News and Notes from Principal Goetz

Principal Tammy Goetz

September 12, 2014

Dear Seward Families:

Thank you for making the start of the 2014–15 school year terrific! It’s great to have our students back in the building! This year, our entire staff will focus on making sure we do everything possible to positively engage students at school. The goal is fewer behavior referrals and suspensions. This summer, Mary Brownrigg, Lisa Herr, Noah Mammen, Cathy Tolan, Sarah Rose, Barbara Rice, Jessica Grabe, Verlene and I attended a two-day workshop learning about restorative practices and best practices for engaging our students in learning. The team is using the acronym—SHARK—to guide our work.

Seward students are: Successful Honest Accountable Respectful Kind

Our entire staff is implementing this acronym. Our first area for demonstrating Successful, Honest, Accountable, Respectful and Kind behavior is in our hallways. We have a voice level rating that we are teaching students.

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Our united and collaborative efforts to teach, model and reinforce a 0-1 voice in our hallways has been noticed and complimented by guests as well as staff. You are certain to hear more about being a SHARK from your child’s teacher(s) and me throughout the year. 

It’s been a pleasure getting into classrooms and seeing the teaching and learning that is taking place. If you get a chance to visit, notice the great student work that is already hanging in our hallways. If you are unable to get to school, make sure you are checking your student’s backpack for their Friday folders. In it, you will find classroom newsletters, samples of work, school announcements and opportunities for you to participate in our learning community.

I hope to see you at our first Seward Roundtable meeting this Thursday, September 11 and at our annual school picnic on Friday, September 12.


Tammy Goetz
Seward Principal