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USD-379 has announced that Lincoln Elementary won’t be holding kindergarten roundup on April 23 and Wakefield School also won’t be holding kindergarten round-up as planned.  Both schools will wait until the summer to see if we can host something similar or if we need to go another route.  In…

Rhett Koppes at CCCHS and Jaden Tate at Wakefield School and Jonathan L. Terrell at Miltonvale High School and Emily Ann Myers at Linn High School have been named 2020 governor’s scholars. These students represent the top 1 percent of high school seniors.

On Monday, the USD-379 hired Jessica Wietharn as a pre-school teacher at Lincoln Elementary, effective Aug. 1.

Lincoln Elementary recognizes that success  in learning to read takes extra attention and intervention for some kids, which they accomplish through a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS).

Next year, USD-379 will be closer than ever to its goal of putting a device in the hands of every student with an action approved last night.

Last night the board gave final approval to spend $163,000 to replace and repair roofs -- some of which will be done this spring and the majority of which will be done over the summer.

If you didn’t get a chance to see all the great things CCCHS students are doing since redesign started, here’s a couple more takeaways based on visiting stations at the museum, Common Ground and Java Junkies during the Tiger Showcase downtown last week:

One of the more unusual In talking about how Clay Center Community Middle School has changed under redesign, principal Keith Hoffman told those at last night’s joint site council meeting that they first recognized that the needs of middle school student are different than those in elementary…

How Garfield Elementary has changed how it is teaching kids is such a success that students don’t want to leave when parents come at the end of the day to pick them up, Garfield Elementary instructor Jeff Edwards, a co-pilot on the school’s re-design team, told community members serving on s…

On Monday, the USD-379 school board hired a couple of driver ed. teachers, a couple of substitutes and two others.

The district is planning to offer an all-day preschool option in an effort to reach more kids in most need of it.

USD-379, USD-334 Parents As Teachers, Infant/Toddler Services, Early Head Start the Clay County Health Department and the Twin Lakes Education Cooperative are once again joining together in a cooperative effort to offer another Free “Child Check” clinic for infants and children up to pre-kin…

On Feb. 19 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., CCCHS will host the traditional parent teacher conferences at the school with most of the teachers being in their classrooms.  During this time, students needing assistance in completing scholarship applications can come to the commons area. From 6 p.m. to 8…

Wakefield School is asked for band alumni to play with student band members at the home game on Friday, Feb. 7. This game will be the winter homecoming game and the band will play at the girls’ halftime and in between the games. If you are interested in performing with us, contact Toni Croxt…

Grandparents from across the state -- some as far as Dodge City -- braved the winter weather that arrived that day for Lincoln Elementary’s  annual second-grade Grandparents Day on Nov. 22.

Do you know what my biggest beef with setting the clocks back a hour? It not that I mind setting them back (or even an hour forward in the Spring). It's that the dogs don't know we've changed the time.

Wakefield After Prom is auctioning off a Remington V3 Field Sport Water Fowl Shotgun. Tickets are $5 each, $10 for three or $20 for seven. You must be 18 to enter and win.

Toy Story 4 will be shown at 6 p.m. Nov. 2 at Wakefield School as part of an event sponsored by the Wakefield PTO and WRA. The event will include a costume contest, bounce houses, games, snacks and  more.

Lincoln Elementary is celebrating “Take your Parent to P.E.” this week. Anyone over 18 who is considered family of a student is welcomed to come with the kids. For more details, e-mail P.E. teacher Travis Smith at

The USD-379 school board approved hiring 11 paraeducators for the Twin Lakes Educational Cooperative at Monday’s board meeting.

Although USD-379 school board members said last night they hope it won’t be necessary, they agreed they should be prepared to approve another property tax increase when discussing the budget at last night’s school board meeting.

Most of Monday’s school board meeting was spent on school redesign, as instructors and staff members from three of the district’s schools talked about what they will be doing when  redesign fully launches in the Fall.

With the new school year, CCCHS will see new changes as the school launches prototypes that were tested this Spring.

Brian Jordan from the Kansas Association of School Boards led a discussion about roles and expectations during the transition period for incoming superintendent Brett Nelson according to minutes of last night’s special meeting.