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Morris County USD 417

  • See You at the Pole

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    Prepping the Football Field

    Of all the preparation and practice devoted to the first home football game of the season, the most fundamental of all is the physical preparation of the football field. The custodial crew puts in hours caring for the grass and measuring and painting the lines, numbers, and hash marks.

    Beginning in the spring, the grass on the football field must be regularly aerated, sprayed, fertilized, watered, and mowed . . . and mowed . . . and mowed.

    In mid-August, Bunny and Jim Ehrlich begin to measure out the lines. “We have to find the pegs on each side and in the end zones and then we run lines (strings) between the pegs. These are then painted with a painter and then we measure where we are going to set the stencils for the hash marks and the stencils for the numbers. Then Jim paints the actual cross lines and out of bounds lines with a painter. I paint the hash marks and the stencils by hand with spray paint,” Bunny explained.

    The initial measurement and painting is the most difficult because the stenciled numbers and marked lines have to be painstakingly measured the first time. “We repaint every week so we don’t lose the lines or numbers. I only have to carry the stencils with me the first time, and we only have to string the lines the first time unless it’s really muddy,” Bunny said. The practice field has to be painted as well, and it takes between three and a half to four hours each week to keep the fields freshly painted.

    Even if the Braves don’t use the field because they are playing away, Jim and Bunny must repaint every week so they don’t lose the lines and have to measure everything out from the beginning again. If it’s sufficiently muddy and the field is torn up after the game tonight and youth football tomorrow, Jim and Bunny will have to start all over.



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  • Council Grove Elementary September Newsletter

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    September Lunchroom Update

    HI ALL!!! School Lunch is off to a GREAT START!!! Thanks to everyone for being so
    open minded on the new lunch ideas that are happening in our kid’s tummies. I’m really seeing
    some good choices and some really pretty trays.

    I want to remind Mom’s and Dad’s if you don’t have time to make breakfast send you child to
    lunchroom we have breakfast daily at 7:30 at both Elementary Schools and 7:45 at CGJHS and
    would love to see your child. The breakfast menu is posted on the website along with lunch.

    If you have a child at CGJHS please talk with them about Ala Carte and how much you would
    like them to spend per day. Ala Carte is meant as extra food if your child is not completely full
    after eating the school lunch, not to be used as the only meal.

    Have a WONDERFUL September and See you in the lunchroom,

    Becky Shearer
    USD 417
    Food Service Director



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    Message from Superintendent Mr. Dody

    In my opinion, Council Grove High School has one of the premier football stadiums in both the Flint Hills League and of most 3A high schools.  I am sure we all share a sense of pride in the nostalgia and atmosphere at the Council Grove High School football games.  I am excited that this year, to add to the atmosphere, I will be shooting off salutes when the team enters the field and when they score a touchdown or field goal.  This will occur at all home games except for the Sept. 14th game against Osage City as the Voices of the Wind People Pageant will be taking place on Main Street and we do not want to disrupt the pageant with the salutes.  A salute is an aerial firework shell that is designed to produce an explosive sound.  I just wanted to give you a heads up in case you are not at the game and you hear a boom or two in town, it is nothing to be alarmed about, it is just our Braves marching down the field and scoring a touchdown!  I hope you are able to join us at the first home football game on September 7th against Central Heights High School.  Go Braves!

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Notice of Non-discrimination:   USD #417 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Aron Dody, 17 S Wood Street, Council Grove, Kansas 66846 (620)767-5192