District News

Wabaunsee County Farm Bureau Safety Poster Program
Division 1 (Grades 1 & 2) 3rd - Leah Alderman - AES
Division 2 (Grades 3 & 4) 1st - Zoe Stone - MHES, 2nd - Carter Falk - MHES
Division 3 (Grades 5 & 6) 1st - Jordan Frank, 2nd - Zach Frank, 3rd - Kaci Meseke
Honorable Mention - Karli Meseke, Dalton Debler, Joseph Howell, Kadence Guinn,  Heather Baker

Eisenhower Foundation Paint Like Ike Program
#PaintLikeIke program is a huge success! Teacher Alicia Stott incorporated #IKEducation into lesson plans with her K-4 students. Their work has been on display in the lobby of the Eisenhower Presidential Library. Here are some photos of Stott and her students with their masterpieces. IKEducation's Paint Like Ike program is funded in part by a generous donation from the Robert E. and Patricia Schmidt Foundation. #ILikeIke #Art #Education

USD #329 K-4 Painted like Ike and received a field trip grant to attend The Eisenhower Museum!
Submitted by Mrs. Stott, AES/MHES Art Teacher
A couple months ago, I saw a "Paint like Ike" call for entries, to finish one of Dwight D. Eisenhower's unfinished paintings, on the internet. I thought what a cool idea! ...and, "I didn't know Eisenhower was an artist?!" I found out, that he did art as a hobby. There was a historical write and lesson plan included as well. http://www.eisenhowerfoundation.net/DocumentCenter/View/873

The class learned about Eisenhower through that, but also had to do research on their iPads, about him. They each had to find facts and present them to their class. (minus Kindergarten- although they did write their favorite fact on their artwork's name tag) After that, they all got their own unfinished Eisenhower artwork that was provided with the lesson plan. The students were given instructions to first draw anything else they wanted to be included in their picture. Different grades, used different supplies. The supplies used were watercolors, crayons, colored pencils, markers, oil pastels, and acrylic paint.

I was so impressed on how the pictures were turning out, that I contacted the Director of Education, Mitzi Gose, at The Eisenhower Museum/Foundation and asked her if there was any way she could help me promote/show off the pictures? The call for entries originally wanted the pictures uploaded to facebook for a contest. Well, there was no way I could choose just one. Both of the Kindergarten through 4th grades at Alma and Maple Hill Elementary Schools participated in this project. Mitzi said we would love to put them on display. I was elated!

A fellow teacher suggested, why don't we take a field trip there? Great idea, I thought! I looked into it, and found out that the museum/foundation offered grants that would pay for the whole trip. This would include reimbursement for substitutes, gas and we all would get free admission and lunch. I applied, and we got it!

Both Alma and Maple Hill Elementary Schools went on a field trip to the Eisenhower Museum on Tuesday, March 27th. It was wonderful! I would highly recommend visiting, to people of all ages! The staff did a great job, with the students. While the students were there, they were also able to see all of their art on display. It was so cool! Their work will be on display in the museum’s library until April 5th.

Here is the link to Alma's pictures...

Here is the link to Maple Hill's pictures...

WHS Spring Button Order Form

2018 Ladies Reading Circle Poetry Contest
Alma First Grade Students participated in the 2018 Ladies Reading Circle Poetry Contest.  The ladies stated the selection process was very difficult because there were so many fabulous entries.  The winners are:  First place-Daylin Riley with Snow Day, Second Place-Leah Alderman with Emma's Dessert, Third place-Cait Topper with Training for a Tough Mudder, and Fourth Place-Kota McKinven with Deliciousness.  Congratulations!

Left to Right-Arlene Gnadt, Kota McKinven, Cait Topper, Leah Alderman, Daylin Riley, Diane Barrett

Save the Date!

Charger Family Field Day will be held May 24th at Wabaunsee Sports Complex. Parents are invited to attend. If you are willing to help run an event please contact Sara Alderman at salderman@usd329.com by April 20th.

USD 329 Prepares for Kindergarten Round-Up

Alma Elementary School
Wabaunsee USD #329 is compiling a list of potential Kindergarten students for the 2018/2019 school year. If you have a student that will be 5 on or before August 31, he/she is eligible to attend Kindergarten next year. Alma Elementary School will hold round-up on Thursday, April 19 at 6:00 pm in the kindergarten room. Parents and children are invited to participate in a come and go evening with crafts, activities and games. Please call the school with your child’s full name, birthday, and address by Friday, March 16. The phone number for Alma Elementary School is (785) 765-3349.
Packets of information will be mailed to parents in April. It is important for all children to attend round-up before starting school.

Maple Hill Elementary School
Maple Hill Elementary will be holding “Kindergarten Meet n’ Greet Roundup” on Monday, April 16th from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. If you are in Maple Hill or Paxico and have a student that will be 5 on or before August 31st, he/she is eligible to attend Kindergarten next year. You will have the opportunity to meet the teacher, see the classroom, ask questions, and visit with other families. The evening will include activities for the children.

