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State KMEA and Four Year Participation Award

The Sylvan-Lucas Unified Music Department is proud to recognize some very fine musicians on their very exemplary accomplishments. William Dohe, a senior at Sylvan-Lucas and the son of Mr. and Mrs. David Dohe, received his 4-year participation award at the Northwest District KMEA Honor Choir Concert on Saturday, December 11, at Beach Schmidt Auditorium, on the Fort Hays State University campus. William has been a member of the high school choir all four years of high school and was selected, by audition, to four consecutive years in the District Honor Choir. William also will represent Sylvan-Lucas at the "Real Men Sing" men's choir clinic at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas in May.

Addie Wallace, a junior at Sylvan-Lucas, was selected to the State KMEA Treble Honor Choir which will perform at the Kansas Music Educator’s State Convention in Wichita, Kansas on Saturday, February 26. Addie is the daughter of Tamara Wallace and Jason Wallace. Addie has been a member of our high school choir for three years and received a I rating on her vocal solo at the State Music Contest last year. Addie frequently sings the National Anthem for our school at sporting events. Harlan Pancost, a freshman at Sylvan-Lucas is an alternate to the State KMEA Mixed Choir which will also perform at the State Music Convention in Wichita on February 26. Harlan is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jon Pancost. Harlan is also a member of our high school choir. Both Addie and Harlan were selected through a rigorous audition process that starts at the District level. Students with the top audition scores who perform at the District level are then eligible for selection to the All-State Choirs. Thus, the All-State student musicians are truly the "best of the best."

Students who are part of the State Choirs spend three days in Wichita, practicing at the Century II Convention Center. Their concert will be on Saturday, February 26 in the Convention Hall at 11:30 a.m. Here they will be joined by the other elite singers from the Seven KMEA Districts in Kansas.

Sylvan Unified Schools

Board Members Leading for Success

January is School Board Recognition Month, a great opportunity to say thank you to the Sylvan Unified Schools Board of Education who are committed to the success of every student in our community.

Our board of education includes Marc Lovin, Rhonda Haberer, Danelle Palmer, David Dohe, Virgil Lawson, Kylo Heller and Kendra Boor. These seven community leaders volunteer hundreds of hours attending meetings, reading reports and discussing plans and programs to support educational achievement.

Our board members develop policies and make complex decisions that shape the future of our education system. They are accountable for an annual budget of $2.4 million, 250 students, 45 employees and two buildings.

A board member’s responsibility goes far behind the monthly meeting, however.

We are grateful to have this opportunity to formally say ‘thank you’ to each of them. Sylvan Unified Schools encourages the entire community to thank a school board member, not only this month but throughout the entire year.

Northwest District KMEA

The second Northwest District Mini-Convention will be held on the campus of Fort Hays State University on Saturday, December 11, 2021. There will be two featured concerts at the convention. The first concert is performed by the Elementary Honor Choir at 12:30 in Beach/Schmidt Auditorium. The second concert will feature the High School Honor Band and Honor Choir. This concert will also be held in Beach/Schmidt Auditorium at 3:30 p.m. The cost for both concerts is $5.00 and people who want to attend both need to get stamped at the first concert in order to not repay at the second concert. This year the High School Honor Band and Honor Choir will perform, together, the "Over the Rainbow," which was written specifically for the Northwest District KMEA.

Representing the Lucas-Sylvan Elementary School in the Honor Choir are 6th Grade students, Tevis Dohl, Cooper Johnson, Jacob Oltean, Jayden Meitler, Lily Pancost and Belle Wehrman. Alternates are Mina Pahls and Tucker Mullender.

Performing in the High School Honor Band is Anna Feldkamp on trombone. Performing in the High School Honor Choir are William Dohe, Addie Wallace, Sydney Heller, Hannah Pahls and Harlan Pancost. William Dohe, a senior at Sylvan-Lucas, will be accepting his Four-Year participant medal at the concert.

All students of these Northwest District Honor Groups were selected by an audition. The Music Department of the Sylvan-Lucas Unified School District congratulates these fine young musicians!


"All Shook Up"

The Sylvan-Lucas Unified High School Music Department will present the musical “All Shook Up,” a 2004 American jukebox musical with music from the Elvis Presley songbook and text from a book by Joe DiPietro. This musical premiered on Broadway in 2005.

