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Moving Forward with Team;
Enhancing the Vision!

May 2015

Message from the Superintendent


Celebrate endings—for they precede new beginnings.”~Jonathan Lockwood Huie
WOW! We are quickly approaching the finish line!  I can hardly believe the month, May, has descended upon us.  There are so many activities that one can easily find himself or herself doing a balancing act in order to participate in each.  Part 2 of PARCC and End of Course tests are near completion and we are clearing the way for memorable activities—academic awards programs,  athletic recognition events, graduation programs, and other end-of-the year celebrations. I believe accomplishments and endings are worthy of celebration. A recent example of celebrating success within the St. Martin Parish School System was the Red Carpet Gala.  The Gala focuses on the achievements of students and employees within the school system. Employees with perfect attendance are also recognized for their daily attendance and exemplary work ethics.  Students, Teachers, Support Personnel, Principals of the Year, and those earning perfect attendance were treated as royalty as they promenaded on a red carpet and were escorted on stage to receive “Awards of Excellence.”  As superintendent of schools, it is my desire to increase the number of honorees receiving these awards of excellence each year.
I am elated to report that more than three hundred individuals gathered at the Cade Community Center on April 22, 2015 to join in the festivities.  The Red Carpet GALA would not have been possible without the support of many sponsors who I want to publicly thank.  They are as follows:
Platinum Contributors
Architectural and Engineering Consultants, LLC
Brown & Brown of LA, Inc.
Cajun Chef Products
Farmers Merchants Bank & Trust
Louisiana Claims Administration (LoCA)
Lokrite Safety Backup
PHI
Poche’ Prouet Associates, LTD
Southwest Mechanical Services
St. Martin Hospital
Cargill Salt
Lafayette Schools Credit Union
 
Gold Contributors
 Kolder, Champagne, Slaven & Co., LLC
Slemco
 
Silver Contributors
 Boyer, Hebert, Abels & Angelle, LLC
Doug Ashy Building Materials
Parish Truck Sales, Inc.
St. Agnes Healthcare and Rehab Center
Stabiltec Downhole Tools, LLC
Sheriff Ronny Theriot
Acadiane’ Renovations, LTD
 
Bronze Contributions
Atlas Feed Mill
Becky Patin, St. Martin Parish Clerk of Court
Blanchard’s Office Supply
Duane Davidson Construction, Inc.
Hollier’s Family Pharmacy, Inc.
Mills’ Cashway Pharmacy, Inc.
Pellerin’s Life Insurance Company
Sure Fit Healtlh Club
Teche Bank
St. Martin Bank and Trust
The Golden Rule Care-Provider, LLC
 
Other Contributors
Russel’s Food Center
The Travel Machine
 
Congratulations to our honorees—the shining stars that are representatives of all of the exemplary employees and students who illuminate our classrooms and school district and bring recognition to themselves, their families, their respective schools and communities, and the St. Martin Parish School System. 
 
In closing, it is important to note that success is measured not by the actions of one individual, but through the actions of a team that works together and supports the mission and vision of the organization.   I also want to thank Mr. Anthony Polotzola, Supervisor of Human Capital and Operations, for facilitating this event, and staff members and others who assisted with this endeavor. A special thank you is also extended to Spencer Latiolais, a LSU student, who served as the announcer, Sue Theriot, representative of the Travel Machine in Lafayette, Ted and Sylvia Uhall, of Uhall’s Photography, Mrs. Rita Lewis and her catering staff, and Leroy Frederick, Videographer.  On behalf of the St. Martin Parish School Board, I want to thank the aforementioned sponsors and supporters and reiterate my congratulations to the honorees of the Red Carpet Gala.  
As we prepare for school closure, let’s take a few minutes to reflect on the quote offered by Jonathan Lockwood Huie and celebrate the closure of the 2014-2015 year as we prepare for new beginnings. 
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 as follows:
Mr. Donald Skipper, Parks Primary Custodian, was presented a plaque for having been selected as the April, 2015 Employee of the Month. 
A Resolution of Sympathy was approved for the families of Mr.  Raymond Castille, retired educator and supervisor, and father of Mrs. Angela McFaul, retired educator and Federal Programs Director, and Mrs. Sandra Hypolite, retired educator. Our heartfelt condolences are extended to family members and friends. Courtney Knott was recognized for successfully achieving her high school Carnegie units via the St. Martin Parish Virtual Learning Program. She will graduate from Cecilia High on May 15th.  Alexander Lear, Breaux Bridge High School Senior, was awarded the Poche’ Prouett  Associates, LTD Scholarship. St. Martinville Sr. High was recognized for its successful win of $18,000 via the Courtesy Giveaway Program. School Nurses were recognized on their special day.  Each school nurse was presented a Certificate of Appreciation for services rendered to the students within the school system.  For additional agenda items, please click on the following link: 
 
