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Milton's Monday Memo
Hollis Milton
Sunday, March 04, 2018




 

Milton's Monday Message 

 

 March 5, 2018  

The electric light did not come from the continuous improvement of candles.

 

~ Oren Harari

#BelieveTheHype

#WeAreWestFel

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UPCOMING EVENTS: 

 

 

Early Voting ~ March 10 through March 17

 

Regular Voting ~ March 24 

 

School Board Meeting ~ 

March 20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Reflecting on Last Week 

  • West Feliciana Middle School's Club READ brought home numerous honors from the annual Louisiana Teen Library Association convention. Here are some of the highlights: 1. WFMS once again won the LTLA Spirit Award (our 8th year!). 2. Grant Rome has served as LTLA State Secretary this year. 3. Macey Walker was inducted as LTLA State Reporter for next year. 4. Josie D'Aquilla and Caylen DeLaney created and facilitated the Middle School Book Discussion/Ice Breaker sessions. 5. Anna Rea and Cardell Smith created and conducted the Officer Induction Ceremony.

  • WFMS hosted some AMAZING performances tonight at the talent show! Congratulations goes to AJ Nixon for taking home the trophy for OVERALL BEST PERFORMANCE for his solo rendition of "I Rise Up"!

Gabby Orcino

 

AJ Nixon and Brooke Williams

 

  • Kelly Goff placed 2nd in the 2 mile at our last track meet!

  • Bains Lower students, Amani Mullen and Khleigh Whitfield celebrate their Accelerated Reader Accomplishments!

  • Bains Lower students David Tycer and Jack Garza celebrate their Accelerated Reading points.

  • Betsi Kate David and Lydia Gilliam celebrate being good friends since Pre-K and another fun day at Bains Lower!

  • WFHS culinary students competed in the 2018 ProStart Student Invitational.  The Culinary Team placed 3rd and our management team placed 1st! Their menu included gazpacho with blackened shrimp, pork roulade over homemade pasta with a mushroom cream sauce, and a cannoli inspired dessert. The students had to complete their meal within the time limit and were judged on their cutting skills, sanitation, teamwork, and of course the taste of the meal! GO SAINTS! Team Members include: Reagan Edwards, Helen Liz Davis, Nick Kent, and Blane Coley; alternate: Kacey Kile. Coach is Chef Dreher who also won the 2018 ProStart Educator of Excellence Award for Louisiana!

 

 

  • The WFMS Quiz Bowl Team won second place at the Junior Beta State Convention this year! Congratulations go to Andrew Dantin (front), Felipe Del Solar, Benjamin Ferguson, & Thy Hong!

  • Bains Elementary students, Marlie Bedell, Mary Catherine Lott, and Olvia Wilson placed 1st in Spotlight Your Club at the Jr. Beta Convention!

 

  • Bains Elementary students Rachel Gosserand, Addy Landry, and Terralyn Curtis placed 1st in the Book Battle at the Junior Beta Convention!

  • Bains Elementary students Axel Pattinson, Brayden Jarrell, Layson Ferguson, and Jude Weller placed 4th in the Tower of Power at the Junior Beta Convention!

  • Bains Elementary students Thomas Temple, Sam Gifford, Giselle El Bechir, and Nakiya Pittman placed 5th in the Quiz Bowl at the Junior Beta Convention!

  • Bains Lower students enjoy a field trip to the Knock Knock Museum in Baton Rouge!

  • The members of the WFHS Mock Trial Team are District Champions for the 2nd consecutive year!  Ruby Roberg won best attorney and Mary Barrow won best witness.

 

Marry Barrow and Landry Higgins celebrate the moment at the Mock Trial Competition!

  • Juniors Evan Friedman and Joseph Hosford, along with senior Ahriel Jones, work on a Psychology flow chart on Pavlov's Dogs in Mrs. Jacob's Psychology Dual Enrollment class.

  • Mr. Simmons instructs junior Emma Patrick and senior Zakk McKeehan about the heart by using a 3D model in his Biology I course.

