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Illness and School Attendance
We are moving into the time of the year when we will see more student illness. For this reason, it is important to remind our patrons about the policy concerning illness and school attendance. In the fall of 2009, the school board approved certain policies regarding fever in students. If a student is determined to have a fever at school, that student will be sent home and needs to remain out of school until the student is free of fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication such as Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin). This also applies if parents discover their child has a fever at home outside of school hours. Fever is only one criteria for determining that a child is ill, but it is a crucial one in determining that a child may have an illness that is contagious and more serious than a common cold. We ask that parents adhere to this policy and not send students back to school too soon. For more information see the "From the School Nurse" page under the district tab.
If your student is absent from school for any reason, a phone call or note from a parent or guardian is required for the absence to be an excused absence. If your student needs to leave school early and will be driving themselves OR be picked up by someone other than a parent or guardian, you will need to call the school in advance for the student to leave early with that person.
Contribute your photos to the Year book via Replayit.com
We know there are lots of photographers out in the community who snap great shots of our kids in action. With Replayit.com you can upload photos and videos that Jostens team will screen for appropriateness and then the Year book team will be able to access them and decide if to include them in the printed publication.
View Family Meal Accounts Online
PARENTS--You may now access your student(s) meal account online or by using an iPhone. This is a view only program. Due to the cost, we are not utilizing the online payment features. Parents will be able to use this program or app to view your family meal transactions and balance. The documents below explain the registration process. If you choose to use this program or app, you will need to call Carla in the high school office to receive the Patron ID of your student(s). Phone Number: 620-892-5215 X2
Got Dried Out Markers?
.....Or pens, mechanical pencils, or any writing utensil with a plastic coating that doesn't work?They can all be recycled for our school. Please go through your drawers and send them to school. Mrs. Byers would like to send in a box at the end of the year.
Other items to not throw away:
We appreciate all your help. All items can be sent at the same time. We will sort them out. Thanks for taking the time to make a great school greater!
Also, there is a red trailer by the Ag building to throw sacks of aluminum cans in. Or call a junior, and they will come get them for you! Thanks!
Send Campbell's Labels
They are going to be offering some double point incentive in May, so please send your collection to the school. Even though this offer is for Campbell's, now is a good time to send in all the different things you have been collecting for our school. Thanks for all you do!
Teachers Honored Tuesday, May 12
Mr. Showman Explains the Need for a 33% LOB
School finance issues in the state of Kansas continue to consume a lot of ink in periodicals around the state. The Kansas Legislature and Governor Brownback have passed “Block Grant” funding legislation which reduces our district’s state aid by about $41,000 for the 2014-15 school year. Funding for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years will basically be fixed at the 2014-15 funding level. This will give the legislature time to design a new funding formula will keeping school funding flat. The problem is that this reduction of state aid funding not only cuts district budgets late in year but also places a greater burden on local property taxes to make up the difference the next two years.
You may have heard politicians telling us that Kansas is spending more for public education while educators are saying schools are receiving less. They both are right to a certain degree. The state is spending more money now on education than since the end of the “Great Recession” but schools are not seeing that money because the major increase is going into the state retirement system. The fact is that since the “Great Recession”, we have seen Base State Aid Per Pupil (BSAPP) drop from $4,400 (2008-09) to $3,780 (2011-12) and back up to $3,852 for this year. The only way for districts to make up the difference is to increase their LOB which places a greater burden on the local land owner.
Since the 2008-09 school year, we have seen a great reduction in General Fund revenue which has resulted in a greater reliance on LOB funding. Comparing non-special education General Fund totals between 2008-09 ($1,948,474) and 2014-15 ($1,505,802) reveals a $442,672 reduction in funding. To fill the funding gap, we have had to increase LOB from $350,000 in 2008-09 to $659,994 for this year. Combining the two funds still leaves us down $136,333 in revenue which has resulted in cuts. Even with our LOB at 33% like it is this year, we are significantly down in funding from 2008-09. This year we were able to raise the LOB to 33% if we were already at 31% which is why we had an election to allow the 31%. Now we have a special mail ballot election scheduled for June of this year for voters to determine whether we can keep the 33% LOB. If the election is defeated, we will be down about $170,000 instead of about $130,000 from our 2008-09 budget for the 2015-16 school year. With most district operations costs increasing, continuing to maintain programs will be that much more difficult. If you have any questions please call John Showman at the 620-892-5215. Thank you for your support.
Senior Graduation Was Saturday, May 16
Senior graduation took place on May 16 at 2:00 pm in the South Gym of South Haven School. Congratulations to all of our graduates! Click on names to read about each of them.
School Year Calendar
District Budget Information
Click here for budget information for USD 509 for the 2014-15 school year.
USD 509 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: Superintendent, 229 S Kickapoo, PO Box 229, South Haven KS 67140.
New items added to collect for our school
Kellogg is now offering rewards!
In case you aren't current on the list, here it is:
Thanks! Keep collecting....you can give them to Melinda Byers or drop them off at school.
KanOkla Phone Book Collection by NHS
Old KanOkla phone books are being collected by National Honor Society members. If you would like to donate your old KanOkla phone books, please turn them in to the high school office or contact an NHS member. Thank you!!!
To report bullying or harassment, click HERE. You do not have to give your name. You may also use the Bullying Tip Line on the South Haven Schools mobile app.
Turn Trash to Cash
Help us by sending these to the school instead of into the trash:
Used markers (permanent and dry erase) and pens
Best Choice (upc codes and receipts from any store that sells Best Choice products)
Old cell phones and ink cartridges
Little Bites wrappers
Coke point rewards
This list can change as we find other offers, so please keep checking back and send in frequently so our time doesn't expire on the products
(Send them with a student or to Melinda Byers)
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Contact Your State Legislator
Representative Kasha Kelley Kansas House Dist. 79 PO Box 1111 Arkansas City, KS 67005 316-772-0513 Kasha@kansasleadership.com or Kansas State Capitol 300 SW 10th Ave, Room 459-W Topeka, KS 66612 Phone: 785-296-7671 firstname.lastname@example.org Senator Steve Abrams Kansas Senate District 32 6964 252nd Road Arkansas City, KS 67005 620-442-8619 or 620-442-8804 email@example.com or Kansas State Capitol 300 SW 10th Ave Room 224-E Topeka, KS 66612 785-296-7381 Steve.Abrams@senate.ks.gov
Parents Online/Students Online
To sign up for Parents Online, please call Carla in the High School Office at 620-892-5215 X2. Parents Online and Students Online is a web tool designed for parents and students to access student information online. Information included is: Attendance, Behavior, Calendar, Fees, Grade Card, Immunizations, Personal, Progress Reports, Schedule, Transcript, and Community Service.
Update Your Email Address
Parents--Please make sure you have an updated, active email address on file in the high school office. This will ensure that you receive correspondence with staff members. Thank you!