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St. Martin Parish Schools


Moving Forward with Team;
Enhancing the Vision!

APRIL 2016

Message from the Superintendent

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."` Margaret Meade
On Saturday, April 9, the voters and taxpayers of St. Martin Parish will be asked to consider two propositions that will enhance the operations of the St. Martin Parish School System.  Many hours have been devoted to preparations prior to seeking voter approval.  As superintendent of St. Martin Parish Public Schools, I want to thank everyone who had a role in identifying projects that are essential to the maintenance and upkeep of our facilities.  School Board members and staff have spent countless hours listening to the recommendations offered by school administrators and others who have a strong desire to improve educational opportunities for students enrolled in our public schools.  I want to thank the entire board for its commitment and desire to continue the facility upgrades and maintenance of schools.  
I would be remiss if I failed to acknowledge Mr. Burton Dupuis, District 6 School Board Member and Finance Committee Chairman, for his efforts in meeting with various Parish organizations and community leaders during the past weeks to convey the facts that are relevant to the scheduled April 9th election.  As Mr. Dupuis has communicated, the bond election contains two propositions that do not result in tax increases—these reflect renewals, or continuations.  Simply put, the taxpayers of St. Martin Parish will not pay higher rates on their property taxes.  In fact, the Board has consistently “rolled back” on millages to keep property taxes consistent while meeting its bond obligations. The School Board and Staff are mandated by law to spend bond funds on capital projects only; these funds cannot be used to fund salary increases for its employees. Numerous capital outlay projects have been identified and are available to the public for its review.  All schools will receive funds to address prioritized needs as identified through central staff, school administration, and school board member collaboration. These efforts are aligned to support the System’s educational goal of achieving a letter grade of B+ or A by school year: 2018. 
It is important for the residents of St. Martin Parish to know that school system officials have maintained a Double A rating with Standard and Poor’s (S &P) allowing for an exceptional interest rate on its bonds. Having the support of Parish taxpayers throughout the years, the Board has provided facility enhancements at all Parish schools. The School Board and staff have been effective in their response to unfunded mandates and state budget cuts.  Salaries have remained competitive to neighboring districts. This does not happen by accident. The St. Martin Parish School Board is to be commended for being fiscally responsible with taxpayer dollars and St. Martin Parish residents have traditionally and overwhelmingly supported our school system. 
During the last few weeks, several organizations have communicated the critical importance of supporting the St. Martin Parish School System through voter approval of Propositions 1 and 2 on Saturday, April 9th.  Among these were the St. Martinville Chamber of Commerce, the Breaux Bridge Area Chamber of Commerce, the St. Martinville Mainstreet Association, Breaux Bridge Kiwanis Club, St. Martinville Kiwanis Club, and various Parish governmental agencies. With voter approval, there will be improvements to provide clean, safe learning and work environments for the students and staff of the St. Martin Parish School System.
Saturday, April 9, 2016
St. Martin Parish School Board
Bond Election
May 4, 2016
5:00  P.M.
St. Martin Parish
School Board
Department of Administration

625 Corporate Dr.
Breaux Bridge
Update from the April 6 Finance and School Board Meetings:
Upon convening a Finance committee meeting, members discussed the following:
  • Staff’s recommendation regarding a Third Party Administrator (TPA) for medical and pharmacy administration for group health benefit plan - The staff recommended moving forward with UMR—United Medical Resources.  The School Board  approved UMR as the new TPA. UMR will become effective on July 1, 2016.  Information regarding next steps will be provided via scheduled meetings.  Additionally, information may be obtained from the St. Martin Parish Public Schools website.  It is recommended that when employees (whether active or retired) have questions, they should refer to the BAC hotline at 1-844-656-1462.
  • Action was taken regarding the issuance of sales tax supplements.  The current sales tax budget includes the remaining supplement amounts:  April--$350 (for all permanent employees) and June--$1,000 (professional staff) and $715 (support staff).  The Board voted unanimously to award the April supplement of $350 and will revisit the June distribution during the scheduled May 8th school board meeting.
  • Other discussion involved the Minimum Foundation Program (MFP) supplement.  Ms. Casey Broussard pointed out that the dollar amount awarded to the school district is $542, 272.  Based on the number of employees eligible to receive this stipend, certificated classroom teachers would receive $564 and all other employees would receive $275.  These amounts are scheduled to be distributed on April 20th.
 At 5:00 P. M., 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:
Nelson Aguillard, CHS Talented Art student, was recognized for his artwork entitled “Dream Catcher.” He communicated the process he utilized to make his artwork worthy of recognition.  He indicated he is an avid hunter. He took a deer hide, processed it, and then stretched it into a “canvas” where he finalized his illustration.  His art project was aesthetic, original, and beautiful.
Mrs. Charee Theriot, Cecilia Jr. High Principal of the Year, was acknowledged by Dr. Beebe, Superintendent, and the Board for her selection as a semifinalist in the Louisiana Principal of the Year category.   She will move on to another round of competition.  Mrs. Theriot was commended for her leadership and her desire for educational excellence. St. Martin Parish will be cheering for Mrs. Theriot as she proceeds onward in competition.    
Dr. Beebe commended Ms. Pam Jordan, Director of Federal Programs, and other department staff for their facilitation of the St. Martin Parish Fine Arts Fair.  The event where students of St. Bernard Catholic School and St. Martin Parish public school students compete in various activities affiliated with the Arts, was hosted by Cecilia Jr. High School. Special thanks go to those who served as judges of this highly competitive event.
Students who earned first, second, and third place in these events will be recognized on Monday, May 2, 2016.  The Celebration of Student Success activity will be held at the St. Martin Parish College and Career Readiness Center (CCRC), located at West Bridge Street; the program will begin promptly at 6:00 P. M.  Following the student recognition ceremony, the public will be allowed to tour the CCRC facility. Light refreshments will be served.  Mrs. Laura Turpeau, Secondary Supervisor, and Mrs. Thibeaux-Clay, CCRC administrator, are responsible for facilitating this celebratory event. 
For more information concerning the school board meeting, the board agenda may be accessed by clicking here.
The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) will not host an April board meeting.  Some have suggested the cancellation of this meeting is to offset expenses. As we all know, the state faces some financial challenges and efforts are made at every level to respond to these challenges.  Agendas and dates of meetings are accessible at the following website:
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:
In This Issue

