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    BOARD DIGEST

    January 14, 2018

    Following each Board of Education Meeting, the Director of Communications recaps the board meeting in the Board Digest. To view the full agenda, click here.

     

    Strategic Goal 1: Ensure teaching and learning programs are delivered with a focus on continuous improvement of student achievement through student engagement, rigorous and relevant content, and personalized learning

    Strategic Goal 2: Provide outcomes-based professional learning resulting in individual professional growth for student success

    Strategic Goal 3: Provide quality, safe, and productive learning and working environments

    Strategic Goal 4: Provide services to optimize district operations that are supportive of student success and customer satisfaction

    Strategic Goal 5: Establish student-centered budget planning built on transparent, efficient, and strategic process that is accountable to district taxpayers


    #LearningWithoutLimits

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    Elmont teacher Erin Lewis and students presented on how Project Lead the Way creates transformative learning experiences for students through engaging, hands-on learning.  Through the Project Lead the Way curriculum, students are challenged to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. They shared about their first semester PLTW projects, including the problems that were posed to them and how they solved them.  

    Thanks to our student presenters: Owen Nussbaum, Ella Bosch, Brady Jowers, and Grace Jowers.

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    Emma the Therapy Dog and her handler Rhonda Denning (SHS School Psychologist) visited with the board about Emma's purpose and how she's helping students with anxiety and other common social-emotional needs. Click here to view Emma’s report. 

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    Superintendent’s Remarks

    Dr. Noble recognized the board during January 2019 School Board Recognition Month!

    This is a great time to focus on the crucial role our 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.

    We will recognize all board members at our home basketball game Friday, February 1 (Manhattan BB Game) during halftime of the varsity boys’ game with a certificate presentation.


    Board of Education Consent Agenda

    Consent agenda items are items packaged into one agenda item. They are often routine and garner very little discussion.

    The consent agenda items were:

    A. Minutes 
    B. Resignation & Retirements
    C. Classified Contracts
    D. Certified Contracts
    E. Donations & Grants 
    F. District Credit Card 
    G. Financial Items and Claims 
    H. Disposal of District Property


    Teaching & Learning Report

    KSDE is offering ACT and WorkKeys, for free, to all juniors and seniors who have not taken these tests. On December 12, we uploaded 230 students to take the ACT and 16 students who want to take WorkKeys. That’s a participation rate of 79% for our junior class! 53.3% of the 2019 senior class has taken the ACT and with the 29 that have signed up to take it in February the rate will increase to 62.2%.

    To view the entire teaching and learning report, click here.


    Special Services Report

    Director of Special Services Dedra Raines presented a proposal to the board that would allow the district to operate its own Parents as Teachers (PAT) program. The district currently contracts this service out with the capacity to serve 64 families. The proposal would increase our capacity to 70 families with more continuity of district services. MELC Principal Shanna McKenzie will discuss this proposal with their site council/early learning task force and the board will consider this at the February 11 board meeting. For more information on this proposal, click here.

    “PAT is designed to provide children the best possible start in life. Using research-based curriculum, parents are provided with the skills and knowledge they need to help them make the best decisions regarding their children’s education. The program includes personal visits, group connections, health, vision, hearing and developmental screenings, and supports family connections with other community services.”

    To view the entire special services report, click here.


    Facilities Report

    Jason Golder reviewed facilities and grounds work in the district. Dr. Noble gave a special thanks to the crew for their work during the last snowfall. Staff worked over the weekend on snow removal to get us ready for Monday! To view photos of the work highlighted in the report, click here.


    Technology Report

    To view the technology report, click here.


    Operating Budget Revenue and Expense Report

    Bob Horton reviewed the report that will be included in the State of the District Annual Report. To view the report, click here.


    Staff Trend Report

    Dennis Peerenboom reviewed the report that will be included in the State of the District Annual Report. To view the report, click here.


    New SHS Schedule

    Seaman High School Principal Mike Monaghan presented the newly updated schedule for the 2019-20 school year. Next school year, the high school will be moving from a seven-period schedule to an eight-period schedule. The new schedule gives students the opportunity to take an additional class each semester with career & life planning (seminar) on a daily basis. This “rolling” block schedule alternates days with a “red day" and a “blue day." Click here to view the 2019-20 Seaman High School schedule.


    SHS Program Planning Guide Approved

    Click here to view the 2019-20 program planning guide.


    SMS Program Planning Guide Approved

    Click here to view the 2019-20 program planning guide.


    Next 345 Board of Education Meeting

    The next regularly scheduled Board Meeting will take place on February 11. It is scheduled to start at 6:00 pm. The Seaman USD #345 Board of Education will meet at the Seaman Education Center, 901 NW Lyman Rd, in the Ann Minihan Board Room.


    Board of Education Agenda

    To review previous Board of Education agendas, click here.


    How Can I Watch a Previous Board of Education Meeting?

    The video from the meeting will be available by the Wednesday at noon following the meeting. The video can be viewed by clicking here.

     

    Seaman School District USD #345
    901 NW Lyman Rd | Topeka, KS 66608