Staff Bulletin | May 10 , 2018

Last week Walnut had the opportunity to support a student that has recently been diagnosed with diabetes.  Team Schnak educated students and staff on symptoms and information about the disease.  The 4th grade students finished an economics unit by creating objects to sell at a "store" to raise money.  They chose to donate the $400 dollars they raised to Team Schnak and their mission to support children with diabetes.  The Walnut PTO matched their efforts and they were able to donate a total of $800.
District News

Emporia High Band Mattress Sale Fundraiser
May 12th, 10 am - 5 pm, Emporia High School Commons 

Certified Staff
Certified staff wishing to move over on the salary schedule must have their official transcript(s) and college hour form turned into Kathy Dreier in the Business Office by September 1, 2018.

Preschool Enrollment
If you haven't enrolled your 3 or 4-year old for preschool through Emporia Public Schools, simply go online to to print the application and return it to Maynard Early Childhood Center. You can also stop by Maynard at 19 Constitution to fill out an application from 9 am - 5 pm Monday - Friday. Call 341-2260 if you have questions.

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 Extended deadline to add activities is May 11th.

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

New KPERS Annual Statements are available log in here 
Emporia Board of Education

Personnel Report


Jessica Bollig (2018-19)
grade 6 math, Emporia Middle School

Kristine Schmidt (2018-19)
gifted facilitator, FHSEC

Emily Giffin (2018-19)
special education, Walnut Elementary

Sheinja Brooks
paraeducator, Riverside Elementary

Iona Moore
paraeducator, Emporia Middle School

Kimberly Vanley (2018-19)
teacher aide, Emporia Middle School

Brenda Dennis (2018-19)
assistant principal, Emporia High School


Stephanie L. Taylor
grade 2, Village Elementary

Joseph Gehring
maintenance, Operational Services

Jessica Snider
music, Timmerman and Village Elementary

Mark Snider
music, Village Elementary


Vickie Krueger
paraeducator, Emporia High School

Valerie Ringler
instructional coach, Logan Elementary


Casey Phillips
student support specialist, Timmerman Elementary

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Emporia Public Schools celebrates graduates from our first on-site class at a local processing company.

Retirement Receptions
  • Jane Pientka Brenda Boyce Marsha Peterson , Melissa Sears and Kay Schmidt , May 10, 4 pm, Walnut
  • Kim Kirk, May 18, 3:30 - 5:30 pm, Timmerman
Spartan Stop Raffle
The raffle raised $606.00 for the Spartan Stop.
  • John Deer Basket, Karen Yeager
  • KC Family Fun Basket, Alex Johnston
  • Manhattan Family Getaway Basket,
    David Delgado
  • Family Fun Day at KC Zoo, Barbara Austin
  • Family Movie Night, Karen Yeager
  • Family Bowling Night, Bob Fancher
  • Kids Picnic Table , Bob Fancher
  • Summer Treat Coupon Basket, Nate Barrett
  • KC Royals Tickets, Jodi Case
  • Jones Aquatic Center Tickets, Art Gutierrez
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Board Work Session
Over 40 people representing different district and community stakeholders participated in a district board work session led by Kansas Association of School Boards Deputy Director Doug Moeckel. Participants were divided into small groups to discuss strengths and challenges for moving the district forward as well as short and long-term goals. Each individual completed a discussion worksheet based on group ideas and collaborative input. This information will be compiled to determine common themes and then shared with the board to determine future goals to guide Emporia Public Schools in 2018 and beyond 

Board Donation Approvals
  • $1500 from the St. Patrick's Day Committee for items for the Makerspace at Logan Elementary
  • $750 from the St. Patrick's Day Committee for Transitions Prom expenses and equipment for raised garden beds
  • $1040 from the Don Monroe family for buddy benches at Village Elementary playground
  • over $600 from the Mary Herbert Social Committee for EHS Spartan Stop
Board Approvals
  • approved the continuation of the JAG (Jobs for America's Graduates) - Kansas program including two JAG specialists at Emporia High School
  • approved for disposal of district surplus technology items via internet auction
  • approved request for eight students and two chaperones to attend the FFA National Convention in Indianapolis, IN in October 2018 and begin fundraising
  • approved the hiring of Brook Medrano as the head wrestling coach
  • approved to accept the quote from Evergreen Design Build to remove and replace the loading dock at Logan Elementary
Future Board Dates
  • 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
  • Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
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1700 W 7th Ave
Emporia, Kansas 66801