St. Mary Parish Schools

St. Mary Parish Schools

District Notifications

  • Beginning Monday, May 2, 2016, school meals must be paid using cash, personal check, money order, or credit card. A list of students who owe money to the cafeteria will be sent to each school principal, and any outstanding balances are to be paid before the end of the school year.  Click here for more information.

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District News

  • Employee Calendars for 2016-17

    Posted by District at 4/29/2016 8:00:00 AM

    Mr. Armelin has released the Employee Calendars for 2016-17 as approved by the School Board at the April meeting. The Employee Calendars (and the 180-day School Calendar) can be found under Employees | Calendars or at this location:

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  • Notice of Public Hearing

    Posted by District at 4/28/2016 8:00:00 AM

    Notice is hereby given pursuant to Article 7, Section 23(C) of the Louisiana Constitution and R.S. 47:1705(B), that a public hearing will be held at 4:45 p.m., prior to the regular scheduled meeting of the St. Mary Parish School Board, on Thursday, June 9th, 2016 in the Evans Medine Meeting Room at the Central Office Complex located at 474 Highway 317, Centerville, LA 70522 to consider levying additional or increased millage rates without further voter approval or adopting the adjusted millage rates after reassessment and rolling forward to rates not to exceed the prior year’s maximum. The estimated amount of total tax revenues to be collected in the next tax year from the increased millage is $11,904,279, and the amount of increase in taxes attributable to the millage increase is $12,437. This notice as well as a recitation (summary) of St. Mary Parish School Board’s current budget can be found on our Internet website @

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  • District Art Show Awards

    Posted by District at 4/26/2016 12:00:00 PM

    The winners of the St. Mary Parish District Art Show were recognized at the School Board's regular meeting on April 21, 2016. Congratulations to Best of Show winner Wyatt Gonzales (Berwick High School) and to all students who earned recognition. Please click here for a list of winners and images of submitted works of art.

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  • School Board Proclamations

    Posted by District at 4/22/2016 12:00:00 PM

    The St. Mary Parish School Board approved the following proclamations at its April 21 regular meeting:

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  • April 2016: Students and Employees of the Month

    Posted by District at 4/22/2016 12:00:00 PM

    Congratulations to the Students and Employees of the Month. who were introduced at the April 21 regular meeting of the St. Mary Parish School Board: 

    • From West St. Mary High School
      • Bria Burrell (Grade 12)
      • Mr. Kenneth Brooks, History Teacher and Content Leader
    • From Patterson Junior High School
      • Emily Ackman (Grade 5)
      • Emma Grace Marin (Grade 8)
      • Ms. Lisa O. Theriot,  8th Grade Science Teacher
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  • Red Ribbon Slogan and Drawing Contest Winners Announced

    Posted by District at 3/30/2016 6:00:00 AM

    Congratulations to the winners of the 2016-2017 Red Ribbon Campaign Slogan and Drawing Contest:

    Art Contest Grand Champion:

    • Victoria Nguyen (6th Grade, Berwick Junior High School)

    Art Contest Winners: Twelve additional drawings were also selected as winners; their work will be featured within the 2016-2017 Red Ribbon Calendar.

    • D’andra Nixon (1st Grade, J. S. Aucoin Elementary School)
    • Joanna Qiu (1st Grade, Hattie Watts Elementary School)
    • Sophia Hastings (3rd Grade, Wyandotte Elementary School)
    • Gia Bao Nguyen (3rd Grade, V. B. Glencoe Charter School)
    • Alysha Darden (3rd Grade, Chitimacha Tribal School)
    • Collan St. Germain (4th Grade, Hattie Watts Elementary School)
    • Zaria Miller (6th Grade, B. Edward Boudreaux Middle School)
    • Mia Crooks (6th Grade, Berwick Junior High School)
    • Brant Brown (8th Grade, Berwick Junior High School)
    • Emily Lousteau (8th grade, Berwick Junior High School)
    • Joseph Singleton (10th Grade, Patterson High School)
    • Terry Joseph (12th Grade, West St. Mary High School)

    Slogan Contest Winner: 

    • Brant Brown (8th Grade, Berwick Junior High School):  "Choose the High Road, not the high life!  Be Drug-Free!"
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  • Website Now Offers Mobile-Friendly Menus

    Posted by District at 2/18/2016 12:00:00 PM

    In addition to full-page monthly menus, the St. Mary Parish Child Nutrition Department is now posting mobile-friendly breakfast and lunch weekly menus for elementary and secondary students.  You can find them by clicking the Menus icon in the Global Icon bar (above) or by clicking these links:

    These links can be also be easily added to the homescreen of your smartphone.

