Enrollment Update!! We are receiving many great questions about what the district plan will look like and when that information will be released, please know that our district has identified four priorities of focus for the 2020-2021 school year: ● Promote Behaviors that Reduce Spread - Ensure health, well-being and safety of all students and staff ● Maintain Healthy Environment - Maximize student academic growth and achievement ● Maintain Healthy Operations - Assure operational viability ● Prepare for When Someone Gets Sick - Provide supports to teachers and staff We will provide you with updates on plans within the next few weeks. We encourage you to enroll online, however if you are not able to complete the enrollment process online or are a new family, please plan to attend Central Enrollment. Families will have until the start of school to complete the enrollment process. Central Enrollment will be held at Hays High School on July 29th 7:00 am -5:30 pm and July 30th 10:00 am-7:00 pm.
Enrollment Update!!! Enrollment Update!! Online Enrollment will open 7/15 @ 10:00 am!!! More details will be provided in the next few days! This year the credit/debit card payment fee will be waived! USD 489 will plan to begin the school year onsite on August 13th. Due to COVID the option will be available for online/virtual learning for families, upon request. This can be indicated within the enrollment forms. Central Enrollment at Hays High will still take place for new families &/or those not able to access the online option. Please know that if you choose to come to onsite enrollment, you will be required to wear a face mask and limit 1 person per family. If you are feeling sick, please stay home. To be determined eligible for free & reduced payments, please fill out the annual application: https://secure.ezmealapp.com/ApplicationScreen.aspx Please check our website for additional information about enrollment...https://www.usd489.com/. #EveryStudentEveryDay489
Getting to Know USD #489 series... Learn a bit about Jill Schaben.. What is your title? Student Secretary/Attendance How long have you been with the district? I just completed my 15th year (14 years as the HHS Athletic Secretary, 1 year in current position) On a typical day at work..what do you do? In short, my job is to check attendance each hour and make sure all of the students are accounted for. What is your favorite day of the week and why? Saturday, because I usually get to spend time with my family and be outside. What is your favorite non-healthy food? Brownies, ice cream, cookies (pretty much any dessert except cake) If you had the chance to tell your 13-year-old self anything, what would that be? RELAX and to live out the Serenity Prayer -- "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." Travel bucket list…where would you go? Ireland Describe yourself in three words… Trustworthy, Hard-working, Sincere If you have a dream job…what is it? Professional singer. Unfortunately, I sound bad even in the shower so I do not see this job in my future. Do you make your bed every morning? No, I would but I am afraid my husband would not be able to breathe under all of the pillows and covers! What is your favorite non-work activity? Going to the lake, building something or almost any outdoor activity Something random about you? My husband and I have two beautiful daughters and a new son-in-law. Alexis is in grad school at FHSU (where Travis and I both graduated from) and Kaitlyn will be a junior at K-State.
Getting to Know USD #489 series... Learn a bit about Staci Straub.. What is your title? I am a 3rd grade teacher at Roosevelt How long have you been with the district? 18 years On a typical day at work..what do you do? Make sure my students feel safe and know they are loved. I work hard everyday to not only teach the curriculum, but also the values of being a good person and doing the right thing. There is so much more to teaching than reading, writing, and math. I want my students to feel and become successful!! What is your favorite day of the week and why? Right now, all the days are a blur. but when I’m in school mode, Fridays are my favorite. My students are ready for the weekend just as much as I am. What is your favorite non-healthy food? Chinese food If you had the chance to tell your 13-year-old self anything, what would that be? Don’t sweat the small stuff!! Relax and enjoy the bumpy ride. It’s the bumps that make life exciting. Travel bucket list…where would you go? Hawaii Describe yourself in three words… dedicated, passionate, loving If you have a dream job…what is it? I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. If I had to do something else, I would want to be a Real Estate Agent. Do you make your bed every morning? Nope, depends on my mood What is your favorite non-work activity? Spending time with my family or reading a good book! 12. Something random about you? (Spouse, kids, pets, random tidbit) I have been married for 29 years and have 2 adult sons. I have 4 grandchildren that are my world. I am lucky enough for us all to live in Russell.
Getting to Know USD #489 series... Learn a bit about Arielle Simpson.. What is your title? Health & Nutrition Coordinator at Early Childhood Connections How long have you been with the district? 3 years On a typical day at work, what do you do? Oh goodness…every day is so unpredictable! I am the school nurse, so I take care of LOTS of ouchies & apply LOTS of bandaids! On a REALLY fun day, I get to go to the infant room, rock babies and love on the little ones 😊 What is your favorite day of the week and why? Sunday Funday!! I get to be with my family and ‘fill my cup’ up for the week ahead ❤ What is your favorite non-healthy food? I love pizza…A LOT!! If you had the chance to tell your 13-year-old self anything, what would that be? Worry less…Trust yourself…Love yourself…& Forget what others think about you. Travel bucket list…where would you go? Ireland is #1 Israel & the Taj Mahal are a close 2nd Describe yourself in three words… Compassionate…Outgoing…Patient If you have a dream job…what is it? I love being a nurse, but when I’m old and crazy…I would LOVE to deliver flowers!! I think it would be SO MUCH FUN to bring smiles to those who are least expecting it 😊 Do you make your bed every morning? Nope What is your favorite non-work activity? I love traveling. It doesn’t matter WHERE I go, I just love the adventure that awaits! Something random about you? I have been married for 12 years to Jed & we have 2 adorable little girls, Piper & Emme. We have 3 chickens (Figaro, Chickoletta, & Spirit…named by Emme!) and we LOVE to go on adventures!! Our life is crazy but we wouldn’t have it any other way. ❤
Getting to Know USD #489 series... Learn a bit about Janell Beilman.. What is your title? 5th grade teacher at Wilson Elementary How long have you been with the district? 31 years On a typical day at work..what do you do? I arrive around 6:45 and make sure I have everything ready for the day. Once the kids arrive it is nonstop activity, teaching and practicing math concepts, monitoring science investigations and using technology to enhance learning whenever possible. Throw in recess duties and attending meetings and the time flies. What is your favorite day of the week and why? Friday, of course. It is spirit day at Wilson and everyone is eagerly anticipating the start of the weekend! What is your favorite non-healthy food? A bacon cheeseburger. Yum! If you had the chance to tell your 13-year-old self anything, what would that be? Don't worry about what other people think. Be yourself. The only person you have to prove anything to is you. Travel bucket list…where would you go? The island of Bora, Bora would be wonderful. (really anywhere with a beach will do). Describe yourself in three words… organized, authentic and dependable If you have a dream job…what is it? My earliest memories from my childhood are of me pretending to be a teacher. So I guess you could say I am doing what I've always dreamed of doing. But, if I had to pick something else it would be something creative like a graphic designer. Do you make your bed every morning? Yes I do. That is part of being organized! What is your favorite non-work activity? I enjoy exercising at The Center, spending time with family, traveling and cooking. Something random about you? (Spouse, kids, pets, random tidbit) My husband, Chris, and I will celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary on June 30. I enjoy being a mom to our daughter Kaycee and our son Kaden. Both are currently living in the Kansas City area. I am also mom to a 1 1/2 year old miniature Australian Shepherd that has me wrapped around her furry little paw.
Message Concerning Face Coverings The Ellis County Schools COVID Advisory Group is working diligently to provide guidance regarding the Governors recent executive order. Ellis County schools have and will continue to work closely with public health officials to ensure the safety of students, families, and staff. Details of the executive order will be released later this week. Early next week the Advisory Group will meet with Ellis County health officials to provide updated procedures and/or requirements for summer programs. Until that time, please continue to follow all current district guidance - wash hands frequently, practice social distancing, and stay home if you are sick.
Getting to Know USD #489 series.. Learn a bit about Jessica Augustine.. What is your title at USD #489? Journalism Instructor at Hays High School How long have you been with our district? One year in USD 489 (but 18th year teaching overall!) What is your favorite not-healthy food? Bacon? But, bacon is healthy, right? 😊 If you had to use one color of crayon for the rest of your life, what color would it be? And, why? Although it sounds odd, I would choose black, as it is comprised of all colors. I tend to be very accepting and non-judgmental, and I want my students (and others) to feel included. What is your favorite thing about working for USD #489? Honestly, there are so many things – my role, the students, the staff, the administration, the campus, and the activities. On a typical day at work….what do you do? In the classroom, I normally get to work at 7:15 a.m., respond to emails, prepare for classes and talk to students who come in. From there, I teach my classes (21st Century Journalism, Newspaper, Photo Imaging, Web Design, and Yearbook), depending on if it is a Maroon or Gold day; in class, I like to begin with a Question of the Day, so that I hear from each student, then I start the lesson or the project of the day. During my plan time and every other free minute, I develop lesson plans, create learning resources, assess student work, edit newspaper or yearbook copy, critique newspaper or yearbook layouts, manage newspaper and yearbook ad sales, maintain the website, take needed photos, prepare for contests, complete required tasks, etc.; I try to use every possible moment at work to work! Describe yourself in 3 words. Dedicated, Logical, Particular (for adjectives) or Dog-Mom, Family, and Learner (for three nouns) What is your favorite non-work activity? I enjoy spending time with family and friends, of course; I love collecting and reading cookbooks; and I like staying active, especially doing water aerobics or swimming in the summer, taking the dogs on walks in the fall or spring, and doing yoga year round. Travel bucket list…where would you go if you could anywhere? A warm beach to relax, or a historical area to learn. Random facts about yourself? I have four dogs – one nine-year-old Rat Terrier named Max Puppy, one five-year-old Miniature Pinscher named Mini Dog, and two six-month-old German Shorthair Pointers named Lexi Boo and Sadi Bug!
