Fighting Poverty with Passion
This is the mantra chanting over and over in my head as the school year for Homer A. Plessy Community School comes to a close. Even though school is officially out May 23rd, we have been preparing for the school to move for next school year. The question, “Where will we be going?” has finally been answered and this has relieved some of the tension running through students, parents, teachers and administrators alike. We will be moving into the building formerly owned by A.P. Tureaud Elementary School on Pauger Street. The 2013/2014 school year was fraught with the ups and downs of a first year school but we managed to pull through relatively unscathed.
This summer while the students are having summer vacation, school administration will be revamping and reevaluating protocols and procedures. I know it isn’t the most attractive work but it is the most important work to be done for the success of the school in years to come. As we recreate our unified systems we’ll also be meeting the new additions to our staff for the next school year, receiving professional development and recruiting students for next school year. The professional development begins with a week long training session on what it means to be a Louisiana A+ School and continues to give teachers creative ways to incorporate arts integration into their lessons.
The conclusion of the school year is marked with concerts and a school wide promotional ceremony on May 23, 2014. The photo above is from one of our students holding her school-wide musical excellence award, given to her at the end of the concert. Even though the school year is over, there is much to look forward to in the coming months, including Plessy being selected by the Gorge Rodrigue Foundation as one of the recipients of a national award through the Presidents’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in coordination with the White House, the U.S. department of education and several foundations. Just keep calm and remember that school’s out, but life goes on.