2018 Hall of Fame Inductee Mary Wolfington

Mary Wolfington


Mrs. Wolfington was a highly-respected paraprofessional at Shawnee Heights High School from 1995 through 2013. During her eighteen years in the classroom, Mrs. Wolfington assisted in a variety of work, excelling in math, history, and science. Mrs. Wolfington also worked with elective teachers and frequently assisted in the woodworking and welding classes. Her versatility made her much sought after as a paraprofessional, and her focus was always creating a successful setting for the students.

Mrs. Wolfington graduated from Lone Jack High School, Lone Jack, Missouri, in 1966. She pursued an education degree and graduated from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri, with a Bachelors degree in Education, certified to teach K- 8 with an emphasis in Language Arts. Mrs. Wolfington continued her education by receiving her master's degree from Central Missouri State University in 1974 in classroom teaching.

Mrs. Wolfington is a lifetime member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi an organization for exemplary college graduates. This membership is a special one for Mary as her daughter was also invited into the society upon her graduation from Emporia State University; it is an honor to share this organization with her daughter. Mrs. Wolfington is an active member of First Southern Baptist Church in Lawrence, KS. She teaches a senior womens’ Sunday school class, is responsible for all flower arrangements, and works within the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen (LINK) program by providing food and serving those in need. In addition to her volunteer activities, Mrs. Wolfington enjoys reading, quilting, walking, and is part of a master gardeners organization during the summer.

Mrs. Wolfington remembers her time at Shawnee Heights fondly and will never forget the helpfulness and caring of the teachers with whom she worked. Her most cherished memories are the ones involving some of the most difficult students she was able to build relationships with and aid in their success. She was known for baking cookies for her students as a reward when they accomplished a difficult task. Her colleagues believe that even though her duties stretched across regular classrooms to the special education rooms of learning disabilities and those with mental handicaps, Mrs. Wolfington did each and every job so that students knew they were cared for and achieved success.


2018 Hall of Fame Inductee Jade Gurss

Jade Gurss

Mr. Gurss is a 1980 graduate of Shawnee Heights High School and currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, the city many consider to be home to NASCAR.

Mr. Gurss’ first memory of auto racing dates back to a Friday evening when, as a three-year-old, he attended a race at the Shawnee Speedway with his aunt and grandparents. Racing quickly became a passion for Mr. Gurss, a passion that led to a unique career in the industry.

While in high school, Mr. Gurss took several advanced classes and participated activities including band, debate, forensics, theatre, and track. After high school, Mr. Gurss attended the University of Kansas for a year, then moved to Ohio to complete a one-year technical degree certification program as an audio engineer. Soon after, Mr. Gurss returned to Kansas, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Communication from Washburn University.

After college graduation, Mr. Gurss worked in the video division for a Topeka company called Admark. This position involved media work with the new Heartland Park Topeka race track. Eventually, Mr. Gurss merged his degree in communications with his love of racing by working for Heartland Park Topeka. Mr. Gurss held the position of Director of Publicity at the race track from 1989-1994.

In 1994, Mr. Gurss moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, accepting a position with Mercedes-Benz of North America and serving two years as an account executive and four years as the Director of Marketing and Publicity.

Mr. Gurss opened his own company, Fingerprint, Inc., in 1999. Fingerprint, Inc. was founded to provide media and public relations for Anheuser-Busch and their sponsorship of the Budweiser NASCAR program with driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. This experience inspired Mr. Gurss to co-author the book, Driver #8, which chronicled Dale Earnhardt, Jr’s rookie season. This book became Mr. Gurss’ first bestseller, spending seventeen weeks on the New York Times Best Seller’s List after its release in 2002. Mr. Gurss’ second-best seller came just two short years later with a collaborative effort entitled DW: A Lifetime Going Around in Circles. This book was co-authored with NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Darrell Waltrip and also reached the New York Times Best Seller list. Mr. Gurss has written two other books, In the Red, released in 2012, and Beast, released in 2014.

Mr. Gurss has also served as the Director of Communication with Andretti Autosport and the Director of Communications/Pro Racing with Mazda Motorsports in North America.

2018 Hall of Fame Inductee Ladonna Grindol

Ladonna Grindol

Mrs. Ladonna Grindol served as a longtime member of our food service department. She worked with Shawnee Heights from 1971-1993. During her twenty-two years in school food service, Mrs. Grindol began on the serving line and finally retired as the food service manager. Mrs. Grindol often worked beyond the school day and spent evenings catering special dinner events within the school district.

Mrs. Grindol, an active member of the National School Nutrition Association, also gained membership in the State School Nutrition Association and the local chapter of school nutrition in Shawnee County. She was responsible for planning many annual conferences and workshops, as well as a co-founder of the hot lunch program at State Street Elementary in Topeka in 1968.

Her service to others has continued outside of retirement. She volunteers with Icare, a poverty-based program providing care packages for those in need, organizes and cooks for church bazaars, teaches Sunday School, and spends extra time with those who need a little extra TLC. Her daughter describes her spirit as “a heart full of compassion” just like her mama, Edna. Mrs. Grindol and her husband have been recognized as volunteer of the year by Every Woman’s Resource Center, and she has been featured in the Capital-Journal as Cook of the Week.

Mrs. Grindol remembers her time at Shawnee Heights as being full of wonderful people. She loved the students, the ornery ones, the lovable ones, she loved them all. Mrs. Grindol enjoyed meeting and observing teachers share their love of education. The administrators throughout the years were such a positive influence. I love people this career was made for me.

Her dedication to the staff and students of Shawnee Heights and her outreach to those in the community exemplify a true spirit of giving.