In This Issue

  • Message from the Superintendent
  • Board Meeting Update
  • BESE Update
  • Employee of the Month
  • Fine Arts Fair
  • Technology Boot Camp
  • Finance News
  • Virtual School Student Spotlight
  • Courtesy Breaux Bridge
  • School News
  • Condolences

Click here to view the 2014-2015 District Calendar.

NEXT
SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

 
June 10, 2015
5:00  P.M.

St. Martin Parish
School Board
Department of Administration

625 Corporate Dr.
Breaux Bridge

 
St. Martin Parish School District held its Fine Arts Fair at Cecilia Jr. High on Wednesday, April 29, 2015.   A total of 624 students participated in the drama, music, art, spelling, French, and writing activities of the Fine Arts Fair which represented the primary, elementary, junior high, and high schools in the district.  Click here for a complete list of the results. 
 

Thanks for all you do!
St. Martin Parish School Board would like to extend condolences to the family of Raymond M. Castille and Sandra L. Hypolite.
The St. Martin Parish School System Bids Farewell to a Retired Educator
 
Mr. Raymond Castille worked as a teacher and supervisor with the St. Martin Parish School Board for 28 years.  Mr. Castille taught French and Social Studies early in his career and later went on to supervise Maintenance and Transportation.  He retired as Director of Child Welfare and Attendance. After retirement from the school board, he worked part-time for the Louisiana Department of Education in Baton Rouge.  Mr. Castille will be remembered by the many people whose lives he touched.
The St. Martin Parish School System Bids Farewell to a Retired Educator

Sister Hypolite was an educator of Business for over 30 years in the Saint Martin Parish School system, where all of her years were dedicated to the students of St. Martinville schools. She was known as Ms. Simmons to some and Ms. Hyp to others.  Ms. Hypolite will be remembered by the many lives she touched in the educational family and community.  

ADMINISTRATORS
2014-2015

Breaux Bridge Primary
Lydia Capdepon, Principal
Lisa Thibodeaux, Asst. Principal

Breaux Bridge Elementary
Joy Cormier, Principal


Breaux Bridge Junior High
Denise Frederick, Principal


Breaux Breaux Bridge High
Louis Blanchard, Principal
Ronald Poland, Asst. Principal
Katherine Freshley, Asst. Principal


Cecilia Primary
Suzanne Leboeuf, Principal
Jill Bozeman, Asst. Principal


Teche Elementary 
Latonia Cretian, Principal
Angela Watson, Asst. Principal


Cecilia Junior High
Charee Theriot, Principal
Eileen Rowe, Asst. Principal


Cecilia High School
Daniel Leboeuf, Principal
Nicole Usie, Asst. Priincipal


Catahoula Elementary
Annette Baudoin, 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
Tashonna Hypolite, Asst. Principal

St. Martinville Junior High
Elizabeth Thibeaux-Clay, Principal
Devin Baltazar, Asst. Principal


St. Martinville Senior High
Michael Kreamer, Principal
Ginger Francis, Asst. Principal
Kevin Dugas, Asst. Principal


