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Volume 17, Number 2

December 2019

Bond 2018 Land Contracts A Message from the Superintendent


he USD 458 Board of Education at their November meeting approved the contracts for two pieces of property for two elementary buildings voted on in the passage of Bond 2018 last year!

David Howard USD 458 Superintendent 913.724.1396 dhoward@usd458.org

The “north� elementary school will be located on 12 acres of property purchased from the City of Basehor west of the new Early Learning Center (near Basehor Community Library), and the new Linwood Elementary contract for land is located at K-32 and Stillwell Road.

The Linwood Elementary contract is contingent upon a traffic study and other infrastructure costs, but is a central location for our students currently attending Linwood Elementary, and will relieve some crowding at Glenwood Ridge Elementary, as well. The current Linwood Elementary school will continue to be used for educational purposes. The Basehor-Linwood Early Learning Center is progressing, and we are still on schedule, at this point, to open the building next summer!

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See the photo above for an aerial photo taken on November 19. See page 2 for a updated photos from December 9, quite a bit of progress in less than a month! We have hired our Early Learning Coordinator and Childcare Director, you can learn more about our selections and details of preschool enrollment process on page 3. (continued page 2)

SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE Continued from page 1 Bids were received last week for the additions to Basehor-Linwood Middle School, which will include several classrooms and a Performing Arts Center addition. We plan to begin construction in March/April of 2020, and hopefully all classrooms and the PAC will be completed by May of 2021. We are very excited to offer several new activities for our students at BLHS. Girls wrestling is now being recognized as an official KSHSAA activity, and we have approximately 12 girls participating! BLHS also added girls and

boys tennis this year, and we now also have a bowling team! One of BasehorLinwood High School’s redesign goals is for 100% of students to be involved in a co-curricular/ extra curricular activity or sport, and there are numerous opportunities for our students to do so. I would like to wish all of our Basehor-Linwood families a very happy holiday season and we are looking forward to 2020! :)

Basehor-Linwood Early Learning Center construction as of December 9, 2019.

in this issue 1 | Bond 2018 Construction Update 2 | Superintendent’s Message (cont.) 3 | Intro: Early Learning Coordinator 3 | Intro: Childcare Director 3 | Early Learning Center Applications 4 | BOE Recognition Month 4 | FERPA Annual Notice 5 | Linwood & Heart to Heart Int’l 6 | Student Feature: Lane Barrette 6 | Set Up Auto-Replenish for Lunches 7 | BL Ed Foundation Update 7 | Wellness Corner 8 | Upcoming Dates 8 | Winter Weather Procedure 2


USD 458 Board of Education Approves New Hires for ELC


Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4 enrollment opens in January.

he Basehor-Linwood Board of Education approved the appointment of Jillian Porter (right) as Early Learning Coordinator at their December meeting.

Porter comes to BasehorLinwood from KCK Public Schools, currently serving as their Special Education Coordinator for Pre-K-12 and Early Learning. She has also served as the Early Childhood Coordinator and Pre-K-12 Special Education Instructional Coach at Turner Unified School District. A graduate of Pittsburg State University, Porter has a Masters of Science in Special Education and belongs to several professional organizations like Kansas Division for Early Childhood, Council for Exceptional Children and Kansas Association of Special Education Administrators.

Alicia Witt (right) was also appointed by the BasehorLinwood Board of Education at their December meeting as the BL Childcare Director. Witt is currently a pre-school teacher at Head Start in the Olathe School District, and has been in childcare for the past 30 years. Jillian Porter, Basehor-Linwood ELC Coordinator

“I’m passionate about the preparation of our youngest citizens,” Porter says. “I look forward to the opportunity to work in a community that I know and love.” Porter will begin working with USD 458 in January to help establish curriculum, make classroom, enrollment and hiring decisions, and develop the Early Learning handbook.

The BL Childcare Director will be responsible for managing the staff childcare portion of the Early Learning Center. The childcare option is for district employees only, and will be open only when staff are scheduled to work throughout the school year.

Alicia Witt, Basehor-Linwood Childcare Director

understand how valuable early learning is for Kindergarten readiness, and know that these two will be huge assets for our school district as a whole.” Pre-K 4-year old enrollment opens January 3, 2020. See below for more details.

