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Winter Break for Students

December No School Dates

December 19: End of first semester

December 22-January 6: Winter Break


Winter Break Extended

In honor of Oatville Elementary School being recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School, the Board of Education has provided all full and part-time staff with an extra day of Winter Break.  The first day back for staff after Winter Break will be January 6thThe first day back for students after Winter Break will be January 7th.

Congratulations to the Oatville staff and students and to all of us for being a district with two schools Recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools.  This is indeed a rare feat!


Keeping Kids Busy Over Winter Break

Most kids love winter break. They get time off school, and they get to do what they want to do. Parents, on the other hand, know that it doesn’t take much for cabin fever to start setting in. When pushed to the limit, kids can bounce off of walls, ceilings, and other places where parents don’t want them to be bouncing! Here’s how to keep kids busy and keep your parental sanity over the winter break.

Read more from ParentFurther.


Dinner Makes a Difference

Research shows that kids who consistently eat dinner with their families are less likely to smoke, drink or use drugs. Parents can take the STAR pledge, promising to:

S-Spend time with their kids by having dinner together.
T-Talk to them about their friends, interests, and the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
A-Answer their questions and listen to what they say.
R-Recognize that parents can keep kids substance-free!

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Join the H3 Parent Network

What is it?

The H3 Parent Network is an accountability database of parents who will commit to providing an alcohol-free environment for their underage children and the underage friends who may visit their home.

How do I join?

Complete the application and return it to your child's school or scan and send to H3 administrator, Paige at

What then?

After you join, you will receive access to the database list of other parents who have made the same commitment as you.

Other Information:

Haysville Healthy Habits (H3) is a community based coalition dedicated to promoting health and healthy choices among the youth of Haysville.  The group meets monthly on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM at the Haysville Learning Center.  Community participation is welcome and encouraged!


Reading Can Be Fun!

All students, from Pre-K through fifth grade should be practicing their reading skills daily. Younger students should be naming their letters and telling you the sounds each letter makes (Phonics). Middle grade students should practice reading aloud to a parent, sibling, or even a stuffed animal. Our eldest students still benefit from reading aloud and reading to themselves (Fluency).


A great way to encourage positive reading habits is a Family Fun Night! You can set aside a special time where TV's are turned off and the books are wide open. Imagine how much fun you could have if you all planned themed events based around a book. You could read a mystery book and act out the parts, hide clues and make guesses as to who is the suspect. Reading a story about camping under a tent made of sheets and pillows while drinking hot cocoa could become a life-long memory! Be creative, but most of all, make it work for your family's needs.


USD 261 Boundary Changes for 2014-15 School Year

In order to address capacity issues at Ruth Clark Elementary and Haysville West Middle School, Haysville USD 261 is modifying the in-district school boundaries. These changes will affect the following schools:


Ruth Clark Elementary

Prairie Elementary

Nelson Elementary

Freeman Elementary

Haysville Middle School

Haysville West Middle School

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Did you receive your SchoolReach Call?

We want to be sure all parents are notified when our schools or events are cancelled or postponed. If you did not receive a phone call during our last school cancellations, please access your parent account in PowerSchool and click on demographic update to check to see if the home_phone field has a current telephone number in it. This is the number that will be called from our SchoolReach system.

Remember, the telephone number that will appear on caller id is 1-855-955-8500. This number is the SchoolReach EZ retrieval center, which makes it possible for you to redial this number and replay up to the last 30 messages sent to your device.

Please call the school office if you have further questions. Additional information regarding SchoolReach can be found here.

We also utilize email to send out important messages, as well as school and district newsletters. Please ensure that the email you have provided to us is a valid email address.


SchoolReach Parent Center

Parents, you may now call 855-955-8500 from any phone number that received a SchoolReach message. The EZ Retrieval Line will automatically recognize the phone number calling and you can listen to any message sent to you within the last 30 days.


Emergency Safety Interventions Policy

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.

Get Kansas policy here


Early Childhood Program has Openings for 4 year Olds

Haysville School's Early Childhood Program is seeking students for the Fall 2014 session. We have PreK openings for children who will be 4 years old by August 31. These openings are funded by a state grant, so there are specific grant qualifications. To find out if your child qualifies and to get pre-registered, please call the Early Childhood Office at 554-2233.


