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Milton's Monday Memo
Hollis Milton
Saturday, November 10, 2018


Milton's Monday Message  


   November 12, 2018   

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









Thanksgiving Holiday ~ November 19-23


School Board Meeting ~ 

November 27

Reflecting on Last Week 

  • Our Veteran's Day Program was amazing! West Feliciana has been hosting a Veteran's Day Celebration for the past 17 years.  The program was former Superintendent Lloyd Lindsey's vision.  Mr. Lindsey was a Vietnam Veteran, and he believed that our schools needed a program in order to honor and show appreciation to our veterans. 

  • Bains Lower students celebrated Veteran's Day at the War Veterans Home in Jackson!

  Eleanor Peno, Liam Jordan, Tucker Coleman, and Ja'Mirah Arrington lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

  • Each year, the Mason's Lodge 31 of St. Francisville honors several of our students at WFHS for the prestigious Honesty and Integrity Awards.  A special thanks go to Dane Taylor and the Masons for providing this honor and Ms. Karolyn Jones Taylor, WFHS Assistant Principal, for attending this event. Congratulations go to Emily St. Romain, Caroline Smith, Devin Ferguson, and Lawrence Gonzales for achieving this prestigious award!


  • Katie Seal and Jack Sam Leak lead the morning announcements at Bains with exuberance!


  • Thursday was National STEM Day! Mr. Jeremy Swan from Entergy visited with the STEMgineers Club to celebrate National STEM Day at Bains Lower. He spoke with the students about Nuclear Energy and reinforced the importance of the Engineering Design process while walking the students through a snap circuit project.




  • Students in Mrs. Susan Ivy's class write about some of the characteristics of the character Mother Pig from the "Three Little Pigs."


  • Amir Haile, Wesley Sanchez, Wyathe Freeman, Gavin Cloud and Ms. Janna Rogers are reading Ninth Ward during R2L. 

  • Mrs. Jenna Yantis uses a Jack Hartmann video to get her students chanting and moving while learning their addition and subtraction facts 0-5!!


  • Students explain their models of how radiation is warming up the water in the cup in Ms. Bridget Bush's class. 

  • Tristen Harris, Ja'Onnesti Lanus, and Thomas Temple participate in a Thermal Energy Gallery Walk. 

  • Caleb Johnson, Ms. Garrett, Mark Mullens, and Ryann Decker experiment to determine the movement of starch or glucose molecules. 

  • Caleb Johnson encourages Cayden Summers during the team relay portion of the WFMS synergy assembly. 


  • Barron McClure and Carter Lathrop present at the synergy assembly.


  • Hayes Green and Ethan Benton welcome students and parents to the WFMS synergy assembly.


  • Zombies, I mean WFMS cheerleaders Macey Walker and Taja Lofton prepare to perform at the WFMS synergy assembly.


  • Tra'Keirria Richardson, Manijeh dehnadi, Shelby Dunaway explain their energy transfer experiment. 

  • WFMS students, Mary Camille Bell, Brooklyn Phelan, and Barron McClure are setting up an experiment using dialysis tubing to determine the absorption of substances in the small intestine in Ms. Emily Hurst's class. 

  • Ms. Michelle Grissett's first grade class visited the St. Francisville Country Manor to show the residents what the student's morning routine at Bains Lower looks like.  The students recite the Pledge of Allegiance, the Bains Lower and West Feliciana Mission statements, and the  7 Habits of Highly Effective Students.  The class then performed the "Five Fat Turkeys," and the residents loved it!  After the performance, the students gave artwork that they made for them.

Madison Snowden and Cameron Winters


Lizzie Franklin and Lydia Graham


Lizzie Franklin, Lydia Gilliam, and William Gremillion


  • Congratulations go to Landon Rourke and William Hazlip as both runners achieve top 10 finishes at the St. Michael's Cross Country Meet!

  • Bains students who were top sellers in the fundraiser won a limo ride and a trip to Burger King.




  • 4th and 5th grade students learn about the physics behind catapulting in Ms. Leigh Hugh's STEM class.

  • Congratulations go to WFMS students Skylar Spangler and Jordan Johnson for reaching their reading goals.  Each student received a game ball from WFMS Principal Mark Lester!