“We are thoroughly excited to have both Mrs. Porter and Mrs. Witt joining our team here at BasehorLinwood,” Superintendent David Howard said. “We

USD 458 Early Learning Center Enrollment


he Basehor-Linwood Early Learning Center is slated to open August 12, 2020 for District Childcare, and 3- and 4-year old preschool will begin on the first day of school for Basehor-Linwood students, August 18, 2020. Applications for enrollment for District Childcare opened on December 19th and applications for Fee-Based Preschool will open on January 3, 2020. The preschool program will

offer high-quality early learning to cultivate kindergarten readiness for the BasehorLinwood school community. This program is available for children not eligible for the Early Childhood Special Education Program. Eligible children will need to turn 4 years old by August 31, 2020 and be toilet trained. If space allows, enrollment for 3-year old preschool will open. Preschool will be $250 a month (with a reduced rate for free/reduced-eligible families). Classes meet five days

Basehor-Linwood Early Learning Center rendering. The building is scheduled to open August 12, 2020 for District Childcare and August 18, 2020 for preschool.

a week, Monday – Friday for 1/2 day (morning session 8:15 - 11:15 and afternoon session - 12:30 - 3:30).

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All-day classes will not be offered at this time, and parents are responsible for drop off/ pick up of their students daily.


USD 458 Board Members Leading for Success

Basehor-Linwood USD 458 Board of Education (l to r): Jeanette Klamm, Tim Hill, Lori Van Fleet, Dayna Miller, Shelley Stevens, Spencer Fritz and Tracey Hannah. 2020 will welcome Gary Johnson back to the Board in Position #3, taking over for Jeanette Klamm, and Aaron Eusterwiemann in the At-Large position, taking over for Lori Van Fleet.


anuary is School Board Recognition Month, a great opportunity to say thank you to the BasehorLinwood USD 458 Board of Education members who are committed to the success of every student in our communities of Basehor and Linwood.

Our board of education includes: Dayna Miller (President), Shelley Stevens (Vice-President), Tim Hill, Spencer Fritz, Tracey Hannah and two

out-going members: Jeanette Klamm and Lori Van Fleet. At the January 13th Board meeting, we will welcome Gary Johnson and Aaron Eusterwiemann onto the Board! These nine community leaders volunteer many hours attending meetings, reading reports and discussing plans and programs to support educational achievement. “Our board members develop policies and

make complex decisions that shape the future of our education system. They are accountable for an annual budget of $36 million, 2,604 students, and 376 employees,” said David Howard, USD 458 Superintendent. A board member’s responsibility goes far behind the monthly meeting, however. “They also meet with legislators and other policy makers to advocate for

our schools to make sure every child has access to an excellent education. “We are grateful to have this opportunity to formally say ‘thank you’ to each of them,” said Howard. Basehor-Linwood USD 458 encourages the entire community to thank a school board member, not only this month but throughout the entire year for their service and dedication to our students.

FERPA Annual Notice


he Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents, legal guardians and students age 18 or older certain rights with respect to their student’s education records. Upon request, the school discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll, including


higher education recruiters. For purposes of FERPA, USD 458 has designated certain information as “directory information,” which may be disclosed for any purpose without prior consent. The primary purpose of this designation is for district use of the information in school publications, such as newsletters, drama playbills, recognition listings, graduation programs, sports team rosters and yearbooks. USD

458 considers the following “directory information:” student name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of teams, dates of attendance, honors received, the most recent previous school attended, class designation and photographs. In addition, two federal laws require educational


agencies to provide military recruiters, upon request, students’ names, addresses and telephone listings. Parents, legal guardians and students age 18 or older wishing to withdraw consent for release of directory information must complete a FERPA Opt-Out form available upon request at any school office, the District Office, and at www. usd458.org.

Linwood Elementary students participate in a hygiene kit build on Friday, November 15, and were able to see inside the Heart to Heart International mobile unit like the one that was stationed in Linwood after the tornado in the summer of 2019.

Linwood Elementary Gives Back


eart to Heart International is an organization that improves health access and provides humanitarian development and crisis relief worldwide. For two weeks after the tornado hit the Linwood community last spring, Heart to Heart International provided a medical mobile unit on the Linwood Elementary property so that area residents could receive first aid care immediately after the tornado and throughout the initial clean up stage. Heart to Heart International also assisted

the Basehor-Linwood School District with donation management.

the students in a “hygiene kit build” that took place in the Linwood gymnasium.

In an effort to “give back” to communities in need, and to educate our students about what happened last spring when Heart to Heart International and hundreds of community members and volunteers came together to help one another, Heart to Heart International visited Linwood Elementary again Friday, November 15th. They gave a presentation on all that they do for those in need across the world and engaged

Students, through an assembly line process, made hygiene kits for others in need throughout the world who will require some basic necessities after a crisis happens in their area. Kits included items such as bar soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, washcloths and shaving cream, and students took turns labeling with Linwood Elementary School stickers, coloring pictures for the kits,

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then packing the plastic bags with the items. 900 hygiene kits were assembled that afternoon! Students also were given a tour of the mobile medical unit parked outside in the school’s parking lot. Units like this are able to immunize, refill prescriptions and treat upper respiratory issues, infections, insect bites and skin conditions. They respond to wildfires, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and refugee crises all over the world.


BLHS Student FeaturE


LHS senior Lane Barrette is participating in the Innovation Academy and BLHS Internship program this year. He says instead of being solely involved with school activities, he gets the opportunity and time to go out into the community to meet lawmakers and policy makers at the local and state level, which is becoming more his interest as of late. “Throughout this semester, I have learned a lot about what I want to do with my life. I’ve learned that politics and law are areas of passion for me. As such, I

decided to change my major completely. I was initially going to study architecture and have decided to study political science and earn a law degree.” Barrette’s initiative over the last few months has been to elevate LGBTQ+ issues at the state level. He recently met with Representative Highberger and Representative Woodard in his effort to begin this discussion at the state level. “The project itself has been going well. Each person I meet has helped direct me and inform my efforts. It has been an incredible learn-

Left: BLHS senior Lane Barrette with Rep. Highberger. Right: Senior Lane Barrette with Rep. Woodard

ing opportunity. My goal is to get legislation to a state hearing to which I can testify in front of the House and/or Senate chamber.

County Democrats, and he will work specifically on a voter registration project to encourage young voters to register to vote!

Barrette’s internship will be with the Leavenworth

Learn: Setting up Auto-Replenish Payments in Skyward/Revtrak


earn how to set up Auto-Replenish payments in Revtrak so that you can automate how you make lunch payments for your children!

Clicking “Make a Payment” will send you to RevTrak where you will need to sign into your account (or create one, if you have never signed into RevTrak before).

First, log into your Skyward Family Access Account and click on the “Food Service” button on the left navigation menu (1.). Then click on “Make a Payment” (2.).

Once signed into RevTrak, click on “Set Up or Manage Auto-Replenish” (3.).

Next, click the switch to Enable Auto-Replenish (4.). Then, type in your preferred amounts for “When my balance falls below” (5.) and “I would like to add” (6.) in the appropriate fields. Add your payment method (7.) and click SAVE!

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If you have any issues or questions about setting up Auto-Replenish payments in RevTrak for your students’ lunch accounts, please call the District Office at 913.724.1396.



Foundation Update


asehor-Linwood Education Foundation hosted their 7th annual Fall Breakfast on Friday, November 15, 2019. During the breakfast, a Bond 2018 update was given by Mr. Howard, USD 458 Superintendent, and a Foundation update was given by BLEF president, David Gunn.

$12,425 in Teacher Incentive Grants were also awarded to the following at the Fall Breakfast: BES 1st Grade - The Power of Play using STEM BES 2nd Grade - Rooted to Reading

Cindy Reynolds - Let’s Get A Move On!

