Sunday Scoop with the Supe
December 3, 2023
News and Notes from the VPSS Central Office
From the desk of the Superintendent
As we now set our eyes on finishing up the first semester, I want remind all that grades for the second nine weeks and final grades for semester courses need to remain at the forefront of our priorities as we move closer to the Christmas/Winter break. Don't let the excitement of the Holiday season detract from your academic goals.
Tomorrow, I want to remind you that we will have the 6th of our 8 Virtual learning days for elementary students as our teachers continue with mandated state training on the "The Science of Reading". We know this inconveniences many, but it is one of those mandates that we had to come up with a solution and we did the best that we could. This will go away next school year but for now we thank you for your cooperation in helping us get through this mandated training.
Today in our Academic Insights, it is very important that parents of Seniors please read through the information concerning a program called FAFSA. This is a mandated program as well and things need to happen in order for your graduates to receive a diploma, receive financial aid, or to qualify for well earned scholarships including the TOPS award. Please take the time to read carefully. Parents of juniors, it may not hurt to look over as well and get prepared for your child's senior year.
Have a great week, and I hope to see many of you out at the Mendoza Car Raffle next Saturday supporting our Vermilion Parish Schools. Not to late to purchase a ticket online. Share the news.
Have a great week!
Your Partner in Education,
Superintendent Tommy Byler
District events for the week of December 4th
- Monday, December 4
- Virtual Learning Day (Grades K-3)
- District LETRS Training
- Vermilion Retired Teachers Recognition Luncheon
- Tuesday, December 5
- State Audit - Career and Technical Education Programs
- Wednesday, December 6
- Monthly Principal's Meeting
- Saturday, December 9
- HS District Honor Band
- Mendoza Car Raffle
Information for 2024 SENIORS
As we enter the month of December and the launch of the 2024-25 FAFSA, we would like to share Lela's College Financial Aid Presentation for the Class of 2024 with our seniors and their parents. Seniors need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form to apply for federal student aid such as federal grants, work-study funds, and loans. Completing and submitting the FAFSA form is free and easier than ever, and it gives you access to the largest source of aid to help you pay for college or career school. Seniors and senior parents interested in familiarizing yourself with all aspects of the new form, take a look at Federal Student Aid's new 2024-25 FAFSA Prototype
💡Did You Know?
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a crucial step for seniors and their parents as they navigate the college application process. Here are some interesting facts about the benefits of completing the FAFSA:
Access to Federal Aid:
By completing the FAFSA, students become eligible for various federal financial aid programs, including grants, loans, and work-study opportunities. This assistance can significantly alleviate the financial burden of college tuition.
State and Institutional Aid Opportunities:
Many states and colleges use the FAFSA to determine eligibility for their financial aid programs. This means that by filling out the FAFSA, students may qualify for additional grants and scholarships specific to their state or the institution they plan to attend.
Demonstrates Financial Need:
The FAFSA helps colleges and universities assess a student's financial need. This information is crucial for schools to award need-based scholarships and grants, ensuring that students with limited financial resources receive the necessary support.
Low-Interest Federal Loans:
Students who complete the FAFSA may qualify for low-interest federal student loans. These loans typically offer more favorable terms compared to private loans, providing students with a more manageable way to finance their education.
Early Application Increases Aid Opportunities:
Filling out the FAFSA early increases the chances of receiving more financial aid. Some aid programs have limited funds, and applying early gives students a better shot at securing a larger portion of available aid.
Access to Work-Study Programs:
The FAFSA is a prerequisite for participating in federal work-study programs. Through work-study, students can gain valuable work experience related to their field of study while earning money to help cover educational expenses.
Eligibility for Pell Grants:
The FAFSA determines eligibility for Pell Grants, which are need-based grants provided by the federal government. Pell Grants do not need to be repaid, making them a valuable resource for students with financial need.
Fostering Financial Literacy:
Completing the FAFSA is an educational experience in itself, encouraging students and parents to understand the financial aspects of higher education. This process fosters financial literacy and responsible financial planning.
Opens Doors to Educational Opportunities:
The FAFSA is a gateway to higher education for many students who may not have considered college due to financial constraints. By completing the form, students can unlock opportunities that pave the way for a brighter academic and professional future.
For additional information or questions, reach out to your school’s counselor.
Vermilion Parish School Level Teachers of the Year
School Level Winners
Abbeville - Amy DesOrmeaux
Erath - Dana Granger
Gueydan - Rena Bertrand
Kaplan - Mia Boullion
North Vermilion - Jonah Slason
School Level Winners
JH Williams - Andrew Vilcan
FIEB - Dana Sonnier
Rene Rost - Ryan Franssen
North Vermilion - Emily Miller