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Musical Dinner Theatre invitation for 5 45 p.m. Saturday, November 2 at Bossier Instructional CenterCome join Bossier Parish TAP Music and Theatre students for a boot scootin’ good time at 5:45 p.m. Saturday, November 2 at Bossier Instructional Center, 2719 Airline Drive, Bossier City. 

Y’all are sure to enjoy a night of the Cajun storytelling of Little Red, classic country music, and our one of a kind Southern cookin’ (jambalaya, salad, rolls, and mixed berry tarts).

Tickets are $20, but if you get while the gettin’s good before October 5 you can get in on the action for $15 (cash or Paypal.me/BossierTAP).

There are limited seats and these tickets are selling faster than a hot knife through butter!

You may contact Lauren.Bamburg@BossierSchools.org to get you and yours their tickets today.

Come support the Talented Arts Program Scholarship fund by enjoying a down home “Louisiana Saturday Night!”

Posted 10/1/19

Group photo of Superintendent Downey with students that earned perfect LEAP scoresA big shout-out to the students that earned 76 perfect LEAP scores in one or more content areas of the spring 2019 state assessment.

 

These students were recognized in a special way at the September 19 Bossier Parish School Board meeting. Superintendent Mitch Downey gave them passes to Dixie Maze Farms as part of his first Superintendent Shout-Out award.

 

Special thanks to Mike Billings from Dixie Maze Farms and Cumulus Radio for sponsoring this Superintendent Shout-Out, which is a special pat on the back given to Bossier Parish students and employees for doing something exceptional. These students definitely did that!

Posted 9/23/19

 

 

Photo of National Merit Semi-FinalistsShrieks of excitement undoubtedly echoed in the halls at three Bossier Parish high schools as principals received and delivered the news that three of their students advanced as National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalists. 

Dario Cosic from Parkway; Shannon Mathers from Airline; and Cameron Thomas from Benton were among the 16,000 students in the nation recognized for their outstanding academic achievements. To put it in perspective, more than 1.6 million students apply each year for the National Merit Scholarship Program. 

Cosic is the secretary of the senior class at Parkway and is Vice President of the National Honor Society. He is also enrolled in the prestigious SMART program through Bossier Schools. 

Mathers is currently ranked number one in her class and involved in a number of school clubs and extracurricular activities. She is the Vice President of Airline’s Debate team and has won numerous awards at debate competitions. 

Thomas is also number one in his class at Benton, where he is the squad leader in Band; a member of the National Honor Society; and medalist in chemistry at Literary Rally. 

Cosic, Mathers and Thomas are now in contention as National Merit Scholar Finalists, with the National Merit Scholarship being the most prestigious honor bestowed on high school seniors. 

Bossier Schools congratulates these three exceptional students! 

Posted 9/13/19

 

Banner of BPSB vision and mission statementBossier Schools is raising the bar on student achievement and making impressive gains across the district, as seen today by the 2019 Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) student progress measure released by the state Department of Education. 

This measure is a component of Louisiana’s accountability system designed to provide students, parents, educators and the public with information on the growth students make from one year to the next. 

An admirable 70-percent of Bossier schools increased the percentage of students earning mastery or advanced in grades 3-8 math, Algebra I and geometry, the largest gains being made at Benton, Curtis and Legacy Elementary Schools. Stockwell Place Elementary, Benton Middle and Benton High are the district pacesetters in the percent of students earning mastery or above on the math portion of the LEAP. 

Significant strides were also made in the percent of students earning mastery or advanced on the English Language Arts (ELA) portion of the assessment, with the largest growth gains at Benton, Elm Grove and Sun City Elementary Schools; Greenacres and Haughton Middle Schools; and Haughton and Parkway High Schools. The schools with the highest percentage of students earning mastery or above on the ELA and science sections are Kingston Elementary, Benton Middle and Benton High. 

Another area to spotlight is the district’s Top Growth status, which shows over half of Bossier schools scoring in the top two levels of the progress index, representing the 60th to 99th percentile relative to similar peers across the state. Raising the bar by at least six-percent growth in math and/or ELA are Apollo Elementary, Central Park Elementary, Elm Grove Elementary, Legacy Elementary, W.T. Lewis Elementary, Greenacres Middle and Haughton High. 

Additionally impressive is, when ELA and math scores are combined, a third of the Top Growth schools in northwest Louisiana are in Bossier Parish. They are: Kingston Elementary; Stockwell Place Elementary; Apollo Elementary; Central Park Elementary; and Parkway High School. 

Bossier Schools Superintendent Mitch Downey said, “Taking the leap to invest in and implement Tier 1 curriculum that aligns with state standards has not been easy by any stretch for our teachers or students, but seeing these significant gains in student growth and achievement proves their efforts have been more than worthwhile.”

Posted 8/27/19

Photo of illustrator Steve PorterTalented Arts Program instructor Steve Porter’s name is getting around and causing people throughout the state and beyond to take notice.

