Dear USD #416 Wildcat Family,
With the Thanksgiving Holiday being later this year, we return for a shorter amount of time between Thanksgiving and our upcoming winter break. We only have 14.5 days of school before December 20th. Between now and the next break, I know we have many school activities, programs and other fun-filled events. Please watch for all of the events on your child’s school’s announcements or calendar. It is a very busy time of year and we want to make sure you can attend every upcoming event possible.
Winter Break will be from December 21st through January 5th. The 2nd semester will begin on Monday, January 6, 2020. I hope each student and family has some time to unwind and enjoy time together before we jump back in the swing of things on January 6th.
As with every winter in Kansas, we know we will have some inclement weather days we will face. We strive to do our best to make the best decision with the information we have when weather comes our way. Kansas weather can be some of the trickiest weather to predict as it seems to change all the time. We communicate with our maintenance and transportation department, watch weather forecast and have multiple conference calls with area school districts. We have placed our inclement weather procedures on our website. If there is a day that school is still in session, and you believe it to be unsafe for your school to drive or attend school, please contact the school and let the school know your child will not be in school.
I wish every student a productive ending to the 1st semester. It always seems to go by fast. Before we know it, we will be wishing every student a wonderful 2020 summer! Enjoy the Holiday Season! Thanks for partnering with our school district on this wonderful journey in raising our young children. Together, we are making an awesome difference in each child’s life as we prepare them for the future that will soon be theirs!
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Inclement Weather Procedures:
As we all know, winter weather in Kansas is never predictable! It is inevitable that we will be having some winter weather in the next few months. Please know that the school district staff take the responsibility for determining the closing of school very seriously. Student safety is our number one priority. The roads are driven very early in the morning to determine if they are safe for school bus and personal vehicle travel.
When weather threatens the safe operation of our buses, and the roads are not safe for students and staff, school may need to be canceled for the day. As soon as this decision is made, we will make efforts to notify parents, students, and staff.
When school is canceled, the district will communicate with families and employees in the following manner:
We understand the burden of not having school can place on a family as they must find appropriate daycare opportunities. We do not take canceling school lightly, but safety has to be our number one priority. We will try and give parents as much notice as possible if school will be canceled. Sometimes, Mother Nature does not cooperate and a decision has to be made with not much notice. Parents are the final decision-makers when it comes to sending their student to school on inclement weather days.
As a district and community, we want to keep everyone safe. We appreciate your support in helping us fulfill our number one priority in keeping our students and staff safe during inclement weather.
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!
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