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South Haven Schools

PO Box 229

229 S Kickapoo

South Haven, KS 67140

PH 620-892-5215

FAX 620-892-5814

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Office of the Superintendent

Burgess Attends USA Meeting

Superintendent Dorsey Burgess had a special opportunity to participate in a discussion with Governor Jeff Colyer at the Kansas Leadership Center in Wichita on Thursday, May 31st from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Ten to fifteen leaders from across the state, including Mr. B., joined the Governor for dinner and light discussion.  Following dinner, the small ensemble joined an additional 140 Kansas leaders where the conversation continued. This was not a political event, but an opportunity to discuss the state of leadership in Kansas; and what progress on tough issues looks like. Instead of the typical speech and Q/A, it was an informative, engaging and interactive dialogue. 

A Message From the Superintendent

South Haven Parents, Students, and Community Members,

Over this school year, I have truly enjoyed cheering for our students as they participated in football, volleyball, and now, basketball. Keeping that in mind, I want to thank you, all our parents and the entire South Haven Community for your support in providing positive role-models (I would say above 95%) for our students as they participate in these athletic programs. Their involvement in athletics and activities has a real impact on the development of their values system. Trustworthiness, citizenship, caring, fairness, and respect are lifetime values that are taught through interscholastic activities and are principles of good sportsmanship and character. Under these two principles, the spirit of competition can truly thrive - when fueled by honest rivalry, respectful relationships, and graceful acceptance of the results.

With regards to spectator expectations, below is a list that I hope all South Haven patrons will read and take to heart:

  • Understand the purpose of educational athletics – to build character with the individual student athlete.
  • Understand that interscholastic athletics are about students learning, improvement, and having fun.
  • choose cheers that are supportive in nature.
  • Be a positive role model through your own actions. Remain calm and composed before, during, and after athletic events.
  • Realize there is enough pressure on athletes to perform as it is. Added pressure from: reacting to mistakes, being critical and negative, and heightened emotions create unnecessary stress and take away from the student’s enjoyment of the game.

Here in South Haven, we have made a commitment to promote good sportsmanship by student athletics, coaches, and spectators at all athletic events. Good sportsmanship must be taught, modeled, expected and reinforced, not only in the classroom, but at all competitive settings. Everyone who attends our athletic events, both home and away are expected to practice good sportsmanship. Profanity, degrading remarks, and intimidating actions directed at officials, competitors, and other fans are in direct violation of rule 52 as defined by the Kansas State High School Activity Association (KSHSAA) and could lead to removal from the contest or event.

Again, I want to thank you for your promotion of good sportsmanship as we build character within our students through the context of athletics.

The Sportsmanship “High Five” for Everyone

  • Show respect for the opponent at all times
  • Show respect for the officials
  • Know, understand and appreciate the rules of the contests
  • Maintain self control at all times
  • Recognize and appreciate skill in performances regardless of affiliation


Dorsey Burgess

Superintendent / Elem. Principal

South Haven USD 509

Student Enrollment in USD 509

Active Students Per Grade
as of February 8, 2018
  Total Male Female
3-Yr-Old Preschooler 9 4 5
4-Yr-Old Preschooler 10 3 8
Sub-Total Preschoolers 20 7 13
Kindergarten 10 3 7
1st Grade 17 9 8
2nd Grade 18 11 7
3rd Grade 15 6 9
4th Grade 13 5 8
5th Grade 17 9 8
Sub-Total (K-5) 90 43 47
6th Grade 9 3 6
7th Grade 13 5 8
8th Grade 16 10 6
9th Grade 20 8 12
10th Grade 11 5 6
11th Grade 15 9 6
12th Grade 14 6 8
Sub-Total (JH/HS) 98 46 52
Total Students K-12 188 89 99
Total Students with PreSchool 208    
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Dorsey Burgess, Superintendent
Dorsey Burgess, Superintendent

Dorsey Burgess became the Superintendent of Schools for USD 509 South Haven in 2017. He grew up in Haysville, KS, went to Bishop Carroll High School and then Wichita State University where he received both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees. From 1982 – 1983, Mr. Burgess traveled with an international group called “Up With People.” Mr.Burgess served as the Principal of Benton Elementary School in the Circle District from 2002 to 2017. Prior to that he was the Assistant Principal at St. Francis of Assisi School for two years.


A former music teacher, Mr. Burgess directs the choir at his church, plays guitar, water skis, camps, and loves bluegrass, classic rock, and jazz.  He and his wife Debra reside in South Haven. 


Favorite Quote:

ATTITUDE by Charles Swindoll

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say or do.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.  It will make or break a company… a church… a home.  The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day.  We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.

And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes”