The 2015 Walnut Turkey Day Dash drew more than 600 runners and walkers
to the school for a 5K Run/Walk on Thanksgiving Day.

Staff Bulletin | December 10, 2015

Hopkins Nominations
Remember to submit nominations for Hopkins Awards anytime during the year. The selection committee meets every few months to consider new awards. 

Technology Work Orders
The Technology Department is field testing a new work order system that will be fully implemented after winter break. Email work order requests to:

Remember to include a description of the problem, the building and room number. (see example ) You will receive status updates and follow-up questions by email until the work is complete.

Technology Reminders
The Technology Department is spending more time this year repairing damaged technology devices. Broken screens on student Chromebooks are the most common damages seen on student devices, likely caused by putting the devices in backpacks where they can easily bend. 

We encourage all district staff to help students know proper use and care of the devices. The best way to avoid broken screens is to carry the devices in such a way that they are protected from bending - between books in the backpack, carrying with both hands, not carrying the device by the open screen. While these damages are often accidental, parents are charged the entire cost of the repair if they have not paid the $21 technology fee. Parents also are charged the cost of repairs for damages that are not accidental.

Any time a staff member sees a student damaging a Chromebook, please notify the school administrator.

News from EMPAC
This month's employee tips from EMPAC.
Emporia Board of Education

Personnel Report


Christina Schmitt
assistant cook, EMS

Halee Garner
paraeducator, Hamilton

Clarie Koehn
paraeducator, WA White

Judith Estrada
office/teacher aide, Walnut

Jessica Lopez
office aide, Walnut

Francisco Chaparro
custodian, Village & Riverside

Pamela Jordan
paraeducator, EHS

Jake Carroll
Rule 10 wrestling, EHS

Conner Crumbliss
Rule 10 baseball, EHS

Laura Kabbaz
Rule 10 softball, EHS

Hayden Taylor
1st grade, Timmerman (8/16)


Cassandra Dieker
paraeducator, EHS

Keli Aman
paraeducator, Riverside

Karina Garza
paraeducator, EHS

Claire Mossman
paraeducator, Timmerman

Carly Spicer
head volleyball coach, EHS


Dennis Newell
math & science, TPA/EHS

Lyle Klamm
Maintenance Department

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Award-Winning Teachers
Joann McRell (right) and Janine Dorr have been selected to represent the district in two state award programs.
McRell has been named the Emporia Master Teacher for 2016 and she is now eligible for the Kansas Master Teacher Award sponsored by Emporia State University. 
Dorr has been selected as a nominee for Kansas Teacher of the Year, an award given in November by the Kansas State Department of Education.

Flint Hills Learning Center Prize
The staff and students at Flint Hills Learning Center created the winning entry in the Christmas Dress Competition at the Flinthills Mall. The entry featured Kansas history.
The prize was a pizza party for the group.

Village Match Day Donations
Village students in grades 3, 4 and 5 participated in the Emporia Community Foundation Match Day last month. The 12 classrooms received $1,200 from ECF to donate as they wished. The largest donations went to
Friends of the Emporia Animal Shelter ($467), Military Care Packages ($276) and Never Let Go Fund ($272). Donations also were made to Birthright, Emporia Area Habitat for Humanity, Food for Students, Hispanics of Today and Tomorrow, Lyon County Crime Stoppers, Project TEEN and the Sertoma Train.

Safe Kids Coalition Award
Safe Kids Emporia has been awarded Coalition of the Year by Safe Kids Kansas. District security guards Jeff Illk and Larry Clay are active members of the local group. The EHS Family, Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter also volunteers. Safe Kids host child passenger safety seat clinics and buckle-up events and support local events that focus on safety for youth and families. at many community events.
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Student Achievement
Ryan Karjala presented a report on student achievement focusing on 2015 Kansas Assessment results and trends in ACT scores for EHS students. 

The data provides indicators of the percent of Emporia students on grade level (Level 2 or better) and the percent of students on track to be college and career ready (Level 3 or better). In both categories, the average performance of Emporia students is consistent with state averages.

The new 2015 assessment scores released this week for math and English language arts show student performance in Levels 1, 2, 3 & 4. The ACT report also showed positive trends with more students taking the college entrance exam.

The Kansas Department of Education also released new district and building report cards, using a new format. You can view the reports for each school in the district and the district as a whole.

Board Reports
Flint Hills Technical College - Grant Riles reported the college has received two grants for the Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene programs, and both will be moved back to the main campus. 

Recreation Commission - Mike Helbert reported the ERC will begin planning improvements for the Peter Pan Park ball fields.

KASB Convention - Several board members attended the recent KASB convention and reported on highlights of the sessions attended. 

Sale of District Parking Lot
The board approved a motion to put the parking lot at West 5th Avenue & Constitution Street on the market.

Consent Agenda
The board approved the following:
  • An agreement for behavioral health services with the Mental Health Center
  • A $2,000 donation from the Hopkins Foundation
  • A $500 classroom grant to EMS for Human Biology
  • PTO donations totaling $3,950 to Walnut for Royal Readers Program & document cameras
  • A $1,000 grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield to Logan Avenue for Family Fun Fitness Day
  • A $1,214 grant from Delta Education for science materials at WA White