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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
Cheer

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      
Debate          
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

Internet

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

FlemingSheri

MickensStacey

Sheri Fleming
(785) 730-5220
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 Shawnee Heights Elementary
Counselor
Stacy Mickens
(785) 730-5425
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 Tecumseh North Elementary
Counselor
RobbsDeborah MenkveldKristin
Deborah Robbs
(785) 730-5480
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 Tecumseh South Elementary
Counselor
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
Counselor
Jaime Hay
(785) 357-5400
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 Middle School, Tecumseh South, Tecumseh North
Social Worker

 

Dental

 

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

 

 

Internet

 

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.

 

Immunizations

 

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.

 

 

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  
 
 
 

 

 

Pregnancy

 

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

 

 

Food

 

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  
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(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)

11:10-11:56

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 March Early Childhood Monthly Newsletter.

 

Shawnee Heights USD #450

ECSE Screening Dates 2018-2019

August 17th, 2018

SHES

September 7th, 2018

TNorth

October 5th, 2018

TSouth

November 2nd, 2018

BES

December 7th, 2018

SHES

February 1st, 2019

TNorth

March 1st, 2019

TSouth

April 5th, 2019

BES

May 3rd, 2019

SHES

 

 

Daily SHMS Announcements

   

SHAWNEE HEIGHTS MIDDLE SCHOOL THUNDERBIRDS

 

 

Monday, March 25, 2019

 

THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE:

Monday, March 25 –

Tuesday, March 26 –

Wednesday, March 27 –

Thursday, Matrch 28 - 7/8 Track vs Law SW A/B 3:30 PM

Friday, March 29 –

Students, this is the last week to sign up for this year’s talent show. Auditions are April 8th & 9th and the Talent Show is April 25th.

Honeybee Hikers, if you would like to attend the hike this Friday please turn in your permission slip to Mrs. Stockwell by this Wednesday.  If you would like a permission slip please ask Mrs. Stockwell for one today.  

LUNCH: Crispito, cheese bread, green beans, garden bar, pears, & milk

                       

Next Day’s Breakfast: Oatmeal round, Mandarin oranges, juice & milk

 

 

 

 

Intramurals

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:

IF THERE IS A SPACE AT THE HIGH SCHOOL THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO REQUEST, AND THAT SPACE IS UNAVAILABLE FOR SELECTION IN THE ML SCHEDULES SYSTEM, CONTACT THE ACTIVITIES DIRECTOR, CODY WHITNEY AT This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

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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. 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.  

Athletics

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.

Admission
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

sf2017SUMMER READING PROGRAM: TOPEKA SHAWNEE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY

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.

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

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.

Meal Prices & Menus

Download and print the March Breakfast Menu.

 

Download and print the March Lunch Menu.

 

Milk– Carb Counts:

Chocolate – 25 grams

Strawberry – 23 grams

1% - 12 grams

Skim – 12 grams


2018-19 Grade School Lunch Fees

2018-19 Middle School Lunch Fees

2018-19 High School Lunch Fees

Lunch   
 Elementary - Grades 1-6 $2.75 
 Secondary - Grades 7-12  $2.85
 Adult  $3.75
 Reduced  $.40
 Milk per half pint  $.50
   
Breakfast  
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:
Rule 22 - OUTSIDE COMPETITION
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

 

Band

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-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

 

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

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

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.

Policies

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

PowerSchool

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

PowerSchool Parent Portal is available below 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 DATA WILL BE THE SAME FOR YOUR ACCESS EACH YEAR.  NO NEED TO MAKE A NEW ACCOUNT.

Helpful tips on CREATING your account:

  1. Be sure to use the parent or guardian access letter.  This letter is addressed to the parent or guardian of (student's name)*.
  2. If there is a period 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 in the letter.  This could cause issues with access your students account.  If you have tried both, then please contact the school or the IT department for assistance.
  4. Key the user ID and the password exactly as you see them (case-sensitive).

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

Click on the Email Notification icon. Select the items you want emailed & how often. Enter your email address. Weekly reports are sent out at midnight on Sundays.

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

Enrollment

July 2, 2018 - 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 2, 2018 - Returning Student Enrollment PreK-12 8am-6pm

August 3, 2018 - New Student 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 2018-19 Enrollment Fees (PreK-12) for all fees for the district. 


Berryton Elementary     BES Handbook/Calendar
Berryton_Enrollment_Packet
BES Family Information Nights 
BES Sneak Peek Night
BES Supply List
Tecumseh North   Elementary   TN Handbook/Calendar
TN Enrollment Packet
TN Sneak Peek Information
TN Supply List
Tecumseh South   Elementary   TS Handbook/Calendar
TS Enrollment Packet
TS_Sneak_Peek_Flyer
TS Supply List
Shawnee Heights Elementary   SHES Handbook/Calendar
SHES Enrollment Packet
SHES Supply List
Shawnee Heights Middle School   SHMS Student Handbook
7th Grade Supply List
8th Grade Supply List
SHMS Enrollment Packet
Enrollment Timeline

KSHSAA Physical Form
Shawnee Heights High School   SHHS Student Handbook
Course_Offerings
SH_Booster_Club_membership_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

SchoolMessenger-Emergency Notification System

Health Requirements 

 

 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

StessmanMartin

Dr. Martin Stessman
Superintendent of Schools
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GreerRebecca

Becky Greer
Curriculum Director
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HoyerSara

Sara Hoyer
Business and Finance Director
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HirschMatthew

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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AndersonBlair

Blair Anderson
I.T. Director
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District Boundary Map

Use this link to type in your address, if you are in boundary your house will be within a shaded area! 

