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  • Red Ribbon Week Activities

    Posted by District on 10/17/2019

    Ms. Gidget Everitt and the Red Ribbon Week Committee have been hard at work planning Red Ribbon Week events to support Safe and Drug-Free Schools.

    Activities for each day in Red Ribbon Week (October 19-26) can be found under Departments | Safe and Drug-Free Schools | Red Ribbon Week Activities.  

    The event opens on Saturday, Oct. 19, with a motorcade of law enforcement officers, fire fighters, and first responders that will travel across St. Mary Parish from Amelia to Four Corners. The week concludes on Saturday, Oct. 26 with a Family Fun Day including the Parade of Schools and Zoo-to-Boo. 

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  • SMP School Board Christmas Card Contest Opens

    Posted by District on 10/16/2019

    Attention Student Artists: Entries for the St. Mary Parish School Board's annual Christmas Card Contest will be accepted until 4:00 PM on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.

    This Christmas Card Contest is a tradition that was initiated several years ago to recognize the artistic talent within our school system. Our parish school board would like to once again extend season’s greetings to other parishes across our state with a Christmas card designed by one of our very own students.

    The context is open to all students attending St. Mary Parish public schools. A cash prize of $75 will be awarded to the student with the winning entry.

    Document: Contest Guidelines



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  • Student Report Cards Scheduled for Release on Oct. 16

    Posted by District on 10/11/2019

    Report cards will be issued to St. Mary Parish students on Wednesday, October 16. These reports detail academic growth during the first nine weeks of school. 

    Parents and guardians are encouraged to check the ongoing academic status of their children using the district's Student Progress Center and to maintain communication with teachers and school administrators as needed. 

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  • School Board Proclamations

    Posted by District on 10/11/2019

    The St. Mary Parish School Board approved the following proclamations at its regular meeting on Thursday, October 10, 2019:

    • School Bus Safety Week (Oct. 22-26, 2019)Presented by Mr. Mike Ortiz
    • Veterans Day (November 11, 2019): Presented by Ms. Amber Monceaux
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  • Student and Employees Recognized by School Board

    Posted by District on 10/11/2019

    As part of its regular meeting on Thursday, October 10, 2019, the St. Mary Parish School Board recognized and congratulated the following individuals:

    • Student of the Month: Kevin Freeman, 5th Grade (W. P. Foster Elementary)
    • Student of the Month: Samantha Lozano, 5th Grade (J. B. Maitland Elementary)
    • Employee of the Month: Ms. Tammy Bradley Paraprofessional (W. P. Foster Elementary)
    • Employee of the Month: Ms. Marla Calamia Pre-K Paraprofessional (J. B. Maitland Elementary

     School Board members also recognized the 2018-19 St. Mary Parish Principals of the Year:

    • Elementary: Mr. Kristi Estay (Centerville Elementary School)
    • Junior High:  Mr. Joseph Stadalis (Morgan City Junior High School)
    • High School: Dr. Derrick White (West St. Mary High School)
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  • Speak Up: Let Your Voice Be Heard

    Posted by District on 10/4/2019

    Be part of the conversation! Speak Up, a national research project facilitated by Project Tomorrow, provides an easy way for district stakeholders to share their views on technology and learning with St. Mary Parish administrators. Your survey answers can affect local decisions about technology, as well as contribute to the national dialogue about education. 

    Voluntary participation from educators, staff, parents/guardians, students, and community members in this survey will help us answer important questions about student technology use inside and outside the classroom and about your views concerning key issues impacting the education of our students. 

    Since 2003, Project Tomorrow has collected and shared the viewpoints of more than 5.7 million participants through its yearly survey. All responses are 100% confidential, and no identifying information is collected about/from any participant. 

    Taking the survey is easy! (approximately 20 minutes)

    1. Visit any school website to find the Speak Up e-flyer in Peachjar OR visit our Project Tomorrow: Speak Up webpage for all school-site survey links.
    2. Select the right survey for you: 
      • Student in Grades 3-5, 6-8, or 9-12
      • Parent (in English or Spanish)
      • School Employee (Teacher, School Administrator, District Administrator, Librarian, Technology Leader, Other School/District Staff)
      • Member of the Community and Business Partner

    The Speak Up survey will be available through November 1, 2019.  

    Project Tomorrow: Speak Up

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  • Peachjar E-Flyers

    Posted by District on 10/1/2019

    Parents and guardians are invited to register on the Peachjar website to receive school calendars, event flyers, and newsletters delivered to their email addresses. 

    Families who register can select the schools from which they want to receive flyers and choose how often they want to receive them. Email addresses will not be shared or used for any other purpose. 

    For more information, or to view flyers from any school, visit our Peachjar information webpage.

