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Moving Forward with Team;
Enhancing the Vision!

February 2014

Message from the Superintendent


 Moving forward into February, we are making every effort to play "catch up" from the four days of inclement weather that prohibited us from operating schools.  An action plan has been developed as we move forward to testing in March.  Our end of course tests for the fall semester indicate positive results considering the transitioning to Common Core standards and increased rigor. Of course, there is always room for improvement and we will continue our efforts to positively impact student outcomes.  Our site support visits show improvements in the use of Common Core shifts and other teaching strategies that will aid student success.  It is evident the feedback from these visits is beneficial. We will likely modify the site support visit process next school year to include presentations and direct feedback to our teachers. 
 
As superintendent, I want to reinforce my belief in the TEAM.  The St. Martin Parish School System certainly has the potential to be second to none in the state.  The next few weeks leading up to testing are critical.  We must remain focused on those strategies that will enable us to "sail along with those districts that attain a B or above.”  We must hold to the belief that our teachers and support staff are competent and our students can learn.  We must adhere to strategies that will ensure success.  With the team approach and the desire for success, we can achieve it!  TOGETHER WE CAN!

 
BOARD UPDATE
The St. Martin School Board convened a meeting at 5:00 P. M. on Wednesday, February 5th.  The meeting was opened with a prayer and Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Students of the Year were celebrated for their selection as school representatives and from the group, Parish winners were identified.
  • Ms. Carrie Johnson, Stephenville Elementary teacher, was recognized as the St. Martin Parish School Board Employee of the Month. 
     
  • The Board approved the following consent items:
    •  Contractual agreement with CBM Technology for managing digital books and other documents;
    •  Payments for services rendered in After Care Programs at the various schools.
    • * Re-scheduled the Wednesday, February 19th Professional Learning Day to Friday, March 21 due to the uncertainty of inclement days in February and early March.  Plans are to host an afternoon Parent Teacher Conference on Thursday, March 20th from 3:30 P. M. to 6:00 P. M.  Of course, this is tentative pending circumstances.
  •  The Board also approved the Breaux Bridge Community Schools Reconfiguration and locations:  Breaux Bridge Primary, Pre-K-2; Breaux Bridge Elementary, Grades 3-5; and Breaux Bridge Jr. High, Grades 6-8th.  Breaux Bridge Elementary School will transfer over to the Breaux Bridge Primary site with the two campuses operating as separate schools.   Breaux Bridge Jr. High will remain at its current site with additional classrooms added to accommodate sixth grade students. Architects recommended for various Bond projects were approved by the Board pending their acceptance and adherence to the conditions outlined in the proposals.
  • Board members requested discussions on various items.  These include the following:  1) discussion of employee supplements--Mr. Knott; 2) discussion of Catahoula school zone, Mr. Knott and Mr. Foti; 3) discussion of name changes to allow for consistency among schools (i.e.  primary, elementary, junior high, and high schools; 4) a discussion of Charter Schools-Mr. Rob Hollier.  Mr. Knott also asked the board to consider and approve the scheduling of a school board meeting at Stephensville Elementary in April, 2014.
  • Mr. James Blanchard also added a discussion item relating to new office furniture. He emphasized the importance of keeping tax dollars local when possible.
  • The discussion of employee supplements will be discussed at the March 12, 2014 Finance Committee Meeting (4:00 P. M.) that is scheduled to be held at the Breaux Bridge Municipal Building, 101 Berard Street, Breaux Bridge, LA 70517.
  • The superintendent and staff were asked to research the costs associated with a proposed name change to schools ensuring primary, elementary, middle, and high school configurations and consistency among all Parish schools.  Some concerns communicated with the proposed name changes include the costs associated with the school marquis and changes to stationary.  A cost analysis will be conducted and presented to the Board at a future date.
  • Upon discussing the possibility of expanding the Catahoula school district zones, it was recommended that a task force is formed to begin a study of the feasibility of such a plan.
  • The Board also discussed possible dates for a school board meeting to be held in Stephensville. A proposed date offered by Staff was April 2.  Upon some deliberation, the Board authorized the superintendent and Board President to set the date and advertise the date, time, and location.  At this time, Mr. Foti, Board president and I have decided to conduct the meeting on April 2, 2014.  It is likely the meeting will start at 4:00 P. M.  in the Stephensville Elementary School Gymnasium.
  •  Rob Hollier discussed the research (CREDO Report) regarding charter schools.  Charter schools do not perform better than traditional public schools.  He acknowledged we must continue efforts to improve our public schools.  He encouraged those in attendance to be active in the forthcoming elections to ensure their concerns are being heard and addressed.
  • Another item that was delayed until the latter part of the meeting included the following: the staff recommended the additional expenses associated with the reconfiguration of Breaux Bridge schools should be taken from various projects identified in the 2013 Bond proposal such as HVAC and roofing rather than the Board's general fund.  An objection was raised with a request for staff to check with Mr. Grant Schleuter, Bond Attorney, to check the legality of that recommendation.  It was recommended the matter should be addressed at the March 12 Finance Committee Meeting. The Board meeting ended at this point.
In This Issue

