The monthly USD 353 BOE Meeting is slated for Monday, Jan. 14th (this meeting is held the 2nd Monday of each month). Here is the Agenda, the meeting begins @ 7PM @ Central Office - 221 S. Washington Ave.
BOE USD 353 AGENDA
The VETERANS DAY PROGRAM was held Monday at WHS, a tradition now for nearly 20 years (I think)...it's always an awesome program, a program that showcases some very important people, our Veterans in front of some other very important people, our children. It's a great combo and one worth attending each year on Veterans Day.
ATTENTION Students & Parents!!
What a week and what a finale! The New WHS Duchess was crowned Friday evening during halftime at the Wellington vs Augusta football game.
Congratulations to Juliette Hyer! Other candidates were Jacelyn Buck, Taylor Meyer, Arielle Pottier, and Skylar Troutman. An awesome group of candidates and escorts and children. A great week across the district!
USD 353 is in need of "substitute" teachers this school year. The pay is good...if interested, please contact Casey Witham @ email@example.com or 620-326-4300.
Daily Rate: Substitute teachers will be paid at the rate of $100 per day and $125 per day after three consecutive days in the same assignment.
Half-day assignments are $50.00 per half day.
Congratulations to this year's DUCHESS CANDIDATES - meet them and their ESCORTS at the link below!
JACELYN BUCK / CHASE PFALZGRAF
JULIETTE HYER / DAKOTA LYNNES
TAYLOR MEYER / DEVIN DICKINSON
ARIELLE POTTIER / BRAYDEN HIGGINBOTHAM
SKYLAR TROUTMAN / NIC REYES
CHILD ESCORTS: DRAKE HENDRIX & ADRIENNE NORRIS
CHILDREN: Clara Aguilar & Jackson Elmore
The monthly BOE USD 353 Meeting will be held this Monday, Sep. 10th, 2018, beginning at 7PM at the Central Administration offices located at 221 S. Washington in downtown Wellington.
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The YARD LINE SALE is back!
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Many patrons of USD 353 wrapped up their student's enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year at WHS on Tuesday. Kansas Star Casino folks were present dispensing their REWARD CARDS to patrons for school supplies and to teachers as well! Many had pre-enrolled on line so were able to bypass that part of the process. Students can still enroll at any of the respective facilities. We are looking forward to a great year, full of challenge and achievement. WELCOME BACK (soon) STUDENTS & STAFF!!
Today is PRIMARY ELECTION DAY! If you didn't vote in advance, please get out and vote today!
USD 353 patrons can enroll their K-12 students in person today (TUES) @ WHS from 1PM - 7PM, if you've completed enrollment online, you will still want to stop by WHS and pick up your KANSAS STAR REWARDS CARD which can be utilized to purchase school supplies, compliments of the KANSAS STAR CASINO!
NOTE: Teachers can pick up their Kansas Star Gift Cards today (TUES) between 1PM - 3PM.
The "GSK Science in the Summer" program was in town Tuesday, compliments of Exploration Place in Wichita. What is GSK Science in the Summer you ask? It's a fun and free science education program for students entering grades two through six. Many hands-on activities as they explore the fascinating world of science! The students create their own rocket, investigate the stars and discover how to protect yourself in space. About a dozen or so students were on hand for the 5 hour event.
The 2018 Summer KANSAS READING ROADMAP program (KRR), finished their past 2 weeks with field trips to the ALLEY in Wichita and the South YMCA water park for a private swim party! Awesome summer of learning and fun! The KRR Summer Program Graduation Celebration took place Friday, June 29th at Kennedy Elementary for friends and family. Every KRR student received gifts!
Week 3 of KRR has been busy with reading interventions, STEAM projects, "Word Works", Line Dancing, and making and visiting the Wellington Fire and Police Departments with THANK YOU cards. Friday - Bowling, Go Carts, and Laser Tag at the ALLEY in Wichita to celebrate all the hard work this week!
MORE KRR WEEK 3 PICS
The mission of KANSAS READING ROADMAP is to create a pathway to literacy for every child.
