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Moving Forward with Team;
Enhancing the Vision!

MARCH 2016

Message from the Superintendent

 
“The best way to raise positive children in a negative world is to have positive parents who love them unconditionally and serve as excellent role models.”        ~Zig Ziglar 
 
     On Saturday, February 27th, a group consisting of dads, granddads, uncles, and “pirans” and yes, moms, gathered at St. Martinville High to participate in DADS’ Day. This activity was implemented within the St. Martin Parish School System eighteen (18) years ago and continues to be a fun event for youngsters and their dads, and/or “surrogate fathers.” 
Dads’ Day could not occur without the support of many who make it happen.  I want to thank Mrs. Nicole Angelle, Early Childhood Supervisor, and the many volunteers who come from within the school system—teachers, support personnel, and administrators, and Board members for their support of this endeavor.  I also want to thank Sheriff Ronnie Theriot, St. Martin Parish Sheriff, and his staff for providing hot dogs and chips, Coca Cola for supplying coke products, and RyTeck for discounting tee-shirts.  Dell Computers is also deserving of accolades for its annual support shown through a tangible door prize—a Dell tablet.   The winner of this tablet was Mr. Alvin Robertson, the grandfather of a student who attends St. Martinville Primary. 
     We are certainly appreciative to all who have and continue to show support for Dads’ Day!  Dads’ Day is of critical importance when one considers the impact and long term implications for students who have a “father figure” in their lives.  Research indicates the significant role that fathers have on their child’s overall well-being and their educational experiences. Dads do have a significant impact on the educational outcomes of our students as evidenced in the following research: 

A noted sociologist, Dr. Davide Popenoe, stated, Involved fathers bring positive benefits to their children that no other person is as likely to bring.  Please see below:  
  1. Children with involved, caring fathers have better educational outcomes.
  • higher IQs
  • better language and cognitive capacities
  1. Toddlers with involved fathers experience
  • higher levels of  academic readiness.
  • more patient and can handle the stresses and frustrations.
  1. The influence of a father's involvement on academic achievement extends into adolescence and young adulthood.
  • better verbal skills
  • impacts  intellectual functioning,
  • academic achievement
  1. highly involved biological fathers had children who were
  • 43 percent more likely than other children to earn mostly As
  • 33 percent less likely than other children to repeat a grade.
  1. Even from birth, children who have an involved fathers are
  • emotionally secure,
  •  be confident to explore their surroundings,
  • have better social connections with peers.
  • These children also are less likely to get in trouble at home, school, or in the neighborhood.
  1.  The way fathers play with their children also has an important impact on a child's emotional and social development.
  2.  Generally speaking, fathers also tend to promote independence and an orientation to the outside world.
  3. Fathers often push achievement while mothers stress nurturing, both of which are important to healthy development.
  4. As a result, children who grow up with involved fathers are more comfortable exploring the world around them and more likely to exhibit self-control and pro-social behavior.
  5.  This same study found that boys with involved fathers had fewer school behavior problems and that girls had stronger self-esteem.
  6.  In addition, numerous studies have found that children who live with their fathers
  • are more likely to have good physical and emotional health
  • to achieve academically
  • avoid drugs, violence, and delinquent behavior.
In short, fathers have a powerful and positive impact upon the development and health of children.  Dads’ Day has become a tradition within the St. Martin Parish School System.  Let’s continue to celebrate this day with an emphasis on the positive outcomes for students.   Dads—you rock! 

 
NEXT SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
April 6, 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 as follows:
 
Major David Terrell and Sargent Vincent Starwood, JROTC ARMY instructors at the St. Martin Parish College and Career Readiness Center, located at West Bridge Street in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana 70517, were presented plaques for their outstanding efforts within the school system.    
 
Cortlun Melton, a BBHS junior, took state honors at the English Speaking Union Shakespeare competition. He will continue to represent BBHS and the St. Martin Parish School District at the national competition that will be held in New York City at The Lincoln Center during April 30th- May 3rd.  The winner of this competition will go on to compete in London, England on May 2nd. 
 
He was coached by Jan Erin Corzo and Michael Cato, Talented Theatre Instructors. Cortlun will be accompanied by one coach, Jan Corzo, as well as his family. This prestigious accomplishment was due to his hard work and ability to master performing a Shakespearean monologue followed by a Shakespearean sonnet. Accolades are also extended to his coaches.  
 
Numerous bond projects were approved by the Board.  The Board also approved the payments relative to after-care programs. There were also discussions relative to the 2016 Bond Proposal which is slated for Saturday, April 9.  For further information, please access the school board agenda by clicking on this link.
 
The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) will convene in Baton Rouge at the Claiborne Building on Thursday, March 3 and Friday, March 4, 2016.  The Board Committee Meetings are slated for Thursday, March 3 with a formal meeting scheduled for Friday, March 4, 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
  • Dad's Day
  • JROTC
  • Shakespeare Event
  • Talent Walk
  • Condolences
  • Employee of the Month
  • School News 

Click here to view the 2015-2016 District Calendar.

Visit the Human Resources Page on our District Website for more details. 
Reverend Sam Lofton, Youth Pastor of Good Hope Baptist Church, Lafayette, was the featured speaker during Dads’ Day.  Reverend Lofton stressed the role of fathers in their children’s lives.   He indicated that “childhood consists of the formidable years.” He further stated that a “child is a gift.”  Children have a tendency to imitate what they see.  Sons generally learn how to be a “provider” from their dads.  Mothers are viewed as the “nurturers;” whereas, Dads typically convey the importance of learning.  He encouraged those in attendance to focus on love, building relationships, and the disciplining of their children.  Several program participants offered personal testimonies relative to their interactions with their dads as children.  At the end of the program, door prizes were awarded to program attendees.   The following photos depict the large attendance at Saturday’s gathering.



 

St. Martin Parish Shakespeare Event

On February 16, 2016, Cecilia High School and Breaux Bridge High School participated in a Shakespeare Event at the Department of Administration.  Participants, coaches, and judges are pictured below. 
Back row from left to right: Lian Cheramie, Michael Cato, Daniel LeBoeuf, Marcelino Cruz, Sarah Brown, Monique Morton, and Josiah Price.  Front row from left to right: Gaige Broussard, Kiley Goodie, Seth Latiolais, Victoria Huval, Cortlun Melton, Destiny Thomas, and Angelica Colliver. 
JROTC – Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps
 
Every Wednesday, the JROTC cadets at the College and Career Readiness Center dress in their Class A or Class B uniforms that were issued to them. The JROTC cadets are required to wear the uniform all day and wear it correctly. Once the JROTC cadets get into class, they prepare for inspection. The JROTC cadets are graded on how the uniform looks and also on military knowledge. On some Wednesdays, the JROTC cadets that have met all the standards are promoted and awards are given. The JROTC cadets, who work hard and stay motivated, will receive promotions and rewards. After inspections and /or promotions are completed, the JROTC cadets practice armed/unarmed drill commands.

ST. MARTIN PARISH JROTC in LAFAYETTE MARDI GRAS PARADE



 

 
The St. Martin Parish School Board and employees would like to extend condolences to families of  Quinn Dejean and Theresa H. Moran .
Daylight Saving Time
March 13, 2016
Parent Teacher Conferences*
Thursday, March 23rd
Friday, March 24th
*Check with your child's school for specific times
No School March 25th - April 1st
Schools Reopen Monday, April 4th

ADMINISTRATORS
2015-2016

Breaux Bridge Primary
Lydia Capdepon, 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
Tiffany Francis, 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
Annette Baudoin, Principal
Parks Primary
Julie Laviolette, Principal
Tassala Jones, Asst. Principal
Parks Middle School
Dr. Wanda Phillips, Principal
Eileen Rowe,  Asst. Principal 
Early Learning Center
Jessica Landry, Principal 
St. Martinville Primary
Sarah Allen, Principal
Jill Bozeman, 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
Cheryl Mitchell, 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
Vacant, 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
Bridget Bergeron, Special Education, Supervisor, 6-8
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Major David Terrell and Sargent Vincent Starwood are the recipients of the February, 2016 Employee of the Month award. Both gentlemen are instructors at the St. Martin Parish College and Career Readiness Center.  They have been employees of the school district for approximately seven and eight years respectively.  They were nominated for this prestigious honor because of their leadership, dedication, and commitment to students.  Both were nominated by Mr. Al Blanchard, Jr., for this award. 
 
Congratulations, Major Terrell and Sargent Vincent Starwood! We salute you in your efforts to recruit students within the Army JROTC Program and your assistance to identify scholarship opportunities!  Continue the great work that you do! 
 
 
    
On Sunday, February 28th, Cortlun Melton, a junior at Breaux Bridge High School, won state at Tulane University at the English Speaking Union Shakespeare competition. He will go on to represent Breaux Bridge High School and St. Martin Parish at the National competition in New York City at The Lincoln Center, April 30th- May 3rd, with the chance of winning and going on to London, if he wins on May 2nd. 
      Cortlun will be accompanied by his coach, Jan Erin Corzo, as well as his mother, Ronnetta Richard.  This prestigious accomplishment was due to his hard work and ability to master performing a Shakespearean monologue followed by a Shakespearean sonnet. 
     Tulane was so impressed they feel he has a chance to take first in NYC. We are proud of his win and are looking forward to making this trip possible for the betterment of BBHS and our parish as a whole. Thank you all for your support of this young man's journey to the National ESU Shakespeare Competition! 
     Cortlun and his journey was featured on KATC on March 1st.  Click here to see his interview.  He also performed part of his piece at the school board meeting on March 2nd.  On March 12th, Cortlun will be performing the full piece at the “Talent Walk” in Breaux Bridge. 

 

BREAUX BRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL
 
Curtis Pellerin and his son Jean Marc presented Breaux Bridge High School Principal Louis Blanchard with a BBHS graduation ring from 1918 and a copy of the book Country Boy.  The ring belonged to Willis Pellerin (Curtis’s grandfather) who upon graduation left Breaux Bridge, moved to New Orleans, and eventually developed the largest manufacturer of commercial laundry equipment in the world.  He also wrote the book Country Boy depicting his life.  The Pellerin family graciously loaned the ring and book to the school for display. One of the main reasons behind the Pellerin family loaning the ring to the school was to let students know that even a small town country boy could go on to be a very successful business man.