Stephensville Elementary
Bryan Staton, Principal


JCEP
Shirley Thibodeaux,  Asst. Principal

CENTRAL OFFICE
 ADMINISTRATORS
2013-2014

 
Dr. Lottie Beebe, Superintendent
Al Blanchard, Dir. of Human Capital
Dr. Gail Dalcourt, Dir. of Curriculum & Instruction
Kara Meaux, 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
Bonnie Thibodeaux, 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
Pamela Jordan, Title I Supervisor, 5-8
Melanie Taylor, Title I Supervisor, K-4
Nicole Angelle, Supervisor of Early Childhood and Family Involvement
Leah Hebert, Special Education Supervisor, PK-4
Mike Hebert, Special Education Supervisor, 9-12
Bridget Bergeron, Special Education, Supervisor, 6-8
St. Martin Parish Graduation Day
Friday, May 15, 2015
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The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) convened in Baton Rouge at the Claiborne Building on Tuesday, April 14th and Wednesday, April 15th.  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
Mr. Donald Skipper, Parks Primary Custodian, is the recipient of the April, 2015 Employee of the Month award. He has been an employee of the school district for one year.  Mr. Skipper was nominated for this prestigious honor because of his untiring efforts and exemplary work ethic. He was nominated by Parks Primary Principal, Mrs. Julie Laviolette. He often goes above and beyond to make sure the school is in “tip top shape.” According to Mrs. Laviolette, Mr. Skipper often reports to work early and stays late” to ensure the environment is conducive to teaching and learning.  His efforts and professionalism are greatly appreciated.
 
Special Thanks to COURTESY MOTORS in BREAUX BRIDGE!
 
I want to reiterate my appreciation to Courtesy Automotive in Breaux Bridge for its sponsorship of the 2015 Courtesy Video Competition.  On Friday, May 1, St. Martinville Sr. High students and administrators were issued a monetary award of $18,000. The SMSH winning video received 83,011 votes.  Students were treated to cake and punch during a visit with Courtesy Motors Representatives.  Later this month, Stephensville Elementary will be presented a second place award of $1000; the school’s video received 61,313 votes, and a third place award of $500 will be presented to the Early Learning Center; ELC’s video received 38,771 votes.  Thanks to everyone who supported this endeavor and we look forward to future partnering between the St. Martin Parish School System and Courtesy Motors!
 
Open enrollment meetings will begin on May 6, 2015 and conclude May 20, 2015.  Please see correspondence below that was recently distributed with payroll checks.  The rates and open enrollment dates are for active employees, separate correspondence will be sent to retirees regarding their rates and a scheduled meeting for them.  The community meetings are for any school staff that was unable to attend their school meeting, bus drivers should attend the meetings being held at the DOA.  Please contact Tammie Graham with any questions, 337-332-2105 Ext. 2824.  Click here for additional information.
Update from the Transportation Department
 
