Welcome Back

Back to School Information!

We are very excited to be starting a new school year and would like to welcome back all of our returning staff, students, and families. We would like to extend a special welcome to all of the new families joining Haysville USD 261 this year.

Below you will find detailed information on the building plans, along with other important information. For the districts Return to Learn plan, along with FAQ's and other important information and updates, click on the "Return to Learn" button below or go to http://www.usd261.com/ReturnToLearn/.

Because new information regarding COVID-19 is ever changing, USD 261 guidelines are subject to change. Parents/guardians are encouraged to check the Return to Learn page frequently.



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Freeman Elementary Named Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase School.

Capturing Kids' Hearts

Freeman Elementary School has once again been recognized by the Flippen Group to receive a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase SchoolsTM award for the 2018-2019 school year.

Through the Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools awards, the Flippen Group recognizes and celebrates campuses that go the extra mile each day, building an environment where students and staff feel safe and connected. Capturing Kids’ Hearts campuses across the country were considered for these awards based on the following criteria: 1) nomination based on observation by Flippen Group personnel, 2) level of implementation of Capturing Kids’ Hearts processes by all staff as measured by online surveys, and 3) data demonstrating that Capturing Kids’ Hearts has made a significant improvement in attendance, discipline, climate/culture, or academics.

A Flippen Group team visited each nominated campus to gather additional quantitative and qualitative data, and to interview students, teachers, administrators, and parents. They used a matrix of key measurements to gather information during the campus walk-through. Finally, an additional survey was conducted to collect feedback regarding the perceived climate and culture of the campus and its conduciveness to learning. Following this visit, the selection team reviewed all accumulated data and selected the campuses to receive the Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools awards.


Freeman will be having Pride Assemblies on the last Friday or date closest to, of each month. These assemblies are to celebrate the great things our students are doing at school. Teachers will be handing out individual awards and classroom awards will be given by our Specials teachers. Parents are welcome to attend these wonderful award assemblies.

Drop Off/Pick Up Procedures

School Sign

All parents who drop off their children in the morning and/or pick them up in the afternoon, will need to park in the parking lot and then walk them to the door. When you pick them up in the afternoon, you can pick them up at their grade level cone.

Kansas regulations now require that we provide all parents with notice of policies regarding Emergency Safety Interventions ("ESI''). The State of Kansas policy is available on our website and in our student handbooks. In addition, we will provide a copy of the policy at any time upon request.

Latchkey before school is provided through the Haysville Activity Center (HAC). For information to sign up your child for morning latchkey or for drop in care for your kids on days in which school is out.

Call the school if you are interested in becoming a teacher helper, tutor, field trip monitor, etc. The students need YOU!

Literacy First

The Literacy First process is the heart of our instructional system. Literacy First is a professional development program that builds an understanding of the role literacy plays in academic achievement and reinforces the skills needed to address student performance challenges in reading comprehension and the content areas. In using the Literacy First approach teachers are better able to meet student needs through concentrated and direct reading instruction. Instruction is assessment driven and directed according to individual student needs. In turn, students find more success and assurance in reading that carries across the curriculum.

We have Literacy First Consultants in each building. If you have any questions about Literacy First, please feel free to contact your child's teacher, or call me at 554-2265 or email dblount@usd261.com. Check out the official Literacy First Website at www.literacyfirst.com



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Preparation - Respect - Integrity - Discipline - Excellence

School Facts

Student Enrollment: 328

Grade Levels: Pre-K thru 5th

School Colors: Red and Black

Mascot: Falcon

Motto: I Can, I Will, I Do

Principal: Toni Haight

School Hours

Kdg - 5th
8:25 AM - 3:50 PM
AM Pre-K
8:25 AM - 11:25 PM
PM Pre-K
12:50 PM - 3:50 PM

Office Hours
7:45 AM - 4:15 PM
Freeman Elementary School

Making every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.


Freeman PTA always accepts new members. The membership cost is $5.00 per person.


Meeting Dates:

Third Thursday of the Month at 5:30 PM
09/19/19, 10/24/19, 11/21/19, 01/16/20, 02/20/20, 04/16/20

What does P.T.A. do?

Fundraising: Funds: Events: Programs:
World's Finest Chocolate T-Shirts for all students Back to School Bash "New" Freeman Friends
Box Tops Staff Appreciation Family Movie Nights  
Concessions at Events 5th Grade Farewell Pastries with Parents  
Stencil Sales School Improvements Parent/Teacher Conference meal  
  D.A.R.E. Graduation Pictures with Santa  
  State Assessment Snacks    
  Red Ribbon Week    

2019-20 Officers

President: Misty Kesterson
Vice Pres: TBD
Secretary: Brandy Bohannon
Treasurer: Thomas Grindley
Membership Coordinator: Joann Shipman
Freeman Friends Coordinator: Michelle Maynor
Box Tops Coordinators: Michelle Musgrove & Karen Luce

Contact P.T.A.

Toni Haight, Principal

Toni Haight, Principal

email: thaight@usd261.com

In the Office

Jerri Clagg

email: jclagg@usd261.com


Rhonda Townson
Attendance Secretary

email: rtownson@usd261.com

Freeman Elementary School
7303 S. Meridian
Haysville, KS 67060
P: (316) 554-2265
F: (316) 554-2295
Office Hours:
7:45 AM - 4:15 PM

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