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Milton's Monday Memo
Hollis Milton
Monday, March 19, 2018



 

Milton's Monday Message 

 

 Champions in Education   March 19, 2018  

"Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow" is the heart of our school, and it means if you apply yourself, you will be ensured a great education that you will take with you to your future.    

 

~ Darius Davis, WFHS Senior, Texas Christian University (TCU) Commitment, Student Athlete on our state championship football and track teams            

 

 

#BelieveTheHype

#WeAreWestFel

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UPCOMING EVENTS: 

 

 

Last Day of Early Voting ~ March 17

 

Teacher Job Fair ~ March 17

 

School Board Meeting ~ 

March 20

 

Regular Voting ~ March 24 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Reflecting on Last Week 

  • This week an AdvancED Team visited our school system to evaluate our practices and determine if we meet the standard for district-wide re-accreditation.   The AdvancED team was very impressed with our work, the leadership of our school system and the support of our community.  The AdvancED report will not be finalized until May; however, the team allowed me to share these Powerful Practices:

 

The team said over and over that our employees were very dedicated and that our students were highly engaged in their learning. Although the official announcement will not be until June, we are confident that we will re-accredited.

  • We were so impressed with the artwork that so many of our students have been creating that we made postcards using the artwork.

Amani Sanders

Mary Jane Turner

Evalee Rogers

Estelle Major, Manning Hawkins, and Evelyn Pollet

Mackenzie Bedell, Kinley Stuart, and Victoria Kauffman

Emma Beauchamp, Summer Knight, Tiffani Dunning

  • Bains Lower hosted its second AR night of the school year this week. They had over 50 first graders and their parents attend!! These students read books and took AR tests to earn points with the hopes of meeting the AR goal they set at the beginning of the year in their Leadership Notebook. Many of our students have far exceeded those goals, but they keep reading and setting higher goals for themselves. Mrs. Linda Holmes may need to get a second limo this year because we will have a huge group in the 100 point club!!

 

  • Our Family Service Center serves one of our main goals which is to help students reach their potential through serving them holistically.

Ms. Lisa Reed and Ms. Jerry Young are a part of the Family Service Center.  They love, care for, and nourish our children every day!  By the way, they love what they do. Can't you tell?

  • Our AdvancED Re-accreditation Team received many treats this week!  One special treat was to visit the West Feliciana Historical Society and hear first hand about the legacy of John S. Dawson from Dr. Henry Hardy.

  • Congratulations goes to the WFMS Robotics Team for placing 3rd in a very tough competition!

  • Once again, West Feliciana students represent our school system as leaders! Grant Rome is the State LTLA Secretary, Lora Lathrop is the Past LTLA President, and Summer Knight is the Current State LTLA President. Summer Knight will be the 4th LTLA President from West Feliciana! 

LTLA President Lora Lathrop leading at the LTLA Convention!

  

LTLA President Lora Lathrop  (podium) and LTLA Secretary Grant Rome (far left)

 

  

LTLA Past President Lora Lathrop passing the throne to LTLA President Summer Knight

 

 

  • The WFHS Saints Softball Team participated in their annual Pink Game vs Maurepas. Through this event, the teams were able to raise and donate $500 to the Susan G Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research. Go Saints!

  • Congratulations goes to our WFHS Boys and Girls Track Teams for another successful meet last weekend!  The boys finished 2nd and the girls finished 3rd!  Head Coach Ricky Grant and Head Coach Preston King have had tremendous success with our track teams.  On Thursday night, our boys and girls competed in the Red Stick Classic in Zachary.  The boys finished second and the girls finished third overall!  The boys 4X100 m relay team ran a time of 41.30, a West Fel record!

  • Congratulations goes to Davon Harris and Chad Tillery for a being a part of the West Feliciana Basketball 1000 point club!

  • A special thanks goes to all of the teachers who participated in the LACUE Innovation Day on last Saturday!

Bains 3rd grade teacher, Nicorrie Gordon (center)

Bains Teacher, Jill Thibodeaux and her daughter, Hailey Thibodeaux, an education major at SLU.

  • Our students are off to a great start in the morning at Bains thanks to our food services staff!

  • Bains Lower Synergizes at a Synergy Celebration!  Together is Better!

Drew Laborde

  • Bains family night was electric!  Students and families enjoyed drawing, making slime, dancing, and just having a good time!  Of course, at any arts celebration, there is always a Blue Dog hanging around!

  • Bains Lower students were introduced to coding this week. They had to draw thick black lines for their "Ozobot" to follow. Then they added green, red, or blue coding squares to program different functions in Ms. Natasha Haye's STEM Class.

  • Students in Mr. Dennis Dyer's seventh hour Physical Science class were challenged to create an apparatus from limited materials such as straws, cotton balls, and tape that would protect an egg when dropped from a two-story building.

 

  • Bains Lower students love to check out books and take AR tests to see how well they understood what they read.  The students are self directed and motivated.  Many of our students take the tests on the iPad without any assistance!

Zion Coates

Lucille Stout

Mary Barton

  • Dr. Adam Whatley came to visit Ms. Liza Bryant's Pre-K class to teach about X-rays because X is the letter of the week!  He also brought scrub caps and masks for fun!

  • Team Challenge at Bains Lower:  Students designed a leprechaun trap to catch him before he mischievously took the decorations for the Leprechaun party.

  • Bains Elementary Administrators Jodi Lemoine and Torrence Williams and Coach Paul Sircca take a pie in the face!

Looking Ahead

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

 

  • WFMS student artwork honoring John James Audubon will be showcased at Market Hall this weekend.  The exhibit is free.

  • 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
  • The 2018 West Feliciana Education Foundation Dodgeball Challenge will be Saturday, October 6th at the West Feliciana Sports Park.  For more information on the foundation or the challenge, please click here.

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