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Moving Forward with Team;
Enhancing the Vision!

January 2014

Message from the Superintendent


 Reflections on 2013
 
Taking a step back into 2013, the St. Martin Parish School System remained resilient despite the numerous changes it encountered.  With the announcement of a number of retirements in key administrative positions, the St. Martin Parish Public School System  welcomed a new superintendent of schools, a chief financial officer, a supervisor of organizational structures, a combined position consisting of human resources and operations, and approximately 8 administrative positions inclusive of principal and assistant principal.  Additionally, there were numerous retirements among all employee groups.  Many employees spent a number of years providing services to the students of St. Martin Parish. These individuals devoted many years of service to a noble profession--education. Many are now engaged  in creating new memories outside of the education arena. 
 
The St. Martin Parish School System also mourned the loss of several employees and students in 2013. We continue to cherish the memories of these individuals who were a part of our educational family. 
 
On a lighter note, Dr. Daniel Rawls, Stephensville Elementary Principal, aspired to the role of superintendent of schools in Webster Parish.  He was selected to lead the Webster Parish School System and we extend our best wishes for success in his new role.  With his departure from the St. Martin Parish School System, it was necessary to select a new administrator for Stephensville Elementary School.  Mr. Bryan Staton was selected as the new leader.  His selection as principal created an assistant principal vacancy at St. Martinville Jr. High.  Mr. Devin Baltazar was selected to serve as an interim assistant principal at St. Martinville Jr. High.  Ms. Shirley Thibodeaux, Parks Middle Assistant Principal, was transferred to JCEP/PAC.  Mrs. Cheryl Mitchell will serve as the Interim Parks Middle Assistant Principal. 
 
Moving Forward into 2014, I ask for continued support as we strive for educational excellence. On January 6, we picked up where we left off prior to the holidays.  School improvement will continue to be the primary focus with continued support site team visits scheduled for all Parish schools and immediate feedback provided to each. Realizing the challenges presented to all education stakeholders,  I appreciate the efforts made towards compliance with education reform initiatives.  Many of you have accepted the challenges despite the time constraints that limited effective implementation.  I recognize the extra work necessitated by Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Despite the concerns communicated by so many in the education arena, you are to be commended for your professionalism and willingness to positively impact student outcomes. We will continue to provide support and assistance to ensure quality teaching exists  in every classroom.  COMPASS, the teacher evaluation program,  will remain with a temporary reprieve for an estimated thirty-three percent of the teacher population in Louisiana. In December, members of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) approved policies that would "suspend" the value-added component (VAM) of COMPASS for a two year period including the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years.
 
On January 14, 2014, BESE will be asked to consider a proposal regarding an external review of the value-added component of COMPASS.  VAM compensation will also be suspended during this two year period.  COMPASS remains in place with emphasis on student learning targets for classroom teachers and leader observation results. 
 
Common Core standards remain in effect with anticipated guidance from the Louisiana Department of Education.  There is an expected increase in the Teacher Leader Program with an additional 2000 teachers and district administrators  added to the Teacher Leader Cadre allowing for a total of 4000.   Policy changes have been made relative to the high stakes tests (LEAP) at the 4th and 8th grade levels.  School systems have been encouraged to modify their local pupil progression plans to accommodate the policy revisions. Recent communication from the Louisiana Department of Education staff indicates guidance will arrive in mid April or early May relating to any pupil progression revisions. 
 
Moving forward, the challenges remain. Again, the ultimate goal for the St. Martin School System is to positively impact student learning.  We must remember--- Together We CAN!   
BOARD UPDATE
  • On Wednesday, January 8, the Finance Committee met at 4:30 P. M. to consider a proposal to purchase an ALIO accounting software program.  To date, there have been numerous challenges with the existing Accufund program.  The transition to the new program is estimated to take about a year.  One great feature is there are other Louisiana  School Systems that utilize the ALIO  program which will allow for networking and support within those districts.  The Finance Committee approved the recommendation to purchase Alio. 
  •  Following the Finance Committee, the Board convened at 5:00 P. M..  The first item of the new year was the election of officers.  Mr. Russell Foti was unanimously selected as the Board President.  Ms. Wanda Babin was elected by her colleagues to serve as Vice-President.  Committee assignments were made by Mr. Foti.  The Board approved a resolution allowing the President and Vice-President to conduct business transactions for and on behalf of the school board.   Superintendent Dr. Beebe recognized Mr. Floyd Knott, Board President, and Mr. Robert "Rob" Hollier, Vice-President for their services as executive members of the Board during 2013.
  • The Board also recognized the December Employee of the Month--Ms. Kathy Bourda, Payroll Clerk. 
  • Three students representing the three high schools in the district participated in a local ESU Shakespeare Competition; these include  John Charles, Jr. ,SMSH; Courtney Castille, BBHS; and Noah Segura, CHS.  
  • The Board was also asked to consider and approve SchoolDesk as a vendor to host the district's website. 
  • Another item addressed the approval of a campsite lease in the Belle River area. 
  • Another item approved was the purchase of lots 160-168 Pecan Acres on Red Barn Road in Cecilia; the cost of this purchase was $29,500 utilizing 2009 bond money. 
  • Standard personnel changes were provided to the Board for its review. 
  • The Board also received an audit report from Kolder, Champagne, Slaven, & Company for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.  The report was favorable and efforts will continue to keep with tradition of maintaining a fiscally sound school system. 
  • The Board also discussed a number of projects relating to the 2009 and 2013 Bond.  The Board was asked to consider the awarding of projects and to authorize the architects to proceed through schematic design, contingent upon the architects accepting the projects.  The projects included the CHS sewage pond and adjacent ponds reclamation and new treatment plan; and athletic facility upgrades, Parishwide HVAC upgrades; however the Board pulled the Parishwide HVAC upgrades agenda item. The athletic facility upgrades addressed tracks only.  Other athletic facility  upgrades will be considered at the February board meeting. 
  • The Board also approved a resolution of sympathy for the families of the following deceased members of our education family:  Kaitlyn Tyler, SMJH student; Eva Simon, Saint Martinville retired food services technician; James Aaron Skipper, retired St. Martinville Junior High Principal;  Aileen "Jo" Broussard, Early Learning Center teacher aide.  
In This Issue

