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We want to help you connect with community opportunities in a way that won't overwhelm you. The resources below are from local organizations and companies that have reached out to share their service. If you have questions about any of these resources, please see the contact information on the digital flyer. If you are an organization or company that would like to post a flyer on this page for our Shawnee Heights families, please contact Tiffanie Kinsch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Troop 12 - Friends and Fun Informational Event

2021 Troop 12 Friends and Fun Event for 4th grade and up.19

 

FREE I Care Food Pantry Back to School Clothing Fair

I Care Food Pantry Clothing Fair I Care Clothing Fair Spanish

 

 

 

 

Greetings Shawnee Heights Families:

We are excited to partner with you as you being the amazing journey through education with your child! Welcome to our district and to our schools! We are here to love and support your child as they start their school career. 

We will soon have the opportunity to get to know more about your incoming kindergarten student(s)!  Children develop much knowledge prior to entering formal school. Our district will utilize the Kansas Kindergarten Readiness Snapshot, the Ages & Stages Questionnaires(ASQ), to provide a snapshot of a child’s development. These questionnaires do NOT determine eligibility or placement in kindergarten. We embrace every child with their unique abilities and talents. 

Since you know your child best, you will complete both versions of the questionnaires: the Ages & Stages Questionnaires®, Third Edition (ASQ-3) and the Ages & Stages Questionnaires®: Social-Emotional, Second Edition (ASQ:SE-2). 

This information helps our school prepare for the year, and we are in the process of getting everything ready for you to effectively complete the ASQ. We are even discussing options to possibly host a few events at our school so that we can assist you in providing us with this information about your child(ren).

When you’re ready to begin, click on the link below that is unique to your child’s school.  

Sincerely,

Stacey Giebler, Elementary Curriculum Director

Shawnee Heights USD 450


ASQ Questionnaires

Berryton Elementary School - https://www.asqonline.com/family/d8fac5

Shawnee Heights Elementary School - https://www.asqonline.com/family/272caf

Tecumseh South Elementary School - https://www.asqonline.com/family/ab785e 

Tecumseh North Elementary School (English) - https://www.asqonline.com/family/277f5a

Tecumseh North Elementary School (Spanish) - https://www.asqonline.com/family/cc64af

The National Alcohol and Substance Abuse Information Center
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
800-784-6776
http://www.addictioncareoptions.com

National Hopeline Network
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
800-784-2433
800-442-4673
http://www.hopeline.com

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Eating Disorders
10 am - 6 pm EST, Monday to Friday
630-577-1330
http://www.anad.org

National Mental Health Association Hotline
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
800-273-8255
http://www.nmha.org

National Runaway Switchboard
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
800-786-2929
http://www.1800runaway.org

National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
866-331-9474
http://www.loveisrespect.org

National Domestic Violence Hotline
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
800-799-7332
http://www.ndvh.org

American Sexual Health Association
8 am to 8 pm EST, Monday to Friday
919-361-8488
http://www.ashastd.org

LGBTQ National Youth Talkline
4 pm to 12 am EST, Monday to Friday
12 pm to 5 pm EST, Saturday
800-246-7743
http://www.glnh.org/talkline

Trans Lifeline
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
877-565-8860
http://translifeline.org

Boys Town National Hotline - serving all teens
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
800-448-3000
http://www.parenting.org

Postpartum Support International
Calls returned within 24 hours
800-944-4773
http://postpartum.net

Planned Parenthood
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
800-230-7526
http://www.plannedparenthood.org

Speak Up (School Violence)
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
866-773-2587
http://www.bradycampaign.org/our-impact/campaigns/speak-up

Safe Horizon's Rape, Sexual Assault & Incest Hotline
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-621-4673
Crime Victims Hotline: 866-689-4357
866-604-5350
http://www.safehorizon.org

 

USD 450 pays tuition at Washburn Institute of Technology (Washburn Tech) for current high school
juniors and seniors in the district. Topeka Public School students attend Washburn Tech on a part-time basis, approximately a half-day schedule. Bus transportation is provided. Students who successfully complete a half-day schedule (a.m. or p.m.) of courses at Washburn Tech during a semester earn 2.0 credits at their home high school.

General Enrollment Requirements:

A student must:

  • Be 16 years of age and have junior or senior standing in high school
  • Submit an application
  • Successfully complete the general entrance examination, Accuplacer​ (see below for more information)
  • Conference with Washburn Tech adviser - Luci Ziegman
  • If accepted, pay a $20 enrollment fee after receiving a cost sheet from Washburn Tech
  • Be responsible for cost of books, supplies and tools

Visit Washburn Institute of Technology Website for more information about specific programs or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
Accuplacer
The Accuplacer is an adaptive, multiple-choice and essay test that is designed to be a clear measure of academic skills in the areas of math, reading and English. Unlike other similar placement tests, the Accuplacer is untimed, meaning that students can take all the time they need to study the questions and determine what they feel to be the right answer.

The Accuplacer is divided into 6 individual sections: Sentence Skills, Reading Comprehension, Arithmetic Test, Elementary Algebra, College Level Math Test & Written Essay. This test is administered online, and is generally given to students as they are entering a college or university. Keep in mind that as a placement test the Accuplacer is not a pass/fail exam. Instead it is designed to let colleges and universities know exactly where their students stand in these particular areas.

The Accuplacer is comprised of 6 individual sections and all questions will be multiple-choice with the exception of the single essay question. The 6 individual sections are as follows:

Sentence Skills

  • 20 individual questions looking at sentence structure and word choice
Reading Comprehension
  • 20 individual questions looking at reading comprehension and sentence relationships
​Arithmetic Test
  • 17 individual questions divided in 3 categories - whole numbers and fractions, decimals and percents, and applications and problem solving
Elementary Algebra
  • 12 individual algebra based questions
College Level Math
  • 20 individual questions ranging from intermediate algebra to pre-calculus
Written Essay
  • One Topic

Practice testing materials are available for students wanting to take this test.

Find Your Path
Washburn Tech: Find Your Path

 

As the Shawnee Heights USD 450 Schools moves through the journey of recovering from COVID-19 crisis response and returning to a more normal state of operation, we are committed to:

  • Providing quality continuous learning opportunities for students during this period of uncertainty. This includes excellence in academic, social-emotional support, and student nutrition.
  • Safety and well-being of all district employees and students.

This plan aims to safeguard students, staff, and the community from the threat posed by COVID-19 by:

  • Preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the community and on school campuses.
  • Participating and contributing actively as a partner with all state, county, and local educational and public health partners.
  • Minimizing the impact of disruptions to the delivery of instructional and related services.
  • Communicating regularly with all stakeholders on issues that could impact individual school or overall district operations.

Our work will continue to be guided by the district’s mission to provide a quality education that ensures academic achievement for all students and develops caring, productive, and responsible citizens. This will be achieved through:

  • Diverse academic opportunities
  • Staff committed to continuous improvement
  • Students, family and community involvement
  • Safe Schools

 

 USD 450 COVID Weekly Report

 

 

 

Shawnee Heights USD 450 Plan for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services 

 

 

 

2021-2022 Shawnee Heights Operational Guidelines 

 

 

Exposure Guidelines

 

COVID-19 Exposure & Quarantine Protocols / Quarantine Exemptions for School Scenarios

 

 Quanatine Mask Quick Glance

 

 

COVID-19 VACCINE CLINICS

Green Teal Vaccine Instagram Post

 

Kansas State Department of Education - Child Nutrition & Wellness 

 

Preparing the Students of Today for the Opportunities of Tomorrow

 PowerSchool is a web-based student information system providing real-time information to parents, students, faculty, staff and administrators - over the Internet. 

PowerSchool Parent Portal (link to https://ps.usd450.net/public/  ) is available for your use. 

 

PowerSchool also has an app that you can download on your mobile devices. Search PowerSchool in your AppStore or Google Play or following the links below:

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googleplay

The District Code is CRCN.

 

Administrators, log in below to access this area.

Board Members, login below to access this area.

Marsh Media grants permission to allow parents of Shawnee Heights Public Schools USD 450, to preview the following programs:

Growing Up! For Girls (5th Grade)

Growing Up! For Boys (5th Grade)

We're Growing Up! (6th Grade)

Blood Born Pathogens and Other Germs (5th Grade)

Blood vs Germs (6th Grade)

This agreement is limited to January and February 2021 only. If it is between these dates, you are a parent of a USD 450 student and did not receive a password for the above videos, contact your home school.

