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stumbled upon 2011 without much warning, or so it seems! 2010 was a great year for Wichita Family and we're looking forward to an even better year to come. Be sure to check out our inaugural Feature a Teacher story. It's a good one! We're introducing you to a local teacher who is about to start a family of her own. We've heard good words about Carrie Lutke from across the Wichita Public Schools so we were excited to feature her in this series. Carrie says she is blessed to be able to work with middle school students. Personally, I'm already worried—okay, terrified, if I'm completely honest—about the day when my kids head to middle school. Knowing there are teachers like Carrie right up the road at a local middle school make it a whole lot easier to think about. There's also a great story this month from a local organizer about how you can take on your house without getting too overwhelmed along the way. We're looking forward to bring you a lot of fun and helpful things in Wichita Family in the coming year. We appreciate all the feedback we've received and we always welcome all the ideas and suggestions for new things you'd like to see in the magazine. Keep it all coming! Email me at with your thoughts!

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Feature a Teacher F

eature a Teacher: A Wichita Family series that introduces readers to area teachers who are making a difference. If you would like to submit a teacher’s name for Wichita Family to consider for a future Feature a Teacher article, email

By following her instincts and focusing her passion and love of teaching on a specific group of students, Carrie Lutke has made a name for herself as a respected and admired teacher. Lutke is the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Newcomer Teacher at Pleasant Valley Middle School, a Wichita public school that has a high percentage of Hispanic students. The Newcomer class is for students who are new to the United States. The class introduces them to skills and academic vocabulary necessary to succeed in a mainstream class. “I love working with middle schoolers,” said Lutke. “The ideas they have continually amaze me, and the grace they show as they transition into the United States is inspirational. I love the staff that I get to work with at Pleasant Valley. They are incredible, it’s truly like being a part of a family.”

Getting started Like many great teachers, Lutke was inspired to pursue a career in teaching by great teachers she had while she was still a student, first in high school then again in college. “My high school history teacher, Kurt Harder, brought history to life for me,” said Lutke who went on to attend John Brown University in Siloam Springs, AR, a college with a strong education program. “During my freshman introduction to education course, a professor named Grace Davis came to talk about her area of expertise: English as a Second Language.” Lutke signed up for Davis’ class and under Davis’ dynamic teaching, realized that this was the area of teaching for her. “I loved learning about how people learn a language and how their culture affects this process,” said Lutke. During college Lutke volunteered teaching English to international students and to local factory workers.

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Carrie Lutke

ESOL Newcomer Teacher Pleasant Valley Middle School

“I truly felt like I was making a difference and wanted to transfer that passion into my life’s work,” said Lutke. “My faith as a Christian is very important to me and I feel blessed to have found a career that I also see as a ministry.” Lutke’s experiences as a young child also were part of what she believes drive her passion today. “My parents worked with an international student ministry when I was small,” said Lutke. “I know that part of my career choice was based on the wonderful experiences I had with international students at a young age.” Outside of work, Lutke enjoys cooking and baking as well as traveling and experiencing new cultures. Lutke’s husband, Nathaniel, is a teacher as well. The couple is expecting their first child this spring.

Leading at Pleasant Valley “Middle schools students are inquisitive and excited about learning, and the combination of working with this age group and teaching them English worked out perfectly for me,” said Lutke. “I am fortunate in that I get to teach several different things.

I teach the Newcomer class at Pleasant Valley, which means that I work with students that came to the United States less than one year ago. Often I will have students enter my class that have only been in the United States for a week or two,” Lutke continued. “I teach English, Science and Social Studies to my students. I really enjoy introducing them to the culture and history of the United States.” Pleasant Valley principal Michael Archibeque said Lutke uses the latest researched teaching styles along with technology such as Smartboards to keep her students interested and engaged. Lutke also trains fellow teachers and staff members on technology and KAGAN Structures. “Our students and staff love her enthusiasm for technology and planning engaging lessons,” said Archibeque. “She is constantly self-reflecting on her lessons and practices to make sure her lessons are focused on her students’ needs and are engaging.” Her dedication to the students is unmistakable, said Archibeque. “She spends hours upon hours to make sure her kids are provided the best of the best when they walk in her doors,” he said. “Her students love her because she is so patient and can get them to perform at really high levels. She just has that special ability to get them to actively engage with her in learning.”




