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Spring Hill School District 101 E. South Street Spring Hill, KS 66083



Mission: To be a school district that engages students to learn, create, adapt and succeed in an ever-changing world.

Vision: Maintain small-town values, and achieve world-class results.

Winter Message from Superintendent


hen you have been in education as long as I have, you start to notice patterns in time. It seems that the summer always flies by. Once school starts, it takes forever to get to Halloween. But once Halloween is over, it is just a short jump to the Winter Holiday break. Time will slow down again until Spring Break, then before you know it, it’s graduation and the cycle starts again.

We are so appreciative of the community’s support for our students. We had an incredibly active bond committee who put in many hours to help meet the needs of our students. What a wonderful community to be a part of! As we so often have before, we come together and work in the best interest of our students. We never forget that our community puts a priority on education. Our daily attendance is outstanding, and the vast majority of our students come to school every day ready to be challenged and excited to learn. After last year’s high ACT scores, we expected a drop, but our students and staff surprised us by keeping our scores up. Again, our students score well on state and national tests.

The start of the school year went extremely well as we continue our S.T.I.C.K. Together program (Student Needs Come First, Trust and Be Trustworthy, Improve Every Day, Communication, and Kindness and Consideration) with the addition of “TOO” – Take On Opportunities. While we Dr. Wayne Burke feel that we are doing many things well, we Superintendent of Schools We are doing amazing things with technoldo not want to rest on our laurels. We conogy at all of our schools. The 1-1 initiative tinue to look for innovative opportunities has allowed us to put a MacBook Air in the for our students to excel in their learning. As you know, we hands of all students in grades 6-12. I’m always impressed have many new students moving into our community. Under with the new learning opportunities available due to technolthe Block Grants, we do not have an automatic qualifier for ogy. Academic learning is always a high priority, but our stuadditional student growth. We were able to go to the Kansas dents also understand the concepts of integrity, honor, hard State Department of Education (KSDE) and ask the Extraordiwork and patriotism. Not all of this can be found in textbook nary Needs Committee for additional funds. KSDE recognized lessons, but our students are learning them all the same. our need and awarded us $848,000. However, funding is based In closing, as I’ve written before, please make sure you on the sale of the Kansas Bioscience Authority, to-date we spend some quality time with your loved ones during this holhave not received any of those funds. iday season. With the constant hustle and bustle of our lives, The community also recognized our needs due to growth, it is therapeutic and necessary to stop, rest, and reflect upon on September 8th, our community voted to approve a Bond those things that are really important. Issue in the amount of $82.4 million. In early March, we plan From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your continued to start construction on a new elementary school, a new gym support and for allowing me to serve in the capacity of Superfor Spring Hill Elementary School, and phase 1 of academic intendent of Spring Hill USD 230. and activities additions to Spring Hill High School (SHHS). This will be followed by construction of an additional Middle Dr. Wayne Burke School, phase 2 at SHHS, an Early Childhood Center, improveSuperintendent, Spring Hill USD 230 ments to technology and some delayed general maintenance.

This newsletter is published twice each year by the Spring Hill School District. All content and images were created by the district’s Communication Department, and the magazine is published by NPG Newspapers. To access an electronic version, visit Spring Hill School District 101 E. South Street Spring Hill, KS 66083 Tel. 913.592.7200 Email: [email protected]

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One District, One Book®


n February our district will be launching a special project, a district-wide book club called One District, One Book®. This program is designed to create a shared reading experience across an entire school community. Each student will receive a classic children’s novel, and every family reads that book together at home. Every family in our school community reads the same book at the same time. We’ll maximize the shared reading experience by including enrichment activities at school and in the community. Students experience the story with their family and enjoy participating in the follow-up activities at school the next day. This strategy builds daily awareness of the details of each story and encourages attentive listening habits. Reading aloud at home better prepares children to be effective readers, and brings families together for a fun, worthwhile activity. With the One District, One Book® program, we aim to build a Community of Readers throughout our entire school district. Everyone – students, teachers, staff, and community members – will literally be on the same page. When we model the habit of regularly reading together as a family and community, we create a strong foundation for literacy in each child’s life. This year the project will be introduced at the elementary school level. Reading professionals recommend reading material out loud that is beyond a child’s own reading level. We also believe that you should continue to read chapter books aloud with your older children, even when they are able to read themselves. We have selected a title that can be followed and understood by younger students, but still captivate and stimulate older students. We are excited to launch this project and hope you’ll participate. If you are interested in becoming a community partner or have questions about the project, please contact Dr. Karen Brack, [email protected], or Misty Eytcheson, [email protected].