  

Copyright 2018 MARSHmedia
MarshMedia Ordering Information Number 1-800-821-3303
marshmedia.com

 

 

Lack of Internet service makes it difficult for students to complete homework, creating a “homework gap”, which places students without access at a disadvantage when compared to their peers who do have such access. EveryoneOn, a national nonprofit working to ensure all students have access to Internet service at home, is pleased to inform you about an upcoming new low-cost wireline home Internet offer for students and families:

EveryoneOn can help you find low-cost internet and affordable computers in your area.

Access from AT&T can help lower cost of internet services for qualifying households.

 

Child Care Aware of Eastern Kansas has a comprehensive service providing detailed information on available childcare in the area and what to look for when choosing a childcare provider.  They also have a parenting helpline at  1-877-678-2548 to answer parenting questions, as well as providing information on available parenting classes.

 

 

After School Programming:

 

Academic resources may be utilized to help your child succeed in school. Many schools offer supplementary academic support for students. Please check with your student’s teacher.

Shawnee  
Math Quest Learning Center  (785) 783-3549
Topeka Library Homework Center  (785)-580-4565

Washburn University

Math or education department students may be willing to provide tutoring.



 

 

Eligible families can receive free immunizations from the health department office in Topeka.  Immunizations are done on a walk-in basis. No appointment is necessary. Please take your immunizations record with you. You should keep your shot record just as you would any other important document.

 

Shawnee County Health Department Immunizations

2115 SW 10th Ave

Topeka, KS 66604

(785) 251-2180

 

Hours

Monday, Thursday, Friday

8:00 am - 11:00 am

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

 

Tuesday

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

 

Wednesday

8:00 am - 11:00 am

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

 

Find out about the Kansas Immunization Program.

Information about School & Child Care Immunization.

 

 

 All screenings are held on Friday mornings. There are two sessions at each screening, 8:30 and 10:00. Please call the Special Services Office at 357-5440 to schedule a screening appointment. 

ECSE September Newsletter


 

 

 

 

Shawnee Heights USD #450

ECSE Screening Dates 2021-2022

August 20, 2021 Shawnee Heights Elementary
September 3, 2021  Tecumseh North Elementary
October 8, 2021

Tecumseh South Elementary

November 5, 2021

Berryton Elementary

December 3, 2021

Shawnee Heights Elementary

January 7, 2022

Tecumseh North Elementary

February 4, 2022

Tecumseh South Elementary

March 4, 2022

Berryton Elementary

April 1, 2022

Shawnee Heights Elementary

Facility Use Information

The Shawnee Heights District Board of Education recognizes the facilities of the district are both school and community resources and encourages community use of school facilities when such use is in the public interest, does not conflict with school activities, and is not detrimental to the purpose of schools. School activities shall have first priority for facility use.  No group or organization shall be allowed to use school facilities for private profit-making purposes. School-related organizations, such as parent-teacher associations and the Shawnee Heights Schools Foundation, shall have priority over non-school related organizations. Additional information regarding the board’s policy for use of school facilities can be found by reading the KG Use of Facilities by Non-School Groups. 

Residents, staff members, and community groups can make facility use requests via ML Schedules System by following the steps below.

ELEMENTARY GYMS are available for rental each year beginning with the Tuesday following Labor Day.

 

 

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All facility use requests are completed online. The first step needed to make an online facility use request is to create an ML Schedules user account. You can do so by clicking the icon above. Be sure to complete all information fields and then click the submit button. If your registration was successful you will receive an email confirmation. The links below will provide additional information if needed:

Creating a User Account and Associated Group (video)

Community User Quick Start Guide (pdf)


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Once your account is created you can start making facility reservations using ML Schedules. Click the icon above to reach the Login screen. The video below will further explain the reservation process as will the Community User Quick Start Guide:

 Making a Request Using ML Schedules (video)


Under Kansas law, the Board of Education has authority to allow public school buildings to be used by recognized community organizations whose activities are of general interest to the community and whose use of the school facility is for a community purpose. Reasonable charges to cover custodial and utility costs may be levied. 

  1. Failure to follow KG/KG-R; General Regulations for Facility Use, will result in the forfeiture of the right of further occupancy. No tolerance for infractions of the contract provisions or board policy will be allowed. 

  2.  All facility requests should be submitted to Shawnee Heights U.S.D. #450 via ML Schedules located at www.usd450.net/community/facility-rentals

  3.  All facility requests, excluding elementary gymnasium requests, must be approved by the Shawnee Heights Board of Education. The board meets on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month, excluding holidays. 

  4.  Payment and all other required documentation must be submitted on or before 4:00 pm the business day prior to facility use. Once payment and documentation is submitted, final authorization will be granted in ML Schedules and the contract issued. 

  5. Cancellation must be made one week prior to the date of reservation for the district to reimburse any fees paid. 

  6. The issued contract shall be presented to the building custodian at the time admittance to the building is requested. Custodians have been instructed to grant admittance only to groups with an approved contract. 

  7. The district reserves the right to cancel reservations because of unforeseen circumstances. Rental fees will be refunded for such cancellations. 

  8. At least 25 percent of the group should consist of patrons of Shawnee Heights U.S.D. #450. Violation of this regulation may result in forfeiture of all remaining scheduled usage, all fees paid and may prohibit any future facility use by the party which signed the contract. 

  9. The lessee may be required to obtain and pay for $1,000,000 of general liability coverage, including personal injury and property damage for all persons who use or attend activities in the facility under this agreement. The certificate of insurance should be submitted via ML Schedules.  

  10.  In emergency situations, change of sponsorship must be arranged with the building principal of the facility prior to 4:00 pm the day of the rental. 

  11.  At least one of the three adult sponsors specified in the agreement and one building staff member must be present at the facility for the duration of the rental period. 

  12. Student groups must be supervised by an adequate number of adults to assure proper facility care and use. Supervisors of groups are required to remain in the building until all parties have left or been picked up. 

  13.  All persons attending the activity shall confine themselves to the room(s) and corridors assigned for their use, not bring drinks into the gym, stay off the stage and equipment not requested for use during the activity, and depart the building at the prescribed time. Additional charges for extended time and use of property may be invoiced to the user when applicable. 

  14. Tobacco, weapons (as defined by statute), prescribed controlled substances and intoxicating liquors, including beer and wine, shall not be used in the building or on school property either by individuals, the group, other participants, or others in attendance. 

  15. No school furniture or equipment will be moved from the building in which it is located. 

  16. Kitchen use may be authorized by the building administrator or superintendent when no suitable alternative is available. 

  17. The building area(s) used by the renter MUST be cleaned and put back in order prior to the renter leaving at the end of each day's activities. An additional charge will be assessed for noncompliance.

  18. The individuals or groups making application for school facilities use shall agree to reimburse the district for any damage done to school facilities or property by persons of the participating group. Any damages occurring during usage will be billed to the individual and/or organization renting the facility. Further, the renter shall hold harmless and reimburse the district for any and all expenses arising because of any claim which may hereafter be presented by anyone for loss and damages or personal injury as a result of the use of the school facility by the renter. 


 

Facility Use Fees


 

Name

Description

01. School or Booster Club Activity

All District school groups or booster club members requesting the use of facilities for school or school affiliated activities.

02. District Staff-Non-School Activity

USD 450 district staff members requesting use of facilities for non-school activities.

03. District Patron

Individuals, groups or organizations residing in the Shawnee Heights school district.

04. Non-District Patron

Individuals, groups or organizations residing outside of the Shawnee Heights school district.

 

 


The USD 450 administration reserves the right to contact you to reschedule or cancel an activity scheduled based upon school needs.

Certificate of Insurance: The User(s) is to take out and maintain a current policy throughout the term of this agreement a General Liability insurance policy with a reputable insurer, having an A.M. Best rating of A- or better, in which (a)  the School is indemnified in an amount not less than $1 million for any claims whatsoever (including injury to persons or damage to property) arising out of the use of the School premises by the User(s); (b) the School is named as an Additional Insured under the policy; and (c)  the policy or a certificate of insurance must be produced to the School prior to use of the facilities. User(s) and the School agree that any insurance policies procured by User(s) that provide benefits or protection for the School shall be primary and that any policies procured by School that might happen to provide protection or benefits to the School arising out of User's use of the School premises shall be excess.

Cancellation: The Shawnee Heights School District encourages the use of facilities by a variety of groups. However, the district discourages groups from reserving facilities and then not using them. This practice restricts other potential users from gaining access. Cancellations will be accepted by calling the Shawnee Heights District Office up to seven days prior to the event. Cancellations may also be accepted on an emergency basis with prior approval at the District Office. Cancellations due to inclement weather will be considered an emergency.

