Elementary School Receives Recognition from

Kansas Schools of Character Recognition Program

KScharacter.org and Character.org, in collaboration with the Kansas State Department of Education and the Brown v. Board of Education Historical Site, are recognizing our school with the Enhanced Spotlight Recognition for Social, Emotional and Character Development. Dr. Randy Watson and other dignitaries will provide remarks and honor the school on May 4th in Topeka.

The Kansas Schools of Character Recognition program recipients are schools and/or districts that have demonstrated education principles, which include creating a caring school community, engaging families and community members as partners in character-building efforts, fostering self-motivation, and implementing meaningful and challenging academic curriculum that respects all learners, develops character, and helps students succeed.

Congratulations to Lucas-Sylvan Unified Elementary School for all your hard work in achieving this recognition.

High School Music Participates in Regionals

On Saturday, April 1, 2017, 35 music students from Sylvan-Lucas Unified High School, participated in the Regional Music Contest at Cloud County Community College in Concordia, Kansas.

The judging, for the day, in all categories, was tougher than some years, but the students from Sylvan-Lucas did extremely well, qualifying 10 out of 18 entries! All three vocal groups qualified for State Music which means nearly all of the students who attended Regionals will enjoy the honor of performing at the State Festival!

The results are as follows:

Men's Ensemble - I rating (Tyler Barrientes, Beau Batchman, Kyle Frederking, J.C. Huehl, Steven Lawson, Sam Princ, Brody Schofield, Dylan Streit, Gunnar Weaver)

Girls' Ensemble - I rating (Sasha Albert, Logan Batchman, Maddisyn Brummer, Dharma Couse, Kelsey Decker, Kerstin Decker, Yasmin Etienne, Bailey Evans, December Gier, Aundrea Haberer, Delaney Herold, Kelssey Jorgensen, Caitlyn Kinser, Morgan Kubick, Kena Kvasnicka, Keera Maupin, Mia Maupin, Kylie Rahmeier, Paige Ringler, Kaitlyn Schoen, Lucy Tate, Aleah Wehrman, Greta Wehrman, Hannah Wolting)

Mixed Ensemble - I rating (Tyler Barrientes, J.C. Huehl, Sam Princ, Brody Schofield, Dylan Streit, Gunnar Weaver, Logan Batchman, Maddisyn Brummer, Dharma Couse, Kerstin Decker, Yasmin Etienne, Bailey Evans, December Gier, Aundrea Haberer, Delaney Herold, Kelssey Jorgensen, Caitlyn Kinser, Morgan Kubick, Kena Kvasnicka, Mia Maupin, Kylie Rahmeier, Lucy Tate, Aleah Wehrman, Greta Wehrman)

  • Dharma Couse (Vocal Solo) II rating
  • Dharma Couse (Bass Clarinet Solo) I rating
  • Kelsey Decker (Vocal Solo) I rating
  • Kelsey Decker (Flute Solo) I rating
  • Yasmin Etienne (Vocal Solo) II rating
  • Bailey Evans (Vocal Solo) I rating
  • December Gier (Vocal Solo) II rating
  • Aundrea Haberer (Alto Saxophone Solo) II rating
  • R. J. Haberer (Trumpet Solo) II rating
  • J. C. Huehl (Violin Solo) I rating
  • Paige Ringler (Vocal Solo) II rating
  • Brody Schofield (Vocal Solo) I rating
  • Gunnar Weaver (Vocal Solo) II rating
  • Greta Wehrman (Flute Solo) I rating
  • Hannah Wolting (Alto Saxophone Solo) II rating

Mrs. Janet Seehafer is the music director and Shelly Keller and Mrs. Seehafer are the accompanists for all performances.

Congratulations to all of these fine musicians from Sylvan-Lucas Unified! We wish you the best at State!

