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Moving Forward with Team;
Enhancing the Vision!

JUNE 2015

Message from the Superintendent


Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something. To lie in the grass and count the stars. To sit on a branch and study the clouds. `Regina Brett

With summer upon us, it is exciting to put the “finishing” touches on the 2014-2015 school year.  Although it is exciting to end the school year, it is also bittersweet to bid farewell to school board employees and colleagues who contributed many years of service to the St. Martin Parish School System. During the June board meeting, employees were acknowledged by the St. Martin Parish School Board; each was presented a plaque for their many years of sacrifice, commitment and dedication within the education arena. Each will be missed and should know that their efforts will long be remembered by those who were helped along the way.  May they be blessed as they begin a new journey into retirement!

On another note, the thought of a summer break is exciting to central office staff as we make preparations for a new school year.  We are excited to know that our students and educators will have some time to do exactly what they choose to do—which may be absolutely nothing—and that’s okay! Summer is indeed “the permission slip to be lazy.” While many are celebrating a break from school responsibilities, there are also many who are attending summer workshops.  In fact, over five thousand educators from school districts across Louisiana attended a Teacher/Leader Conference in New Orleans on June 3-5.  Others will also relinquish some summertime “play” and will attend workshops during the summer so they may acquire additional knowledge to positively impact student learning when they return to the classroom in August. Students are also engaged in summer recreational activities throughout the Parish.  City officials from Breaux Bridge are sponsoring a summer program at Breaux Bridge Elementary.  Another group from St. Martinville is hosting a summer recreational program at the Juvenile Continuing Education Program (JCEP) facility.  There is also a group involved in activities at the Early Learning Center in St. Martinville.  There are also summer feeding programs in St. Martinville, Breaux Bridge, and Cecilia areas.  Thanks to all who make these programs available to our students.
Summer is likely to proceed in haste, so enjoy. Teachers will report back to work on August 4th to participate in a professional learning day at the Parish level.  A location and time will be available in the July eNewsletter.

BOARD UPDATE
 
A finance committee meeting was called to order at 4:00 P.M. The committee addressed a number of items including the approval of 3 administrative positions: Breaux Bridge Elementary, Breaux Bridge Jr. High, and Cecilia High School, renewal of workman’s compensation insurance, the revision to the CTTIE salary schedule—increasing the salary to be equal to a bachelor’s degree. The approval also allowed for years of experience to be awarded in a school system where there was enrollment in a TRSL position. If the new hire lacked school experience, the proposal allowed for one year of credit for every 5 years worked and verified by either the employer or the Social Security administration.   Upon acting on all Finance agenda items, the Board adjourned Finance and immediately convened a board meeting. 
 
The St. Martin Parish School Board meeting was called to order by Mark Hebert, Board President, at 5 P.M.  The prayer and pledge of allegiance were offered by Dr. Lottie P. Beebe, Superintendent.  Accolades were presented as follows:
Mr. Shelby Roberson, Stephensville Elementary, was introduced as the May, 2015 Employee of the Month.  Retirees were presented plaques during the board meeting.
Delaney Dumatrait, 2015 BBHS Graduate, was awarded the St. Martin Parish School Board Scholarship during the board meeting.  Outstanding support personnel were as follows: Mr. Donald Skipper, Parks Primary, Mr. Reginald Hill, SMJH Manager,  and Norma Robichaux, BBHS Custodian; each was presented a certificate provided by the Louisiana Department of Education and acknowledged during the accolades section of the Board meeting.

A Resolution of Sympathy was approved for the family  of Torrie Mona' Ann Roy, step granddaughter of Mrs. Eva Potier, former St. Martin Parish School Board Truancy Coordinator for the school system.  Our heartfelt condolences are offered up to family and friends of this beautiful young lady. 

