December 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.
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
Cary Stahly, Anna Kennedy, and SHS drum majors talked about the recent high school band trip to NYC to march in the Veterans Day parade.
Seaman High School Assistant Principal Lee Schmidt was recognized for receiving the Kansas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (KAHPERD) Administrator Award for his support of physical education in school.
The 2017-18 Seaman High School Coaches of the Year were honored.
Head Coach of the Year = Steve Bushnell - Baseball
Assistant Coach of the Year = Bernie Tuck - B. & G. Swim
The board recognized this year’s horizon award nominees. The Kansas Horizon Award program identifies and recognizes outstanding first-year teachers in the elementary and secondary classrooms of the state.
Ashley Hughes - Elementary
Ashley Hughes is a second-year teacher at Logan Elementary. She teaches 2nd grade. She was nominated for the Horizon award as the elementary teacher representative from Seaman. She conducted her undergraduate elementary education program at Fort Hays State University. She completed her student teaching experience at North Fairview Elementary School. Ashley builds strong relationships with students and families and fosters a culture for learning in her classroom that supports all types of learners. She has become a leader on staff and is involved in many building level committees.
Garrett Platt – Secondary
Mr. Garrett Platt, a Pittsburg State University alum, is an exceptional 2nd year teacher at Seaman Middle School. He teaches Introduction to Industrial Technology, PLTW Automation and Robotics, and offers an enrichment class in Viking store productions. Mr. Platt makes learning connections with students through his classroom projects. For instance, students are able to see why mathematics is important to learn as they determine the quantities of materials needed for their projects.
Project Lead the Way is creating transformative learning experiences for our students through engaging, hands-on learning experiences. Through the Project Lead the Way curriculum, students have been challenged to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Teachers and secondary students currently enrolled in Project Lead the Way courses at SMS and SHS shared about PLTW from their perspective. Students talked about why they chose to enroll in PLTW, showed an example of one of their projects, and how the course has helped them prepare for a future career.
Frank Henderson recognized Terry Morrow for his 25 years of service to Seaman School District. Terry will be retiring January 1 as Seaman’s first-ever technology director. Terry’s retirement party will be December 12 from 3:30-5:30 pm at the Seaman Education Center.
Frank Henderson updated the board on the KASB conference. Seaman School District had all seven members in attendance to learn and engaged with other board members across the state. They attended workshops to see and learn about what other districts are doing for kids.
How much of your school district’s budget is spent on instruction? How much on other student services like counselors, nurses, libraries and instructional technology? How much on food service and transportation? How much to build and operate school facilities?
Dr. Noble reviewed a new tool from Kansas Association of School Boards that allows public access to visual downloads of various charts, showing how districts are spending money.
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. Update Per Diem Rate
Teaching & Learning Report
Technology Advisory Committee Meeting: During the Technology Advisory Committee Meeting on November 28, committee members heard a 30-day PowerSchool and Schoology usage report from the Technology Department, brainstormed ideas for a parent communication survey, heard a report from SHS student committee members, and took a tour of SHS classrooms. The highlight of the meeting truly was hearing from the high school student participants Cara Dister, Lila Coburn, and Emma Poort. The students shared their findings from surveys they designed and distributed to SHS faculty and students. They shared that their biggest ahas from the survey were the need for more professional learning for teachers on utilizing digital resources and the number of students who reported difficulties accessing internet away from school.
To view the entire teaching and learning report, click here.
Social-Emotional Learning - Elementary
Kelsie Shafer, Tina Gibson, Erin Corbin, Kim Patton, and Kevin Wellington reviewed the social-emotional learning curriculum for elementary schools.
Students with social-emotional learning are better able to:
· Actively participate in classroom activities
· Develop better friendships
· Maintain positive relationships with adults
· Support overall well-being
· Regulate stress
· Focus attention
· Manage negative emotions
· Build persistence to complete difficult tasks
First Read of Program Planning Guide
Danira Fernandez-Flores presented revisions to the program planning guides.
The high school is proposing to add more rigor to course selections with the addition four Advanced Placement courses. This would impact the way Summa Cum Laude is determined for the class of 2022 (current freshman). The new criteria will include a set amount of class selections from the categories of ELA, science, social studies, math, and student choice. The high school will also be adding a college and career pathway, that will bring the total to 25 pathways for students to explore.
To view the additions and edits for both the middle and high school, click here.
Special Services Report
Seaman’s Special Education Department is now hosting several SHS student interns for school psychology, social work, and special education teachers. One of our previous high school interns came back this semester to complete her bachelor’s degree internship in psychology and has voiced her desire to complete her final practicum in a year. Along with high school interns, we have the opportunity to mentor college interns for social work and school psychology and student teachers from Washburn University, Fort Hays State University and Emporia State University. It is exciting to say that we are growing our own staff. We see the need and benefits and are taking advantages of these high school and university connections. We have been working with Kansas University to place speech and language pathology students in Seaman for their field study experiences, but the right fit has not occurred yet.
To view the entire special services report, click here.
Jason Golder reviewed facilities and grounds work in the district. To view photos, click here.
To view the technology report, click here.
The board approved the purchase of two 65-passenger buses from Kansas Truck for a total of $166,460 and one 14-passenger bus from Midwest Bus for $53,477, and the bid from Dale Brothers for $137,700 for the demolition of Rochester Elementary.
2019-20 Calendar Revision Approved
The board voted to approve a request to change spring break on the 2019-2020 calendar. The calendar committee proposed changing spring break to match Washburn Tech and Washburn University, March 9-March 13. This decision was driven by two considerations, 1.) Our students attend W-Tech; and 2.) Surrounding districts are matching their spring breaks with these institutions.
The revised calendar will be made available online with alerts of the change. To view the revised calendar, click here.
Next 345 Board of Education Meeting
The next regularly scheduled Board Meeting will take place on January 14. 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