Getting to Know USD #489 series.. Learn a bit about Aubrey Woolf.. What is your title? Head Start 3-5 Teacher How long have you been with the district? Going into year 4 On a typical day at work..what do you do? Hang out with some pretty crazy, silly, and totally awesome kids and work on some added paperwork here and there. What is your favorite day of the week and why? This will sound crazy - Monday. It's a chance to start new and begin a good structured week. What is your favorite non-healthy food? Chips and Salsa If you had the chance to tell your 13-year-old self anything, what would that be? Take time to learn more about other people and why their differences make them important Travel bucket list…where would you go? Iceland Describe yourself in three words… Dedicated, open-minded, joyful If you have a dream job…what is it? Broadway Performer Do you make your bed every morning? No What is your favorite non-work activity? Playing games with my family Something random about you? My spouse, siblings, parents, and paternal grandparents all attended FHSU.
Gracias a nuestra maravillosa personal de Servicios de Nutrición y una subvención de alimentando a niños de KS podemos continuar con el servicio de comidas del 29 de junio al 23 de julio! Los desayunos y almuerzos para llevar se continuarán sirviendo solo la preparatoria de Hays High de 11:30 a 12:30, de lunes a jueves. Estas comidas GRATUITAS están disponibles para todos los niños menores de 18 años. ¡Esperamos servirle 4 semanas más!
Nutrition Services Update... Thanks to our wonderful Nutrition Services staff and a grant from Feeding KS Kids, we are able to continue meal service June 29th through July 23rd! Drive-thru breakfasts and lunches will continue to be served at Hays High School only, 11:30-12:30, Monday through Thursday. These FREE meals are available for all children 18 and under. We look forward to serving you 4 more weeks! #EveryStudentEveryDay489
Getting to Know USD #489 series... Learn a bit about Scott Summers.. What is your title? Director of Technology How long have you been with the district? 5 years with USD 489 and 11 years total in K-12 IT On a typical day at work..what do you do? A typical day starts with checking to make sure all the blinking lights are still blinking - always a good start to the day in IT! My role as the Director after that involves a lot of meetings, research, or planning for projects. I still like to be a hands-on director, so you’ll actually catch me out and about some days working on tickets, because I don’t like spending my whole day behind my desk. What is your favorite day of the week and why? Thursday! It’s far enough into the week that I can look back and say I’ve accomplished a lot during the week; however, on the flip side it does give me one more day after to get something done before the weekend. Bonus reason for Thursday: on the 4 day work week in the summer, it’s actually Friday! What is your favorite non-healthy food? Crunchy Cheetos If you had the chance to tell your 13-year-old self anything, what would that be? Enjoy the ride, because high school and college will pass by before you know what happened! Travel bucket list…where would you go? I’d like to travel the coasts and definitely make it to Alaska or Hawaii at some point! Describe yourself in three words… Comical, Optimistic, Friendly If you have a dream job…what is it? I know everyone says “I’m in it right now,” but that’s the truth! I can’t say that I have any one day that is the same from one to the next. This job keeps me on my toes with the fantastic department I work with as well a district full of dedicated staff to interact with each day! Do you make your bed every morning? Sadly not every day! Maybe that’s a goal to work on. What is your favorite non-work activity? It’s a toss up between golf and underwater basket weaving, but I’d probably say golf! Something random about you? (Spouse, kids, pets, random tidbit) My beautiful wife Rebecca (4th grade teacher at Wilson) and I are expecting our firstborn in September! I’m also a twin, and we haven’t figured out which one is the evil one yet!
Getting to Know USD #489 series.. Learn a bit about Heidi Harper-Wamser.. What is your title? Kindergarten teacher How long have you been with the district? 20 years On a typical day at work..what do you do? Oh gosh..what don’t we do? First and foremost, we love, nurture, and open minds of little people. We are sometimes momma (or grandma 😳😉) for the day, nurse, counselor, janitor, and so many other important titles during each day! What is your favorite day of the week and why? Friday funday in my classroom, but Saturday or Sunday with my family 5. What is your favorite non-healthy food? Chocolate almond Ice cream If you had the chance to tell your 13 year old self something, what would that be? Listen to your parents! They’ve been through ALL “the things”. They probably know what they’re talking about. I would also say...”listen when people tell you that you should be a teacher”! Travel bucket list…where would you go? New Zealand/Australia, Greece or Maldives Describe yourself in three words… energetic, compassionate, loving If you have a dream job…what is it? What do you mean?...I’m living it! But if I had to choose a different one, it would be princess Jasmine or princess Ariel at DisneyWorld (singing included)! Do you make your bed every morning? Yes, I would, but I go workout at 5am, so my husband is the last in bed. Whomever is in it last, makes it!😊 Something random about you? I have a public relations/communications degree that I graduated with first....because I didn’t want to do what everyone told me I needed to do! Remember question #6? My 18 year old self REALLY should’ve listened also!🤦🏽♀️
---2020-2021 District Calendar-- The district calendar was approved and can be accessed below. Please note that the first day of school has changed from what was previously published. https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/763769/20-21_District_Calendar.pdf #EveryStudentEveryDay489
Getting to Know USD #489 series.. Learn a bit about Anita Scheve.. What is your title? Principal of Wilson Elementary How long have you been with the district? I just finished my 23rd year in the Hays district, 25th year in education. On a typical day at work..what do you do? Greet & connect with students, walk through and observe classroom instruction and students (my favorite), support teachers’ needs, meet with struggling students, attend IEP meetings, supervise the lunchroom and assist/connect with students, attend meetings with district personnel, collaborate with colleagues, plan for the future and how Wilson can better meet the needs of all students, meet with parents, sometimes cover the nurse’s office…no two days are ever the same and no day is “typical!” What is your favorite day of the week and why? Every day that I get to spend with kids and my family is a great day! I love elementary school because the students are always so positive and willing to try again! I get my tank refilled by interacting with kids. What is your favorite non-healthy food? Cherry pie If you had the chance to tell your 13-year-old self something, what would that be? Just be yourself! Stop trying to be who/what everyone else wants you to be and live unashamedly and unapologetically your best self every day! Travel bucket list…where would you go? I’ve always wanted to visit the Swiss Alps, Denmark, Alaska and Hawaii. I wouldn’t mind also getting to see and tour the Egyptian pyramids after teaching about them during 6th grade social studies. Describe yourself in three words… Caring, dedicated, authentic If you have a dream job…what is it? I come to school some days and walk into the building thinking, “I cannot believe I get paid to do this!” Obviously not every day is a dream, but there is something good about each day. I also work with incredibly people who truly care about kids! I get to do what I love every day…connect with students and help others. I can’t think of a better job! Do you make your bed every morning? Only if I’m the last one out of it! My husband and I are both very competitive, so it’s always a race! Something random about you? My husband Shane and I met at K-State and have been together for 28 years, married for almost 23. We have four kids: ages 19, 14, 9 and 7. There was a point early in our marriage when we thought we wouldn’t be able to have any kids! I spent every summer until I was 25 in the wheat field helping my dad custom cut by driving either a combine (ages 14-20) or a truck (ages 21-24). Having worked that hard each summer makes every other job seem easy in comparison.
