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Moving Forward with Team;
Enhancing the Vision!

SEPTEMBER 2016

Message from the Superintendent

"Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more."  ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.  
 
On August 11, I had the pleasure of visiting four schools with the intent of visiting the remaining schools on either Friday, August 12 or Monday, August 15th. At the end of the day, I thought what a peaceful and serene school beginning! Later in the evening, I perused Facebook posts published by teachers who also indicated a wonderful first day of school! Upon awakening on Friday morning, August 12th, I was bombarded with telephone calls from staff asking whether schools would be closed.  My initial response--why would we cancel schools?  Soon after, I would reflect and then realize the literal meaning of "the calm before the storm." Throughout Friday and the weekend, there appeared to be no end in sight relative to the heavy rainfall that would flood ditches, roadways, and homes.  Emotions would  surface with the news of flooding conditions and the implications for colleagues and families in St. Martin Parish and others in neighboring parishes who were not anticipating the "Great Storm of 2016" as it is now referred. 
 
The spirit of Louisiana citizens and their resiliency are testimony to the strength and courage of her people. I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge those who bring meaning to the slogan:  Louisiana Strong.  A special thanks to all who gave and continue to give of themselves to assist those who were impacted by the flood waters.  They are too numerous to name but are in the ranks of emergency personnel--first responders, law enforcement, clergy, civic organizations, community leaders; the list is infinite.  I could not be more proud of the efforts of our students and employees who assisted in cleanup efforts and filling sandbags.  While I acknowledge our local citizens, the accolades are also extended to the numerous individuals from across the state and elsewhere who have left their homes and families to assist in the clean-up efforts. 
 
Moving forward, we will continue our support for those impacted and will begin our journey to rebuild; we are indeed blessed within the St. Martin Parish School System for there was no damage to our schools.  We came close to experiencing damage at Breaux Bridge High; however, with the proactive efforts of school administrators, coaches, parents, and students, the damage was averted.  
 
We are now proceeding with plans to ensure an increase in student achievement for the 2016-2017 school year.  I often say we have no control over the past, but we can and do control the future!  Have a great school year!  
NEXT SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
October 5, 2016
5:00  P.M.
St. Martin Parish
School Board
Department of Administration

625 Corporate Dr.
Breaux Bridge
BOARD UPDATE
 
Update from the September 7th  St. Martin Parish School Board Meeting:
 
The St. Martin Parish School Board meeting was called to order by Mark Hebert, Board President.  The prayer and pledge of allegiance were offered by Dr. Lottie P. Beebe, Superintendent.  Accolades were presented as follows:
 
The following individuals were acknowledged with certificates of appreciation for their quick action during the flooding resulting from the “Great Storm of 2016”: 
Mr. Louis Blanchard, Breaux Bridge High Principal, Mr. Ronald Poulan, Breaux Bridge High Assistant Principal, Coaches Terry Martin, Chad Pourciau, Hunter Landry, Kyle Cormier, and Luke Barras, Sadie and Nick Leblanc, Jeff Simon, Bryan and Cherie Simon, their sons Grayson (11th grade), and Hayden (9th grade), 2013 alumni Logan Landry, Matthew Blanchard, Branson Theriot, and Kaisha Patin. Additionally Coach Kyle Cormier, his son Kegon (9th), and Layton Berard (9th) were there to help.  This school would not have stayed dry and clean without the help of these individuals. 

The school board considered a proposal submitted by representatives of the American Legion Post 419.  Representing the group was Mr. Earl Dundas.  Mr. Dundas gave a historical overview relative to the American Legion Post 419 and requested the lease of school board property on Church Street and Martin Luther King Drive.  The request was to lease the property (approximately 2 acres) that once held the old St. Martinville High facility and the old Early Learning Center.  The Board agreed to lease the property and requested that a contract be drawn up by school board legal counsel, Mark Boyer, to reflect $1 per year per 25 years, maintenance and upkeep, liability, etc.
 For additional information, click here for full agenda.  
Update from the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE)
 
The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) is scheduled to meet as follows:
October 11: Committee Meetings
October 12: Possible Policy Information Session
October 12: Board Meeting June, 2016
 
 Agendas are accessible at the following website: http://bese.louisiana.gov
  
The committee meetings and official board meeting are live-streamed and can be accessed during board deliberations.  If you are unable to tune in during scheduled meetings, you may view agenda items and videos at the following website: http://bese.louisiana.gov 
In This Issue

  • Message from the Superintendent
  • Board Meeting Update
  • BESE Update
  • Job Openings
  • LDOE News
  • Employee of the Month
  • Grants
  • Flood of 2016
  • VWF Donations
  • 1:1 In Action
  • School News 
  • Condolences

Click here to view the 2016-2017 District Calendar.

