Principal's Blog

  • December Principal's Blog

    Posted by James Jackson on 12/1/2021
    Our 2021 School Performance Score (SPS) has been released. I am very proud to announce that we remained a B rated school despite the challenges we have faced the last few years. Our 2019 SPS was our first B rating in school history and we did not receive a score in 2020 due to in person school ending in March of that year as a result of the pandemic. Our latest SPS breakdown shows that we continue to excel in 5 areas and have significant room for improvement in 2 areas. We excel in Progress Points which measure how much our Pels grow academically during their time with us. We excel in Strength of Diploma (SOD) which measures the certifications, dual enrollment, and college credits (AP/CLEP) our students earn. We excel in Interests and Opportunities (I/O) which measure the amount and diversity of our elective, arts, and extracurricular (sports and club) offerings. Finally, we excel in our Graduation Rate and Graduation Index, where we have set a new PAHS record in each area for the 4th year in a row. 
    We have a lot of room for improvement in our LEAP and ACT scores. Our plan to improve in these areas includes improvement in teacher training and retention and the implementation of Pel Prep which gives our students daily LEAP and ACT support. Our district has also made a significant investment in resources to improve ACT scores.

    I truly believe that if we had finished the 2019-2020 school year normally and received an SPS score for our work that school year, we would have done the unthinkable, but we will never know. To turn around and achieve the things we did during the 2020-2021 school year that we began on a hybrid schedule, with dozens of students learning virtually and with our lowest attendance numbers in years due to COVID protocols is simply amazing. We maintained our B status and even improved in some areas.

    We have come a very long way, but we continue to strive for absolute EXCELLENCE in everything we do. There is so much more greatness ahead for our school. Thank you all for everything. I am blessed to be able to serve and witness. Let's see what happens next as a result of the work we are doing now...

    The mission of Port Allen High School is to maximize good character and academic achievement so all students become productive citizens. Today is another great day to be a Pelican!

    James Jackson
    Port Allen High School
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  • May Principal's Blog

    Posted by James Jackson on 5/14/2021
    To 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.
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  • February Principal's Blog

    Posted by James Jackson on 2/1/2021

    Pelican Family!

    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!


    Go Pels!

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  • January Principal's Blog

    Posted 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.

    Go Pels!

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  • December Principal's Blog

    Posted by James Jackson on 12/1/2020

    Hi Everyone.

    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!

    Go Pels!

    James Jackson
    Port Allen High School

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