Parents and Community Patrons:
Yesterday, March 17, 2020, Governor Laura Kelly announced all school facilities will close for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. This will place tremendous hardship on our families and staff, and impact the social and emotional well-being of our students.
We are currently working to develop a continuing education plan, including how we can meet the ongoing learning needs of our students and provide lunch for our students. Lunches will begin to be delivered to Vesper, Denmark, Hunter, Sylvan Grove, Lucas and Luray starting next week. More details on lunches will be delivered to parents later this week.
We are also working on other critical issues, such as what this means for our seniors and how this will affect next school year. We will provide updates on these issues as soon as the information is available. According to the guidelines provided by the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE), we do not anticipate delivering any type of instruction to students prior to Monday, March 30, 2020.
We are committed to working together as a community to support one another throughout these unprecedented times, and communication will remain a top priority. We will continue send updates through email, Facebook posts, and updating our district website (usd299.org).
As a reminder, this school closure is in response to the current public health crisis. The focus should remain on preventing the spread of coronavirus, or COVID-19 as it is also referred to.
Please be mindful of the following:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing (cough/sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue).
- Please keep sick children at home.
- Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
Follow additional guidance from these sources:
- National Center for Disease Control (CDC)
- Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE)
- Lincoln County Health Department
Thank you for your understanding and patience while USD 299 finalizes our plan and educational activities resume on Monday, March 30, 2020.
Jude Stecklein, Superintendent
Marc Lovin, USD #299 Sylvan-Lucas Unified Board President
Sylvan-Lucas Unified High School Student Selected for State Choir
Elizabeth McCoy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin McCoy, Sylvan Grove, is a Junior at Sylvan-Lucas High School where she is a member of her high school choir. She has been an outstanding member of this choir, along with doing solo and ensemble work for Regional and State Music. She has also performed in the high school musical performances. She will represent her school and her community at the Kansas Music Educators' Association Convention in Wichita, Kansas as a member of the All-State Treble Choir. Elizabeth was selected into the KMEA Northwest District Honor Choir which performed at Fort Hays State University in December. Her live audition for the District and State Choir, in November, resulted in her selection to both. Last year, Elizabeth was selected into the State Mixed Honor Choir so she is returning for the second consecutive year as a member of an All-State performance group. By her selection into these choirs, Lizzy is considered to be one of the finest student musicians in the State of Kansas.
Elizabeth will travel with her family to Wichita on Thursday. February 27, where she will practice with the Treble Choir, under the direction of Dr. Rosephanye Powell. Dr. Powell is one of America's premier women composers of choral music. She received her education at Florida State University, Westminster College and Alabama State University. She has served on the faculties of Philander Smith College and Georgia Southern University prior to her arrival at Auburn University in 2001. She is an accomplished singer and voice professor. Dr. Powell's research has focused on the art of the African-American Spiritual, the art songs of William Grant Still and voice care concerns for voice professionals.
The State Treble Choir and the Mixed Choir will be in concert at the Century II Convention Hall in the Century II Convention Center at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 29, 2020. The Convention Center is the location of the Kansas Music Educators' Association State Convention which also meets during the time between Thursday, February 27 and Saturday, February 29.
Lizzy is a voice student of Mrs. Janet Seehafer. Sylvan-Lucas wishes her well in her participation in this elite choir and we offer her our congratulations as her hard work has paid off with this wonderful musical experience!
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1st Semester Honor Roll
4.0 Honor Roll
12th Grade: Sasha Albert, Kelsey Decker, Kyle Frederking, Keera Maupin, Autumn Princ.
10th Grade: Lizebeth Cline, Hunter Hulse, Tressa Wehrman.
9th Grade: Taylor Fallis, Kaylee Johnson, Sophia Pancost.
8th Grade: Madalyn Dobrinski, Brooklyn Gosvener, Sydney Heller, Jacob Schultz.
7th Grade: Emily Cheek, Kathryn Dorman, Anna Feldkamp, Harlan Pancost.
3.5-3.99 Honor Roll
12th Grade: Beau Batchman, Sam Hiitter, Paige Ringler, Madison Streit.
