Two Pleasant Ridge High School Students Chosen to Attend Youth Civic Leadership Institute
Two Pleasant Ridge High School students, Jagar Haack and Maggie Schwartz, have been selected to attend the Youth Civic Leadership Institute (YCLI), July 15-17, at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas.
Jagar and Maggie are two of only 60 in-coming seniors from high schools across the state that have been selected to be a part of this event. The leadership program is designed to enhance the student’s leadership skills and encourage involvement in public service. The Leadership Institute, now in its tenth year, will include a variety of speakers, outings and workshops that are centered on promoting interest in civic activities. The students will have the opportunity to visit the State Capitol in Topeka and meet some of our state leaders.
We are excited about the fact that Jagar and Maggie will be representing our school and community. They were required to submit an application packet, prior to be selected. It speaks highly of the social studies curriculum, and the work of the teachers of those courses, that two PRHS students have been selected to attend the conference. We congratulate Jagar and Maggie for their selection.
Congratulations to our Career & Technical Education Concentrators!
Career & Technical Education pathways available through USD #449 prepare students with workforce readiness skills along with skills necessary for 21st century success. We currently offer 5 pathways in our district: Power Structural & Technical Systems, Construction & Design, Finance, Animal Science and AV/Communications. Next year we’ll be adding a Visual Arts Pathway.
This year we have 29 seniors who were recognized at the Pleasant Ridge High School Academic Awards Program on May 6th for earning the distinction of Concentrator. A Concentrator is a student who has completed the requirements in an Introductory Level Course, a Technical Level Course and an Application Level Course in a pathway.
Receiving a navy blue cord as a Power Structural & Technical Pathway Concentrator were Derick Hutchens & Michael Johnson.
Receiving a light blue cord as a Construction & Design Pathway Concentrator were Corbin Myers & Austin Weaver.
Receiving a purple cord as a Finance Pathway Concentrator were Tristan DeMaranville, Holly Ewert, Elwood Mock, Jacob Moody, Garrett Price, Hailey Self, Bailey Swinford & Tiffanee Trexler.
Receiving a navy blue cord as an Animal Science Pathway Concentrator were Kenny Campbell, Kelsey Carpenter, Tyler Darrow, Colt Evans, Savannah French, Megan Green, Austin Housell, Leah Parsons, John Schwinn & Kristina Silvers.
Receiving a dark gold cord as an AV/Communications Pathway Concentrator were Levi Blanck, Alyssa Casperson, Marina Gardner, Will Gross, Kyle Jones, Matt Smith & Kara Wagner.
Congratulations to all of these remarkable students!
Pleasant Ridge High School
League Art Festival
Over 300 pieces of art work, produced by close to 200 students, filled the Pleasant Ridge High School gymnasium on Monday as PRHS hosted the annual Northeast Kansas League Art Festival. Medals for Artistic Excellence and Honorable Mention Certificates were awarded to students for a variety of media, including ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking, and photography.
Pleasant Ridge High School students who received medals were Chrysta Crump (ceramics), Dustin Dorr (drawing), Jamie Gardner (painting), Katie Heckman (ceramics), Kristina Silvers (painting), Carly Simonis (ceramics), Konner Walker (ceramics) and Derek Zule (drawing). Eight students received certificates for their work; they were Rebekah Churchill (painting), Dustin Dorr (drawing), Colton Doty (ceramics), Brock Horosko (ceramics), Nick Hyde (ceramics), Grace McKinney (painting), Carly Simonis (ceramics) and Noah Tattershall (painting).
We have a long tradition of excellent artwork produced by the students in our school district. The instruction of the teachers in the district, Jason Barnes at Pleasant Ridge High School, Emily Schreiner at Pleasant Ridge Middle School and Sabra Watkins at Pleasant Ridge Elementary School, as well as the support of the Board of Education, has allowed us to continue that excellence that we are so proud of. The Art Program in USD 449 is strong and that is apparent by the work of our students.
Congratulations to all!
Close to 2000 students competed in the contests; those students represented schools from Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. The students were divided into two groups-large schools (those who would be classified as 5A and 6A in Kansas) and small schools (Class 4A and below). PRHS students were competing against students from schools with twice the enrollment.
