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Moving Forward with Team;
Enhancing the Vision!

November 2013

Message from the Superintendent


Fall is a time to rejoice—particularly, when presented a bountiful harvest.  The “harvest” resulting from a desire for excellence and commitment yielded a letter grade of B for the St. Martin Parish School System. Congratulations to our educators, students, and support staff for their perseverance, determination, and hard work.  While we can rejoice in having removed the school district from a negative label, there remains much to be done.  The challenges are great and the academic bar continues to move higher.  Essentially, we face a “moving target.” Despite these challenges, I am encouraged we will continue to show academic success.  
As we review our performance, it is important to note some scores either improved or were maintained. Changes in the accountability program were responsible, in some instances, for the improved results.  Bonus points were added on top of school performance scores and were attributed to improvements in super subgroup performance. While this is certainly a cause for celebration, it can also create a more challenging situation moving forward.  The bar is set and continues to climb with the roll out of a rigorous Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) in 2014-2015.  We recognize the challenges are not unique to the St. Martin Parish School System.  Therefore, this is why I often say, “We want to be sailing in the boat along with other school districts. We do not want to be “flailing about hopelessly in the water seeking a lifeline.”  Simply put, we want to be competitive with other school systems.
The challenges are not unique to the St. Martin Parish School System.  Every school district in the state faces the same academic challenges.  Some face greater challenges.  We are indeed blessed to have taxpayers within St. Martin Parish who support traditional public education.  With the support shown on Saturday, May 4, 2013, the St. Martin Parish School System was the beneficiary of $40,350,000.00 for facility upgrades and expansion.  Improvements have already been made at many school sites within the district from funds made available from the 2009 bond.  As we prepare for the Thanksgiving holidays (November 25-29, 2013), please be mindful of the blessings we received this year.  I hope each of you will find time for relaxation and rejuvenation during the Thanksgiving break.  Enjoy this time with family and friends and please keep in your prayers those who serve and protect us—our military personnel and community helpers


I want to take this opportunity to wish the St. Martin Parish Students, Employees, Parents, the School Board and everyone in our Parish a very HAPPY and Safe Thanksgiving!  ~ Lottie P. Beebe, Ed. D., Superintendent of Schools
BOARD UPDATE
The St. Martin Parish School Board met on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at the Breaux Bridge Municipal Building, 101 Berard Street, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana at 5: 00 P. M. 
  • The school board meeting convened with the recognition of Employees of the Month and Outstanding Educators of the Year for 2012. 
  • The Board approved recommendations offered at the Finance Committee Meeting to purchase 5 school buses. 
  • There was also approval to allocate $50,000 dollars from the 2009 Bond to address “Operation Capital Improvements.” 
  • All 2009 and 2013 Bond action would proceed directly to the Board for its review and approval as long as the expenditures do not exceed district funds and remain within the appropriate category of funding.  
  • There was approval of a request by an entity for waiver of sales tax penalties. 
  • The Board was also asked to approve the ordinance providing for the continued levy of a one percent sales and use tax…having been authorized at a special election held in said Parish on May 4, 2013.
  • The Board approved the contract with the National SAM Innovation Project to assist six schools; these schools are Breaux Bridge Elementary, Breaux Bridge Jr. High, Breaux Bridge High, Parks Middle, St. Martinville Primary, and St. Martinville Jr. High. 
  • A request for proposal (RFP) was approved for the school district’s website hosting. 
  • Several campsite leases were either transferred or granted. 
  • The Board also approved a number of projects to be funded by 2009 or 2013 bond money. 
  • The School Board unanimously approved the following resolutions: (1)  Implementation of a three year “hold-harmless” period of transition for Common Core State Standards and (2) Expression of condolences of the entire school system to the family of Harrison Wright, CHS Student
In This Issue

  • Message from the Superintendent
  • Board Meeting Update
  • Education Updates
  • Calendar of Events
  • Employee of the Month
  • Celebrating Success
  • Parish Educators 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 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 Reading Supervisor
Melanie Taylor, Title I Math Supervisor
Nicole Angelle, Early Childhood Coordinator
Leah Hebert, Elementary SPED Supervisor
Mike Hebert, Secondary SPED Supervisor
Bridget Bergeron, SBLC/504/RTI Supervisor
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EDUCATION UPDATES

