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Moving Forward with Team;
Enhancing the Vision!

September 2013

Message from the Superintendent


I want to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to our educators and support personnel   for their efforts as we strive to positively impact student achievement.  I realize many are working long hours to ensure success.  I also realize the team approach is essential to our success.  We have to provide the support for each other—recognizing we are only as strong as our team.  Team is inclusive of our educators, students, support personnel, parents, business and community leaders, and our clergy.   I want to personally thank our parents who are involved and committed to assisting our students with homework activities and encouraging words as we face the challenges of the common core standards and the writing of curriculum.  As we move forward with the implementation of these rigorous standards, it is important for all to remember the vision—the St. Martin Parish School System will be second to none in the region, state, and nation.  Let’s remain focused on the prize—educational excellence.  There is no reason why we should not rank among other high performing districts. We have quality teachers and leaders, students, and support employees within the district. What must remain prevalent in our thoughts is success comes to those who desire it and seek to achieve it! 
Teacher Evaluation (COMPASS) results have been made public.  Ninety-seven percent (97%) of St. Martin Parish School System's teachers were rated effective with only three percent (3%) of its teachers rated as ineffective.  As superintendent of the St. Martin Parish School System, I want to reassure parents, community and business leaders, and other education stakeholders that our educators are working diligently to improve teaching and learning despite the hasty implementation of the teacher evaluation program and other education reform initiatives.
To continue the practice of teacher support and expectations relative to teacher quality, the following steps have been implemented:
  • Supervisors have been assigned to schools to serve as a liaison noting any concerns that may need to be immediately addressed. Supervisors provide summary reports of the visits made to assigned schools and are required to spend one day per week at their assigned schools. This one day assignment is in addition to serving all other Parish schools lending their knowledge and expertise.
  • Support site visits have been scheduled throughout the year at all schools with opportunities for discussions relative to strengths and areas of concerns.  Immediate feedback will be provided and supportive action will occur. 
  • Academic audits will continue with observations occurring daily within our schools.
  • There has been an increase in professional learning opportunities with a focus on collaboration and effective communication.  The St. Martin Parish School System belongs to the District Collaborative of Louisiana (DCL) and networks with districts to strengthen its efforts to positively impact student achievement. There has been an increase in professional learning with an additional two days (from 2 to 4 days) scheduled for district professional learning with a focus on curriculum to ensure that curriculum and teaching strategies are aligned to Common Core and our teachers and students are prepared for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) that is scheduled to be administered in Spring, 2015.
  • A district professional learning community has also been implemented affording school leaders the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills.  Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are occurring within our schools affording   teachers time for collaboration.  Our teachers will continue to receive the support that has been a long-standing tradition within the St. Martin Parish School System. 

I want to commend our educators for striving for excellence and keeping their focus despite the unnecessary distractions.  Approximately two years ago, Governor Jindal and Superintendent White toured the state citing 98% of teachers in Louisiana received satisfactory ratings and this practice was unacceptable, particularly, when Louisiana's ranking regarding student achievement was 48th in the nation. Hence, the results of COMPASS did not vary significantly from past performance in St. Martin with satisfactory being replaced with the term--effective.  A lot of energy was expended on an evaluation program with a hefty price tag for implementation and training that yielded similar results.   
 
It is also important to note the St. Martin Parish School System showed an increase of 2.8% in students on grade level ---rating the St. Martin Parish School System at the 83rd percentile in the state in this area.  This is exciting news.  We will continue our focus on improving the culture and climate at all Parish schools and will continue efforts to support our educators as they positively impact student outcomes. 

In closing, I am extremely proud of St. Martin Parish teachers, the education team, and educators statewide.  I encourage our educators to continue their efforts to improve student outcomes.  I also remind them of the quote by Henry B. Adams:  "A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."  I encourage our TEAM to continue to strive for educational excellence.  I also encourage our students and education stakeholders to share the Vision
BOARD UPDATE
 
  •  On behalf of the St. Martin Parish School Board and employees, I want to take this opportunity to welcome two new employees to our educational family. They are Amanda Bouchereau, Registered Nurse, and Jerry Mouisset, Accountant. 
     
