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Moving Forward with Team;
Enhancing the Vision!

December 2013

Message from the Superintendent


In preparation for the Christmas season, I am reminded of a favorite poem --
“'Twas the Night Before Christmas”.  This poem has survived generations and has been a source of entertainment for many.  It has also been modified on occasion by other poets to convey good holiday cheer to a particular audience, and I thought I would make a few changes to show my appreciation to the hardworking St. Martin Parish School System's TEAM, which includes our employees, students, parents, and all education supporters.
 
             â€œ 'Twas the Night Before Christmas… in the St. Martin Parish School System”

'Twas the Night Before Christmas in the St. Martin Parish schools, but there were no teachers or principals present to enforce the rules !
Cleaned well by the custodians, the schools looked so nice, and things were so quiet that Mr. Polotzola said “You can hear a mouse licking ice!”
Tonight there was no need for the bus drivers to bring students to the school yards, and certainly no need for watchful crossing guards!
All year the Team had worked hard to promote learning, and now for Santa’s gifts they were all yearning!
The schools were empty of the usual girls and boys who had all gone home to await some well-deserved toys!
The tests had all been graded by the teachers with care, and all the students would know that their grades were fair!
Now there were no more tests or students’ questions, and no more demands for collaborative sessions!
The accounting staff were all home, enjoying some treats, and when they went to bed, they would dream of balance sheets!
Indeed, everyone was at home, enjoying cookies made with ginger and thyme, hoping that good old Santa would arrive on time!
As the St. Martin Parish School District's Team prepared for Santa's arrival, they merrily sang, "Silent Night, Holy Night! All is calm, all is bright!  Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night!"

As we bid farewell to 2013, my request to Santa is to shower good will, good health, collegiality, happiness, success, and great prosperity to all within the St. Martin Parish School System and beyond including our military personnel, community service providers, supporters, families, and loved ones.
 

As we enter the holiday season, we are quickly reminded that state testing is “right around the corner”.  We are excited to say that all schools in St. Martin Parish are working hard to prepare their students for the fast approaching state assessments.  Teachers are involved in various professional development activities and students have been given a practice test.  Results of this practice test will be analyzed by educators in order to best prepare lessons based on the needs of their students as a means of more effectively preparing students for the state assessments to be given in March and April.


Career Education is an important facet of our educational system.  This semester nineteen CNA   students attending Breaux Bridge High, Cecilia High and Saint Martinville High have completed all State requirements to become certified as Nursing Assistants in the state of Louisiana.  Students had to pass many quizzes, tests, and lab session operations before they could do clinical work at the St. Martinville   Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.  Each student completed 40 hours of required clinical sessions and each was assigned total care residents.  Their tasks included but were not limited to bathing, showering, dental care, and perennial care.
A mutual love developed between the residents and the students.  Students purchased lotions, powder, lip stick, fingernail polish, and fragrances for their residents.
Our students represented their parents, schools and themselves very well.  Thumbs up and kudos for our students and their SLCC instructor, Ms. Mary Jo Dequilla. 

Mr. Bill Preston, of Cargill, volunteered his time to teach ALL fifth grade students of St. Martin Parish the importance of protecting their water supply.  Students had the opportunity of experiencing a hands on presentation detailing the negative impact pollution of the water supply in our area has on our environment now and for years to come.   Students thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Preston’s presentation.  We truly appreciate the time and efforts of Mr. Preston.


Technologically speaking, St. Martin Parish continues to be on the cutting edge.  Schools across the parish have access to a plethora of valuable digital, web-based resources that are designed to assist in realizing success and meeting the ever-changing demands in the classroom. 
During the first week of December, several technology coordinators and librarians from across the district descended upon the Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educator’s Conference (LACUE) in hopes of continuing to build capacity with new, fresh technology ideas gathered from their peers across the entire State of Louisiana, as well as many from other states.   In addition to gaining knowledge from others, Kellie LeBlanc, Jennifer Latiolais, and Shawn Taylor also conducted sessions for the LACUE attendees.
A new wave of technology professional development classes are set to begin in January.  Visit our website for sign-up information.
 

In a parish wide effort to provide more support to our schools, all departments have been asked to focus efforts in the schools. This movement started by restructuring and refining several key support systems already in place to make more efficient and effective use of the resources available to us.  Each school has always been assigned a supervisor liaison to assist the principal as needed. This year, each supervisor liaison is required to spend at least one day at the school and take a more active role in assisting the school. As a hands-on superintendent, Dr. Beebe sets the tone by serving as liaison to JCEP.  Our district site visits have been redesigned to serve as a needs assessment, provide more immediate feedback, and offer a team approach of assistance to all schools.
 
