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Moving Forward with Team;
Enhancing the Vision!

SEPTEMBER 2015

Message from the Superintendent


There are hurdles, there are handicaps, hardships you have to face in life, but you hope for a great future.  `Anil Kapoor
 
     The 2015-2016 school year is off to a wonderful start and can be attributed to the leadership at each school.  When I reference leadership, my intention is to be all inclusive of the St. Martin Parish School Board Team.  Each individual contributes to the school district’s success, or lack thereof—whether a student, teacher, support employee, administrator, supervisor, or parent.  This is why it is so important to work together as a team and as I often say—“it is important for us to “pull the wagon in the same direction.”  When confronted with challenges, we should make every effort to   â€œstay above the line.”  Generally, outcomes are prompted by attitudes. Positive attitudes are extremely important to our overall well-being.  If anyone doubts that attitudes are important, one only has to look within St. Bernard Parish and its school system to observe the citizens who have returned home to resume their lives—and to live it as though the storm never happened.  
     On Friday, August 28th, I had the opportunity to visit the St. Bernard School System to be a part of a ‘Reflection Breakfast’ acknowledging the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina—one of the deadliest hurricanes in the history of New Orleans.  A significant number of fatalities resulted from this deadly storm with flooding due to the failure of its levee system. The estimated number of deaths remains at 1,245. Many school systems across Louisiana were impacted.  Many students and educators were welcomed into our schools. Some would stay only a short while; others have chosen to remain with us.  I am filled with great sadness when I think of those families whose lives were adversely impacted.  Some lost loved ones.  I am certain the memories are painful for many who experienced the rising waters and fear.  Indeed, now is the time for healing.    
     Superintendent Doris Voitier and her team hosted a Reflection Breakfast that was held at Chalmette High School.  A program was organized by students who shared video clips.  Some students highlighted in the videos were 10 years younger; 10 years later, they were telling their stories. One former graduate of Chalmette High shared his experience with the rebuilding of the school system after the storm. Another graduate who currently teaches in the school system described her experiences upon returning to St. Bernard Parish.  Several more would talk of the strength drawn from each other and the strength that proved to be a power far stronger than Katrina. That power and resiliency are indicative of a people working together with a determination that no challenge would break them.  Many at the event have lived through the pain and suffering and the loss of loved ones. While it is evident the memories are still painful, many are determined to let the memories of Katrina go—thus, the theme: “Let it GO!”   It is evident that some only have memories of their loved ones.  To quote the St. Bernard Parish President, Henry Rodriquez, “You will always remember, but I think we have to put this behind us, and move on.”  (quote taken from a news article authored by Heath Allen)   
     As we move forward on our journey into the 2015-2016 school year, we must remember that attitudes shape us.  We should maintain positive attitudes and be grateful for the many things we have in our favor. Some people are not as fortunate.  We must be mindful of the words provided by Anil Kapoor relative to the hurdles and hardships that we may encounter on our journey. St. Bernard Parish residents are examples of strength and resiliency.  The St. Bernard Parish School System has survived Katrina and is within the top 10 highest performing school systems in the state.  How did they accomplish this success?  The answer is simple--team work and a desire to overcome the challenges.  As we continue our journey into the 2015-2016, let us be mindful of the hurdles that were overcome by the residents of St. Bernard Parish and Orleans Parish.  Strength comes to those who unite to overcome adversity.  Together, we can break through any barriers.  Together We Can!  Enjoy each day in your workplace and classroom!
NEXT SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
October 7, 2015
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:
 
Mr. Jose’ Gonzales, August Employee of the Month

Several candidates addressed the board and members of the audience.  Carolyn Hill, Incumbent, District 8 BESE member, Jada Lewis, challenger for BESE District 8, and Ledricka Johnson- Thierry, candidate for Senate, shared with the St. Martin Parish School Board and others their platform on educational and other issues impacting the public.  Dr. Lottie P. Beebe also publicly acknowledged that she is seeking re-election to the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, BESE District 3.  View agenda here.
In This Issue

  • Message from the Superintendent
  • Board Meeting Update
  • BESE Update
  • Employee of the Month
  • Condolences
  • Ahec of a Summer
  • School News

Click here to view the 2015-2016 District Calendar.

Visit the Human Resources Page on our District Website for more details. 
     AHEC of a Summer Program gives high school students who are interested in health careers the opportunity to obtain first hand experiences in a healthcare facility.  It’s a 2-3 week program where students learn about health issues, patient care, job readiness skills, volunteer service, postsecondary education for health care professions and more.  Students may earn ½ unit elective credit.
     Ms. Amy Windsor, who teaches at Breaux Bridge High, supervised the students and collaborated with Ms. Shirlene Bender, Director of Career & Professional Education with Southwest LA Area Health Education Center, and Mr. Bryan Laperouse, Acting Chief Administrator of St. Martin Hospital.
     Seven students participated in the program.  Ms. Windsor scheduled guest speakers and planned field trips to Women & Children’s Hospital, Roy Provost La. Forensic, Funeral Service & Co., Lafayette Gen. Hospital, National EMS Academy, United Blood Services, All Creatures and St. Agnes Nursing Home.
    The program culminated with a closing ceremony featuring student testimonies.  Family, friends, some hospital staff and Laura Turpeau, Supervisor of CTE, were invited.
St. Martin Parish School Board would like to extend condolences to the family of Joseph Bob, Jr., Edwin Jean Batiste, Sr., Ellis Melancon, Sr., Mary Angelle, and Lorraine Mills.

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
TBD, 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
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
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
Pamela Jordan, 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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The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) will convene board committee meetings on Tuesday, October 13th.  BESE will not convene its formal meeting on Wednesday, October 14th.  The committee meetings and official board meeting will occur on Tuesday, October 13th.  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
Mr. Jose’ Gonzalez, Cecilia High School custodian, is the recipient of the August, 2015 Employee of the Month award. Although he has been an employee of the school system for a short while—March, 2015,  his performance exceeds average expectations.  He was nominated for this prestigious honor because of his untiring efforts, patience and compassion, and the  dedication he displays in his custodial role at Cecilia High. He was nominated by his principal, Mr. Daniel Leboeuf, Cecilia High School. His efforts and professionalism are greatly appreciated.
KEVIN BONHOMME
BREAUX BRIDGE JUNIOR HIGH

Kevin is the Son of Peter and Beverly Bonhomme.   He graduated from Cecilia High and received his bachelors from Xavier University of New Orleans. He obtained his Masters in Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  Mr. Bonhomme taught and coached for fifteen years.   His experiences include the following:  science teacher at North Vermillion, science teacher and football and basketball at Church Point Middle, math teacher and Head Boys Basketball Coach at Church Point High; and most recently, science teacher and Head Boys Basketball Coach at Breaux Bridge High.

JOHN CHEVALIER
CECILIA HIGH SCHOOL

The 2015-2016 school year marks Mr. John Chevalier’s 11th year as an educator. This school year will be his 1st year at Cecilia Senior High School as one of the assistant principals.  He is very excited to work with such a dedicated staff, hard-working students, and a caring community.  His previous work experience includes 10 years as a teacher and coach at Rayne High School.   He was born and raised in Cecilia, LA, and graduated from Cecilia High School in 2000.  Mr. Chevalier continued his education and graduated from McNeese State in 2004 (Bachelor of Science) and in 2013 (Masters in Education).  He is the son of Jim Ivy Chevalier and Shirlene Angelle Chevalier.  When he is not at school, he enjoys spending time with family.  Among his passions are sports, traveling, and fishing.  He feels honored and blessed to be the Assistant Principal at Cecilia Senior High and he looks forward to the new challenges they will face together and to all the successes they will achieve together. Mr. Chevalier is thankful to the St. Martin Parish School Board SMPSB for this great opportunity to give back to a community that has given so much to him.

BREAUX BRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL

United Way visited Breaux Bridge High School with a donation of school supplies on August 19th.  Pictured with the supplies are Scott Hart; Assistant Principal, Shirley Thibodeaux; Bill Garcia; Ann Guidry
representing Cargill, and Keler Williams representing United Way.

Upperclassmen lead the way for the Breaux Bridge High School freshman class.        Welcome tigers!


ST. MARTINVILLE JUNIOR HIGH
 
SMJH Host Meet and Greet!
The faculty, staff, and administration of St. Martinville Jr. High hosted a Meet and Greet on July 29, 2015 in the school’s gymnasium.  New Administration, Edward Boyd, Principal and Katherine Freshley, Assistant Principal welcomed a host of students, parents, and members of the community.  Mr. Boyd and Ms. Freshley reminded students and parents of new school policies and District policies.  There was also a question and answer segment at which time the administration addressed the concerns of parents.  Students took I.D. photos, and they were provided with school supply lists and other important information for a successful school year. Door prizes were also given!

 
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