SLP Superintendent's Newsletter

Week of October 7, 2019

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Fred Factor – Several years ago I read and recently re-read an excerpt from the book “The Fred Factor” that said, “You Can Reinvent Yourself Regularly!” What does that mean? It simply means that we at SLPSD can continue to reinvent our self every day and every moment by attending district, regional, state and national trainings, embedded professional development activities, and school-wide staff development sessions. We have to continually ask the question, how can I reinvent myself and my work for the students and my community. I want to continue to encourage you to do everything you can possibly do to produce personal and student excellence. I know that on some days we wake up tired or we go home at the end of the day exhausted. But the good news is that your fatigue is an indicator of your hard work, dedication and ability to rejuvenate day by day to get the job done at any cost. Keep up the great work!

Continue to Focus on the successes, we have too many in SLPSD to count!

Thought for the week… “We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.” – Max DePree


Preliminary, pre-data certification 2018-2019 subgroup performance scores have been posted to the secure FTP. Letter grades and labels for intervention will not be applied until all data requests have been reviewed and resolved.


2019 high school Growth-to-Mastery Target Rosters are now available on the secure FTP. Site codes for both grades 3—8 and high school rosters reflect enrollment at the time of testing

Reminder: Don’t forget to send home a reminder for parents, that there will be no school for students Monday and Tuesday, October 14th and 15th. In addition, Tuesday October 15th will be a parent conference date and as well as a professional development (PD) date for staff. Please forward to Mrs. Cassimere and the appropriate supervisor, a copy of your PD schedules for October 15th.




What is working in Science (PD) – SLPSD Resource Center: 3:45 – 5:45

WEBINAR: Louisiana Extension Academy RFA Webinar



Monthly Administrators meeting

Head Start directors meeting

Unpacking second guidebook Units 3 – 8 (PD) – SLPSD Resource Center: 3:45 – 5:45

WEBINAR: High-Cost Services Webinar

NEWSLETTER: Weekly District Newsletter will be emailed



Aspiring leaders Academy: (PD) – SLPSD Meeting room 4:00 – 6:00

NMSI Teacher Training: English: Live Oak High School

OFFICE HOURS: Personnel Director Office Hours (9-10 am, 3-4 pm sign up for time)



District Science PLC 5th grade (PD) – SLPSD Resource Center: 3:45 – 5:45

NMSI Teacher Training: English: Live Oak High School

LCDA MEETING: Superintendent out for the day

The International Literacy Association Conference (New Orleans)

WEBINAR: AP Coordinator Exam Order Training

DEADLINE: Teacher and Principal of the Year Nominations (extended)



End of the first nine weeks

The International Literacy Association Conference (New Orleans)

District 2019 - 2020 Theme: Become What You Believe!

“To succeed, we must first believe that we can.” ~ Michael Korda

I will try to see as many of you as possible this week. See you tomorrow! Have a great week and see the messages below!

I Believe in the impossible because no one else does, and that gives me an excellent chance at accomplishing it! - Florence Griffith



As we prepare for the district’s upcoming Professional Development Day—October 15, 2019, please find attached the October 2019 Professional Development Calendar. As you review the calendar, please share this information with your instructional staff members.

As a reminder, for your planning purposes, please note the following:

· October 15, 2019: Morning session—7:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: District-based professional development at some grade levels/content areas—schedule attached

· October 15, 2019: Afternoon session—12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (or later).: School-based professional development/Parent-Teacher Conferences

· Please submit at Administrator’s Meeting your agenda for October 15, 2019.

· Please maintain documentation of Parent-Teacher Conferences

Reminder, Tuesday, October 8, 2019 is the next Administrator’s Meeting. We will begin with registration at 7:45 a.m. in the Meeting Room.

Also, Save the Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Administrators Institute of Professional Learning: Focus: Inclusion—all grade levels

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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 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.

Please find attached the 2019 – 2020 Accountability Tracker that has been updated to reflect the current school year. The Accountability Tracker will be reviewed and discussed with administrators during the fall/winter High School Academic Audits conducted by Mr. Jenkins and team. Schedule is forthcoming.

