Superintendent Newsletter

Panther Strong: January 2022

S-VE Community,

Welcome to 2022, a time when we reflect on the past year, make resolutions, and look forward to new beginnings.

We are starting the New Year off with interviews for the Middle School Principal Position. Although we are sad to see Becca Gentile leave S-VE, we are hopeful our committee of parents, students, staff, administration and BOE will select the best fit for S-VE Middle School.

COVID guidance from NYSDOH and the CDC is everchanging. We are grateful for the opportunity to keep asymptomatic students in school through the Test to Stay program. We ask that you remain flexible and patient with us as we absorb new information from both the Tioga and Chemung County Department of Health. The Department of Health anticipates additional changes to the guidance next week. We will continue to do our best to keep you updated along the way.

As always, please reach out to me through with any comments, questions, concerns, or kudos.

Panther Strong in 2022!

Diahann Hesler

S-VE Superintendent of Schools

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Summer Learning Academy

We are grateful to share that Candor has agreed to house our Summer Learning Academy for Summer 2022 while our buildings are under construction with the Capital Project. The district plans to continue to offer transportation for Summer Learning Academy between your home to and from Candor. The administrative teams from both districts will be starting to plan the details to this program and will keep you informed as this develops.

High School

Great job to the High School Band and Chorus for a wonderful performance in December!

Scholars List

(2nd marking period average of 94.5 or higher)

9th Grade – Faith Brenchley, Wayne Chandler, James Chrysler, Colton Churey, Makana Diboun, Lilyanah Doolittle, Kirsten Garrison, Lily Kunzman, Christopher Merrick, Rodney Ross, Brandon Sitzer, Summer Taylor, Chloe Walker

10th Grade – Brian Belanger, Jacqueline Brown, Michael Callahan, Johnathan Garrison, Ashlynd Goodrich, Aubrie Kastenhuber, Nicholas Kobre, Bethany Lau, Demi Mouillesseaux, Lucy Secondo, Annika Walle

11th Grade – Marah Cooper, Nathan Gillette, Bryce Grant, Pavel Jofre, Joshua Menter, Greta Paasch, Cody Sayre, Cameron Smith, Xavier VanDerpoel

12th Grade – Markus Brock, Michael Connor, Dominic Dalora, Olivia Devlen, Tyler Doster, Sophia Dutra, Timothy Goodrich, William Grier, Jayden Grube, Mason Holmes, Logan Jewell, Miguel Jofre, Autumn Johnson, Andrew Lau, Hannah Martinez, Sydney Presher, Katie Smith, Aidan Swayze, Jacie Tompkins, Elliott Walter, Anna Warner, Isabella Young, Ajsa Zakova

High Honor Roll

(2nd marking period average 90.0 or higher)

9th – Owen Bly, Aryonnah Disbrow, Katelyn Klym, Brianna Predmore, Dylan Rosa-Collazo, Oskar Secondo, Hannah Smith, Zane Thompson, Donavin VanDerpoel

10th Grade – Landon Ackerley, Jacob Bell, Cecelia Churey, Kylee Isabell Cook, Gabriella Evans, Adriena Farmer, Jordyn Hills, Debaroh Langlie, Evan McCracken, Ashlee O’Connor, Kaili Root, Raegan Sudnikovich, Michaela Wood

11th Grade – Rowan Avery, Izabell Bacon, Arianna Buckingham, Korbyn Clarke, Vincent Klimekoski, Anthony Peters, Derick Ryant, Taya Sousa, Jacek Stahl, Jacob VanEtten

12th Grade – Nicholas Brazo, Lynsey Frye, Sandy Hills, Rhiana Lawrence, Allysa McLaughlin, Alana Nichols, Juan Parra Riera, Bianca Rennells, Tyler Stahl, Hailey Thigpen, Harley White, Dylin Whitney

Honor Roll

(2nd marking period average 86.50 or higher)

9th –Wyatt Brink, Aubrey Catablan, Emily Coats, Mackenzie Coats, Kaylee-May Davidson, Shawn Horyczun, Daisy Mitros, Zachary Paucke, Cyrus Toyryla

10th Grade – Mateusz Bienkowski, Kody Clark, Eli Cornwell, Leah Grover, Kirie Parker, Austin Thigpen, Jonah Young

11th Grade – Hunter Harmon, Elizabeth Higgins, Alissa Knapp, Rhyleigh McFall, Olivia Secondo

12th Grade – Mason Armstrong, Devin Beach, Natilie Graham, Dalton Hawley, Gillian Jackman, Tyler Jones, Jude Long, Nicholas Pompa, Lauren Slofkosky, Keanan Soto, Jaida Sutherlin

Middle School

A special thank you goes out to our Interim Principal, Mrs. Mary Ordway, who will be with us until the end of this month. Interviews for the Middle School Principal position are taking place January 7th. We will keep you informed during this transition.

