The Charger asked the first and second grade classes from Alma Elementary School and Maple Hill Elementary School to send us their letters to Santa Claus. We were able to look through them before passing them on to Santa. We also passed along responses from Santa's Elves, who checked every student's status on the naughty and nice lists.
After many board meetings discussing the facilities and bond options, the board was able to pass a motion for an election to occur on May 12 at 6 polling places in the district for the potential 25 year bond, on Option 16.
The regular board meeting started with continued discussion to answer a few leftover questions over the facilities. Once the board had most of their questions answered, a motion was made for Option 10 to be the option moving forward. The potential K-12, Option 10, was seconded, but failed with a vote of 2-5. Seconds later, another motion was made, but for Option 16. The motion was seconded, and passed 4-3. Now it is up to the community to vote either for or against the K-6 in Paxico and 7-12 in Alma.
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.
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.”
First grade student Briggs Ibarra runs at Alma Elementary School during running club. The club runs inside when the weather is too cold. Running club is one of three clubs started at AES this year. Photo by Emma Alderman. Running club encourages active lifestyle The track became filled with elementary children and teachers on January... Continue Reading →
Alma Elementary School has started a book club to encourage a love of reading. The voluntary and is offered to third and fourth graders. Third grade teacher Emily Hess started the club this year. At the beginning of the school year, the elementary teachers came together and brainstormed ideas that they were passionate about. “I... Continue Reading →
Miss Rodeo Kansas Brooke Wallace speaks to Alma Elementary School students on Friday. Wallace, a former classmate of Alma fourth grade teacher Brooke Janssen, spoke about rodeo events and her duties as Miss Rodeo Kansas." The students enjoyed it," Janssen said. "They saw her as a celebrity, which she thought was funny." Janssen said she... Continue Reading →
Emma Alderman, Tara Quintanilla, Bernice Poulter, Gabby Simmons and Kimi Buchanan sing during choir practice at WHS. The choir performs December 17 in the auditorium. Photo by Abby Oliver. Concerts to feature Christmas classics As Wabaunsee students prepare for winter concerts, one teacher is directing his first winter concert, while another is preparing for his... Continue Reading →