Staff Bulletin | October 13, 2016
District News

Survey Reminder
Please remember to complete the staff survey. It only takes 5-10 minutes. Employees with students in our district also are asked to complete the parent survey for the school. Links to parent surveys can be found on the homepage of each school's website, all accessible through the district site.

Clothing Drive Extended
The clothing drive for students has been extended for two weeks through Oct. 28. Donations of new and lightly used clothing can be dropped of at these locations: Emporia Gazette, Emporia State Federal Credit Union, Flinthills Mall, KVOE and Price Chopper. For more information, contact Heather Wagner.

Professional Clothing
Drive for ESU Students
The Department of School Leadership/Middle & Secondary Teacher Education at ESU has started a Clothing Boutique for ESU students to provide low-cost or free professional clothing (dresses, suits, shirts, pants, shoes, ties, etc.), briefcases or other totes for use during their professional semesters and  interviews. 
Donations of usable professional clothing can be taken to the Department of School Leadership/Middle & Secondary Teacher Education Office or to the Dean's Office in Visser Hall. Another option is to send the items in the PONY to the Teaching & Learning Office at Mary Herbert.  
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Personnel Report

Appointments

Kortney Stukey
paraeducator, EMS

Dodge Casteel
paraeducator, EHS

Katy Peraza
paraeducator, Maynard

Brady Johnson
paraeducator, IMC at ESU

Kersten Cleghorn
paraeducator, Maynard

Betty Neff
paraeducator, Chase County

Erica Guzman
paraeducator, Riverside

Phillip Thornton
Rule 10 track coach, EHS

Jeremy Hurla
Rule 10 softball coach, EHS

Katy Garcia
paraeducator, WA White

Caylie Ratzlaff
Rule 10 debate coach, EHS

Clay Martin
Rule 10 debate coach, EHS

Resignation

Dodie Doudna
paraeducator, Neosho Rapids

Retirements (5/17)

Katherine Bacon
physical education, EHS

Sherry Renfro
language arts, EHS

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Moments

6th Grade Walk Raises $7,835
EMS 6th graders raised $7,835 with their walk Oct. 7 at the EHS track.  The class selected these five groups and individuals to receive the funds raised:
  • Emporia Community Foundation Match Day, $1,450
  • Emporia Police Benefit Board - $1,450
  • Emporia Fire Benefit Board, $1,450
  • Family of a 7th grade student, $1,617
  • Family of an 8th grade teacher, $1,617
Thank you to the staff who helps cultivate a culture of giving back!

Get Your Motor Running Results
The first Get Your Motor Running 5K drew 138 participants Oct. 8 and raised approximately $2,500. The money will be used by the FHSEC Occupational & Physical Therapy team to purchase adaptive equipment for students and the annual Valentine's Day dance. 

Cable ONE Chromebook Donation Logan Avenue students and staff recognized Emporia Cable ONE employees last week for a donation of 50 Chromebooks to the school. Manager Joe Michaels initiated the project last spring.

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Jobs for America's Graduates
JAG Progress at EHS
The EHS Jobs for America's Graduates program began in the fall of 2014 to help keep students on track to graduate, be prepared for post-secondary education or get full-time employment. Currently 53 students are enrolled. The EHS program and JAG specialist Ali Macias have received state and national awards based on the achievements of students in the program and JAG graduates. Ali Macias and specialist Rigo Aguirre accompanied several JAG students, who told the board of education about the benefits they have received. The curriculum combines community service, civic awareness, resume development, field trips to business and industry, guest speakers as well as academic support.

KSHSAA Topics
Athletic Director Curtis Simons and board member Mike Crouch reviewed topics that will be discussed at upcoming regional meetings of the Kansas State High School Activities Association. Mr. Crouch is a member of KSHSAA executive board.

Look, Listen, Learn, Lead Tour
Superintendent Kevin Case reported on a "listening tour" he is doing this month with employee, business and parent groups. He is asking for input on topics related to educational programs, learning spaces and environment, the importance of Kansans Can and examples of #EmporiaProud moments. 
These sessions are scheduled:
 - Transportation Dept, Oct. 17, 9 am
 - Business & Realtors, Oct. 18, 12-1 pm
 - Hispanic Parents, Oct 24, 4:30-5:30 pm
 - District Staff, Nov 1, 4-5 pm, Riverside
 - Parents/Site Councils, Nov 3, 6:30 pm
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1700 W 7th Ave
Emporia, Kansas 66801