 


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2020-2021 School Year

(Minutes will be posted as they are approved.) 

October 12, 2020 Minutes
November 9, 2020 Minutes

2019-2020 School Year

(Minutes will be posted as they are approved.)
 
September 9, 2019 Minutes
October 14, 2019 Minutes
November 11, 2019 Minutes
February 10, 2020 Minutes

 

 2018-2019 School Year

September 10, 2018 Minutes
October 8, 2018 Minutes
November 12, 2018 Minutes
January 14, 2019 Minutes
February 11, 2019 Minutes
March 19, 2019 Minutes

 

Picture of girl getting on bus.

BUS DRIVERS NEEDED

If you want to drive a bus or be a bus aide:

  • Are you at least 18 years of age?
  • Do you like to drive?
  • Do you like to work with children?
  • No special attire required.
  • No need for day care. (Stay-at-home parents can bring their children)
  • If you live in the district and not in the city, you can take your bus home with you.
  • We'll train you! (in house training)

Find out about opportunities in the Job Opportunities section of the district website.

SCHOOL BUS PROCEDURES

PHILOSOPHY: Shawnee Heights U.S.D. #450 is committed to excellence in its transportation program and considers appropriate bus conduct essential to the safe transportation of students to and from school.

The district believes that all students can behave on the bus, and have a responsibility to behave in a manner which allows the driver to concentrate on operating the bus in the safest possible manner.

The district believes pupil conduct should be maintained with procedures which will advance the purposes of safety while remaining consistent with applicable state law and established Board of Education school policy.

Parents can assist a great deal in maintaining proper discipline on the school bus by insisting that their children seat themselves promptly on the bus, stay seated while the bus is moving and conduct themselves in such a manner that the school bus driver can devote his or her time to the task of driving a bus.

SCHOOL BUS SAFETY REGULATIONS:

  • No balloons or flower arrangements.
  • Book bags need to be no larger than your student can carry up and down the bus steps and hold while on the bus.
  • If musical instruments or sports equipment are too large for your student to hold, they need to be transported by the parent.
  • Parents, please check your students’ clothes and book bags and remove drawstrings and straps that could get tangled around legs or get caught on items on the bus.
  • All loaded buses leaving the High School and Middle School have the right of way.
  • While on site, all vehicles must obey bus stop arms.

PRIOR TO LOADING:

  • Pupils must be on time! The bus cannot wait beyond its regular schedule for those who are tardy. If a regular rider is not at the stop, the driver will honk, then proceed on the route according to schedule.
  • Bus riders should conduct themselves in a safe manner while waiting for the bus.
  • Riders should wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before attempting to enter the school bus. If crossing the street, riders should observe the direction of the driver.
  • Authorization must be obtained from the building principal before students can change buses or ride home with another student.
  • Changes in your child’s daily bus schedule should be reported to the school office.

WHILE ON THE BUS:

  • The driver is in charge of the pupils on the bus. Pupils must obey the driver promptly.
  • Classroom conduct is to be observed by the pupils while on the bus. In the interest of safety, only low conversation is acceptable. Unnecessary conversation with the driver is prohibited.
  • Riders should go quickly and quietly to assigned seats.
  • Riders should keep arms and head inside bus at all times.
  • Riders should assist in keeping the bus clean and free from trash.
  • Damage to the bus must be paid for by the offender.
  • Riders should never tamper with the controls or the equipment on the bus.
  • Riders should not throw anything out of the bus windows.
  • Riders should keep books, packages, coats, feet and all other objects out of the aisle.
  • Riders are to remain seated while the bus is in motion.
  • Quiet is necessary when approaching a railroad crossing.
  • Food and beverages shall not be consumed on route buses.
  • No glass containers, animals or pets are allowed on the bus.
  • Pupil conduct endangering the safety of others, committing acts of vandalism, swearing or using obscene language, unacceptable signs or gestures toward the driver, or committing moral offenses, may result in suspension from transportation.

WHEN TRANSPORTING ASSIGNED SCHOOL PROJECTS:

  • Glass containers and all weapons are dangerous, therefore, they are not permitted on school buses.
  • Students shall make prior arrangements with the principal before bringing projects to school.
  • Every project or article shall be transported in a suitable container or package, and small enough the student can hold on his/her lap. Anything larger should be transported by the parent.

AFTER LEAVING THE BUS:

  • Riders should cross the road at least ten feet in front of the bus.
  • They should observe directions of the driver, then look to be sure no traffic is approaching from either direction.
  • The driver will not discharge riders at places other than the regular bus stop unless the proper authorization is given from school officials.
  • Riders should not go to mailboxes until the bus has left the area.

WHILE ON EXTRA-CURRICULAR TRIPS:

The above rules and regulations apply on any trip under school sponsorship.

To assist bus drivers, please have your address posted in a visible location.

September Breakfast Menu

Download the September Breakfast Menu

 

September Lunch Menu

Download the September Lunch Menu

 

Did you know?

You can find each school's dining menu on our district App! Search for "Shawnee Heights USD 450" in Google Play or the App Store to download our district's free app. 

 

Milk– Carb Counts:

Chocolate – 25 grams

Strawberry – 23 grams

1% - 12 grams

Skim – 12 grams

 


The USDA's National School Lunch Program SSO has been extended to allow for all Kansas students to receive FREE breakfast and lunch each school day during the 2021-2022 school year. Extra milk, including snack milk, is not included and will cost $.50 a carton.

Extra Milk $ .50
Adult Breakfast $2.10
Adult Lunch $3.75

Free and Reduced Meal Applications will not be collected this year due to USDA's National School Lunch Program SSO providing free meals to students at school. The determination for free or reduced school fees is based on information provided on the Home Economic Survey completed during enrollment. If you did not complete the Home Economic Survey during enrollment you can print and complete the form and turn it into your school's office. 

Federal Law states that all meals served in a public school are to be paid for in advance. Make sure your student has money in their account if they are eating school breakfast or lunch. If your student has a negative balance from the past years, he or she will not be able to purchase a meal on the first day of school unless/until the account is brought current. At this time, Shawnee Heights does not participate in the free snack milk program. If snack milk is offered at your school, the student will be charged $.50 a day for a carton of milk; this amount is not covered by the free and reduced lunch program.

More information coming soon. 

In order to communicate accurate information to the public we have posted links to the district pandemic plan as well as links to additional information for parents, the public, the media and other useful resources. This information is intended to guide us and assist you in dealing with a possible pandemic situation. 

Pandemic Plan

Pandemic Appendix A - Parent Information

Pandemic Appendix B - Public Information

Pandemic Appendix C - Media Information

Pandemic Appendix D - Other Information

All medications must be kept in the health room and are administered by the health or delegated school staff during school hours. All medications MUST come to school in the original containers accompanied by a permission note (HF-033 or HF-033S) from the parent. WE WILL NOT GIVE MEDICATION WITHOUT THIS CONTAINER. If the doctor gives a professional sample medication to use, we MUST have a doctor note or a copy of a prescription for the drug.

Parents/guardians should be responsible for transporting prescription medications back and forth from school for their students. If there are extenuating circumstances that prevent this from occurring, the school's registered nurse needs to be notified.

If there are dosage changes from the original medication pharmacy label, a new parent permission form must be signed and we need a note or copy of the new prescription with the new dosage listed.

We do not give aspirin or medications containing aspirin without a doctor’s order. This is due to aspirin's connection to Reye's syndrome.

Herbal, natural and homeopathic remedies will not be administered at school without written authorization from the primary care physician.

In most cases we do not give narcotics at school. The registered nurse (R.N.) in each school will make the decision. It is recommended that students recover from injuries or surgery at home and be able to switch to non-narcotic pain medication before returning to school.

Parents or legal guardians may come to the school to administer the medications.

HF-018 - Release to Carry Inhaler

HF-033 - Permission to Administer Medication At School

HF-033S - PERMISO PARA ADMINISTRAR MEDICAMENTOS EN LA ESCUELA

HF-043 - Permission to Self Medicate OTC

HF-044 - Permission to Self Medicate RX

hf-045_release_to_carry_epipen.pdf

 

Immunizations are the most effective way to prevent more serious communicable diseases. Before your child may enter school anywhere in Kansas, you are required by state law K.S.A. 72-5209 to provide the school with documentation of your child's immunization records.

Immunization Requirements for the 2021-2022 School Year

 


Additionally, after children begin school, they may need additional immunizations. When this happens, the school will inform you of what additional shots will be needed and when they will be required. A complete list of required immunizations is available on Kansas Recommended Immunization Schedule.


