Superintendent Update

Caldwell Parish Schools

Greetings Team Caldwell!

We've made it to Christmas Break, and that has not been an easy task! Any educator can vouch that the 3 weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are the toughest of the year! You ALL continue to amaze me with your positive attitudes, flexibility and unwavering commitment to your students. It is so nice to be back to a somewhat normal schoolyear, even in the midst of the holiday chaos!


Although the state didn't release official letter grades for 2020-2021, we are extremely proud of the simulated scores we earned during such a challenging year. Caldwell Parish Schools held their own, remaining a "B" District for the 6th year in a row! We even had two (2) schools show growth-UCES and CPJH (who improved from a "D" to a "C")! CPHS was recognized as an "Equity Honoree" and GES was noted as a "Top Gains" school for exceptional student progress. All of our schools held on to their 2019 letter grades, which was no easy task, considering the number of quarantines and virtual learning days we experienced. If Team Caldwell can do all of that in a COVID year, just think about what we can (and will) accomplish this year!


We've had an amazing 1st semester, and I love seeing and hearing about the fun and engaging experiences our students are having in your classrooms. I know this "Teach Like a PIRATE" initiative will continue to pay off next semester as we dive deeper into our content and prepare for the Spring 2022 testing cycle. In the meantime, I hope you all enjoy this much deserved Christmas vacation. Take time to relax and enjoy your time with family and friends.


Thanks for all you do, and have a very Merry Christmas!


Nicki McCann, Superintendent

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Team Caldwell-Spreading Christmas Cheer!

Teacher Spotlights

Early Childhood Spotlight

Early Intervention Spotlight

Our Early Childhood programs offer valuable preparation for kindergarten for all children in Caldwell Parish. Even more important is the early identification of students who may need a little extra help to meet their readiness goals. We have an Early Intervention Team that works hard to ensure that these children get the time they need to develop skills necessary to successful. They are the BEST!


Elementary Spotlight

UCES K-2 Reading

Our Coach from American Reading Company, Mrs. Christene, came for an in person coaching session at UCES. She observed and modeled lessons for teachers then provided feedback on how to improve reading instruction.

Secondary Spotlight

Students at CPJH competed in the 2021 Social Studies Fair. Congratulations to our winners who will compete at the Regional Social Studies Fair at ULM in February. Check out these cool projects! CPJH Social Studies Fair

CTE Spotlight

Mr. Massel uses math in Nutrition and Gimkit games to review for midterm. Mr. Massel

Literacy Tips & Strategies



In our Virtual Parent Academy on December 13th, we discussed many ways to help children learn to love reading. A link to the presentation can be found here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1TgftqE-YY77z44a5J3rdJ3oMx7RRT0Rm/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=113634757745499660136&rtpof=true&sd=true


The LDOE Literacy Division released a list of quick and easy holiday-themed literacy activities that can be done at school or at home. Click on the link below:

Holiday Literacy Activities (louisianabelieves.com)

Technology Tips for Teachers

CPSB YouTube


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

CPSD Technology Update

Network equipment for CPHS, PreK, and CES is due for delivery in December. Scheduling for installation of new equipment will be worked out after equipment has been received, with testing dates in mind as the schedule is planned.


In the 2021-2022 ERate funding cycle, we are planning to begin purchasing network equipment for UCES and GES.


Student Chromebooks should be checked at mid term. Where students are assigned specific Chromebooks, it is becoming evident that some are misplacing theirs and grabbing someone else’s to use. Please try to have teachers do a quick check in January to be sure their Chromebooks are where they are supposed to be and are being used by the assigned user(s). In schools where Chromebooks are in assigned classroom sets/carts, please check that only the users assigned to each Chromebook are using that Chromebook. This helps eliminate the need to remove sometimes as many as 50+ user accounts at the end of the year, helps with managing breakage and student accountability, and minimizes exposure to germs through devices being used by random users daily.

How To Set Up Student Login Icons on a Desktop Computer

Paras who manage computer labs may want to create desktop shortcuts for each student on the computer to which the student is assigned, allowing them to login directly to their account in Google Chrome by clicking their personal icon. This can simplify the login process very much as groups of students enter the lab throughout the day, particularly with lower grade students. A seating chart for each group of students must be used so students use the same computer each time. Dianna Stapleton, CES IT technician and lab para, has provided her method of setting this up which she has used for several years. As she mentions in her instructions, it is time consuming to create at the beginning, but is well worth it once it is in place. You can view her instructions here: Set Up Student Login Icons on Desktop by Dianna Stapleton.

Teacher Opportunities

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Student Life

Band & Choir Holiday Concert