Getting to Know USD #489 series... Learn a bit about Donna Hudson-Hamilton.. What is your title at USD #489? Director of Early Childhood Services How long have you been with our district? I will be starting my 29th year with the Hays School District. I worked one in the Russell School District. I worked as a school psychologist before taking my current position. What is your favorite pizza topping? I love taco pizza. If you had to use one color of crayon for the rest of your life, what color would it be? I don’t think I can choose just one. If you have ever read the poem or the book “The Crayon Box That Talked”, you realize that each color is unique and when they get together they make a picture that is complete. What is your favorite thing about working for USD #489? Two things- first is the people and secondly the mission of the program -- Over the years, I have met some of the most dedicated, passionate, hard working individuals. I believe I have been surrounded by truly outstanding people that bring the best out in me. Secondly, I love the work I do. I love working in Early Childhood Connections and believe in the Head Start mission. On a typical day at work….what do you do? Every day can be something very different. As the Director, I administer the Head Start, Early Head Start, State Prekindergarten and Parents As Teachers grants. I also oversee the USD #489 Early Childhood Center. Our program serves four counties (Ellis, Rush, Russell and Rooks). I am responsible for the grant writing, fiscal management and reporting associated with the grants. I also supervise the certified staff. I am responsible for the program management in Early Childhood Connections and site management of the center. So… my days vary from paperwork to meeting with staff to classroom observations. On my lucky days, I might even get to hold a baby or sit with a preschooler as they lay down for their nap. Describe yourself in 3 words.. Hard-working, Positive, Problem-solver What is your favorite board game? What Do You Meme? Travel bucket list…where would you go if you could anywhere? Greek islands Random facts about yourself? I have been married to my husband, Bart for 25 years. We have two daughters, Haven and Tatum. Both girls will be attending Fort Hays State University next year – Haven as a Junior and Tatum as a Freshman. We have a shih-poo named Hallie (short for halitosis). We love sports – we are huge Chief fans and have spent many hours watching our daughters play sports. I am very family-oriented and love spending time with my family.
Getting to Know USD #489 series... Learn a bit about Tasha Lang.. What is your title at USD #489? Elementary Low Incidence Special Education Teacher at Roosevelt Elementary How long have you been with our district? Starting my 9th year What is your favorite pizza topping? Mushroom and Olives If you had to use one color of crayon for the rest of your life, what color would it be? Purple because all shades are beautiful (plus K-State comes to mind when I think of purple). What is your favorite thing about working for USD #489? The students, families, and co-workers. It is amazing to see all the potential our students deliver day in and day out, our families and the support they provide, and my co-workers for the continues collaboration for each student to help them shine brighter each day. On a typical day at work….what do you do? Each day is a different day but each day we provide structure, adaptive curriculum, social skills, life skills, communication techniques, and inclusion. Describe yourself in 3 words. Patient, understanding, caring What is your favorite board game? Rack-o or any other game my kids pick for family game night. Travel bucket list…where would you go if you could anywhere? I love to travel!! Anywhere is prefect! Random facts about yourself? My husband and I have been married for almost 12 years, we have 3 kids who keep us very busy! We are currently building a house out in Catherine and residing with my parents It's a fun and busy time!
Getting to Know USD #489 series.. Learn a bit about Mindi Dreiling.. What is your title at USD #489? 5th Grade teacher at Wilson Elementary How long have you been with our district? Next year is my 5th year with USD 489, but 10th year teaching. What is your favorite not-healthy food? Chips or fried food If you had to use one color of crayon for the rest of your life, what color would it be? And Why? Lavender because it’s a calm color and not harsh. What is your favorite thing about working for USD #489? I love watching my 5th grade students grow from being elementary students to becoming middle schoolers. It’s fun to see them mature to their next chapter. On a typical day at work….what do you do? Typically, I like to arrive early to get prepped for the day. Once the day begins, it’s go, go, go trying to crunch as much learning and laughter into the day with my 5th graders. Building trusting relationships and getting to know my students outside of learning is high priority, so a lot of conversations about life! Oh, and drinking coffee... lots of it throughout my day! Describe yourself in 3 words: Attentive, Open-Minded, Genuine What is your favorite non-work activity? Home projects (gardening, home updates & decorating) Travel bucket list…where would you go if you could anywhere? In the states: Napa, California—International: Spain Random facts about yourself? My husband , Sean, and I have two kids; Josslyn-5 Chauncey-2. We also have a 7 year old basset hound, Stella. My favorite sport is volleyball—I played it into college and coached it in LaCrosse for 4 years!
Getting to Know USD #489 series... Learn a bit about Christina Sramek... What is your title? School Psychologist How long have you been with the district? I will be starting my second year. On a typical day at work..what do you do? I don't usually have a "typical' day. It varies from day to day. I attend numerous meetings, complete student evaluations and write reports, implement academic and behavioral interventions, conduct progress monitoring, provide support to students during crisis, and assist in the development of student plans. What is your favorite day of the week and why? Friday. The kids are so excited for the weekend and I love hearing what their plans are. Weekends are when I get to spend time with family and Friday is my start to the weekend. What is your favorite non-healthy food? Chips and Queso If you had the chance to tell your 13 year old self something, what would that be? Work hard and never give up. Things won't always go how you expect, but make the best out of every opportunity and grow from every experience. Travel bucket list…where would you go? I am not much of a traveler, but my husband and I have talked about going to Magnolia Farms in Waco, TX. Describe yourself in three words… Passionate, Caring, and Dedicated. If you have a dream job…what is it? I wouldn't say it's a dream job, but I have always wanted to volunteer at a Children's hospital. I would like to go visit the kids and read to them or play with them and hopefully put a smile on their face. Do you make your bed every morning? Yes, I like everything tidy and in its place. Something random about you? I have a husband, Ryan, and two cats, Pippy and Piper. We enjoy going to K-State Football games! Go CATS!!
Getting to Know USD #489 Series.. Learn a bit about Shanna Dinkel... 1. What is your title? Assistant Superintendent 2. How long have you been with the district? Twenty-four years 3. On a typical day at work what do you do? Lately, I’ve done a LOT of Zoom meetings. 😊 Most days are spent collaborating on various district programs with the amazing people I get to work with each day. 4. What is your favorite day of the week and why? I like Thursdays for some reason. Typically, there are less meetings scheduled, so it’s the day I can get out to buildings more often. Oh, and it’s blueberry crumble flavored coffee day at Moka’s – my favorite. 5. What is your favorite non-healthy food? Nachos – yum! 6. If you had the chance to tell your 13 year old self something, what would that be? Don’t try to prove your worth to anyone; be confident in who you are – you are enough. 7. Travel bucket list…where would you go? Ireland 8. Describe yourself in three words… Wife, mother, friend 9. If you have a dream job…what is it? I’m doing it. I have never regretted going into education and can’t imagine doing anything else. 10. Do you make your bed every morning? Oh yes, and the bottom sheet must be pulled tight. 11. Something random about you? I can’t roll/curl my tongue.
Getting to Know USD #489 series... Learn a bit about Jessica Groff What is your title? 1st Grade Teacher at Wilson How long have you been with the district? 10 Years teaching! On a typical day at work..what do you do? On a typical day I teach reading, writing, math as well as a multitude of other things as well as run reading intervention during my plan time! The days fly by, but they are always different, challenging, rewarding and never boring : )! What is your favorite day of the week and why? Saturday is my favorite day of the week, its filled with spending time with my two kids and my husband! It’s also nice not set an alarm! What is your favorite non-healthy food? Ice-cream! If you had the chance to tell your 13 year old self something, what would that be? Slow-down, life will come to you, you can’t be everything before your time! Travel bucket list…where would you go? So many places! Italy, Greece & Hawaii are at the top of the list! Describe yourself in three words… Patient, Calm & Driven If you have a dream job…what is it? For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a teacher! Teaching involves giving back, helping others & making a difference every day. No matter how challenging teaching can be, it’s also one of the few professions that you can make a difference every day and leave a lasting legacy of students & families you’ve helped! I can’t see myself doing anything else other than education. Do you make your bed every morning? Most mornings yes, unless we are running behind! Something random about you? I have been married to my husband Justin for almost 10 years this July. We have two children, a daughter, Collins, who will be a 2nd Grader at Wilson this coming school year ( I got the privilege of being her 1st grade teacher this year)! We have a son, Creighton, who will be 4 and will start preschool this fall at the USD 489 preschool. Random fact: I coached softball at HHS all through my college years and up till I had my son for a total of 8 years I believe and played from age 5 up through 18!
Getting to Know USD #489 series.. Learn a bit about Alysa Erway.. What is your title at USD #489? I am a 3rd grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary! How long have you been with our district? This will be my second year. What is your favorite not-healthy food? I love any type of candy! I have a bad sweet tooth! If you had to use one color of crayon for the rest of your life, what color would it be? And Why? Probably black, it goes with anything. 😊 What is your favorite thing about working for USD #489? I love how everyone is so supportive and positive! We are all team players and want to see each other succeed so our students succeed! On a typical day at work….what do you do? Everyday I have the privilege of seeing my students grow and learn in all subject areas. I have the opportunity to teach them not only academics, but real life things and building on their character. I believe when my students come into my classroom, they are all on a mission to better themselves in order to change the world. Describe yourself in 3 words.. Organized, kind, Christian What is your favorite non-work activity? I love to read, play volleyball, and travel with my husband! Travel bucket list…where would you go if you could anywhere? I would love to travel to Europe! Random facts about yourself? I am a FHSU grad, I am married to my best friend, Landon, and we just got a puppy named Moses! I love to go explore new places and try new foods. I am so excited for my second year of teaching, it has been a blessing!
