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Moving Forward with Team;
Enhancing the Vision!

August 2013

Message from the Superintendent

HOW QUICKLY TIME FLIES when having a great time!  It seems like yesterday when students and employees said farewell to the 2012-2013 school year.  Our students, educators, and support personnel are rejuvenated from a well-deserved summer vacation filled with  recreational activities.  On August 9, students, educators, and support personnel  are returning to the school setting to embrace the challenges of the 2013-2014 school year.  I  hope my enthusiasm, energy, and desire for educational excellence will be shared by everyone as we move forward enhancing the vision within the St. Martin Parish School System.  We remain committed to implementing quality educational practices to ensure successful student outcomes and professional learning for our professional and support employees.  It is our belief that our school system should be second to none in the region, state, and nation.  I am a firm believer that attitude, commitment, and determination are quality traits that will enable us to attain the aforementioned  vision. 
 
I want to encourage a partnership among education stakeholders--our employees, students, parents, and  the business community. We need to work as a team to ensure increased academic success. Our focus will be enhancing communication and collaboration, establishing rigor within the curriculum, providing professional learning for our employees, working towards the attainment of the 8 goals established by State Superintendent John White and the LA Department of Education Staff, and establishing a climate and culture of high expectations.  This focus will be attained through a team approach.
 
In closing, everyone wants to be part of a winning team. Those who  desire and are  committed to achieving success generally achieve it!  Moving forward, I hope your school year is filled with great success!  Best wishes for a productive school year!  
BOARD UPDATE
 
  •  Mr. William "Billy" Greig was appointed to serve as Interim Director of Curriculum and Instruction and Mrs. Laura Turpeau as Interim Supervisor of Secondary Education during the Fall, 2013 semester. 
  •  The Board approved a request to piggyback a bid for fuel with the East Baton Rouge School System.
  • The Board approved a request for permission to call for bids for replacement steamers in the Food Services Department. 
  • The Board approved an extension for existing camp leases for Ervin "T-Man" Bailey and Randall and Linda Firmin. 
  • The Board also approved the continuation of the  District Attorney's Early Intervention Program and Truancy Assessment Service Center. 
  • In other business, change orders were also approved regarding site mechanical and electrical work at Breaux Bridge Jr. High. 
  • The low bids offered by Calcasieu Mechanical ($33,000) for  Breaux Bridge High AHU#2 and Moses Jackson for the  Old Instructional Center Abatement and Demolition project were approved. 
  • Other business included a presentation by a representative from the  Department of Costal Restoration pertaining to the servitude on all section 16 land owned by the St. Martin Parish School Board in lower St. Martin. 
  • There was also a discussion item offered by Mr. Richard Poiter regarding salary supplements for support personnel.  Mr. Potier's proposal was to fund salary supplements from the 2.75% increase approved by the Legislature in June.  As you are aware, school systems across Louisiana have not received the 2.75% during the last five years.  Miraculously, the  Legislature, during its 2013 session and the final hours, reinstated the 2.75% funding to districts.  Consequently, the St. Martin Parish School System is expected to receive approximately $700,000 from the 2.75% funding.  $350,000 has been designated as a supplement for certificated personnel and is a mandate from the LA Legislature.  The legislature did not specify the use of the other $350,000.  These funds may be used at the Board's discretion. This item was for discussion only.  
In This Issue

  • Message from the Superintendent
  • Board Meeting Update
  • Education Updates
  • Calendar of Events
  • Employee of the Month
  • Group Health Announcement
  • St. Martin Parish School News
  • Open House Dates
  • Partners in Education



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
 

 

Students who return completed meal applications will have their names placed in a drawing for a Nook eReader.  Encourage your students to return their completed applications as soon as possible.
Registration for fall Smartboard Classes is now open.  Please visit our District website for registration information.   
Regular School Board Meeting Dates
July 10, 2013
August 7, 2013
September 4, 2013
October 2, 2013
November 6, 2013
December 4, 2013
January 8, 2014
February 5, 2014
March 12, 2014
April 2, 2014
May 7, 2014
June 4, 2014
PARISH JAMBOREE SCHEDULE
August 29th 
St. Martinville vs Carencro
Cecilia vs Notre Dame

August 30th 
Breaux Bridge vs Jennings

Cajun Field
6:00 P.M.
Admission $10/day

 
 
OUR EMAIL HAS CHANGED

Our new exchange is :
@saintmartinschools.org

ADMINISTRATORS
2013-2014

Breaux Bridge Primary
Pennye Huval, Principal
Lydia Capdepon, 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
Wanda Guidry, Principal
Suzanne Leboeuf, 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


