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August 2022

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Important Dates

August 12-19: Transportation changes turned in take effect 8/29
August 12: MELC Screening
August 16: Freshman/New SHS Orientation @ 6:00 pm
August 17: Elementary Sneak Peeks 5:30-6:30 pm
August 18: First Day of School (K-10)
August 19: First Day of School (11-12)
August 19: MELC Sneak Peek 5:30-7:00 pm
August 22: First Day of School (MELC)
August 22: EL Kindergarten Parent Night 5:30-6:30 pm
August 23: SHS Open House 5:30-6:30 pm
August 23: PHLC Parent Night 5:30-6:30 pm
August 24: EL 1st-3rd Parent Night 5:45-7:15 pm
August 24: EL 4th-6th Parent Night 6:30-8:00 pm
August 25: NF Kindergarten Parent Night 6:00-7:00 pm
August 25: NH Parent Night 6:00-7:00 pm
August 26: WI Family Movie Night 7:00 pm
August 29: EL Site Council 6:00-7:00 pm
August 29: WI Kindergarten Parent Night 6:00 pm
August 29: NF 1st-6th grade Parent Night 6:00-7:00 pm
August 29: EL PTO 7:00-8:00 pm
August 30: WI 1st-6th Parent Night 6:00-7:30pm


Superintendent Update
Welcome to the 2022-23 school year!

We have been busy all summer preparing for a wonderful school year and we’re excited to welcome families back into our buildings. Yesterday, all of our staff came together to kick off the year with a Top Gun themed convocation titled “Lift Off and Lift Up.” This year is going to be all about getting students ready to excel and take off while we work together as a team to lift each other up. You will hear me talk about teamwork and partnering a lot because I truly believe we all have the same interests and goals in helping our kids succeed and we can do great things for our kids when we work together. I’ve only been in this school community a short amount of time but I can tell you that every person that I’ve met has that same goal.

In July, my family and I officially moved into the Seaman Community. Your warm reception has meant a great deal to us in our transition. I hope you will extend that same kindness to our newest members of the team. We have 48 new teachers/certified staff and around 40 new classified staff starting with us this year. In that mix are some new faces and some familiar faces who have worked in the district before and we’re excited to have back. If you meet one of our new employees, I would encourage you to reach out and make them feel welcome and at home.

On Wednesday, August 17, the USD 345 Board of Education will make their final walkthrough in all our buildings before the students fill our hallways on August 18. The next few weeks are filled with opportunities to be an engaged parent so please connect with your child’s building and partner with us on an incredible year!

Brad Willson
Brad Willson
Superintendent 
 

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Bus Routes

The transportation department is currently routing all bus riders who signed up for bussing during online enrollment. Most bus information should be loaded into PowerSchool by Monday. Please check your student's bus number and drop-off/pick-up information by logging into PowerSchool and clicking "Bus Information" on the left navigation bar. If you have any questions, please contact the transportation department at 785-286-8440 or email [email protected]

Important Note: Bus routes may continue to change. Please check your route information again on August 17 with any updated information. 

Transportation Student-Parent Handbook

Now Hiring Substitutes!
Now Hiring Paraprofessionals!
Now Hiring Bus Drivers!
Now Hiring Food Service Workers
Now Hiring Custodians!

Work in USD 345 and join a family of dedicated staff members who make a difference in our community every day!

Apply Online: https://seamanschools.tedk12.com/hire/Index.aspx
Questions: 785-575-8602


  See Something, Say Something

Our See Something, Say Something reporting tool is anonymous. This form allows you and others to submit safety concerns to district officials. This reporting tool is continuously monitored by district staff. If you would like to receive follow-up correspondence you may leave your contact information. Reporting observed threats, behaviors, actions, and harassment help maintain a safe and secure learning environment for all students and staff.

After you provide as much information as you have about a safety or security concern, here are the next steps the district follows:

1. A district official reviews your information and replies to your tip if contact info is provided.
2. Your tip is forwarded to the proper administration to begin investigation.
3. You are contacted (if contact info is provided) to provide any follow-up info, if needed.
4. Administration follows through with the investigation and any action steps necessary.

Crime Stoppers is another reporting tool available to Shawnee County residents. Crime Stoppers encourages members of the community to assist local law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime by overcoming fear and apathy. They assist local law enforcement agencies by gathering information through the use of online and mobile tools and encourage community members to volunteer vital information that could lead to the battle against crime.