Haysville Healthy Habits Parent Network

Vision: Positive Choices = Healthy Lives

The Haysville Healthy Habits Community Coalition is a group of community members who have joined together to fight the unhealthy habits in our community such as drug and alcohol use of school age children, obesity and heart disease. Promoting healthy habits is a difficult task but we are determined to make a difference! Join us today! Learn more....



HOPE is an afterschool program made possible through a Kansas 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant. Haysville USD 261, in partnership with the Haysville Recreation Department brings this great opportunity for your Kindergarten through 5th grade child to attend an Afterschool program. The program will begin Monday, August 20 and continue through the school year. It will meet Monday - Friday, directly after school until 6:00 PM. The cost is $60 a month. Please register early for this program, as space is limited. See the links below for additional information.

Complete information and daily schedule here.

HOPE Application


In Case of a School Emergency

The safety, security, and success of your child is our District's most important responsibility. Our District is prepared in case of a school emergency. Each school in the Haysville School District has a current Crisis Plan and a Crisis Response Team. We know that your first interest is the safety of your child. Parents and guardians can help their school by learning what their schools will do in a crisis and by cooperating with school and emergency personnel. We have created a School Emergency Information for Parents Brochure for you to keep on hand for your information, should a crisis occur. Please take the time to read this brochure to be aware of our procedures.

School Emergency Information for Parents Brochure


Your Child's School Day Just Got Healthier!Be a Mentor

School lunches now include more fruits, vegetables, and whole grain-rich foods; only fat-free or low-fat milk; “right-size” meals with portions designed for a child’s age; and less saturated fat, trans fat and sodium. The changes in school meals, the first in 15 years, are based on the latest nutritional guidelines.


Here are some important facts about the new school meals:


  • The new school lunch provides 1/3 of the average daily calorie needs for kids by age.

  • Some highly active students, like athletes, may need more calories. Some schools may offer second helpings of fruits and vegetables. A second carton of milk may also be an option. Schools can also operate after-school snack and supper programs. Students and/or sports teams can also bring food from home.

  • In practice, many students are being served the same amounts of protein as before under the new standards.

Your child can learn good habits for life by making healthy food choices and getting proper exercise now. This year is a transition year as schools implement these new standards and work together with parents, to ensure that every child, in every community across America, has access to healthy and nutritious meals. Encourage them to try new foods and eat the healthy food offered. Reinforce healthy eating by offering similar new foods at home.
Keep updated on the changes at


Access Your School Library From Home

You have access to your School Library's books and references anywhere you have internet access. Just go to and click on the school of your choice.

It just keeps getting better at USD 261!


PowerSchool is Parent-Friendly!

USD 261 utilizes the Parent Single Sign On (SSO) feature in PowerSchool. Parents are able to log into the portal using their chosen username and password, and have access to each of their student's records. All parents, regardless of the numer of children they have, will need to create an account when logging on to PowerSchool with SSO for the first time. We are excited about this convenient feature of PowerSchool and are confident that after the initial setup, you will also appreciate this convenience.

Instruction Sheet

Also, look for the Parent App for your i-phone in the App Store!


Middle School Advanced Math Parent Presentation Follow up

If you missed the Parent Meeting on May 1 for Parents of students currently enrolled in 6th or 7th grade Pre-Algebra or 7th grade Algebra you will find the video and a pdf of the presentation at the links below. If you have any additional questions please contact Teresa Tosh at or Krista Pottier at

Link to Video

Link to pdf


Test Scores Available on PowerSchool

USD 261 is committed to the success of every one of our students. An important part in achieving that success is keeping parents informed on the progress their children are making. With that in mind we are proud to announce the availability of your child's assessment data into the PowerSchool system. You may view this data by logging into your child's PowerSchool account using your Parent Username and Password. Click the Test Scores link in the lower left corner. The Test Scores webpage will provide a colorful table containing the recent assessment data. See the link below for additional information...

Test Score Help Document


When School Closes Due To Weather

It is that time of year again, when the weather can change very quickly. A decision to close school will be made as soon as possible, and in some cases even the night before. When the decision is made, it will be announced on television, radio, the district website and an all district SchoolReach message will be launched. This will send an automated phone call to the phone number we have on record as being the student's home phone number. The SchoolReach system only makes one call to duplicate numbers, meaning if you have three students in your household, you will only receive one call.

See a listing of radio and television stations to be notified.


School Hours

Elementary School
8:20 AM - 3:45 PM

Middle School
7:40 AM - 2:55 PM

High School
7:50 AM - 3:05 PM















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