Dear USD #416 Wildcat Family,
We have had a wonderful start to the 2019-2020 school year! We appreciate your early support as we partner together for the upcoming school year. As I have visited the schools, it appears all staff and students are “Wildcat Ready!” It will soon get very busy with different school activities. I encourage you to stay on top of your child’s studies. As a parent myself, I know the challenges of trying to keep track of where your kids are coming and going! If you noticed any issues, please reach out to your child’s teacher or office staff. As always, we want to be proactive as we work together to support each student. Please don’t wait until the October parent-teacher conferences if you believe an earlier conversation needs to occur about your child.
As you may have heard, we now have a full time social worker in each school building. These student and family supports were put in place to help our students with any social-emotional issues they are dealing with throughout the year. Cortney Burdette (RES), Sara McIntire (BES), Lindsay Douglas (LMS) and Marty Southard (LHS) are all trained to help students and families when a need presents itself. Just like the academic side of schooling, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our social workers for support and advice. Not only do these four social workers have training and experience in different areas, they also are able to reach out to other outside agencies for support and resources. Our social workers are also supporting our parent and community outreach programs. The “Healthy Kids, Strong Families” events will occur throughout the school year. I encourage you to attend these events to gain more information and insight on current topics and trends.
I hope the year has been a positive start for you and your child. I look forward to visiting the schools and classrooms to see the growth that each student makes throughout the year. Thanks for your unwavering support and positive partnership!
Each semester, Emporia State University sends school district progress reports on graduates attending ESU. This year, our former graduates continue to do well in their studies at ESU.
For the 2019 Spring Semester, the average Louisburg High School graduate earned a 3.51 GPA for the Spring Semester. This is compared to a 3.10 GPA for all other ESU Undergraduates. We appreciate hearing about our former Wildcats and the great job they are doing to further their education and life careers!
Megan Holloway, 3rd Grade Teacher at Broadmoor Elementary, was selected as the 2019-2020 Elementary Teacher of the Year! Mrs. Holloway started her teaching career in the Olathe School District followed by a 9 year break while staying at home with her kids. She returned to teaching with the Louisburg School District and has been here for 6 years. Mrs. Holloway was nominated by her teaching peers because she continues to make a difference in the lives of her students.
Rachael Terry, 6th Grade Math Teacher, was selected as the 2019-2020 Secondary Teacher of the Year! Mrs. Terry has been teaching in the Louisburg School District for 17 years. Terry's entire K-12 education as a student was also in the Louisburg School District. Mrs. Terry was nominated by her teaching peers because she goes above and beyond to reach and help her students. Terry is currently serving on the MTS Committee for LMS.
Mrs. Holloway and Mrs.Terry will now compete against other district teachers of the year in a regional competition to be held next Fall. The district wishes both of these excellent teachers the very best and appreciates their years of service to their profession and kids!
New campaign brings awareness to Kansas school bus stop arm law
More than 1,000 violations reported in 2019 one-day survey
TOPEKA — Stop on Red, Kids Ahead is a new campaign launched by the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) to bring awareness to the Kansas school bus stop arm law.
As Kansas schools gear up for the 2019-2020 school year, it is critical for drivers to be vigilant when school buses are in the vicinity and to obey the law, which requires all motorists to stop when approaching a stopped school bus from either direction when it’s displaying its flashing red lights and stop arm. Motorists have to remain stopped until the bus is no longer displaying its flashing red lights and stop arm. Violation of the law endangers children and is punishable by a fine and court costs in excess of $420.
The Stop on Red, Kids Ahead campaign includes news releases, social media reminders, posters for schools, safety flyers, informational handouts and bumper stickers.
In April 17, 2019, Kansas bus drivers reported 1,040 stop arm violations. The data was collected during the Kansas One-Day Stop Arm Violation Count. There were 220 districts and 3,300 buses that participated in this year’s Kansas survey. In April 2018, 214 districts and 3,347 buses participated and reported 1,030 violations. There were 691 violations reported by 188 districts (2,527 buses) in April 2017.
The surveys are conducted every year at the request of the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services, said Keith Dreiling, director of KSDE’s School Bus Safety Unit.
“School bus safety should be a top priority year-round,” Dreiling said. “It is the responsibility of everyone to make sure Kansas students remain safe. School buses remain very safe, but we know that student passengers are most vulnerable when they are outside the bus, so please obey the stop arm law.”
When a school bus stops and activates its stop arm and flashing red lights, all traffic must stop from both directions – despite if it is a two- or four-lane roadway. When a school bus stops and activates its stop arm and flashing red lights on a divided highway with a median separation, traffic approaching the bus from behind must stop.
For more information on the Kansas One-Day Stop Arm Violation Count, visit https://www.ksde.org/Agency/Fiscal-and-Administrative-Services/School-Finance/School-Bus-Safety/School-Bus-Safety-Illegal-Passing-Information.
Remember, Stop on Red, Kids Ahead!
FREE Half-day 4 – year old PRESCHOOL Program at Circle Grove Preschool
All eligible children must be 4 years old on or before August 31, 2019 and meet any ONE (or more) of the following criteria:
The goal is to ensure that every child, regardless of home background, home language or learning style, maintains enthusiasm for learning while experiencing success in developing skills for later learning.
If your child meets any one (or more) of the above criteria they could be enrolled in the preschool program for the 2019-2020 school year. Call Jennie Yoder at Circle Grove Preschool 913-837-1700 to apply and/or to learn more about the program.
Program Days & Hours: Monday – Friday 8:15 AM to 11:00 AM
Circle Grove Preschool
29020 Mission Belleview Rd
Louisburg, KS 66053