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December 2021

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Important December Dates

Dec 1 SHS Winter Band Concert 7pm; MELC PTO 5:30-6:30 pm
Dec 2 SMS Site Council 5:00-6:00 pm; WI K-1st Winter Concert 6:00 pm; WI 2-3rd Winter Concert 7:00 pm; MELC Ornament Night 5:30-6:30 pm
Dec 3 MELC No School- First Friday Developmental Screenings; WI 4th Grade Winter Concert 6:00 pm; WI 5th Grade Winter Concert 6:45 pm; WI 6th Grade Winter Concert 7:30 pm
Dec 6 EL 3rd-6th Winter Program 6:30-8:30 pm @ SHS 
Dec 7 SEBO Winter Concert @ SMS 7:00 pm
Dec 8 SHS/SMS Choir Concerts - 7:00 pm; Last day of SEBO for 1st semester
Dec 9 EL K-2nd Winter Programs 5:30-7:30 pm
Dec 13 Board Meeting @ 6:00 pm; NF Spelling Bee (4th-6th) 9:15 am
Dec 14 SMS Holiday Concert 7:00 pm; NH - PTO Mtg 5:30 pm; LO- PTO 5:30 pm; LO Kdg. Winter Program 6:00 pm; LO 1st & 2nd Winter Program 6:45 pm
Dec 15 NF- 5th/6th grade Winter Program @ SHS 6:30 pm; SHS Site Council 12:00 pm
Dec 16 LO- 3rd & 4th Winter Program 6:00 pm; LO 5th & 6th Winter Program 7:00 pm
Dec 17 WI Spelling Bee 9:15 am; LO- Site Council 12:00 pm; NH K Winter Program 6:00 pm; NH 1st Winter Program 6:30 pm; NH 2nd Winter Program 7:00 pm; NH 3rd Winter Program 7:30 pm; SHS Winter Dance 9:30-11:00pm; SHS Finals; SHS Early Release 12:30 pm; NH Spelling Bee at 2:00 pm
Dec 20 NH 4th Winter Program 6:00 pm; NH 5 Winter Program 6:30 pm; NH 6 Winter Program 7:00 pm; SHS Finals; SHS Early Release 12:30 pm

Dec 21 Early Release - Work Day; End of Second Quarter; MELC- No School for all PreK Students; SHS Finals; SHS Early Release 10:55 am
Dec 22 No School - Winter Break
Dec 23 No School - Winter Break
Dec 24 No School - Winter Break
Dec 27 No School - Winter Break
Dec 28 No School - Winter Break; SHS Winter Sport Practices Resume
Dec 29 No School - Winter Break
Dec 30 No School - Winter Break
Dec 31 No School - Winter Break


Message from the Superintendent

I am excited to share the news that Seaman School District is one of only seven school districts in the state of Kansas that received five Kansans Can Star Recognition awards from the Kansas State Department of Education.

The Kansans Can Recognition program recognizes district success associated with the new Kansas Education Systems Accreditation (KESA) model. Seaman received silvers in social-emotional growth and high school graduation and copper in individual plan of study, civic engagement, and academically prepared for postsecondary. I would like to take the time to highlight each of these areas in our district. 

Individual Plans of Study: Only three other districts in Kansas received a higher ranking than Seaman School district in the category of Individual Plans of Study. 

The Individual Plan of Study Star Recognition program recognizes school districts that offer quality and inclusive opportunities for each student to experience connected learning which develops academic knowledge, as well as technical and employability skills.

Seaman Middle and Seaman High School offers our students a wide range of courses aligned to student career interests. Students are able to explore many careers before graduation which allow for a more clearly defined path. Our counselors, college and career advocates, and teachers do a tremendous job of including parents through student-led parent-teacher conferences as well as providing high school families an electronic portfolio with postsecondary plans, documentation of the student's growth and career discovery experiences. Students at the high school have an opportunity to choose from 26 career pathways, job shadow, and participate in student internships with local professionals. 

Social-Emotional Growth: Seaman School District received a silver in social-emotional growth, the highest level bestowed upon any district in Kansas. Only four other districts received a silver. 

Social-emotional learning creates the equitable conditions necessary for student achievement and a safe, positive and healthy school climate. Our district prioritizes, supports, and sustains equitable and culturally relevant school-building climates through policy and resources. Each grade level has an evidenced-based social emotional learning curriculum with age-appropriate content. We are constantly looking for ways to strengthen school culture, climate, and our ability to provide more opportunities for diversity, equity and inclusion. In fact, the district has recently purchased a database to assist in assessing student needs with the increased ability to identify supports we can provide students and families in the areas of academic and social-emotional needs. 

Civic Engagement: Only eight other districts in Kansas received a higher ranking than Seaman School District in the category of civic engagement. This award highlights districts with schools in the Civic Advocacy Network (CAN). Seaman High School and Northern Hills Elementary are both CAN schools for sharing their skills and knowledge through actions intended to improve communities, states, nations, the world, and themselves.

Academically Prepared for Postsecondary: District recognition for this category is based on our data and completely quantitative. Our district is recognized for scoring above the state average, in levels 3 and 4 on Kansas state assessments in math, English language arts and science. It is the combination of all grades in all three assessed subjects. Level 3 shows an effective ability to understand and use the skills and knowledge needed for postsecondary academic readiness. Level 4 shows an excellent ability to understand and use the skills and knowledge needed for postsecondary academic readiness.

