Schools and teachers in Ascension Parish are growing students academically as evidenced in today’s release of the 2017-18 School Performance Scores (SPS) by the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE). As a result of this growth, Ascension Public Schools maintains its “A” rating and rises to No. 2 in the state under more rigorous state standards due to the collective work of all schools in both student performance and a new measure called progress.
scension Public Schools Special Education (SPED) Coordinator Mia McDaniel received the Elizabeth Stokes Borel Award for Excellence at the Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists in Louisiana Schools (SPALS) on Thurs., Oct. 11. This award was presented to McDaniel as an individual who has dedicated her career to promoting speech-language pathology and audiology within Louisiana schools.
Ascension Public Schools Truancy Office is implementing a district-wide attendance campaign for the month of October called Challenge 5, which encourages students to have less than five unexcused absences for the 2018-19 school year. The campaign partners schools with local businesses to provide incentives to students who have missed less than five days of school.
High school students in Ascension Public Schools are learning computer coding and programming with a new after-school class called Operation Spark.
Galvez Middle teacher Michelle Savoy and Spanish Lake Primary teacher Becky Fritchie travelled to Houston, Texas this summer to participate in the 2018 LiftOff Cohort sponsored by NASA's Texas Space Consortium with scholarships provided by the Louisiana Space Consortium.
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.