February 2020



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Important Dates

February 3
NH Spring Pictures
Improv Valentine's Day Show - 7pm @ SHS

February 4
Community Life Drawing - 6pm @ SHS

February 6
Viking Variety Show Auditions - 3:30 pm @ SHS

February 7
MELC - No Preschool

February 8
Jr. Vikettes Camp - 8am-12pm @ SHS

February 10
WI Class Pictures
SEC Board Meeting @ 6pm
Viking Variety Show Dress Rehearsal - 7pm @ SHS

February 11
Jr. Vikette Dance Performance - 8pm @ SHS

February 12
EL Picture Day
Viking Variety Talent Show

February 13
No School - Parent-Teacher Conferences
8th Grade Parent Night - 7:15 pm @ SHS

February 14
No School - Parent-Teacher Conferences
Snowball Festivities @ Between Varsity Basketball Games

February 15
Snowball Dance - 7:30 pm @ SHS

February 17
No School - Professional Learning Day

February 19
Wellness Council Meeting - 4:15 pm @ West Indianola
SEAF Banquet - 6pm @ SHS

February 20
SMS Spring Band Concert - 7 pm
Battle of the Bands - 6:30 pm @ SHS

February 24
SMS Orchestra Concert - 7pm @ SHS

February 25
SHS ACT Testing Day
LO Spring Pictures
LO Title I Math Night 5:30-6:30 pm

February 25
WorkKeys Testing

February 26
SHS Orchestra 7pm @ SHS
NF Spring Pictures

February 27
NH Title I Math Night - 6-7:30 pm
No 6th Grade Band & Orchestra 

February 28
No 6th Grade Band & Orchestra

Appreciation/Awareness Days

National School Counseling Week: 3-7

National School Counseling Week, which takes place Monday, Feb. 3, through Friday, Feb. 7, highlights the tremendous impact the nearly 1,300 licensed public school counselors in Kansas have in helping students achieve success. School counselors provide students with academic, college and career help and social-emotional development.

School Board Appreciation

Board Appreciation Month
Last month was School Board Appreciation Month in Kansas. This was a great time to focus on the crucial role an elected board of education plays in our communities and schools. They are extraordinary people who voluntarily tackle the enormous job of governing school districts. Their actions and decisions affect the present and future lives of our children.

Below are the men and women serving Seaman USD 345 and their years of service.

Michelle Caudill - 3 weeks
Keith Griffen – 2 years
Cherie Sage – 4 years
James Adams – 10 years
Frank Henderson – 14 years
Karl McNorton – 4 years and current board vice president
Fred Patton – 17 years and current board president

SMS & SHS Program Planning Guides

Students have been reviewing course options for next year at SMS and SHS. Clink the links below to view classes offered for your students in next year's program planning guides. Students will begin enrolling in classes this month so please take a moment to discuss these options with your middle and high school students. Counselors are available to answer questions. 

SMS Program Planning Guide
SHS Program Planning Guide

Counselor Contact Info

Daniel Ruda SMS School Counselor (Last Names A-K) [email protected]

Chelcie Heitman
SMS School Counselor
(Last Names L-Z)
[email protected]

Dawna Ross
SHS School Counselor
A-G (Grades 10-12)
[email protected]

Patty Allacher
SHS School Counselor
H-O (Grades 10-12)
[email protected]

Steve Alexander
SHS School Counselor
P-Z (Grades 10-12)
[email protected]

Shanna Sloyer
Freshman Center School Counselor
[email protected]

Snow Day Make Up

Snow Days
Due to our current number of school closings, there WILL be school on April 10 & 13. Any additional days needed due to future cancellations will be decided on an as needed basis.

Singing Valentines

Singing Valentines
Let the Seaman Show Choir help you show your loved ones how much you care. 

February 14 Singing Valentine Orders
Standard Singing Valentine: $20
Singing Valentines with a box of Bondbons cake pops: $30

Please contact SMS & SHS Choir Teacher Randall Bond (785-286-8300) or email [email protected] for more details or to make your reservation. Singing valentines are limited, so get your order in soon.

When ordering please provide:
• Name & address of person receiving the valentine
• Name of person sending the valentine (we do not do anonymous)
• Best time to perform (no guarantees)

Valentines must be paid by February 12. Please send check or cash, payable to SHS Show Choir, to the Seaman High School office (Attn: Randall Bond) at 4850 NW Rochester Rd, Topeka, KS 66617

Thank you for your support of the USD 345 vocal music program!

Kindergarten Orientation Registration Open

Kindergarten Orientation
If you have a child who will be five years old on or before August 31, 2020 and you live in the Seaman School District, please register for Kindergarten Orientation. Kindergarten Orientation will be April 16 from 5:30-7:30 pm at each school.

Click here to find your school and register online.

