Staff Bulletin |August 9, 2018
USD 253 is excited to welcome forty-seven new certified staff to our schools.
You don't want to miss The Back-to-School Breakfast and Convocation that will be held on August 15th. Breakfast will begin at 7:30 am and convocation will begin at 9:00 am at Emporia High School.

Email Phishing Attempt:
Please be aware that there have been several email phishing attempts over the last few months. Most recently an employee received an email that appeared to be from one of our administrators asking her to purchase iTune gift cards for $400 and that she would be reimbursed.  If you receive any of these emails or have questions please contact Technology, 620-341-2244

Salary movement paperwork:
September 1 is the deadline for several items of note. Certificates of ESL endorsements for October bonuses are due as well as verification of hours, degrees, endorsements or transcripts that may lead to additional pay or changes in the salary schedule. Please see Fiscal and Bookkeeping Clerk Kathy Dreier or email  
with questions.

Need a Sub?  Need to log into My Learning Plan?
Our web provider for AESOP and My Learning Plan have merged the login screen for these two programs under one name, Frontline.  Teachers, please look for an email from to set up your new login screen. 

The company has ended access to AESOP and MyLearningPlan through the old websites so you should look for the no-reply email to set up your new credentials. For more information, please call Human Resources at 341-2330.

Voicemail issues:
We have been made aware of an issue with the voicemail system not showing a red light on the phone or sending the user an email. We are working through the issue and will notify you when we have determined a resolution. Currently, voicemails are still showing up in the user's voicemail mailbox. The mailbox can be checked by doing the following:
  • Push the messages button on your phone
  • When prompted, enter your pin number followed by the #
  • Listen to your voicemails
We will send out a follow-up notification once the issue has been resolved. Thank you for your patience and please contact  Technology, 620-341-2244, with any questions.

Open houses:
Open houses have been planned at Maynard Early Childhood Center, all USD 253 elementary schools and Emporia Middle School. The open house at Maynard will be August 20 from 3 to 5 pm. All elementary schools will also have open houses August 20 from 4 to 6 pm. The open house for Emporia Middle School seventh and eighth grade students is August 20 from 6 to 8 pm. The open house for sixth grade students at Emporia Middle School will be held August 17 from 6 to 8 pm.

First day of school:
Classes for Emporia Public Schools are starting soon.  Jump Start will be on August 21 for new students and transfers, and classes for all other students will start August 22.

Enrollment continues for the 2018-19 school year. Parents can enroll at the Student and Family Resources Office room 115 inside Mary Herbert, 1700 West 7th, from 7:30 - 4:30, Monday - Friday, Call 341-2396 with questions.

Preschool Enrollment:
There are still slots available for 3 and 4-year-old preschool students at Maynard Early Childhood Center. Simply go online to enrollment documents and print the application. Applications can then be returned to Maynard Early Childhood Center from 8:30-11:30. Call 341-2260 if you have questions.
Emporia Board of Education

Personnel Report
Bonnie Garcia
6-8, Turning Point Academy and to be determined at Emporia Middle School

Tori Aguilar
paraeducator, Walnut Elementary

Etta (Kay) Davis
paraeducator, Village Elementary

Rebecca Dickason
paraeducator/teachers aide, Village Elementary

Katelyn Dorrell
paraeducator, Riverside Elementary

Ariele Stalcup
paraeducator, Riverside Elementary

Jon (JD) Pedersen
teacher aide, Emporia High School

Caleb Klaus
roving custodian, Operational Services

Cesar Zuniga
roving custodian, Operational Services

Kathleen Noman
paraeducator, Emporia High School

Sarah Robison
paraeducator, Maynard Early Childhood Center

Angeles Arrazola
paraeducator, Emporia Middle School

Bernice Bernal
paraeducator, Emporia Middle School

Penny Stueve
department leader, Food Service

Allyson Thompson
paraeducator, Timmerman Elementary

Jacqueline Greenwood
paraeducator, Timmerman Elementary

Heidi Peoples
paraeducator, William Allen White Elementary

Andrew Boye
head custodian, Village Elementary (October 2018)

Kayla Wheeler
speech language pathologist, Flint Hills Special Education Cooperative (July 2018)

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Becky Hochman, new Village 2nd grade teacher, was selected to create her "Teacher's Dream List" sponsored by The Flinthills Mall, Weigand Omega Management and Omega Senior Living properties.  Becky will receive a number of new supplies for her classroom.
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Board Discussions:

Rob Schieb, assistant superintendent of business, reviewed highlights of the USD 253 fiscal year 2019 budget  to be considered for publication.  The presentation included a discussion and clarification for board members regarding the budget and changes from the fiscal year 2018 budget.

Doug Moeckel, Executive Director of Administrative Services at KASB, led the board members through a discussion and next steps on district goals.  The board had an open discussion on each of the four priorities and goals that have been collaboratively developed over the past few months. Additional discussions included the:
  • Core Principles
  • Mission Statement
  • Vision Statement
Board Approvals:
  • approved a grant received from the Kansas Masonic Literacy Center at Emporia State University to be used at Logan Avenue for the purpose of providing job-embedded professional development to all teachers in the area of literacy
  • approved the Memorandum of Understanding between USD 253 and the City of Emporia Country Club to use the golf course for practice purposes for the Emporia High School boys' and girls' golf teams during the 2018-19 academic year
  • approved the Memorandum of Agreement between USD 253 and the City of Emporia Municipal Golf Course for the Emporia High School boys' and girls' golf teams for practices and matches throughout the 2018-19 academic year
  • approved to accept a donation of $16,876.28 from the Logan Avenue PTO to Logan Avenue Elementary to be used for field trips and family engagement activities
  • approved to adopt the process to fill the vacant board position
  • approved a Notice of Hearing publication in The Emporia Gazette for the 2018-19 budget as submitted
  • approved the 2018-19 administrator handbook
  • approved to adopt the USD 253 District Goals
Board Reports:
  • Art Gutierrez reported on the recent KASB Board Leadership Team Training that he attended with Superintendent, Kevin Case
  • representatives from HTK Architects updated the Board on progress being made toward evaluating the district's facilities, an anticipated timeline, and hiring of a Construction Manager At-Risk
Future Board Dates:
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 7:30 a.m., Back-to-School Breakfast; 9:00 a.m., Convocation, Emporia High School
  • Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Special Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
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1700 W 7th Ave
Emporia, Kansas 66801