In The Spotlight
Weekly highlights inside S-VE!
6/7/17 - Senior Walk
The hallways at the Elementary and Middle Schools were lined with students yesterday, as the Class of 2017 proudly walked through wearing their caps and gowns. The seniors walked with their Kindergarten reading buddies through the Elementary School, reading signs of congratulations, seeing tears from teachers they’ve had and hearing claps from all. At the Middle School, the seniors received high-fives from students and staff, a loud applause and emotional embraces.
The Senior Walk Through celebrates the hard work and successes of the Class of 2017, as well as creates a lasting impression on the younger students.
5/31/17 - Job Fair
Robin Ott from Career Development Council, along with High School Principal Missy Jewell and High School Student Council Rep Erika Brown, created a new event this year for Juniors and Seniors to practice resume building and interviewing skills with the intention of future employment! The Job Fair, held today in the high school gym, consisted of 22 various businesses, where they interviewed students seeking full-time and part-time employment to fill available positions.
S-VE continues to help students transition toward their future!
5/24/17 - RtI MS Project
Our SVE Middle School was chosen by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) Office of Instructional Support as one of ten middle schools in the state of New York to participate in the Middle School RtI Demonstration Project. The purpose of the RtI Middle School Demonstration Project is to provide school specific support to New York State (NYS) public middle schools (Grades 5-8) that are interested in developing or refining a data-driven prevention/intervention framework aimed at improving instruction for all students.
The SVEMS RtI team has been working hard this year to revamp and lift a new way to approach RtI instruction. Jack Wiiki brought an opportunity to the team when he received information about the project through an email in in January. The team applied for the project, went through an interview process and was officially accepted to the project last week. The RtI MS Project is a three year process in which an RtI program will be created and implemented to meet the individual needs of ALL students. Members of the SVEMS RtI team specialize in academics and/or behavior. The members on one or both teams are: Eric Knolles, Christina Lampila, Angie Holmes, Pam Brock, Brenda Anderson, Katherine Richards, Korie Fitzgerald, Enock Francois, Nicole Delaney, Stefanie Smith, Thomas Anderson, Lara Rogan, Dan Craven, Jack Wiiki, Larry Bleck, Kelly Cooke, Bret McDermott, James Carmony, Stephanie Panfel and Emily Cron.
5/17/17 - Hooked
After a close encounter with a fishing hook, Lloyd Twarz, Transportation Mechanic, went above and beyond, taking time to reline and return the fishing pole to the middle school student. Lloyd also brought the student lures that can be easily removed to ensure safely when not in use. Capturing the good stuff!
5/10/17 - Franziska Racker Centers Community Partner Award
The Spencer-Van Etten Central School District was the recipient of the Franziska Racker Centers Community Partner Award for 2017! On May 4th, Christina Lampila (Director of Instructional Support), Matt Stroup (S-VE Elementary School Principal), Sally Lawrence (Franziska Racker Center Preschool Teacher) and Connie Sczepanski (S-VE Pre-K Teacher) were honored for their dedication and commitment to the mission and vision of Racker Centers in Tioga County at the Tioga Community Celebration. Great job S-VE!
5/3/17 - Sign Language Enrichment
Second grade teacher, Mrs. Marie Mack, has been teaching sign language to her students for enrichment. She began with teaching the students some background information about the deaf community and they listened to some recordings of how it is to be hearing impaired or deaf. Marie’s students can now hold a conversation using entirely sign language! Pictured you can see the partnered students engaged in conversation with the prepared dialog on the board (including choices for answers to the questions). What a great life skill! Wonderful job, Marie and class!
4/26/17 - Diversity, the Power of Words and Valuing Others
Enock Francois (middle school teacher) and David Campbell (middle school physical education teacher) captured the attention of high school students last week as they presented during a whole school assembly on Diversity, the Power of Words and Valuing Others.
Three key quotes from their presentation were:
“The words you speak could destroy someone.”
“When you understand how your words affect people, you learn to choose your words wisely.”
“We have the power to change somebody’s life.”
4/19/17 - College and Career Awareness
March was filled with college and career awareness initiatives at the Middle and High Schools. Middle school students enjoyed a month of March Madness activities, as well as participated in a career day and the unique 6th grade Cornell University Acceptance Day. Meanwhile, the high school expanded their career day experience by adding college visits! Some students visited Binghamton University, Elmira College and Cornell University. Other students attended career mini-sessions, led by previous S-VE graduates, and then chose a business to visit, such as Wegmans, McGuire and Tioga Downs, for exposure to career opportunities. Great job to all who put the pieces together for our students!
