Seaman Middle School

Respect, Effort, Responsibility

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    Seaman Middle School - February 2017

    785-286-8400

    Traci Hammes, Principal, thammes@usd345.com

    Allan Cooper, Assistant Principal, acooper@usd345.com

    Sherry Johnson, Secretary, sjohnson@usd345.com

    Julie Payne, Secretary, jpayne@usd345.com

     

    SCHOOL HOURS

    7:50 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

    Students achieve best when they attend school on a regular basis and are at school on time daily.


    Message from the Principal . . .

    We have a busy semester ahead of us with state assessments, MAP testing, and CARI testing and with the number of activities that are scheduled for the spring semester. The state assessments will begin on April 6th and completed by April 20th. MAP testing will be on May 2nd and 3rd. CARI testing will begin March 27th and completed by April 21st. Please be cognizant of this time period when scheduling appointments for your child.

    Middle School students need to know that attending class each day is a vital part of their education. You can help your child by insisting that homework be completed each night. It’s easier for a middle school student to feel good about going to school when they keep up with their homework. Also, being on time and in school improves confidence and helps your child make progress in school each day. We appreciate your support with your child's learning.

     

    Hammes

    Traci Hammes, Principal


    Important Dates

    Monday, February 13th- Parent Teacher Conferences - 3:15-6:30pm

    Wednesday, February 15th- Parent Teacher Conferences - 3:15-7:30pm

    Friday, February 17th - NO SCHOOL

    Monday, February 20th- NO SCHOOL

    Tuesday, February 28th - Band Concert - 7 pm @ SMS Gym

    Thursday, March 2nd - Spring Play - 7 pm @ SMS Commons

    Friday, March 3rd - Spring Play - 7 pm @ SMS Commons


    Enrollment

    8th grade students will be enrolling for high school classes on February 15th.  High school counselors will be at the middle school to assist students as they make their prefered course selections in PowerSchool.

    7th grade students will be enrolling for 8th grade classes on March 3rd.  Students will meet with Mrs. Rush and Ms. Heitman during seminar on February 21st to discuss enrollment.  Students will work with the counselors in their English classes to make their prefered course selections in PowerSchool on March 3rd.


    Human Sexuality Program

    All eighth grade students will receive human sexuality instruction in science classes during the second semester. Seventh graders will receive instruction in FACS classes. If you have any questions about course content please contact SMS school nurse, Kathy Holmberg, RN.


    FCCLA Star Events

    SMS FCCLA competed at District STAR Events held in Holton on February 1st. We had 18 students compete in STAR events and we are very excited to report that all 18 students have qualified for state competition in April! (In order for students to qualify for state, they have to receive the top score in their event category for our district.)

     STAR

    Renae Sturgeon Career Investigation: Bronze

    Samantha Myers and Gwen VanLeeuwen Interpersonal Communications: Bronze

    Tim Biggs, Tuan Vu, and Bradyn Crowell Environmental Ambassadors: Bronze

    Amberly Sadler and Justyce Billbe Chapter Service Project Portfolio: Silver

    Tyler Parkhurst Entrepreneurship: Silver

    Taylor Tenpenny Landon DiLeonardo and Lauren Beavers Focus on Children: Silver

    Garrett Sandall National Programs in Action: Silver

    Patrick Biggs and Sam Feleay Food Innovations: Silver

    Emily Peterson Recycle and Redesign: Silver

    Kaden Fox and Jordan Riggles Illustrated Talk: GOLD


    Breakout EDU


    Teachers had the opportunity to experience a new teaching resource called Breakout Boxes, which are a puzzle-based, collaborative activity that brings the popular breakout/escape room craze into the classroom.  These boxes are available for all teachers in the district and will soon be used with the students in classrooms at SMS!

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    SEAF Banquet


    Make plans now to attend the 11th Annual Seaman Education Advantage Foundation Banquet on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Seaman Middle School Commons. Dr. Noble will give the State of the District address and we’ll be recognizing scholarship and grant winners as well! Individual tickets are available for $20 ($160 for 8 people). These tickets may be purchased from Joy Adams-Eriks at the Seaman Education Center.


    Reward Trips

    To be eligilbe for the 1st semester major reward trips, students must meet the following criteria:

    • No OSS
    • No more than 4 discipline points
    • No more than 1 unexcused absence
    • Passing all classes

    To be eligible for the 1st semester local reward trips, students must meet the following criteria (trip location and cost to be determined):

    • No OSS
    • No more than 5 discipline points
    • No more than 1 unexcused absence
    • Passing all classes

    8th grade students will be meeting during seminar on December 15th to discuss the major reward trip to Snow Creek.  Those who qualify to attend will need a signed permission slip, which will be given to the students during their seminar meeting, and $35.00.  Both must be turned into a core teacher by January 6th to attend the trip.

    7th grade students will be meeting during seminar on January 9th to discuss the major reward trip to Power Play.  Those who qualify to attend will need $35.00.  Both must be turned into a core teacher by January 13th to attend the trip.


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    SMS Lunch Menu

    Monthly lunch menus are now available at the following link: http://seamanschools.org/Lunch parents can also subscribe to the School Lunch Calendar to view the menu from mobile devices.  To subscribe to the calendar simply copy and paste this link into any calendar product that supports the iCal format, like your personal Google Calendar: http://seamanschools.org/site/handlers/icalfeed.ashx…


    Technology Questions

    With our new 1:1 technology initiative in full swing in the middle school we would like to provide a forum for parents and students to submit questions or concerns that they are having with regards to the new MacBooks and technology use in general.  Questions can be submitted through the Seaman Middle School website under Parents and School Links.  These questions will be directed to technology staff in the building and they will answer your questions as soon as possible.  This will ensure that your questions are being directed to someone who is able to answer them, and parents will be receiving the same information in their answers.


    Things to remember . . .

    Reporting an absence or tardy 
    Call 785-286-8400 and ask to speak with Misty Adamson.  Please call the day your student is absent so they don't receive an unexcused absence.

    Requesting Homework
    Call 785-286-8400 and ask to speak with Misty Adamson.  Please call before 10 am if you plan on picking up homework the day that you are calling.

    Security
    Call Phil McKay at 785-286-8516.

    Random Drug Testing Policy
    All students who compete in KSHSAA athletics or activities and students whose parents decide to option into our testing pool. The testing company will select the students at random and we will then call the student down to the office. The student will have a small section of hair cut and sent to a laboratory to be tested. Parents will be notified with the results from the testing. This policy is in addition to our current policies.

    FALL: 7th and 8th Football, 7th and 8th Volleyball, 7th and 8th Girls Tennis, 7th and 8th Cross Country, STUCO, 8th Grade Band, 7th and 8th Grade Orchestra, 7th and 8th Grade Cheerleaders, 7th and 8th Grade Dancers

    WINTER: 7th and 8th Grade Wrestling, 7th and 8th Grade Girls Basketball, 7th and 8th Scholar Bowl, 7th and 8th Grade Bowling, 7th and 8th Grade Boys Basketball

    SPRING: 7th and 8th Grade Boys Tennis, 7th and 8th Grade Golf, 7th and 8th Grade Track

    Parents optioning their student into the Pool


     

      

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