Message from the Superintendent: Summer 2017

When our school board voted to alter the kindergarten uniform policy, we used numerous “channels” of communication to share this news with parents. For starters, that board meeting streamed live on our website and aired on our public access channel. A news article was then posted to our website and a release was sent to local media outlets. We shared the information on our social media channels and sent a mass communication through our new mobile app. School administrators were notified of the change through email, and we are also mailing letters to the homes of our kindergarten students.

Communication matters in the Jefferson Parish Public School System. It was a central area of focus when stakeholders from across the parish helped create our “JPPSS Strategic Plan 2020: The First Choice.” I used the example above to show just some of the tools we use to get our message out to you.

But regardless of how we send news and information out, the central question is this – Did you get the message? Do you know that kindergarten students will start wearing purple uniform shirts in 2017-18? Do you know that we’ve had nine students named National Merit Scholars this year? Do you know about the new science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) magnet program at Washington Elementary that you can apply for until July 14?

It’s not enough for us to put the information out there. Our goal is to make sure it gets to you in the most engaging way possible. That’s why our team has developed a brief communications survey. It’s for any stakeholder of our school: parent, employee, student, business leader, community member. Let us know how you interact with our district and, most importantly, how we can better interact with you.

The survey is available in multiple languages at I hope you are enjoying the summer months, and look forward to seeing all of those smiling faces for the first day of school on August 10.

Warm Regards,

Isaac G. Joseph