Catehoula Elementary
Annette Baudoin, Principal


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


Parks Middle School
Dr. Wanda Phillips, Principal
Shirley Thibodeaux, Asst. Principal


Early Learning Center
Jessica Landry, Principal


St. Martinville Junior High
Elizabeth Thibeaux-Clay, Principal
Bryan Staton, Asst. Principal


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


JCEP
Devin Baltazar, Asst. Principal

CENTRAL OFFICE
 ADMINISTRATORS
2013-2014

 
Dr. Lottie Beebe, Superintendent
Al Blanchard, Dir. of Human Capital
William Greig, Interim Dir. of Curriculum & Instruction
Kara Meaux, Dir. of Federal Programs
Casey Broussard, CFO
Anthony Polotzola, Supervisor of Organizational Structures
Henry Derouselle, Supervisor of Operations
Brenda Courville, Supervisor of Personnel/Recruiting
Christine Foster, Supervisor of Information Technology
Bonnie Thibodeaux, Supervisor of Elementary Education
Laura Turpeau, Interim Supervisor of Secondary Education
Redell Louis, Supervisor of Instructional 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 Reading Supervisor
Melanie Taylor, Title I Math Supervisor
Nicole Angelle, Early Childhood Coordinator
Leah Hebert, Elementary SPED Supervisor
Mike Hebert, Secondary SPED Supervisor
Bridget Bergeron, SBLC/504/RTI Supervisor
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EDUCATION UPDATES

 


BESE is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, August 13, and Wednesday, August 14, 2013.  The state board of education is scheduled to meet at the Claiborne Building in Baton Rouge beginning each day at 8:30 A. M.   These meetings may begin 30  minutes prior to the designated meeting times.  A report will be provided in the next edition of the E-Newsletter. 

Calendar of Events

  • August 5-16 - Group Health Special Enrollment, Renaissance Center
  • August 9, 10, 11 - DSC Testing (Kindergarten)
  • August 12 - Group Health Special Enrollment Meeting, Renaissance Center, 4:00 P.M.
  • August 16 - Librarian's Training 8:30 A.M.
  • August 19 - September 9 - Dibel's and iSTEEP Assessment Window
  • August 22 - Smartboard Class, Virtual Learning Center (PD Lab),  4:00 - 7:00
  • August 23 - Technology Coordinator's Meeting - 8:30 A.M.
  • August 27 - WebPAMS for Principals, Virtual Learning Center (PD Lab), 8:30 A.M.-11:30 A.M.
  • August 27 - WebPAMS for Supervisors, Virtual Learning Center (PD Lab), 1:00 P.M.- 4:00 P.M.
  • August 28 - WebPAMS for Asst. Principals & Behavior Inter., VLC (PD Lab), 8:30 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.
  • August 28 - WebPAMS for Supervisors, Virtual Learning Center (PD Lab), 1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
The Southern Scripts Employee of the Month for July  was awarded to St. Martin Parish Personnel for their untiring efforts and commitment to school improvement efforts.  The St. Martin Parish School System had no schools earning an" F."  This is reason for celebration.  A SPECIAL THANKS to the TEAM for working diligently while keeping their eyes on the ultimate prize--successful educational outcomes. The journey continues with an emphasis on school improvement and the attainment of the District's vision to be a school system that is second to none in the region, state, and nation.


Pictured from left to right are Cheryl Friberg, Redell Louis, Brenda Courville, Dr. Lottie P. Beebe, Fred Wiltz, Al Blanchard, William "Billy" Greig, Casey Broussard, Henry Derousselle, and Kellie Leblanc. 

Group Health Special Enrollment
A onetime Special Enrollment Period is being held August 5th – 16th. All benefit elections must be completed prior to August 16thNo exceptions. All coverage elections made during this special period will be effective September 1, 2013.
 
As noted above this is a onetime offer during the special enrollment period indicated.  No Exceptions.
 
There is one enrollment meeting remaining, August 12, 2013, 4:00 pm at the business office located across the street from Breaux Bridge Elementary.  If you need to schedule an appointment outside of this time please call Michelle Simon, (337) 332-2105 Ext. 3021.  Please make sure you see her before August 16th.  
 
Sick Leave & Vacation Balances
We are currently working on rolling over the sick leave and vacation balances from PC Link into Accufund so that they will be printed on your check stubs as they were in the past.  Please be looking for these balances on your check stub in the next month or so.

