• Dear Salamanca Community,

    In order to provide an opportunity for students and staff to attend the funeral of Helen Yaworsky, one of our district nurses and the mother of two high school students, we will be dismissing all students early on Friday, October 4. 

    Salamanca High School and Seneca Intermediate students will be dismissed at 12:15 and Prospect students will be dismissed at 12:45. Students will be transported by district buses as normal during a scheduled early dismissal day.  All students will be provided lunch.  All Extended Day Enrichment Programs (EDEP) are cancelled but athletics will continue as scheduled.  For more information or specific questions, please contact the school office. 

    High school students who wish to attend the funeral will have the opportunity to stay on campus, watch a movie in the auditorium and be transported to and from the church by school bus. 

    The Civil Service Union and the School District are sponsoring a Dress Up day on Friday for staff and students to honor and raise funds for the family. 

    We recognize this is short notice, apologize for any inconvenience this may pose, and thank you in advance for your understanding as we work through this difficult time and support the students and family of our lost Salamanca Warrior. 

    With condolences for Helen’s family and loved ones,

    Mark Beehler
    Assistant Superintendent for Academics



    Dear Salamanca Community,

    We are writing to share sad news for the Salamanca School Community, Helen Yaworsky, a nurse at our school district passed away this morning.  We do not have further details that we are able to release at this time.  Our Crisis Team members will be available from 3:00-6:00 pm today and throughout the rest of the week to help your child, parents and staff members deal with the loss of a kind member of our staff, and most importantly a mother of two of our students. 

    If you or your child need additional supports the following community agencies are available to assist you during this difficult time:

    Seneca Nation Behavioral Health Unit- 945-9001
    Seneca Nation Child & Family Srv- 945-5894
    Catt Co. Community Srv- 945-5211
    Catholic Charities- 372-0101
    Salamanca Youth Center- 945-1311
    St. Mary's Episcopal Church- 945-1609

    At this time, there is no additional information about calling hours or funeral services.  As this information is made available we will provide additional updates.

    Finally, We’d like to offer some helpful thoughts on dealing with death and grief:

    • Keep in mind that all children and adults react differently.  Withdrawal, aggressiveness, panic, anxiety, anger, guilt, fear, regression and symptoms of bodily distress are all signs of grief.  Be patient and understanding.
    • Students and adults tend to express grief in their ways of behaving.  They act out their feelings and emotions.  We cannot always know what they are thinking or feeling.  Take cues from their behavior.

    When students are grieving, they have shortened attention spans and may have trouble concentrating.  Schoolwork may be affected.  A student may attempt to deny feelings of anger, hurt and fear by repressing them.  Eventually, grief takes over and their feelings leak out.  It may be months or even years before a student displays signs of the full impact of a family death or tragedy.

    If a student seeks you out to talk, be available and REALLY LISTEN. 

    Try not to single out the grieving child for special privileges or compensations.  They still need to feel a part of their peer group and should be expected to function accordingly. 

    Acknowledge the reality that grief hurts.  Be supportive and available. 

    With our deepest condolences for Helen’s family,


    Mr. Breidenstein

    Dr. Beehler
    Assistant Superintendent for Academics