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On March 17, 2020 Governor Laura Kelly announced all school facilities will close for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. However, USD 272 Board of Education, administration team, and staff will work with the Kansas State Department of Education to develop alternative learning opportunities for all students and will share more information soon on what that looks like for our school district.
We understand the hardship a school closure places on our families as well as the social and emotional impact it may have on our students. Our district leadership team and staff will be working on ways to continue student learning, provide breakfast and lunch for our students, and follow the guidelines that have been put in place for schools around the state.
We are also working on solutions to other critical issues, such as what this means for our seniors and how this will affect next school year. We will provide updates on these issues as soon as the information is available. Due to the planning and resource organizing that needs to take place with staff next week, we do not anticipate delivering any type of instruction to students prior to Monday, March 30, 2020. We will do our best to effectively implement a continuous learning opportunity for all students, and I will be sharing what this means for families in our district as soon as I can. Please remember that we are not able to continue school for the rest of this semester in the way we knew it. Things will look much differently, and it is important that we all work together to make the continuous learning implementation a success for our students during the remainder of this school year.
We are committed to working together as a community to support one another throughout these unprecedented times, and communication will remain a top priority. Please check our district website and facebook postings for updates and more information. Additionally, the school notification system will be used to keep parents informed of our progress and implementation of a continuous learning system to do what is best for kids during this unprecedented change.
As a reminder, this school closure is in response to the current public health crisis. The focus should remain on preventing the spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19 as it is also referred to. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the district office, but remember that we will send out more information as soon as we can. You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions, concerns, comments, etc. Please check the following resources for the most up-to-date information regarding this health crisis.
Mr. Jesse Janssen, USD 272 Superintendent
Mrs. Jessica Scott, USD 272 Board President
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708 Locust St.P.O. Box 326Cawker City, KS 67430Phone 785-781-4328Fax 785-781-4318E-MAIL LISTINGS
Jesse Janssen, Superintendent -- email@example.com
Sandy Hake, Board Clerk -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Debbie Taylor, Treasurer -- email@example.com
Charlene Beougher, School Nurse -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda McGuire, Parents as Teachers -- email@example.com
Jessica Reinert, Social Worker -- firstname.lastname@example.orgLakeside Elementary School913 7th St., P.O. Box 46Cawker City, KS 67430PHONE 785-781-4911FAX 785-781-4861E-MAIL LISTINGSKayla Hamilton, Principal -- email@example.comLinda Deneke, Secretary -- firstname.lastname@example.orgKathy Slipke, Secretary -- email@example.comDarci Seehafer, 3 yr Preschool - firstname.lastname@example.orgChristina Gradig, Preschool - email@example.comKelli Hennes, Kindergarten -- firstname.lastname@example.orgAshley Harris, 1st Grade -- email@example.comCindy Clausen, 2nd Grade - firstname.lastname@example.orgKarolee Wiles, 3rd Grade - email@example.comBarbara Palen, 4th Grade - firstname.lastname@example.orgLynn Wacker, 5th Grade - email@example.com
Alayna Lampkin, Title I Coordinator - firstname.lastname@example.orgScott Jermark, P.E. - email@example.comSilvia Wohlbrandt, Spanish - firstname.lastname@example.org
Landon Lampkin - Vocal music - email@example.comKatrina Long, Band -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Stacy DeBey, Title I Para- email@example.comJulie Schmitt, Title I Para - firstname.lastname@example.orgJudy Gasper, Reading coach-- email@example.comAnna Schoen, Special Education (Speech Pathologist) -- firstname.lastname@example.orgStephanie Draayer, Special Education -- email@example.comPenny Sumpter, Cook - firstname.lastname@example.orgAnn Ludwing, Cook - email@example.comMarj Vowinckel, CustodianCarla Carl, Custodian
