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Moving Forward with Team;
Enhancing the Vision!

JUNE 2016

Message from the Superintendent


“There’s a trick to the 'graceful exit.' It begins with the vision to recognize when a job, a life stage, or a relationship is over — and let it go. It means leaving what’s over without denying its validity or its past importance to our lives. It involves a sense of future, a belief that every exit line is an entry, that we are moving up, rather than out.”  ~ Ellen Goodman
 
This June edition of the eNewsletter is dedicated to the 2016 St. Martin Parish graduates and those who are retiring from our educational system after spending numerous years imparting knowledge, compassion, and dedicated service.  May 13, 2016 is a date that will be etched in memory for years to come--a day that will be long remembered as the culmination of an educational journey for St. Martin Parish public school students.  As they continue their journey whether in a four year or two year educational program, or the military, or the workplace, we congratulate our graduates for their efforts and wish them continued success.  Congratulations to the 500 plus St. Martin Parish graduates, their parents, other family members, teachers, and administrators!
 
On June 8th, employees from all job classifications were acknowledged for their many years of service within the St. Martin Parish School System.  These retirees were honored at a 3:15 P. M. reception at the St. Martin Parish School Board Department of Administration.  They were also awarded plaques acknowledging their years of service during the scheduled board meeting. 
 
Two principals are retiring from the district with a combined 52 years of service, knowledge, and expertise.  Mrs. Annette Baudoin, Catahoula Elementary Principal, is retiring with 30 years of service, with 12 of those years spent as a principal. Mrs. Baudoin is succeeded by Mrs. Tiffany Francis who served as the assistant principal of Cecilia Primary during the past  year.
Mrs. Lydia Capdepon, Breaux Bridge Primary Principal, is retiring with 22 years of experience within the education arena.  She has served the Breaux Bridge Primary school/community as principal for the past two years.  Mrs. Jill Bozeman is succeeding Mrs. Lydia Capdepon as principal of Breaux Bridge Primary.
Ms. Eileen Rowe, an assistant principal with years spent at Cecilia Jr. High and Parks Middle School, is retiring.  She spent five years at CJH and one year as an assistant at Parks Middle. Her exit from Parks Middle and the school system is bittersweet!  Our best wishes for a happy, healthy, and productive retirement for all three administrators who are bidding farewell to their St. Martin Parish educational family.
 
There are others who deserve equal recognition. (Please refer to the Department of Human Capital section for more information.)  While there are many who are retiring, there are others who are exiting the school system for various reasons.  Regardless of the reason, I want to thank these individuals on behalf of the school board and others within our educational family for the services they provided to our district. 
It is our wish that they will experience happiness, good health, and prosperity as they begin a new chapter in their lives.
 
As stated by Ellen Goodman, "It begins with the vision...It means leaving what's over without denying its validity or its past importance to our lives."  As we congratulate our 2016 Parish graduates and retirees, it is important to note their presence will never be forgotten and will remain etched in our hearts. 
NEXT SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
July 13, 2016
5:00  P.M.
St. Martin Parish
School Board
Department of Administration

625 Corporate Dr.
Breaux Bridge
BOARD UPDATE
 
 The St. Martin Parish School Board meeting was called to order by Mark Hebert, Board President.  The prayer and pledge of allegiance were offered by Dr. Lottie P. Beebe, Superintendent. 

Accolades were presented to Fred Wiltz, Child Welfare and Attendance Supervisor, Mary Journet, Truancy Coordinator, and Khristy Hulin, Safe Schools Coordinator, for earning the distinct honor of May Employee of the Month.  The group works tirelessly to address issues that arise within schools relative to discipline and truancy. Additionally, retirees were acknowledged for their years of service to the St. Martin Parish School System. Outgoing administrators were also acknowledged for their years of service to the school district.  Mrs. Jill Bozeman, newly appointed principal of Breaux Bridge Primary, and Mrs. Tiffany Francis, newly appointed principal of Catahoula Elementary, were acknowledged during the meeting and were congratulated for their new roles. 
 
Other board items included the discussion of the purchase of the Pellerin Administration Building, located in the Corporate Blvd. area adjacent to the Department of Administration (DOA)building, to serve as office space for the Superintendent and Executive Staff and other department of administration employees.  The Board agreed to the purchase pending an inspection of the facility.  The goal is to relocate many of the employees currently housed at the Department of Administration facility to the Pellerin Building.  The DOA will become the new home of the Federal Programs employees, if the purchase is completed.
 
