Seaman Middle School - November 2017


    Annie Diederich, Principal, adiederich@usd345.com 
    Allan Cooper, Assistant Principal, acooper@usd345.com
    Sherry Johnson, Secretary, sjohnson@usd345.com     Julie Payne, Secretary, jpayne@usd345.com


    7:50 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

    Students achieve best when they attend school on a regular basis and are at school on time daily.

    Important Dates

    Monday, November 6th - NO SCHOOL

    Tuesday, November 7th - Election Day

    Wednesday, November 8th - District Wellness Night - at SMS - 6:30-8:00 pm

    Saturday, November 11th - Fall Into Fitness - Carolyn Orozco Trail - 8:30 am

    Friday, Novemeber 17th - Krispy Kreme Donut Sales - SMS Drop Off Loop - 7:00 am 

    Tuesday, November 21st - SMS Carnival **This activity is for SMS students only**

          *More information below

    Wednesday, November 22nd-Friday, November 24th - NO SCHOOL

    Friday, December 1st - SMS Dance - 7:00 pm

         *More information below

    Seminar TNO Carnival

    The much anticipated Seminar TNO Fundraiser Carnival is quickly approaching! November 21st from 12:45 - 2:45 is the date and time of our annual carnival for SMS students only. Each seminar is in the process of planning and bringing supplies for their seminar game or food booth. Students will help work their specific seminar activity for a scheduled time slot, and then spend the rest of the afternoon participating in the school carnival activities themselves. Activities and food booths cost money to participate in, so please send money with your student on this day. In the past years, SMS has raised approximately $4,000.00 or more for this local community organization. We are a major contributor to TNO during the holidays. They use this money in our community to help needy families. Please ask your child what they need to bring to their seminar teacher in preparation for the carnival. Thanks in advance for everyone's support of this worthwhile fundraiser.

    Winter Dance

    The Winter Dance will be on Friday, December 1st from 7:00-9:00 pm, for only SMS students in good standing.  Dance tickets will be sold during lunch the week prior to the dance.  Students are encouraged to buy their tickets ahead of time, but they will also be available for purchase at the door the night of the dance.  8th grade students are to be dropped off and picked up behind the school, 8th grade parents will need to enter and exit through the district transporation drive, north of Northern Hills Elementary.  7th grade students are to be dropped off and picked up at the front doors, 7th grade parents will enter and exit through the middle school parking lot. Drop Off Directions  Parents, please do not enter the building with your students unless you are volunteering, this dance is intended for SMS students only. A reminder that all school rules, including the school dress code, are enforced during the school dance.  Boys are expected to wear appropriate shirts and pants, and girls are expected to wear appropriate dresses or shirts and pants.  Strapless dresses, dresses that are too short, or dresses that show cleavage are not allowed to be worn at school dances.

    Donations and volunteers are needed for the dance, please contact our PTO President Darcy Appelhanz if you are able to help.

    Connect With Kids

    On October 20th SMS students participated in the second social-emotional learning lesson of the year. This Connect with Kids lesson focused on the topic of bullying. Students watched a video, participated in an activity on social stigmas, and discussed questions centering on social responsibility. 


    Tech Times at SMS

    Natasha Armstead's 8th grade math students learned how to use the Apple application Numbers while learning about lines of best fit.  Mrs. Armstead began by using actaul data from a class experiment about bridge strength to show students how a table can be converted to a graph in Numbers, then asked the students to draw a line of best fit over the graph.  The students were then given a new set of data and asked to create their own graph and line of best fit using the Numbers application.  Video demonstrations were included as an opptional support for students who needed help creating either a line or graph, and Mrs. Armstead was able to move around the room supporting students individually as they worked through the problem at their own pace.


    Technology Questions

    With our new 1:1 technology initiative in full swing in the middle school we would like to provide a forum for parents and students to submit questions or concerns that they are having with regards to the new MacBooks and technology use in general.  Questions can be submitted through the Seaman Middle School website under Parents, or by using this link.  These questions will be directed to technology staff in the building and they will answer your questions as soon as possible.  This will ensure that your questions are being directed to someone who is able to answer them, and parents will be receiving the same information in their answers. 

    District/Community Wellness Nights

    District Wellness Nights are a great way to get kids and families connected outside of school. They’re free to participate and always fun. From bouncy houses and organized games to walking laps--there’s always something for everyone.