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  • Additional News Items

    Posted by District at 6/1/2015
    Additional new items can be found on the District News Archive page.
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   Welcome to St. Mary Parish Schools
Superintendent Armato
St. Mary Parish is a school district committed to providing a quality education for all students. The district has worked to develop and maintain a reputation as an elite, proactive, and successful school district dedicated to student achievement as its top priority. As superintendent, it is my responsibility to place students at the forefront of all decision-making while supporting teachers with the necessary resources for effective instruction. Working together with stakeholders, my goal is to respect, support, and set high expectations for all employees to ensure a valuable, productive, and safe educational environment.
I personally invite you to discover St. Mary Parish from this virtual environment. In addition to district and school directories, the website provides helpful information such as school board policies, cafeteria menus, bus routes, and links to individual websites for each of our 23 schools. Parents are encouraged to obtain login information from their child’s school to access attendance and class grades through the Student Progress Center. 
Mr. Leonard J. Armato, Superintendent


  • Ransomware: Your Computer Held Hostage

    Posted by Susan Dupre at 5/4/2016 6:00:00 AM

    It starts with a fast click on a link in a harmless-looking email. Then your PC slows to a crawl. A message suddenly pops up and takes over your screen. "Your files and hard drive have been locked by strong encryption. Pay us a fee in 12 hours, or we will delete everything." Then a bright red clock begins counting down. No antivirus will save your machine. Pay the fee or lose everything.

    This scenario, posted by TechRepublic on April 28, describes a ransomware attack, and these malware attacks have already occurred inside our district. A ransomware attack prevents access to your computer files by encrypting them, demanding a fee to release your files. 

    The malware is often delivered through a phishing email that appears to be from a legitmate source; the email often demands money for an "overdue invoice."  However, if an unsuspecting user clicks the link to view the attached document, the malware is released.  Ransomware has also been installed by clicking malicious links to PDFs or Word documents  on social media platforms.

    Most recently, the hackers have been masquerading as law enforcement officials with a ransom message that accuses the victim of copyright infringement or viewing pornographic content; victims are so terrified that they pay the fee without reporting the incident or seeking help. ZDNet reports the story of a 17-year old victim who was so traumatized by a ransomware threat that he committed suicide. 

    The guidelines for protecting yourself from a ransomware attack should sound familiar by now:

    On a district computer:

    • Avoid clicking links that look suspicious in emails or on websites.
    • Be careful about opening attachments in email messages if you are unsure about the sender's identity.
    • Let your Office 365 security system do its job.  The quarantine message you receive periodically in your Inbox lists email messages that have not been delivered due to their suspicious content.  Be very careful about releasing any of these messages to your Inbox.
    • Backup your files to your OneDrive account.  In a recent ransomeware attack, the Technology Department was able to save files stored in OneDrive, but the user lost all files stored on the local computer.

    On a home computer, include these:

    • Make sure the software and systems--including virus and malware security software--on your home computers are up-to-date. (District computers are updated automatically.)
    • Avoid downloading apps from sources you don't know or trust.
    • Backup your personal files to a cloud-based system. 

    Whether you are infected on a district computer or at home, most experts recommend that you don't pay the fee.  You are only allowing the hackers to continue striking more victims. There is no threat of physical danger if you refuse to pay, there is no law enforcement agency that uses these tactics, and there is no guarantee that your files will be unlocked even if you do pay.  

    Instead, ask for help.  

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  • SMP CyberSAFE Archives

    Posted by Susan Dupre at 1/13/2016

    See past postings at the SMP CyberSAFE archives page.

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Character Counts!

  • May 2, 2016 - May 6, 2016

    Posted by Gidget Everitt at 4/29/2016

    FOR STUDENTS:  "A tongue has no bones but it is strong enough to break a heart.  Be careful with your words."  --Unknown



    FOR STAFF:  "Words have great power.  Use them to support and inspire."   --Karen Salmansohn

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