  • Ms. Hughes' students are at attention while discussing the letter "W" and things that begin with the letter "W" in their Head Start class. 


  • Senior Peyton Lamartiniere and Nick Kent mark a tally signifying that they are registered to vote during the high school Student Council's Voter Registration Day.

  • Alderman Susie Tully addresses Mr. Connor McCain's seniors about the importance of voting and the democratic process.

  • Senior A'njalei Rogers registers to vote online during Student Council's Voter Registration Day.

  • Senior Keaindra Lane registers to vote online.

  • Senior Evan Pinson registers to vote online as senior Landry Higgins addresses students about the importance of voter turnout during Voter Registration Day.

  • Seniors Reagan Edwards, Sydney Corbin, Taylor Casteel, and Luke McMillan register to vote.

  • Geaux Vote LSU and WFHS alumnus Ruby Roberg addresses seniors about the significance of using the vote to make change

  • Organizational leader, Landry Higgins, displays the final total of eligible students who registered over the course of the day.

  • Some people know what they want to do as early as 1st grade!  Damien Collins, 1st grader, at Bains Lower told a group of visiting pastors that he wanted to be a pastor when he grows up.

Reverend Jesse Gilmore and Damien Collins

  • Bains and Bains Lower students consistently read each morning before school starts! 

Rickey Duncan

Riley Avants

  June Morris

 Addison Copeland

  Haleigh Bell

Eli Dwyer

Lanie Hebert

  Ja'Colbi Davis

  Opal Boeker

Layla Vavasseur   Nico Mendel

  Yesvaine Elliott


  • Congratulations go to Averitt Grimsley for being selected as a Leader of the Week at Bains Lower!

  • A SHOUT OUT! goes out to Nina Beauchamp for not only being a part of the safety patrol but also helping out in the library before school.

Academic Ranking 

New letter grades were released Thursday by the Louisiana Department of Education.


In 2010, our letter grade was a B. In the seven years since then we have been an A. Our district's letter grade for 2018 using the old formula is an A; our 2018 grade using the new formula is a B. The legislature, out of concern for predicted drops in letter grades, required the Louisiana Department of Education to publish both grades (old formula and new formula). Our district performance score ranks 6th in the state.


There are four A districts this year:

Zachary, Ascension, Lafourche, and Vermillion.  


17 districts dropped this year from an A to a B in the new formula, including Central, Livingston, St. Charles, and St. Tammany.


Points to Glow on:

Our ACT composite is 5th in the state; Our African American students also rank 5th in the state on ACT. The ACT score from this year is our fifth highest score in our history. Until 2013, only a 1/3 of our students took the ACT, and now all of our students take ACT.


91 percent graduation cohort rate is the second highest rate in our school system's history. All of our highest graduation rates have come since 2010. 


We rank 4th in the percentage of students scoring mastery and advanced in grades 3-9. That percentage is an all time high in our district's history.


All of our schools grew last year. We are .6 from being an A district in the new formula.


The accountability system measures how strong we are with growing kids, our final achievement marks through LEAP 2025 and ACT, as well as our graduation cohort rate.


It is an overall composite of what our district does for kids. Our letter grade is a B in this area. There are many things the metric does not account for but all districts and schools are weighed the same.

As a district, we need to ask ourselves what can we do to move the bar for our kids? We all have the opportunity and a responsibility to find ways to help our students.


If I ask anyone, they would say that we believe we are an A. Well, now is the time to prove it! Starting now, we will take the first step of reclaiming an A which signifies our work to serve all of our kids in such a way that they have no choice but to be successful.





Food for Thought

  • It is great to see so many of our students and employees in the newspaper!  In case you missed these articles in The Advocate, please click on the following links:


CABL head visits STEM programs in West Feliciana


West Feliciana High School biology students study antibiotic resistance


West Feliciana Middle School students read for the record


Bains fourth graders build forts

Bains Lower Elementary School educators meet thought leader 


Bains Elementary School teachers put Halloween themes to work in classrooms


Bains Lower Elementary School students visit St. Francisville Country Manor 


West Feliciana Parish Schools officials recognize students' good behavior


West Feliciana High School honors senior volleyball players


West Feliciana High School cross country runners make strong showing in Natchitoches