October 2015


October, 2015

Believe it or not, we are getting close to the end of the first quarter of school. Friday, October
16th is the last day of the first quarter. We have Parent-Teacher Conferences on Tuesday,
October 20th and Thursday, October 22nd.  The conferences will be from 4:00pm to 8:00pm on both evenings.  I hope you are able to schedule a time to meet with our staff about your child’s progress. If you are unable to attend on either evening, please call or email the school and set up another time to meet. We know that as your child’s first teacher, your partnership in this educational journey is critical. We appreciate your support of your child’s education and our educational community.

The month of October is a month that allows our staff and student to help bring building
positive relationships to the forefront. In the month of October, the schools will be
participating in Anti-Bullying activities and also Red Ribbon Week. We want all students and
staff to feel safe at school. If your child or you have a concern about a negative situation,
please visit with a teacher, staff, or administrator.  Kansas Anti-Bullying week is the first full week of October. Red Ribbon week will be the last full week of October. 


We just received our ACT testing information from last year. Our composite score for the district for our students averaged 23.7. This score is the highest ACT score that we have recorded in the last several years. It is also almost 2 points (21.9) higher than the state average. This is great news and is another testament of the type of students and teachers we have in USD 223! I am proud of this great academic accomplishment! 


Both schools will be administering MAP testing for the first week of October.  MAP Testing will take place for all students from kindergarten through 10th grade.  MAP, or the Measure of Academic Progress, is a computerized adaptive test which helps teachers, parents, and administrators improve learning for all students and make informed decisions to promote a child's academic growth.  It will be given in both the Fall and Spring.

September 21st was the official “count” day for both the Kansas State Department of Education and the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA).  Even though this year we won’t be using student numbers for funding because of the block grant it is still used to classify schools for high school sports.  The official numbers recorded for the 2015-16 school year are:


                                K-6th        7-8th      9-12th         Total       2014-15 Total

Hanover Schools     50            14           76             140                  130     

Linn Schools            88            20           65              173                 179

USD223                 138            34          141              313                 309


Both Hanover and Linn Schools will be classified as a 1A school.  Football is classified every other year and for the next two years both Hanover and Linn will be 8-man, Division II schools.


We have many activities taking place across the district. Your parental and community support
for our students and student-athletes is wonderful. There is a great deal of pride in the
communities and your support is appreciated! Our coaches, sponsors, and students work very
hard at competing at a high level. I am most proud of how they represent our community.
They are great ambassadors of Hanover and Linn! Thanks for a positive start to the school year and a great end to ¼ of the year!

Brian Cordel

USD223 Superintendent of Schools