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District Site Council

Are you interested in learning more about our school district?  Would you like to be part of the discussions about academic decisions affecting our students?  Would you like to help strengthen communication between our schools and our businesses or industry? The district has a District Site Council (DSC) and there are openings for two community members for the 2017-2018 school year.  One open spot is for a . . .

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Facilites Maintenance Position

USD 417 Morris County is seeking a person to fill our district-wide maintenance person position.  This individual is in charge of facility operations including HVAC systems including controls, electrical & plumbing systems, roof maintenance, and all other operational aspects of our facilities.  Salary is commensurate with skills and experience.  Benefits include full health plan, KPERS and district retirement, as well . . .

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Bus Routes

  District Wide Bus Routes Council Grove in Town Stops Dwight in Town Stops Wilsey in Town Stops        

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Stop telling kids you’re bad at math. You are spreading math anxiety ‘like a virus.’

“How was skiing?” I asked my 14-year old daughter as she hauled her boot bag into the car. “Well, the ratio of snow to ground was definitely low,” she replied, adding that she had tried to figure the ratio of snow-to-ground during practice but had received only mystified looks. “Stop the math!” demanded a coach. “You are confusing us!” Why do smart people enjoy saying that they are . . .

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USD 417 Board Goal #3: Address Additional Sports Facility Needs

            One of the stated BOE goals for this school year is to address the remaining needs for the USD 417 sports complex.  If you will recall, last year the district replaced the visitor’s bleachers and added walkways to the stadium to meet ADA guidelines and code requirements for bleachers.  There is more though that needs to be addressed in order to meet . . .

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Helping Your Child Develop a Growth Mindset

One of the most important attributes in children and adults is the ability to form hope. To live without hope is to live without joy, peace and happiness. Everyone should be familiar with the definition of hope. But the origins of hope are more complex to distinguish. Subconcepts of hope are optimism, a belief in oneself, and self-confidence. One can hope to win the lottery or have exterior circumstances fall in your favor, but . . .

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Suicide Awareness

Jason Foundation link: http://jasonfoundation.com/   Youth Suicide Awareness brochure (click on link)   All USD 417 staff participate in a Suicide Prevention training each year and Suicide Prevention is part of our Crisis Plan.  The last training was January 4, 2017 .

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New Kansas Education Mission, Goals, and Outcomes

Recently I wrote a series of articles in regards to the USD 417 Board of Education Goals for the 2016-17 school year.  The Kansas State Board of Education has also recently established a policy paper outlining guiding principles for the state.  I want to share these with you along with a picture of several of the ways that USD 417 is working to meet the state’s outcomes.  Too, I will point out how a . . .

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