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       2015   W E S   EAGLE  MARATHON

The Wellness Committee of USD#289 is excited to be able to offer this program and is looking forward to a fun, safe event.  The goal of the Wellness Committee is to provide school environments that promote and protect children’s health, well-being and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity.  The goal of the WES Eagle Marathon is to encourage students to challenge themselves to complete a goal by walking or running a mile once a day during the 8-week program until they achieve a full marathon distance of 26.2 miles.  All mileage is tracked when students attend.  When students complete a full marathon they will have their name posted on the gym hallway.  The first day will be Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015.

Things to know:

*All Wellsville Elementary students, grades Kdg.-5 are encouraged to participate.  Kindergarteners MUST be accompanied by an adult. (Only siblings in grades 4 & 5 are allowed to run the cross country course.)

*ALL Students MUST be dropped off at the front of the school.  (The beginning of the cross country course has been changed to start at the the elementary school playground.)  

*Students must provide a signed parental consent form.  It is available on the website or at school enrollment.  Students WILL NOT be able to begin without it.

*Please include your email address on the consent form or cell phone number; that is the primary communication tool from Wellness Committee members to you.

*Marathon running/walking will be held on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday mornings, weather permitting. (If thunder or lightening is detected at 7am the marathon will be cancelled for that day & students escorted into the school building.)

*Students must be prepared to run/walk the course in athletic shoes as soon as they arrive at the back parking lot.  NO FLIP FLOPS OR SANDALS ALLOWED.  

*Start time is at 7:15am.  It does NOT start earlier and volunteers will NOT be in place, so please do not drop kids earlier than 7:15am for safety reasons. NO laps will be counted before 7:15am.  

*Students will NOT be permitted to start LATER than 7:30am so we can ensure they are able to finish before the bell rings.  Those students wishing to eat the school breakfast will do so in the school cafeteria.    

*Parents are encouraged to walk/run with their children, too. Special groups will be invited to join the students each week.

*Cancellation is subject to the judgment of the Wellness Committee. Our current weather policy is to cancel if there is rain, snow, ice, thunder or lightening.  If the conditions seem too extreme (e.g. a very cold wind chill) running/walking will be cancelled.  

Course Information:

The course start, finish & check-in will be behind the Elementary School in the back parking lot.  Five (5) laps around the perimeter of the parking lot is 1.1 miles.  Older students may choose to run 2 laps around the cross country course west of the Elementary School & bordering First Street.  Mile markers will be given to students to help them count laps. The courses will be staffed by Wellness Committee members & identifiable staff. Safety is the biggest concern & volunteers will be spaced along the routes so walkers/runners can be seen the entire length of the run.  It can be cold or windy, so please dress appropriately.  Your child may want to bring another pair of shoes to change into for class.  

*If you have time to volunteer on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday mornings, please call Cherry Chrisjohn at 785-883-2996 ext. 3126 or cchrisjohn@usd289.org.  

* The end of the marathon will be announced in early fall.  We will have ALL the participants complete the last mile together so there will be a GRAND FINALE over the finish line.  

                       WELLNESS COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Kandy Kline, Juanita Peckman, Katie Lynch, Melanie Hull, Sharon Van Horn, Cherry Chrisjohn, Jason Townsend, Chris Rose,  Peggy Inglehart and Jerry Henn.



If you need to reach any of our schools please dial the appropriate office phone number.  

Buildings will be open beginning July 27th

Elementary 883-2996
Middle School 883-4350

High School 883-2057
District Office 883-2388
Bus Barn 883-2114



2015-2016 New Teachers at Wellsville





From Left to Right:


Mr. Barry Richards joins the USD 289 middle school and high school staff teaching Algebra 1 and 8th grade science.  Mr. Richards has 17 years of teaching experience in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Kansas.  Mr. Richards will be coaching freshman boys basketball and MS football.


Mrs. Jill Venable joins the middle school staff teaching Special Education.  Mrs. Venable spent the prior four years with the COOP at Baldwin High School.

Mrs. Melisa Lord joins the COOP staff and will be a special education teacher in the Kindergarten/1st grade pod.  Mrs. Lord spent the prior two years teaching in Topeka.

Ms. Jenna Larson joins the USD 289 elementary staff as a 3rd grade teacher. She graduated from Ottawa University and student taught at Wellsville Elementary last year.

Mr. Aaron Dardis joins USD 289 as the Wellsville Middle School Principal.  He is originally from Eudora, but has spent the previous 9 years at Hoxie teaching Social Studies and coaching basketball.  Last year Mr. Dardis was the Assistant Principal & Athletic Director at Sublette HS.


Mr. Jeff Jones joins the middle school staff teaching 7th and 8th grade Social Studies.  Mr. Jones has been a paraprofessional for the COOP as well as a sub for USD 289 and surrounding schools prior to joining the Eagle team.  He will be coaching MS girls basketball.


Additionally Mrs. Mary Bessey (not pictured) will be teaching Extended Learning for the COOP in the elementary school.


Please help to welcome all to the Wellsville Community!

Contact Information
Wellsville USD 289
602 Walnut Street
Wellsville, Kansas 66092

District Office Hours:
7:30 am - 4:00 pm, M-F

Bus Barn
Phone: 785-883-2114

Phone: 785-883-2388
Fax: 785-883-4453
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