Winter Break--NO SCHOOL--December 22nd-January 5th.  No students will be allowed on campus before 7:50.

Principal's Message

One Community, One School, One Book
NEW SCHOOL--NEW ATTITUDES--NEW HEIGHTS!!!
This year South Plaquemines Elementary School will be Soaring to New Heights. Our focus will be on providing each child with experiences in literacy through many different avenues. They will learn to enjoy reading not only because it can teach them new things and bring them places, they will learn that it can be their refuge and that reading can open this big world up to them. This year, we will be embarking on a journey through the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The CCSS communicate what is expected of students at each grade level, putting students, parents, teachers, and school administrators on the same page, working toward shared goals. In order to provide our students with the best instruction, the teachers and administrators have attended several professional development sessions on different aspects of the CCSS. As the teachers and leaders of this learning community we must also continue to learn. As we begin this year, please remember that this is your school and we welcome your involvement. To increase communication between home and school, we will be sending home information weekly in Tuesday Folders. Please check these folders, every Tuesday, for the school newsletter and any other pertinent information. Additional communication networks such as Parent Portal, School Messenger, and the school website (spes.ppsb.org) have been established to keep you up to date about what is happening at SPES.
Finally, I want to say thank you to all our families for the support you give us. Our families make such a difference in our ability to succeed at South Plaquemines Elementary School. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call (595-6415). My staff and I look forward to working with you and your child throughout the school year.

Ms. T. Peavy

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News & Announcements

Nine Week Exams
The end of the nine weeks is approaching quickly! Nine weeks exams for 5th and 6th graders will be on December 17th and 18th. Those will be 12:40 early dismissal days.
Wednesday--ELA & Social Studies
Thursday--Math & Science
Common Core & PARCC Parent Nights
Common core/PARCC parent nights are a time for parents to learn more
about the common core state standards, the new PARCC test, and how the
changes will impact the students.
DECEMBER 10—PRE-K/K
JANUARY 21—3RD-4TH GRADE
JANUARY 22—1ST-2ND GRADE
JANUARY 28—5TH-6tH GRADE
Would you like to access PARCC practice tests?
• Visit http://practice.parcc.testnav.com/ (Click on View Test Preparations)
• There are practice tests for each grade 3-11, including answer keys and rubrics for the ELA assessments.
• Sample items are chunked (3-5, 6-8, High School).
• Students will be taking the Paper Based Assessments
STATE TESTING--MANDATORY ATTENDANCE
State Testing—Mandatory Attendance
March 16-20 (PARCC)
April 13-17, 2015 (LEAP/iLEAP)
May 4-8 (PARCC)
SPES and Plaquemines Parish Raise Test Scores
Read about South Plaquemines Elementary and Plaquemines Parish's state rating in this Times Picyune article.
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