Superintendent Newsletter

Panther Proud: November 2021

S-VE Community,

I'd like to start by congratulating our students on a successful first marking period! We have some amazingly talented youth in our schools who are academic rock stars, Kudos to our parents for raising amazing children and a special congrats to our students for all their hard work and efforts, CONGRATS!!!

You may have heard in the media regarding some of the latest benchmarks that have come down from the state, including Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), and Culturally Responsive-Sustaining (CR-S) and we felt it important to share this information so you are better informed. Ultimately, we at S-VE schools want to ensure a safe, and welcoming environment for all. We also want to provide rigorous curriculum so our standards are high, and our students are career and college ready upon graduation.

We are all Panther Proud of how well many of our sports teams did in wrapping up their season and moving on to post season competitions. Again, amazing job!

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

Panther Proud,

Diahann Hesler

S-VE Superintendent of Schools


High School

Scholars List (1st marking period average of 94.5 or higher)

9th Grade – Faith Brenchley, Wayne Chandler, Makana Diboun, Lilyanah Doolittle, Kirsten Garrison, Lily Kunzman, Christopher Merrick, Rodney Ross, Brandon Sitzer, Donavin VanDerpoel

10th Grade – Jacqueline Brown, Michael Callahan, Eli Cornwell, Adriena Farmer, Johnathan Garrison, Ashlynd Goodrich, Aubrie Kastenhuber, Bethany Lau, Demi Mouillesseaux, Ashlee O’Connor, Lucy Secondo, Annika Walle

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

12th Grade – Markus Brock, Michael Connor, Dominic Dalora, Olivia Devlen, Tyler Doster, Sophia Dutra, Lynsey Frye, Timothy Goodrich, Jayden Grube, Mason Holmes, Logan Jewell, Andrew Lau, Rhiana Lawrence, Adriana Newman, Sydney Presher, Katie Smith, Keanan Smith, Aidan Swayze, Hailey Thigpen, Elliott Walter, Anna Warner, Dylin Whitney, Isabella Young, Ajsa Zakova

High Honor Roll (1st marking period average 90.0 or higher)

9th – Aubrey Catablan, James Chrysler, Colton Churey, Aryonnah Disbrow, Shawn Horyczun, Katelyn Klym, Brianna Predmore, Dylan Rosa-Collazo, Oskar Secondo, Hannah Smith, Summer Taylor, Zane Thompson, Cyrus Toyryla, Trenton VanNess, Chloe Walker

10th Grade – Brian Belanger, Mateusz Bienkowski, Kylee Isabell Cook, Gabriella Evans, Leah Grover, Jordyn Hills, Nicholas Kobre, Debaroh Langlie, Evan McCracken, Kaili Root, Raegan Sudnikovich

11th Grade – Arianna Buckingham, Korbyn Clarke, Jacob Fitch, Vincent Klimekoski, Anthony Peters, Olivia Secondo, Kameron Smith, Taya Sousa

12th Grade – Devin Beach, Nicholas Brazo, Cheyenne Bump, Olivia Clarke William Grier, Sandy Hills, Gillian Jackman, Miguel Jofre, Jude Long, Hannah Martinez, Allysa McLaughlin, Juan Parra Riera, Bianca Rennells, Lauren Slofkosky, Jaida Sutherlin

Honor Roll (1st marking period average 86.50 or higher)

9th – Owen Bly, Wyatt Brink, Mackenzie Coats, Kaylee-May Davidson, Nollan Hyer, John Johnston, Karson Kenville, Magnolia Mitchell, Maria Ortolaza

10th Grade – Jakob Bell, Cheylee Campbell, Jack Heiman, Camren Long, Roni Presher, Michaela Wood, Jonah Young

11th Grade – Kaden Buckowski, Erika Coville, Elizabeth Higgins, Jacob VanEtten

12th Grade – Mason Armstrong, Annukah Blake, Sabrianna Grant, Darren McFall, James Newns, Tyler Stahl, Harley White