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New: Save-the-Date 2020 Jump Start Convention

Please share with CTE leaders, administrators, and counselors. The 2020 Jump Start Convention is scheduled for January 28 at the Baton Rouge River Center. Attendees of the convention should include school system administrators, counselors, high school principals, career and technical education leaders, regional economic development, and workforce development organizations.

New: CLEP Preparation and Exam Funding

Please share with counselors, administrators, and instructional leaders. Modern States, a philanthropy dedicated to making college more accessible and affordable, offers an opportunity for interested students preparing for CLEP exams to participate in thirty-two free online courses taught by college professors from across the country. Upon successful completion of the course and practice exam, Modern States will provide a voucher to cover the $89 CLEP exam fee. School systems are encouraged to have students register and enroll today to start saving time and money on their college degree. The length of each course is six to eight weeks.

New: Critical AP Classroom Action

Please share with administrators and AP coordinators. In order to gain access to the new Advanced Placement instructional resources, there are three steps schools must complete: activate the Advanced Placement registering and ordering system (APRO), create AP sections, and provide students with join codes to individual classroom sections. At present, according to the College Board, Louisiana schools are on track with two of those three tasks:

● 89 percent have activated the APRO (registration and ordering) system and signed an AP participation form;

● 82 percent have created AP sections; and

● 48 percent of teachers have provided students with join codes to join individual classes, unlocking the new AP resources (Unit exams, Item Bank, Progress Dashboards, etc.).

To better support schools in completing these steps, the Department will host six recurring Advanced Placement Activation Webinars throughout the month of October that are designed to walk participants through the process of completing the AP Classroom activation process. Each webinar will last approximately twenty minutes with time for Q&A. Each webinar will be the same, so there is no need to attend each one unless participants have additional questions.

Louisiana Extension Academy

Request for Applications Please share with administrators. On September 26, the Department released a request for applications for 2020-2021 Extension Academies. The purpose of this innovation is to provide students, who are on track to graduate but not on track to participate in a low-cost post-secondary college or training program, with an additional year to attain a Regents-recognized associate degree, participate in a registered pre-apprenticeship, or attain an advanced Industry Based Credential (IBC). An informational webinar will be held on October 7 at 3:00 p.m. to answer any questions about the RFA. Webinar details are listed below:

● Webinar Date and Time: October 7 at 3:00 p.m.

● Webinar Link:

● Webinar Phone Number: 646-876-9923

● Meeting ID#: 644 881 662 The RFA priority deadline is November 20 at 4:00 p.m.

AP Coordinator Exam Order Training Dates

Please share with administrators and AP coordinators.

The preferred AP exam ordering deadline is October 4. Please register for one of the nine remaining Preparing and Submitting the Exam Order sessions for AP coordinators to prepare for the changes. The sessions will be offered at varying times on the following dates.

● October 10 at 6:00 p.m.

● October 31 at 3:00 p.m.

● November 6 at 11:00 a.m.

● November 12 at 8:00 a.m.

The final deadline for submitting AP exam orders is November 15.

2019-2020 Jump Start Updates

Please share with counselors and principals.

The Department has released several Jump Start updates, listed below, that provide detailed information for implementing various Jump Start programs.

● 2019-2020 Guidelines for Use of CDF Allocation

● 2019-2020 Jump Start Funding Guidance

● 2019-2020 List of CDF Qualifying Courses

● 2019- 2020 Jump Start Pathway Updates

Quest for Success Teacher Training

Please share with career and technical education (CTE) supervisors and administrators.

Quest for Success is an innovative, new, high school-level, career exploration course designed to prepare all Louisiana graduates for career and life success. Individuals who have not attended the two-day Quest for Success training and seek to teach the Quest for Success course should attend one of the upcoming training events. Registration is currently open for the following two-day trainings. Each training will run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.

● October 22-23 in Mansfield

● November 4-5 in Chalmette

Social Studies Fair






2019 Career Futures Expo

The 2019 Career Futures Expo will be October 23rd at Northwest High School. The registration deadline is October 15th and we would love to have your confirmation of attendance to reserve your booth! There is NO COST to you to participate and breakfast will be provided by Cengage as well as a hearty lunch by various businesses.