From kindergarten through third grade, children are learning to read. By fourth grade, children are reading to learn. KRR uses a skills-based system to help students learn the "Big 5" essential reading skills: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension. KRR supports students during their school day and provides additional out-of-school learning opportunities.
WEEK 1 was a FUN and SUCCESSFUL start for the Elementary Summer Academy!
110 Wellington students from all the elementaries will be doing hands-on and intervention activities for Reading, Math, Computers and Coding, Robotics, Community Service Projects and exciting Fieldtrips! June 8th was a visit to Tanganyika Wildlife Park to finish out a great week of learning.
WANT TO SEE PICTURES? CLICK ON THE LINK "WEEK 1- SUMMER 2018."
Impact Bank sponsors the STUDENT OF THE MONTH program, participated in annually by WHS, WMS, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Lincoln, and Eisenhower Schools. Each facility has their own criteria for their monthly selections (Sep. thru Apr.) and also their own criteria for the selection of Student of the Year. Impact Bank enjoys sponsoring this program, which provides monthly posters to each school, a drive-thru poster at the bank here in Wellington monthly, and also a nice gift basket in May to each of the "6" Students of the Year.
At the district-wide, end of school year meeting on Tuesday, Lincoln Elementary Kindergarten teacher Cathy Shuck received the 2017-2018 EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD! Congratulations Mrs. Shuck - well deserved!! Mrs. Shuck is seen in pic here, receiving her award from Jodie Heath and Stan Koehler, both with the USD 353 School Foundation.
Retiring this year from the district were: Jamie Ybarra, Barbara White, Dee Ginn, Lester Rose and Pamela Turkle.
The following were recognized for their years of service!
4th & 5th graders from local elementary schools converged on the "NEW" track behind WMS on Friday for their annual CITY WIDE TRACK MEET, a meet that has gone on now for several decades! It was a near perfect day for the event, we have results from all the action below - also below are pics from a couple of events just before their lunch break! Also, last year's (2017) results are posted.
The 2018 Rotary Banquet was held Wednesday in Fellowship Hall at the First United Methodist Church. The organization annually honors local 8th graders and local seniors for their achievements, academic and otherwise. The evening's Master of Ceremonies was Alan Campbell.
5th graders from around this area, converged on Melody Bowl Tuesday morning for D.A.R.E. Camp 2018 and all the activities associated with it.
It's an awesome opportunity for the young kids to meet with local First Responders from a variety of agencies, learn more about what they do, participate in fun and related events and eat hamburgers!! WHS S.A.D.D. members helped with the activities, including meal prep, etc.
The KRR "Friends for LIFE" Family Fun Night for ALL families that have participated in the LIFE Family Program was on Tuesday, April 24th at the Wellington Public Library. The families made clothespin puppets, had a photo booth, ate dinner, did a scavenger hunt, listened to stories, and received a free game, a bag of books, and many other prizes to have a family fun night at home! The night was a success!
WHS Students fanned out across our fine community Wednesday, volunteering their services in a variety of ways at a variety of places. Freshmen stayed at the high school and worked hard, a good part of the morning, with Spring Cleaning chores and more.
On 04/03/2018 at 1:00 PM, the Kansas Department of Transportation hosted a game show at Wellington High School, put on by the Think Fast Interactive company. The entire student body was present and ready to have some fun learning about traffic safety, DUI, and other traffic related laws and incidents.
Video of the event was recorded and is pending - it will appear right here, in the relatively near future! Fun event - you'll like the video!
The annual WHS SADD "Talents with Teachers" was held at Wellington High School Wednesday evening. "6" different groups (and a grand finale with everyone), competed in front of "5" judges and a good sized crowd. Mekenna Adams and Delaney Parkey MC'd the event. When it was all over, Eisenhower's 2nd Graders won the PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD and ZANE AGUILAR & CREW were selected the top performance by the Judges. Others receiving recognition included the 8th Grade Encore group and Eisenhower 4th Grade!
The WHS SADD group presents the annual "DANCING or TALENT WITH TEACHERS 2018" at WHS, this Wednesday @ 7PM!
Admission is $3 per person / always fun and entertaining and a great group to help out! Hope to see you all there!! Talent from Eisenhower, Washington and WMS will be featured!
