the Chinese bamboo tree sprouts and grows NINETY FEET IN SIX WEEKS!

Life is much akin to the growing process of the Chinese bamboo tree.

It is often discouraging. We seemingly do things right, and nothing happens. But for those who do things right and are not discouraged and are persistent, things will happen. Finally, we begin to receive the rewards.

I am now receiving the rewards of seeds that were planted 5 years ago. You are as well. Are you getting the results you want? If not, begin today to sow the seeds of what you want 5 years from now.

Remember, if you keep doing what you've always done, you'll get the results you've always gotten.

By Dan Miller

The Power of Words

Expand your thoughts and your words. If you never think beyond where you are, you will never go beyond where you are.

Today, we will discuss our SPS and DPS. When we have finished, I want you to review the data and find the positives in your SPS. Through those positive pieces of data, You will be asked to develop an action plan with your administrative team for the remainder of the year that will produce positive outcomes for your students and staff. Words matter! Speak positive messages into your school and into your staff.

It does not matter what the results are tomorrow. Your future and the future of SLP will be greater tomorrow than it is today.

Don't be distracted or discouraged! Keep your focus on your asignment...educating the children of SLP.

Lastly, I am excited about our future, are you? We are winners! Do not compare your wins with the wins of another school. What is for you is yours. Develop it and nurture it. Reflect on the story, Water the Bamboo...

“But despite the Bamboo seed being watered and nurtured for years, it did not outwardly grow as much as an inch. In fact, nothing at all happened in the first year. There was no sign of growth. But, I did not give up on the Bamboo seed and continued to water and nurture it. By the fifth year, a tiny sprout emerged from the earth. And within six months, the tree grew a hundred feet tall.”

Don't give up, continue to water the bamboo! We are winners, for your success is in the power of your words!


  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.


Principals' Meeting

Date: November 5, 2018

Location: Resource Center

Time: 8:00 AM

Veteran Employee Recognition Day

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018

Location: Opelousas Civic Center

Time: 5:00 P.M.

A Tour of the 5th Grade LEAP Science Practice Test

Date: 11/7/2018

Time: 3:45 PM – 5:45 PM

Location: Meeting Room

ZEARN: Munch & Mingle

Date: 11/7/2018

Time: 3:45 PM – 5:45 PM

Location: Resource Center

The Importance of Phonemic Awareness - Grades Kn. & 1

Date: 11/8/2018

Time: 3:45 PM – 5:45 PM

Location: Meeting Room

A Tour of 6th Grade LEAP 2025 Science Practice Test

Date: 11/12/2018

Time: 3:45 PM – 5:45 PM

Location: Meeting Room



SPS Release

As part of the release of the 2018 school performance scores, the Department will report letter grade equivalents for student performance and progress in School Finder. Based on feedback from school system leaders, high school report cards will include a letter grade equivalent for each of the five key student performance indices:

  • Student Progress
  • State Assessments
  • ACT
  • Graduation Rate
  • Strength of Diploma

Elementary/Middle school report cards will include a letter grade equivalent for Student Progress and State Assessments. The following resources reflect this change and should be shared with principals.

● 2018 School Performance Scores for Principals

● 2018-2019 Policy Updates and School Report Card Review

By November 5, the Department will also release a series of videos explaining the updates to School Finder. All resources are and will be available in the Principal Support Toolbox library under the “School Finder Toolkit” section.

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 10-11

Vendor: Louisiana Tech

Cost: $500

Registration Link


Reminder for K-2 Principals:

Please assure ZEARN classrooms are operating as intended:

  • Classrooms should open daily math time with Whole Group Fluency and Word Problems (10-15 minutes)
  • Transition to 50/50 Classroom Model (Small Group/Independent Digital Lesson)
  • Small Group Lessons include “HANDS ON MANIPULATIVES” for Concrete- Pictorial-Abstract Model
  • Digital Lessons conclude with Student Notes and Exit Tickets
  • Track Teacher and Student Progress using ZEARN Admin Reports
  • Utilize ZEARN Classroom Walk-through Guide



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.

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 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.



Last week, the Department released a toolkit to help school systems, schools, and early childhood centers communicate the release of their 2018 performance scores in the Louisiana School Finder. The toolkit includes resources such as:

● School Finder flyer, poster, website button, and social media graphics

● Sample early childhood and K-12 news releases

● Animated videos to help explain early childhood performance profiles

● Early childhood and K-12 customizable parent night presentations All resources are available in the principal support library. All videos are available on the Department’s YouTube channel on the “School Finder” playlist.


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.


Technology Use Survey

In efforts to establish our strategic plan in the area of technology, we would like to gather data from SLPSD CLASSROOM teachers. Please remind teachers at your school to take this brief survey by Friday, November 9, 2018. The link is provided below.

Editable Compass Observation Form

Job Duties

Submitting Content for Administrative Reminders

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