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Mr. Mike Monaghan
Seaman High School, Principal
Meet Mr. Monaghan
I am looking forward to beginning my fifth year at Seaman High School and 29th year in education. I look forward to working with our dedicated and talented faculty, staff, sponsors, and coaches to help, support, and guide our students so that they can achieve their goals and dreams. In a similar fashion, I look forward to meeting and working with parents, alumni, and members of the Seaman community to help support and guide our students. I strongly believe that students who are involved in school and community activities feel connected, generally experience greater success in the classroom, and have more fun too.
My educational background includes earning a Bachelor's Degree from Washburn University in Business Education and a Master's Degree from Emporia State University in School Leadership. I began my career student teaching here at Seaman High School and then worked for seventeen years as a Business Education Instructor and Associate Principal at Lawrence Gardner High School, a former Seaman school located on the grounds of the Kansas Juvenile Corrections Complex. I served as the Assistant Principal/Dean of Students at Hayden High School for seven years prior to returning to Seaman.
My wife, Martha, and I have been married for 33 years, and we have three children Patrick, Kiley, and Brenna. We are members of Most Pure Heart of Mary Parish where I served on the Finance Council and School Council for two terms. Martha is a member of the MPHM Choir. We enjoy family activities, athletics, concerts, theater and travel.
Seaman High School
Seaman High School has a Rich Tradition of Excellence in Academics, Fine Arts, Athletics/Activities/Clubs, and Service to the Community, which has evolved over the past 97 years. This year’s freshman class will be the 100th class to graduate from this great place. The success of our students can be attributed to many things. Some examples include:
- The support from our parents, (many of whom are SHS graduates themselves), community, BOE, and leadership.
- Our dedicated and talented hard-working teachers and staff.
- Our amazing students, the reason we exist, who buy-into our mission, work hard, and support their classmates and teachers.
Our school’s mission is dedicated to developing in every student life-long skills essential for achieving personal, academic, and occupational success. Our District’s 20/20 Vision is dedicated to ensuring that all students achieve their full potential, provide college and career readiness programs, and ensure that our teachers and staff are highly effective. Both our mission and district 20/20 vision align nicely with the newly established State Department of Education goals, which were generated by asking the question: What are the skills and attributes of a successful 24-year-old Kansan? Increasing graduation rates, increasing the percentage of students completing a credential or pursuing post-secondary education, decreasing the percentage of students who need remedial course work when the attend post-secondary schools, individual plans of study focused on career interest, and social/emotional factors relative to student success.
The future of our Seaman Vikings is very BRIGHT!!
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Our students are well prepared for college and career training. Over 50% of our graduating seniors completed 1 or more college classes during high school. We had 480 non duplicated students enrolled in 1746 college hours through Washburn University this past school year which is more than any other school in the county. Forty-one students were enrolled at Washburn Tech with twenty-two students earning certificates of completion. Our ACT scores continue to exceed the State average year-after-year with over 70% of our students taking the exam. The Class of 2016 student surveys showed that over 80% plan on attending college. In addition to dual credit course offerings, our rigorous curriculum also includes many AP and Honors courses. Some examples are: AP Senior English, AP Calculus, AP Government, AP US History, Honors Junior and Senior Language Arts, Honors Trig/Pre Calculus, Honors Algebra II, Honors Physics, Honors Chemistry, and Honors Freshman Language Arts and Math. Moreover, many of our classes provide extra-curricular enrichment opportunities for our students that allow them to compete at State and National contests.
Our Forensics Team placed first in 5A State in 2016 and qualified two teams for Nationals. Several students made it to the semi-final round and one student placed 7th in the Nation. The Centennial League is currently the 2nd ranked forensics league in the Country. Our Debate Team finished 4th at 5A State. Ten History Day students qualified for Nationals this year in D.C. with one team of students earning 7th for their project. FBLA had one individual State Champion and 10 students qualified for the national competition in Atlanta. Nine of our students participated in Boy’s and Girl’s State and one of our students was elected Governor of Girl’s State for the first time in our School’s History. FCCLA had several students earn State awards and three students qualified for Nationals in San Diego. The Scholars Bowl Team also qualified for State. Our Dance Team is Nationally acclaimed…consistently placing in National contests. Our Band received Top Division 1 ratings at every major competition, placed 1st at the Capital City Marching Festival and 3rd in 5A State. Last year our Band, The Pride of North Topeka, won the challenge completion at the Alamo Bowl and performed the opening and half-time performances. The SHS Choir and Orchestra programs continue to earn excellent 1 ratings and routinely qualify students for regional and state competitions. Our Theatre program performed three productions last year, and students who participate in the drama program received honors and recognition from the International Thespian Society. This year’s musical will be “Shrek.”
Interact Club, Service Club, and Key Club provide numerous opportunities for our students to serve and lead. The Interact Club hosts a sleep-in-a-box event and Car Show to raise awareness of homelessness and raise funds to support the rescue mission and other charitable causes. The Key Club also supports local charities and provides community service. The SHS Key Club has over 60 members and they completed over 500 hours of service. One of our Key Club students serves as the Key Club State Governor and recently represented SHS and the State of Kansas at a National Convention in San Antonio. FCCLA, FFA, and our Leadership class provide many fundraising activities and service opportunities for our students. Our students placed 2nd in the State at Washburn University’s prestigious Leadership Challenge Event.
