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DISTRICT NEWS, Ascension Parish Schools Teacher Job Fair - 2015.06.04Thursday, June 4, 2015
8 AM – 1 PM
**Must arrive no later than 8:15 AM to participate.**

                Introducing our new online scheduling!! Apply by visiting:

**Please limit interviews to a maximum of five.**

  • Complete application
  • Attach required documents (Praxis scores, certificate, acceptance letter into alternate certification program, transcripts).
  • Schedule interviews
  • Print schedule (as admission ticket)
DISTRICT NEWS, Support Employees Honored - 2015.04.23Ascension Parish School System honored thirty one outstanding support
staff personnel at the Ascension Parish School Board meeting held Tuesday,
April 21, and presented them with certificates of merit.
Superintendent Patrice Pujol is shown with the three district winners
named as 2015 Support Employees of the Year: (left to right) Bonnie
Simpson, East Ascension High School secretary, as District High School
Support Employee; Angela Holloway, Lake Elementary custodian, District
Middle School Employee of Year; and, Richard Moss, Ascension Head Start
custodian, District Elementary School Employee of Year. Superintendent
Pujol praised the honorees "for their exemplary support to students,
teachers, and parents."
DISTRICT NEWS, Talented Arts Students Recognized - 2015.04.22        The Ascension Parish School Board recognized three students for their
art talents and their recent participation in the statewide Louisiana
School Board Association (LSBA) annual art show and competition.
The three students recognized from Ascenion Parish are from St.
Amant Primary, St. Amant Middle School and St. Amant High School and are
all taught by Brandi DeLaneuville, Talented Arts Teacher at the three St.
Amant schools as well as LeBlanc Special Services, and Lakeside Primary.
Recognized were Magnolia McCarty, a fifth grade student at St. Amant
Primary, who was recognized for selection from Ascension Parish but also
as an LSBA third place state winner. She is shown above (058) with art
teacher Brandi DeLaneuville, left, and Superintendent Patrice Pujol.
Eighth grade student, Keondra Carter of St. Amant Middle School, was
also recognized as a parish winner. She believes art is a way to express
oneself without the use of words in seemingly endless ways. She is shown
above in (055) with art teacher Brandi DeLaneuville and Superintendent
Patrice Pujol.
Also receiving parish award recognition was Lorelei Gaffney, a sophomore
at St. Amant High School, who has been in the talented art program since
fourth grade.
DISTRICT NEWS, Pecan Grove Receives $50,000 TAP Founder's Award - 2015.03.14


March 13, 2015

Pecan Grove Primary School in Ascension Parish, Louisiana,
Receives $50,000 TAP Founder’s Award


Prestigious honor created by Lowell Milken recognizes school for distinction in raising instructional excellence and student achievement

Los Angeles, CA—Lowell Milken, founder of TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement, today surprised faculty of Pecan Grove Primary School in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, with the prestigious TAP Founder’s Award. The award, which includes a $50,000 prize, was presented at the 15th National TAP Conference in Los Angeles, California, before more than 1,200 educators, policymakers, researchers and influential leaders in education and business.

Funded by the Lowell Milken Family Foundation, the TAP Founder’s Award is given annually to one school for exceptional efforts to implement and represent the principles of TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement.

The TAP System is America’s leading comprehensive educator effectiveness model that aligns teacher leadership, daily job-embedded professional development, meaningful evaluation and support, and opportunities for competitive, performance-based compensation. TAP has been on the ground for more than a decade supporting schools, districts and the states in their missions to strengthen instruction and student achievement.   

Principal Marjorie Meyers, who has served as Pecan Grove’s principal since its opening in 2008, accepted the award on the school’s behalf.     

“The faculty of Pecan Grove Primary are relentless in their pursuit of providing each student with the high-quality education necessary to succeed in an ever-changing world,” said Lowell Milken. “I commend Principal Meyers and her team for making educator effectiveness the centerpiece of achieving extraordinary growth at Pecan Grove, setting high expectations, and building strong leadership capacity so that this growth can continue.”

Since implementing the TAP System in the 2011-12 school year, Pecan Grove Primary has focused on advancing educator effectiveness by working as a team to deliver top-notch instruction in every classroom. Teacher leaders guide weekly professional development and provide individual coaching in classrooms. This ongoing support is based on student data and delivers strategies proven effective with students. Evaluations of teacher practice are followed by feedback and support for improvement; and a performance-based compensation system rewards educators for increased skills and student learning growth as well as taking on leadership roles.

“Because of TAP, I have been able to create a pipeline of leaders that can support other teachers and students on campus,” said Meyers. 

This intense support, coupled by detailed analysis of student work and tracking progress, has helped Meyers build a culture of collaboration in which all students are accountable for meeting the goals of a rigorous curriculum.

“We grew more in our first year of TAP implementation than we had over the prior three years without TAP,” she said.

The TAP System started Pecan Grove on a trajectory of continued improvement. The campus earned a value-added growth score of 5 on a scale of 1-5 during its first year of the TAP System. This means that Pecan Grove students achieved significantly more than a year’s worth of academic growth when compared to students in similar schools in Louisiana.

This progress translated to a jump in the school’s state letter grade from a D to a B in four years. Pecan Grove was named a Louisiana Top Gains School in 2012 and has continued to sustain solid growth. 

During the 2014-15 school year, Meyers was recognized as State Elementary School Principal of the Year.

The TAP Founder’s Award recipients are selected without their knowledge by the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, which manages and supports the TAP System. The honor is based on distinction in the following areas: proficient implementation of TAP’s four elements, student academic growth according to state or federal measures, and notable recognition as a center and resource of best practices. 

The TAP Founder’s Award yields benefits that will strengthen the individual school and support its teachers. This is done by means of prominent public recognition and by opportunities to substantively interact on issues of educator effectiveness and student learning with leaders from government, business and academia.

Photos from the TAP Founder’s Award presentation will be available for download at

The TAP Founder’s Award profile video for Pecan Grove Primary School can be viewed at and on NIET’s YouTube channel at


Initiatives of the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching are improving the educational experience for more than 200,000 educators and 2.5 million students. For more information on TAP or the 15th National TAP Conference in Los Angeles, California, visit

DISTRICT NEWS, Attention NonPublic and Home Study Students - 2015.02.11

The following policy is applicable during the 2015-16 school year for nonpublic and home study students entering Ascension Parish Schools in the 5th or 9th grade.

Students who are transferring to 5th or 9th grade from an accredited nonpublic school:

  • Are not required to take the PARCC (ELA /Math) or LEAP (Science/Social Studies) tests.
  • Upon enrollment, must provide an official transcript or report card certifying promotion to the 5th or 9th grade.

Students who are transferring to 5th or 9th grade from a non-accredited school or a home study program:

  • Are not required to take the PARCC (ELA/Math) or LEAP (Science/Social Studies) tests.
  • Prior to enrollment, must be administered the selected IOWA Basic Skills Placement test.

For questions please contact Linda Honey, Supervisor of Child Welfare & Attendance at 225-391-7194.

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

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.

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