From the Superintendent's Desk...
April 12, 2017
Dear USD 460 Families,
The purpose of this letter is to inform you of our school district’s intent to end the 2016-17 school year on Friday, May 19 at noon adjusted from our originally planned last day of school which had been set for Tuesday, May 23 with a noon dismissal. The USD 460 Board of Education approved this change at a regular Board of Education meeting on April 10.
The purpose of Hesston Schools ending the school year early is to recognize the hard work of our staff and students this year. We see this as a way of saying thank you to our people. For that reason, all employees will be paid for the work they would do on the one and a half days we have eliminated from this year’s calendar.
As our Board of Education considered this as an option to show appreciation for our people, there were several things considered. We looked at the number of student contact hours required by law to ensure ending the year early would keep us above this threshold for all students. We also recognized the fact that we had no inclement weather days for the 2016-17 school year. We discussed any other logistical challenges this change could cause, and all of those have been addressed including adjustments to our high school finals schedule. One additional adjustment to be aware of is our 8th Grade Promotion ceremony will now be held on Thursday, May 18 at 7:00 pm in the HMS gymnasium.
One of our primary concerns is that this change in plans will create hardships for some families to find childcare on Monday, May 22 and in the morning on Tuesday, May 23. Our hope is that this early notification will allow everyone an opportunity to make arrangements for their children.
We are having a great year in Hesston Schools, and we look forward to even greater things in the future. On behalf of the entire staff in USD 460, it is an incredible honor to work with each child in our care, and we appreciate the relationship we have with our families in this wonderful community of Hesston. As is always the case, please call or email anytime if you have any questions about this topic or anything else we do as a school district.
USD 460 is committed to a model of continuous improvement and growth. This is best illustrated by our District Improvement Framework which is a one page visual that includes the following components:
- Student Success Outcomes
- Shared Purpose
- Indicators of Success
- Building, School, and District Practices
- District Pillars
This improvement framework is still in draft form. Our staff continues to develop our vision and work is currently ongoing with the Board of Education and other stakeholder groups in our community including our Parent Advisory Team which is open to any parent/guardian of a k-12 student in USD 460.
Ultimately, we want to further develop our focus on giving every single child every opportunity to become the very best of which he or she is capable. To make that more than just words on a page is our challenge, and we have many of the foundational elements in place to ensure we are progressing towards success in each of our classrooms, across our buildings, and throughout our entire district.
We are still about six months away from taking our draft form of this District Improvement Framework to making it a formal vision for our district. So, there is an opportunity for feedback and analysis of our goals and plan. As is always the case, please contact me anytime should you have any questions or thoughts about this topic or anything we do as a school district in Hesston.