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St. Martin Parish Schools


Moving Forward with Team;
Enhancing the Vision!

April 2014

Message from the Superintendent

“Always continue the climb. It is possible for you to do whatever you choose, if you first get to know who you are and are willing to work with a power that is greater than ourselves to do it.” `Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The week of April 7-11 will be quite busy for many teachers who will administer iLEAP and LEAP.  As stated in last month’s newsletter, we have sown the seeds of knowledge and are preparing for the harvest.  I recognize the curricula challenges embraced by our educators this year. I am truly appreciative of the efforts and desire of our educators to provide quality instruction to our students.  I am equally proud of our hard working students who strive for educational excellence.  It is our hope that successful outcomes will be prevalent within the district. 
All students in grades 3 through 8 will be taking one of the state required assessments -- iLEAP, LEAP, or LAA-2.  Please be aware of the following information provided by Mrs. Bonnie Thibodeaux.  She has provided letters to parents indicating the policies relative to student assessment outcomes. 
             The Louisiana Department of Education’s Promotion and Accountability policy states students must complete the state assessment, meet district compulsory attendance requirements, and achieve district academic requirements in order to be promoted.  The attendance requirements apply to all students in the district.  However, the state assessment and academic requirements will vary depending on the child’s grade level.  You may refer to St. Martin Parish’s Pupil Progression Plan on our parish website for the complete details of each of these policies for each grade level. 
            For promotional purposes, students in grades 4 and 8 are required by the state to meet the Basic /Approaching Basic Combination in ELA and Math. Students must also adhere to attendance and academic requirements set forth in the St. Martin Parish Pupil Progression Plan.  Students who fail to meet the Basic / Approaching Basic Combination MUST attend LEAP Remediation Summer School and retest in order to be eligible for a promotional waiver to the next grade.  
           The faculty and staff at each parish school have worked extremely hard all year to prepare our students for the exams.  In order to ensure successful assessment outcomes, Mrs. Thibodeaux has provided the following test-taking strategies for parents to utilize:
  • Have your child go to bed early and get a good night sleep.  This may include limiting the use of the phone, TV, music, etc.
  • Ensure your child eats a well-balanced breakfast to provide energy and alertness.
  • Ensure your child attends school daily and on time.
  • Avoid scheduling appointments for your child during school hours.
  • Maintain a peaceful environment at home and on the way to school to avoid adding additional stress to your child.
  •  Encourage your child to complete all items on the test with 100% effort.
Good Luck and Best wishes to our students for great success!

In closing, I hope you enjoy your Spring break which is scheduled during the week of April 18-25th.  Offices will be open on April 22, 23, and 24th from 8:00 A.M. through  3:30 P.M. 
The St. Martin Parish School Board conducted the April 2, 2014 school board meeting at Stephensville Elementary.  The meeting was called to order by Mr. Russel Foti, Board President. Dr. Lottie Beebe, Superintendent of St. Martin Parish Schools, led the prayer and Pledge of Allegiance.  To read a recap of the actions taken at the meeting, click here
In This Issue

  • Message from the Superintendent
  • Board Meeting Update
  • Education Updates
  • Calendar of Events
  • Employee of the Month
  • Early Childhood Network
  • SMPSB Job Fair
  • St. Martin Parish School News
  • Partners in Education

School Calendar

  • August 7 & 8 - Professional Development
  • August 9 - Student's First Day
  • September 2 - Labor Day
  • October 18 - Parent/Teacher Conference
  • October 23 - Professional Development
  • November 25-29 - Thanksgiving Break
  • December 23-January 3 - Christmas Break
  • January 20 - Martin Luther King Day
  • March 3-5 - Mardi Gras Break
  • March 18 - LEAP/iLEAP (Phase I)
  • March 20- Parent/Teacher Conference (evening)
  • March 21 - Professional Development
  • April 7-10 - LEAP/iLEAP (Phase II)
  • April 18-25 - Easter Break
  • May 16 - Graduation
  • May 21 - Student's Last Day
  • May 23 - Report Card Day
  • May 26 - Memorial Day  


Regular School Board Meeting Dates
July 10, 2013
August 7, 2013
September 4, 2013
October 2, 2013
November 6, 2013
December 4, 2013
January 8, 2014
February 5, 2014
March 12, 2014
April 2, 2014
May 7, 2014
June 4, 2014

Calendar of Events

  • April 7 – 10  Leap Phase 2 – all grade 4 and 8 students
  • April 7 -10   iLEAP – all grade 3, 5, 6, and 7 grade students
  • April 8 - 3rd Circuit Oral Arguments - CHS
  • April 9 - 3rd Circuit Oral Arguments - SMP Courthouse
  • April 14 - District PLC - BBHS, 4:00
  • April 16 - Website Training, VLC, 8-12
  • April 17 - Website Training, VLC, 8-12
  • April 28 - Job Fai