Elementary Announces 3rd Quarter Honor Roll


6th: Goldie Dohe, Valden Dohl, Taylor Fallis, Kaylee Johnson and Sophie Pancost

5th: Emma Cline, and Sydney Heller

4th: Anna Feldkamp, Maggie Labertew

3rd: Layne Buttenhoff, Vance Dohl, Cheyenne Feenstra, Breckyn Gosvener, Molly Heller, Izabella Hooper, Aubrelle Hurlbut, Carter Johnson, Chase Palmer, LeeAllie Schoen and Josie Svaty

3.5 – 3.99 GPA HONOR ROLL:

6th: Geriun Boor, Dakota Feenstra, Skyylar Goss, Clara Griffiths, Emma Griffiths, and Jase Labertew

5th: Brody Batchman, Madalyn Dobrinski, Kimberly Fitzhugh, Kailea Goss, Brooklyn Gosvener, Lucile Harp, Lane Homewood, Kolton Palmer, DeAnna Provo, Jacob Schultz and Drayse Walter

4th: Summer Bates, Greyson Boor, Tyra Meyer, Harlan Pancost, Kaleb Schroeder, Caitlyn Sigle, and CD Webber

3rd: Mallory Dobrinski, Liam Goss III, Montana Griffiths, Asher Hernandez, Kolton Meyer, Lauren Pritchett, Eli Schultz, and Isaac Schultz.

NPL All-League Basketball Announced

The Northern Plains League has released their all-league athletes for the 2016-2017 season. The girls team included Sylvan-Lucas Unified High School junior, Kerstin Decker, who earned 3rd team honors and senior, Cursstyn Jorgensen, who earned honorable mention honors. The boys team included Sylvan-Lucas Unified High School junior, RJ Haberer, who earned 1st team honors, senior, Kalieb Garcia, who earned honorable mention and junior, Dylan Streit, who also earned honorable mention honors.

For complete all-league team lists, see link below:

7th Grade Scholar's Bowl Wins TLL Tournament

Congratulations to the 7th grade scholar bowl team for 2nd place in regular tournament and first place in the league at Natoma Thursday. Team members included MeKelle Hurlbut, Brooke Wehrman, Zach Rose, Dillyn Brummer, and Jaxson Heenan.

Mustang Volleyball Team Receives Academic Award

The high school volleyball team has been recognized by the Kansas Volleyball Association with a Team Academic Award. This award honors varsity volleyball teams who have a minimum grade point average of 3.3 on all classes taken during the fall semester. The following volleyball girls also earned the Kansas Volleyball Association's All-Academic First Team selection.

  • Aundrea Haberer
  • Cursstyn Jorgensen
  • Delaney Herold
  • Greta Wehrman
  • Logan Batchman
  • Maddisyn Brummer
  • Taegen Walter

Mustang Speech Team Finishes 3rd at Tournament

The Sylvan-Lucas Unified High SchoolSpeech team finished 3rd at the SE of Saline Tournament on Saturday, February 11th. Of those Sylvan-Lucas Unified Students participating, the following qualified for State Speech Championships.

  • Aleah Wehrman - 1st in Prose
  • December Gier - 1st in Poetry
  • Yasmin Etienne - 2nd in Humorous Solo
  • Brody Schofield - 2nd in Humorous Solo (qualified at Osborne tournament)

