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September 2022

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Important Dates

September 1: Logan PTO Meeting 6:00 pm
September 2: Logan 6th Grade Parent Day
September 2: MELC preschool: No School
September 2: FFA BBQ @ SHS, 5:30-7:00 pm
September 2: SHS Back to School Dance, 8:00-10:00 pm
September 5: No School - Labor Day
September 7: Parents as Teachers Playgroup, 9:00 am at Shawnee North Community Center
September 7: District Wellness Night, 6:00-7:30 pm at SHS Football Stadium
September 9: Logan 5th Grade Parent Day
September 12: Logan Grandparents Day 8:00 am
September 12: SMS Site Council 5:30 pm
September 12: SMS PTO 6:45 pm
September 13: Logan Grandparents Day 8:00 am
September 13: Northern Hills PTO/Site Council 6:00 pm
September 13: MELC Literacy Make & Take Night, 5:30-7:00 pm
September 14: West Indianola Site Council 5:30 pm
September 14: MELC PTO 5:30 pm
September 16: SABC Food Truck Tailgate, 5:00-8:00 pm
September 16: Logan Site Council 12:00 pm
September 16: 4th Grade Parent Day
September 21: SHS Site Council 12:00 pm
September 21: MELC Site Council 5:30 pm
September 22: 3rd Grade Parent Day
September 23: Early Release: Homecoming Parade
September 23: MELC No School
September 23: Logan, West Indianola, Northern Hills Walk-a-Thon
September 26: Fine Arts Booster Club Meeting at SHS 7:00 pm
September 29: West Indianola Family Game Night 5:30 pm
September 30: Logan 2nd Grade Parent Day


Superintendent Update
I hope everyone is finding their groove as the school year continues its great start. I know I have found mine with the help of this wonderful community. Thank you to many for taking the time to meet with me as I’m reaching out to learn more about our school district. It has been an enriching and energizing experience to hear the different perspectives with that same underlying theme…we care deeply about our students, staff, schools, and community. 

I can assure you that we remain committed to ensuring our school community stays connected, just like we are committed to keeping kids connected in their school. This week, our high school students will participate in a schoolwide club fair with an opportunity to learn about and join 28 different clubs. We know that when students are involved and engaged in extracurricular activities, student success follows. This can also be replicated in our community. When our parents, staff, and community members are engaged, our community thrives. 

Partnering with parents and providing opportunities for parents to be in our schools and see what their children are doing is important to us. Our dedicated and talented staff work hard to provide a robust offering of opportunities to connect with our community and promote an environment of student support around our district. You will see a few of these events in this edition of the eCommunicator. Please consider joining us to continue building on the strength of our vibrant community.

We thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you out at some of our activities supporting and encouraging our students.


Brad Willson
Brad Willson
Superintendent   

Homecoming Parade

Homecoming Parade  

The Seaman School District Annual Homecoming Parade will be Friday, Sep. 23 at 2:00 pm. Come and fill the streets and cheer on the floats decorated in this year's theme: A Viking Getaway 2022. There will be team floats, 6th grade floats, club floats and more! This is a fun community event and all are welcome to attend. 

The parade route will begin at Garfield Park and travel north on Kansas Ave. and end at Independence Ave. After the parade, come out to the SHS Football Field at 7:00 pm and cheer on our Seaman Vikings football team as they battle Lansing! 

District Wellness Night

Wellness Night
The Seaman community is invited to attend an evening of fun games and activities promoting healthy living hosted by the District Wellness Council. This is a free event and all ages are welcome. We hope to see you there! 

Fall Into Fitness 5K

5K

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 12. The Seaman community is invited to participate in a 5K Fun Run! The run will begin at 8:30 am on the SHS football field and all ages are welcome to participate. Information on ordering t-shirts will be available soon. 


Health Screenings

Each year, USD 345 completes various health screenings in accordance with state law at no charge. These screenings include: hearing, vision, and dental. Screenings are conducted as part of our health services program and administered by school nurses or qualified healthcare service partners. Parents will be notified if further attention is advised after a screening is complete. 

Routine health screenings in schools promote healthy lifestyles and ensure each student is ready to learn. School health screening information is protected by privacy laws and kept confidential. 

If you would like to opt your child out of health screenings, please follow the link below and send a written letter of exclusion to your child's school office by September 9, 2022. 

Click here to access the Health Screening Opt Out Form. 
Click here for more information on Kansas statutes related to school health screenings.

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 Digest
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:

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 Volleyball prepares for 2022 season

New teachers and certified staff welcome video


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! 


Alumni Association Shirts

Alumni Shirts

SHS Alumni -- You asked for it, you got it! Alumni shirts now available for purchase. Proceeds from the sales of alumni shirts will go to the scholarship fund that allows one or two senior students each year to receive a scholarship as they pursue higher education. Checks can be made out to Seaman High School Alumni Association and sent to: Kathy Johnson 17215 Bowser Dr. Hoyt, Ks. 66440

If you choose to pick up your shirts, we'll be setting times and places to do so soon. We have most t-shirt sizes in stock now, sweatshirt orders will take approximately 3-4 extra weeks to send out.

Click here to Order!