Caldwell Parish Schools
Greetings Team Caldwell!
Despite the freezing temperatures and abundant rain, the second semester is off to a great start! It's hard to believe that we are half way through this school year, and all that comes with the spring semester is upon us. We are excited about focusing our efforts on strong implementation of the District Strategic Initiatives and School Action Plans this semester. We truly believe that being intentional and consistent with our initiatives will bring about success for our students!
While school and district accountability is always a priority for us, our main concern is making sure our students continue to receive the best education possible while engaging in challenging and memorable classroom experiences. Testing is simply a means for us to measure our students' progress, so I encourage you to keep that in mind as you plan your lessons this semester.
I know that a lot of work is being done with our literacy initiatives, student work analysis and MTSS, and I appreciate your willingness to dig deep and think outside the box. As educators, we are always looking for new and innovative ways to ensure our students have the very best learning experiences and reach their full potential. Thank you for your commitment to provide these opportunities for the students of Caldwell Parish!
Nicki McCann, Superintendent
Early Childhood Spotlight
Technology Tips for Teachers
Click this link to check out the CPSD YouTube Channel. You can watch school board meetings as well as other school and district events. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmN0H96jk9FzBbHXwc--3zg
School Board Appreciation Month
January is School Board Recognition Month and Caldwell Parish School Board is honored to celebrate its school board members for their dedication and commitment to the district’s schools and students. “Our school board members are selfless volunteers who spend long hours working to ensure all of our students have the opportunity to learn and grow,” Superintendent Nicki McCann said. “ Celebrating School Board Recognition Month is one way to say thanks for all they do.”
Serving as a link between the community and classroom, school board members are elected to establish the policies that provide the framework for public schools. The Caldwell Parish School board is responsible for an annual budget of $27,689,539 million (all funds), 1,537 students, and 7 campuses. “School boards are essential to a strong public education system,” Louisiana School Boards Association (LSBA) Executive Director Janet Pope said. “They provide the local governance and oversight that makes it possible for school districts to serve students, including establishing a strategic plan, adopting policies, approving a budget, and selecting and evaluating a superintendent. It’s fitting that we celebrate them in January as their leadership is key to the success of every school district in Louisiana.” LSBA Board President Rose Dominguez echoed those same thoughts. “It’s the perfect opportunity to honor our school board members and let the communities they serve know about their many contributions.”
Under the leadership of this school board, Caldwell Parish School District has maintained a “B” letter grade, implemented a well-rounded literacy program and made numerous capital improvements to the school and athletic facilities. Additionally, the board voted to restructure the elementary schools in 2023-2024 to better meet the academic and social needs of the students of Caldwell Parish.
2024 School Board Members
Gary Cassels, Johnni Fallin, Maria Bass, Baron Glass, Melinda Ballard, Bo Barton and Randy Rentz
The Teacher Corner
CPJH Robotics Team is Headed to State!
Good luck to the CPJH Robotics Team, who will be competing in the First Lego League State Competition this weekend! They presented their projects at the January School Board Meeting and they were also featured on KNOE 8 News. Check out their story here: https://www.facebook.com/share/v/eePdbMwN2x7WyRBt/?mibextid=KMUjF5
Caldwell Parish School District
Location: 7112 U.S. 165, Columbia, LA, USA