Horizon Award Winners In October 2016, the Spring Hill School District honored Sara (Curran) McGowan and Alicia Hampton as its Horizon Award winners. The Kansas Horizon Award is sponsored by the Kansas State Department of Education. It recognizes and rewards teachers who have served as outstanding representatives of

excellent teaching in the elementary and secondary classrooms during their first year of teaching. As district-level winners, they now have the opportunity to compete in the Kansas State Department of Education’s 2017 Kansas Horizon Award Program. Horizon Award winners receive special recognition

during the KEEN State Education Conference, which takes place each February in Topeka. Both recipients joined the district for the 2015-16 school year, and continue to excel in their second year of teaching.

The elementary level winner is Mrs. Sara (Curran) McGowan, a first grade teacher at Prairie Creek Elementary School. Sara’s passion is teaching the district curriculum while providing specific instruction to promote individual academic growth for each of her students. Through her enthusiasm, instructional methods, hard work, and careful planning, Sara’s students excel. She demonstrates the highest level of professional commitment, serves as a positive role model for her students and peers, and demonstrates an incredible work ethic. Sara is a team player who fosters good relationships between the school and the community.

The secondary level winner is Alicia Hampton, Agricultural Educator and FFA Advisor at Spring Hill High School. Ms. Hampton motivates and inspires her students to achieve success not only in the classroom, but also in activities outside the classroom. Her lessons are designed to meet the needs of all learners and are aligned to the Kansas College and Career Readiness Standards. Since Ms. Hampton joined the SHHS staff, student involvement in the FFA program has increased. Students want to be in a classroom where the teacher is understanding, demonstrates excitement toward the subject, and cares about them as individuals – Ms. Hampton does this on a daily basis.



District Holds Annual Breakfast 2016 Sponsors Gold: City of Olathe Day3 Development Gilmore & Bell Johnson County Community College JE Dunn Construction Lifetouch School Portraits Nabholz Construction Piper Jaffray & Co.

Purple: The Spring Hill School District held its sixth annual State of the District Breakfast on November 17, 2016, at Spring Hill High School (SHHS). The breakfast featured updates about academic progress, activities, and key initiatives. More than 150 key stakeholders, including city and county officials, business partners, and community groups were in attendance. The event kicked off with breakfast in the commons area, with outstanding entertainment from the SHHS Jazz Band. Chad Lewis, Spring Hill Education Foundation President, welcomed guests and provided an update on the foundation. Attendees moved to the auditorium where a formal presentation was given by Dr. Wayne Burke, Superintendent of Schools. The presentation outlined academic 6 SPRING HILL LEARNING LEADER • WINTER 2017

results, financial stewardship, growth in the district, and a bond update. Patrons were entertained by a video of students explaining a bond and what they would do with the money. The video is available on our YouTube channel, USD 230 Spring Hill KS. More information about the breakfast and the 2016 presentation are available on our website. Many generous sponsors made this event possible. All proceeds from the breakfast benefit the Spring Hill Education Foundation, whose mission is to enhance the educational opportunities for students, staff and patrons of the Spring Hill School District. The foundation provides scholarships to SHHS seniors for post-secondary education and, new this year, Innovation Grants for teachers.

DLR Group Kansas State University Olathe RSP & Associates Rodrock & Associates

Bronco: BlueCross BlueShield City of Spring Hill Holmes Murphy K12 Olathe Chamber of Commerce Olathe Health System Parkview Homes Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce Spring Hill Recreation Commission

Foundation Friends: Applebus Company Elliott Insurance Inter-State Studio KC Homes Olsson Associates Spring Hill Oil State Bank of Spring Hill Strawbridge Studios, Inc.

