February 2022: Read Across America and Women’s History Month

Dear Local Educators, We developed The Scene with SEEN last March after Read Across America Day. Read Across America Day is celebrated each year on Theodore Geisel’s birthday, and therefore also sometimes known as Dr. Seuss Day, but over the years it has become distanced from Dr. Seuss, and instead celebrates diverse books to helpContinue reading “February 2022: Read Across America and Women’s History Month”

BOE Meeting – Feb 15, 2022

Board of Education Meeting 2/15/22 A Emeka reminded audience about the mandate for masks, given that numerous members of the audience were unmasked. Member of the audience inquired about how this policy applies when people have disabilities that compromise their ability to wear a mask. A Emeka reiterated the policy that masks are mandated andContinue reading “BOE Meeting – Feb 15, 2022”

SEEN Community Update: Upcoming General Meeting!

Dear SEEN Community, The SEEN Steering Committee met again this week to start planning our General Meeting at the end of the month. Last year, we were guided by the oft-repeated question (in life, not in SEEN), “Couldn’t that just have been an email?” While remote opportunities and Zoom meetings seemed, on the one hand,Continue reading “SEEN Community Update: Upcoming General Meeting!”

SEEN Community Update: Books, Black History Month, and More!

Dear SEEN Community, “One winter morning Peter woke up and looked out the window. Snow had fallen during the night. It covered everything as far as he could see.” So begins Ezra Jack Keats’s classic, A Snowy Day (1962), a book celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, and a joy of tracks, sledding, snow angels,Continue reading “SEEN Community Update: Books, Black History Month, and More!”

BOE Meeting – Feb 3, 2022

SSCSD Board of Education Meeting Notes (SEEN)February 3, 2022Notes by Marie McCabeView the meeting. Read the meeting agenda. Board Members in attendance: Anjeanette Emeka, John Brueggemann, Amanda Ellithorpe, Tony Krackeler, Dean Kolligan, Natalya Lakhtakia, Erika Borman Board Members absent: Connie Woytowich, John Ellis Public Comments Charley Samuels: Offers praise to the school district for holdingContinue reading “BOE Meeting – Feb 3, 2022”

SEEN Community Update: Reflecting on MLK Weekend and Recent Events

Dear SEEN Community, Did you attend our Communities in Action forum this past Saturday? The dialogue was remarkable! With fortitude, vulnerability, and generosity, our panelists shared their experiences with advocacy and activism as community members and professionals. The notes from this event (coming soon!) cannot capture the feeling in that Zoom room, just as theyContinue reading “SEEN Community Update: Reflecting on MLK Weekend and Recent Events”

BOE Meeting – Jan 18, 2022

SSCSD Board of Education Meeting Notes (SEEN)Jan 18, 2022Notes by Rebecca LynchView the meeting. Read the Meeting Agenda. 7:04 Roll Call  Present: John Brueggeman (JB), John Ellis (JE), Natalya Lahktakia (NL), Amanda Ellitorpe (AE), Erika Borman (EB), Tony Krackeler (TK), Dean Kolligian (DK), Connie Woytowich (CW) Absent: Anjie Emeka Thank you to the HS FiddleContinue reading “BOE Meeting – Jan 18, 2022”

January 2022: MLK Day and Black History Month

Dear Local Educators, Happy New Year! It has certainly been a challenging start to the new year for educators. However, it can be uplifting and invigorating to bring the classroom community together to commemorate and honor figures like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to celebrate the history of African Americans. In this edition ofContinue reading “January 2022: MLK Day and Black History Month”

SEEN Community Update: Upcoming Events for MLK Weekend!

Dear SEEN Community, Happy New Year! As each of us and our community faces immediate, bodily, and scheduling challenges around the latest phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re all engaged in yet one more pivot. The pandemic continues to reveal systemic inequities, and the challenges to education – providing children with the learning and socialContinue reading “SEEN Community Update: Upcoming Events for MLK Weekend!”

BOE Meeting – Jan 6, 2022

Saratoga Board of Ed Meeting NotesJan 6, 2022Notes by Patty Farrell Roll Call Addressing community members present. Committed to keeping our students in person learning and safe. Please be a role model for appropriate masking. Agenda accepted Public Comment: None Reports:– DK-  12/20 meeting capital project meeting with sub contractors etc– CW-  gave update– couldContinue reading “BOE Meeting – Jan 6, 2022”