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Middle School

Scholars List (1st marking period average of 94.5 or higher)

5th Grade – Jayde Bailey, Zoey Barton, Gabriel Benjamin, Lily Blumenthal, Annabelle Cape, Lillian Carling, Tyler Decker, Lilyanna Horton, Crosby Jones, Josephine LaCombe, Elliana Middlebrook, Mary Nilon, Caitlyn O'Connor-Lay, Kodey Ross, Raelynn Silvernail, Abigail VanAtta, Damien Vellake

6th Grade –
Madison Ashby, Kolby Chaffee, Alexander Dolaway, Elliott Johanns, Landon McDaniels, Sebastian Montgomery, Shyla Rude, Brooke Ryan, Kaiden Shock, Anthony Wintermute, Taylor Zufall

7th Grade – Madelyn Ellison, Kendall Gentile, Nevin Mack, Kaidince Root, Kelsea Swayze, Tyler Tufford, Cooper Zufall

8th Grade – Lilian Alison, Delilah Alpert, Lauren Gillette, Clara Paasch, Tyler Tufford

High Honor Roll (1st marking period average 89.5 or higher)

5th Grade – Ethan Ammack, Makenzie Cook, Adalynne Dinse, Madison Emery, Austin Klimekoski, Landon Leonardi, Case McKeon, Aimes Morais, Damon Park, Johnathan Rixford, Hannah Rose, Mackenzie Rose, Eveliina Savunen, Logan Smith, Zane Smith, Veronica Stone, Sophie Sunday, Bentley Sweet

6th Grade – Lily Bensley, Emma Bernstein, Kaden Elia, John-Michael Fanning, Melanie Jayne, Camden Losey, Olivia Potts, Delaney Richey, Christian Sitzer, Hunter Smith, Lilie Stevens, Emma VanAtta, Taylor VanDerpoel, Landon Whitmarsh

7th Grade – Trinity Dashler, Dallas Fanning, Reece Hickey, Keith Hills, Lincoln Jones, Emma Neish, Jayden Rositzke, Neveaha Soto, Madison Verrinder, Chase Whitmarsh, William Winch

8th Grade – Tayah Beach, Allie Grover, Jaydon Henry, Olivia Hudak, Christopher Kobre, Ayden McDaniels, Nathaniel Smith

Honor Roll (1st marking period average 80.5 or higher)

5th Grade –Richard Amadori, Evan Combs, Ella Eno, Anthony Hertel, Lillie Horyczun, Catherine Hubert, Elijah Jessup, Derrick Johnston, Evangeline Leonard, Cameron O'Connor-Lay, Taylor Parkhurst, Ella Pelto, Wyatt Riggs, Tristan Rositzke, Lucas Rummel, Clara Showerman, Alyssa Swansbrough, Isabella Swimelar

6th Grade – Ryan Ackerley, Ryan Barkman, Mackenzie Barton, Isaiah Bodie, Alexander Carling, Skyler Dillin, Baylee Ervay, Jayden Harris, Colson Mitchell, Allison Oakes, Molly Rice, Alexa Rorick, Taryn Rudolph, Landon Talada, Audrey Williams

7th Grade – Harley Bly, Kylie Chrysler, Ethan Drake, Theadore Grant, Paige Hudak, Josalyn Irvin, Journey Mitchell, Cameron Park, David Rivers, Katie Rixford, Zane Showerman, Katelynn VanEtten, Nora Young

8th Grade – Kieri Avery, Autumn Bell, Grace Bishop, Izabel Campbell, Luukas Carling, Mya Grant, Kaylee Lattimer, Cassandra Lau, Landon Lawrence, Nicholas Oakes, Elizabeth Ortolaza, Kingston Payne, Marion Pierce, Vivienne Secondo, Jordyn Sutherlin, Olivia Sue Swayze, Talor Sweet, Olyvia Swimelar, Chase Thompson, Xavier Wandell, Alea Westervelt, Kelci Wright

Elementary School

The Elementary School utilizes the Mood Meter to increase student engagement, attendance, and academic importance, establish quality relationships, enhance decision making, decrease stress and anxiety, and increase health and wellbeing. The Mood Meter, developed by Dr. Marc Brackett, is used in RULER, which is an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning. The Mood Meter is used to develop greater insight in people's emotional lives, develops emotional vocabulary, and assists in selecting strategies to help regulate feelings.


