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Milton's Monday Memo
Hollis Milton
Sunday, August 26, 2018

#WeAreWestFel #GrowthMindset


Milton's Monday Message  

   August 27, 2018  

Be your own artist, and always be confident in what you're doing.   ~ Aretha Franklin





School Board Meeting ~ 

September 11

West Fel versus East Fel  ~ August 31

Home Game; Also will air on KPCP 88.3 FM



Reflecting on Last Week 

  • On Wednesday, a large number of our 4th graders had the awesome opportunity to participate in a Skype virtual reading session with Ms. Donna Edwards, the First Lady.  Mrs. Edwards read the book Bernice about the negative effects of bullying.  Our students enjoyed the book and visiting with Mrs. Edwards.  They asked several questions and we were all pleasantly surprised as Governor John Bel Edwards and their dog Lady joined the Skype session.  A special thanks goes to Mrs. Wendy Richardson and Mrs. Jean Woodside for organizing the opportunity.

First Lady Donna Edwards

Curtis Minor asks the First Lady what animal that lives in our state is her favorite? Mrs. Edwards provided a story about getting the opportunity to hold a cub and that the Louisiana Black Bear is her favorite.


Marianna Baker asked Mrs. Edwards about her passion.  Ms. Edwards answered education.  Ms. Edwards explained that she was a teacher and that students are dear to her heart.

Governor John Bel Edwards and their dog Lady drop in to take a picture!

  • I am always impressed with our students' manners, their politeness, and thier enthusiasm.  JM and Ally Jones came up and greeted me as soon as they got out of the carpool line on Friday morning.  That's called "bright eyed and bushy tailed."

  • Mary Davis Grezaffi (Bains Lower 1st grader) enjoys a moment with Ms. Michele Grissett.

  • Bains and Bains Lower students kick off the day with inspirational announcements by students!

Bains Lower 1st graders:  Dwight Gwin, Ashton Selders, Graycee Nettles, Madison Rogillio, and Raniesha Gates

Aubree Corkern and Madison Bellue

  • Ms. Elizabeth Bristow (Bains Lower Assistant Principal) and I met Maliyah Parker, a Pre-K student on Monday.  We were both so impressed with her knowledge and confidence as a four-year-old!  Maliyah might be four, but I see a leadership skills in her already!

  • Students in Ms. Emily Hurst's 8th Grade Science Class explore how rock strata is formed.  

  • Students GET EXCITED and GET SERIOUS about reading in Ms. Kristin Patton's READ 2 LEAD class. This is a block of time set aside each day for middle school students to focus on improving literacy and, in turn, improving learning. 

  • 2018 WFHS Volleyball Team - Go Saints!

  • Congratulations go to Jayla Burrell, Donovin Rogers, Everist Washington, LaDaisha Burton, Kenan Cooper, Jaci Holliday, Indiya Ford, Kennedy London, Anely Lopez, and Bethany McMorris for being accepted into the prestigious Baton Rouge Youth Coalition!

  • Senior Football Players/Homecoming Court escorts- Top row: Colton Scott, Khiry Morrison, Chris Emery, Olonzo Jackson, Dane Rabalais, and Dalton Leet Bottom: Semion Gwin, Brady Little, Sanders Nelson, Clayton Howard, Taylor Casteel, and Hunter Duos


  • Escorts and Maids: Top left: Colton Scott, Khiry Morrison, Chris Emery, Olonzo Jackson, and Dalton Leet Middle: Semion Gwin, Brady Lottle, Sanders Nelson, Clayton Howard, Taylor Casteel, and Hunter Duos Bottom: Macie Carruth, Kennedy London, Camille Burns, Tyreona Jarrels, Brianna Blanchard, Elizabeth McKinney, Parker Varnedoe, Destiny Carter, Char'Laycia McCray, and Calandra Emery

  • Homecoming Maids (from left): Macie Carruth, Destiny Carter, Camille Burns, Elizabeth McKinney, Kennedy London, Brianna Blanchard, Tyreona Jarrels, Parker Varnedoe, Char'Laycia McCray, and Calandra Emery


  • We are very excited about the growth of our STEM electives at all of our schools.  This year we joined FIRST, a national STEM program.  Several of our teachers were able to go on a trip this week for extensive training.  We can't wait to see what STEM opportunities they bring back to our students!

Ms Natasha Hayes - Bains Lower STEM teacher (top left), Ms. Katie Reed WFMS STEM teacher (top right), Ms. Marjorie Dubeau, Bains STEM teachers (bottom left), and Ms. Leigh Hughes, Bains Elementary STEM teacher (bottom right).

  • At the regularly scheduled August 21st school board meeting, West Feliciana Superintendents were honored with an unveiling of their portrait in the school board room. The idea for the portraits came in a meeting last year when school board member Ms. Sara Wilson Rogers suggested that it would be nice to honor our history by recognizing our system leaders since the consolidation of schools. Ms. Ruthie Davis was chosen to help with the portraits as she worked for all of the superintendents in her career.

The superintendents recognized at the board meeting were:

Superintendent Wendell H. Hall 1969-1988

Superintendent Lloyd L. Lindsey 1992-2009

Jesse L. Perkins Jr. 2009-2010

Hollis G. Milton 2010-present

  • 17,543!  In the first 8 days of schools, the school food service department served 17,543 meals!  All students (regardless of income status) our served breakfast and lunch free of charge.

Looking Ahead

  • Please consider joining the West Feliciana Reading Council!  Our reading council supports our efforts to improve literacy for all of our students.  To learn more about the council or to join a wonderful group, please e-mail Ali McMillan (President of the West Feliciana Reading Council) at:
  • Little Jimmy Reed, International Blues Star, was born and raised in Hardwood, LA.  On September 25, Little Jimmy Reed will play for our WFMS and WFHS Band students in the WFHS Auditorium from 9:00 AM-10:00 AM.  The public is invited as well.  For bio information on Little Jimmy Reed, please click here.

  • 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.

  • Please consider joining Reader Leader at Bains Lower Elementary!  As a Reader Leader, you will have an opportunity to read to students on a weekly basis, helping students learn the value & joy of reading.  For more information, please e-mail Ms. Stephanie Ferguson at

  • Bains Lower 1st grade students will start off 2une In on WBRZ on Channel 2 at 5:00 AM with the Pledge of Allegiance on the following dates:

Bains Lower Elementary

Mrs. Grissett A 1st 9/4

Mrs. Grissett B 1st 9/5

Ms. Viguerie A 1st 9/6

Ms. Viguerie B 1st 9/7

Mrs. Caffarel A 1st 9/10

Mrs. Caffarel B 1st 9/11

Mrs. Vanner A 1st 9/12

Mrs. Vanner B 1st 9/13

Mrs. Morgan A 1st 9/14

Mrs. Morgan B 1st 9/17

Mrs. LaCour A 1st 9/18

Mrs. LaCour B 1st 9/19

Mrs. Brooks A 1st 9/20

Mrs. Brooks B 1st 9/21

If you miss the segment, don't worry as it's posted on under the Community tab daily.

Food for Thought

Bains Elementary 4th Graders ~ Ms. Debbie Myers #Classof2027 Victoria LeJeune Adam Bradford Jaze Coates Burke Summerford McKenzie Hausey Jayde Hubbard Fruge Katlyn Cormier #wearewestfel #growthmindset