Seaman School Board To Discuss Electronic Textbooks

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Information from USD 345:

The Seaman Unified School District #345 Board of Education will conduct its regular monthly meeting on Monday, December 10th, 2012, at 6:00pm. The meeting will be held at the Seaman Education Center, 901 NW Lyman Road.

Some highlights from the agenda:

Electronic Textbooks – The Board will hear about a planned shift from paper to electronic textbooks for our K-6 science classes. This is a pilot program we're planning to enter into where one grade in each building will start the program next semester (January 2013). If the pilot is successful and we make this change, the six-year adoption price is cheaper by more than half, compared to traditional textbooks. In addition, Kansas will soon be adopting new science standards, and when that happens, the electronic textbooks will automatically update for free.

Seaman High Internship Program Report – The Board will hear about the impact of a new program we started at SHS, where participating Seniors were able to spend a semester working in an internship at an area business in an industry they're interested in. The placements included places like an area bakery, veterinarian's office, an engineering firm, and even one student who interned at a funeral home. Students will participate in the presentation to the Board.

College and Career Ready Advocates – The Board will hear about a planned program where a special advisor will meet twice a year (starting in 8th grade) with each student and their parents to discuss future career paths, and to provide educational support to meet that objective. This is a program being done in McPherson to great success. For example, they've seen students who want to be engineers, but have no idea that serious math is involved in that type of career. In that example, it's a big eye opener, telling the student that they need to start taking math much more seriously, or consider other options. This is the sort of program that can really help students focus early, rather than changing majors three times after getting to K-State.