Summer Online Enrollment
The Easton Board of Education is pleased to announce enrollment will be completed online using a new system permitting parents and guardians to enroll their children in school and paying enrollment fees through the Internet. Parents will no longer be required to come to school in person prior to the beginning of the school year to enroll their children. The only parents that will be required to come to school to enroll their children will be parents of Kindergarten, preschool, resident and non-resident students enrolling in the school district for the first time.
The school district will accept payment of fees using a personal check, debit and credit card. You will not be charged a service or convenience fee to pay enrollment fees when you use a personal check, debit or credit card. The school district will permit parents and students to use a personal check, debit and credit cards to pay other school related fees during the year and to deposit money into student’s meal accounts. There will be a service fee added when paying for all other fees and charges except the enrollment fee payment. You will see the service charge when you complete your payment and the fee will be included on the receipt.
We will not conduct an enrollment day in July. The week of July 18 through 22, parents of Kindergarten, pre-school, first-time resident and non-resident students will enroll their children at the Board of Education office from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on Thursday July 2 the time will be extended to 7:00 p.m. Parents that do not have Internet access can enroll their children the same week.
The Easton Board of Education is adding the new online enrollment and payment system to make it more convenient for our parent to transact business online and deposit money into your children’s meal accounts. More information will be shared with you about the new online service in coming weeks, including instructions how you will enroll online. A link to our online payment service will soon be added to the school district’s homepage. If you have any questions about the new service or online enrollment, you may contact Mrs. Amber Bollin at 913-651-9740, the district’s online service manager.
11 Pleasant Ridge High School Students Qualify for Nationals
It will be Destination-Atlanta for 11 Pleasant Ridge High School students and their sponsors this summer as they have qualified to participate in the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference this summer, June 28 through July 3. The students earned the opportunity to go to Atlanta by placing in the top three in their events at the FBLA State Leadership Conference on April 4 and 5 in Topeka.
The PRHS students who will be participating in Atlanta are Rebecca Brunner (Accounting I), Delanie Thomason (Accounting II), Matt Schwartz (Computer Applications and Database Applications), George Kuykendall (Cyber Security and Networking Concepts), Tyler Michaud and Gabe Younger (Management Decision Making), Cameron Kilgore, Jared Schmalstieg and Gabe Younger (Sports and Entertainment Management), Jamie Gardner (Public Speaking I), and Peyton Gould and Morgan Heim (Graphic Design). The students will be competing in these events against students from all of the United States during the conference in Atlanta.
These 11 students were part of a group of 46 students from Pleasant Ridge who competed in a variety of business-related events at State. They all represented themselves well in Topeka and we look forward to more of the same in Atlanta this summer. The faculty sponsors for FBLA are Kelsey Bollin and Deb Metsker.
Pleasant Ridge Elementary 5th Graders Participate in
KU Engineering Expo
Amanda Fogelman, elementary Technology teacher, had Pleasant Ridge Elementary fifth grade students compete at the KU Engineering Expo in late February. Similar to Battle of the Brains, the KU Engineering Expo is a competition for elementary, middle, and high schools to enter and show-off their problem-solving and construction skills. The KU Engineering Department has been hosting this event since the 1970s.
Mrs. Fogelman, Mrs. Fast, and Mrs. Coppinger took students and their projects to Lawrence to compete in the annual event with over 35 other schools. Fifth grade students participated in 5 different categories: Pasta Bridge, Downhill Car, Skyscraper, Slingshot, and Trebuchet. The team of Aden Nelson and Ian Hyde won the Downhill Car division…their car outran every car at the Expo - including those entries from the high school division!
Amanda Fogelman has done amazing work utilizing our Makerspace and she has had our fifth graders competing in events like the Battle of the Brains and the KU Engineering Expo for the first time. As you might be aware, the Pleasant Ridge High School Battle of the Brain team committed part of their prize money to helping PRES implement Project Lead the Way. We are extremely proud of the success and commitment our students and teachers are displaying in the areas of science and technology.
March is “Music in our Schools” Month!
Music In our Schools Month® or “MIOSM®” is the National Assocation of Music Education’s annual celebration during March which engages music educators, students, and communities from around the country in promoting the benefits of high quality music education programs in schools.
Music In Our Schools Month® began as a single statewide Advocacy Day and celebration in New York in 1973 and grew over the decades to become a month-long celebration of school music in 1985.
USD #449 has an outstanding music program under the direction of Mrs. Jackie Miller and Mr. Jeremiah Nichol.
Please plan on attending one of our spring concerts!
Career and Technical Education Month highlights achievements of CTE programs
Nearly 150,000 Kansas students take part in programs each year
Kansas students and educators will join people from across the United States in celebrating Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month® during the month of February.
This year’s theme is “Opportunities for Career Success!” The month provides CTE programs an opportunity to demonstrate how CTE makes students college and career ready and prepares them for high-demand career fields.
“As we move forward to accomplish the State Board of Education’s vision to lead the world in the success of each student, students, now more than ever, need career and technical education courses to assist them in preparation for life after high school,” said Kansas Commissioner of Education Dr. Randy Watson. “I join the rest of Kansas in celebrating Career and Technical Education Month and the vital role that CTE has in helping all students become successful.”
CTE in Kansas embraces the needs of business and industry through the development of the foundational knowledge and skills aligned to the Kansas workforce.
Kansas has 16 Career Clusters for students to choose from, and there are 35 Career Cluster Pathways. A Career Cluster is a group of occupations similar in skill set and application. Career Cluster Pathways are focused and specific areas of study leading to a particular area of industry or business.
There are nearly 150,000 Kansas CTE students (in grades eighth through 12th) taught by 3,232 CTE teachers, according to Kansas State Department of Education records. CTE Student Organizations enhance this instruction by offering opportunities to apply what is learned in a variety of ways, interact with adults in their selected Career Pathway and address community issues through in-depth projects.
CTE encompasses 94 percent of high school students and 13 million postsecondary students in the nation and includes high schools, career centers, community and technical colleges, four-year universities and more, according to the Association for Career and Technical Education.
Kansas Native Sons and Daughters Essay Contest
Three Pleasant Ridge High School students were recently notified that they would be recognized for essays they wrote as part of the Kansas Native Sons and Daughters “Kansas! Say It Above a Whisper” Boyd essay contest. Bridget Howard, a junior, placed second in the statewide contest. Noah Tattershall, a senior, was third and Paige Robinson, a sophomore, earned Honorable Mention distinction for the essays they wrote.
The students will be recognized at the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas banquet on Friday, January 29, 2016, as part of Kansas Day ceremonies. Not only will the students be recognized, but their essays will be reproduced in the event program.
Congratulations to these students for their outstanding work and the recognition they have brought to themselves and their families.
Battle of the Brains 2015 Champions
Cultivating the City, an interactive project created by the Advanced Chemistry/Physics Class at Pleasant Ridge High School, taught by Glenda Connelly, has been recognized as one of the 20 finalists in the Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains competition. An assembly was held at the high school on Friday, November 6, to announce the PRHS team as the winners of a $2500 cash prize and to recognize them for what they have accomplished.
Battle of the Brains (BOTB) is an academic competition, at both the elementary and secondary level, based on creating projects through the use of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Burns and McDonnell, and engineering firm in Kansas City, has created this event to encourage the exploration of STEM careers and the possibilities that may exist through study of STEM coursework.
The PRHS students in the class who worked on the project are Peyton Gould, Jagar Haack, Frank Hallock, Brennan Hollinger, George Kuykendall, Conner McLendon, Maggie Schwartz, Noah Tattershall and Gabe Younger. The students will be attending a ceremony on November 18, at Science City, where the grand champion will be announced.
During the upcoming week, November 7 through 14, you can vote, online, to help choose the winner. Voting is done via email and you can vote once per day, per every email account you may have. You need to log on to www.botbkc.com and click on the “Public Vote” icon and vote.
We need as many votes as we can get as Pleasant Ridge High School is the smallest school represented in the top 20.
Congratulations to Mrs. Connelly and these outstanding students for their work.
Power School Parent Portal Setup
There have been updates to our PowerSchool parent link. Please follow to steps below to create a new account.
1: Click the “Create Account” tab.
2: Click “Create Account” again.
3: Complete the form and please note that the “Access ID” and the “Access Password” are case sensitive.
4: Make sure to add all of your children under the “Link Students to Account” section before proceeding.
5: Scroll to the bottom of the page when finished and click “Enter".
6: Once signed in you will need to setup any email notifications or personalization options you had set up previously.
If you need any further assistance feel free to give your child/children’s school a call.
Availability of Services for Students with Special Needs
Your local school district and all public schools in Kansas provide free special education services for eligible exceptional children ages 3 through 21 or high school graduation. Parents are encouraged to seek assistance from teachers, principals or other professionals if they have questions regarding their child’s progress in school. ...read more