Superintendent Newsletter

Panther Strong: June 2022

Dear Spencer-Van Etten Community:

I’m sure this finds you in the “last month of school” mode with busy, end-of-year activities and celebrations planned. I wish the Class of 2022 graduates a world of success as they transition into the next chapters of their lives. I would like to take this opportunity to share a little about myself as I transition into the Superintendent of Schools position in the Spencer-Van Etten Central School District effective August 1, 2022. Let me start by saying that I am eager to join you, and I look forward to learning more about our students, families, employees, and community. I grew up in Groton, and I was most familiar with S-VE from athletic events for myself, as well as my children. In fact, until my day of interviews, the most vivid memory I held of the district was that of a bee sting I sustained while cheering at a football game back around 1986! Needless to say, my day of campus tours and interviews with the various stakeholders to become Superintendent changed that outlook!

Having served as Superintendent of Schools in the General Brown Central School District in the North Country since January 2018, I am familiar with the challenges faced by small, rural school districts, not only as we emerge from the effects of the pandemic, but in daily operations and planning. I have also served as High School Principal and taught Social Studies and Reading at both urban and rural schools. I try to live my professional and personal lives by leading by example for children, and I believe if we set high expectations, we all will continue to learn and grow in an effort to meet those expectations. In addition, I believe that every child deserves every opportunity to find academic, as well as social and emotional successes. Finally, I commit to open and honest communication with you. I look forward to working alongside you to make a difference in the lives of children.

Personally, my husband, Rick, and I have two adult children. Rick is currently a truck driver, but he previously worked in Candor, so he has many acquaintances in the Candor, Spencer, and Van Etten areas, and we have spent much time in the region over the years. My daughter’s family lives in the area, and I look forward to living closer to them! My son is a Graduate Assistant Football Coach at a college in South Dakota. Some of our favorite downtime activities include riding on our motorcycle, kayaking, remote camping, and watching college football.

Initially, my focus will be on getting to know you, the district, and the greater S-VE community. I look forward to being present in the district prior to my official start date, so that I can hit the ground running in August as we prepare for the start of school in the fall. I am honored to serve the children, families, and employees of the Spencer-Van Etten School District, and rather than a sting from the bee, I now look forward to the sweet taste of honey as I acclimate into the community! Please feel free to introduce yourselves as we cross paths in the schools or within the greater S-VE community.


Barbara J. Case

High School Highlights

Art Show

The talented work of our high school art students was on display the night of the high school music concert, representing all visual and performing arts from grades 9-12. Each student in an art class chose two works they’ve created this year, including at least a half board exhibit with work from each senior.


May concluded with an in person concert in the high school auditorium. Mr. Dan Miller conducted a wonderful night of music enjoyed by all.

Please click this link to access the livestream for our upcoming music concerts.

June 8 - MS concert at the High School 6:30pm - 8:30pm

June 14 - ES concert at the Elementary School 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Middle School Highlights

Breakout Box

Our GST BOCES instructional technology team has recently finished creating a Social Media Breakout Box lesson. The box is designed to teach students about social media safety, such as location settings on/off, good posts and bad posts, bullying over social media and much more. This will be offered to our middle school students in June.

Career Day

The middle school, in collaboration with the Career Development Council, hosted a career day. Special thank you to the presenters representing New York State DEC officers, Cornell SPIF - Astronomy and Space, Endless Mountain Vet, Tioga County Sheriff, Lockheed Martin - Quality Engineer and Engineering Support Aide, Carpenter's Union, Tioga State Bank, Tioga Soil and Water, Red Cross, Keystone Associates - Environmental Science.Architecture/Surveying, NYS Corrections, Arnot - Emergency Preparedness Coordinator and Human Resources Consulting.

Rocks and Minerals

Ms. Norton's sixth grade students studied rocks and minerals. Unfortunately, the labels on the students' sample kits were "lost"! During investigations careful attention was paid to the properties of each rock/mineral and meticulously recorded. Properties investigated include color, texture, layers, crystals, cleavage, hardness, streak, magnetism, luster and conduction of electricity. Pictured are students conducting experiments to determine which rocks/minerals react with acid. Once all properties are investigated, students use the data to determine the proper name of the rock or mineral.

Washington, D.C.

Prior to the 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C., the students completed a "Quest" using the program Classcraft. It was a virtual trip, that mirrored exactly what they saw and did on the actual trip and included short reflections/activities at every stop.

