Staff Bulletin | April 26 , 2018
First year teachers took time from their busy schedule Monday evening to celebrate with their mentors and administrators.
District News

Village Elementary
Tour de Village - 5K run & 24-mile Bike Ride, Saturday, May 5th, 8 am bike, 9 am 5K 

Spartan Stop Raffle
Mary Herbert Social Committee members have organized a fun raffle to benefit the Spartan Stop. Tickets are $1 each or 6 tickets for $5. Tickets may be purchased from Marc Price, Kathy Dreier, Stephanie Sandoval, or Erin Krueger. Just fill out the attached raffle sign-up sheet and turn it in with your payment. We will fill out your tickets and place them in the selected container(s). The new deadline to purchase tickets is Thursday, May 3. Winning tickets will be drawn and announced on Friday, May 4. 

End of the Year Transportation Requests
When planning your end of the year field trips, please keep the following information in mind.
  • before picking the day, have a couple of dates in mind
  • contact Erin in dispatch to see what days are available,
    dispatch@usd253.net
  • turn in trip requests as soon as possible; the calendar is filling up
  • if possible, avoid Tuesday and Thursday due to the large number of athletic events
  • trips that leave after 8 am on M, T, TH, F or 9 am on W, and return by 2:15 pm are easier to accommodate
Kindergarten Ramp Up
If you know of children who will be attending kindergarten this fall and they did not attend preschool, please encourage their parents to sign them up for Kindergarten Ramp Up. Kindergarten Ramp Up will be held July 16-20, at Riverside, William Allen White and Walnut. Two sessions will be offered: one session from 10:00 am - 11:45 am and a second session from  12:15 pm - 2:00 pm. To register, contact the student's school of attendance for fall 2018.

Activity Calendar
It is time to start gathering dates for the 2018-19 activity calendar. If you have dates for next year that need to be added please see your building secretary or email community.relations@usd253.net. Deadline to add activities is May 4th.

Payroll
Your new 2018 W-4 and K-4 forms are available. Please return them to the Payroll Department as soon as possible.
Emporia Board of Education

Personnel Report

Appointments

Megan Espitia
grade 2, Riverside Elementary (2018-19)

Chandra Allen
head secretary, Walnut Elementary (2018-19)

Jeanna Scheve
instructional coach, EHS (2018-19)

Danielle Litke
grade 1, Walnut Elementary (2018-19)

Deirdre Deiter
school psychologist, FHSEC (2018-19)

Resignations

Jessica McClure
kindergarten, Village Elementary

Nicholas Martinez
grade 8 math, Emporia Middle School

Sandra Martinez
physical education/health, Emporia Middle School

Megan George
paraeducator/teacher aide, Timmerman Elementary

Tiara Hansel
paraeducator, USD 386

Marilu Avila
paraeducator, Timmerman Elementary

Evelyn Delaluz
teacher aide, Walnut Elementary

Misty DeDonder
enrichment services, FHSEC

Susan Love
elementary teacher

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Moments


Enrollment for preschool was held on April 24 at Maynard Early Childhood Center. There are still slots available for 3- and 4-year olds. Enrollment will be available from 9 am - 5 pm at Maynard.

Retirement Receptions
  • Janice Romeiser, May 3, 3:30 - 5 pm, MHEC Board Room
  • Donna Young, May 3, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, WAW school library
  • Karen Briggs & Linda Clark, May 4, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, EMS library
  • Jeri Scheve, May 8, 3:30 - 5 pm, Riverside Library
  • Mary Beth Tabares, May 8, 4 - 5:30 pm, Maynard Early Childhood Center
  • George Abel &  Karen Yeager, May 8, 3:30 - 5 pm, MHEC Board Room
  • Brenda Boyce, May 8, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, Village School, Room 214
  • Jane PientkaBrenda BoyceMarsha Peterson, Melissa Sears and Kay Schmidt, May 10, 4 pm, Walnut
  • Kim Kirk, May 18, 3:30 - 5:30 pm, Timmerman
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Recognition

The board presented a proclamation to USD 253 teachers in recognition of National Teacher Appreciation Week,   May 7 - 11, 2018 and National Teacher Day on May 8, 2018.

Board Approvals
  • approved to change the start time of the May 9th board meeting to 5:40 pm
  • approved academic calendar changes for 18-19 calendar and adopted the  19-20 calendar
  • approved a resolution for non-renewal of a teacher contract
  • approved the low bid for replacing dishwashing equipment at Emporia High School
  • approved republishing the budget for Drivers Education and food service funds
Board Study Session
Vicki Schweinler, Executive Director of Elementary Education, facilitated a study session for the Board of Education and those in attendance on how kindergarten readiness influences student success. Attendees were split into small groups for tabletop discussion on:
  • Early Education Matters
  • early learning experiences available for children of Emporia Public Schools (EPS)
  • what do parents of EPS want for their children
  • what future opportunities are needed to fill gaps for children birth - 5
  • what is EPS doing next to ensure students are kindergarten ready
As part of the study session, Jodi Case, Mobilizing Literacy Family Liaison, provided the board with updates on the Mobilizing Literacy activities for the year including all of the events attended and number of children, parents and daycares that have been served.

The study session demonstrated the importance of preparing students from birth to age 5 for kindergarten and the role social emotional learning plays in students achieving post-secondary success.

Future Board Dates
  • Thursday, May 3, 2018, 12:00 p.m., Board Visit to Riverside Elementary
  • Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 5:40 pm, Board Meeting & Goal-Setting Session, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 5:00 p.m. Emporia Public Schools Staff Recognition Program, Emporia High School
  • Sunday, May 20, 2018, 3:00 p.m., High School Graduation, W. L. White Auditorium 
  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
  Emporia Public Schools
1700 W 7th Ave
Emporia, Kansas 66801