11th Grade: Tra Barrientes, Logan Buttenhoff, Haley Fallis, Jonah Huehl, Elizabeth McCoy, Bree Neel, James Sonnier, Brookelyn Tate, Jordon Urban, Ben Wehrman.
10th Grade: Dillyn Brummer, Dayton Couse, Ray Decker, Jaxson Heenan, Katlyn Homewood, MeKelle Hurlbut, Brooke Wehrman, Jaina White.
9th Grade: Goldie Dohe, Valden Dohl, Skyylar Goss, Clara Griffiths, Emma Griffiths, Keeli Knobbe, Jase Labertew, Liberty Ringler, Addie Wallace.
8th Grade: Brody Batchman, Emma Cline, Madison Dorman, Kailea Goss, Ella Hogan, Lane Homewood, Matthew Lawson, Kolton Palmer, Hagen Starkey.
7th Grade: Summer Bates, Greyson Boor, Maggie Labertew, Alana Pritchett.
2nd Quarter Honor Roll
4.0 Honor Roll
3rd Grade: Keegan Barta, Ben Feldkamp, Kelton Frederking, Allie Gier, Logan Graf, Sam Heller, Miles Zapata.
4th Grade: Cooper Johnson, Jayden Meitler, Lily Pancost, Belle Wehrman.
5th Grade: Abigail Feldkamp, Kenzley Frederking, Saydee Goss.
6th Grade: Breckyn Gosvener, Molly Heller, Carter Johnson, Josie Svaty.
3.5-3.99 Honor Roll
3rd Grade: Aeris Brock, Jorge Lopez-Martinez, Cash McCollum, Chloe Ross, Colyn Starkey.
4th Grade: Chloe Balluch, William Cline, Tevis Dohl, Jacob Oltean, Mina Pahls, Gage Sonnier.
5th Grade: Tyler Craven, Tucker Denning, Codie Huehl, Casey Janssen, Cai Labertew, Braelyn Maupin, Zayne Maupin, Delaney McCollum, Kadence Palmer..
6th Grade: Layne Buttenhoff, Mallory Dobrinski, Vance Dohl, Cheyenne Feenstra, Gage Graf, Montana Griffiths, Aubrelle Hurlbut, Chase Palmer, Lauren Pritchett, Lee Allie Schoen, Eli Schultz, Isaac Schultz.
Yearbook Staff Recognized in National Competition
PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J. (PRWEB) NOVEMBER 21, 2019
Every year, Entourage Yearbooks holds an annual yearbook contest to showcase the most original and most stunning yearbooks created by participating schools. The company, which provides next-generation yearbook design and printing services, carefully reviews more than a thousand submissions before announcing the winners. Contest categories include Overall Yearbook, Layout Design, Photography, and Cover Design, each separated into elementary, middle, and high school yearbooks.
2019 was a truly memorable year for creativity in yearbook design and printing. Entourage Yearbooks would like to thank every school for their participation and for their fantastic work on their yearbooks in the past year.
“This year, our clients truly outshone themselves as they displayed some fantastic creativity and hard work,” said Elias Jo, CEO and co-owner of Entourage Yearbooks. “Thank you again to all the yearbook advisors and their teams for your ingenuity and effort.”
For the full list of categories and their winners, read the results below. To learn more about Entourage Yearbook and their yearbook design and printing services, call 609-452-2665 or contact us online today at our website, EntourageYearbooks.com.
