SLP Superintendent's Newsletter

Week of August 19, 2019

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Science PLC for 8th GradeOpens a New Window.

GRADE: 8

SUBJECT: Science

DATE: 8/14/19

TIME: 4:00-5:30

LOCATION: SLPSB Meeting Room


Google Classroom

GRADE: 3-8

SUBJECT: ELA

DATE(S): 8/22/19 OR 8/26/19

TIME: 3:45-5:45

LOCATION: SLPSB Resource Center


Science PLC for 7th GradeOpens a New Window.

GRADE: 7

SUBJECT: Science

DATE: 8/27/19

TIME: 4:00-5: 30 PM

LOCATION: SLPSB Meeting Room


Understanding the Standards to Write IEP GoalsOpens a New Window.

GRADE: ALL GRADES SPED

DATE: August 27, 2019

TIME: 3:45-5:45

LOCATION: Pupil Appraisal Center


Importance of Correctly Articulating Speech Sounds - CKLA TeachersOpens a New Window.

GRADE: Kn-2

SUBJECT: ELA

DATE: 8/28/19

TIME: 3:45-5:45

LOCATION: SLPSD Resource Center


Zearn Math - Conversation & CoffeeOpens a New Window.

GRADE: 3

SUBJECT: Math

DATE: 8/29/19

TIME: 3:45PM-5: 45 PM

LOCATION: SLPSD Resource Center


8th Grade SS Educator AcademyOpens a New Window.

GRADE: 8

SUBJECT: Social Studies

DATE: 9/17/19

TIME: 3:45PM-5: 45 PM

LOCATION: SLPSD Resource Center


7th Grade SS Educator AcademyOpens a New Window.

GRADE: 7

SUBJECT: Social Studies

DATE: 9/19/19

TIME: 3:45PM-5: 45 PM

LOCATION: SLPSD Resource Center


5th Grade SS Educator AcademyOpens a New Window.

GRADE: 5th

SUBJECT: Social Studies

DATE: 9/24/19

TIME: 3:45PM-5: 45 PM

LOCATION: SLPSD Resource Center

SUPERINTENDENT PATRICK JENKINS

Message for the Week

Fighting and bickering within a team distracts from what the team’s focus should be. When you are focused on loving, serving and caring about your teammate, this doesn’t happen.


Watch the video below to get a glimpse of the results of in-fighting.

Losing Focus

DIRECTOR OF CURRICULUM - ANGELA CASSIMERE

REMINDER: Louisiana Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness Registration

Please share with counselors. Registration is now open for the South Louisiana Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness, which will take place on October 1 at the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. This free event, hosted by the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation and DEA 360, will educate middle and high school students about the dangers of opioid addiction and encourage them to be part of the solution to ending this epidemic. The Summit empowers students to take action in their schools to promote prevention and encourage their peers to seek the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle.

REMINDER: Fall 2019 Teacher and School Leadership Surveys

As students head back to school this fall, the Department is launching new teacher and school leadership surveys. Information gathered from the anonymous surveys will help school systems and the Department understand how:

● teachers are approaching the planning, delivery, and adaptation of their curriculum; and

● principals and leadership teams are supporting teachers.

School systems are encouraged to share the surveys with teachers and school leadership teams through their staff newsletters, at upcoming professional development events, and through any other school system communications. The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete and will close on August 23. Respondents are asked to share their school system name so that the Department can provide school system leaders with the information collected from their staff.

REMINDER: U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship Opportunity

Please share with counselors. The Department and the William Randolph Hearst Foundation are pleased to announce the launch of the 2020 United States Senate Youth Program. Two outstanding students from Louisiana will be selected to spend a week in Washington, D.C. in March of 2020 and will each receive a $10,000 scholarship from the Hearst Foundation. The Department requests your assistance with selecting these students. Please distribute to juniors or seniors who hold elected or appointed offices in school or community groups listed in the national program brochure and the logistics memo which includes the application and selection procedures. Please ensure that students understand the rules and regulations governing this competition. For test security reasons, the test secure essay topics will only be released to school systems and will not be available on the Department’s website. High school personnel should contact marian.johnson@la.gov as soon as a student request is made for the essay topics. The names of the students selected and their application portfolios must be received at the email address below no later than October 1. Finalists will be notified by October 21.

THERESE ELLENDER - SUPERVISOR OF STEAM

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JEROME ROBINSON - SUPERVISOR OF CHILD WELFARE AND ATTENDANCE/ATHLETICS

SUSPENSIONS/EXPULSIONS

Principals/Administrators,

This letter serves as a reminder in reference to the suspension/expulsion process.

When a recommendation for expulsion is made by an administrator, Mr. Jenkins and I will review the documents to determine if an adequate amount of behavioral interventions were used to redirect defiant behaviors. If the student is a special needs student, i.e. – 1508 or 504 then you must contact Ms. Tonya Eaglin at Pupil Appraisal for review/approval.

Some examples of behavior interventions are:

1. Parent conference

2. Evidence of parental contact via email, telephone, letter

3. Counseling

4. Remedial work

5. Short term suspensions

6. Recess detention

7. Saturday clinics

8. In-school suspension

The disciplinary progression plan will include an opportunity for a long term suspensions, whichwill/may attending the St. Landry Parish CAPS Program or the Eunice Jr. High Alternative Program for a period of 10 or more days. With favorable behavior, the student will return to the base school with probationary status. Continued defiance will warrant a return to the Alternative Program for the (remainder of school year). A second hearing must be conducted before the student enters into the site for a second time.

Rules that govern expulsion periods for drugs, weapons, and serious bodily harm will remain the same as stated in Louisiana Law RS17:416.

When a student has not committed a major offense (drugs, weapons, serious bodily harm), a recommendation for expulsion may not be approved. Instead, the student may receive a long term suspension.

Please continue to be mindful of the following: Schools that will receive an “URGENT INTERVENTION REQUIRED” label in School Finder will be required to submit a School Behavior Intervention Action Plan to the State Department.

Urgent Intervention Status occurs when:

Your school has an out-of-school suspension rate that doubles the national average for three consecutive years

· PK-4th OSS rate exceeds 5.2% for three years, and/or

· 5th- 12th rate exceeds 20.2% for three years

Finally, we need to continue to give our best effort in reducing suspensions and expulsions in order to give our students an opportunity to learn and grow in a positive school environment.

Note: Please share this information with your administrative team.

Thank you for what you do.

IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSION SUCCESS GUIDELINES

(ISS) In-School Suspension Centers

Good morning Administrators,

Attached are the following items:

° In- School Suspension Agreement Form- Must be completed at the base school and emailed or faxed to the In-School Suspension Centers

° In- School Suspension Guidelines- Will be strictly enforced at the Centers

(see attachment)

° Listing of the In-School Suspension Centers and the schools they service

(see attachment)

Note: Principals, please assign an administrative team member to help facilitate this process for your school.

The only site that is not up and running is Sunset. The agreement form will be updated as soon as we fill that slot.

Urgent message for all Principals/Athletic Directors/Coaches


Please be advised to use “extreme caution” when practicing/conditioning your student-athletes. Also, be cautious as to the activities you have the athletes undertaking (due to heat exhaustion) and make sure they are hydrated throughout that process. I strongly recommend that you utilize your indoor facilities as much as possible during the extremely hot days to come.

Note: Designate someone on your staff to keep up with the weather forecast daily (Including thunder & lightning).


Strong Emphasis: Please be reminded that no student-athlete should be participating in any type of sport without a completely cleared physical from a licensed medical doctor.


Principals, if you don’t have athletics at your school please share this information with all duty teachers as well your Health & Physical Education Instructors.



As always, we really appreciate the jobs that you do.

SUPERVISOR OF INSTRUCTION, SCHOOL CHOICE, & SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT- TRINA PRESTON

Reminder: Available Assessment Resources

Please share with teachers and school leaders. The following LEAP 2025, LEAP Connect, and ELPT/ELPS resources are now available in the Assessment Guidance Library:

● 2019-2020 Assessment Guides

● 2019 Teacher Leader Summit presentations and materials

● Updated Mathematics Equation Builder Guides

● LEAP Connect Constructed-Response Sample Items

GLORIA MALBROUGH - PERSONNEL RECRUITMENT COORDINATOR

2018-2019 Teacher Evaluation of Dates and Resources

Earlier this month (August 9), 2018-2019 value-added model (VAM) data was uploaded into the Compass Information System (CIS). School systems may now submit final evaluation ratings for VAM teachers in CIS.

The deadline for submitting all 2018-2019 evaluation ratings for VAM teachers into CIS, including performance evaluations and Student Learning Targets (SLTs), is September 6.

In the event that you cannot complete as of yesterday, COMPASS TECHS were working on glitches with rolling information over. Just keep trying periodically. Thank you!

INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY FACILITATOR/WEBMASTER TRICIA FONTENOT

Principals' E-Binder

Remember to check the Principals' E-binder for forms you may need throughout the year.

https://www.slp.k12.la.us/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=371733&type=d&pREC_ID=1651247


Login Credentials:

Username: slpsb

Password: principals


*Send me an email if there is something specific that you would like included in the e-binder.

Submitting Content for Administrative Reminders

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