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Moving Forward with Team;
Enhancing the Vision!

JUNE 2013

Message from the Superintendent

As new challenges are presented through education reform initiatives, the St. Martin Parish Public School System is committed to the attainment of educational excellence.  We will continue our mission to provide quality educational experiences, while utilizing a TEAM approach with all stakeholders focused on success.  

There have been several changes in administration resulting from employees retiring from the school district.  While bidding farewell and best wishes to school administrators, educators, and school employees who are retiring after many years of service, I want to thank them on behalf of the St. Martin Parish School Board, school employees, parents, students and other education stakeholders.  I want to personally thank them for their years of dedication, commitment, and service to the St. Martin Parish School System.  I also welcome our new administrators, educators, and support personnel and look forward to the leadership each brings to their respective positions.  

Welcome to the first edition of the St. Martin Parish eNewsletter. I strongly believe effective communication is essential to building strong relationships and partnerships within the education community.  Therefore, I invite you to access this monthly e-newsletter to find out relevant information that will keep you abreast of the exciting things that are happening within the school system.  A special thank you to Mrs. Redell Louis, Technology Supervisor, for designing and maintaining the e-newsletter.  
BOARD UPDATE

  • Plaques were presented to approximately 53 employees who are retiring with years totaling 1,752 years.  The employees retired from various positions including Superintendent, Chief Financial Officer, Director of Administration and Operations, Supervisor, Accountant, Coordinator, Maintenance, Bus Operator, Clerical, Teacher, and Teacher Aide.  
  • Two employees were recognized posthumously.  Ms. Mary Filer, a St. Martinville  High School Teacher Aide, was employed for 34.5 years.  Mrs. Sylvia Green, Breaux Bridge Elementary School Secretary, had 34 years of work experience with the St. Martin Parish School System.   Our heartfelt condolences and appreciation are extended to the families and friends of both Ms. Filer and Mrs. Green.  
  • Other action taken at the Board meeting was the presentation of school board scholarships to Danitra Alexander of Cecilia High School, and Haley Newsome of Breaux Bridge High School.  Danitra is the daughter of Ms. Tracie Tolliver Borel.  Haley is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel (Violet) Patin of Breaux Bridge.  Both are 2013 graduates and will be pursuing a degree in education. Congratulations and best wishes to these young ladies, as they pursue their education credentials.  
  • Finance Committee Proposals were approved with the exception of the Stephensville Elementary proposal, recommending a Reduction in Staff and a proposal that would increase the student: teacher ratio for all schools within the district.  Action on the latter items was delayed and will be addressed at the July 10, 2013 school board meeting.  
  • The Board voted to approve a Statement of Work with Pearson Connections Learning to address virtual learning in grades 1-6.  Please stay tuned as more information will be provided on this Choice opportunity.  The expansion of virtual learning is an attempt to address the needs of home school students who wish to avail themselves to the services provided by the school system.  It is important to note there is no cost to the students who enroll in this program.  The cost is absorbed by the St. Martin Parish School System.  Interested individuals are encouraged to contact Mrs. Kellie Leblanc at Kellie_leblanc@stmartin.k12.la.us or call 337.394.6261 for further information.  

     

Congratulations to our new administrators:
Director of Human Capital and Operations - Al Blanchard; Director of Finance - Casey Broussard; Supervisor of Elementary Education - Bonnie Thibodeaux; Supervisor of Organizational Structures - Anthony Polotzola;  Parks Primary School Principal - Bridget Bergeron; Parks Middle School Principal - Dr. Wanda Phillips; Breaux Bridge High School Principal - Louis Blanchard; Teche Elementary School Principal - Latonia Cretian; and Cecilia High School Principal - Daniel Lebouef

 

In This Issue

  • Message from the Superintendent
  • Board Meeting Update
  • New Administrators
  • Education Updates
  • Calendar of Events
  • Employee of the Month
  • Partner of the Month



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
 

 

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EDUCATION UPDATES

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) will meet on June 18th and 19th at the Claiborne Education Building in Baton Rouge to discuss policy proposals.   Committee action occurring on Tuesday, June 18th, will be considered and approved at the Wednesday, June 19th meeting.


 

Calendar of Events

  • June 5 - School Board Meeting - Breaux Bridge City Hall, 5:00 P.M.
  • June 12 - Professional Development, St. Martinville Jr. High,  8:00
  • June 17 - St. Martin Writing Team Meeting, Various Locations
  • June 19 - Pupil Progression Meeting - Virtual Learning Center, 1:00
  • June19-20 -- Mini-Summit - Breaux Bridge High School , 8:00
  • June 27-28 - ALICE Training - St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office
  • June 27 - PD360 Network Group Meeting - Virtual Learning Center, 8:00
Congratulations to Michelle Richard, our Employee of the Month for May. Mrs. Richard is the Librarian for Catahoula Elementary.  She was nominated by her principal, Mrs. Annette Boudoin, for her outstanding contributions to the Catahoula Elementary School Community.  Mrs. Richard was acknowledged at the June School Board Meeting.  ScriptsCare is the sponsor of the St. Martin Parish Employee of the Month Program.  

 

St. Martinville Primary School and the Early Learning Center recently received a 3-year 21st Century grant in the amount of $216,000 to assist struggling students in reading and math.

St. Martinville Primary School was recently named the Louisiana winner of the READING WITH ROMAN reading incentive program. The students read a total of 4,271 books and 5th grader Brionne Miller read 71 books! New Orleans Saint Roman Harper visited the school and bought Brionne an iPod touch and the whole school pizza.


Congratulations to Ms. Angela Watson, FACS teacher at Cecilia High School on having her proposal to present accepted for the ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2013.  Ms. Watson will be presenting, “It Takes a Community” in Las Vegas, December 4-7, 2013.  We are proud that one of our St. Martin Parish teachers has been chosen to present at this national conference. 


 

Breaux Bridge Primary would like to extend a special thank you to Pastor Joe Jenkins and the gentlemen of the Teche Brotherhood from Teche Baptist Church in Breaux Bridge.  These gentlemen arrived at Breaux Bridge Primary armed with paint brushes and rollers and graciously gave their time and energy to provide a much needed paint refresher to the school campus.  The members of the Teche Baptist Brotherhood who assisted at BBP are Pastor Joe Jenkins, Wayne Mullins, Bill Inman, Carl Priest, Cal Tabor, Billy Shirley, and Wayne Guidry.  Thank you, Teche Baptist, for supporting Breaux Bridge Primary.

 

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