- Volleyball Team is playing Nikiski today for their Dig Pink Game. There are jars with the Varsity Volleyball Players’ names on them in the office. The player with the most money has to KISS THE PIG at the game. All donations go to breast cancer awareness.
- 3:00 pm C Team Scrimmage
- 4:00 pm Junior Varsity
- 5:00 pm Varsity
- Cross Country Skiing Meeting today at 5:30PM.
- Wednesday is an EARLY RELEASE for students. School ends at 12:50PM.
- Parent/Teacher Conferences will be this Thursday and Friday, October 27th and 28th. NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS on these dates.
- To sign up for Parent/Teacher conferences, go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e084fa4a62ea46-seward
- The Annual Community Halloween Carnival is coming up Monday, October 31st from 6-9pm. Booth spaces are available now. To reserve your spot today, contact Josie at email@example.com or download a form from our website www.cityofseward.us.
- Yearbooks are still being sold. They are $50, $58 to put your name on it.
- Tomorrow will be an Early Release 1-8 Bell Schedule.
- Check out Seward High School’s online news source at http://SHSToday.org/. Put on by Ms. Swander’s Journalism class.
- If you are interested in buying Seahawk’s apparel, go and visit SpiritShop.com.
Two KPBSD educators are Teacher of the Year finalists
Soldotna, October 22, 2016—KPBSD is so proud! Two of the three finalists for the Alaska Teacher of the Year make a difference every day in our district. Join us to celebrate Stephanie Cronin, Seward High School, and James Harris, Soldotna High School, who are finalists chosen by a team of educators from the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development.
“These finalists for teachers of the year represent their profession and remind us of the many great teachers in Alaska,” Commissioner Johnson said in a statement. “We see a common thread of teachers who are enthusiastic about their subject and about learning. They relate to students and place a priority on creating a healthy community in the classroom. They are leaders in their school and community.”
Stephanie Cronin, Seward High School
Stephanie Cronin has been teaching mathematics and engineering at Seward High School for 17 of her 19 years in the profession. A leader in our district and the community, she serves on committees for effective instruction, teacher evaluation, professional development, assessment, curriculum, and educational technology, the school site council, and the local Native Youth Olympics.
“Of course Ms. Cronin is a finalist for the Alaska Teacher of the Year!” said Trevan Walker, principal. “Her genuine love of teaching compels her to continue to learn and grow within the profession. This growth has made her a teacher-leader in technology integration among her colleagues at Seward High and as a member of the KPBSD effective instruction committee. Most importantly, however, is that Ms. Cronin is a caring and compassionate human. Her Positive Math Attitude (PMA) is more than a catch phrase or mantra—it is a philosophy that permeates every interaction she has with her students and they love her for it.”
Cronin says her greatest contribution to education is her impact on students, which is based on respectful, close relationships. Her passion is to show students the beauty and possibilities of mathematics. One student wrote that Ms. Cronin planted the seed that it’s okay to be excited about mathematics. “She increased my positive math attitude exponentially,” the student said, mathematically. She is a leader in Seward High School’s technology-heavy hybrid model, which offers students many ways to earn credits, videotaped lectures to make the most of class time, and online parallels to courses so students have some control over where and when they learn.
“Ms. Stephanie Cronin is clearly one of the best teachers in our district,” said Sean Dusek, superintendent. “Her excellence stems from the positive relationships she establishes with all of her students and her ability to make math relevant for her students. I am proud that she is a finalist for the Alaska Teacher of the Year award and believe this honor is well deserved.”