SLP Superintendent's Newsletter

Week of September 3, 2018


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New: Policy Updates and Reminders

The Department has been asked to provide a few reminders to school systems regarding laws related to student immunizations, internet safety, suicide prevention training, and promotion of students with disabilities. A summary of those reminders is now available. Please contact for more information.

New: Searching for Louisiana’s Next State Teacher and Principal of the Year

Please forward to principals and teachers. The Department recognizes great teachers and school leaders are critical to student success. Annually, the Department honors some of the state’s most successful educators through the Louisiana Teacher and Principal of the Year programs. Part of the selection process for naming the school system and state-level winners includes recommendations from teachers, principals, school system employees, parents, colleagues, and community members. If you or someone you know meets the criteria below, please submit a nomination. Self-nominations are also accepted.

● Demonstrates excellence in the field, guiding students of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve excellence

● Demonstrates leadership and innovation in and outside of the classroom walls that embodies lifelong learning

● Collaborates with colleagues, students, and families to create a school culture of respect and success

Nominations must be submitted via the nominations portal by September 28. The portal may also be accessed by visiting the Department’s website. Nominations will be sent to the local school systems for consideration as they select their top candidates to participate in the state-level process. Please email with questions.

Nomination form is linked below.

Reminder: August BESE Meeting Summary

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) met on August 15 and approved a number of bulletin revisions and recommendations. A summary of the approvals that directly impact the activities of school systems is now available. Please email for more information.


Safe and Drug-Free Community Schools and Communities Program


Remit to: MR. JOSEPH CASSIMERE, Assistant Superintendent

Fire Drill/Sniff Test for August Due: 9/7/18

Bus Safety – Safe Riding Practices (Form T-7) Due: 9/7/18

Bus Safety – Bus Emergency Evacuation Drill (Form T-8) Due: 9/7/18

Drug-Free Workplace Policy Verification Due: 9/7/18

First Semester School Safety Committee Meeting Due: 9/7/18

Safety Audit Walkthrough Due: 9/7/18

First Semester Mock Crisis Drill Due: 9/14/18

Crisis Management Update Due: 9/14/18

Safety Manual Distribution Verification Due: undetermined

September Fire Drill Report Due: 10/2/18


  1. Congratulations on an efficient school opening. This is due to your planning and effective leadership.
  2. The month of October has been designated as National Bullying Prevention Month. Your Safety Administrative Team members may plan appropriate activities throughout next month.
  3. With school underway for this year, SDFSCP encourages you to take a pro-active approach to prevention efforts. Provide an intercom message each day about a school policy concerning drugs, alcohol, weapons, fighting, bullying and harassment. This strategy, along with frequent random Metal Detector / K-9 Searches, will help deter dangerous situations on your school campus. Please contact Mr. Joseph Cassimere - SDFSCP, if you need assistance with any prevention activity.

Workers Compensation - Changes in Primary Contact

The primary contact has changed to Mr. Joseph Cassimere, Asst. Superintendent. I am available for consult as we are in transition.

This is just a gentle reminder of the following Workers Compensation guidelines:

1. The administrator/supervisor or his/her designee should fill out the Accident Form not the employee (the form is one the District Website:

2. The form should be sent as soon as possible and either Mr. Cassimere and/or Rachel notified of the accident immediately so that we can notify the TPA, this may be done via email.

3. The employee should be sent for a drug screen within 24 hours of the accident (Heinen Clinic or Family Clinic), please make sure they have the proper form.

4. The employee should be informed of their right to be seen by their own physician but that they MUST let the physician know it is a work-related injury.

5. An employee may opt to see the physicians at Heinen Clinic or Family Clinic.

6. The employee is responsible for setting up their OWN doctors' appointments. The employee is to be informed that they MUST notify the physician's office that they are calling in regard to a work-related injury.

7. The employee should consult with their Gulf South Risk adjuster if they have questions pertaining to appointments and approvals for procedures.

8. Please let the employee know that the adjuster will call from a 985 area code and they should answer the call.

9. An employee should be sent to the ER only in the event of an emergency and the ER MUST be informed that it is a work-related injury. A drug screen MUST still be performed. The administrator/supervisor should call to verify with the ER that they know to complete this process.

10. Any employee who does NOT return to work within 7 days of an accident (this includes Saturday and Sunday) this should be reported immediately to Mr. Cassimere , Rachel, and Amy Primeaux.

Please call or email if you have ANY questions.


Overview of Student Progress Measures

Last week, the Department hosted a webinar to provide school system leaders with an overview of the student progress measure and how this data should be used to improve student achievement. A copy of the presentation and recording of the webinar are now available. Please contact your Network Leader or email with additional questions.

Reminder: September Supervisor and Teacher Leader Collaborations

Registration for the September Supervisor and Teacher Leader Collaborations in Wisdomwhere will close September 6.

● Supervisors must have a code to register. Please see your Network Leader for the registration code.

● Teacher Leaders should register directly in Wisdomwhere. This year, each collaboration will begin with a general session that will frame the Department’s priorities for the 2018-2019 school year. Sessions will be focused on two areas: supporting the implementation of School System Redesign Plans for 2018-2019 and planning for 2019-2020 to support early childhood, curriculum and instruction, special education, assessments and accountability, workforce, and high school opportunities. The Collaborations will be offered on the following dates and locations:

● September 10: Claiborne Building, 1201 North Third St, Baton Rouge

● September 13: Jefferson Parish School Board Building, 501 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey

● September 17: Claiborne Building, 1201 North Third St, Baton Rouge

● September 18: Trinity United Methodist Church, 1000 Woodward Avenue, Ruston The Supervisor Collaboration sessions run from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m, and the Teacher Leader Collaboration sessions run from 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. at each event. Additional details, including session information, are available in the Supervisor and Teacher Leader overview documents. Please contact if you have any questions regarding these events.

