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St. Martin Parish Schools


Moving Forward with Team;
Enhancing the Vision!

March 2014

Message from the Superintendent

"The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand."` Vince Lombardi
As we prepare our students for success on high stakes tests that will ultimately determine the letter grade assigned to our schools and school system, I think the aforementioned quote sums up the experience.  I want to commend the outstanding performances of our administrators, teachers, support personnel, and students during the observations conducted during site support visits to all schools within the district.  My staff and I observed some excellent teaching and learning during our visits.  We recognize the areas that need further attention and will work diligently to continue to provide the support, assistance, and resources that are essential to school improvement efforts. 
On Friday, March 21st, a professional development day will occur to aid in our preparation for the 2014-2015 school year.  On Thursday afternoon,  March 20th , school administration and teachers will be required to work an extended day (approximately 3 hours) to meet with the parents of those students who are experiencing some difficulties with grades, behaviors, and attendance.  The scheduled parent/teacher conference will be modified due to days missed  from inclement weather.  I want to thank each of you in advance for your cooperation regarding the aforementioned request.
Moving Forward, I want to extend best wishes to you and your students for successful academic outcomes.  As we prepare for testing, we should be mindful of the following:
"It is like the seed put in the soil--the more one sows, the greater the harvest".  ~ Orison Swett Marden  The more we perfect our professional skills, the more likely  educational outcomes will be bountiful!  
 The Board meeting was called to order at 5:00 P. M. with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance offered by Dr. Beebe.  To read a recap of the actions taken at the meeting, click here.  
In This Issue

  • Message from the Superintendent
  • Board Meeting Update
  • Education Updates
  • Calendar of Events
  • Employee of the Month
  • Finance News
  • Day's Day
  • Early Childhood Network
  • SMPSB Job Fair
  • New Busses
  • St. Martin Parish School News
  • Partners in Education
  • Dad's Day
  • PARCC Practice
  • SMPSB Family Farewell 

School Calendar

  • 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
  • March 3-5 - Mardi Gras Break
  • March 18 - LEAP/iLEAP (Phase I)
  • March 20- Parent/Teacher Conference (evening)
  • March 21 - Professional Development
  • 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  


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

Calendar of Events

  • March 10 – 15   Explore (8th graders) and Plan (9th graders)
  • March 18 - LEAP Phase 1 – all grade 4 and 8 students
  • March 18 - ACT Test – all 11th  grade students; 12th grade students can retake for a fee of $35.00
  • March 19 - District PLC - BBHS, 4:00
  • March 20 - READ 180 Gain Analysis, VLC, 3:00
  • March 27 - Smartboard Class, VLC, 4:00
  • March 29 - Regional Social Studies Fair, UL
  • April 2 - ACT Test – make-up for 11th grade students who have a doctor excuse for March 18th
  • April 7 – 10  Leap Phase 2 – all grade 4 and 8 students
  • April 7 -10   iLEAP – all grade 3, 5, 6, and 7 grade students
Field Testing for the 2015 PARCC Assessment
Seven schools in St. Martin Parish have been selected by the state to participate in PARCC Field Test.  The results of this assessment will allow the state to pilot this new assessment and use the results to make adjustments prior to the administration of the PARCC assessment in Spring of 2015.  St. Martin Parish benefits from this opportunity as well.  Our schools will have an opportunity to become familiar with the procedures of the new assessment and to provide feedback to the state on the pros and cons of the assessment. 
Within each of the seven schools selected, only two to four classes, at specific grade levels, will be involved in the field test process.  The selected classes will only be tested in one subject area.  The state has provided several training sessions for district and school personnel.  In addition, the students in these selected classes will be trained and have an opportunity to take a “mock” assessment prior to the actual field test experience.    Students in the selected classes at Cecilia Junior High School, St. Martinville Junior High, Teche, Parks Middle, Breaux Bridge Senior High, and St. Martinville Senior High will begin Phase 1 of the actual field test the week of March 24th, 2014.  Students in the selected classes at Parks Primary and St. Martinville Senior High will begin Phase 2 of the Field Test assessment on May 5th, 2014.  The district will not receive individual student results or district results.  Remember, the purpose of this field test process is to provide feedback to the state about what went well and what needs to be adjusted or changed prior to Spring 2015.

Parcc Test Items Released
Try out sample test questions on the technology platform that students will use when taking the field test later this spring.

Teachers, students, parents and others can engage with the sample items using computer-based tools such as drag-and-drop, multiple select, text highlighting, and an equation builder. PARCC has also released online tutorials that demonstrate how students will navigate the test; how to use the computer-based tools; and features that make the test more accessible for all students, including those with disabilities and English learners.

