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Moving Forward with Team;
Enhancing the Vision!

August, 2014





 

Message from the Superintendent


  â€œYou can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to
learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he
lives.”    ~Clay P. Bedford


        As we begin a new school year (2014-2015), it is my pleasure to welcome
back school system employees and students.  I also want to welcome our new
teachers and those who are returning after spending some time in other
districts. I am sincerely grateful that these educators chose to teach in
the St. Martin Parish School System. I recognize that with the vast number
of teacher vacancies existing across the state, these individuals could have
easily sought employment in other districts. We will make every effort to
provide our employees with the support and assistance needed to ensure their
success.

        It is important that all employees, students, and education stakeholders
are aware of the St. Martin Parish School System’s mission and vision as we
begin our school year.   Our mission is to provide quality educational
experiences while utilizing a TEAM approach with all stakeholders focused on
SUCCESS.  Our vision is to improve education through sound educational
practices that enhance teaching and learning and provide educational
opportunities for all stakeholders in an effort to make the St. Martin
Parish School District second to none in the region, state, and nation.
        Much preparation has been done to provide our educators with the resources
needed to enhance teaching and learning. Professional learning has been
provided to employees and will continue throughout the school year with
scheduled trainings and collaboration via school and district professional
learning communities.  The St. Martin Parish School Board has approved the
purchase of  ELA and math textbooks totaling $1.7 million dollars. The Board
recognized the needs of our teachers in June, 2014 and has provided our
educators with much needed resources. I applaud the Board for understanding
the challenges of teachers writing their own curricula.
        As the debate continues in Baton Rouge among BESE, Superintendent John
White, and Governor Jindal regarding the assessment we will use in the
Spring, 2014, we will not be distracted. We will continue the implementation
of Common Core State Standard (CCSS) because this is the charge given to us
by BESE. We will continue our efforts to improve student outcomes and will
remain committed to educational excellence.

        In closing, please note that I have an open door policy as your
superintendent.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have thoughts
on how to improve in various areas within the school system.  Again, we must
operate as a team in order to yield successful outcomes.  Together we can!
 
 Welcome Back to School!

Please Join Us!

St. Martin Parish School Board
Ribbon-Cutting
Open House Ceremony

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
5:30 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

Department of Administration
625 Corporate Boulevard
Breaux Bridge, LA  70517

Please RSVP to Wynde at
wynde_frederick@saintmartinschools.org or 337-332-2150


 

BOARD UPDATE

The Board meeting was called to order at 5:00 P. M. on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance offered by Dr. Beebe.  The July, 2014 Employee of the Month, Mrs. Christine Foster, Mr. Todd Meche, and the IT Staff were acknowledged by the school board for their exemplary work performance. Vanel Porter, a St. Martinville Sr. High student, was also recognized by the board for her outstanding performance on the American College Test (ACT).   Please see the attached board meeting agenda for further details.
In This Issue

  • Message from the Superintendent
  • Ribbon Cutting
  • Board Meeting Update
  • Education Updates
  • New Asst. Principals
  • Employee of the Month
  • Student Spotlight
  • Employee Spotlight
  • Summer Program Success
  • Open House Dates
  • School News
  • Condolences
  • School News

Click here to view the 2014-2015 District Calendar.

NEXT SCHOOL BOARD MEETING  
September 3, 2014
5 P.M.

St. Martin Parish School Board
Department of Administration

625 Corporate Dr.
Breaux Bridge

 

Breaux Bridge Primary Asst. Principal

Mrs. Lisa Thibodeaux is married to Jody Thibodeaux and has two children Drew
and Drake.  She is the daughter of Carl and Earline Underwood.
 Recently Mrs. Lisa Thibodeaux was recommended for the position of assistant principal at Breaux Bridge Primary.  Mrs. Thibodeaux has been a staff member of Breaux Bridge Primary for the last 21 years.   She served Breaux Bridge Primary school as a kindergarten teacher for 3 years, reading & health/PE teacher for 16 years and curriculum coordinator for the past 2 years.  She also taught Pre-K at St. Martinville Primary of one year. The Saint Martin Parish School System's educational family welcomes Mrs. Thibodeaux as she begins her tenure as assistant principal of Breaux Bridge Primary.  We wish her continued success and best wishes as she fulfills her new role.
 

Cecilia Primary Asst. Principal
 

Mrs. Jill Bozeman is married to Donnie Bozeman and has one daughter, Greta.
She is the daughter of Barry McBride and Gretchen Flatau.
Recently Mrs. Bozeman recommended for the position of assistant principal at Cecilia Primary.  Mrs. Bozeman has been a staff member of Cecilia Primary for the past six years.   She served Cecilia Primary school as a Reading/Math Facilitator for the past two years; she also served as the Behavior Interventionist/Technology Coordinator for two years.  She has taught for twelve years. The Saint Martin Parish School System's educational family welcomes Mrs. Bozeman as she begins her tenure as assistant principal of Cecilia Primary.  We wish her continued success and best wishes as she fulfills her new role.
 
St. Martin Parish School Board would like to extend condolences to the family members of the following individuals:
Jack Spencer
 

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


Catehoula 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
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

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EDUCATION UPDATES


BESE will participate in a retreat on Monday, August 11, 2014.  The BESE committee meetings are scheduled on Tuesday, August 12, 2014.  The formal meeting of BESE is scheduled on Wednesday, August 13, 2014.  For agenda details, please click here.
Mrs. Christine Foster, SMPSB Supervisor of Computer Programming, Mr. Todd Meche, IT Manager, and IT Staff are the recipients of the July, 2014 Employee of the Month award.  The Technology team was nominated  for their exemplary work performance and work ethic.  The move into the new administrative facility went smoothly because of their knowledge and expertise. All members of the IT Team take their responsibilities seriously and perform to high expectations in providing outstanding technology services within the school district. Congratulations to each for their efforts to make the St. Martin Parish School System a viable and competitive system.
 