Getting to Know USD #489 series... Learn a bit about Sarah Mackey... What is your title? I have been a first grade teacher for the last ten years, but this year will be moving back to the middle school!! How long have you been with the district? 12 years On a typical day at work..what do you do? Run around like a chicken!! Help kids be successful at whatever they want to do, love them, hug them, and make them feel empowered! What is your favorite day of the week and why? Thursday, because it is Friday Eve! What is your favorite non-healthy food? Any thing chocolate related!! If you had the chance to tell your 13 year old self something, what would that be? All the little things that seem like a big deal right now won’t matter when your older!! Just enjoy the days!! Travel bucket list…where would you go? Anywhere with sun and a beach! Describe yourself in three words… Honest, Compassionate, Loving If you have a dream job…what is it? Doing it!! Do you make your bed every morning? Ha, Nope!! Something random about you? When I was a Senior in High School I went to Paris, France!!
Getting to Know USD #489 series.. Learn a bit about Kerri Lacy ... What is your title at USD #489 Principal at Lincoln Elementary School. How long have you been with our district? I started in the district with my first job out of college in 1991. I was at Kennedy Middle School for 13 years. I then left to be a principal in another district and then returned to the district in 2013. So I have been in education for 29 years with 20 of them being in USD489. What is your favorite not-healthy food? I LOVE Ice Cream!! If you had to use one color of crayon for the rest of your life, what color would it be? And Why? I would probably have to say ORANGE. I think orange is bright, noticeable and so cheerful! What is your favorite thing about working for USD #489? I have so many favorites!! I work with so many awesome people! The Lincoln staff, students and families make my job the BEST! I say this all the time and truly feel this is the truth, “Lincoln Elementary School is the best place to be!” On a typical day at work….what do you do? Everyday starts out with the most important and most rewarding part………..standing at the front door greeting all my kiddos and staff as they enter the building! This is such an important thing for me! After the morning bell rings I help the 5th grade students with announcements and then I try and get around to every classroom before 9:00 a.m. , after that no 2 days are ever the same. I have meetings, I do evaluations and walk throughs, I try to get some paperwork complete but most of all I try to be visible outside my office throughout the day to stay involved in the day to day happenings. I spend the hour and a half at lunchtime in the lunchroom talking with students, helping with milk cartons and also helping to keep some “order” to our lunch routine. In the afternoons you will see me back in the classrooms, helping students who may need a little guidance or who are having a bad day and of course there are those times that I have to help remind students of the rules at school. Most of all each and everyday I get to spend with the most awesome group of students, families and staff!! I LOVE my JOB! Describe yourself in 3 words.. Energetic, positive and loyal What is your favorite non-work activity? Spending time with my family no matter what we are doing and spending some time alone with God praying for my most precious blessings of family, friends and my work family. Travel bucket list…where would you go if you could anywhere? I would love to go to New Zealand. My oldest daughter spent one summer there doing an internship and her pictures are so beautiful. I love to travel, and for the most part the extent of my travel so far has been to watch my daughters compete in sporting events and they memories are so awesome. As they both get older I want to continue to travel and want my family to be along to continue to create awesome memories! Random facts about yourself? My husband Brian and I have been married for 28 years, we have two daughters Kelsey (26) and Bailey (20) and we also love Kelsey’s bf Kevin who is an awesome addition to our family. We are a VERY competitive and athletic family. Brian played basketball in college, I ran track at FHSU, Kelsey ran track and played volleyball at Northwest Mo State and Bailey played softball at Highland CC and just signed to continue playing softball with Mo Southern University. We have two dogs both chocolate lab mixes Emit and Zoey. Most will tell you I do not know a stranger, I can strike a conversation and make friends with anyone. I like to stay busy and I also love woodworking and building things out of old pallets. I do have an ornery side, I love to play pranks, joke with people and find fun in almost everything. I love to cook for others and entertain and I live in the best cul-de-sac in town with the most awesome neighbors and friends.
Getting to Know USD #489 series.. Learn a bit about Fred Winter.. What is your title at USD #489? Assistant Principal Hays High School How long have you been with our district? 4 years What is your favorite not-healthy food? Chips & Queso/Salsa If you had to use one color of crayon for the rest of your life, what color would it be? And Why? Blue, because someone told me more successful people use blue to write with. It’s also my favorite color. What is your favorite thing about working for USD #489? I love working with a staff that genuinely wants the best for all students and their families. On a typical day at work….what do you do? I work with students with testing(ACT/PSAT, PreACT, STAR), supervision, teacher evaluations, student discipline, Reality U., and anything that students or teachers needs may be. Describe yourself in 3 words.. Faith, Family, Dedication What is your favorite non-work activity? Time with family and sports. Travel bucket list…where would you go if you could anywhere? Israel, Jerusalem. Random facts about yourself? I am originally from Turpin, Oklahoma. I received my teaching degree from Tabor College, Masters in School leadership from Baker University. I have traveled to Australia to coach football. I have 4 children, 2 sons that go to Fort Hays and 2 daughters currently at USD 489. We enjoy spending family time playing sports or hanging out in the Lakes and Mountains.
Getting to Know USD #489 series... Learn a bit about Mia Knoll.. What is your title at USD #489? Principals Secretary at Wilson Elementary How long have you been with our district? 21 yrs What is your favorite non-healthy food? Dt pepsi If you had to use one color of crayon forever..what color would you use and why? Rose. Because looking through the world with Rose colored glasses would cheerful, optimistic, or favorable view of life. What is your favorite thing about working for USD #489? When I am out in the community and see a student from several years ago. It makes me feel proud when they are checking me out at Dillions. I feel that the staff of Wilson and district does a great job making the students productive members of society. On a typical day at work….what do you do? My typical days starts with taking absentee calls. It could also be that I would need to find a sub for a staff member. I am responsible for the attendance at Wilson. If our Nurse is gone, I would help students if there is a need there. I answer parents questions regarding the schedule, lunch or daycare balances. If you parent comes to visit school, I get them a pass to be in the hallway. Do billing for the After School program. Purchase items that teachers may need for their classroom. Pay bills that Wilson has. Incase the principal or counselor aren't there and I situation arises, try to console student til they can get there. Basically, whatever is needed to keep things running smoothly. Describe yourself in 3 words.. Caring, inquisitive and multi tasker What is your favorite non-work activity? I enjoy sewing, baking, walking the dog, traveling. Being with my family. Travel bucket list…where would you go if you could anywhere? Hawaii. My bucket list is to travel to all the US states. I am about 1/2 way there. Random facts about yourself? I am blessed to have a caring husband, Denis. We have a schnauzer, Faith. Our son Austin, a HHS and FHSU grad. is married to Teneille. They live in Colorado. With my two hairless grandcats, Frank and Norman.
Getting to Know USD #489 series... Learn a bit about Alicia Brungardt... What is your title at USD #489? teacher How long have you been with our district? 27 years What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Nearly all of them! If you had to use one color of crayon for the rest of your life, what color would it be? And Why? Sunflower yellow—it’s a color that represents happiness and Kansas What is your favorite thing about working for USD #489? The people--we have an awesome staff and student body! On a typical day at work….what do you do? On campus, in a regular school year, I have a teacher’s typical schedule that includes the following activities: teach classes; attend grade-level, department, or staff meetings; read and answer email; research, plan, and post lessons to Canvas and on my whiteboards; grade; meet with students; plan, organize, and execute STUCO events with my officers; organize my classroom and materials. Describe yourself in 3 words… Planner, chocolate-lover, mom What is your favorite non-work activity? Bicycling with my husband Travel bucket list…where would you go if you could anywhere? Oh, the places I’d go, but I’ll settle for Hawaii. Aloha! Random facts about yourself? 3 kids, 3 dogs, 1 husband
Pizza! Pizza! Pizza!! Parents... don’t forget that our local Old Chicago has $2 kids cheese pizza from 11-2 on Friday!! Delicious pizza. Don’t miss out!! #EveryStudentEveryDay489
Getting to Know USD #489 .... Learn a bit about Ashley Minear.. What is your title at USD #489? HR/Payroll Assistant How long have you been with our district? 2 years in August What is your favorite not-healthy food? Carne asada fries from the taco truck If you had to use one color of crayon for the rest of your life, what color would it be? And Why? Purple because it’s beautiful and the color of royalty so I would my purple crayon and pretend to be fancy What is your favorite thing about working for USD #489? Spending my days in a potentially haunted building, eating way too much junk at my desk and pretending that laughing all day and climbing the building stairs a few times is enough to counter it, Ron’s lame jokes, never knowing what is going to come out of Bonnie’s mouth next… But also, having a workplace with wonderful people that work hard but know how to make it an enjoyable place to be and even though we don’t work directly with students, we get to support the staff that does work with our children. On a typical day at work….what do you do? It varies so much. HR can be just whatever is thrown at me for the day between phone calls, e mails, substitutes, job postings, onboarding, etc. and then in payroll, mostly a lot of counting and math. Every single day at work though, I will undoubtedly eat too much food and drink not enough water. Describe yourself in 3 words.. Hardworking, boring, introvert What is your favorite non-work activity? You would almost think that it would be cleaning my house based on how often I do it (share my house with 2 boys) but I really just love hanging out with my dogs in silence or watching movies with my son Travel bucket list…where would you go if you could anywhere? Ireland. No particular reason why. Just wanna go there. Random facts about yourself? I have a 12 year old son that attends HMS. I have two huskies with stupid names (Melvin and Gertie). There are also two cats that live in my house but I don’t consider them mine. My son and I moved to Hays from Las Vegas almost 4 years ago and while it was a MAJOR change at first, we love it here.
