S.S. Seward Principal’s Corner

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 6-8pm. We have a day-time session on Oct. 26. You can sign up for conferences via our website and the Sign Up Genius link. 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

Mr. Rheaume’s July Message

S.S. Seward Good News

Happy summer, and I hope you are staying cool and enjoying the long days. Of course, reading during the summer is a great way to relax, refresh and keep your mind sharp. Read!

While our students are off for the summer we’re preparing for the coming school year. We continue to embrace technology, varied instructional pathways and expanded opportunities for students to explore career and college choices. We are excited with what is possible as we look to best serve each student as an individual. Please be sure to remain closely involved with your child’s education and the planning of their future.

Our “Garden of Giving” is beginning to take shape. The beds are marked out and soon will hold dirt and various seedlings as the program takes off. The end result will be an outdoor classroom, working vegetable garden and relaxation space for all to enjoy. Stay posted for more news as Mrs. Duquette and Mrs. Allen lead the charge to bring our garden to life!

As Seward looks to become more “green” we partnered with Orange County and have purchased classroom recycling bins for each room. These bins will add to our recycling efforts and reduce the amount of paper waste being generated. This past year Seward was recognized as a Three Star Green School and we have set our goal of becoming a Five Star School in the coming year.  Help us by recycling at home and using reusable bags instead of plastic.

Best wishes for a fantastic summer, congratulations once again to the Class of 2018!  Stay safe and read Spartan Nation!

Michael Rheaume
Principal, S.S. Seward Institute

Mr. Rheaume’s June Message


As you read this our school year is coming to a close. Thank you all for a fast paced and rewarding year. Always remember that hard work works!

Congratulations to our 8th graders who moved on up to high school. You are ready to rock! Take the lessons and resolve you have built in middle school to help you achieve success in high school.  Congratulations to you all!

The Class of 2018 has reached the end of their time at Seward, however, “Once a Spartan, always a Spartan!” remains true! Wherever your next step takes you, know that the entire Spartan Nation is behind you, supporting you to be successful in all that you do.

Summer means time to relax and enjoy, time to reflect and plan for another great school year.  I am asking every student to choose four books and read them over the summer. Reading during the summer months has proven to help students achieve at higher levels during the school year, while feeding the imagination and creativity of your powerful brain.  Use your brain – READ!

My heartfelt thanks for your continuing support of our school. With our great teachers and your support our children will continue to prosper and experience success.  Get involved, join our PTSA and keep Seward the great school that it is!

Best wishes for a wonderful summer,

Michael Rheaume
Principal, S.S. Seward Institute

Mr. Rheaume’s  May message

S.S. Seward Good News

Finally we have had some warm days to allow us to enjoy being outside!  Our students were certainly ready to leave winter behind and they are excitedly looking forward to the end of another school year.  Spartans-keep working hard until the school year ends. Hard work works!
For several of our students, their hard work has recently paid off as they are recognized here in school and the community.
The Spartan Nation congratulates the Class of 2018 Valedictorian Liam Quattrociocchi. and the Salutatorian, John Shaughnessy.  You have both done so much to make Seward better each day. Thank you for always setting a fine example, caring for others and taking advantage of all the opportunities provided to you.  Continue to prosper as you take your next step in life.
Theresa Bailey a senior who was honored at the Humanities Awards breakfast in April, recently won the Congressional Art competition  sponsored by our United States Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney.  Theresa’s watercolor drew high praise from judges and was selected as the grand prize winning piece of art. Theresa was honored by Representative Maloney during the first week of May. As well, she will visit Washington, DC and her artwork will be on display in the U. S. Capitol for one year.
Congratulations to Theresa and her family, as well as her beloved art teacher, Mrs. Duquette.
So much to be proud of!  Later this month, please join us for concerts and arts shows, awards ceremonies, Seward Day and all of the other end of year events.
Thank you for your ongoing support. Your children –  our children –  are fantastic!

Michael Rheaume
S.S. Seward Principal