In addition to being a part of the parish site visit teams and liaisons to schools, the Federal Programs department has also reorganized to ensure that every effort is made to focus energy, assistance, and resources at the school level. All supervisor job descriptions have been streamlined to target grade levels. The special education personnel have been relocated to a school as a special education liaison giving even more support at the school level. Federal Funding continues to be used to offer academic assistance and instructional support to at-risk and struggling students. This year, to further assist our at-risk schools, federal funds are being used to contract with the National Sam Innovation Project, NSIP and offer the School Administration Manager, SAM process to our six lowest performing schools. SAM uses a unique set of tools to change a principal’s focus from school management tasks to instructional leadership, which will directly connect to improving teaching and learning. 

We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  We have many things to be thankful for in our parish and in our nation.  Last May the voters in St. Martin Parish supported the renewal of our sales tax and overwhelmingly supported our forty million dollar bond renewal for construction and improvements to our facilities.  Each and every one of us must always be mindful of the support we get from our parish residents. We must make every effort to provide the best quality of service to the students of St. Martin Parish.
            In recent months, we have completed several construction projects and taken ownership of several very nice facilities.  The new girls gymnasiums at St. Martinville High School and at Cecilia High School are substantially complete and physical education classes are using the new buildings.  Both facilities are beautiful and provide much needed space for girls athletics.  The new classroom space and multipurpose building at Parks Primary School is also substantially complete and the teachers and students have begun to occupy those facilities.  Again, the facilities are very attractive and will provide much needed space for students and teachers.  The new Instructional Center is on schedule and is progressing very well.  The projected completion date for the new Instructional Center is late April and everyone is anxiously awaiting its completion.
            The 2009 bond program was dedicated to new construction and facilities upgrades around the parish with the intent of providing new facilities needed because of growth, but also to eliminate many portable buildings.  These portable buildings or Butler buildings, served our needs for many years.  However, these buildings are not as safe as permanent structures, not as efficient, and many were in poor condition.  As you travel around the parish, take note of the new facilities and the lack of these old portable buildings.  The number of portable buildings on St. Martin Parish School Board properties has been reduced by nearly two thirds.
            While we have seen a great deal of construction  around the parish from the 2009 bond projects, the 2013 bond will not have as much new construction.  The 2013 bond will focus on upgrades to existing facilities such as roof replacement, air conditioning and cooler replacement, demolition of old buildings and upgrades to our technology and phones system infrastructure.
            We would like to again thank everyone for the hard work they do in providing a quality education to the students of St. Martin Parish.  
CALLING ALL PROSPECTIVE TEACHERS
 
Criteria:
**If you have any college degree (general studies, liberal arts, etc.) 
**with a 2.5 Grade Point Average
**and have always wanted to become a teacher......well here is your chance. 
 
St. Martin Parish is requesting all those interested in becoming a teacher to call Tina Fuselier at 394-6261, ext. 3151 and let us know of your intentions.    Many of you already work for us, just in a different capacity.  We are trying to "grow our own" teachers, therefore, the Human Resources department would like to host an informational meeting on this topic. At this meeting, you will be afforded the opportunity to find out what is available to you through the "Alternative Certification Program".  This opportunity is offered at a local college, at a local school board office or on-line…….whichever best fits your needs.
 
Please tell all of your friends, co-workers, and family members about our plan.  Just remember they have to meet the criteria listed abovePlease call Mrs. Fuselier by Friday, December 13 to reserve your seat.  Depending on the number of interested applicants, we will let you know of the meeting date, time and location.
 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Al Blanchard or Mrs. Brenda Courville at 394-6261.

We just finished up our annual audit and the preliminary results indicate we had another successful year.  We have been fortunate to maintain healthy fund balances, which are attributed to the continued support from the community with renewed sales taxes and bond issuances.

Over the last two years the district has done a good job of controlling salaries, a trend which we need to continue because although salaries can be controlled through staffing levels retirement costs are mandated by the state and continue to rise each year.  Group health is another area which is a significant expense to the board and not easy to control without the help of employees.  Employees being more health conscious and proactive in their health care needs could potentially produce savings for the group health plan.

Below is a recap of the last five years of the General Fund Operations. With the renewal of the sales tax in May came new reporting guidelines because of the change in the language, although we will continue to account for it separately for internal purposes for state reporting purposes it must be combined with the general fund.   Because of this we see a significant increase in revenues from 2012 to 2013. 

Below is a five year recap of our fund balance.

