Staff Bulletin |October 25, 2018

Students from Timmerman Elementary pose with their pumpkins from their field trip to the Applejack Pumpkin Patch.
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District News:
Hopkins Foundation Project Award Applications:
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. The deadline to apply is December 20, 2018. Applications will be available at each school beginning November 1.

School Bus Safety Week and Bus Driver Appreciation Day:
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During one school year our buses travel over 381,000 miles! A huge thank you to our transportation team for all they do getting our students to and from school and activities safely each day.

Climate Survey:
The 2018 Climate Survey is almost complete.  If you have not already done so, you have until the end of the day on Friday to complete the survey. 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. Click here to start the survey.  

Clothing Drive :
Collection for the Community Wide Drive for Students Needs ends this Friday, October 26. For drop off locations and items needed click here. This event is sponsored by the Student and Family Resources Office. If you have questions contact Heather Wagner at 341-2396 or

Health Insurance:
Open enrollment continues for the 2019 health and dental insurance plans for district employees through November
1. Click here for more information. If you have questions, please contact Melissa Vogts at 341-2226 between 8 am and 1 pm weekdays or     

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.

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

School Sponsored Community Events:
Emporia Middle School Trick or Trot, Saturday, October 27, 2018 Registration Form

Timmerman Elementary will hold it's Howl-o-ween dog costume contest October 30, 2018

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

Brindy Sanchez
teacher aide, Riverside Elementary

Candace Williams
paraeducator, Walnut Elementary

Rosa Hammond
paraeducator, William Allen White Elementary

Kayla Smith
paraeducator, Timmerman Elementary

Kimberlee Robertson
bus paraeducator, Transportation

Grace Miller
paraeducator, Emporia High School

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Students from Maynard Early Childhood Center learn about pumpkins during their field trip to the Rogo Pumpkin Patch.

Board News:
Board Approvals:
  • minutes from the October 10th Board Meeting
  • September 2018, treasurer's report
  • employment recommendations
  • site council memberships for each school, 2018-19 Site Council Membership
  • let bids for 2018-19 school year for copier and multi-use papers and industrial papers
  • donations from Emporia Main Street of 300 copies of the book Beyond the Banner, to be used at Emporia High School and Emporia Middle School
Board Information and Updates:
Communities in Schools  Vicki Schweinler, Executive Director of Elementary Education; Jessica Griffin, Logan Avenue Principal; Jami Dakin, Walnut Principal; Victoria Partridge, CIS Communications Manager and Area Director for Central Kansas; Leah Hoggatt, Walnut Site Coordinator; Camille Abdel-Jawad and Jennifer Martin, Logan Site Coordinator discussed the Communities in Schools program.  The program is currently in both Logan Avenue and Walnut Elementary schools. Communities In Schools provides support and removes barriers for students and families who are at-risk and facing additional hardships. The program is unique in that there are no qualifiers to participate. Any student who experiences obstacles that interfere with learning can receive assistance.

TPA Advisory Council Update:
The TPA Advisory Council meeting was held on Tuesday, October 23. Agenda items included: What does the role of the TPA advisory council look like if/when Logan Avenue and/or William Allen White are approved as redesign schools and TPA 6th-8th grade programming for 

KSDE Annual Convention:
Kevin Case, Superintendent of Schools reported that several USD 253 members were able to attend the KSDE Annual Convention in Wichita. Several initiatives and programs occurring in our schools are also happening across the state in other districts.  Case reported it was nice to see Emporia Public Schools paving the way for other districts.

Future Board Dates:
  • 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
USD 253 District Goals:
  • Priority I - Students and Programs - Foster a learning environment that demonstrates a balance of cognitive and social-emotional development.
  • Priority II - Communication and Culture - Commit to a meaningful communication between the district and stakeholders to foster trusting relationships and build a collaborative culture.
  • Priority III - Personnel - Attract, retain and develop high quality staff member who support our educational community.
  • Priority IV - Facilities and Infrastructure - Provide Appropriate infrastructure that meets the needs of the educational community.

Members of The Emporia Board of Education

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Emporia, Kansas 66801