Solar Eclipse Information: See Below


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SOLAR ECLIPSE INFORMATION
AUGUST 21, 2017

IMPORTANT:  ALL STUDENTS MUST HAVE A CONSENT FORM (ELECTRONIC OR HARD COPY) ON FILE IN THE SCHOOL OFFICE BY 9:00 AM ON MONDAY, AUGUST 21 TO PARTICIPATE IN VIEWING THE SOLAR ECLIPSE.

Update Monday 8-21:  We have had over 650 parent consent forms completed since Friday.  Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to complete the online or paper copy of the form.


This is a final reminder to complete the form if you have not done so and if you would like your child to participate in viewing the eclipse today at 1:00 pm.

If you already completed the form, please do not complete it again.  If you completed the form successfully, after hitting submit, it took you back to the form itself.  There is no need to check to see if the form was completed successfully.  If we do not have a form from you, we will give you a call prior to the event.

CLICK HERE FOR THE ELECTRONIC CONSENT FORM


CLICK HERE FOR A PDF CONSENT FORM

On Monday, August 21 we will experience a solar eclipse which will be viewable from coast to coast.  Each building is making plans to allow all of our students the opportunity to experience this rare event.

We want to make certain that all of our families know that we have safety glasses for each child that have been provided by the Hesston Public Library.  These glasses are approved for viewing the solar eclipse and have the proper ISO rating to ensure the safety of our students.  Please see the photo below for more information.

There are three ways to receive and submit a parental consent form.  Above you will see a link to an electronic form that you may submit online, you will also see a link to a pdf version of the form which can be printed, and your child will receive a hard copy of the form on Friday, August 18 which can be signed and returned to the school office by Monday at 9:00 am.

Special Note:  On the electronic consent form, when submitted properly, the page will return to the form page upon clicking the submit button.

We do apologize for the short notice on the consent form.

Helpful Links:
NASA Total Eclipse Website  
Safe Viewing Tips (American Optometrist Association)
Safety Tips (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
Viewing the Eclipse

Safety Glasses:
Manufacturer:  American Paper Optics - see website here
Click here for a list of approved solar eclipse glasses
ISO

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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.

Respectfully,

Ben Proctor
Superintendent