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Dr. Mary Stephens to Lead Block High School

The Catahoula Parish School Board is proud to announce that Dr. Mary Stephens has accepted the Principal position at Block High School for the 2019-2020 school year. Dr. Stephens is a career educator with 39 years of experience including positions of Secondary Supervisor of Instruction, Assistant Principal, Adjunct Professor at multiple universities, and Interim Superintendent of Caldwell Parish. Most recently Dr. Stephens has been the Principal/Teacher of the Catahoula Alternative School, commonly known as CAS.

Dr. Stephens has an extensive background in curriculum supervision and will put this to use at Block by working with the teachers to maintain and improve student instruction. She will have a strong administrative team with Mr. Terry Russ, Instructional Consultant/Assistant Principal, Mrs. Ingrid Jennings, Guidance Counselor, Ms. Vickie Johnson, Secretary, and Ms. Stephanie O’Steen, Secretary.

Block High School will host two open houses for students and will extend hours on one of them for the community to see the improvements in the school facility. We hope community members will attend and take the opportunity to meet Dr. Stephens at that time. The administration and staff of Block High School are looking forward to an exciting and productive 2019-2020 school year.


Catahoula Parish School District Proud of District Performance Score

Recently, the Louisiana Department of Education released the 2017-2018 School and District Performance Scores. Catahoula Parish proudly maintained a District Performance Score Letter Grade of “B” for the third consecutive year. No schools within the district received an “Academically Unacceptable Status” (AUS). In fact, four of the six schools maintained or improved their SPS Letter Grade, with Block High School increasing to a Letter Grade of “B”. Special recognition also goes to Central High School and Jonesville Elementary School who have received “Top Gains” status. Additionally, Sicily Island High School is recognized as an “Equity Honoree”. For the second consecutive year, Central High School has received a Letter Grade of “A”. Other schools’ Letter Grades are as follows: Harrisonburg High School with a “B”; Jonesville Elementary School with a “C”; Jonesville Jr. High School with a “D”, and Sicily Island High School with a “B”.

Devoted leadership and hard work have continued to drive the academic excellence exhibited by Catahoula Parish Schools. With the new accountability system, the implementation of the Louisiana State Standards, the Compass evaluation system, and the new assessments (LEAP 2025), schools have much more work to do. However, Catahoula Parish School District’s faculty, staff, parents, and students are prepared for the challenge!


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