St. Tammany Parish Public School System

Students of the Year
Selection Procedures

District           12th Grade        8th Grade        5th Grade



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DISTRICT

District Students of the Year Selection Procedure

      The St. Tammany Parish Public School System participates each year in the Students-of-the-Year program sponsored by the Louisiana State Department of Education to recognize outstanding students across the state in three grade levels. As required by State Department of Education Students- of-the-Year Guidelines, District winners are chosen in Elementary School (fifth grade student), Middle/Junior High School (eighth grade student) and High School (twelfth grade student) categories. The portfolios of these students are forwarded to a Regional Selection Committee chairperson for consideration as Regional winners of Student of the Year. Regional winners are considered for the honor of State Student of the Year.

     The School System Superintendent appoints a coordinator for the District Students-of-the-Year program to serve as liaison among the State Department of Education, the school district, and schools and to facilitate selection of the District Students of the Year. District Students of the Year are chosen by a District Selection Committee appointed according to State Department of Education guidelines by the St. Tammany Parish Public School System Students of the Year Coordinator.

     The selection process involves an evaluation of portfolios submitted by all school-level Students of the Year, an interview of and writing exercises by three students in each age category who are determined to be semifinalists after portfolio evaluation. The District Selection Committee utilizes the Louisiana State Department of Education guidelines and procedures for the State Students-of-the-Year program and Committee- devised interview questions and writing topics in the selection process.

Nominations

     The District Students of the Year coordinator will forward to all principals of schools with fifth, eighth, and twelfth grade students information about the Students-of-the-Year program. The coordinator will note at that time any additions or changes to State Department guidelines or district procedure from the previous year. The coordinator will seek clarification from the State Department for principals if needed.

     School principals will follow the St. Tammany Parish Public School System Procedure for School Student of the Year Selection and the State Department of Education Guidelines for the Students-of-the-Year program to select a Student of the Year for each grade-eligible school. Schools having both fifth and eighth grades may choose a Student of the Year for each of the two grade categories. Principals will notify students of the deadline for submitting their portfolios to the System Students of the Year coordinator and the date on which interviews and writing exercises will be conducted for semifinalists at the district level.

Application and Portfolio

     To be considered for district, regional, and state consideration, School Students of the Year must submit their completed application form and portfolio to the District Students of the Year coordinator by the deadline specified on the notification of selection deadlines and procedures the coordinator sends to school principals. School officials may assist students in delivering the portfolio packet, through the School System courier or by personal delivery to the coordinator's office.

Selection

     Each year the District Students of the Year coordinator will appoint a District Students of the Year selection committee following State Department of Education Guidelines. The District Students of the Year coordinator serves as a facilitator, outlining for the committee all guidelines and procedures, answering questions about the program and otherwise assisting committee members, notifying principals and students of results, and submitting winning portfolios to the Regional Students of the Year Selection Committee chair. The coordinator does not vote in the selection process.

     The District Selection Committee will evaluate portfolios of school Students of the Year, using the evaluation guidelines established by the Louisiana State Department of Education in the process. From this process, the committee will choose the top three portfolios at each grade level and the students submitting them will be considered semifinalists. On the date listed in Students of the Year information sent to principals, the committee will interview these semifinalist and evaluate writing samples completed the same day.

     Questions for the interview and writing topics will be formulated by the committee after the selection of semifinalists. Students must take part in the interview process and writing exercise during the day and time set aside for student interviews in order to be considered for District Student of the Year recognition. The committee will interview each student and choose the District Student of the Year for each grade level, based on an evaluation of the portfolio, the student interview, and writing sample.

     The District coordinator will notify principals of winning students and the students unless the principal wishes to make student notification. The District coordinator will notify all other principals of the results, and principals will notify their Students of the Year of the District selection outcome.

Notification of Selection Procedure

     Student of the Year selection procedures will be available for review at schools for anyone wishing to know about the process. The process will be included on the St. Tammany Parish Public School System web site and will be included in school handbooks.

Questions about Student Selection

     Students or parents may direct questions about Student of the Year selection to the school principal or the School System Student of the Year coordinator.


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12th GRADE

12th Grade Students of the Year Selection Procedure

      The school Student of the Year is chosen by a process utilizing faculty input, school selection committee evaluation, and Louisiana State Department of Education guidelines and procedures for the State Student of the Year program. The process is intended to recognize a student who satisfies the requirements of the State program and exemplifies qualities that make the student a positive representative for his or her school.

Nomination

     Principals will ask school administrators and faculty members (certificated personnel) to nominate in writing senior students for the honor of school Student of the Year. Principals also may nominate students. Those submitting nominees may nominate more than one student. Nominations should be based on:

• outstanding academic record;

• leadership;

• activities;

• recognitions; and

• service/citizenship.

     Nominations must be submitted in writing to the school principal by the deadline announced by the principal.