2018 Hall of Fame Inductee Todd Moreland

Todd Moreland

Mr. Todd Moreland a 1997 graduate of Shawnee Heights High School. Mr. Moreland currently lives in Los Angeles, where he is self-employed as a creative director and art director.

Mr. Moreland’s love for art began when he was a young boy when watching cartoons, he drew the cartoon characters and developed his own stories. He first learned that he could make a career using his skills in art in seventh grade. The idea of earning money by producing art was intriguing and further enhanced Mr. Moreland’s passion for the art world.

In high school, Mr. Moreland took a variety of 2D and 3D art classes while participating in cross country, track, and theatre. It was at Shawnee Heights that he learned to develop his art portfolio in preparation for post-secondary opportunities. It was also in high school that Mr. Moreland intensified his focus toward art and gained confidence in his abilities to pursue art as a career.

After high school graduation, Mr. Moreland attended the University of Central Missouri, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Commercial Art with an emphasis in Graphic Design in 2002. Interestingly, Mr. Moreland never touched a computer for the purpose of producing art until he entered college. While in college, Mr. Moreland had an opportunity to intern with the Central Intelligence Agency. This internship proved to be a pivotal moment for Mr. Moreland as time progressed.

Mr. Moreland returned to Topeka shortly after college graduation, working as a designer until his first significant job opportunity was in hand. From 2003-2007, Mr. Moreland was employed by the federal government, again with the Central Intelligence Agency. During his time with the CIA, Mr. Moreland continued to develop his design skills, doing freelance work on the side, and it was his freelance work that led the Discovery Channel to recruit Mr. Moreland to their organization. Shortly after he joined the company, Discovery Channel sold their ownership of the Travel Channel network, and Mr. Moreland accepted an offer to join this new independent company. Serving as the art director for over nine years, Mr. Moreland led design teams, developed marketing campaigns, directed photo shoots, coordinated collaborative efforts with outside agencies, and managed timelines and budgets for all print vendor projects. Mr. Moreland was also part of three major design rebrands by the Travel Channel.

Last July, after fifteen years on the east coast, Mr. Moreland moved to Los Angeles. As a freelance creative director and art director, Mr. Moreland has collaborated with top entertainment design agencies, contracting with clients that include FX, HBO, Netflix, Hulu, Starz, CBS Films, Freeform, and YouTube, as well as working with both large and small businesses, startup companies, and musicians.

Mr. Moreland is yet another example of a Shawnee Heights graduate that found his passion while in high school and transformed that passion into a successful career through hard work, by recognizing opportunity, and by taking managed risks.

2016 Hall of Fame Inductee Irl George

Irl George

Irl George served as a teacher and an administrator at Shawnee Heights for thirty-three years. Prior to working at Shawnee Heights, Mr. George served five years of active duty in the U.S. Navy along with another fifteen years in the Navy Reserves, retiring in 1976 as a Commander. From 1962 to 1978 and after transferring from Berryton High School, Mr. George taught business classes, coached football and basketball, sponsored Pep Club and FBLA and negotiated agreements for his fellow teachers before serving as an assistant principal from 1978-1994. As one of the building’s original faculty members when Shawnee Heights High School first opened in 1962, Mr. George provided leadership and direction while the students and staff transitioned into a new school. Up to his retirement in 1994, Mr. George was well known and respected by both students and staff. Irl George passed away in 2014.

2016 Hall of Fame Inductee Priti Lakhani

Priti Lakhani

Priti Lakhani graduated from Shawnee Heights in 1987 and went on to become a respected and dedicated member of the medical community. Dr. Lakhani received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Washburn University and her doctorate degree in Podiatric Medicine from Des Moines University in 1995. She performed her residency at New York University, then returned to Topeka and served for fifteen years as a physician, surgeon, clinical investigator, and medical director. During this time, Dr. Lakhani implemented innovative medical treatments and programs and set new benchmarks for surgical protocols and medical practices while leading numerous associations and committees and teaching medical courses. In 2013, she earned her master’s degree in health care administration from Harvard University. Currently, Dr. Lakhani develops medical technology for Cerner Corporation in Kansas City while working as a clinical advisor for Podimetrics in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Dr. Lakhani has been dedicated to global philanthropic work both locally and globally. In 2013, she coordinated a team of professionals to provide free medical screenings and treatment for impoverished children in Chicago. She also helped establish a diabetic registry in Jamaica, and she provided treatment and supplies to help decrease infant mortality in Kenya.

2016 Hall of Fame Inductee Dean Ferrell

Dean Ferrell

Dean Ferrell graduated from Shawnee Heights in 1965 and went on to earn his degree from Washburn University in 1969. While at Washburn he also quarterbacked the Ichabod football team and was later inducted into Washburn’s Athletics Hall of Fame. In 1976, Mr. Ferrell, along with business partner George Dahlstrom, started their own commercial construction company which later became Ferrell Construction of Topeka. Ferrell Construction is responsible for many Topeka landmarks including the Shawnee County Public Library and Stormont-Vail Healthcare Emergency and Trauma Center. He retired in 2014 and now serves as an owner representative consultant for all Washburn University construction projects. 

2017 Hall of Fame Inductee S. Scott Mason

S. Scott Mason


If S. Scott Mason could have looked into the future following his birth in London, England, he may have been surprised to learn that it would be his experiences as a student at Shawnee Heights High School that helped propel him to later success among the bright lights of New York City. Shawnee Heights is, indeed, part of Mr. Mason’s story, a story that brings him back today as an inductee into our hall of fame.

Mr. Mason was an active member of the debate and forensics program before graduating from Shawnee Heights High School in 1985. Following high school, Mr. Mason attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. He participated in a number of organizations aimed at promoting inclusion, equity, and unity while in college, especially those that impacted the LGBTQ community, earning his B.A. in English in 1989.

Mr. Mason immediately began a graduate program at Columbia Law School in New York City, focusing on social justice and public policy. He earned his law degree from Colombia in 1992 and remains a deeply-rooted NYC resident.

Mr. Mason’s career as a lawyer continued to provide him the opportunity to positively impact those traditionally underrepresented. He has served in a variety of capacities as a lawyer and executive manager for the City of New York, where his experiences included overseeing hundreds of city employees while improving the lives of the elderly and the homeless. Mr. Mason also served as General Counsel and Vice-President of Operations at the Urban Resource Institute, an organization aimed at providing life-changing services to those suffering from domestic violence.

Mr. Mason is currently pursuing a life-long dream of being an entrepreneur through his partnership in a business venture called The Brooklyn Press. He continues to serve on a number of boards and has earned numerous awards for his contributions, including the 9/11 hero award for service after the terrorist attacks.


2017 Hall of Fame Inductee Mike Nash

Mike Nash

Mr. Nash graduated from Atchison High School in 1965 and Emporia State University with a degree in education in 1969. His first job was with the Shawnee Heights School District in 1970, where he stayed throughout his teaching career until his official retirement in 2003. As we all know, however, Mr. Nash has never really retired, as his influence continues to make a positive difference to everyone at Shawnee Heights High School.

Mr. Nash spent his career as a physical education teacher, serving as department chair for the last several years. His contributions in the classroom were highlighted when he received the Distinguished Staff Award for Shawnee Heights High School.

Mr. Nash’s career also included successful coaching experiences in a number of sports. He coached football, basketball, and track, including serving as varsity coach for all three sports. Coach Nash was the head track coach when Shawnee Heights won the 5A state championships in 1989 and 1993 and was named the 1989 5A Track Coach of the Year. Most recently, Coach Nash was an integral part of the 2017 Boys 5A State Championship Basketball Team.

Mike Nash’s legacy extends far beyond his résumé. The lives of those he touched have been enriched because of his participation. One colleague expressed, “Mike has generously dedicated his knowledge, skills and countless hours to the Shawnee Heights Community. He has nurtured hundreds of students and student-athletes. Mike has been a wise counselor, a champion of integrity and respect, and is as highly esteemed as anyone who has walked the halls as a Thunderbird. There are many unsung heroes of the Shawnee Heights Community, but I can think of no one more deserving of this award than Mike Nash.”


2017 Hall of Fame Inductee Sallie McGlinn

Sallie McGlinn

Mrs. McGlinn was a highly-respected math teacher at Shawnee Heights High School from 1983 through 2012. During her thirty years in the classroom, Mrs. McGlinn taught Algebra, Trigonometry, Algebra II, and College Algebra. She served as mathematics department chair for over twenty years, and her leadership in math carried over into her involvement with many professional organizations. Mrs. McGlinn served in a leadership capacity on the National Council of Teachers of Math, National Education Association, and the Shawnee Heights Education Association. She was a leader in her field, but her primary focus was always the students.

Mrs. McGlinn was rewarded for her dedication to her students by being named a Region 2 finalist for Kansas Teacher of the Year in 1992. She was Shawnee Heights Teacher of the Year in 2008, Kansas Teacher of the Year nominee in 2009, and also voted “Most Enthusiastic Teacher of the Year” by the student body in 2008. Her students have described her as “the coolest teacher ever” and “fun and easy to understand.” Mathematician William Paul Thurston said, “Mathematics is not about numbers, equations, computations, or algorithms; it is about understanding.” It is a rare math teacher that exemplifies this model, and Sallie McGlinn was able to achieve this.

In addition to teaching, Mrs. McGlinn was involved in extra-curricular activities. She sponsored the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, and the cheerleading squad. Mrs. McGlinn repeatedly volunteered for extra duty assignments and engaged students outside of the classroom.

Mrs. McGlinn earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics with a minor in education from the University of Saint Mary in 1975. She completed her Master’s Degree in Education from Kansas State University in 1983. Mrs. McGlinn belonged to a number of professional organizations and served on multiple school accreditation committees through the North Central Association in addition to her involvement in several community organizations.


2017 Hall of Fame Inductee Bruce Price

Bruce Price

Bruce Price graduated in 1965, only the third year that Shawnee Heights was in existence. One of his classmates described Mr. Price as “the glue that held our class together.” Bruce Price was both an accomplished scholar and athlete while in high school and participated in a number of extracurricular activities. After attending Washburn University, Mr. Price went to work for the Santa Fe Railroad, working in the accounting department as an auditor and supervisor. Following his time at Santa Fe, Mr. Price worked for the Penn Mutual Insurance Company and the American United Life Insurance Company before forming the Bruce Price Agency in 1998. Mr. Price was a giant in the insurance and financial advising industry. He served as president of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors for both the city of Topeka and the state of Kansas. In 2002, Mr. Price was elected to the NAIFA Hall of Fame.

As accomplished as Mr. Price was in his career, Mr. Price will be equally known for his contributions to the community through volunteerism. Mr. Price served as a member of the USD 450 Board of Education for eight years, was on the Board of Directors for Heights of Learning Day Care Center, and actively participated as a member/sponsor of the Topeka Jayhawk Club. He was also a Little League coach and served on numerous church committees over more than twenty years.

