National School Counseling Week 2017, 
"School Counseling: Helping Students Realize Their Potential," Feb. 6-10, 2017
The week focuses public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.
Staff Bulletin | February 9, 2017
District News

Save the Date: April 4 Cancer Benefit Planned
Parents and staff at W.A. White & Turning Point Academy are planning a variety show to honor local cancer patients and raise money to support treatment costs. The event is scheduled for 6:30 pm April 4, at the Emporia Granada Theater. The show will feature performances by Emporia students, faculty and other community members. Watch for more details soon.

Autism Awareness
April is Autism Awareness month. The Intensive Skills staff is selling shirts and money raised will be used for the adaptive needs of students. Checks can be made payable to Timmerman PTO. Deadline to order is March 10. Money and order forms can be sent to Jennifer Esslinger at Timmerman.  Shirts will be navy blue with white lettering and a light blue puzzle piece.

Retirement Seminars
Are you within five years  of retirement? Not sure when and how to take that first step? You're invited to our spring pre-retirement seminars and quarterly webinars. Register today to secure a spot.

Emporia Board of Education

Personnel Report


Savannah Maydew
elementary teacher, Village

Bailey Lane
paraeducator, Logan Avenue

Theresa Kinsey
paraeducator, Chase County

Jessie Zidek
paraeducator, Olpe

Chelsea Miller
paraeducator, Olpe

Holly Davis
paraeducator, Olpe

Nathan Meares
paraeducator, Madison

Abigail Frazier
paraeducator, Riverside

Dodie Doudna
paraeducator, Riverside


Chloe Blake
grade 2, Village

Elizabeth Norgren
bus driver, Transportation Dept


Julia Giger
instructional strategist, Logan Ave


Constance Brown
paraeducator, Riverside

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Outstanding Teacher Award
Congratulations EMS math teacher Marcus Cornelius! He was selected as the 2016-17 Outstanding Teacher by the Topeka Chapter of the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers. The award will be presented Feb. 24 in Topeka and Mr. Cornelius will be nominated for the Kansas Outstanding Teacher Award by this chapter.

Customer Service Awards
Community Relations secretary Samantha Estrada is the first recipient of the Mary Herbert Education Center Customer Service Hero Awards. Employees are encouraged to nominate co-workers for the weekly awards. #EmporiaProud

Speech & Debate Award
EHS teacher Scott Bonnet has earned a Fourth Diamond degree of membership in the National Speech & Debate Association's Honor Society. The designation is based on student presentations, competitions and service. He will be recognized at the 2017 National Speech & Debate Tournament in June.
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From left: Mercedes Bogarin, Betty Sanchez, Tania Rodriguez and Amanda Diehl.

Paraguay Teacher Exchange    
Associate Superintendent Andy Koenigs introduced  Mercedes Bogarin and Tania Rodriguez,  two exchange teachers from Paraguay. They are co-teaching at Village and Maynard for four weeks. They were joined by their hosts, Betty Sanchez, who teaches third grade at Village, and Amanda Diehl, a FACS teacher at EHS. Amanda participated in the Paraguay teacher exchange last June. A third teacher will arrive in March to spend four weeks at EMS.

Jami Reever, United Way of the Flint Hills executive director, announced the City of Emporia and United Way had received a $35,000 grant to expand the summer food service program offered through the school district. The Cities Combating Hunger Through After School and Summer Meal Programs (CHAMPS) initiative made grants available in Alabama, California, and Kansas to ensure low-income youth continue to have access to healthy food when school is out.  Emporia is one of 10 cities in the U.S. to receive a grant.

Refinancing of Bonds
The board authorized the sale of general obligation refunding bonds to refinance existing bonds. Greg Vahrenberg of PiperJaffray reported that over the life of the 2000 construction bonds, refinancing has saved the district just under $1.8 million and this refinancing should raise the savings to nearly $2 million.

Legislative Report
Assistant Superintendent Rob Scheib updated the board on legislative proposals. He reviewed a Legislative Post Audit report that recommends the consolidation of health plans for Kansas K-12 schools.

Other Board Business
The board approved:
  • Request for AP Government trip to We the People National Finals in Washington, D.C., in April, partially funded by $5,000 grant from Johnson County 1st Amendment Foundation
  • A $11,553.84 grant from the Justin J. Watt Foundation for new EMS basketball uniforms
  • A $1,333 donation from the Walnut PTO for educational games and recess activities
  • Request to dispose of surplus property