Just in time for American Education Week: the new Kansans Can! video
from the Kansas State Department of Education.

Staff Bulletin | November 12, 2015

Superintendent Search
Please remember to complete the online superintendent's characteristic survey now open through Nov 23. The results of the survey will be shared with the board of education at a special meeting at 6:30 pm Dec. 9.

Electronic W-2 Option
Employees will again have the option to print their own W-2 Wage & Tax Statement or receive a printed statement by mail.

Jeans Day for Scholarships
Next week is American Education Week and each building is invited to designate a day for Jeans Day for Scholarships. Employees can wear denim to work for a $2 or more donation to the ENEA Scholarship Fund. Donations will be collected at each building and department.

Clothing Drive for Students
The Student & Family Resources Office is coordinating a Community Drive for Students to collect new or nearly new coats and clothing and hygiene products. All items will be donated to students through school counselors and student support specialists. 

Dialogue with Board
The Emporia Area Chamber and Visitors Bureau Government Matters Committee and the League of Women Voters will host a
Dialogue with the Emporia Public Schools at noon Friday, Nov 20, at Mary Herbert Education Center. Dialogues are open to the public and free to attend. Water and coffee will be provided and attendees are welcome to bring a sack lunch.

News from EMPAC
A new EMPAC employee portal is now available - classroom resources, training and more.   Our member login is EPS.  
Emporia Board of Education

Personnel Report


Cheryl Bailey-Cutsinger
paraeducator, Chase County Elem

Briseida Sandoval
paraeducator, Timmerman

Ruth Gutierrez
paraeducator, Logan Avenue

Jana Williams
teacher aide, Logan Avenue


Annabelle Arndt
paraeducator, Logan Avenue

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Good Things!

2015 Hopkins Awards
The first round of 2015-16 Hopkins Awards were presented Friday to Ann Fullen, Community Relations secretary, and Bob Fancher, director of maintenance. Each winner now receives $2,000 cash and another $1,000 to use for a project that benefits the district or a school.
Nominations for Hopkins Awards can be made at any time during the year using a simple online form. The selection committee meets periodically throughout the year to identify award winners. 

Kudos to Nichole Schmidt
7th grade science teacher Nicole Schmidt invites Lifeskills and Connections students to her classroom to have her Human Biology class teach them about various organs the class was learning about. 
"She does this on her own to include special education students. She has invited them a few other times before. This is a nice example of how teachers can encourage special education and regular education students to interact and learn from each other. We love that Ms. Schmidt is going above what is expected!"
 - submitted by Valerie Burns

Food Service Employee Awards
Food Service Director Denise Kater and Department Leader Debbie Willhite have each reached milestones in the Child Nutrition training program. Denise has completed 60 hours to achieve Manager 1 status and Debbie has completed 180 hours to reach Manager 3 status.

United Way Campaign Success
District employees and retired employees have donated $11,699.50 to the 2015 United Way of the Flint Hills campaign.

Watch for good things happening in USD 253 on the Teaching & Learning Facebook page. Regular reports & photos from classrooms will brighten your day.

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Board President Grant Riles presents an American Education Week proclamation to Melanie Cates, WA White teacher and Emporia NEA representative. 

Financial Audit
Abram Crislip, CPA, of Mize Houser & Co in Lawrence, presented the FY2015 financial audit recently completed by the firm. The audit report gave the highest opinion that can be expressed.

Historical Materials Donated
The board approved a request to donate historical materials to the Lyon County Historical Society.

KASB Election & Policy Positions
The board reviewed KASB policy positions and gave Art Gutierrez authority to make decisions as the board's representative at the KASB Delegate Assembly in December.

Consent Agenda
The board approved the following:
  • Annual contract renewal for PowerSchool
  • A $1,466 donation from the United Way to EHS for a popcorn popper
  • A $2,000 donation from the 79 Fund to EHS for Stream Day incentives
  • A $500 matching grant from Capstone Books to Logan Avenue