Jami Dakin, left, and Judy Stanley "go pink" in support of the EHS Cheerleaders "Chain of Support" this week.
Staff Bulletin | October 23, 2014

District News
District Survey
Friday is the last day for staff members to respond to the district climate survey. If you have not taken the survey, please do so before 5 pm Friday. Staff members who have children in school are also asked to complete a parent survey.

Reception Today
For Angie Schreiber
The district will host a cake-and-punch reception for Angie Schreiber today (Thursday), 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.

Nominations Needed

Nominations are due November 1 for Emporia Master Teacher and Kansas Teacher of the Year. Individuals who are nominated will be contacted and asked to provide a detailed resume for consideration by the Emporia NEA Master Teacher selection committee. Nominations should be submitted to Signe Truelove.

      See nomination criteria

Emporia Board of Education

Personnel Report


Justine Sandstrom
paraeducator/aide, Logan Ave

Ryan "Colin" Ford
paraeducator/aide, Logan Ave

Gary Gooszen
paraducator, EMS




Tom Bell

bus driver, Transportation


Eva De Hoyos

teacher aide, EHS


Darren Hopson

paraeducator, Chase County


Jill King

director, Food Service


Cheri Milam

driver/trainer, Transportation


Brianda Garcia

paraeducator, Riverside




Donald Simmons

custodian, Riverside


Sonja Hernandez

food service, EHS


Deborah Cunningham

special education, EHS 


Consent Agenda

The board approved:
  • A request for the EHS Debate team to travel to Chicago Nov. 21-24

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Good Things!


Chain of Support
Village Elementary purchased the most links for the EHS Cheerleaders Chain of Support fundraiser on behalf of Timmerman teacher Camille CooperThe two-week fundraiser at EHS raised $804.35 for the Cooper family. Students/staff purchased links on the chain for $1.  The winning school was recognized at the ESU game last Friday when we held our pink out game and all of the links were showcased at that game.  Village elementary students and staff purchased 364 links


To show their support for the project, Principal Judy Stanley and Asst. Principal Jami Dakin agreed to "go pink" for a day. EHS cheerleaders were at Village to give them pink hair during an all-school assembly Monday


Helping Others
Several schools participated last week in the KVOE Drive for Food. Timmerman, Village and Logan Avenue were among the stops and Timmerman (pictured below) was among the largest donor locations.

"Food" also was the theme of the the Riverside 3rd Grade Music Program on Oct. 9. In conjunction with the program, students, staff and families donated nearly 1,400 items for Abundant Harvest. Principal Jared Giffin said "We are very proud of our students' efforts to help others in need!"

In the News
Riverside teacher Shelly Lutes was featured in a recent story in the ESU Bulletin as part of the ESU Homecoming series, Every Hornet Has a Story.

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.
Remember to Vote
Advance voting is now open for the Nov. 4 General Election. 

Registered voters have three options for voting:
Advance voting closes at noon November 3.

Check the city precinct map and county precinct map for your voting location on Tuesday, November 4. Polls are open 7 am - 7 pm.

For information, call the Lyon County Clerk, 620-341-3245.
Health & Wellness
District Wellness Committee

What you drink does make a difference in your health.  Read about a new study on soft drinks in the diet.
Emporia Public Schools
Textbooks for New EHS Pathway


The board approved the purchase of a textbook for a new course in the Interior Design Pathway at EHS. Interior Design is a Board-approved pathway option offered at EHS for the first time in 2014-15.  The initial pathway class, Essentials of Interior Design, will be offered to students duringthe spring semester. 

Board Reports
FHTC Board of Trustees - Grant Riles reported the board has approved a reduced tuition rate for high school students taking dual-credit classes. FHTC also received a grant from the US Department of Labor to help develop the new welding program.
Emporia Recreation Commission - Mike Helbert reported the remodeling project is now in progress at the recreation center. Work should be complete by the end of the year. The RecXtra after-school program reports good participation at the elementary schools this fall.
KSHSAA Board of Directors - Mike Crouch reported he recently attended the KSHSAA Regional Meeting.