S.S. Seward Principal’s Corner

Mr. Rheaume’s November Message

The flakes were falling this morning! Seeing snow fall from the sky can only mean that we are well into the school year. Happy November to everyone! May the holidays, events and time of year bring you and your family closer together.

Today we held our annual Veterans Day ceremony and thanked our veterans for their sacrifices to keep our country free. We hosted a breakfast sponsored by the High School Student Council and welcomed approximately ten veterans. Our Select Choir, led by Mr. Visconti, kicked off the ceremony with an inspiring rendition of our National Anthem.

Several veterans then took the time to address our student body, and spoke of their personal experiences while serving.  Hearing from those who served in Korea, Vietnam and those who were called to duty by the events of 9/11 was inspiring and emotional.  The event was capped off with the Spartan Nation personally thanking each veteran with a handshake and thank you. The ceremony has become a wonderful tradition and helps our students to see the value in serving their country.

We are just days away from the end of the first marking period. Please recall that you can check your student’s grades at anytime via the SchoolTool/Parent Portal. This portal is accessible via our website and all parents who supplied us with an email address have access. Please take advantage of this parenting tool to encourage your child to do their best in school everyday.

Later this month, we will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will be having an early dismissal, at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 27. Schools are closed Thursday and Friday–in case you were wondering what to do with that leftover apple pie, which happens to be my favorite!

Please mark your calendar for Dec. 16, 7 p.m., at the Warwick Valley Middle School. We will be collaborating with Warwick Valley schools to host a parent program that raises awareness of the heroine, fentanyl and carfentanil crisis. This is a must for all parents!

Please continue to be involved in your child’s life and education. There is nothing more important in a child’s life than a loving, supportive home where clear expectations are set and self-reliance and responsibility are taught and encouraged.

From the Spartan Nation, best wishes for a happy holiday season.

M. Rheaume

Mr. Rheaume’s October Message

September has come and gone! We got off to an incredibly positive start this year. Students returned with smiles on their faces and the energy they exuded was contagious. We are so  proud of our kids and all that they do in our school, on stage, on the fields of play and everywhere they go. Throughout our region and state, Spartans are known as hard working, respectful young people.

Spartan Pride

You might ask, “How does he know?” that our kids are looked at in this way.  Admissions counselors from the many colleges we have visiting Seward tell me. Taking the time to talk with them about how our kids are doing, away from Seward, gives me great insight into the young men and women we send off into the world. As recently as last week, one spoke highly of the eight Florida graduates we have at his school. It was a proud moment for all of us to hear such positive news.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

An excellent way for you to stay connected to our school is to schedule parent/teacher conferences later this month. On October 16 and 24 from 6-8pm, and on October 25 during the day, we will be hosting these vital conferences. You should have received a letter and directions outlining how to schedule appointments via Sign Up Genius. We hope to see you at one of the days we offer. It is strongly suggested that you bring your student(s) with you to your scheduled conference.

Homecoming 2019

Later this month we will celebrate Homecoming 2019. With just over a week of Spirit Week activities, the Pep Rally, dances, the parade and games, Seward homecoming is as authentic a small town experience as they get.

Please encourage your child to be involved, to help build floats for their class at the high school level, and to participate in all of the planned activities. Homecoming is one of my favorite annual events, and I cannot wait to see this year’s edition.

It all happens the week of Oct. 14. Homecoming Parade is Saturday, Oct. 19, at 10:30 a.m.

See you there, Spartans!


  • Senior breakfast & group photo — Oct. 10, 6:45 a.m.
  • Mid-point of marking period — Oct. 11
  • College Financial Aid Night — Oct. 23, 7 p.m.
  • PSAT exam (mostly HS Juniors) — Oct. 30, 7:45 a.m.Thank you for your support and Spartan Pride!


M. Rheaume