Please call the school with your child’s full name, birthday, and address by Friday, March 16th. The phone number for Maple Hill Elementary is (785) 256-4223.

Informational packets will be going out the beginning of April. If you have any other questions, please call the school office.

Charger of the Month

Congratulations to JARRETT BOLINDER for being selected as FEBRUARY’S CHARGER OF THE MONTH. He has been nominated by teachers for stepping up to do the right thing, having outstanding citizenship, and ultimately representing what being a Charger is all about. He went above and beyond after a basketball game to help clean up and was not signed up. Charger of the Month is sponsored by Student Council.

Keep Kansas Clean Contest Winners
Congratulations to Morgan and Gabby for winning a month for the Keep Kansas Clean Calendar.

2017 Wabaunsee County Conservation District Poster Contest Winners
Karli Meseke (6th grade)
Maddux Weisshaar (2nd grade)
Ava Viergever (3rd grade)
Not Pictured: Maddux Weisshaar (2nd grade)

Students donate to Alma Manor
A HUGE “Thank You” to all who donated fleece, money, and time to our service project of making fleece blankets for the residents of the Alma Manor. We were able to collect enough fleece for 63 blankets!! Alma and Maple Hill Elementary students gathered together to tie the blankets during their Charger Family meeting this month. Members from our military unit even came and joined in the fun! We had enough blankets to hand out to the members of the Paxico and Maple Hill Senior apartments!

WHS screen printing class featured on KSNT-TV 21st Century Learning segment.

The Leader in Me Measurable Surveys

Parent Measurable Survey Link

Student Measurable Survey Link

Dear Parents/Guardians, Our school is implementing a whole-school transformational process called The Leader in Me, which teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students and creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader. Starting September 5th our school will be conducting surveys to learn more about key areas of strength and areas of needed growth in our school. 
Read the letter from Superintendent Starnes... 

The Leader in Me on KSNT
The KSNT website has our TV report up:

The purpose in implementing The Leader in Me and overlying theme presented excellently by Bobbi and Jan is to help our students become responsible for themselves and their destinies.  Our mission/job in this endeavor is to help them by facilitating/providing them the “tools” to become effective/successful people.


Board of Education meetings are the second Monday of each month at 7:00 pm. All meetings are held at the District Office except October's meeting is held at the MHES library and March's meeting is held in PJH library. 

WHS Charger Newspaper - Latest Issue posted weekly

"Friends of the PTO"
Become a member of the Alma Elementary School "Friends of the PTO" by filling out a form PDF

Wabaunsee High School 2018 Yearbook 
Order Form or Online.

Senior Spotlight for Prom and Graduation
This is for Class of 2018 graduates. Parents can send in pictures and a brief message to be shown in a video at prom and graduation. The deadline is January 15, 2018. The FORM explains what pictures are needed.

Senior Portrait Criteria and Deadline
Senior portraits (digital preferred) for the yearbook are due December 1, 2017.
Alumni panel portraits are due in hard copy form February 1, 2018. Each senior picture should be - waste up shot - wallet size of approx 2.5" wide x 3.5" tall. We will not put any pictures in that are on/near railroad tracks because it is considered an illegal action. Also hats should not be on in pictures. 

Transforming USD 329 Wabaunsee Schools
We invite you to be part of something transformational at USD 329 Wabaunsee Schools. READ MORE....

9th to 12th grade parents: Get your child ready for college

Open this letter from Superintendent Brad Starnes to find out how!

Wellness Policies and Articles

Collaborative Starts - 2017-18 School Year
Starting September 13th every Wednesday from 8-8:45 our schools will be implementing Collaborative Starts. Read more...

Senior Banners vs Senior Posters 
Frequently Asked Questions

Annual Weight Room Fee
At the regularly scheduled August 14th, 2017 Board of Education meeting, the BOE approved an annual $30 weight room usage fee. Read more...

Report Card Access
Parents-access to district/state report cards and our students progress towards meeting state academic achievement standards may be found at:  http://ksreportcard.ksde.org/home.aspx?org_no=D0329&rptType=2

KSHSAA Guidelines

These guidelines are from the KSHSAA web site. It clarifies some common misunderstandings and answers questions that parents, coaches, or students may have with regard to off season programs/outside competition during the school year. These are applicable to both High School and Junior High. 

Transfer Course List
The Board of Regents has released the latest list of courses guaranteed to transfer between our Kansas public universities and colleges. See LINK to view.

Jason Flatt Youth Suicide Awareness Act
Under the Jason Flatt Youth Suicide Awareness Act, all USD 329 staff have undergone suicide awareness and prevention training. The training materials provided under this programming are available by clicking on this link.

Chain of Command
Expectations become Reality
The BOE unanimously approved the following guide to help in recognizing who’s responsible and accountable to whom.  Read more...

Reclassification Proposal Voting Results from KSHSAA

As required by K.S.A. 72-8254 the following are posted for the public: