Dear students, parents, and community members:
Thank you for checking our latest newsletter. Below are some valuable links to check along with a report about our highly successful musical production. I have a new Youtube channel that I've been using to interview students. I hope you can take a look (linked below) and possibly subscribe. I hope you have a great spring, and feel free to contact me at any time. The phone number at the High school is 607-869-9636.
Tim Houseknecht, Principal
Both of these young men
offer younger students some great advice.
This month's Board Report
Every month, Mrs. Butler and I prepare a report for the Board of Education. These reports are available through the Board of Education section of the district website.
Child Mind Institute
This site has a wealth of information for parents. It will help us all to understand how to help children navigate many challenges.
Your Teen Probably Isn't Sleeping or Exercising Enough; Here's What You Can Do To Help
This article discusses that a new study finds that only 5% of teenagers are getting enough sleep or exercise, or are limiting their screen time to what's recommended by experts. All three of these behaviors have been linked to health problems such as including increased risk of depression, poor school performance and obesity.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, teens need between eight and 10 hours of sleep per night and one hour of vigorous physical activity daily. The article suggests ways to combat these problems include setting an example, making it a family goal to get enough exercise, rewarding positive behavior, and being realistic. Click the link above to learn more.
They suggest that parents should Approve every app on your kid’s phone, check privacy settings, talk with your kids about phone use, apps, and social media with your kids, find out what is popular in your region, and different apps catch on in different locations. Click the link above for a more in-depth look at each of the 14 apps.*Article courtesy of Brooke Habberfield, our social worker.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” was performed on March 22, 23 and 24 at the high school auditorium. The show was directed by Mrs. Tina Bauder. Mrs. Bauder decided on “Joseph” because of its fun and over-the-top nature, perfect for a family-oriented audience. She appreciated that “Joseph” allows flexible casting so that it meets the needs of the students. Once again, the musical was very well attended by parents and community members.
The production featured seniors Aden VanCleef, Sarah Corning, Madelyn Houck, Emma Seamon and Julia Hubbard.
Aden VanCleef played Joseph, the lead male role, and noted that this is his first time playing an actual human character in a musical. In the past, he has played miscellaneous objects such as Lumiere in “Beauty and the Beast” and the Tin Man in “The Wizard of Oz.” Aden plans to continue his education at a four-year college where he will major in criminal justice. He mentioned that South Seneca’s theater department is exceptionally encouraging to the students who wish to be a part of it: “I feel like we have a very supportive musical theater program. They start you off young and then build you up from there.”
Emma Seamon is a senior who was also a part of the Narrator trio. She hopes to enroll in a pre-medical program while attending college. Her favorite part of this show is working with the small, close knit-cast and being able to step out of reality while acting onstage: “I love performing and I love being able to get a reaction out of people. I think it’s fun that you can go up on stage and not be yourself.”
Madelyn Houck, one of the narrators, says that her favorite part of “Joseph” is the dance numbers and the fun nature of the show. She hopes to attend college to become a music teacher. Madelyn loves being involved in theater at South Seneca because it gives her a chance to escape her regular routine: "I get to be with my friends and it gives me something to look forward to."
Sarah Corning played one of the three narrators in the musical. After graduation, Sarah plans to attend college and major in psychology. Sarah expressed that participating in musicals was one of the highlights of her high school career: "I will always look back at my time at South Seneca for the shows I've done. It put excitement into school."
Julia Hubbard played Mrs. Potiphar in this production. Her favorite part of this show is how the music and dance numbers help the production flow seamlessly together. Julia feels that being involved in theater has helped her find a second home: “It has really helped me find a family within the school and helped me find my place at South Seneca.”
Digital Media Production Takes on 3D Printing
Mr. Hermanet's Digital Media Production class has been working on designing models and printing them using the 3D printer in the library. Here, Clayton Pollack is shown sanding down a miniature hatchet that was printed using the 3D printer. Bringing ideas from the page to life!
March Madness Pep Rally
We had a blast at the pep rally on Friday afternoon, ending our March Madness Week with some games and dancing!