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Moving Forward with Team;
Enhancing the Vision!

AUGUST 2016

Message from the Superintendent

“The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.” ~Kahlil Gibran
 
As we bid farewell to summer and prepare for the first days of school, the aforementioned quote, when shared, should inspire and energize students, teachers, administrators, and education stakeholders.  The role of the teacher is a tremendous responsibility and should be valued by students, parents, and all who have a vested interest in education.  As we journey into the unknown—the 2016-2017 school year, the goal of every educator should be to do everything possible to help all students perform to their maximum potential and to strive for academic excellence.
The results of assessments should be received by all school administrators at the publishing of this newsletter.  Simply put, we will know whether efforts from last school year were successful.  Gains were made in the high school graduation cohort (83.1)—a growth of 5 points; however, we experienced a decline of .5 (tenths) on the ACT with a composite score of 17.6 points.  St. Martin Parish Public Schools students’ average composite performance on the ACT fell below the state average. Students in neighboring Acadiana districts performed better on these exams than did our students. End of Course assessment results yielded growth in some areas; however, it is evident that there remains much work to be done within our high schools. Cecilia High administration was celebrated during the back to school orientation for its growth in the following areas:  Graduation Cohort and ACT.  Breaux Bridge High administration was recognized for having the greatest number of students taking and passing the College Level Exam Program (CLEP) assessments.  Other awards were presented towards the end of the Back to School Orientation program that was held on Wednesday, July 27th.   These awards were based on observations and school performance during the previous school year—2014-2015.   Please see the following areas identified in the chart:    
School Leader Areas of Excellence
Joy Cormier, BBE Principal School Vision
Elizabeth Thibeaux-Clay (CCRC) School Environment (Cleanliness)
Julie Laviolette (PP) Overall Academic Performance
Denise Frederick (BBJH) Most Improved Academic Performance
Charee Theriot, CJHS, & Dr. Wanda Phillips, PM Overall School Climate and Culture
Latonia Cretian, Teche Most Effective IEPs and PLCs
Charee Theriot, CJHS Greatest Community Outreach
Daniel Leboeuf, CHS Greatest # of Student Participation  in College & Career Readiness Center
Daniel Leboeuf, CHS Greatest # of Students attaining 18 or greater on the ACT
Louis Blanchard, BBHS Greatest # of Students passing CLEP exams
Daniel Leboeuf, CHS Most Improved in Grad Cohort
Edward Boyd, SMJ Most Improved in School Discipline
Jessica Landry, ELC & Sarah Allen, SMP Most Innovative (thinks outside the box)
Suzanne Leboeuf, CP Attendance
 
I am convinced that competition is healthy and recognition stimulates competition and motivates employees and students to strive for excellence. Congratulations to the school administrators, teachers, students, support staff, and others who contributed to the aforementioned successful outcomes. 
Door prizes were provided by The Golden Rule Care-Provider, LLC. and Teche Brewery, LLC. I want to thank Joseph “Rick” Pearson, General Manager of The Golden Rule Care-Provider, LLC and the Knott Family, owners of Teche Brewery, LLC for their support of public education.     
Meetings were held on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 with Food Services personnel and custodians.  Special Education teachers with five years or less met on August 2 to discuss district expectations.  Food Services managers met on August 3 with Mrs. Clair Blanchard, Food Services Supervisor.   New Employees met on August 3 and 4 to become familiar with school board policies and procedures, programs, and district expectations. These meetings were facilitated by Mr. Anthony Polotzola, Supervisor of Human Capital and Organizational Structures.  District supervisors and administrators have been meeting continually throughout the summer to plan for back to school professional learning.  I appreciate the efforts of all who are working as a team to ensure our educational success.  
                 
In closing, it is with great pleasure that I welcome students, teachers, support personnel, administrators, supervisory staff, and parents back to school.  Bells will be ringing on August 11 for students enrolled in grades 1-12.  Students in Pre-K and Kindergarten will transition back to school on August 15.  School administrators and teachers of the aforementioned grades should have provided the relevant information to parents regarding assessments and schedules.  
 

 

 
NEXT SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
September 7, 2016
5:00  P.M.
St. Martin Parish
School Board
Department of Administration

625 Corporate Dr.
Breaux Bridge
BOARD UPDATE
 
Update from the June 8 St. Martin Parish School Board Meeting:
 
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:
 
The St. Martin Parish School Nutrition Association attended the annual State School Nutrition Association Conference in Monroe this past summer.  Parish President, Tammy Belaire, School Nutrition Technician, Early Learning Center, received the President’s Gold Award for her 2015-2016 Presidential Plan of Action.   Reginald Hill, School Nutrition Manager, St. Martinville Jr. High, received the State Membership Growth Award for his work as the Southwest Regional Representative for the School Nutrition Association of Louisiana Executive Board.  Mrs. Clair Blanchard, School Nutrition Supervisor, was selected to serve as the 2017 School Nutrition Association of Louisiana Conference Chair.   She received the Superstar Award for her membership recruitment efforts.   In addition to these many awards and distinctions, Reginald Hill will serve the Executive Board as the 2016-2017 Southwest Regional Chairperson, and Mrs. Clair Blanchard will serve as the 2016-2017 School Nutrition Association of Louisiana Executive Board’s Publications and Communications Chair.   Congratulations to Mrs. Tammie Belaire, Mr. Reginald Hill, and Mrs. Clair Angelle Blanchard for bringing recognition to themselves, their families, and the  St. Martin Parish School System’s educational family! 
 
Board members were reminded of a Back to School Prayer Service scheduled for August 5, 2016 at PARC HARDY at 12 noon.
 
In other action, the Board was asked to approve the implementation of a STEM program at the Early Learning Center and St. Martinville Primary.   The estimated costs for resources are approximately $26,000.  The Board was also asked to consider a proposal offered by Mr. Russel Foti, Board member representative for Stephensville Elementary and Catahoula Elementary.   The addition of two teachers would be in excess of $106,000. (This estimate is based on a teacher salary with 0 years of teaching experience.) The Board chose to delay action on the addition of any teachers based on concerns relative to the unknown student enrollment.  Technically, any action on the proposal would have been considered premature due to the uncertainties associated with back to school student enrollment.  The school board was asked to consider a recommendation regarding the distribution of $256,000—the amount received by the school board from the $20 million dollars that were funded outside of the Minimum Foundation Program (MFP).  Last year, the district received approximately $350 thousand dollars which were disseminated to all employees, inclusive of professionals and support personnel. 
 
The Legislature, through Act 14 of 2016, provided $20 million to local public school districts and schools outside of the MFP appropriation.  The law states:
Payable out of the state general funds….there is no one specific required use of this allocation, but instead school districts and schools have the flexibility to dedicate these funds among the four purposes noted in the law.   Consequently, the proposal that was recommended to the Board for its consideration and approval was as follows:
 
St. Martin Parish School Board allocation:  $256,678
Proposed use:
Supplemental Course Allocation--$30,954
High Cost Services--$29,616
Salary Supplement distributed to all employees--$196,108
 
The school board approved the aforementioned recommendations.  School board members also approved a retreat that was scheduled for Wednesday, August 17, from 4 to 6 P. M.   For additional board agenda items and information, please see the attached link.  
Summary Performance of St. Martin Parish Public Schools
Grades 3-8 LEAP
The St. Martin Parish Public School System ranks among the TOP twenty districts statewide showing an increase in the percentage of students scoring mastery and above when combining English/Language Arts and Math (an analysis of four years trend data)
While the district is continuing to examine assessment results, the immediate findings based on grades 3-8 LEAP data are as follows: 
  • Over 70% of our students are proficient – scoring basic, mastery or advanced in the following subjects:
    • 3rd grade math(highest @83%) and science
    • 4th grade math
    • 5th grade math
    • 8th grade reading
  • Over 3 years, we have increased our percent proficient in 3rd grade science by 17%.
  • Over 3 years, we have increased out percent proficient in 8th grade reading by 20%.
  • Over 3 years, we have increased our percent proficient in 6th grade science by 11%.
  • 3rd grade Reading – Accolades are given to  Parks Primary, St Martinville Primary and Stephensville Elementary; – their percent proficient is at least 18% above the district.
  • Parks Primary –the percent proficient in 4th grade Math is 25% greater than the district.
  • 5th grade Reading gains were evident at Parks Middle, St. Martinville Primary, Stephensville Elementary and Teche Elementary;  each is at least 9% or greater above the district’s percent proficient.
  • 100% of Parish 8th graders registered in the Algebra 1 course passed the end of course assessment mandated by the state in order to earn high school credit as eighth graders. 

    The schools will send home the 2015-16 LEAP Test Results during the first week of school. Along with the student’s personal test results, A Parent Guide to the 2016 LEAP Tests, created by the Louisiana Department of Education, will be sent home.  To view the Parent Guide, please click the link. Parent Guide to the 2016 LEAP Tests As the district receives additional resources for parents and students, they will be placed on the district website. If you would like paper copies of the information, please contact your child’s school.
The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) is scheduled to meet in
August 2016.  Agendas are accessible at the following website: http://bese.louisiana.gov 
 
 
 
Aug 8 BESE Retreat
9:00 a.m., Rapides Rm., 3-230
Claiborne Building, Baton Rouge
Agenda
Aug 9 8(g) Public Hearing
9:00 a.m., Louisiana Purchase Rm. 1-100
Claiborne Building, Baton Rouge
Agenda
Watch
Aug 9 BESE Committees
9:15 a.m., Louisiana Purchase Rm. 1-100
Claiborne Building, Baton Rouge
Agenda/Materials
Watch
Aug 10 BESE Meeting
9:00 a.m., Louisiana Purchase Rm. 1-100
Claiborne Building, Baton Rouge
 
 
 
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
  • LDOE News
  • Employee of the Month
  • Test Scores Released
  • JROTC Camp
  • School Nutrition News
  • Back to School News
  • Grants
  • School News 
  • Condolences

Click here to view the 2016-2017 District Calendar.

