• Board Digest


    September 10, 2018

    Following each Board of Education Meeting, the Director of Communications recaps the board meeting in the Board Digest. To view the full agenda, click here.


    This month's BOE #LearningWithoutLimits section was all about social studies! The board recognized National History Day qualifiers and their teachers from Seaman Middle School (Kyle Johnson) and Seaman High School (Susan Sittenauer & Nathan McAlister). Each student talked briefly about their project and the group thanked the board for their support.

    Seaman High School was recognized for their achievements integrating project-based learning and best instructional practices into their history classes. The students of Seaman High School have enjoyed over 20 years of success, both at the state and national levels through National History Day and Lowell Milken Center projects. Through these projects Seaman High School students have discovered Unsung Heroes, interviewed key historical figures, brought to life countless stories of the past, and most importantly they have acquired the skills for success after high school.

    Susan Sittenauer, a U.S. History teacher at Seaman High School, was recognized for being designated as a “Naval Historical Foundation Teacher of Distinction.” SHS student Kale Michael had an outstanding Senior Individual Performance and was nominated for the Captain Coskey Naval Maritime Prize. The award to the teachers includes a $200 honorarium, a certificate of excellence and three-year membership to NHF.

    Seaman High School teacher Nathan McAlister visited Washington D.C. over to summer to build classroom materials on an important, yet often-neglected, aspect of George Washington’s Presidency and Native American policy during his administration. The scope of this research narrowly focus on significant documents related to United States Native American policy during President Washington’s Administration. The central documents necessary for this proposal include, but are not limited to, treaties, speeches, legislative actions, and correspondence with key figures within the Washington Administration. One such figure is Henry Knox, the first Secretary of War.

    Board of Education Consent Agenda

    Consent agenda items are items packaged into one agenda item. They are often routine and garner very little discussion.

    The consent agenda items were:

    A. Minutes
    B. Resignation & Retirements Action
    C. Classified Contracts
    D. Certified Contracts
    E. Donations & Grants
    F. District Credit Card
    H. Financial Items and Claims
    I. Out-of-State Trips

    Learning Without Limits 2.0 - Approved

    We're excited to announce that the 2018-2023 strategic plan, Learning Without Limits 2.0 was approved at the September board meeting! We will be working hard to publish and share Learning Without Limits 2.0 with staff and our entire community.

    MISSION: Prepare each student for lifelong success through strong and healthy relationships, rigorous and relevant learning, and a responsive and caring culture that maximizes student talents, aspirations, and community contributions.

    Strategic Goal 1: Ensure teaching and learning programs are delivered with a focus on continuous improvement of student achievement through student engagement, rigorous and relevant content, and personalized learning

    Strategic Goal 2: Provide outcomes-based professional learning resulting in individual professional growth for student success

    Strategic Goal 3: Provide quality, safe, and productive learning and working environments

    Strategic Goal 4: Provide services to optimize district operations that are supportive of student success and customer satisfaction

    Strategic Goal 5: Establish student-centered budget planning built on transparent, efficient, and strategic processes that is accountable to district taxpayers

    Click here to view the document.

    Teaching & Learning Report

    Teaching & Learning BOE Report included: back-to-school learning opportunities, transitional kindergarten, and more. To view the entire report, click here.

    Social-Emotional Learning/Career Seminar

    Danira Fernandez Flores, Steve Alexander, and Susan Sittenauer reviewed the SHS social-emotional/career seminar lesson schedule and a sample lesson on the risks and responsibilities of carrying out relationships in the digital world.

    Special Services Report

    Special Services BOE Report included: Family Employment Awareness Training (FEAT), Vikings United, the new Autism Interdisciplinary Team, and more. To view the entire special services report, click here.

    Facilities Report

    To view images from the facilities and grounds report, click here.

    Technology Report

    Technology updated the board on web tickets and technology work in the district. To view the entire report, click here.

    Next 345 Board of Education Meeting

    The next regularly scheduled Board Meeting will take place on October 8. It is scheduled to start at 6:00 pm. The Seaman USD #345 Board of Education will meet at the Seaman Education Center, 901 NW Lyman Rd, in the Ann Minihan Board Room.

    Board of Education Agenda

    To review previous Board of Education agendas, click here.

    How Can I Watch a Previous Board of Education Meeting?

    The video from the meeting will be available by the Wednesday at noon following the meeting. The video can be viewed by clicking here.

    Seaman School District USD #345
    901 NW Lyman Rd | Topeka, KS 66608
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