Visit the Human Resources Page on our District Website for more details. 
Target Field Trip Grants
•K-12 Schools nationwide
•Up to $700
•Aug 1 – Oct 1

Quality Science & Math (QSM)

•K-12 Science & Math
•Up to $750
•Deadline – Sept. 12, 2016
Click here for additional grant opportunities.  

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

Mr Kirk James Guidry passed away on August 18, 2016.  Mr. Guidry worked as a bus operator prior to his retirement.  His love for boating led him to the air boat business.  Mr. Guidry will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.  

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

Mr. John Davis Devillier passed away on August 29, 2016.  "Coach" Devillier, a St. Martin Parish School Board retired teacher, administrator and coach, dedicated his life to educating and coaching the youth of Cecilia.  He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew and loved him.  

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

Mrs. Melba Maraist passed away on September 1, 2016.  She worked as a teacher assistant in the St. Martinville area schools, prior to her retirement.  Mrs. Maraist loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchild.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.    

St. Martin Parish School System Bids Farewell to an Employee

Mrs. Tonia Lynn LaGrange Quebedeaux passed away on September 3, 2016.  Mrs. Quebedeaux worked as a bus operator for the St. Martin Parish School Board.  She adored the kids on her bus.  Mrs. Quedeaux's laugh and love of life will be missed.  

St. Martin Parish School System Bids Farewell to a Former Employee

Mr. Gary Adkins passed away on September 3, 2016.  Coach Adkins, former St. Martinville HIgh School Football Coach (3011-2013), had a love for learning and coaching.  He most enjoyed being a high school coach, which he did for 35 years. 
The St. Martin Parish School Board and employees would like to extend condolences to the families of Mr. Zach Esters, Mr. Gary Adkins, Mr. Johnny Devillier, Mr. Kirk Guidry, Mrs. Melba Maraist, and Ms. Tonia LaGrange Quebedeaux.

ADMINISTRATORS
2016 - 2017

Breaux Bridge Primary
Jill Bozeman, Principal
Tashonna Hypolite, Asst. Principal
Breaux Bridge Elementary
Joy Cormier, Principal
Lisa Thibodeaux, Asst. Principal
Breaux Bridge Junior High
Denise Frederick, Principal
Kevin Bonhomme Asst. Principal 
Breaux Bridge High
Louis Blanchard, Principal
Ronald Poland, Asst. Principal
Andria Navarre, Asst. Principal

Cecilia Primary
Suzanne Leboeuf, Principal
Chennevial Washington, Asst. Principal

Teche Elementary 
Latonia Cretian, Principal
Angela Watson, Asst. Principal
Cecilia Junior High
Charee Theriot, Principal
Tiedra Hawkins, Asst. Principal
Cecilia High School
Daniel Leboeuf, Principal

John Chevalier, Asst. Principal
Nicole Usie, Asst. Priincipal
Catahoula Elementary
Tiffany Francis, Principal
Parks Primary
Julie Laviolette, Principal
Tassala Jones, Asst. Principal
Parks Middle School
Dr. Wanda Phillips, Principal
Vacant,  Asst. Principal 
Early Learning Center
Jessica Landry, Principal 
St. Martinville Primary
Sarah Allen, Principal
Ashley Gary Higginbotham, Asst. Principal  
St. Martinville Junior High
Edward Boyd, Interim Principal
Katherine Freshley, Asst. Principal  
St. Martinville Senior High
Michael Kreamer, Principal
Ginger Francis, Asst. Principal
Kevin Dugas, Asst. Principal
Stephensville Elementary
Bryan Staton, Principal
St. Martin Parish College &  Career Readiness Center
Elizabeth Thibeaux-Clay, Principal
JCEP
Chicora Shelton, Asst. Principal