  • Message from the Superintendent
  • Board Meeting Update
  • Education Updates
  • Calendar of Events
  • Employee of the Month
  • Writing Team Selectees
  • Students of the Year
  • SAM Conference
  • LSBA Conference
  • St. Martin Parish School News
  • Partners in Education
  • Dad's Day
  • PARCC Practice
  • Employee Farewell 


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
  • 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  

 

Calendar of Events

  • February 7 - District PLC's, VLC 
  • February 13 - Smartboard Class
  • February 25 - Social Studies Fair Testing
  • February 27 - Smartboard Class
  • March 1 - Dad's Day
  • March 7 - Parish Social Studies Fair, CHS
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
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


JCEP
Shirley Thibodeaux,  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

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:  March 1, 2014
Time:  8:00 A.M.
Place:   Breaux Bridge High School Gym
Guest Speaker:  Dr. Truth, Danna Andrus
Invitees:  All Pre-K - 4th Grade Students and their Dads


  • Door Prizes
  • Harvey the Rabbit
  • Games

Hot dogs provided by the St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office & Drinks provided by Coca Cola Bottling Company

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EDUCATION UPDATES

During its January meeting, the following action was taken by members of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE).
      The Value Added Component (VAM) of COMPASS, the teacher evaluation program, will be studied by an external researcher who will be selected by Superintendent John White and Ms. Heather Cope, BESE Executive Director.  If you recall, prior action in December led to the suspension of VAM during a two year (2013-14 to 2014-2015) transition to Common Core.  Much educational research indicates the value-added model should not be utilized as a punitive measure for dismissing teachers. It is understood there are numerous external factors to consider when determining student success on standardized tests.  There have been discussions regarding the use of multiple measures to determine teacher effectiveness; however, we will wait to see what transpires with the external review of the Value-Added Model. 
     There will be a number of bills filed as we move forward into the 2014 Legislative session.  There is hope that we can convince the Legislature there should be a hold-harmless period of two years as we transition to more rigorous standards.  Superintendent John White and BESE have acknowledged through action that suspends VAM for two years that we must be fair to teachers.  We must also be fair to all within the education community--students, teachers, administrators, and yes, school districts.  Why should letter grades be assigned during this period of transition?  As a BESE member, I have proposed that we collect student test data while establishing a base line; however, this was not well-received by my colleagues on BESE with the exception of Ms. Carolyn Hill.  One must question why?  I maintain the reason is because of the desire for charter schools. 
     Proposed bills relative to Common Core are surfacing as we move forward into the 2014 Legislative Session.   Several legislators want Common Core standards abolished in Louisiana.  Others want the standards to be overhauled with more input from Louisiana's educational stakeholders.  Regardless of the debates at the Capital in Baton Rouge, we will proceed to implement the standards with fidelity because it is our charge from BESE.  I have heard concerns from various groups and can only encourage individuals to educate themselves to the pros and cons.  On February 20th, a Common Core Conference is scheduled for 6:00 P. M. at the Crossfire Auditorium, 8919 World Ministry Avenue in Baton Rouge, LA.  The event is open to the public. Dr. Sandra Slotsky, a member of the Massachusetts State Standards Writing Team, is one of six panelists at the event.  To RSVP a space at this public forum, please contact either Kathryn Goppelt, 225.241.9485 or Terri Timmcke, 1.504.467.0424, or please email: commoncoreforumla@gmail.com