 The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) will met on Tuesday, October 15th  and Wednesday, October 16th.  Updates from the BESE Meetings of October 15-16, 2013 are as follows
The October 15th committee meetings began at 8:30 A. M. and concluded at 11:15 P. M.  It was certainly a marathon meeting that sparked contentious and controversial discussions.  Common Core standards were of utmost concern to parents and members of the community.  There were those in support of the Common Core standards and those who objected to the hasty implementation of the standards. There was criticism aimed at the Louisiana Department of Education’s failure to provide a comprehensive curriculum and adequate professional learning opportunities. The concerns raised at the meeting resulted in an emergency response from members of the state board of elementary and secondary education (BESE) at the formal meeting held on October 16th.  In my opinion, BESE violated its governing rules—the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) - by hastily approving policies without first presenting to board members the opportunity to read and comprehend proposed policies.  I objected to the policies which will likely yield unintended consequences.  I questioned BESE’s failure to comply with the APA guidelines.  I asked for clarification and the response received from Chas Roemer, BESE President, was “you will receive it later.”  Therefore, I requested to have the item addressed at the December 3 and 4 BESE meetings. 


As a BESE member, I asked the state board to create a panel of statisticians and mathematicians to determine if Louisiana’s Value Added formula is reliable and credible.  After what seemed like hours of discussions, a proposal was offered by Chas Roemer, BESE President, to seek a “third party” review of the formula.  A recommendation will be offered at the December 3rd BESE meeting.  We will have to wait and see what is offered.

Charters Approved in Lafayette Parish
Despite Community and Board Opposition

Two charter school organizations that currently operate in Louisiana were given permission to open schools in Lafayette, East Jefferson and East Baton Rouge Parishes, despite parental and school board opposition.
Lafayette parents and concerned citizens voiced opposition to decision, after the parish school board voted 8-2 to reject the charter applications at the local level.
Dr. Pat Cooper, Lafayette Superintendent of Schools, spoke against his board’s decision. Cooper said the need for new facilities in Lafayette convinced him to support the charter expansion.


 BESE Approves New Rules Favoring Tax Rebates on Donations to Non-Public Schools

A new rule approved by BESE will allow non-public tuition organizations to advertise in ways that promote particular private schools. If the change goes into effect, it will overturn a current regulation prohibiting the promotion of a particular school over other qualified schools.
The tuition organizations allow Louisiana taxpayers to get a 95% rebate on donations, which are sent to non-public schools on behalf of parents and students.
The rebate has been controversial because of its cost to the state, and because the governor vetoed a similar measure that would have allowed rebates for donations to public schools.
The new rule must still be published in the Louisiana Register and opened for public comment before it can go into effect.


Calendar of Events

  • November 7 - Parish Track & Field Day, SMSH
  • November 11 - New Teacher's Mtg., SS, 3:30
  • November 12 - Leader PLC, BBHS, 4:00
  • November 15 - Librarian's Meeting, PDLab, 8:30
  • November 15 - Technology Coordinator;s Mtg, PDLab, 12:30
  • November 25 & 26 - Offices Open - 8:00-4:30
The St. Martin Parish School Board recognized
Mrs. Noelle Prados and Mr. James Meaux for being nominated and selected as the October 2013 Employees of the Month.  Mrs. Prados and Mr. Meaux are facilitators of the Virtual Learning Program.  They were nominated by Mrs. Kellie Leblanc, Supervisor of the Virtual Learning Program.  Each was presented a plaque in appreciation of their exemplary services within the program and school system during the November 6, 2013 St. Martin Parish School Board Meeting.  
Shown below are:  Mrs. Noelle Prados, Facilitator; Mrs. Kellie LeBlanc, Supervisor of Virtual Learning; Mr. James Meaux, Facilitator; and Dr. Lottie Beebe, Superintendent.

