USD 261 Hosts Author and Speaker Nathan Levy
Administrators, teachers and parents had the opportunity to hear nationally known author and speaker Nathan Levy on May 7th in Haysville. Nathan Levy, author of Stories with Holes, Whose Clues? and Nathan Levy's 100 Intriguing Questions, is a gifted educator. In his thirty-five years as a teacher and principal, Nathan worked directly with children, teachers and parents. The evening was both enjoyable and informative.
USD 261 Fee-Based All Day Kindergarten
This fee-supported kindergarten program will bring all day kindergarten to families who choose to participate. The fee is $250 per month for the additional half day of kindergarten. Fees will be reduced to half for students qualifying for reduced meal programs and no fees will be assessed for those students qualifying for the free meal program. For complete program details and an application to the program, please visit the Fee-Supported All Day Kindergarten web page.
Ruth Clark Invention Fair
The 13th Annual Ruth Clark Elementary School Invention Fair showcased the talent and creativity of 64 fifth
graders. The students were given the task of creating an invention that would solve a problem. As part of the
project, students made a poster that displayed their patent form, supply list and any other information about
their invention. In preparation for the Invention Fair, they also were required to present to their homerooms
to get a feel of how to present at the actual fair. (Photo 1) Faith Bannister’s invention involved using netting
to support a fan for her horse when the barn gets hot during the summer. (Photo 2) Kaleb Selenke’s invention
was a device used to help basketball players learn to dribble a basketball without looking at the ball. (USD
Oatville Odyssey Team Headed to World Finals
Seven 5th graders and one teacher/coach from Oatville Elementary School are excited about making the school's sixth trip to the "Odyssey of the Mind" World Finals competition.
In April, the Oatville team won first place in their division at the State competition held at Kansas State University, which qualified them for the World Finals. At the World Finals, the Oatville team will be competing against teams from across the United States and several countries. Congratulations to Mrs. Wren and the team.
Campus High School To Offer International Baccalaureate Diploma Program
Campus High School is pleased to announce that they have been authorized to offer the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program and will begin its first classes in the fall of 2013. Any student from throughout the surrounding area who want to a challenging and rewarding opportunity is eligible to apply to the program. International Baccalaureate schools offer an integrated approach to college preparation that includes not only challenging coursework, but also develops a global perspective and awareness that will be critical to the success of students as they prepare for the changing and emerging careers of this century. Families of incoming or current students who would like to explore the diploma program are encouraged to contact Assistant Principal Joe Sailors at firstname.lastname@example.org or Gifted Coordinator Caylene Burns at email@example.com. Additionally, please visit the Diploma Program page on the IB website at http://www.ibo.org/diploma. Out of district students are encouraged to apply for the International Baccalaureate Diploma program and will be accepted based on space available and academic history.
Oatville's Brendon Simon Wins District's Spelling Bee
Thirty-six students from Haysville USD 261's six elementary schools qualified for the District's Spelling Bee held on January 31. Fifth grader Brendon Simon won the cotest and Ruth Clark Elementary fifth grader Tryston Nasone was runner-up. Simon advanced to the County Spelling Bee.
District Gifted Students Have Fun With Science
Students in the Haysville Public Schools Elementary Gifted Program recently had a fun day completing
several science projects.
(Photo 1) Ruth Clark Elementary School fourth graders Brandon Kan (left) and Luke Porter (right) used several household ingredients (oil and water) to make their own lava lamps.
(Photo 2) Rex Elementary School fourth grader Sarah King is making her own solar oven using a pizza box.
Congratulations to Ramie Allison, KS Teacher of the Year Finalist
Ramie Allison, Nelson Elementary School Physical Education Teacher, was selected as the 2013 Kansas Teacher of the Year Region IV Elementary Finalist. As a finalist for the KTOY distinction, Allison received a $2,000 cash award from Security Benefit. In addition, she is now eligible to be named Kansas Teacher of the Year, an award that will be announced during ceremonies in Wichita on November 17.
"I am completely shocked and overwhelmed with such a remarkable honor! There were so many wonderful teachers recognized that I felt truly blessed just being nominate," Allison said.
In her letter of recommendation for Allison's KTOY nomination Nelson Elementary School Social Worker/Counselor wrote the following--"She makes a constant effort to keep physical education new, fresh and exciting for the students.
HOPE is Here!
HOPE is an afterschool program made possible through a Kansas 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant. Haysville USD 261, in partnership with the Haysville Recreation Department brings this great opportunity for your Kindergarten through 5th grade child to attend an Afterschool program. The program will begin Monday, August 20 and continue through the school year. It will meet Monday - Friday, directly after school until 6:00 PM. The cost is $60 a month. Please register early for this program, as space is limited. See the links below for additional information.
Applying for Child Nutrition Program?
Download an application here or complete an application at Food Services. Applications must be submitted to the Food Service Office at 132 Stewart in Haysville.
PAT Offers Services for Community Families
Parents As Teachers is a program for infants and toddlers of families in the USD 261 district. PAT is a free program that gives information and opportunities you can use to help your child develop social, intellectual, motor and language skills. To learn more about the program call 316-554-2303 or visit their webpage at www.usd261.com/PAT.
Be a Youthfriends Mentor
YouthFriends volunteers prove that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. By spending time with students in schools. USD 261 has mentoring opportunities for you, learn more...
SchoolReach, Our Communication Tool
USD 261 is utilizing SchoolReach to notify parents of news and announcements by telephone and email. This system gives us the ability to call thousands of numbers in a matter of seconds. You will receive a call from SchoolReach if school is cancelled for any reason and to notify you of school announcements. Some of the schools are using the program to make absentee calls. We want all families to be notified when necessary, therefore please notify your child's school when your telephone number or email address changes. Our system will call the home telephone number on file, if you do not have a home number, we will use the primary guardian's cell phone number. Please notify the office if you prefer to be called at another number, but only one per child.
Notice of Nondiscrimination
The School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, or military status, in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning Haysville Public School's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact the Assistant Superintendent for Personnel, Dr. Michael Clagg, 1745 W. Grand, Haysville, KS 67060, 316-554-2200.