Mr. Price always maintained a deep connection with Shawnee Heights High School. In addition to serving on the school board, Mr. Price was an active member of the booster club, serving as president for a time and an active alumni organizer. Mr. Price stayed connected to the students at Shawnee Heights through Junior Achievement mentorship. Mr. Price serves as a shining example that one does not need to leave home to make a significant impact on the lives of others. Bruce Price passed away in 2012.


2007 Hall of Fame Inductee Paul Willis

Paul Willis

Mr. Willis became a science teacher at Shawnee Heights the first year the district came into existence, which was 1963.  During his time at Shawnee Heights High School, Mr. Willis was the first president of the Shawnee Heights Education Association, served on the KNEA Board, was an active member of the Kansas Association of Biology Teachers and received many awards for teaching, including being a finalist for Kansas Teacher of the Year in 1981. He also actively participated in many community organizations.  Mr. Willis retired from teaching at Shawnee Heights and later became an elected member of the Shawnee Heights Board of Education.  

2007 Hall of Fame Inductee Grace Morrison

Grace Morrison

Dr. Grace Morrison was a member of the first graduating class of Shawnee Heights that enjoyed their entire high school years at Shawnee Heights.  She graduated in 1966 and continued her studies at the University of Kansas, graduating in 1970.  After completing her first KU degree, Dr. Morrison went on to Washburn Law School. Later, Dr. Morrison entered the University of Kansas Medical School and graduated with a degree in medicine in 1980.  She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1984.  Following her residency, Dr. Morrison returned to Topeka for her medical practice. In addition to practicing medicine, Dr. Morrison has published many articles in her field of study and has been a clinical assistant professor for the University of Kansas Medical Center, supervising physician residents.  She has also been an active member of the community serving in various capacities.



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. 

All parents/guardians must create a user account.

The username & password that you received by mail or at enrollment will be used to link your student to your account.  It will not allow you access to your students account until you create the account for the first time.  

After you create an account, that account will be the same for your access each year. No need to make a new account for any years following. 

Helpful tips on CREATING your account:

  1. Be sure to use the parent or guardian access letter.  If the letter is not addressed to the parent or guardian of XXXXXXX (X=student's name), then you don't have the parent letter.    (Call your student's school if you don't have the parent letter.)
  2. If there is a period somewhere in the user ID, it is actually a comma.  The line under the user ID makes it appear to be a period.
  3. The number one and the lower case letter L look exactly the same on the letter.  This could cause issues with access your students account.  If you have tried both, then please feel free to contact the school or the IT department for assistance.
  4.  Key the user ID and the password exactly as you see them.  If there are capitals then be sure to key as capitals.

*Call your student's school first if you don't have your letter or passwords needed to create the account.  Call the IT Department 785-379-5970 if you have trouble creating the account.

PowerSchool Parent Guide1.36 MB

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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The District Code is CRCN.


Athletic Announcements


KSHSAA Physical Form
All participants must have a physical on file in the Athletic Office BEFORE attending any tryout/practice. Click here for KSHSAA form.

Check List to Attend Practice, Tryouts or to Participate in ANY Sport!

  • Turn in the Paper Physical
    • The bottom of the first page is signed by both student and parent
    • The back page is signed by both student and parent.
  • Turn in Sports Fees
  • Consent for Sports Trainer and Concussion/Drive forms are included in online enrollment. Please make sure to sign these.
  • The first day of Fall Practice is August 13th, 2018

All documents must be turned into Ginny Hogan before any practice or participation in any sport.



  Dates State Date Times Locations Notes

Monday 8/13 - 10am to noon.

8/16 & 8/17 - 3 to 4:30pm

8/20 - 8/23 - 3 to 4:30pm

NORMAL DATES - Monday & Wednesday (+5 - 7:30pm on Thursday or Home games)

8/27/18 3-5pm South Commons  
Football Monday - Thursday 8/20/18 2:50 - 6:15pm Practice Fields

Click here for the link to practice schedule for 8/13 -8/20

Volleyball Monday - Friday (Exception game days) 8/13/18 3:15 - 5:15pm South Gym

Tryouts start 8/13

Practice on 8/13 = 3:30 - 5:30

Girls Golf Monday - Friday (Except match dates) 8/13/18 3pm - ?

Monday & Thursday = Lake Shawnee

Tuesday/Friday = SCC

Wednesday = Forbes

Boys Soccer Monday - Friday (Exception game days) 8/13/18 3:30 - %:30 Bettis  
Cross Country Monday - Friday 8/13/18 3:00 Meet in Bassett's room  
Tennis Monday - Friday (Except match dates) 8/13/18      
Scholars Bowl          
Dance Tuesday (am) and Thursday (pm)  

6 - 7:30am

3 - 5:00pm

South Commons  


First Day of Fall Practice – August 13, 2018

Kickoff – August 24, 2018

Homecoming – October 5, 2018 (vs Leavenworth)

Fall Senior Night – October 12, 2018 (vs De Soto)

Fall Buffer Week – November 5-11, 2018

First Day of Winter Practice – November 12, 2018

Holiday Dance – December 1, 2018

Holiday Non-Practice Dates – December 22-26, 2018

First Day of Practice for Bowling – January 2, 2019

Queen of Courts AND Spirit Night – February 1, 2019 (vs Leavenworth)

Winter Senior Night – February 19, 2019 (vs Basehor-Linwood)

First Day of Spring Practice – February 25, 2019

Prom – May 4th, 2019

Graduation – May 19th, 2019





Safety Tip Sheets


Tips for talking to your child about Internet safety

Tips for talking about Sexting with your Teen

Teen Phone Contract

Apps your Teen should stay away from

Parental Control App Reviews

Cutting and Self Harm Information and Supports

Eating Disorders Information and Supports

Suicide Prevention

Bullying Identification and Prevention


Athletic Schedule


Find Shawnee Heights High School athletic events on our Athletic Calendar. 

