Do Your Best On The Test!

State Assessments have now begun with fifth grade already taking Science. As always, we want students to do their very best as these tests are important. During the coming testing days, please make sure that students have plenty of sleep the nights before testing and a well-balanced breakfast on the days of testing. Your help in these important matters is greatly needed and appreciated. We look forward to another great year of testing with students giving it their very best. The following is a list of remaining assessment days and times:

  • April 9 & 10---5th Grade Reading
  • April 16 & 17---5th Grade Math
  • April 11 & 12---3rd & 4th Grade Reading
  • April 18 & 19---3rd & 4th Grade Math


Mark Your Calendars

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April Showers

Monday, April 16 from 4:00 - 5:00 PM

"Mom's Tea for Two" is for moms or "mom figures" and their child/children to come out and enjoy refreshments, visit with other moms, and hear about the many great things going on at Nelson Elementary.

This event is sponsored by P.T.A. and is in place of the usual "Mom's 'n Muffins".

You're Invited!

Come join us for the Spring Musical Programs and Concerts. The students have been practicing and are ready to perform. Mark your calendars with these important dates:

Second Grade Music Program

Thursday, April 26 @ 7:00 p.m. at Nelson Elementary

District 5th Grade Orchestra Program

Tuesday, May 1 @ 7:00 p.m. at Campus High School

District 5th Grade Band Concert

Tuesday, May 8 @ 7:00 p.m. at Nelson Elementary




Field Day will be on Friday, May 4th. Your student will have a free Field Day shirt waiting for them at school to change into the day of Field Day. Please make sure your student wears appropriate closed toe shoes. Also, please remember to apply and pack sunscreen.

If you would like to volunteer, please email Mrs. Duling at The volunteer time would be from 8:15-1:00.


Bring Your Family to Movie Night at Nelson Elementary!

Movie: "TBA"
When: Friday, April 20
Time: Doors open at 6:00 PM, Movie starts at 6:30 PM
Where: Nelson Elementary Gym

Looking for next year's Kindergartners!

Do you have a child who will be 5 on or before August 31st?

Nelson Kindergarten Round-up
May 2nd at 1:30 PM
Nelson School

At this meeting information will be shared regarding enrollment, kindergarten curriculum, transportation, required immunizations and other pertinent information to help the transition into kindergarten go smoothly. Be sure to bring your child's birth certificate, shot records and proof of residency.


Kindergarten Roundup

Thank You

We want to say a BIG THANKS to everyone for helping make this year’s “Pennies for Patients” drive so successful!! Thanks to your efforts Nelson School brought in $1,125.27 for this very worthy cause!


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!

We need musical instruments!

We have a great number of fifth graders who are desiring to take Band or Orchestra this year which is a wonderful opportunity. However, some students are in need of instruments. If anyone has an instrument at home that is not being used, it would make a big difference in the life of a student to donate or loan an instrument. If this is something you would be interested in doing, please contact the school 554-2273.

Nelson Elementary School has been recognized as a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools Award Winner.

Capturing Kids' Hearts

Nelson Elementary School has been recognized by the Flippen Group to receive a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase SchoolsTM award for the 2017-2018 school year.

Four years ago, Nelson Elementary School began an initiative to transform its campus into an emotionally safe and relationally connected place for students, staff, and parents to come alive with a love for learning.

After researching programs used by some of the nation’s most successful schools, Nelson Elementary School leaders chose to join hands with the Flippen Group to bring Capturing Kids’ Hearts to its campus. Teachers and staff have learned processes to connect students with their peers and adults on campus, and to create classrooms where students are excited to enter and learn every day. As a result of implementing Capturing Kids’ Hearts, Nelson Elementary School has enjoyed creating a positive and productive learning environment and nearly an 83% reduction in office referrals.

Nelson Capturing Kids' Hearts
Showcasing just a bit of what NELSON has to offer! Welcome...and ENJOY!


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, 2017 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 Monthly Tips!

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 ensure students are prepared to enter a world (after high school) in which colleges and businesses are demanding 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) and Mathematics.

Students in third, fourth, and fifth grades have recently started taking the state assessments here at Nelson. The students have to do more than find the answers and complete basic tasks. They will be using reasoning skills, working through more complex problems, and even doing research on a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts.

  • 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 concepts 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, myself or check out the official website:


Preparation - Respect - Integrity - Discipline - Excellence

School Facts

Student Enrollment: 488 students

Grade Levels: Pre-K thru 5th

School Colors: Blue and White

Mascot: Sharks

Principal: Mike Mitchener


School Hours

Kdg - 5th
8:25 AM - 3:55 PM
AM Pre-K
8:25 AM - 11:25 PM
PM Pre-K
12:50 PM - 3:55 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.


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



In the Office

Jackie Waters


Kim Thompson
Attendance Secretary



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

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