Staff Bulletin |November 15, 2018

Emporia Public Schools celebrated American Education Week with this team delivering over 1400 cookies to every building and department in the district.  Thanks to KVOE AM 1400 Radio and the Emporia State Federal Credit Union for their support of the USD 253 family.

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District News:
Hopkins Awards:
During the fall of 2018, USD 253 staff members are invited to submit an application to the Hopkins Foundation to request funding for a NEW special classroom, area, organization, or group project that will benefit students. A total of up to $50,000 will be available to be distributed among the selected recipients for use during spring 2019.  The deadline to apply is December 20, 2018. Applications are now available at each school.

Seasonal Celebration:
The Emporia Public Schools will present the 83rd annual Seasonal Celebration Dec. 12-13 in W.L. White Auditorium. The program will feature vocal and instrumental holiday music from around the world performed by students at Emporia Middle School and Emporia High School. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. on December 12 and 6:30 p.m. on December 13. Doors will open one hour before the performance begins. Admission will be $3 at the door for school-age children and adults. Preschool children will be admitted free. For more information about the program, call Mary Herbert Education Center at 341-2200.

Payroll Email:
Payroll now has an email that you can send your questions directly to. Feel free to email them at
Print your W-2 :
Starting November 12, employees can elect to print out their own W-2 Wage and Tax Statements and 1095C Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage forms through Skyward's Employee Access. Click here for instructions and additional information. Click here for a tutorial. Employees have until December 31 to make this selection.

Human Resources Reminder:
December 1st is the deadline to submit resignation/retirement information to the Board of Education to receive the early notification incentive of $500.  

School Sponsored Community Events:
  • Village Elementary Trivia Night: We have an awesome event coming up soon!  Our Trivia Night is scheduled for November 16th. If you're looking for a way to help out the students at Village Elementary, and have a little fun, this is a great way to do it.  Please see the two documents below for more information. We are looking for sponsorships and teams to participate! If you have other questions, please call the office at (620) 341-2282.Team Registration FormSponsorship Letter
  • Walnut Turkey Dash, Thursday, November 22, 2018 Registration Form
Sadie Boline, location to be determined, January 2019
teacher intern

Fatima Guzman Reyes, Walnut

Maddison Paugh, 386 Madison Elementary

Cheri Milam, Transportation
bus driver

Ashley Booty, Maynard Early Childhood Center
teacher aide

Ian Malcolm, 251 North Lyon County

Arthur Guttierrez, District Wide

Paulina Batiz, Village
paraeducator/teacher aide

Chaena Dion, Emporia Middle School

Jessica Carlson, Emporia High School
teacher aide

Therese Bratcher, Village

Annelise Rockley, Emporia High School

Michael Lanzrath, 251 North Lyon County

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Isabelle Alvarado was recognized for her outstanding academic achievements.

Board Recognition's and Presentations:
  • Isabelle Alvarado was recognized as a National Merit Commended Scholar and also as a 2018-19 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar.
  • Emporia High School Jobs for America's Graduates-Kansas (JAG-K) program received the prestigious 5 of 5 Performance Outcomes Award under the leadership of Ali Macias and Rigo Aguirre.
  • Presented a proclamation to ENEA representatives of Emporia Public Schools in honor of American Education Week, November 12-16, 2018.
  • Haylee Weiss was recognized for earning a state championship in floor exercise, 4th place in the vault, 8th place in the balance beam and 8th place all-around competition at the KSHSAA state gymnastics meet.

Haylee Weiss was recognized for her success at the 2018 KSHSAA State Gymnastics Meet

Board News:
Board Approvals:
  • minutes from the October 24 board meeting
  • district fiscal payments for October
  • CMAR contract with McCownGorden Construction as the Construction Manager at Risk
  • to add Emporia High School to the Memorandum of Understanding between USD 253 and Communities In Schools for 2018-19
  • renew an interlocal agreement to participate in the City of Emporia Neighborhood Revitalization Program for five years
  • request to solicit bids to upgrade wireless network equipment throughout the district
  • grant from the Emporia Community Foundation for $743.46 to be used for room transformations at Timmerman Elementary
  • grant from a Capstone Interactive eBook Matching Grant for $750 to Kelley Dial and Village elementary
  • donation of $1179.00 from Dr. Jim Hoy through Emporia Celebrates the Flint Hills to pay transportation costs for all 4th grade classes to participate in a field trip to the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve
  • donation of $1000.00 for all 3rd grade students to received a dictionary from Rotary Club of Emporia
  • fiscal year 2018 audit report
  • 2019-2010 Emporia High School Enrollment Handbook changes as submitted
  • to grant Art Gutierrez the authority to make informed decisions on behalf of the board regarding the KASB president-elect nomination and KASB legislative policy positions at the upcoming Delegate Assembly
  • to discontinue TPA 6-8 grades effective May 22, 2019
Board Updates and Discussions:
  • HTK Architects provided a monthly update which included a summary of the community listening sessions, board work session goals and expectations, and next steps. At the December board meeting HTK STAFF will share recommendations for improvements to each building as they work with the CMAR to identify costs.
  • Logan Avenue and William Allen White staffs shared draft presentations on why they want to continue steps in becoming a redesign school in preparation for their final presentation at the December 12 board meeting. Both schools identified their short and long-term ideas and how redesign supports the district goals. Staff presented information on how students are responding to some of the current project based learning opportunities and how social emotional learning is being impacted. The board will vote on the redesign proposals at the December meeting.
Future Board Calendar Dates:
  • November 30 - December 2, 2018, KASB Annual Conference, Overland Park, Kansas
  • Monday, December 3, 2018, 11:30 a.m., Board Lunch/Visit, Logan Avenue Elementary
  • Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • Wednesday, January 9, 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