Notes from the Superintendent:
With the holidays approaching, it is a busy time of year for everyone. With all the holiday activities it is still a time to focus on education. Our teachers are focused on student achievements and with the upcoming state assessments being new, the unknown has caused some consternation. Even though we are unaware of the content of the tests, we are confident the current curriculum we are teaching our students is most suitable for the upcoming tests.
I believe I have addressed the word “change” a few articles ago. It is always a good topic to discuss, because with change, comes growth. Our teachers will be assessing our curriculum to see if our goals meet the needs to be taught. College and Career Readiness curriculum prepares all of our students for what they want to do after they graduate from WHS. And yes, it begins in Kindergarten. From the very beginning we are working with our students to understand what it means to study and how to study. Sometimes failure is involved, but once again, that can be considered a learning opportunity for us, students and parents. Together we strive to provide our students the best learning environment.
To gain this achievement, there must be time spent focusing on what the needs are. With the current monthly collaboration days, we have time to focus on what our needs are. I thank you for making these changes to your life as well, because I know that school getting out early one day a month can also cause you problems. You will see changes in what we do, but some changes will not be as apparent. The most important part of these adjustments is to improve. We are focused on change and improvement for all students.
I am excited about the positive changes we have made and the upcoming changes for the students at USD 289.
USD 289, Superintendent
WES EAGLE MARATHON 2013
The newly formed Wellness Committee of USD#289 is excited to be able to offer the WES Eagle Marathon. The goal of the Wellness Committee is to promote healthy lifestyles for students and staff and fitness for life. 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.
To kick the program off the Wellness Committee invited Johnny Rowlands, Channel 9’s traffic reporter joined the students on August 26th to start the marathon. When students complete a full marathon they will have their name posted on the gym wall and the participants will complete the last GRAND FINALE mile together in October.
The course start, finish & check-in will be behind the Elementary School in the back parking lot near the sand pit (next to Ash St.). 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.
Each week the Wellness Committee has invited a special group attend. They also encourage volunteers on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday mornings. If you are able to help out please call Peggy Inglehart at 785-883-4148 Ext. 3116 or email@example.com.
Sept. 9 – Grandparents
Sept. 16 – Community leaders
Sept. 23 – WHS sports teams
Sept. 30 – Community helpers, police, city workers, etc.
Oct. 7 – Military
Oct. 14 – Family
WELLNESS COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
Marcia Ashley-Hoehn; Cherry Chrisjohn; Karla Face; Lorrie Glass-Coffman; Melanie Hull; Peggy Inglehart; Katie Lynch; Randall Renoud; Chris Rose; Paul Steeby.