Other Board items discussed may be accessed via the following link.
The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE)  is scheduled to meet in June, 2016.  Agendas are  accessible at the following website: http://bese.louisiana.gov

The committee meetings and official board meeting are live-streamed and can be accessed during board deliberations.  If you are unable to tune in during scheduled meetings, you may view agenda items and videos at the following website: http://bese.louisiana.gov
In This Issue

  • Message from the Superintendent
  • Board Meeting Update
  • BESE Update
  • Job Openings
  • Employee of the Month
  • Student Registration
  • Virtual Learning Open House
  • School News 
  • Condolences

Click here to view the 2015-2016 District Calendar.

Visit the Human Resources Page on our District Website for more details. 
.Finance News
 
The business office is busy wrapping up the 15-16 fiscal year and preparing for 16-17.   Preliminary review of the financial statements indicate that our general fund is stable, however sales tax continues to be monitored closely due to the significant decrease in revenues during 15-16.  To date we have seen a 15% decline, fortunately we had a healthy fund balance to be able to sustain prior year supplement amounts.  At the June 8, 2016 Finance Committee meeting,  the board approved the June sales tax supplement to be disbursed with June end of the month checks.  The amount will be $1,000 for professionals and $715 for para-professionals.  While we must remain conservative in our spending, we are fortunate in St. Martin Parish to have healthy fund balances to support us during the hard economic times.
Preparing Our Schools for the Future
 
Your bond dollars are preparing our schools for future technology. The 2013 bond provides funds for technology to upgrade ALL schools' wiring and cabling.
 
ALL schools in the district rewiring and cabling for future technology has been completed. The cabling and wiring project allows for a cleaner and more efficient district network, as well as, future expansion for faster speeds and a readiness for online testing.
 
These wiring and cabling upgrades opened up the opportunity for managed wireless networks at the schools. Throughout this school year, the wireless network at each school site has been completed. By the close of the fiscal year, every school will have a full managed wireless network available to students and staff. The wireless network in these schools is a centralized, managed system with a complete netted coverage of the entire campus. This configuration allows for uninterrupted coverage while connected to the network even while moving throughout the campus. The wireless network opens up curriculum and learning opportunities for all students and instructors on the campus.
 
During this summer, through E-Rate funds, additional wiring upgrades are being completed to bring all campuses to the same standards. In addition, JCEP and College and Career Readiness Center are going through the same wiring and cabling upgrades as was done at the rest of the school campuses and their wireless network will be completed as well for the next school year.
 
St. Martin Parish students have a bright future ahead!
With the passage of the 2016 Bond,  the Maintenance Department is gearing up for another round of construction projects.  However, before we can begin work on the 2016 projects, we must first complete the remaining 2013 projects.  We currently have several projects either in construction or about to begin construction.  Included in this list of projects are the Athletic Building at St. Martinville Senior High, roof work at Catahoula Elementary, a cooler replacement and elevator replacement at Teche Elementary, renovations of the C and D buildings and gym roof at Breaux Bridge Junior High, new dressing rooms at Breaux Bridge High School, restroom upgrades in the main building at Breaux Bridge High School, roof work at St. Martinville Primary, cafeteria and band room upgrades at St. Martinville High School and cabling projects at various schools around the district.
We would like to thank all employees and members of the public for supporting the 2016 bond and allowing the St. Martin Parish School Board to continue its progress in updating our electrical, technology, and HVAC systems and updating our facilities.
In an effort to ensure that the St. Martin Parish School District is providing an education to those students who reside within St. Martin Parish, the St. Martin Parish School Board will be holding a mandatory re-registration process of students beginning March 14, 2016All students currently enrolled in Saint Martin Parish Schools will be required to re-register.
 
Parents of students must provide the District with current proof that they permanently reside at an address within a particular school zone.
 
The following documents are required for re-registration.
 