4/5/17 - Terracycle
Middle School teacher, Brenda Anderson, and her helpers have been turning trash into treasures through Terracycle initiatives for just under 10 years! Collection of items such as drink pouches, chip bags, granola bar wrappers and cereal bags have turned into cash! Profits have financially benefited the middle school by sponsoring speakers, supporting educational "green" projects and purchasing prizes for Green Week, to name a few. The current cumulative total raised is $6,138.72 through Terracycle! Amazing!
3/29/17 - Elementary WIN
WIN stands for Whatever I Need (elementary version of RTI)
WIN encompasses: math, ELA, social skills, speech and enrichment
Students work in small flexible groups (students can move in and out as needed)
The most exciting change is that we have grade level data meetings 3X year where we discuss EVERY student (K-4)
- At these meetings we discuss every aspect of the students, not just academics
- Meeting members include: WIN team (math and ELA RTI providers, Speech-Language Pathologists, Counselor and School Psychologist), grade level teachers, special ed. teachers and school principal
- These meetings ensure that NO student "slips through the cracks"
3/22/17 - Speak Volumes through Color
High School students “Speak Volumes through Color ” in the 6th period Art Class thanks to an approved grant from Inspire, written by high school staff Erika Brown. Students received step-by-step instruction, by student teacher Blaithe Donovan, to create their own canvas painting over food and drinks. Students were actively engaged, stepped out of their comfort zones and encouraged each other through the process. Students ended class feeling proud of their work, eager to share the experience with others and valued as an adult.
3/15/17 - Calming Corner
Elementary school counselor Kristen Cooke works diligently with students to assist them through many aspects of their daily school and home lives. Working on their social/emotional well-beings is an integral part to her individual, small, and large group counseling sessions. She leads the kids through deep breathing techniques, trains them to use positive self talk, and helps them take a "walk in someone else's shoes" in mock social situations. After reading "This is Your Student's Brain on Trauma" in a recent NEA magazine issue, Kristen assisted a teacher in the elementary school to create a "calming corner." Students who are feeling overwhelmed, emotional, angry, or who just need a break, can use the calming corner to be alone, rub sensory items like ribbons, squeeze stress balls, and rest on or squeeze a large pillow. A timer in the calming corner helps the kids return to class after five minutes, ready to try again! Having a quiet spot in the classroom where students can still hear and see instruction but also take a break and practice their coping skills helps students have less melt downs, less trips to the planning room for "eruptions," and feel like they have a positive, safe place to learn and grow.
3/8/17 - Quest for Syrup
The Middle School Quest class led by Mr. David Campbell and Mrs. Lara Rogan combined their talents with Mrs. Anni Ryan and Mrs. Brenda Anderson to tap some sugar maple trees in the school yard in an attempt to make maple syrup. The group was able to get 15 gallons of sap in two days and boil it down into 12 ounces of maple syrup. The syrup will be on display at the middle school science fair tonight, March 8, 2017, at 6pm!
3/1/17 - Personal Finance
Mrs. Renay Meissner’s ACE Personal Finance class at the High School has been participating in the H&R Block Budget Challenge since February 9th, which will end on April 20th. As stated in the challenge, “Each student gets a regular paycheck, a checking account, a 401(k) savings account and bills to pay throughout the simulation.” Through this challenge, students become “Read-World Ready and tackle financial life as an adult”. At the end of the challenge, the top 5 students with the highest overall Read-World Ready scores receive a $20,000 scholarship! Currently, there are 53, 595 players in this challenge. As of today, Kassidy Egan is ranked 20th, having earning herself the 15th spot a few days ago. Other students are close behind in the 32nd range! To read more about this opportunity, go to http://hrblock.budgetchallenge.com/!
2/22/17 - Transportation Department
Every employee at S-VE plays a significant part in our student’s journey through our district. The majority of our students begin and end their day with our transportation staff. Bob Kinsman has been an asset to the transportation department, as he greets students, staff and coworkers with a smile before genuinely asking about their day. All of the students on Bob’s bus route are Bob’s “kids”. Additionally, Bob has driven many athletic busses to away competitions and then watched the games as he waits to bring them home. On occasion, Bob has been known to treat a team with pizza after a game. Bob’s connection with the athletes and coaches is unique. You can ask anyone about Bob and they will have a story about a positive interaction with Bob. In the staff room at the bus garage, Bob always socializes with everyone and is willing to help with whatever is needed. Aside from driving bus, Bob has gotten permission from parents of some kids on his route, allowing Bob to take the kids to the golf course/driving range, where he taught them how to golf! Bob genuinely cares about the wellbeing of our students.
