October 2016

October, 2016-17 School Year

Believe it or not, we are getting close to the end of the first quarter of school. Friday, October 14th is the last day of the first quarter. We have Parent-Teacher Conferences on Tuesday, October 18th and Thursday, October 20th.  The conferences will be in session from 4:00pm to 7:30pm on both evenings.  I hope all parents 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 appreciate your support of your child’s education and our educational community.

We recently received our ACT testing information from last year. Our composite score for the district for our students averaged 22.8. It is well above the state average of 21.9.  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! 

Hanover and Linn schools administered the MAP testing during the third week of September.  MAP Testing took 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 20th was the official “count” day for both the Kansas State Department of Education and the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA).  Even though again 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 2016-17 school year are:

K-6th 7-8th 9-12th  2016-17 Total   2015-16 Total
Hanover Schools 48 10  79     137 140  
Linn Schools    90     24  67 181 173
USD223 138 34 146 318 313

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. 

Request from Governor Brownback:
In 2015, the Kansas Legislature voted to repeal the 1992 school finance formula citing the complexity and unpredictability of the formula. In its place, the Legislature instituted a block grant funding system. This system froze funding for two years while a new funding formula could be developed. This block grant system will expire in 2017. 

Governor Brownback has invited public input into the development of a new school funding mechanism.  The governor has asked Kansans to submit their comments and all recommendations to the governor’s office using the email address StudentsFirst@ks.gov by November 30th.  Those wishing for KSDE (Kansas State Department of Education), KASB (Kansas Association of School Boards) and USA Kansas to also receive copies of the recommendation are asked to cc schoolfundinginput@kasb.org. This is a group email that will automatically distribute your email to representatives of each organization.  This is an important opportunity for Kansans to voice their recommendations for Kansas’ K-12 education and to be a part of the funding solution. 

Brian Cordel
USD223 Superintendent of Schools