Principals Desk

February Message

Seward Middle School

I have decided to resign my position as principal of Moose Pass and Seward Middle Schools following the conclusion of the 2016-2017 school year. Though this was a difficult choice, it has truly been a joy working with our students, and it’s a time I will look back on with great joy and happiness.  Though our family has decided to pursue other interests, the classroom and the laboratory for learning will always be in our hearts and minds.

Seward Middle is staffed with highly competent and passionate people that care deeply about the health and success of each of our children. Seward Middle is surrounded by a deeply caring community.  Through their hard work, sweat, and determination, want the very best for their children.  We do these things in order to create a memorable experience filled with joy, positive relationships, creative challenges, success, and most importantly a safe place to fail. Our collective purpose is to bring change through healthy risk, trying new things, and persisting through failure.  For each of us to reach full potential, we work together to strengthen an environment that is perceived as safe and civil; nurturing to our kiddos; by fostering their talents, and coaching them through meaningful challenges and failure.  Grit and determination is the means. Thank you for what you have done to live in the moment, innovate and push the limits today. My family and I are excited to embark on a new challenge overseas in Norway.  Life is short, this moment is an opportunity.  Enjoy the next adventure!

Artist in Schools

We are pleased to welcome Dasha and Kima to our school for another spoken word workshop. This opportunity was funded by a number of organizations, including, the Seward Arts Council, Bunnell Street Arts Center, Seward Community Foundation, and the PTA.  We will host a poetry slam on Friday, February 3 at 9:35 in our auditorium.  This event is open to the public.

Sports

Volleyball, wrestling and Nordic skiing are well on their way. Recently our ski team competed in Kenai with Alexie, Cody, Francisco and Grant showing off some personal bests!  In wrestling, congratulations to the SMS Silver Wrestlers who placed second as a team in the Skyview “Rubber Chicken” Tournament this weekend. The only team to post more points than Seward was 4A Soldotna.  Some notable finishers included 3rd place Colt Ogle-Haddeland, Lucas Brockman, Colin Mullaly and Michael Honebein; in 2nd place Max Pfeiffenberger; and in 1st place Clay Petersen and Steven Harshman.

Testing

Seward Middle will take part in the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP for short. This assessment compares 8th grade students nation-wide in the areas of reading, and math.  The assessment will take place on February 22, and will take an hour and a half to complete.  Look for further information within this newsletter, as well as parent notification sent home shortly.

Best wishes,

Andy

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