Students who fail to provide the documentation required by law may be excluded from school by the superintendent until the requirements are satisfied. Notice of exclusion shall be given to parents/guardian as prescribed by law.

Information about Lice

  • Lice live on human heads and feed on human blood
  • Lice do not live on animals
  • Lice can't fly, jump or hop
  • Lice are unlikely to re-infest after coming off a head
  • Lice are spread mainly by head-to-head contact
  • Lice like clean or dirty hair
  • Lice do not carry disease
  • Lice lay 3 to 10 eggs (nits) a day; nits hatch after 5 to 10 days
  • Lice lay 100 to 300 eggs (nits) before they die

How to Prevent Head Lice

  • Avoid direct head-to-head contact with people
  • Don't share brushes, combs, ribbons, hats, helmets, or hair ties
  • Keep long hair tied up or pulled back
  • Brush hair regularly with a close bristled brush

Treatments

  • Lice can be resistant to pediculocides (chemical treatments- not recommended for children under 3 years of age)
  • No matter what treatment is used, all nits must be removed to eradicate lice.
  • Recommend the use of a metal nit comb and manual removal (nit picking) to remove all nits.
  • Olive oil on hair for 8 or more hours, it has its own insecticidal properties, it smothers and kills active head lice. Use it daily for up to 3 weeks.
  • Treatment is not complete until ALL nits are removed.

For More Information Contact Your School Nurse

Preventative measures such as immunizations help your child to avoid deadly diseases, but regular visits to your child's health care provider when your child is well is the best way to maintain your child's good health. Routine exams can help identify any problems in your child's health or growth and development.

All students up to the age of nine are required by state law K.A.R. 72-5211 to submit evidence that they have had a health assessment (HF-039) done prior to entering kindergarten if attending a Kansas school or within the last 12 months of enrolling in the district for the first time. This assessment must be completed by a nurse who is KBH certified, or by a physician or a person acting under the direction of a physician.

Health History

This form is completed during the online enrollment process. This form is required to be filled out annually to keep our records updated. 

Physical for Non-Athletic Activities

Athletic Physicals

The Kansas State High School Activities Association requires an annual physical examination to be eligible for participation in the middle or high school interscholastic athletic program. Physical forms are available in all middle and high school offices. Signed forms must be on file in the school office prior to participation in practice or tryouts and must be dated after May 1 preceding the school year for which it is applicable.

Athletics Physical Form

 


 

More information coming soon. 

Parents as Teachers is a parent support program that currently serves families with children birth to three years of age. Through home visits, play groups, group meetings, and periodic screenings, PAT educators provide parents with resource materials and networking opportunities. By working together, parents and parent educators can build a solid learning foundation for children.


Parents as Teachers has shown that participating children:
· Were significantly more advanced in language development than other 3 year olds.
· Had made greater strides in problem solving and other intellectual skills.
· Were further along in social development than their peers.
· Demonstrated competencies that are predictive of and essential to later school achievement.

Parents as Teachers help parents give their children the best possible start in life, laying the foundation for later school success. It is a flexible program for all parents and has been found to be highly effective. The Parents as Teachers program is voluntary and free. As a parent, you are your child's most influential teacher.

More information at National Web Site for Parents as Teachers
Click on the link to the National Center & sign up for Parents eNewsletter

Playgroups - Come And Go Any Time You Please.
All playgroups held at Shawnee Heights Elementary unless otherwise noted.


Parent Educator: Vicki Padilla

Resource Center located at:

Shawnee Heights Elementary School
2410 S.E. Burton, Topeka, KS 66605-1913
785-730-5379 office
785-969-6519 cell
Fax: 785-357-5415
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Online Enrollment will began July 6, 2021! 

For assistance creating a Parent PowerSchool account, please contact your child's school directly. For any technical difficulties encountered during the enrollment process, please contact PowerSchool using these channels.

  • A direct link to PowerSchool Enrollment Family Support can be accessed here: https://help.powerschool.com/t5/reg
  • You can email support at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • For PowerSchool phone support, contact (866) 752-6850, Monday through Friday, 8-5 pm EST.  

Please note: For all Enrollment Family Support, head to the PowerSchool Community where you can read articles, engage in forums, and chat with them! 

If you need additional help with enrollment, parents are asked to call their respective school to make an appointment.

 

Which elementary boundary am I in?

Berryton Elementary 861-1300
Shawnee Heights Elementary 357-5400
Tecumseh North Elementary 379-5910
Tecumseh South Elementary 379-5950
Shawnee Heights Middle School 379-5830
Shawnee Heights High School 379-5880

 


Please see the Enrollment / Couse Offerings page for instructions on high school enrollment.

New Student Registration -  https://registration.powerschool.com/family/gosnap.aspx?action=28082&culture=en

 

Which elementary boundary am I in?

Berryton Elementary 861-1300
Shawnee Heights Elementary 357-5400
Tecumseh North Elementary 379-5910
Tecumseh South Elementary 379-5950
Shawnee Heights Middle School 379-5830
Shawnee Heights High School 379-5880

The district requires that a parent (guardian) accompany the student(s) at the time of registration. The following documents are necessary to complete the registration process:

  • Your child's birth certificate (state-certified copy)
  • Immunization Record (Kansas Certification of Immunization or copy of the personal shot record)
  • Proof of Residency (i.e. utility bill or housing contract)
  • If a student is living with a relative or other individual who lives in the district, legal documentation must be submitted given that individual(s) the right to make educational and medical decisions.
  • Custody Papers (if applicable)
  • USD Forms to be completed online: Student Information Record, Health History, School Bus Drop/Add/Change Form, English Language Learners Survey, Household Economic Survey

Other information that assists in the placement of student:

  • Copy of your child's current transcript of grades
  • Copy of your child's IEP, if applicable
  • Homeless Students

The district, in accordance with state and federal law and the Kansas state plan, will ensure that homeless children in the school district have access to a free and appropriate public education. Homeless students are individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. If you believe you child might qualify for homeless services please contact your school's principal or the local coordinator, Stacey Giebler, at (785) 379-5800. 

More information coming soon.

To the left are policies help keep our students, staff and visitors safe.

In-District Transfers -
If you live IN the Shawnee Heights School District but would like to request your child attend one of the elementary schools other than the one where you reside, you will need to fill out the In-District Transfer Form and attach a letter to the Superintendent explaining why you would like your child to attend another school.  All information must be mailed or delivered to the address listed below.

Out of District Transfers -

If you live OUTSIDE the Shawnee Heights School District but wish for your child to attend one of our schools, you will need to file a request with the Superintendent. If your student is a returning out-of-district student, read and complete the Out-of-District Application for (Returning) Non-Resident Students. If your student had not attended the Shawnee Heights school district in the previous school year, read and complete the Out-of-District Application for (New) Non-Resident Students.
In addition, a letter stating which school you would like for your child to attend and why you would like this transfer to be granted will need to accompany the required form.

 


This information can be mailed or delivered to the address below:

Shawnee Heights Central Office
Attn: Jeannie Gish
4401 SE Shawnee Heights Rd.
Tecumseh, KS 66542

fax: 785-379-5810

Online Enrollment will began July 6, 2021.

For all returning students a parent/guardian will receive a Snapcode Letter via email. 

For assistance in creating a Parent PowerSchool account, please contact your child's school directly. For any technical difficulties encountered during the enrollment process, please contact PowerSchool using these channels.

  • A direct link to PowerSchool Enrollment Family Support can be accessed here: https://help.powerschool.com/t5/reg
  • You can email support at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • For PowerSchool phone support, contact (866) 752-6850, Monday through Friday, 8-5 pm EST.  

Please note: For all Enrollment Family Support, head to the PowerSchool Community where you can read articles, engage in forums, and chat with them! 

New Student Registration -   https://registration.powerschool.com/family/gosnap.aspx?action=28082&culture=en

 

Which elementary boundary am I in?

Berryton Elementary 861-1300
Shawnee Heights Elementary 357-5400
Tecumseh North Elementary 379-5910
Tecumseh South Elementary 379-5950
Shawnee Heights Middle School 379-5830
Shawnee Heights High School 379-5880

 

For assistance with PowerSchool accounts, please contact your student's school.

Please refer to the 2021-22 Enrollment Fees (PreK-12) for all fees for the district. 