Health Note

  • Pink Eye: Conjunctivitis- pain to the eye, redness, irritation, drainage, itchy, puffy eyes, sensitive to light. Very contagious. Must see a Doctor and may not return to school until 24 hours after treatment has been started.
  • Upper Respiratory Congestion: Runny nose, stuffed up nose, headache, sore throat, cough (dry or productive). Allow for adequate rest every night at least 8 to 12 hours for kids. Increase water intake. Can use a decongestant or a cold and allergy medicine. Watch for wheezing or shortness of breath- please take to Doctor if your child starts to have audible wheezing or complains of shortness of breath just sitting there. Encourage using elbow to cough or sneeze, good hand washing. If your child is struggling to kick this and is worn out please keep them home from school and all activities to allow them to rest.
  • Influenza: (Respiratory NOT stomach bug)- Fever, chills, body aches, runny nose, stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, chest discomfort, and tiredness. This is contagious and spreads easily. Please keep your child home until symptom free. Treat symptoms with over-the-counter medicine such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen and Cold and Flu medicine. Allow for adequate rest and drink plenty of water or Gatorade to prevent from dehydration. If your child’s fever rises to 103 and or shows signs of dehydration (dry mouth, increased thirst, weakness, decrease in urine output) your child needs to be seen by a Doctor right away. If you or your child has not received a Flu shot, you still can get one. The Flu shot is to help build your immunity to be able to fight off influenza. The Flu shot has nothing to do with the stomach bug.
  • Stomach bug: Headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pains. Must stay home until free of symptoms 24-48 hours. Increase water intake. Allow stomach and intestines to rest by drinking clear liquids and then advancing to bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. Use good hand washing. This is contagious.
  • Strep throat: Fever, headache, sore throat, enlarged lymph nodes, nausea, vomiting. Need to go to Doctor right away. Must stay home for 24 hours after first treatment. Increase fluid intake and allow adequate rest. This is contagious.

Winter can become long with sicknesses. Please take care of yourself as well as your children. Have a great February! Love is an action, not a feeling. Love fearlessly!

Elizabeth Sheldon, RN



Happy Heart Month

American HEART Association




Spot a stroke F.A.S.T.:

- Face Drooping Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.

- Arm Weakness Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

- Speech Difficulty Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "the sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?

- Time to call 9-1-1 If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.


If these signs are present CALL 9-1-1

High School Yearbook Class Receives Grant

The Sylvan-Lucas Unified High School yearbook class has received a Post-Rock Community Foundation Grant for the amount of $2,000. The funds were requested and will be used to replace outdated cameras used by the Yearbook class. The Yearbook staff will have three new cameras and lenses to collect photos for their yearbook. The high school yearbook class is responsible for the creation of both the Jr/Sr high yearbook and the elementary yearbook.

Elementary Announces 2nd Quarter Honor Roll

4.0 GPA Honor Roll

6th Grade: Valden Dohl, Taylor Fallis, Kaylee Johnson

5th Grade: Emma Cline, Sydney Heller

4th Grade: Summer Bates, Greyson Boor, Anna Feldkamp, Maggie Labertew, Harlan Pancost

3rd Grade: Vance Dohl, Breckyn Gosvener, Montana Griffiths, Izabella Hooper, Aubrelle Hurlbut, Carter Johnson, LeeAllie Schoen, Josie Svaty

3.5 GPA Honor Roll

6th Grade: Geriun Boor, Goldie Dohe, Skyylar Goss, Clara Griffiths, Emma Griffiths, Jase Labertew and Sophie Pancost

5th Grade: Brody Batchman, Madalyn Dobrinski, Kimberly Fitzhugh, Kailea Goss, Brooklyn Gosvener, Lucile Harp, Lane Homewood, Matthew Lawson, Cienna Nondorf, Kolton Palmer, and Jacob Schultz

4th Grade: Tyra Meyer, Alana Pritchett, and CD Webber

3rd Grade: Layne Buttenhoff, Mallory Dobrinski, Cheyenne Feenstra, Liam Goss III, Molly Heller, Asher Hernandez, Kolton Meyer, Chase Palmer, Lauren Pritchett, ELi Schultz, Isaac Schultz

High School Announces Fall Honor Roll

4.0 Honor Roll

Seniors: Cursstyn Jorgensen, Greta Wehrman.

Juniors: Logan Batchman, Jedd Rowden.

Sophomores: Maddisyn Brummer, Aundrea Haberer, Kylie Rahmeier, Taegen Walter.

Freshmen: Sasha Albert, Kyle Frederking, Autumn Princ.

8th Grade: Tre Barrientes, Jonah Huehl.

7th Grade: Lizebeth Cline, Hunter Hulse, Brooke Wehrman.

3.5 Honor Roll

Seniors: Baili Kerth, Steven Lawson, Mia Maupin, Josh Weilert.

Juniors: Kerstin Decker, RJ Haberer, Morgan Kubick, Brody Schofield.

Sophomores: Dharma Couse, Bailey Evans, Delaney Herold, Wyatt Hiitter, JC Huehl.

Freshmen: Kelsey Decker, Keera Maupin, Kassi Montiel, Paige Ringler, Madison Streit.

8th Grade: Logan Buttenhoff, Haley Fallis, Elizabeth McCoy, Brooke Tate, Jordon Urban, Ben Wehrman.

7th Grade: Dillyn Brummer, Dayton Couse, Ray Decker, Jaxson Heenan, Katlyn Homewood, Tressa Wehrman, Jaina White.

Jordon Urban Wins Geography Bee

Sylvan Lucas Unified participated in the first round of the 29thannual National Geographic Bee on January 13th. Ten finalists from 4th through 8th grades participated. Jordon Urban finished in first place and, as school champion, will take a qualifying test to determine if he is in the top 100 scorers in Kansas to continue competition at the state level Bee on March 31 in Abilene.

Two students in each grade from fourth through eighth earned the right to compete for the school title by ranking at the top of their classroom competitions. The ten finalists in the school Bee answered questions in both oral and written format that tested map skills and both US and world geographic knowledge. Competing in the championship round were Jordon and classmate Ben Wehrman. Other top ten finalists included the following: fourth graders, Harlan Pancost and Maggie Labertew; fifth graders, Jacob Schultz and Brooklyn Gosvener; sixth graders, Goldie Dohe and Taylor Fallis; and seventh graders, Jaina White and Dillyn Brummer.

Should Jordon go on to win the Kansas State Geography Bee, National Geographic will provide an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the national championship rounds May 15-17. The first-place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and a trip to the Galapagos Islands, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.

Zach Rose Wins Essay Contest

Sylvan-Lucas Unified Junior High 7th grader, Zach Rose, has been selected as the North Central regional winner of the “If I Were Mayor” essay contest.

Over 1,000 7th grade students submitted essay’s for the League of Kansas Municipalities “If I Were Mayor” essay contest, from 69 schools across 53 cities throughout Kansas. Six regional winners around the state have been selected with one selected to represent the entire state. The winners, along with their teachers, will be recognized at a special ceremony Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 2:15 pm in Topeka. Zach will receive a cash award of $125, a plaque, and is invited to have lunch with the Kansas Mayors Association.

1st QTR Honor Roll


6th: Goldie Dohe, Valden Dohl, Taylor Fallis, Clara Griffiths, Kaylee Johnson, and Sophie Pancost

5th: Brody Batchman, Emma Cline, Brooklyn Gosvener, Sydney Heller, and DeAnna Provo

4th: Summer Bates, Greyson Boor, Anna Feldkamp, Maggie Labertew, and Harlan Pancost,

3rd: Vance Dohl, Montana Griffiths, Molly Heller, Izabella Hooper, and Josie Svaty

3.5 – 3.99 GPA HONOR ROLL:

6th: Geriun Boor, Skyylar Goss, Emma Griffiths, and Jase Labertew

5th: Madalyn Dobrinski, Kimberly Fitzhugh, Kailea Goss, Lucile Harp, Lane Homewood, Matthew Lawson, Cienna Nondorf, Kolton Palmer, Jacob Schultz, and Casey Sigle,

4th: Tyra Meyer, Bella Naylor, Alana Pritchett, Caitlyn Sigle, Jazmin Sommerlund, Alex Waggle and CD Webber

3rd: Layne Buttenhoff, Cheyenne Feenstra, Liam Goss III, Breckyn Gosvener, Asher Hernandez, Aubrelle Hurlbut, Carter Johnson, Kolton Meyer, Chase Palmer, Lauren Pritchett, LeeAllie Schoen, Eli Schultz, and Isaac Schultz.

Music Students Selected for KMEA's Conventions


The Sylvan-Lucas Unified High School and Elementary School will be represented by many fine young musicians at the Kansas Music Educator's Association conventions, coming up in December.

