Superintendent Newsletter

Panther Proud: October 2021

S-VE Community,

We've had a busy start to the 2021-2022 School Year! We are thankful for 5 days per week in-person learning, welcoming spectators to our athletic events, and our district theme to intentionally spread kindness. Although we continue to have hurdles to jump through with NYS and the Department of Health requirements, we are tackling each obstacle as it arises with flexibility, perseverance, and determination to do what's best for our students, our staff and our families. To increase communication, I've implemented a monthly e-newsletter, in addition to the quarterly newsletters that are mailed to our community. As always, please reach out to me through with any comments, questions, concerns, or kudos.

Panther Proud,

Diahann Hesler

S-VE Superintendent of Schools


S-VE District Goals

  • S-VE will increase awareness, interest, and involvement by encouraging collaborative efforts to develop school spirit and community pride.
  • S-VE will cultivate creative, problem solving and future ready citizens through rich experiences and positive relationships.
  • S-VE will invest in and support social-emotional well-being, academic growth, and community through meaningful connections.

High School Objectives

The Spencer-Van Etten High School will:

  • Have 50% of the student population earn a c-pass. (Calculate using each marking period total).
  • Achieve an average mastery rate of 30% for all 10 Regents exams.
  • Meet or exceed the regional and state passing rate for all 10 Regents exams.
  • Achieve an average mastery rate of 55% for all final exams.
  • Achieve an average mastery rate of 60% for each course - using final grade for the course.
  • Achieve an Advanced Designation rate of at least 40%.
  • Achieve a graduation rate of 100%.
  • Meet or exceed the “chronically absent rate” of the state determined MIP (Measures of Interim Progress) for SVE High School.
  • Have 93% of students participate in at least 1 extra-curricular activity.
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Pictured above: High School students who are gaining Elementary Education experience by interning in the Elementary classrooms with our Kindergarten teachers.

Middle School Objectives

School Spirit/Community Pride

Students, faculty, and staff will create a feeling of increased school belonging by:

  • Providing t-shirts for every person in the building
  • Sharing grade level activities via social media at least once weekly
  • Having 90% or higher participation in Spirit Weeks through homeroom competitions
  • Continuing to sing the Alma Mater on Fridays
  • Using Staff Shout Outs and Student Classcraft Kudos to encourage positive talk, express gratitude, look for positives, and share monthly during announcements and homeroom
  • Having each student and staff participate in at least one bagging session for Grab and Go's by the end of the school year
  • Participating in yearly pull tab collections, recycling drives and other community drives

Future Ready Citizens

  • To better facilitate self-advocacy and various communication skills, each student will check their grades and e-mail a screenshot to their parent/guardian and homeroom teacher on Wednesday's during homeroom. They will also answer a brief questionnaire to ensure task completion.
  • In accordance with the SEL curriculum we will offer students six booster lessons regarding opportunities to learn about kindness and earn points in Classcraft.
  • Students will participate in the Career Development Center Career Day and will explore various trade vocations.

Social-Emotional Well-Being, Growth and Connections

  • S-VE will build and celebrate kindness by focusing on the 5 social emotional competencies embedded in our instruction
  • Staff will increase the use of social emotional learning vocabulary
  • Staff will be provided starting materials for sharing each competency
  • We will focus on one competency per marking period and add on a new one
    • MP1: Self-Awareness
    • MP2: Social Awareness
    • MP3: Self-Management
    • MP4: Relationship Skills
    • MP5: Responsible Decision Making
    • MP6: Practice all competencies
  • *We will conduct a survey check-in at the end of each marking period to review with staff and students

Elementary School Objectives

  1. 75% of students in grades K-4 will meet or exceed expected annual growth from fall to spring on the 2021-2022 NWEA Reading and Math MAPS assessments.
  2. 100% of students and staff will participate in district technology standards.
  3. S-VE Elementary student attendance will be at or above 90% during the 2021-2022 school year.
  4. 100% of classrooms will use the Mood Meter as a tool for Social Emotional Learning.

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2021-2022 School Year Communications

We are excited to roll out our first Monthly Electronic Communication! We plan to send a Superintendent Newsletter the first week of each month electronically to families, staff, and community members that have shared their email addresses with the district. Feel free to tell your family and friends to submit their name and email address to to get on the electronic mailing list.

District Newsletters will remain the same, being mailed out every other month to our community.

September COVID Update

The District received notification of 7 individuals who tested positive for COVID in September which led to 35 exposures. We will continue to include this information in our monthly "Superintendent Newsletter".

Among all things COVID related, the CDC COVID Tracker is available on our website. Go to:

COVID Clinics

One of our goals is to share COVID Vaccine Clinic opportunities with our community. We will be posting these on our website new box as we are made aware.

Substitutes Needed

We are in need of substitutes for teachers, teaching assistants, bus drivers, cleaners and food service! Please contact the District Office for more information at 589-7100!

We are Hiring... help us spread the word!

S-VE Family is hiring!!! Come join our Panther Team!

Current positions available include:

Anyone interested can go to to apply or read further about the positions!

Smart Schools Project

The start of the school year was exciting with the Smart Schools project wrapping up. A small punch list of items is still left to complete, including replacement glass that was shipped broken. The remaining money of $323,325 will offset the cost for the new emergency public broadcast system in the Capital Project.

Capital Project

The Capital Project was submitted for New York State approval. We anticipate the bidding process to begin in December or early January with a start date of Spring Break 2022.

ARP Funding

S-VE was awarded American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding to address the impact of the COVID pandemic. Through the use of surveys, we solicited feedback from staff and families to identify the needs of the district. Over the summer, staff leaders reviewed the data with the administrative team to set a priority list for use of the funding over a three year period, with hiring staff as the top priority. We are pleased to report that all items on the priority list have been addressed. Staff have been hired for some of the posted positions and the remainder of the available positions are waiting to be filled. See Employment Opportunities above.

In addition to the Summer Learning Academy that addressed academic learning loss, the next phase of this process will include addressing learning gaps through implementing a credit recovery program and peer tutoring. Advisory will take place at all levels to address Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health, and future money will be used to increase intervention services. Through a partnership with Tioga County Department of Health, we are able to utilize retired nurse, Gail Hall, for COVID related requirements, such as Screening Testing and Contact Tracing.

FREE... Yes, FREE!

For the 2021-2022 School Year, 1 FREE Breakfast and 1 FREE Lunch is provided daily to all students! Additional portions are available for a charge.

Menus can be accessed on our website:

Homecoming Highlights

Become a Hero

The Mental Health Heroes always welcome community participation in our mission to support the wellbeing of our S-VE Community. We meet to discuss mental health and plan ways to engage others and spread awareness. Anyone who supports mental health is a hero! If you'd like to add your voice to the Mental Health Heroes, send a message to!
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A goal of the Mental Health Heroes is to offer opportunities throughout the year to support mental health. A special Thank You to Rev. Sabrina Slater for arranging the first offering of a QPR Training (a 3-step training to help prevent suicide), which was held virtually and offered to the Mental Health Heroes and Community. We will be planning another opportunity this fall and the Mental Health Heroes will spread the word when the information becomes available!

Panther Pride

S-VE Alma Mater

Help your students learn the Alma Mater!
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Spencer-Van Etten Central School District

16 Dartts Crossroad

Spencer, NY 14883

Phone: (607) 589-7100

Fax: (607) 589-3010