Date:  April 30, 2014
Time:  8:00 A.M.
Place:  Cecilia Jr. High 


Special thanks to the following community partners in education for judging along side our school system employees at our Parish Social Studies Fair:   MidSouth Bank Business Development Officer, Mark Thibodeaux; FM Bank Vice Presdient/Branch Manager, Tommy Angelle; Edward Jones Financial Advisor, Josh Perello; and Golden Rule Care Provider Owner/Supervisor, Rick Pearson.  



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
Cheryl Mitchell, Interim 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, Interim 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
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 Supervisor, 5-8
Melanie Taylor, Title I Supervisor, K-4
Nicole Angelle, Early Childhood and Family Involvement Coordinator
Leah Hebert, Special Education Supervisor, PK-4
Mike Hebert, Special Education Supervisor, 9-12
Bridget Bergeron, Special Education, Supervisor, 6-8
March 20, 2014
3:30 - 6:30
March 21, 2014

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Several Issues were addressed by BESE that spurred debate during committee meetings held on Thursday, March 6th. The most critical issue taken up by BESE was the Minimum Foundation Program (MFP).  In January, the MFP Task Force offered recommendations to BESE.  These recommendations were unanimously approved by BESE members who were in attendance.  Some recommendations included the inclusion of a 2.75% increase that has been omitted from the MFP for the past six years; support for college and career readiness (JumpStart); and course choice options.  Read more.
  Mrs. Pamela Ardoin, Parks Primary Curriculum Coordinator, is the recipient of the February,  2014 Employee of the Month award.  She was nominated for her exemplary performance and work ethic.  She has been an employee of the St. Martin Parish School System for approximately eighteen years and is to be commended for her efforts to make Parks Primary School and the St. Martin Parish School System viable and effective systems.


A finance committee meeting was held prior to the regular school board meeting on March 12, 2014.  The following items were discussed at the finance committee meeting and approved at the board meeting immediately following:

  • Call for RFP for the purchase of new scanning software – this software will help the district operate more efficiently by going paperless. 
  • An additional sales tax supplement was approved to be paid in April
  • The board approved the new group health insurance plan premiums.   For more details, click here.    
The St. Martin Parish School District’s 16th Annual Dad’s Day was held at Breaux Bridge High School on Saturday, March 1, 2014. Dad’s Day is an annual district-wide day for students in grades PreK-4 to highlight and honor the importance of spending quality time with a significant male figure in their life.   Read more



Early Childhood Network

The St. Martin Parish School District was chosen by the Louisiana State Department of Education to be part of the 2nd round of Act 3 pilots to form an Early Childhood Network.  Act 3 of the 2012 Louisiana Legislature outlines stringent criteria for a collaborative early childhood network to be fully implemented in the 2015-2016 school year. Participation in the pilot will not only afford our district a financial head start, but also the opportunity for the students of our parish to start reaping the academic gains that much sooner.  Read more.

The St. Martin Parish School Board Department of Human Capital will host a job fair on Monday, April 28, 2014 to assist schools in recruiting teachers for the 2014-2015 school term.  The job fair will be held at Breaux Bridge Primary in the new multi-purpose building from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm and will be followed by a celebration and recognition of our Partners in Education.  Each school has been asked to set up a table highlighting their students, programs, faculty, partners and campus.   Read more

St. Martin Parish School Board Receives New Busses
The St. Martin Parish School Board Transportation system took delivery of five new busses in March.  The new busses will replace aging busses in the current fleet that are old and need to be taken out of service.  Currently, we have over eighty busses on the road daily and a small fleet of spare busses that are used in emergencies when a regular bus is broken.
            The new busses are equipped with Cummins turbo diesel engines, a camera system, and a PA system for the driver.  The busses are also equipped with the latest safety systems for student transportation.  These busses are a welcome addition to the St. Martin Parish School Board transportation fleet and will be hitting the road very soon.






Click here for full list of Parish Winners. 


Click here for complete list of winners.







Click here for full list of Parish Winners.


Parks Primary School held a Mardi Gras Parade to culminate a school-wide unit on Louisiana.  The students in prekindergarten through fourth learned about Louisiana history and culture.  For the parade, classes rode on Louisiana themed floats.  St. Martinville Jr. High band led our parade and Dr. Lottie Beebe served as Grand Marshall.  The parents and community came out to join in the celebration and catch throws.  