 
  Ms. Carrie Johnson, Stephensville Elementary Teacher, is the recipient of the January, 2014 Employee of the Month award.  She was nominated by Ms. Melanie Bell, Stephensville Elementary Teacher, for her exemplary performance and work ethic.  She has been an employee of the St. Martin Parish School System for more than thirty years and is to be commended for her efforts to make Stephensville Elementary and the St. Martin Parish School System a viable and effective district.
 

 

Congratulations to Tiffany Thibodeaux, Early Learning Center-Kindergarten, and Shelly  Dupre', Cecilia Jr. High Teacher, for being selected as representatives for the St. Martin Parish School System to serve on the Louisiana Department of Education Science Standards Writing Committee.  Ms. Thibodeaux is representing Kindergarten science writing team and Ms. Shelly Dupre' will represent grade six on the science writing team.

Mrs. Bonnie Thibodeaux, St. Martin Parish, Supervisor of Elementary Education and Testing, facilitated the recognition of the St. Martin Parish Public School Students of the Year.  Outstanding students represented their schools as students of the year.  The selection of Parish Students of the Year was indeed challenging.  We are proud of all students who emerged as Students of the Year.  This title is indicative of the hard work and all other attributes that lead to success.  All Students of the Year should be proud they are representative of excellence within the district.  Parents, guardians, and grandparents should be especially proud of their students and should be applauded for their role in supporting success. 
District Winners:
Grade 5:  Madeline McLaurin - Teche
Grade 8:  Rebecca Renard - St. Martinville Junior High School 
Grade 12:  Devin Melancon - Cecilia High School 
 
School Winners
Grade 5:  Gage Dupuis - Parks Middle School; Andrew Savoy - St. Martinville Primary; Nathan Theriot - Catahoula Elem.; Hailey Aucoin - Stephensville; Shontell Smith - Breaux Bridge Elem. 
 
Grade 8: Camille Guidry - Parks Middle School; Caelon Melancon - Breaux Bridge Junior Highl; Molly Gardemal - Catahoula Elem; Kiley Gordon - Cecilia Junior High; Jillian Freia - Stephensville Elem. 
 
Grade 12: Kylar Wiltz - Breaux Bridge High School; Autumn Blanchard - St. Martinville Senior High School

 






 


 

2014 SAM Conference  

Approximately 20 members of the St. Martin Parish SAM Teams participated in a SAM Conference on January 30-February 1st to learn more about the school administrators' management process.  Shown here are members of the District's SAM teams as they prepare for their journey to the SAM Conference.  The SAM Process has been implemented in six of the sixteen schools in the St. Martin Parish School System.  For more information about the SAM process, please see below:  http://www.samsconnect.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/SAM-Info.pdf

St. Martin Parish School Board attends 2014 LSBA Conference

St. Martin Parish BESE Representatives Recognized


 Congratulations to St. Martin Parish's representatives on the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), Carolyn Hill, District 8, and Lottie P. Beebe, Ed.D., for recognition rendered by the Louisiana School Boards Association during its 76th annual conference held in Baton Rouge recently.  Both members received plaques for their efforts as Distinguished Friends of Public Education.  They are pictured with Lt. General Russell Honore' who was a featured speaker at the LSBA Conference.
 