Lakeside Jr/Sr High School1306 Morgan Ave.Downs, KS 67437PHONE 785-454-3332FAX 785-454-3747E-MAIL LISTINGSJeremy Long, Dean of Students - firstname.lastname@example.orgConnie Hardy, Secretary -- email@example.comRhonda Farwell, Jr. High Math, Science-- firstname.lastname@example.orgJudy Gasper, Language Arts/Reading -- email@example.comLinda Groenendyk, Jr. High FACS, Soc Studies-- firstname.lastname@example.orgLandon Lampkin - Vocal Music - email@example.comCory Beougher, Social Studies, AD -- firstname.lastname@example.orgJohn Hutson, Vocational Agriculture -- email@example.comDrew Duskie, Math -- firstname.lastname@example.orgKatie Hendrix-Long, Art -- email@example.comCassi Walsh,FACS - firstname.lastname@example.orgCaleb Howland, Science - email@example.comLoren Nisly, Business - firstname.lastname@example.orgSilvia Wohlbrandt, Spanish - email@example.comGinna Sharp, K-12 Counselor -- firstname.lastname@example.orgJoanna Rhodes, Cook - email@example.comDianna Meyer, Cook - firstname.lastname@example.orgJanet Parker, CustodianTipton Community School208 State StreetP.O. Box 154Tipton, KS 67485PHONE 785-373-5355FAXE-MAIL LISTINGSGery Hake, Principal -- email@example.comJoya Schroeder, Secretary -- firstname.lastname@example.orgJulie Towner, Kindergarten-- email@example.comStacie Hake, 1st and 2nd - firstname.lastname@example.orgJenny Brummer, 3rd and 4th - email@example.comCrissy Greif - 5th and 6th -firstname.lastname@example.orgGery Hake - 7th and 8th - email@example.com
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Our communities are made up of friendly, hardworking people that represent the
backbone of Kansas and America. We are bonded by our farming heritage, small town
life and the wonders of nature that surround us. Waconda school district is located in
the heart of the Solomon Valley with the beautiful shores of Waconda Lake as the
centerpiece. Glen Elder State Park offers nearly unlimited recreational opportunities
including camping, boating, hunting and fishing. We offer three 9-hole golf courses and
numerous city parks with swimming pools, rock climbing, zip lining, tennis courts, ball
fields and more.
While bound together by their ties to the land, each community is also unique.
Glen Elder, bordering the 12,586 water acres of Waconda Lake and the 13,000 land
acres of the Glen Elder Wildlife Area, capitalizes on the recreational aspects of the area
with a sporting goods store, marina, and boat dealership.
Cawker City, home of the World's Largest Ball of Twine, has more to offer than a
brief mention in several movies and a statistic in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The area provides some of the finest hunting, fishing, camping and boating in the state
as well as a pristine 9-hole golf course located directly alongside the lake. A
photography studio and an antique store are two recent additions to Cawker City's
Tipton might be a small community (only 120 residents) but it is mighty. Home to
one of the premier hunting lodges in the country (Ringneck Ranch), Tipton also has
other large hunting operations and outfitters as well as one of the largest Gameland
Farms and Hatcheries in the nation. An old-fashioned grocery store which still grinds
sausage seasoned to a secret family recipe, a screen printing business, a carpet and
floor covering store, lumber yard, hardware store and a heritage seals shop add up to a
diverse mix of businesses.
Downs, the final and largest of the four communities that comprise USD 272, is the
Storytelling Capital of Kansas and hosts the Kansas State Storytelling Festival every
April. It is a vibrant and friendly community with many business interests but also a
thriving Arts Council. Main Street is home to many businesses that larger communities
could only wish for. A pharmacy, furniture store, bridal shop, clothing and shoe shop,
hardware store, barber shop, grocery store and florist entice people to shop at home.
Several businesses along highway 24, a car dealership, auto parts store, several gas
stations/quick shops, sporting supplies, mechanics shops, and a bowling alley, also
attract people to Downs. Whether coming to the local medical clinic, dentist office,
visiting the library (one of the few remaining original Carnegie Libraries left in the
country), or stopping to peruse local history at the beautifully restored Train Depot, there
is something for everyone in Downs.
These communities have their roots in agriculture and farm-based businesses
are common. Each community boasts its own Grain Elevator, rising high above the
surrounding countryside, However, there are also several construction firms, welding
businesses, manufacturing firms, and a national advertising company. When we add in
people who work from home in electronics, those who have their own businesses in
numerous artistic areas, those in nursing at the local senior care facility as well as the
normal service areas, it is easy to see what a diverse population we represent. Quality
education is key to all of those areas. Our schools have a history of prestigious awards
such as named a Blue Ribbon School as well as numerous Governor's Awards. We
intend to continue this legacy. Most of our staff is vested in our communities and want
our students to excel. We want our young people to succeed wherever they are but
encourage them to "bloom where they are planted." This attitude has fueled a
resurgence of millennials staying in or returning to this area. In the succeeding years,
our schools must continue to help our children dream big and give them the education
to enable them to make those dreams a reality.