Logan Community Resource Room

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

Open (or email for appointment)
Tuesday and Wednesday February 11th and 12th 4:15-7:15
Tuesday February 25th 4:15-6:15
Tuesday March 3 and 24th 4:15-6:15
Wednesday April 8 4:15-6:15
Tuesday April 21 4:15-6:15
Tuesday May 5 and May 19 4:15-6:15

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

SEAF Banquet - February 19

The Seaman Education Advantage Foundation’s 14th Annual State of the District Banquet will be Wednesday, February 19. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. / Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Seaman High School Commons.

Click here for registration info.

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

Junior Vikette Dance Clinic

Online Registration Link: https://usd345.revtrak.net/camps

Clinic Date: Saturday, February 8th, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: SHS
Cost: $25 per student (Price includes t-shirt)
Students will perform at the game on Tuesday, February 11th

Board Digest

Board Appreciation
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. 

Spring Musical - March 26-28

Save the date for the Seaman High School spring musical, “Into the Woods.” Tickets are $8 and $5 for students. The show starts at 7:00 pm on March 26, 27, and 28.

Viking Variety Show - AUDITIONS

We are setting up auditions for the annual Viking Variety Show! We’re looking for students of all ages, teachers, custodians, counselors, nurses, administrators, paras, etc. to show off your abilities and talents. Weird and quirky is welcome, magic, comedy, duets, trios, groups, stupid human tricks, dog tricks, music--anything goes! Seaman staff and students can email Michael Stauffer at [email protected] to schedule auditions.

VVS Auditions: Feb 6 @ 3:30 (sign up for an audition time, SHS Auditorium)
VVS Dress Rehearsal: Feb 10 @ 7pm
VVS Show: Feb 12 @ 7pm

Everyone can mark their calendars to come by and see the amazing talent, that’s right here in our very own Seaman School District!

Battle of the Bands

Battle of the Bands

Five bands will battle on Thursday, February 20 at Seaman High School’s Annual Battle of the Bands. Doors at 6pm, and the show starts at 6:30pm. Tickets are $3 in advance or $5 at the door.

Proceeds benefit 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.

February 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

Click here for the February newsletter. 

Adult Education

Adult Ed
Did you know Seaman School District can help adults receive their high school diploma?

It's never too late to finish what you've started.

Orion Education and Training is the adult diploma program for the Seaman School District. Adult residents without high school diplomas may enroll in this high school completion program at no cost. Upon enrollment, students can select Seaman USD 345 as their school of choice and the district will take care of the enrollment fees.

If you are over the age of 18, your class has already graduated, and you’re a Kansas resident, this program is for you. Orion classes begin again in January so now is a great time to enroll.

Enrollment is FREE
Online coursework meets state graduation requirements. Adult learners can work online from home at their own pace with 24/7 access to courses.

Seaman School District currently has 80 individuals signed up and graduated five adult students, last year. To learn more or enroll, visit the www.orioneducation.org, or contact Orion administrators by phone at 785-228-2336. Orion is located in Topeka at 5331 SW 22nd Pl Ste M.

February Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences
PreK-6: February conferences will be scheduled for every student.

7th-8th: February conferences will be student-led and will require the student and parent/guardian to be present. If you are unable to attend, your student should invite an alternate adult mentor or a mentor from our school building. Please schedule conferences with advisory teachers only. Other teachers will be available and conferences can be scheduled individually through PowerSchool.

9th-11th: February conferences are planned for Wednesday, 2/12, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m and Thursday, 2/13, from 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. The conferences will be student-led and will require the student and parent/guardian present. If you are not able to attend, your student should invite an alternate adult mentor or a mentor from our school building. Please schedule conferences with CaLP teachers for student-led conferences. Time may also be scheduled with other teachers, as available.

12th: Seniors will not participate in the February student-led conferences. Please feel free to schedule time with teachers as available.

PHLC: February conferences will be student-led and will require the student and parent/guardian present. Conferences will be held with the student’s primary teacher. Please contact the PHLC office to schedule your conferences.

How to Schedule your Parent-Teacher Conferences in PowerSchool
1. Log in to your PowerSchool Parent account. From the start page, click on REQUEST INTERVIEWS (Apple & Clock Icon)

2. From this screen, Select the EVENT you would like to sign up for. (EVENTS are the days conferences are scheduled)

3. To reserve a time, click the slot you want, and then the SUBMIT REQUEST(S) button.

4. Enter in your (parent) name, check the CONFIRM box, and then click the CONFIRM REQUEST(s) button. Your screen will now show this time as registered.

5. If you need to cancel a previously scheduled time, click on REVIEW INTERVIEWS from the PowerSchool start page. From here, you can delete as needed.

Seaman Baseball Royals Vouchers

The Seaman Baseball program will be selling Royals vouchers!

These vouchers can be exchanged for tickets to 72 Royals home games throughout the 2020 season. The Seaman program is required to sell 1000 Royals vouchers in order to be eligible to play at Kauffman Stadium. Lower Level Field Plaza vouchers cost $25 each and Upper Level View Reserved vouchers cost $15 each.

To purchase Royals vouchers and support the baseball program, contact head coach Steve Bushnell at [email protected].

Save the Date: Seaman vs. Hayden at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday, April 11 at 1:00pm. (Free parking & admission to attend)

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!