Staff Bulletin |February 28, 2019

Twelve teachers from across the district received Hopkins Award grants to be used for new classroom materials or projects to benefit students. Awards were presented by Michelle Hopkins-Molinero during surprise classroom visits on Tuesday.
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Paraguay Teacher Exchange:
Interested in a teaching exchange to Paraguay? Through a collaborative partnership with ESU, we can offer USD 253 teachers an opportunity in the summer to spend four weeks in Paraguay with a host family while visiting the local schools.  If you are interested, contact Kelly Bolin
in Human Resources for more information.

Extended School Year Application:
Extended School Year (ESY) will take place this summer for selected students in the district. You must have a special education endorsement or be working toward one to apply for a teaching position. If you are interested in working this summer, please complete this form and submit it by March 1. If you have questions please contact Angela Harris

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District Events:
EMS All School Theater Arts presents Seussical Jr. on Friday, March 1st and Saturday, March 2nd at the Granada Theatre, 7:00 p.m. Come see this unforgettable musical as Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage.  

EHS Mr. Spartan Competition:
The Kay Club at Emporia High School will be hosting its annual Mr. Spartan competition at the high school on March 4th at 7:00 p.m. in the EHS Auditorium. The contest for young men grades 9-12 will consist of a question/answer, talent, and selfie contest. The purpose of the event is to raise money for the Spartan Stop, which is a resource pantry that helps students receive basic necessities. The community is invited and encouraged to attend. It will be an evening full of fun to help support an amazing cause!

Village Elementary Trivia Night:
The Village Elementary School PTO needs your support to raise money for children that attend Village to go on a field trip each year! We are looking for sponsors for our two Trivia Events to help make sure this happens! Click here if more information or for sponsorship

Logan Avenue Elementary will be hosting its annual Pennies For Patients Fundraiser February 25th-March 8th, with the theme "Every Hero Needs A Squad . " The money raised will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to provide funds for research toward a cure for cancer. Logan Avenue will be collecting monetary donations from February 25th- March 8th at the school and through the online donation link on the Logan Ave Facebook page. There will be raffle baskets in the office with tickets available for $1 each or $5 for 6 tickets.

Autism Awareness Month t-shirts:
April is Autism Awareness month. Timmerman Elementary is selling t-shirts to support Autism Awareness month. The profits from this shirt order will help finance the adaptive needs of students in the Intensive Skills program at Timmerman. Click here to order shirts.  If you have questions or need assistance, please call Jennifer at 620-341-2270, or email
Kassandra Massie
speech language pathologist, FHSEC, August 2019

Baylee Heitschmidt
English language arts, Emporia Middle School, August 2019

Krista Vogts
elementary teacher, TBD, August 2019

Mallory Ginn
elementary teacher, TBD, August 2019

Courtney Leive
elementary teacher, TBD, August 2019

Raquel Martinez
paraeducator, Emporia Middle School

Ashley Snyder
paraeducator, USD 417, Prairie Heights Elementary

Kaylee Bryant
paraeducator, USD 252, Olpe Elementary

Krystle Tarver
paraeducator, USD 251, Northern Heights High School

Karen Hamman
paraeducator, Maynard Early Childhood Center

Richelle Smith
accounts payable clerk, Mary Herbert Education Center, April 2019

Orlando Sheets
head football coach, Emporia Middle School, August 2019

Joshua Taylor
assistant football coach, Emporia Middle School, August 2019

Danielle Rollman
district accountant, Mary Herbert Education Center, April 2019

April Winegar
paraeducator, USD 417 Council Grove Elementary

Coralie Hutcherson
paraeducator, Riverside Elementary

Christina Pletcher
paraeducator, Emporia High School

Kelsey Hensen
grade 7 math, Emporia Middle School, May 2019

Genesis Gonzalez
paraeducator, USD 252 Neosho Rapids Elementary, May 2019

Ann Luce
paraeducator, USD 417 Council Grove Jr/Sr High School, May 2019

Patricia Markowitz
paraeducator, USD 386 Madison High School, May 2019

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Reed Slayden, a junior at Emporia High School won a State Championship in the class 5-1A State Diving Competition earlier this month and was also named a first-team all-state selection.

Board News
Board Approvals:
  • minutes from February 13, 2019
  • treasurer's report for January 2019
  • solicit bids to replace sections of the roof at Emporia High School
  • $527 donation from the Emporia High Class of 1956 to the Spartan Stop
  • $10,000 donation to Walnut Elementary for guided reading kits from the Walnut PTO  
  • administrator contracts and contract extension date
  • declare a contingency of $300,000 for salaries for the 2018-19 school year
  • quote of $26,784.95 to replace a bus engine 
Board Presentation:
Zach Snethen and associates of HTK Architects facilitated a question-and-answer session with board members to provide additional information related to the recently completed needs assessment. Snethen discussed the current timeline and a general overview of the entire project.  Board members were able to ask a variety of questions, provide input, and receive clarification on topics related to each building in preparation for the next steps of the needs assessment.

Future Board Calendar Dates:
  • Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center

Members of The Emporia Board of Education

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Emporia, Kansas 66801