School Board recognizes 13 schools
By: Jeannine LeJeune
CROWLEY - Thirteen isn’t always an unlucky number; just ask Margaret Jones, executive director of curriculum for the Acadia Parish School Board.
At the board’s September meeting Monday night, 13 parish schools were recognized for achieving “Exemplary Academic Growth” or “Recognized Academic Growth” based on their 2009 School Performance Scores.
The schools were presented Accountability Growth Flags in honor of earning the distinction.
“I’m excited to see a full house,” said Jones, “and it’s always a pleasure to recognize our schools.”
On hand were all the schools’ principals and several schools brought faculty and staff members with them. Even more rare was the fact that not only were 13 schools recognized, but that all the high schools in the parish were being recognized and all had earned the “Exemplary Academic Growth” distinction.
“All five of our high schools being recognized shows that we are doing things right,” said Superintendent John E. Bourque. “We work to get our students ready for the real world. Often, you’ll see scores dwindle down as they approach the eighth grade level, but in our parish our scores have been consistent.”
In total, 10 of the 13 schools earned exemplary status. The remaining three were recognized for recognized academic growth.
Schools that were recognized were: Church Point High School - Exemplary; Crowley High School - Exemplary; North Crowley Elementary School - Exemplary; Crowley Middle School - Recognized; Egan Elementary School - Exemplary; Iota High School - Exemplary; Iota Middle School - Exemplary; Estherwood Elementary School - Exemplary; Mermentau Elementary School - Recognized; Midland High School - Exemplary; Morse Elementary School - Exemplary; Mire Elementary School - Recognized; Rayne High School - Exemplary.
“It’s always nice to see our schools recognized,” said Bourque. “Our people do a great job at each school.”
The school board also featured a presentation from Crowley High on a multimedia class. Teacher of the class Tammy Meche explained that the students worked throughout the project with their client, the Louisiana Technical School, hand-in-hand. One student, Terryn Wirtz, was singled out for her work on the project.
The project led to a brochure-like booklet as well as a poster version of the schools’ offered curriculums with each school receiving copies.
Board members were also presented copies of the class’s handy work.
One more presentation was made on the night.
Rayne High’s FFA program was recognized for being named a Top 4 FFA Chapter in the state. Three members of last year’s chapter, Kristen Petitjean, Cody Bergeron and MaRae Courvelle, were on hand to discuss the importance Rayne’s FFA program has played in their lives.
“FFA offers a lot of opportunities, not only for myself, but for all of its members,” said Petitjean.
Petitjean, a junior at Rayne High, was named Area Three President. The board also recognized Bergeron’s national bronze medal award and Courvelle who will compete at the national level on behalf of Rayne, despite already graduating and currently attending UL-Lafayette.