Grand Prize Overall Yearbook Lucas-Sylvan Unified Elementary 2019 Yearbook
2nd Place Overall Yearbook P.S. 40 Yearbook
3rd Place Overall Yearbook Riverside Elementary School 2018-2019
1st Place Layout Design LCA-MO 2019 Yearbook
2nd Place Layout Design PS 3 Charrette School 2019
3rd Place Layout Design St. Anne School - Seattle 2019 Yearbook
1st Place Photography Boone Elementary 2019 Yearbook
2nd Place Photography Riverside Elementary Evans GA HARDCOVER 2019
3rd Place Photography St. Anne School - Seattle 2019 Yearbook
1st Place Cover Design Independence Elementary School John Breeding "Mr. B"
2nd Place Cover Design Riverside Elementary School 2
Grand Prize Overall Yearbook Carbon Career & Technical Institute Yearbook
2nd Place Overall Yearbook Glen Cove High School 2019 Yearbook
3rd Place Overall Yearbook Unalaska City School 2019 Yearbook
4th Place Overall Yearbook Sylvan-Lucas Unified Jr-Sr High School 2019 Yearbook
5th Place Overall Yearbook Sunnyside High School 2019 Yearbook
1st Place Layout Design Glen Cove High School 2019 Yearbook
2nd Place Layout Design Sylvan-Lucas Unified Jr-Sr High School
3rd Place Layout Design Rochester Christian Co-op Yearbook
1st Place Photography Sunnyside High School 2019 Yearbook
2nd Place Photography Glen Cove High School 2019 Yearbook
3rd Place Photography Gobles High School 2019 Yearbook
1st Place Cover Design Fort Valley State University 2019 Yearbook
2nd Place Cover Design Spotswood High School 2019 Yearbook
3rd Place Cover Design Blue Ridge Christian School 2019 Yearbook
Agriculture/FFA Program Receives Corteva Grant
The Sylvan-Lucas Unified Schools FFA Chapter has been awarded a Grant for $1,500 from Corteva Agriscience. The funds will be used to purchase Welding supplies for the Intro to Agriculture classes. To learn more about Corteva Agriscience click here.
1st Quarter Honor Roll
4.0 GPA HONOR ROLL
6th: Breckyn Gosvener, Molly Heller
5th: Abby Feldkamp, Codie Huehl
4th: Jayden Meitler, Lily Pancost
3rd: Keegan Barta, Aeris Brock, Ben Feldkamp, Kelton Frederking, Allie Gier, Sam Heller, Colyn Starkey and Miles Zapata
3.5 – 3.99 GPA HONOR ROLL
6th: Layne Buttenhoff, Vance Dohl, Cheyenne Feenstra, Montana Griffiths, Izzy Hooper, Aubrelle Hurlbut, Carter Johnson, Kristyn Nimz, Lauren Pritchett, LeeAllie Schoen, Isaac Schultz, Josie Svaty, Serena Wilson
5th: Tyler Craven, Tucker Denning, Kenzley Frederking, Saydee Goss, Casey Janssen, Cai Labertew, Braelyn Maupin, Zayne Maupin, and Delaney McCollum, Kadence Palmer, Avy Witt
4th: Chloe Balluch, William Cline, Tevis Dohl, Cooper Johnson, Jacob Oltean, Mina Pahls, Gage Sonnier, Belle Wehrman,
3rd: Logan Graf, Jorge, Lopez, Cash McCollum, and Chloe Ross
Music Department Presents
The Sylvan-Lucas Unified Music Department will be presenting Disney's "Frozen," Jr. as their 2019 Musical production on Friday, November 15, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Commons, followed by a Sunday, November 17 performance at 3:00 p.m. The cast will present a matinee performance for our grade school students on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. Music students will be selling tickets for both performances. Tickets bought ahead are $5.00 and at the door they will be $7.00 so buy yours early! Adults who want to attend the Thursday matinee will be charged $5.00 at the door. The cost of the musical goes up every year and if we want to continue this wonderful tradition, we need your support and your attendance. Thank you and we hope to see you at our performances!
Music: Students Participate in KMEA Events
On Saturday, November 2, 2019, at 3:00 p.m., the Junior High KMEA Honor Choir and Band and the High School Jazz Ensemble will perform their concert at Hays High School. The admission charge for the concert is $5.00. Representing the Junior HighHonor Choir are the following students who auditioned with Mrs. Seehafer for a place in this elite choir: Kathryn Dorman, Maggie Labertew, Hannah Pahls, Harlan Pancost, Alana Pritchett, Brody Batchman, Madison Dorman, Brooklyn Gosvener, Sydney Heller, Ella Hogan, Gunner Hulse, Matthew Lawson, and Hagen Starkey. Students who auditioned for the KMEA Junior High Honor Band with an online audition are Anna Feldkamp (trombone) and Jacob Schultz (trombone).