 
The Board also approved a Community Eligibility Program (CEP) proposal that addresses the food services program.  All students enrolled in qualifying schools eat free.  To qualify, a school or cluster, must attain at least 40% of the indicators outlined by USDA.  Once a district opts into the program, the funding percentages are maintained for four years with the option to request a fifth year at the same rate.  If any revisions occur during the four year period, the district must start over with current figures for the year the changes are made.  The CEP was offered to all school districts in 2014.  However, school officials chose not to participate at the time because of the “uncertainties;” however, St. Martin Parish school officials are now confident in now making a recommendation based on  the experiences of other districts who chose to participate in 2014.  Approved schools based on the attainment of criteria applied in the program guidelines are as follows: Breaux Bridge Primary, Early Learning Center, Breaux Bridge Elementary, St. Martinville Primary, Breaux Bridge Jr. High, St. Martinville Jr. High, and Cecilia Primary.  These students will eat free—with no meal costs-- as long as the students are enrolled in a CEP school.  More information will be provided to parents and education stakeholders in the near future.  
In This Issue

  • Message from the Superintendent
  • Board Meeting Update
  • BESE Update
  • Accolades
  • Curriculum & Instruction News
  • Technology Boot Camp Updates
  • School News
  • Condolences

Click here to view the 2015-2016 District Calendar.

NEXT
SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

 
July 15, 2015
5:00  P.M.

St. Martin Parish
School Board
Department of Administration

625 Corporate Dr.
Breaux Bridge

 
Delaney Dumatrait
2015 BBHS Graduate
School Board Scholarship Recipient
Outstanding Support Personnel 
Mr. Donald Skipper, Parks Primary
Updates
*Breakfast provided daily.   *Lunch provided on June 30th.
*Sign-in, Breakfast, Lunch, & Closing Session (June 30) - Breaux Bridge Junior High Cafeteria.
*New Classes Added
:  Technology Best Practices, Formative Assessment Through Technology, and Technology Integration Round Table.  
 Click here for session descriptions.
*Registration is still open.
*Smart Board Session is FULL.  
Click here to access the registration form. 
St. Martin Parish School Board would like to extend condolences to the family of Torrie Marie Ann Roy, Breaux Bridge High School Graduate and former basketball star.

November 16, 1994 - May 23, 2015

ADMINISTRATORS
2014-2015

Breaux Bridge Primary
Lydia Capdepon, Principal
Lisa Thibodeaux, 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
Suzanne Leboeuf, Principal
Jill Bozeman, 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


Catahoula Elementary
Annette Baudoin, Principal


Parks Primary
Julie Laviolette, Principal
Tassala Jones, Asst. Principal


Parks Middle School
Dr. Wanda Phillips, Principal
Cheryl Mitchell,  Asst. Principal


Early Learning Center
Jessica Landry, Principal


St. Martinville Primary
Sarah Allen, Principal
Tashonna Hypolite, Asst. Principal

St. Martinville Junior High
Elizabeth Thibeaux-Clay, Principal
Devin Baltazar, Asst. Principal


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


Stephensville Elementary
Bryan Staton, Principal


JCEP
Shirley Thibodeaux,  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
Bonnie Thibodeaux, 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
Leah Hebert, 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 in Baton Rouge at the Claiborne Building on Tuesday, June 16 and Wednesday, June 17th.  Agendas are accessible at the following website: http://bese.louisiana.gov

After more than a year of debates relative to Common Core State Standards (CCSS), BESE has agreed to a standards review to be conducted by several committees consisting of individuals (educators and non-educators) who were nominated by school district personnel and LDOE staff. This group consists of approximately 100 education stakeholders.  Some are known to be supportive of the existing standards; others are strongly opposed.  It appears a compromise was reached through the efforts of many who spent hours trying to find a way to address the concerns of those who stated the CCSS were age and developmentally inappropriate and a federally imposed initiative. During the June committee meetings, there will be a review of these nominees by BESE.  The Board will be asked to consider and approve individuals from a list put forth by Superintendent White and Staff.  Currently, there exists a list that affords public review and input. There will likely be much debate on June 16th concerning this item.  Some have indicated the fight is not yet over.  In October, 2013, there was a marathon meeting at BESE (approximately 12 hours in duration) where discussions ensued relative to concerns surrounding Common Core. Some BESE members adamantly support Common Core, so it was no surprise that the concerns were not resolved at the BESE level.  Many CCSS opponents were hopeful that the 2015 Legislative session would bring relief; the relief did come in the form of a compromise. However, others would like to see the "scrapping of Common Core standards altogether" and remain hopeful that additional changes will occur during the 2015 October/November elections.

