Kindergarten Roubnd-Up

2017-18 Kindergarten Round-up

USD 261 is calling all students who will be five years of age on or before August 31. Make plans now to attend Kindergarten Round-Up at your area elementary school to pre-register for next school year. Please bring the following items to this event: state certified birth certificate, current immunization records, and a proof of residency (current utility bill, lease/purchase agreement with parent's name and current date). The following is the Kindergarten Round-Up schedule, please call USD 261 Administration Building at 554-2200 if you are not certain which school your child will attend.

School Address Date Time
Ruth Clark Elementary 1900 W. 55th St. So. May 2, 2017 10:00 AM
Nelson Elementary 245 N. Delos May 2, 2017 1:30 PM
Freeman Elementary 7301 S. Meridian May 3, 2017 10:00 AM
Rex Elementary 1100 W. Grand May 3, 2017 1:30 PM
Oatville Elementary 4335 S. Hoover May 4, 2017 9:30 AM
Prairie Elementary 7101 S. Meridian May 4, 2017 1:30 PM

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 2016-2017 school year.

Three 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!


Do Your Best On The Tests!

State assessments are soon to be under way for grades 3-4-5. We want our students to do their very best on the test. Parents, your help in making sure students get plenty of sleep each night of testing will help them do their best. As well, a good healthy breakfast on the days of testing allows students to keep focused on the assessments. Thank you for your cooperation in these important matters. To help keep the motivation high during these tests, we will have an “Assessment Kick Off Assembly” in the gym for grades 3-5 on Monday, March 27th. at 3:00 p.m.. “Go for the Gold” Nelson School!

   Mark your Calendars

April 14 and 17:No School - Non-Contract Day

Calendar Change: Last Day of School has been changed to May 18. Elementary students will be dismissed at 11:40 AM. Lunches will not be served.

2016-2017 District Calendar

Bring Your Family to Movie Night at Nelson Elementary!

Movie: "SING"
Time: 6:00 PM

Where: Nelson Elementary Gym
Time: 6:00 PM
When: Friday, April 21

Nelson Field Day

Field Day is just around the corner and we are still in need of volunteers. If you are interested in helping with Field Day on May 5, please sign up or contact Mrs. Duling as soon as possible.

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

State Assessments Begin March 27

Kansas College and Career Ready Standards (KCCRS) are high-quality academic expectations 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. Kansas took the standards known as The Common Core and adapted them. In Kansas, our kids are expected to know 15% more than the Common Core requires. The KCCRS helps develop and build your child’s critical thinking, problem-solving and analytical skills in English Language Arts (ELA), Science, History, Social Studies, Geography and Mathematics.

Students in third, fourth and fifth grades are 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 gandfather 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 College and Career Ready Standards, please contact your child’s teacher, Teresa Miller, or check out these websites: and

On the Calendar


Preparation - Respect - Integrity - Discipline - Excellence

School Facts

Student Enrollment: 538 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.


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

Nelson P.T.A. Spring Boutique
Saturday, April 22



2016-17 Officers

President: Jamie Dice
1st Vice Pres: Kim Thompson
2nd Vice Pres: Amanda Naden
Secretary: Kim Mills
Treasurer: Jackie Waters
Mike Mitchener, Principal

Mike Mitchener



In the Office

Jackie Waters


Renee Novak
Attendance Secretary



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

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