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Message From the President

Dear Students and Parents: 

Southeastern Louisiana University is pleased to welcome you to our campus for the Southeast Louisiana District Literary Rally. We have treasured our long-standing relationship with the Rally Association to encourage academic achievement and to support our state's scholastic rally competition at both the district and state levels. We believe that recognizing the accomplishments of our high school students is an integral part of promoting the quality of education in our state. 

Southeastern is especially pleased to offer Freshmen Scholastic Achievement Awards to the winners of this year's district rally. These scholarships are made available to encourage participation in the rally and to stimulate interest among outstanding students to explore the opportunities offered by Southeastern's excellent academic programs. In addition, please know that Southeastern offers a challenging Honors Program that has been nationally recognized. We are a caring campus, a place where learning and teaching lead to outstanding academic work by graduates who go on to accomplish great things. 

We look forward to your participation in the Southeast Louisiana District Literary Rally on Saturday, February 23, 2019. During your visit on Rally Day, the Southeastern Louisiana University Division of Student Affairs will host our Annual Rock 'N Roar Fest, which you are invited to attend. Our campus community of students, faculty, and staff stand ready to assist you during your visit. 

John Crain,
Southeastern Louisiana University President

 

Dates to Remember

Saturday, February 23, 2019                                    Southeast Louisiana District Literary Rally

Monday, February 25, 2019                                      Unofficial Results Available

Monday, March 11, 2019                                           Official Results Posted

Saturday, April 6, 2019                                              Louisiana State Rally 

Tiebreaker Policy

The most difficult questions within each literary event test will be used as tiebreakers.  These tiebreakers will compose 20% of each literary event test.  Tiebreakers will not be identified to participating students.  In the event of a tie, the following policy will be applied:

  • The students' answers to the questions selected as tiebreakers will be reviewed.
  • The student who obtains the highest percentage of accurate tiebreaker questions is the winner.  (Example: If there are eight tiebreaker questions and student #1 answers three out of eight tiebreakers correctly, but student #2 answers six out of eight correctly, then student #2 is the winner)
  • If more than one student answers the same number of tiebreaker questions correctly, all eligible students are declared winners and will be eligible to compete at State Rally, provided that these students attend different schools.                                                                                                

Note:  Only one student per school is eligible to participate in a literary event at State Rally. If multiple students from the same school participate in a literary event, receive the same overall score, and then answer the highest percentage of tiebreakers correctly, then the district must select one winning student to send to the State Rally.

Note:  If more than one student from the same school answers 100% of the test questions correctly, all eligible students will qualify to attend state rally.       

LHSRA Calculator Usage Policy

Can I use a calculator?

You may use a calculator on the LHSRA Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics tests, but not on any of the other tests offered by the LHSRA.  You are not required to use a calculator.  All problems on the tests can be solved without a calculator.

 

WARNING:  You are responsible for knowing if your calculator is permitted.  If you use a prohibited calculator, or you use a calculator on any test other than the Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics Tests, you will be dismissed and your answer document will not be scored.  If it is determined later that you used a prohibited calculator or that you used a calculator on a test other than the mathematics, chemistry, and physics tests, your scores will be cancelled.  The TI-89 is the most common calculator taken from students who bring this model to rally events.

 

If you wish to use a calculator, you are responsible for bringing it to the test center and for making sure it works properly.  The test center will not provide a backup calculator or batteries. You may not share your calculator with anyone else.  You may bring a backup calculator, but you may not have more than one on your desk or in operation at a time.

 

You may use your calculator only while you are working on the Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics tests.  At all other times, it must be turned off and put away.  If you finish the tests before time is called, you must turn your calculator off and wait quietly.  Calculators with games or other functions may not be used - you may use only the mathematics functions of your calculator.

 

Permitted Calculators

  • Any four-function, scientific, or graphing calculator, unless it has features described in the Prohibited Calculators list below.
  • TI-Nspire (non-CAS) and Sharp EL 9600
  • Calculators with letter keys not in QWERTY format
  • For models on the Calculators Permitted with Modification list, you will be required to modify some of the calculator's features.

 

Prohibited Calculators

  • Texas Instruments:  all model numbers beginning with TI-89 and TI-92, and TI-Nspire CAS
  • Hewlett-Packard:  HP Prime, HP 48GII and all model numbers beginning with HP 40G, HP 49G, or HP 50G
  • Casio:  fx-CP400 (ClassPad 400), Algebra fx 2.0, ClassPad 300, ClassPad 330, and all model numbers beginning with CFX - 9970G
  • Calculators with built-in computer algebra systems
  • Pocket organizers
  • Handheld, tablet, or laptop computers, including PDAs
  • Electronic Writing Pads or Pen-Input devices
  • Calculators built into cell phones or other electronic communication devices
  • Calculators with a typewriter keypad (keys in QWERTY format)

 

Calculators Permitted with Modification

These types of calculators are permitted, but only after they are modified as noted:

  • Calculators with paper tape - Remove the tape.
  • Calculators that can hold programs or documents - remove all documents and remove all programs that have computer algebra system functionality
  • Calculators that make noise - turn off the sound
  • Calculators that can communicate wirelessly with other calculators - Completely cover the infrared data port with heavy opaque material such as duct tape or electricians tape (includes Hewlett-Packard HP 38G series, HP 39G series, and HP 48G).
  • Calculators that have power cords - remove all power/electrical cords.

 

NB:     LHSRA Calculator Usage Policy is adapted from Preparing for the ACT, 2014-2015.

Late Arrival Policy

Participants who arrive after posted event times may not participate.  Students are encouraged to arrive to the testing room at least ten minutes prior to the posted event time.  In the event that unforeseeable circumstances prevent a significant number of participants from multiple schools from arriving by the posted event time, the following steps may be taken:
  • High School Coordinators are responsible for contacting the Director of the District Literary Rally to inform them of the circumstances
  • At the discretion of the Director of the District Rally, test times may be adjusted as applicable

Event Integrity

  1. Schools may enter only ONE district rally.

 

  1. All Literary Tests will be limited to ONE HOUR ONLY.

 

  1. Certain educational aides are not permitted, i.e., slide rules, dictionaries, English handbooks, etc. A Periodic Table will be available in the classroom for those students taking the Chemistry test. Calculators ARE allowed. Please see LHSRA calculator usage policy guidelines.

 

  1. Participants who arrive after posted event times may not participate.  Students are encouraged to arrive to the testing room at least ten minutes prior to the posted event time.  In the event that unforeseeable circumstances prevent a significant number of participants from multiple schools from arriving by the posted event time, the following steps may be taken:
      • High School Coordinators are responsible for contacting the Director of the District Literary Rally to inform them of the circumstances
      • At the discretion of the Director of the District Rally, test times may be adjusted as applicable

 

  1.  Students are responsible for knowing which event they are participating in.  A roster of participants will be posted near the door of each test location.  Students will be required to initial the roster next to their name.  Students are not eligible to participate in the event if their names are not on the roster.  Any student found participating in a test in which they are not registered will not have their tests graded. 

 

  1.  Any student engaging in or receiving dishonest assistance during an event will be automatically disqualified and will be denied all awards or honors he/she may have won during the current District Rally and will be barred from District Rally competition for the next academic year. The school that the student attends will be notified of such action.