Ascension Public Schools raised more funds for the American Heart Association (AHA) last year than any other school district in Louisiana. In 2017-18, Ascension collected $83,711 through student participation in AHA's Jump Rope for Heart competition and a grand total of $424,110 over the past five years to assist in the fight against heart disease. AHA coordinator Melissa Mitchell recently presented the district with a plaque to recognize its first place efforts.
Ascension Public Schools English Learners (EL) staff from schools across the district are working together to improve communication and make information more accessible for English as a Second Language (ESL) parents and community members. The Ascension EL staff created a bilingual Facebook page, established weekly classes for parents and community members, and are organizing special parent meetings.
Today, the Louisiana Department of Education released for the first time data on student academic growth for LEAP 2025 assessments taken during the 2017-2018 school year. Ascension Public Schools was named an “Outstanding School System” and led the state in several categories: tied for first place in top growth of ELA and Math, tied for first place in top growth for students with disabilities, and tied for second place in top growth for economically disadvantaged students.
Ascension Public Schools 2018 Middle School Football Jamboree will take place Saturday, Aug. 25 at "The Pit" located on St. Amant Middle's campus. Eatel continues its sponsorship this year by providing $1,000 to cover security costs for the four games.
Ascension Public Schools Fall football jamboree games take place this week and are sponsored by Hughes Insurance and Duckroost Seafood. The Jamborees will take place for all four high schools on the following days:
Ascension Public Schools has partnered with Absolute to raise awareness of bullying and provide ways of preventing it among middle school students. Starting next week, all eight middle schools will hold sessions for students during the school day and for parents in the evening on their school’s designated presentation day.
Ascension Public Schools student performance on College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams increased 52 percent in one year and 109 percent since 2015 parish-wide. The number of CLEP tests passed by high schools across the district increased to 297 in 2018, up from 196 in 2017 and 142 in 2015.
Two Ascension Public School employees were recently awarded for their efforts in the Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) program. Lowery Middle School's Monica Bell won the Peak Performance Award and Donaldsonville High School's Tarleshia Miles received both the Outstanding JAG Specialist and 5 of 5 Award at the JAG conference in July.