Berryton Elementary   
Tecumseh North Elementary 
Tecumseh South Elementary 
Shawnee Heights Elementary 
Shawnee Heights Middle School 
Shawnee Heights High School 
District Information 

August Breakfast/Lunch Menu

District Accident Insurance

Shawnee Heights District & School Communication Methods

Media Release Opt-Out Form

Acceptable Use Policy

 

 Best wishes for the new school year!

The District Advisory Council is comprised of representatives from each of the site councils, PTO's and booster clubs supporting the schools of the district in addition to a teacher representative, the Board of Education Vice-President, curriculum director, superintendent, and two high school students. The mission of the DAC is to assist the Shawnee Heights Board of Education, Staff, and patrons in bringing about cooperation and coordination of resources to maximize educational opportunities for the students of Shawnee Heights U.S.D. 450.  The DAC shall provide advice and assistance by promoting the welfare of children and youth in the home, school, and community and increasing citizen awareness, input, involvement, and confidence in Shawnee Heights Unified School District by receiving reports and information related to curriculum, programs, and activities of the school district. 


 DAC Scheduled Meetings:

September 13, 2021

October 11, 2021

November 8, 2021

December - no meeting

January 10, 2022

February 14, 2022

March 22, 2022

April 11, 2022

May - no meeting

 

Meetings start at 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the High School in the Professional Development Center.

USD 450 Central Administrative Office
4401 S.E. Shawnee Heights Road
Tecumseh, KS 66542-9799
(785) 379-5800

HallacyTim

Tim Hallacy
Superintendent of Schools
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HirschMatthew

Matt Hirsch
Associate Superintendent
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HoyerSara

Sara Hoyer
Business and Finance Director
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BellStacey

Stacey Bell
Secondary Curriculum Director
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GieblerStacey

Stacey Giebler
Elementary Curriculum Director
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OBrienKristin

Dr. Kristin O'Brien
Special Education Director
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Grindol CoxTara

Tara Cox
Food Service Director
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HofstraNathan

Nathan Hofstra
Director of Support Services
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AndersonBlair

Blair Anderson
I.T. Director
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KinschTiffanie

Tiffanie Kinsch
Communications & Marketing Director
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For help with boundary information, please contact the Transportation Department at:

Phone: (785) 379-5820
Fax: (785) 379-5872
Office Hours: 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM

 

Historically, the area that encompasses the present Shawnee Height District 450 included the elementary attendance centers of Richland, Berryton and Tecumseh. The Tecumseh students attended Highland Park Rural High School. These rural communities found themselves caught in the trend of suburban movement of the 1950s.


In 1960 Highland Park High School was annexed into the City of Topeka which created a need for a high school attendance center for the Tecumseh students. For two years these students were transported to Highland Park. A three member board was formed to investigate the feasibility of a high school for this area, and a citizens’ committee of eight was appointed to study the ramifications of constructing such a school. In June 1960, the committee outlined the need for the school and recommended that it be a joint venture between Tecumseh (old District No. 10) and Berryton-Richland (old District No. 1). The two communities consolidated, and a decision was made to build the new high school on the 47 acres of purchased land. A principal was hired to help with the planning, and in 1962 Shawnee Heights High School (named as the result of a contest between eighth grade students of the three attendance centers) was opened. Enrollment the first year was 260 students in the building constructed to accommodate 400 students.


As housing interest moved eastward from Topeka, school enrollment grew quickly, and additional acreage was purchased for new buildings. In 1970 a new junior high school was built for grades 7-9. In 1979 another new building was added. At the present time grades 7-8 are housed in the original high school grades 9-10 in the 1970 building and grades 11-12 in the 1979 building. The three buildings lie in a triangle on the corner of 45th Street and Shawnee Heights Road.


Shawnee Heights USD #450 encompasses 140 square miles and located between two major cities in eastern Kansas; Topeka and Lawrence. The District is headquartered in Shawnee County, approximately nine miles southeast of downtown Topeka, Kansas. The current estimated population of the District is 18,000. The total enrollment for the 2016-17 school year is 3,531.


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IKA Financial Literacy (See ID)

The board supports the goal of providing district students with sufficient knowledge of economic systems to make informed, financial choices. In furtherance of this goal, the board directs the superintendent to develop and implement a plan to incorporate outcome -based personal financial literacy education into the district's instructional program.

The superintendent shall document district efforts to provide financial literacy education opportunities for district students and shall provide, upon request, feedback or information to the Kansas State Department of Education on such efforts.

Approved:

KASB Recommendation- 6/15

©KASB. This material may be reproduced for use in the district. It may not be reproduced, either in whole or in part, in any form whatsoever, to be given, sold or transmitted to any person or entity including but not limited to another school district, organization, company or corporation without written permission from KASB.

IIBF Acceptable Use Guidelines (See IIBG, IIBGA, IIBGC)

Purpose:

The district provides computer network and internet access for its students and employees. This service allows employees and students to share information, learn new concepts, research diverse subjects, and create and maintain school-based websites. The district has adopted the following

Acceptable Use Guidelines to govern the conduct of those who elect to access the computer network or district Internet.

Acceptable Use Guidelines

Users shall adhere to the following guidelines of acceptable use:

  • All use of the Internet will be in support of educational activities.
  • Users will report misuse and breaches of network security.
  • Users shall not access, delete, copy, modify, nor forge other users' e-mails, files, or data.
  • Users shall not use other users' passwords nor disclose their password to others.
  • Users shall not pursue unauthorized access, disruptive activities, nor other actions commonly referred to as "hacking," internally or externally to the district.
  • Users shall not disclose confidential information about themselves or others.
  • User shall not utilize unlicensed software.
  • Users shall not access or permit access to pornography, obscene depictions, or other materials harmful to minors.

©KASB. This material may be reproduced for use in the district. It may not be reproduced, either in whole or in part, in any form whatsoever, to be given, sold or transmitted to any person or entit';including but not limited to another school district, organization, company or corporation without written permission from KASB.
IIBF Acceptable Use Guidelines IIBF-2

  • Students shall not disable or attempt to disable Internet filtering software.
    Prohibitions

Although the district reserves the right to determine what use of the district network is appropriate, the following actions are specifically prohibited:

  • Transferring copyrighted materials to or from any district network without the express consent of the owner of the copyright.
  • Use of the network for creation, dissemination, or viewing of defamatory, factually inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, or other material prohibited by law or district policy.
  • Dissemination of personnel or student information v1a the network when such information is protected by law, including the Family and Educational Rights Act or Student Data Privacy Act.
  • Utilization of the network to disseminate non-work-related material.
  • Utilization of the network as a means for advertising or solicitation. Monitoring

The school district reserves the right to monitor, without pnor notice, any and all usage of the computer network and district Internet access, including, but not by way of limitation, e-mail transmissions and receptions. Any information gathered during monitoring may be copied, reviewed, and stored. All such information files shall be and remain the property of the school district, and no user shall have any expectation of privacy regarding his/her use of the computer network or the district Internet.

Internet Safety:

In compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and the Kansas Children's Internet Protection Act, the school district will implement filtering and or blocking software to restrict access to Internet sites containing child pornography, obscene depictions, or other materials harmful to minors. The school district, however, cannot and does not guarantee the effectiveness of filtering software. Any student who connects to such a site must immediately disconnect from the site and notify a teacher. An employee who accidentally connects to such a site must immediately disconnect from the site and notify a supervisor. If a user sees another user is accessing inappropriate sites, he or she should notify a teacher or supervisor
immediately. The school district administration reserves the right to prohibit access to any network or Internet it deems inappropriate or harmful. The school district shall instruct students regarding appropriate online behavior including cyberbullying.

Penalties for Improper Use:

Access to the network and Internet 1s a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in the restriction or cancellation of the access. The school district has the right to make the determination of what constitutes inappropriate use and use as an educational tool. Inappropriate use may lead to any disciplinary and/or legal action, up to and including suspension and/or expulsion of district students and suspension and/or termination of employees. Law enforcement shall be notified of inappropriate use which may constitute a violation of Federal or state law, and such use may result in criminal prosecution.

Approved: KASB Recommendation - 6/14

©KASB. This material may be reproduced for use in the district. It may not be reproduced, either in whole or in part, in any form whatsoever, to be given, sold or transmitted to any person or entity including but not limited to another school district, organization, company or corporation without written permission from KASB.

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Dear Applicant:

Thank you for your interest in Shawnee Heights USD 450.  The Shawnee Heights School District is recognized as one of the premier school districts in Kansas.  The success of our district and our students is attributed to the excellent staff and teachers we recruit, support, and retain.  We employ approximately 570 full time classified and certified employees.  Your application is the first step to joining the Shawnee Heights team.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

I look forward to hearing from you!