Stephanie Shupe - Amplifying Learning Ashley Glass - Literacy Supports for ESL Students Innovation Academy Facilitators - Student Project Start Up Funds Lindsay McCracken - Food For Thought (Bobcat Success Academy Food Pantry)

Curriculum Juli Brown - Reward Incentives for Reading Interventions Carry Suchy - Safe Spots for Kids Erin Tegtmeier - Kindness Unites Us

Kelly Kanan - Flexible Seating

Becky Kazmaier and Courtney O’Neill - GrammarFlip

Molly Welsh - Bobcat Network

Ryan Kazmaier - BLMS Jazz Band

Sarah Homan - A Growing Arts Community and

Jennifer Stoops - Decodable Readers for Develop-

ing Readers Cindy Pruitt - Augmented Reality in Phonemic Awareness 3D Molly Livers - Take-Home Reading Fluency Practice Mark your calendars: BLEF will host the Basehor Car Show next September 12, 2020, the same day as the Small Town Saturday festival, and the date for the Basehor-Linwood Education Foundation Scholarship Golf Classic is set for October 9, 2020.

Wellness Corner


he Basehor-Linwood School District last May updated their District Wellness Policy. The academic achievement and physical well-being of our students will impact the success of our communities in the future. We must provide students with the tools they need to achieve and succeed, and the good health that results from good nutrition and physical activity, and the learning that is made possible as a result, is primary among those tools. The Basehor-Linwood USD 458 Wellness Policy can be found on the District website at: www.usd458.org under the ‘District’ menu button. Research continues to demonstrate the positive correlation between health and learning. Good health that results from adequate nutrition and physical activity is optimal for learning. Health-promoting behaviors cultivated in students can be turned into life-long positive habits. Good nutrition supports cognitive development. Nutrition also affects daily cognition in the classroom. Research links poor nutrition quality with absenteeism, hunger symptoms and psychosocial problems. Physical activity, regardless of whether it’s during recess, in the classroom or in physical education class, may improve school performance and achievement. Student fitness has been linked to higher test scores and lower absenteeism in Kansas schools. With all this in mind, a committee of health professionals, administrators, teachers and students finalize the Wellness Policy and presented to the Board of Education for approval in June. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the District Office at 913.724.1396. Basehor-Linwood School District #458


PO Box 282 Basehor, KS 66007

Mark Your Calendars! Friday, 12/20

Winter weather procedure

End of 2nd Quarter

Monday, 12/23

No School; Vacation day

Tuesday, 12/24 Wednesday, 12/25 No School; Holiday, District Office Closed

Thursday, 12/26 Tuesday, 12/31

No School; Vacation Days

Wednesday, 1/1 No School; Holiday, District Office Closed

Thursday, 1/2

No School; Teacher Workday

Friday, 1/2

No School; In-Service and Collaboration

Monday, 1/6

Classes Resume

Friday, 1/10

Report Cards Distributed

Monday, 1/20

No School; Vacation Day



chool will not be dismissed because of weather conditions that arise during the school day, if it is feasible for students and staff to remain safely at school. If a situation should arise and an early dismissal is needed, the Skylert phone notification system will be activated. Living in Kansas, we know

that we must deal with winter weather of all varieties. Please know that the District is always focused on the safety of our students and staff, and will make a judgment call based on the severity of the situation. If adverse weather conditions exist before school begins, and we decide to cancel school, Mr. Howard will first tweet the news, so if you have a Twitter account, follow him @dlhoward32. Notifications will be placed on our District home page and on the BasehorLinwood USD 458 official Facebook page (@BasehorLinwoodUSD458). You can

also check the following TV stations for the school closing announcement: KMBC (Channel 9) KCTV (Channel 5) WDAF (Channel 4) KSHB (Channel 41) KSNT (NBC), KTKA (ABC), KTMJ (FOX) and MTKA (CW) (Topeka) Remember that you are responsible for keeping your first and second notification phone numbers up-to-date in Skyward, so now would be a great time to double check your information! Please contact your building secretary if you need assistance making any changes.

Notice of Non-Discrimination The district is an equal opportunity employer and shall not discriminate in its employment practices and policies with respect to hiring, compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment because of an individual’s race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, or genetic information. Discrimination on any of these characteristics will not be tolerated. The district will make reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees who need them for medical or religious reasons, as required by law. Inquiries regarding compliance may be directed to the Assistant Superintendent or Human Resources office at 913.724.1396.


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