October 2019

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OCTOBER 2019

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Important Dates

October 1
MELC Picture Day
Community Drawing Night SHS room 901 - 6:00 pm

October 2
SHS Fall Band Concert

October 4
No Preschool at MELC
8th Grade Band Night @ SHS Football Game
Jr. Vike Cheer Performance @ SHS Football Game

October 5
SHS Sleep in a Box @ SHS Football Field - 6:00 pm

October 7
Schedule Parent-Teacher Conferences Online (PowerSchool)

October 8
SMS Fall Band Concert - 7:00 pm

October 9
SMS/SHS Choir Concert @ SHS - 7:00 pm

October 11
End of First Quarter

October 12
Water Walk @ SHS Track - 4:30 pm

October 14
No School - Professional Learning Day
Board Meeting - 6:00 pm

October 16
SMS Fall Orchestra Concert @ SHS - 7:00 pm

October 17
SMS Fall Play - 7:00 pm
SHS Fall Choral Concert - 7:00 pm

October 18
SMS Fall Play - 7:00 pm

October 23
SHS Haunted Trail - 4:00 to 11:00 pm
SHS Seniors Community Service Day
SHS Orchestra Concert - 7:00 pm

October 24
No School - Parent-Teacher Conferences

October 25 No School - Parent-Teacher Conferences

October 26
ACT Test Day @ SHS Auditorium - 8:00 am

October 30
District Wellness Night @ SHS 6:30-8:00 pm


October Appreciation/Awareness Days

Follow us on social media as we show our appreciation for the following. 

National Principals Month
National Custodian Appreciation Day: 2
Anti-Bullying Awareness Week: 7-11
National School Lunch Week: 14-18
National Character Counts Week: 14-18
National School Bus Safety Week: 21-25
Red Ribbon Week: 23-31


SHS Haunted Trail - Oct 23

Haunted Trail

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The First Quarter Communicator is online and will be delivered to mailboxes soon! Click here to view the latest Communicator. 

Keeping Students Safe Online

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Seaman School District is in its fourth year of 1:1 MacBook deployment for grades 7-12, and a districtwide initiative of incorporating blended learning (student learning via electronic and online media as well as traditional teaching) in all of our buildings. The district is committed to providing the safest possible experience for students who are learning to navigate the boundless mountain of information available on the internet in a 21st century learning environment.

Click here to read more about Seaman School District content filtering. 

Engraved Bricks and Benches

Purchase an engraved brick or bench to support the Dr. Carolyn Orozco Fitness Trail located at Seaman High School. Your help will promote Seaman's wellness efforts and will pay for maintenance and improvements to the trail. Your gift will give back to the community and support the future.

Bricks and benches can serve as memorials or be used as gifts for graduations, birthdays, anniversaries, class gifts, or other special occasions.

Click here for more information on the Brick and Bench Fundraiser.


Teen Vaping on the Rise

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes, vapes, or vape pens) have become a new trend among children and teens and Seaman School District is working towards prevention. In the most recent Kansas Communities that Care (KCTC) survey, district leaders found e-cigarette use on the rise and a decline in traditional cigarettes.

Vaping Data

The USD 345 Vaping Prevention Committee will host a community conversation on November 12 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Seaman High School. All parents and students are invited to attend this important discussion centered around the potential dangers of vaping, misconceptions about e-cigarettes, and how we can all help our kids and community prevent vaping.

Click here for more information on prevention efforts in the Seaman School District.

Logan Community Resource Room

If your family could benefit from the Logan Community Resource Room, or if you would like to donate, please email khegarty@usd345.com. We have school supplies, hygiene items, food, clothing, etc for families in our community. 

Open the Following Dates (or email for appointment)
October 10: 4-6:30 pm
October 21, 22, 23, 24 (in conjunction with Parent-Teacher Conferences)
November 5: 4-6:30 pm
November 18: 4-6:30 pm
December 12: 4-6:30 pm
December 19: 4-6:30 pm

Days and times are subject to change. Follow the Logan Facebook page for more information.

Information on Lockdowns

When the district becomes aware of an incident or situation that has the potential to compromise the safety of our schools, we will initiate a lockdown. During these incidents, our first priority is to secure our students and keep them safe. For safety reasons, parents are not allowed to pick their children up during a lockdown and students are not permitted to leave the building.

Our second priority is communicating with our families. We will use our messaging service, SchoolMessenger, during emergency situations. This service will notify affected families using text and email. It is important to be sure your contact information is current and updated so you can receive these updates, as our school personnel will not always be available to answer phone calls during these instances. If a lockdown occurs at the end of the day, students will still be kept inside and bus service may be temporarily interrupted.

In some cases, schools will initiate a brief “soft” lockdown when it is necessary for students to remain in classrooms while an incident is managed (ie medical emergency). During “soft” lockdowns, normal school activities continue, with the exception of hallway traffic and outdoor recess. These incidents will not be mass communicated to protect the privacy of students involved. If the incident affects your child, you will be contacted.

The safety of our students is our number one priority and we will keep parents notified of procedures, pick-up instructions (if necessary) and other information pertaining to all emergencies.


Tips from the School Nurse

Cold and flu season is upon us. It is important for children to attend school, but when a child is truly sick, they need to stay home to get well and prevent spreading illness to others. Please help us keep our students and staff healthy by reviewing the following illness prevention strategies.

