Staff Bulletin |March 28, 2019
Tuesday evening, students and families attended the first annual Emporia High School CTE Showcase featuring an Awards Ceremony and Pathway Expo.
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District News
Bovay Foundation Educators' Grant:
The Harry E. Bovay Jr. Foundation is offering a $5,000 grant to be used for professional development of public school educators in Lyon County.  Any teacher who is interested in pursuing a Master's degree or higher is eligible to apply.

State's New Education Vision Presented:
KSDE's (Kansas Department of Education) Kansans Can vision will be presented at a League of Women Voters program Thursday, April 4 at two times:
  • 2:30 p.m. in Visser Hall Atrium on the ESU campus
  • 7:00 p.m. in the Mary Herbert Board Room.
The State Board of Education has outlined a vision for Kansas to lead the world in the success of each student. This vision calls for a more student-focused system that provides support and resources for individual student success and encourages districts to think differently about how we are educating students.
Kevin Case, Superintendent of Emporia Public Schools, and Dr. Sara Schwerdtfeger, Professional Development School Director at Emporia State University Teachers College, will discuss how Emporia Schools and Emporia State University are supporting the Kansans Can vision and will answer questions from the audience.

Payroll Information:
  • April 1st is the deadline for employees to notify the Business Office if they want lump-sum payments for summer checks. Forms will be sent to all employees new to the district this year. Other employees who want to change their election must notify Stephanie Morgan or Erica Markley at 341-2228 or 341-2428. Lump-sum payments will be made on June 30th.
  • New KPERS Annual Statements are available, click here to log in.
Kindergarten Pre-registration:
Pre-registration for kindergarten will be held at each neighborhood elementary school on April 16th at 6:00 p.m. and April 17th at 9:00 a.m. Parents will meet principals and school staff as well as learn about enrollment and admissions requirements.  Parents only need to attend one session and your child does not need to be present. For more information contact the elementary school nearest you or call Mary Herbert Education Center at 620-341-2200 for assistance locating your elementary school.

Preschool Enrollment:
Tuesday, April 23rd, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Maynard Early Childhood Center located at 19 Constitution will be available to enroll 3 and 4-year-olds who meet eligibility requirements.  Please bring the student's birth certificate, immunization records and a copy of the child's most recent physical.

Paraguay Teacher Exchange:
Interested in a teaching exchange to Paraguay?  Through a collaborative partnership with ESU, USD 253 teachers have 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. Web Updates:
As we move into the spring and summer months you will see a few updates and changes with our district's website. If you have requests, changes, or concerns, email your request to

Getting Ready to Retire?
Are you within five years of retirement? Not sure when and how to take that first step? You're invited to our spring pre-retirement seminars and quarterly webinars. Register today to secure a spot! Click here for dates and locations For questions call 1-888-257-5737 or email

Retirement Reception:
Dr. Ken Weaver, Dean of the Emporia State University Teachers College, Friday, April 26th, 2019, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Sauder Alumni Center, 1500 Highland Street

District Events:
5K Walk/Run for Austin Moore:
Emporia High School and Emporia Middle School are going head-to-head to raise money for Austin Moore, a 9th grader, and cross-country star! Austin has been battling Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma and we want to help support him. There will be several events to benefit Austin's family from March 28th-29th at EHS and EMS, but the biggest event is the 5K run on Saturday, March 30th. If you would like to pick a side, you can donate to EHS or EMS. Click here for more information
  • If you would like to support EHS, contact Amanda Mendoza:
  • If you would like to support EMS, contact Anton Sandoval:
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 Village Trivia Night on March 29th. 
Click here for more information or for sponsorship  
Click here to register a team!

The Bunny Hop 5K:
Riverside Elementary will host the annual Bunny Hop 5K on Saturday, April 20th, 2019, at 8:00 a.m.  Funds raised will support the Riverside PTO/RIF Program and the Emporia NEA Read To Your Bunny Program. For Registration Form Click Here!

Logan Avenue Lion Launch:
Disc Golf Tournament Fundraiser, April 6th, 2019 at 8:30 a.m., Hammond Park.  Click here to register.
Robin Daniels
grade 7 math, Emporia Middle School, August 2019

Natalie Waters
student support specialist, William Allen White, August 2019

Cheyenne Tucker
science, Emporia High School, August 2019

Claire Wilson
English, Emporia High School, August 2019

Alyssa Wistuba
English, Emporia High School, August 2019

Brenda Rocha
paraeducator, USD 417 Council Grove Elementary

Haley Fender
paraeducator, Logan Avenue

Ginny Samples
teacher aide, Emporia Middle School

Sarah Truluck
teacher intern, Logan Avenue, May 2019

Rosa Hammond
paraeducator, William Allen White

Josey Sands
English, Emporia High School, May 2019

Danielle Litke
grade 1, Walnut Elementary May 2019

Megan Burtness
English, Emporia High School, May 2019

Hannah Stair
grade 8 math, Emporia Middle School, May 2019

Callie Windholz
grade 7 English, Emporia Middle School, May 2019

Tara Abendroth
grade 1, Walnut Elementary, May 2019

Chloe (Cowen) Stromgren
grade 4, Walnut Elementary, May 2019

Dr. Britton Hart
principal, Emporia High School, June 2019

Lloyd Charboneau
bus driver/bus maintenance, Transportation, June 2019

Ruth Gutierrez
paraeducator, Riverside Elementary, May 2019

Linda Dieker
bus driver, Transportation, May 2019

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Pathway teachers and community leaders were on hand to help families explore career opportunities with their students at the Pathway Expo. EHS offers sixteen academic-focused pathways in multiple career clusters for students to choose from.

Board News
Board Approvals:
  • minutes from March 13, 2019
  • treasurer's report for February 2019
  • revisions to the Emporia Neighborhood Revitalization Program
  • donation of $560.52 from Riverside PTO to Riverside Elementary to pay for recorders
  • rejected bids to replace sections of the roof at Emporia High School
Board Discussions
HTK Architects Update:
Zach Snethen with HTK Architects provided updates and recent refinements to the district needs assessment. HTK Architects and district leadership conducted walk-throughs in all schools during the past three weeks. The information gathered will provide additional clarity of building priorities and changes needed to make the best use of resources for each school. Snethen provided a review of each building and how to best accommodate changes to address academic growth as well as safety and security opportunities. In addition, board members were able to ask questions and discuss concerns during the review. The next steps include HTK staff providing strategies and schedules for stakeholder communication and refining dollar amounts for a potential bond election.

Secure Entries Update:
Kelly Bolin, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, updated the board on progress being made toward securing building entrances. The district is using the funding from KSDE's Safe and Secure Schools grant to begin implementing mechanisms and developing procedures to allow the front doors of our buildings to be locked while classes are in session.  Click here for Securing Entryways frequently asked questions

Student Handbooks:
Kelly Bolin, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, submitted the 2019-20 student handbooks for their first reading. The handbooks included recommended updates from KASB as well as edits and updates from school administrators.

Future Board Dates:
  • Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 6:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center

Members of The Emporia Board of Education

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1700 W 7th Ave
Emporia, Kansas 66801