    September 6 (Wednesday) @ Seaman High School (6:30-8:00 p.m.) Hosted by SHS

    October 11 (Wednesday) @ Seaman High School (6:30-8:00 p.m.) Hosted by NF & SHS

    November 8 (Wednesday) @ Seaman Middle School (6:30-8:00 p.m.) Hosted by SMS

    November 11 (Saturday) @ Seaman High School (8:30 a.m.) “Fall Into Fitness” 5K Hosted by USD 345

    February 22 (Thursday) @ West Indianola Elem. School (6:30-8:00 p.m.) Hosted by WI & EL

    April 17 (Tuesday) @ Logan Elementary School (6:30-8:00 p.m.) Hosted by LO & NH

    Topeka North Outreach - Operation Backpack

    Parents/Gaurdians of children who attend any Seaman USD345 school can apply for a weekend food sack. Click the link below to register.


    Things to remember . . .

    Reporting an absence or tardy 
    Call 785-286-8400 and ask to speak with Misty Adamson.  Please call the day your student is absent so they don't receive an unexcused absence.

    Requesting Homework
    Call 785-286-8400 and ask to speak with Misty Adamson.  Please call before 10 am if you plan on picking up homework the day that you are calling.

    Call Phil McKay at 785-286-8516.

    Random Drug Testing Policy
    All students who compete in KSHSAA athletics or activities and students whose parents decide to option into our testing pool. The testing company will select the students at random and we will then call the student down to the office. The student will have a small section of hair cut and sent to a laboratory to be tested. Parents will be notified with the results from the testing. This policy is in addition to our current policies.

    FALL: 7th and 8th Football, 7th and 8th Volleyball, 7th and 8th Girls Tennis, 7th and 8th Cross Country, STUCO, 8th Grade Band, 7th and 8th Grade Orchestra, 7th and 8th Grade Cheerleaders, 7th and 8th Grade Dancers

    WINTER: 7th and 8th Grade Wrestling, 7th and 8th Grade Girls Basketball, 7th and 8th Scholar Bowl, 7th and 8th Grade Bowling, 7th and 8th Grade Boys Basketball

    SPRING: 7th and 8th Grade Boys Tennis, 7th and 8th Grade Golf, 7th and 8th Grade Track

    Parents optioning their student into the Pool

     Seaman Parents as Teachers

    Do you have a child under the age of three? Or are you expecting a baby? Parents as Teachers is a FREE early learning program for families in Seaman. You are your child's first and most important teacher, let us support you in that role through: free home visits, developmental screenings and playgroups. Call Jen for more information: 785-221-6416 or email babyvikes@gmail.com

     Become a Substitute Teacher or Para Educator

    Are you interested in a job where you can choose the days and places you work during the hours your child is in school? Then being a teacher substitute is the job for YOU! If you have a minimum of 60 college credit hours, then you can apply for an emergency substitute license and fill in for a teacher who is absent. You can choose the days you work and even the school and grade levels in which you would like to sub. Please call Kathy Johnson (785-575-8600) at the Seaman Education Center for more information on how to apply for the emergency substitute license and for district substitute training sessions. If you do not want to be a teacher substitute, then being a substitute paraeducator is an option for you. Email Kathy Johnson for these job possibilities, as well.

    Bus Drivers Needed

    Become a bus driver for Seaman Schools. We offer competitive pay and no experience required. Part-time, competitive pay and training provided. Call the Seaman Transportation Department at 785-286-8440 to join a staff of outstanding and award winning drivers and make a difference in the lives of Shawnee County Children.

    Food Service Substitutes Needed

    Looking for an opportunity to get out and make some extra money? General hours are between 11:00 am and 1:30 pm, depending on the school. Call the Seaman Food Service Department at 785-575-8650.

    Secondary Meal Prices

    Do you know your student’s meal account balance? Have you signed up for the free email low balance notification? Meal accounts are debit accounts. Positive meal balances are required. Automatic recurring deposits are accepted online anytime.

    Please visit seamanschools.org, Departments, Food Service, or mySchoolBucks.com® for details. Thank you for supporting healthy school meals!

    Elementary Lunch: $2.60
    Secondary Lunch: $2.85
    Adult Lunch: $3.85
    Student Breakfast: $1.80
    Adult Breakfast: $2.30
    Reduced Lunch: $0.40
    Reduced Breakfast: $0.30
    Extra Milk: $0.50

    All meal related questions may be handled via Kaye Kabus, Director of Food Services at 575-8650.


    Students with Special Dietary Needs

    Students may have special dietary needs due to a medical disability, food allergy or intolerance to food. If the student is participating in the Federal Child Nutrition Program by eating school meals, there are regulations

    The Federal Child Nutrition Program regulations:

    • Require substitutions to the standard meal requirements for participants who are considered disabled and whose disability restricts their diets and:
    • Permit substitutions for other participants who are not disabled but who are unable to consume regular program meals because of medical or other dietary needs.
    • Notify the school of students with special dietary needs due to disabilities.
    • Notify food service staff or school nurse of student disability requiring special dietary considerations.
    • Provide written medical documentation, and instructions from health care provider on the required forms
    • (www.usd345.com, Food Service Department, Forms).
    • Collaborate with Director of Food Service and school nurse to develop a plan that accommodates the student’s needs throughout the school including classroom, in the lunchroom, in after-school programs, during school sponsored activities, and on the school bus.
    • Provide emergency contact information.