More than 30,000 copies have been printed of the coloring and activity booklet Porter illustrated, “First Time Fishing in the Atchafalaya Basin,” in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife Federation. Now, his work can be seen in a second book. 

Porter illustrated the book “I Love Someone With Depression,” authored by Laura R. Bearden. This release, which helps adults discuss depression with children, is being sold on Amazon. 

Porter has been an instructor with Bossier Parish TAP for nine years and is an active contributor in the professional artist community.

Posted 8/26/19

 

Logo for Bossier Parish School BoardThe Bossier Parish School Board will be seeking public comment at 6 p.m. at its August 15, 2019 meeting at Bossier Instructional Center, located at 2719 Airline Drive in Bossier City, LA on a student attendance zone plan for school year 2020-21 that has been submitted to and accepted by the U.S. Department of Justice to align all feeder schools in Bossier Parish. 

The Bossier Parish School Board is the defendant in a long-standing school desegregation case being handled by the Federal Court in Shreveport. The United States Department of Justice is a plaintiff in that case. School attendance zones throughout the parish are determined by the Federal Court after receiving input from the parties in the case. 

To provide context, the Federal Court ordered all school attendance zones in Bossier Parish be re-examined and the parties submit a joint proposal by March 1, 2019 to revise the existing school attendance zones. In the absence of an agreement on those zones, both the School Board and the Department of Justice would be required to submit its own proposal to the Court for consideration on or before April 1, 2019. By agreement of the parties, the Court delayed those dates to September 16, 2019 and October 16, 2019, respectively. The new student assignment plan approved by the Court will not be implemented until the 2020-21 school year. 

Attorneys and demographers retained by the Bossier Parish School Board began their review of existing school attendance zones in the fall of 2018 and began working on a student assignment plan that would do the following: (1) maximize racial diversity in the schools to the extent practicable; (2) minimize the use of temporary buildings wherever possible; (3) reduce student transportation times and distances where possible; ;(4) eliminate split school zones to create a pure feeder pattern for all students; and (5) anticipate future demographic changes in determining student capacities within the schools. They have completed their work on a plan that accomplishes all of those goals and representatives of the Department of Justice have tentatively accepted the plan as presented. 

However, any plan for Bossier Schools will not be submitted to the Court until it has been approved by the School Board following the opportunity for public input. That opportunity will be presented during the Bossier Parish School Board meeting on August 15, 2019, at which time attorney Bob Hammonds and demographer Mike Hefner will make a presentation about the student attendance zone plan they have drafted. 

Their focus will primarily be on those school zones for which significant changes are being proposed, and they will attempt to answer any questions that might arise during their presentation or during discussion of the proposal following thereafter. Because the court-ordered date of submission for such plan is fast approaching, the School Board may take action on the proposal that night. 

To give citizens an opportunity to review the proposal prior to the meeting, notice was placed on the Bossier Parish School Board website Monday, August 12, 2019 and will remain there for the duration of the week. The proposal consists of three maps (see attached files) showing the proposed elementary, middle and high school zones. 

Upon review of those maps, it is pertinent to point out all students living in a particular elementary school attendance zone will matriculate together to the same middle school and that all students attending that middle school will advance together to the same high school. This “feeder pattern plan” eliminates the need to separate students at the middle or high school levels as has occurred in certain parts of the parish under the existing plan and, for the first time, will unify students from the time they enter kindergarten to the time they graduate. 

Again, if approved by the Bossier Parish School Board, the changes would not be implemented until the 2020-21 school year.

Posted 8/12/19

 

Logo for Bossier Parish School BoardThe numbers are in and the results were worth the wait. Bossier Schools set a personal record and continues to be a state leader in the number of students scoring mastery and above on the 2018-19 Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) exam, according to data released by the Louisiana Department of Education. 

The district hit an all-time high of 51-percent of students in grades 3-12 scoring mastery and advanced on the English Language Arts (ELA) portion of the assessment. The percentage of students in grades 3-8 and high school students earning mastery and advanced in math also increased by three-percent, propelling Bossier to lead the northern region in district math scores. When all subjects -- ELA, math and social studies -- are combined, 43-percent of students scored mastery and above, ranking Bossier the 14th highest performing district in Louisiana. That exceeds the state average by seven points. 

Gains were made by subgroups tracked by the state as well, which include the number of African American students scoring mastery+, economically disadvantaged and children with disabilities. Those making the most notable gains were military affiliated students, who showed a three-percent increase in mastery+ across all subjects, and children in foster care, who marked an eight-percent rise in ELA, math and social studies. 

These successes come on the heels of data released just two months ago by the LDOE, showing the Bossier Parish Senior Class of 2017-18 reached an all-time high graduation rate. 

“While the big picture shows our district making academic gains, what matters most to us is what it means for our students,” said Bossier Schools Superintendent Mitch Downey. “We are not an island. It takes every educator and administrator working in partnership with parents and the community to prepare our young people for success. It reflects our vision at Bossier Schools to win the day, every child, every way.”

Posted 7/16/19