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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

District Office Staff
  Shelly Brown Bus Driver
  Dorsey Burgess Superintendent
  Brian Byers Woods Teacher, Maintenance Director
  Dale Byers Bus Driver
  Chris Johnson Technology/Test Coordinator
  Rick Knoffloch Bus Driver
  Jami Kuchar School Nurse, Soph. Class Sponsor, Scholar's Bowl Sponsor
  Brooke Price Clerk of the Board, Accounts Clerk
  LeRoy Ratzlaff Bus Driver
  Jenny Weekley Custodian

Office of the Superintendent

Superintendent's Newsletter

South Haven School Update

September 27, 2022

From Dorsey Burgess

­I would like to welcome everyone to the 6th week of the 2022-2023 School year.

My hat is off to our students and teacher whose schedules were turned upside down as we responded to the loss of our music teacher at the beginning of the school year.  We are incredibly thankful that Miss Hailey Titus accepted our offer to teach in South Haven. She is now in her 3rd instructional week, serving as our student’s k-12 Band/Vocal teacher. If you haven’t yet met Miss Titus, I encourage find her, and introduce yourself.

South Haven School Meals

After the completion of a five-year contract cycle with OPAA Food Service, South Haven Schools was required to start the bidding process over, accepting proposals from any and/or all food service companies. Two companies submitted proposals, OPAA Food Service and Keystone Food Service. An ad-hoc committee of South Haven teachers, staff members, parents, and community member evaluated both proposals. The Committee then submitted their recommendation to the Board of Education Last Spring, who in turn awarded the contract to Keystone.

I want to express my thanks for everyone’s patience in the last 6 weeks, as we work out all the speed bumps of having Keystone as our new food service company.

With that in mind…

*Beginning on Monday, October 3rd, all students will have new options to order for lunch

1) Main lunch entrée OR one of three additional options:

2) Cheese Burger,

3) Chicken Sandwich, or

4) Personal Pizza.

In addition, the  grades 6-12 Salad Bar (not to be confused with the Veggie Bar) will be replaced with individually pre-ordered Salads:

  • Monday: Chef salad (with pickle spear)
  • Tuesday: Chicken Caesar Salad
  • Wednesday: Taco Salad
  • Thursday: Fajita Chicken Salad
  • Friday: Chef Salad (with pickled okra)

Hopefully our School Lunch and Breakfast program will continue to develop and improve as we move though the school year.

Athletic Cooperative Agreements

This year our combined athletic cooperative agreements with USD 360 Caldwell have been changed to reflect a true 50/50 partnership between the two districts. This is most evident in the change from Cardinal Football to the South Sumner Outlaws Football team. Also shifting to a 50/50 split is the South Sumner Cross Country Team, and the South Sumner Softball and Baseball Teams.

This shift hasn’t come without its own challenges. With an already established Softball Team and 2nd year Baseball Team, both district’s BOE, superintendents, and administrators have taken a step back to look at the big picture, with the goal of doing what’s best for all kids.

With that being said, both Softball and Baseball teams will alternate weeks practicing in each district. When the Softball team is practicing on the South Haven diamond, the Baseball team will be practicing on the Caldwell diamond. The following week, the Softball team will practice in Caldwell while the Baseball team practices in South Haven.

The South Sumner Softball team will play 3 Home games in Caldwell and 2-3 Home games in South Haven. The baseball team will play all home games in South Haven.

As of Tuesday, Sept. 27th, both districts are collectively accepting applications for head Softball and head Baseball coaches. All applications are due on Friday, October 14th.

Our Middle School and High School students will continue to compete as South Haven Cardinals in both Volleyball and Basketball.

School Accreditation

During the Summer of 2021 and after working a 5-year plan of School Improvement, USD 509 South Haven received full accreditation from the State Board of Education.

Entering into a new 5-year cycle of School Improvement, South Haven Schools, through the district Leadership Team, spent last year developing a needs assessment, collecting data to help identify potential school improvement goals.

Through this process, the District Leadership Team (DLT) identified two goals areas that emerged from the data.

Goal #1: Improve Staff School Climate as evidenced by improved survey results, attendance, and KCTC data (grades 6,8, 10, and 12)

Goal #2: Improve Student Language Arts skills as measured by State Assessments and Fast Bridge scores.

The 509 Staff are now focusing on identifying and implementing effective strategies in both goal areas.

Extra Note:

There will be a Pep Bus for students in grades 6-12 for Friday’s home football game taking place in Caldwell.

I hope you’re enjoying to slightly cooler weather as we begin the transition into Fall.


Dorsey Burgess


Welcome, Miss Titus!

Haley Titus

South Haven Schools has a new addition to the staff for the 2022-23 school year, Hailey Titus, the new K-12 Band and Choir Director.

Titus got her bachelor's degree in Music Education from Wichita State and is continuing to get her master's in Music Education from Emporia State University. Titus graduated high school from Douglass High School.

She first became interested in music in 5th grade. Since then she has learned how to play four instruments and her favorite is the saxophone. Titus had a band teacher that really influenced and pushed her when she was in school.

Titus would like for people to know that she is getting married to her fiance in October and that he is a band teacher, too. She will begin teaching on Monday, September 12, 2022.

by Kelly Theurer, Cardinal Corner

Student Count as of 9/28/22

SubGrade Total Male Female
PreK  21 9 12
SubTotal PreK 21 9 12
K 13 8 5
1 14 5 9
2 18 7 11
3 11 8 3
4 15 3 12
5 9 4 5
SubTotal K-5 80 35 45
6 22 11 11
7 17 8 9
8 26 7 19
9 18 7 11
10 14 8 6
11 10 4 6
12 9 4 5
SubTotal 6-12 116 49 67
Total K-12 196 84 112
Total w/ PK 217    


Email the Superintendent
  Dorsey Burgess Superintendent
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”

September Staff Member of the Month!

Brian Byers

Brian Byers is South Haven’s September Staff Member of the Month.

Brian Byers has been teaching at South Haven for six years. He chose his job so that he can pass his knowledge on to the people that chose to learn it. He enjoys teaching kids most of all.

Byers plays a large role in the school; he teaches three kinds of wood classes, is the director of transportation, and is head of the maintenance department. Byers enjoys teaching all his classes and his favorite wood is all of them. Byers’ summer went very fast. I'm sure he spent it with his two kids and wife target shooting, farming, and admiring the blue sky while in his big green tractor. - by Christian Ledesma