S.S. Seward Principal’s Corner

Mr. Rheaume’s January Message

January 2020

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!

M. Rheaume


Mr. Rheaume’s December Message

Happy holiday season to all of Spartan Nation!  We are all so thankful to work with your children everyday.  Their success is our success.

As we enter the depths of winter, please be sure your information is updated in SchoolTool to ensure you receive alerts in relation to school closings and delays.  We want everyone to be well informed on days that the weather prevents us from holding a regular school day. Thank you!

PLEASE mark your calendar and send yourself a reminder to attend the community drug information program on Dec.  16, at 7 p.m. at the Warwick Valley Middle School.  We have teamed up with the Warwick and Greenwood Lake school districts to hold a program with insights from the Orange County District Attorney’s office and various community-based coalitions dedicated to keeping drugs out of our communities and schools. I cannot stress how important it is for you to attend this program, regardless of your child’s age. In addition, our students in grades 8-12 will have the D. A.’s office here on the 17th to provide them with information to keep them safe.

Our children are our common theme, the Spartan Nation bond that makes our school feel as an extended family. Please make time to be at this program to help keep us all safe and healthy.

Our holiday break is two-weeks long this year!  Please have your students read, visit a museum, go for walks, anything to keep their brains and bodies working.  And yes, a little bit of technology time is okay, but not 12-hours or more a day.

Thank you for your support of our school. I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming concerts and art shows, and cannot thank the HS Spartan Players enough for their brilliant performance of “Elf Jr.” this past weekend. What a fun, holiday spirit-inspiring show it was! I am still laughing!

All the best during this holiday season!

The Spartan Family at Seward,

M. Rheaume