Follow us on Twitter for up-to-date scores, cancellations, and upcoming events: @SHHSThunderbird



Maturity Videos

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 2019 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.


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Elementary Counselors



Sheri Fleming
(785) 730-5220
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 Shawnee Heights Elementary
Stacy Mickens
(785) 730-5425
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 Tecumseh North Elementary
RobbsDeborah MenkveldKristin
Deborah Robbs
(785) 730-5480
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 Tecumseh South Elementary
Kristin Menkveld
(785) 730-5386
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 Berryton & Shawnee Heights Elementary
Social Worker
BoyerMelissa HayJaime
Melissa Boyer
(785) 730-5280
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 Berryton Elementary
Jaime Hay
(785) 357-5400
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 Middle School, Tecumseh South, Tecumseh North
Social Worker




Smile, It's Healthy! provides dental services including cleaning and restorative care for students at no cost to students.


Smile! It’s Healthy - District Wide

Grace Med - Tecumseh South





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 & Parenting Questions

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.




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



Monday, Thursday, Friday

8:00 am - 11:00 am

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm



10:00 am - 1:00 pm

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm



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.



Substance Abuse Prevention


There are many effective substance abuse prevention interventions. Interventions can involve the family, school, and community, and may provide substance abuse prevention for an individual or a population of youth by focusing on environmental and community factors and policies, developmental factors, or skill development. The following resources may be helpful for your student. If you have additional questions please contact your school counselor or social worker.

Shawnee County  
(785) 266-8666
(785) 266-0202
(785) 789-3705
(785) 233-1730
Douglas County  
(785) 843-5483
(785) 841-4138
Osage County  

(620) 343-2211

State and National Resources  





Teen pregnancy can bring many challenges for students and their families including prenatal care, changes in social connections, and navigating school life. The resources below can help to provide support to teens who are pregnant.

Shawnee County  
(785) 249-6130
(785) 246-6805
(800) 875-5595
(785) 274-3100
Douglas County  
(785) 843-0721
(785) 842-6499
Osage County  
(785) 828-3117


Grief and Loss


When children and adolescents experience the death of a friend or loved one, they will respond to grief in their own unique way. Each student will be affected differently depending on his or her developmental level, cultural beliefs, personal characteristics, family situation, and previous experiences. Children may show rather than talk about their grief. Their behavior, play, and interactions can reflect their grief. Adolescents often respond to people who choose to be a companion to them on the grief journey. The grief of a teen is different from that of a child or an adult, compounding and complicating his or her already complex life. School and community resources can provide support for a student experiencing grief and loss. Providers on the Mental Health tab also support grief and loss concerns.


Shawnee County  
(785) 232-2044



Mental Health


These agencies provide counseling and mental health support for families and students. These agencies may be a good location to seek support. There are many other providers in each county. If you have additional questions, please ask a school counselor or social worker.

Shawnee County  
(785) 232-5005    (24-hour crisis services)
(785) 233-0516
(785) 274-3100
(785) 272-0778
(785) 783-3020
Douglas County  
(785) 843-9192
(785) 843-2429
(785) 841-7297
(785) 841-2145
(785) 864-4416
Osage County  
(620) 342-4864
(785) 528-3189
(620) 342-1714





The following resources provide food assistance. Agencies associated with Client Track have a 60-day waiting period for accessing food resources. Client Track agencies require social security numbers for every member of the household. This allows agencies to provide larger quantities of food resources for families. These agencies include Doorstep, Catholic Charities, etc. However, there are many food banks that are not part of the Client Track system you can visit without the 60-day waiting period.

Shawnee County  
(785) 861-7700
(785) 234-6208
(785) 354-1744
(785) 357-5341
(785) 267-5910
(785) 233-9648
(785) 232-1937
  • Open Arms Outreach
(785) 232-3463
(785) 608-6743
Douglas County  
(785) 841-3357
(785) 842 0440
(785) 841-7297
(785) 856-7030
Osage County  
(785) 828-4888



Housing and Utilities

Calling any one of these agencies is a good starting place for families who may need financial assistance or support. Community Action, Doorstep, Let’s Help, Inc., Catholic Charities and The Salvation Army all refer to one another. Rent and utility help can be provided through appointments with these agencies if the family meets the requirements. Other services such as gas, bus tickets, prescription, or dental help can be provided on a walk-in basis. These agencies recommend calling before visiting to confirm hours, availability of funding, and any necessary paperwork before visiting the agency in person.

Shawnee County  
(785) 357-5341
785) 233-9648
(785) 233-9648
(785) 233-6300
(785) 235-9564
Douglas County  
(785) 841-3357
(785) 856-2694
(785) 841-7297
(785) 542-0440
(785) 843-4188
Osage County  
(785) 528-5184
(785) 273-4804
(785) 528-5184



Family Toolbox

Welcome Families, Students, School Staff and Community Partners

The following pages are a good place to learn about the services and supports for students and families in the Shawnee Heights School community. You'll find a directory of local resources; links to services; and information about common areas of concern. 

As a school community, we understand and value that our families have a major influence on a student’s achievement. When schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning, children tend to do better at school, stay in school longer, and like school more.  The agencies listed offer a variety of resources for children and families. For more information about their services, click on the agency name below and contact them directly or contact a member of our Counseling Staff. If you have specific needs, please call staff listed at your school building for additional information. 