  • Congratulations go to our Young Author Winners from Bains:

Name

Grade

Place

Area

Ava Lee Hildebrand

2nd

1st

Poetry

Ashlynn Gorman

2nd

2nd

Poetry

McKenzie Gore

2nd

3rd

Poetry

Elizabeth Blanchard

2nd

1st

Nonfiction

Bailey Simmons

2nd

2nd

Nonfiction

Maddox Browning

2nd

3rd

Nonfiction

Evelyn Pollet

2nd

1st

Fiction

Quinn Levasseur

2nd

2nd

Fiction

Graham Boeker

2nd

3rd

Fiction

Amelia Smith

3rd

1st

Poetry

Collin D'Aquilla

3rd

2nd

Poetry

Ja'Myria Sanders

3rd

3rd

Poetry

Brylee Broussard

3rd

1st

Nonfiction

Preston Bennett

3rd

2nd

Nonfiction

Carson Giammanche re

3rd

3rd

Nonfiction

Collin D'Aquilla

3rd

1st

Fiction

Gorgi Tucker

3rd

2nd

Fiction

Landon Zeringue

3rd

3rd

Fiction

Tristan Jarnigan

4th

1st

Poetry

Kayden Blaylock

4th

2nd

Poetry

Cody Stankoski

4th

3rd

Poetry

Laurel Fiser

4th

1st

Nonfiction

Grant Schillings

4th

2nd

Nonfiction

Jonathan Meredith

4th

3rd

Nonfiction

Nina Thomas

4th

1st

Fiction

Mason Major

4th

2nd

Fiction

Emma McFarland

4th

3rd

Fiction

Nakiya Pittman

5th

1st

Poetry

Thomas Temple

5th

2nd

Poetry

Sydney Cooper

5th

3rd

Poetry

Mary Stewart

5th

1st

Nonfiction

Dianna Davis

5th

2nd

Nonfiction

Chris Lathrop

5th

3rd

Nonfiction

Olivia Wilson

5th

1st

Fiction

Kamilla Lee

5th

2nd

Fiction

Jacob Jewell

5th

3rd

Fiction

 

Looking Ahead

  • There will be a teacher job fair for educators interested in joining the West Fel team on Saturday, March 17.

  • End of the third weeks ~ March 9th
  • Daylight Savings Ends ~ March 11th
  • The March Teacher Academy is on March 20th.  This session is focused on John Hattie's work.
  • Easter Break ~ March 30 - April 6
  • Royal Blue Club Spring Swing Golf Scramble ~ Sunday, April 29th
  • Class of 2018 Graduation ~ May 11th
  • Last Day of School for Students ~ May 18

Food for Thought

  • On March 24, we will have a parish-wide election on two ad valorem tax renewals. 

Both renewals provide 7.4 million dollars in revenue, which is 27% of our annual budget.  The revenue funds a significant portion of the salaries and benefits of all employees (bus drivers, cafeteria, custodians, teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators).  Both renewals also support the cost of athletics, extracurricular activities, after school tutoring, busses, technology, maintenance, security, Pre-K, Head Start, and Early Head Start, etc. 

Early voting begins on Saturday, March 10 and ends on Saturday, March 17.  The election date is Saturday, March 24. In case you missed it, the recent news of additional funds coming from Entergy could generate additional funds for our district; however, this would only occur if the property millages are renewed. 

 

 

Fast Facts:

Funding from March 24 Tax Renewal  Election

New Entergy Redistribution of tax dollars to West Feliciana

Net Gain/Loss

If the tax renewals pass:

The system maintains 27% of its funding or $7.4 Million

The system will receive an estimated  additional $2.6 million dollars based on its current millage rate of 33.96.

Renewals= 

$7.4 Million plus $2.6 Million  from Entergy = $10 Million

If the tax renewals fail:

The system LOSES 27% of its funding, or $7.4 Million

The system will receive an estimated  additional $500,000 dollars based on the adjusted millage rate of 8 mills, but it will lose $6.9 million from the non-renewal.

The system loses $6.9 Million or 26% of its funding. 

 

 

#WeAreWestFel