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Moving Forward with Team;
Enhancing the Vision!

June 2014




 

Message from the Superintendent


  "You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."
`C. S. Lewis
 
As I began to compose my message for the June edition of the E-newsletter, my thoughts quickly leapt to the numerous certificates of appreciation I had signed earlier in the day on behalf of those who are retiring after many years within the education profession. As I read each certificate, I reflected on the individual and his or her years of service within the St. Martin Parish Public School System.  I fondly recalled the work relationships developed over the years and realized I had worked directly with the majority of these individuals.   
 
 Although I am happy for these individuals as they begin a new chapter in their lives, the selfish part of me would prefer to have them continue their employment with the school board.  I realize some employees have worked 40 or more years; others considerably less.  Regardless of the time spent with students, I am certain that each has contributed much more than a certificate of appreciation can capture. Some are still young and energetic and will pursue other endeavors.  It is indeed bittersweet to bid them farewell. 
 
I want to dedicate the June, 2014 edition of the St. Martin Parish E-newsletter to our retirees.  On behalf of the St. Martin Parish School Board and its educational family, I want to thank each for their untiring dedication and commitment to the education profession. I want each to know their departure from the school system will leave a void.  As they close the chapter of employment with the school district, I want to congratulate each for a job well-done and wish them the best as they begin their journey into retirement or other endeavors.
 Retirees, please remember to "Dream a New Dream for you are never too old to set another goal!"  Best wishes to you--St. Martin Parish Retirees!  Happy Retirement!

On another note, I realize there are those who are leaving the school district for reasons other than retirement.  I want to acknowledge them for their contributions to the school district.  I thank them for their time, knowledge, and expertise and wish them the best in future endeavors.

 
BOARD UPDATE
The Board meeting was called to order at 5:00 P. M. on Wednesday, June 11th, with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance offered by Dr. Beebe. 
School Board retirees were honored with a plaque identifying their years of experience within the school district.  Prior to the board meeting, a reception was held to celebrate and acknowledge individuals who are closing one chapter of their lives to begin a new journey into retirement. Their immediate supervisors offered words of praise and appreciation.  Click here for complete recap of the meeting.
In This Issue

  • Message from the Superintendent
  • Board Meeting Update
  • Education Updates
  • New Principals Named
  • Employee of the Month
  • End of Year Celebration
  • Department News
  • Condolences
  • School News
NEXT SCHOOL BOARD MEETING  
July 9, 2014
5 P.M.

St. Martin Parish School Board --Department of Administration
625 Corporate Dr.
Breaux Bridge
(directly  behind Teche Bank)

 

St. Martin Parish School Board Appoints Two Principals

Congratulations to Mrs. Lydia Capdepon as she assumes her new role as principal of Breaux Bridge Primary School. Mrs. Capdepon is no stranger to Breaux Bridge Primary.  She served the school as a special education teacher for many years and recently served the school community as the assistant principal.  Mrs. Suzanne Lebouef is also congratulated for her appointment as Cecilia Primary Principal.  Mrs. Lebouef served Cecilia Primary as interim principal effective January, 2014 through June 13.    Both were recommended by Dr. Beebe and received board approval.  Each will be highlighted in the July edition of the E-Newsletter.  With these appointments, there will be an advertisement for the positions of assistant principal at Breaux Bridge Primary and Cecilia Primary.  Please visit the Human Resources Department via the Parish website for further information.
 

Mrs. Nicole Angelle is the recipient of the May, 2014 Employee of the Month award.  She was nominated for her exemplary performance and work ethic by her immediate supervisor, Mrs. Kara Meaux, Director of Federal Programs.  She currently serves the school district as the Early Childhood/Home School Coordinator and was instrumental in securing an Act 3 Early Childhood Grant in the amount of $100,000.  Her role is to assist early childcare providers within St. Martin Parish in a collaborative endeavor to improve student outcomes within all entities. She also provides support and assistance to Pre-K teachers within the district.  She has been an employee of the St. Martin Parish School System for approximately 17 years and is to be commended for her efforts to make the St. Martin Parish School System a viable system.  
 

