Super Bowl for students held Tuesday in Lafayette

The Super Bowl comes early this year for Lafayette Parish students and their families.

On Tuesday, students and their parents are invited to “An Academic Super Bowl: We are in it to WIN it!,” a hands-on event designed to teach families strategies and activities to help students succeed in school.

“The teachers and curriculum folks have worked very diligently to make sure that they’re demonstrating and presenting strategies that families can take back home and use,” said Latikka Magee, the school district’s director of federal programs.

The event is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Cajundome Convention Center.

Magee said the event is targeting not only students and their parents, but any family member who plays a role in helping their student with their schoolwork.

“They’ll learn hands-on, fun, academically engaging strategies and activities for every grade level to take with them and work with their child at home,” Magee said. “We recognize that the parent is the child’s first teacher and it’s important for them to know that the school district supports them at home.”

This year, the district — along with districts across the state — has implemented new learning standards called the Common Core State Standards, which required districts to revamp curriculum in math and English.

Magee said teachers and curriculum specialists will be on hand to demonstrate specific activities in both English language arts and math at grade levels preschool through 12.

Interpreters to assist English as Second Language and hearing-impaired families will be available.

Individual schools have held similar events for families, but this is the first district-wide outreach and an event that will likely continue, Magee said. Information on district programs, such as health and wellness initiatives in the district, also will be made available to parents at the event.

The outreach reinforces the district’s educational plan called 100 Percent In, 100 Percent Out, Magee said. The six-year plan outlines goals and initiatives to move the district toward an A accountability level from the state. The district’s current rating is a B.

“We’re moving forward with strategies and ways to ensure that our district is an A,” she said.