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Moving Forward with Team;
Enhancing the Vision!

September, 2014





 

Message from the Superintendent


  "All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence."` Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
On Monday, September 1, 2014, employees within the St. Martin Parish School System and beyond enjoyed a day off from work to observe Labor Day. Students were also given a reprieve from school work to enjoy a long weekend.  At least, the intent was for everyone to take time to celebrate the annual contributions employees have and continue to make to strengthen our nation.  Please note that I stated the "intent" was for everyone to take a break from work.  Not everyone did!
 
I realize many did take time out to enjoy barbecue lunches with family and friends; yet, there was also time spent on school work--planning lessons, grading papers, studying for exams, and developing assessments. I do recognize the work put forth by our school employees and students in an effort to achieve successful outcomes. I will also add parents to the list since many are involved in their children's education and are critical to students' success and our school district's success. 
 
I have observed the team work rendered by many within the school system.  Recently, within the Department of Administration, there were timelines which necessitated a team approach. Within a few hours, we celebrated a mission accomplished that reinforced our motto:  TOGETHER WE CAN
As we move forward into the fall semester, It is critical that we continue to focus on our mission and vision (to provide quality educational experiences while utilizing a team approach with all stakeholders focused on SUCCESS...in an effort to make the St. Martin Parish School System second to none in the region, state, and nation) amidst the numerous distractions occurring within the education arena at the state and national levels.   
 
Students within the St. Martin Parish School System are just as capable as students residing elsewhere. Those imaginary lines separating school systems should not define students' success, or lack of.  Every effort should be made to assist all students in achieving success.  At the end of the day, our labor should reflect our very best and "should be undertaken with painstaking excellence." 
 
BOARD UPDATE

The Board meeting was called to order at 5:00 P. M. on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance offered by Dr. Beebe.  Madame Valerie Theriez, Cecilia Primary French Immersion teacher and first grade students performed for the school board and members of the audience.  Mr. Anthony Polotzola, Supervisor of Organizational Structures and Human Capital, was recognized as the August, 2014 Employee of the Month.   Mr. Mohamed Sadou, a St. Martinville Jr. High French teacher, was recognized for his most recent accomplishment.  He has become a permanent resident of the United States. He obtained his permanent residency through the sponsorship of the St. Martin Parish School Board. Three St. Martin Parish students were recognized as Top Readers by Renaissance Learning--Accelerated Reader; students are as follows:  Jacob Pham--Teche Elementary, Jeff Pham--Cecilia Jr. High, and Jessica Clark, Breaux Bridge High School.  Ms. Hope Guidry, LSU AgCenter, acknowledged twelve students who participated in sports competitions during the summer.  Please see the attached board meeting agenda for further details by clicking on the link found here
In This Issue

  • Message from the Superintendent
  • Ribbon Cutting Celebration
  • Board Meeting Update
  • School Board Election
  • Education Updates
  • Top Readers Honored
  • Employee of the Month
  • 4-H National Winners
  • French Immersion Presentation
  • Partners In Education
  • Crying Towel Winner
  • School News
  • Condolences
  • School News

Click here to view the 2014-2015 District Calendar.

NEXT SCHOOL BOARD MEETING  
October 1, 2014
5:00  P.M.

Education Committee Meeting
October 15, 2014
4:00 P.M.


St. Martin Parish School Board
Department of Administration

625 Corporate Dr.
Breaux Bridge

 

Breaux Bridge High Wins Crying Towel for Third Straight Year


Breaux Bridge High School assistant coach, Chris Garvey, won the Kiwanis Club of Lafayette Crying Towel.  Click here to view his winning speech. 

Accelerated Reader Top Readers Honored


Caycee Francis of Renaissance Learning was on hand at the September 3rd Board Meeting to recognize St. Martin Parish's Top Readers from the 2013-2014 school year.  The winners are:
Elementary Level: Jacob Pham, Teche Elementary;
Middle School Level:  Jeff Pham, Cecilia Jr. High;
High School Level: Jessica Clark, Breaux Bridge High School.

