9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Principal Fellowship Meeting - Elem & Jr High (Red Room)
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Red Ribbon - Character Counts Day
As part of its October 13, 2016, regular meeting, the St. Mary Parish School Board recognized and congratulated to the following individuals:
In order to promote awareness of the advantages and responsibilities involved in safely using the Internet, the St. Mary Parish School Board has proclaimed October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month and the week of October 16-22, 2016, as Digital Citizenship Week.
The proclamation, submitted by Mr. Kevin Derise, Chief Technology Officer, marks the official release of the district's Digital Citizenship curriculum, which will be delivered to students in Grades K-12. Parents and guardians are invited to preview the entire curriculum at commonsensemedia.org.
As a NCSAM champion, St. Mary Parish will be providing suggestions to parents and community members regarding additional steps that can be taken in homes to promote cyber security through our CyberSAFE blog. The blog can be found at the bottom of every district website.
Educators and students are encouraged to wear special red ribbons throughout Red Ribbon Week week to show their stand against drugs. Ms. Gidget Everitt, event chairperson, has also announced the following Red Ribbon Week activities:
The St. Mary Parish School Board proclaimed the week of October 10-14, 2016, as National School Lunch Week based on a request by Ms. Claire Guarisco, supervisor of district's Child Nutrition Department, during the board's regular meeting on Thursday, October 13.
The board also reserved November 11, 2016, for the observation of Veteran's Day based on a proclamation presented by Ms. Amber Monceaux, Social Studies Program Manager.
During November, some St. Mary Parish students will be asked to take part in an important survey on substance abuse, school dropout issues, delinquency, and violence conducted by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. A copy of the survey can be found on this webage and on all school websites under District Links (at the bottom of each homepage) or at https://goo.gl/0FK1Ih.
At-Risk Interventionist Ms. Gidget Everitt, as the district's contact person, has released information about the survey, including a parent's ability to authorize an opt-out for a student. This Parent Letter includes the opt-out form, which will be included in a handout sent home to students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12. Opt-out requests must be submitted to the school by Friday, October 21, 2016.
During the next few weeks, a new Peachjar E-Flyers icon will begin appearing on the homepage of most St. Mary Parish school websites. Peachjar, the leading e-flyer management system in North America, is working with thousands of schools to help digitally distribute school calendars, newsletters, and other important documents that used to be sent home on paper.
Click here to learn more about Peachjar in St. Mary Parish.
A parent or guardian can sign-up to receive all school flyers automatically delivered to his or her email address. Parents can opt-in for e-flyers from multiple schools, and the PDF flyers can be viewed on any Internet-connected device. Parents who choose not to register can always access a school's current flyers by clicking the Peachjar icon on the school's homepage.
At its August 11 meeting, the St. Mary Parish School Board authorized the release of an RFP for the district's Internet access and Wide Area Network services for 2017-18.
Purchase of these services is discounted to school districts through E-Rate, the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund, which is administered by the FCC.
|Welcome to St. Mary Parish Schools|
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, Superintendentlarmato@stmaryk12.net
Week 2 focuses on creating a culture of cybersecurity in the workplace by promoting best practices.
"All organizations – from large and small businesses to healthcare providers, academic institutions, government agencies and civil society – can experience data breaches or be targets of cybercrime, which can result in stolen intellectual property, theft of personal information or – if our critical infrastructure is attacked – a disruption to our way of life."
Cyber security is a shared responsibility. No individual, no business, and no government is solely responsibile for securing the Internet. Each of us plays a role. Acting to raise community awareness, educate young people, and training employees will help to make our "digital society safer and more resistant from attachks and more resilient if an attach occurs."
The StaySafeOnline.org website (sponsors of National Cyber Security Awareness Week) offers a Technology Checklist for Businesses that includes many of the best practices that are already in place in St. Mary Parish:
For Students: "Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness." --Faith Baldwin
For Staff: "A TRUE test of CHARACTER isn't how you are on your BEST DAYS but how you ACT on your WORST DAYS." --Unknown