SLP Superintendent's Newsletter
Week of October 29, 2018
SUPERINTENDENT PATRICK JENKINS
Quote for the Week
"Master, I want to see." As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd,
Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus,
sat by the roadside begging.
...Jesus said to him in reply, "What do you want me to do for you?"
The blind man replied to him, "Master, I want to see."
In the homily today, Jesus asked, "What do you want me to do for you?" What powerful words that were rendered by Jesus to Bartimaues.
If I asked this of each of you today, what will be your response?
This week was a week of ups and downs not only for our communities but for the nation. We celebrated homecomings, football victories, academic successes but we also had tragedies. In 72 hours, we had multiple threats and killings, an assault on a bus driver and threats to staff members and students. St Landry Parish, we are better than our current challenges.
When asked, What do you want me to do for you, respond with your heart! I want to see!
What are the great possibilities that we have before us
Our children as champions worth wrestling
That together we can solve our challenges
That we must respect each other and our children
That each of you is bows from which our children
as living arrows are sent forth.
Take courage: get up; you have been called!
- Have your staff Review Safe Schools for any incomplete or updated training modules.
- if you have any support staff members that need additional training, Safe Schools can provide extra training in the forms of those listed below, to name a few.
- Nutrition Services
- Special Education
Please contact Mrs. Gloria Malbrough if you need assistance.
SLPSB / NETWORK NORTH Calendar
Career Fair Expo
Date: October 31, 2018
Time: 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Regular Board Meeting
Date: November 1, 2018
Location: SLPSD Resource Center
Time: 5:00 PM
NMSI Teacher Training--Science
Date: November 2, 2018
Location: Live Oak High School
Time: 7:30 AM
Festival of Words
Date: November 2-3, 2018
Location: Chickory in Grand Coteau
Time: All Day Event
ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT - JOSEPH CASSIMERE
October is Bullying and Suicide Prevention Month
DIRECTOR OF CURRICULUM - ANGELA CASSIMERE
- Student Progress
- State Assessments
- Graduation Rate
- Strength of Diploma
Elementary/Middle school report cards will include a letter grade equivalent for Student Progress and State Assessments. The following resources reflect this change and should be shared with principals.
● 2018 School Performance Scores for Principals
● 2018-2019 Policy Updates and School Report Card Review
By November 5, the Department will also release a series of videos explaining the updates to School Finder. All resources are and will be available in the Principal Support Toolbox library under the “School Finder Toolkit” section.
Promotion in Jeopardy
As a district, we must work wholeheartedly to ensure early identification of students who are not making adequate progress towards achieving standards. We know that effective intervention is crucial. In accordance with the Board’s policy on grading and assessment systems, teachers shall assess the teaching and learning process on a continual basis. Teachers shall identify students early in the school year (each nine weeks) who are not making adequate progress toward achieving the district’s academic standards. To that end, please find attached the district’s Promotion in Jeopardy form. This form must be used by each content teacher to maintain records for all students who have not attained at least a 67% by the end of each nine-week grading period. In addition, students with more than five absences within a nine-week period must be documented on the form. Evidence of parental conferences must be maintained on file as documentation of efforts made by the teacher to ensure dialogue with the parent/guardian on student progress. Principals, please monitor and ensure that teachers are properly documenting students in jeopardy of promotion as well as making the necessary parental contact. In addition, please ensure that you, as principal, maintain evidence of your school’s efforts in identifying and remediating students on each teacher’s Promotion in Jeopardy checklist. As you review the form and share it with your instructional staff members, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.
SUPERVISOR OF SECONDARY ED - SPENCER ARNAUD
Date: November 3-4 and 10-11
Vendor: Louisiana Tech
SUPERVISOR OF ELEMENTARY ED – SCOTT MOREAU
Reminder for K-2 Principals:
Please assure ZEARN classrooms are operating as intended:
- Classrooms should open daily math time with Whole Group Fluency and Word Problems (10-15 minutes)
- Transition to 50/50 Classroom Model (Small Group/Independent Digital Lesson)
- Small Group Lessons include “HANDS ON MANIPULATIVES” for Concrete- Pictorial-Abstract Model
- Digital Lessons conclude with Student Notes and Exit Tickets
- Track Teacher and Student Progress using ZEARN Admin Reports
- Utilize ZEARN Classroom Walk-through Guide
SUPERVISOR OF CHILD WELFARE AND ATTENDANCE JEROME ROBINSON
Starting on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, you will be required to submit a copy of the correspondence/letter that you are using to notify parents when students are in jeopardy of receiving an LA-15 for excessive unexcused absences. The correspondence/letter must be submitted along with the LA-15 form to the Census Department. NOTE: LA-15’s are generated on J-Campus after a student misses five(5) unexcused absences.
SUPERVISOR OF PERSONNEL - MATTHEW SCRUGGINS
SUPERVISOR OF STEAM - THERESE ELLENDER, Ed.D.
Robotics Education and Competition (REC) Equipment Grants
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Principal Training Deck for School Performance Score Release
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.
PAST DUE - Parent & Family Engagement Policy - Public Input
SUPERVISOR OF PREK PROGRAMS/HEAD START - JUNE INHERN
EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTERS
● School Finder flyer, poster, website button, and social media graphics
● Sample early childhood and K-12 news releases
● Animated videos to help explain early childhood performance profiles
● Early childhood and K-12 customizable parent night presentations All resources are available in the principal support library. All videos are available on the Department’s YouTube channel on the “School Finder” playlist.
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
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.