Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase Schools
Haysville USD 261 has been honored with two national awards recognizing and celebrating teachers and staff that go the extra mile each day by creating a safe environment where students are connected and eager to learn.
The district received the Flippen Group's 2017-2018 Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase School award for all 10 of its schools. The District also has the distinction of receiving the new Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase District award.
“I am so proud of the Haysville USD 261 faculty, staff, students and administrators for being named a Capturing Kids Hearts National Showcase District,” said Superintendent Dr. John Burke. “This program empowers everyone to treat others with kindness and respect. The district has embraced the Capturing Kids Hearts program in every school and department. This focus on developing mutual respect has improved relationships between all stakeholders.”
Congratulations to every school in our district for being a Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase School for 2017-2018.
Michelle Ramirez Receives KSDE Horizon Award
Nelson Elementary Third Grade Teacher Michelle Ramirez has been named a 2019 Horizon Award winner. This award is intended to recognize exemplary first-year teachers in the elementary and secondary classrooms of the state who perform in a way that distinguishes them as outstanding. This award provides each district the opportunity to encourage, recognize, and reward new members of the profession.
Caption - Haysville USD 261 Superintendent Dr. John Burke (left) and Nelson Elementary School Principal Mike Mitchener (right) were included in the call announcing Ramirez was named as a 2019 Horizon Award Winner.
USD 261 Celebrates Another Blue Ribbon School!
Haysville USD 261’s Ruth Clark Elementary School was named one of 342 National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2017 by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
Ruth Clark Elementary is the third school in the Haysville District to receive a National Blue Ribbon School Award. Ruth Clark Elementary School was recognized as an Exemplary High Performing School. Haysville USD 261’s Campus High School was named a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School and Oatville Elementary School was named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School.
USD 261 - Progress as Promised!
Ribbon cutting for the new Campus High School Natatorium occured on September 12th, 2018. The new indoor pool has eight 25-yard lanes which is double the amount of lanes in the old natatorium. Having the additional lanes allows swimmers and divers the ability to practice simultaneously. The new natatorium was approved as part of a $59 million bond issue that was voted on in June of 2015. Visit the Bond Construction page for more updates....
The WSU Tech Haysville ribbon cutting occured on September 28th, 2018. WSU Haysville started its operation on July 1, 2018 and is located at 106 Stewart Avenue, Haysville KS 67060. They offer general education courses along with classes in sign language, advanced social science and HVAC. This is a collaborating effort between WSU Tech, the City of Haysville and USD261 to provide higher education learning opportunities to the residents of Haysville and the surrounding communities.
USD 261 Saving Energy Costs - $5.8 million to date
USD 261 is serious about saving energy costs! Over the past 14 years, the district has made changes that have resulted in a 39.3% savings, to the tune of $5.8 million dollars. These savings are largely due to the diligence of our staff members who are making sure items such as computers, printers, lights, etc. are being turned off when not in use, regulating thermostats, and reporting items that are malfunctioning or wasting energy. The savings from our reduction in energy is part of the reason we are able to continue on during the budget crisis.
District Nominees for Kansas Teacher of the Year
Haysville USD 261 Kansas Teacher of the Year nominees, Campus High School’s Zac Kliewer and Ruth Clark Elementary School’s Caleb McCaffree, were recognized by (from left) Kevin Watt, Senior Vice President and Director of Specialty Market Sales and Distribution Operations at Security Benefit; Dr. Randy Watson, Kansas Commissioner of Education; and Dale M. Dennis Deputy Commissioner, Division of Fiscal and Administrative Services.
Zac Kliewer (third from left)
Caleb McCaffree (third from left)