 

VIRTUAL LEARNING PROGRAM SUCCESS STORY

The St. Martin Parish School Board is proud to announce the successful accomplishments of Breaux Bridge High School student, Jacqueline Fett.  While enrolled in a blended learning program consisting of both traditional and virtual courses, Ms. Fett completed her high school education requirements.  She completed 27 Carnegie credits and has earned her high school diploma.  Jackie plans to attend UL@Lafayette in the fall as a biology major and will later pursue a degree in medicine.  Ms. Fett is the 16 year old daughter of Ms. Loretta Degeytaire and Eric Fett.  At the School Board Meeting on Wednesday, August 7, 2013, Jackie was presented with her high school diploma, as well as, a plaque for her exemplary accomplishments.  She was commended by members of the school board; Dr. Lottie P. Beebe, Superintendent; Mrs. Kellie Leblanc, Virtual Learning Supervisor; Mrs. Redell Louis, Instructional Technology Supervisor; Mr. Louis Blanchard, Breaux Bridge High School Principal; and Mrs. Noelle Prados and Mr. James Meaux, Virtual Learning Facilitators, Grades 7-12.


 
Pictured from Left to Right:  Ms. Loretta Degeytaire, (mother) Dr. Lottie P. Beebe, Superintendent, Jacqueline Fett, BBHS Student and 2013 Graduate, Eric Fett, (father), Mrs. Kellie Leblanc, Supervisor of Virtual Learning, and Noelle Prados, Virtual Learning Faciliator.


 
CECILIA AREA
Cecilia Primary
 Thursday, August 8, 2013 (Kindergarten) 6:30PM
                 Tuesday, August 20, 2013 (1st/2nd grade) 6:00PM

Teche Elementary
  Monday, August 19, 2013 – 6:00 – 7:30PM 
 
 
Cecilia Junior High
  Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 7th grade-9:00AM; 8th grade-11:00AM; 6th grade-1:00PM

Cecilia High School
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 – 5:00 – 6:00PM
 
BREAUX BRIDGE AREA
Breaux Bridge Primary
Thursday, August 29, 2013 – 5:30 – 6:30PM       

Breaux Bridge Elementary
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 (Newly in-coming 4th graders) 5:30PM     
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 (Remaining 4th graders/5th/6th grade) 5:30PM
 
Breaux Bridge Junior High
Thursday, August 15, 2013 – 6:00PM

 
Breaux Bridge High School 
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 – 6:00PM
 
PARKS AREA
Parks Primary 
Monday, August 5, 2013 – 5:30 – 6:30PM
Parks Middle
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 – 5:30PM
 
ST. MARTINVILLE AREA
E
arly Learning Center 
Thursday, August 22, 2013 – 6:00PM
St. Martinville Primary
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 6:00PM
St. Martinville Junior High
Monday, August 5, 2013 – 6:00 – 7:30PM    
St. Martinville High School 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 – 6:00PM
 
CATAHOULA ELEMENTARY
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 – 6:00PM
STEPHENSVILLE ELEMENTARY 
Thursday, August 22, 2013 – 6:00 – 8:00PM

Sincere appreciation to our July Partners of the Month.  Special thanks to Mrs. Tammie Belaire, St. Martin Parish School System Food Services Technician, and Mrs. Brenda Courville, St. Martin Parish Supervisor of Personnel, for their facilitation of "Back to School" incentives for district and school leaders.  Those who provided support for this event included the following: 
  • Mike Huval, LA Representative
  • Fred Mills, LA Senator
  • Guy Cormier, St. Martin Parish President
  • Joseph Pearson, The Golden Rule Care-Provider, LLC
  • Me Me's FLorals
  • United Way of Acadiana
  • Santa Fe Cattle Co. -Broussard, LA
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF EDUCATORS!  We appreciate you!

In an effort to boost the number of meal applications returned by students, St. Martin Parish School Board is having a special drive at all schools.  Students who return a completed meal application will have their name placed in a drawing for a Nook.  

Thanks to the following partners for donating Nooks for student incentives:
  •  Cox Communications
  • Pellerin Funeral Home
  • Archie's
  • Mill's Cashway Pharmacy 

On Sunday, August 4, 2013, the Breaux Bridge High School Football team was treated to a breakfast at Buck and Johnny's Pizza.  Special thanks to Mr. Johnny and Mrs. Coatney Raymond  and other sponsors who made this event possible. Other Parish teams are going to be treated to a back to school breakfast in the upcoming weeks--with each team given a designated Sunday.  Thanks again to our partners for their continued support of education! 
 
Pictured from left to right are Dr. Lottie P. Beebe, Superintendent of Schools, Paul Broussard, BBHS Athletic Director/Coach, Mrs. Coatney Raymond, (Buck & Johnny's), Mr. Roland Breaux, and Mrs. Jill Hebert, Parish Council member.

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