 

Accolades are extended to Parks Primary Faculty and Staff, students, parents and education stakeholders for their continued performance of excellence.  Parks Primary once again earned the distinguished letter grade of A.  Four schools attained a letter grade—B.  These include Breaux Bridge Primary, Cecilia Jr. High, St. Martinville Sr. High, and Stephensville Elementary.  Thirteen of the sixteen schools showed growth from 2011-2012 assessments when compared to the 2012-2013 assessments. The growth ranges showed an increase of .3 of a point to a high of 11.7 points.  Four of the five (80%) lower performing schools showed growth with ranges of 5.2 points at Breaux Bridge Elementary and 8.8 points at Breaux Bridge Jr. High.  The Early Learning Center (ELC) and St. Martinville Primary grew 6 points.  St. Martinville Sr. High is to be celebrated for being the top school in the state to show the most growth in the graduation cohort index (students graduating in four years and on time).    
We are proud of our students, parents, educators, support staff, and other education stakeholders for their desire and commitment to educational excellence.  The aforementioned results are indicative of the talent in St. Martin Parish.  We merely need to continue to cultivate and nurture expectations of excellence.  Together we can! 
A reception was held at 3:30 P. M. on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at the Breaux Bridge Municipal Building, 101 Berard Street, Breaux Bridge in honor of outstanding Parish educators.  Outstanding Teachers and Leaders were celebrated for their exemplary performance within the education arena.  Plaques were presented to each during the scheduled 5:00 P. M. school board meeting.
SCHOOL TEACHERS
OF THE YEAR
LEVEL
BREAUX BRIDGE PRIMARY Tiffany Francis Primary/Elementary
BREAUX BRIDGE ELEMENTARY Ashley Gary Primary/Elementary
EARLY LEARNING CENTER Chelsy Taylor Primary/Elementary
ST. MARTINVILLE PRIMARY Allie Renard Primary/Elementary
PARKS PRIMARY Angela Toncrey* Primary/Elementary
CECILIA PRIMARY Valerie Theriez Primary/Elementary
CATAHOULA ELEMENTARY Kily Boggs Primary/Elementary
TECHE ELEMENTARY Amie Champagne Primary/Elementary
STEPHENSVILLE ELEMENTARY Chasity Morales Primary/Elementary
ST. MARTINVILLE JUNIOR HIGH Aleasha Mallery* Middle School
BREAUX BRIDGE JUNIOR HIGH Jennifer Landry Middle School
CECILIAR JUNIOR HIGH Holly Bobbitt Middle School
PARKS MIDDLE Natalie Foster Middle School
ST. MARTINVILLE SENIOR HIGH Loretta P. Wooters* High School
BREAUX BRIDGE SENIOR HIGH Kevin Bonhomme High School
CECILIA SENIOR HIGH Jeanne Calais High School
SCHOOL PRINCIPALS OF THE YEAR LEVEL
PARKS PRIMARY Bonnie Thibodeaux Primary/Elementary
BREAUX BRIDGE JUNIOR HIGH Denise Frederick Middle School
CECILIA SENIOR HIGH Anthony Polotzola High School
             *Parish Teacher of the Year



ST. MARTIN PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

St. Martin Parish School District has been awarded $636,186.30 from E-Rate grants. 


BREAUX BRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL

Artwork from two Visual arts/Talented (Gifted Art) students was selected to compete in this year's Louisiana High School Athletic Association Poster Contest for the state football championships. These students utilized advanced artistic techniques for Elements & Principles of Design to complete their designs.

Pictured from left to right are:
Mr. Louis Blanchard - Principal of Breaux Bridge High School
Alec Hebert, Student; Mrs. Deirdre D. Robertson, Instructor of Visual Arts/Talented (Gifted Arts) Program; Javin Derouselle, student.

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Congratulations are also in order for the hard work of the business department  for placing in the top 10 state-wide in the Microsoft Information Technology Academy.  Breaux Bridge High School placed 8th with a 62% passing percentage. Keep up the good work!


