Friday Letter

October 25, 2019

Dear Parents,

We recently received ACT test score results for our Bishop Seabury Academy 2019 graduates as well as state and national averages.  Our students earned a composite ACT average score of 27.8 (compared to Lawrence public schools average of 23.9 and the Kansas average of 21.2).  The average score to predict achievement in STEM was 26.3 for Seabury and 21.2 for the State.  I am especially proud of the fact that our composite ACT score is higher than the average for ISACS schools (at 26.8).  That is a significant benchmark!

The ACT also provides a benchmark score for college readiness in graduating seniors, and available comparisons to state averages are equally impressive:

English Composition: Seabury 90% vs. State 64%

College Algebra: Seabury 81% vs. State 42%

Social Science: Seabury 95% vs. State 49%

College Biology: 67% vs. State 39%

Meeting benchmarks in all 4 areas: Seabury 67% vs. State 27%

Congratulations to our students for their exceptional performance and our teachers for their excellent work.

Don't forget that we are needing those Seabury Fund pledges!  Feel free to go online to make your pledge or donation: click here. 

Congratulations to Faith Hedges for taking 2nd place at KSHSAA State Golf Championship competition last week.  And good luck to our high school volleyball team at substate and our high school cross-country and soccer teams at KSHSAA regionals this week!

The middle school fall theatre production of Pirates of Penzance will be staged next Friday at 7:30 pm.  Adapted from the famous operetta, the show follows Frederich who is an indentured servant to pirates and who falls for Mabel, the daughter of a modern major general.  Policemen arrive.  Hijinks, craziness, romance...and Pirates!  Please come and enjoy the performance!

For their Fall Program Night this year, BSAP (our parent's association) is partnering with the Lawrence Public Library and Liberty Hall to screen Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric.  This National Geographic documentary focuses on contemporary issues of gender identity, including the experience of young transgender and intersex people.  The show will be screened on November 4th at Liberty Hall with a panel discussion to follow.  The event is free and open to the public.

Our Fall Carnival & Haunted House will occur next Wednesday night.  The Carnival involves a collection of games and the Senior Haunted House (which is intended to be scary, so young children should enter at parental discretion).  Admission to the carnival is $10.  The Haunted House costs $6 per patron.  Proceeds from the event help to fund the sophomore, junior, and senior trips in April.

Halloween is a big deal at our school, especially our annual Jack-O-Lantern carving contest.  On Halloween day, advising groups will present their pumpkin entries during morning meeting.  Standouts will receive prizes...and eternal glory.  Feel free to stop by and check out the ghoulish display in our hallways.  It is amazing what our staff and students can pull off in so little time!

On Halloween day, students are also welcome to wear costumes to school.  I always ask students to be tasteful in their costumes--nothing offensive, too skimpy, or involving real weapons.  (If they have to ask....the answer is "no.")  There will be prizes for outstanding costumes.  As always, thanks to parents for accommodating the spirit of this macabre holiday, and I especially appreciate the staff for tolerating a certain degree of chaos during this very busy time of the year.

Click here to see VIP sophomore Ryan Dekat interviewing a representative from BHS construction as concrete was poured this morning!  (We are SO excited!)

The weather has turned, and jackets and scarves are already out.  Enjoy the colorful landscape and have a good weekend!

Yours respectfully,

Dr. Schawang