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November:

     The month of November marks the beginning of many activities.  Middle school basketball is already up and running with games and high school basketball will begin practice on November 13th.  Basketball is a very busy season and can create some issues for students if they are not organized.  Many weeks, there are two game nights, so students are getting home late and keeping up on their studies can be a little more difficult.  It is important for students to stay organized and equally important for parents to continue to check on student progress.  

     As I have stated before, the new KESA (Kansas education systems accreditation) process is in its first year of a five year cycle for our district.  During this five year cycle, we will be determining what we need to improve on and setting up action plans to move forward in this process.  We will continue to work toward improvement with the help of an outside team.  At the end of the five years, the state will then make a determination if we should receive accreditation.  This is a major change in the way schools are accredited.  We feel that we are ahead of the game at this point, but we will continue to focus on our weaker areas and make adjustments to help our students.  You can find our KESA documents on this web site by going to the "District" header at the top of this page and then choosing "Forms and policies" from the drop down menu.  You can then choose KESA and you will be able to track our forms and progress there.  

     The first part of KESA is to perform a "Needs assessment".  This was done through surveys, test data, discussions, meetings, etc... We then have to determine two goals and begin setting up action plans for those goals.  We will then implement the action plans and then begin making changes and checking on new data to see if the changes have been successful.  All parts of KESA are set to improve student performance and the education process in our district.  Again, this is a five year process, but much work has already been done.

    Weather is certainly a possible concern in November.  We try to make weather decisions as early as possible.  However, the weather doesn't always come through in a timely manner for those decisions to be made early.  Sometimes, our weather experts are wrong, which creates even more difficulty in making the right decision.  When you live in a rural community such as ours, a mile can make the difference of a passable road and an impassable road.  Therefore, we still leave the safety decisions up to the parents.  If we do have school but your road is not safe for travel, you certainly can make the call to keep them at home.  Just make sure you communicate with your student's building office so that we know whether or not to expect your child on a bad weather day.  

 As always - I truly appreciate the support that this community shows for our students and our school.  Conway Springs is a great place to raise children!
    

Respectfully, 

Clay Murphy - Superintendent of Schools



IMPORTANT SCHOOL CALENDAR DATES:

November 22 - 24 - No School


RECREATION BOARD:  If anyone is interested in serving a four year term on the summer recreation board, contact the district office prior to December 15th.  


 We are always looking for substitute teachers, substitute cooks and substitute bus drivers.  If interested in any of these positions - please call the district office at 620-456-2961.



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