The Career Expo is designed to allow 10th graders an opportunity to explore career options prior to determining a pathway at the end of the school year. This year 10th graders from St. Landry and Evangeline Parish Schools will be in attendance as well as St. Edmunds and Opelousas Catholic. We have an estimate of 1,500 students attending.

I look forward to receiving your registration, attached.


1. Fixed Assets- Beginning of Year Inventory counts are due to Charlie Latiolais by 9/30/19.

  • Form A- Fixed Asset Inventory Verification Form (signed by principal),
  • Form B- Fixed Asset Inventory Form for every room and area on campus (signed by staff),
  • Staff Roster

2. You should be reviewing and approving the following bookkeeping reports monthly. And your bookkeepers should be submitting these to Angie Marks monthly by the 15th.

  • 1. General Ledger Activity Report for the month
  • 2. Bank Reconciliation Report
  • 3. Outstanding Check Listing
  • 4. Copy of Entire Bank Statement (including copies of checks and deposits)

August 2019 reports are due now.


Rave Panic Button

Rave Panic Button for School Safety School safety and security continue to be a priority for the state of Louisiana, and as a result, Governor Edwards and the Louisiana State Police (LSP) have funded Rave Panic Button for all K-12 schools in the state. The Rave Panic Button smartphone app is designed to speed up emergency response by simultaneously placing a 9-1-1 call while delivering immediate notification of the nature and location of the emergency to other school employees and first responders. In the coming weeks, school systems will be provided with specific instructions for setting up Rave Panic Button for each school, as well as recommendations for how to best roll it out to staff.


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Assessment and Accountability New: Updated LEAP 2025 Assessment Guides for Grades 3 and 4

Please share it with test coordinators. The LEAP 2025 assessment guides for grades 3 and 4 have been updated to include 2019-2020 paper-based testing schedule, shown below.

Day 1: April 27 ELA session 1; math session 1

Day 2: April 28 ELA session 2; math session 2

Day 3: April 29 ELA session 3; math session 3

Day 4: April 30 science session 1; science session 2

Day 5: May 1 social studies session ; social studies session 2

New: LEAP Connect Online Tools Training (OTT) Expanded

Please share with test coordinators. The LEAP Connect Online Tools Training (OTT) has been expanded from one OTT to six. The previous OTT has been separated by ELA and math, and then by grade bands 3 to 5, 6 to 8, and high school. The OTTs not only include tasks from the previous OTT but also include some new tasks from the assessment guides. New Directions for Administration and Reference Materials for each OTT are available in eDirect and the Assessment Guidance library. LEAP Connect science OTTs will be added in the winter and will include all the science samples found in the assessment guides.

New: Updated LEAP Connect Assessment Guides

Please share with supervisors and school test coordinators. All three of the LEAP Connect assessment guides have been updated to include:

● information about the new science field tests and sample science tasks for grades 4 and 8, and high school; and

● a new appendix which lists the ELA and math vocabulary for American Sign Language (ASL) translation, object replacement, tactile graphics, word boards or word banks, and Assistive Technology and Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AT/AAC) devices.

New: LEAP Connect Sample Math Constructed-Response Tasks Webinar

Please share with supervisors and school test coordinators. The Department will host a webinar on using the LEAP Connect sample math constructed-response tasks. Participants will learn how to administer, score, and use the LEAP Connect Sample Math Constructed-Response Tasks and Directions for Administration.

● Webinar Date and Time: October 16 at 3:30 p.m.

● Webinar Link:

● Webinar Phone Number: 646-876-9923

● Meeting ID#: 448 611 621

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The link to the Assessment Guidance Library is below.

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



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We will be filming a short video clip to showcase some of the wonderful things that are being done in our district. If you are implementing a program at your school that you think is extraordinary, please send me an email with a description. We look at all the information we get and notify you if your school has been chosen to be in the video.


We will be kicking off our United Way Campaign on October 28, 2019. All elementary, junior high, and middle schools are encouraged to participate.

Please send me the name of the person at your school that will be handling the kick-off. I will be sending this person campaign resources in the near future.

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Principals' E-Binder

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

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.