Orientation initiation: Iberville Parish schools open today, teachers receive professional learning

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Plaquemine Senior High School held orientation for students and parents last week including an informative session on the Iberville Parish School System's policy for laptop computers. Classes begin at all of the system's schools today.
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

PLAQUEMINE - Public school teachers throughout the parish returned to area schools to prepare for the 2013-2014 school year on Tuesday and Wednesday for professional learning sessions.

Some of the meetings were held in general assembly and some were meeting at their schools, as teachers prepared for more than 4,700 students returning for the school year today.

Much of the professional development meetings for teachers was allocated for the upcoming common core standards, which have been adopted by Louisiana, along with 43 other states.

These standards will raise the bar for learning in all of our public schools. Teachers have been working on Common Core for the past year.

"Our teachers have been working hard on the common core standards and in new methods of teaching the standards, which will increase the rigor for our students," Superintendent P. Edward Cancienne, Jr. said. "We want parents to become more aware of the standards and our principals will be sharing information on these standards at school open house and individualized school meetings."

Cancienne has been working, along with other supervisors and administrators, to enhance the teachers' professional development activities this past year and through the coming year.

"We want our teachers to know that their success is vital to the children in the parish and we are here to assist them in this transition of teaching the common core standards," Cancienne said.

Parents will begin to hear more about a new test that will be given to students, called PARRC, and that is what we are preparing our teachers in this system to do.

"We have the greatest confidence in them," Cancienne said. "We know our teachers will be greeting our students on Thursday with a smile and positive attitude. We expect to have one of our best school years yet."

Students have a full day of school on Thursday and Friday.

A schedule for the roll out of computers to all students will be published by next Thursday. School supply lists are available from the schools.

For information, call the school in your neighborhood or 687-4341.