Scott Dial
Associate Superintendent
785-379-5800
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Shawnee Heights USD 450 has a charitable not-for-profit district foundation organized exclusively for educational purposes. The Shawnee Heights Public Schools Foundation is composed of a twelve-member board of directors whose governing of the foundation is completely separate from the school district Board of Education. The foundation Board of Directors provides leadership, advice, and other professional expertise in determining distribution of foundation funds. The purpose of the foundation is to establish a monetary fund for educational projects or grants throughout the Shawnee Heights School District. Contributions made by individuals or groups may be designated for a specific purpose, or may be donated to the foundation to be used for teacher grants or other projects established by the foundation.

Funds raised by the Foundation are used for teacher mini-grants and special projects in classrooms. 

If you are interested in finding out more information or supporting the Shawnee Heights Public Schools Foundation through a tax-deductible contribution or becoming involved, please go to http://shawneeheightsfoundation.net/

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USD 450 Board of Education

Shawnee Heights USD 450 Board of Education are patrons of the district who volunteer to serve the students, staff and families of the district. Meetings are held twice monthly, usually on the first and third Monday of each month at 7:00 PM. Meetings are open to the public and are held in the professional development room at Shawnee Heights High School or (on the third Monday of the month) in one of the schools.

 

Board Members can be contacted via email:

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Lauren Tice Miller This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jason Schulz  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Please use our Chain of Command Chart when you have questions or concerns. This will allow us to address your question/concern in a timely and effective manner.

Chain of Command Chart

 

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USD 450 District Mission Statement

 The mission of Shawnee Heights USD 450 is to provide quality education that ensures academic achievement for all students and develops caring, productive and responsible citizens. This will be achieved through:

  • Diverse academic opportunities
  • Staff committed to continuous improvement
  • Students, family and community involvement
  • Safe schools

 

 2021-2022 USD 450 District Goals

  1. All district educators will adopt innovative and rigorous instructional strategies to meet student learning needs to ensure students will graduate college and career ready.
  2. All district personnel will promote a culture of inclusion and acceptance, and proactively address the social-emotional needs of students and staff so they will thrive in a constantly changing global society.
  3. All learning environments and activities will adhere to appropriate health and safety guidelines to promote and maximize the safety, security, and well-being of attendees.
  4. All district personnel will responsibly and transparently manage the intellectual, physical, human, and financial resources of the district.
  5. All district administrators will proactively attract and retain the highest quality staff members to support our students.

USD 450 Board of Education

The seven-member board is comprised of two members from each of three districts and one at-large member. Members are elected for a four-year term which begins in January of even-numbered years.

 

 


Current Board Members:


 PriceErica

President, Erica Price

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Position: 5B

Term: January 2018 – December 2021

"I am from Louisburg, Kansas and I am one of five siblings. I graduated from Louisburg High School in 1996 then to Johnson County Community College where I graduated with two associates degrees, one as a sign language interpreter. Although I've held a job since I was 14, I began my adult life working at Elmont Elementary school in the Seamen School District as a sign language interpreter in 2001. I continued working for Seaman until our son came along in 2005. His arrival compelled me to be a stay-at-home mom. It turns out mom's don't get to stay home. While I’ve ‘stayed home’ I’ve served on the Heights of Learning Board, the Tecumseh North PTO, Tecumseh North Site Council, District Advisory Council, Shawnee Heights Public Schools Foundation, and now the Shawnee Heights School Board.

For years, I thought it was my husband's calling to run for the school board, but I realized it was actually mine. Education is always evolving, and I am proud to be a part of the collaborative effort to keep Shawnee Heights moving in the right direction. Our district strives to make every student successful in their own way, and it's important to me to keep that momentum. It's an honor to serve the teachers, students, and the patrons of Shawnee Heights."


 BusenitzRocky

Vice President, Rocky Busenitz

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Position: 2B

Term: January 2020 – December 2023

“I’m a 1994 graduate of Shawnee Heights High School and attended both Tecumseh North and Shawnee Heights Elementary schools. I’m a graduate of both Washburn University and Baker University and have been working in the IT field for over 23 years. My wife, Jenessa, and I have a daughter Aubrey (Class of 2015), and 4 sons: Chase (Class of 2018), Orrin, Parker, Quinn. We knew we wanted to raise our family in Shawnee Heights schools because of the excellent educational and extracurricular opportunities and a strong sense of caring demonstrated by the teachers within the district.

While serving on the Shawnee Heights Site Council and the District Advisory Council, I saw many of the needs within the district. I decided I could help serve those needs by running for an open school board position. I strongly believe in providing students and teachers the tools they need to be successful. I believe that pairing technology in the classroom with our excellent teachers is a tool for success and student achievement. I'm also passionate about efficiently improving facilities so we can provide more and better academic and athletic opportunities for all of our students. Shawnee Heights has an excellent reputation, and I plan to keep providing students and teachers the tools they need so they can excel in school and their careers.” 

 


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 Rosa Cavazos

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Position: 4A

Term: January 2018 – December 2021

“I grew up in Topeka and attended Our Lady of Guadalupe Elementary School and then Topeka High. I then pursued two degrees at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs where I majored in Sociology and Communications with an emphasis in media management. After the birth of my oldest son, Sage, we moved to Santa Maria, California where I was a stay-at-home mom for a number of years after having my other three children, Luke, Hope, and Faith. In 2005, after a lot of research, we moved to the Shawnee Heights district when I determined this was the best district for my family. I have not been disappointed. I have been involved in the district since moving back home. I have served as Secretary, PTO President twice, PTO VP twice, Carnival Chair for 10 years, and Site Council at SHES. I have served on Site Council at SHMS and High School for 9 years, and I helped start the SHHS Boy's Swim Team and the SHMS Dance Team. I also served on the board for the SHHS Boy's Soccer Team. I love being a part of the Shawnee Heights family.

I serve on the Shawnee Heights Public Schools Board of Education because I have always wanted to give back to the district in a greater capacity. I have always wanted to make a difference, to learn and listen to patrons in our district, and to provide excellent educational opportunities for our students and continued support for the best teachers in our state.”

 


 DeitcherEric

Eric Deitcher 

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Position: 3C

Term: January 2020 – December 2023

“I was born and raised in Topeka and graduated from Topeka West High School in 1984. I graduated from Washburn University with a degree in Criminal Justice in 1990, the same year I married my wife, Tiffany. I work for the Federal Highway Administration as a Transportation Specialist for the Kansas Division. Tiffany and I have two boys, Zach and Mason of which Zach graduated from Shawnee Heights in 2017 and Mason is currently a 7th grader in the Shawnee Heights Middle School.

We moved into the Shawnee Heights School District in 2000, and once our oldest son entered school at Berryton Elementary, I decided to get involved with their PTO. Serving in many roles, I eventually became their PTO President. While serving as the Berryton PTO representative to the District Advisory Council, I felt the need to serve in a capacity that would help the entire Shawnee Heights District, so I decided to run for the open school board position. I enjoy serving on a Board that continues to work together to provide the best educational opportunities for our students and the needed tools for our District employees.”


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 Renae Hansen

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Position: 6C

Term: January 2018 – December 2021

“I am a fifth-generation Berryton/Shawnee Heights area resident. My family moved here around 1854. My grandfather (John C. '26) graduated from Berryton High School as well as both of my parents (John '54 and Linda '60). I am an alum of Berryton Grade School and a 1980 graduate of Shawnee Heights High School. I participated in 4-H, band, choir, theater, debate, dance team, basketball, and track while attending Shawnee Heights schools. I grew up on a farm in the Richland area now considered Berryton where we had row crops and raised hogs. I graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business majoring in Accounting in 1984. My husband and I spent 4 years in Arizona while he was in the regular Air Force at Luke Air Force Base. We came back to Berryton to educate our children in this district. My husband took a job with 190th Air Refueling Wing where he is retired and now works for the VA hospital system. I studied Elementary Education at Washburn in the late 1990s and then began working for the Kansas Legislature in 2002. While there I have worked for senators, representatives, and chairman of both the senate and house of representatives. Currently, I work for the legislature interviewing, hiring, placing, and training the legislative session assistants and committee assistants. I help them traverse, and problem solve during the session to make the process as smooth as we can for the legislators. During that time I also received my Masters in Business Administration from Baker University in 2011. I have two children who are also Shawnee Heights graduates Leshia 2004 and Drew 2009. Both were Putnam Scholars to K-State and candidates for the Kassebaum scholarship. That success has so much to do with the fundamental education they received here at Shawnee Heights. They both have gone on to continue their studies: Leshia in public health and Drew in Opera.