School Board President, Russel Foti Recognized by LSBA

 Congratulations to Mr. Russel Foti, District 5 Board Member, for earning an award at the 2014 Louisiana School Boards Association Conference recently held in Baton Rouge.   He was recognized for the attainment of 20 continuing learning units.
 

Breaux Bridge High School

Lane Landry was honored for Academic All-State at the 2013 State Farm Prep Classic in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Saturday, December 14.  He is pictured with representatives from Exxon Mobile and the LHSAA.


 Louisiana School Board Association
Art Contest Winner
 Bethany Wright, an 11th grader at Breaux Bridge High School, won the Louisiana School Board Association Art Contest for the parish. Also, she placed at the state level. Her design was created in Mr. Burdick's Block Printing Class. The scene depicts a canoe race on the Bayou Teche. The title of her artwork was Canoeing on the Bayou
 
Congratulating her are Principal of Breaux Bridge High School, Louis Blanchard and her art teacher, Ronald Burdick

 

Breaux Bridge Primary


Antinya Alpough

Exxon/Mobil Math and/or Science Grant Recipient
Thanks to the efforts of the M/M Shop Exxon #7 and Menard Oil Company, Breaux Bridge Primary school has been awarded a $500 Exxon/Mobil Educational Alliance grant.  Ms. Antinya Alpough recently accepted the check from M/M Shop #7, located at 412 W. Martin Luther King Dr. in Grand Coteau.  The grant funded by Exxon/Mobil Corporation helps provide retailers an opportunity to invest in the future of community schools.

 
Misty Castille

Society of Petroleum Engineers Science Grant
The Society of Petroleum Engineers Evangeline Section Scholarship Committee has awarded Ms. Misty Castille a School Science Education Grant in the amount of $500.  The purpose of the funding is to support education in the positive aspects of the petroleum industry or related sciences.  The award was presented at a reception recently held at The Petroleum Club in Lafayette.


Cecilia High School

CHS is proud of our FBLA students who placed SUPERIOR in the FBLA District V Conference held on January 31st at St. Edmund's Catholic School in Eunice.  Each of these students qualify for state competition held March 23-25 in Lafayette:
 
Jonathan Johnson: Business Procedures (Jonathan placed 1st overall in this category)
Hali Louviere & Jeanny Nguyen: FBLA Principles & Procedures (Hali also placed 1st overall in this category)
Elizabeth Owens & Raven Robin: Accounting I
Jordan Landry: Agribusiness
Justin Hebert: Business Law
Hali Louviere & Jeanny Nguyen: Business Math
Jordan Landry & Raven Robin: Current Events
Kiley Goodie: Introduction to Information Technology Concepts
Daphne Charles & Samantha Edwards: Word Processing.
 
Ms. Narcisse and Ms. Landry, CHS FBLA sponsors, wish to thank all FBLA members who attended and compliment each on a job well done.
 

St. Martinville Primary

Miriam Huval (3rd grade teacher) applied for a grant with Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation for playground improvement and received a $5,000 check for the school!
 

Catahoula Elementary

Special thanks to the following community partners in education for judging along side our school system employees at our Social Studies Fair: State Representative, Mike Huval;  MidSouth Bank Business Development Officer, Mark Thibodeaux; and Golden Rule Care Provider Owner/Supervisor, Rick Pearson.  

 

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

 Mrs. Loretta Calais, a retired Cecilia Jr. High School custodian, passed away on January 17, 2014.   Ms. Loretta, as she was affectionately known by many, will long be remembered by many students, parents, friends and colleagues. She was a dedicated and exemplary employee of the St. Martin Parish School System who retired after 27 years of service.  On behalf of her educational family within the St. Martin Parish School System, we extend our heartfelt condolences to her family, loved ones, and friends.  Many fond memories remain etched in the hearts of those who worked with Ms. Loretta.  

 
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