Scholars List

(2nd marking period average of 94.5 or higher)

Lilian Alison, Delilah Alpert, Madison Ashby, Tayah Beach, Gabriel Benjamin, Lily Blumenthal, Annabelle Cape, Kolby Chaffee, Tyler Decker, Alexander Dolaway, Kendall Gentile, Lauren Gillette, Lilyanna Horton, Crosby Jones, Nevin Mack, Elliana Middlebrook, Clara Paasch, Kaidince Root, Shyla Rude, Brooke Ryan, Raelynn Silvernail, Kelsea Swayze, Taylor Tufford, Tyler Tufford, Emma VanAtta, Damien Vellake, William Winch, Anthony Wintermute, Cooper Zufall

High Honors List

(2nd marking period average of 89.5-94.4)

Ethan Ammack, Jayde Bailey, Zoey Barton, Lily Bensley, Lillian Carling, Adalynne Dinse, Madison Emery, John-Michael Fanning, Jaydon Henry, Elliott Johanns, Lincoln Jones, Christopher Kobre, Josephine LaCombe, Camden Losey, Ayden McDaniels, Landon McDaniels, Aimes Morais, Mary Nilon, Elizabeth Ortolaza, Delaney Richey, Hannah Rose, Kodey Ross, Taryn Rudolph, Rivver Shevalier-Baker, Kaiden Shock, Neveaha Soto, Lilie Mae Stevens, Veronica Stone, Sophie Sunday, Jordyn Sutherlin, Alyssa Swansbrough, Bentley Sweet, Abigail VanAtta, Katelynn VanEtten, Chase Whitmarsh, Landon Whitmarsh, Taylor Zufall.

Honors List

(2nd marking period average of 80.5-89.4)

Ryan Ackerley, Richard Amadori, Christopher Armstrong, Kieri Avery, Johnathan Bell, Harley Bly, Izabel Campbell, Luukas Carling, Kylie Chrysler, Makenzie Cook, Cloie-Nicole Cotto, Trinity Dashler, Skyler Dillin, Ethan Drake, Kaden Elia, Baylee Ervay, Dallas Fanning, Mya Grant, Theadore Grant, Allie Grover, Reece Hickey, Keith Hills, Catherine Hubert, Olivia Hudak, Paige Hudak, Noah Ingram, Josalyn Irvin, Elijah Jessup, Kaylee Kastenhuber, Austin Klimekoski, Cassandra Lau, Evangeline Leonard, Landon Leonardi, Jordyn Losey, Case McKeon, Deegan McKeon, Caitlyn Giovannino Melice, Colson Mitchell, Laurel Mitros, Emma Neish, Caitlyn O'Connor-Lay, Damon Park, Taylor Parkhurst, Ella Pelto, Olivia Potts, Wyatt Riggs, David Rivers, Johnathan Rixford, Katie Rixford, Alexa Rorick, Mackenzie Rose, Tristan Rositzke, Lucas Rummel, Eveliina Savunen, Vivienne Secondo, Clara Showerman, Levi Showerman, Zane Showerman, Christian Sitzer, Hunter Smith, Logan Smith, Zane Smith, Talor Sweet, Isabella Swimelar, Olyvia Swimelar, Landon Talada, Madison Verrinder, Xavier Wandell, Lilly Watson, Kelci Wright, Nora Young

Elementary School

The Elementary School has installed sensory stickers in their hallways! Sensory stickers allow our students to follow guided steps, develop and enhance gross motor skills and get their wiggles out! Pictured below is a tiptoe line, wall push ups and a hopping station; however, there are many other sensory stickers throughout the building. Ask your student what their favorite spot is! Many thanks to our staff and PTO!

Senior Night

January 19 - Wrestling Senior Night

February 1 - Boys Basketball and Cheerleading Senior Night

February 8 - Girls Basketball Senior Night

S-VE home athletic events, including Senior Nights, are livestreamed so you can support our student-athletes from anywhere! Access livestream links below!


