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Moving Forward with Team;
Enhancing the Vision!

FEBRUARY 2016

Message from the Superintendent


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it." ~ Charles R. Swindoll
     During the most recent months, there have been numerous challenges for our team on both professional and personal levels.  We can all reflect and internalize the significant message in the aforementioned quote provided by Charles R. Swindoll.  It is critical for us to understand that there are those things that we have little to no control; however, our response to these situations is most critical to our well-being, our families, and the school system as a whole.
     On a professional level, the school performance score for the school district dropped slightly (1.5 points) which was a slight decline from the previous year; this resulted in a letter grade of C.  However, often the public often focuses on the letter grade of C.  
With this in mind, we must make every effort to improve our school and district performance scores because we know we are better than a C.   On a personal level, some of us have lost our loved ones to illness or have loved ones who are battling terminal illnesses. Life is filled with challenges; again, it is how we respond to these challenges that determine our resiliency.  We must remain strong, passionate, and committed to rising to any and all challenges.
     As many of you are aware, the St. Martin Parish School Board and staff have recently been involved in a decades old desegregation case that was revived in 2014 when the court ruled that the case was not dismissed in 1974 as all had originally believed. It is understandable that emotions have run high during this time, especially for those who are personally affected by the necessary actions that have resulted from this complex legal procedure. It is important for the public to understand that the role of the School Board and staff is to ensure that there is compliance with desegregation laws; ultimately, there has to be "an elimination of any remnants of past segregation in all areas of school operations to the extent practicable."
     Regardless of personal opinions, it is imperative for us-- the School Board, employees, parents, students, and the public - to move forward as a united team.
Federal law requires that the District attain unitary status in a minimum of six (6) areas of operation, called "Green factors", in order to have the desegregation case dismissed. The school system has attained full compliance (unitary status with in one Green factor--extracurricular activities.) Five (5) other Green factors--staff, faculty, facilities, transportation, student assignment, and quality of education--were reviewed and have resulted in consent decree orders signed by the three  parties: St. Martin Parish School Board, the Legal Defense Fund (LDF) NAACP representing the private Plaintiffs, and the Department of Justice (DOJ) representing the United States.
     It is important to note that there will three (3) years of monitoring of the agreed upon conditions to ensure full compliance of the desegregation order.  The expectation is for the District to comply with all requirements from each of the consent orders and with a goal of having the case finally dismissed in July of 2019.  The St. Martin Parish School Board and staff will work in earnest to meet all of its obligations as established by the Court.
     Student assignment will have the greatest impact because it involves attendance zone changes that will take effect as of next school year.
     Catahoula/St. Martinville:    All students in grades 6-8 living in the Catahoula attendance zone will be reassigned to St. Martinville Jr. High.  Students living east of LA Highway 347 from Boon Lasseigne Road to Kirk Drive in St. Martinville will attend Catahoula Elementary for grades 2-5.
     Parks/Breaux Bridge: All students living in the designated "Area C," which is the area including Highway 347 from the southern end of Hebert Lane to the Ruth Bridge Road and including Hebert Lane on the east side of Bayou Teche, will attend the Breaux Bridge Schools for grades Pre-K-8.
     More information about the Court orders and copies of the maps and geographical descriptions of the modified attendance zones will be posted to the St. Martin Parish School Board website at www.saintmartinschools.org.  You may also view the attendance zone maps at each school, the School Board office in St. Martinville, and the Department of Administration office in Breaux Bridge.  Staff members at each one of these sites will be available during regular business hours to assist parents with any questions related to school assignments under the new plan.
     The other change that will have a positive impact for students is the improvement to the Majority-to-Minority ("M-to-M") transfer program.  Majority-to-Minority transfers  will be offered to students whose race is in the majority at the school he/she would be residentially assigned to and his/her race is in the minority.  Transportation will be provided by the school system.  All students, except those who are currently on "M to M" transfers to Catahoula must reapply for such a transfer for the 2016-2017 school year. Applications will be available at every school and at the School Board office.  Look for a special M-to-M posting on the website which will provide all of the specific rules and access to an application. For further information regarding M-to-M transfers, please contact Fred Wiltz at 337.332.2105 or via email @ frederick_wiltz@saintmartinschools.org as soon as possible.
     In order to ensure full compliance with the desegregation order, the District will require every student to re-register in the Spring, 2016. The process will ensure that correct addresses are on file and that every student attends the school in the zone of his/her actual residence or is granted a valid transfer.
     Letters containing more detailed information are being sent to every parent with a child currently registered in the District and will also be sent home with every student the week after the Mardi Gras holiday.  At the end of the school year in May and at the completion of the re-registration process, each student will be provided a letter indicating the school the student will be attending during the 2016-2017 school session.
NEXT SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
March 2, 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:
     Mr. Henry Derouselle, Operations/Transportation Supervisor, January Employee of the Month, was acknowledged by the board.  Mrs. Charee Theriot, CJHS Principal, Faculty, and Staff were acknowledged for being selected as the December Employees of the Month.
     Additionally, Ms. Pam Jordan, Director of Federal Programs, was acknowledged for her effective facilitation of the Knights of Columbus essay writing competition.  Ms. Pam Jordan is also responsible for coordinating the VFW writing competition.
     Another item on the agenda addressed the renewal of the superintendent's contract.  Dr. Beebe's contract was renewed for two years.  Numerous bond projects were approved by the Board.  The Board also approved the payments relative to after-care programs. The school board approved a motion for a Board retreat scheduled for Friday, February 5 at 2:00 P.M.  Following the Board retreat, a school board meeting will be held at 4:00 P. M. to consider and approve actions relating to the 2016 Bond Proposal.  For further information, please access the school board agenda by clicking on this link.
Update from the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE)

