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USD 490 e-News

December 5, 2018

Denise Johnson named 2019 District Teacher of the Year

     Blackmore Elementary teacher Denise Johnson was named the 2019 District Teacher of the Year during the USD 490 Board of Education meeting on November 14.
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Denise Johnson
Denise Johnson teaches fifth grade at Blackmore Elementary.

USD 490 welcomes new Board of Education member

     USD 490 welcomed Rob Lane as a new Board of Education Member on October 8, 2018.
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Rob Lane
New Board of Education member Rob Lane

EHS students recognized as Kansas Honor Scholars

     Several EHS students were recognized as Kansas Honor Scholars during a ceremony at Wichita Heights on November 7.
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Kansas Senator Bruce Givens visits EHS JAG-K students

     Kansas Senator Bruce Givens visited JAG-K students at EHS and the EHS Extend campus on November 2.
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Bruce Givens
Senator Givens visits with EHS JAG-K students.

USD 490 students raise nearly $3,500 for United Way

     USD 490 hosted Pennies by the Pound week October 29 through November 2 to raise money for United Way. Students raised $3,473.77 from the various contests and activities.
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EHS Pennies by the Inch
EHS students compete in Pennies by the Inch before classes begin.

OPAA! hosts Breakfast with Local Heroes

     USD 490's food service contractor OPAA! hosted Breakfast with Local Heroes at each elementary school during the month of October.
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local first responders eat with students
Local first responders eat breakfast with elementary students.

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    The Connection Section will feature a different opportunity each month for parents
and/or community members to connect with our schools.

Athletic Events and School Performances

Athletic events are a fun way to show some school pride and cheer on your favorite wildcat teams. There are also opportunities to make some extra money by working the ticket booth, being a judge, or running a timer.

Check with the high school office for more information about working at a game, or check out our District Activities Calendar or DynaCal for a game schedule.

Students work incredibly hard to learn music, lines, and dances for the various school performances throughout the school year. Our fine arts departments have a history of excellence with high ratings at regional contests and drama awards for musical performances. The new Performing Arts Center is a testimony to the community’s support of our fine arts and will be a wonderful location to enjoy listening to a music concert or watch a musical or drama production.

The middle and high school drama productions have an admission fee, but all other music concerts are free to attend. Dates and times can be found on the District Activities Calendar or on DynaCal.

Parents as Teachers

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District Highlights

USD 490 Stuffs the Truck with food for the Salvation Army

     On November 28, USD 490, Walmart and the Salvation Army partnered for the Stuff the Truck annual district service event. Nearly 2,000 food items and toys were donated by USD 490 families this year.
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EMS students participate in Future Now Career Day

     EMS seventh and eighth grade students attended the Future Now Career Day on December 4.
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EMS Career Day

EHS athletes receive All-League honors

     Several EHS athletes received AVCTL Division III All-League honors in football, volleyball, and soccer.
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P.I.E. establishes new fund

     The family and friends of Marjorie Tiner have endowed a fund with Partners In Education Foundation (PIE) to honor Marjorie’s 35 years of service as an elementary educator.
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New PIE Fund
L-R: Alana McNary-PIE President, Judy Rohr-Smith-Skelly Media Specialist, Jim Tiner, Luana Lewis-Blackmore Media Specialist, Rod Blackburn-PIE Development Director

Price and Yeubanks named Wendy's High School Heisman winners

     EHS students Christian Price and Hallie Yeubanks were named Wendy’s High School Heisman Award winners.
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Skelly student wins D.A.R.E. essay contest

     Ariana Voyles, a fifth grade student in Ms.Markowitz’s class, won the district’s D.A.R.E. essay contest.
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Ezekiel Kemboi named 2018 All Metro cross country runner

     EHS senior Ezekiel Kemboi was named a Wichita area 2018 All-Metro boys cross country runner by the Wichita Eagle and Varsity Kansas. He was one of seven selected as top runners in the Wichita metro area.
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EMS students perform in Patriot League honor groups

     Several EMS students were selected to perform in the Patriot League Honors Music Festival in Arkansas City on November 10.
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EMS Student wins first place in Celebration of Freedom essay contest

     EMS student Olivia Eras Mihailoff placed first in Division I of the Celebration of Freedom essay contest on November 5.
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EHS students participate in ESSDACK Career Expo

     EHS juniors and seniors attended the ESSDACK Career & Post-Secondary Expo in Hutchinson on November 6.
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USD 490 SRO hosts state Crime Stoppers conference

     USD 490 School Resource Officer Kurt Spivey hosted the Kansas Crime Stoppers Scholastic Conference in the Butler Community College welcome center on November 6. The conference focused on leadership and encouraged the 184 attendees to be the change they want to see in their communities.
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Crime Stoppers Conference
SRO Kurt Spivey introduces the keynote speaker.

EHS drama students perform Bye, Bye Birdie

     EHS drama students performed Bye Bye, Birdie in the EHS auditorium November 9-11.
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EHS Bye Bye Birdie
Albert Peterson attempts to cheer up the Conrad Birdie fan club.

EMS drama students perform The Lion King, Jr.

     EMS drama students performed The Lion King Jr. in the Performing Arts Center on November 16 and 17.
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EMS The Lion King Jr
Rafiki, Mufasa, Sarabi, and Zazu prepare to announce the birth of Simba.

USD 490 to launch digital flyer system in January

Peach Jar Announcement