Administrator's Meeting

Our next scheduled Administrator’s Meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 beginning with registration at 7:45 a.m. in the St. Landry Parish Resource Center. Our draft agenda is as follows:

· 8:00 a.m.: English Language Arts—Learnzillion (all administrators)

· 10:15 a.m.: 504 Compliance (all administrators)

· 1:00 p.m.: Mathematics—ZEARN (K – 4 administrators)

Administrators, please bring your electronic device to the meeting.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Target Field Grants

This grant is to support educational field trips for K-12 students. Awards will allow schools to fund trips to museums, historical sites, and other cultural destinations. Trips must connect students' classroom curricula to out-of-school experiences. Awards must be used to cover field trip costs and fees.

Eligibility Notes:

Eligible applicants are education professionals who are at least 18 years old and employed by an accredited K-12 public, private, or charter school that maintains a 501(c)(3) or 509(a)(1) tax-exempt status. Public agencies and libraries are also eligible.

Educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, or classified staff of eligible institutions must be willing to plan and execute a field trip that will provide a demonstrable learning experience for students.

Applicants may receive only one award per school year.

Ineligible applicants include:

· Parents and volunteers

· Child care centers

· After-school programs

· Pre-K groups

· Educational institutions for regular instructional programs

· Religious organizations for religious purposes

· Athletic teams

· Advocacy or research groups

· Organizations that do not comply with the funding agency's non-discrimination policy

Eligible Applicants:

Non Profits
Schools/School Districts

Application Notes:

Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. CT on October 1, 2018.

Applicants are required to complete an eligibility quiz online at prior to submitting an application. Eligible applicants will be directed to the online application. Emailed or hard-copy applications will not be accepted.

The contents of the application will become available upon initiation of the online application process.

Applications will be evaluated using the following criteria:

· Description of the field trip and its objectives

· Benefits to the students, including overall student learning experience, relevance to curriculum, and number of students who may benefit from the award

· Proposed use of funds

· Date when field trip will be taken

Refer to the NOFA and FAQ files for additional application information.


Reminder: Believe and Prepare Mentor and Resident Data Collection Process

In October 2016, BESE approved a three-year transitional funding package to support the transition to new teacher preparation guidelines, which includes a yearlong residency. Funding includes a $2,000 stipend for undergraduate residents participating in a yearlong residency and a $1,000 stipend for mentors of undergraduate residents. This month, the Department has been running a data collection process using the 2018-2019 Mentor and Resident Data Collection Template to allocate funding to school systems with undergraduate residents. The deadline to submit mentor and resident data is September 7. Please contact with questions.


Reminder: Quest for Success Course

Please share with Career and Technical Education (CTE) supervisors and school leadership. The Department is excited to announce the launch of a new course, Quest for Success — an innovative, new, high school-level, career exploration course being piloted this fall. The new course will help students to:

● develop essential 21st century workforce skills - the ability to communicate, collaborate, and lead;

● explore new and exciting careers and industry sectors; and

● learn about themselves and their interests to successfully navigate high school, postsecondary education, and career pathways. The course will eventually replace the current Journey to Careers course, and was written by leading educators from across the state as part of the Louisiana Educator Voice Fellowship, a partnership between the Department and America Achieves, a national non-profit organization. This fall, the course will be piloted by teachers who received Quest for Success training at Jump Start Super Summer Institute. Any school system interested in administering this course during the 2019-2020 school year should reach out to for additional information.

Reminder: QSM Grant Application Period Opens

The Quality Science & Mathematics Grant Program (QSM) was established by R.S.17:374 of the Louisiana Legislature in the summer of 1992 for the purpose of providing materials and equipment to mathematics and science public school teachers. The QSM program has funds to award approximately $162,000 in grants to eligible classroom teachers for the 2018-2019 school year. Grants of up to $1,000 for approved materials and equipment will be awarded on a competitive basis to individual classroom teachers. The application deadline is September 28. Contact with questions.

QSM Grant link application is below.


Louisiana Students of the Year Program

An organizational meeting for the 2018-2019 Students of the Year is Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

The meeting will be held in the Resource Center at 9:30 A.M. Each eligible school at grade levels 5th, 8th & 12th is required to have a

Faculty Representative attend this meeting. Pease submit the name of your School’s Faculty Representative to me by Friday, September 7, 2018.

Thank you.


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


New: High Cost Services Webinar

The Department has established a high cost services fund to support Louisiana school systems and schools that serve students with the most difficult needs. On September 11 at 10:00 a.m., the Department will host a webinar to explain the 2018-2019 application. ● Meeting Date and Time: September 11 at 10:00 a.m. ● Webinar Link: Please email with questions or for more information.


New: Flu Facts and the Dangers of HPV

On behalf of the Louisiana Office of Public Health Immunization program, the Department is requesting that schools share the Flu Facts and HPV Fact Sheet with parents. Both documents contain information regarding the dangers of the flu and HPV, how students, parents, and school staff can practice prevention, and the importance of vaccination. Please contact if there are any questions.

Submitting Content for Administrative Reminders

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