USD 483 Kismet-Plains Part of Consortium Awarded Three-Year Literacy Grant
USD 483 announced Thursday, September 13, that it is part of a consortium awarded a grant totaling more than $3.2 million from the Literacy Network of Kansas (LiNK), a project of the U.S. Department of Education’s Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy program. Eight grantees were selected from a competitive application process, according to the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE). Kansas received the $27 million federal grant – one of the largest competitive grants ever received by KSDE – in October 2017. The agency applied for the grant in July 2017 with the assistance of the KU Center on Research and Learning. KSDE invited districts/consortia meeting specific criteria to apply for funds from the grant. Districts had to serve at least 5,000 students in order to apply individually. Districts that serve fewer than 5,000 students could apply as part of a consortium. The eight awardees will receive more than $3.2 million for literacy support during a three-year period. The eight that were selected – four individual districts and four consortia - represent a total of 32 Kansas school districts and 88,000 children. LiNK projects will help advance literacy skills of children from birth through 12th grade, helping them to become successful readers and writers. Each grantee developed a plan that will support students and their families in a variety of ways, based upon a study of local needs. In some districts, community agencies will provide free books and family reading activities, while others will work with preschool children to prepare for kindergarten. The Kismet-Plains grant will offer literacy coaches at every attendance center, along with resources to impact student literacy. “Through the grant, we are reinforcing our literacy instruction in each building.” said Jerrilynn Wood, Principal at Kismet Elementary School and Project Lead for the grant. Throughout the three-year grant cycle, a network of resources for educators and families will be developed for future use. These resources will impact literacy at the state, regional and community levels, as well as providing professional learning opportunities for teachers and families. LiNK will help schools meet the Kansas State Board of Education’s vision for education – Kansas leads the world in the success of each student.
The National Honor Society took their bi-annual trip August 3-5, 2018. Members traveled to Denver, Colorado where they went to Elitch Gardens, Park Meadows Mall, the movie, and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Members were able to take this trip based on the funds raised for the past two years from our candle sales and other fundraisers.
State Level Honor Band
This summer Abby Speer and Branden Stanfield were selected to participate in the All-State Middle Level Honor Band. After going through an intensive selection process, they joined approximately 100 other students from across the state to rehearse and perform a concert at the Kansas Bandmasters Association annual convention. Contemporary composer, Brian Balmages, conducted the honor band which included performing two of his compositions. Congratulations to Abby and Branden for achieving this honor and for representing SWH at this state event!