The listing of any organization in the list of community resources does not imply that the organization or the goods and services offered have been endorsed by the Shawnee Heights School District. 

Housing and Utilities Immunizations
Food Education / Academic
Mental Health After School Programming
Grief and Loss Child Care & Parenting Questions
Pregnancy Internet
Substance Abuse Prevention Dental
Physicals Safety Tip Sheets
Additional Resources



Preschool (All Day)


All four elementary schools will continue to have a full-day preschool class for the 2019/2020 school year.  Please see information below and attend a preK screening if interested.  Students can attend a screening at any of the elementary schools.  Parents will be notified in mid-May if their child will be in the 2019/2020 preK class.  Our Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program will continue as it’s always done.


Youth Suicide Awareness

Suicide Awareness and prevention programming is provided annually to all Shawnee Heights USD 450 faculty and staff members.  Training materials provided for staff training are available upon request.  Please contact Dr. Kristin O’Brien, Director of Special Education, at (785) 379-5800 for information.

Regular Bell Schedule


7th Grade

8th Grade

1ST HR  7:50-8:36

1ST HR  7:50-8:36

2ND HR  8:40-9:26

2ND HR  8:40-9:26

3RD HR  9:30-10:16

3RD HR  9:30-10:16

4TH HR  10:20-11:06

4TH HR  10:20-11:06

5TH HR  11:10-12:31 (Lunch included)


6TH HR  12:35-1:21

6TH HR  12:00-1:21 (Lunch included)

7TH HR 1:25-2:11

7TH HR 1:25-2:11

8TH HR  2:16-2:47

8TH HR  2:16-2:47


Early Childhood

 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. 

Read the 2019 May Early Childhood Monthly Newsletter.


Shawnee Heights USD #450

ECSE Screening Dates 2018-2019

August 16, 2019 Shawnee Heights Elementary
September 6, 2019  Tecumseh North Elementary
October 4, 2019

Tecumseh South Elementary

November 8, 2019

Berryton Elementary

December 6, 2019

Shawnee Heights Elementary

January 10, 2020

Tecumseh North Elementary

February 7, 2020

Tecumseh South Elementary

March 6, 2020

Berryton Elementary

April 3, 2020

Shawnee Heights Elementary

May 1, 2020

Tecumseh North Elementary



Daily SHMS Announcements





 Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - First Day of School for 7th & 8th graders.





Coaches: Jordan Yulich and Andrew Singleton

Intramurals are available for 5th and 6th graders. 

Your student will be bringing home information about the first intramural within the week.

Intramurals do have an additional cost of $25.00

Facility Rental Request

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 by following the steps below via the ML Schedules System:


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)





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




01. District Staff-School Activity

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


 Click the calendar icon below to see if the facility you want to use is available.

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Coaches Directory

Football: Coach Swift at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Freshman Football: Coach Oshel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Soccer, Boys: Coach Loy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Volleyball: Coach McHenry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tennis, Girls: Coach Propps at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Golf, Girls: Coach Giddens at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cross Country: Coach Bassett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cheer: Coach Whitney at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Thunderettes: Coach Owen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Basketball, Girls: Coach Wells at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Basketball, Boys: Coach Darting
Bowling: Coach Mercer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Wrestling: Coach Parks at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Swim/Dive, Boys: TBD
Cheer: Coach Whitney at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Thunderettes: Coach Owen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Baseball: Coach Schmidt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Softball: Coach Griffith This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Soccer, Girls: Coach Simons This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Swim/Dive, Girls: Coach Wagers This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Track: Coach Nicks at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Tennis, Boys: Coach Bass at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Golf, Boys: Coach Swift at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


Shawnee Heights offers an interscholastic athletic program with educational values consistent with the academic philosophy for all students in grades 7 through 12. The focus is on the development of the individual, as well as the fostering of an atmosphere of teamwork, citizenship, and good sportsmanship. In addition, the program emphasis is on discipline, respect, leadership, loyalty, cooperation, and an atmosphere of "playing by the rules."

A variety of programs have been provided based on student interests and participation. The district offers to its teams, qualified coaches who are positive role models with an enthusiastic attitude about working with student-athletes. The environment created provides an opportunity for athletes to successfully bring together home, school and community as an integral part of the curriculum.

For more information/questions contact:
Cody Whitney
Athletic Director
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Ginny Hogan
Admin. Assistant
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Ph 785-379-5880
Fax 785-379-5967

Follow us on Twitter for up-to-date scores, cancellations, and upcoming events: @SHHSThunderbird

KSHSAA Physical Form
All participants must have a physical on file in the Athletic Office BEFORE attending any tryout/practice. Click here for Physical form.

Sports Fee
The Sports Fee will once again be $45.00 and is due before the first competition. This fee allows the athlete to participate in all athletics offered at Shawnee Heights High School for the 2018-2019 school year.

For home events unless otherwise posted:
Adult = $5.00
K-12 = $3.00

Golden Pass 
Free for ages 62 and over or adults with disabilities; click here for details. 

Student Activity Pass (9-12) = $24.00
Single Adult Pass = $50.00
Family Pass = $100.00

Summer Reading Program


Summerfest is for everyone! Babies, kids, teens and adults, take the library’s reading challenge to keep your brain buff this summer. Attend our lineup of summer events to beat boredom.

Registration begins May 1!

Start tracking reading June 1. Summerfest begins June 1 and ends July 31 The last day to record reading is July 31.