Eight PRHS students placed in events at PSU. Those students were Kyle Jones, third in Functions and sixth in Marathon; Taylor Satre, fourth in Trigonometry and eighth in Geometry; Matt Schwartz , fourth and Bryce Helm, tenth in Programming; Levi Blanck, eighth in Probability and Statistics; Jagar Haack, ninth in Graphing; and Levi Blanck, Will Gross, Bridget Howard and Kyle Jones, ninth in Algebra Word Problems.
Congratulations to all of these students for their performance at PSU. Congratulations also should go out to the teachers in the district who have provided the foundation in mathematics that allowed the students to be so successful in their first venture into this type of contest.
Congratulations Pleasant Ridge FBLA!
Thirty-seven Pleasant Ridge High School students spent two days, March 24 and 25, in Topeka participating in the 2015 Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Leadership Conference. The PRHS students were part of a large contingent of students from schools all across Kansas, representing all parts of the state and all sizes of schools, from 1A through 6A, at the Conference.
The students competed in on-site tests, gave speeches, made sales presentations, and were part of group projects and presentations that were scored and rated by judges. The two-day event culminates with the award presentations when the top ten in each event are announced. Students qualify for Nationals, in Chicago, by placing in the top four in objective events and in the top three in team or presentation events.
Eight PRHS students placed in individual or team events and will be representing the school district this summer in Chicago, June 28 through July 1. The PRHS students who qualified included Peyton Gould, second in Accounting II, Will Gross, third in Business Calculations, Jagar Haack, third in Accounting I, Kyle Jones, third in Accounting II, Tyler Michaud, second in FBLA Principles and Procedures, Matt Schwartz, second in Introduction to Information Technology, Brooklin Billingsley and Jagar Haack, second in Desktop Publishing, and Will Gross, Jagar Haack and Braden Hollinger, third in Management Decision Making.
Other PRHS students who placed at State included, Elwood Mock, sixth in Accounting II, Morgan Heim, seventh in Accounting II (four of the top ten Accounting II students in Kansas were from Pleasant Ridge High School), Taylor Satre, ninth in Business Law, Jagar Haack, sixth in Business Procedures, Matt Schwartz, fifth in Computer Problem Solving, George Kuykendall, fifth in Database Design and Application, Will Gross, tenth in Economics, Jamie Gardner, fifth in FBLA Principles and Procedures, Emily Cole, ninth in FBLA Principles and Procedures, Tyler Michaud, fifth in Insurance and Risk Management, and Maggie Schwartz, seventh in Sales Presentation and sixth in Ms. FBL.
Congratulations to all of these outstanding students for their efforts, as well as their sponsors, Kelsey Bollin and Deb Metsker.
2014-2015 National Honor Society Induction
Sixteen Pleasant Ridge High School juniors and seniors were inducted into the school’s chapter of National Honor Society (NHS) on February 26. Newly inducted members are Brooklin Billingsley, Holly Ewert, Jagar Haack, Morgan Heim, Brennan Hollinger, Cameron Kilgore, Sarah Lanter, Conner McLendon, Susan Redieck, Taylor Satre, Jared Schmalstieg, Maggie Schwartz, Carly Simonis, Noah Tattershall, Lexis Wright and Gabe Younger.
The students were chosen based on the four pillars of NHS including scholarship, a commitment to learning; leadership, the ability to exert a wholesome influence on the school; service, service to the school, the community and to man; and character, which includes respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring and citizenship. The 16 new inductees stand out in all of these areas and have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to being the best person they can be, both in and out of school.
The new inductees join seven other students, Levi Blanck, Kaitlyn DeMaranville, Kyle Jones, Sarajo Mance, Kristina Silvers, Katie Walker and Hailey Worthington, who were inducted in the spring of 2014. These seven students, plus Holly Ewert and Carly Simonis who are also seniors, received their blue honor cords during the ceremony. They will wear the cords during commencement exercises on May 17.
Students in the junior and senior classes, who have a minimum grade point average of 3.5, are invited to apply for induction into NHS. The students complete an application process, including writing an essay stating how the four pillars of NHS have played a part in who they are today.
