Opening Letter from the Principal

August 7, 2015
It has been a spectacularly amazing summer. I’m hopeful that this letter finds you at the conclusion of a restful and productive vacation—refreshed and ready to embark on the 2015-2016 school year at Seward High. There are several new and exciting things happening at Seward High of which I’d like to make you aware.

I’m pleased to welcome two new members to our staff:
The first is Nichole Stover. You, of course, have known her as the vision aide. This was a half-time position that was paired with the elementary interventionist. Her experiences in all three Seward area schools and teaching endorsement made her a natural fit for our student services position that will be shared with Seward Middle. She brings a positive working rapport with students and teachers in all three Seward area schools and I am confident that her hard work will better position the students she serves for success.
I’m also excited to welcome David Hebert to Seward High’s staff. Mr. Hebert (pronounced He-Bear) went back to school to pick up his teaching certificate after concluding a career as a special services aide—such is his commitment to the students he serves. His most recent experience was as a distance delivery instructor in the Craig City Schools’ Pace program so we know that he has a ton of technology
experience, as well.

Dates for Your Calendar:
First day for students August 19 at 7:45 A.M.
Open House August 25 at 6:30 P.M.
Labor Day holiday (no school) September 1
Picture Day September 10

Fall Sports:
Seward Seahawks’ football, cross country running, volleyball, and swimming seasons have already begun. If you are interested, and are not already participating in one of these activities, it’s not too late! The Alaska School Activities Association requires that student-athletes participate in ten (10) practices before they are eligible to compete. Also, all high school student-athletes must have a current physical BEFORE they can begin practicing. Contact the school for times and locations.

A huge thanks goes out to Scott Griebel and the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s Maintenance Department for their amazing work over the summer…especially to our local crew—John Grimes and Scott Wilde. You’ll barely recognize the gym with its new floor and paint. Mr. Plan also contributed by researching and procuring new banners and digital scorer’s table (with Booster Club support).
I’m also pleased to announce that Seward High is in a position to procure another laptop lab. This will very nearly bring us to our goal of providing a 1:1 student/computer ratio within Seward High’s Hybrid model—providing more opportunities for students than ever before.
Finally, I’m pleased to announce that the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has signed a 5-Year contract with Canvas Learning Management Systems. This will allow us to provide all of our online digital content on a single platform and with a single log-on and password. I’m confident that this will streamline our communication so that you can be much more easily involved in your child(ren)’s day-to-day activities and assignments. This transition will take some time so we ask that you be patient with us. However, preliminary reviews overwhelmingly show that the wait will be worth it.
Some Additional Insights and Thoughts about Hybrid High:
Last year, 30% of our upperclassmen found opportunities to conduct original science at locations like the Alaska Sea Life Center and the Seward Health Center or find practical work experience in Seward’s elder care facility and other businesses through the winter months. The scheduling flexibility that our hybrid model created allowed us to offer a KPC class within our bell schedule. This, and KPC’s regular course offerings in Seward, resulted in over 30% of our upperclassmen finishing the 2015 school year with one or more college credits. We were also able to attribute 18 individual credits to our extended day program. Finally, Seward High’s class of 2015 achieved a 92% graduation rate. I mention these statistics because I believe that it is important for you to recognize the opportunities available at Seward High School. More importantly, however, is the need for you to engage your child(ren) in conversations about their goals. It was the work that these students did in their freshman and sophomore years that resulted in these opportunities in the junior and senior years. I’m confident that we can and will adjust our body of instruction to meet the needs of each of our students. Please work with us to identify those needs and create a pathway to graduation that meets them.

Final Thoughts:
As Seward High’s principal I have endeavored to establish an open-door policy with all members of our larger learning community. I am committed to continuing that philosophy. I genuinely look forward to hearing your questions, comments, and/or concerns and will always make time to accommodate them. I can be reached at or by phone at (907) 224-9077.

Trevan C. Walker, Principal
Seward High School

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