  St. Martinville Senior High held it first annual National Honor Society Induction Ceremony on February 26, 2014. The National Honor Society is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, the National Honor Society serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Senator Fred Mills was the guest speaker welcoming thirty-five students into the newly founded SMSH Chapter.
Senior National Honor Society Inductees

Alasia Lee, Autumn Blanchard, Mary Granger, Austin Gaudet, Falon Frederick, and Kaitlyn Blanchard (Not Pictured) Kelsey Hulin and Anthony Xanamane
Junior National Honor Society Inductees
Top Row: Casey Dore, Matthew Hulin, Logan Kately, Preston Savoy, and William Morrison; Middle Row: Kristen Theriot, Vanel Porter, and Keri Fontenette; Bottom Row: Annette Riley, Marteisha Harrison, Allie Champagne, Clelie Comeaux, and Alli Douet
(Not Pictured) Hunter Theriot
Sophomore National Honor Society Inductees
Top Row: Austin Latiolais, Zachary Theriot, Reece Frederick, Ryan Oubre, Tate Courville; Bottom Row: Brianna Champagne, Jessie Romero, Simone Dupuis, Kelly Hulin; (Not Pictured) Stephen Joe, Caitlin Champagne, Natalie Melancon, Trevor Champagne   


Cecilia High School

 Nick Ashley and Truman Gaudin placed FIRST in the FFA Small Engines competition in Lake Charles.  They are eligible for state.  This is the first time CHS has placed first in this competition.  We wish good luck to both at state.

The CHS Speech Team currently has 15 entrees qualified for the LHSSL State Championships to be held next month.  These team members are Grace Baum (Duet Acting, Declamation, Duo Reading, & Oral Interpretation), Paetyn Wyble (Duet Acting & Dramatic Interpretation), Abbie Duncan (Declamation, Dramatic Interpretation, Duo Reading, & Oral Interpretation), Seth Latiolais (Declamation), Daphne Charles (Oral Interpretation), Dilan Patin (Oral Interpretation), and Craig Watson (Oral Interpretation).

CHS did well at the 2014 UL Lafayette District Rally, earning 6 #1 positions and sending 12 students to state competition April 5. 
1st Place: Elizabeth Owens, Accounting I; Drake Frederick, Agriscience III; Beau Courville, Calculus; Trent Garrett, English II; Raymond Kidder, Nutrition and Food; Daphne Charles, Interpretive Reading
2nd Place: Kazi Rahman, Biology; Nick Ashley, World History
3rd Place: Johnathan Johnson, Biology II; Malika Broussard, French II; Miles Landry, Psychology
4th Place: Alexis Angelle, Algebra I
5th Place: Nelson Aguillard, Agriscience II; Corey Hebert, Business Computer Applications; Braylon Daigle, Health
Cecilia High's Art Club students competed at the YACA State Convention and earned ribbons in the following categories:  Ricky Pham: 2nd in Graphics; Kali LaGrange, Rayna Gaspard, & Hope Carlson: Honorable Mention in various areas


 Dr. Reed applied for a Lowe's Toolbox grant and received a $4,800 for math. 


Congratulations to Breaux Bridge High School Future Business Leaders of America 2013-2014 District Winners! 
The Future Business Leaders of America District Leadership Conference was held on January 31, 2014 at St. Edmund Catholic School in Eunice, Louisiana.  Of the 28 BBHS members who competed in one or two events, 23 of the members returned to our community with a total of 31 awards which included “Eight - 1st Place, “Eighteen – Superior” and “Five – Excellent” awards.  All 1st Place and Superior awards qualified the students to compete at the Louisiana State Leadership Conference which will be held in Lafayette on March 23-25th!  See complete list of results here.  
These BBHS students, pictured in no particular order, were accompanied by their sponsor, Ms. Amy Windsor and chaperone, Ms. Christine Mills.
Congratulations to all students placing at the UL District Rallly:
2nd place Accounting I - Mary Nguyen
4th place Advanced Math/Pre-Calc. - LyndsyCaillier
4th place Agriscience I - Ryan Cole Jackson
4th place Agriscience II - Devin Leblanc
2nd place Agriscience III - Matt Patin
2nd place Business Computer Applications   - Cody Abshire
3rd place Financial Math - Grant Cheramie
2nd place Civics - Jordy Broussard
2nd place Family & Consumer Science - Arnita Morton
1st place English I - ToriLaviolette
3rd place English III - Bethany Wright
4th place Nutrition & Food - Krystie LeBlanc
5th place Fine Art Survey - KaitlynLaLonde
3rd place French I - BrileyBernis Bergeron
1st place French II - Claire LeBlanc
1st place French III - Matthew Boudreaux
2nd place Intro to Business Comp Applic.     - Chazz Boyd
1st place Parenthood Education - Callie LeBlanc
3rd place Physical Science - Kyle Badeaux
4th place Psychology - Emma Bordelon
1st place Sociology - Trey Theriot
2nd place Spanish I - Nakia Clay
2nd place U.S. History - Alex Lear
1st place Television Speaking - Alexis Louviere


  • Stephensville Elementary recently established the first girl's softball (Lady Gators) and boy's baseball (The Stephensville Gators) teams in school history.
  • Stephensville is also starting boys and girls swim teams.  They will compete in the Tri-City League in Morgan City.
  • For more Stephensivlle news, click here


Madeline McLaurin, School and Parish 5th Grade Student of the Year, pictured with her principal, Mrs. Latonia Cretian.

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