Message from Principal Jones Harris

January 9-January 23

By the end of the 2022-2023 school year, JLO'S School Performance Score will increase by 5 points from 77.5 to 82.5

Greetings Parents and Happy New Year!

As always, I hope that your new year is off to a great start. Our faculty, staff, and administrative team would like to say thank you for your generosity. We truly appreciated the cards, gifts, and treats! Your thoughtfulness brought a smile to everyone's face and set the stage for a great holiday season.

We are super excited and ready to greet our scholars as we embark upon the 2nd semester. Our teachers were happy to meet with you on Parent/Teacher conference day to discuss ways you can help your scholar successfully finish the school year. Please be sure to celebrate your scholar's efforts.

Standardized testing is right around the corner. We at Ory recognize that parental involvement has and continues to be a critical component to our scholars' success and growth. Therefore, we will host a LEAP 2025 Parent Information Night. We're asking all parents to partner with us and attend the information night to learn about:

  1. Online training/practice resources scholars can use at home
  2. How you can support your scholar
  3. How our school performance score is obtained

You can also help your scholar reach his/her yearly goals by:

  • Ensuring he/she arrives to school on time
  • Ensuring your scholar comes prepared and ready to learn each day with homework and all necessary supplies
  • Ensuring your scholar reads 20 minutes each day
  • Ensuring your scholar practices math facts
  • Staying in touch with your scholar's teacher about any academic concerns

Please join us the following nights:

January 17, 2022 @ 5:30 pm for our 6th-8th Grade LEAP 2025 Parent Information Night!

January 26, 2022 @ 5:30 pm for our 3rd-5th Grade LEAP 2025 Parent Information Night!

With much appreciation,

Chief Special Agent,

Mrs. Vachella Jones Harris




Anti-Bullying Resource Links

January- What Is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets. Cyberbullying can occur through SMS, Text, and apps, or online in social media, forums, or gaming where people can view, participate in, or share content. Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else. It can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation. Some cyberbullying crosses the line into unlawful or criminal behavior (, 2021).

To learn more, click the link below: What Is Cyberbullying |

December- What bullying is and is not!

It is important to distinguish bullying from other unkind, mean and harmful behavior. Calling someone a name or pushing someone once, being rude or having an argument with someone is not bullying. Of course, these behaviors should be addressed but may have different consequences and interventions, which is why the distinction is critical. To be defined as bullying, all three components must be present: (1) repeated actions or threats, (2) a power imbalance and (3) intention to cause harm. If bullying is identified correctly, there are various ways to address it.

To learn more, click the link below:

October - Bullying Defined


Dress Code Reminders:

  • All scholars grade K-8 must wear their school uniform Monday-Friday.
  • Scholars may wear a spirit shirt with their uniform bottoms on Friday.
  • Scholars may wear jeans on dress down days announced by the administrative team. Correspondence will be sent indicating when we will have a dress down day.
  • All 2nd-8th grade scholars must wear a belt if their pants have belt loops.
  • Baggy, sagging, or oversized clothing is prohibited.
  • Hoodies or jackets with a hood are prohibited.
  • Clothes must be worn as they are intended.
  • Scholars may not drape sweatshirts or jackets around their waist.
  • Hair must be worn as it's original color (blue, red, purple, etc. colored hair is prohibited)

Cell phone policy:

  • Cell phones are not allowed at school.
  • If there are extenuating circumstances, parents must contact Mrs. Jones (Harris) to obtain permission before the scholar brings the cell phone to school.
1st Offense:
  • Cell phone will be confiscated, scholar will receive a detention, and a CAM point will be deducted. Parents will have to come to the office to pick up the phone from an administrator after dismissal (4:10-4:30)
2nd Offense:
  • Cell phone will be confiscated, scholar will receive a detention, and a CAM point will be deducted. Parents will have to come to the office to pick up the phone from an administrator after dismissal (4:10-4:30)
3rd Offense:
  • Cell phone will be confiscated, scholar will receive a 1 day suspension for habitual violation of rules, and CAM points will be deducted. Parents will have to come to the office to pick up the phone from an administrator after dismissal (4:10-4:30)

Coming to School Prepared:

Please be sure your scholar comes to school prepared with all documents and necessary items. The front office will not be allowed to send up homework, lunch kits, nor any other items once the school day begins.


