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  • July 13th, 2020 6 pm Board Meeting Zoom Link

    USD 272 Board Meetings
    (Public Access Via Zoom Until Further Notice)
    *Due to Covid 19 guidance and mandates from the National, State, and County levels,
    USD 272 will conduct its Board Meetings virtually until further notice.

    The public can access the board meetings to view and/or hear the meetings take place via
    the Zoom link below. The Board meetings are normally the 2nd Monday of each month at
    6 pm, and the link will be live by 5:50 pm on those nights.

    USD 272 Board Meeting Zoom Link
    Meeting ID: 607-262-096
    Password: 6b3Ctk

    Link: https://zoom.us/j/607262096

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  • Now Serving Summer Lunches (Mon, Wed, Fri)

    Serving Summer Lunches May 27th Through July 31st To Children Ages 1-18 (Provided At No Cost) Survey Link: bit.ly/272Lunch20​​​​​

    Lunches are now being served this summer as a grab-and-go meal like we have been doing since March.  Children ages 1-18 are still eligible, and we will be providing one lunch for each child on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from approximately 11:30 am till Noon in Glen Elder at the Community Square by the library, Cawker City at Lakeside Elementary School, Downs at Lakeside Jr/Sr High School, and Tipton at Tipton Community School unless we are instructed otherwise by the county health department or if we can not get the supplies needed to continue providing the meals.

    Here is the link to a short survey to let us know if you are interested in your children participating in the free summer lunches.  Please fill out the survey if you would like your child to start receiving the meals.  Also, please call the district office if you decide to stop receiving the meals so we can plan accordingly.  Survey Link:  bit.ly/272Lunch20

    If you have not yet taken the survey, please do so as soon as possible so that we have enough meals prepared for all children.  If you are not able to access the survey or have a change in what you submitted to us on the survey, please call or text 785-534-6260 to let us know your children's names, ages, which days they will participate (Mon, Wed, Fri), and which community meal location is closest to you so we can prepare the appropriate number of meals each day.  Remember, all children ages 1 through 18 are eligible for these free meals.

    We are also looking for volunteers to help package the lunches at the Jr/Sr High School from 10 am until Noon on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  Any help is appreciated, and signup is easy.  Just go to https://signup.com/go/GfHBGvP and sign up on any day or days you would like to help out.  Please provide a good contact number so that we can reach you.

    Please call or text the number above or call the district office with any questions or concerns regarding meals or any other needs.  Thank you for working with us to do what is best for kids! 



    Jesse Janssen

    Superintendent of Schools

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  • Call or Text 785-534-6260 for Questions, Concerns, or Needs Regarding Continuous Learning Plan, Meals, Tech Help, Etc.

    If you have any questions, concerns, or needs regarding the Continuous Learning Plan for your child, meals that we have been providing across the district, tech questions, or any other needs, please call or text 785-534-6260, and a staff member from the appropriate school building or the district office will be in touch with you as soon as possible.  You can also call the school buildings or district office directly at the following numbers:

    • Waconda School District Office: 785-781-4328
    • Lakeside Jr/Sr. High School:      785-454-3332
    • Lakeside Elementary School:     785-781-4911
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  • USD 272 Updates on Continuous Learning Plan for Students


    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 jesse.janssen@usd272.org if you have questions, concerns, comments, etc.  Please check the following resources for the most up-to-date information regarding this health crisis.


    National Center for Disease Control (CDC) 


    Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) 


    Mitchell County Health Department


    Osborne County Health Department


    Mr. Jesse Janssen, USD 272 Superintendent

    Mrs. Jessica Scott, USD 272 Board President

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  • Contact Us

    Phone Numbers and Email Addresses

    USD 272

    LAKESIDE ELEMENTARY                785-781-4911                Fax 785-781-4861
    LAKESIDE JR/SR HIGH -                  785-454-3332                Fax 785-454-3747
    TIPTON COMMUNITY SCHOOL       785-373-5355                Fax 785-373-5355
     DISTRICT OFFICE -                          785-781-4328                Fax 785-781-4318

    District Office

    708 Locust St.

    P.O. Box 326
    Cawker City, KS  67430
    Phone 785-781-4328
    Fax 785-781-4318

    Jesse Janssen, Superintendent -- jesse.janssen@usd272.org
    Sandy Hake, Board Clerk -- sandy.hake@usd272.org
    Debbie Taylor, Treasurer -- deb.taylor@usd272.org
    Charlene Beougher, School Nurse -- charlene.beougher@usd272.org
    Amanda McGuire, Parents as Teachers -- amanda.mcguire@usd272.org
    Jessica Reinert, Social Worker -- jessica.reinert@usd272.org