  • Message from the Superintendent
  • Board Meeting Update
  • BESE Update
  • Job Openings
  • Employee of the Month
  • Student Registration
  • LEAP Testing
  • Virtual Learning Open House
  • CCRC Recruitment
  • PBS Digital Educator
  • National Retiree Day
  • School News 
  • Condolences

Click here to view the 2015-2016 District Calendar.

Visit the Human Resources Page on our District Website for more details. 
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.
Breaux Bridge Area Event will be held at BBJH Gym
Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 9 A.M. - 12 P.M.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 5 P.M. - 7 P.M.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 5 P.M. - 7 P.M.
Cecilia Area Event will be held at each individual school
Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 1 P.M. - 4 P.M.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 5 P.M. - 7 P.M.
Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 8 A.M. - 12 P.M.
Saint Martinville Area Event will be held at SMSH, with each school in a separate location within the school
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 5 P.M. - 7 P.M.
Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 5 P.M. - 7 P.M.
Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 9 A.M. - 12 P.M.
Catahoula Elementary will hold events at the school:
Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 5 P.M. - 7 P.M. 
Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 9 A.M. - 12 P.M.
Parks area: Event will be held at Parks Primary 
Monday, April 11, 2016 - 4:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 4:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 4:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.
 Stephensville Elementary will conduct the residency verification at a date to be determined.
All of the required documents for residency verification can be located on our district website.
LEAP Spring Testing
Grades 3-8
Students in grades 3-8 will be participating in the upcoming state assessments for English Language Arts, Mathematics and Science. Testing will be April 25-29, 2016. Teachers and students have been working extremely hard and are prepared to demonstrate their knowledge in these areas.
We are asking parents to help their students arrive on time and prepared for testing each day during the week. This week the state releases a parent guide concerning the upcoming LEAP Assessments. It is attached here.
St. Martin Parish Virtual Learning Center will host two Open House Events for anyone interested in learning more about our virtual learning program.  The events will be held on April 21, 2016 and May 5, 2016 from 6:00 P.M.  to 7:00 P.M. at the St. Martin Parish Virtual Learning Center, 328 North Main Street, Breaux Bridge, La.  Please come by to explore the virtual option for your child to get all the advantages of being home-schooled without any fees while working toward a high school diploma.  This program is provided through your tax dollars.  You can meet our Virtual Program Facilitators, Noelle Prados and James Meaux and learn more about the process and procedures necessary to take advantages of this digital format being implemented at Universities throughout the United States.  
The College and Career Readiness Center’s faculty and staff have been recruiting for the 2016-2017 school year. The College and Career Readiness Center (CCRC) has a variety of programs that meet the needs of all high school students in the St. Martin Parish School System. The students earn two High School credits (Carnegie Units), Industry Based Certification, and College Credit for SLCC. The following courses are offered at CCRC: ProStart, Nursing Assistant, Process Production, Cosmetology I & II, Electrical I, and Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC). These courses are scheduled by the students and the counselors at their home base schools. Bus Transportation is provided by St. Martin Parish School Board.
Congratulations to Ms. Shelly Dupre, Cecilia Junior High science teacher, on being selected  as a 2016 Local PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator.  The PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program is a yearlong, free professional development program designed to foster and reward a community of highly engaged, tech-savvy K-12 educators who are using digital media and technology in classrooms. Ms. Dupre has been selected to join the program as a Local Digital Innovator, with exclusive access to all affiliated virtual events and trainings and the potential to partner with PBS in-person at specific education events.