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

 Mrs. Gloria Kern, a retired teacher, passed away on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at the age of 91.  Mrs. Kern was an elementary school teacher in St. Martin Parish schools for over 22 years, before continuing her career in a neighboring parish.  Mrs. Kern will be remembered by the many lives she touched in the educational family and Acadiana community.
St. Martin Parish School Board would like to extend condolences to the family members of the following individuals:
Fernand Doucet
Rachel Stelly
Mike Belaire

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,  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, 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
Gail Dalcourt, 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 Computer Services
Bonnie Thibodeaux, Supervisor of Elementary Education
William Greig, 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
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 state board of education will meet on June 17 and 18, 2014 at the Claiborne Building in Baton Rouge.  Agenda Information may be obtained at the following website: http://bese.louisiana.gov.  As the BESE representative for District 3, I have added the following items for discussion:
  • Discussion of 8-G Competitive Grant Awards
  • Discussion of the status of RSD (New Orleans) and the future plans for McDonough in New Orleans
  • Discussion of the Textbook Selection Process
There will also be a discussion regarding the approval of education providers for endorsements in critical shortage areas. 
 




Click here to view a complete list of our retirees.

End of the Year Celebration

The St. Martin Parish School Board hosted an end of the school year gathering at the Woodmen of the World building in St. Martinville on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 12 noon.  Special thanks to Mr. Chris Bailey and colleagues from WebTBA for their efforts regarding this event.  Mrs. Brenda Courville, Supervisor of Human Resources, and Mr. William Greig, Secondary Supervisor and Acting Curriculum and Instruction Director for the 2013-2014 school year, were celebrated for their years of service to the school district.  They were commended for their commitment and outstanding work performance within the St. Martin Parish School System with Mrs. Courville retiring with 40 years of service and Mr. William Greig retiring with 37 years of service. Both served at the district level in key roles.  Principals who were recognized for their dedication and years of service to the St. Martin Parish School System include Ms. Pennye Huval, Breaux Bridge Primary Principal, retiring with 28 years of service and Mrs. Wanda Guidry, Cecilia Primary Principal, retiring with 33 years of service.
 

Federal Programs Department

Kara Meaux, Director 
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-5
Mike Hebert, Special Education Supervisor, 9-12
Bridget Bergeron, Special Education Supervisor, 6-8


Title I

Providing all of the children of St. Martin Parish with equal access to quality education is a primary goal of the Title I Program. Title I funds are used to improve the academic achievement of the disadvantaged by offering services to the students and families of our parish. One of the many services provided through the Title I department, is assistance through the St. Martin Parish Homeless program, whose mission is to provide homeless children and youth equal access to its educational programs and an opportunity to meet the same challenging State of Louisiana and District academic standards. It is the goal of the District to provide the best education possible to every student and to blend homeless students into the general school population without stigma of their home situation. Title I funds are used to provide school fees, supplies, and uniforms for each registered homeless child.
St. Martin Parish works closely with other agencies to offer services to families who are not homeless, but may have fallen on financial hard times. Academy Sports & Outdoors’ Vouchers for school uniforms are again being offered to families who are not homeless, but are having financial difficulties.   Each voucher is good for two uniform items (one shirt and one pair of pants or two shirts or two pairs of pants). Only one voucher per child is allowed to ensure that we reach out to many families. Please bring a copy of the most recent report card for your child or children to receive the voucher(s).  They will be handed out at the Sales Tax Office located on the Breaux Bridge Elementary campus at two separate times: Thursday, June 12, 2014 from 10:00am-12:00noon, and Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 10:00am-12:00noon.
For more information, contact April Theriot in the Title I office. Due to the new construction taking place on the Breaux Bridge Primary campus, the Title I office has been temporarily relocated to the Breaux Bridge Elementary campus in classroom 16 in the 5th grade hall. Our phone number is 332-1270, ext. 1850.  This location is tentative pending our move, along with other central office employees into the new administrative building, which is set for later this summer.


Special Education Department

St. Martin Parish is proud to announce the expansion of our gifted and talented department. We have recently developed a talented music program.  Jonno Frishberg, who is an educator, bandleader, singer, songwriter, and veteran instrumentalist, has recently been hired by the district to service and further develop the many musically talented students of St. Martin Parish. Mr. Frishberg was responsible for restoring Gifted and Talented Services in the Recovery School District, starting in January of 2007 and is now our Talented Arts Music teacher.   
Recent retirements in our department have brought about other changes in personnel. We are glad to welcome Bridget Bergeron, who brings many years of experience to the special education department as Grade 6-8 supervisor. She also oversees RtI, Section 504, and SBLC. She has 17 years of experience in St. Martin Parish as a teacher, district RtI coordinator, assistant principal and supervisor. Dawn Richard has moved from her duties as speech, hearing, and language evaluation coordinator to Pupil Appraisal and Child Search coordinator. Dawn’s 22 years of educational experience in special education is a welcomed move.
 

