Four Livingston Parish Schools Honored for High Performance in Early Childhood Programs
LIVINGSTON, La. – Four Livingston Parish elementary schools – Eastside Elementary, Freshwater Elementary, Northside Elementary, and Seventh Ward Elementary – have earned a spot on the state’s “Honor Roll” as a result of high performances during the 2018-2019 school year in their early childhood programs, according to a report released by the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE).
This is the second year in a row for the early childhood classes at Eastside Elementary and Northside Elementary to receive this honor. According to the released scores, Northside Elementary earned the third highest score in the state among all Pre-K sites evaluated.
These schools were recognized in the “Excellence” category, which is the state’s highest possible rating on the school’s annual performance evaluation. Only 113 schools statewide earned this top rating, according to the state report.
Livingston Parish Elementary Supervisor of Instruction Stacey Milton, who oversees the district’s early childhood programs, said the state’s overall performance ratings were based on classroom observations of the interactions between teachers and children, and they were reported in five categories: excellent, high proficient, proficient, approaching proficient and unsatisfactory. The ratings can be found in the LDOE’s School and Center Find that also displays information about the level of training that teachers have, the quality of curriculum that is used in each classroom, and the teacher-to-student classroom ratio.
She noted that Livingston Parish Public Schools currently offers 61 early childhood classes to at-risk Pre-K children at 24 different school sites, which is an increase from last year’s 56 classes.
“Our early childhood teachers do a phenomenal job preparing our youngest learners for kindergarten and beyond. This is the fourth year our Pre-K teachers have used a rigorous Tier I curriculum that is recognized by the state. This past year we really focused on increasing the instructional support domain by offering concentrated professional development for our teachers and paraprofessionals. The knowledge gained through these efforts is reflected in our increased scores, which shows our early childhood children are surpassing the overall state average,” Milton said.
“We are excited to have doubled the number of classes being recognized with an ‘Excellent’ rating. It is encouraging to know that of the 24 early childhood sites in the parish, 18 were rated “High Proficient” and are on the path to reaching an “Excellent” rating. We are looking forward to increasing our overall network performance score this year while continuing our high standards for quality early childhood education in our schools, childcare programs, and Head Start programs,” Milton added.
The Livingston Parish Early Childhood Community Network also had the Scribbles & Giggles Learning Center, a child-care partner in the network, recognized on the Birth-to-3 Honor Roll for its performance in early childhood program quality as measured by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education performance standards.
7th Ward Honor Roll – Seventh Ward Elementary’s early childhood program earned a spot on the state’s “Honor Roll” for its academic performance during the 2018-2019 school year. Representing their schools, pictured from left to right, are paraprofessional Mandi Brown, teacher Tammi Fielding, and paraprofessional Samantha Soileau.
ESE Honor Roll – Eastside Elementary has been recognized for outstanding performance in its early childhood program by the Louisiana Department of Education for two consecutive years. Those educators in the program include, from left to right, paraprofessional Donna Foster, teacher Dana Baier, and paraprofessional Angela Brandt.
FWE Honor Roll – Freshwater Elementary is among the state’s top performing school’s early childhood programs. Those educators in the program are paraprofessional Monica Nelson, teacher Meghan Yerby, paraprofessional Jennifer Stanley.
NSE Honor Roll – Northside Elementary has been recognized for outstanding performance in its early childhood program by the Louisiana Department of Education for two consecutive years. Those educators in the program include, from left to right, teachers Kellie Bridgers and Elizabeth Jordan.
Scribbles & Giggles Learning Center – The Scribbles & Giggles Childcare Center was recognized by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education for its high performance. Pictured from left to right are Director Stacy Hull, Teacher Kendra Rothman, Teacher Marisa Ramirez, Teacher Debbie Craig, Teacher Katie Hano, Teacher Karan Bahm, and Administrator Casey Hull.