Breaux Bridge Primary
Pennye Huval, Principal
Lydia Capdepon, 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
Wanda Guidry, Principal
Suzanne Leboeuf, 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, Interim 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, Interim Asst. Principal

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

Stephensville Elementary
Bryan Staton, Principal

Shirley Thibodeaux,  Asst. Principal


Dr. Lottie Beebe, Superintendent
Al Blanchard, Dir. of Human Capital
William Greig, Interim Dir. of Curriculum & Instruction
Kara Meaux, Dir. of Federal Programs
Casey Broussard, CFO
Anthony Polotzola, Supervisor of Organizational Structures
Henry Derouselle, Supervisor of Operations
Brenda Courville, Supervisor of Personnel/Recruiting
Christine Foster, Supervisor of Information Technology
Bonnie Thibodeaux, Supervisor of Elementary Education
Laura Turpeau, Interim Supervisor of Secondary Education
Redell Louis, Supervisor of Instructional 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, Early Childhood and Family Involvement Coordinator
Leah Hebert, Special Education Supervisor, PK-4
Mike Hebert, Special Education Supervisor, 9-12
Bridget Bergeron, Special Education, Supervisor, 6-8

Date:  April 30, 2014
Time:  8:00 A.M.
Place:  Cecilia Jr. High 


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Special Thanks to Stephensville Elementary, Host of the April, 2014 St. Martin Parish
School Board Meeting


The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) will meet on Tuesday, April 15th and Wednesday, April 16th.  A summary will be provided in the May edition of the electronic newsletter.  
Congratulations to William “Billy” Greig for his nomination and selection as the March Employee of the Month. Mr. Greig is currently serving as the Interim Director of Curriculum and Instruction and has done an exemplary job.  He was nominated by Mr. Al Blanchard, Director of Human Capital and Operations.   Mr. Greig was acknowledged during the April 2, 2014 School Board Meeting.  ScriptsCare is the sponsor of the St. Martin Parish Employee of the Month Program.   

A celebration was held on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 to highlight the St. Martin Parish Early Childhood Network and honor the early childhood educators as we embark on the journey to implement Act 3, the Early Childhood Education Act. There were approximately 100 people in attendance, including St. Martin Parish school board members, Central office staff, early childhood educators, business leaders, community agencies, media representatives and government officials.  The evening’s festivities included refreshments, socializing, a pledge drive, a silent auction, and raffle drawing.

The community supporters in attendance were able to show their support in three different ways.   Read more.  

Office of Human Capital and Operations

Personnel from the Office of Human Capital have been collecting enrollment numbers from all schools in the parish in order to determine our staffing needs for the 2014-2015 needs. In addition to this, we have also been reviewing retirement numbers and the responses to the Letters of Intent.  During the week of March 30, 2014 through April 4, 2014, staff members were at job fairs at UL Lafayette, Northwestern University, LSU and McNeese State University.  We interviewed many excellent candidates whose résumés were forwarded to the schools for their review.  We will be hosting our own job fair at Breaux Bridge Primary on April 28, 2014 from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M., with a recognition ceremony for our Partners in Education from 4:00 P.M.. to 5:00 P.M.  Please remind any certified teachers interested in employment to attend our St. Martin Parish job fair.



Thank you to the American Legion Post 289 for donating the American Flag flying in front of school!  On February 23, the members of Post 289 came to school and taught the students about the history of the flag and proper protocol when handling and disposing of the flag. 



St. Martinville Senior High School recently successfully completed the AdvancEd accreditation process. SMSH faculty, staff, and stakeholders prepared for over a year for the external review team visit that occurred on March 25 and 26. The review team gave the school exemplary marks and congratulated the school and all stakeholders on the work the school has done!  


Principal/Business Partner
Story Hour

Mr. Jimmy Blanchard, St. Martin Parish School Board, volunteered to read to students at BBP for Principal / Business Partner Story Hour.  Each month students are selected for this special activity based on academic performance, exceptional behavior, or overall improvement.  Pictured is Mr. Blanchard, Ms. Sharma Zeringue, the event coordinator for the month of February, and BBP Pre-K and Kindergarten students.


Former BBHS quarterback Lane Landry signs a scholarship offer to play football at Louisiana College at Buck & Johnny's in Breaux Bridge.  

Pictured with Landry are, from left:(standing) coach Kyle Cormier, coach Gabe Cormier, coach Paul Broussard, BBHS principal Louis Blanchard, BBHS assistant principal Ricky Poulan, and coach Brent Angelle; (seated) brother Brock Landry, mother Phyllis Landry, Lane, father Thomas Landry, and brother Hunter Landry.

Breaux Bridge Elementary would like to thank the following Education Partners for student/teacher incentive donations:  Martin Cheverolet, Meche's Donuts(Cajun Donut Company),  Archie's Recognition Specialists and Farmers' and Merchants' Bank.

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