S.S. Seward Principal’s Corner, December 2018

Mr. Rheaume’s December Message

S.S. Seward Good News

Spartans!  December is here and we are all looking forward to the upcoming holidays and time with family and friends.  I cannot wait to see my oldest daughter as she returns home for a week later this month.

Please be sure to come out and support our Spartan artists and musicians at our Middle School and High School Art and Concerts this month.  The Middle School show is Dec. 12;  the High School show is on Dec. 19S. Both begin at 7 p.m. and are sure to put a smile on your face. Hope to see you!

On Dec. 10 we will induct our newest members of our National Junior Honor Society at 7 p.m.  Join us to congratulate and inspire these students to be the leaders we need them to be. By the way, the cake is pretty good too!

Our winter athletics season is off and running.  Come out to a game, cheer on the teams and our cheerleaders and show your Spartan spirit!  As well, both our Middle School and High School drama clubs are busily rehearsing for their shows later this year.  The Middle School will present High School Musical while the High School is going to make us laugh during The Addams Family.  Look for more information as performance dates grow closer.

The midpoint of the second marking period is Dec. 21.  Please make it priority Number One that your child do well in school!  We have peer tutors, teachers who stay after school, and many other support systems in place to help your child succeed.

You’ll be noticing some changes at Seward soon.  We are responding to student ideas by adding flexible furniture to the lobby and converting our past Middle School computer lab into a flexible learning space.  Take a look at these spaces – they will amaze you!

Thank you from everyone here at Seward for your ongoing support.  Stay involved with your child’s life and encourage them to do their best at all times.

Go Spartan Nation!

M. Rheaume
Principal, S.S. Seward Institute


Mr. Rheaume’s November Message

S.S. Seward Good News

I can smell the turkey and stuffing cooking as we get closer and closer to Thanksgiving.  All of us here at Seward hope that the upcoming holidays are joyous and fun. So much is going on here at Seward, here we go!

The boys soccer team pose in front of the goal netOur boy’s soccer team plays 8:45 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at Middletown High School in the New York State Final Four semi-final against Geneseo. We would love to have an army of orange and blue there to support them as they go for the NYS championship! Best of luck to our team, the entire Spartan Nation is with you!

As well, we have two cross country team members who will be running in the New York State Cross Country Finals in Sunken Meadows this Saturday.  Good luck and run fast to Leah and Jonah!

Our recent conference day was inspiring in so many ways.  Most of us spent the day at Washingtonville High School learning from Dr. Joe Sanfelippo. The passion for learning, telling his district’s story and love of children was contagious. Want to be a part of our story here at Seward? Follow the Spartan Nation on Twitter @FUFSD_SSSeward.

Veteran’s Day has become a huge part of the November events for our students.  We welcome veterans to Seward on Nov.  13 for a flag raising ceremony, several speak to our students about service and patriotism, and our students thank our veterans for all they have and will do in serving our country. The event begins at 10 a.m. Our High School Student Council hosts the event, and has breakfast for those attending prior to the ceremony.

Our first marking period ends on Nov. 16. That was fast! Be sure to review the report card with your child and ensure they are doing their very best each day.  We all want what is best for our children, and a successful school experience in priority number one!

Personally, I am so lucky and thankful to work with our children everyday.  They make me smile, laugh, cry and I could not be more proud of all of our Spartans!  May you have the same type of experience with our children.

Go Spartan Nation!

M. Rheaume
Principal, S.S. Seward Institute


Mr. Rheaume’s October Message

S.S. Seward Good News

It is tough to look at the calendar and realize we are five weeks into our school year.  With Homecoming this month, parent teacher conferences and the mid point of marking period 1, so much is happening.

I am thrilled that our sixth graders will be headed off to Ashokan at the end of the month. From working in an actual blacksmithing room, to hiking and building relationships, Ashokan remains as one of my favorite student experiences from my childhood. This year’s sixth graders will build lasting and happy memories as they visit the Ashokan Outdoor Center. Have a fantastic time!

Parent teacher conferences are starting on Oct. 17 and 24, from 6-8 p.m. We have a day-time session on Oct. 26. You can sign up for conferences via our website Sign Up Genius. I look forward to seeing you on one of the conference days. Stay involved in your child’s education – it matters!

Juniors are scheduled for the PSAT on Oct. 24 during school. Students in other grades may take the PSAT, should they wish to practice. Juniors take the exam as part of the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying process. A great spot to learn more is by going to the College Board website and the PSAT section.  Encourage your student to do their absolute best every day!

Do you stress the importance of reading at home? Do you have your child set aside time each day to be unplugged and lost in a good book? It is easy to find research that shows that reading each day boosts our brains, our creative abilities and helps us to make better sense of the world we live in. Take a break from the day and read for 15-20 minutes a day with your child!

Have you followed us on Twitter yet?  Please do so to get daily insights into events and learning going on here at Seward. The more followers we have, the better! Follow us at: @FUFSD_SSSeward

We are all excited to see our student floats at Homecoming, please join us on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. on Main Street to see and support our students and their school. This year’s theme is Steven Spielberg movies.

Go Spartans!

M. Rheaume
Principal, S.S. Seward Institute