ShopKo Foundation to benefit USD 211

The Shopko Foundation has developed the "Help Us Give Back" program to provide support to schools across the country, while raising awareness to the budgetary challenges many school districts face.  During the holiday season, we encourage the Norton community to join in the support and Help Us Give Back. 

The Shopko Hometown Foundation will donate up to $2,000 to the USD 211 Norton Community Schools.   Customers who visit Shopko Hometown in Norton between November 30th and December 24thcan simply sign their name to show their support;there is no donation or purchase required.  

Each signature will count towards a $1 donation to the Norton Community School District up to a maximum of $2,000.   We encourage you to visit ShopKo and leave your name!    

PATRON Volunteers Sought!

     The Board of Education is utilizing the services of the Kansas Association of School Boards to help identify candidates to be the next USD 211 Superintendent of Schools.  
     Part of the process will be the utilization of “focus groups” to help identify the desired characteristics of the next Superintendent of Schools.  
     A focus group of PATRONS is one of the focus groups that will be used.  The Patron Focus Group will meet Thursday, December 4 @ 5:00 p.m.  The meeting will require about one hour. 
     If you would like to be considered for membership in this important group please contact Mrs. Janice Russell, USD 211 Clerk of the Board at 785-877-3386.


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!



2014-15 School Year Info

All enrollment information and materials are available by selecting  Enrollment from the list on the right hand side.

The 2014-15 academic calendar as approved by the Board of Education is available  here.

The normal school day BEGINS AT 8:15 A.M. and  DISMISSES  at 3:30 p.m.



The Graduation ceremony for the NCHS CLASS of 2015 will be held on SATURDAY, May 9 

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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