October 8, 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.
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 process that is accountable to district taxpayers
The principal, Mike Monaghan, of Seaman High School announced that Cole King has been named a Commended Student in a 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program will be presented by the principal to this scholastically talented senior.
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2019 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).
"The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success," commented a spokesperson for NMSC. "These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success."
Frank Henderson was recently selected by the National School Boards Association (NSBA), to fill the open seat on the National School Boards Action Center (NSBAC) Board of Directors for the 2018-2020 term.
Frank Henderson, Jr.
Dr. Steve Noble, Superintendent of Seaman Schools, was announced as a finalist for the 2019 Kansas School Superintendents Association (KSSA) Superintendent of the Year, along with Glenn Suppes from USD 400.
“The KSSA is pleased to announce two exceptional district leaders as finalists for the 2019 KSSA Superintendent of the Year. In July, six Kansas Superintendents were nominated by their peers for this year’s award. Each nominee completed a rigorous application process which is reviewed and evaluated by a select KSSA committee. Over the next two weeks, each of the finalist will be interviewed by a committee comprised of former Kansas Superintendents of the Year. The 2019 Kansas Superintendent of the year will be announced on October 26.”
Enrollment Trend Review
The board reviewed district enrollment trends over the last six years. This report included overall enrollment, out-of-district students, and free & reduced percentages.
Click here to view the report.
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:
B. Resignation & Retirements
C. Classified Contracts
D. Certified Contracts
E. Donations & Grants
F. District Credit Card
G. Financial Items and Claims
H. Disposal of District Property
I. Bus Driver Pay Adjustments
Teaching & Learning Report
The SHS Debate Team ranks in the top 10% of schools nationwide and has earned the National Speech & Debate Association’s prestigious “100 Club” Award. This milestone is a reflection of Mr. Dinges’ leadership and commitment to teaching students important life skills—research, writing, communication, listening, and organization. Congratulations to Zach and his students for achieving this outstanding award.
October is National Principals Month: We have exceptional building leaders who are student success focused. Please help us celebrate and thank them for all they do; the actions we see and all the other great work we don’t see or get to hear about. WE LOVE OUR BUILDING LEADERS!!! #ThankAPrincipal.
Our Freshman Center ELA teacher, Andrea Marshbank is an exemplar teacher leader. She has been asked to become a member of the board of the Kansas Association of Teachers of English and to attend an exclusive and by invitation only network of teachers, ECET2.
Schoology Parent Communication: Since January of 2018, we have had a significant increase in parents connected with our Schoology learning management system. By signing up, parents get access to a daily or weekly parent email digest with student activities and important calendar updates for both buildings and classrooms. They also have access to course content and submissions within student courses and groups. The chart below shows the increase in parent enrollment. These numbers reflect total number of parents connected and may include multiple parents associated with some students.
SHS & SFC: 278
SHS & SFC: 825
To view the entire teaching & learning report, click here.
Social-Emotional Learning at SMS
Special Services Report
Mary Foxhoven presented on assistive technology in the district.
Assistive technology is any tool or device that a student with a disability uses to do a task that he or she could not otherwise do without it or any tool the student uses to do a task more easily, faster, or in a better way. It can be a commercial product or something someone makes. It can be a simple “low tech” device such as a slant board or an expensive “high tech” device such as a voice output communication device.
Assistive technology has the powerful potential of significantly impacting a student with disabilities by contributing to his or her learning, independence, self-esteem, and quality of life. Providing assistive technology is not only crucial because it provides educational access to identified students but it is also the law. School districts have legal mandates to provide accessible instructional materials to eligible students with disabilities (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004).
The Seaman School District Assistive Technology Resource Team (ATRT) serves as a resource for consultation, assessment, training, and development of assistive technology tools and systems for students who have limited ability to fully participate in school and access curriculum. Our ATRT members include: Mary Foxhoven, AT Facilitator & Speech-Language Pathologist; Dedra Raines, Director of Special Services; Becky Clarke, Occupational Therapist; Rachel Connett, SPED Consulting Teacher; Raqual Carlson, Special Education Teacher; Myranda Barnett, Speech-Language Pathologist; Tracy Reisinger, Special Education Teacher; Mike Holt, Special Education Teacher; Gary Mapes, School Psychologist.
To view the entire special services report, click here.
To view images from the facilities and grounds report, click here.
Technology updated the board on technology projects in the district. Terry Morrow also discussed the transition plan for the technology department following his exciting retirement announcement! Terry is planning for a January 1 retirement. “He has done so much for this district over the years and I’m thankful for all of his contributions,” said Dr. Steve Noble. “This notice gives us ample time to transition to his replacement and for that, I am very grateful. This timely notice will help ensure our kids and staff are minimally impacted by this important change in leadership.”
Facility Use Policy Discussion
Bob Horton, Brad Dietz, Allan Cooper, and Mark Simoneau met to discuss the alignment between building use practices and building use policies at the request of Dr. Noble. The group believes that the district building use policies are consistently adhered to. The addition of three full-sized elementary gyms during the 2013 bond issue has improved the availability of gym times for interested parties. The group is recommending minor language changes to the policies, but is generally pleased with how the process is working.
Next 345 Board of Education Meeting
The next regularly scheduled Board Meeting will take place on November 12. 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
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Seaman School District USD #345
901 NW Lyman Rd | Topeka, KS 66608