Summer Programs Provided Students with Future Career Opportunities

The St. Martin Parish School System provided students the opportunity to experience fields that they are interested in for their future.
AHEC
The AHEC (Area Health Education Center) Program was provided for students who have an interest in the medical field.  Seven students from our three high schools were accepted into the two week program.  They had to complete 90 hours of work.  The students went to St. Agnes Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Heart of Hospice, and Lafayette General Hospital.  St. Martin Hospital hosted the program.  Ms. Tyranny Taylor, sponsor, teaches at St. Martinville High.  Participating students, Lyndsy Callier, Tayler Gary, Amy Ho (BBHS); Heather Constatine, Dasha Noel, Kazi Rahman (CHS); and Samantha Zeno (SMSH) earned a ½ credit for completing the program.
Welding
Students interested in welding were given the opportunity to attend a two week extended welding program at St. Martinville High.  Mr. Johnny Leday was the instructor.  Lawrence Leday and Lester Thomas, two of Mr. Leday’s students who attended classes during the 2013-14 school year, had the opportunity to be employed by a local welding company.

St. Martin Parish
Staff Development Day
August 11, 2014

 Professional Development Sessions will be held at the following locations:
 
 PreK-2:  Report to Cecilia High School

  • Grades 3-5:  Report to St. Martinville High School
  • Grades 6-8:  Report to Breaux Bridge High School
  • High School personnel are to report as follows:
    • Math, ELA, Connections, T9 Teachers and High School Librarians: Report to BBHS
    • Science and Social Studies Teachers:  Report to CHS
    • Business, PE, Career and Technical, Elective Teachers and High School Counselors:  Report to SMSH
  • Special Education Pupil Appraisal & Speech Therapists:  Report to Cecilia High School in the morning and Special Services Lab in the afternoon
  • Principals and Assistant Principals:  Report to BBHS in the morning and Grade Band locations in the afternoon
     
     All personnel shall report to their assigned location by 7:50 A.M.
     

 Vanel Porter


When the bell rings on August 13th, Vanel Porter will be a senior at St. Martinville Senior High.  Vanel is a product of St. Martin Parish schools, attending the public schools in St. Martinville her entire educational life.  She is a student who comes from a background of poverty, who has achieved exceptional academic and personal accomplishments. She took the ACT for the first time in December of 2013 and scored a 27 composite. She retook the ACT in March of 2014 and improved her composite score to 34.  Vanel  has maintained a GPA of 4.0 while also being a member of the school’s Academic Decathlon team, as well as National Honor Society, Key Club, Beta Club, Interact Club, Dead Poets Society, Student Council, YACA, Freshmen Mentor, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters Bigs in School Program. This past spring,  she traveled to Washington D.C. to represent St. Martin Parish and St. Martinville High at the Child Advocacy Summit.  Vanel is an outstanding student, person, and representative of our public schools! 

Neighborhood Book Club

Ms. Wanda Johnson, ELC-STC Literacy Coordinator/Tutor is being spotlighted for her efforts to promote literacy among our students.  For five weeks over the summer break, Ms. Johnson, her two children, a student from St. Martinville High School, and her pastor, Pastor Rob, donated their time to the children of St. Martinville.  They served students in grades Pre-K to 8.  The activities stretched across all subject areas, including art and cursive handwriting.  Students read, explored, and wrote books.  The students were also treated to a visit from Lorena Bellow, Lafayette's youngest author.  She read to them and allowed an opportunity for questions.  Kudos to Ms. Johnson.  Thank you for investing in the students of St. Martin Parish.
BREAUX BRIDGE AREA
Breaux Bridge Primary August 12th – 5:30-6:30
Breaux Bridge Elementary August 19th – 6:00
Breaux Bridge Junior High August 28th – 6:00 – 7:00
Breaux Bridge High School August 26th – 6:00
   
CECILIA AREA
Cecilia Primary K – August 13th – 6:30
1-2 – August 19th – 6:00 – 7:00
Teche Elementary August 11th – 4:30 – 5:30
Cecilia Junior High TBD
Cecilia High School August 20th – 5:00
   
ST. MARTINVILLE AREA
Early Learning Center August 21st – 6:00 -7:00
St. Martinville Primary August 28th – 6:00
St. Martinville Junior High August 27th – 6:00 – 7:00
St. Martinville High School September 3rd – 6:00 – 7:00
   
PARKS, CATAHOULA, & STEPHENSVILLE
Catahoula Elementary TBD
Parks Primary August 11th – 5:30 – 6:30
Parks Middle August 20th – 5:30 – 6:30
Stephensville Elementary TBD

Cecilia High School
 

Cecilia High made the list of the top 10 performing schools in Acadiana for AP Tests, ranked alongside Lafayette High, Comeaux High, and New Iberia Senior High.  Fifty-seven Cecilia High students took the Advanced Placement Exam--including 28 sophomores who completed the school’s first offering ever of AP U.S. Government.  Of the students who took the test, 18.8% of them scored 3 or higher, outscoring Comeaux (18.2%), Carencro (17.0%), and Beau Chene (17.6%).   
We are proud of CHS students who scored well on these difficult exams and especially proud of the AP Teachers who prepared them: Manda Choate, English; April Laneaux, Calculus; Claudia Nickens, World History & U.S. Government; and Rainie Hebert, World History.


Breaux Bridge Primary


Breaux Bridge Primary is hosting a "Meet and Greet" on August 12, 2014 from 5:30-6:30
 
 

 

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