Alma Elementary School book club installs little library

The residents of Alma have a new place to find books. AES third grade teacher Emily Hess and the Alma Elementary Book Club decided to build a Little Library. It is located on Ohio St. between the parking lot and the high school. “We live in an area where books are hard to access without transportation,” Hess said. It offers a few more choices than what there is at the public library. Hess hopes the Little Library will help build community and show that we place value on literacy.

Throwback Thursday: 1987 WHS Styles

This week's Throwback Thursday features a fashion page from the 1987 WHS yearbook: Just a Memory Away. If you want to know more about Wabaunsee County fashion in 1987, talk to Principal Jan Hutley or parent Jared Schultz — both were WHS sophomores at the time.

USD 329 Board to consider bond issue to meet facility challenges

At the November 18th board meeting, the USD 329 school board will consider a bond issue that will have a major impact on the district. “It's been a long, thought out process that started with BOE discussions regarding aging facilities that were taking a lot of budget money,” superintendent Brad Starnes said. “It was hard to budget for and we didn't have the budget money to solve the problem.”

Editorial: End of second breakfast frustrates some students

As of Monday, Second Breakfast is no longer available. There are a few reasons behind the change, principal Jan Hutley explained. “I just think it’s unnecessary since we already have a first breakfast in the morning.” Initial theories for the change revolved around students being tardy to class after getting second breakfast, but this is apparently not the case. Hutley explained that she has no intentions of bringing second breakfast back, but will alter first breakfast to make it more accessible to students. These changes include making first breakfast open longer along and adding more a la carte options that give students the chance to buy them in the morning and eat them whenever they want throughout the day.

Barber reflects on time in Navy

In honor of Veterans Day, the Charger spoke with former students and community members about the challenges and benefits of military service. Always wanting to give credit for others work before she gives it to herself is the perfect way to describe Angie Barber. Even when she was asked to do an interview she thought of other people who she seemed more worthy than her, but still felt very honored to share her story.

WHS graduates Natalee Kates, Ian Carroll face challenges in raising young family while in military

In honor of Veterans Day, the Charger spoke with former students and community members about the challenges and benefits of military service. All careers can put pressure on a young family, but when your job is serving the country, you don’t have a choice when duty calls. 2017 graduate Natalee Kates has been married to 2014 graduate Navy Petty officer second class Ian Carroll for two years. Together they have a little boy named Easton who is about to turn one.

Cross country teams finish 10th at state

The Cross Country team ran at the state meet in Wamego on Saturday with both the girls and boys placing tenth. Head Coach Roger Alderman said “The boys ran solid races overall, but I know they were hoping for more.” The boys have run in state for the last three years and are aiming for four.”

Rutledge reflects on football season

Charger football ended its season Thursday night with a 42-0 loss to Jackson Heights. While the team struggled to a 1-8 record, coach Jess Rutledge saw a lot of progress for the football program. How did the football program move forward this season? “Our offseason work that was put in exceeded any previous season since I have been at Wabaunsee. Our numbers in the weight room, at team camp, and at our thud camps were all higher than last year. Our athletes' maxes also increased a phenomenal amount from the summer of 2018. That needs to continue to improve, but we are most definitely on the right track. We also had a lot of younger players step into varsity playing positions, and that is a great thing to have for the upcoming season.

Charger journalism finishes 2nd in State Fair print competition

The Charger staff is reserve champion of the Kansas State Fair Scholastic Print Competiton. The competition, which takes place each year at the Kansas State Fair, requires teams of five high school students to complete a 4-page newsletter in one day. The teams have from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to interview, write, edit, photograph and design the newsletter. Two stories are assigned and the students come up with two others on their own.

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