St. Mary Parish Schools

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  • District Schools are KATC-TV Cool Schools

    Posted by District on 4/12/2021

    KATC-TV requested stories about interesting and unique events happening in classrooms, and St. Mary Parish Schools responded.

    Norman Cool School

    Links to all Cool Schools Videos

    Recently hightlighed schools include:

    • M. E. Norman Elementary--New!
    • Hattie A. Watts Elementary
    • J. S. Aucoin Elementary
    • Berwick Jr. High School
    • Centerville High School
    • LaGrange Elementary School
    • Raintree Elementary School

     More to come! 

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  • St. Mary Parish Art Show 2021 Results

    Posted by District on 4/8/2021

    From Ms. Tammy Drexler:

    The results of the 2021 St. Mary Parish Art Show have been released, and the winning entries are available for viewing in our art gallery: Departments | Fine Arts | St. Mary Parish Art Show Winners 2021

    Congratulations to the division winners:

    • High School Division:
      • 1st Place Overall: Ryan Picou (MCHS)
      • 2nd Place Overall: Mariam Hebert (WSMHS)
      • 3rd Place Overall: Aidan Lanclos (CHS)
    • Jr. High Division:
      • 1st Place Overall: Fernando Magana (MCJHS)
      • 2nd Place Overall: Jailynn Bol (PJHS)
      • 3rd Place Overall: Alex Sanford (BJHS)
    • Elementary Division (Group 1)
      • 1st Place Overall: Emma Falgout (BVES)
      • 2nd Place Overall: Ivy Taylor (BES)
      • 3rd Place Overall: Elvin Sarmiento (BES)
    • Elementary Division (Group 2)
      • 1st Place Overall: Janiyia Francois (Maitland Elementary)
      • 2nd Place Overall: Sarah Kaai (Norman Elementary)
      • 3rd Place Overall: Anthony Calderon (Aucoin Elementary)

    Thank you to all the participating art teachers and to the chairperson and co-chairpersons:  George Blanchard, April Leonard, and Heather Meyer. 

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  • SMP Principal Selected as LADOE Semifinalist

    Posted by District on 4/7/2021

    The Louisiana Department of Education's 2022 Teacher and Principal of the Year Semifinalists list includes a St. Mary Parish Principal. 

    Congratulations to Ms. Shantell Toups, principal of J. S. Aucoin Elementary School, who will now move forward into the final selection round. She and the other 47 semifinalists for the Teacher and Principal of the Year awards will be honored at the 15th Annual Excellent Educators Awards Gala held virtually on July 16, 2021. 

    School systems from across the state submitted nominations for this honor, which is intended to recognize the impact of great teachers and school leaders on student success. 

    From Dr. Cade Brumley, Louisiana State Superintendent of Education: “Our teachers and leaders have been doing hero's work over the past year to educate during the pandemic and a historically active hurricane season. Congratulations to these 48 semifinalists. Our state is in a better place today because of their service to children and families.”

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  • SMP Schools to Host Summer Adventure Camp

    Posted by District on 3/15/2021

    Summer Adventure Camps (June 7 - 22, 2021) will be offered free-of-charge to Pre-K through 5th graders. Students will participate in fun and engaging art, PE, reading/social studies, and math/science activities. This exciting adventure will take place on elementary school campuses in St. Mary Parish. 

    Daily sessions will begin at 7:30 AM and end at 12:00 PM. Students will be served breakfast and lunch daily. Bus transportation will be provided.

    School principals will be sharing application information with students at their schools. Responses must be submitted before April 9, 2021.

    Students are expected to work to their fullest potential and behave in such a way that they will learn and not interfere with the learning of their classmates. In addition, student attendance will be carefully monitored to ensure each child receives maximum benefits from this program. Students can be dropped from the program and replaced with other students from the school's waiting list.

    View Summer Adventure Camp Program Flyer

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  • 2021-22 School Calendar Approved

    Posted by District on 3/12/2021

    From Mr. Stadalis: 

    The St. Mary Parish School Board approved the official School Calendar for 2021-22 at its regular session on Thursday, March 11, 2021.

    The calendar can be found in two places on this website:

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  • Additional News Items

    Posted by District on 7/1/2020

    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

Character Counts!

  • Monday, April 19, 2021 - April 23, 2021

    Posted by Gidget Everitt on 4/16/2021

    Student:  "Stop being afraid of what could go wrong, and start being excited for what could go right." -Tony Robins


    Staff: "Before you leave the house, you need to make up your mind that you're going to stay positive and enjoy the day no matter what comes your way. You have to decide ahead of time." -Joel Osteen

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  • Scammers Cash in during the COVID Pandemic

    Posted by Lee Ann Hepler on 3/24/2021 12:00:00 PM

    It has been over a year since COVID-19 made its first appearance in our area. In response to the virus, we have adapted to new daily routines to help stay safe and healthykeep your distance, wear a mask, and wash your handsA few months ago, several vaccines became available, and the scammers of the world saw an opportunity. Because of these quick-thinking scammers, our new daily routines should also include keeping a watchful eye on our bank accounts and personal information and making smart decision when it comes to sharing personal information.  


    Man holding laptop.  “Fraudsters are always looking to take advantage of significant world events. The COVID-19 pandemic and its corresponding rapid digital acceleration brought about by stay-at-home orders is a global event unrivaled in the online age,” said Shai Cohen, senior vice president of Global Fraud Solutions at TransUnion 


    According to Colleen Tressler, the scammers’ newest attempt to swindle your personal information involves sending phony vaccine surveys. Ms. Tressler is with the FTC’s Division of Consumer and Business Education and in her article, she states that these opportunistic scammers are sending emails and text messages with links to surveys. These surveys appear to be legitimate, but it is all an elaborate ruse to steal your personal data. Her advice to avoid being scammed is simple 

    • Do not click on any links or open attachments.  
    • Do not call or use the number in the email or text.  
    • Do not give out your banking account, credit card, or personal information.  
    • Report scams to the FTC at  

    In the same way that we are vigilant in protecting our health, we must also be vigilant in protecting our financial and personal information. Just like viruses, scammers are out there looking for a weak spot to capitalize on – inoculate yourself against these scammers by keeping your information private.  

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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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