Dear USD #416 Wildcat Family,
August has arrived! As everyone knows, with the arrival of August means school is right around the corner! We hope each student and family had an enjoyable and relaxing summer! It does seem just like yesterday that we were beginning the summer break!
Once again, we anxiously await to welcome all of our returning and new Wildcats to our school district! For the 2019-2020 school year, our theme will be “Wildcat Ready!” With your support and encouragement, we know we can get every student ready for their next steps and challenges in life. We take great pride in providing a sound education to each child in our school district. Whether they are in kindergarten or graduating from high school, we want to equip each student with the needed skills to be “Wildcat Ready!”
We will have many activities to help welcome each student and family into our school district during the month of August. Please refer to the school district’s website and your child’s school’s announcements/emails for up-to-date information. On August 1st, we will hold district-wide enrollment in the LHS Commons. As in the past, families can also enroll online. If you complete enrollment online, you do not need to attend the enrollment date on August 1st. Our first days of school are as follows: Wednesday, August 14th – 6th Grade and Freshmen, Thursday, August 15th – Kindergarten through 12th Grade, and Monday, August 19th – Preschool. Another fun event is the Annual Community Pep Rally, sponsored by First National Bank. It will begin at 6 pm on Thursday, August 29th. Plan to attend the free event to cheer on our Wildcats and show our Community Wildcat Pride!
If you have any questions or comments, please contact your child’s school so they can help answer your questions or concerns.
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
Please send a check or cash to Louisburg USD #416 District Office. If you have any questions about this process please call Katie Delmez or Jennifer Yoder at 913-837-1970.
Louisburg USD #416
29020 Mission Belleview Rd, PO Box 550
Louisburg, KS 66053
855.714.3473 // www.firedoorarmor.com
7500 W. 160th Street, Stilwell, KS 66085