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DISTRICT NEWS, Dr. Pujol Named Superintendent of the Year - 2014.11.17For Immediate Release
November 17, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. – Patrice Pujol, Ed.D., superintendent of the Ascension Parish School System, has been named the 2015 Superintendent of the Year by the Louisiana Association of School Executives (LASE) and the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents (LASS), who represent the state’s top education leaders.

The announcement was made today (Nov. 17) at the associations’ joint 37th annual conference held at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge. The award presentation was made at the conference’s opening session, which was attended by more than 200 educators from throughout the state.

The top award is given each year to the superintendent who demonstrates excellence in education, leadership and district school performance.

Pujol is a respected educator who has long been at the forefront of school and district improvement efforts.  She has worked for 37 years in education, as a teacher, principal, director of secondary schools, director of school improvement, assistant superintendent, and now superintendent – all in the Ascension Parish School System. She also is currently serving as immediate past president of LASS.

"I am deeply honored to be recognized by my peer educational leaders in the state, who work each day to effectively teach our children so they can gain the skills they need to find employment and advance themselves through our higher institutions of learning and in our global business world.   I want to thank them for distinguishing me.  It is the ultimate honor,” Pujol said.

Pujol noted that Ascension Parish Public Schools doggedly pursue a mission of making “every child successful in an ever-changing world."  The district recently received an “A” rating for the third consecutive year, and once again improved its District Performance Score to rank No. 4 overall among public school districts in the state.

At the same time, under Pujol’s leadership, the district has improved the number of individual schools with an “A” grade from 12 to 16, accounting for more than half the public schools in the parish.  The Ascension Parish Public School System is comprised of 28 schools with more than 21,000 students enrolled in pre-kindergarten to 12th grade.

To create academic advancements at every level, Pujol recently created a leadership team to direct the innovative "Turnaround Zone" to redirect concentrated support to the district’s lowest performing schools.  As a result, all of the schools in the zone have instituted the Teacher Advancement Program as their school reform model, and they have made significant academic gains at every grade level.

Pujol said she has focused her career on improving teaching and learning processes to assure that students receive a rigorous education to prepare them to compete in a global economy.  She holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Southeastern Louisiana University where she did her dissertation research on school district organization processes that promote collective efficacy and improved student achievement.

The Louisiana Superintendent of the Year honoree advances to the competition for the national honor given by American Association of School Administrators (AASA).

To view a message from Superintendent Patrice Pujol on her leadership strategies, go to http://goo.gl/3PvNUP.


Photo attached:  2015-Superintendent-of-Year-Dr-Pujol-11172014

Photo caption:  Shown in the photo is (left to right) Dr. Frank Fudesco, Vice President, Classworks, underwriter of the award; 2015 Louisiana Superintendent of Year Dr. Patrice Pujol of Ascension Parish School System; Louisiana Association of School Superintendents Member at Large Richard Lavergne who presented the award, and Ginger Merritt, Generation Ready.
DISTRICT NEWS, EA Spartans vs. St. Amant Gators Football Game - 2014.10.30

Dear Parents, Guardians and Members of the Community –

As you know this Friday night the EA Spartans visit The Pit to take on the St. Amant Gators. These football rivals have played against one another for decades, and have left fans with numerous memorable moments from some phenomenal games.

One of the greatest outcomes of this rivalry is the community participation and celebratory activities both before and after the game. This is one of the many things that make Ascension Parish such a special place to live.

We know that many fans will be ready to start those festivities early on Friday before game time; however, we wanted to take just a moment to provide you with some important details.

Because The Pit is located on the St. Amant Middle / Primary School campus and Friday is a normal school day for students we will be unable to allow tailgaters and game parking visitors on to the school campus until 3:30 PM. This is to allow time for our students, faculty and staff to exit the campus without disruption.

We appreciate your excitement for the game and the support of our students, and we thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

Enjoy the game!

The Ascension Parish School Board

DISTRICT NEWS, A message regarding the November 4th Election - 2014.10.24

Dear Community Members –

In preparation for the Tuesday, November 4th election, we, along with the Ascension Parish Clerk of Courts Office and Ascension Parish Registrar of Voters, have compiled some pertinent information in regards to the election.

Several polling place locations have changed or have been added due to 2014 mandates and also in an effort to reduce the number of voters in high growth and heavily populated areas in the parish.  Everyone that is affected by a change should have recently received a new voter registration card in the mail. 

Early voting is from Tuesday, October 21st through Tuesday, October 28th (excluding Sunday) from 8:30 AM to 6 PM. You may early vote at the Registrar of Voters Office at the Courthouse in Gonzales (located on the 2nd floor) or at the Courthouse in Donaldsonville.

The primary election is on Tuesday, November 4th. Voting times are from 6 AM to 8 PM at all locations. If you need assistance in locating your polling location or if you have any questions you may:

• View the attached list of polling location changes,
• View the attached list of all polling locations in the parish,
• Visit the Louisiana Secretary of State’s website at
https://voterportal.sos.la.gov/, or download their free mobile app called GeauxVote, or
• Contact the Registrar of Voters at (225) 621-5780 or (225) 473-7906.


This information is provided courtesy of the Ascension Parish School Board Office, the Ascension Parish Clerk of Courts Office and the Ascension Parish Registrar of Voters.

DISTRICT NEWS, Play Dirty Adventure at Hot Air Balloon Festival - 2014.09.01The Play Dirty Adventure Trail Run is back. 20 fun & mucky obstacles. Ascension Hot Air Ballon Festival, September 27. Registration at www.playdirtyadventure.com
See flyer for more information.
DISTRICT NEWS, Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival September 26&27 - 2014.09.01Ballooning in Ascension Parish - 2014 Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival September 26 & 27, 2014 at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales. See attached flyer for more information.
DISTRICT NEWS, Digital Safety Seminar - Sept. 10 - 2014.08.29
"Public and Permanent" presented by the non-profit organization, The Institute for Responsible Online and Cell-Phone Communication 2.

Internet safety is a complex and ever-changing issue. The Ascension Parish School System, EATEL and Malco Gonzales Cinema on Airline Highway in Gonzales are sponsoring a new, highly lauded  and uniquely designed educational program from IROC2 for parents of middle school and high school students. The program is free and open to all parents in Ascension Parish. The event will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 6 p.m. at the Malco Gonzales Cinema on Airline Highway. APSB extends a sincere thank you to EATEL and Malco Gonzales Cinema for sponsoring this excellent educational program.

Sponsored by EATEL, Malco Theatres and the Ascension Parish Public School System.

View commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDmmfIrCD2Y&feature=youtu.be
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