Staff Bulletin | October 26, 2017
District News

Important Reminders

* Open enrollment continues for the 2018 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  

* The Community-Wide Drive for Student Needs ends Monday. Children's coats and other clothing is especially needed as the drive comes to an end. Donation boxes are currently at Dillons, the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce, Emporia Gazette, both Emporia State Federal Credit Union branches, Good's Cash Saver, Flinthills Mall and KVOE. If you have questions, contact Heather Wagner at 341-2392 or

* Emporia Middle School will host its Trick or Trot 5K on Saturday at the school. Registration begins at 8 am with the run at 9 am. Entry fee is a donation to Shiloh Home of Hope or Plumb Place, with suggested items including baby wipes, diapers, baby food, baby and toddler clothes and household items. The event is a USD 253 Wellness-approved activity.

* Timmerman Elementary will hold its Howl-o-ween dog costume contest at the school's back courtyard Monday. Judging begins at 5:45 pm. Registration fee is $10 and is due at the school Friday. Proceeds benefit Friends of the Emporia Animal Shelter.

Emporia Board of Education

Personnel Report


Birdell Robinson
Custodian, USD 253

Prisciliano Pardo-Castillo
Custodian, Emporia High

Maria Jimenez Coria
Paraeducator, Maynard Early Childhood Center

Denise Harvey
Bus Driver, Transportation

David Wuth
Paraeducator, Village Elementary

Nichole Kienast
Paraeducator/Teacher Aide, Logan Avenue Elementary

Ana Bedolla
Teacher Aide, Maynard Early Childhood Center

Collin Towner
Custodian, USD 253

Maria de Lourdes Rascon
Teacher Aide, Emporia Middle School

Raymond Miller
Bus Driver, Transportation

Kyle Lococo
Paraeducator, Madison High School

Stacy Muse
Paraeducator, Emporia Middle School


Kathryn McMichael
Teacher Aide, Walnut Elementary


Janice Romeiser
FHSEC IMC Coordinator, ESU Visser Hall

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Teacher Spotlight

KVOE's October Emporia ShowCase featured interviews with 2018 Kansas Teacher of the Year nominees Christy Dragonas of Emporia Middle School and Laura Evins of Maynard Early Childhood Center. The program also featured Emporia Middle School Principal Steven Bazan and Maynard Principal Keva Scheib. Both KVOE and the Emporia Gazette also featured Evins and Dragonas in stories following the October 11 Board of Education meeting.

Student Spotlight
Emporia High seniors Gustavo Murillo and Nick Velo detailed their experiences earlier this summer at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas for the Emporia Gazette.

Wellness Matters
The USD 253 Wellness booth at the Lyon County Health Fair was well attended October 21 at Flinthills Mall. About 260 employees signed in at the Wellness booth. One hundred forty of those staffers took home Level 1 incentive prizes for attending the event.

National PT Month
October is National Physical Therapy Month, and Flint Hills Special Education Cooperative has two physical therapists on staff to work with children up to age 21 for a variety of diagnoses. Therapists in the school setting help students access their education through a variety of treatments and partnerships with USD 253 staff and orthotists. For more information about therapy services through FHSEC, contact June Ary at or Lorretta Tackitt at

Debate Going Strong
Emporia High debate team members fared well at meets in October. Seniors Payton Harmon and Emma Persinger finished third in the varsity division at the Buhler Invitational on October 20-21, earning their third bid to the Debate Coaches Invitational. Junior Kelin Rodriguez and freshman Leah Rodriguez tied for second in the novice division at the meet. At the Manhattan Invitational, also October 20-21, sophomore Hunter Halfmann and freshman Sam Gillen placed fourth in the open division. These results follow a third-place team finish at the Tom Kelly Invitational in Hutchinson on October 14.
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Board Business

The Board of Education congratulated  JAG-K Career Specialists Ali Macias and Rigo Aguirre for receiving several honors from JAG and JAG-K earlier this year. Macias was named the JAG National Outstanding Specialist after fully implementing the JAG model at Emporia High School and achieving extraordinary results for program participants. She was also named Regional Specialist of the Year by JAG-K for fulfilling the most contact hours with students and her positive attitude. In addition, Macias and Aguirre received the 5 of 5 Achievement Award after EHS JAG students met or exceeded outcome standards in graduation rates, employment rates, positive outcome rates, full-time jobs rates and full-time placement rates in the 12 months after program participants graduated from Emporia High.

Also, the board:
  • Approved the September 2017 treasurer's report.
  • Discussed the relationship between attendance and student achievement during a study session involving district administrators, Emporia High School students and parents. Research from numerous sources shows that consistent classroom attendance is a strong predictor of student success from kindergarten through high school and beyond.
  • Approved a second publication notice in the Emporia Gazette for the 2017-18 district budget.
In Addition

* The EMPAC employee portal is now available. EMPAC is an employee benefit that provides health and wellness consultations, counseling, money management, legal assistance and more to staff at no charge. Click here for the link. The member login is EPS.