  • Message from the Superintendent
  • Board Meeting Update
  • Education Updates
  • Calendar of Events
  • Employee of the Month
  • Impact of Team
  • Teachers of the Year
  • Students of the Year
  • Trac and Rides Workshop
  • St. Martin Parish School News
  • Partners in Education
  • Educator Farewell

 




School Calendar

2013-2014
  • 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
  • February 19 - Professional Development
  • March 3-5 - Mardi Gras Break
  • March 18 - LEAP/iLEAP (Phase I)
  • March 21- Parent/Teacher Conference
  • 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
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ADMINISTRATORS
2013-2014

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


JCEP
Shirley Thibodeaux,  Asst. Principal

CENTRAL OFFICE
 ADMINISTRATORS
2013-2014

 
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

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March 1, 2014!

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EDUCATION UPDATES

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE)  will meet on January 14 and 15 at the Claiborne Building in Baton Rouge.  The agenda has been posted and can be accessed via the following link:  www.boarddocs.com/la/bese/Board.nsf/Public
 
A summary of the January BESE action will be provided in the February E-newsletter.  
 

Calendar of Events

  • January 8-22, AIMSweb Benchmark Testing
  • January 16 - Smartboard Class, 4:00, PDLab
  • January 17 - St. Martin Parish Science Fair
  • January 23-24, AIMSweb Make-ups
  • January 30 - Smartboard Class, 4:00 PDLab
Mrs. Kathy Bourda, Payroll Clerk for the St. Martin Parish School System, was nominated by Mrs. Brenda Courville, Supervisor of Personnel, and selected as the St. Martin Parish School Board December Employee of the Month.  Mrs. Bourda has served the school system for over thirty years.  She has an exemplary work ethic and is always positive in her daily interactions with colleagues and the community.  Congratulations to Mrs. Bourda for her continued efforts to serve the school district in a professional manner.  

 

The Impact of Team

Special thanks to Mr. Al Blanchard, Jr., Mr. Henry Derouselle, Mr. Olan Granger, Mr. Anthony Polotzola, and all members of the Maintenance Team for their support and assistance on Wednesday, January 8, 2014. Sincere appreciation is extended to Mr. Albert Menard,  Mayor Delhomme, and the Breaux Bridge City Council for the use of water trucks that allowed school operations to continue despite the low water pressure in the Cecilia Community. Thanks, also, to Cecilia administrators, teachers, custodial staff, food services staff,  and all other school personnel for their efforts to avoid school closures. Last, but not least, I truly appreciate the understanding and cooperation of parents and students.  The team approach utilized is indicative of the theme:  TOGETHER WE CAN!  
 
ELEMENTARY TEACHERS OF THE YEAR
Koty Knight Breaux Bridge Primary
Joshua Trahan Breaux Bridge Elementary
Rhonda Mosby Catahoula Elementary
Kerry Melancon Cecilia Primary
Yolanda Saul Early Learning Center
Kimberly Palomarez Robin* Parks Primary
Racheleon Delco Stephensville
Karen Francis St. Martinville Primary
JUNIOR HIGH TEACHERS OF THE YEAR
Ashley Cressione Breaux Bridge Junior High
Beasia Wilson Cecilia Junior High
Cheryl Landry* Parks Middle School
Frances Chretien St. Martinville Junior High
HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS OF THE YEAR
Joshua Laviolette Breaux Bridge High School
April Laneaux Cecilia High School
Cy Dugas* St. Martinville High School
*District Teachers of the Year
District Winners:
Grade 5:  Madeline McLaurin - Teche
Grade 8:  Rebecca Renard - St. Martinville Junior High School 
Grade 12:  Devin Melancon - Cecilia High School 
 
School Winners
Grade 5:  Gage Dupuis - Parks Middle School; Andrew Savoy - St. Martinville Primary; Nathan Theriot - Catahoula Elem.; Hailey Aucoin - Stephensville; Shontell Smith - Breaux Bridge Elem. 
 
Grade 8: Camille Guidry - Parks Middle School; Caelon Melancon - Breaux Bridge Junior Highl; Molly Gardemal - Catahoula Elem; Kiley Gordon - Cecilia Junior High; Jillian Freia - Stephensville Elem. 
 
Grade 12: Kylar Wiltz - Breaux Bridge High School; Autumn Blanchard - St. Martinville Senior High School
 
Congratulations to all the WINNERS!!  Also, thanks to all school personnel and district judges for making this year's Student of the Year program a huge success!

TRAC and RIDES Workshop 

On December 5 and 6, 2013, 4 teachers from St. Martin parish attended the TRAC and RIDES workshop presented by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.  Attending the two day free workshop were Shelly Dupre', and Beasia Wilson from Cecilia Junior High School as well as Rebecca Clark and Charles Johnson from Parks Middle School.   For attending the workshop, EACH teacher received 5 trunks full of supplies and materials to perform hundreds of science labs.  The teachers also received the curriculum materials and software for all activities.  Some of the materials include: an 8 foot magnet track with all materials and supplies to build and race magnetic cars; a bridge building kit for students to build bridges and test the weight that the bridge can hold;  lab materials to make ice cream, build boats, test soil samples, and many, many more science related items.  In addition, teachers attending the training received  graphing software, bridge drawing software, city building and planning software, and many other software programs.  The total estimated value of the materials each team of teachers received was about $7,000.  The workshop was truly AMAZING and will be re-offered in the summer.
 

Congratulations!

ESU Shakespeare Competition First Place Winners

Pictured above are:  Dr. Lottie Beebe, Superintendent of Schools; John Charles, Jr.  SMSH; Courtney Castille, BBHS; and Noah Segura, CHS.
These students representing the three high schools in the district participated in a local ESU Shakespeare Competition.  They will compete for statewide honors on February 16 at Tulane University in New Orleans.  Best wishes for continued success are rendered to these students. 
Acadiana Village Writing Competition Winner

Pictured above are:  Patrice Royer, Gifted Teacher; Bowen VincentParks  Primary Student; and Dr. Lottie Beebe, Superintendent of Schools.

Talent Visual Arts

Congratulations to Mr. Kevin Hislop, Talent Visual Arts teacher on being selected to receive a $700 Field Trip grant from Target!  Mr. Hislop plans to take all of his Talent Visual Arts students to the University Art Museum, Acadiana Center for the Arts, and lunch in Girard Park in Lafayette.  


Cecilia High School

Four Cecilia High athletes were named to the LHSAA Composite (all 4.0 Grade Point Averages) Academic All State Football Team.  This photo was taken before these student athletes were recognized at the football state championships in the New Orleans Superdome.  They are pictured from left to right:  Zac Angelle, Devin Melancon, Hunner Huval, and Troy Hotard, II.  

Early Learning Center

ELC held an awesome Oasis Reading Book Fair in December.  The students loved it!  The week consisted of a visit from Santa, 124 grandparents for grandparents day, 67 for mom day and 45 for dads day.  The Book fair goal was 600 books but the event had an exciting record breaking total of 1,025  new, fun, educating books into the hands of the students.   Thanks to the staff and parent volunteers at ELC! 

Breaux Bridge Elementary

Breaux Bridge Elementary would like to thank the following buisnesses for donations to our school:
 
The Extra Mile--donated coats
Breaux's Cleaners- cleaned donated coats at no cost
Ted Uhaul Photography-donated school uniforms
St. Bernard School-donated coats
 

Cecila High School

Cecilia High received a donation of $500 from the Exxon Mobil Educational Alliance.  The application was made by the Exxon Mobil in Henderson located at 2987 Grand Point Hwy.  Exxon Mobil has a long history of supporting educational programs, like Educational Alliance, which focus on improvements in areas of higher education, especially in encouraging the next generation of students to pursue studies and careers in fields involving math and science.  The faculty and students of Cecilia High applaud the efforts of our local community Exxon Mobil station in ensuring the continued success of our school.
 


The St. Martin Parish School System Bids Farewell to a Retired Educator/Administrator

 
Mr. James Aaron Skipper passed away on Friday, January 3, 2014 at Baptist Medical Center South in Montgomery, Alabama.  Mr. Skipper was a graduate of Southern University of Baton Rouge and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  Mr. Skipper served the St. Martin Parish School District for approximately 30 years in the following roles:   teacher, assistant principal, and principal.  He retired from the district after serving as principal of St. Martin Junior High School for several years.  Our heartfelt condolences are forwarded to his family and loved ones.  
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