All scholars are expected to attend school daily. The administrative team will monitor habitual tardiness. Bus transportation is provided if you are unable to get your scholar to school on time.

JLO's Student Code of Conduct can be found in your scholar's planner and the SJBP Code of Conduct can be found on the district's website.


DRESS CODE (Click the link below)

St. John the Baptist School Board COVID Procedures 2022-2023

All symptomatic students or employees will be excluded and COVID testing will be recommended.

  • If the test is negative, the person may return to work/school as long as the person is fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications and symptoms have improved.
  • Positive COVID cases must isolate for 5 days.
  • Return on day 6 if symptoms have improved and the person is fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.
  • The person should wear a mask through day 10.
  • A medical note or parent note is required after day 6 for prolonged employee or student absences beyond day 6.
  • Symptomatic close contacts should test immediately and follow symptomatic or positive case protocol.
  • The district will accept home positive COVID tests for positive results.
  • If a person has symptoms and home test results are negative, the person should seek PCR testing for confirmation.
  • No contact tracing for close contacts.
  • If a positive COVID case is identified, the area will be cleaned and disinfected.
  • High touch surfaces will be cleaned at least once a day and schools will be deeply cleaned once a week.
  • Masking is highly encouraged in K-12.
  • Masking is required in Head Start.
  • The district may consider suspending high-risk activities to control school or program associated outbreaks.
  • Weekly aggregate case counts and core groups outbreaks will be reported to LDH via the COVID-19 Reporting Portal.
  • Student absences due to positive COVID test results will be excused.
  • Vaccinations are highly encouraged. Employees/students should consult with their doctor regarding vaccinations.

Parent Engagement Action Plan


January 9

  • Happy New Year! Scholars return to school.
  • Intent to Return forms go home!

January 13

  • 4H meeting ------ 4th/5th 10:00 am ----- 6th-8th 9:00-10:00
  • Awards Celebrations for 1st/2nd nine weeks
  • MLK Celebration 10:00-10:30

January 16

  • Martin Luther King Day ( No School for scholars)

January 17

  • 6th-8th LEAP NIGHT 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

January 22

  • Celebration of Chinese New Year Begins

January 24

  • 100th Day of School - Scholars dress as an elderly person

January 26

  • 3rd-5th GRADE LEAP NIGHT 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

January 31

  • 6th-8th grade ELA LEAP Innovative Assessments

February 1-2

  • Make-Ups

February 1

  • Lottery Application Process Opens (tell a friend)

February 10

  • 4H meeting ------ 4th/5th 10:00 am ----- 6th-8th 9:00-10:00

February 13

  • LEAP CONNECT & ELPT Testing Window opens

February 14

  • Valentine's Day

February 17

  • Tentative date for Krewe of Ory Parade

February 20-24

  • Mardi Gras Holiday (No School for scholars)

March 1

  • Spring Pictures

March 6-10

  • Spring Book Fair

March 10

  • Intent to Return forms are due
  • 4H meeting ------ 4th/5th 10:00 am ----- 6th-8th 9:00-10:00

March 16

  • End of 3rd 9 weeks

March 24

  • School Tour

March 25

  • Louisiana History Day Regional @ WWII Museum

April 4

  • Lottery applicant's list available

April 7-14

  • Spring Break

April 15

  • Louisiana History Day Competition @ WWII Museum

April 17

  • Lottery Closes at Noon
  • Sibling Supporting Documentation Due

April 21

  • Lottery Night

April 25


May 12

  • Kindergarten Orientation 9:30 a.m.

May 26

  • Last day for students
  • End of 4th 9 weeks