The Kansas Reading Roadmap Program had its 3rd LIFE Family Engagement Program Graduation on Wednesday, March 14th, at WHS.
Eleven Families completed the 8 sessions where they ate a free weekly, catered family dinner, participated in Family-bonding activities, played games, read books with their child, and received many free gifts each week.
Congrats to them! If your family Is interested in enrolling for the fall, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
NEA's Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.
KRR students at Kennedy, Lincoln and Washington are working hard and are GOING FOR THE GOLD! Excellent improvements are being made, keep up the great work!
Dr. Mark Whitener has prepared the following "summary" for the February 12, 2018 USD 353 Board Meeting. Minutes from the meeting await approval at March's monthly board meeting. Once approved, the meeting minutes will be posted on the district website.
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KRR students are working hard and learning syllables, sounds, and improving their reading. So PROUD of their accomplishments! There were 15 Students GRADUATE out of KRR due to their improvements in December. The KRR Program is SO helpful to our students and the district is LUCKY to have it!
Dr. Whitener, USD 353 School District Superintendent, prepared the following SUMMARY for January's monthly board meeting on 010818.
Official minutes from the January meeting will be posted after their approval by the board at the next monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 12th.
KRR (Kansas Reading Roadmap) began its Spring 2018 LIFE Family Engagement Program!
The 13 families had a fun- family evening with a catered dinner, games, and every family takes home free books and great prizes each week too!
The Program is FREE and open to Kennedy, Lincoln, and Washington families. To find out about being in the Fall 8 week Program contact Amy O'Connor-- email@example.com.
It's going to take all of us working together to get our kids healthy. Please do not send your children back to school if they have had a fever over 100F within the last 24 hours. They should be fever free for 24 hours without medication before returning to school.
Also, please do not send your children to school if they have been vomiting or have had diarrhea within the last 24 hours.
The 2017-2018 D.A.R.E. Graduation was held Wednesday evening at WHS - 5th graders from across Wellington were honored and recognized for a myriad of accomplishments via the 10 week D.A.R.E. program and it's instructor, Wellington Police Officer / School Resource Officer Jim Yunker. This is Officer Yunker's 6th year at the helm. Congrats and thanks to him and all, for the fine and greatly needed program they perform.
USD 353 School Officials met with the public Wednesday evening at WHS, to bring folks up to speed with the new Kansas State Department of Education's, "KANSANS CAN SCHOOL REDESIGN INITIATIVE".
Do you have a business or a desire to learn about some simple, FREE tools in Google that will allow you to create surveys or questionnaires, websites, collaborative documents, presentations and MORE??
The Wellington School District has "Gone Google" and would like to let you in on the learning! Please join us on January 13th from 9:00-3:30 at Wellington High School for a day filled with great learning from Google Trainers from across the state.
KRR Tutors and LIFE Staff Painting Party and Dinner!
It was an "early" Christmas Get-Together for the KRR and LIFE Staff who spent time relaxing and bonding over dinner and painting. Thanks to Jen Kern for the wonderful instruction!
The pictures at the link below were taken at the first night of the KRR "LIFE" PROGRAM at Wellington High School on Thursday, Sep. 14th. "LIFE" is the LITERACY INTEGRATED FAMILY ENGAGEMENT Program and represents 14 families from Kennedy, Lincoln and Washington schools. The families are the second group of families to go through the 8-week family program highlighting family bonding and literacy. ("3" of the "14" families will begin next week).
CRUSADER CLUB held their first luncheon on Monday, Aug. 28th at the "HOME OF CRUSADER CLUB - BIG CHEESE PIZZA" in downtown Wellington. THE CLUB NEEDS YOU! Every year Wellington's CRUSADER CLUB uses funds it raises through various events to improve and enhance the surroundings and experiences of our student-athletes here in Wellington. The CLUB hopes many of you reading this will get on board, come to the luncheons or assist in other ways...in the end, it's all for the students!
WELCOME BACK STUDENTS!
We're glad you're back and we are all looking forward to a stupendous time together over the next many months!!
