Village students joined in Blue Shirt Day in support of National Bullying Prevention.
Staff Bulletin | October 10, 2014

District News
District Survey
The school district is asking all staff members to respond to a short online climate survey. A similar survey was given two years ago, and the results of this year's survey will be compared against 2012 results. Survey links have been emailed and staff will be allowed to complete the survey during work time. Responses are needed by 5 pm October 24.

Reception October 23
For Angie Schreiber
The district will host a cake-and-punch reception for Angie Schreiber Thursday, Oct. 23, 4-6 pm in the board room at Mary Herbert to thank her for her years of service as a board member. All staff members are invited.

State Survey

The Chairman of the K-12 Student Performance and Efficiency Commission has requested that we make information available to administrators, educators, and the public concerning a survey to collect input on ways of fulfilling the Commission's statutory charge. The survey is available online  and responses will be accepted through October 13.

Emporia Board of Education

Personnel Report


Kelsey Cole
paraeducator, Riverside

Denver Ridgway
teacher aide, EHS

Sarah Schlote
food service, EHS

Angelika Harria
paraeducator, No Lyon County

Kassie Coffman
paraeducator, Maynard

Billie Reynolds

paraeducator, Neosho Rapids




Sandra McAvoy

paraeducator, Neosho Rapids




Dinah Rodriguez

food service, Riverside


Vickie Dinkel

6th grade science, EMS


Jack Heinrichs

Spanish, EHS 


Consent Agenda

The board approved:
  • Request to let bids for E-Rate funding for 2015-16
  • EHS Bowling Team agreement

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The Power of One!
Bullying Awareness
October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Village School students joined in Blue Shirt DayŽ World Day of Bullying Prevention on Monday. Students wore blue shirts in solidarity to stop bullying and cyberbullying. This is a national campaign to increase awareness of anti-bullying programs and STOMPOut Bullying around the world! Students who participated are pictured above.

Professional Learning
Emporia principals and Teaching & Learning administrators spent two days last week creating a common eWalkthrough tool to maximize consistency among administrators in their classroom observations.

Good Things!
  • The 6th Grade Walk-a-thon Thursday raised $10,200. The class voted to donate the money to the Emporia Animal Shelter, Emporia Red Cross and to assist the family of an EMS student and an EMS staff member who are experiencing some hardships.
  • Deb Thompson's 2nd grade class at Timmerman donated more than 600 personal hygiene products to SOS Thursday. Students collected products for about a month and have been counting, sorting, and using collaborative conversation throughout.
  • Dr. Richard Villa, a well-known expert in the area of co-teaching, was in the district last week providing feedback and coaching during co-teaching observations at EMS and EHS.
Watch for more good things happening in USD 253 on the Teaching & Learning Facebook page. Regular reports and photos from the classrooms will brighten your day.
Health & Wellness

Did you know that your work productivity can be a reflection of your work environment? See tips for a healthier work life.
Are You Registered to Vote?

Voter registration is open through Tuesday, October 14 for the General Election in November. Many important national, state and local races will be on the ballot.

Voter registration forms are available: online, at the Driver's License Office in the Flinthills Mall and at the Lyon County Clerk's Office in the Courthouse. Remember to take a photo ID to the polls.

Advance voting has been delayed a week and will open October 22 at the Lyon County Courthouse. Registered voters also can request to have an advance ballot mailed to your home. Advance voting closes at noon November 3.

For information, call the Lyon County Clerk, 620-341-3245.
Emporia Public Schools
Enrollment Report


The board heard a report on central enrollment services and received preliminary headcount enrollment numbers for 2014-15.

Heather Wagner and Patricia Reyes, resources specialists, updated the board on the services available to families through the Student & Family Resource Office. Central enrollment allows the district to better serve families with needs. During 2013-14, 40 students were identified for homeless services and 74 students received Migrant Services. So far this year, the district has identified 14 homeless students and 58 Migrant students

Ryan Karjala, Associate Executive Director of Assessments & Accountability, reviewed preliminary enrollment numbers and showed how elementary enrollments changed as a result of boundary changes implemented last spring. The September 22 unaudited headcount for PK-13 is 4,627.

In conjunction with his report, Shelby Harvel, Transportation Director, gave an update on transportation services as a result of the boundary changes this fall and current enrollment.