Mae "Louise" Bennett Hanchey passed away on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at the age of 84.  Ms. Hanchey worked as a teacher and supervisor for the St. Martin Parish School System for over 25 years.  She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
The St. Martin Parish School Board and employees would like to extend condolences to  Mrs. Norma Harman, CHS Speech Teacher, and her family for the loss of her mother and Ms. Roxanne Guidry, SMPSB Instructional Coach, and her family for the loss of her father.


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
Cheryl Mitchell, Asst. Principal


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. Adam “Butch Courville, maintenance employee, is the recipient of the March, 2016 Employee of the Month award. He has been an employee of the school district for approximately 19 years and is to be commended for his untiring efforts and exemplary work ethic.  He was nominated by Daniel Leboeuf, CHS Principal, and Suzanne Leboeuf, CP Principal.  To quote the husband and wife team, they indicated that “Butch is Cecilia’s premier maintenance jack-of-all-trades. He is prompt when a door will not lock properly, or a storage cabinet must be removed, or installed.  He has come to Cecilia High School numerous times on weekends and holidays to ensure building security and maintenance.  He is always polite and willing to help.”  “Butch” exemplifies the work attitude that our school system is seeking to reward.   His efforts and professionalism are greatly appreciated.
On Tuesday, April 5, 2016, Dr. Beebe and staff invited St. Martin Parish Public School Retired Employees to a program honoring their service and contributions to the school system.  In her opening comments, Dr. Beebe acknowledged Governor John Bel Edwards for the proclamation he issued declaring March 17 as National Teachers’ Retirement Day.  She told the audience that she would use her authority as superintendent of St. Martin Parish Public Schools to declare Tuesday, April 5, as the St. Martin Parish Public Schools National Retirees’ Day.  She stated, “Today, we are not going to focus on the negatives referring to the critical teacher shortages and financial challenges faced by some public school systems.  She told the group, "We applaud each of you for the contributions you made within the St. Martin Parish School System during your employment.  We thank you and want to visit with you to see how things are going now that you are retired.”   She further stated that the St. Martin Parish Public School System is 1.5 points shy of a B and it is our desire to improve our district performance score.  She shared the many positives that are occurring within the school system including the College and Career Readiness Center, the focus on Talented Arts, one-to- one pilots of technology devices, and other innovative programs.  The honorees were treated to musical and vocal selections provided by the following students:
Chynna Huval-Cecilia High  
Margaret (Maggie) Tauzin—Cecilia Jr. High
Kynnedy Louis—Breaux Bridge High

These three students are representatives of the exemplary students enrolled in the school system.  Special thanks were extended to Mr. Johnathon Frishberg and Ms. Callie Guidry, talented art educators, and Mr. Michael Hebert, Talented Program Supervisor, for their role in a wonderful afternoon of celebrating school system retirees.
Breaux Bridge Primary sponsored a Black History Poster Contest in honor of Black History Month for our Pre-K thru 2nd grade students. The students pictured are our 1st thru 4th place winners for each grade level.


William Scrantz and Braylon Espree, two students enrolled in the Basic Electrical course at the CCRC, installed a circuit, to which a light can be turned off and  on from two different places.  
The College and Career Readiness Center's  JROTC cadets held a Sport Day on March 19, 2016. Over 100 cadets attended this event from Northwestern High School , St. James High School, and Ville Platte High School. The Sport Day was held at the College and Career Readiness Center and cadets participated in volleyball, basketball, relay race, and tug-of-war. The  College and Career Readiness Center's JROTC took 1st place overall. They placed first in volleyball and tug-a-war. Ville Platte High School took 1st place in basketball and the relay race.


Catahoula Elementary's Junior High students in grades 6-8 were visited on March 6, 2016 by the Mobile Oilfield Learning Unit (MOLU). MOLU is a 1.2 million dollar traveling exhibit with six self-contained learning centers. These centers are curriculum-based, hands-on activities about energy and the technologies and sciences involved with the oil and gas industry.  Donna Wheeler, with Offshore Energy Center, coordinated the effort along with Mrs. Kesha Kiser, CES's Grade 6-8 Social Studies teacher. Schlumberger sponsored the $2,000.00 exhibit enabling it to be shared with the CES students and other students across the state.

Annie Lynn, a sixth grader at Catahoula Elementary, will be representing her school at the National Geographic's State Geography Bee. After taking the online geography exam, she was one of 150 students chosen across the state to participate in the State Bee. 

