St. Mary Parish Schools

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  • St. Mary Parish Offers Educational Assistance to Displaced Families

    Posted by District at 8/19/2016 12:00:00 PM

    The St. Mary Parish School Board continues to extend its thoughts and prayers for the many families who have been impacted by historic flooding in neighboring parishes.  

    Schools in St. Mary Parish welcome the opportunity to assist parents in enrolling all children who have been displaced or have relocated to the district. Parents or legal guardians can use this website to find attendance zone maps and links to contact information for each of the district’s 21 school sites, as well as to the St. Mary Parish Virtual Learning Program.  

    Parents are encouraged to contact schools directly for more information. Understandably, special consideration will be given to children who currently lack the documents normally required to enroll in public schools.  


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  • School Board Approves CEP for Many District Schools

    Posted by District at 8/15/2016 4:00:00 PM

    The St. Mary Parish School Board approved an amendment to the district’s child nutrition policy regarding the serving of meals to students as stipulated by the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs's Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).

    For the 2016-17 school year, all students at qualifying schools will be served breakfast and lunch at no charge. Schools qualifying for the free meal status of all students include:  B. Edward Boudreaux Middle School, Centerville High School, Franklin High School, Franklin Junior High School, Hattie A. Watts Elementary School, Julie B. Maitland Elementary School, LaGrange Elementary School, M. E. Norman Elementary School, Morgan City Junior High School, Patterson Junior High School, Raintree Elementary School, W.P. Foster Elementary School, West St. Mary High School, and Wyandotte Elementary School.

    More information can be found here.

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  • District Releases RFP for E-Rate for WAN and Internet Access

    Posted by District at 8/15/2016 6:00:00 AM

    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.

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  • St. Mary Parish Schools Reopen

    Posted by District at 8/14/2016 2:30:00 PM

    All St. Mary Parish schools will reopen on Monday, August 15, 2016. Buses will run on their normal schedules.

    Mr. Armato has received confirmation from Homeland Security that weather conditions have stabilized enabling the district to safely reopen schools after Friday's early release.

    Our thoughts and prayers remain with those who have been seriously impacted by the recent tropical system. We ask that school personnel stay in contact with administrators regarding any special circumstances as necessary.

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  • St. Mary Parish School Closing at Noon Today

    Posted by District at 8/12/2016 10:00:00 AM

    After discussing the current weather conditions with the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Leonard Armato, district superintendent, has announced the closing of all St. Mary Parish schools on Friday, August 12, at 12:00 PM (noon). 

    Buses will run beginning at noon.  Parents are asked to follow inclement weather procedures for picking up children at schools.

    School board offices will close at 1:00 PM. 

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  • School Zone Rules Take Effect Beginning August 8

    Posted by District at 8/4/2016 12:00:00 PM

    Buses, cars, and children--these can be a dangerous mix. Drivers are reminded to take extra caution in school zones, remembering that cell phone use is prohibited in those areas and that speed limits are greatly reduced during posted hours.

    On our community streets, a school bus driver will activate lights or stop signs to let motorists know when the bus is preparing to stop. Other vehicles on the road are required to stop at least 30 feet from a bus that is picking up or dropping off students along a bus route. Vehicles are not permitted to proceed until the bus driver resumes his or her route, and no passing is allowed. 

    Thanks for your help in keeping all our children safe.

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  • Additional Back-to-School Reminders (Updated)

    Posted by District at 7/25/2016 12:00:00 PM

    From the Child Nutrition Department:

    • Breakfast will be served on the first day of school (August 8, 2016).
    • Free/Reduced Lunch Application can be found under Departments | Child Nutrition or by clicking this link
      Important Note: Please complete only ONE application (online OR handwritten) per household.
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  • Back-to-School Reminders

    Posted by District at 7/18/2016 12:00:00 PM

    Here are a few reminders for parents and students regarding the beginning of the 2016-17 school year:

    • Students report to school on Monday, August 8, 2016, in full school uniform.
    • Please check school websites for supply lists and school schedules.
    • School website calendars and homepage news items will provide additional information about the first days of school.
    • A searchable link to all bus routes is being build and can be previewed here:  East End and West End.
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  • School Board approves School Consolidation Maps

    Posted by District at 5/13/2016 8:00:00 AM

    At its May 12 regular monthly meeting, the St. Mary Parish School Board approved Consolidation Maps for Hernandez Elementary School and Shannon Elementary School.  Maps can also be found by following these paths: 

    • District | Schools and Programs |  District Schools Directory
    • Parents/Students | Basic Information | Attendance Zones
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  • 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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Superintendent's Welcome

   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


  • A Growing Online Threat for Girls

    Posted by Susan Dupre at 5/18/2016 7:00:00 AM

    Last week, major TV news outlets carried stories that introduced a new word to many viewers. Sextortion is the process of tricking victims into sending compromising photos and then using blackmail methods to get more photos, sexual favors, or money from the victims.  The U.S. Department of Justice's April 2016 report to Congress listed sextortion as "by far the most significantly growing threat to children."

    That report also noted that the vast majority of the victims were females under the age of 18.  The crimes were conducted using social networking sites, instant messaging, and email. The convicted perpetrators--so far, all male--have

    • Gained the trust of the victims by pretending to be a modeling agent or a boyfriend/girlfriend, thus obtaining compromising photos or video.
    • Stolen a device that contains photos and videos of a personal nature.
    • Hacked into a victim's webcam and recorded images of her most intimate moments without her knowing it.

    Another Justice Department report noted that offenders were specifically seeking out those children they considered easy targets because of their demonstrated willingness to post personal content online and engage in live-streaming video activity, whether the content was sexually explicit or not.”

    One news outlet included suggestions for protecting against this developing threat:

    For Parents

    • Watch for changing behavior.  Victims often withdraw from family members and demonstrate anxiety, bullying, and increased dropout rates and suicide risk. 

    • Supervise computer and mobile device usage.  Teenagers often have impulse control issues because their brains are not fully developed; they also struggle with anticipating the consequences of their actions. Knowing that you have their passwords and can login to their accounts may make them think twice about engaging in risky activities.

    • Have that discussion. An age-appropriate talk with your children about the dangers of communicating with unknown people and sending photos can go a long way. Make sure your children know that you are interested in their safety and that they can come to you without fear of reprisal, no matter what they have done.

    • Layer security. Use and teach the safety recommendations we've posted on this blog about opening attachments and using anti-malware software, but don't assume technology alone will protect you. 

    For Children

    • Turn off the computer when it is not in use.
    • Cover webcams with a removable sticker when you are not using them.

    • Don't open email or message attachments if you don't know the sender.

    • If you or someone you know is a victim, tell your parents and report it to the FBI. It's a toll-free call to 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324).


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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!

  • August 22, 2016 - August 26, 2016

    Posted by Gidget Everitt at 8/22/2016

    For Students: "If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you."  - Fred Devito


    For Staff:  "Strength doesn't come from what you can do.  It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't do."  -Rikki Rogers

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