Starting school with a bunch of unfamiliar faces can be intimidating. Getting to know the new staff members might help relieve some of the nerves that come with starting the school year.
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For our final editorial of the school year the Charger staff would like to thank some of the teachers and staff members moving on from WHS this year. Thank you for everything you’ve done for us and we wish you luck with your future. The editorial is the opinion of the Charger staff. Send letters to the editor to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Brian Henry is resigning from all teaching and coaching positions. Henry recently accepted a job offer from Rural Vista in White City. He informed the softball team of his decision after losing in the semi-final round of regionals Tuesday night. He will serve as the White City athletic director, head football coach, assistant basketball coach and assistant track coach for the high school. He will also be teaching a business class. Henry coached softball for 18 seasons. His achievements included two state championships (2007, 2018) in five appearances. His overall record was 186-212. Henry is the only coach in WHS history with multiple state championships in a team sport.
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 →
Music teacher Richard Philbrook directs the choir at the Mission Valley/Wabaunsee joint concert in March. Current Mission Valley teacher Jamie Rogers will take over for Philbrook next year. Photo by Mikayla Wagner. WHS band and choir teacher Richard Philbrook is retiring after 11 years at WHS. Philbrook began teaching 43 years ago and has made... Continue Reading →
Chris Smart will not be returning as head boys basketball coach next year. While no one on the newspaper staff played basketball under Smart, we have several concerns about his departure. Of course, no one working for the district will comment on the circumstances surrounding Smart’s departure. That’s standard for personnel issues. While Smart did... Continue Reading →
Boys basketball coach Chris Smart will not return next season. The school board voted on rehiring winter head coaches at Monday night's board meeting. Wrestling coach Joey Heersche was the only WHS coach on the list, which was approved unanimously. Principal Jan Hutley and athletic director Jeron Weisshaar declined to comment. Reflecting on the team’s... Continue Reading →