NOVEMBER 2016 –
We are now in the month of November. Though it is the month of Thanksgiving, I think I will be thankful when the elections are over with and the mudslinging between candidates is done. Just like the national elections, state election results will most definitely have a large impact on schools. Over the past two years, all school districts have been under a “Block grant” funding format. That format will end after this school year and a new funding formula is to be in place for the 2017 – 18 school year. Many schools are nervous about what the new funding formula might include and how it will work. It will be interesting to watch the election results and see what happens when the state legislature comes together in January. Hopefully the two sides of the aisle can meet in the middle and work together to pull Kansas out of our current economic situation and put together a funding plan for schools that will work. I guess we will see how all of this unfolds beginning this month.
Parents, we are now into the second nine weeks and hopefully you had the opportunity to visit with teachers during the parent teacher conferences held in October. If you were not able to meet with your student’s teacher(s), please feel free to contact them if you have any concerns at all. Please do not wait till the end of the semester to ask questions.
One of the things that we try to instill in our students is how important it is to give back to the community that supports you. We do this through many projects. One project each year is the can drive for our mission mart. This year, our student body collected enough food items to win the Clash of the Cardinals food drive contest that we do in friendly competition with Cheney. We were very proud of the students for this accomplishment. It is always nice to win a contest, but in the bigger picture, our kids learn to provide help to those who might be struggling in our community.
*****Inclement Weather - - As we head into the winter months, I wanted to remind parents that the decision to cancel school is based on many factors. However, we also understand that depending upon where you live, your situation may be a little different than others. Some roads drift shut if the wind blows from a certain direction, but other roads may still be clear. Therefore, parents have the final say on whether or not it is safe for their child to make it to school or not. If school is in session and you feel that your child cannot make it safely to school that day, simply make sure you contact your child's school office. This way we know not to worry about your child not being at school on that day. We simply make the decision based on the majority of road conditions. Student safety is still our priority. We simply have to deal with the fact that in Kansas, we will face all kinds of weather and that means we will have school at times when the snow is flying.**********