Staff Bulletin |October 24, 2019

A huge thank you to our transportation team for getting our students to and from school and activities safely each day. During the 2018-19 school year, our buses traveled 330,864 miles! October 23rd was Kansas School Transportation Appreciation Day.
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District News:
Student and Family Resources Clothing Drive:
The annual clothing drive sponsored by Student and Family Resources will continue collecting donations through October 25th. Please bring new or gently used clothing items to any of our collection sites. Available locations include Goods, Flinthills Mall, Dillons, KVOE, Emporia Mainstreet, and Emporia Gazette. If you have questions contact or call 341-2396.

Early Resignation/Retirement Notification Incentive:
Any licensed teacher who has worked more than two years in USD 253 who is planning to resign or retire at the end of the school year is eligible to receive an early notification stipend. A written resignation or retirement notice must be submitted to the assistant superintendent of Human Resources. Stipends will be awarded according to the time table below at the end of the contract year.
Written notification received by:
  • November 1st would receive $750
  • December 1st would receive $500
  • January 1st would receive $250
See the master contract for more information.

Retirement Planning:
If you are a KPERS 1 or KPERS 2 member and thinking about retirement, click the links below to sign up for important information to help guide you to retirement: Click here for additional retirement and KPERS information.

District Events:
EMS Trick or Trot:
Fall kicked off this week which means crisp air, hot tea and pumpkins are right around the corner! This year our annual Trick or Trot 5k will be held on Saturday, October 26th at Emporia Middle School. You can pre-register by clicking on the following link Trick or Trot 2019 Registration. On-site registration/check-in will begin at 8:00 AM with the event kicking off at 9:00 AM. 

Timmerman 6th Annual HOWL-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest: 
Tuesday, October 29th, 2019
Click here to register

Logan Avenue 5k Fun Run
November 2, 2019, 9:00 a.m.
Click here to register

9th Annual Walnut Turkey Day Dash:
Shannon McCullagh
special education teacher intern, FHSEC, January 2020

Victoria "Torie" Blaknson
teacher intern, Logan Avenue Elementary, January 2020

Jessica Dold,
teacher intern, Maynard Early Childhood Center, January 2020

Morgan Esslinger
paraeducator, USD 252 Olpe Elementary

Cody Kerbs
district maintenance, Operational Services

Allyssa Beck
paraeducator, USD 251 NLC Elementary

Angela Herrel
paraeducator, USD 251 Northern Heights High School

ChapLynn Askins
paraeducator, Riverside Elementary

Niena Ramirez
paraeducator, William Allen White Elementary

Sydney "Squid" Monteith
rule 10 assistant debate coach, August 2019

Angelica Barber
paraeducator, Walnut Elementary

Josselyne Jurado
AVID tutor, Emporia Middle School

Caitlyn Hawk
grade 5, Walnut Elementary, May 2020

Cami Minor
paraeducator, Maynard Early Childhood Center,

Carissa Seal
paraeducator, Timmerman Elementary

Regina Cavallo
paraeducator, USD 252 Hartford 

Lily Stolfi
teacher aide, Logan Avenue Elementary, December 2019

Jacqueline Stair
paraeducator, USD 251 Northern Heights

Kimberly Lanzrath
paraeducator, Emporia High School

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EHS students attended the Emporia High School College Planning Conference and Career Fair to learn about post-secondary opportunities that are available to them after graduation.

Board Recognition:
The board recognized Jobs for America's Graduates - Kansas (JAG-K) career specialist Ali Macias and Rigo Aguirre from Emporia High School. Under their leadership, the JAG program once again received the prestigious 5 of 5 Performance Outcomes Award from JAG National for meeting or exceeding the five most critical performance measures.

Board Approvals:
  • minutes from October 9, 2019
  • treasurer's report for September 2019
  • donation of dictionaries for all 3rd-grade students from the Rotary Club of Emporia
  • donation of $500 from the Norm Norton Memorial Fund through the Emporia Community Foundation for the Spartan Stop
  • revised job description
  • donation of $622.47 from the New Life Christian Church Joyful Noice 5K to William Allen White Elementary to support student activities and resources
  • site council membership at all schools Click here to view membership list
  • donation of $700 from Steve Sauder to EHS Athletics
  • donation of a $2,262.00 grant from Zoetis to EHS FFA
Board Updates:
Logan Avenue Redesign - Teachers and students from Logan Avenue presented on the schools' progress and success towards redesign. The group lead board members and those in attendance through team activities where they could connect, unite, and de-stress. Teachers then presented the Logan Avenue mission and vision, provided redesign short term goals and long term goals, and shared a video of their school song. Principal Jessica Griffin also shared the positive results they are already seeing in test scores and the family-oriented learning environment that redesign activities are creating. The group closed their presentation by answering questions from board members regarding redesign opportunities and future plans. Click here to view their presentation

Early Learning Facility Priorities -  Teachers and administrators along with representatives from HTK Architects recently toured four early learning facilities in the Kansas City area. The tours provided the opportunity to see how the landscape of early learning is changing and supported the common themes that have developed during the beginning stages of gathering stakeholder feedback for a new learning facility.

Principal Keva Scheib, teachers Tessa Santangalo and Shellie Bair, and instructional coach Michelle Young, shared their views and highlights of the facilities they toured. There are many common themes of those buildings that they would like to see incorporated into a new early learning facility. Some of those themes include:
  • generous common, special services, and collaboration space
  • natural elements in color, lighting, and design
  • ample storage space
  • separate library space
  • playground equipment accessible from multiple entries
  • open and welcoming entry 
  • size appropriate restrooms
  • safety and security
According to Zach Snethen, HTK Architects, and board members Art Gutierrez and Doug Epp, the tours of these facilities are laying the groundwork for the design process for an early learning facility in Emporia. The district will continue to reach out to other districts for input as the project's direction begins to take shape.

November 5th Bond Election - K evin Case Superintendent, provided the following updates:
  • weekly building spotlights continue to be published in the Gazette, emailed to staff, and emailed to parents Click here to view
  • building facts are posted each week on Facebook and Twitter
  • Community Relations is providing social media reminders to community stakeholders and building principals regarding bond information and facts
  • KVOE reported that 232 voters participated in the early voting opportunity at the mall
  • open houses concluded this past Sunday, attendance was lite at all buildings
  • the general election is on November 5th
Future Board Dates:
  • Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 7:00 pm, Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • December 6-8, 2019, KASB Annual Conference, Wichita, KS
  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 7:00 pm, Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • Wednesday, January 8, 2020, 7:00 pm, Board Meeting, Mary Herbert Education Center
  • Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 7:00 pm, BOE Meeting/StuCo Dinner/Meeting, Emporia High School
Fourth and fifth graders from William Allen White researched Emporia community resources and made posters to share their findings with parents and staff.

Members of The Emporia Board of Education

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1700 W 7th Ave
Emporia, Kansas 66801