2021-2022 School Year Communications

We hope you are enjoying our Superintendent District E-Newsletters! We will continue to send these electronically the first week of each month to families, staff, and community members that have shared their email addresses with the district. Please encourage those you know to submit their name and email address to to get on this electronic mailing list.

December COVID Update

The District received notification of 26 individuals who tested positive for COVID in December which led to 43 exposures. On December 9th, we implemented an optional Test to Stay (TTS) program. With TTS, those deemed as a close contact to a person that tested positive for COVID can be brought to school to be tested prior to the start of the school day during their quarantine window. Those that test negative are able to resume their academic day. The Test to Stay program has allowed 15 students to remain in school, who would have otherwise been remote learning for the duration of their quarantine. Our nurses performed 42 tests within 9 days to help keep kids in school! Thank you to all involved, especially our nurses and parents!

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:

Mask Reminder

A friendly reminder of universal indoor masking for all students, staff, teachers, and visitors regardless of vaccination status in schools.

Self-Test Reporting

Our Governor identified a statewide goal of having as many students as possible tested for COVID this week. Test kits were sent home on Wednesday with students. Although there is no requirement that families test their children with these test kits, the State is encouraging families to do so. Parents had the option to opt-out of receiving a test kit for their student.

Should you choose to utilize a self-test kit and the result is positive, please follow the guidance from the county in which you reside. County links below:
Tioga County Self-Test Reporting Link
• Chemung County requests that you receive a PCR test
• Schuyler County: call the office on the next business day (607-535-8140)
Steuben County Home Test Reporting Portal
Tompkins County Self-Test Reporting Form

Vaccination Information

Individuals interested in receiving a vaccination can access all vaccination sites near you by texting their Zip Code to 438829 or go to

Before Winter Break, we partnered with Candor to offer a vaccination clinic in our area, with over 300 vaccines given. The second dose and booster shots will be given this Saturday at Candor! See below!

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S-VE is hiring!!! Become part of our Panther Family.

The national labor shortage has impacted S-VE too, we are a great place to be, help us spread the word! Come join our Panther Team!

Current positions available include:

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

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!


Capital Project

We have submitted our project to a 3rd party reviewer to help expedite the process of approval by NYSED. We are hopeful we will have positive news to share regarding approval in the very near future.

Smart Schools Project

The punch list and walk through has assured us that the Smart Schools Project is essentially complete.

Budget Advisory Committee

The Budget Advisory Committee will meet a total of 3 times in preparation for the 2022-23 school budget. Meetings will take place via zoom on February 2, February 28, and March 29. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please contact the District Office at 589-3059 or email

FREE Breakfast and Lunch for ALL students!!!

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:

Professional Development for Staff

The January 31st Conference Day for staff professional development will include a Health and Wellness Fair. This will be an opportunity for our employees to learn how we can work together to increase overall health! Sponsored by ENV Insurance Agency, this will also include a variety of tables to allow for personalized questions and an opportunity to register for telemedicine programs.

NYS Project Hope Presentation

The Mental Health Heroes will host NYS Project Hope on February 8th at 6pm via zoom. NYS Project Hope is a Resource Center providing support in all aspects of mental health. NYS has adopted a test crisis line for support 24/7 and our district was a part of developing this support system. Look in our February e-newsletter for a zoom link if you'd like to participate. Save the date! All community members are welcome!

Become a Mental Health 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!


Digital Citizenship Newsletter

Check out the January Digital Citizenship Newsletter by clicking the link below!

Digital Equity Survey for Parents/Guardians

Please help us fulfill the requirement of New York State Education Department by completing this Digital Equity Survey for each student in grades Kindergarten – Grade 12. Completing this survey will greatly help our educators to better serve our students and families. If you have not done so yet, please complete this information so we can provide it to the state, which assists in securing financial resources to address limited digital access.

Social Media

You may have heard about social media challenges on the news or on social media platforms. We have done our best to stay on top of these trends and continue to educate our students on appropriate behaviors and taking pride in our school buildings. The Digital Citizenship Newsletter in November featured a piece on Social Media challenges, pictured below. If you'd like to review the November Newsletter, see link:
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Spencer-Van Etten Central School District

16 Dartts Crossroad

Spencer, NY 14883

Phone: (607) 589-7100

Fax: (607) 589-3010