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  • St. Mary Parish Named as All-Star School District for Cyber Incident Response

    Posted by District on 9/27/2019

    At a recent Louisiana Statewide Cyber Incident Response Update meeting in Baton Rouge, St. Mary Parish was listed as one of 20 All-Star School Districts for its rapid response to the cyber security emergency that began on July 23, 2019.  The wide-spread ransomware attack was successful in five public school districts, prompting Governor Edwards to issue an emergency declaration that provided state support to school districts. The immediate action steps outlined by the state and employed by school districts including St. Mary Parish prevented additional attacks on at least seven other public school entities.

    In every case, evidence suggests that the initial ransomware infection occurred through phishing emails containing malicious links or attachments that allowed criminals to gain access to district data.

    The St. Mary Parish Technology Department urges all email users to continue their vigilance in identifying and reporting any suspected phishing messages that might arrive in their email Inbox.  Users should always be wary of messages—even from people they know--that

    • Contain hyperlinks (including links to OneDrive or SharePoint).
    • Urge users to verify their credentials.
    • Include unexpected attachments.  

    If there is suspicion about an email message from another district user or from an outside source, the Technology Department advises users to use a telephone to verify the content of the message before clicking a hyperlink or opening an attachment.

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  • Additional News Items

    Posted by District on 6/1/2019

    Additional new items can be found on the District News Archive page. 

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Superintendent's Welcome

  • Welcome to the St. Mary Parish Schools Website

    Dr. Bagwell

    On behalf of the St. Mary Parish Schools community, it is my distinct privilege to welcome you to our district’s webpage. This site serves as a virtual platform for a wide array of information about our district and its twenty-one school sites.
    We are very proud of the accomplishments that our district has made in academic growth, and we will continue to strive for further advancements by offering a variety of programs and services in our efforts to reach every student. St. Mary Parish Schools is fortunate to have a remarkably dedicated and highly-qualified staff focused on providing students with an exceptional educational experience that will prepare them for life after high school graduation. Our schools offer an array of extracurricular activities, and we encourage students to get involved beyond the classroom. As educators, we consider it a sacred trust to guide our students in a path of learning that will be challenging, relevant, and purposeful.

    Thank you for visiting our website and for entrusting the future of St. Mary Parish to our schools.
    --Dr. Teresa Bagwell, Superintendent of St. Mary Parish Schools


  • Scholarship Scams and How to Avoid Them

    Posted by Susan Dupre on 10/9/2019

    It's that time of year when high school seniors who plan to pursue university degrees begin considering exactly how much getting there will cost. After all, even though a TOPS award will help with tuition, the other things--books, transportation, housing, food--are still costs that must be met. Unfortunately, the Internet has made scamming current and potential college students much easier. 

    For example, a recent email urged recipients to apply for a $1000 nationwide scholarship with no eligibility requirements.  However, the scholarship website included no contact information and no listing of past award winners. By offering $1000 (with no evidence that any money was awarded to students), these crooks collected the personal information of thousands of unwary high school seniors and created a database which was later sold to other scammers.  

    Another email scholarship offer requires students to sign up for an account with a "homework helper" website before applying for the scholarship. While this company does award the scholarships, they also use the application information to entice students to pay $10/month for their service once they enter college.  Student quickly discover that they have been charged up front for the entire year and that the website does not contain enough information to be helpful at all.

    Since identity theft and financial loss are primary concerns, students should look for these red flags before completing any online scholarship application: 

    • An Application or Disbursement Fee: No legitimate scholarship will collect money for handling or processing.

    • Membership Requirements: If you are already a member of a group that offers a scholarship, that's great--the applicant pool will be smaller. However, if you have to buy something or join an organization where fees are required, skip it. Claims like "We Have Exclusive Access to . . . " or "We'll Do All the Work for You" should be warning signs.

    • "You've Won!" or "You've Been Selected" Without an Application:  A phone call or email that says you've won something should be immediately questioned, particularly if you didn't apply.

    • Unclear Eligibility Requirements: Legitimate scholarships will have a list of requirements. If anyone can apply, it may be a scam.
    • Missing Information: Anyone can create a scholarship website. Does the website provide clear contact information and represent a legitimate company? When you ask questions, are they answered promptly? Is there evidence of past winners? If not, skip this one.

    • Requiring Too Much Personal Information:  Any scholarship that asks for credit card numbers, social security numbers, and bank account information should be immediately red-flagged. Check the privacy policy, too, if you are asked to disclose information about personal attributes that you might like to keep private.
    • Spelling or Grammar Errors: Scholarships are serious matters, and the providers will make sure their applications and websites are professional.
    • Scholarship Seminars: In these "informational" sessions, representatives often pressure you into buying access to a scholarship search or resume preparation service. In some cases, the product is not even related to a scholarship--it's a time share or life insurance policy. Just skip this, too. 


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  • SMP CyberSAFE Archives

    Posted by Susan Dupre on 8/5/2019

    See past postings at the SMP CyberSAFE archives page.

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Character Counts!

  • October 14, 2019 - October 18, 2019

    Posted by Gidget Everitt on 10/10/2019

    Student: "The simple act of caring is heroic."  -Edward Albert


    Staff: "To make a difference in someone's life you don't have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful or perfect. You just have to CARE."  -Mandy Hale

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