May Principal's BlogPosted by James Jackson on 5/14/2021To the Port Allen High School Class of 2021,CONGRATULATIONS! I am so proud of each and every one of you! You all have worked so hard to get to this point. Now, you are ready to go down in history as the Port Allen High School Class of 2021. It always amazes me how quickly 4 years go by. It seems like it was just yesterday that you all were tiny, wide-eyed freshmen. You all have grown so much! You've grown physically, intellectually, and spiritually. You've gotten wiser, smarter, and more mature. You've learned so much about yourselves, but remember you still have so much more to learn. You haven't even experienced a quarter of what life has to offer.I am honored to have served as your principal. It's been a pleasure working with you all. We have had tons of fun and great memories together, but we have also always held you all accountable and pushed you all to be all that we know you can be. You all have accomplished so much both academically, athletically and in the community. Our school had a physical transformation between your freshman and sophomore years. Then you all became a major part of our academic successes when we became a B-rated school for the first time. Your junior year was cut short due to COVID which also made your senior year very unique to say the least. Through all of this, you all have persevered. You have remained a close-knit group. You are better prepared for adulthood as a result of the obstacles you have had to overcome.As each of you go your separate ways please remember a few things. First and foremost, keep God first in everything you do. The next thing is to please be safe. Life is short and precious. None of us knows when it will be our time so please make the most of every moment. Cherish life. Try to always be a good person and do the right things in life. Be kind to others. Remember to always do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Sometimes it's tempting to do unto others as they have done to you, but please resist that temptation. Be the bigger person. Carry yourselves with class and dignity. Represent yourselves, your family, and your alma mater the right way. Take care of your families. Raise your children up the right way. Never stop learning. Always value and emphasize education for it is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. Please make our world a better place.
It is time for you all to be the productive citizens that our school mission statement wishes for you all to be. Each and every one of you have amazing individual stories of perseverance and some have overcome unimaginable obstacles. No matter the differences in the many journeys taken to get to this point and even though your paths will diverge, you will walk together forever in history. I am going to miss you all. I will miss seeing you and saying good morning when you arrive at school each day. I will miss the talks and laughs in the hallways. I will miss lunchtime. I will miss visiting your classrooms and coming to your ball games and extracurricular events. To the class of 2021, please don't ever forget about your alma mater, and don't ever forget about me because there is no way that I will ever forget about you. I wish you all the best and I ask God to bless you all. I love you.Please stay in touch. Please come back and visit us. Please keep us posted on all of the wonderful things you accomplish in life so that we can continue to remind you how proud we are and also so we can brag that you are a Pelican. Remember, Once a Pel, Always a Pel.Love Always,Mr. J.
February Principal's BlogPosted by James Jackson on 2/1/2021
We’ve had a great start to the new year! Here are a few highlights of 2021 so far!
Congratulations to our Student of the Year, Naturi Scott! Naturi has a 4.29 GPA and a 29 on the ACT! She participates in our garden club, SGA, the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition and peer tutoring. She has also participated in basketball and track all 4 years of high school. Her future plans include earning a Master’s degree in chemical engineering with a focus on Environmental Health. Naturi has received countless academic awards and accolades. She comes from a wonderful family with 2 of her older siblings also recently graduating from PAHS. What a well-rounded and amazing Pel with a bright future ahead!
Congratulations to our PAHS Teacher of the Year and also the WBR High School Teacher of the Year, Ms. Angie Roger! Ms. Roger teaches English 4 and is our senior class advisor, English department chair, senior grade level chair and a member of the PAHS class of 1994! Ms. Roger attended LSU where she received her B.A. in English Literature in 1998. She worked at PAHS from 2000-2006, and then taught in North Carolina and Kentucky before returning home to Port Allen High in the spring of 2013. Ms. Roger has amazing relationships with our students and is a true Pel through and through!
Other highlights in January included our BETA induction ceremony and successful WorkKeys testing. We welcomed our new dance and theater instructor, Ms. Demetrius Franklin and celebrated Coach Parker’s retirement. Coach Parker bid us farewell by speaking to and encouraging our entire staff and student body on our first day back in 2021. Coach Parker has also been inducted in our PAHS Hall of Fame. A true living legend who we will miss!
We celebrated the legacy of the Reverend, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and began gearing up for our annual Black History Program which promises to be amazing as always.
We had advanced placement Saturday study sessions, cheer mini camps, a jumpstart virtual convention for staff members and students began working on their spring science fair projects.
We implemented our Reading Counts program which will encourage our students to read more independently, and increase their vocabulary and comprehension skills!
We took advantage of teachable moments brought about by Inauguration Day and continued to educate our students on our American history and democracy.
We had our annual winter and spring sports pep rally. Our boys and girls basketball teams are concluding successful regular seasons and are ready to begin their playoff runs. We concluded a successful indoor track season. Our girls and boys powerlifting, baseball, and softball seasons have started and promise to be exciting. Our soccer team concluded its’ second season of existence with a winning record and narrowly missed a reduced playoff field. Finally, our band, cheer, color guard and dance teams keep working year round to support our school and community with Pelican Pride!
