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St. Martin Parish Schools


Moving Forward with Team;
Enhancing the Vision!

MAY 2016

Message from the Superintendent

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” ~  Theodore Roosevelt
     The May edition of the St. Martin Parish eNewsletter is dedicated to the district’s team!  Beginning with the April 20th Red Carpet Gala, we have been in a celebratory mode.  I couldn’t be more proud of our team---teachers, students, support personnel, administrators, supervisory staff, and school board!  There have been many who have been celebrated in recent weeks for the talent, skills, and excellence they bring to the St. Martin Parish School System.  Those who were celebrated on April 20th are representatives of the excellence within our school district. Students, support personnel, teachers, and principals of the year were recognized for their contributions and services to St. Martin Parish Public School System.
     Others acknowledged during the Red Carpet Gala were school employees who earned perfect attendance. Despite the number of days (leaves) provided by school board policies and state law, many employees report to work daily.  It is a no-brainer that one who attends to designated tasks is more likely going to get the job done.  The amount of money the district spends on employee absences is significant and could definitely be better utilized.  While absences take a toll on the budget, they also have far reaching implications on students’ academic achievement.  We must continue our focus on perfect attendance and strive to change attitudes within our organization to ensure absences will occur only in extreme situations.  The amount of funds spent on absences could generate a rather large fund that could sustain salary increases.  If every employee chooses to attend work regularly, then future salary increases could become a reality.  Consequently, this is a major reason why we celebrate perfect attendance and show appreciation to those possessing an exemplary work ethic.
     Thanks again to Mr. Polotzola, Supervisor of Human Capital and Organizational Structures, Norma Harman, CHS Speech Teacher (announcer), Lafayette Schools Credit Union Representatives, Ted and Sylvia Uhall Photography, Leroy Frederick, videographer, Maggie Tauzin, CJH Student, Mrs.  Rita Lewis and her catering staff, the numerous business community sponsors, and all who assisted to make this RED CARPET GALA one to be cherished and long remembered. 

      Others celebrated included the COX Inspirational Heroes.  Three parish students were nominated and chosen as COX Inspirational Heroes.  These students are enrolled at Cecilia Primary, Parks Middle, and Breaux Bridge High.
     On Monday, May 2, 2016, an activity celebrating success and honoring our CHAMPIONS was held at the College and Career Readiness Center (CCRC) at 6:00 P. M.  The event was organized by Mrs. Laura Turpeau, Secondary Supervisor, and Mrs. Elizabeth Thibeaux-Clay, CCRC Administrator.  The focus was celebrating our students who were successful throughout the school year and those who are enrolled in the Talented Arts Program.
     As we celebrate our educators during this week of May 2-7, it is important that we recognize that teaching is a noble profession that obligates teachers to high standards.  It is a profession that requires teachers to wear many hats, to be mentors and role models, and to provide guidance and care for children.  It is a profession that requires us to be heroes to our students, to be advocates for their well-being, and to be fighters and champions for their future.
     Teachers are individuals with a calling.  Teachers have passion.  Because of this calling and passion, teachers are leaders who are often required to critique and challenge those forces in our society that threaten our children’s well-being and our community’s future.  Most teachers pursue education out of love for children and the community they serve.  In my opinion, every day should be teacher appreciation day. Thank you, teachers!
     In closing, attitudes are critical to success as conveyed by Theodore Roosevelt; if you “believe you can, you’re halfway there.” On Monday, May 2, 2016, great news regarding the district’s cohort graduation rate was received.  Commendations to the St. Martin Parish School District’s TEAM for improving its performance on its Cohort Graduation Rate!  There was an increase of 5.7% points and a rating of 83.1. This performance exceeded the state’s rating.  This news could not have been received at a better time—during Teacher Appreciation Week.  I recognize the efforts of many in our classrooms and beyond who as a team should celebrate this success. While we await the results of tests in grades 3-8, EOC, and ACT/WORKKEYS/CLEP, we are hopeful that we can recapture our district letter grade of B!  Thanks again to all who made this possible!  Enjoy this wonderful news and success!
June 8, 2016
5:00  P.M.
St. Martin Parish
School Board
Department of Administration

