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  • I greatly appreciate the conversations that have been occurring, throughout the community, regarding the impending ASAA Classification vote for basketball and volleyball.

    I have new information: In short, the recommendation from the committee will be to adjust the 3A Classification from its current 150-450 students to 150-799 students. This would move Kodiak and Soldotna into 3A and create a six-team Peninsula Conference—Seward, Nikiski, Kenai, Soldotna, Homer, and Kodiak. This new conference would also have two state berths with an option to earn a third “at-large” bid.

    There is also a strong possibility that the ASAA Board will take no action. This would mean that we would remain in our current conference; with the addition of Kenai Central High School as their en- rollment has dropped below 450 students. Our conference would move back to eight teams—Seward Nikiski, Homer, Kenai, Grace, ACS, Redington, and Houston with 2 state berths and an option to earn the third “at-large” bid.

    Neither outcome of these votes will require us to make a decision as both keep us firmly in the 3A classification. As a reminder, all other sports are classified differently, so this only impacts basketball and volleyball.

    It’s also important to understand that these two outcomes are a result of three days of meetings with representatives from across the entire state—representing the smallest rural villages to the largest urban schools. Competiveness, travel expenses/limitations, and representation at state tournaments are all factors that are discussed and weighed. While I can think of many ways by which I could make classi- fication recommendations that would best benefit Seward, I respect that these options are the best that can be supported state-wide. I greatly appreciate your active engagement in this issue and continued support for Seward High activities moving forward.

    There are several important dates and deadlines coming up. Please mark your calendars:

    The Seward Seahawk Classic is Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, February 1-3

    The sophomore’s Winter Formal will be Saturday, February 3rd from 8:00-11:00 at Seward High.

    Eligibility check date will be Monday, February 5th.

    Seward area Schools’ next teacher collaboration will occur on Wednesday, February 7th. Students will be released 90 minutes early.

    Parent-Teacher Conferences will occur on Thursday, February 8 from 8:00 AM to 7:30 PM and on Friday, February 9 from 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM.

    The National Ocean Sciences Bowl will be on Friday, February 9th through Sunday, February 11th.

    The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Annual Budget Meeting in Seward will occur on Tues- day, February 13th.

    There is a lot happening in the month of February—all part of our plan to keep Seward High busy and engaged through the winter months. Please come out and support our teams, events, and activities and the students who make them happen.

    Speaking of active engagement: It’s that time of the year when the District begins the budgeting cycle for next year. Check out the District’s homepage at for ways you can educate yourself about the funding process and access the Alaska State Legislature page to track bills and con- tact your legislative representatives. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will be hosting the Seward area Budget Meeting on Tuesday, February 13th at 5:30 PM in Seward High’s Library.

    My door is always open to the entire Seward High Community. Feel free to contact me if you have questions, comments, or concerns. My direct line is 224-9077 and my email is twalk-


    Trevan Walker

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    Nurse’s News

    Smart Technology:

    I have to admit that I love technology. Top researchers are increasingly utilizing smart technology to

    help advance medicine. This is not particularly new but what I find interesting is the concerted effort

    by researchers adding the extra step of giving that valuable medical information in the consumer’s

    hands via smartphone or smartwatches. This gives us as patients more autonomy and decision mak-

    ing power for our health.

    For example, Stanford University is working on a deep-learning computer algorithm to diagnose skin

    cancer. Deep learning for a computer means that a computer is trained to figure out a problem rather

    than having the answers programmed into it. They made a database of 130,000 skin disease images

    and trained their computer algorithm to visually diagnose potential cancer. They tested this algo-

    rithm against 21 dermatologists and the algorithm matched the clinician’s ability to correctly identify

    malignant and benign lesions. They will need to do further studies to validate results. The develop-

    ers hope that the algorithm with visual technology can transition to our mobile devices. They want us

    to be able to use our smartphone camera, take a picture of the suspicious mole and our pocket com-

    puter will tell us if it is skin cancer. I see another app in my future.

    Other technology is a smart watch diagnosing atrial fibrillation. The watch tracks a person’s heart

    rate to physical activity ratio over several days. When a reading is captured showing a heart rate out-

    side of the person’s expected rate for his/her activity, he or she gets an alert to record the ECG. This

    information then can be sent via the person’s smartphone. This has already been approved by the

    FDA. Omron, the home blood pressure company, has been approved by the FDA for their smart-

    watch that takes blood pressure reading by a brief occlusion of the radial artery.

    I can’t wait for a Tricorder and yes, I am a Trekkie from way back with the OG, William Shatner.

    Nurse Yoly

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  • Counselor’s Corner

    Parent/Teacher Conferences

    Thursday, February 8th &

    Friday, February 9th

    8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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    Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, February 9th and 10th. This is a great opportunity to speak with your child's teachers. There are 15 minute slots open for each teacher.

    Please use SignUpGenius to schedule your appointments.

    Scroll down to the teacher you would like to make an appointment with and pick an availa- ble time.

    Please call Martha at 224-9070 or Stephanie Withrow at 224-9071 if you need assistance.

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