Getting to Know USD #489 series... Learn a bit about Jenny Prine.. What is your title at USD #489? First Grade Teacher at Lincoln Elementary How long have you been with our district? 20 years What is your favorite not-healthy food? Fried foods.... French fries, tator tots, pickles, green beans... If you had to use one color of crayon for the rest of your life, what color would it be? And Why? Green- reminds me of the green grass, trees and everything in Spring What is your favorite thing about working for USD #489? The family atmosphere we have at Lincoln. We are a close staff who work well together. I also love getting the opportunity to watch “my kids” grow through their years at Lincoln and as they move forward into middle and high school. On a typical day at work….what do you do? I teach reading, writing and math each day to first graders through whole group, small group and individual lessons. Although each day follows a similar routine, it also brings new stories, new times to laugh, solve problems and work together to build relationships. Describe yourself in 3 words.. Caring, dedicated, kind What is your favorite non-work activity? Reading, planting flowers and spending time with my family on our patio. Travel bucket list…where would you go if you could anywhere? I would love to see more of the United States- starting with a beach in Florida. Random facts about yourself? My husband Toby and I have 2 children. Emily will graduate from FHSU in December with an Elementary Education degree. Andrew will be a senior at HHS this fall. We have one old and spoiled Labrador named Tank.
Getting to Know USD #489 series.. Learn a bit about Dawn Keil.. 1. What is your title at USD #489? 2nd grade teacher at Roosevelt School 2. How long have you been with our district? 31 years 3. What is your favorite pizza topping? sausage 4. If you had to use one color of crayon for the rest of your life, what color would it be? green 5. What is your favorite thing about working for USD #489? The students, of course, and the many supportive families I’ve met over the years! 6. On a typical day at work….what do you do? There is no ‘typical’ day in 2nd grade, but…I instruct, guide, support, encourage and empower kids in their learning. My day includes lots of modeling, counseling, sharing, conversation, and laughter. At the end of each day, I count my blessings and make preparations for the next day ahead! 7. Describe yourself in 3 words.. faith-filled, family-oriented, kind 8. What is your favorite board game? Catch Phrase 9. Travel bucket list…where would you go if you could anywhere? Oldenburg, Indiana-A small town with amazing charm where my family is from. 10. Random facts about yourself? I’ve been married to Steve for 33 years. He is the Director of Development at DSNWK. My oldest daughter, Hannah, married Dane Dreiling last year and is a speech-language pathologist for the district. My youngest daughter, Alyssa, is an RN at Heartland Dermatology. I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, crocheting, cooking, and walking in my free time.
Getting to Know USD #489 series... Learn a bit about Gloria Blackwell.. 1. What is your title at USD #489? Elementary music instructor 2. How long have you been with our district? 23 years 3. What is your favorite non-healthy food? snickers 4. If you had to use one color of crayon forever..what color would you use and why? Blue. It is a calm color. It makes me think of beautiful skies. 5. What is your favorite thing about working for USD #489? I like having colleagues to share ideas with. Our district allows teachers to be creative and expressive in their area of teaching. 6. On a typical day at work….what do you do? I teach various aspects of music at the elementary level. Activities include singing, listening, moving, reading musical notation and playing various percussion type instruments. 7. Describe yourself in 3 words.. workaholic, loyal, diligent 8. What is your favorite non-work activity? gardening and reading 9. Travel bucket list…where would you go if you could anywhere? Spain 10. Random facts about yourself? I have 3 children and 10 grandchildren.
Getting to Know USD #489: Learn a little about Amy Arnhold... 1. What is your title at USD #489? Student Software System Administrator 2. How long have you been with our district? I will start my 20th year this coming August 3. What is your favorite pizza topping? Black Olives 4. If you had to use one color of crayon for the rest of your life, what color would it be? Red 5. What is your favorite thing about working for USD #489? Watching the students succeed in so many different areas while in the district and in their everyday lives after they have left USD #489 6. On a typical day at work….what do you do? Data check student/staff data for several different things including state reporting, testing, and data-driven instruction, help teachers and parents with PowerSchool, help teachers and students with device issues. 7. Describe yourself in 3 words.. Positive, Energetic, Compassionate 8. What is your favorite board game? Monopoly 9. Travel bucket list…where would you go if you could anywhere? Anywhere with a relaxing beach and comfortably warm weather 10. Random facts about yourself? My husband, Jeff, is the head custodian for the District, my twins, Philip and Eileen, are going to be sophomores at HHS, and my step daughter, Erika, is going to school to be a paramedic while living in Wichita. Our favorite thing to do as a family is attend KC Royals games.
Getting to Know USD #489 Series.. Learn a bit about Justin Hejny.... 1. What is your title at USD #489? Middle School Physical Education Teacher; Middle School Head Football, Girls & Boys Wrestling, & Girls & Boys Track Coach; Drivers Ed Instructor 2. How long have you been with our district? This will be my 7th year 3. What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough 4. If you had to use one color of crayon for the rest of your life, what color would it be? And Why? Grey, it always looks good to me because I’m Color Blind. 5. What is your favorite thing about working for USD #489? Seeing my Middle School student and athletes grow and change over the three years at HMS. 6. On a typical day at work….what do you do? Anytime we can get outside for PE that is always my first choice of activity. Mrs. Dale and I have worked hard to develop a curriculum that has incorporated as many lifetime activities as possible; including pickleball, disk golf, archery, and team sports. Our main goal is to get kids active and moving!!! 7. Describe yourself in 3 words.. Energetic, Outgoing, and Motivating 8. What is your favorite non-work activity? There are too many…running, hiking, fishing (wish I went more), anything outside!! 9. Travel bucket list…where would you go if you could anywhere? I really want to try and get to the national parks- Yellowstone and Yosemite in particular. 10. Random facts about yourself? I have two yorkies (Simba & Sassy) and in August I will be picking up my female Goldendoodle to add to the pack. Suggestions on names????? #EveryStudentEveryDay489
Getting to Know USD #489: Learn a little about Dana Stanton.. 1. What is your title at USD #489? Connections Outreach and Grants Coordinator 2. How long have you been with our district? 15 years 3. What is your favorite non-healthy food? A Sonic vanilla, diet coke with strawberry and lots and lots of ice. The extra ice is important. 😉 4. If you had to use one color of crayon forever..what color would you use and why? I’ve always said red is my favorite color, but if I were limited to one it would be green. Green reminds of cool Colorado meadows with the smell of pine in the air. 5. What is your favorite thing about working for USD #489? My favorite part is my Connections family. Whatever our job description, we are all dedicated to helping our children and family be the best that they can be. 6. On a typical day at work….what do you do? There is no typical day. At the beginning of the month I will be working with spreadsheets and my adding machine preparing monthly grant budget transaction forms. They are painstaking and nitpicky, but I love the challenge of making everything balance. I supervise the Parents as Teacher program, so I may be meeting with staff or completing a required grant report. During the school year, I oversee our seven FHSU work study students who work in our classrooms and office. In recent years I have taken an active role in communicating the successes and needs of our program. I often design flyers, ads and make posts on FB and our district website. Finally, I write grants. Some are small and only require a few minutes. Some are large and complex and require monthly reports and follow-up. I am not a teacher and am rarely in a classroom, but I know that my talents (like so many others district employees) play a supporting role in the success of our program. 7. Describe yourself in 3 words. Tenacious, Competent and Caring 8. What is your favorite non-work activity? Many favorites: piano, genealogy, quilting, reading and of course being with my family. 9. Travel bucket list…where would you go if you could anywhere? Machu Picchu 10. Random facts about yourself? I am wife to Andy, mother to Jackson, Gracie Jo and Gabriel. I love to speak to large groups and on camera, but am uncomfortable one-on-one with people. I hate pineapple.