Sign up for the Summerfest reading challenge and get your kids, parents and colleagues signed up to win prizes and build a community of readers. Read 20 minutes a day between June 1 ad July 31 to add your individual 1,200 minutes to the community goal of 3 million minutes of reading. Use online games and track your reading to unlock cool new game levels, activities and badges. Kids win prizes at different levels and everyone who completes the challenge will be entered in grand prize drawings for $20 gift certificates to the Chandler Booktique! Every minute counts!

Summerfest also includes a ton of summer events to help you build a better summer. There is something different happening every week and almost every day! We’ve got you covered if you are looking to be entertained, for a cool place to hang out or to build new skills.

Drive a Bus

Picture of girl getting on bus.


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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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.

Meal Prices & Menus

Download and print the August Breakfast Menu.


Download and print the August Lunch Menu.


Milk– Carb Counts:

Chocolate – 25 grams

Strawberry – 23 grams

1% - 12 grams

Skim – 12 grams

2019-20 Grade School Lunch Fees

2019-20 Middle School Lunch Fees

2019-20 High School Lunch Fees

 Elementary - Grades 1-6 $2.75 
 Secondary - Grades 7-12  $2.85
 Adult  $3.75
 Reduced  $.40
 Milk per half pint  $.50
Elementary Grades K-6 $1.70
Secondary - Grades 7-12 $1.95
Adult $2.10
Reduced $.30

Free and reduced breakfasts/lunches will be available to students whose family income falls within the eligibility criteria as established through federal guidelines. Participants in this program will not be identified so as to comply with federal regulations. Applications for participation in the free and reduced-price breakfast/lunch program will be available to all students in early July. Or if you would like to apply for free or reduced meals. Please contact the building your student attends or the Food Service Office (785-379-5834) for an application. Online application available here.

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.

KSHSAA Info / Physical Form

A private/non-profit association of accredited member schools, whose purpose is to administer a program of interscholastic activities, festivals, clinics and contests among member schools. The KSHSAA offers state championships in ten boys’ and girls' sports, and ten additional championships in music activities, debate, speech and drama, and scholars bowl. Of particular importance are efforts to elevate standards of good sportsmanship and to encourage growth of good citizenship among students and spectators.

KSHSAA and the Kansas Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, in partnership with the National Federation of High School Associations and the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, have produced four sixty-second public service radio announcements. These PSAs are designed to help communicate to the public the role that high school activities play in providing teenagers with a complete educational experience.

The PSA's highlight studies showing high school students involved in athletics and other extracurricular activities typically have higher grade point averages and fewer disciplinary problems while learning life skills that typically cannot be taught in the classroom. Yet as you know, many of our after-school programs may be at risk because of budgetary issues. Each PSA has a final tagline acknowledging the KSHSAA and the KIAAA as partners in this important endeavor to get the word out on the importance of high school activities and what a true bargain they really are.

The following information has been taken from the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) Handbook:
Violation of this rule shall make a student ineligible for the remainder of that sport or scholars’ bowl or debate season, unless he or she is reinstated by the Executive Board. Section 1: General Regulations (apply to grades 7-12)
Art. 1: A student who is a member of a school athletic, scholars’ bowl or debate squad effective Tuesday following Labor Day through Friday preceding Memorial Day may not participate as a member of an outside team or as an independent competitor in the same sport, scholars’ bowl or debate activity.
Art. 3: A student becomes a member of a school’s athletic squad, scholars’ bowl or debate team when he or she first participates in a practice session. A student ceases to be a squad member after his or her last contest for the school’s athletic squad, scholars’ bowl or debate team or when the membership on a squad is terminated.

Rule 32 - BASEBALL (Boys)
Section 1: General Regulations (apply to grades 7-12)
Art. 1: From the first Tuesday following Labor Day through the last Friday preceding Memorial Day, no more than five players from the same school squad may practice or participate together on the same outside team. Participation by more than five squad members shall make them ineligible for the remainder of the school year and any further middle/junior or senior high baseball, unless reinstated by the Executive Board.

Rule 33 - BASKETBALL (Girls & Boys)
Art. 4: From the first Tuesday following Labor Day through the last Friday preceding Memorial Day, no more than three players from the same school squad may practice or participate together on the same outside team. Participation by more than three squad members on the same team shall make them ineligible for the remainder of the school year and any further middle/junior and senior high school basketball, unless reinstated by the Executive Board.

Rule 35 - FOOTBALL (Boys)
Art. 2: From the first Tuesday following Labor Day through the last Friday preceding Memorial Day, no more than six players from 11-Man squads and five players from 8-Man squads from the same school may practice or participate together on the same outside team. Participation by more than six players from 11-Man squads and five players from 8-Man squads on the same outside team shall make them ineligible for the remainder of the school year and any further middle/junior or senior high football, unless reinstated by the Executive Board.

Rule 38 - SOCCER (Girls & Boys)
Section 1: General Regulations (apply to grades 7-12)
Art. 1: From the first Tuesday following Labor Day through the last Friday preceding Memorial Day, no more than six players (excluding seniors) from the same school squad may practice or participate together on the same outside team. Participation by more than six squad members (excluding seniors) shall make them ineligible for the remainder of the school year and any further middle/junior or senior high soccer, unless reinstated by the Executive Board.

Rule 39 - SOFTBALL (Girls)
Section 1: General Regulations (apply to grades 7-12)
Art. 1: From the first Tuesday following Labor Day through the last Friday preceding Memorial Day, no more than five players from the same school squad may practice or participate together on the same outside team. Participation by more than five squad members shall make them ineligible for the remainder of the school year and any further middle/junior or senior high softball, unless reinstated by the Executive Board.

