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St. Martin Parish Schools


Moving Forward with Team;
Enhancing the Vision!

July 2014


Message from the Superintendent

"The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today."-
     Elbert Hubbard
School bells will be ringing on August 13--just over a month away. Often the public thinks activities slow down during the summer break and there is some truth to this perception. However, there is much to be accomplished during the summer break which allows students, educators, and yes, parents, a reprieve from homework, testing, and the hustle and bustle of activities during the school year. For some, it is a time for rejuvenation and summer vacation. 
However, for others, much time is spent making preparations for the upcoming school year.  With the retirements and resignations of employees within the school system, there is an effort to recruit teachers, support personnel, and administrators to fill the vacancies that remain.  Professional learning activities continue for most educators. Central office staff members and school administrators busy themselves updating policies and student handbooks for the upcoming school year.  Calendars are prepared identifying important events to remember.  Data analyses of student scores occur with action plans written in an effort to improve school and district performance scores. Much planning occurs during the summer months which allows for structure and continuity. 
This summer, there has also been an additional focus area. Thanks to the taxpayers and voters of St. Martin Parish, there is a lot of construction happening across the school district.  Unfortunately, there has been a delay in the completion of the St. Martin Parish School Board's Department of Administration Building. The beautiful facility that is located on Corporate Boulevard in Breaux Bridge has an expected occupancy date of August 1.  The initial anticipated move-in date of July 1 was delayed.  However, I learned a long time ago that "patience is a virtue" and "good things come to those who wait!"  The Central Office Staff and School Board will definitely be excited to occupy the new dwelling. 
Other exciting news is Parks Middle will be receiving four new classrooms. The gymnasium will receive a "sprucing-up" prior to the start of school.  The administrative office at Parks Primary will be receiving a "make-over." The 2013 Bond Program funds are being expended throughout the parish with new classrooms at Cecilia Jr. High and Cecilia High.  Breaux Bridge High is also scheduled to have new classrooms. Breaux Bridge Jr. High, with the addition of sixth grade in the 2015-2016 school year, will have new classrooms.  Additionally, construction is underway at the Breaux Bridge Primary site making available grades 4-5 for the 2015-2016 school year.  Breaux Bridge Primary School will officially house grades Pre-K to 2 and grades 3-5 will occupy Breaux Bridge Elementary School.  Both schools will operate as separate schools on the same site.  Breaux Bridge Jr. High will be reconfigured to house grades 6-8 aligning to the middle school configuration.   There are other projects that are underway in the district; the aforementioned projects are merely a glimpse of the activities occurring within the St. Martin Parish School System. 
In closing, I want to encourage you to continue to enjoy your summer break.  When the school bells ring, we will be ready to make great things happen within our schools and the district! TOGETHER WE CAN!

The Board meeting was called to order at 5:00 P. M. on Wednesday, July 9, with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance offered by Dr. Beebe.  The June Employee of the Month, Mr. Henry Derouselle, Supervisor of Operations, was acknowledged by the school board for his work performance.  Zachary Angelle, 2014 Cecilia High School Graduate,  received an engineering scholarship from Poche', Pruett, & Associates, LLC and was acknowledged publicly for this achievement.   Please see the attached board meeting agenda for further details.
In This Issue

  • Message from the Superintendent
  • Board Meeting Update
  • Education Updates
  • New Principals Named
  • Employee of the Month
  • Important Dates
  • Hugh O'Brian Youth Program
  • Scholarship Recipient  
  • Condolences
  • School News
August 6, 2014
5 P.M.

St. Martin Parish School Board --Department of Administration
625 Corporate Dr.
Breaux Bridge
(directly  behind Teche Bank)


Congratulations to

Zachary Angelle,

2014 Poche', Pruett & Associates Scholarship Recipient.

The St. Martin Parish School System Bids Farewell to a Retired Educator

C. D. Guilbeau passed away on June 19, 2014.  He was a former Cecilia High School Football Coach and Cecilia Primary Principal. 

The St. Martin Parish School System Bids Farewell

 Helen Darby was a Special Education Aide at St. Martinville Junior High School.  She passed away on Monday, June 23, 2014.  Ms. Darby, and her big smile, will be missed by her school community and friends.
St. Martin Parish School Board would like to extend condolences to the family members of Mr. Emile Paul Henry, husband of retired employee, Mrs. Estelle Lewis Henry. 


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

Shirley Thibodeaux,  Asst. Principal


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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I am sure it comes as no surprise that there is a "great divide" in Baton Rouge.  It appears that Governor Jindal and Superintendent John White have differences of opinion that are fueled by some members of the state board of education.  The latest report is there is going to be a meeting between the governor and John White--one that will determine if there is a "will" to proceed with an amiable resolution.  However, the major issue at hand is the questionable procurement of test items--is the contract legal and were procurement (state bid) laws followed?  Read more...  
Mr. Henry Derouselle is the recipient of the June, 2014 Employee of the Month award.  He was  nominated  for his exemplary performance and work ethic by his immediate supervisor, Mr. Al Blanchard, Director of Operations and Human Capital.  Mr. Derouselle currently serves the school district as the Supervisor of Operations.  He  has been an employee of the St. Martin Parish School System for approximately 14 years and is to be commended for his efforts in the Operations Department to make the St. Martin Parish School System a viable system.