Wow! What a month! What a great start to 2021! Let’s keep it going!
January Principal's BlogPosted by James Jackson on 1/1/2021
Happy New Year!
Pelican family! We made it to 2021! In so many ways, 2020 was historic! It was a year like no other. There were highs and lows, but we persevered! As we turn the page from one year to the next, it is a perfect time to reflect and look ahead!
At Port Allen High School, we celebrated many successes in 2020! We continued our push to become an A school. For the third year in a row, we set a new record for our school graduation rate. We continue to upgrade our school building and facilities. Our boys basketball team became the toast of the town after capturing our first ever state championship. We fought our way through the unexpected closing of school due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We continued loving our students and providing them with a world class education. We celebrated the Class of 2020 like no other class has been celebrated! We worked throughout the summer to safely reopen school. We welcomed our students back on campus in August and have been safely soaring ever since!
What does 2021 have in store for us at the Pels‘ nest? We continue to be destined for greatness. Our school culture is filled with a sense of genuine love and togetherness. With that, there is nothing we can’t accomplish. Let’s continue to push forward. TOGETHER.
December Principal's BlogPosted by James Jackson on 12/1/2020
This is the final month of what for many has been a very difficult and unprecedented year.
We’ve lost loved ones and iconic figures. A global pandemic has impacted our way of life. Disastrous weather has taken its toll. The social, political and racial climate has been bitter and divisive.
We can all agree that 2020 has brought challenges, but those challenges have also enabled us all to grow and reflect on our blessings.
No matter what challenges we are faced with, we can all choose our mood and our approach to life. We are all blessed in unique ways. Remember to appreciate those blessings. Cherish them. Be thankful for them. Use the talents you have been given to make yourself and others happy. Pursue your goals with passion. Be kind to others. Be slow to judge and quick to forgive. Try your best to make good choices, but reflect and grow when you make poor ones.
There are still great things happening every single day. There are great people in the world and so much good going on...more good than bad.
Despite the challenges of 2020, we’ve made it through! I believe 2020 has been the stormy weather that comes before the beautiful sunshine. Do you?
Let’s stick together and finish this year strong.
Happy Holidays everyone. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Port Allen High School
November Principal's BlogPosted by James Jackson on 11/1/2020Wow! October was awesome! The Pels’ Nest was active!We celebrated Breast Cancer, Domestic Violence Awareness and National Hispanic Heritage months. Our Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities included our first ever 5k walk/run. We raised awareness and funding for research as well as honored survivors and those who have sadly lost their fights with the disease. We also recognized Digital Citizenship Week, National Teen Driver Safety Week, Red Ribbon Week, World Teachers’ Day and Media Literacy Week. Finally, our JAG program conducted their annual Induction and Initiation ceremony.We recognized our two senior volleyball players, Summer Frank and Me’Kyla Franklin! Our volleyball team had a winning regular season and have a first round playoff game this week. Let’s Go Lady Pels!Football season finally began! Our team and all of our spirit groups look amazing! We began the season with a loss, but have won 4 consecutive games since then. We are having a great season and have an opportunity to do some special things the rest of the way.We started a tradition called Pelican Pride Parties where we begin each week with a Pep Rally full of positivity. All students and staff meet in the gym and students lead us in the pledge, mission statement and weekly announcements. Next, we distribute awards to our students, athletes, teacher and support staff of the week followed by Pelican Pride Awards chosen by faculty members to give to students who did something special the week before. There is always something extra on the agenda to make students and/or staff feel special. One week we surprised our Teacher of the Year, Ms. Roger and another week our Student of the Year, Naturi Scott. We end with our daily pledge, prayer and words of encouragement from a weekly guest speaker. Our students seem to enjoy this new tradition and we hope it’s here to stay. The only thing missing is a school chant that we can’t seem to get our students to buy into! Come on Pels!Students completed exams and finished our first semester strong. We are getting back in our groove academically. It’s hard to even remember our hybrid schedule days. Our push to improve our ACT scores continue. Our students have taken practice ACT tests in addition to those who have signed up for official testing on national testing days. We continue daily ACT prep and look forward to continued improvement.Now, let’s talk about Homecoming 2020! It was awesome! Despite limitations due to COVID, our students showed up and showed out! There was great participation in our theme days! Gender Swap and Act Your Age days are normally my favorite, but it was Throwback Thursday for me this year. Our students did their thing! Our teachers got in on the fun as well! We had daily music and competitions during lunch. Our blood drive and color guard bake sale made the week even better, but Friday was the BEST! Our students dressed in costumes and spirit gear. Our Halloween skit was awesome and hilarious! Our pep rally was one of the best ever. Congratulations to the Class of 2024 for winning the week long spirit competition! We recognized our 2020 Homecoming Court including our Queen, Jariel Christopher and King, Me’Kyle Franklin. Finally, our football team finished it all off with a victory over Northeast!What a month!Go Pels!James JacksonPrincipalPort Allen High School