We offer 21 Athletic Programs for students to participate in. Our Softball Team (ranked 8th nationally by GPA) won the 5A State Championship for the first time in our School’s history… having been in the semi-finals many times in previous years. Our Bowling Team placed 2nd at State. Our Wrestling team (1st in 5A State by GPA for the past 8 years) qualified 12 wrestlers for State, and we had one State Champion and one Runner-up. Our Swim Team won the City and League competitions and broke 7 school records this year. Our Boy’s Golf Team won the League Championship, and our Girl’s Tennis team won the City tournament for the first time in our School’s history. Both our Boys and Girl’s track teams won the City meet and several students qualified for State and earned medals. Our Cross Country Teams continue to finish in the top 10 at state year-after-year. Our Baseball team qualified for State, earned 2nd in State the previous year and has earned a total of 7 State Championships. Our Boy’s Basketball Team went 15-7 last year and our Girl’s Team beat the number 1 ranked 5A team during a home tournament. Our football team has made the district playoffs 10 of the 11 last seasons. Our soccer teams and volleyball team continue to earn post-season playoff births. There has been a lot of hard work, dedication, and commitment among our players and coaches during the summer months in preparation for the 2016-17 school year which looks to be another great year for Seaman athletics.
Career Readiness for all Students
To assist our students in becoming college and career ready, we offer a comprehensive and individualized approach with a focus on helping each student discover their passion and explore opportunities that will assist them in refining their interests, developing a solid academic foundation, and experiences that will ultimately provide for a smooth transition into college and careers. All students will use Career Cruising software to help discover their career interests and develop Indivudal Plans of Study. Seaman students begin visiting with a college a career advocate in 8th grade, take success 101 as freshmen, and meet with college and career advocates once a semester during 10th, 11th, and 12th grade. Students may also enroll in our internship program as a senior. All students are required to take a personal finance class. Many students enroll a wide variety of elective classes to explore and develop their career interests. To further assist students in making a smooth transition into work and post-secondary career training, we offer 24 Career and Technical Education Pathways. Some examples include: AV Communications, Business Finance, Agriculture Science, Construction and Design, Family and Consumer Science, Manufacturing, Programing and Software Development, Teaching, and Web & Digital Communications. We also offer Project Lead the Way courses in the areas of Biomedical, Engineering, and Computer Science Principles. Many of our students enroll in dual credit post-secondary studies and more students are pursuing industry recognized credentials.
Anyone who walks the halls of Seaman High School will discover that we gave a warm, welcoming, and safe school climate. Senior surveys completed by 244 out of 277 students reported that SHS provided a safe learning environment (excellent 76%, good 24%, average 0%, below average 5 students, needs improvement 0%). Random Drug Testing data showed that drug related Hearings were down 71%, Hearings were down 39%, and disciplinary reports were down 18%.
Students, one of the best ways to enjoy and maximize your high school experience is to get involved. I want to encourage you to consider joining a club, athletic team, or extra-curricular activity. Research shows that participation in extra-curricular activities and athletics is a great way to prepare for life, make friends, build memoires and have some fun too. Participants in these programs can learn many important life skills such as, teamwork, sportsmanship, work ethic, how to overcome adversity through persistence and grit, learn about problems solving and decision making, and develop important virtues like integrity, empathy and humility.
Parents, I would like to invite you to come enjoy music and band performances, theatre productions, athletic events, and activities. Please consider joining the Athletic Booster Club, the Fine Arts Booster Club, or help with the Afterglow event. There are many ways to get involved and be part of the Seaman Community.
1:1 MacBook Air Initiative. The 2016-17 school year marks our 1st year as a 1:1 school. Our district has been technology rich for many years, and based on that experience, we believe that providing each student with a MacBook Air will improve student centered learning, improve student engagement, provide more educational opportunities, and prepare our students for post-secondary training and careers. As a progressive, technology rich district with the goal of preparing ALL students for 21st Century learning, we provide industry standard technology in all classrooms. For example, PC’s, iPads, and Android tablets loaded with all applicable software are provided in business, technology, and computer classrooms.
Schoology is the Learning Management System that we will use to deliver educational content, enhance communication, and eliminate the need for students to access educational content from their own devices (cell phones) which, in many cases, can provide distractions to their learning.
The student handbook will be digital this year… an iBook. Students will use an e-hallpass solution to move throughout the building, which we believe will provide an added level of student safety.
We will be offering a Computer Science Principles class this year through Project Lead the Way. PLW is a STEM based curriculum that offers training in the areas of computer science, biomedical science, and engineering. Robotics and Entrepreneurship are also components of the PLW program.
We will be offering Robotics Club this year with the hope of offering a Robotics class in the near future based on student driven interest.
We will be offering Entrepreneurship I and Entrepreneurship II for high school and college credit.
We have entered into a unique arrangement with the Capital Journal and several other area high schools to expand circulation of our school newspaper. Our “Clipper” will be placed, along with other local school newspapers, as an insert in the Capital Journal.