Equity, safety and peace to you all. I hope you have taken time to talk to your child(ren) about the pandemic and the horrific events in Minnesota. The ensuing protests and violence across our nation must provoke us to examine our own thoughts and behaviors. Only together can we bring an end to inequality in our nation.
Our social studies teachers will be sending resources for our kids. No grades, no requirements, just thought-inducing items to help them navigate the turmoil we are all witnessing. We hope you read them as well and engage in positive conversations with them.
June is here and we see this unique school year coming to a close. We want to thank you for helping us make these last few months meaningful and safe for your family and others. Our community has taken care of each other so well.
- June 10: Last day for our senior class. All assignments will be completed at this time (exceptions apply to some college courses).
- June 12: Last day of new instruction for students in grades 6-11.
- June 18: Students in grades 6-11 complete all assignments and hand in any outstanding assignments.
Marking period four progress reports was made available on June 3.
Teachers will remain available during online office hours until June 18. From June 22-25, teachers may post optional enrichment activities for students who wish to further explore subject areas of interest.
Students will be holding onto their Chromebooks for the summer months, with the exception of our seniors. Please be sure to take care of these devices so we are ready for our return to school. As in the past few months, we will follow official guidance for reopening plans.
Your patience, support and engagement have been remarkable. We are all very fortunate to be members of the Spartan Nation. Please be kind, compassionate and strong as we forge ahead to create a safer, more equal country for our children to live, grow and succeed in.
With Spartan Pride,
March: Seward’s good news
Longer days, sunshine and moderate temperatures have made these last few weeks so nice. All of the spring-like weather is welcomed by us all! And, oh by the way, it is March—four more months are left in the school year…
I must say I was saddened by the low response we saw from our community at our March 2 vaping and e-cigarette forum. We had two parents attend, which was much fewer than I had hoped for. As a community we are bound together by our children. We hold these forums to keep our kids safe and to provide timely information for our community so that our partnership grows stronger, all while keeping our children safe. We will continue to offer these forums and I hope to see many of you at our next one, planned for later this year, covering social media and screen-time pitfalls. Come out and learn Spartan Nation!
We are in the midst of finishing a historic basketball season. Alexa Roach has become our all-time leading scorer in basketball—congratulations to her and her family, teammates and coaches. Her example of hard work, team and sacrifice should inspire us all to do our best everyday. The Lady Spartans play on March 5, at 5 p.m. in Middletown, in the next round of the playoffs. Put on some orange and blue and come cheer them on!
Friday, March 13, marks the midpoint of the third marking period. Please be sure to check the parent portal and Google classroom to ensure your child is on track and doing their best in school. We offer peer tutoring, after school help and other programs to help—give a call and we will see what we can do to help!
Do your best to guide, advise and assist your child in growing. Urge them on, let them know they are loved and cherished and the sky’s the limit. Together we make a huge difference—let’s keep working together to ensure our kids have bright and successful futures.
Hoping to see you soon in our school community, be well, wash your hands and Go Spartans!
February: Seward’s good news
We are back at it after a long and relaxing weekend to kick off February. Last Thursday we held a Winter Pep Rally that was a bucket load of fun.
Our Spartan Spirit and pride always puts a smile on my face.
Another reason to smile is our newly named after school help program called “Spar-Time” (thanks, Mr. O’Connor). Link to it here. It takes you to a spreadsheet with teachers listed alphabetically and the program dates. Please have your student take advantage of this program to help them complete homework, prepare for quizzes and tests, and to keep up their great work in school. Questions? Please let me know.
Feb. 19 – Our tenth graders will begin working on their genocide project. They will investigate past genocides, create a museum walk and do their part to end genocide around the globe.
Feb. 26 – members of the High School Chorus (with Mr.Visconti, music director) will be attending the broadway show, Dear Evan Hansen on their yearly New York City trip.
Feb. 21 – The 2020 Coffeehouse Concert will take place at 7 p.m. Led by Mr. Visconti, it is an evening of Spartan talent and entertainment.
March 2 – PLEASE join us on Monday, March 2, at Warwick Valley Middle School to learn more about vaping/Juuling and e-cigarette usage. These unhealthy devices have made young people sick, addicted to nicotine and, in some cases, cost them their lives. The program begins at 7 p.m. Please make it a priority to be there!
Please stay involved in your child’s education, ensure they understand that HARD WORK WORKS! And that we are all part of the Spartan Nation!
Mr. Rheaume’s January Message
Welcome to the New Year! Spartan Nation keeps rolling on our journey to student success and happiness in 2020. Our continued partnership in guiding our children to succeed and grow remains as the glue of our community as we look to the new year with excitement and hope.
We are well into the second marking period, which ends the first week of February. Please be sure to check your child’s grades and progress in school on a regular basis to ensure they are passing their classes and preparing for the next step of their life journey. The link to SchoolTool and the parent portal is on our website.
January will see our basketball and cheer-leading teams in action, while we also have a swimmers and divers showing off their skills in the water. Middle School Drama Club continues to rehearse for “Aladdin,” and we have numerous students looking to take Regents exams in two weeks. Our seniors are hearing from colleges they have applied to, and many are finding out that hard work pays off as they have gained acceptance into their “dream” school. Congratulations to all of our seniors as they prepare to leave Seward and begin anew in college, the military or the workplace.
Please continue to be involved in your child’s life and education, check-in on them, ensure they are using social media properly, and talk to them about staying away from unhealthy habits, such as vaping and e-cigarettes. We all benefit from your parenting and high expectations for your child. Thank you for all that you do to send us kind, well-prepared young men and women.
See you soon and GO SPARTANS!