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Moving Forward with Team;
Enhancing the Vision!

JULY 2016

Message from the Superintendent

 
“You have no control over how your story begins or ends. But by now, you should know that all things have an ending. Every spark returns to darkness. Every sound returns to silence. Every flower returns to sleep with the earth. The journey of the sun and moon is predictable. But yours, is your ultimate art.”  ~ Suzy Kassem
 
As you read the July edition of the eNewsletter, I am sure you are asking yourself where did the summer break go? The summer is generally reserved by many for travel, to read novels, to schedule medical appointments, to organize the home, or simply to have fun.  I am sure you were so busy attempting to get much accomplished that you were not cognizant of how swiftly time flies—that is until now.  Classroom preparations either are underway or on the TO DO list.  While not all employees are teachers, there is much to be done to ready for the 2016-2017 school year—pressure washing, waxing, painting classrooms, scheduling, interviewing, etc.  
 Although it is nice to have off Fridays in the summer, there is much preparation to be done by district level staff for the start of the new school year.  Some staff members were challenged with finding the right time to take a summer vacation because of the numerous summer activities that were planned in order to provide professional learning opportunities for school board employees and to ready for the August 8, 9, and 10th Back to School meetings.  Thanks to those (Mrs. Redell Louis, Mrs. Kellie Leblanc, Mrs. Christine Foster, and others) who facilitated the Technology Boot Camp held this summer at Breaux Bridge Jr. High.  Thanks, also,  to those (Mrs. Melanie Taylor and others) who facilitated the Mini Summit held at Breaux Bridge High School.  I appreciate those who took the time to participate in these professional learning activities and other professional development.  While the research says teacher quality has a strong correlation to student outcomes, it is imperative that more educators participate in these quality experiences if we are to remain competitive with our neighboring educational systems.    
I want to thank those employees who participated in professional learning activities and the learning academies during summer break to ensure our students’ educational needs are a top priority.  Best wishes to all employees as you bid farewell to summer and say hello to a new school year!

As stated by Suzy Kassem, “You have no control over how your story begins or ends. But by now, you should know that all things have an ending." Thus, summer break comes to a close and you are encouraged to write a new beginning with the start of the 2016-2017 school year!
NEXT SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
August 3, 2016
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:
Ms. Pam Jordan was acknowledged for her outstand facilitation of the VFW and the KC art and writing competitions.  Fifteen students from across the St. Martin Parish Public School System were recipients of monetary awards provided by the aforementioned entities.  For the full agenda, please click here
 

LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

2016 Regular Legislative Session Summary
 Governor Edwards recently signed into law several Acts of the Louisiana Legislature pertaining to public elementary and secondary education. The Legislature also passed several resolutions calling for further study of important education issues. For a brief summary of new laws and resolutions that most directly relate to the work of local public school systems, please see below:
http://www.louisianabelieves.com/docs/default-source/policy/2016-regular-session-summary-for-leas.pdf?sfvrsn=2

Update on TOPS
Last week Governor Edwards signed the budget bills from the second special legislative session. Pursuant to language inserted into the budget by the Legislature, TOPS will be fully funded for the Fall 2016 semester but will be only partially funded (at approximately 42 percent) for the Spring 2017 semester. Please contact the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) for additional information. To read LOSFA's 2016 legislative summary, please see below:
http://www.osfa.state.la.us/MainSitePDFs/TOPS_Update_20160629.pdf

 
The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) held meetings in June, 2016.  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
In This Issue

  • Message from the Superintendent
  • Board Meeting Update
  • BESE Update
  • Job Openings
  • LDOE News
  • Employee of the Month
  • Student Registration
  • Grants
  • Technology Boot Camp
  • Mini Summit
  • Migrant Camp
  • School News 
  • Condolences

Click here to view the 2016-2017 District Calendar.

Visit the Human Resources Page on our District Website for more details. 
St. Martin Parish is the recipient of a Principal Fellowship Grant for the 2016-2017 school year.  The Principal Fellowship Program supports individual principals build their instructional leadership skills through a sixteen-month cohort collaboration training.  The two principals selected to participate in the state's second cohort are Joy Cormier, principal of Breaux Bridge Elementary and Julie Laviolette, principal of Parks Primary.
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 Mr. Gayle Blanchard.

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

Mr. Gayle Adam "GAB" Blanchard passed away on July 4, 2016 in Breaux Bridge.  Mr. Blanchard was a dedicated educator for 44 years, having served as a Teacher, Supervisor, and Director with the St. Martin Parish School Board, before retiring in 2011.  Mr. Blanchard will be missed by all the many lives he touched over the years.

ADMINISTRATORS
2016 - 2017

Breaux Bridge Primary
Jill Bozeman, 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
Chennevial Washington, 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
Tiffany Francis, Principal
Parks Primary
Julie Laviolette, Principal
Tassala Jones, Asst. Principal
Parks Middle School
Dr. Wanda Phillips, Principal
Vacant,  Asst. Principal 
Early Learning Center
Jessica Landry, Principal 
St. Martinville Primary
Sarah Allen, Principal
Ashley Gary Higginbotham, 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
Chicora Shelton, Asst. Principal

 
CENTRAL OFFICE
 ADMINISTRATORS
2016-2017

 
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
Bridget Bergeron, Title I Supervisor, 5-8
Melanie Taylor, Title I Supervisor, K-4
Nicole Angelle, Supervisor of Early Childhood and Family Involvement
Shirley Thibodeaux, Special Services Supervisor, 6-8
Mike Hebert, Special Services Supervisor, 9-12
Cheryl Mitchell, Special Services, Supervisor, Pre-K-5
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Ms. Pamela Jordan, Federal Programs Director, is the recipient of the June Employee of the Month award.  She was nominated by Dr. Lottie P. Beebe, Superintendent, for this prestigious honor because of her untiring efforts, patience, compassion, and the dedication she brings to the Department of Federal Programs and to the entire school system.  Ms. Jordan facilitates the Fine Arts Fair, the art and writing competitions for the Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW), and the Knights of Columbus (KC). Since assuming these responsibilities, there has been an increase in the number of student winners representing the St. Martin Parish School System.  Her efforts and professionalism are greatly appreciated.

 
Congratulations to the new leaders selected as assistant principals and supervisor!
Cheryl Mitchell, SPED Supervisor: Pre-K-5;
Chennevial Washington, Cecilia Primary Assistant Principal
Chicora Shelton, JCEP Assistant Principal
Ashley Gary Higginbotham, St. Martinville Primary Assistant Principal

Interviews were held on Tuesday, June 28th for the aforementioned supervisory and administrative positions.  With the appointment of Mrs. Cheryl Mitchell to Special Services Supervisor, the Parks Middle/Catahoula Elementary Assistant Principal Position is currently being advertised  via the St. Martin Parish website and the Teche News.   
   The St. Martin Parish Technology Department held its second annual Technology Boot Camp on June 22nd and 23rd at Breaux Bridge Junior High School.  Teachers were able to participate in four (4) technology sessions per day.   Sessions included: Class Flow, Breakout EDU, 3-D Printing, Google Classroom, Google Apps & Extensions, Google Earth & Fieldtrips, Augmented Reality, Discovery Education, iPads in the Classroom, Interactive Science, Formative Assessment through Technology, All About Google, Grant Writing, Promethean Board Training, Smart Board Training, and JCampus. 
     On the second day, June 23rd, all participants gathered for a closing session, where a plethora of door prizes, donated by our Partners in Education, were given away to the teachers, as their names were drawn.  Click here to see pictures from this two-day event. View the winners here.
Thanks again to our Partners in Education for their donations of time, door prizes and food!  Special thanks to Mrs. Denise Frederick and her team for hosting the Technology Boot Camp at Breaux Bridge Junior High School.
PIZZA HUT LISA'S CREATIVE TOUCH
ONCOURSE CREOLE LUNCH BOX
WORLD BOOK RENAISSANCE LEARNING
GALE GROUP EDGEAR
PEARSON GOLD'S GYM
LAFAYETTE PARISH CREDIT UNION AXI
ZAPOTE’ MEXICAN GRILL SOLU VISTA
EDGENUITY DETEL
POWERSCHOOL DELL
EXCEL SOFTWARE COMPUTER SALES & SERVICES
GAGGLE LFT
RYTEK MIDSOUTH BANK
LAE JUDY'S FLOWER
FLOWERS AND FLOWERS GALLAGHER
FM BANK CRAZY BOUT CRAWFISH
FRUIT STAND AD FORMS
HOUGHTON MIFFLIN MAISON DE FLEURS
SUREFIT CHAMPAGNE'S BAKERY
During the weeks of June 6th through 16th, St. Martin Parish held its second annual Migrant Education Camp.  There were about twenty students who attended the camp. Students who attended received additional instruction in reading and math along with arts and craft projects.
St. Martin Parish held its annual Instructional Summer Summit June 15th and 16th at Breaux Bridge High School. Several teachers from St. Martin Parish led professional development sessions relating to best practices in social studies, mathematics, and writing, just to name a few.  Representatives from Unique Learning, Curriculum Associates, and Success for All were on-site to provide additional professional development. There were approximately 100 participants who attended the professional development sessions. Thanks to all presenters, participants, and organizers for making this event a success!
BREAUX BRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL
Pictured from left to right, Tim Chiasson, Terry Averett, Evan Rodriguez, Michael Clause, Gavin Abshire, and John Cramer at the State FFA Convention.


From June 27-30, 2016, more than 10,000+ attendees gathered in New Orleans, Louisiana for the National Beta Club Convention.  The Jazz Capital of the World served as the perfect backdrop to host students from across the globe eager to showcase their talents and academic abilities.  Students interacted with fellow Beta members to enhance leadership skills, share service ideas, and develop life-long relationships.
Breaux Bridge High School had four students participate at the National Beta Convention. Courtland Blanchard, Camille Guidry, Amber Delahoussaye, and Chazz Boyd were invited to attend and compete. They are pictured with sponsors Greg DeVillier and Rachel Barient. Amber Delahoussaye placed in the top ten in Poetry Division II. Camille Guidry was the National Runner-Up in English Division I.


 CECILIA HIGH SCHOOL
The CHS Boys Track Team 4-A State Champions were invited to the House of Representatives by Rep. Mike Huval on June 3rd for special recognition.
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR TEACHERS
August 8, 2016

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
August 11, 2016
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