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  • Mardi Gras Ornament Contest Announced

    Posted by District on 12/13/2019

    Guidelines for the first annual St. Mary Parish School Board Mardi Gras Ornament Contest have been released. The contest is designed to recognize artistic talent within our school system.

    • The student’s design must symbolize the Mardi Gras Holiday.
    • The student must write his/her name and school name on the back of the ornament.
    • The contest is open to all students in St. Mary Parish public schools.
    • There is no limit in the number of submissions per school or student.
    • All entries must be turned in to Dinah Richard at the Central Office Complex by 4:00 PM on Friday, January 10, 2020. 
    • Monetary prizes will be awarded at the February 2020 School Board Meeting:
      • 1st Place: $50
      • 2nd Place; $25
      • 3rd Place: $10

     Ornaments submitted will be used to decorate the St. Mary Parish School Board’s tree for the Mardi Gras holiday.

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  • Student and Employees Recognized by School Board

    Posted by District on 12/13/2019

    As part of its regular meeting on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, the St. Mary Parish School Board recognized and congratulated the following individuals:

    • Student of the Month: Alayna Tran, 5th Grade (J. S. Aucoin Elementary School)
    • Student of the Month: Jonae Mitchell, 12th Grade (Franklin High School)
    • Student of the Month: Aleria Sorrell, 5th Grade (LaGrange Elementary School)

    • Employee of the Month: Ms. Devan ScioneauxReading Teacher (J. S. Aucoin Elementary School)
    • Employee of the Month: Mr. Nicholas Adams Agricultural Science Teacher (Franlin High School)
    • Employee of the Month: Ms. Rekeisha Triggs,  Math Teacher (LaGrange Elementary School)


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  • 2020-2021 St. Mary Parish Teachers of the Year

    Posted by District on 11/22/2019

    Friday, November 22, 2019

    Mrs. Suzanne Bergeron, Human Resource Director, has released the names of the district teachers who have been selected as 2020-2021 St. Mary Parish Teachers of the Year.  The individuals will compete for regional and state recognition during the 2019-2020 school year.

    Congratulations to the following educators:

    Elementary Teacher of the Year: Mindy Loupe (Bayou Vista Elementary School)

    Junior High Teacher of the Year: Sedonia Lousteau (Berwick Junior High School)

    High School Teacher of the Year: Grisel Torres (Morgan City High School)

    We wish you the best of luck in the state competition and thank you for your professionalism and dedication to the students of St. Mary Parish!

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  • Student and Employees Recognized by School Board

    Posted by District on 11/15/2019

    As part of its regular meeting on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, the St. Mary Parish School Board recognized and congratulated the following individuals:

    • Student of the Month: Thornton Jones, 12th Grade (Berwick High School)
    • Student of the Month: Adiecia Bourgeois, 12th Grade (Centerville High School)
    • Student of the Month: Lily Viator, 6th Grade (Morgan City Junior High School)

    • Employee of the Month: Ms. Kirstine Campbell Biology Teacher (Berwick High School)
    • Employee of the Month: Ms. Angela Brightwell Secretary (Centerville High School)
    • Employee of the Month: Ms. April Leonard Art Teacher (Morgan City Junior High School)

    The School Board also recognized the 2019-20 St. Mary Parish Teachers of the Year:

    • Elementary: Ms. Celeste Pipes (Bayou Vista Elementary School)
    • Junior High: Ms. Robbie Leblanc (Centerville High School)
    • High School: Ms. Raigan Perez (Patterson High School)
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  • Red Ribbon Week's Parade of Schools Banner Competition Winners Announced

    Posted by District on 11/12/2019

    From Ms. Gidget Everitt: Congratulations to the winners and all participants of the Parade of Schools Banner Competition that was part of the district's Red RibbonWeek activities.

    The following schools earned 1st place awards: 

    • Elementary Division: H. A. Watts Elementary School
    • Junior Division: Morgan City Junior High School
    • High School Division: Franklin Senior High School

    Additional winners, participants, and pictures of the banners can be found under Departments | Safe & Drug-Free Schools | Parade of Schools.

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  • PJHS Assistant Principal Appointment Announced

    Posted by District on 11/7/2019

    St. Mary Superintendent Dr. Teresa Bagwell has announced the appointment of Ms. Courtney Andrews to serve as assistant principal at Patterson Junior High School.

    Ms. Andrews has been an educator for twelve years at Patterson High School where she has taught English and history courses. During her tenure, Ms. Andrews was selected by the Louisiana Department of Education to serve as a social studies Teacher Leader Advisor charged with reviewing scope and sequence documents and creating primary sources for world geography. In addition, Ms. Andrews has served as a teacher leader at Patterson High School for the last two years, working closely with administrators to provide teachers with instructional support through observations and feedback.

    The wealth of knowledge and curriculum expertise that Ms. Andrews brings to Patterson Junior High will benefit students in their transition from a junior high to high school setting. Ms. Andrews will step into her new role on Monday, November 11, 2019.  