On this same day, the high school students wishing to audition for District and State KMEA Honor Choir will try out for a panel of judges. Those students representing Sylvan-Lucas are Kelsey Decker, Logan Buttenhoff, William Dohe, Goldie Dohe, Clara Griffiths, Jaina White, Keeli Knobbe, Kaley Johnson, Bryanna Kuehn, Victoria Warren and Elizabeth McCoy who is a past State KMEA participant. Addie Wallace submitted an online audition to be judged for participation in the High School KMEA Honor Band.
Percentage of students who say they have been bullied at school has decreased slightly
A survey of Kansas students shows incidents of bullying at school have slightly decreased, but more students feel unsafe at school while officials said the state would benefit by a more comprehensive survey method.
The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Bullying on Wednesday received updated results from the Kansas Communities That Care student survey. The survey is taken on a volunteer basis by students in sixth, eighth, 10th and 12th grades and tracks use of harmful substances and anti-social behaviors.
In 2018, 30.7 percent of sixth-graders said they were bullied at school at least once. That dropped to 28.6 percent in 2019. Eighth-graders who reported being bullied decreased from 30.2 percent to 27.4 percent; 10th-graders saw a decrease from 24.9 percent to 23.1 percent and 12th-graders dropped from 20.4 percent to 19.6 percent. Students also reported a decrease in the number of bullying incidents witnessed.
Lisa Chaney, director of research and evaluation for Greenbush (the Southeast Kansas Education Service Center), presented the findings to the task force, which is charged with making recommendations on reducing bullying to the State Board of Education and Legislature.
Chaney urged the task force to encourage school districts to participate in the survey. The survey has been administered since 1994 but in 2014 the Legislature changed the law to require parental consent for a student to fill out the survey. Some have complained the survey asks inappropriate questions. The change resulted in a significant decrease in students taking the survey and the volume of data to analyze. In 2013, nearly 100,000 students participated in the survey, while 37,500 participated the year after the parental consent requirement was implemented. The numbers have since climbed back up to 71,757, but still remain less than earlier levels.
Officials who support the survey said it is useful in tracking public health issues among youth, which helps secure and direct funding and programs to address specific challenges, such as drug abuse or mental health care.
In other business, the task force:
— Heard a report from Susan McMahan, school safety specialist with the Kansas State Department of Education. McMahan provided an overview of the state’s Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) system to report anonymously possible safety issues.
New posters have been provided to school districts that include the Kansas School Safety hotline (1-877-626-8203); the Parent and Youth Resource Hotline (for acts of bullying 1-800-332-6378) and the SAR, which includes a QR code, which officials say students are more apt to use in reporting school safety, violence and other issues. Here is the website link to start a suspicious activity report.
Suspicious activity may include an expressed threat; recurring, brief visits to and from a property; attempts to enter restricted areas; or signs of human trafficking indicating a person isn’t free to leave.
— Had a discussion with Pattie Noonan, a researcher at the University of Kansas, who works with schools on social-emotional learning and trains teachers on how to help students become assertive.
Noonan says students who develop interpersonal skills of assertiveness are better able to manage conflict, including bullying, without being aggressive or passive.
For example, she said, students at the pre-K level, should know how to ask for help, express basic feelings and demonstrate the ability to say no. Students in ninth though 12th grade should be able to say and write assertive statements, predict and affect outcomes and demonstrate assertiveness in various situations.
Work groups in the task force will meet Oct. 30 in Wichita and the full task force will meet again Nov. 6 in Lawrence.
Junior/Senior High School Announces
2nd Semester Honor Roll
4.0 Honor Roll
12th Grade: Maddisyn Brummer, Aundrea Haberer, JC Huehl, Kylie Rahmeier, Kaitlyn Schoen, Taegen Walter,
11th Grade: Sasha Albert, Kyle Frederking, Keera Maupin, Paige Ringler.