Breaux Bridge High School is a KATC COOL SCHOOL!

Ignatius Patt and Catlin Davis, who are cousins, play basketball for the Tigers. The cousins are the first in Breaux Bridge history to get selected to girls and boys LHSAA All Star teams.  Click here to view KATC's video. 

CATAHOULA ELEMENTARY
Catahoula Elementary's  Pre-K to Grade 4 students entered Dad's Day posters, poems, and essays expressing their love and appreciation to their fathers. School winners are listed below. 
  
Poster Contest: 1st place- Conley Melancon ~ 2nd place- Bryson Melancon ~ 3rd place- Cohen Boggs
  
Poetry Contest:1st Place- Addison Cormier ~ 2nd place- Gracie Suire ~ 3rd place- Kenadie Broussard
  
Essay Contest: 1st place- Kira Barras ~ 2nd place- Devaney Savoy ~ 3rd place- Lexi Mason
Bethanie Doucet and Kaden Dartez, seventh grade students at Catahoula Elementary School, placed 4th in the Geography Division at the state Social Studies Fair in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
On February 5, 2016, Catahoula Elementary held its annual Dad's Breakfast event.
Seventy-seven dads were able to enjoy a delicious breakfast with their CES student before the school day began.
The following students were recognized as Citizens of the Month for the month of January at Catahoula Elementary School:  Pre-K-Taryn Cleaves ~Grade K- Emmarae Pellerin ~ Grade 1- Kyser Doucet ~ Grade 2- Reese Bulliard ~ Grade 3- Jayda Faucheaux ~ Grade 4- Gaige Dorsey ~ Grade 5- Jancy Barras ~ Grade 6- Camryn Broussard ~ Grade 7- Angelina Ricks ~ Grade 8- Kyle Blanchard

BREAUX BRIDGE ELEMENTARY 
Breaux Bridge Elementary students, Camden Theriot and Hudson Pham, competed in the State Social Studies Fair on February 24th and placed 3rd in their division.


CECILIA HIGH SCHOOL  

Congratulations to the CHS Speech Team members who competed at the "Advancing Through the Decades" Dutchtown High School Speech Tournament on February 20th.  Seth Latiolais (left, front row) placed 2nd in Original Oratory, 1st in Dramatic Interpretation, and 4th in Sr. Duo Interpretation with his partner Trevor Huval (right, front row).  Grace Baum (left, middle row) placed 3rd in Sr. Duo Interpretation with her partner Abbie Duncan (right, middle row). Abbie also placed 1st in Original Oratory.  Jessica Duncan (middle, middle row) placed 3rd in Oral Interpretation, 1st in Performance Oral Interpretation, 1st in Declamation, and 1st in Jr. Duo Interpretation with her partner Brannigan Harman (left, top row).  Brannigan also placed 3rd in Duet Acting with her partner Ben Tauzin (right, top row).  The team earned a 2nd place Sweepstakes award, held by Blake Lalonde (middle, top row).
 
PARKS PRIMARY
 
Parks Primary School was represented by three students at the regional Social Studies Fair hosted by ULL on Saturday, February 13, 2016. The faculty and staff of PPS are very proud of their accomplishment! 
Pictured left to right: Mason Broussard (First place in Sociology), Kaydynn Bourque (Second Place in Political Science), and Logan Latiolais (Thrid place in Economics).

ST. MARTINVILLE JUNIOR HIGH  
St. Martinville Jr. High School Rewards Students after Mid-Year iReady Diagnostic
S.M.J.H. students who showed growth in Reading or Math on the Mid-Year iReady Diagnostic participated in a Mardi Gras celebration on February 19, 2016.  Administrators showered students with candies and Mardi Gras beads.  Students also enjoyed indulged in a Mardi Gras favorite, king cake!

S.M.J.H Beta Club Induction Ceremony
The S.M.J.H. Beta Club held its Beta Induction Ceremony on February 25, 2016.  Parents, guardians, and community members watched as students took the Beta Club Oath of Office and were ceremoniously pinned.  Refreshments were served!

S.M.J.H. Students Celebrate Black History Month by Reading about African Americans
Students at St. Martinville Jr. High School were encouraged to read informational text A/R books about the culture, economics, inventions, and history of African Africans during the month of February.  Those students who took A/R tests and scored 80% or better were eligible for drawings for African American History T-Shirts.  The drawings were held on February 29, 2016.  Students in  6th , 7th and 8th grades were chosen.

PARKS MIDDLE SCHOOL
Parks Middle School and the St. Louis Chapel Knights of Peter Claver, St. John Council Number 53 award students at each grade level for being STAR Gators!  The  Knights of Peter Claver #53 presented each student with a $10 Wal-Mart Card.  The students of the month for January are Alyssa Usie, Alyssa Theriot, Max Courville, and Ella Huval! 
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