625 Corporate Dr.
Breaux Bridge
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:
Mrs. Ainsley Terrebonne, Guidance Coach and Virtual Learning Instructor
Dr. Beebe shared the great news relative to the Cohort Graduation Rate—an increase of 5.7 percentage points and a rating of 83.1. 
In other business, the Board approved Finance Committee recommendations relative to the curriculum, renewal of Workers Comp TPA and Loss Control Services with LoCA.  LoCA has offered to continue these services for the amount of $78,336.00 for TPA services ($71,336 for TPA services and $7000 for Loss Control) resulting in a net increase of $2,736.00 over the previous year.  Additionally, the Board approved the purchases of 5 busses for an estimated cost of $414,801. A discussion also occurred relating to an extended summer school proposal addressing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).  For other information relative to the school board meeting, please click on the following link.  
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:
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. 
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 Dennis Scott Labbie.


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
Cheryl Mitchell, Asst. Principal


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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Mrs. Ainsley Terrebonne , is the recipient of the April, 2016 Employee of the Month award. She has been an employee within the education profession for approximately 3 years—spending 2 years in the Lafayette Parish School System and one year in St. Martin Parish School District. Ainsley is a guidance coach and virtual learning instructor.  She was nominated by Kellie Leblanc, Virtual Learning Program Supervisor, for this prestigious honor.  Mrs. Kellie Leblanc indicated that Mrs. Terrebonne is deserving of this recognition for many reasons; however, she is most efficient and effective in the assistance provided to high school counselors and administrators regarding the ever changing policies relative to high school graduation requirements.  Her efforts and professionalism are greatly appreciated.
During the 3rd Annual Red Carpet Gala, Ms. Connie Roy of the Lafayette Schools Credit Union presented each of the 3 St. Martin Parish Public Schools’ Teachers of the Year with a $500 award.  Pictured from left to right are Mrs. Wanda Vital, School Board Member-District 2 , Dr. Lottie P. Beebe, Superintendent, Michelle Broussard, Cecilia Jr. High (Middle School Teacher of the Year), Tonia Smith, Teche Elementary (Elementary Teacher of the Year), Mary Beth Cantu, Breaux Bridge High (High School Teacher of the Year), Ms. Connie Roy, Lafayette Schools, Mr. Richard Potier, District 7, and Mr. Aaron Flegeance, School
Board Member-- District 3.  To see more pictures from the Gala, click here.  

A Special Thanks to our Sponsors:

Platinum Contributors

Angelle Architects
Architectural and Engineering Consultants, LLC
Architectural Solutions, LLC
Brown & Brown of LA, Inc.
Cargill Salt
Copy & Camera Inc.
Farmers Merchants Bank & Trust
Green’s Piggly Wiggly
Louisiana Claims Administrators (LoCA)
Poche’ Prouet Associates, LTD
Southwest Mechanical Services
Lafayette Schools Credit Union
Kolder, Champagne, Slaven & Co., LLC
LA1Connect, LLC
Lafayette General Health
Silver Contributors
Boyer, Hebert, Abels & Angelle, LLC
Acadiana Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine
Architectural Specialties
Hollier’s Family Pharmacy
Lokrite Safety Backup
St. Agnes Healthcare and Rehab Center
Louisiana School Equipment
Bronze Contributors
Doug Ashy Building Materials
Becky Patin, St. Martin Parish Clerk of Court
Mills’ Cashway Pharmacy, Inc.
Pellerin’s Life Insurance Company
St. Martin Bank and Trust
Dupuis AC & Heating
J & J Exterminating
Sammy Broussard Equipment Center
The Golden Rule Care-Provider, LLC
  The first Recognition of Student Success program was held Monday, May 2, 2016 at the College and Career Readiness Center in Breaux Bridge, LA.  Superintendent Dr. Lottie Beebe’s purpose of the program was to give additional recognition to students who placed first, second or third in any parish, regional or state competition. 
     The program was very successful with approximately 500 in attendance.  The JROTC students opened the program with the Color Guard.  St. Martin Parish students from various schools and from the Talented Program’s Music, Theatre and Visual Arts areas entertained the audience with song, theatre and visual arts. 
     The following students took part in the program: Jordyn Bauman, Timothy Bishop, Erin Blanchard, Kameryn Bonhomme, Tristen Charles, Marcelino Cruz, Ean Erickson, Jaraih Francois, Quianna George, Kynnedy Louis, Tyanna Strickland and Andrew Zenon.  Special thanks go out to Superintendent Dr. Lottie Beebe, Ashley Berard, Liz Berard, Sarah Brown, Michael Cato, Jan Corzo, Sharyn Dayton, Jonno Frishberg, Zachary Gonsoulin, Sharon Guillory, Kevin Hislop, Bonnie Laiolais, ProStart Students, Callie Smith, Angela Stoute, Elizabeth Thibeaux-Clay, Jaimee Thibodeaux, and Laura Turpeau.