10th Grade: Logan Buttenhoff, Haley Fallis, Jonah Huehl, Jordon Urban
9th Grade: Hunter Hulse, Tressa Wehrman
8th Grade: Valden Dohl, Taylor Fallis, Jaden Huehl, Kaylee Johnson, Sophia Pancost
7th Grade: Emma Cline, Brooklyn Gosvener, Sydney Heller
3.5 to 3.99 Honor Roll
12th Grade: Dharma Couse, Yasmin Etienne, Bailey Evans, Delaney Herold, Lexi Neel, Sam Princ, Gunnar Weaver, Hannah Wolting
11th Grade: Beau Batchman, Kelsey Decker, Sam Hiitter, Kilby Meyer, Autumn Princ, Madison Streit, Nathan Stroede.
10th Grade: Tra Barrientes, Elizabeth McCoy, Bree Neel, Brooke Tate, Elijah Urban
9th Grade: Dillyn Brummer, Lizebeth Cline, Dayton Couse, Katlyn Homewood, MeKelle Hurlbut, Brooke Wehrman, Jaina White
8th Grade: Goldie Dohe, Skyylar Goss, Clara Griffiths, Emma Griffiths, Keeli Knobbe, Jase Labertew, Liberty Ringler, Addie Wallace,
7th Grade: Brody Batchman, Madalyn Dobrinksi, Kimberly Fitzhugh, Lucile Harp, Matthew Lawson, Kolton Palmer, Jacob Schultz.
4th Quarter Honor Roll
4.0 GPA HONOR ROLL:
6th: Kathryn Dorman, Anna Feldkamp, and Maggie Labertew
5th: Vance Dohl, Breckyn Gosvener, Molly Heller, Carter Johnson, and Josie Svaty
4th: Abigail Feldkamp, Codie Huehl, and Lucas Warren
3rd: Chloe Balluch, William Cline, Tevis Dohl, Cooper Johnson, Jayden Meitler, Mina Pahls, Lily Pancost, Gage Sonnier, Alexus Warren, and Belle Wehrman
3.5 – 3.99 GPA HONOR ROLL:
6th: Summer Bates, Greyson Boor, Hannah Pahls, Harlan Pancost, Kaleb Schroeder and Caitlyn Sigle
5th: Layne Buttenhoff, Cheyenne Feenstra, Liam Goss III, Montana Griffiths, Izabella Hooper, Aubrelle Hurlbut, Kristyn Nimz, Chase Palmer, Lauren Pritchett, Lee Allie Schoen, Eli Schultz, Isaac Schultz and Serena Wilson
4th: Tyler Craven, Tucker Denning, Kenzley Frederking, Saydee Goss, Branton Gosvener, Casey Janssen, Cai Labertew, Braelyn Maupin, Zayne Maupin, Delaney McCollum, andKadence Palmer
3rd: Matthew Craven, Jayden Merrell, Jacob Oltean, Jayce Richards, Harley Thrush, and Jordynn Zapata
Yearbook Staff Receives Recognition in National Competition
The Sylvan-Lucas Unified High School yearbook staff and sponsor, Beth Hlad, were recently recognized in a National Competition. The Entourage Yearbook Design Competition recognized Sylvan-Lucas Unified High School with a 4th Place plaque in "Overall Yearbook Design" and honorable mention certificates in "Page Design" and "Cover Design."
Yearbook staff members for the 2017-2018 school year were Delaney Herold (pictured), Courtney Moreland (pictured), Kelsey Decker, Keera Maupin, Morgan Kubick, Jedd Rowden and Hannah Diez.
Mrs. Seehafer Named Music Teacher of the Year
Sylvan-Lucas Unified Jr/Sr High School Music Instructor, Mrs. Janet Seehafer, has recently be recognized as "Teacher of the Year" be her peers in the Northwest Distrct Kansas Music Educators Association. She will be recognized at the concert on December 8th. She has also been nominated by the Northwest District KMEA members for the Kansas State High School Music Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Seehafer currently serves the Northwest District KMEA as the High School Choral Chairman. She has taught all of her career at Unified School District #299, with the exception of five years when she taught in the public school at Tipton, Kansas. Mrs. Seehafer received her BA degree from Bethany College and graduated from Sylvan Unified High School. She teaches both band and choir in 5th through 12th grade, currently. She is married to Rodney Seehafer and her son, Jason and daughter, Mary Shannon Hlad both teach in the Sylvan-Lucas schools, as well.