#Excellent Employees We know you’ve experienced an employee going above and beyond for you, a student, a parent, a peer, or a community member. Please help us recognize that employee by completing a short nomination form at

Shea Receives Honor The Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals (KASSP) is proud to recognize Tim Shea, Spring Hill High School, as the KASSP Area I Assistant High School Principal of the Year honoree. Shea has been with the district for 11 years.   KASSP is an organization of over 400 secondary school principals from across the state of Kansas. Shea was nominated and selected by peer principals. Candidates are evaluated on their school leadership, school improvement, dedication, professionalism, and service to students.  “Mr. Shea is an integral part of our high school team. He is a passionate, supportive administrator who is willing to go above and beyond for our students and staff,” says Mr. Marc Williams, SHHS Principal. Additional information may be obtained by contacting KASSP Executive Director, Dr. Bret Church, 913-547-4441 or [email protected]

article/4383/. All employees nominated will be recognized at the end of each month and one of those nominees will be chosen as the monthly Character Award winner.  To-date we have received 308 nominations! We are

very proud of our employees, they go above and beyond every day for our students and families. Check out our website or social media pages each month for more information about this program.

February Recipient Amanda Preston, WCES Library Media Specialist, Initiative and Availability March Recipient Amanda Krause, PCES First Grade Teacher, Compassion April Recipient Brian Hogan, PCES Physical Education Teacher, Creativity and Flexibility  May Recipient Anna Cline, SHHS Paraprofessional, Dedication September Recipient Daneen Hollern, WCES Special Education Teacher, Diligence October Recipient Rebecca Fawcett, SHHS Library Media Specialist, Dedication November Recipient George Young, WCES Paraprofessional, Compassion and Patience december Recipient Sadie Clements, SHES Third Grade Teacher, Enthusiam and Compassion

School Closing Notifications for Inclement Weather  Skyward notifications (text, email and phone call) — double check your contact information today! If you do not have an account contact your child’s school.  Facebook and Twitter postings  School website posting in the Announcement and News Sections  Information line announcement, 913-5927272

Get Your Golden Pass! Are you a resident of the Spring Hill School District and 65 years of age or older? If so, we invite you to receive a Frontier League Golden Pass, which is a free lifetime pass into regular season activities and athletic events. Call 913-592-7200 or stop by the Board of Education Office at 101 E. South Street, Spring Hill. Check out the district calendar at! SPRING HILL LEARNING LEADER • WINTER 2017




n September 8, 2016 the voters of USD #230 approved an $82.4 million bond for the addition of a fourth elementary school, new gymnasium at Spring Hill Elementary School, a second middle school, additions to the Spring Hill High School campus, and an Early Childhood Center. Thank you, we appreciate your support of our students and this district! To follow the progress of the bond projects please check our website at and/or follow us on one of our social media sites listed in the front of this publication.

District Receives Land Donation for New Elem The Spring Hill School District received 18.2 acres of land at what will be 173rd and Brougham Drive, Olathe for a new elementary school, Timber Sage Elementary. The land was donated by Day3, LLC of Olathe. Superintendent Dr. Wayne Burke says, “The 18.2-acre property is perfectly located in an area of high growth for the school district. With Prairie Creek Elementary School at capacity and Wolf Creek


Elementary School at near capacity, the new elementary school will relieve overcrowding at those two buildings.” At the November 7 Board of Education meeting, the Spring Hill School Board voted unanimously to enter into a contract with Day3, LLC. This contract includes the donation of land at 173rd and Brougham, as well as an exchange of land. The School District will exchange the 5 acres where Hilltop

Education Center resides for 19. near 173rd and Lindenwood. Th be reserved for future district ed facilities. The exchange agreem the school district to continue to Education Center for a minimum years.