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USD 353 Teachers report in today for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year! WELCOME BACK FOLKS!! The remainder of this week and early next week will be filled with building staff meetings, professional development training, work time in their individual classrooms and more. Of course then on Tuesday, students arrive and the 2017-2018 school year in Wellington will be off and running. The start of school is always exciting - "new beginnings and adventures are just ahead", Dr.
Fall Sports are just around the corner if you can believe that...early next week are mandatory Fall Sports Parents Meetings, at WHS on the 7th and 8th for both high school and middle school parents of fall student-athletes.
MANDATORY FALL SPORTS PARENTS MEETING
HS Parents / Mon. Aug. 7th @ 6:00PM (WHS Auditorium)
MS Parents / Tue. Aug. 8th @ 6:00PM (WHS Auditorium)
Was originally scheduled to be at WMS, is now at WHS!
Here are some pics from WEEK #3 at the KRR Summer Camp being held at Kennedy Elementary this month of June. The field trip for WEEK # 3 was to the Alley Entertainment Center in Wichita! This Friday - June 30th at 12:30pm at KENNEDY ELEMENTARY is the Summer KRR Camp Journey Slideshow Presentation for parents, grandparents, and the Wellington community to see all the things the students did and learned this summer. Please feel free to join us! The group will also be singing their camp song...
Construction continues on and around the track area behind WMS - that entire area is UNACCESSIBLE to the public at this time. A base layer has been put down and must cure for a few weeks before the next stage replacing the track continues...thank you!!
MORE CONSTRUCTION PICS ADDED 07/09/17
Video of Dr. Mark Whitener's Acceptance Remarks
USD 353 School District was 1 of 7 selectees for the KSDE "Kansas Can School Redesign Project"...read more about the project below.
Courtesy of KSDE Website
In support of Kansas’ vision for education, the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) has launched the Kansans Can School Redesign project.
UPDATE: District-wide enrollment at WHS has concluded. Enrollment continues at the individual schools as Day 1 approaches! (Aug. 22nd!) :)
USD 353 District-Wide enrollment commenced on Tuesday at Wellington High School for all Wellington schools. Doors were open from 9AM - 1PM and then again from 5PM - 8PM. Enrollment is on slate at WHS on Wednesday as well, doors will be open from 9AM - 1PM.
Patrons can pick up their Casino Reward Cards as well through 1PM on Wednesday.
Courtesy of KSDE Website
In support of Kansas’ vision for education, the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) has launched the Kansans Can School Redesign project.
With the official start of the 2017-2018 school year just a few short weeks away for the students here in Wellington, the USD 353 Administrators met together on Wednesday for their first admin meeting of this fiscal school year...pictured are:
Top: Zachary Lawrence, Brian Aufdengarten , John Buckendorff, Jamie Ybarra
2nd row: Adam Hatfield, Luke Smith, Heath Peine, Kelly Adams, Dr. Mark Whitener
3rd Row: Ann Shinliver , Erin Sweetwood, Stephanie Smith
Check out the PHOTOS from Week 1 of KRR Summer Camp Journey being held at Kennedy Elementary. There are about 100 students from Kennedy, Lincoln, and Washington who are doing activities in reading, math. science, robotics, community service projects, team building and field trips. The group went to Tanganyika on Friday. Students also eat breakfast, and lunch during the program.
At the 2016-2017 Employee Appreciation Program at WHS Wednesday morning, numerous USD 353 personnel were recognized for their years of service and "11" employees of the district were bid a fond farewell as they are retiring. The EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD for this school year was also announced by the USD 353 Foundation. Out of approx. 30 nominations, the honor went to WHS Instructor Karla Defore! Congratulations Mrs. Defore!! Karla has taught in the district since 2006!
The Kansas State Department of Education Commissioner, Randy Watson, accompanied by District #10 State BOE member Jim McNiece who also is presently serving as Chairman of the State Board of Education, visited Wellington and the Wellington School District on Friday. At WHS, Mr. Watson and Mr. McNiece ate lunch with students, exchanging ideas, answering questions, etc.
The District-Wide Enrollment at WHS has concluded. Patrons may continue to enroll at your child's respective school.
TUESDAY, AUG. 8TH
9AM-1PM / 5PM-8PM
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 9TH
All schools enroll at Wellington High School
Casino Reward Cards can be picked up either day.