Music Students Participate in NW KMEA Festival
On Saturday, December 1, senior J.C. Huehl will be traveling to Dodge City, Kansas to perform in the SW/NW District Honor Orchestra. He will also be receiving his four-year participation medal. The clinician for the Orchestra is Dr. Alex Lee of Southwestern University of Oklahoma. The concert will be held at Dodge City High School.
On Saturday, December 8, students from Sylvan-Lucas Unified High School choir will perform in the Northwest District Honor Choir. These students are seniors, Gunner Weaver and Tyler Barrientes; juniors, Kelsey Decker, Marshall Hurlbut; sophomores, Elizabeth McCoy, Logan Buttenhoff; and freshmen, MeKelle Hurlbut, William Dohe and Jaina White. Their clinician is Dr. Mark Lucas, director of choral studies from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas.
Performing in the Northwest District Honor Band and also receiving her four-year participation medal is senior, Dharma Couse. Dharma will be playing the clarinet. Her clinician is Kyle Hopkins, director of bands at McPherson College.
Representing the Lucas-Sylvan Elementary School in the Elementary Honor Choir are Greyson Boor, Harlan Pancost, Alana Pritchett, Maggie Labertew, Anna Feldkamp and Katherine Dohrman. All of these students are in the 6th grade and are students of Mrs. Janet Seehafer. Their clinician is Blake Thompson of Harvard, Nebraska Public Schools.
The concerts on December 8, 2018 will be held at Fort Hays State University in Beach/Schmidt Auditorium. The Elementary concert is at 12:30 p.m. and the High School Concert starts at 3:30 p.m. Parents may attend both concerts with only one admission charge by being stamped at the Elementary concert.
All of these fine musicians from our school had to audition to be selected to these honor groups.
Junior High Students Participate in KMEA Music Concert
On Saturday, November 3, 2018, our Junior High Music Students will participate in the Kansas Music Educator's Association Junior High Honor Band and Honor Choir. These students will practice most of the day and present a concert with other honor students from the Northwest KMEA District at 3:30 p.m. in the Hays High School Gymnasium in Hays, Kansas. The admission for the concert, which will also include the High School Jazz Ensemble, is $5.00. The Junior High Choir Clinician is Mr. Brandon Wade of Pratt High School and the Junior High Honor Band Clinician is Mr. Ken Hakoda from Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kansas.
Students representing Sylvan-Lucas Junior High School in Honor Choir are Jaden Huehl, Adin Hulett, Clara Griffiths, Goldie Dohe, Kaylee Johnson Liberty Ringler, Keeli Knobbe, Taylor Fallis, Sophia Pancost, Geriun Boor, Valden Dohl, Jase Labertew, Matthew Lawson, Gunner Hulse, Kolton Palmer, Kimberly Fitzhugh, Sydney Heller, Madison Dorman, and Madalyn Dobrinski.
Representing the Junior High Band from Sylvan-Lucas Junior High is Addie Wallace, playing Alto Saxophone.
Please plan to support these fine young musicians by attending this wonderful concert!
Parent Information on the Kansas College & Career Ready Standards for Math
The way we taught students in the past simply does not prepare them for the higher demands of college and careers today and in the future. Our schools are working to improve teaching and learning to ensure that all children will graduate high school with the skills they need to be successful.
In mathematics, this means three major changes:
- Teachers will concentrate on teaching a more focused set of major math concepts and skills.
- This will allow students time to master key mathematics concepts and skills in a more organized way throughout the year and from one grade to the next.
- It will also call for teachers to use rich and challenging mathematics content and to engage students in solving real-world problems in order to inspire greater interest in mathematics.
The parent guides found below were created for Kansas parents by Kansas educators to help provide a clearer understanding of what your child will learn in a specific grade. Furthermore, these documents provide a few activities parents can do at home with their child to further support their learning of mathematics.