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  • Administrative Appointments Announced

    Posted by District at 5/23/2017 11:00:00 AM

    St. Mary Superintendent Leonard Armato announced three central office appointments today. The retirements of Ricky Armelin and Wally Griffin resulted in open positions in both Personnel and Child Welfare. Following the assessment of candidate credentials and committee interviews, Mr. Armato has made the following appointments:

    • Acting Human Resource Director Peter Boudreaux was appointed to the position officially. 
    • MCJHS principal Kenneth Holmes was named Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance.
    • BHS principal Dr. Buffy Fegenbush was selected as Secondary Supervisor of Instruction.

    Congratulations to the new appointees. The full press release is available here.  


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  • SMP Virtual Learning Program Offers Summer Learning Institute

    Posted by District at 5/12/2017 3:00:00 PM

    The St. Mary Parish Virtual Learning Program will once again offer a Summer Learning Institute that allows students to take advantage of the summer break by enrolling in new courses or retaking courses for high school credit. View the press release here. 

    Courses offered during the Summer Learning Institute’s 6-week summer session are the same high-quality, instructor-supported courses offered by the Virtual Learning Program during the school year. For the summer session, each course has been condensed to 30 instructional days for 1 credit courses and 15 instructional days for ½ credit courses. Both core courses and electives courses are available.

    The flexible nature of online courses means that students can still participate in normal summer activities as long as time is also allocated to keep up with the weekly course schedule. The SMPVLP Summer Learning Institute encourages students to consider enrolling in a course if

    • The course is not offered at their assigned school.
    • Their schedules are too full to add fun or unusual electives.
    • They have failed a course and wish to retake it to avoid falling behind.
    • Schedule conflicts are preventing students from taking a required course.

    Enrollment in the Summer Learning Institute is open to high school students attending public, private, or charter schools. For students in St. Mary Parish, applications can be obtained from a student's school counselor and will be accepted from May 22 through June 7, 2017. A personal check or money order made out to the St. Mary Parish School Board must accompany each application. All courses begin on Monday, June 5, 2017. More information is available at

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  • Principals of the Year Recognized by School Board

    Posted by District at 5/12/2017 6:00:00 AM

    Congratulations to the district's Principals of the Year, who were recognized at the May 11, 2017, meeting of the St. Mary Parish School Board: 

    • Elementary:  Ms. Dawn Chaisson (W. P. Foster Elementary School)
    • Middle: Ms. Suzanne Bergeron  (Patterson Junior High School)
    • High: Dr. Derrick White (West St. Mary High School)
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  • Students and Employees of the Month Recognized by School Board

    Posted by District at 5/12/2017 6:00:00 AM

    As part of its May 11, 2017, regular meeting, the St. Mary Parish School Board recognized and congratulated the following individuals:

    • Student of the Month: Kali Lasseigne, 5th Grade (Berwick Elementary School)
    • Student of the Month: Lillian Berry, 5th Grade (M. E. Norman Elementary School)
    • Student of the Month: Elijah Johnson, 5th Grade (Patterson Junior High School)
    • Employee of the Month: Ms. Lisa Kornegay, Speech Pathologist (Berwick Elementary School)
    • Employee of the Month: Ms. Enjolie Dominque, 4th Grade Teacher (M. E. Norman Elementary School)

    Congratulations to these outstanding St. Mary Parish students and employees.

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  • St. Mary Parish Calendar for 2017-18 Approved

    Posted by District at 3/10/2017 12:00:00 PM

    The St. Mary Parish School Board adopted the 2017-2018 school calendar at last night’s meeting. The calendar will be available for review and planning in the following locations:

    Additional employee calendars will be posted as they become available. 

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  • Additional News Items

    Posted by District at 6/1/2015
    Additional new items can be found on the District News Archive page.
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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


  • What Do You Know About Cybersecurity?

    Posted by Susan Dupre at 4/19/2017 6:00:00 AM

    The Pew Research Center has created a quiz to measure what people know about basic online issues. Before you read any further, I invite you to take the quiz yourself:   (By the way, we've talked about all of these issues as part of this CyberSafe blog.)

    This quiz points out how complicated cybersecurity is. Only 20% of the initial 1055 respondents answered more than 8 of the 13 questions correctly, and only 1% received a perfect score. 

    According to the survey's initial results, most people could recognize that a strong password includes upper and lower case letters, numerals, and does not contain a word in the dictionary.  Likewise, most people know that public WiFi--even when it is password protected--is not safe for sensitive activities like banking.

    So, where are the gaps in our knowledge?

    • Only half of the respondents could correctly identify a phishing attack.
    • Nearly 60% did not realize that an internet service provider (ISP) can still see the sites they access when they are using "private browsing" mode.
    • Only 33% knew that the "s" in any URL beginning with "https://" indicates that the traffic on that site is encrypted to protect data.

    Equally concerning, a significant number of respondents answered "not sure" to many questions.  More than 50% of respondents were "not sure" about the private browsing questions and the "https://" question, and 70% or more were not sure what a botnet or a VPN connection could do.

    Is there a difference in responses based on age or education? Yes, those who had higher levels of education did slightly better on the quiz. However, on several questions, users aged 65 and older were just as knowledgeable as those ages 18-29.  In fact, 18-to 29-year olds answered 6 out of 13 questions correctly, while those 65 or older answered 5 out of 13 correct answers. 

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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!

  • May 22, 2017 - May 26, 2017

    Posted by Gidget Everitt at 5/19/2017

    For Students:  "Summertime is always the best of what might be."  -Charles Bowden


    For Staff:  "There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart."  -Celia Thaxter


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