    The School Board considered and approved the following:
    • Recommendations for 2013-2014 salary disbursements.
    • Request to “piggyback” on Lafourche Parish’s Library Books bids
    • Allowing Enterprise Liquids Pipeline, LLC to conduct a survey in preparation for a pipeline to be run adjacent to an existing pipeline corridor
    • A servitude to Shell Pipeline Company for the purpose of adding an additional  pipeline servitude to an existing corridor
    • The transfer of leases—allowing Theopolis Oil and Gas to transfer lease to McMoran Oil and Gas, LLC
    • Bulletin 130—the St. Martin Parish Personnel Evaluation Program
    • An addendum to the Pupil Progression Plan
    • The St. Martin Parish Crisis Response Policy
    • Resolution declaring September 15-21, 2013 as Yellow Ribbon Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention Week
    • Resolutions expressing condolences to the families of  Mr. Ronald Charles, SMSH teacher, Lucille Roberts, SMJH teacher, and Mrs. Mary Filer, SMSH teacher aide
    • A special meeting slated for Wednesday, September 25th at 5:00 at the Breaux Bridge Municipal Building  for a public hearing on the proposed 2013 -2014 Budget and Student Appeals

       

In This Issue

  • Message from the Superintendent
  • Board Meeting Update
  • Education Updates
  • Calendar of Events
  • Employee of the Month
  • Group Health Announcement
  • St. Martin Parish School News
  • Open House Dates
  • Partners in Education



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
Shirley Thibodeaux, Asst. Principal


Early Learning Center
Jessica Landry, Principal


St. Martinville Junior High
Elizabeth Thibeaux-Clay, Principal
Bryan Staton, Asst. Principal


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


JCEP
Devin Baltazar, 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 Reading Supervisor
Melanie Taylor, Title I Math Supervisor
Nicole Angelle, Early Childhood Coordinator
Leah Hebert, Elementary SPED Supervisor
Mike Hebert, Secondary SPED Supervisor
Bridget Bergeron, SBLC/504/RTI Supervisor
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EDUCATION UPDATES

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) is scheduled to meet on October 15 (Committee meetings) and October 16 (Board meeting) at the Claiborne Building in Baton Rouge.  I have added three items for discussion which include the following:

  1.  Consideration of the formation of a committee comprised of statisticians and mathematicians from Louisiana’s universities (i.e.  UL@ Lafayette, LSU, Nicholls, etc.), including Dr. Mercedes Schneider, Doctorate in Statistics and St. Tammany Parish Teacher; James J. Madden, LSU Professor; and Herb Bassett, Math Teacher. 
  2. Consider and approve the scheduling of  presentations for stakeholders regarding Compass Value Added Model formula, including detail on computation  of scores (giving a specific example of how the scores are derived—from beginning to end of the calculations)
  3. Discussion regarding the specific date when BESE granted the state superintendent of education the autonomy to waive a select group of teachers’ COMPASS value-added scores and the rationale offered for this waiver.  
There has been much anxiety communicated with “changing the accountability rules in the middle of the game.”  It appears there was confusion created by the policy approved by BESE regarding SUPER SUB GROUP Performance.  It appears those students attaining proficiency will merely improve the school performance score; whereas, rewards are greater with the awarding of bonus points to those students who meet or exceed their growth targets; yet, they are not required to attain proficiency.  These bonus points (not to exceed ten points) may be added to the overall school performance score.  Many superintendents and educators have voiced great opposition to the rule changes while in the midst of accountability.  Many feel defeated and are now beginning to think that the state superintendent is doing exactly as I often say…”setting traditional systems up for failure.”    

Calendar of Events

  • September 4 - School Board Meeting
  • September  5 and 19 - Smartboard (A), PDLab, 4-7
  • September 6 - Dual Enrollment, PDLab, 9:00
  • September 12 and 26 - Smartboard (B), PDLab 4-7
  • September 9  and 23 - Promethean Board, PDLab, 4-7
  • September 10 - Compass Update, PDLab,
  • September 10 - LALAMP, Rayne Civic Center
  • September 11 - Compass Update, PDLab, 1:00
  • September 12 - JPAMS, PDLab,
  • September 13 - Textbook Mtg, PDLab 8:00
  • September 16 - District Collaborative, PDLab, 12:30
  • September 18 - Science Fair Mtg, PDLab, 3:30
  • September 20 - Librarian Meeting, PDLab, 8:30
  • September 20 - Tech Corrd Meeting, PDLab, 12:30
  • September 26 - Social Studies Fair Mtg, PDLab, 2:30

     


The St. Marin Parish School Board Employee for August  was awarded to  Ms. Wanda Celestine, Teche Elementary Secretary.  Ms. Celestine  was nominated by Ms. Latonia Cretian, Teche Elementary Principal, and selected by the Employee of the Month Selection Committee as the August St. Martin Parish Employee of the Month.  Ms. Celestine was acknowledged by the St. Martin Parish School Board on Wednesday, September 4, 2013. Ms. Wanda Celestine is to be commended for her exemplary work ethic and her willingness to go above and beyond as she manages the Teche Elementary office and cheerfully greets students, parents, and visitors on a daily basis.  Congratulations, Ms. Celestine!  This award is sponsored by Southern Scripts.


 


 

Congratulations to Mr. Louis Blanchard, BBHS Principal, and the Breaux Bridge High team (teachers, students, and support personnel) for Breaux Bridge High's most recent recognition. Breaux Bridge High School is among six Acadiana schools (63 statewide) recognized by the Louisiana Department of Education for setting high standards in the classroom.
 
BBHS ranked in the state's top 10 percent in student improvement and also had 10 percent or fewer teachers rated "highly effective" in the classroom observation component of Compass evaluations!
 
Accolades to BBHS!  We are all proud of your success!

 

Keep up the great work!
 

Sincere appreciation to our August Partners of the Month. Buck and Johnny and other partners sponsored a breakfast for athletes and their respective coaches as a show of support for the Parish Athletic Programs.  Coach Terry Martin and CHS coaches including Jamie Calais and Cody Champagne, and CHS Bulldogs were treated to a breakfast at Buck and Johnny’s on Sunday, August 11th.  

On Sunday, August 25, the St. Martinville Tigers, Coach Danny Carrol, Coach Morgan, Coach Delahousayee, (Athletic Director) and others were treated to a breakfast buffet.  Photos of several of the breakfast sponsors, Dr. Lottie Beebe, Superintendent of St. Martin Parish Schools, and coaches are included. 

CECILIA HIGH SCHOOL

From left to right are Jill Hebert, Council Member, St. Martin Parish; April Kleinpeter, General Manager, Courtesy Motors I-10; Roland Hebert, Sponsor;  Lottie P. Beebe, Ed. D., Superintendent of St. Martin Parish Public Schools; Mrs. Coatney Raymond, Buck and Johnny's; and Terry Martin, CHS Athletic Director/Coach. 
 

ST. MARTINVILLE SENIOR HIGH
 

From left to right are Lottie Beebe, Superintendent of St. Martin Parish Schools; Don Menard,  Courtesy I-10 Sponsor; Roland Breaux, Sponsor; Coatney Raymond, Buck and Johnny's; Coach Danny Carroll, St. Martinville  Parish Council Woman, Jill Hebert, Sponsor; Granddaughter; and  Billy J. Hebert, Courtesy I -10, Sponsor



In an effort to boost the number of meal applications returned by students, St. Martin Parish School Board conducted a special drive at all schools.  Students who returned a completed meal application had their name placed in a drawing for a Nook.  (Winners will announced in next months edition).
Thanks to the following partners for donating Nooks for student incentives:

  •  Cox Communications
  • Pellerin Funeral Home
  • Archie's
  • Mill's Cashway Pharmacy 
  • Keith Thibodeaux, Attorney
  • St. Martin School Nutrition Association
 In Memory of Our Beloved Co-Workers

 
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