Getting to Know USD #489: Get to know Hays High School Principal ...Martin (Marty) Straub... 1. What is your title at USD #489? Hays High School Principal 2. How long have you been with our district? 2020-2021 will be my 27th year at Hays High School 3. What is your favorite pizza topping? Supreme 4. If you had to use one color of crayon for the rest of your life, what color would it be? Purple. I’m not red or blue… rather, a combination based on topic / policy. 5. What is your favorite thing about working for USD #489? Our kids are so darn friendly, respectful, and hard- working and we are able to hire and retain outstanding teachers and support staff in USD 489; this is the most important job responsibility I have. Our people are folks you want to be around… they’re community-centered! 6. On a typical day at work….what do you do? I constantly look forward thinking about how can I improve so others can improve; how can we continue to improve our school to benefit kids and their families. It’s not good enough to perform to the best of my ability, I am responsible for the performance of all HHS employees. It’s not about me, it’s about the performance of our staff and students… what can I do to maximize our school’s performance. 7. Describe yourself in 3 words. Honest. Dedicated. Ethical. 8. What is your favorite board game? None, but love to play the card games 5, 10, or 13 point “pitch” 9. Travel bucket list…where would you go if you could anywhere? The Basílica de la Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Spain 10. Random facts about yourself? I’m the 9th of 10 Straub kids. I’m married to Mary (Bruggeman) Straub for 36 years and we have three daughters: Stacia (husband Matt) Cartlidge (HHS 2005 graduate), Allie (husband Justin) Murray (HHS 2009 Graduate), & Arin Straub (2013 graduate). We have two grandsons, Hudson and Cohen. Between Mary and my daughters/husbands, we have 9 degrees from FHSU… Go Tigers! Prior to Hays High School, was associate principal at Derby High School, Athletic Director at Kapaun Mount Carmel Catholic High School (KMC), and a teacher/coach (football, wrestling, track) at KMC. I love to hunt and own two registered American Brittanies, Sage and Kady.
Getting to Know USD #489: Our first introduction is... Daphne Brown. What is your title at USD #489? K-2 Special Education teacher at Lincoln How long have you been with our district? 5 years What is your favorite pizza topping? Veggies. Mushrooms and spinach for sure! If you had to use one color of crayon for the rest of your life, what color would it be? Yellow What is your favorite thing about working for USD #489? My boss and coworkers and the level of warmth and comfort I feel each day at work. On a typical day at work….what do you do? I get to work around 7:15, check my emails, ensure I have materials around for all of my kiddos and groups. I use many materials and manipulatives each day for many different instructional levels, so my desk is always super cluttered, no matter how organized I try to be! I then usually go to kindergarten rooms and help a few minutes then bring a kindergarten group into my classroom for instruction. I then spend time teaching guiding reading groups in the first grade classrooms. I then bring first graders up into the resource room for more individualized instruction. Recess duty some days and the entire day continues about the same throughout the day! Lots of going up and down stairs bringing up different groups of kiddos to the resource room for instruction. 😁 Oh and writing ieps, checking in with parents, collaborating with teachers and iep team members in my “spare” time! Wouldn’t change it for the world! The day zooms by! Describe yourself in 3 words.. compassionate, wife, mom What is your favorite board game? (We’ve played a lot the last few months) probably scattergories or scrabble Travel bucket list…where would you go if you could anywhere? Hawaii Random facts about yourself? My youngest son Hayden will be a freshman at Fort Hays State this fall. My oldest son Hunter will be a junior at FHSU this fall. They both are playing football for their dad who is the football coach at FHSU. I’m thrilled to only have to worry about one game each weekend after all these busy years of sports! My husband Chris and I are high school sweethearts and have been married for 21 years! We also have two dogs, Hugo and Hiro. We are blessed to attend church at Celebration Community Church where we are given opportunities for our family to continue to grow in our Christian faith.
New Series ... We are starting a new social media series here at USD #489. It is called Getting to Know USD #489 and we are going to introduce you to many of our staff over a few weeks. We will be asking staff random questions...check it out as you might learn something new about a staff that has been here forever!! #EveryStudentEveryDay489
Kitchen Manager of the Year (Statewide): Patty Kuhn, Roosevelt Elementary (Also 25 years in our district) Excerpts from the nomination that was submitted: “She helps students, especially the kindergartners with folding their napkin & making choices as they go through the lunch line without feeling rushed!” “She visits with students about what they like, don’t like and even just how life is going. She knows most children by name, and they all know her. I frequently see kids come to her for a hug!” “She goes about and beyond when providing for children with special diet needs. The district provides basic substitutions, but she takes it a step further and will make multiple homemade items for them. She will go out of her way to go to the grocery store and find new items just to help them feel special.” “She manages 6 staff and is a mentor to each of them, they all look up to her and take what she teaches them to heart. She communicates well with her staff and they trust her!” “Her bulletin board displays located at the front of the school are beautiful! They promote school meals and anyone who enters the buildings can see them! They have a tremendous result and the perceptions of our meal program shows it!” Thank you Patty for your dedication, committment and love for feeding our children. #EveryStudentEveryDay
Seen Around USD #489: One of our own. Kids thinking big things. https://hayspost.com/posts/5ec98958ebfb13423b260930 #EveryStudentEveryDay489
USD 489 wants to congratulate Kansas Teacher @TabathaRosproy on being named the 2020 National Teacher of the Year. @ksdehq @CCSSO #NTOY20
Friday Pizza Deal for KIDS!!! Kids K-12 from 11 - 2 pm can get a $2 Kids cheese pizza. Old Chicago Hays plans on doing this every Friday through the end of June! #EveryStudentEveryDay489 #ThanksForHelpingOut
Tonight's Board of Education Meeting will be livestreamed on Facebook. Budget Hearing begins @ 6:30 pm with regular meeting immediately following. #EveryStudentEveryDay489
Message About Drivers Ed: Parents and students: The governor has once again delayed the start of drivers education due to the corona virus. The first session cannot begin until June 29th . Those students previously scheduled in the June 15th session will be spread into sessions 2-4. New schedules will be developed and mailed asap. Thank you for your patience with the situation and thank you for being flexible with your own scheduling to make these schedules work. #EveryStudentEveryDay489
The University of Kansas awards Certificates of Service to staff who have completed their 25-years in the field of education. This year we awarded those certificates to 9 staff in total! (3 of 3) Ms. Karla Bixenman - Early Childhood Connections Ms. Renetta Dawson - Hays Middle School Ms. Becky Pokorny - OT/PT #EveryStudentEveryDay489
The University of Kansas awards Certificates of Service to staff who have completed their 25-years in the field of education. This year we awarded those certificates to 9 staff in total! (2 of 3) Mr. Dan Balman - Hays High School Ms. Anita Kimball-Scheve - Wilson Elementary Ms. Lisa Schroeder - Hays Middle School
The University of Kansas awards Certificates of Service to staff who have completed their 25-years in the field of education. This year we awarded those certificates to 9 staff in total! Ms. Donna Hudson-Hamilton - Early Childhood Connections Mr. Matt Brooks - Hays High School Ms. Amy Wasinger - Lincoln Elementary #EveryStudentEveryDay489
Today is the start of something really exciting!! Since the district will not host an annual staff recognition event in person, we are going to recognize our staff via social media!! The very first recognition is a teacher who has been with our district for 40 years!!! 40 years!!!! Ms. Jan Burkholder!!! Please help us congratulate her on this amazing amount of time in the classroom!! Thank you for your dedication to the little ones of this community! #EveryStudentEveryDay489
Teacher Appreciation Week, Day 5 This week we have celebrated our teachers, we have heard from parents and students, we have laughed about the funny things kids say and we have learned that teachers mean the world to their students! As the Seniors of 2020 head off into the world..here is what a few of them had to say about school at USD 489. "I started out at O'Loughlin Elementary and had the best teachers! HMS rocked and every teacher that I have had at HHS has been kind! I am going to miss school!" "I went to Kindergarten at Roosevelt Elementary and now will graduate from HHS! I am going to FHSU to learn to be a teacher! I would love to teach in Hays one day!" "I moved here in 7th grade and everyone was so nice to me. High school wasn't easy but I had teachers who cared about me!" "School was hard for me, but in middle school I had a teacher who spent so much extra time with me and taught me that I matter! That changed my life, I am not going to college because I am going to start working right away, but I am sure that if I didn't have that great teacher from HMS, I would not have made it!" "I came to Hays in 4th grade and went to Wilson Elementary. I got in trouble a lot in middle school! I got to HHS and straightened out! I had great teachers and awesome coaches! I am hoping to be a coach someday to help another kid like I was!" "My family moved to Hays my Sophomore year of high school, HHS was much harder than my other school! Teachers were extra helpful to me, I went to extra study sessions and came in early for a long time, and now am excited to go to college! Thanks to all the teachers who spent extra time with me!" USD 489 believes in Every Student Every Day and our teachers are wonderful humans that carry this banner with them daily! Even though this week stands out to celebrate them, we celebrate them every single day!! #EveryStudentEveryDay489
Teacher Appreciation Week, Day 4 During this crazy weird time of continious learning ..teachers have had to embrace an entirely new way of teaching. They have had to make complete overhauls of their plans, relocated classrooms to kitchen tables and basements, all while not physically seeing their students. They had no warning that this was coming and no chance to even say goodbye. They are adaptors and innovators...so they all just picked up and started teaching from the kitchen table! We asked a few students questions about this new time...responses are below. What have you liked about distance learning? "My teacher singing and reading us books on video!" Roosevelt, Kindergarten "My teachers giving us grace and being very helpful!" HHS Sophomore "My teacher has made us all laugh on video. She is really funny!" Lincoln, 3rd grade "My teachers have all asked us how we're feeling." HMS 7th grader Are you excited to go back to school next year? "Yes! But I will first hug my teacher from last year!" Roosevelt, 4th grader "Yes! I can't wait to see everyone, have recess and eat lunch in the lunchroom!" O'Loughlin, 3rd grader #EveryStudentEveryDay489
Seen Around USD #489: Great video from HMS (made by a student)!! https://youtu.be/yBNzL3zhe_0 #EveryStudentEveryDay489
Teacher Appreciation Week, Day 3: During a regular school day, teachers teach the basics, they develop lesson plans and they assign homework..but so much of the time, they are not just doing the basics!!! They are there to help a child who is struggling or to celebrate a milestone that has nothing to do with the lesson plans!!! Hays High Seniors shared with us the "other" things a teacher has taught them over the years: "My Biology teacher helped me get free lunches and a prom dress one year when my family had no money." "A teacher taught me to tie a tie my freshman year!" "My Government teacher taught me that sometimes it's easier to just go for it, instead of wishing that I had. I did just go for it and now have my black belt!" "My FACS teacher taught me that somtimes life is really hard, but find the funny in it will help!" "My English teacher showed me how to solve a really hard Alegbra problem, in the middle of her class lecture, all because I was trying to figure it out instead of listening to her talk!" #EveryStudentEveryDay489
Day #2 of Teacher Appreciation Week!!! Today we asked parents how they feel about our teachers! So many responses and sweet messages, but here are just a few to warm your heart!! "Ms. Colip at Lincoln Elementary has been wonderful! Our daughter was new to Lincoln this year and everyone has embraced her, she loves it!" "My daughter struggled with reading but Mrs. Gaughan has helped her so much!" "Ms. Tasha Lang makes everyone feel like they are somebody!" "Mr. Stuart Bott strives to make sure everyone can understand each lesson. He goes at a pace that my child can follow!" "My son is in kindergarten at Roosevelt and Mrs. Wamser is just wonderful! He has so many stories from school and he didn't even want to go to school!" "Mrs. Johnson is amazing. She finds a way to help my son enjoy subjects that he has always disliked in other years!"