Performing in the KMEA Northwest District Elementary Honor Choir, from Lucas-Sylvan Elementary School, are sixth grade students: Geriun Boor, Taylor Fallis, Clara Griffiths, Goldie Dohe, Valdon Dohl, Kaley Johnson, Sophie Pancost and alternate Scott Jorgensen. The Elementary Honor Choir will be held at Beach/Schmidt Auditorium, on the campus of Fort Hays State University at 12:30 p.m., on Saturday, December 10, 2016. The admission price is $5.00. For those parents who also want to attend the high school concert, a special stamp will be given so that admission is charged only once for both concerts.

The Northwest District KMEA High School Honor Band and Honor Choir will perform at a 3:00 p.m. concert, also at Beach/Schmidt Auditorium on Saturday, December 10. Those high school choir members, representing Sylvan-Lucas Unified High School are December Gier, Broderick Schofield, Yasmin Ettienne and Kelsey Decker. Dharma Couse will perform her bass clarinet in the High School KMEA Honor Band. All high school students had to audition for the honor of being a part of these fine performance groups. The combined honor choir and honor band will perform "Over the Rainbow," at the end of the concert. This arrangement was commissioned to be written for the Northwest District's Honor groups.

On Saturday, December 3, 2016, J.C. Huehl will play his violin in the KMEA Honor Orchestra concert, held at Dodge City High School. J.C., also had to audition to take part in the KMEA Orchestra.

Congratulations to all of these fine music students from the Sylvan-Lucas Unified District schools!

Mustangs Earn NPL All-League Volleyball Honors

Four Sylvan-Lucas Unified High School volleyball athletes were recognized for their outstanding season by being selected to the Northern Plains All-League team. Junior, Logan Batchman and sophomore, Delaney Herold were selected to the first team. Seniors, Greta Wehrman and Cursstyn Jorgensen were selected to the third team. All four players helped lead the lady Mustangs to a 31-7 record on the season.

High School Students Participate in Math Relays

Sylvan-Lucas Unified High SchoolMath teacher, Mr. Spears, took 12 high school students to the Math relays hosted on FHSU campus. USD 299 finished 5th in the class 1A division (out of 18 schools). Students participating included Cursstyn Jorgensen, Greta Wehrman, Baili Kerth, Josh Weilert, Kerstin Decker, Morgan Kubick, Jedd Rowden, RJ Haberer, JC Huehl, Taegen Walter, Aundrea Haberer, and Autumn Princ.

  • Autumn Princ finished 1st in Applications of Algebra & Arithmetic, 2nd in Using Number Sense and 8th in Informal Geometry & Measures
  • RJ Haberer finished 7th in Applications of Algebra & Arithmetic, 10th in Trigonometry
  • Jedd Rowden finished 9th in Calculations with Calculators
  • 10th grade team finished 2nd in Informal Geometry & Measures, 4th in Calculations with Calculators

Cross Country Qualifies Two for State Meet

State Cross Country

The Sylvan-Lucas Unified High School Cross Country team Qualified two athletes for the Class 1A state meet being held on Saturday, October 29th, in Wamego. In the girls division freshman, Autumn Princ, won the regional meet and qualifying her for the state meet. Autumn won with a time of 19:02:10, over two minutes faster than the second place finisher. Autumn will run at 11:45 am on Saturday, October 29th, in Wamego.

In the boys division sophomore, JC Huehl, finished twelfth overall with a time of 18:47.57. The twelfth place finish qualified JC for the state meet. This will be the first state meet JC has qualified for after running cross country as a freshmen. JC will run at 10 am in the morning on Saturday, October 29th, in Wamego.

USD 299 Mission Statement

The Mission of Sylvan-Lucas Unified Schools is to provide students with a safe atmosphere, balanced curriculum, and a progressive education that will help the students become active, well-educated and responsible citizens. Utilizing technology, communications, leadership and community involvement; the staff will challenge students to reach their fullest potential and prepare them for post-secondary education or entry into the workforce.

Sylvan-Lucas Unified School District has made a commitment to technological advancements so that staff and students will be equipped to work successfully in our complex world in the future.