The high school choir cast of 33 students will present a matinee for the Elementary School on Thursday, November 11, at 12:30 p.m. The performances of this musical will be on Friday, November 12, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday, November 14, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. All performances will be held in the Sylvan-Lucas Unified High School Commons Area. Tickets are being sold by the choir students for both performances and will also be sold at the door. Admission price is $5.00 for adults and all young people who require a seat.

Somewhere in the Midwest in the 1950’s, a hip-swiveling, guitar-playing roustabout called Chad (Hunter Hulse) makes his way to a dreary little town, after being released from prison. After roaring into town on his motorcycle, Chad meets Natalee (Mikelle Hurlbut), a young female mechanic who has dreams of love and adventure. She falls for Chad, head over heels, without realizing that her best friend, Dennis (Valden Dohl) has loved her forever! Chad inquires why there is no excitement in this dreary little town and finds out that Mayor Matilda (Sydney Heller) and her mute sidekick Sheriff Earl (Ray Decker) are enforcing the Mamie Eisenhower Decency Act. The “only” action in town takes place at “Sylvia’s Honky Tonk” with Sylvia (Addie Wallace) and daughter Lorraine (Kaylee Johnson) being the proprietors. Lorraine has a forbidden love for Dean, Mayor Matilda’s son (Zach Ryan) while Sylvia has a suppressed interest in Natalee’s father, Jim (Geriun Boor). All the men are infatuated with the new librarian, Miss Sandra (Keeli Knobbe) but Miss Sandra is very intellectual and finds the roustabout, Chad, completely repulsive!

After many very mixed-up love triangles, and a true desire for music, art, fun, joy and even William Shakespeare, excitement finally returns to the town and it’s characters!

Please come and support these fine young musicians at SLUHS and enjoy your favorite Elvis songs! You will be singing along to “All Shook Up,” “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock” and many other favorites !

Honor Roll for 1st Semester

2021-2022 is Announced

High School

4.0 Honor Roll

12th- Dayton Couse, Hunter Hulse, MeKelle Hurlbut,

Celine Meli, Brooke Wehrman, Tressa Wehrman

11th- Kaylee Johnson

10th – Sydney Heller

9th- Anna Feldkamp, Harlan Pancost

3.5 to 3.99 Honor Roll

12th- Dillyn Brummer, Lizebeth Cline, Walter Decker, Jayde Goss, Jaxson Heenan, Katlyn Homewood, Rylee Noyes, Dalton Rhudolph, Zachary Rose

11th- Goldie Dohe, Valden Dohl, Taylor Fallis, Skyylar Goss, Emma Griffiths, Keeli Knobbe, Jase Labertew, Jon Martin Michael, Sophie Pancost, Liberty Ringler, Addie Wallace

10th- Brody Batchman, Emma Cline, Emma Finkenbinder, Brooklyn Gosvener, Matthew Lawson, Jacob Schultz

9th- Emily Cheek, Maggie Labertew


4.0 Honor Roll

8th- Molly Heller

7th -Abigail Feldkamp

3.5 to 3.99 Honor Roll

8th- Clinton Buttenhoff, Vance Dohl, Cheyenne Feenstra, Breckyn Gosvener, Carter Johnson, Eli Schultz, Isaac Schultz, Josie Svaty

7th- Morgan Finkenbinder, Kenzley Frederking, Saydee Goss, Codie Huehl, Braelyn Maupin, Kadence Palmer

Lucas Sylvan Unified Elementary School

1st Quarter Honor Roll


6th: Annaleise Bland, Tevis Dohl, Cooper Johnson, Jayden Meitler, and Lily Pancost.

5th: Aeris Brock, Ben Feldkamp, Kelton Frederking, and Sam Heller.

4th: Kendal Batchman, Hadley Bland, Callyn Brummer, Tayleigh Denning, Cason Hlad, Jaxson Meitler, Peyton Nielsen, Kenneth Pahls, Keira Palmer, Rio Siebert, and Euriah Wilson.

