Campbell Supt. Talks
8 months ago
Greetings, Winfield Community!
It’s already the first week of August and it’s almost time for the start of another school year! It’s been a busy summer around the district. Maintenance and transportation personnel have been working throughout the summer to prepare for the return of staff and students. Teachers and staff have been hired. We are excited to welcome 24 new teachers to the district this year! Returning teachers have been attending workshops and meetings all summer in preparation for a great year ahead! Online student enrollment is now open through the district website, or parents can go to any building to enroll students through August 8th.
As Superintendent of USD 465, I am most excited about new day in Kansas public education as four key factors converge to drive historic changes in the way we educate our children:
- The Kansas State Board of Education has adopted a vision that Kansas will lead the world in the success of each student through emphasis on kindergarten readiness, improving graduation and postsecondary achievement rates, individual plans of study and social/emotional success;
- The Kansas legislature enacted a new school funding formula with additional funding targeted to lower-achieving students;
- This year launches a new accreditation system – Kansas Education Systems Accreditation (KESA) - that shifts from a focus merely on reading and math tests to a broader view and a new measurement of how students succeed after high school; and
- The State Board will soon select 14 schools across seven school districts to lead a redesign of Kansas schools to help all students succeed.
Educational attainment results in higher incomes, less poverty and more employment. School funding puts money into our communities through jobs, salaries and purchases. After years of neutral or declining funding, Kansas schools and USD 465 can finally begin to restore cut programs and positions and pay teachers a salary that exceeds inflation.
We know what has made Kansas schools successful in the past, and how to build on that success. We have made decades of improvements in all levels and have continued, when funding permits, to expand programs like early childhood, kindergarten, special education and at-risk programs. Kansas students succeed when these efforts, which often require additional staff, respond to local needs.
The members of the USD 465 Board of Education and district employees embrace this new day with optimism and ask for your support as we work to improve our students’ education and support their continued success. If Kansas can, Winfield will!
- Dr. J.K. Campbell
January 2018 Campbell Supt. Talks
2 months ago
Happy New Year! As we begin the 2018 calendar year and second semester of the current school year, it’s a great opportunity to reflect on all we have accomplished this year to date!
Notable accomplishments, awards, and events during the 1st semester include:
- Hosting KS Commissioner of Education, Dr. Randy Watson, for community informational “A New Day in Kansas Education” presentation.
- Honoring WHS Math teacher, Sarah VenJohn, named 2018 Kansas Teacher of the Year Finalist.
- Honoring WMS Principal, Dave Hammer, named Kansas Region IV Secondary Principal of the Year.
- Honoring WHS Social Studies teacher, Kris Trimmer, named the 2017 Dr. Earl Reum Kansas Student Council Advisor of the Year.
- Recognizing Irving Elementary 1st grade teacher, Jennifer Dougherty, 1 of 200 Kansas educators named a Kansas ECETS Teacher and selected to attend the Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers (ECET2) Conference.
- Receiving a $50,000 Kansas Leadership Center transformation grant allowing 40 USD 465 staff members to attend KLC leadership development training during 2018.
- Contracting with Cumbernauld Village to open a pre-K, 4 year old “age-to-age” classroom at Cumbernauld during the 2018-19 school year.
- Receiving the W.K. Kellogg Foundation “Kansans Partnering for Policy: High Quality Early Childhood Education” grant for the next 3 years to innovate and further develop pre-school programming.
- Initiating and implementing WMS robotics partnership with Winfield Rubbermaid to support a competitive robotics team for the next two years.
- Initiating and implementing WHS partnership with G.E. Aviation to provide free OSHA training to WHS juniors and seniors.
- Hosting over 400 middle and high school students at WHS attending the Regional Student Council Conference.
- Partnering with Winfield Recreation Commission to host the 1st Annual Elementary Cross Country Race at the Kansas Veteran’s Home.
- Celebrating homecoming and inducting three new WHS alumni to the WHS Wall of Honor including Dave Nichols, Robert Clock, and Bob Hartley.
- And so much more………in every building, at every grade level!
For a recap of the 1st semester-in-review, check out the video found below, on the district’s homepage, or through the following link: https://youtu.be/8C3Ccm2oyeM
It’s also a great time to look ahead and acknowledge all that is before us!
- We will say good-bye and thank you to out-going BOE members Julie Thompson, Cheri Hulse, and Gail Sawyer and welcome three new BOE members including Julie St. Peter, Ed Loeb, and Craig Thompson.
- We begin the search for a new superintendent of schools. It will be important for the BOE to hear about the characteristics you feel are important in a new superintendent as Board members interview and select a person to serve as the next Superintendent of Schools during the month of January.
- Join us on March 2-3 for the 130th Anniversary Celebration of the WHS Orchestra, the FIRST high school orchestra in the United States.
- And join us for a whole host of athletic events, concerts, plays, field trips, site council meetings, parent conferences, and great learning experiences in and out of the classroom throughout the remainder of the school year! We couldn’t do it without you!
Most importantly, none of our accomplishments would take place without an outstanding staff, along with the exceptional parent and community support for public education in Winfield, Kansas!
#KansasCan #WinfieldWill! #YouMakeItHappen!