Today marks the start of Teacher Appreciation Week. Here at USD #489.. teachers are pretty important! We were interested in hearing what some of the students had to say about their teachers. What do you love the most about all your teachers? -They really care. I could tell any of them that I’m having a bad day & they would stop and listen. HMS, 6th grader -My classroom teacher is funny! My PE teacher is fast and my music teacher sings LOUD! Wilson, 3rd grader -My main teacher is nice even if she is having a rough day. She teaches us to smile even if it’s rough. My specials teachers are all nice too, even if I don’t feel like learning, they help me! Lincoln, 5th grader What is something your teacher does that is funny? -She lets us get our giggles out! Lincoln, 2nd grader -He says words in a different language! And he can make good animal noises. Wilson, 5th grader -She walks with big huge steps to show us we can take big steps with tiny voices. Roosevelt, 2nd grader -When kids are messing around in class, she will dance around like she is in the ballet. It makes everyone stop and watch! HMS, 7th grader Who is the principal of your school & did you know they were once a teacher? -Mrs. Gile & she was? I don’t think she was, I think she was always a Mrs. Gile. O’Loughlin, 3rd grader -Mrs. Lacy & I think maybe she was a PE teacher because she is very fast! Lincoln, 2nd grader -Mr. Albers & yeah he was a math teacher! Everyone knows he is like way smart with math! HMS, 8th grader Our teachers are truly gifts. They inspire your kids. They celebrate the tiny things & the huge milestones. They help to develop lifelong skills. They engage the toughest of them and practice patience with the more persistent ones. They encourage each tiny step and skill, and they love your kids as if they were their own. We are proud of all of our teachers at USD #489 & we celebrate you every single day!! #EveryStudentEveryDay489
May kicks off National Physical Education & Sports Month!! Can you even imagine if our schools didn’t have PE or offer sports? We asked some local students what they loved about PE or sports.. “I miss weights. Taking PE classes has helped me feel better about myself!” HHS Sophomore “I love when we learned to play hopscotch in kindergarten!” Wilson, 4th grader “PE is my most favorite class! We get to run, jump and be loud!” Lincoln, 2nd grader “PE is the best class of the week, we play volleyball and basketball, but I don’t love push ups!” HMS, 7th grader Thank you to our amazing staff who help kids find the joy in running, teach them coping skills, and even teach them to play hopscotch!!! Get outside and move, have a kitchen dance party or draw a hopscotch course on your driveway today!! #EveryStudentEveryDay489 #GetMoving
They often start work at 0500... they stir with really big spoons.. they wear aprons and have most recently learned to work with all sorts of protective gear on... there are approximately 40 of them in our district.. who are they? They wade through allergies... they count calories.. they mix and match to make tasty meals for our littles.. who are they? They scoop, stir, flip, mix, whip and even bake! Lately they have filled bags instead of trays.. they are what we call a true hero!! Happy School Lunch Hero Day to our Nutrition Services staff!!! We love your food, your smiles and your dedication!! #EveryStudentEveryDay489
Check out this video about our amazing Nutrition Staff!! https://youtu.be/szXEB-9yVJE #EveryStudentEveryDay489
Board of Education Meeting will be broadcast live on Facebook tonight, starting at 6:30 pm. #EveryStudentEveryDay489
Update from Nutrition Services! We are excited to be serving our students again! Our menus will vary greatly over the next few weeks, as the supply of some items are not consistent. Here is what we have planned for the rest of this week. We will try to update as menus are finalized each week. Please join us at HMS, HHS, or Lincoln for your healthy, school breakfasts and lunches!
USD 489 Meals Suspended USD 489 is committed to protecting the safety of our students, staff, and community and remains in close contact with the Ellis County Health Department (ECHD), the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure proper COVID-19 precautions are followed. Today USD 489 was notified that an employee in our food service department has tested positive for COVID-19 due to exposure outside of work. The individual did not come in direct contact with students, families, or volunteers. As of this release, anyone who was in contact with this individual has been notified by ECHD. In an effort to ensure the safety and well-being of all staff and families, meal service will be suspended at all locations from April 17th thru 26th. It saddens us to deliver this news, and our thoughts are with our employee and those impacted by COVID-19 in any manner. USD 489 will continue to work closely with ECHD officials as we make plans to resume meals Monday, April 27th. We appreciate the understanding of our families in this matter. To minimize your risk of exposure to COVID-19, please continue to follow standard precautions as outlined by the Ellis County Health Department and Kansas Department of Health and Environment. https://www.facebook.com/elliscokshealth/ - ECHD Facebook page https://www.ellisco.net/97/Health - ECHD website https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/ - KDHE website
There will be no Board of Education meeting tonight. The next meeting is scheduled for April 27th @ 6:30 pm. #EveryStudentEveryDay489
Seen Around USD #489: Feeling stressed? Missing your friends? Watch this little person sharing how to breathe through it all! https://www.facebook.com/280035508699291/videos/2700937273340232/ #EveryStudentEveryDay489
Good News: For those of you that do not have access to the BOE meeting via the cable channels, you can tune into the district Facebook page and we will be live streaming. https://www.facebook.com/HaysUSD489/ #EveryStudentEveryDay489
If you would like to tune into the BOE meeting tonight, it starts at 6:30 pm. You can watch it on Eagle Cable channel 13 or Nex-Tech channel 167. Due to COVID-19 precautions, the meeting itself will not be open to the public. #EveryStudentEveryDay489
Families: Today’s “Stay At Home” order from Governor Kelly does not change anything that has been scheduled with individual buildings to pick up items. Lunches will continue to be served as scheduled, starting Monday, March 30th. #EveryStudentEveryDay489
Latest update on education: KS Dept of Education (@ksdehq) Tweeted: ...restrictive language in EO 20-04 is superseded by this order. https://twitter.com/ksdehq/status/1243998754899968000?s=20
Information about the upcoming Food Commodities, see the attached link: https://www.apptegy.net/s/news-usd-489/articles/food-commodities-information #EveryStudentEveryDay489
Learning will continue for Hays USD 489 students. Right after Spring Break ends next week, staff will start hold planning meetings the week of March 30th with a goal to begin instruction later in that week. Teachers have already begun putting together plans to help provide opportunities for students with the continuous learning model that will take place throughout the remainder of our school year. Any additional Information will be shared as details are worked out. Hang in there! Good things are coming! #EveryStudentEveryDay489
Please fill out the following survey as it will help in planning for school closures due to COVID-19. https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=94UWZhZ47ECINHQtXXKlDfrLY5waI85AuDZEsUgwK3RUN1hUUlRPTjFIRE42U1FGUVBQSURIT1dETy4u
USD 489 Families, Today, March 17, 2020, Governor Kelly announced all Kansas school facilities will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. I understand this decision does place tremendous hardship on our families and staff and impact the social and emotional well-being of our students. We have begun working on contingency plans, including how we can meet the ongoing learning needs of our students, as well as how we can continue to provide breakfast and lunch for our students. These plans are still being put together, and we will be sharing them as soon as we know more. Next week we will plan to recognize our traditional Spring Break and any information that will be shared will come after April 1. Our staff and board of education will also be working on other critical issues, such as what this all means for our seniors, and how this will affect our next school year and what impact this will have on our school employees. We will also provide updates on these issues as soon as the information is available. USD 489 Hays is committed to working together as a community to support one another throughout these unprecedented times, and communication will remain a top priority. Please stay updated as we will continue to post to our school’s live feed on our websites, as well as Facebook and Twitter accounts. As a reminder, this school closure is in response to the current public health crisis. The focus should remain on preventing the spread the coronavirus, or COVID-19 as it is also referred to. Please be mindful of the following: Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing (cough/sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue). Please keep sick children at home. Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms. Follow additional guidance from these sources: National Center for Disease Control (CDC) Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Ron Wilson USD 489 Hays Superintendent #EveryStudentEveryDay489
Incoming Kindergarten Parents: If you still need to submit your pre-enrollment form, you can mail to 323 W 12th, att. Jess Reling or even email them to email@example.com. Due date is 3/20/20.
