OPINION | Inadequate sexual education failing teenagers

The sex education at USD 329 is inadequate, and it doesn’t prepare teens for a sexually healthy future. 

Kansas schools are required to teach sexual health education as part of high school physical education curriculum. The curriculum is not required to be comprehensive, meaning that it would teach about abstinence as the best method for avoiding STDs and unintended pregnancy, but also teaches about evidence-based information, condoms and contraception to reduce the risk of unintended pregnancy and of infection with STDs, including HIV. Comprehensive sex ed also teaches interpersonal and communication skills and helps young people explore their own values, goals and options. 

FCCLA students qualify STAR events to state

FCCLA students recently participated in district elections and STAR Event competitions.

Two students ran for district offices this year. Freshman Annie Wright was elected as the alternate Vice President of STAR Events and sophomore Kaelyn Conrad is the District D Vice President of Public Relations. Conrad’s new responsibilities include running the district’s Instagram page as well as writing monthly newsletters.

New FCS teacher ready to compete

Keeley Reddick is ready to continue the success of the WHS FCCLA program.

Reddick will replace Diane Breiner next year as the FCS teacher and FCCLA adviser. Reddick said she was interested in the position because it is close to family and it is a smaller school. She also said that coaching is what had led to her education. Reddick previously coached cheerleading at Council Grove for the last three years.

WHS hires FCS teacher, basketball coaches

At the board meeting Monday night, the USD 329 school board approved multiple new hires for WHS, including a FCS teacher, head boys and girls basketball coaches and a district tech director. Keeley Reddick will be filling the Family and Consumer Science teaching position. “I would say she is very excited and passionate about educating... Continue Reading →

STAR event teaches danger of e-cigarettes

Jessica Vanstory and Meredith Hess present their STAR project to underclassmen in the WHS library. "It was cool. I liked the way they talked to us as a group," junior Jessica Hedges said. Photo by Emma Alderman. Vanstoy and Hess qualify for nationals with presentation Seniors Jessica Vanstory and Meredith Hess took on a project... Continue Reading →

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