 

 

 

Blue - Tecumseh North
Red - Tecumseh South
Yellow - Shawnee Heights Elementary
Tan - Berryton Elementary 

*This map has been created as a guide to locate elementary boundaries. We can not promise that this information is 100% accurate, for your specific boundary information, please contact the Transportation Department at:
Phone: (785) 379-5820
Fax: (785) 379-5872
Office Hours: 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Our Story

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.


Alumni Website Link

IKA Financial Literacy

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

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.

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  • 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

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Employment

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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!


Matt Hirsch
Human Resource Director
785-379-5800
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Shawnee Heights Public Schools Foundation

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 supporting the Shawnee Heights Public Schools Foundation through a tax-deductible contribution or becoming involved, please go to http://shawneeheightsfoundation.net/

Budget Information

Current law requires school districts to publish specific budget information on the website. Form 150 is used to calculate the estimated legal maximum general fund budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. So, current year expenditures are budgeted as if the district will spend the maximum amount available. However, that would not be fiscally responsible. Therefore, actual expenditures are typically less than what is budgeted. 

Also, please note, Special Education weighting is based on estimates provided by KSDE and will not be finalized until June 2019.   

The BUDGET AT A GLANCEprovides a summary of the whole district budget, as well as specific information on the operating budget (General Fund and Supplemental General Fund).

The One-Page Summary is a snapshot of the district's operating budget.

Agendas & Minutes


March 18, 2019 Agenda Minutes
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January 23, 2019 Agenda Minutes
January 7, 2019 Agenda Minutes
December 17, 2018 Agenda Minutes
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November 19, 2018 Agenda Minutes
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October 15, 2018 Agenda Minutes
October 1, 2018 Agenda Minutes
October 1, 2018 Special Mtg. Agenda Minutes
September 17, 2018 Agenda Minutes
 September 4, 2018 Agenda Minutes
 August 20, 2018 Agenda Minutes
 August 6, 2018 Agenda Minutes
 July 16, 2018 Agenda Minutes
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June 29, 2018 Spec. Mtg. Agenda Minutes
June 18, 2018 Agenda Minutes
June 4, 2018 Agenda Minutes
May 30, 2018 Spec. Mtg. Agenda Minutes
May 21, 2018 Agenda Minutes
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April 16, 2018 Agenda Minutes
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March 26, 2018 Agenda Minutes
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February 19, 2018 Agenda Minutes
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January 22, 2018 Agenda Minutes
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December 18, 2017 Agenda Minutes
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June 19, 2017 Agenda Minutes
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Board of Education

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.

 

2018 BOE Group Photo

Board Goals

PREPARING THE STUDENTS OF TODAY FOR THE OPPORTUNITIES OF TOMORROW

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
  • Student, family and community involvement
  • Safe schools

 

2018-2019 USD 450 District Goals

  1. All district personnel will proactively engage the entire family unit as an active participant in the education of their students.
  2. All district educators will actively engage students in their education to ensure students will graduate college and career ready with the ability to contribute to a global society.
  3. All learning environments will be safe, will be secure, and will promote a culture of inclusion and acceptance.
  4. The Board of Education and Superintendent will responsively and transparently manage the curriculum, personnel, budget, and financial resources of the district.
  5. District administrators will be proactive in attracting and retaining the highest quality staff members to support our students.

 

Board Members

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:


 DeitcherEric

President, Eric Deitcher 

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Position: 3C

Term: July 2011 – December 2019

“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 rolls, 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.”


 BusenitzRocky

Vice President, Rocky Busenitz

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Position: 2B

Term: July 2015 – December 2019

“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.” 


CavazosRosa

 Rosa Cavazos

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Position: 4A

Term: January 2018 – December 2022

“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.”


 HansenRenae

 Renae Hansen

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Position: 6C

Term: January 2018 – December 2022

“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 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 on 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."


ManzanaresJoel

 Joel Manzanares

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Position: At Large

Term: July 2007 – December 2019

“I grew up in Topeka and graduated from Topeka High School in 1981. I have attended KU, Washburn and while in the Navy I took criminal justice courses from Central Texas College. Upon my discharge from the Navy, I worked at the Shawnee County Jail for 16 years. I am currently a probation officer for Shawnee County Community Corrections. I have enjoyed this job for the past 14 years. I have a daughter, Mackenzie, who graduated from Shawnee Heights in 2018 and another daughter, Abbey, who is currently a sophomore.

We chose to send our daughters to Shawnee Heights because of the atmosphere the district displays. We are impressed with the diversity of students and adults who we looked up to in this community that graduated from Shawnee Heights.

Since day one I have been very active in my children's school. I started out helping with the school carnival and then went on to become a member of the SHES carnival committee. While on the committee I served on the SHES site council which in turn lead me to a term of DAC. While getting involved with the grade schools boundary changes, I met and spoke with many of our excellent board members. I enjoyed my interaction with them and felt I could be a good addition to the board. I have enjoyed my years on the board and I look forward to continuing to serve the district.”

 


 PriceErica

 Erica Price

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Position: 5B

Term: January 2018 – December 2022

"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 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 for the teachers, students, and the patrons of Shawnee Heights."


 Tice MillerLaurn

 Lauren Tice Miller

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Position: 1A

Term: July 2015 – December 2019

“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.”