Jefferson Davis Parish Schools

Simply Louisiana

Photo Credit: Deidra Reed

Simply Louisiana

Photo Credit: Deidra Reed

A silhouette of farm equipment at sunset.
Sunset over a barn
A student is using a tablet to assist her with her school work.
Students are practicing medical procedures
An alligator approaching a pond.
Oak trees surrounding a driveway.
Students entering the school bus to go back home.
Students working with manipulatives.
Elementary students working in a computer lab.
Wood storks next to crayfish traps
A father and daughter are walking to school.
This is a graphic representation of the educational priorities of Jefferson Davis Parish school system.
Bus Training

Bus Training.

Students are standing next to the Gulf Island Shipyards sign
Brown pelicans flying over the water
Simply Louisiana

Photo Credit: Deidra Reed

A teacher giving a student specialized instruction.
Principals participating in a monthly Principal Meeting.
Students are looking at a large auger
Google Classroom Training

Google Classroom Training

Students watering a plant in their school's courtyard.
A sunrise in Jefferson Davis Parish.
Google Training

Google Summer Training

A student drawing of an alligator.
Rice farming in Jefferson Davis Parish.
Sunset in a rice field
LACUE Leadership Summit 2018

LACUE Leadership Summit

A student is practicing wiring in preparation for the Jefferson Davis Mechanics Contest.
Students are standing next to the Jennings Hospital sign
Hard at Work for our Children

Hard at Work for our Children

Students experiencing a Coushatta Pow Wow.
Elementary students eating breakfast in the cafeteria.
Students reading in the school's courtyard.
An elementary student learning to read.
A young girl putting up her book sack to prepare for the school day.
Birds flying over a field
Students lined up ready to enter a classroom.
Teachers Hard at Work in the Summer

Teachers Hard at Work in the Summer

Bus Training

Bus Training

Students are touring the Gulf Island Shipyard
Teachers Leading the Way

Teachers Leading the Way

A student writing his answer on an active board.
A tugboat passing through one of our local rivers.
Maker Space Winner

Carl Legros and Brandon Kelley win Maker Space Challenge at LACUE Leadership Summit

Students are touring the Gulf Island Shipyards
Pledge of Allegiance

Start to a School Board Meeting

Roseate spoonbills in a crawfish pond.
Cafeteria workers preparing lunch.
Students playing dodgeball in their Physical Education class.
Sunset over Jeff Davis Parish
Summer Google Training

Summer Google Training

Cypress knees in a local bayou.
Mrs.Rae Daigle is chosen as a semi-finalist for Louisiana State Principal of the Year.
An elementary student is practicing her writing skills.
Jennings High administrator and teachers at the state Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators (LACUE).

Jennings High participants at the LaCUE conference.

Techn

Computer Technicians, Brandon Kelley and Carl Legros Win Makerspace Challenge at LACUE Summit

Water lilies
An egret perched on a stick in one of our bayous.
Lake Arthur High team presented at the state Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators (LACUE).

Lake Arthur High team presented at the state Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators (LACUE).

Roseate Spoonbill

Photo Credit: Deidra Reed

A bulletin board containing various inspirational words.
A teacher is teaching a French lesson to her students.
Students line up to form the letter A to show that their school earned an A on their school report card.
Nursing students are standing in the Jennings Lobby
Students working collaboratively in groups.
Young elementary students coloring.
Fenton Elementary School

Fenton Elementary

Lake Arthur High Logo

Lake Arthur High Seal

Students participating in a science experiment at Lake Arthur Elementary's Science Day.

Students helping with demo.

High School students are taking a college class through videoconferencing.

Students participating in video conferencing. 

Fenton Elementary School

Fenton Elementary

Welsh High School

Welsh High School sign

A student is working on a small engine in preparation for the Jefferson Davis Mechanics Contest.

Small Engines Class

Welsh High School

Welsh Greyhounds

Lake Arthur High School

Lake Arthur High School

Welsh-Roanoke Junior High School

Welsh-Roanoke School

Students experiencing a Coushatta Pow Wow.

Coushatta tribal dress.

A kindergarten class is utilizing their active board to increase student engagement.

Teaching with an interactive whiteboard.

West End Instructional Center

West End Instructional Center sign

Elton High School

Elton High School

Principals and Assistant Principals sitting in front of computers at a training

Google Training 

Jennings Elementary School

Jennings Elementary

James Ward Elementary School

James Ward sign

A flag flying high at one of our Jefferson Davis schools.

American Flag flying in the wind. 

Jennings High School

Jennings High School

Elton Elementary School

Elton Elementary

Mr.Roy Harris is reading to the students at Lake Arthur Elementary's Science Day.

Demonstrating techniques to students.

Men riding a tractor
Fenton Elementary School

Fenton Elementary Sign

Teachers and administrators are discussing future professional development.

PLC meeting at Hathaway High

Lacassine High School FACS Department

Lacassine High Cottage

Hathaway High School

Hathaway High School

A student is practicing his welding skills in preparation for the Jefferson Davis Mechanics Contest.

Welding Class

Elton Elementary School

Elton Elementary Sign

Welsh Elementary School

Welsh Elementary Sign

Two computer technicians making a small robot

Makerspace

Students participating in a science experiment at Lake Arthur Elementary's Science Day

Students conducting a science experiement.

News and Announcements

QSM Application Site Is Open

The Quality Science and Mathematics Grant Program (QSM) application site is now open to all K-12 regular education math/science teachers. Please click the Headline for more information.

Back To School Message From The Superintendent

Back To School Image

On Friday, August 10, 2018, the students of Jefferson Davis Parish will return to school for the 2018 - 2019 school session.  This will be my second opening of school as the Superintendent of Jefferson Davis Parish Schools and I am very excited about what we have been able to accomplish in the previous year and what opportunities remain to be seized in the future.   Last year we experienced an unprecedented combination of academic and athletic successes.  We celebrated our District “A” designation from the state based on overall student academic achievement as well as two state championship titles, one from the Welsh Football Team and the other one from the Lady Cardinals Golf Team.  We also experienced two state runner up titles, one from the Welsh Baseball Team and the other one from the Lake Arthur Lady Tigers Basketball Team. 

Because of less and less financial support from the state, we have worked extremely hard to improve the efficiencies of all operational aspects of our school system and have made difficult but necessary decisions that have led to a significantly improved current financial position.  We have completed the 2017-18 financial year in a better financial position than we have been in in quite some time and we will continue to persevere to operate efficiently.

Every summer we gather school personnel and work on improving our professionalism and understanding of curriculum matters and our effectiveness as educators. These improvements always include a review and refinement in dozens of processes and procedures that we regularly implement.  A sample of some of the changes for next school year include additional choices to the school uniform garments, a teacher social media policy, improvements in the quarterly bench mark examinations, and improvements in our disciplinary procedures. 

We would like to congratulate and welcome several new school administrators to new leadership roles.  Ms. Amy Treme will take over as the new principal of Welsh Elementary School and Ms. Rory Myers will be the new principal of Jennings Elementary. 

Many of our communities have recently completed or will soon experience construction and facility improvement projects.  Lacassine High has finished Phase I and II projects and the school facility will open the doors this fall utilizing every aspect of the new additions.   The Welsh, Elton and Jennings school communities will soon initiate discussions about the direction and extent of potential improvement projects.

For the last three years Jeff Davis Parish has participated in the Federal CEP (Community Eligibility Program) through our school nutrition program at a great benefit to students, parents, and the district.   This is the program that allows the state to use prequalifying information to determine all students at a particular school site eligible for free breakfast and lunches.  The following schools are eligible to participate for the coming school year Jennings High, Welsh Roanoke, Lake Arthur High School, Jennings Elementary, Ward Elementary, Elton Elementary, Welsh Elementary and Lake Arthur Elementary.

 Our teachers and support staff are among the best in the state, and we are very fortunate to have each and every one of them.  We accept the challenge of elevating an already great system and improving it to the best of our abilities.  Good luck to all of our students as the new year begins and we look forward to assisting all to achieve their goals and beyond.

Important Message from the Superintendent

For the 2018-19 school year we are pleased to announce that the School Board has approved additional choices for parents regarding school uniforms. While nothing was removed from the long- standing uniform policy, the School Board did provide parents with additional uniform color and clothing choices.
The additional color choice for uniform polo shirts is Navy Blue, and each community was allowed to choose an additional school pride color worn at the principal’s discretion. Lacassine, Lake Arthur, and the Welsh communities have chosen the color red; Hathaway and Fenton have chosen royal blue while the communities of Elton and Jennings have chosen maroon. Additional uniform colors were added to socks, belts, undershirts, sweatshirts and jackets.
Additional clothing choices include ¼ zip jackets and leggings, both in uniform colors.
Students will be allowed to wear stud earrings, and hair styles must be of naturally occurring colors and shall not draw undue attention.
We hope these changes excite our students and provide our parents with choices that prove to be beneficial.

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Upcoming Events

Labor Day
Date: 9/3/2018
Teacher PD Day (Students do not attend school)
Date: 9/4/2018
Progress Reports
Date: 9/18/2018
Finance Meeting
Date: 9/18/2018, 5 PM
Location: School Board Office
School Board Meeting
Date: 9/20/2018, 6 PM
Location: School Board Office

District Spotlight

Christina Fontenot

Christina Fontenot, Principal of Lacassine High, named finalist for the Louisiana Principal of the Year. 

This year, school systems submitted about 300 nominations for Teacher and Principal of the Year. The Department named 48 semifinalists in April 2018. A state team then narrowed that pool to the 9 finalists. Ms. Christina Fontenot, Principal of Lacassine High was named a finalist Those finalists will soon participate in face-to-face interviews with state selection committees led by community and education leaders. The selection committees, comprised of past Teachers and Principals of the Year, representatives of educator associations, business groups, and others, will ultimately choose the state division-level and overall winners.
All Teacher and Principal of the Year finalists and semi-finalists will be honored and the overall state-level winners will be announced at the 12th Annual Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Symposium and Celebration on Friday, July 27, 2018, at the Crowne Plaza Executive Center in Baton Rouge. The event is co-sponsored by Dream Teachers, a nonprofit organization that partners with businesses, industry representatives and organizations throughout the state to recognize and reward educators who model instructional excellence and dedication to serve the needs of children.
Congrats to Ms. Fontenot ...Good Luck and GO Cardinals!!!!!!
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