    Lakeside Elementary School
    913 7th St., P.O. Box 46
    Cawker City, KS  67430
    PHONE 785-781-4911
    FAX 785-781-4861
    Kayla Hamilton, Principal -- kayla.hamilton@usd272.org
    Linda Deneke, Secretary -- linda.deneke@usd272.org
    Kathy Slipke, Secretary -- kathy.slipke@usd272.org
    Darci Seehafer, 3 yr Preschool - darci.seehafer@usd272.org
    Christina Gradig, Preschool - christina.gradig@usd272.org
    Kelli Hennes, Kindergarten -- kelli.hennes@usd272.org
    Ashley Harris, 1st Grade -- ashley.harris@usd272.org
    Cindy Clausen, 2nd Grade - cindy.clausen@usd272.org
    Karolee Wiles, 3rd Grade - karolee.wiles@usd272.org
    Barbara Palen, 4th Grade - barbara.palen@usd272.org
    Lynn Wacker, 5th Grade - lynn.wacker@usd272.org
    Alayna Lampkin, Title I Coordinator - alayna.lampkin@usd272.org
    Scott Jermark, P.E. - scott.jermark@usd272.org
    Silvia Wohlbrandt, Spanish - silvia.wohlbrandt@usd272.org
    Landon Lampkin - Vocal music - landon.lampkin@usd272.org
    Katrina Long, Band -- katrina.long@usd272.org
    Stacy DeBey, Title I Para- stacy.debey@usd272.org
    Julie Schmitt, Title I Para - julie.schmitt@usd272.org
    Judy Gasper, Reading coach-- judy.gasper@usd272.org
    Anna Schoen, Special Education (Speech Pathologist) -- anna.schoen@usd272.org
    Stephanie Draayer, Special Education -- stephanie.draayer@usd272.org
    Penny Sumpter, Cook - penny.sumpter@usd272.org
    Ann Ludwing, Cook - ann.ludwig@usd272.org
    Marj Vowinckel, Custodian
    Carla Carl, Custodian


    Lakeside Jr/Sr High School
    1306 Morgan Ave.
    Downs, KS  67437
    PHONE 785-454-3332 
    FAX  785-454-3747
    Jeremy Long, Dean of Students - jeremy.long@usd272.org
    Connie Hardy, Secretary -- connie.hardy@usd272.org
    Rhonda Farwell, Jr. High Math, Science-- rhonda.farwell@usd272.org
    Judy Gasper, Language Arts/Reading -- judy.gasper@usd272.org
    Linda Groenendyk, Jr. High FACS, Soc Studies-- linda.groenendyk@usd272.org
    Landon Lampkin - Vocal Music - landon.lampkin@usd272.org
    Cory Beougher, Social Studies, AD -- cory.beougher@usd272.org
    John Hutson, Vocational Agriculture -- john.hutson@usd272.org
    Drew Duskie, Math -- drew.duskie@usd272.org
    Katie Hendrix-Long, Art -- katie.long@usd272.org
    Cassi Walsh,FACS - cassi.walsh@usd272.org
    Caleb Howland, Science - caleb.howland@usd272.org
    Loren Nisly, Business - loren.nisly@usd272.org
    Silvia Wohlbrandt, Spanish - silvia.wohlbrandt@usd272.org
    Ginna Sharp, K-12 Counselor -- ginna.sharp@usd272.org
    Joanna Rhodes, Cook - joanna.rhodes@usd272.org
    Dianna Meyer, Cook - dianna.meyer@usd272.org
    Janet Parker, Custodian
    Tipton Community School
    208 State Street
    P.O. Box 154
    Tipton, KS  67485
    PHONE 785-373-5355
    Gery Hake, Principal -- glhake@wilsoncom.us
    Joya Schroeder, Secretary -- christian@wtciweb.com
    Julie Towner, Kindergarten-- kstowner@yahoo.co
    Stacie Hake, 1st and 2nd - stacehake_tcs@yahoo.com
    Jenny Brummer, 3rd and 4th - tcsjenny@wtciweb.com
    Crissy Greif - 5th and 6th -christinegreif89@gmail.com
    Gery Hake - 7th and 8th - glhake@wilsoncom.us
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  • Community Information

        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

    business area.

        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.

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Waconda USD 272708 Locust StreetCawker City, KS  67430

785-781-4328Fax: 785-781-4318

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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