Archive for Thursday, August 10, 2006

Officials estimate 50-student increase

Local schools prepare information meetings

August 10, 2006

Summer is winding down, which means back to school and back to business for students, teachers and parents.

And according to Superintendent Robert Albers, the Basehor-Linwood school district will be seeing about 2.4 percent more students this year, compared with last.

On Tuesday, Albers said it appears about 50 more students will attend classes in the district this year -- an estimated 2,182 students this year, compared with about 2,131 last year.

However, the final student count to determine how much state funding the district will receive will not be until Sept. 20.

The first day of school for kindergarten through ninth grade is Monday, Aug. 14.

And Tuesday, Aug. 15, is the first day of classes for 10th- through 12th-graders.

The next couple of weeks will be busy for all students, and schools have activities planned to help ease the students back into the routine.

Basehor Elementary

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, Basehor Elementary students and sixth-graders will have Sneak Peek into the 2006-07 school year.

"Parents are able to come in with their students and actually go into the classrooms to meet the teacher, bring supplies, find their desks and see who's in their class," Principal Teri Holmes said. "It will make the kids feel a little more comfortable."

The BES parent/teacher group, which is called the Basehor BlueJay Team (B.B.T.), also will sponsor an ice cream social for the students during the Sneak Peek. The B.B.T. meets the first Tuesday of every month and Holmes encouraged parents to get involved with the group this year.

Glenwood Ridge Elementary

Glenwood Ridge Elementary School will be having a Back to School Celebration from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday as well.

"The children come in with their parents, meet their teachers and put their supplies away with the help of mom and dad, so the first day of school isn't so hectic," Principal Jan Hancock said. "The PTO makes it kind of fun also with blow up slides and things like that."

Linwood Elementary

Linwood Elementary School will hold Parent Nights the first week of school. Parents with children in third through fifth grade are invited to the school at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, and those with children in kindergarten through second grade can come at 6:30 Thursday, Aug. 17.

"We will be going over expectations with parents," Principal Vickie McEnroe said about Parent Nights. "We'll be developing that get-to-know-you and trust. The parents will get the routine and speak the language their child will be speaking for the rest of the year."

Other activities

Elementary school children can also look forward to fund-raising kickoffs in the next couple of weeks and a districtwide character skit on Aug. 23 at Basehor-Linwood High School.

Fall sports practices will begin Monday, Aug. 14, and Meet the Bobcats will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, at the district stadium. The Basehor-Linwood High School Bobcat cheerleaders and Dazzlers dancers along with the band and color guard will entertain the crowd while each fall athlete is introduced.

The Care Cats will also have all day training sessions Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 15 and 16, in the BLHS Library.

Virtual School

While Basehor-Linwood's Virtual School is in session year round, they are also preparing for the bulk of their students to come in for training sessions on the computers and start curriculum.

"Some kids wait for the traditional start of school," director Brenda DeGroot said. "But some students walk out of here and get going that day."

The Virtual School is adding a music appreciation class and Spanish to curriculum options this year. They are also introducing their unique online testing system to the Basehor-Linwood school district so teachers and students outside of the Virtual School can use the program.

Enrollment for the Virtual School is open until Sept. 19, and DeGroot said expects the graduation rate to climb this year, as it has steadily each year since the school's inception.

"Everything is in place and ready for the kids to start the school year," she said.

More info

  • If you did not receive a district calendar in the mail, contact Kaci Brutto, school communications coordinator, at (913) 724-1396.
  • Supply lists are available online at www.usd458.org or in the school offices from about 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., weekdays.

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