The students' favorite part of the trip was the "Night Tour". This is when they experienced all of the monuments and memorials that they had learned about on their "Quest". It is special because there is a unique beauty in them when they are all lit up.

Elementary School Highlights

Art and Literacy Night

S-VE Elementary School hosted its first Art and Literacy Night to provide positive literacy experiences for families. All students in the building created artwork inspired by children's literature. This artwork was showcased at the event. Students also had the opportunity to listen to stories written by featured authors, create bookmarks, shop at the Scholastic Bookfair, participate in Yoga and Literacy, and share books with friends and family on the school lawn. All 120 elementary students who attended this S-VE Elementary PTO sponsored event were able to take a book home written by one of the authors who inspired the event's artwork.

District Wide Highlights

Emotions into Art

High school and middle school students and faculty enjoyed the Emotions into Art assembly in May. Talented artist and speaker, Tom Varano, traveled 1,700 miles to teach S-VE that every single decision has a consequence in a BIG way:

  • B = Book you read - top shelf are your dreams, stack the books invest in your mind, create a ladder to reach your dreams.
  • I = Individuals we allow into our circle - think long term, try to make a difference in other people's lives.
  • G = Goals you set for your life - develop relationships, they will help you succeed.

During his presentation he quickly painted heroes, like Martin Luther King, Jr and Walt Disney, great people we respect and honor because of the passion they lived with. Throughout the assembly, Varono painted and spoke of the passion each individual had, and how value is added when someone invests in you as an individual. He also spoke of the importance of being present in the lives of those that mean the most to us.

Other key moments that resonated with the audience included:

  • People will work against you, step on your dreams. Do you have what it takes to sustain and push through or are you going to let other dictate your life? In the end, you will become more valuable, compassionate and empathetic.
  • We are stuck in a virtual world, when you hear get off your phone, the true meaning behind those words are I love you and want to spend time with you.
  • Have courage. Visualize the best version of yourself. You have control over your own life, put blinders on, stay focused on your goals. You can do whatever you want in life as long as your heart is fully in it.
  • Take initiative in other's lives. You never know how the person next to us might affect our life in the future.
Panther Media Club

COMING SOON!! S-VE is working to bring broadcasting to our middle and high schools! The Panther Media Club is excited to begin the process of creating two new streaming/broadcasting studios! One will be located in the middle school in room 201 and the other will be in the auditorium at the high school. New equipment has been purchased through a grant. New and matching cameras, monitors, switchers and teleprompters have been purchased so that students who start learning at the middle school will have an easy transition when they move to the high school! The equipment can be used for many things such as, streaming a live morning announcement "TV" show, making instructional videos for Schoology, live streaming school functions and so many other things! It has been a long process and we are so excited to see the new equipment arriving!

Summer School Update

Summer school will be held Mondays through Thursdays beginning July 5 through August 15, 2022. Grades K - 2 will be held from 8:30am - 1:30pm at the S-VE elementary school and grades 3-12 will be held from 9:00am - 1:00pm at the S-VE middle school. The summer school principal will be Donnalee Kelsey.

Athletic Highlights

Boys Golf - Jacob Banks and Taylor Brock carded matching 80s to place second individually and lead SVEC to a runner-up showing at the Section IV Class Boys Golf Championships. Boys Golf finished the regular season undefeated! They are IAC Large School Champs and in Section IV tournament. Nathan Gillette was IAC South Division All-Star!

Girls Golf - Annika Walle and Lauren Gillette landed top-5 finishes to lead SVEC to second place at the IAC Girls Golf Championship at Tomasso’s Golf Course Friday. SVEC competes in the Section IV championships Thursday at Soaring Eagles Golf Course in Horseheads.

Track and Field - S-VE collected seven victories at the IAC Small School Track & Field Championships. S-VE collected seven victories. Elliot Walter was a double winner while Tyler Doster, John Garrison, Karson Kenville and Tyler Stahl won one individual events apiece. The Panthers also won a relay.

At the Section IV Class D Track & Field Championships Elliot Walter dominated throws. Tyler Doster was the runner-up in the 800, clocking 2:08.48, and took fourth in the high jump, clearing 5-3. Throws. Tyler Doster was the runner-up in the 800, clocking 2:08.48, and took fourth in the high jump, clearing 5-3. Karson Kenville came in second in the 100 hurdles in 18.36 seconds.
John Garrison placed third in the 1600 with a time of 4:52.23 and was sixth in the 3200 in 11:11.92. Tyler Stahl placed third in the 400 hurdles, clocking 1:04.76. Markus Brock leapt to fourth place in the long jump at 18-3 1/4. Michael Connor finished eighth in the triple jump with a distance of 35-9 3/4. We have 5 athletes going to State Qualifiers!