Rule 43 - VOLLEYBALL (Girls)
Section 1: General Regulations (apply to grades 7-12)
Art. 1: From the first Tuesday following Labor Day through the last Friday preceding Memorial Day, no more than four players from the same school squad may practice or participate together on the same outside team. Participation by more than four squad members on the same team shall make them ineligible for the remainder of the school year and any further middle/junior or senior high school volleyball, unless reinstated by the Executive Board.

Rule 21 - AMATEUR
Ineligibility under this rule holds for the entire time the student is in middle/junior or senior high school, unless he or she is reinstated by the Executive Board.
Section 1: General Regulations (apply to grades 7-12)
Art. 1: A student who uses his or her athletic skill or knowledge for gain, or who plays with a professional team, or who competes for a cash prize, shall be ineligible for that sport.
Art. 2: If the student signs a professional athletic contract, he or she shall be ineligible in that sport.
Art. 3: A student who receives pay for participation in athletics is ineligible in that sport under the provisions of this rule.

a. A student may receive pay for teaching activities such as swimming, lifesaving, golf, tennis, wrestling, basketball, dancing, baseball, etc., provided he or she confines the work to teaching skills.
b. A student may not receive pay for coaching teams or individuals involved in a competition.
c. A student may receive pay for officiating athletic contests.

Art. 4: It is permissible for a student to accept necessary meals, lodging, and transportation while competing if such are accepted in service rather than money or other material forms.
Art. 5: The acceptance of merchandise, jackets, sweaters or other wearing apparel, athletic equipment, pay for pitching a game, remuneration for scoring a certain number of goals or making base hits, etc., or any other form of cash or merchandise award, is a violation of this rule. Neither may the foregoing be accepted as payment to cover necessary expenses. Art. 6: Competing for a cash prize applies to one individual or team members. It does not matter whether the amount is sufficient to cover expenses, or whether an individual receives a portion.

 Before a student may participate in activities and athletics at Shawnee Heights Middle School he or she must:

1. Meet all eligibility requirements of the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA).

2. Have a current physical on file with the school office. Note: physicals for the upcoming school year should be obtained after May 1 of the current year (i.e., your physical for the 2018-2019 school year must have been obtained after May 1, 2018.)

Physical forms are available in the school office or click below to download a printable physical packet.

Download the KSHSAA Physical Form



More information coming soon. 

Pandemic Planning Information

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

Medications at School

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-043 - Permission to Self Medicate OTC

HF-044 - Permission to Self Medicate RX



Immunization Policy

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.

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.

Head Lice

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


  • 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

Health Exams

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



Parents as Teachers

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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Counseling Resource

The primary focus of the school counselor is the welfare of all students. If a student needs help with a problem, either school related or personal, he/she is encouraged to make an appointment with the guidance office secretary or fill out a pass to the guidance office and have a core or elective classroom teacher sign it.

The counselors provide services which include individual and small group sessions;consulting with parents, teachers, and administrators; pre-enrollment and enrollment of new students; scheduling; classroom guidance; orientation of new students; transition; student mediation and support; and facilitation of Reaching New Heights.

Kansas Curricular Standards for School Counseling

Returning Students


Parents are asked to call their respective school to make an appointment for enrollment.

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 underneath the Counseling page for instructions on high school enrollment.

New Student Registration

Parents are asked to call their respective school to make an appointment for enrollment.

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 personal shot record)
  • Proof of Residency (i.e. utility bill or housing contract)
  • If student is living with a relative or other individual who lives in the district, legal documentation must be submitted giving that individual(s) the right to make educational and medical decisions.
  • Custody Papers (if applicable)
  • Completed USD Forms: Student Information Record, Health History, School Bus Drop/Add/Change Form

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, contact local coordinator Becky Greer at (785) 379-5800.


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

In or Out of District Transfer

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. Read the district policy on Out Of District Transfers and fill in the information that must be filled out to complete your request for your child be allowed to attend Shawnee Heights Schools. 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


July 3, 2019 - Online Enrollment Begins

Enroll online through the Parent PowerSchool Portal

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

August 1, 2019 - Returning Student On-Campus Enrollment PreK-12 8am-6pm

August 2, 2019 - New Student On-Campus Enrollment PreK-12 8am-3pm

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 see our PowerSchool Parent Guide

Please refer to the 2019-20 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 
KSHSAA Physical Form
District Information 

Application for Free & Reduced Meals & Benefits - English (Mail-in)

Application for Free & Reduced Meals & Benefits - Spanish (Mail-in)

Free/Reduced Lunch Application (Online)

Elementary Lunch Fees

Middle School Lunch Fees

High School Lunch Fees

August Breakfast/Lunch Menu

District Accident Insurance

Shawnee Heights District & School Communication Methods

Media Release Opt-Out Form


 Best wishes for the new school year!

District Advisory Council

The District Advisory Council is comprised of representatives from each of the site councils, PTO's and booster clubs supporting the schools of the distirict 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 10, 2018
October 8, 2018
November 12, 2018
December---No Meeting
January 14, 2019
February 11, 2019
March 18, 2019
April 8, 2019
May---No Meeting


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

District Administrators

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


Dr. Martin Stessman
Superintendent of Schools
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Becky Greer
Curriculum Director
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Sara Hoyer
Business and Finance Director
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Matt Hirsch
Human Resource Director
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Bennett ObrienKristin

Dr. Kristin O'Brien
Special Education Director
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Grindol CoxTara

Tara Cox
Food Service Director
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Hofstra Nathan 258

Nathan Hofstra
Director of Support Services
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Blair Anderson
I.T. Director
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