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Boredom Busters

Exercise Tips for Your 2011 Resolutions


t happens to you every time. You resolve to get fit at the start of the New Year, you work out regularly and then you lose steam. You revert to old habits, exercising whenever you feel like it. The primary cause of your behavior: not a lack of self-discipline but plain old boredom. You get tired of exercising and plop down in front of the TV instead. Exercise boredom is not uncommon. Many people, including die-hard fitness buffs, experience it from to time. Fortunately, there are several ways to combat it. First, you need to review your workout routine and pinpoint exactly what it is that bores you. Are you tired of doing the same old exercises at the same old time in the same old place day in and day out? Yeah? Well then, it's time to make some changes. Run in the morning on some days around your neighborhood and swim in the evening on others at the gym. Vary your routine and keep boredom at bay. To ensure your workouts are interesting, incorporate gadgets and entertainment

into them. Get a heart-rate monitor and use it during your workouts to make sure you are reaching your potential. Watch some TV or listen to some music to make your workouts fun. Small changes in your exercise routine, whether in activity, timing, location and even frequency and duration, can do wonders for combating boredom. None of it, however, may be enough. You may need to make bigger changes, like trying an adventurous sport, participating in a team sport or finding an exercise buddy. Often people become bored with exercise because they do it alone. Time flies much faster when you have someone to talk to while you are exercising. A partner can also keep you motivated. Failing to show up for a workout is a lot harder when someone is waiting for you. Even with all of these changes in your exercise routine, you may still suffer some boredom from time to time. To keep yourself motivated, find something to shoot for. Think about what it is that you want to get from exercising and

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set some long-term goals. Perhaps you want to lose 10 pounds or run three miles. These are goals you can work up to a little at a time. You can run a quarter of a mile one week, a half of a mile the next two weeks, a mile the next four weeks, and so forth, until you reach your three-mile goal. Once you reach your long-term goals, make sure you find new ones to keep the momentum going. In addition to setting long-term goals, focus on the rewards you get from exercising. Use the weight you have lost, the muscle tone you have gained or the overall sense of satisfaction you have received from exercising to stay motivated. Perhaps you feel better after you work out or have more stamina and energy to get through the day. All of these are benefits you can turn to whenever you get bored to stay motivated. Fighting exercise boredom is not easy. It can be done, however. Change is key, and to stay motivated, you need to set some long-term goals and focus on all of the rewards you reap from exercising.

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“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”-Plato

A recent anniversary of mine passed. November 19th was the 49th anniversary of my very first piano lesson. I have no idea why I remember that date, but I have always known it and a recent check of a perpetual calendar confirmed the year. I guess it is a testament to the importance of piano lessons and music in my life as I was growing up. During my time here at Senseney Music, I have had the opportunity to hear and read the research of some of the greatest minds in music education, advocacy, and ‘music and the brain’ studies. The evidence that ‘music makes you smarter’, and smarter in many ways, is well established. The study of music has been shown to improve test scores, enhance math skills, and lead to overall better performance in schools. I’ve heard an impassioned music educator speak about his conviction that cancer will be cured one day by a musician because of all the high-level, problem solving concepts learned from the study of music. Recently, there has also been a case made that the problems of the future will not be solved by people who have the most knowledge, but by those who are the most creative, and that music and the arts are where we learn to be creative. I think, however, that before we put too much stock in what the study of music can do for us, that we really remember and celebrate the intrinsic value that music has, all by itself. It is worthy of our time,

even if it didn’t have all these other glorious side effects. It improves the quality of our lives unlike anything else, and that’s worth applauding all by itself. To me, music teachers are guides along life’s way, taking us down a better path than we would have had on our own, and while that

may not compare with curing cancer, it is no less powerful in its impact on lives. The lesson of remembering November 19th then is in recognizing how my life would have been remarkably different and diminished without music and those teachers who made that difference possible.

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News and information from our partners at Wichita Public Schools Wichita breaks ground on new southeast K-8 school Parks, Horace Mann, Seltzer, Earhart and Allen planted daffodil bulbs, donated by Johnson’s Garden Center, around the sign near the construction entrance. The flowers that will bloom in the spring and beautify the site symbolize the children who will grow as they attend the school and that planting the seeds of our future takes time, care and nurturing. Guests also took the opportunity to place bulbs in the dirt.

From left: Oversight Committee Co-Chair Randy Thon, Board of Education Vice-President Barb Fuller, Assistant Superintendents Alicia Thompson and Kathy Busch and Jeff Borschuk, GLMV Architecture.


he cold weather didn’t stop people from thinking about spring flowers during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new K-8 school in the southeast quadrant of the Wichita Public Schools’ district. On December 1, district officials and guests used gold shovels to officially break ground on the site, located a ¼ mile north of 143rd Street East and Pawnee.

community,” said Superintendent John Allison. “The new school will accommodate the growth that we continue to see here in the area.”

“This is a great day for the Wichita Public Schools and for people in the southeast

Following the gold shovel celebration, Student Ambassadors from Gordon

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“We are excited to give our students another great facility to help our students learn and be poised for success,” said Kathy Busch, Assistant Superintendent of Middle Schools.

The K-8 school is being built to relieve overcrowding in schools in the growing southeast area and to accommodate future growth. The new K-8 school features three classroom wings, a media center/library, 800-seat auditorium and music suites, and a gymnasium that will serve as the safe room/storm shelter. The building is designed so that as demand warrants in the future, a second gym and classroom expansion can be constructed on the site. It is also designed to become a middle school as district growth demands. GLMV Architecture is the architect on the project. Straub Construction Company is the general contractor. The total contract amount is $16,157,800, which is more than $3.3 million under budget.

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Gordon Parks celebrates MYP certification

Wichita Public Schools

2011 CHOICES FAIR Principal Stephanie Stovall displays the certificate from the International Baccalaureate Organization designating Gordon Parks Academy as an IB World School Middle Years Programme.


ordon Parks Academy recently received authorization as an International Baccalaureate World School Middle Years Programme. Gordon Parks is the only school in Kansas with the IB Middle Years Programme authorization. The school celebrated their accomplishment with families and the community during a fine arts performance on November 18 to showcase the talents of the middle school students. The school went through a rigorous application and staff development process with the International Baccalaureate Organization for the past two years to earn the prestigious distinction.

curriculum and concepts have been delivered to all students who attended the school since the school opened in 2008. The MYP uses the district’s curriculum to create real-world connections and encourages students to become critical and reflective thinkers. The teaching philosophies, frameworks and core beliefs focus on developing skills, attitudes and beliefs that prepare students to be successful 21st Century learners. The IB MYP is designed to help students find a sense of belonging in the ever-changing world around them and to foster a positive attitude to learning. Gordon Parks Academy is still a candidate school for the Primary Years Programme.

The Middle Years Programme (MYP)

K-8 SCHOOL from page 10

The school will be completed and ready for students in the fall of 2012. A committee will be named by the Board of Education during the summer to study naming options for the new school. The school’s principal, staff, colors, mascot, and other school-related items will be

decided later. Boundaries for the new K-8 school will be determined during the 2011-2012 school year. The Wichita Public Schools will host public meetings in the fall of 2011 to allow parents and community members to provide feedback. More information about the Wichita Public Schools’ bond issue can be found at

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Get Organized: Make New Year’s Resolutions That Stick


ew Year’s resolutions have a tendency to be made with enthusiasm and determination. Unfortunately, very often they’re forgotten by the time February rolls around. Here are a few simple ways to make New Year’s resolutions that stick and help you accomplish your goals. THINK SHORT TERM. For most people, making a resolution for the entire year is way too difficult. Instead, make your resolutions once per month; January resolutions, February resolutions, etc. They’re much easier to achieve and the accomplishments can be celebrated sooner. Plus, if you don’t quite reach what you want to accomplish in any given month, you can simply move that resolution into the next month--no more feeling so guilty that you have to wait an entire year to start over again! FOCUS ON A FEW. It’s nearly impossible to do everything you’ve always wanted to do in a short period of time. To be sure you don’t forget about the goals you’d like to accomplish, write them all down on a Master Goals List. Then, each month throughout the year, focus on the one or two that are most important to you. You won’t get overwhelmed and you’ll be amazed at

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what you can accomplish. MAKE YOUR RESOLUTIONS S-M-A-R-T: SPECIFIC: Your resolutions must be specific. For instance, saying that you’d like to spend more time with your kids in the New Year is too general. However, saying that you vow to spend 1 hour of quality time with your kids each Friday and Wednesday, immediately following dinner, is very concrete and specific.

like to put aside $50 per month, make a resolution to set aside $12.50 per week. REALISTIC: You might want to be a pro golfer this year, but if you haven’t even started training yet, then this resolution is going to be unrealistic and unattainable. Instead, set more realistic goals, such as taking a few basic golf lessons or playing golf once per week on Tuesdays for practice.