    Preschool Screenings

    Do you have a preschool aged child in your care? Have you ever had questions about how they talk, walk, learn, or play?

    Early identification of children with developmental delays is important to support children and their families. Seaman Public Schools provides free screenings for children age 3 to 5 to identify children with developmental delays. The areas screened include speech and language, motor skills, cognition, vision, hearing, and social and behavioral development.

    The screenings are available throughout the school year. If you are interested in scheduling a free screening for your child, please call 785-575-8670.

    Emergency Preparedness

    The safety of your child and all children in our school, as well as the safety of the school staff, is very important to us. In order to maintain a safe environment for our children to learn, it is necessary that we practice our Emergency Operation Plan by having drills designed to exercise our procedures.

    During the 2015-2016 school year we will be conducting various drills and this letter is to help you understand each type of drill.

    The students and staff of Logan Elementary will be practicing four primary emergency drills. They are FIRE DRILLS, TORNADO DRILLS, LOCKDOWN DRILLS, and BUS EVACUATION DRILLS. Each type of drill is explained below.

    The school conducts a fire drill each month that school is in session. This is a requirement of the State Fire Marshall.

    Tornado drills are conducted three times per school year. The purpose of this drill is to be prepared to move to a safe location within the building in case of severe weather or tornados.

    The lockdown drill will secure the school building and safely shelter all students, staff and visitors inside the building. The purpose of this drill is to keep the students safe from any danger outside or inside the building. Logan Elementary will continue to practice lockdown drills throughout the year with the assistance of School District Police and other Law Enforcement Officers.

    These drills are conducted twice each year in coordination with the transportation department to ensure that students know how to safely and quickly evacuate busses.

    Please remember that these emergency drills are done to help maintain our school as a safe place to learn and work. If you have any questions regarding any of these emergency drills or other safety concerns, please let us know.

    Immunization and Child Health Assessment

    Seaman USD #345 School District abides by the State of Kansas Immunization (KS 72-5209) and Child Health Assessment (KS 72-5214) laws, and all students enrolling in this district shall provide written proof of current immunizations and for new students up to the age of nine years, shall submit evidence of a physical examination during the previous calendar year.  For questions, please contact your building school nurse.

    Statewide School Safety Hotline

    A statewide school safety hotline is staffed by the Kansas Highway Patrol. The purpose of the hotline is to give students and their parents an opportunity to report “impending school violence.” Calls are received by a single statewide highway patrol dispatch center, who will relay information to the local school administrator. The toll-free Kansas School Safety Hotline number is: 1-877-626-8203.

    Notice of Non-Discrimination

    Seaman USD 345 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The Seaman USD 345 superintendent has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies and he may be reached by contacting Dr. Steve Noble, Seaman Education Center, 901 NW Lyman Rd., Topeka, KS 66608 (785-575-8600).

    Notice for a Drug Free Workplace

    The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of a controlled substance is prohibited in Seaman USD 345. Violators will be prosecuted.

    Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

    The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that Seaman USD 345 with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records. However, Seaman USD 345 may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless you have advised the District to the contrary in accordance with District procedures. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the USD#345 to include this type of information from your child’s education records in certain school publications. Examples include:

    • A playbill, showing your student’s role in a drama production;
    • The annual yearbook;
    • Honor roll or other recognition lists;
    • Graduation programs; and
    • Sports activity sheets, such as for wrestling, showing weight and height of team members.

    Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent’s prior written consent. Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks. In addition, two federal laws require local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with the following information – names, addresses and telephone listings-- unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without their prior written consent.

    If you do not want Seaman USD #345 to disclose directory information from your child’s education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the District in writing by September 1st.

    Information on Asbestos

    The Environmental Protection Agency required schools to look for asbestos building materials during 1988. Seaman USD 345 conducted such an inspection and completed an Asbestos Management Plan. 

    Although most schools in our district have asbestos building materials, it does not pose a health problem at this time. The district has taken the necessary steps and precautions to ensure safety. The management plan for each building contains detailed information regarding inspections, re-inspections, results of inspections, location(s) of asbestos building materials, and other management procedures that ensure the maintenance of any asbestos in a harmless state.

    More detail is available in both the school offices and the district central office. The public may view the asbestos plan documents and/or visit with Jim Tomes, the Seaman USD 345 Designated Asbestos Person.