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water
  • Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing;
  • preferably into the inside of your elbow
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Eat right, exercise, and get plenty of rest to help boost your immunity
  • It’s not too late to get a flu shot
  • Please keep your sick child home from school until they have been FREE FROM FEVER, VOMITING, AND/OR DIARRHEA FOR 24 HOURS (without use of medication)
Please feel free to contact the school nurse in your child’s building if you have questions or wonder if you should send your child to school or not. When calling the school to report an absence due to illness you will be asked to provide your child’s symptoms. This is so we can track the spread of certain illnesses in a particular grade or classroom and respond accordingly. Thank you for giving us this information. Please see the Seaman USD #345 school district communicable disease guidelines for further information regarding when to keep your child home from school.

Fall Plays

Who Dunit
Seaman Middle School TheaterWorks proudly presents “Who Dunit… and to Whom?" on Thursday, October 17 and Friday, October 18 at 7:00 pm. This hilarious spoof of the classic ’gumshoe story’ has more twists than a loop of licorice. Henpecked paint salesman Harold Finnegan is trying to pound out his umpteenth third-rate detective story on his typewriter. As he writes, we see the actions played out by actors on stage. And as he corrects his writing, we see the actors forced to revise their actions! Harold’s story introduces us to the beautiful Russian “painter" nicknamed Anytime, and our hero, Detective Grip. As the Russian spins her tale, she faints, and when the ’pizza gal’ shows up, she believes that Grip has killed the Russian. From there, our tale really goes wild — from police officers wielding rubberbands (Harold doesn’t like violence in his plays) to Sheila Crylinski (a villain modeled after Harold’s arch-enemy at work) to Grip’s vengeful daughter, the electronic genius Bitsy. Strange characters keep cropping up... characters with the power to stop the play and freeze the other characters. Who really is writing this play anyway? Is it Harold? Or has he lost control of his own thoughts? And who are Elizabeth and Martha, who seem to have devilish plans for writing Harold himself out of the script?

The Beverly Hillbillies
 Seaman High School presents "The Beverly Hillbillies" on Nov. 14, 15, 16 at 7:00 pm. The lovable Clampett family rides onto the stage for an evening of hillbilly hilarity. Starting in the Clampett's mountain cabin, the play follows them through the discovery of oil, their improbably invasion of hi-falutin' Beverly Hills society and the absurd adventures and ridiculous romances they encounter there. They and the people they meet in "Californy" provide twists and turns, mistaken identity, wrestling, a couple of proposals and a big plate of muskrat shanks and hand slung chitlins.



Fall Into Fitness 5K - Nov. 9

Fall Into Fitness
Join our Seaman family at the annual Fall into Fitness 5K! Proceeds benefit the Dr. Carolyn Orozco Fitness Trail and community wellness events. Register by October 18 to receive a shirt!
www.seamanschools.org/fallintofitness


District Wellness Night - Oct. 30

Wellness Night Join us for an evening of activity and fun at the Seaman High School track for our district wellness night from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. District wellness nights are free events and open to the public. All ages welcome!


Parents as Teachers (PAT)

The PAT room at Mathes Early Learning Center will be open from 9-11 am every Tuesday (when school is in session) for parents and children to enjoy, play and meet other families with children birth to five.

Click here to learn more about Parents as Teachers

Parent Classes

Conscious discipline classes will be held at Mathes Early Learning Center on Wednesday mornings at 9:00am. Classes are free to any Seaman School District family but, will be limited to 12 participants per class. 

Oct 2: Assertiveness
Oct 9 Encouragement
Oct 16: Choices
Oct 23: Empathy
Oct 30: Positive Intent
Nov 6: Consequences 

Click here to register.


Board Digest

CAN Awards
Following each board of education meeting, the Director of Communications recaps the board meeting in the Board Digest. Click here to review the latest board meeting. 

October Lunch Menu

Click here to view a PDF of this month's lunch menu.

Elementary Lunch: $2.65
Secondary Lunch: $2.90
Adult Lunch: $3.90
Breakfast K-12: $1.85
Adult Breakfast: $2.35
Extra Milk: $0.55

School lunch calendars can be added to your calendar feed using this URL: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/usd345.com_bu02c6o8qdtcfqsoqo9p8q9lks%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics

Fundraisers

SHS History Day will be having a fundraising night at LaRocca’s Pizza Wednesday, October 9th from 4-9 pm.

SHS History Day will be having a fundraising night at The Pad Tuesday, November 19th from 4-8 pm.

Water Walk - October 12 from 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm (Race at 6:30 pm)
The Water Walk will be a race with pre-registered teams consisting of 4 people (students must be freshman or older). Each member will race one lap around the track while carrying two sealed five-gallon jugs, half-way filled with water, to simulate the distance that many walk on a daily basis to bring water back to their communities in developing countries.

There will be food truck vendors who will donate a portion of their proceeds to the SHS Thirst Project and each attendee will be asked to contribute to a free-will donation for a ticket to enter into a raffle of their choice. There will also be a variety of games and activities for all age groups. An informational booth will be available to educate others about the Thirst Project. This will be a night filled with fun and education for the entire community to learn about the SHS Thirst Project.

The Thirst Project is a global organization that is dedicated to defeating the World Water Crisis. Seaman High School is trying to raise $12,000 over the course of the 2019-2020 school year to build a well in a country that does not have access to clean water or water.

Click here to register. 

Sleep in a Box

The Seaman High School Interact Club is gearing up for their annual homelessness awareness event and food drive, Sleep in a Box, on Oct 5. Non-perishable food donations can be dropped off at the Seaman High School Football Field at 6:00 pm on Oct. 5. You can also contact tcollins@usd345.com if donation arrangements need to be made. 

We’re hiring!

We are always looking for qualified substitutes, bus drivers and various support positions. Take a look at our current job openings, and help spread the word!