     The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE)  will convene  in Baton Rouge at the Claiborne Building on Thursday, March 3 and Friday, March 4, 2016.  The Board Committee Meetings are slated for Thursday, March 3 with a formal meeting scheduled for Friday, March 4, 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
  • Dad's Day
  • Jump Start Convention
  • Certified Nursing Assistants
  • School-based Enterprise
  • Math Fair Results
  • Social Studies Fair Results
  • Employee of the Month
  • Students of the Year
  • School News 

Click here to view the 2015-2016 District Calendar.

Visit the Human Resources Page on our District Website for more details. 
St. Martin Parish School Board, in collaboration with St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s office and Coca-Cola Bottling Company, is excited to announce that the 18th annual Dad’s Day Celebration for Children will be held Saturday, February 27th at St. Martinville Senior High from 8:00-12:00.  Everyone who attends will receive a T-shirt and a hot dog lunch at no charge.   Harvey the Rabbit and Friends will be performing for the children while the dads enjoy a motivational speaker.  Dads and children will also be able to participate in games that will be provided by the schools in our parish.  Please mark your calendars for this wonderful, community-building event.  It is sure to be a great experience.  We look forward to seeing you there.
 
LOUISIANA Jump Start Convention
January 19, 2016

 
      Several teachers, counselors, principals and CTE supervisors attended the Jump Start Convention on January 19, 2016 at the Baton Rouge Riverside Convention Center.  The focus was on making the transition to Jump Start Pathways for sophomores of the2016-2017 school year.
     Sessions emphasized the importance of directing students to their pathway that was directed by their interest inventory.  Also, participants were reminded that students’ interests may change.
     Some sessions emphasized the need for counselors to be given assistance with meeting the many changes they are faced with during this transition period. 
Congratulations to our 1st Certified Nursing Assistant‘s class at the College and Career Readiness Center.  All students successfully achieved the State of Louisiana certification as a nursing assistant (CNA). The students completed all state requirements in certified nursing assistant fundamentals, skills training in our CNA lab, and clinical training at St. Agnes Nursing Facility in Breaux Bridge. It is wonderful to see that all their hard work and effort paid off. Reaching this milestone was not an easy task, but all the students did it. The CNA students have made us proud! 
The St. Martin Parish College & Career Center ProStart’s students are happy to announce the opening of their new School-based Enterprise, Sensational Cravings.  The ProStart’s students were given the task of deciding on the types of treats to sell, testing recipes, preparing, portioning, costing, packaging, and marketing their products.  February 3, 2016 was the opening of their entrepreneurship.  They will prepare treats once a week to sell their products off-campus to generate funds for the success of our ProStart program. 
 
Students around the parish participated in the annual Math Fair which was held at St. Martinville High School on January 29, 2016. Selected students in grades K-12, showed their math abilities through rigorous assessments and performance tasks. Congratulations to all who participated and placed in the event!  Click here for the list of winners.
On Saturday, February 13th, winners from the St. Martin Parish District Social Studies Fair will compete in the Regional Fair at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  For a list of winners from the District Fair, click here.
The St. Martin Parish School Board and employees would like to extend condolences to Dr. Lottie Beebe on the passing of her sister, Catherine "Sister" O. Marcotte.

The St. Martin Parish School Board Bids Farewell to a Former Educator

On behalf of the St. Martin Parish School Board and the entire school board educational family,  we extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mrs. Elsie Foster.  Mrs. Foster, a former Librarian at Cecilia Junior High School, worked in the St. Martin Parish School System for over 30 years. 

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
Andria Navarre, 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
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
Vacant, 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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Mr. Henry Derouselle, Supervisor of Transportation/Operations, is the recipient of the January, 2016 Employee of the Month award. He has been an employee of the school district for approximately 20 years.  He was nominated for this prestigious honor because of his willingness to take on additional responsibilities within the operations department. He wears many hats and was nominated by his immediate supervisor, Mr. Al Blanchard, Jr., for this award.  Congratulations, Mr. Derouselle!

Mrs. Charee Theriot, Cecilia Jr. High School Principal, and members of her staff were also acknowledged at the February 3 school board meeting.  She and her faculty and staff were the recipients of the December Employee of the Month.  They were celebrated for their efforts in providing each CJHS student a gift for Christmas.--all 571 students!  This was a remarkable feat!  Kudos to Mrs. Theriot and her team and all community members who supported this endeavor.

Ms. Pam Jordan, Director of Federal Programs, was acknowledged for her effective facilitation of the Knights of Columbus essay writing competition.  Ms. Pam Jordan is also responsible for coordinating the VFW writing competition.

 
 
 

St. Martin Parish Announces Students of the Year

 Schools have recently announced the 2016 Students of the Year for grades 5, 8, and 12.
Grade 5
  • Breaux Bridge Elementary – J’slynn Daniels
  • Catahoula Elementary – Ava Boudreaux
  • Parks Middle School – Shelby Ivanoff
  • St. Martinville Primary – Kylen Chretien
  • Stephensville Elementary – Sage Acosta
  • Teche Elementary – Bree Taylor
Grade 8
  • Breaux Bridge Junior High – Margaret Zerangue
  • Catahoula Elementary – Leryn Quintana
  • Cecilia Junior High – J’Brionne Helaire
  • Parks Middle School – Mackenzie Cormier
  • St. Martinville Junior High – Tristen Charles
  • Stephensville Elementary – Emilena Perot
Grade 12
  • Breaux Bridge High School – Krystie LeBlanc
  • Cecilia High School – Erin Blanchard
  • St. Martinville Senior High – Reece Frederick
 Congratulations to the St. Martin Parish District 2016 Students of the Year
  • Grade 5 – Kylen Chretien – St. Martinville Primary
  • Grade 8 – Margaret Zerangue – Breaux Bridge Junior High
  • Grade 12 – Reece Frederick – St. Martinville Senior High
District winners will be competing in February in the Regional competition. Good luck to them and congratulations to all of these amazing students!  

BREAUX BRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL
 
BBHS Cheerleaders collected a donation of over $300 to breast cancer awareness. Thank you for your hard work and dedication.

Pictured from left to right: Kaitlyn Guidry, Ana Angelle, Zoye Angelle, Hailey Chaudoin, Kaitlyn Theriot, Emily Guidry, and Logan Patin
The Exxon Mobil Educational Alliance program makes contributions to schools who have been nominated by a local ExxonMobil gas station. The funds from the grant are to be used exclusively in the math and science departments. Local ExxonMobil Representative Linda Dore from the Pennywise store on 2086 Rees Street presented a $500.00 grant to Breaux Bridge High School Principal Louis Blanchard and students Brison Aubry, Courland Landry, and Traylyn Sam.

 
The National Guard Bring Your Game professional BMX athletes performed for the Breaux Bridge High School family. Principal Blanchard was selected to sit in the main event seat while the athletes flipped and performed tricks over him. We all loved it. 
Congratulations to Camille Guidry who earned 1st place in chemistry and Caelan Melancon who earned 1st place in mathematical science in the parish-wide science fair.  

 

Breaux Bridge High School students placed in every Math Fair subject. BBHS students took every award in Financial Math, Math Essentials, and Calculus. Congratulations to the students and their teachers.  
 
From left to right: Tristan Louviere First Place Advanced Math, Mary Nguyen Second Place Advanced Math, Rees LeBlanc First Place Calculus, Jordy Broussard Second Place Calculus, Matthew Boudreaux First Place Algebra II, Kristie LeBlanc Third Place Calculus, Caelan Melancon Second Place Geometry, Dana Simon Third Place Math Essentials, Gavin Melancon Third Place Geometry and Carson Pellerin Third Place Algebra 1.   Not pictured: Grayson Simon Third Place Algebra II, Dashayla Charles First Place Financial Math, Destiney Clement Second Place Financial Math, Alicia Miller Third Place Financial Math, Courtland Landry First Place Math Essentials, and Sheldon Alexander Second Place Math Essentials. 

National Signing Day
Korey Louis signs a letter of intent to play football for ULL

Front Row:  Kynnedy Louis, Sister; Redell Louis, Mother; Korey Louis; Kennedy Louis, Father; Kirkland Joseph, Teammate.  Back Row:  Coach Paul Broussard; Dr. Lottie Beebe, Superintendent; Louis Blanchard, Principal; and Defensive Coach Chad Pourciau.
TECHE ELEMENTARY
Teche Elementary PTO purchased a new sign for the front of school.

ST. MARTINVILLE SENIOR HIGH 
Congratulations to Mr. Percy Williams of St. Martinville Senior High for being nominated for the National Life Changer of the Year Award. Mr. Williams is the band director at SMSH and was nominated for making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence, and leadership. Congratulations Mr. Williams!

CATAHOULA ELEMENTARY
Congratulations to the Catahoula Elementary 2015-2016 Students of the Year:   Eighth Grade student of the year is Leryn Quintana and Fifth Grade student of the year is Ava Boudreaux.
The following students were chosen as 2015's Citizens of the Month for the month of December at Catahoula Elementary School:  Pre-K- Donald Barras ~ Grade K- Conner Rome ~ Grade 1- Aubrey Quintana ~ Grade 2- Caitlyn Hulin ~ Grade 3- Maddox Savoy ~ Grade 4- Landon Boggs ~ Grade 5- Gabrielle Broussard ~ Grade 6- Jolie Laperouse ~ Grade 7- Korbin Daspit ~ and Grade 8- Leryn Quintana.

Ms. Kily and Ms. Monica's Pre-K class celebrated the 100th day of school at Catahoula Elementary on January 20, 2016.

Twenty-four Pre-K through Grade 8 students earned a limo ride to McDonald's due to selling 18 or more items for a Catahoula Elementary School fundraiser. The school's PTO group also treated each child to a cup of ice cream at McDonald's in St. Martinville.

CECILIA HIGH SCHOOL  
 
 The Cecilia High School Speech Team competed at the St. Thomas More Cougar Classic on January 15th-16th.  Jessica Duncan (far left) placed 3rd in Junior Dramatic Interpretation and 3rd in Declamation.  Seth Latiolais (second from left) placed 3rd in Senior Dramatic and 4th in Senior Duo Interpretation with his partner Trevor Huval (front center).  Brannigan Harman (second from right) placed 2nd in Junior Duo Interpretation with her partner Jessica Duncan.  Abbie Duncan (far right) placed 2nd in Original Oratory.

ST. MARTINVILLE JUNIOR HIGH  
St. Martinville Jr. High held its Awards Ceremony for the 2nd Grading Period on Friday, January 22, 2016.   Students were awarded with certificates and trophies for A-Team; honor roll; perfect attendance; student of the grading period; participation in the Science Fair; participation in Ms. Jolivette’s Science classes; and participation in Accelerated Reader.   Students and their parents/guardians had an opportunity to visit, take pictures, and enjoy refreshments.
 



 
COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS CENTER
The College and Career Readiness Center would like to thanks Farmers and Merchant Bank for the $250.00 donation.  All departments were able to purchase instructional supplies for their courses.
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