 

4-H Members Recognized


Several 4-H members represented St. Martin Parish and the State of Louisiana at the national level in shooting sports during the summer.  Click here for a complete list of participants and their accomplishments. 






 
St. Martin Parish School Board would like to extend condolences to the family and friends of Maddox Duplechien, the infant  grandson of Tony Barron, plumber,  St. Martin Parish School Board, and the nephew of Logan Duplechain, Cecilia High School  teacher/coach.  
 

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
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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EDUCATION UPDATES

The debate regarding the implementation of Common Core (CC) has lessened within the last few weeks.  The primary factor responsible for the wavering debate is that Governor Jindal's lawsuit to derail the use of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) did not have merit according to a most recent ruling by Judge Todd Hernandez. Judge Hernandez ruled that the Jindal administration "failed to produce evidence to support the governor's claims that Superintendent John White and BESE violated state procurement laws." Governor Jindal, who was once a staunch proponent of CCSS, has now shifted his position.  He has publicly stated that his initial position was reconsidered due to "federal intrusion." He now opposes CCSS and has filed a lawsuit against Arne Duncan, United States Secretary of Education, and the federal government. He further contends the efforts by Duncan to incentivize the adoption of the standards are a violation of the 10th Amendment.  Governor Jindal justifies his lawsuit by pointing to the comments made by Arne Duncan to Oklahoma education officials when the decision was made to pull out of Common Core. "Threatened them with withdrawing millions of dollars of federal funding," Jindal said. (Huffington Post, August 27, 2014) Jindal further contends that the federal government has hijacked the CCSS process and implementation. 
 
Meanwhile, as the CCSS debate continues, educators within the St. Martin School System have accepted the charge issued by BESE. Regardless of personal or professional opinions, our focus is to implement the standards with fidelity.  We will continue efforts to positively impact student achievement so we can attain our vision--the St. Martin Parish School System will be second to none in the region, state, and nation.  The next BESE meetings are scheduled on October 14 and 15, 2014.  I will provide an update in the November E-Newsletter.
SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION NEWS
 
Congratulations to all who did not receive opposition and will serve another four years as members of the St. Martin Parish School Board!  Mr. Robert (Rob) Hollier will not be seeking another term on the school board.  Mr. Burton Dupuis, a former educator of the St. Martin Parish School System who has served in a variety of roles including Personnel Director and Superintendent, faced no opposition and will occupy the District 6 position in January, 2015. Ms. Wanda Babin, District 2, will face challenger, Raymond Lee, a former St. Martin Parish school bus operator, in the Tuesday, November 4th election. 

 
Mr. Anthony Polotzola, Supervisor of Organizational Structures and Human Capital, is the recipient of the August, 2014 Employee of the Month award.  He has 21 years within the education arena and has spent the last 9 years as principal of Cecilia High School.  During the 2013-14 school year, he served as the supervisor of organizational structures and was the liaison between principals and the superintendent prior to taking on additional responsibilities within the Department of Human Resources.
 
He was nominated by Mr. Al Blanchard, Jr. for his exemplary work performance and work ethic.  Mr. Polotzola, affectionately known by many as Mr. P., has transitioned into the aforementioned dual roles and has not skipped a beat.  With the challenges faced by numerous human resources officials relative to the exodus of teachers, Mr. P. and other human resources personnel were successful in filling more than 73 teacher vacancies for the 2014-2015 school year.  Mr. P is high energy and continues to perform to high expectations in providing outstanding services within the school district. Congratulations to Mr. Polotzola in his efforts to make the St. Martin Parish School System a viable and competitive system.
 

Celebrating the Occupancy
of the Department of Administration Building

 
A special thanks to all who came out in support of the ribbon cutting ceremony held at the St. Martin Parish School Board-Department of Administration Building located at 625 Corporate Blvd. in Breaux Bridge on Wednesday, August 20, 2014.  Approximately 200 individuals showed up to tour the facility which is approximately 20,000 square feet.  The facility cost taxpayers approximately 4 million dollars and was funded primarily through the 2009 Bond. With some revisions made to the floor plan (change orders), some funds were also taken from the 2013 Bond.
 
