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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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