High School Graduation: District recognition for this category is based on our data and completely quantitative. The High School Graduation Star Award recognizes those districts with graduation rates above the state average, with the highest recognition for those districts at or above 95%. Our graduation rate is at 94.8% so we're .2% from a gold star. 

Kansans Can

The Kansans Can Star Recognition Program is designed to support the KESA process by providing a level of recognition that helps districts identify where they want to focus their improvement efforts. The program recognizes district success in the outcome measures Kansans have said they value. These outcomes, categorized as either quantitative or qualitative measures, are serving as a roadmap to help Kansas reach its educational vision.

I hope that you are all as proud of our district as I am for remaining at the top in the state. This is not easy work and your teachers, staff, and administration are committed to providing our students the best educational opportunity and experience possible each and every day. We thank you for your partnership and your support. 

Sincerely, 


Dr. Noble
Dr. Steve Noble
Superintendent

Winter Weather

Winter weather is moving in so please remember the district's response to winter weather conditions that may affect school days. 

Late Start: A late start schedule could enable the school district to have school after a two-hour delay. This would allow road crews and mother nature to help make it safe for students, staff, and families to travel to school. Late-start schedules will be determined by building principals. 

Snow Days: A school day may be canceled due to winter weather conditions. When school days are canceled, all school activities and events are canceled for that day. The first and second snow day will not be made up. The third and fourth snow days will be made up on April 18 (3rd snow day) and April 15 (4th snow day).  

Winter Weather
Inclement Weather School Closures

How will you know when school is canceled or a late start will be implemented due to inclement weather?

  • Media channels are contacted to relay information to the public
  • Websites are updated with a pop-up notification
  • SchoolMessenger (mass messaging service) messages are sent to families & staff. These messages will be sent in all formats to ensure all parties receive the message (email, text, and voice).
  • Social media pages will be updated to reflect our status
Please be sure your contact information is updated. You can make changes by contacting your school office. 

 

Winter Break Schedule

Winter Break

Dec 21: Early Release
Dec 22-Jan 4: No School - Winter Break
Jan 4: No School - PD Day
Jan 5: No School - PD Day 
Jan 6: School Resumes


Crime Stoppers

Crimestoppers
Shawnee County Crime Stoppers encourages members of the community to assist local law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime by overcoming fear and apathy. We assist local law enforcement agencies by gathering information through the use of online and mobile tools. We want to encourage community members to volunteer vital information that could lead to our battle against crime.

Call the Anonymous Tip Line at (785) 234-0007 or submit information through our Mobile Application. Tips that lead to a felony arrest are eligible for a cash reward.

Crime Stoppers is an excellent way to provide information and you can stay anonymous.  

Weekly COVID Report/Impact

COVID Report
We update our COVID impact dashboard every Monday, which can be found on every school building website. This is where you can go for updated information on the impact COVID is having in our district.
Click here to view the report.


Free Breakfast and Lunch

Students are encouraged to take advantage of FREE breakfast and lunch this school year. School meals include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, milk, and other nutrient dense foods to help keep students ready to learn. Students do not need to be qualified for free or reduced price meals to receive meals at this time at no charge. Free meals are available to every student. 


Lunch Menu

Food
Click here to view the K-6 on-site lunch menu.

Due to nationwide production issues, our district is experiencing shortages and substitutions with our meal planning. This means we may need to make last-minute changes to the published menu.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

School Board Meetings

Board Meeting
Regular board meetings are scheduled on the second Monday of each month at 6:00 pm, with the exception of March, which will be held on the third Monday. Regular meetings may be adjourned to another time and place when necessary. Special meetings may also be scheduled on an as-needed basis. 

Regular meetings typically take place at the Seaman Education Center. When meeting locations change, notice is sent out to the public and made available online. Board agendas go live on the Friday afternoon prior to the regular board meeting. 

All regular meetings are streamed live and available on the district's YouTube channel. A recap of the meeting is also made available through the Board Digest

Both in-person and digital public comment are accepted at regular board meetings. The public comment agenda item may be found in the meeting agenda

Remaining regular meetings for the 2021-22 school year:

December 13, 2021
January 10, 2022
February 14, 2022
March 21, 2022
April 11, 2022
May 9, 2022
June 13, 2022

2022-23 School Calendar (NEXT School Year)

Please do not get this confused with this school year's calendar. This is the board approved calendar for NEXT school year (2022-2023). If you enjoy looking ahead or need to plan for next school year, this is the calendar you've been waiting for! If you're just trying to get through this year and not yet ready to look ahead, don't click the link below! 

2022-23 Calendar

This year and next year calendars can be found on our calendar page.


Peachjar Flyers

Don't forget to check out our collection of school and community flyers. You can view all flyers for the district or search by school. Digital flyers help us keep you informed and saves our community partners in resources. 

Peachjar

A Look at District News

Northern Hills Stuco rings bell for Salvation Army

NH STUCO

50 families receive Thanksgiving food box from Community Resource Room

Community Resource Room


Fall Into Fitness 5K Run/Walk

Fall Into Fitness


Logan Title I Reading Night and Book Fair

Logan Book Fair

School Counselor of the Year Finalist

Counselor of the Year

Northern Hills Night of Family Literacy

Northern Hills

Mathes Early Learning Center holds Photos & Pies event

MELC

Veterans Day

Veterans Day

SHS Alice in Wonderland Promo

Alice in Wonderland

SMS Library Veterans Day Display

SMS Library

Teachers of the Year

TOY


We’re hiring!

We are always looking for qualified substitutes, bus drivers, food service workers, and various support positions. Take a look at our current job openings, and help spread the word!