• Recognizing emotions in oneself and others

• Understanding the causes and consequences of emotions

• Labeling emotions with nuanced vocabulary

• Expressing emotions in accordance with cultural norms and social context

• Regulating emotions with helpful strategies

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Academic Benchmarks

We want to share with you some information we have received from New York State Education Department (NYSED) regarding some overarching benchmarks so you can better understand these concepts, and ask questions of our leaders to gain a deeper understanding. The basic premise is that every child deserves a welcoming environment, and that is the foundation of S-VE. These overarching benchmarks will help us in continuing our journey to accomplish these goals.

Social-Emotional Learning

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process of developing the self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills that are vital for school, work, and life success. People with strong social-emotional skills are better able to cope with everyday challenges and benefit academically, professionally, and socially. To learn more about Social Emotional Learning, click the link below.
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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is a term used to describe programs that ensure the representation and participation of all groups of individuals, including people of different ages, races and ethnicities, abilities and disabilities, genders, religions, cultures and sexual orientations. To read more, click the link below.
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Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Framework (CR-S)

Culturally responsive-sustaining (CR-S) education is grounded in a cultural view of learning and human development in which multiple expressions of diversity are recognized and regarded as assets for teaching and learning. The CR-S framework creates student-centered learning environments that develops students abilities to connect across lines of difference. You can learn more by clicking the link below.
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We've had a strong fall athletic season. SVEC Varsity Cross Country, SVEC Varsity Boys Soccer, SVEC Varsity Football and S-VE Varsity Volleyball all advanced to post-season contests! Congratulations to these teams for their successes!

Winter Season is right around the corner! Modified Winter Season 1 began on October 25th and Varsity/JV Winter Season begins November 15th. To sign your 7th - 12th grade student-athlete up for a Winter sport, go to:


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 around you to submit their name and email address to to get on this electronic mailing list.

Our first quarterly printed newsletter for the 2021-2022 school year will be mailed to our community mid-November.

October COVID Update

The District received notification of 37 individuals who tested positive for COVID in October which led to 155 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:

S-VE Family is hiring!!!

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!

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 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... 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:

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!


The Mental Health Heroes will be offering an opportunity to support mental health in late November or early December. Stay tuned for more information on our website and the Mental Health Heroes Facebook page!

Panther Pride

S-VE Graduates of Distinction

The S-VE Graduates of Distinction recognition honors S-VE, Spencer, or Van Etten graduates for outstanding lifetime achievement. Honorees are graduates who are exemplary citizens having distinguished themselves through their communities, professions or careers. More information can be found on our website: Graduate of Distinction (

This year, we will be inducting Kenneth J. Ellison and Nancy Banfield Johnson. The event will take place on December 1st during the National Honor Society Induction Ceremony. This event will be livestreamed for the community. The link will be accessible from our website.


Digital Citizenship Newsletter

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

Digital Equity Survey

In our efforts to continue to improve access to technology resources, continuing to collect accurate data regarding digital access for our students will greatly help our educators to better serve our students and families. In order to accomplish this, the New York State Education Department is asking parents or guardians to complete a Digital Equity survey (for each student in the family) in grades Kindergarten – Grade 12. This survey will provide information on student access to devices and internet access in their places of residence. Although you may have completed this for us in the past, this information provided to the state will assist in securing financial resources to address limited digital access. We strongly encourage parents and guardians to help us by completing this brief 12 question Digital Equity Survey by Friday, November 5th to fulfill the requirement by New York State Education Department.

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Spencer-Van Etten Central School District

16 Dartts Crossroad

Spencer, NY 14883

Phone: (607) 589-7100

Fax: (607) 589-3010