At the Section IV Track and Field Championships, Demi Mouillesseaux finished fifth in the 200 with a time of 28.66 seconds and was eighth in the triple jump with a leap of 30-0 3/4.Olivia Secondo posted a time of 13:42.58 to place sixth in the 3,000. Kirsten Garrison took eighth in the 1500 in 6:00.3.

S-VE collected seven victories at the IAC Small School Track & Field Championships. Elliot Walter was a double winner while Tyler Doster, John Garrison, Karson Kenville and Tyler Stahl won one individual events apiece. The Panthers also won a relay.

S-VE Softball – The girls took over Lansing at Sectional Game Tuesday 14-3! They lost to 1st seeded Greene on May 26. What a tremendous season!

Our Student Athletes are making academics a priority! All of our Spring Sports have qualified as Scholar-Athlete teams!

Devin Beach signed with Utica to play Football, Tyler Stahl signed with Hartwick to play Football and Mason Holmes signed with Canton to play Soccer!

Congratulations to Jayden Grube and Hannah Martinez, who were recognized by the IAC with Character Counts Awards.
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Summer Lifting

Summer Lifts will be offered by Lourdes Hospital and will be held at Candor due to construction at S-VE. Schedules are being established and more information will follow.


Board of Education Election Results

Sean Vallely: 233

Karen Johnson: 232

Susan Rider-Ulacco: 226

New Superintendent

The Spencer-Van Etten Central School District Board of Education has selected Barbara Case as the new Superintendent of Schools. She was appointed District Superintendent at the May 26, 2022, Board of Education meeting, effective August 1, 2022. She will begin transition activities and work with interim Superintendent Mary Ordway.

Mrs. Case has been a social studies teacher and a reading teacher at Groton and Binghamton School Districts. She has also served in many different leadership roles such as High School Principal at the Groton School District, District Data Coordinator at CNY Regional Information Center and 7-12 Principal at George Junior Union Free School District. Barbara is currently serving as the Superintendent of Schools for the General Brown Central School District.

Barbara earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Secondary Social Studies Education at SUNY Cortland and a master’s degree in Education in Reading and Educational Leadership, also from SUNY Cortland.

“After an exhaustive search for a new Spencer-Van Etten School District Superintendent, the SVE Board of Education is excited to announce Barbara Case as our new Superintendent!” said Board of Education President Don Johnson. “The board reviewed 12 qualified applicants and narrowed that down to six for interviews. We then narrowed down the applicants to three. The various stakeholder groups were able to meet, ask questions, and provide input on these exceptional applicants. We are confident and excited to have an experienced and skilled superintendent such as Barbara Case join our district. Please join me in welcoming her to our community.”

From the words of Barbara Case, “I am grateful for the opportunity to lead the Spencer-Van Etten Central School District. I look forward to building relationships across the district to better serve children and families. I am humbled by the Board's confidence, and I am excited to join the Spencer-Van Etten community.”

Calendar Update

Monday, June 20: No school (Juneteenth)

Tuesday, June 21: 1/2 day of school for students

Wednesday, June 22: 1/2 day of school for students

Thursday, June 23: Staff only

Friday, June 24: Last day of school for staff. Graduation for the Class of 2022!

Electronic Newsletters = Environmentally Friendly

Please help us continue to grow our electronic newsletter listserv so we can achieve our goals of increasing community communication and transitioning to a more environmentally sustainable form of communication.

Encourage those you know to submit their name and email address to to get on this electronic mailing list for our monthly electronic newsletters!

All newsletters, both printed and electronic, are available here and on our website.


Dental Van

The Tioga County Dental Van will be located at the elementary school through - June 10. The required forms are linked here.

Exchange Student Opportunity

An international experience from your home awaits! There are 2 openings for international high school exchange students for 2022-23. Students are 15-18 years old from many countries that are anxiously awaiting their American family. Students have their own medical insurance and spending money. They are here to live as an American student; learning our culture and becoming more fluent in English. If you are interested, or know of a family that may be interested, please contact Nancy Pierce, Area Coordinator, Greenheart Exchange; / 607-220-6255. She can help find the perfect student to join your family that shares your same interests.

