School year winds down in St. Mary Parish
PATTERSON, La. — Students, teachers and parents celebrated the last few minutes of the school year today, as those who showed up for Report Card Day received their grades and began their summer plans.
At Patterson High School this morning, students were sparse as most had sent stamped envelopes to have their report cards mailed home.
Jeffrey Boudreaux, a new senior who also is an experienced Eagle Scout and junior assistant scoutmaster for Troop 49 in Morgan City, will be working at Mt. Bayou Lake Scout Camp in St. Landry this summer as well as attending the National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia.
Boudreaux said he’s “kinda happy about the end of school because I get to go out, have fun and go to work.” After high school, Boudreaux said he plans to go into the Army Reserves as a medic.
His mother, Tracey Boudreaux, said she also was excited to see the school year end because “I won’t have to fight with him to get him up for school.”
Band director Charles Whitten echoed the other statements.
“Thank God. It’s been a long year, but I’m really looking forward to next year, especially band camp,” Whitten said.
Students Jedrick Gunner and Brittany Landry, both incoming seniors, said they will be playing football and cheerleading this summer in preparation for next school year.
Christina Cheyenne Hollowell, an incoming sophomore, reflected on her freshman year.
“It was interesting. There’s a lot of experiences during the first year of high school. There was drama. There was anticipation. There was hard work, and it was indescribable really. It was an experience you will never forget.”
This summer she anticipates working on more school work to get into better classes next year, she said.
Kavalier Miller, an incoming junior, said she plans to work this summer. Looking toward next school year, she hopes to make better grades and is excited about getting one step closer to senior year, she said.
Superintendent Donald Aguillard said via email this morning: “We certainly wish everyone a great and well-deserved summer break. Please don’t forget to use our parish library system to Read, Read and Read.”
Students in grades four and eight who failed to attain promotional standards will attend summer remediation and have the opportunity to retest in July. Summer school sessions will be offered at four sites across the parish: Morgan City Junior High, Patterson Junior High, Franklin Junior High and B.E. Boudreaux Middle School. Remediation classes in other grades may be offered as needed, based on student individual scores. Summer school will run from May 30 to June 28, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. each weekday.
Morgan City Police Chief Travis Crouch said people need to be mindful that there will be more children on the streets.
“Know where your kids are, and be mindful of any suspicious activity around neighborhoods,” he said.
School begins Aug. 6 with a teacher in-service, and the first day for students is Aug. 7.