FREE LUNCHES STARTING TOMORROW-Free box lunches and breakfasts for the following day will be served for children in the community, ages 1-18, at Lincoln Elementary starting Tuesday, March 17th, 11:30-12:30. The line will start on Ash street and turn east on 20th. Meals will be delivered curbside on the north side of the building. For your safety and the safety of the workers, please do not exit the vehicle. Children must be present in the vehicle to receive a meal. Menus are not what was originally published, and may change based on availability. We look forward to serving you tomorrow!
Hays Public Schools will be providing free boxed lunches this week for any child (ages 1-18) with curbside pickup starting March 17-20. These lunches will be available from 11:30- 12:30 on each day at Lincoln Elementary.
Due to concerns with the possible risk associated with Covid 19, Hays Public Schools has been recommended by the Kansas State Department of Education to cancel school and all school activities the week of March 16-20. We will also be off the following week for our scheduled Spring Break. We will continue to monitor and update you with any additional information in regards to school restarting on March 30th.
Incoming Kindergarten Parents: If you have not returned your pre-enrollment paperwork, please do so before 03/20/2020. If you need the paperwork, please check our website or stop by the Supt. Office at 323 W. 13th St. Questions call 785-623-2400, ask for Jess Reling.
Final Score: Hays High 43 Great Bend 36 •HHS Boys are headed to state!!! #EveryStudentEveryDay489 #HeadedToTheShip
Start of the 4th quarter.. Hays High 32 Great Bend 19!! Loud cheers for the Boys!!! #EveryStudentEveryDay489 #SubStateIsNext
State Wrestling Results: •Gavin placed 5th & Da’Vontai placed 6th!!! •Good work! #EveryStudentEveryDay489
State Wrestling Update: •Both Hays High wrestlers are still going strong!! •Hays is proud of you!! #EveryStudentEveryDay489
Sending out good vibes to the two Hays High wrestlers as they head into day 2 of State Wrestling!! #EveryStudentEveryDay489 #HaysIsCheeringForYa
State Wrestling Update: •Both Hays High wrestlers are still going!! •Both are 1/1 so far!! •Keep fighting guys.. we are cheering loud for ya!! #EveryStudentEveryDay489
State Wrestling Update: Both Hays High wrestlers are still in!! Made it through the first round with wins!!! Keep it up! Hays is cheering for you!! #EveryStudentEveryDay489
Parents of Incoming Kindergarten Students: If you missed Round Up lastnight, you can access the forms online or by picking them up at the Superintendent's Office (323 W. 12th St, 2nd Floor). website link: http://haysusd489ks.apptegy.us/o/usd-489/browse/107920
5A State Wrestling is underway at Hartman Arena!! Wishing Hays High Wrestlers, Gavin Nutting (220#'s) & Da'Vontai Robinson (182#'s) best of luck!! USD #489 is cheering for you! #EveryStudentEveryDay489
The 7th and 8th Hays Middle School Grade Boys Basketball game scheduled today vs. Great Bend has been rescheduled to Thursday, February 27th.
Due to the weather, Hays HS basketball games vs. Dodge City have been postponed to Friday, February 28th with all start times remaining the same. Seniors will be recognized that evening between the varsity games.
Due to a water pipe break that has affected the HVAC system and its ability to heat classrooms at Roosevelt Elementary, we will be canceling classes on Tuesday, February 4th, for Roosevelt Elementary students only. We will continue to update Roosevelt Elementary families as we assess repair timelines for the HVAC system. Thanks for your understanding of this situation. This cancellation only affects Roosevelt Elementary and all other school buildings in the district will function on their normal schedules.
Due to icy conditions Hays Public Schools will be closed today, Friday, January 17th. Have a safe day.
**Good News From Around USD #489** *Check out this link for a great story!!! #EveryStudentEveryDay489 #WritingLettersBuildGoodPeople https://hayspost.com/posts/5df27ab0aa6b27189b03497b?fbclid=IwAR1UQ0HEiknRpP4OTE6lrutXjSG5rGDiPLWvem4JqqNRlCWuDUxrNfGQk5w
3rd Graders at Lincoln Elementary getting everyone in the spirit of the season with their singing at their Winter Concert.
🚌National School Transportation Week🚌 •𝖠𝗇𝗒𝗈𝗇𝖾 𝖼𝖺𝗇 𝖽𝗋𝗂𝗏𝖾 𝖺 𝖼𝖺𝗋. 𝖨𝗍 𝗍𝖺𝗄𝖾𝗌 𝗌𝗈𝗆𝖾𝗈𝗇𝖾 𝗌𝗉𝖾𝖼𝗂𝖺𝗅 𝗍𝗈 𝖽𝗋𝗂𝗏𝖾 𝖺 𝗌𝖼𝗁𝗈𝗈𝗅 𝖻𝗎𝗌. •𝖨𝗇 𝗈𝗇𝖾 𝗐𝖾𝖾𝗄 𝗈𝗎𝗋 𝖽𝗂𝗌𝗍𝗋𝗂𝖼𝗍 𝖽𝗋𝗂𝗏𝖾𝗋𝗌 𝗍𝗋𝖺𝗇𝗌𝗉𝗈𝗋𝗍 𝖺𝗉𝗉𝗋𝗈𝗑𝗂𝗆𝖺𝗍𝖾𝗅𝗒 11,583 𝗆𝗂𝗅𝖾𝗌 (𝗂𝗇𝖼𝗅𝗎𝖽𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝗌𝗉𝗈𝗋𝗍𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝖾𝗏𝖾𝗇𝗍𝗌) 𝖺𝗇𝖽 3364 𝗉𝖺𝗌𝗌𝖾𝗇𝗀𝖾𝗋𝗌. •𝖦𝗂𝗏𝖾 𝖺𝗇 𝖾𝗑𝗍𝗋𝖺 𝗌𝗆𝗂𝗅𝖾 𝗍𝗈 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝖽𝗋𝗂𝗏𝖾𝗋𝗌 𝗍𝗁𝖺𝗍 𝗒𝗈𝗎 𝗌𝖾𝖾 𝖺𝗋𝗈𝗎𝗇𝖽 𝗍𝗈𝗐𝗇!! #𝖤𝗏𝖾𝗋𝗒𝖲𝗍𝗎𝖽𝖾𝗇𝗍𝖤𝗏𝖾𝗋𝗒𝖣𝖺𝗒489 #𝖳𝗋𝖺𝗇𝗌𝗉𝗈𝗋𝗍𝖺𝗍𝗂𝗈𝗇𝖲𝖾𝗋𝗏𝗂𝖼𝖾𝗌𝖱𝗈𝖼𝗄
**The link to watch the board meeting from last night is below** ** Next meeting is a work study session @ Wilson Elementary, 11/07/19 @ 5:30 pm. https://youtu.be/qDvxTP2lI6I
👩🎨Seen Around USD #489👩🌾 🎒Last night the board and patrons toured Hays High School. 📚Board members saw classrooms, lecture hall, locker room, library, wrestling room, & weight room. 🌼Also included in the evening was a phenomenal tour of a portion of the CTE (Career & Technical Education) programs! We saw the welding, jewelry making, ceramics, drawing, woods, graphics, video productions, and even the greenhouse! 👍These programs are forward thinking and helping grow good humans. #EveryStudentEveryDay489 #GrowingGoodHumans