3rd: Micah Agler, Kierstin Baker, Benton Barta, Kai Frederking, Ava Graf, Tara Mueller, Wyatt Mullender, Caleb Pritchett, Cassody Siebert, Ronni Stoppel, Allie Thrush, and Emerald Ugboc.

3.5 – 3.99 GPA HONOR ROLL

6th: William Cline, Tucker Mullender, Jacob Oltean, Mina Pahls, Belle Wehrman, and Jordynn Zapata.

5th: Keegan Barta, Allie Gier, Logan Graf, Colyn Starkey, and Miles Zapata.

4th: Nicholas Oltean and Kayden Watts.

3rd: Adriaan Geustyn and Jacob Gosvener.


Students from the Lucas-Sylvan Junior High music department have been working very hard to be selected to the Northwest District Kansas Music Educator’s Junior High Honor Choir and Honor Band. Both band and choir members had to audition for acceptance into these prestigious performance groups. Selected to the choir are Mallory Dobrinski, Cheyenne Feenstra, Breckyn Gosvener, Montana Griffiths, Molly Heller, Aubrelle Hurlbut, Kristyn Nimz, Chase Palmer, Eli Schultz, Lee Allie Wacker, Serena Wilson, Saydee Goss, Cai Labertew, Braelyn Maupin, and Avrilynn Witt. Selected to the Honor Band are Layne Buttenhoff, trumpet; Vance Dohl, trumpet; Isaac Schultz, trombone; Abby Feldkamp, Flute; Morgan Finkenbinder, Tenor Saxophone; and Kadence Palmer, Percussion. These performance groups will be in concert at the Northwest District KMEA Mini Convention, held at Hays High School on November 6, 2021. In addition to the Junior High Honor Groups, the High School Honor Jazz Ensemble will also perform. Anna Feldkamp, a freshman at Sylvan-Lucas Unified High School was selected to this Ensemble, playing the piano. The concert is at 3:30 in the gymnasium. Admission cost is $5.00 for adults. Students will be admitted free of charge.

USD 299 Performing Arts Recognized by KSHSAA

Sylvan-Lucas Unified High School has been chosen as one of 36 high schools in Kansas to receive recognition as a 2021 Performing Arts School of Excellence by the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA).

A selection committee was formed from the following associations: Kansas Music Educators Association (KMEA), Kansas Speech Communication Association (KSCA) and the Kansas Thespians. Leaders from these three associations along with the KSHSAA staff collaborated to discuss numerous high schools that scored exceptionally high in debate, speech, music and theater during the 2020-21 school year. The committee and the KSHSAA chose one winner, five finalists and 30 commended schools from across our great state. All 36 schools will be recognized with a certificate from the KSHSAA in September.

Winner: Pittsburg High School

Finalists: Lawrence-Free State High School, McPherson High School, Olathe East High School, Paola High School, Shawnee Mission-Bishop Miege High School

Commended: De Soto High School, Ellinwood High School, Fort Scott High School, Garden City High School, Greensburg-Kiowa County High School, Kansas City-Sumner Academy, Lansing High School, Lawrence High School, Louisburg High School, Maize High School, Moundridge High School, Norton Community High School, Olathe South High School, Overland Park-Blue Valley High School, Overland Park-Blue Valley North High School, Overland Park-Blue Valley Northwest High School, Overland Park-Blue Valley Southwest High School, Phillipsburg High School, RosaliaFlinthills High School, Salina-Sacred Heart High School, Salina-South High School, Silver Lake High School, St. George-Rock Creek High School, Sterling High School, Sylvan-Lucas Unified High School, Tecumseh-Shawnee Heights High School, Tonganoxie High School, Topeka-Hayden High School, Topeka-Washburn Rural High School, WichitaCollegiate High School “The KSHSAA made a commitment to our schools in 2018 to annually recognize outstanding performing arts schools in the State of Kansas. This award is a wonderful testimony to our schools’ professionalism and efforts with our amazing students. These schools really stepped up and made the most of our virtual championships and festivals,” said Craig Manteuffel, KSHSAA. “It is very difficult to thrive in all categories of the performing arts and we are so proud to honor these 36 schools in 2021-22.”

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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.

USD 299 Sylvan-Lucas Unified Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Jude Stecklein, Superintendent of Schools - District Compliance Officer

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