ST. MARTINVILLE SENIOR HIGH

Congratulations to the SMSH student body, faculty, staff, and community for achieving the highest increase in the cohort graduation rate in the state! SMSH’s graduation cohort grew to 85.5%, an increase of 22 points. St. Martinville High also improved its School Performance Score to a  “B” rating!
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SMSH would also like to recognize  business teachers, Pam Stelly and Wendi Thibodaux for achieving the 9th  highest amount of Microsoft certifications in the state as part of the Microsoft Information Technology Academy.  A total of 21 SMSH students have achieved this impressive goal. Great job!


EARLY LEARNING CENTER

The Save the Children Emergent Reader Literacy Block consists of those students that are identified to be struggling readers.  STC works in partnership with SMP and ELC to provide children in K-5th grade with the tools they need to develop reading skills and the guidance and support they need to grow as readers.  STC has programs at local schools in more than 150 communities and 14 states.
 In the photo, Emergent Reader Literacy Coordinator, Wanda Johnson works with students at ELC in phonemic awareness, letter recognition, sound-symbol correspondence, and beginning sight word.  The repeated reading of text will lead the students to reading with fluency and sight word acquisition, providing additional reading skills and strategies.  The activities are set in sessions to help students build confidence and promote participation in reading.  STC host monthly Family Engagement Nights where parents can observe, ask questions, and engage in parent-child reading.

 

Pictured below is  a young boy who is part of the 0-3 home visiting component.  Home visits are done twice a month. During the home visits Ms.Ashley Wiltz works with the parent to assist their child with  learning necessary skills needed for early steps to school success. After each completed home visit, parents receive a book bag with age appropriate books to read with their child!  Once a month, parents and children are invited to a parent/child group.  Children ages 3-5 are part of the book bag exchange program and once a week, they receive the raising a reader bag with age appropriate books.


 


PARKS PRIMARY

Walmart is helping teachers purchase much-needed classroom supplies through the retailer’s Teacher Rewards program.  Through the Teacher Rewards program, more than 4,600 U.S. Walmart stores, distribution centers and Sam’s Club locations are eligible to select one local kindergarten through eighth grade public school and provide $50 reward cards to 20 teachers. Winning teachers can use the funds to purchase essential items for their classrooms such as paper, folders, binders, clipboards, pens, pencils, crayons and markers. Now in its fourth year, Walmart said its program is donating up to $4.5 million to help 90,000 teachers across the country. 
 Parks Primary was selected by Walmart in Broussard to receive this incentive because of its academic achievements.  Twenty teachers were awarded $50 gift cards to purchase items for the classroom. 


PARKS MIDDLE
Perfect Attendance is rewarded at Parks Middle School.  Congratulations to Mrs. Breaux, Ms. Clark, Mrs. Landry, and Mrs. Theriot  for having Perfect Attendance for the first nine weeks of school.  Each teacher was presented with flowers and candy by the principal, Dr. Wanda Phillips and Assistant Principal, Ms. Shirley Thibodeaux.  Teachers were also given a Thursday Jean Day!

Breaux Bridge Elementary 

Breaux Bridge Elementary would like to thank Mrs. Yvette Landry, author of "The Ghost Tree" for stopping by on October 27th  to read her book to 4th and 5th grade students.  Mrs. Landry also donated a free copy of her book to each student.  

St. Martinville Junior High

St. Martinville Junior High School has partnered with St. Martin Parish Community Action Center to offer a tutoring program to assist SMJH’s students with their homework and to help prepare them for state testing.  Ms. Caroline Jean-Batiste will serve as the coordinator for the tutoring program.


Breaux Bridge Primary

In honor of National School Lunch Week, the Breaux Bridge Primary cafeteria staff hosted a Business Partner/School Board luncheon.  Congratulations to Ashley Dugas, from MidSouth Bank, and Olan Granger, St. Martin Parish Maintenance Department, who won door prizes.  Thank you to the following Business Partners and School Board representatives who participated in the luncheon:
MidSouth Bank – Mark Thibodeaux, Chalanda Davis, Ashley Dugas
Teche Baptist Church – Rev. Joseph Jenkins, Billy Shirley, Marcel Hebert, Cal Tabor, Wayne Guidry
Archie’s Inc. – Butch Hebert
St. Martin Parish School Board – Jimmy Blanchard, Olan Granger, Jackie Landry, Adam Courville

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