In my family of origin, public education has always been a goal for each generation. As a family, we strive to help the next generation improve their education. The reason why I serve on the board in the area I call home is because education is one of the highest pursuits one can strive for and I hope to help contribute to this community that has meant so much to my family. I also believe teaching is one of the highest callings an individual can be called to pursue. My goal is to always keep in mind the students, teachers, and community as we as the board are prudent in the expenditures of public funds. I appreciate that the community has put their trust in me to help make these decisions."


 Jason Schulz

 Jason Schulz

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Position: At Large

Term: January 2020 – December 2023

 

"I am originally from Allegan, Michigan, and am the oldest of three kids.  I graduated from Allegan High School in 1988, and followed that up with an Associate’s Degree in Secondary Education from Kalamazoo Valley Community College.  I enlisted in the Michigan Air National Guard in early 1995, and trained to be an Electronic Warfare specialist.
 
I married my wife, Shirley, in December of 1995.  I was still living in Michigan, taking care of family and military obligations.  I moved to Kansas in mid-1996 and transferred to the Kansas Air National Guard a few months later, retraining into Information Management.   During my tenure in the Air Guard, I was a traditional Guardsman; however, I also held a full-time position for a few years.
 
I graduated from Washburn University with two Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science, and picked up classes in Technology Administration later.  Over the years, I’ve been employed in a variety of Information Technology positions.
 
Shirley is a Shawnee Heights graduate (Class of 1986), and she and I decided that our children would be as well.  We have three boys—Thomas (2015), Robert (2018), and Ian (2021).
 
My grandmother was an elementary school teacher for many, many years.  Many of the people I look up to are educators.  Education is very import to my family, and Shirley and I have worked to be as active as possible in our boys’ education, trying to explore as many experiences as we can through school, 4-H, and other avenues.
 
I originally ran for the School Board in order to be more involved in my boys’ education, and am receiving an education of my own about the complexities and logistics of running a school district.  I have developed a far more robust respect for educators and administrators as they navigate the daily trials of education.  I strive to balance the needs of our administrators and teachers, the parents, and our students but, in the end, we are all here for the kids.  Everything we do needs to have them in mind, even if that means some adults aren’t happy.
 
I appreciate the trust that our patrons, our community, our personnel, and our students have placed in the Board to serve our students and ensure that they get the best education possible."

 

 


Tice MillerLaurn

 Lauren Tice Miller

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Position: 1A

Term: January 2020 – December 2023

“I am a graduate of Shawnee Heights and was raised in a family where education was not only a passion; it was a priority. I have always believed that there is no such thing as too good or too much when it comes to education. This remains true today.

The quality of education I received from Shawnee Heights prepared me for success at Kansas State University where I earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Communication Studies and a Certificate in Technical Writing. I’ve also recently become a Certified Digital Marketing Leader from the Digital Marketing Institute, an internationally recognized program.

I’m currently the Communications Director for Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley. In all, I have more than 10 years of experience in the communication field, including teaching public speaking and English Composition at the collegiate level, serving as the Assistant Basic Course Director for public speaking, working in communication, marketing, and event planning roles for non-profit associations, and owning my own business.

I was elected in April 2015 as the 7th woman in the history of the district to serve on the school board. In addition to serving on the Shawnee Heights School Board, I serve on the advisory board for the graphics technology program at Washburn Technical Institute and the Board of Directors for Community Action, Inc.

My husband, Matt and I, have three children - James (6th grade), Arianna (3 years old), and Adeline (infant).

I moved back to the school district after college, knowing it was where I wanted to raise my family. After getting involved in Cub Scouts, PTO, and my son's classroom, I decided I wanted to do more for the district.

It is an honor to serve as a school board member. I work to ensure Shawnee Heights provides – as it has done for years – the quality of education that is essential to creating well-rounded students who are prepared for a world of opportunities. This includes working to recruit and retain quality teachers, increasing communications between the district and patrons, and increasing academic rigor for students while also practicing fiscal responsibility.”

 

 

 

The mission of Shawnee Heights U.S.D. #450 is to ensure academic achievement for all students and develop caring, productive and responsible citizens. This will be achieved through:

• Diverse academic opportunities
• Staff committed to continuous instructional improvement
• Student, family and community involvement
• Safe schools


A Brief History of the District

In 1960 legislation passed by the Kansas Legislature governing the size and number of students led the Berryton Richland School District #1 to consolidate with Tecumseh School District #10 to form Shawnee Heights Unified School District #450. In 1962 Shawnee Heights High School opened with 260 students, starting a rich and storied tradition. Throughout the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s the district grew in the number of students and families it serves and became the focal point of the community. Community members have always been loyal supporters of Shawnee Heights Schools, activities, and students. Conversely, the schools and students have a tradition of giving back to the community and serving others. We are keenly aware the strength of the Shawnee Heights Schools is the people of the district and we are standing on the shoulders of those who came before us.


An Invitation to Become Involved

The district and the Board of Education are committed to providing every student with the skills to meet the opportunities of his or her future. We invite you as a patron or parent to become involved as a volunteer or a supporter of local events, programs or teams. Only through an active and healthy partnership with our students, families, and patrons can we prepare each and every student with the skill and determination to pursue their passion successfully after graduation.

 

The mission of Shawnee Heights U.S.D. #450 is to ensure academic achievement for all students and develop caring, productive and responsible citizens. This will be achieved through:

• Diverse academic opportunities
• Staff committed to continuous instructional improvement
• Student, family and community involvement
• Safe schools

The district and the Board of Education are committed to providing every student with the skills to meet the opportunities of his or her future. Our collective goals for the coming school year include increasing student engagement and increasing family involvement. Only through an active and healthy partnership with our students and families can we prepare each and every student with the skill and determination to pursue their passion successfully after graduation.

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Shawnee Heights High School 
4201 S.E. Shawnee Heights Road
Tecumseh, KS 66542-9795
Phone: (785) 379-5880
Fax: (785) 379-5967

SHMS Thunderbirds vert

Shawnee Heights Middle School
4335 S.E. Shawnee Heights Road
Tecumseh, KS 66542-9795
Phone: (785) 379-5830
Fax: (785) 379-5848

Berryton Buffalos vert

Berryton Elementary School
2921 S.E. 69th Street
Berryton, KS 66409-9709
Phone: (785) 861-1300
Fax: (785) 861-1315

Shawnee Heights Elementary Thunderbolts vert

Shawnee Heights Elementary School
2410 S.E. Burton
Topeka, KS 66605-1913
Phone: (785) 357-5400
Fax: (785) 357-5415

Tecumseh North Panthers vert

Tecumseh North Elementary School
314 S.E. Stanton Road
Tecumseh, KS 66542-9618
Phone: (785) 379-5910
Fax: (785) 379- 5915

Tecumseh South Mustangs vert

Tecumseh South Elementary School
3346 S.E. Tecumseh Road
Tecumseh, KS 66542-9754
Phone: (785) 379-5950
Fax: (785) 379-5965

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Central Administrative Office
4401 S.E. Shawnee Heights Road
Tecumseh, KS 66542-9799
Phone: (785) 379-5800
Fax: (785) 379-5810

Small School Feel with Big School Opportunities.

Shawnee Heights USD 450 is a uniquely rural and suburban school district located in southeast Shawnee County. The district offers the benefits of a living in a small rural community with the advantages and opportunities that come with being close to the city of Topeka. In addition, the cultural opportunities of Kansas City are just 50 miles to the east.


The 140 square miles of rolling hills that comprise the Shawnee Heights community are situated about half way between Topeka and Lawrence. Shawnee Heights lies in an area of great rural beauty close to the heart of the Kansas capital in Topeka. Opportunities for recreation at Lake Shawnee abound from walking, running or biking the trails to fishing and boating in the lake, playing tennis on the courts or golfing the scenic 18-hole public golf course. Nearby higher education institutions including Washburn University, Washburn Institute of Technology, Kansas State University, the University of Kansas and Emporia State University offer a variety of convenient traditional and online educational opportunities. Business areas offer convenient services and light industry while easy access to I-70 provides access to local employment or a brief commute to downtown Topeka, Lawrence or Kansas City. At the center of our community is Shawnee Heights School District.


Shawnee Heights School District is the educational center for approximately 3,500 students from preschool through 12th grade. Four Pre-K through 6th grade elementary schools, a 7-8 middle school and a 9-12 high school comprise the attendance centers of the district. Classes are small, averaging about 22 students district-wide. Our teachers and faculty are trained extensively in pedagogy and take great pride in developing positive relationships with our students and families. Over 55% of our faculty have a Masters Degree or beyond and school transportation is available for all students regardless of the distance from school.

