Dear USD #416 Wildcat Family,
In March, a common phrase we hear is that it “comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” Well, I would say we just witnessed the opposite for the end of October and the first of November! The last few days of October went out like a lion! I hope we can have some “lamb” days still in November before the Kansas winter sets in. I have heard, according to the Farmer’s Almanac, this winter is going to be a doozy. We always want to keep our students safe. As inclement weather approaches, we will put all of our efforts into making the best decision for school and student safety. If there is ever a day you feel it is unsafe for your child to drive or travel to school, please feel free to make that decision and keep your child home. As you know, Kansas weather is so tricky and predicting what will occur on any given day is almost impossible.
November is a fun month that I always look forward to each year. On November 11th, our school district and community get to show our respect and appreciation for the men and women that protect our freedom. At 10 am, please join us in the LHS Gym for our Annual Veterans Program. If you have attended, you know how special this event is for our Veterans. On November 21st, we will hold our Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon for the Senior Citizens of our community. If you know of anyone that would like to attend, please make sure to contact LHS so we can plan accordingly. Both of these events allow our schools and students to give back to our community and say “THANK YOU” to very important patrons.
As a School District, we will also celebrate “American Education Week” in November. Beginning on November 18th, we will celebrate and promote education in our school district! As always, we appreciate the continued support we receive from our community. We know we would not be able to do our job without the Louisburg community’s support.
We close the month of November with Thanksgiving Break. We will not have school on November 27th, 28th or 29th. I hope you are able to have some relaxing family time with your families during this short holiday break!
The 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo took place in Indianapolis, Oct. 30th - Nov. 2nd. Mr. Jim Morgan, FFA Advisor at LHS, and his students attended the convention. The Food Science team was made up of Shelby Grandon, Weston Guetterman, Konnor Vohs and El Willming. Grandon was the only Gold division (top 30%) Louisburg FFA member. Morgan said that Louisburg's goal going into the weekend event was a top ten finish.
Louisburg participated next in the team activity called Product Development. The students were given a scenario and are to develop a food product based off the scenario and food item list, come up with a promotional campaign, develop the food ingredients and nutrition facts label, have a plan on how a food processing plant would make their selected food item and then present this to a team of Food scientist judges. The Louisburg team scored a 364 out of 400 points on this activity and received the 2nd highest score. Their score landed them 8th place overall in the Gold division.
LHS Graduates Hallie Hutsell and Faith Seuferling were two members of the state winning Nursery and Landscape team that chose to go to Nationals. Emma Roy and Cass Brown current LHS students were willing to join Hutsell and Seuferling to round out the team. All four girls place in the Gold division. The Nursery competition is very competitive. North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, Missouri, California, Minnesota and others take this very serious and have ag programs who have a strong Nursery curriculum. The team placed 7th in this year's event. Hutsell won a $400 scholarship for placing 12th overall.
United Soccer Coaches announced the winners of the inaugural Team Pinnacle Awards on Thursday October 24, 2019. Thirty-four high school teams were the recipients of the award for the 2018-2019 academic year for achieving a high level of fair play, educational excellence and success on the pitch. Louisburg Girls Soccer team was among the winners.
You can view the full article at: https://unitedsoccercoaches.org/fifty-two-institutions-earn-designation-as-inaugural-team-pinnacle-award-winners/
Recently, ACT released ACT scores for school districts and the State of Kansas. The 2019 graduating class of LHS had an overall composite average of 22.9. This was an increase from 22.5 the previous year. The State of Kansas saw the state composite score decrease from 21.6 to 21.2. This means that Louisburg went from being 0.9 higher than the state average to 1.7 points higher! The high school saw gains in all areas. Below, you can see the improvements.
District: 2018 - 22.3 2019 - 22.9 increase of 0.6
State: 2018 - 21.0 2019 - 20.5 decrease of 0.5
District: 2018 - 21.0 2019 - 21.5 increase of 0.5
State: 2018 - 21.1 2019 - 20.7 decrease of 0.4
District: 2018 - 23.7 2019 - 24.0 increase of 0.3
State: 2018 - 22.3 2019 - 21.8 decrease of 0.5
District: 2018 - 22.5 2019 - 22.9 increase of 0.4
State: 2018 - 21.6 2019 - 21.2 decrease of 0.4
We are proud of these increased scores and appreciate the hard work and dedication of our students and staff for making this improvement. We know the work is not finished, but it is nice to see solid improvement in the ACT scores!
Louisburg High School proudly announces this year's musical, "Thoroughly Modern Millie." Taking place in the roaring '20s, feisty Millie Dillmount moves from Kansas to New York in search of a life of adventure...and a husband. Packed with incredible music and dancing, "Thoroughly Modern Millie" is a fun and entertaining romantic comedy for all ages.
Early bird tickets will be available for purchase on Wednesday, October 9th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the LHS Commons Area and Thursday, October 10th in the LHS Commons Area from 8:00 am to Noon. Tickets are $10 each.
Show times are Friday, November 22nd at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 24th at 2:00 p.m. in the LHS Auditorium.
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!
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