SLP Superintendent's Newsletter
Week of October 8, 2018
SUPERINTENDENT PATRICK JENKINS
The Optimist Creed
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
Quote for the Week
“Successful mediocrity at the expense of innovation and progress is bad for teachers and worse for kids. Try early, fail often, pursue excellence with joy, and be an omnipresent model of lifelong learning.”
SLPSB / NETWORK NORTH Calendar
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT - JOSEPH CASSIMERE
October is Bullying and Suicide Prevention Month
DIRECTOR OF CURRICULUM - ANGELA CASSIMERE
High School Planning Guidebook
● 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.
2018 ACT College and Career Readiness Workshop
● September 26: Lafayette – University of Louisiana at Lafayette
● September 27: New Orleans - University of New Orleans
● October 3: Shreveport - Centenary College of Louisiana During this free, half-day workshop participants will:
● get answers to the questions you have about data and the tools used,
● get advice on educational measurement, and
● be introduced to free personalized instructional resources.
Please visit the ACT’s registration page for the latest on all workshops.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS - CLAUDIA BLANCHARD
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.
SUPERVISOR OF SECONDARY ED - SPENCER ARNAUD
Date: October 12-13 and 26-27
Vendor: LSU Cain Center
Date: November 3-4 and 10-11
Vendor: Louisiana Tech
SUPERVISOR OF CHILD WELFARE AND ATTENDANCE JEROME ROBINSON
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.
SUPERVISOR OF PERSONNEL - MATTHEW SCRUGGINS
Teacher PGP & SLTs
All PGPs and SLTs must be entered into HCS by October 12th.
SUPERVISOR OF STEAM - THERESE ELLENDER, Ed.D.
Music Teachers PD Dates
Elementary Music teachers are to report to Eunice Junior High on October the 11th from 7:30 to 12:00 PM
High and Middle School Music teachers are to report to MACA on October 12th from 7:30 to 12:00 PM
Louisiana Farm to School Conference
Robotics Education and Competition (REC) Equipment Grants
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 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 are available in all disciplines. Grant opportunities are updated monthly and can be found at http://www.slp.k12.la.us/Grants/Grant_Opportunities.htm. 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
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
New: LEAP 2025 Practice Test Webinars
- Webinar Date and Time: October 16 at 3:00 p.m.
- Webinar Link: https://ldoe.zoom.us/j/222125262
- Webinar Phone Number: 669-900-6833
- Meeting ID#: 222125262
Principal Training Deck for School Performance Score Release
New: Updated ELPT and LEAP ConnectParent Guides
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:
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: https://www.louisianabelieves.com/resources/library/assessment-guidance
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.
DIRECTOR OF TITLE 1 - SCOTT CHAMPAGNE
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
TITLE I PARENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR PAT MASON-GUILLORY
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.
© The Veteran Employee Form MUST be completed.
© Forms can be downloaded from the School Board website: www.slp.k12.la.us
© 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
PARENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT:
*The District Monthly Newsletters for Parents and Students are available for download on three (3) levels:
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.
*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.
INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY FACILITATOR/WEBMASTER TRICIA FONTENOT
EDLIO - NEW SCHOOL WEBSITE ADMIN TRAINING
Date of Training: October 8, 2018
Time: 3:30 - 4:30
Location: SLPSB Computer Lab
*Please forward the link below to them in order for them to register for this training.
TECHNOLOGY FACILITATOR MEETING
TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Resource Center
Editable Compass Observation Form
CHILD NUTRITION SUPERVISOR - HELEN ROBINSON
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!!!