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Milton's Monday Memo
Hollis Milton
Sunday, March 11, 2018




 

Milton's Monday Message 

 

 Champions in Education   March 12, 2018  

At the end of the day it's not about what you have or even what you have accomplished.  It's about who you've lifted up, who you've made better.  It's about what you have given back.

 

~ Denzel Washington

#BelieveTheHype

#WeAreWestFel

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UPCOMING EVENTS: 

 

 

Early Voting ~ March 10 through March 17

 

Teacher Job Fair ~ March 17

 

School Board Meeting ~ 

March 20

 

Regular Voting ~ March 24 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Reflecting on Last Week 

  • Congratulations goes to Harvey Smith, WFHS Senior, for placing 3rd in the Area 4 FFA Electrical contest!  Harvey will compete in the State FFA competition on March 14.

  • WFMS students created a Fleur De Lis key chain in STEM class using a 3D Printer!  A special thanks goes to Entergy for funding a grant to place a 3D printer at each school and to Blaine Hord for designing the key chain.

  • WFMS and WFHS students had a special opportunity to visit "The Water Institute"  as a part of a program called "The 300".

  • Congratulations goes to the WFHS Band for receiving a Superior rating at the LMEA District Performance. They are now headed to the state competition!  A SHOUT OUT! goes to band director Mr. William Johnson.

 

  • Bains 3rd graders play a geography game before school using their planners.  Why?  "It is fun to look for countries!" says Wyatt Nicholson.

Abigail Malley, Ezra, Moullard, Collin Moullard, and Wyatt Nicholson

  • WFHS students Duke Dantin, Brian Baccigalopi, Keyon Davis, and JaMaya Vessel play Scoops in Physical Education this week.

  • Are you smarter than your second grader? Second grade students collaborate around the question, "How do plants depend on Animals?"

  • Dylan Kade Quibedeaux demonstrates hard work and talent as he completes a drawing to honor John James Audubon for the Audobon Pilgrimage.

 

  • A special thanks goes to all of our leaders at BLE!  Everyone can be a leader!  1st graders Justin McFarland and John Hamilton serve as school safety patrol leaders to ensure students are following good safe walking practices while leaving the cafeteria.

  • Ms. Carla Jackson provides feedback to Abigail D'Aquilla on the writing process.  Writing has become a key 21st century skill as our students will read and write more than any generation before them.

  • Rylee Thevis brought snacks to celebrate and honor Dr. Suess' Birthday for Mrs. Bryant's Pre-k class.

  • Congratulations goes to the WFHS Boys and Girls Track and Field for placing 2nd in the West Feliciana Invite!

Student Athlete

Place

Event

Chandler Sullivan

1st

1,600 m

WF Relay Team

1st

4x200 Relay

Kam Jackson

1st

100 m

Derek Turner

2nd

100 m

WF Relay Team

1st 

4x100 Relay

Darius Davis

2nd

400 m

Kam Jackson

1st

200 m

Derek Turner

2nd

200 m

Chandler Sullivan

1st

3,200 m

Everett Williamson

1st

Pole Vault

Aiden Holland

2nd

Pole Vault

Jakob Fudge

1st

Shot Put

Aiden Holland

3rd

Javelin

WFHS Girls

2nd

Kennedy London

1st

100 Hurdles

Kelly Goff

1st

1,600 m

Mathide Fox Smith

1st

800 m

WF Relay Team

2nd

4x100 Relay

WF Relay Team

3rd

4x200 Relay

Destiny Mitchell

1st

High Jump

Destinee Morris

2nd

Long Jump

Mathilde Fox-Smith

2nd

Pole Vault

 

  • Mrs. Ivy's class enjoyed Spring weather during Play 30.

 

  • Congratulations go to our WFMS Choir students for their performance in the LMEA District Solo and Ensemble Festival!  Samantha Ponzo and Paige Johnson both received a Superior rating on their solos.  Gabriela Orcino received an excellent rating and Jomira Williams received a Good rating.  The four students also completed together as an ensemble and received an excellent rating!

 

 

  • Congratulations go to Chad Tillery and Davon Harris for making the 1000 point club for WFHS Basketball!
  • This week was School Lunch Appreciation Week!  A SHOUT OUT! goes to Ms. Pat Gilmore and all of our hard working employees in School Food Services.  Did you know? As of March 8th, our school food services department has prepared and served 285,000 meals!

Celebrating School Food Service Appreciation Week at Bains Elementary

 

  • Students from Bains 4th grade have been visiting Bains Lower to teach the students in 1st grade!  This is an age old technique whereby each student benefits.  The 1st grader learns more because of the engagement with a slightly older peer and the older student masters the knowledge or skill by teaching it.

  • WFMS students created some incredible pieces of art for our school board meeting room.

Jarius Harrison

Lizzie Dieguez

 

Catherine Ralph

Dahlia Vessel

 

  • The WFHS NJROTC Senior Gala was a great success last Saturday night at The Bluffs!

  • The First Annual West Fel Color Run was a BLAST!  We had over 500 participants and we had so much fun!  A special thanks goes to all of the volunteers and sponsors!

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 nine-weeks ~ March 9th
  • Daylight Savings Time Begins ~ March 11th (spring forward 1 hour)

  • 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