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Message from the Superintendent: October 2015

22007117511_8e76f0ec01_zOctober is National Bullying Prevention Month. Here in the Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS), the first days of October fell during our Anti-Bullying Week. Schools from across the district held events, rallies, and special themed days centered on ending this issue that affects every school and community in our nation. The week culminated with the Families Helping Families of Jefferson 5K & Fun Run Against Bullying, of which I was proud to serve as an honorary co-chair with Sheriff Newell Normand.

Many race participants were familiar JPPSS faces: students, teachers, administrators, parents. Congratulating runners at the finish line, I witnessed the actions and characteristics that define National Bullying Prevention Month and our Anti-Bullying Week. Participants encouraged each other as they ran their race, were respectful in competition, and celebrated everyone as they crossed the finish line.

I also witnessed part of the culture that truly sets JPPSS apart. As educators, our work extends beyond the school walls. Seeing so many of our teachers, students, and staff members come together for such a special cause (and on a Saturday morning), is just more evidence of the pride they take in their schools and their commitment to the JPPSS family. The work we do is critically important, whether it takes place in the classroom or in the community.  It is our mission to make Jefferson Parish Public Schools the first choice for all stakeholders, and maintaining a welcoming, nurturing environment is foundational to that goal.

I’m excited to see the opportunities we can provide for our students together as we make JPPSS the world class system we all know it can be.