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  • School District Academic Performance Surges Ahead

    Posted by District on 11/6/2019

    St. Mary Parish received its annual report card today from the Louisiana Department of Education. The school system strengthened its “B” letter grade for overall district performance.

    The 2019 District Performance Score (DPS) of 85.4 illustrates 3.5 points of growth from last year’s DPS of 81.9. Additionally, given its significant degree of growth from the prior year’s performance level, St. Mary ranked ninth among the 70 school districts reported.

    As expected, St. Mary continues to outpace the state, whose 2019 performance score of 77.1 demonstrates only one point of growth from 2018.

    Superintendent Teresa Bagwell issued the following statement: “Annual test measures clearly convey student growth across schools in St. Mary Parish. In light of the state’s rising performance requirements, St. Mary has shown that our students are meeting and exceeding prescribed achievement levels in increasing numbers. We will continue to invest in instructional supports for students as the school system strives to offer an exceptional education for all kids. The released performance data exemplifies the deep commitment of St. Mary students, parents, and teachers in pursing academic excellence.”

    The report card also included these highlights:

    • 14 schools earned Honor Roll status for overall performance.
    • 7 schools earned Top Gains status.
    • 6 schools earned Equity Honoree status.
    • Maitland Elementary earned Early Childhood Education Honor Roll for the 3rd year in a row.

    Additional information including individual school scores can be found under District Information | District Report Card. 

    Individual School Report Cards can be found on school websites under the heading About Our School | School Report Card. 

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  • SMP School Board Seeking SPED Advisory Panel Members

    Posted by District on 11/4/2019

    The St. Mary Parish School Board is accepting applications for membership on the newly created Special Education Advisory Council.  

    Members are being sought from the following stakeholder groups:  

    • Parents or legal guardians of students with disabilities enrolled in Mary Parish schools
    • Teachers, Principals, and Paraprofessionals employed by SMPSB
    • Adults with disabilities
    • Self-advocates (high school students with disabilities)
    • Members of organizations serving students with disabilities
    • Employers of students with disabilities
    • School Board Members
    • School student leadership

     For more information about the council and the application process, please see the full announcement on our Departments | Special Education | Announcements page. 


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  • Red Ribbon Week Activities for Saturday Cancelled

    Posted by District on 10/25/2019

    From Ms. Gidget Everett: The Parade of Schools and Zoo-to-Boo events scheduled for Saturday, October 26, have been cancelled due to predicted poor weather conditions. 

    Banners created for the event should be displayed at the school and will be judged next week.


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  • SMP Special Olympics Track and Field Meet Rescheduled

    Posted by District on 10/23/2019

    From Mr. Steve Harris:  The St. Mary Parish Special Olympics Track and Field Meet set for Friday, October 25, has been rescheduled for Friday, November 1, due to predicted poor weather conditions.  The meet will begin at 10:00 AM at the MCJHS/MCHS Track on the Morgan City Junior High School campus. 

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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


  • Be Wary of Open Enrollment Scams

    Posted by Susan Dupre on 11/13/2019

    Two important deadlines are quickly approaching for adding or changing your health coverage if you use one of the following options: 

    • Medicare:  December 7
    • Affordable Care Act (ACA): December 15

    Gretchen Abraham from the FTC's Division of Consumer & Business Education has shared the following tips on the Federal Trade Commission's website to help you avoid being scammed:

    For Medicare:

    • There are no Medicare sales representatives. Anyone who tried to sell you Medicare insurance is a scammer. 
    • You do NOT have to join a prescription drug plan to keep your Medicare insurance. Medicare Part D is voluntary and has nothing to do with your regular Medicare coverage.
    • Telephone scammers posing as "official agents" may ask for personal information, offer free equipment or services, ask for a quick payment, or threaten you. Just hang up.
    • Help with Medicare is available at or 1-800-MEDICARE.

    For Affordable Care Act:

    • Compare plans and quality ratings at, where you can also enroll.
    • This year, you can also sign up for an ACA plan directly with certain certified partners.  Make sure a company is on the Certified Partner list before giving them your information. 
    • After you apply for ACA, you may get a phone call from the Marketplace asking you to verify information or supply additional information. If you are unsure about trusting the caller, ask the representative to mail you a letter with instructions for completing your application.
    • Help for ACA is available from the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596.  You can also meet with a local assistant in your community who will offer free assistance. Local assistance can be found through the Local Assistance tool.
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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!

  • December 16, 2019 - December 20, 2019

    Posted by Gidget Everitt on 12/13/2019

    Student: "When you choose joy you feel good and when you feel good, you do good and when you do good it reminds others of what joy feels like and it just might inspire them to do the same."  Anonymous


    Staff: "The holiday season is a perfect time to reflect on our blessings and seek out ways to make life better for those around us."  -Terri Marshall

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