Milton's Monday Message
November 12, 2018
At the end of the day it's not about what you have or even what you've accomplished... it's about who you've lifted up, who you've made better, it's about what you've given back.
~ Denzel Washington
Thanksgiving Holiday ~ November 19-23
School Board Meeting ~
Reflecting on Last Week
Eleanor Peno, Liam Jordan, Tucker Coleman, and Ja'Mirah Arrington lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
Madison Snowden and Cameron Winters
Lizzie Franklin and Lydia Graham
Lizzie Franklin, Lydia Gilliam, and William Gremillion
Reverend Jesse Gilmore and Damien Collins
New letter grades were released Thursday by the Louisiana Department of Education.
In 2010, our letter grade was a B. In the seven years since then we have been an A. Our district's letter grade for 2018 using the old formula is an A; our 2018 grade using the new formula is a B. The legislature, out of concern for predicted drops in letter grades, required the Louisiana Department of Education to publish both grades (old formula and new formula). Our district performance score ranks 6th in the state.
There are four A districts this year:
Zachary, Ascension, Lafourche, and Vermillion.
17 districts dropped this year from an A to a B in the new formula, including Central, Livingston, St. Charles, and St. Tammany.
Points to Glow on:
Our ACT composite is 5th in the state; Our African American students also rank 5th in the state on ACT. The ACT score from this year is our fifth highest score in our history. Until 2013, only a 1/3 of our students took the ACT, and now all of our students take ACT.
91 percent graduation cohort rate is the second highest rate in our school system's history. All of our highest graduation rates have come since 2010.
We rank 4th in the percentage of students scoring mastery and advanced in grades 3-9. That percentage is an all time high in our district's history.
All of our schools grew last year. We are .6 from being an A district in the new formula.
The accountability system measures how strong we are with growing kids, our final achievement marks through LEAP 2025 and ACT, as well as our graduation cohort rate.
It is an overall composite of what our district does for kids. Our letter grade is a B in this area. There are many things the metric does not account for but all districts and schools are weighed the same.
As a district, we need to ask ourselves what can we do to move the bar for our kids? We all have the opportunity and a responsibility to find ways to help our students.
If I ask anyone, they would say that we believe we are an A. Well, now is the time to prove it! Starting now, we will take the first step of reclaiming an A which signifies our work to serve all of our kids in such a way that they have no choice but to be successful.
Food for Thought
CABL head visits STEM programs in West Feliciana
West Feliciana High School biology students study antibiotic resistance
West Feliciana Middle School students read for the record
Bains fourth graders build forts
Bains Lower Elementary School educators meet thought leader
Bains Elementary School teachers put Halloween themes to work in classrooms
Bains Lower Elementary School students visit St. Francisville Country Manor
West Feliciana Parish Schools officials recognize students' good behavior
West Feliciana High School honors senior volleyball players
West Feliciana High School cross country runners make strong showing in Natchitoches