Visit the Human Resources Page on our District Website for more details. 
•Target Field Trip Grants
•K-12 Schools nationwide
•Up to $700
•Aug 1 – Oct 1

•Quality Science & Math (QSM)

•K-12 Science & Math
•Up to $750
•Deadline – Sept. 12, 2016
Dane Thibodeaux and Julianna Hebert, both teachers at Cecilia High School, spent part of their summer attending the Justice Catherine D. Kimball Summer Institute in the Louisiana Supreme Court building in downtown New Orleans.  They learned strategies and motivation techniques regarding civics education, receiving resources for their classes as well.
St. Martin Parish JROTC Students Attend Summer Camp
 
Ten JROTC students from the College and Career Readiness Center were selected to attend the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge (JCLC) Training at Camp Beauregard, Louisiana from June 13-17, 2016. The cadets were selected based upon the results of cadre recommendation, program participation, morale, attitude, and demonstrated leadership. Thirty one schools and approximately 290 cadets were in attendance at the annual training. Teamwork is expressed throughout camp.  Cadets are placed in teams with cadets from other schools and expected to work together to complete assigned task. They experienced a number of physically demanding and challenging activities to include: rappelling, obstacle course, water safety, drown-proofing, leadership reaction course, organized athletics, life-saving, and orienteering, to name a few. The cadets were housed in military barracks and their day started at 4:30 every morning and ended around 9:00 each night.  All the cadets from St. Martin Parish received the JCLC, orienteering, and rappel tabs.
Cadets attending JROTC Summer Camp: Sitting from left to right; Kimberli Boudreaux, Tanajai Gregorie, Helen Esagne, Mason McLemore, standing from left to right;  Chase McLemore, William Clark, Sydell Murphy, Dominic Wiltz, Shannon Aguilar.

St. Martin Parish School System Bids Farewell to an Employee

Mrs. Lisa Meaux passed away on July 12, 2016 in Lafayette.  Mrs. Meaux had previously retired from another school district, but was currently working as a Gifted Education Teacher at Cecilia Junior and Cecilia High Schools.  
The St. Martin Parish School Board and employees would like to extend condolences to the famiies Mrs. Louisa Derouen, Heath Knight, and Lisa Meaux.

ADMINISTRATORS
2016 - 2017

Breaux Bridge Primary
Jill Bozeman, 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
Chennevial Washington, 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
Tiffany Francis, Principal
Parks Primary
Julie Laviolette, Principal
Tassala Jones, Asst. Principal
Parks Middle School
Dr. Wanda Phillips, Principal
Vacant,  Asst. Principal 
Early Learning Center
Jessica Landry, Principal 
St. Martinville Primary
Sarah Allen, Principal
Ashley Gary Higginbotham, 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
Chicora Shelton, Asst. Principal