Call the Anonymous Tip Line at (785) 234-0007 or submit information through their Mobile Application. Tips that lead to a felony arrest are eligible for a cash reward.

See Something, Say Something
www.seamanschools.org/report

Crime Stoppers
(785) 234-0007 


Preschool Registration

MELC
Mathes Early Learning Center serves an inclusive model of three and four-year-old students, in high quality, half-day & full-day preschool classrooms. Slots are limited. All preschool students in the Seaman School District receive priority preference.
Visit Mathes Early Learning Center online for more information. 


USD Food Service FAQs

Q: Are school meals free for all students for the 2022-2023 school year?
A: No. On July 1st all current students and new students will be full paid. Students will need money on lunch accounts unless they have received a letter from USD 345 stating that they have been approved for Free/Reduced meals for the 2022-2023 school year by the end of July.

Q: How can I get Free or Reduced priced meals for my child/children? Will I need to complete a Free & Reduced Application to qualify for free/reduced meals for the 2022-2023 school year.
A: Yes, for the last 2 years all students have received free meals due to Covid-19. That benefit expires at the end of this current school year and all students will be considered full price until a completed application is received and approved by Nutrition Services staff.

Q: When will the Free/Reduced application be available and where can I get it?
A: The Free/Reduced Application is available online.

Q: Do I need to fill a separate application for each child?
A: No, all the children in the household go on 1 application, even if they attend different schools here at Seaman. All people living in the household should be listed and any income earned must be listed.

Q: Are there any other benefits I might be eligible to receive?
A: There is a “Consent for Disclosure” form that you can complete to receive reduced enrollment fees if you qualify. It will be with the Free/Reduced Application and should be returned with the application.

Q: How much are school meals?
•    Elementary Lunch: $2.65
•    Secondary Lunch (7-12): $2.90
•    Student Breakfast: $1.85
•    Adult Lunch $4.00 
•    Adult Breakfast: $2.35
•    Milk Only: .55

Lunch Money

myschoolbucks
Create your free MySchoolBucks account to conveniently and securely add money to your student’s meal account online or with the mobile app.


With MySchoolBucks you’ll be able to view cafeteria purchases, check your student’s balance, receive low balance alerts and pay for school meals from anywhere!


Get started:

1. Go to myschoolbucks.com or download the mobile app
2. Create your free account and add your students using their school name / student ID
3. Add funds using your credit/debit card or electronic check
Note: For each transaction, you will be charged a service fee of $2.75
4. Set up automatic payments and never forget to send in lunch money again

Or skip the online service fee and:
Send a check with your student to school or mail checks to: 

Seaman Food Service
901 NW Lyman Rd
Topeka, KS 66608

Please include your student's name. 


Lunch Menu

Food
Click here to view the K-6 lunch menu.

Due to nationwide production issues, our district is experiencing shortages and substitutions with our meal planning. This means we may need to make last-minute changes to the published menu.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
  


School Board Meetings

BOE Members
Regular board meetings are scheduled on the second Monday of each month at 6:00 pm, with the exception of March, which will be held on the third Monday. Regular meetings may be adjourned to another time and place when necessary. Special meetings may also be scheduled on an as-needed basis. 

Regular meetings typically take place at the Seaman Education Center. When meeting locations change, notice is sent out to the public and made available online. Board agendas go live on the Friday afternoon prior to the regular board meeting. 

All regular meetings are streamed live and available on the district's YouTube channel. A recap of the meeting is also made available through the Board Digest

Both in-person and digital public comment are accepted at regular board meetings. The public comment agenda item may be found in the meeting agenda

Remaining regular meetings for the 2022-23 school year:

August 8, 2022
September 12, 2022
October 10, 2022
November 14, 2022
December 12, 2022
January 9, 2023
February 13, 2023
March 20, 2023
April 10, 2023
May 8, 2023
June 12, 2023
July 10, 2023


2022-23 School Calendar


2022-23 Calendar

Our online calendar can be found on our calendar page.


Peachjar Flyers

Peachjar
Don't forget to check out our collection of school and community flyers. You can view all flyers for the district or search by school. Digital flyers help us keep you informed and saves our community partners in resources. 


A Look at District News

Seaman school bus drivers earn top safe driving awards

Seaman Middle School Named School of Distinction

Logan Elementary receives KSDE Challenge Award


We’re hiring!

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