Homeowners: Mortgage statement, tax bill, homestead exemption or deed plus (1) from group A
Renters: Lease and notarized landlord statement plus (1) from group A
 
     Group A- Proof of Residency ( All within the last 30 days)
·        Cable Bill
·        Electricity Bill
·        Water Bill
 
New Registrations
 
St. Martin Parish Schools will also conduct District-Wide Registrations for students who are entering St. Martin Parish Schools for the first time. Parents will be required to provide the zoned school with the following items during registration:
1. Birth Certificate                                 
2. Immunization Records                       
3. Social Security Card
4. Photo I.D. of Parent/Guardian
5. Release from previous school
6. Copy of Report Card, if available

 
Homeowners: Mortgage statement, tax bill, homestead exemption or deed plus (1) from group A
Renters: Lease and notarized landlord statement plus (1) from group A
 
Group A- Proof of Residency ( All within the last 30 days)
·        Cable Bill
·        Electricity Bill
·        Water Bill

 
NOTE: All documents submitted must contain the name of the parent/guardian and the physical address.  Items with P.O. Boxes will not be accepted.
 
All of the required documents for residency verification can be located on our district website.  Parents wishing to submit verification documents online, may do so by clicking the following link for step by step directions.
The St. Martin Parish School Board and employees would like to extend condolences to the family of Mr. Clarence Matte, Jr.

ADMINISTRATORS
2015-2016

Breaux Bridge Primary
Jill Bozeman, Principal
Tashonna Hypolite, Asst. Principal
Breaux Bridge Elementary
Joy Cormier, Principal
Lisa Thibodeaux, Asst. Principal
Breaux Bridge Junior High
Denise Frederick, Principal
Kevin Bonhomme Asst. Principal 
Breaux Bridge High
Louis Blanchard, Principal
Ronald Poland, Asst. Principal
Andria Navarre, Asst. Principal

Cecilia Primary
Suzanne Leboeuf, Principal
Vacant, Asst. Principal

Teche Elementary 
Latonia Cretian, Principal
Angela Watson, Asst. Principal
Cecilia Junior High
Charee Theriot, Principal
Tiedra Hawkins, Asst. Principal
Cecilia High School
Daniel Leboeuf, Principal

John Chevalier, Asst. Principal
Nicole Usie, Asst. Priincipal
Catahoula Elementary
Tiffany Francis, Principal
Parks Primary
Julie Laviolette, Principal
Tassala Jones, Asst. Principal
Parks Middle School
Dr. Wanda Phillips, Principal
Cheryl Mitchell,  Asst. Principal 
Early Learning Center
Jessica Landry, Principal 
St. Martinville Primary
Sarah Allen, Principal
Vacant, Asst. Principal  
St. Martinville Junior High
Edward Boyd, Interim Principal
Katherine Freshley, Asst. Principal  
St. Martinville Senior High
Michael Kreamer, Principal
Ginger Francis, Asst. Principal
Kevin Dugas, Asst. Principal
Stephensville Elementary
Bryan Staton, Principal
St. Martin Parish College &  Career Readiness Center
Elizabeth Thibeaux-Clay, Principal
JCEP
Vacant, Asst. Principal

 
CENTRAL OFFICE
 ADMINISTRATORS
2013-2014

 
Dr. Lottie Beebe, Superintendent
Al Blanchard, Dir. of Human Capital
Dr. Gail Dalcourt, Dir. of Curriculum & Instruction
Pamela Jordan, Dir. of Federal Programs
Casey Broussard, CFO
Anthony Polotzola, Supervisor of Organizational Structures and Human Capital
Henry Derouselle, Supervisor of Operations
Christine Foster, Supervisor of Computer Services
Phyllis Landry, Supervisor of Elementary Education
Laura Turpeau, Supervisor of Secondary Education
Redell Louis, Supervisor of Educational Technology
Kellie Leblanc, Supervisor of Virtual Learning
Frederick Wiltz, Supervisor of Child Welfare & Attendance
Mary Journet, Truancy Coordinator
Khristy Hulin, Safe & Drug Free Schools Coordinator
Adrienne Huval, Health Centers Coordinator
Clair Blanchard, Supervisor of School Nutrition
Bridget Bergeron, Title I Supervisor, 5-8
Melanie Taylor, Title I Supervisor, K-4
Nicole Angelle, Supervisor of Early Childhood and Family Involvement
Shirley Thibodeaux, Special Education Supervisor, PK-4
Mike Hebert, Special Education Supervisor, 9-12
Vacant, Special Education, Supervisor, 6-8
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Members of the Child Welfare and Attendance Department are the recipients of the May Employee of the Month award. Mr. Frederick Wiltz, Child Welfare and Attendance Supervisor, Mrs. Mary Journet, Truancy Coordinator, and Mrs. Khristy Hulin, Safe Schools Coordinator, were nominated for this prestigious honor because of their untiring efforts, patience, compassion,  and the  dedication they bring to their department and to the entire school system.  Their efforts and professionalism are greatly appreciated.
Retiree Reception Held at the
Department of Administration
At the June 8, 2016 board meeting , thirty-three employees who have chosen to retire, were honored.  A heartfelt "thank you" is extended to each and every retiree for their many years of service to the students of St. Martin Parish.   It is with great regret that we bid them farewell from the profession and wish them the best of luck in the next phase of their lives.   Retirees were honored at a ceremony beginning at 3:15 P.M., prior to the board meeting in the board room at the Department of Administration, followed by a brief reception with cake and punch.  Thanks again for the many years of  service to St. Martin Parish.
 