Earlier this spring, the Transportation Department ordered and took ownership of 12 new Bluebird busses.  The order consisted of ten regular 66 passenger busses and 2 Special Needs busses.  These busses are currently out on regular routes around the district. 
By law, busses can be used for up to twenty five years, then must be taken out of service.  In St. Martin Parish, we currently do not have any busses on regular routes that are at or near twenty five years in age.  All of our regular route busses are fifteen years old or newer.  We do, however, have spare busses that are between fifteen and twenty years old, but these are not in regular daily service.
In addition to the new busses, we have refurbished some of the older busses in the fleet to keep them in working order, in the event they are needed.  You may have noticed busses parked at some of the campuses.  These are spare busses stationed in each area of the parish for use in the event of a breakdown or for use by coaches to attend athletic events. In the next fiscal year we have budgeted to purchase five additional busses, which will be ordered in July and should be received by October.  Efforts have been made by the Transportation Department to maintain and update the bus fleet.
The St. Martin Parish Educational Technology Department is sponsoring a two-day Technology Boot Camp.  Teachers will be able to participate in four (4) sessions per day.  Sessions include:  Promethean Board Training, Smart Board Training, Smart Board-Notebook 14, Gaggle, Google, Grant Writing, JCampus, Class Dojo, to name a few.  On the last day, all participants will gather in the gym for a closing session, where door prizes will be drawn, including, but not limited to, a laptop, iPad mini, HP Tablet, Memo Tablet, Chrome Book, and gift cardsParticipants must be present to win.  Registration is limited to the first 150 teachers you sign up.  Click here to access the registration form.
A few short years ago, there were only a couple of options available to students wishing to pursue a high school diploma.  They could attend high school to pursue one of the traditional diploma tracks or perhaps be a homeschooled student and receive instruction from a parent.  Over the past three years, St. Martin Parish has offered a non-traditional alternative for students who simply didn’t fit the mold of traditional high school. 
In 2012, the St. Marin Parish Virtual Learning Center began offering an online program where students could receive credits towards a high school diploma.  The program offers students a variety of courses that qualify them for both Core 4 and Basic diplomas.  In addition, for the last three years we have been able to bridge the gap between traditional school and virtual learning for countless students.  Since the start of the program, we have one student who was able to complete her entire journey virtually. 
Courtney Knott of Cecilia High School enrolled in our program at the start of the 2012-2013 school year as a freshman.  Early on, she found success with the program and was able to earn 9 credits during the course of the year.  From there, she completed 10 credits the following year.  Then as a graduating “junior”, she only needed 5 credits to complete her LA Core 4 diploma, which she earned this year.  Thanks to her hard work and dedication, Courtney will be graduating next week with the class that she was slated to graduate with, effectively making up an entire school year that was previously lost to her.
The St. Martin Parish Virtual Learning Team would like to recognize and congratulate Courtney on being the first student in St. Martin Parish to graduate from high school by completely utilizing virtual courses.  Your hard work and dedication to this goal will serve you well in all of your future endeavors.  Courtney, we want to thank you for making us look so good in the process.
The Virtual Learning Team

Breaux Bridge High School 


National Honor Society Induction for 2014-2015
 
​From Left: Priya Patel, Maranda Wiltz, Devin LeBlanc, Tristan Louviere, Morgan Fontenot, Claire LeBlanc, Amber Theriot, Principal Louis Blanchard, Superintendent Dr. Lottie Beebe​.  Not Pictured: Mary Nguyen, Kaitlyn Guidry, Hunter Credeur, Charli Romero, Alex Franks, Elizabeth Chauffe, Krystie LeBlanc. 

BBHS District Rally participants at UL
Amy Ho, Bakari LeBlanc, Victorian Cooke, Devin Leblanc, Caelan Melancon, Joshua Warfield, Conner Colligan, Hannah Dwyer, Mary Nguyen, Chazz Boyd, Courtney Castille, Sierra Ihde, Jordy Broussard, Bethany Wright, Brylon Viator, Valerie Sonnier, Jonathon Talley, Camille Guidry, Hannah Prudomme, William Clark, Krystie LeBlanc, Caleb Hebert, Zach Wells, Andre Dupuy, Regan Jackson, Victoria Morck, Maranda Wiltz, Geoffrey Glover, Alexander Lear, Taylor Gary and Jonathon Tallely (not pictured). 

Cecilia High School  
Cecilia High School FFA small engine team members (left to right) Noah Pontiff, Josh Ashley, Ben Tauzin, and Christian Taylor.   First place honors in district competition, 3rd in Area and 7th in State.

Several CHS Band students auditioned for the U.L. Pride of Acadiana Marching Band. They all received entry into the band as well as scholarships to cover housing cost estimated at $4500 per semester (not including summer sessions). Pictured are (from top left to right) : Peter Saujon (Eb alto saxophone), Danny Nguyen (Bb soprano clarinet), Eric Jackson (baritone), Danielle Charles (Bb soprano clarinet/bass clarinet), and Desire Mouton (Bb soprano clarinet).   
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