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
Prior to the June board meeting, a reception was held in honor of the 2015 St. Martin Parish School Board retirees. Retirees and their special guests were treated to refreshments following accolades provided by their respective immediate supervisors.



Mr. Shelby Roberson, Stephensville Elementary Custodian, is the recipient of the May, 2015 Employee of the Month award. He has been an employee of the school district for approximately eight years.   He was nominated for this prestigious honor because of his untiring efforts, patience and compassion, and the dedication he displays in custodial role. He is the only custodian at SE and maintains the entire site--facilities and grounds.  His efforts and professionalism are greatly appreciated.
 
A total of 75 educators from St. Martin Parish, including the superintendent, directors, supervisors, principals, assistant principals, curriculum coordinators, and teachers, attended the Teacher Leader Summit in New Orleans on June 4th and 5th.  The summit was hosted by the Louisiana Department of Education and included professional development sessions for educators.  Some of the sessions provided information on the following topics; assessments,
Accountability, the Believe and Prepare grant, early childhood education, ELA reading and ELA writing, vocabulary, math, science, social studies, Federal programs, high school graduation pathways, the Jump Start initiative, special education, teacher improvement and the COMPASS evaluation process.
 
Teachers from St. Martin Parish were assigned to attend specific sessions aimed at improving teaching and learning in reading, writing, and mathematics.  The goal is to have teacher leaders redeliver the information learned to supervisors, administrators, and teachers at both district and school level professional development sessions over the course of the 2015-2016 school year.  The first district-wide professional development session will be held on August 4, 2015 with a focus on writing across content areas.

2015 School-Based Health Centers Advocacy Day

Breaux Bridge High School 

Three BBHS Students in U.S. Microsoft Championship Competition 
The BBHS Business Department is proud to announce that Devin LeBlanc, Camille Duhon, and Lyndsy Caillier have been selected to represent the state of Louisiana in the prestigious 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Championship in Orlando, Florida on June 18-20, 2015.  They were selected because of the exceptionally high score that they received on their Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Exam --a perfect score of 1000. Devin will be competing in Microsoft PowerPoint, Camille in Microsoft Excel, and Lyndsy in Microsoft Word.  Read more. 

Parks Primary 
Third graders at Parks Primary were treated with a special presentation from officers of Broussard City Police.  K-9 Sergeant Birkenmeier visited the school with her K-9, Sill.  Sgt. Birkenmeier discussed the training  of a K-9, as well as, how useful it can be as a police officer to have the help of a dog on the job.  Lt. Champagne assisted in the presentation.
 

Breaux Bridge & Cecilia Gifted
Primary students, from Breaux Bridge and Cecila's Gifted Enrichment program, applied their knowledge of Greek and Latin root words to create field day games. The students used water balloons for the following games:  Aqua-Jacio-Metron, measuring the distance they were able to throw water; Hydro-Jacio-Corpus,  water thrown at another body; Aqua-Hydro-Caput, an adaptation of Duck, Duck, Goose; and  Hydro-Pyro- Potato, played like Hot Potato. While these students’ last day was full of excitement and fun, it was well rooted in creativity, imagination and application of prior knowledge.
 

Teche Elementary
Students in Ms. Patricia Charlot's reading class read six novels and worked in groups to create book jackets for each novel.


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