Superintendent Newsletter

Panther Proud: December 2021

S-VE Community,

As we enter December, I paused to reflect on some Panther proud moments that stood out over the first few months of the 2021-2022 School Year. Students holding doors open for those behind them, staff and students making cards for our military, students volunteering to ring the Salvation Army Bell, staff checking on each other throughout the day. There are many more examples I could share, but most importantly, let's recognize that these moments are all tied together with kindness. Kindness changes everything.

This newsletter is filled with success stories, livestream links, resources, and reminders. As always, please reach out to me through with any comments, questions, concerns, or kudos.

Panther Proud,

Diahann Hesler

S-VE Superintendent of Schools


Parent Resources

The Next Generation Learning Standards are the educational goals for all of NYS's students from PreK - Grade 12 in ELA and Math. The standards were revised to ensure they are appropriate for students' grade levels and reflect what students should know and be able to do in these subjects. Full implementation of the NYS Next Generation Learning Standards begins next school year.

To help parents prepare for the transition to the Next Generation Learning Standards, NYSED collaborated with multiple partners, including parents, to develop a resource that facilitates and promotes parental involvement and engagement. This resource provides the following:

  • A description of the instructional cycle and the role of learning standards in the cycle
  • An FAQ for the Next Generation Learning Standards
  • Links and resources to support classroom learning at home

A Parent's Guide to the NYS Next Generation ELA and Math Learning Standards (

Summer Learning Academy

We are excited to offer Summer Learning Academy for Summer 2022. This will run similar to the program last summer; however, our buildings will be under construction with the Capital Project. This means, we will be partnering with neighboring districts to provide this opportunity to our students. The district plans to continue to offer transportation for Summer Learning Academy between your home to the neighboring district.

High School

The National Honor Society Induction Ceremony took place this week, inducting 11 new members. Criteria for membership include Knowledge, Scholarship, Leadership, Character, and Service. Students must also have a minimum overall GPA of 87.5. To remain in NHS, students must maintain an overall GPA of 87.5 or above until graduation and volunteer 10 hours of community service each year. New inductees are in the front row pictured below with current members in the back row.

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Our High School Quiz Team competed against 8 other districts, including Tioga, Notre Dame, Waverly and Athens, in the Southern Tier Quiz League. Bella Young and Tim Goodrich helped the team secure the win and acquire the trophy proudly displayed below. Great job Quiz Team!
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Middle School

The Middle School Honor Society Induction Ceremony took place in November, honoring 7th and 8th grade members. Parents/guardians were invited to participate in the Induction Ceremony where new members were inducted and current members were recognized.

World Kindness Day was recognized and celebrated at the Middle School on November 12th. Students created greeting cards to send to US military service members, worked on mosaic tiles for a collaborative mural, and participated in community circle conversations around kindness. Ask your middle school student about World Kindness Day!

Elementary School

In 1st Grade this month, Mrs. Fitch taught her students about wind speed, the scientific tool used to measure wind speed called an anemometer, and wind direction. During the lesson, the class took part in making a classroom anemometer before venturing to their seats to make their own version. As the students began following directions and creative problem solving during this assignment, they were unaware that they were also gaining Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) skills in the process. Teamwork was exhibited as students were encouraged to lean on their peers for assistance when needed. Students exemplified self-management skills as they worked through difficulties with creating and executing a working anemometer. A sense of confidence and accomplishment beamed from all students as they successfully found wind sources to try out their new scientific tool they created.
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S-VE home athletic events are livestreamed so you can support our student-athletes from anywhere!


Modified Winter Season II which consists of Wrestling and Girls Basketball is now open for registration on Family ID. Please register using the link below as soon as possible so we can obtain accurate numbers and ensure Impact Tests for concussion protocol and physicals are current.

SVEC Champions

Congratulations to our SVEC Varsity Football Team for earning the Section IV 8-Man Championship Title and Regional Championship Title! Thank you to the community for participating in the parade to honor our team! Go Eagles!
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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.


Be sure to check our website for important dates, links and details for upcoming events, such as upcoming music concerts!

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We are seeking interested community members to join our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee! The committee will include stakeholders composed of students, staff, faculty, administration, Board of Education, parents and our community.

This will be an ongoing process with an anticipated first meeting in January 2022. We expect the committee meetings to take place throughout the spring of 2022 and continue through the 2022-2023 school year. Anyone interested should email your request to be part of the DEI Committee to with your name and contact information.

Snow Days

Should inclement weather take place, we will be utilizing traditional snow days this year. The district has 3 built in snow days.

November COVID Update

The District received notification of 15 individuals who tested positive for COVID in November which led to 29 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:

Mask Reminder

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

Test to Stay

The Department of Health released information regarding new Test to Stay (TTS) protocols. TTS will allow individuals to attend school for the academic portion of the day while they are quarantined as a result of being a close contact to a person that tested positive to COVID at school. Participation in TTS is encouraged so that your child may remain in school; however, participation in TTS is not required.

We are having difficulty securing PPE. Once we have obtained required PPE, we will begin offering Test to Stay. At that time, you will be given this option when you are contacted by our contact tracer, Gail Hall. She will explain the process and the required forms that need to be completed, should you choose to participate in TTS.

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

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!

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... 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 (MHH) met at the end of November to learn more about Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) in our Elementary, Middle and High Schools. The MHH are planning to offer future opportunities to support mental health in February and April. 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 (

Congratulations to our 2021 Graduates of Distinction, Kenneth J. Ellison and Nancy Banfield Johnson, who were inducted this week during the National Honor Society Induction Ceremony! To read more about our 2021 Inductees, visit our website: Graduate of Distinction (

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Holiday Lights Recycling Drive

Do you have strings of holiday lights that are broken or you no longer want? Save them from the landfill and donate them to the S-VE Middle School Greenhouse Program/Honor Society Holiday Lights Recycle Drive!

What: Broken or no longer wanted holiday light strings

When: today through January 7, 2022

Where: Students, please bring your light string donations to your homeroom.

Community donations can be dropped off at the Middle School office in care of Brenda Anderson, Anni Ryan or Jennifer Joyce.

Why: Recycling old light strings can help save the environment and be a useful way to reclaim natural resources, like copper.

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TerraCycle with S-VE Greenhouse Program!

We’ve got exciting news to share! This December, you can now support the SVE Green House Program by sending your non-recyclable waste to recycling experts, TerraCycle!

Not only will you be supporting a great cause, but you will also prevent waste from ending up in landfills. ♻️

How it works:

  1. Select a participating recycling programs you’d like to participate in and print your free shipping label
  2. Ship the accepted products and packaging to TerraCycle
  3. Just like that, you’ve donated to the SVE Greenhouse Program AND helped the planet

For every shipment TerraCycle receives by December 31, $10 will be donated to our cause. Click below to participate!

Thank you for supporting us and doing your part in saving the earth. We’re looking forward to receiving your future donations!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Brenda Anderson at


Digital Citizenship Newsletter

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