State Assessments

State Assessments

April is the month for State Assessments. Please discuss with your child the importance of these tests and help them achieve their best results by having them get plenty of rest and ensure that they are eating a healthy breakfast. We are aware that circumstances occur, but we appreciate your attention to having your child in attendance during these testing times.

Do you need a buddy?

New Buddy Benches At Nelson

Jake Edwardson, 5th grader, is showing off one of the new Buddy Benches that CHS students designed and built for our school last spring. Jake initiated the idea that having buddy benches on our school playground would be great for kids to use when they were in need of someone to play with at recess. Nelson staff and students held a spirit week & photo booth fundraiser last spring to raise the money for the benches. Awesome job Jake!

Nelson Elementary Named Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools.

Capturing Kids' Hearts

Nelson 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.

 

Please Notify the Office ...

If you do not want Haysville USD 261 to disclose directory information from your child’s education records, you must notify the District in writing by September 13, 2018 or within two weeks of enrolling your child. If at any point in the school year, you change your mind about disclosure of information, you must follow the notification procedures listed here.

Please send such notification to: Liz Hames, Communications Director, 1745 W. Grand, Haysville, KS 67060 AND to the principal of your child’s school. If a written notification of refusal to release directory information is not received by the District, USD 261 assumes there is no objection to the release of the directory information as designated.

Please Notify the Office ...

Please remember to call the office when your student will not be in school because of illness or appointments by 8:50 a.m.. Our phone number is 554-2273. Also, please have your child sign in the office if they arrive after 8:25 a.m. In the afternoon, if you have a special message for your child, please notify the office by 3:15 p.m. to assure all messages get delivered before school is let out. We will again be utilizing an attendance recognition program to help keep our attendance up. Your cooperation in this matter is greatly needed and appreciated.

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

April Update

Kansas College and Career Ready Standards (CCRS) are high-quality academic expectations that were created by experts and teachers. These research and evidence based standards were developed to en-sure students are prepared to enter a world (after high school) in which colleges and businesses are de-manding more and students can be successful. The CCRS helps develop and build your child’s critical-thinking, problem-solving and analytical skills in English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, and Science.

Students in third, fourth and fifth grades have recently started taking the state assessments. The students have to do more than find the answers and complete basic tasks. They will be using reasoning skills and working through more complex problems.

Sample of the old state assessment reading question:
What is this passage mainly about? (gives A,B,C,D choices)
Sample of the new reading question:
The narrator of the story helps the reader understand the grandfather by (gives A,B,C,D choices)

Pre-School through second grade teachers are hard at work creating rigorous lessons that will help their students develop skills in reading, writing, speaking & listening and math. Students are also applying these skills to other areas such as science and social studies. The earlier the core con-cepts are taught in these grades, the more time it gives teachers to implement them and students to master them.

If you have any questions about Literacy First, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher, call me at 554-2273, email tmiller@usd261.com or check out the official website: www.literacyfirst.com.

P.R.I.D.E.

Preparation - Respect - Integrity - Discipline - Excellence

School Facts

Student Enrollment: 514 students

Grade Levels: Pre-K thru 5th

School Colors: Blue and White

Mascot: Sharks

Principal: Mike Mitchener

 


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
Nelson Elementary School

The Mission of the Nelson School Community is to challenge all students with learning opportunities through quality instruction in order to prepare them to be life-long learners and responsible citizens.

Membership

Nelson PTA always accepts new members.

Meeting Dates:

PTA meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM.

Volunteer Forms

If you haven't filled out a volunteer form and would like to go on field trips with students, please pick up a volunteer form and fill it out.

Upcoming Events

Family Movie Night - Friday, April 20th @ 6:30 PM

 

 

2017-18 Officers

President: Kim Thompson
1st Vice Pres: Kim Mills
2nd Vice Pres: Christine Gutierrez
Secretary: Nadine Smith
Treasurer: Jackie Waters
Mike Mitchener, Principal

Mike Mitchener

Principal

email: mmitch@usd261.com

In the Office

Jackie Waters
Secretary

email: jwaters@usd261.com

Kim Thompson
Attendance Secretary

email: kthompso@usd261.com

 

Nelson Elementary School
245 N. Delos
Haysville, KS 67060
P: (316) 554-2273
F: (316) 554-2275

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