Name Position School Years
Annette Baudoin Principal CE 30
Gay Begnaud Secretary SS 22
June Bonhomme Teacher BBH 37
Jolene Boudreaux Aide CP 19
Dana Broussard Teacher CP 23
Carolyn Caldwell Counselor BBH 10
Lydia Capdepon Principal BBP 24
Sylvia Castillo Teacher PM 45
Emma Charles Custodian SMJ 9
Carole Coffman Teacher BBP 23
Shirley Cormier Dean of Students CSH 44
Allen Dore Teacher Aide PP 22
Denise Dubois Teacher BBE 25
Gerald Dugas Mechanic Bus Shop 15
Buddy Eddy Teacher CSH 43
Lowell Guidry Teacher CSH 46
Leah Hebert Supervisor SS 15
Linda Huval SN Technician CP 25
Carrie Johnson Teacher SE 31
Gayle Jones Teacher Aide BBH 19
Cheryl Knott Teacher Aide CP 33
John Lemaire Teacher BBH 11
Barbara Mathews Speech Therapists SS 33
Kara Meaux Director SMDOA 23
Catherine Meche Social Worker SS 26
Samantha Meche Teacher BBP 30
Michael Menard Custodian SMDOA 11
Robin Miller Teacher Aide BBP 20
Geraldine Richard SN Technician TE 18
Eileen Rowe Assistant Principal PM 6
Juanita Savoy Teacher Aide CE 24
Janice Sonnier Librarian CSH 38
Jackie Taylor SN Technician CJH 21
       
Tiffany Francis is a graduate of Breaux Bridge High School and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.   She has been in education for the past 13 years.   She has taught at the Early Learning Center and Breaux Bridge Primary.  She has served as assistant principal at Cecilia Primary for one year.  She and her husband, Cash, have three children: Brian, Caleb, and Chelsea.  Ms. Tiffany loves children and is very excited to join the Catahoula Elementary family as principal.   She looks forward to working with all stakeholders to maximize achievement for all students at Catahoula Elementary. 

 
Jill Bozeman is the new principal of Breaux Bridge Primary.  Prior to being appointed the Principal of Breaux Bridge Primary, she served as Assistant Principal at Saint Martinville Primary and Cecilia Primary.  She obtained a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership in 2013.  She completed her undergraduate work in Hammond, Louisiana at Southeastern Louisiana University.  Mrs. Bozeman began her career as an educator teaching first grade.  Throughout the years she has had opportunities to teach first, second, third and fifth grades.  Just prior to serving as Assistant Principal, she performed the duties of Reading and Math Facilitator, as well as Behavior Interventionist at the primary level.
She is married to Donnie Bozeman and they are the proud parents of one daughter, Greta. She is delighted to be a part of St. Martin Parish School District and  looks forward to working with the Breaux Bridge Primary educational family. 

 

June 2016 Teacher Leader Summit
  Approximately 55 participants from St. Martin Parish attended the Louisiana Department of Education’s (LDOE) Teacher Leader Summit in New Orleans, Louisiana on June 1st through 3rd.  Participants included district personnel, school level administrators, and classroom teachers. The summit served as the kickoff to professional development required for effective implementation of the Louisiana Student Standards for the 2016-2017 school year.   Educators received training on various new tools released by the LDOE designed to assist teachers in preparing students to become college and career ready.
 
