KU Honors Program

Kansas Honors

On Wednesday, October 7th, Sylvan-Lucas Unified High School senior, Courtney Batchman, was honored at the annual KU Honors Program.  The program is hosted by the University of Kansas Alumni Foundation and recognizes seniors for being in the top 10 percent of their graduating class.  Wednesday's program, held at the Salina Country Club, honored those students in the counties of Ellsworth, Lincoln, Ottawa, and Saline.  Annually, the program recognizes over 3,000 students from across the state.

Biology II Class Takes 4th at Eco-Meet

On October 7th, 2015 the SLUHS Biology 2 class participated in the Wilson Regional Eco-Meet.  Participants included Tanner Kubick, Caitlyn Kinser, December Gier, and Kalieb Garcia.  The students were challenged to test their knowledge over the species in the Kansas prairie by completing a scavenger hunt.  Also, they took two tests over aquatic invertebrates and the wetlands/aquatic habitat.  Lastly, they participated by completing a interpretive event where they created a five minute skit where they portrayed different Kansas species.  

The SLUHS team placed 4th overall, 4th in scavenger event, and 5th in the interpretive event.   Tanner Kubick individually placed 3rd in the invertebrates test and 5th in the Wetlands/aquatics test.  Congratulations to all SLUHS Eco-Meet participants!

Health Note--From the School Nurse

Allergies: Seasonal allergies are at a high right now. Causing sneezing, stuffy nose, cough, or sore throat. If your child has Asthma, please watch for increased wheezing, please see Doctor if not controlled. Benadryl, Claritin, or Zyrtec all work for seasonal allergies. Please check with your Doctor prior to starting.

Stomach Virus: A stomach virus has been going around: tummy hurting, vomiting, and fever. It is short lived. Please encourage rest and drinking plenty of water. 

Strep Throat: Sore throat, high fever, white patches to tonsils (back of throat). Need to see Doctor for antibiotics, rest, and drink plenty of water. This is contagious so please keep them home until treated for at least 24 hours.

If you ever have any questions or concerns please call or email me. Have a safe and restful weekend!

Elizabeth Sheldon



FFA Attends Greenhand Conference

Submitted by Sylvan-Lucas Unified sophomore FFA member, Aleah Wehrman.

Greenhand Conference

On Wednesday September 16th, 22 students form SLUHS went to Clay Center for a day of learning about leadership, and to come out of their comfort box.  During the day we had five stations that we went through. We learned how influence is a great impression on other people and how you want to have a good influence on all of your surroundings.  For the closing session Miss. Green talked to us about how we have influence on our community and world.

FFA Hosts Livestock Judging Clinic

The Sylvan-Lucas FFA chapter enjoyed a livestock judging clinic held at the Sylvan Grove sale barn on Saturday, September 5. Students learned how to judge sheep, goats, cattle and pigs. Sarah Heller and Ray Withers along with many other volunteers led the FFA kids and gave tips on how to correctly place and select livestock. There were approximately 17 FFA members who attended the event. The Sylvan-Lucas FFA sponsors and students want to thank everyone who helped make this event possible!

High School Agriculture Education Receives Grant from DuPont Pioneer

Sylvan Grove – Kansas – Sylvan-Lucas Unified High School is pleased to announce that DuPont Pioneer donated $5,000 toward the Agriculture Education program to help purchase textbooks for our new program. 

The grant specifically purchased textbooks for classes taught in the SLUHS Agriculture Education department including Intro to Agriculture, Plant & Animal Science and Agribusiness.   “This grant was crucial to providing our staff and students with needed resources to ensure this program is successfully launched for the students of USD 299,” SLUHS Principal Jeff Starkey stated.  “Without the help of Pioneer and local representative, Michael Kratky, we would not be in the position we are in today.”  

Pioneer makes contributions to community-based organizations on behalf of the business and employees. Consideration for outreach grants are given to communities where Pioneer representatives, employees and customers live and work and that support quality-of-life initiatives to create an improved, sustainable lifestyle for people worldwide.


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