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Lights On Afterschool Open House

We would like to invite you to join us for our Lights On Afterschool Open House on Thursday, October 26th .  The Reading Ranch at Council Grove Elementary School (in the former middle school building) and the Reading Ranch at Prairie Heights Elementary School (main building) will be open from 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.   We invite you to celebrate our students who are working hard after school to improve their reading skills . . .

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Lunchroom Update

Revtrak is up and running!!!  Thanks parents for your patience with this process you are free to send money for your kid’s lunch accounts three ways.  With your child, bring to any office, or by using Revtrak it is located on our website www.usd417.net   (if sending a check please remember to write your child’s name/name’s in the memo to help eliminate confusion)  . . .

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Finding Support through the Kansas Reading Roadmap’s Literacy Integrated Family Engagement Program

No matter our age, we all remember how it felt to hear those three little words: back to school. It popped up in late summer - on the radio, on TV, and in every shop window - and inevitably caused that complicated mix of excitement and anxiety about what the new school year would bring. And when you become a parent, those same feelings return, but often with new worries - whether your child is ready, whether they’ll succeed . . .

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Books at Reading Ranch

We have received two pallets of books this week.  OVER SIX HUNDRED BOOKS!!  This picture doesn't even begin to do it justice because this is just what I could fit in this trophy case. This is about half of the books that we have to GIVE AWAY to Reading Ranch kiddos.  They are going to TAKE THEM HOME to KEEP!!  Sorry for the caps, but I'm very excited.   So many of our Reading Ranch kiddos tell us that they . . .

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Summer Capital Projects

With school now started and most of the summer projects completed, I wanted to share with our district patrons what we did with our facilities and the costs of these projects.  The two primary sources for paying for these capital projects are our capital outlay fund and, for a couple projects, the district’s redemption fund.  The redemption fund consists of dollars remaining from the construction of the new addition to . . .

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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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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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