St. Martin Parish educators attended sessions on the new English Language Arts (ELA) Guidebooks 2.0, which will serve as a major tool in guiding ELA instruction across the district in the upcoming school year.  In addition, district educators focused on sessions on Eureka math, science, social studies, effective feedback for guiding instruction, and college and career graduation pathways, to name a few.  Participants will collaborate to provide professional development to all administrators and teachers across the district on August 8th and 9th, as well as throughout the 2016-2017 school year. 
 
  
St. Martin Parish Data Fest  
District level personnel and administrators from every school across the district participated in this year’s Data Fest held on June 6th and 7th.  Educators analyzed student assessment data to determine their focus for the upcoming school year.  Administrators and teachers, along with their supervisor liaisons, will utilize the information gleaned to provide focused professional development to help improve teaching and learning for all students.  Supervisors, administrators, and classroom teachers will also utilize the information during district and school level Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) to plan effective instructional and assessment practices.
 
DIVERSTIY TRAINING AT
ST. MARTINVILLE SENIOR HIGH

     The St. Martin Parish Technology Department is sponsoring a two-day Technology Boot Camp on June 22nd and 23rd at Breaux Bridge Junior HIgh School.  Teachers will be able to participate in four (4) sessions per day. 
     Sessions include: 3-D Printing, Google Classroom, Google Apps & Extensions, Google Earth & Fieldtrips, SAMR Model, Augmented Reality, Discovery Education, iPads in the Classroom, Interactive Science, Formative Assessment through Technology, All About Google, Grant Writing, Promethean Board Training, Smart Board Training, and JCampus, . 
     On the second day, June 23rd, all participants will gather for a closing session, where door prizes will be drawn.   Participants must be present to win.  A link to the online registration can be found on our District Website Home Page.
On May 19, 2016, the College and Career Readiness Center celebrated their 1st certification of 31 students in the Certified Nursing Assistant course with a Pinning Ceremony. The Pinning Ceremony is a time-honored nursing school tradition. It signifies the official initiation into the brotherhood and sisterhood of nurses. The Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) cadets were the color guards and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Nationally known singer, artist, and author, Helen Boudreaux, sang the National Anthem. 
Dr. Beebe, Superintendent of St. Martin School District,  Ms. Turpeau, Secondary Supervisor, and Mr. Pearson, Golden Rule Care Providers served as guest speakers for the ceremony. Ms. Mello, CNA instructor, led the nursing students in the CNA Pledge. Lafayette Schools Credit Union provided goodie bags with educational materials on finance to all the nursing students. The College and Career Readiness Center’s faculty provided the refreshments for the event. 
 


CATAHOULA ELEMENTARY

 
The following students were nominated by their teachers for Citizens of the Month for April, 2016:
Pre-K- Andon Smith ~Grade K- Alyssa Boudreaux ~ Grade 1- Cullen Bourliea ~ Grade 2- Ella Boudreaux ~ Grade 3- Isabella Clark ~ Grade 4- Isaiah Lasseigne ~ Grade 5- Mackenzie Theriot ~ Grade 6- Kain Comeaux ~ Grade 7- Samantha Latiolais ~ Grade 8- Rejen Olivier

 
The annual Moms' Breakfast was held at Catahoula Elementary School on Friday, May 6, 2016. Over seventy mothers enjoyed a healthy breakfast with their Catahoula Elementary student. 
BREAUX BRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL
Joseph Guilbeaux, Jimmy Fallin, Victorian Cooke, Brylon Viator, Austin Meaux, and FFA Sponsor Tim Chiasson participated in the 2016 National Land Judging Competition held in Oklahoma.   

Cortlun Melton competed in the St. Martin Parish ESU's  (English Speaking Union) parish-wide Shakespeare Competition and won first gaining his entrance to compete among other high school winners from across the state of Louisiana.  At the state competition held at Tulane on March 27th, Cortlun took first place with his Shakespearean monologue and sonnet. This gave him the opportunity to represent Breaux Bridge High, St. Martin Parish and Louisiana in the 33rd annual National ESU Shakespeare Competition in NYC. The Competition took place on May 2, 2016 with 55 semi-finalists from as many ESU Branch competitions nationwide.   Read more. 

 
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