A special thank you goes to Poche', Pruett, & Associates and Joey Picard, Architectural Solutions, for sponsoring this event and the delicious refreshments provided by Poches' and Crawfish Town, USA.  Additionally, thanks to all who provided floral arrangements and plants.  While the construction of the facility was not without challenges, we are appreciative to the employees of Descant Construction. Special thanks to Larry Brasseaux, Brasseaux's Nursery, for the beautiful landscaping and to all other vendors who contributed to our beautiful workplace. Commendations are also offered to Mr. Ricky Julien, CJH/CHS Band Instructor, and band students for their excellent performances.  Erin and Josie Blanchard, daughters of Al and Clair Blanchard and Kynnedy Louis, daughter of Kennedy and Redell Louis participated in the program by leading in the Pledge of Allegiance in English and French. 
 
 
 
 
St. Martin Parish School Board Employees are grateful to the voters and taxpayers of our Parish for their support of a new facility that provides a professional work environment.  Thank YOU!
 
Madame Valerie Theriez, Cecilia Primary French Immersion teacher and first grade students performed for the school board and members of the audience.
 

Breaux Bridge High School

BBHS had a great start to the 2014-2015 school year for its incoming freshmen class with an orientation on August 5, 2014 from 1:30 PM until 5:30 PM.  Approximately 174 freshmen were in attendance at the orientation where they took a tour of the campus, took ID pictures, picked up class information, learned chants from the cheerleaders, and scanned their fingers for the cafeteria.  Administration held a parent meeting at 5 PM to welcome parents and inform them of pertinent BBHS information for the upcoming school year.
 During the summer the BBHS cheerleaders attended the SCA camp in Baton Rouge where they were awarded Grand Champions.

 

The BBHS dance team competed at the Universal Dance Association Camp this summer and won the Superior Trophy.  They are invited to compete at the National Dance Team Championship from January 31-February 1, 2015 at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Tori Laviolette represented BBHS at the 2014 FBLA-PBL National Leadership Conference from June 29-July2, 2014 in Nashville, TN

Stephensville Elementary
 

Thanks to Mrs. Landry, Mrs. Oxedine, and Mrs. Peterson the first, second, and third graders have won a $550.00 grant to buy fruit trees during this school year. Additionally they plan to plant a garden. 


Teche Elementary
 
Congratulations to Ms. Margaret Guidry on being funded through DonorsChoose for 5 microscopes, totaling $785!

Cecilia Primary
Ms. Christine Monson, second grade teacher at Cecilia Primary, was the recipient of  $200 from the Supriya Jindal foundation. Madame Valerie Theriez, 1st grade French Immersion teacher at Cecilia Primary, was awarded a much needed white board/magnetic board from KATC TV3 Tools for Schools. These teachers are to be applauded for taking the initiative to find ways to support instruction in their class.  
 

 

Parks Primary School would like to recognize Cargill Salt for the donation of three large totes filled will school supplies for our students. The donation came as a result of "Stuff the Bus" campaign. Thank you for your generosity and helping to ensure the success of our students! Pictured: Keith Faile and George Choplin of Cargill Salt, and Julie Laviolette, Parks Primary Principal.



ELC would like to thank United Way of Acadiana along with Volunteers of Cargill Salt for the donation of Back to School Supplies to ELC from the  "Stuff the Bus" supply drive.  Pictured are from Left to Right are Keith Faile and George Choplin Jr., Cargill Salt Volunteers, Keler Williams and Stephanie of United Way of Acadiana, and Jessica Landry, Principal of ELC. 


Cecilia Primary would like to thank United Way of Acadiana in conjunction with Cargill Salt  for donating supplies to the students of Cecilia Primary.  Also, Mr. Leroy Frederick,acting through his church, donated much needed school supplies to the school. It is through the goodwill of these sponsors that all of our students at Cecilia Primary can be prepared and ready to learn.
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