S.S. Seward Principal’s Corner, February

Mr. Rheaume’s February message

Seward Good News

The snow is falling as I write to you, Spartan Nation. Here’s to hoping that Mother Nature warms up our weather soon so we can enjoy the great outdoors!
We are now into the third marking period and before we all know it the year will be winding down. I would like to again stress the importance of being educated and being prepared to provide your child options as they grow into young men and women. What interests them? What have they always wanted to be? What are you doing to support their dreams? Please be sure to encourage them to do well in school, to set themselves up for success and options as they enter society after high school. We offer so many programs, extra help and individualized attention, yet many students do not take advantage of them. Please help us to help your child be as successful as they can be. Have them stay after school for extra help, use our library to conduct research, or receive peer tutoring. We are here to help!
February is a busy month here at Seward with many student-based events that we hope you will be able to attend. Supporting our students is a great reason to get out of the house during the winter. Here are a few of the great events that are coming up:

  • Feb. 2: Coffee House, which showcases the many talents our students possess on stage, from dancing, singing and other musical productions.
  • Feb. 9, 10, 11: Middle School Drama production. Show times are 7 p.m. Feb. 9;     7 p.m. Feb. 10, and 2 p.m.  Feb. 11.
  • Feb. 8: Join me for Coffee with the Principal at 10 a.m. and again at 7 p.m. Learn about our computer based testing efforts, school performance, and ask any questions you might have. (I hear the coffee isn’t too awful!)

We will all enjoy a few days off on Feb. 16 and Feb. 19 as we celebrate Presidents’ Day weekend. All in all, February is a busy month for our teachers, students and Spartan Nation!

I truly look forward to seeing you at one of the events and appreciate your ongoing Spartan pride.

Be safe and enjoy your children – they are wonderful young women and men!

Once a Spartan, always a Spartan,

Michael Rheaume
Principal, S.S. Seward Institute


News from Mr. Michael Rheaume, S. S. Seward Principal

Sign up now for Drivers Ed

High school students interested in taking Drivers Ed can sign up now in the SS Seward main office.
Students must have a learner permit or driver license to take this course. The deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 8.


Crystal Run Healthcare’s Young Physicians Program

Nov. 21, 2017 – We are happy to announce that Azim Asar has been selected to represent the Florida School District in Crystal Run Heathcare’s Young Physicians Program.
Crystal Run, at the Monroe facility, is offering a new program  designed for students interested in pursuing a career in the medical field. This will entail weekly lectures and interactive discussions/demonstrations in a variety of medical specialties and settings.  Through the program, students will meet physicians who are experts in their specialty of choice, as well as leaders in our local health care community. Sessions are held weekly and highlight topics like cancer screening, heart disease, medical innovations, and the current state of health care.
Students from across Orange County were invited to apply to this competitive program.
Congratulations Azim!


S.S. Seward students attend medical program at Touro College

Nov. 21, 2017 – Project Med-Achieve is an after school scholars program targeted for high school students interested in pursuing medical and science programs.  It is targeted to Juniors, and they are invited to  attend medically focused lectures and interactive laboratory sessions  at the Touro campus in Middletown.
Participants are partnered with both a first- and second-year medical student who works alongside them throughout the program, guiding them in their current and future academic career goals.  Beside a brief lecture at the beginning of each session, students are supplemented with rotations and hands-on interactions in the cadaver labs, 3-D virtual anatomy dissection, and plastinated specimen labs.
This year’s Seward participants in the Med-Achieve Program are Athena Moustakis and Hannah Fritsch.
The second year of the program, called Med-Excel, features a more in-depth discussion and hands on training in the medical field to foster curiosity in careers of medical science and healthcare fields. Seward’s Orla Brosnan, Erika Straub, and Colin Birch are enjoying a second year of participation.

Seward Students Visit Blaser SWISSLUBE’s Manufacturing Day

Nov. 14, 2017 – Students in grade eight and some high school students furthered their instruction with a recent visit to  Blaser SWISSLUBE in Goshen for National Manufacturing Day.

A male student wearing safety glasses listens to a lesson
S.S. Seward students visited Blaser SWISSLUBE to learn about engineering and manufacturing.

Students toured the facility and saw firsthand what it takes for an international company to stay on the cutting edge of business practices. Students explored  careers in engineering, architecture, manufacturing, sales and business. They toured various areas within the company including the  manufacturing plant, the chemistry lab, and  business offices and even viewed a few videos explaining what the company manufactures.
Snacks were generously provided to our students by Blaser staff. We are thankful to everyone at Blaser SWISSLUBE involved with providing this experience for our students.