National Honor Society is the most prestigious organization a high school student can gain admission to. There are chapters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Canada. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.
The evening was capped off by a reception, hosted by the Pleasant Ridge High School Booster Club.
KANSAS CAREER AND COLLEGE READY
But what does it mean to be “college & career ready”?
In Kansas, College and Career Ready means an individual has the academic preparation, cognitive preparation, technical skills, and employability skills to be successful in postsecondary education, in the attainment of an industry recognized certification or in the workforce, without the need for remediation. This definition provides guidance and direction as schools transition to a new accreditation system that addresses not only academic skills but postsecondary goals as well.
Let’s look a bit closer at that definition. Academic preparation indicates the student will be able to meet the level of performance necessary on college readiness assessments to attend a post-secondary institution. Cognitive preparation establishes that the student is a problem solver, able to research, understand, and communicate with precision and accuracy. Technical skills allow a student to attain an industry recognized certificate that will enable them to advance in a career pathway.
When looking at employability skills, we’re considering basic skills like reading, writing, listening, speaking and math. But we also know students need the ability to be creative thinkers who can solve problems and explain why. They need strong interpersonal qualities that include responsible decision making, social awareness and self-management. And finally, students need to have lots of opportunities to engage in exploration and planning relevant to their interests or career preferences.
In an effort to support students as they navigate through all of these areas, KSDE recommends that districts implement individual plans of study for students in grades 8 through 12. Look for future information on that topic.
By 2020, 71% of the jobs in Kansas will require some kind of postsecondary education. Postsecondary Education includes 4-year colleges & universities, 2-year community colleges, technical colleges, apprenticeships, certificate programs and the military.
It has been said that high school is a floor, not a ceiling. As students at USD #449 graduate and move into the postsecondary world, we will be working together (families, community & school) to make sure they are equipped to make choices that fit their talents & interests because they have the academic preparation, cognitive preparation, technical skills, and employability skills to be successful in postsecondary education, in the attainment of an industry recognized certification or in the workforce, without the need for remediation.
Easton Board Approves 2014-2015 Budget
The Easton Board of Education approved the 2014-2015 budget on August 11, 2014. With approval of the budget, the board sanctioned a mill levy of 54.324 mills. This year’s mill levy reduces the mill levy nearly 2 mills compared to last year’s mill levy of 56.262 mills. The reduction in the mill levy will result in a tax savings of $22.26 for a person owning a $100,000 home.
The mill rate is comprised of levies for the general, supplemental general, capital outlay and bond and interest funds. The general fund mill levy is set by the State of Kansas at 20 mills for all school districts. Taxes collected for the general fund are collected by the County Treasurer and deposited with the Treasurer for the State of Kansas. The other funds mill levies are determined by the amount of money necessary to fund the budgets based on the assessed valuation of the school district.
The mill levies for the 2014-2015 school year are,
|Supplemental General Fund||18.806|
|Capital Outlay Fund||5.000|
|Bond and Interest Fund||10.518|
Property values are established annually and school districts receive from the County Clerk assessed valuations in June. There is one assessed valuation for the general fund and a different valuation for the other funds. The general fund assessed valuation for the Easton School District declined slightly this year from the previous year and the assessed valuation for the other funds increased a small amount. Generally speaking, as the district’s assessed valuation increases the mill levy decreases.
Based on the State of Kansas School Finance Law some school districts receive state aid based on the wealth of the school district. Since Easton is below the state average for wealth the State of Kansas provides the district 39 percent of our budget requirement for the capital outlay and bond and interest funds and local taxpayers finance the remainder through property taxes. The State of Kansas pays 55 percent of the district’s revenue needs for the supplemental general fund and local taxpayers the remaining 45 percent.
The bond and interest fund finances the principal and interest payments on the bonds for the construction of the Pleasant Ridge Elementary School and the recent addition of thirteen classrooms to the school. Capital outlay money can be used for the purpose of acquiring property, construction, repair, remodeling, maintaining and equipping school district property and equipment, computer software, school buses and other school district vehicles.
If you have questions about the budget, please contact Mr. Charles Coblentz, Superintendent ofSchools at 913-651-9740.
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