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Principal's Message

2019-2020 Back to School Message:  MAKE IT HAPPEN and TOGETHER WE CAN!

 “I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more 

  start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.” ~ J. B. Priestly

Another year is upon us!  It is exciting to begin a new year with the knowledge that we can all continue to learn and grow and achieve success!  As we begin the 2019-2020 school year, I want to emphasize that success does not just happen; it comes from hard work, a desire for excellence, commitment, and preparation.  It is my belief that a shared vision, enthusiasm, and a willingness to make wonderful things happen are essential to successful outcomes. Educating students is not without its challenges; therefore, we must be prepared to confront them with vigor.  We must not focus on those things that are beyond our control.  We must focus our energy on finding solutions to problems that surface within the classrooms, offices, on our campus.  Although Louisiana’s accountability program is expected to be more rigorous, specifically, with a predicted 57% increase in the number of failing schools, it is inevitable that district and school performance scores will likely drop due to the changes within the accountability program. For example, a score of Basic on LEAP assessments equals 80 points; Mastery equals 100 points; and Advanced equals 150 for each subject tested.  Unsatisfactory and Approaching Basic earn no points, but students may earn progress points within each category. 

Regardless of assessment outcomes, we will not make excuses. It is our plan to continue school improvement efforts by offering support and assistance to all students.  As we journey into the 2018-2019 school year, there should be no obstacles too great for our team to tackle. We must continue to work collaboratively to maintain a culture and climate of high expectations in the following areas: discipline, student achievement, attendance, professional learning, and attitudes. I want to thank our parents and other education stakeholders for their support of our schools during the continuous changes in accountability.  Parental support provides our schools with a critical link to student success. It is important for the public to know that great things are happening within the St. Martin Parish Public Schools as evidenced by some of the examples given in the previous paragraphs.


It is with great pleasure that I welcome our employees and students back to school.   I look forward to great success as we embrace a new year. To paraphrase J. B. Priestly, an English novelist, playwright, scriptwriter, social commentator, and broadcaster, we can take delight in a new school year—a new beginning, and a fresh start to make great things happen at Jena High  School.

Best wishes to all for a happy, productive, and successful 2019-2020 school year!  Remember: TOGETHER WE CAN:  MAKE IT HAPPEN!


Anthony G. Jackson, Principal