 
CENTRAL OFFICE
 ADMINISTRATORS
2016-2017

 
Dr. Lottie Beebe, Superintendent
Al Blanchard, Dir. of Human Capital
Dr. Gail Dalcourt, Dir. of Curriculum & Instruction
Pamela Jordan, 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
Phyllis Landry, 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
Bridget Bergeron, Title I Supervisor, 5-8
Melanie Taylor, Title I Supervisor, K-4
Nicole Angelle, Supervisor of Early Childhood and Family Involvement
Shirley Thibodeaux, Special Services Supervisor, 6-8
Mike Hebert, Special Services Supervisor, 9-12
Cheryl Mitchell, Special Services, Supervisor, Pre-K-5
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Mr. Louis Blanchard, Breaux Bridge High Principal, Mr. Ronald Poulan, Breaux Bridge High Assistant Principal, and Coaches Terry Martin, Chad Pourciau, Hunter Landry, and Luke Barras are the recipients of the August Employee of the Month award. The aforementioned individuals were nominated for this prestigious honor because of their quick response to avoid what could have been tremendous damage to the school facility caused by rapidly rising flood waters.  They demonstrated leadership and other attributes that were emulated by BBHS students and parents.  Due to the team effort, there was no damage.
Mrs. Angel deLauney, Breaux Bridge Primary Behavior Interventionist,  was also recognized at the September 7th Board Meeting for being nominated and selected as the July Employee of the Month.  

The Great Flood of 2016

Despite the flood waters that besieged many areas of the parish and state, BBHS remained free from major damages.  (BBHS could have potentially sustained serious damage. These photos capture the severity of the situation.)  Some water  managed to seep into classrooms on the 100 hall that have an exterior wall and the front doors did allow some water into the building.  However, due to the efforts of school administrators and many school supporters, flooding was thwarted.  The group was able to add more sand bags and mop up the water to prevent any damage.  Thanks to Mr. Louis Blanchard, BBHS Principal and Assistant Principal, Mr. Poulan and the following coaches: Terry Martin, Chad Pourciau, Hunter Landry, and Luke Barras, for placing sand bags around school.  On Saturday, August 13th, the water continued to rise, and this time community members, one teacher, and some students were able to get to school to help keep BBHS safe.  The Saturday crew included Sadie and Nick Leblanc, Jeff Simon, Bryan and Cherie Simon, their sons Grayson (11th grade), and Hayden (9th grade), 2013 alumni Logan Landry, Matthew Blanchard, Branson Theriot, and Kaisha Patin. Additionally Coach Kyle Cormier, his son Kegon (9th), and Layton Berard (9th) were there to help.  This school would not have stayed dry and clean without the help of these people. Thanks to each for their efforts and volunteerism.  
Dr. Beebe acknowledged Keith Reed of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5153 and members for their generous donations of school supplies that will be provided to students who were impacted by the Great Flood of 2016.

 

1:1 Chromebook Initiative in Action

Thanks to the vision of Superintendent Lottie Beebe and the support of the St. Martin Parish School Board, all fifth grade students across the District started the 2016-2017 school year with a new Chromebook. The goal is to expand this initiative until all students in St. Martin Parish are able to work from an individual device.  The expectation is that this move will not only increase students' digital literacy quotient, but also afford them the opportunity to acquire crucial skills needed to succeed in this technological age.    
 
 BREAUX BRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL
 
Congratulations to Taylor LeBlanc for winning a limo ride on the first day of school through Acadiana's Hot 107.9 radio station.
 
 


The Breaux Bridge High School community would like to thank United Way for their generous donation to our students. Pictured: Gary Dupuis, Assistant Principal Andria Navarre, Ashley Montet, Ann Guidry, with students Ariel Ruiz, Shelby Trahan, and Chazz Boyd.

Congratulations to Coach Martin for winning the "Crying Towel" at the Kiwanis Luncheon.  Let's hope he really doesn't need it this season!

 BREAUX BRIDGE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
On August 25, United Way volunteers delivered new school supplies to Breaux Bridge Junior High School.  Principal, Denise Frederick accepted the supplies with much appreciation on behalf of her students at the school.

In memory of the 2,996 innocent people who lost their lives during four coordinated terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. 
 
Sunday, September 11, 2016, is the 15th anniversary of the attack on the United States.  The attacks killed 2,996 people and injured over 6,000 others and caused at least $10 billion in property and infrastructure damage and $3 trillion in total costs.
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