MEASURABLE: Resolutions that are worked on and achieved are those that can be measured and tracked. When you think of making a resolution, think in terms of numbers. Perhaps you’d like to lose weight. Thinking in numbers, you might state that you’d like to lose 5 pounds--1 pound per month for the next 5 months. Or possibly you’d like to go on a short vacation. Thinking in numbers, you may state that you’d like to save $100 per month, so you can go on a bed and breakfast weekend in June.

TIMELY: The word ‘someday’ is indefinite. Yet, often people say they have so many things they’d like to accomplish ... someday. Resolutions with no start or end date in mind never get accomplished. Be sure all of your resolutions have both a deadline, and a starting date. For example, you might say you’d like to change your job. Your deadline might be March, 2011, and your start date might be next week-determining what you’d like to do, seeking available positions, etc.

ATTAINABLE: You can certainly make challenging resolutions, but don’t make them so difficult that they’re going to be almost impossible to achieve. You can always break your resolution down into smaller goals. For instance, if you’d

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WICHITA FAMILIES ON THE MOVE | January Calendar of Events

Westlink; Thursdays at 7 p.m. Nursery Rhyme Time @ Westlink; Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Toddle Time @ Rockwell; Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Jan 14 Nursery Rhyme Time @Westlink & Central Library; Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Starbird’s 54th Annual rod & Custom Car Show @ Century II Expo Hall through January 16.

Jan 1 Happy New Year’s! Ongoing Waterworks Traveling Exhibit @ Exploration Place; Make a Splash Science Show Saturdays 12 & 3 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

Jan 4 Art Start, I love Red @ Wichita Art Museum; Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Grandma’s Closet Interactive Storytime @ Exploration Place; Tuesdays & Saturdays at 11:15 a.m.

Jan 5 Winter Wednesdays Discounted Admission @ Sedgwick County Zoo 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Jan 6 Little Explorers Workshop @ Exploration Place; Thursdays 1-2 p.m. and Saturdays 10-11 a.m.

Reel Reads: The 8th Annual Adult Winter Reading Program through March 3.

Jan 11 Nursery Rhyme Time @ Rockwell Library; Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Preschool Storytime @ Central Library & Westlink Library; Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Toddle Time @ Westlink Library; Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Garden Sprouts, What do you need for a snowman? @ Botanica; 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Jan 12 Family Storytime @ Westlink; Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Nursery Rhyme Time @ Central Library; Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Preschool Storytime @ Rockwell Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Jan 15 Make-and-Take Craft @ Angelou Northeast Library; 11 a.m.

Jan 18 Soup & Game Day @ Botanica; 9 a.m. Riverdance @ Century II; 7:30 p.m. through January 19.

Jan 20 Fantastic Flicks @ Alford Library; 7 p.m.

Jan 22 Super SciGals Amazing Astronomy Workshop @Exploration Place; 2 – 4 p.m. Family ArtVenture @ Wichita Art Museum; 11 a.m. Saturday Storytime @ Central Library; 10:30 a.m.

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A Series of Unfortunate Events Book Party @ Alford Library; 2:30 p.m.

Signing Time Storytime for Toddlers @ Westlink Library; 10:30 a.m.

After-School Explorers @ Evergreen Library; 4 p.m. Family Storytime @

Teen Book Buzz @ Central Library; 2:30 p.m.

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Jan 24 Make and Take Craft @ Orchard Park Library; 1:30 p.m.

Jan 25 Dare to Dream presented by Young Entrepreneurs of Kansas @ Century II.

Jan 27 Family Fun Time-“If you give a Mouse a Cookie‌â€? @ Westlink; 7 p.m. “The Pig in a Wigâ€? Puppet Show @ Central Library; 10:30 a.m.

Jan 28 Final Friday Art Crawl @ various venues in downtown Wichita; 5 p.m. Car Show presented by Mike Steven Motors, Inc @ Century II through January 30.




Jan 29 Kansas Day 150 Birthday Bash @ Butler County History Center & Kansas Oil Museum; 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 p.m. Megalodon: Largest Shark National Traveling Exhibit Opens @ Exploration Place. Advance Auto Parts Thunder Monster Truck Nationals @ Intrust Bank Arena; Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Jan 31 USD #259 All-City Brand Concert @ Century II; 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9:30 p.m. Make & Take Craft: Button Beings @ Linwood Park Library; 1:30 p.m.

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