Mrs. Nicole Angelle is the recipient of the May, 2014 Employee of the Month award.  She was nominated for her exemplary performance and work ethic by her immediate supervisor, Mrs. Kara Meaux, Director of Federal Programs.  She currently serves the school district as the Early Childhood/Home School Supervisor and was instrumental in securing an Act 3 Early Childhood Grant in the amount of $100,000.  Her role is to assist early childcare providers within St. Martin Parish in a collaborative endeavor to improve student outcomes within all entities. She also provides support and assistance to Pre-K teachers within the district.  She has been an employee of the St. Martin Parish School System for approximately 17 years and is to be commended for her efforts to make the St. Martin Parish School System a viable system.  

July 14 Executive Staff  
July 15, 16 Excel Class Virtual Learning
July 15 Pearson (High School) – Textbook Inservice Special Services
July 16 Executive Staff (w/F. Touchet) – 7:30 A.M. BBHS
July 16 Houghton Mifflin – K-8 Textbook Inservice – 8:30 BBHS
July 16,17 Teacher Leaders Attending Workshop (ELA) – must be preregistered Lafayette
July 21 Executive Staff  
July 21 Curriculum Team Meeting TBA
July 22,23 CPI Training SMP
July 23 Pearson ELA Inservice for High School Special Services
July 24 Back to School Orientation – 8:00 – 4:30 CHS
July 28 ELA/Math Inservice for K-5 BBHS
July 28 ELA/Math Inservice for 6-7 BBE
July 28 ELA/Math Inservice for 8 Special Services
July 30,31 Read 180 Training Special Services
July 31 New Teacher Orientation CHS
July 31 Gains Analysis for Read 180 – 3:30 Special Services
August 1 New Teacher Orientation CHS
August 4-5 Medication Training  
August 4 Executive Staff/Cabinet  
August 5 OnCourse Evaluate Training – Supervisory Staff – 9:00 Virtual Learning
August 6,7 Alio Training – School Clerical Staff – RSVP w/ Casey Broussard Virtual Learning
August 6 School Board Meeting  

Cecilia Primary, Principal
Suzanne Leboeuf

Mrs. LeBoeuf is married to Daniel LeBoeuf and has two children, Zachary and Zoie.   She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willie (Pearl) Castille. 
Recently, Mrs. Suzanne LeBoeuf was recommended for the position of principal at Cecilia Primary School.  Mrs. LeBoeuf has been a staff member of Cecilia Primary for the last 26  years.  She has served the school as a special education teacher and Special Services liaison.  More recently, she served as an assistant principal ad an interim principal.   The St. Martin Parish School System's educational family welcomes Mrs. LeBoeuf as she begins her tenure as principal of Cecilia Primary.  We wish her continued success and best wishes as she fulfills her new role.  


Breaux Bridge Primary, Principal
Lydia Capdepon

Mrs. Lydia Capdepon is married to Scott Capdepon and is the mother of Blyss,  Dean, Nicholas, and Gabrielle Capdepon.   She is the daughter of Richard Green and Emmaline Thibodeaux.  
 In June, Mrs. Lydia Capdepon was appointed as principal at Breaux Bridge Primary School.  Mrs. Capdepon has been a staff member of Breaux Bridge Primary for the last 19 years.  She also taught at Parks Primary, Cecilia Primary, and has teaching experience in Jefferson Parish.  She brings a total of 24 years experience to her new role.  She has also served Breaux Bridge Primary as a regular education teacher in an inclusion setting for 17 years and an assistant principal for 2 years at the school.  The St. Martin Parish School System's educational family welcomes Mrs. Capdepon as she begins her tenure as principal of Breaux Bridge Primary.  We wish her continued success and best wishes as she fulfills her new role.  

The Louisiana Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) program is hosting a mock legislative session called Action Legislature on Saturday, August 9th in the House Chambers at the Louisiana State Capitol. Participation is open to all high school students.  Registration will be held between 8:00 A.M. and 9:00 A.M. in the rotunda (first floor) of the State Capitol.  The program will begin at 9:00 A.M. and conclude at 3:00 P.M.  Derek Brondum is the chairman of this event.  Email Cindy Bishop at,

if you're interested in attending.  Registration is $25 and includes a boxed lunch and handout materials on the legislative process. 

Breaux Bridge High School


BBHS Cheerleaders were part of an article featuring Breaux Bridge in the July issue of Southern Living.

Breaux Bridge Primary

Breaux Bridge Primary is hosting a "Meet and Greet' on August 12, 2014 from 5:30-6:30


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