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Milton Monday Memo
Hollis Milton
Monday, February 04, 2019


Milton's Monday Message  


   February 4, 2019  

Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him. ~ Booker T. Washington








School Board Meeting ~ 

February 19

Reflecting on Last Week 

  • Bains Elementary was highlighted for high math scores, exemplary teaching, and Ms. Stephanie Whetstone's Milken Award on the Louisiana Public Broadcasting show, "Louisiana: The State We are Living in." In case you missed it, please click here. (Season 42, Sixteen Minute Mark of the Video)
  • Freshman Kara Hughes gets assistance with her cover positioning from senior Tyreona Jarrels in preparation for the NJROTC Inspection.

  • Senior Eric Patton-Sanchez looks on as (from left) Mon Ange Bland, Caleb Dixon, Cody Barron, Jamauria Mitchell, Trelencia Johnson, and Kacey Kile present their NJROTC platoons of cadets for inspection.

  • Congratulations go to the WFHS Lady Saints Soccer team for winning their first round of playoffs against Parkview!  Go Saints!

  • Jr. Beta club members enjoy the 2019 convention in Lafayette this week! #betacon19

Ms. Donna Gibbons shares a moment with Tim Lindsey.

Anna Milton, Rylie Berry and Adelyn George

Mason Rogillio

Carter Wesberry and Tristan Jarnigan

Tim Lindsey, Rae'Zion Williams, and Jack Sam Leake

Jack Sam Leake, Laurel Fiser, Blake Landry and Luke Perdue participate in the Quiz Bowl.

Karmen Hubbard, Kailee Brooks, Morgan Wheeler and Frances Neal

  • Bains Lower 1st graders visited the West Feliciana Parish Library. The students had a great time learning about the resources of our library with our new Super Librarian, Ms. Natalie Beam.



  • Ms. Marissa Doherty's English II students used their creativity to create Shakespearean Informational Presentations. They went above and beyond by creating 3-D images, making their own materials, and using comedy to engage their classmates.

Ainsley Mascagni, Sonaija McMorris, Kyra London, and Cole Rourke



Trey Cannon, Kenaria Milton, Jenna Hoyt, and Walker Hosford

Nyjal Kelly, Ivan Robledo, Deontre Turner, and Cameron Rachal

Da'Naya Tuniors and Destinne Arbuthnot

  • Ms. Lana Mayer and Coach Brent Didier has Ms. Jenna Yantis's class exercising and participating in fun and engaging activities in Play 30!

  • Congratulations goes to Joey Peno for achieving 2nd place in Creative Writing at the Junior Beta Convention!

  • Bains students practice for the upcoming LEGO League competition by working on moon base explorations!

  • We are doing so many things well in our school system. And one of the best things is allowing our students to take ownership of their learning.  Our student led conferences are changing the way our students view school in a positive way.  To have our students set goals, reflect on their strengths, monitor their own progress, and then to celebrate their achievements with their parents is a game changer. #GrowthMindset                          

Riley Avants, 3rd grader, leads her student parent conference with her mom, Ms. Sarah Avants at Bains Elementary.

  • The talented-visual arts students under the guidance of Ms. LeAnne Branton created mixed media collage animals.  This was a multi-step, mixed media collage project of their favorite animal or pet.  

Abagail Hosford

Sophie Cook

Mary Benton Levasseur

Estelle Major

  • Head Start students, London and NyKiah build a tower together.

  • Jeremiah Dison builds a "rocket" in Head Start.

Ha'Leigh Rogers experiencing the sand timer in science center in Head Start.

Lapatrick Jones painting the letter "L" during art time in Head Start.

Jarvis Cornish and Treylen Carter enjoying reading time in centers.

Ki'mya Harris enjoyed reading time in Head Start.

  • Destiny, Aubree and Mariyah are cutting shapes and getting those fine motor skills ready for Pre-K in the cutting center!

  • Olise Anderson, Dorian Booker, and William Covington are using a graduated cylinder to measure volumes of different liquids to calculate their densities in Ms. Emily Hurst's class. 

  • WFHS 2nd annual Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) college and career fair was a huge success.  Students learn about college majors and careers from woman in these fields.  A special thank you goes to high school senior Mary Elizabeth Barrow for organizing and coordinating the event this year!

Katelyn Jones, Margaret Lindsey, and Alaina Smith learn about ULL's engineering program.

Kyra and Kennedy London talk to Ms. Natalie Wood about what engineers do at Entergy.

Ms. Natalie Beam, West Feliciana Parish Public Librarian, explains the science behind preserving books to Kaitlyn Oliveaux.

  • First Lady Donna Edwards toured Bains Lower to see their arts program.  "I was thrilled to tour Bains Elementary and see how they use the arts in each classroom." First Lady Donna Edwards.

  • The cold weather does not stop Ms. Lanya Mayer from providing fun Play 30 experiences to Ms. Sam Rachal's Kindergarten class!

  • Jeverion Davis, Amonte Franklin, Maddison Brown, and R'Mya Smith are reading "Wake Up Missing" in Mrs. Davis' R2L group. 

  • Ms. Candice Magalhaes, Ms. Brittany Brumfield, and Ms. Mallory Cavin are participating in 7 Habits Training at WFMS. 

  • JaTavion Cryer is using his Activities Menu in Ms. Kristin Patton's class to work on activities in his Educational Technology class. 

  • Jaterrius Johnson is completing a SOAPSTone Graphic Organizer in Ms. Latesha Brumfield's 7th grade ELA class. 

  • The WFHS Lady Saints dedicated a victory to Lauren Mendenall.  Lauren is a junior at WFHS.  She is a great example of a student athlete.  She plays both volleyball and softball and is a strong student.  Lauren is currently battling cancer.  Please keep her in your thought and prayers.  If you would like to contribute to a fundraiser supporting Lauren, please contact Ms. Shelly Genre at WFHS or by e-mail at

  • Bains and Bains Lower students read before school begins!

Veronica Netterville

  Savannah Worley

Lorelai Thibodeaux and Madeline Saint

  Helen Quinn Levasseur

  Landon White and Saniyah Hall

Zamariah Lofton

  • Bains Elementary is a Lighthouse School for Leader in Me!  That means it is a nationally recognized school for teaching leadership.  Mr. Brent Didier, Adaptive PE teacher, built a lighthouse to further distinguish the school's status.

Looking Ahead 

  • At the West Feliciana School Board meeting on January 15, the School Board voted to put before the voters on Saturday, May 4, 2019, a bond issue to build a new elementary school consisting of grades 1-5, a Ninth Grade Academy, and renovations of the WFHS Auditorium and the WFHS Career/Technical Building.  The bond issue of 9.95 mills over 30 years would generate $52 million dollars to complete all projects.
  • The Advocate (Thursday, January 17) reported on the School Board meeting: West Feliciana School Board sets May 4 election for $52.6 million school bond issue | St. Francisville
  • The cost to the taxpayer is within the chart below:

Assessed Value of Property

Cost to Homeowner


$25 per year


$125 per year


$223 per year


$323 per year


$423 per year

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:



Where it counts: Teacher, students share in Milken victory


Bains Elementary School science teacher gets students involved in learning


Bains Lower Elementary School first-grader joins 100 AR Club


Bains Elementary School students lead through service


West Feliciana top school employees for January announced


Bains Elementary School Students Take Lead in Learning


West Feliciana High School offers introductory engineering course


Bains Elementary School fourth-graders win spirit stick