The $30,961,531 is broken down as follows:

  • $4,467,134 restricted for Group Health
  • $4,186,725 fund balance for Sales Tax 2 which the board has adopted a resolution to restrict to salaries as much as allowed by law
  • $15,379,621 committed for stabilization (at least 20% of expenditures)
  • $936,758 for health centers
  • $660,051 for prepaid expenses
  • $5,331,242 unassigned for general fund use

 
Although we are financially stable, moving forward we need to continue operations in a conservative manner.  Funding from the state is always in question and we never know when they will make changes that could impact the district tremendously.  We also face many challenges with the implementation of Common Core and PARCC Testing, which we need to be prepared for financially.

 
The Accounting Department wishes everyone a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

BOARD UPDATE
The St. Martin Parish School Board met on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at the Breaux Bridge Municipal Building, 101 Berard Street, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana at 5: 00 P. M. 
 
  • Accolades were offered to Mrs. Deidre Robertson, Gifted Education/Art Teacher, for having been selected as the 2013 Louisiana Art Teacher of the Year.  Madame Valerie Thierez, first grade French Immersion Teacher at Cecilia Primary, was selected as the 2013 Louisiana Foreign Language Teacher of the Year.  Both were acknowledged and presented Certificates of Achievement during the December 4th school board meeting.
  • A special performance was rendered by Cecilia Primary Kindergarten students who are enrolled in the French Immersion Program.  Student talent was  "showcased" as these young students sang Christmas carols prior to the discussion of board agenda items.
  • Agenda items included the approval of recommendations offered by the Finance Committee.  These items included the recommendation to approve ING to provide oversight for the 403 B services rendered to employees. The Board also heard a presentation offered by Gallagher regarding a health and wellness program.  The proposal allowed for a wellness program to be funded through revenues generated from savings to the Group Health Insurance Program/Web-TPA.
  • Other items approved included a feasibility study involving the reconfiguration of Breaux Bridge Community Schools.  In an effort to increase student enrollment at both the elementary and junior high schools and to maintain the school configuration as found within St. Martinville and Cecilia communities, the Board has  approved a schematic design to be completed by Poche', Pruett, and Associates.  There have been discussions regarding the development of a  Master Plan which will provide for current and future school facilities and operations upgrades.
  • The St. Martin Parish School Board has received $5,000,000.00 to begin projects identified    as part of the May 4, 2013 Bond Program.  The Board met with Mr. Schlueter, Bond Attorney,  regarding the general obligation bonds (Series 2014) and approved a resolution authorizing the  Board to advertise for bids for the purchase of $12 million dollars --being the second emission   of bonds for the purpose of land acquisitions, building improvements, and furnishings.  The   Board will proceed to address the priority needs of the various schools within the district which is the rationale for seeking bids.  There were revisions made to plans identified in 2009 and explanations were offered relative to each.
  • Mr. Sid Hebert, Brown & Brown, LLC, provided a report relative to a revised building inventory list and a needs assessment of properties and an update to required coverages.
  • On another note, the St. Martin Parish School Board was provided guidance from Mr. Mike Hefner, Demographer, and has approved a redistricting proposal and a resolution with minor modifications made to the various school board district lines.  The Board also approved the advertising for an additional lease north of existing leases in the Belle River area.
In This Issue

  • Message from the Superintendent
  • Department News
  • Board Meeting Update
  • Education Updates
  • Calendar of Events
  • Employee of the Month
  • Teachers of the Year
  • St. Martin Parish School News
  • 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
 

 

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
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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 Primary
Sarah Allen, Principal
Tashonna Hypolite, Asst. 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


Stephensville Elementary
Dr. Daniel Rawls, 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 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

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EDUCATION UPDATES

  • The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) convened a committee meeting on Tuesday, December 3, 2013.  The agenda was quite extensive with discussions ranging from a recommendation to appoint an external person or group to study the reliability or validity of the Value-Added Model  (VAM) component of the teacher evaluation program.  The recommendation was to charge  Superintendent John White and Heather Cope, BESE Executive Director, with the task of identifying an external evaluator.
  • A recommendation offering a group to serve as members of the Teacher Certification Appeals Council was provided to the Educator Effectiveness Committee for its approval.

 If anyone is interested in the BESE action, please feel free to access the BESE website.  This can be done by clicking  BESE.  Once the link comes up, click on it.  Then go to the Meetings tab and click on agendas.  The various committees will be displayed with an agenda and supporting documentation.


Calendar of Events

  • December 9-13, Dibels' Progress Monitoring
  • December 13, Librarian/Tech Coord. Mtg, 8:30
  • December 13, Student of the Year Interviews
  • December 19, Science Fair Chairperson's Meeting
The St. Martin Parish School Board recognized Mrs. Brenda Courville, Supervisor of Human Resources as the  St. Martin Parish  Employee of the Month for November, 2013.  Mrs. Courville was nominated  by her immediate supervisor, Mr. Al Blanchard, Jr. Director of Human Capital and Operations, for this prestigious honor.  She is to be commended for her exemplary services to the district.  She has served as the Supervisor of Human Resources since July 1, 2003.  Mrs. Courville is nearing 40 years of service within the school district.  She facilitates the New Teacher Induction Program and works closely with employees as they prepare for DROP or retirement.  She also serves as the supervisor liaison to Parks Primary and the Early Learning Center.  She is responsible for many tasks that cannot be identified in this section due to the need for brevity. 
 Mrs. Courville was presented a plaque in appreciation of her exemplary service to the St. Martin Parish System during the December 4, 2013 St. Martin Parish School Board Meeting.  
Shown below are:  Mrs. Brenda Courville; Mr. Al Blanchard and Dr. Lottie Beebe, Superintendent.

 

Congratulations to the recipient of the 2013 LFLTA Teacher of the Year Award, Valérie Thériez!   Valérie, originally from Rethel, France, is a first grade teacher in the immersion program at Cecilia Primary School.  She has taught in both France and Louisiana.  Valérie will go on to represent Louisiana and compete for Teacher of the Year at the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT) to take place in Memphis, Tennessee, March 13-15, 2014.

Congratulations to Deidre Robertson
 Louisiana Art Teacher of the Year!

Congratulations!
 

Mackenzie Cormier (6th grade Parks Middle) and Bowen Vincent (4th grade Parks Primary)  were two of the six winners in the Acadian Village Christmas Regional Writing Contest!   Mackenzie  chose the topic, "If you could do something nice for someone over the holidays, what would you do.. and for who and why?" She wrote about donating toys to St. Jude's Children's Hospital and visiting those kids there to cheer them up.  Bowen wrote about why Acadian Village is special to him.   Their prizes include:  Meet and perform with Chubby Carrier and Cupid at Acadian Village this Friday; unlimited carnival rides; free treats; and The Daily Advertiser will film and publish their stories.


Parks Middle School

 Congratulations!  REBECCA CLARK won a QSM Grant  in the amount of $749 for Science materials has been approved by the Quality in Science and Mathematics Council.  


Cecilia High School 
 

Congratulations to April Laneaux, CHS's 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year, and Devin Melancon, CHS's 2013-2014 Student of the Year!  Their continuing and tireless efforts are what make CHS special.

 

Veterans Day was a great success!  We had a large turnout for our annual Veterans celebration on Tuesday, November 12.  Since this year marked the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam conflict, a ceremony was held to recognize the veterans of the Vietnam conflict with the presentation of pins commemorating their service for our country.  After the ceremony, veterans and their families were treated to gumbo in our cafeteria, where a slide show continually showed the pictures and accomplishments of veterans from around the Arnaudville/Cecilia/Breaux Bridge area.  Veterans expressed their thanks for the school for recognizing their accomplishments and treating them with the respect and dignity they each deserve.


Breaux Bridge High School

Congratulations to Mr. Kevin Bonhomme, Kylar Wiltz, and Lane Landry for being recognized as the Cox 4 Teacher and Students of the Week respectively for the week of November 8th. 


BBHS Volleyball player Taylor Alexander signed with Ole Miss, The University of Mississippi, on Wednesday, November 13 to play volleyball.  Pictured with Taylor are her parents; coaches, Ms. Jenni Fortenberry and Ms. Laurie Simon; and principal, Mr. Louis Blanchard.

 

Breaux Bridge High School

The Exxon Mobil Educational Alliance program makes contributions to schools who have been nominated by a local Exxon Mobil gas station. The funds from the grant are to be used exclusively in the math and science departments. Local Exxon Mobil Representative Linda Dore from the Pennywise store on 2086 Rees Street presented a $500.00 grant to Breaux Bridge High School Principal Louis Blanchard. 

Midsouth Bank donated 5 laptops and 10 computers to Breaux Bridge High School.  On hand for the presentation were several seniors, Advanced Math teacher Deborah Broussard, and principal Louis Blanchard.

 

Parks Primary
 

The Telecomm Pioneers donated $300 to Parks Primary School to purchase library books.  The Telecomm Pioneers also made blankets and donated 80 blankets for PreK students.

 

The St. Paul Chapter 3 4th Degree Ladies of Grace from Vermillion, Lafayette, St. Martin and Acadia donated Halloween goodies to PreK and K students at Parks Primary School.  


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