FHSU MATH RELAYS
7 students competed at the annual FHSU Math Relays on Thursday, November 8. There were 45 schools with 589 participants. There were 17 2A/3A schools competing. Sydnie Underwood, Morgan McDaniel, Luis Mendoza, Audrey Ball, Ernesto Hernandez, Bethany Schupman, and Valick Sorter competed and represented SWH very well. Sydnie placed 4th as an individual in Event 1, Morgan placed 10th as an individual in Event 3, Morgan, Audrey, and Luis placed 6th as a team in event 4, Morgan, Audrey, and Sydnie placed 2nd as a team in event 5. Audrey, Luis, and Sydnie placed 4th as a team in Event 6. As a school we placed 10th out of the 2A/3A schools! Great job to everyone who competed! Mrs. Hamilton is proud of you!
FAMILY LITERACY NIGHT @ KES
HS DISTRICT HONOR BAND
The following 9 SWH Band members auditioned and made the District Honor Band! Congrats!
Ernesto Hernandez (5th chair alto sax)
Valick Sorter (9th chair trumpet)
Heidy Mercado (2nd chair bari sax)
Makenzie Arellano (3rd chair tuba)
Owen Vajnar (1st chair bass clarinet)
Lexi Williams (4th chair bass clarinet)
Sydnie Underwood (7th chair clarinet)
Taylor Vermillion (10th chair clarinet)
Abby Speer (3rd chair French Horn)
Southwest District KMEA Honor Band
The 18 junior high students who auditioned and were accepted to participate in the Southwest District KMEA Honor Band represented our school very well. On Saturday, November 3rd, the students joined approximately 80 other students from southwest Kansas to rehearse and present a concert at Dodge city middle school. The conductor was Dr. Philip Payne, assistant Professor of Music Education at Kansas State University. These students worked very hard, and improved their playing skills and musicianship through this experience. Congratulations! Students participated are the following:
Arely Mercado (1st chair flute)
Sam Banman (5th chair flute)
Lucero Valle (9th chair flute)
Ivan Gomez (10th chair flute)
Katie Zirger (13th chair flute)
Heidi Mijarez (3rd chair clarinet)
Tanya Garcia (10th chair clarinet)
Kaleb Scripsick (11th chair clarinet)
Kaylen Langhofer (16th chair clarinet)
Adan Puentes (4th chair tenor sax)
Ann Ryan (11th chair trumpet)
Lauren Rodriguez (12th chair trumpet)
Emma Stanfield (1st chair French horn)
Roxy Stone (5th chair French horn)
Dametrius Sorter (5th chair trombone)
Victor Testa (7th chair trombone)
Ivy Smith (8th chair trombone)
Damean Mercado (1st chair tuba)
HS HONOR ROLL - 1ST NINE WEEKS
STATE CROSS COUNTRY
CONGRATS to FRESHMAN, Yanely Puentes, on her 19th place finish (out of 100 runners) at 3A State Cross Country this weekend at Rim Rock Farms in Lawrence. We are proud of you Yanely!
KAY MEMBERS HELP WITH KANSAS FOOD BANK PROGRAM
The SWH KAY Club had the privilege of helping the Kansas Food Bank Program on Thursday, October 18. Members helped carry boxes of canned goods to awaiting cars of the needy and elderly. Some students also helped with translating to assist in the food distribution. KAY members felt honored to be able to use their hands and feet to help those less fortunate.
SWH SCHOLARS BOWL
The Scholars Bowl teams competed at Meade on Monday, October 15th. The Varsity ended the day with a record of 5 wins and 4 losses. The JV team ended the day with a record of 7 wins and 2 losses. The JV team, consisting of Taylor Vermillion, Lexie Williams, Morgan McDaniel, Audrey Ball, Sydnie Underwood, and Jentre Smith took 2nd place.
SWHJH 1ST 9 WEEKS HONOR ROLL
HS ENGLISH MINI CAREER FAIR
On Friday October 12th, Mrs. Castelli's 5th hour English class held a Mini Career Fair. Each student in the class invited a professional of their choice to interview. Among the professionals were a Veterinarian, Doctor, Diesel Mechanic, Nurse, Art Teacher, and Fire Fighters. Each student practiced interpersonal skills such as greeting and thanking guests, maintaining eye contact, shaking hands, note taking skills, and communication and listening skills. All students gave positive feedback and learned a lot about the career that they are interested in pursuing. Check out some pictures from this event below!
SWHJH SWKMEA HONOR BAND
There were 22 junior high students audition for the Southwest District KMEA Honor Band. 18 of those were selected to participate. This is the largest number of students we have had audition as well as our largest group to make it into the band. I’m very proud of all of these students!
Kansas Honor Scholars from SWH
Since 1971, the KU Alumni Association has sponsored the Kansas Honor Scholars Program. Each year, SWH is asked to recognize the top 10% of the graduating class as Kansas Honors Scholars. This year's recipients are Erika Carrillo, Alexis Jacquez, and Marco Puentes. The Kansas Honor Scholars Program recognizes a select group of high school seniors across the state of Kansas with events in their honor. The students will be honored at a reception in Garden City, Kansas, on Wednesday, October 17th. At this program, they will receive medallions to recognize their achievement.
College Planning Conference for Seniors
The SWH seniors attended the College Planning Conference at Seward County Community College on Tuesday, October 2nd. They had the opportunity to speak with college reps from over 30 community colleges, universities, and specialty schools, as well as recruiters from several military branches. This gives the students on opportunity to see their options for after high school. Students spent an hour walking around the gym, stopping at tables to learn more about the schools in attendance.
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!