Dr. Jackie Simon with Country Lace Veterinary Clinic awarded certificates and Walmart gift cards to the fourth grade heart healthy essay winners at Catahoula Elementary. The winners are: 
1st place- Brielle Casey; 2nd place- Gannon Theriot; 3rd place- Devaney Savoy; and  Honorable Mention- Dominique Pellerin. 

The following students placed at the UL District Academic Rally.  Bottom Row: Gracie Courville - 3rd place - Physical ScienceLogan Patin - 4th place - Agriscience ILily Hebert - 5th place - HealthCourtney Castille - 4th place - Biology IITaylor Huynh - 2nd place - ArtMariah Narcisse - 5th place - Nutrition & FoodDaelyn LeBlanc - 3rd place - Fine Art Survey.
Middle Row: Ms. Georgette McGibboney, Evan Lear - 3rd place - Agriscience IIMary Nguyen - 5th place - Advanced Math/Pre-Calc.Camille Duhon - 3rd place - U.S. HistoryCarson Pellerin - 3rd place - Algebra IJames Freeman - 1st place - World GeographyMatthew Boudreaux - 4th place - PhysicsChazz Boyd - 2nd place - Sociology
Last Row: Jean Guidry - 3rd place - GeometryAshley Nabors - 2nd place - Accounting I ,Tristan Louiviere - 2nd place - Advanced MathLandon Doucet - 2nd place - French IConnor Colligan - 5th place - Spanish IIGavin Melancon - 3rd place - French II,Terry Averett - 3rd place - Agriscience IIICaelen Melancon - 3rd place - Civics,Holden Allemond - 3rd place - Spanish I 

The BBHS Lady Tiger Softball Team recently received a $1000 donation from Martin Chevrolet for equipment upgrades.  On hand for the donation are Mike Frey from Martin Chevrolet, BBHS Principal Louis Blanchard, and the Lady Tiger Softball Team.

Five CHS students prepared and participated in the St. Martin Parish chapter of the English-Speaking Union annual Shakespeare Monologue competition.  Angelica Colliver and Gaige Broussard participated but did not place.  Victoria Huval placed 3rd for her portrayal of Puck from Midsummer Night’s Dream, Kiley Goodie placed 2nd for her portrayal of Caliban from The Tempest, and Seth Latiolais placed 1st for his portrayal of Coriolanus from Coriolanus.  Seth will compete the state competition at Tulane University February 28; if he places first in state, he will compete in New York City in April.  Special thanks to Sarah Brown for working with these students and preparing them for this competition.

Congratulations to the CHS Speech Team Members who qualified for the CFL National Grand Championship to be held in Sacremento, California this May.  Abbie Duncan (far left) qualified in both Original Oratory and Oral Interpretation.  Jessica Duncan (second from left) qualified in Declamation, Seth Latiolais (second from right) qualified in Oral Interpretation and Brannigan Harman (far right) qualified in Declamation.

The National Speech and Debate Association awarded the Top 5 Point Earners in the State of Louisiana.  Three of the state's top five point earners are Cecilia High School Speech Members: Grace Baum, Senior (far left), Seth Latiolais, Junior (middle), and Abbie Duncan, Senior (far right).

Members of the Cecilia High School Speech Team qualified for the 2016 Grand National Championships of the National Speech and Debate Association.  Grace Baum qualified in Informative Speaking and Abbie Duncan qualified in Informative Speaking and Original Oratory.  The CHS Speech Team also earned the Morris Block Memorial Award as the Louisiana NSDA District Points Leader. 

Two students from Parks Primary School participated in the State Social Studies Fair in Lake Charles on Wednesday, February 24, 2016. The students participating in the state fair were Kaydynn Bourque and Mason Broussard. Mason Broussard (pictured) placed second in Sociology! Congratulations to both students!


Sixth Grade Math Students Celebrate Pi Day!
 Ms. Deal 6th grade Math students celebrated  Pi Day, March 14, 2016  by working math problems using Ï€, and  eating various pies. There were also drawings for the students who participated in those activities.  Those students who were chosen got a chance to throw pie in Ms. Deal's face!

Students who met the criteria in iReady and A/R were eligible to participate in an Easter Egg Hunt on March 21, 2016.  Students scavenged for eggs filled with candy, snacks, free dress passes, invites to pizza and popsicle parties, and Eagle Bucks!

Fine Arts Fair Results  
Choral Reading 3rd grade:  2nd Place - Gabby Grizzaffi, Audrey Cheramie, Bree Mitchell, Gabriel Galloway, Jaih Lara, Cecilia Murrin
Story Telling 4th – 6th grade:  Grant Torgrimson - 1st place
French Story Telling 4th – 6th grade: Tallulah Grivet  - 1st place
French Spelling Bee  4th – 6th grade:  Maycee LeBlanc - 2nd place
French Spelling Bee  7th – 8th grade:  Ethan Vickrey - 1st place
Congratulations to all who worked so hard preparing for the competition and performed.
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