Skip to main content

School Hours


8:00 am-3:40 pm M, T, Th, F

8:30 am-3:40 pm W

3-Year-Old Preschool

8:00-11:00 am

4-Year-Old Preschool

12:00-3:40 pm


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

October 26, 2022

From Dorsey Burgess

­We would like to congratulate all the South Haven students and staff for completing the 1st Quarter of the School Year!

Parent/Teacher Conferences

We would like to recognize all the parents who met with their student’s teacher(s) Parent/Teacher conferences. With PowerSchool at our fingertips, we, as parents have a lot more access to our student’s progress and successes than in years past…and while we have access to grades, we still benefit from having face to face conversations with our student’s teacher(s).

 Overall, conference attendance was very good, though at the MM/HS level parental attendance seemed to drop off some. If you weren’t able to attend conferences last week, I would encourage you to reach out to your son/daughter’s teacher(s) and schedule a time to meet.

If you’re still not sure how to access your son/daughter’s grades through PowerSchool, please contact the school office at 620-892-5215. They’ll walk you through the setup.

South Haven School Meals

Earlier this month, we sent a Food Service Survey to all staff and students in grades 5-12. The district was looking for feedback regarding satisfaction of our current operation with Keystone Food Services. We had 59 teacher and student (grades 5-12) respond. The feedback received was less than positive when asked about overall satisfaction. According to the survey, approximately 50% of the respondents participate in the hot Lunch program and just under 25% participate in Breakfast. Friendliness of staff and speed of service received higher marks. After conversation with Keystone's upper management regarding our Food Service Survey data and all aspects of our current breakfast and lunch programs, I cautiously expect positive changes in the very near future.

Homecoming Week

While Homecoming week activities were shortened with Parent/Teacher conferences, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of last week was packed with multiple Homecoming activities including a staff vs student volleyball tournament to painting the streets, a Bon Fire, to float building and a parade. Friday ended with a South Sumner Football WIN over Central Burden. On Saturday, the school ending the week with a Homecoming Dance Sponsored by STUCO.

Red Ribbon Week

This week we celebrate Red Ribbon Week. This year’s theme is, Celebrate Life. Live Drug Free. Monday was Neon Day (To Bright for Drugs). Ribbons were handed out and the coloring contest began, Tuesday was sports attire day (My Team is Drug Free). K-8 student started the chalk contest. Wednesday was Black Out Day (Black Out Drugs). Drug Association speaker presented to JH/HS students. Thursday is PJ Day (Don’t Let Drugs Ruin Your Dreams). Coloring contest ends. Second Drug Association speaker for JH/MS students. Friday is Red Out Day (Say Boo to Drugs). The sheriff’s Dept. presents during Cardinal time. Announcement of contest winners, Grim Reaper presentation for HS students.

Athletic Cooperative Agreements

After additional collaboration with USD 360 Caldwell, the Softball and Baseball Cooperative Agreements have been amended and approved by the South Haven Board of Education on Tuesday, October 25th.  The amended agreements state that South Haven will serve as the primary location for all Softball games and practices, and Caldwell will serve as the primary location for all Baseball games and practices. This is a change from what was earlier announced. It is anticipated that the USD 360 Caldwell BOE will approve the amended agreements at their next scheduled meeting on Nov. 14th.

Outlaw Tangent

The South Sumner Football team will be participating in their 1st post season game as the Outlaws against the Herington Railers. The game will take place here in South Haven with kick off set for 7:00 PM. Go Outlaws!!

South Haven Cross Country

Alivia Bacon will be running in the State Cross Country meet on Saturday, October29th in Wamego, KS. The race begins at 10:00 am with awards following at 12:30 pm. You’ll want to get there early for parking.

Monday, October 31st

Reminder: No school on Monday for Staff and Teachers Staff Development.

Be SAFE trick or treating.

I do hope you’re enjoying to cooler and even wet weather. As the temperature continues to drop, please remember to send a jacket and/or coat with your student for outdoor recess.


Dorsey Burgess


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”

October Staff Member of the Month!

Brooke Price

Just in - this month’s Staff Member of the Month is Brooke Price. Brooke is the board of education and the district clerk. She chose her job because she needed a full-time job instead of being a para. She started her job 11 years ago and hasn’t looked back since. Her favorite activity is riding her green bike on her favorite day, Thursday. Her favorite holiday is Thanksgiving, which also takes place on Thursday. - by Christian Ledesma