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CHANGES IN DISTRICT SCHOOL YEAR DATES!
The USD #243 School Board has approved moving Teacher Inservice Day to January 5 from
January 2. Students will return to school from the Holidays on January 6th.
Also, school will end one day later, on Friday May 22nd at 11:30 am instead of May 21st.
Ted Vannocker, Superintendent
February 20, 2015
Superintendent, USD 243
Nothing is as important to us as ensuring that your child experiences success while receiving a quality education in our district. In doing so, one of many measures we use to determine individual student success includes the annual Kansas Assessments. We also use this data to inform how we design and deliver our classroom instruction and how we provide educational programming for all students.
This important time of year is quickly approaching, as the window to begin this year’s Kansas Assessments opens March 9, 2015. Included with this letter, we have created some resources for your review, which we hope will explain the types, purpose, importance, and impact of this year’s Kansas Assessments for your student and for our school district:
We know that you want to be informed and involved in your child’s education as much as possible. As such, we hope that you will find this information helpful and informative.
We greatly appreciate your role and assistance in your child’s learning and in how he or she prepares at home for these assessments. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s school or the USD 243 office if you have any further questions.
Superintendent, USD 243 Lebo-Waverly
This generation of parents is the first to face the challenge of helping our children make the most of their virtual space while keeping them safe in it. If you’re still getting your footing in virtual parenting, don’t worry. InternetSafety.com has the following tips to help ensure that your child’s online experience remains positive.
The best safeguard against online dangers is being informed. Jump in and learn the basics of the Internet—read articles, take a class, and talk to other parents. A good place to start with some basics is www.LearnTheNet.com. A good place to stay current with the latest in online technology is mashable.com. You don’t have to be an expert to have a handle on your child’s online world.
Develop an open dialogue so that you can talk with your kids about the benefits and dangers of the Internet. Cultivate an interest in their online activities—their favorite Web sites, online games, and interests. And don’t be afraid to ask your children who they are talking to online and what they are talking about.
Use the InternetSafety.com Gameplan™ to formally agree on your family’s guidelines for using the Internet. Post them near the family computer as a reminder. Ensure that your kids know to never share personal information on the Internet and that they should tell you about any online activity or contact that makes them uncomfortable.
Take advantage of the software that exists to help parents manage their children’s computer experience. In only a few minutes, parental control software like Safe Eyes can block inappropriate websites, restrict the amount of time that your kids use the Internet and monitor their Instant Messenger chats to protect against predators.
With a game plan and a protected computer, you can now encourage your family to take advantage of all that the Internet has to offer. Take a genuine interest in what your kids are doing and stay engaged with them online.