New Branding



Welcome to our new image

Heading into the next school year, all six district schools and the central office will be polished with a new look. Using the services of local marketing and advertising agency MB Piland, the board recently approved changes to all of the district’s visual elements and logos to create a more unified presence.

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The overarching symbol to unite the entire district is a torch. According to a promotional video explaining the new images, the torch “symbolizes the ability to serve as a guiding light for others and the ability of education to serve as a beacon of light.” “The torch symbolizes the lighting of a fire – which is what education should be,” Board of Education President Gene Edwards added. The promotional video also encouraged, “May our scholars always remember that lighting the way for others, brightens the path for themselves.”

Shawnee Heights High School and Middle School
The classic Thunderbird will continue on its 41 years path of representing the both the middle school and the high school. The T-bird itself was not changed, only the font and branding guidelines associated with using the image. “When you think of Shawnee Heights, you tend to think of the T-Bird,” school board member Lauren Tice Miller said. “It was important to the committee to make no changes to it...In fact, it was used as the uniting factor for all of the other mascot logos.”

Elementary Schools
Berryton, Shawnee Heights, Tecumseh North, and Tecumseh South all received redesigned logos that more closely resembled the design of the Thunderbird, keeping their same mascot and colors.

Website Redesign
The board also felt that if they were updating the image of the district, it was the right time to update the website as well. The website redesign is expected to make it easier for parents to be able to find information specific to their students. MB Piland is rebuilding the website, but will be guided by the district and IT staff. “It will look much more modern than the current site and will have more and higher quality photographs of students, better functionality and less clutter,” Edwards said. The board approved the branding project on November 7, 2016. The torch and website will be in use after July 1.


USD 450 Horizon Winner

Jenni DaleyUSD 450 Horizon Winner 

The 2016-17 Horizon Award was presented recently to Mrs. Jennifer Daley, Journalism and Yearbook teacher at Shawnee Heights High School.

The Horizon Award is presented annually to teachers who have completed their first year of teaching and have distinguished themselves as an outstanding educator.  Mrs. Daley grew up in a small town in South Central Kansas and attended the University of Kansas.  It was while tutoring at an after school program sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club that Jeni realized she was called to be a teacher.
The Kansas Horizon Award Program is a regional competition that honors 32 novice teachers across the state. The regions correspond to the state’s four U.S. congressional districts.
Please join us in congratulating Mrs. Daley!

New LED Signs Showcase Happenings at SHHS

LED SignNew LED Sign

Among new renovations, one of the most talked about are the new LED signs out in front of Shawnee Heights, placed there over the summer.

Among new renovations, one of the most talked about are the new LED signs out in front of Shawnee Heights, placed there over the summer. There has been a lot of discussion about what the plans are for these LED signs, and why they were put there to begin with.
The intention of the signs was to bring Shawnee Heights into a more modernized look, according to Dr. Martin Stessman, superintendent of USD 450.
“Before the addition of the signs, Shawnee Heights looked very 1972,” Dr. Stessman said. “The hope is that the signs will bring us into 2015, as with all the other renovations.”
The plan for the signs is to broadcast all the activities and opportunities that Shawnee Heights offers to its students, parents, and community, such as sports events, meetings, and activities open to the public.
“I think it will give people an opportunity to see the breath of the activities we offer at Shawnee Heights,” said Mr. Ed West, new principal of SHHS, when asked if the signs would give value to the school.
Some students feel like the signs could be a great addition to the school, while others think it was a waste. However, many parents believe the signs will be beneficial to keep them informed on what is happening at the school, as well as keep them involved with their students activities.
When construction is 100% complete, access to change sign content will be handed over to the school.

Story By: Ryan Berry 

Job Opportunities

District450.jpgJob Opportunities 

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