On April 27, 2016, Cox Communications showcased the 2016 COX Inspirational Heroes.   Three students from the St. Martin Parish Public School System were recognized and celebrated during a program held at the River Oaks Catering and Event Center in Lafayette, Louisiana.  Students and their special guests were treated to refreshments and each was awarded a certificate.   Congratulations to the following students: 
  • Linkin Tuttle, Cecilia Primary School
  • Alicia “Ella” Huvall, Parks Middle School (not pictured above)
  • Niya Flugence, Breaux Bridge High School
 Cox representatives declared this week May 1-7 as Cox Inspirational Heroes Week.  We are extremely proud of our Parish winners; they are indeed our heroes! 
     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, World Book Online, Grant Writing, Promethean Board Training, Smart Board Training 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.  Registration opens on Tuesday, May 10th.  A link to the online registration can be found on our District Website Home Page.
Linkin Tuttle, a Pre-K student at Cecilia Primary, was honored with an award from the Cox Inspirational Heroes Program. Linkin was selected as the inspirational hero from CP because he does not let his physical disabilities interfere with his ability to excel at school and in life. He does not back away from a challenge nor does he shy away from attempting new things. He has gained the respect of his classmates and captured the hearts of the faculty and staff at CP. His grandmother and aunt(pictured with him) provide him with a strong support system which allows him to be successful.

Breaux Bridge Primary A-Team students for the Fall 2015 Semester enjoyed cake and musical entertainment during an Awards Ceremony held on April 15, 2016

"Catahoula Elementary held its annual Testing Assembly to recognize students who did well on last year's state test as well as to motivate students for this year's tests. Ms. Baudoin spoke to the students and parents regarding the importance of the test and gave some testing tips. Door prizes (valued at $3,000 and provided by PTO/Bucks Booster) were awarded to students. The students were then treated to pizza and coke (provided by PTO).

Ms. Rhonda Mosby's Kindergarten students at Catahoula Elementary celebrated the story, Zin, Zin, Zin Violin, by creating their own musical instruments.


Breaux Bridge High School was named regional winner in the Graduate for Más® Challenge,
beating out 24 schools in their greater community as part of the friendly competition among 1,386 high schools across the country.  Read more.

FBLA 2016 State Leadership Conference Results
Chazz Boyd - 9th Place - Computer Applications
Christopher Wiltz - 7th Place - Introduction to Information Technology
Chazz Boyd - 3rd Place - Word Processing

     Cecilia High FFA Small Engine team members (left to right) Noah Pontiff, Christian Taylor, Josh Ashley, and Ben Tauzin won all possible divisions at district competition, and placed in the top four at Area and State levels..
     The District competition was held at SLCC in Lafayette and in team competition Josh and Ben placed first and Noah and Christian placed second.  Josh was high scoring individual assembler and Ben was high scoring individual troubleshooter.  Josh also had the highest written exam score.
     The Area contest was held at Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) in Westlake.  The team of Josh and Ben placed first and Christian and Noah placed fourth.  Ben was also the high scoring troubleshooter.  Josh and Ben each received a 148 piece tool set and all four received full paid scholarships to ABC.
     The State contest was held at LSU in Baton Rouge.  Christian and Noah placed second in team competition, and Christian was the high scoring troubleshooter.  Ben and Josh placed fourth as a team.  All four students will receive scholarships to Universal Technical Institute.

St. Martinville Jr. High Celebrated Violence Prevention Week by having students and faculty create an Imagine Peace Wish Tree.  Students also recited the Peace Pledge daily and wrote poems and stories about conflict resolution.
St. Martinville Jr. High School Celebrated Attendance Awareness Week (April 18-April 22).  
Students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades competed for the highest percentage of attendance for the week.   The 8th graders won with 92% attendance!  They received a reward.
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