 
CENTRAL OFFICE
 ADMINISTRATORS
2016-2017

 
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
Bridget Bergeron, Title I Supervisor, 5-8
Melanie Taylor, Title I Supervisor, K-4
Nicole Angelle, Supervisor of Early Childhood and Family Involvement
Shirley Thibodeaux, Special Services Supervisor, 6-8
Mike Hebert, Special Services Supervisor, 9-12
Cheryl Mitchell, Special Services, Supervisor, Pre-K-5
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Ms. Angel deLaunay, Breaux Bridge Primary Behavior Interventionist, is the recipient of the July Employee of the Month award. She was nominated for this prestigious honor because of her untiring efforts.  She exceeds average expectations.  Mrs. Jill Bozeman, Breaux Bridge Primary Principal, described Mrs. deLaunay as a go-getter who always takes the initiative to ensure the school is functioning effectively.    Mrs. Bozeman indicated that Mrs. deLaunay has assisted her throughout the summer to prepare for the 2016-2017 school year.   Mrs. Angel deLaunay’s efforts and professionalism are greatly appreciated. 
School Nutrition Program… St. Martin Parish attended and enjoyed the annual SNAL conference.  The School Nutrition Program is proud to announce that over 20 employees attended the School Nutrition Association of Louisiana conference in Monroe this June.  After a year of hard work, St. Martin was the proud recipient of several awards and honors.  Tammy Belaire, parish Association President, was awarded the State Thelma Flanagan Gold Award of Service for her President’s Plan of Action.  Mrs. Belaire is a School Nutrition technician for the Early Learning Center.  Reginald Hill was awarded the Regional Membership Growth State Award for his work on the State Executive Board as Southwest Regional Chair.  Clair Angelle Blanchard was asked to serve as the SNAL Conference Chair for 2017.  Members of the parish association was asked to serve on the SNAL Executive Board.  Reginald Hill is serving in the elected position of Southwest Regional Representative.  Mr. Hill is the manager at St. Martinville Junior High.  Clair Angelle Blanchard will serve as the Publications Co-Chair and on the Past Presidents’ Council.  Mrs. Blanchard is the program Supervisor and sponsor of St. Martin Parish School Nutrition Association.  Mrs. Blanchard was awarded the SUPERSTAR membership recruitment status for her leadership and recruitment efforts statewide.  This is the highest distinction membership SNA award on the national level.    
The district entered the Community Eligibility Program for twelve school sites for the 2016-2017 school year.  The CEP eligibility allows all students enrolled in the school sites to eat both breakfast and lunch free.  The schools participating in CEP are:  Breaux Bridge Primary, Breaux Bridge Elementary, Breaux Bridge Junior High, Cecilia Primary, Teche Elementary, Cecilia Junior High, Early Learning Center, St. Martinville Primary, St. Martinville Junior High, St. Martinville High, Parks Middle and Stephensville Elementary.  The School Nutrition program is currently monitoring eligibility numbers at school sites to hopefully qualify for more school sites next year.  Regardless of if a site qualifies for CEP, School Nutrition we will continue to put the nutritional needs of our students first. 
As the new calendar year approaches, the School Nutrition Program would like to thank everyone who assists with making the program a success.  A special thanks to our director, Ms. Pamela Jordan, for her hard work and dedication to Federal Programs.  We appreciate everything she does for our program and for our students.  We will continue to strive to provide the high quality and healthy food options for our students.  The School Nutrition team is excited to get back to school and reunite with the students we serve.
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR TEACHERS
August 8, 2016

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
August 11, 2016

OPEN HOUSE DATES
SCHOOL DATE TIME
BREAUX BRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL 8/23/16 6:00 P.M.
BREAUX BRIDGE ELEMENTARY 8/8/16 5:30 P.M.– 6:00 P.M.
BREAUX BRIDGE JUNIOR HIGH 8/16/16 5:30 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.
BREAUX BRIDGE PRIMARY
*Meet & Greet (1st & 2nd)
8/24/16
8/9/16
5:30 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.
5:30 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.
CECILIA PRIMARY
KINDERGARTEN
Pre-K
1ST
2ND
 
8/10/16
8/11/16 & 8/12/16
8/15/16
8/16/16
 
6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
[DURING TESTING TIMES]
6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
6:00 – 7:00 P.M.
TECHE ELEMENTARY
3RD
4TH
5TH
8/3/16  
9:00 A.M.
11:00 A.M.
1:00 P.M.
CECILIA JUNIOR HIGH 8/25/16 6:00 P.M.
CECILIA HIGH SCHOOL 8/22/16 6:00 P.M.
EARLY LEARNING CENTER 8/25/16 6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
ST. MARTINVILLE PRIMARY 8/9/16 5:30 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
ST. MARTINVILLE SENIOR HIGH 8/24/16 6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
CATAHOULA ELEMENTARY 8/18/16 6:00 P.M.
PARKS PRIMARY 8/8/16 5:16 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. (floating)
PARKS MIDDLE 8/18/16 5:30 P.M.
STEPHENSVILLE ELEMENTARY 8/18/16 6:00 P.M.
 CECILIA HIGH SCHOOL
 
The Cecilia High School Dance Team attended UDA camp July 6-9 at the University of Southern Mississippi.  While at camp, the team placed 1st in Home Pom Routine, Superior Trophy for ribbon accumulation, Leadership Award from other teams, Super Spirit Stick Award on Day 1 and Spirit Stick each day.  Alix Allemond, Alanna Frederick, Hailey Hayes, Madison LeJeune and Morgan LeJeune were named All-American. 

The team was invited to perform at the Citrus Bowl in Florida and qualified to compete for the National Dance Team Championship in Disney World in February of 2017--returning to nationals for a second year in a row.   

First picture has team members (front left to right) McKenzie Richard, Alix Allemond, Madison LeJeune, Morgan LeJeune and Jadie Badeaux.  Middle Row- Zoe Guidry, Maia Trailer, Alanna Frederick ( co-captain), Sera Denais, Hailey Hayes (captain) and Anna Poindexter.  Back, in the air, is Brannigan Harman.  

The girls had an amazing time at camp and are looking forward to performing this upcoming year.
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