Staff Bulletin | January 14, 2016

of Emporia Public Schools
"Like" the Emporia Public Schools Facebook page and watch for our new weekly photo feature, Faces of Emporia Public Schools.

This new photo series by Matt Fowler will feature the people on the front lines and behind the scenes who make the Emporia Public Schools a vibrant organization.

Our first featured employee is our Pony driver, Ed Main. Click on photo to go to our FB page.

New EHS Spartan Logo
In case you missed it, EHS students and staff selected a new Spartan logo last month for the school. 

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

Emporia Board of Education

Personnel Report


Emily Giffin
paraeducator, WA White

Jessica Hill
paraeducator, Village

Tiffany Hall
paraeducator, Maynard

Brandy Mason
paraeducator, Walnut

Alex Swicegood
paraeducator, EMS

Sharon Rodriguez
paraeducator, Riverside

James Hannon
paraeducator, EHS

Candice Reese-Rapolla
paraeducator, Timmerman

Michael Atchison
teacher, WA White

Tasha Messer
English, EHS (8/16)

Katherine White-Eaton
special education, Riverside (8/16)


Bertha Guillen
teacher aide, EMS

Brandi Jones
paraeducator, Timmerman

Elizabeth Palmer
4th grade, Timmerman

Erica Santander
paraeducator, Chase County

Hayden Hanson
building support technician, Logan/WA White

Jola Casey
paraeducator, Madison

Joselynn McMillin
flex worker, Food Service

Whitney Starr
1st grade, Timmerman


Melinda Flohr
orchestra, EMS/EHS

Lynette Yevak

Be ALL in! 
Build the future!
Good Things!

Horizon Award Winners
Alissa Miller & Manuel Estrada are among the 32 2016 Kansas Horizon Award winners. The award goes to the state's best young teachers based on their first-year teaching experience.
Alissa teaches 6th grade language arts at EMS; Manuel teaches 3rd grade at Walnut. Both received the news by phone last week from Kansas Commissioner of Education Randy Watson. Both teachers were recognized by the Board of Education Wednesday night.

Mind, Body & Soul Wellness Blast!
This month's employee wellness newsletter features Manuel Estrada, who has made exceptional progress on his health and fitness goals.
Watch for good things happening in USD 253 on the Teaching & Learning Facebook page. Regular reports & photos from classrooms will brighten your day.

Follow news about job postings & education highlights on the Human Resources Facebook and Twitter page.
Emporia Public Schools
2016-17 EMS Courses
The board approved the 2016-17 Enrollment Planning Guide for Emporia Middle School. The course guide reflects the change to the trimester schedule. EMS students will experience minimal change with the new schedule. Science, social studies and electives will continue to be offered every other day; math and language arts will continue to meet daily.

Revised 2016-17 Calendar
The board approved revisions to the adopted calendar for 2016-17 to reflect the trimester schedule. The revised one-page calendar is now available on the Calendar Page of the website.

Consent Agenda
The board approved the following:
  • Grants totaling $2,309.63 from Emporia Community Foundation & Emporia Public School Fund to the EHS Library 
  • A $500 matching grant from Capstone Books to Village
  • A $3,807 donation from the Timmerman PTO to the school
  • Requests to seek bids for roof repairs and buses

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Emporia Public Schools
1700 W 7th Ave
Emporia, Kansas 66801