Staff Bulletin |October 11, 2018

EHS staff ready to check in parents and students at CAP conferences
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District News:
Resilience documentary, group discussion:
Make plans to attend a community event featuring the documentary Resilience. Following the presentation there will be a group discussion about ACES, trauma, and poverty. Our communities can be key players in the work of resilience October 12, 9 - 11:30 am at the EHS library

Developmental Screenings:
Count Your Kid In Screening, October 18, 2018 at Maynard Early Childhood Center. For more information
click here or call 620-341-2483 to schedule a screening.
Climate Survey:
The 2018 Climate Survey is just around the corner. The parent portion of the survey began this week during parent teacher conferences. The community, staff, and student portion will start next week on October 15th. This is a great opportunity for all USD 253 stakeholders to share their views on Emporia Public Schools. Patron Insight, a third-party confidential firm will be conducting the survey.

Clothing Drive :
Community Wide Drive for Students Needs, October 1-26. For drop off locations and items needed click here. Sponsored by The Student and Family Resources Office.

Health Insurance:
Click here for the 2019 Health Insurance Benefits Summary.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas:
Don't forget that with Blue Cross Blue Shield coverage you can have a live visit on your computer or mobile device with a doctor at any time. Check out the Amwell app for more information.

Voting information:
Register yourself to vote, locate your poll and check the event calendar for upcoming debates and forums. They can all be found at

Human Resources Reminder:
November 1st is the deadline to submit resignation/retirement information to the Board of Education to receive the early notification incentive of $750.

Benefit Runs:
Emporia Middle School Trick or Trot, Saturday, October 27, 2018 Registration Form

Walnut Turkey Dash, Thursday, November 22, 2018 2018 Registration Form

Mirka Leyva Gaucin
AVID Tutor, Emporia High School

Taryn Carroll
AVID Tutor, Emporia High School

Daisy Enriquez
AVID Tutor, Emporia Middle School

Morgan Geist
AVID Tutor, Emporia High School

Shannon Tellez
AVID Tutor, Emporia Middle School

Miriam Mejia-Herrera
paraeducator, Emporia Middle School

Cierra Waggoner
paraeducator, Emporia High School

Stefani Moyer
paraeducator, USD 417 - Council Grove Jr/Sr High School

Harlie Creamer
teacher aide, Logan Avenue

Beverly Horner
paraeducator, Emporia Middle School

Molly Hamilton
teacher aide, Maynard Early Childhood Center

Misty Schraeder
paraeducator, Riverside Elementary

Katie Baker
paraeducator, Maynard Early Childhood Center

Ruth Slappy
paraeducator, Riverside Elementary

Rene Jenkins
library/strategist, Walnut Elementary, May 2019

William "Bill" Nienstedt
counselor, Emporia High School, May 2019

Sandra "Jill" Fornelli
academic coach, Emporia High School, May 2019

Ashley Chandler
kindergarten, Riverside Elementary, May 2019

Allison Crump
grade 6 language arts, May 2019

Cheyenne DuBree
paraeducator, Timmerman Elementary

Holly (Davis) Abel
grade 1 Riverside Elementary, May 2019

Robert Stanley
teacher, Flint Hills Learning Center

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Walnut teachers and families meeting at conferences

Board News:
Board Approvals:
  • participation in the National Clean Diesel Rebate Program 2018 School Bus Replacement and Retrofit Funding Opportunity
  • the budget second publication notice as submitted
  • HTK Architects to begin the process to start preparing bid documents to secure main entrances 
  • to deny a request made by a former employee
Board Study Session:
The team from HTK Architects facilitated a work session with board members that mirrored the listening sessions that have been taking place in all of the district buildings. Board members were given the opportunity to share their views on district strengths, facility expectations, facility concerns or deficiencies, aspirations for the future, and a discussion on district goals.  

HTK representative shared the commonalities between what has been discussed in the buildings by parents and community stakeholders and also reviewed the next steps in the needs assessment process. Next steps and timeline include:
1. Complete remaining community listening sessions - beginning of November
2. Develop list of needs - October/November
3. Draft facility assessment findings - December
4. Present information gathered with the Board of Education - work session in January

The final portion of the presentation addressed main entrance security and what can be done with the grant dollars the district has received to provide better security to the front entrances of each of our schools. Each school has one of different needs but can be categorized into two phases of security based on its entrance structure.
  • Phase I Improvements - Video phone access control and glass shatter film
    • Emporia Middle School
    • Maynard
    • Village
    • Walnut
    • William Allen White
  • Phase 2 Improvements - Video phone access control, modification of doors into office and glass shatter film
    • Emporia High School
    • Logan
    • Riverside
    • Timmerman
HTK Architects Building Community Meeting Schedule:
All are welcome to attend and share input.
  • Thursday, October 11, 2018 Emporia High School 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Monday, October 22, 2018 Emporia Middle School 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Monday, October 22, 2018 Walnut Elementary 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm
  • Friday, October 26, 2018 Logan Avenue Elementary 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
  • Monday, November 5, 2018 Maynard Early Childhood 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

HTK Architects facilitated a work session at the board meeting with members of the Board of Education on Wednesday night.

Future Board Dates:
  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • Friday, October 26, 2018, 7:45 a.m., Board Visit, W. A. White/TPA
  • Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 11:00 a.m., Board Lunch/Visit, Walnut Elementary
  • Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • November 30 - December 2, 2018, KASB Annual Conference, Overland Park, Kansas

Members of The Emporia Board of Education

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1700 W 7th Ave
Emporia, Kansas 66801