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for a completion date prior to the start of 2018-19 school year. “This is going to be a positive for our community and our students. We cannot thank Day3, LLC enough for their generosity. The land acquisition of these two parcels is a zero-dollar exchange which will allow the district to meet the needs of a growing district, yet continue to reap the benefits of an older district building,” says Dr. Burke.



“Nothing can make our lives, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.” — ­ Tolstoy

The first Kindness Club members receive their shirts!


hey say kindness is contagious, and that seems to be the case at Spring Hill Elementary School (SHES). This year SHES has been focusing on kindness. It started with random acts of kindness in the school. Each day students and staff were encouraged to perform at least one act of kindness to each other, hoping to reach their goal of 15,000 acts of kindness by mid-October. In addition to these acts within the school, each week a community group was honored and appreciated by SHES. Students honored the Spring Hill Police Department, the Spring Hill Fire Department, Whitesell Optometry, and Cozy Haven Retirement Center. SHES reached their goal of over 15,000 acts of kindness!


t-shirt. If you see a student or staff member wearing these shirts, please thank them for their kindness.

Currently, students and staff at SHES can join the kindness club by performing acts of kindness at home or in the community. Parents or other adults sign the student’s sheet and students can obtain different levels of the Kindness Club. The first level is a club

“Our students and staff have risen to the challenge of incorporating kindness into both their school and personal lives. Students are putting a lot of thought into ways they can be kind to their peers, friends, teachers, parents and neighbors. I am proud that our students are making a difference one act of kindness at a time,” says Tammy Endecott, SHES Principal.

Top Youth Volunteers of the Year The Spring Hill School District named Megan Milroy, Spring Hill High School, and Cadence Wooge, Spring Hill Middle School, as its top youth volunteers of the year. The honor was granted as part of the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide youth volunteer recognition program sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals. By selecting these youth volunteers, USD 230 has advanced their applications for state-level judging in the 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. Prudential will announce the Kansas top youth volunteers on February 7, 2017. “We are so proud of Megan and Cadence for their hard work and dedication. Their compassion for others is evident in their desire to serve their school and our community,’ says Dr. Wayne Burke, Superintendent. As local honorees, Milroy and Wooge are now in the running to be named one of two Prudential Spirit of Community State Honorees for Kansas.

State Honorees receive a $1,000 award and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for several days of special recognition events. Other state-level honorees will receive bronze medallions or Certificates of Excellence.

During May’s national recognition events in Washington, America’s top 10 youth volunteers of the year will be named by a distinguished selection committee. Each of these National Honorees will receive an additional $5,000, a crystal trophy for his or her school or organization, and a $5,000 Prudential Foundation grant for a charitable organization of their choice. “Young people who contribute their time and talents to their communities are role models for all of us,” said Prudential

Chairman and CEO John Strangfeld. “We salute their dedication, their achievements, and their spirit of community.” “Demonstrating civic responsibility through community volunteerism is an important part of life,” said NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “These Honorees practice a lesson we hope all young people, as well as adults, will emulate.”

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represents America’s largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer service. Since 1995, the program has honored more than 115,000 youth volunteers at the local, state and national level. Learn more at com or spirit.



2016 ACT Composite Scores The Spring Hill School District announced its 2016 ACT composite scores. The district composite score was 23.0, which exceeds state and national averages. This year’s average composite score in Kansas is 21.9. High school students

Trend Information by School: Insight School of Kansas 2016 – Composite Score: 18.6 (11 students were tested) Insight School of Kansas 2015 – Composite Score: 21.2 (17 students were tested) Spring Hill High School 2016 – Composite Score: 23.4 (112 students were tested) Spring Hill High School 2015 – Composite Score: 23.7 (108 students were tested) who are college-bound take the ACT as a readi-

ness test prior to continuing their education. “The rigorous curriculum offered at the high school level better provides our students for high achievement on the ACT and in post-secondary education,” says Dr. Karen Brack, Director of Curriculum, Instruction

and Assessment. Spring Hill High School offers a semester-long ACT preparation course that helps students maximize their results. All sophomores now take the ACT Aspire test, which helps to identify areas that need to be strengthened prior to taking the official test.


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