2/15/17 - Agriculture Program
S-VE is making its mark on the map through our Ag program with Kaylie Ackerley! The agricultural education program at the high school strives to expose students to leadership skills, agricultural careers and opportunities through classroom instruction, FFA, and supervised agricultural experiences. Our Ag students are learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live, and living to serve through this program! If you can’t stop in to see what is going on in Kaylie’s classroom, check out the Ag page on our website! www.svecsd.org/HSAgDept.cfm.
2/8/17 - Encouraging Growth
At our middle school, Angie Holmes and Dan Craven have implemented a recognition system for students who are showing great growth, yet fall short of the grade point average required to be named an honor roll, high honor roll or scholar student. Angie and Dan acquire a list of names based on staff recommendations. Once a month, one boy and one girl from each grade level are surprised, recognized, and rewarded for their academic growth, attitude and effort. During lunch time, Angie and Dan dress-up as Ketchup and Mustard and walk through a packed cafeteria looking for the students on their list. Once found, the students are publically acknowledged for being “On a Roll” including an explanation of why they were nominated and given a coupon for the Snack Shack at the middle school. Awesome way to increase growth!
2/1/17 - Increasing Technology
As our district continues to move forward to increase technology, it is evident that Darla Thomas, our BOCES Technology Director, goes above and beyong to ensure that all technology needs are being met. While daily needs are being addressed, Darla effeciently works with her team to reach district tech goals. If you stop by Darla's office, you're bound to see boxes of equipment needing to be opened, programmed, delivered or installed. You may search for Darla amongst the paperwork or you may find an empty chair because she is attending one of many meetings or problem solving in classrooms. As our technology increases, so does the responsibility for Darla and her team. Lastly, you are always greeted with a smile and her willingness to help you. Great job Darla!
1/25/17 - Pen Pals in Malaysia
Jeannette Luther, middle school teacher, worked in classrooms in Malaysia this past summer and bridged her current sixth grade students with 5th graders at Dalat International School as pen pals. Jeannette’s students been sending the students in Malaysia hand-written letters through the mail half way across the globe. Last week her class opened their second package from Malaysia, where each student received a letter and/or a gift. The experience was also recorded so they could share their excitement with the students in Malaysia. With the help of Mrs. Farmer, students also created infographics about themselves and emailed the projects to their pen pals.
1/18/17 - Our Cafeteria
As much as our district has been in disarray since the beginning of summer due to Capital Improvements, our cafeteria staff has been very flexible and successful in feeding our students healthy meals in difficult circumstances. As of the new year, the district kitchen has been operational at the high school! Attached are two pictures of the new serving area, including the hot lunch and self-service line, as well as the salad bar. Stop in to see if for yourself!
1/11/17 - Panther Media
Through the hard work and planning of Jack Wiiki, Sandy Holmes, William Dove and the administrative team, our district received $19,000 in grant support from the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers and from the Floyd Hooker Foundation to make Panther Media a reality. Panther Media is still a growth in process, but you can view their progress by going to our website www.svecsd.org/PantherMedia.cfm to find the latest athletic stats, videos, club opportunities, as well as a feature teacher section! Goals include increasing awareness of all the powerful education and experiences at S-VE as well as building a career path for students to pursue broadcast and/or journalism.
The High School Panther Media Staff (students, Mr. Dove and Mr. Ross Storm) is always looking for volunteers (parents, staff or students) to send them highlights or stats from athletic events to keep the site as current as possible. Please email William Dove for further information or to share your ideas… and view the Panther Media site today!
1/4/17 - The Walking Classroom
Due to the gracious generosity of Inspire! SVE, Laura Weisse's 3rd grade class is piloting a walking classroom format. Instead of 9-15 minutes of sitting to listen to the curricula's ELA texts, her students now engage with MP3 players to listen to the texts while walking planned paths both in and outside the elementary school. Brain-based learning research shows that physical activity increases childrens' academic readiness and intelligence; brain cells change, grow, and work better together with exercise. Students return to the classroom to complete comprehension activities based on their listening tasks for the day. In one week, Laura's students have walked 5,962 steps while listening and the class has an average of 96% on their written ELA tasks. Great job Laura!