Lourdes Mammogram Van

The S-VE Health and Wellness Committee has scheduled the Lourdes Mammogram Booth to come to S-VE for our staff and community on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at the middle school.

Call 607-798-5723 to schedule an appointment.

You do not have to be a Lourdes patient. Your results can be sent to the health care provider of your choice. We welcome insured and uninsured women. No referral needed.

To find out if you are eligible for low- or no-cost screenings, call the Cancer Services Program at 1-833-837-4931.

Red Cross Blood Drive

The National Honor Society students had great success with their first blood drive and collected enough units to give one member a $250 scholarship. In hopes of collecting enough units to add another $250 scholarship for a second student, the National Honor Society members have organized a SECOND Red Cross Blood Drive! It will take place in the high school gym on Friday, June 3rd from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. If interested in donating, use this link.

Capital Project

Current progress of renovations to the Elementary School Office, High School Office and Secure Vestibule. Additionally, portions of upgrading district wide infrastructure has begun.

High School Secure Vestibule

High School Secure Office

High School Career Center

Renovated career center, facing library hallway (Existing windows and door currently covered to limit distraction of students in the corridor and library).

Elementary School Main Office

Infrastructure Boilers

Thank you for your support.

Budget Vote Results

Yes: 266

No: 153

Food Service Helper Position Available

Do you want to be on the same schedule as your children? Do you need supplemental income during the school year and have summers off? School Food Service is hiring! Please check the school website for more information or contact the school food service office at 607-589-7150. Come be a part of Spencer Van Etten School District along with the benefit of having the same school schedule as your children.

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 cafeteria webpage.

Summer Meals

Due to construction at all three schools this summer, we are having a closed enrolled summer feeding program. This means that only students who are enrolled in summer school will be receiving meals. We will be unable to deliver meals to other sites this summer. Families seeking assistance for meals during the summer can contact the Southern Tier Food Bank at 607-796-6061 or the Spencer-Van Etten Community Food Cupboard at 607-589-4412.

Art News

Congratulations to the following students who won this year’s GST BOCES Art Poster contest. Hannah Smith, Jessica Andrews, Daisy Mitros, Chloe Walker, Faith Brenchley and Raquel Hatch. These six of the 10 winning students will have their poster designs on the monthly Digital newsletter from GST BOCES starting in the fall. For a sneak peek, click here.

Art Recognition

This year, the Tioga Council of the Arts in Owego, sponsored a juried are exhibit for the surrounding schools. Congratulations to the following students who ribboned in the event:

Jackie Brown, Tyler Harman, Juan Riera, Lauren Slofkosky, Lucy Secondo, Migual Jofre, Elizabeth Higgins, and Jayden Esposito.


GST BOCES recently held a Signing Day event for Nurse Assisting seniors at the Bush Education Center. Nine students committed to their plans after graduation. Two students will join the U.S. Navy and seven will attend college to pursue degrees in nursing – four will attend Corning Community College, one will attend Elmira College, one will attend St. Bonaventure University and one will attend Mansfield University.

Nurse Assisting instructors, GST BOCES administrators and family members were on hand as students signed commitment letters. Congratulations to S-VE Senior Natilie Graham and good luck to these students as they pursue their future endeavors!

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Where are they now?

Congratulations to 2017 S-VE graduate and 2021 Elmira College graduate, Lindsay Hodges, BSRN. You can find Lindsay's portrait on a billboard in Lansing and tcat buses representing "A Rewarding Nursing Career" at Cayuga Medical Center.

Help us feature S-VE alumni by emailing with information on notable successes regarding their educational path, accomplished goals and current career.

Digital Citizenship Newsletter

The GST BOCES Digital Citizenship Committee continues to put together a Digital Citizenship Newsletter for staff, students and parents to spread the word about digital citizenship. Check out the June edition.

Digital Equity Survey Reminder

If you have not done so yet, please complete the Digital Equity Survey for each student in grades Kindergarten – Grade 12.

The Digital Equity Survey:

  • is a NYS requirement,
  • provides an accurate picture of connectivity/access for district remote learning plans,
  • necessary for state and federal funding of broadband initiatives.
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Spencer-Van Etten Central School District

16 Dartts Crossroad

Spencer, NY 14883

Phone: (607) 589-7100

Fax: (607) 589-3010