Message from the Superintendent: August 2014

Welcome to a new school year in Jefferson Parish. With nearly 47,000 students, Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) is the largest school system in Louisiana and is recognized as one of the most improved school systems. Our entire system including the Board, teachers, principals and staff are dedicated to the needs of our students […]

Students from Haynes, Thomas Jefferson, and Ehret Win Titles at National Academic Games

JPPSS students from Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies, Thomas Jefferson High School, and John Ehret High School won titles at this year’s National Academic Games Tournament, held in Knoxville, Tennessee from April 25-28. Among the individual and team awards won by the students, the Haynes middle and junior teams were in the top teams in […]

Bonnabel and Cuillier Students Earn Gold, Silver, and Bronze at SkillsUSA

The Louisiana SkillsUSA competition was co-hosted last month by Bonnabel Magnet Academy High School and Cuillier Career Center. Students from across the state participated in the three-day event. SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical, and skilled service occupations, including […]

West Jefferson High School Receives Instruments from the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation

The West Jefferson High School Band Program was the recipient of 14 musical instruments worth $21,000 from the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. “I would like to congratulate principal Vanessa Brown-Lewis and band director Frank Lewis for their initiative and hard work in preparing the proposal,” said Superintendent Dr. James Meza, Jr. “Music and the arts […]

Message from the Superintendent: May 2014

As we get closer to finishing out another successful school year, I want to take a moment to call your attention to an updated status report on the Jefferson Parish Public Schools released by GCR, Inc. that recognizes the continued success of the school system over the past few years. The report, which was prepared […]

Athletic Complex at Ehret Renamed after Long Time Board Member Ray St. Pierre

On Monday, April 14 at 3:30 p.m., members of the Jefferson Parish School Board, staff from JPPSS central office, staff and students from John Ehret High School, and community members from Jefferson Parish gathered to commemorate the renaming of the athletic complex at Ehret after long time board member Ray St. Pierre. St. Pierre has dedicated […]

Hitting the Right Notes

The Superintendent’s Band festival was created to showcase school bands who are not eligible to participate at the state assessment level. “It gives students a chance to perform in a festival environment and be scored by judges to get the festival experience,” said Karen Matthews, Ehret High School band director. The band directors take the […]

Message from the Superintendent: April 2014

Our work at the Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) has always centered on the key tenets of setting high expectations for all students and ensuring that we are meeting the needs of every child. Research consistently demonstrates that having high expectations for students is a powerful influence on student performance and leads to higher […]

Westbank Students Participate in Art Exhibit

The students of the gifted and talented program at JPPSS recently showcased their work at Oakwood Mall. The exhibit included a piece of art from every student involved in the program from westbank schools. In order to be accepted into the program, students must present a portfolio of ten drawings and pass a school level […]

Cooking for a Cause

Good food and fun were the order of the day at the first annual jambalaya cook-off held at Thibodeaux Elementary School in Westwego. Proceeds from the event will go toward establishing a science lab at the school. Planning began last September recruiting sponsors, selling shirts and involving parents. Seventeen teams participated. Along with jambalaya, there […]