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USD 490 e-News

August 30, 2017

EMS students will benefit from STEM grant

     El Dorado Middle School students will benefit from a $3,000 PIE grant from Kansas Gas Service, a division of ONE Gas.
     The EMS STEM “SPARK” grant will allow the middle school to purchase eight Sphero Robotic SPARK balls that will be used by students in sixth through eighth grade. These balls have multiple challenges and projects and include interactive lesson plans.
     “By using the power of the iPad, robotics, and coding to enhance the curriculum, students are learning through an engaged digital process that helps them develop the skills necessary to become agile and competitive members of the future workforce,” Julie Jensen, Executive Director of Curriculum said.
     Building on skills obtained using the elementary STEM carts, middle school students will continue to increase their knowledge and abilities by using their iPads to code and control the robotic balls.

One Gas grant
L-R: Ryan Carson-PIE Vice President, Tim Cox-Kansas Gas Service Community Relations Manager, Alana McNary-PIE President, Vincent Lara-Kansas Gas Service Manager of Operations

USD 490 earns perfect score on state Transportation Safety Review

     El Dorado Public Schools received a perfect score on their state Transportation Safety Review for the 2016-2017 school year.
     Only 56 percent of Kansas school districts received a perfect score.
     Click here to read the full article.

USD 490 receives Golden Achievement Award

     El Dorado Public Schools received a 2017 Golden Achievement Award from the National School Public Relations Association on June 20.
     Only two schools from Kansas received this national award, El Dorado USD 490 and Wichita USD 259.
     Click here to read the full article.

EHS receives recognition at JAG-Kansas conference

     EHS received recognition for participation in the Jobs for America's Graduates- Kansas program on July 25.
     EHS JAG Specialist Clarence Wagner received awards for the average number of contact hours and the number of alternative program participants in the JAG-Kansas program.
     EHS Principal Kevin House was recognized as a nominee for Outstanding Supporting Administrator.

Kevin and Clarence

Walnut River Festival



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District Highlights

EHS receives hands-only CPR kit

     EHS received a hands-only CPR training kit from the American Heart Association on August 11.
     The donated kit contains about $5,000 worth of training materials including training DVDs, a training folder with lesson plans and quizzes, eight mannequins, and an air pump to inflate the mannequins.
     Click here to read the full article.

Hands only CPR

Construction update on Blackmore and Grandview sites

     Click here for a construction update on the new Blackmore and Grandview buildings.

Construction Update

EMS KAY delivers pop tabs to Ronald McDonald House

     EMS KAY donated 41 pounds of pop tabs, which is approximately 65,600 tabs, to the Ronald McDonald House on May 26.

KAY pop tabs

EHS students place at national debate and forensics tournament

     The Policy Debate team of Makenna Hayes and Logan Stenseng placed 19th in the nation at the national debate and forensics tournament.
    Hayes and Stenseng broke into Double Octo Finals with a 4-1 record and 11 ballots. They lost the double octo round on a 2-1 decision.
    Makayla Dashner was a presiding officer in Student Congress and received a gavel as an award.
    Maria Whitmer, Myranda Drake, Zach Mitchell, and Dwa-Vi Deslouches also qualified to compete at nationals, but did not place.

EHS students place at state track meet

     Several EHS students placed at the state track meet in Winfield on May 26.
• Cale Carson: 2nd place- 800 meter, 6th place- 4 x
   800 relay, 8th place- 4 x 400 relay
• Sidney Howland: 3rd- 400 meter
• Christian Price: 6th- 4 x 800 relay
• Ezekiel Kemboi: 6th- 4 x 800 relay, 8th- 4 x 400
• Dylan Witum: 6th- 4 x 800 relay, 8th- 4 x 400 relay
• Myles Walker: 8th- 4 x 400 relay
• Jolie Howland: 13th- 800 meter

PIE Sporting Clay Shoot
    The 4th Annual PIE Sporting Clay Shoot will take place September 23, at Lynbrooke Sporting Clays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  
    The cost is $45 per shooter and includes lunch. Five-man teams will be pre-squaded. There will be 10 stations and a total of 50 targets.
    Additional games, trophies, awards,  and numerous prizes will be presented.
    There will also be a drawing for new CZ over/under shotgun valued at $800. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased through the PIE office or on the day of the shoot. You do not have to be present to win.
    The deadline to enter is September 9. For more information email Judy Smith,