The finance department has been busy preparing for an accounting software conversion from Accufund to Alio.  The finance portion, which includes requisitions & purchase orders, accounts payables, and financial reports is scheduled to go live July 1st.  School secretaries and principals will receive training upon returning from summer break.  As soon as finance goes live, we will begin the conversion process for payroll.  While this is a tedious task, we are excited about a new software tailored to school boards and are expecting it to bring about greater efficiencies in our department.

 

Open enrollment was conducted during the month of May, your feedback on the process is greatly appreciated.  Please follow the link below to take a short survey:

http://tinyurl.com/q5ymj36

The 2013-2014 school year has finally come to an end and we are very quickly moving to the business of preparing for the 2014-2015 school year.  This year we, along with many other districts, faced challenges with staffing our schools and especially staffing in the transportation department.
   Principals have been actively recruiting teachers to fill openings and working diligently interviewing new candidates.  Some of our schools are fully staffed and others are interviewing and trying to secure teachers for all positions before they break for the summer.   We are especially in need of Math and Science teachers at the middle and high school levels.  Currently, all of our French openings are filled and all principal positions are filled.  We will be advertising for assistant principals at Cecilia Primary and Breaux Bridge Primary.  Congratulations to Lydia Capdepon, Principal of Breaux Bridge Primary and Suzanne Leboeuf, Principal of Cecilia Primary.
In the transportation department we are also actively seeking qualified drivers to work on a substitute basis.  Anyone wishing to work as a substitute driver may contact Wendy Vermeer at the Transportation Department at 332-3388.

Jump Start Regional Pathways

 Educational reform in Louisiana is taking shape in the area of Career and Technical Education (CTE).  The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE), through the new CTE Jump Start initiative, has endeavored to build relationships between the educational community and business and industry.  The goal of this partnership is to increase the number of students graduating from Louisiana’s high schools with the skills and credentials required to assume high-wage jobs available in today’s economy.  A major focus of the initiative is to provide students with opportunities to obtain academic skills and credentials needed for employment in their geographic region immediately upon graduation from high school or for transition to postsecondary education to acquire advanced skills and credentials.
 
Through Jump Start, students are able to earn credentials through both state and/or regional pathways.  Members of the Acadiana Regional Jump Start Team joined together to develop nine pathways aligned to standards set by area business and industry and the educational community.  The pathways include design plans for courses and work-based experiences leading to statewide credentials approved by the Workforce Investment Council (WIC).  Included among the regional pathways are Industrial Agriculture Mechanical Technician, Horticulture, Nutrition and Food, Business Administration and Personal Care Services.  Additional pathways are currently being developed through the collaborative efforts of regional partners to provide a plethora of career educational and technical education opportunities for students to obtain successful employment in high-wage jobs upon completion of the educational career.  Additional information regarding the Jump Start initiative can be found at http://www.louisianabelieves.com/courses/jump-start-career-education

Cecilia Jr. High
 

Principal, Charee Theriot, Takes Pies to the Face for Scores of Advanced and Mastery on LEAP/iLEAP

 


Breaux Bridge High School


Several students, Coach Kevin Bonhomme, and Principal Louis Blanchard were invited to the 2014 Breaux Bridge Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet held at Pat's Atchafalaya Club in Henderson on February 6, 2014.  Guest Speaker for the event was former LSU Basketball Coach Dale Brown.  Pictured with Dale Brown are (standing) Louis Blanchard, Kevin Bonhomme, Cody Abshire, Amy Ho, Bailey Champagne, and Courtland Blanchard.
Students in Mrs. Amy LeBlanc's Broadcasting Class at Breaux Bridge High School worked cooperatively in groups to produce a series of 5 "Three Words" videos as a culminating final assessment for the semester. Inspired by Good Morning America's "Three Words" series, students were challenged to work together with peers to come up with their own concept and inspirational message for their three word phrases. Students fulfilled the roles of director/producer, videographer and editor as they collaborated to script, produce and edit these videos. Ms. LeBlanc uploaded their work to the Breaux Bridge High School "Tiger Vision" Channel on SchoolTube.com. One of the five videos focused on the issue of bullying in schools, and it was received particularly well. The video titled, "You're Not Invisible," was produced by Alexis Louviere, Kaitlyn Guidry and Felicia Borel. It gained more than 1,800 views on SchoolTube in less than a month, and was even featured on KATC TV3's social media pages. Click the link here to view the video, set to the hit Hunter Hayes' song, "Invisible" http://bit.ly/1jMXzff
 
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