Superintendent Update

St. Landry Parish School Board

April 17, 2017

Upcoming Events

Port Barre High School Spring Festival

Saturday, April 22nd, 11am-6pm

846 Saizan Avenue

Port Barre, LA

Port Barre High School Spring Festival

PBHS Athletic Complex

Saturday, April 22nd 11-6

Admission: Adults $5/Children $3

Petting Zoo, Live Music and Fun Jump included in Admission

*Tickets may be purchased for all other games and activites

Games, Live music, Color Run, Plate Lunches, Petting Zoo

Around Campus

Arnaudville Elementary

Makayla, 4-H member, received a red ribbon at the 4-H Food Cookery Contest in Alexandria.

Pizza party for AR winners

Congratulations Camryn!
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BioMed Academy

Deadline to apply for the Biomed Academy has changed to April 28, 2017.

Grand Prairie Elementary

Mrs. Donna's 4th Graders learn about phases of the moon.

Grolee Elementary

Students in Mrs. Meche’s 1st grade class were studying the country of Japan. They used chopsticks in class to understand one of the traditions of the Japanese culture.

Highland Elementary

Highland Elementary we would like to recognize two of our TOP Accelerated (AR) Readers. From left to right we have Fajah Guillory a 4th grader. Fajah currently has a 100% average and currently has 44 points in AR. Fajah is reading on a 7.2 grade level.

Secondly, we have Yacmine D. Bellard who is a 2nd grader. Yacmine currently holds a 92.4% average and has 26.6 points in AR. Yacmine is reading on a 3.5 grade level. On behalf of Highland Elementary, we would like to commend both young ladies.


The faculty, staff, and students of MACA are so proud of our principal, Ms. Karen Olivier, for receiving the high school principal of the year award. MACA seniors came to the school board meeting to show her their support, with flowers, gifts, and artwork. Our assistant principal, Mrs. Natalie Angelle, spoke on behalf of the faculty and staff of MACA in showing our honor and appreciation for Ms. Olivier.

Please go to and vote for “Hope for Opelousas” as your favorite community idea. HFO serves kids in Opelousas with after-school tutoring and enrichment programs. Over the years, most of their Agents of Hope workers who work one on one with elementary and middle school students have come from MACA. Students from across Opelousas benefit from this vital ministry. Please take the time to vote for HFO so they can serve more students in our community.

2016-2017 Agents of Hope Student Workers from MACA: Sara Adams, Keylee Boone, Lashae Duplechain, Nykara Gonzalas, Peyton Haynes, and Akilah Ponder

We are so proud of Opelousas native and MACA alumni student, Ignatious Jarell Carmouch, for winning The Voice Snapchat Battle this past week. He won out of 20,000 other contestants and will now be flown to Los Angeles to compete live in The Voice Blind Audition.

Opelousas High School

OHS National Honor Society Blooms

Friday, April 07, 2017 the new group of inductees was ushered into the Opelousas High School’s National Honor Society Chapter. Chapter Officers welcomed the inductees and guided them through the core values of Character, Scholarship, Leadership, and Service. The inductees were then awarded their membership certificates and said the society pledge. Members of the Honor Society are of upstanding character and leadership and have maintained a 3.5 overall GPA. Congratulations to our 2017 National Honor Society Inductees: Lamar Biagase, Payton Broussard, Riley Castille, Kameryn Davis, Gabrielle Devillier, Leah Effinger, Isaiah Johnson, Courtney Lafontaine, Ricky Lazard, Kiley Leday, Destiny Lewis, Claire Pitre, Andie Reuther, Essence Savoy, Annalise Shields, SueAnn Skipper, Bailey Stephens, Muqadas Swati, Lindsey Thibodeaux, Lydia Venable, and Jasmine Williams.

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Choice of Life

First Responder Students at OHS received a guest speaker Wednesday, April 12th to learn about careers in Emergency Medical Services. Acadian Ambulance Paramedic and high school liaison Matthew Johnson visited Ms. Huval’s classes to discuss the various types of careers available in EMS. After giving his presentation Johnson, a Paramedic of six years in the Opelousas and Lafayette area and an OHS alumni, answered students questions and gave them a tour of the ambulance vehicle. OHS faculty is so proud of Matthew. Thank you for coming home and sharing your experiences with students.

Palmetto Elementary

Every grade on campus participated in an Easter egg hunt! Every egg was filled with a special surprise!

Our garden has finally arrived and is looking great! Our 4-H’s are doing a fantastic job of caring for it!

The germ cave was set up in the cafeteria. The students enjoyed going through the cave and learning about germs!

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Active plays spaces were painted on our court to stimulate more activity from our students. The third graders were fitted with pedometers to measure their activity before the plays spaces were painted. They will be fitted again since the paintings to see if their activity increases. This project was funded by a Growing Up Fit grant.

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Park Vista Elementary

CrAzY SoCk DaY with Mrs. Meghan’s Class at Park Vista Elementary!

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Mrs. Shaheen's second graders making a water well in science class.

Mrs. Shaheen's second graders taking home their pumpkin plants.

On Wednesday, April 12, 2017, JS Clark Leadership Academy's Student Career Association, along with sponsor JoAnna Augustine and Ms. Guillory, hosted an unforgettable Easter Egg Hunt for 30 participants throughout 4th through 6th grade. Park Vista Elem.'s students enjoyed the treats and interaction from the hospitable students at JS Clark Leadership Academy.
Mr. Joubert was elated to see some of his former students come back to Park Vista Elementary to provide such a cultural and fun event to the students of Park Vista Elem. as a P.B.I.S. reward.
Ms. JoAnna explained that this event was one of several that JS Clark students participate in throughout the year to get involved in their community. Park Vista Elementary was nominated, and JS Clark's students planned the event from the beginning to the end.
Ms. JoAnna was proud of her students; she mentioned that the only role she was going to partake-in would serve as facilitator. When her community out-reach to Park Vista Elementary was appreciated by Ms. Boutte, one of the P.B.I.S. Coordinator's at Park Vista Elem., Ms. Augustine smiled cordially and said, "I enjoy helping them [my students] spread goodness in our community."
Art Box Studio and Gallery gave away free painting sessions at a thirty dollar value. Fourth-grade French Immersion student Sydnie Wilson won the grand gift of the day: a bike!
In the future, Ms. Boutte and Ms. Augustine intend to collaborate with each other to get students involved from both schools in the community.

Port Barre Elementary

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South Street Elementary

Hilda Demouchet -Prime Time Family Reading Coordinator awarded Dr. Lori Gautreaux with a certificate of appreciation for her outstanding donation to Prime Time Family Reading Time at South Street Elementary School.
Mrs. Hope Wilbanks' kindergarten class made mini books to review the days of the week.
South Street participated in the annual city trash bash.

Administration and Faculty greeted the students Thursday morning with Easter music and eggs.

Southwest Elementary

Southwest Elementary: Pre-K Easter Egg Hunt

Kindergarten Easter Egg Hunt

Sunset Middle School

5th and 6th grade students at Sunset Middle show off their Leap testing t-shirts. They were given to students for their hard work on the Leap test.

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Washington Elementary School

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District Wide Events

Mrs. Annetta Pappillion, fourth grade teacher at East Elementary, gave a presentation of “on the spot” tips and strategies to successfully engage students in a simplified step by step writing process.