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Monday, December 18 after school from 3:30-6:30 PM

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North DeSoto Campus Earns Straight A's

     With Louisiana’s latest release of school performance scores, the North DeSoto community has reason to smile. For the first time in the accountability era, all four schools on the North DeSoto campus have earned an “A” rating from the Louisiana Department of Education. While North DeSoto High School and North DeSoto Middle School retained their “A” from the previous year, 2017 marks the first “A” rating for both North DeSoto Upper and North DeSoto Lower Elementary.

     “This is a prime example of what happens when the outstanding efforts of educators are paired with tremendous community support,” said Dr. Cade Brumley, Superintendent. “With the system we have in place, I believe we will see a continual rise in academic opportunity and outcomes on our North DeSoto campus. I am especially proud for our elementary schools this year as they have taken their rightful place as “A” schools and now rank among Louisiana’s elite.”

      North DeSoto Lower Elementary (PK-1) and North DeSoto Upper Elementary (2-5) share a “School Performance Score,” also known as an “SPS.” This year’s score, which is measured by student results on the LEAP test is 102.9 with 100.0 being the current threshold for “A” status in Louisiana. This marks significant academic growth for the schools over the past couple of years. The schools earned a score of 91.4 in 2016 and 87.3 in 2015.

      With their growth over last year, both North DeSoto Lower and North DeSoto Upper has been labeled a “Top Gains School” by the state department of education.

      “I treat my students as if they are my own through fostering a nurturing environment, setting high expectations, and working to ensure success within each child,” said Teacher Dixie Pierce. “As a parent, I know that our teachers are doing the same for my own children. This sense of community and family is what makes us strong.”

     The North DeSoto elementary schools serve approximately 1,300 students, in grades PK-5, in the northern section of DeSoto Parish. Of that enrollment, approximately 50% of the population is considered “economically disadvantaged.” Compared to other schools in the state, North DeSoto Elementary Schools are on the 78th percentile for academic performance with economically disadvantaged students. The elementary schools also performed well in the subgroup of “students of color” by being on the 79th percentile in the State of Louisiana.

     “I believe a key to the continual increase in student performance at both schools is the full commitment to the whole child,” said North DeSoto Lower Elementary Principal Bridget Flanders. “It’s beyond the classroom walls and beyond the typical school day.”

     On the most recent LEAP test, 45% of elementary students at North DeSoto scored “Mastery” or higher. By content area, 61% scored mastery or higher in English, 50% in Math, 37% in Science, and 33% in Social Studies. The “Mastery Plus” of 45% shows additional growth since 2015 when the number was only 34%. This means more and more students are mastering the content they’re being taught in the classrooms.

       “Our faculty and staff is mission minded and mission focused based on common beliefs about what’s best for our students,” said North DeSoto Upper Elementary Principal Brandon Burback. “I am proud to be part of a school and district that cares about who students are now and who they are going to be.”

       The North DeSoto Elementary Schools feed the “A” rated North DeSoto Middle and North DeSoto High Schools. In recent years, North DeSoto Middle received the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) “Founders Award” – the organization’s most prestigious award for outstanding classroom instruction. Most recently, North DeSoto High Schools was recognized by the United States Department of Education as a “National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence” – a first for a DeSoto Parish School.

       “Sometimes in life, we get to be a part of something phenomenal and there’s a movement going on in Stonewall” said Payton Denney, a North DeSoto Parent. “North Desoto schools are on fire with a commitment to the education and development of our young people.”

 

North DeSoto-Area Board Members offer Congratulations

 

“As both a father of a school-aged daughter and a Board Member representing this community, I’m thrilled with how the North DeSoto schools are responding to the needs of our students and preparing them for success at the next level.” -Mr. Jeff Dillard.

 

“It has been a challenging and fascinating journey to have seen the North DeSoto Schools rise to their level of excellence. This is great for the students and community so I offer my congratulations to all.” - Mr. Dudley Glenn

 

“It’s been an amazing ride to watch the growth in our community and in our schools. I’m thankful to everyone involved and proud to support this effort of guiding every child to be their best each day.” - Dr. Neil Henderson

 

“Good schools are foundational for strong communities and we are blessed to have both. I’m pleased with the work of our employees and students for doing their part to make all of us stronger together.” - Mr. Mark Ross.

 

 

 

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11/27/17

Schools will be closed December 20-January 3 for the Christmas Holidays.  Teachers will return on January 4 for Professional Development.  Students will return on January 5.

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Today: 12/17/17

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11/27/17

Schools will be closed December 20-January 3 for the Christmas Holidays.  Teachers will return on January 4 for Professional Development.  Students will return on January 5.

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