Selection

     Each year the school principal will appoint a school Student of the Year selection committee comprised of:

• the principal, who serves as a voting participant and chairperson;

• a school guidance counselor;

• five other faculty members (certificated employees) at the school who have had most opportunity to know senior students during years as high school students (for instance, assistant principal, senior English teachers, senior math teachers, senior class advisor (s), librarian, etc.).

     Staff members who have a child in the twelfth grade may not serve on the committee.

     The selection committee will select the school Student of the Year from the nominees submitted to the principal, using the evaluation guidelines established by the Louisiana State Department of Education in the process.

     The principal will notify the winning student and provide him or her with the State Department of Education guidelines and application packet prior to the St. Tammany Parish School Board Christmas holidays (providing the State Department deadlines for submitting portfolios remain as currently established).

Notification of Selection Procedure

     A description of the school and district Student of the Year selection procedures will be available for review at the school for anyone wishing to know about the process. The process is included on the St. Tammany Parish Public School System web site and is in school handbooks beginning with the 2002-2003 school year.

Questions about Student Selection

     Students or parents may direct questions about Student of the Year selection to the school principal or the School System Student of the Year coordinator, Linda Roan (898-3244).

 

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8th GRADE

8th Grade Student of the Year Selection Procedure

The school Student of the Year is chosen by a process utilizing faculty input, school selection committee evaluation, and Louisiana State Department of Education guidelines and procedures for the State Student of the Year program. The process is intended to recognize a student who satisfies the requirements of the State program and exemplifies qualities that make the student a positive representative for his or her school.

Nomination

Principals will ask school administrators and faculty members (certificated personnel) to nominate in writing eighth grade students for the honor of school Student of the Year. Principals also may nominate students. Those submitting nominees may nominate more than one student. Nominations should be based on:

• outstanding academic record;

• leadership;

• activities;

• recognitions; and

• service/citizenship.

Nominations must be submitted in writing to the school principal by the deadline announced by the principal.

Selection

Each year the school principal will appoint a school Student of the Year selection committee comprised of:

• the principal, who serves as a voting participant and chairperson;

• a school guidance counselor;

• at least three or no more than five other faculty members (certificated employees) at
the school who have had most opportunity to know eighth grade students during years as
students at the school (for instance, assistant principal, eighth grade English teachers,
eighth grade math teachers, Resource Helping Teacher, librarian, etc.).

Staff members who have a child in the eighth grade may not serve on the committee.

The selection committee will select the school Student of the Year from the nominees submitted to the principal, using the evaluation guidelines established by the Louisiana State Department of Education in the process.

The principal will notify the winning student and provide him or her with the State Department of Education guidelines and application packet prior to the St. Tammany Parish School Board Christmas holidays (providing the State Department deadlines for submitting portfolios remain as currently established).

Notification of Selection Procedure

A description of the school and district Student of the Year selection procedures will be available for review at the school for anyone wishing to know about the process. The process is included on the St. Tammany Parish Public School System web site and is in school handbooks beginning with the 2002-2003 school year.

Questions about Student Selection

Students or parents may direct questions about Student of the Year selection to the school principal or the School System Student of the Year coordinator, Linda Roan (898-3244).

 

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5th GRADE

5th Grade Student of the Year Selection Procedure

The school Student of the Year is chosen by a process utilizing faculty input, school selection committee evaluation, and Louisiana State Department of Education guidelines and procedures for the State Student of the Year program.  The process is intended to recognize a student who satisfies the requirements of the State program and exemplifies qualities that make the student a positive representative for his or her school.

Nomination

Principals will ask school administrators and faculty members (certificated personnel) to nominate in writing fifth grade students for the honor of school Student of the Year.  Principals also may nominate students.  Those submitting nominees may nominate more than one student.  Nominations should be based on:

 •  outstanding academic record; 
 •  activities;
 •  recognitions; and
 •  service/citizenship.

Nominations must be submitted in writing to the school principal by the deadline announced by the principal.

Selection
Each year the school principal will appoint a school Student of the Year selection committee comprised of:

 •  the principal, who serves as a voting participant and chairperson;
 •  a school guidance counselor;
 •  at least three or no more than five other faculty members (certificated employees) at the school who have had most opportunity to know fifth grade students during their years as students at the school (for instance, assistant principal, fourth and fifth grade teachers, Resource Helping Teacher, librarian, etc.). 

Staff members who have a child in the fifth grade may not serve on the committee.

The selection committee will select the school Student of the Year from the nominees submitted to the principal, using the evaluation guidelines established by the Louisiana State Department of Education in the process. 

The principal will notify the winning student and provide him or her with the State Department of Education guidelines and application packet prior to the St. Tammany Parish School Board Christmas holidays (providing the State Department deadlines for submitting portfolios remain as currently established). 

Notification of Selection Procedure

A description of the school and district Student of the Year selection procedures will be available for review at the school for anyone wishing to know about the process.  The process is included on the St. Tammany Parish Public School System web site and is in school handbooks beginning with the 2002-2003 school year.

Questions about Student Selection 

Students or parents may direct questions about Student of the Year selection to the school principal or the School System Student of the Year coordinator, Linda Roan (898-3244).