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Notes from Kevin Schmidt, MS/HS Principal
From the desk of Kevin Schmidt:
With the beginning of each new school year things seem to take off from where we left off in the spring. Our school year ended with activities involving banquets to recognize students for their many academic and athletic accomplishments, recognizing our 2017 graduates, to numerous high school track athletes participating in the state track meet on the campus of Wichita State University.
A surprising trend in our 6-12 building is the growing number of students we have participating in extra-curricular activities. Beginning with our track season last spring our coaching staff had more than 80 students attending practices. Over the summer many student/athletes routinely participated in the summer conditioning program, and again we experienced record numbers.
Our fall sports/activity seasons are experiencing record numbers in middle school football, high school volleyball, middle and high school cross country, middle and high school football, and students trying out for parts in the school play.
Our staff encourages all students to become involved in activities. While these activities involve time and organization, they also are proven to develop leadership in students, provide multiple examples of what being a team player means, allows students to face adversity and find ways to overcome difficult situations, and most importantly develop character from the successes and failures of the adventure.
We begin the 2017-18 school year focusing on a new statewide school initiative referred to as The Kansas Education Systems Accreditation (KESA) model. Throughout the school year our staff and district leadership team will begin the 5 year process of changing the way we develop outcomes for students to meet the expectations of our new Education Commissioner. Our staff has been preparing for this new model by adjusting curriculum based on data of our former students and the trends associated with employment statistics from our state department of education (KSDE). Our ultimate goal is for Kansas to lead the world in success of every student.
On a final note, I would encourage students, parents, and community patrons to become connected to social media when following school activities. We attempt to make a calendar of all events based on previous years, but it seems there’s always something new or changing. When this occurs we use our school website (www.usd360.com), twitter, and textcaster to make update and get information out as efficiently as possible. For more specific information on how to become connected to any or all of our social media pipelines, contact the main office at 620-845-2585.