September 4, 2015



We are finishing up the second week of classes with our students. Activities are underway in the junior high and high school. The junior high and high school students are adjusting to their new Chromebooks. It will take a little while to work out some of the kinks.

We want to congratulate Kayne Spooner for receiving a $3775 grant from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation for Sensor and Graphing Analysis Software for the Physics and Chemistry room. Also, congratulations are in order for Don Mordecai for being named Northwest Kansas Outstanding Junior High Music Teacher for 2015. Congratulations to both staff members!


Just a reminder that there will not be classes on Monday, September 7, as we celebrate Labor Day. We will resume classes on Tuesday, September 8.

We want to welcome everyone back to another school year! It should be a very exciting year. Classes are started and will be in full swing this week. Activities will soon be underway in the high school and junior high.

We are very excited about the building project at Eisenhower Elementary, the Junior High, and the High School. Planning is currently underway as our construction manager, Hutton Construction, begins to gather information and work with our architects. We are hoping to let bids this fall for major portions of the project. If we are lucky, we will then see some construction begin after the first of the year.

Although there will some inconveniences and delays, we will have facilities that are much improved over what we have had in the past. When the bond was approved we looked at security and safety as two major factors. This project will address those factors. We will also be doing some major remodeling at the Junior High and at Eisenhower. This work will greatly improve our facilities. We will be gaining much-needed classroom space and better organized and updated administrative areas.

Our faculty and staff are looking forward to a great year. We hope you are as well. If you have any questions please feel free to call us or stop by and visit us here at the district office. Have a great year!

Phil Wilson
Superintendent

USD 211

USD 211 LEARNING CENTER: NEW GRADUATES.



    The USD 211 Learning Center conducted their 2015 graduation ceremonies on  Wednesday, June 24.
     Being presented high school diplomas at this ceremony were: 
Deborah A. Brassfield and Dorothy J. Fessler
     The Learning Center is completing its 8th year of operation and Mrs. Brassfield and Miss Fessler were #26 & #27 to earn a USD 211 high school diploma through the USD 211 Learning Center.  
CONGRATULATIONS!

Change in Addresses

If you move this summer please let a school office or the USD Office know your new address.  Accurate addresses are needed so you will receive a postcard letting you know when enrollment packets are ready to be picked up and we certainly do not want to miss anyone!

Class of 2015

Welcome, new NCHS Alumni!

Members of the Class are 2015:

Lindsay Addington, Erin Archer, Kaitlyn Bohl,  
Christian Boser,  Derick Campbell, Neysa Carlson, 
Kayla Coffey, Conor Cox, Stephen Cummings, James Davis,
Sheridan Dillehay, Kenzie Esslinger, Morgan Farber,
Grant Gordon, Connor Griffey, Sierra Griffith,
Adrienne Hager, Mickey Hahn, Wyatt Harting,
Jordan Karnopp, Macy Kasson, Nicholas Koch,
Tyler Kuhn, Deon Lyle, Kendall Miller,
Stacey Richard, Derek Rowh, Molly Scott,
David Smith, Jesika Smith, Breven Sondergaard,
Brooke Sumner, Jared Tallent, Chance Uehlin,
Kobie Unterseher and Stewart Whitney

PROUD TO BE BLUEJAYS!


2015-16 ACADEMIC CALENDAR

The 2015-16 USD 211 Academic Calendar as adopted by the Board of Education is available for download here.

EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSINGS

     In the event there is a need to start school late or  close schools due to inclement weather or other emergencies, the announcements will be made on the radio and television stations listed below.  
     KQNK Radio of Norton (1530 AM or 106.7 FM ) is the primary broadcast outlet for the Norton schools.  If inclement weather develops during the school day, parents should attempt to listen to one of the designated radio or television stations below.  In the event there is an early dismissal, students will be allowed to call their parents if instructions are needed.  
     If school is not called off, but parents believe the weather to be too hazardous to send their child to school they are to follow the normal procedure for reporting absences. 

RADIO STATIONS:
KQNK  1530 AM and 106.7 FM  Norton 
KRVN   880 AM  Lexington, NE  
KKAN  1490 AM  Phillipsburg 
KQMA    92.5 FM  Phillipsburg   

TELEVISION STATIONS:   
KSNK  NBC  Channels 2 and 8 
KBSH  CBS   Channel 7
KAKE  CBS  Channel 11
NTV    ABC   Channel 13  

     USD 211 also utilizes the TEXT CASTER service provided by the Norton Branch of the Stockton National Bank.  To be able to receive text messages of school closings or late starts on your cell phone, click on the "Bluejay Alerts Textcaster" button on the right to get the instructions.  
     This is a SPAM FREE service and there is no cost to you to sign up for this service, though your cell plan may charge a fee for receiving messages.   Some "no contract" phone services may not work with Textcaster.  

EES LIBRARY COLLECTING LABELS

The EES Library is again collecting Campbell’s soup labels. The program also accepts labels from Prego, Pepperidge Farms and V-8 food products.   The clip and earn label with the bar code can be sent to the EES Library.  Box Tops for Education can also be sent to the EES Library. The labels and box tops are "cashed in" for equipment used by our teachers and students.   

Thank you for supporting this program!



BULLYING HOTLINE

USD 211 in partnership with the Kansas State Department of Education, and the Kansas Children’s Service League, announces the availability of the Bullying Prevention Hotline. This free, anonymous service is available to provide counsel and resources to those who have questions or concerns about bullying situations. The 24-hour hotline can be reached at (1-800-332-6378 or 1-800-CHILDREN). The hotline can also  be contacted  via text or e-mail at 1800children@kcsl.org.

Provided through a grant from "Safe and Supportive Schools," the hotline is staffed by trained professionals and volunteers who listen to each caller’s concerns and seek to provide the caller with resources to assist him or her. In the coming months,  posters will be received and displayed in the schools to ensure students and those who visit our schools are aware of the hotline and know the number.

The Bullying Prevention Hotline should not be confused with the Kansas School Safety Hotline. The School Safety Hotline should still be used to report potential violent acts at schools. Students who feel unsafe at school could call either hotline; the professionals at the Bullying Prevention Hotline will forward any calls to the School Safety Hotline if they feel there is the potential for violence, or that a student may harm him/herself or others.
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