Shawnee Heights USD 450.

Preparing the students of today for the opportunity of tomorrow.

 


Reauthorized by Congress and signed into law by President Bush in December 2004, the federal Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA-04) guides all special education practices in the United States.

IDEA-04 mandates that each student identified as eligible for special education services receive a "free and appropriate public education" in the "least restrictive environment".


Special education and related services are provided to eligible students with disabilities ages 3 to 21 and to students who qualify for gifted services Kindergarten to grade 12. Infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities are served through TARC of Shawnee County.

Special education in Shawnee Heights USD 450 provides specialized instruction that enables students to access the general education curriculum and make continuous progress toward state grade-level standards. A continuum of services are present within each school and are an integral part of the Shawnee Heights learning community. Shawnee Heights USD 450 adheres to the practice of responsibly including students in educational and social activities to the maximum extent appropriate, based on their individual learning needs.


EARLY CHILDHOOD SCREENINGS - BIRTH TO AGE 5 

  • Ages birth to 36 months: Parents are encouraged to contact Early Intervention Services at TARC of Shawnee County at (785) 232 0597
  • Ages 36 months to 5 years: Early Childhood Screenings in Shawnee Heights USD 450 are conducted several times per year.

Please contact Savanna Beaver at (785) 357-5440 with questions or to request a screening for your child.

SPECIAL EDUCATION REFERRALS

Shawnee Heights USD #450 Students - ages 5 to 18, are referred for a special education evaluation by school personnel when a disability is suspected and general education interventions have not been successful. Parents are notified and involved in the process when a concern first arises. Parents may also initiate a referral for a special education evaluation and are encouraged to contact their child’s school for additional information regarding this process.

Private School Students - Ages 3 to 21
, Parents of students attending private schools located within Shawnee Heights USD 450 may initiate the referral process through the school’s principal. The private school principal will work with Shawnee Heights USD 450 to implement the evaluation process.


A variety of tools and strategies are used to gather information in determining whether or not a student is eligible for special education. Eligible students must meet two criteria in order to qualify for special education services:

  • Have a documented disability and
  • Needs specially designed instruction to access the general education and make continuous progress toward state-approved grade-level standards

An Individualized Education Program, or IEP, is developed for students who qualify for special education services. The IEP serves as a written guide for instructional plans. The IEP is written by the special services team, parent, and student, if appropriate. This document contains a summary of all information and agreed-upon services/placement related to the child’s educational needs.


AGES BIRTH - 36 MONTHS


Shawnee Heights USD 450 supports Infant and Toddler Services provided by TARC of Shawnee County. TARC  provides support services to young children who have been identified as having a developmental delay or disability. Referrals can be made by parents or through community daycare providers and/or physicians. Children who continue to have developmental delays or a disability, and are in need of special services, are transitioned to Shawnee Heights USD 450 at age 3.

AGES 36 MONTHS - 5 YEARS 


Shawnee Heights USD 450 offers early childhood special education services/programming on-site for children ages 36 months to 5 years. Children with a developmental delay or disability can access services on their third birthday. Decisions for service and programming are made by the early childhood special services team, including school staff, related service providers, and parent(s). Services include therapies by appointment or participation in an Early Childhood Special Education classroom with typically developing peers. These classrooms provide half day programming Monday-Thursday.

GRADES K - 12


Students in elementary, middle and high school in Shawnee Heights USD 450 receive educational support based on individual needs. School teams determine which services are necessary for the student to access the general education curriculum. Service delivery models include:

  • Special Education Consultation
  • Collaborative in-class support
  • Resource Learning Center
  • Center-based Specialized Program Classroom
  • Off-site Alternative Program

AGES 18 - 21


Shawnee Heights USD 450 offers programming and services to eligible students with developmental delays who have met graduation requirements but are not ready to transition to a post-high school environment. While in the program, students continue transition activities that prepare them to live and work in the community. These young adults develop daily living and employment skills as appropriate, and may be involved in recreation and leisure activities and/or volunteer projects.


Bennett ObrienKristin

Kristin O’Brien, Ed.D.
Special Education Director
(785) 730-5004
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DexterRenee

Renee Dexter, Ph.D.
School Psychologist
Shawnee Heights High 
(785) 379-5880
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MackMarc

Austin Mack
School Psychologist
Special Education Contact at:
Berryton Elementary
Shawnee Heights Elementary
(785) 730-5393
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PeacockeMichelle

Michelle Peacocke
School Psychologist
Special Education Contact at:
Early Childhood Special Education
(785) 730-5392
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RichardsSarah

Sarah Richards
School Psychologist
Special Education Contact at:
Tecumseh South Elementary
Tecumseh North Elementary
(785) 730-5388
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StancilJacqueline

Jackie Stancil
School Psychologist
Special Education Contact at:
Shawnee Heights Middle School
(785) 357-5440
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BeaverSavanna

Savanna Beaver
Administrative Assistant
Special Services Department
(785) 357-5440
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 DavisKatie

Katie Davis
MIS Clerk/Records
Special Services Department
(785) 357-5440
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Substitute teachers fill a crucial role for the district and the commitment of substitutes is highly valued. We appreciate the time that you give to help our Shawnee Heights Community! If you have questions This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., our substitute coordinator, or call her at (785) 730-5010.


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Substitute pay is now $100.00 for a full day of substitute teaching and $55.00 for a half-day of substitute teaching.

NOTE: Long-Term Substitute pay is: First ten (10) consecutive teaching days, the pay rate is $100.00 for a full day. On the 11th day, the pay rate is $130.00 for a full day, for the duration of the long-term assignment. This is only when substituting in the same position for the same teacher.


To be a substitute for Shawnee Heights you must first apply on our job board - New Substitute Apply Here

After we review your application, you will receive an email with additional instructions.  

Next we will submit your name to the Board of Education which meets the first and third Monday of every month.


SEMS System:

You must first register by calling 785-246-5123 - Registration Video - Training Manual

After registering, you will be able to use the internet to Job Shop or Change Preferences - SEMS Website - How to Change Preferences


Each year you must update the Substitute Information Sheet.

Each year you must be approved by the Board of Education in the summer to work the upcoming school year – a reminder letter will be mailed out late June.


Shawnee Heights USD 450 payroll is processed once a month.  The pay period begins on the 16th of the month and goes through the 15th of the following month. 

Checks will be direct deposited to your bank account the last business day of the month and your pay stub will be emailed to you.  (The PIN to access your pay stub will be the last 4 digits of your social security number unless payroll assigns you a different PIN.) 

USD 450 Shawnee Heights Employment Page 

Dear Applicant:

Thank you for your interest in Shawnee Heights USD 450. The Shawnee Heights School District is recognized as one of the premier school districts in Kansas. The success of our district and our students is attributed to the excellent staff and teachers we recruit, support, and retain. We employ approximately 570 full time classified and certified employees. Your application is the first step to joining the Shawnee Heights team.

If you have any questions, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you!

Matt Hirsch
Human Resource Director

785-­379-­5800

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Employee Hiring Paperwork

Employment Paperwork for Employees Newly Hired to USD 450 

Download PDFs Below:

GF­098 Verification of Classified Experience Form (PDF ­ 186 KB) Classified Verification of Experience

Certified New Employee Forms (PDF ­ 3.45 MB)

Classified New Employee Forms (PDF ­ 3.43 MB)

Para Substitute New Employee Forms (PDF ­ 2.16 MB)

Rule 10 Coaches New Employee Forms (PDF ­ 1.46 MB)

Sub Bus Drivers New Employee Forms(PDF ­ 1.26 MB)

Substitute Teacher New Employee Forms (PDF ­ 1.98 MB) 

Bloodborne Pathogens Plan 

KDHR requires school districts and other public entities to adhere to the OSHA standard for bloodborne pathogens. This Exposure Control Plan directs the compliance of USD 450 with the state directive. 

Download PDFs Below:

BBP Exposure Plan(PDF ­ 135 KB)

Please use our Chain of Command Chart when you have questions or concerns. This will allow us to address your question/concern in a timely and effective manner. 

Chain Of Command Chart

 

SHAWNEE HEIGHTS USD 450
4401 S.E. Shawnee Heights Rd
Tecumseh, KS 66542-9799

Phone: (785) 379-5800
Fax: (785) 379-5810


USD 450 District Office Location Map