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NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31ST

Good luck to the varsity football team as they take on Pleasant Ridge tonight at 7:00 PM

Good luck to our girls' varsity cross country team who on Friday travels to Rim Rock for the Class 3A State Championship Cross Country Meet!

The ACCHS Fall Musical Cinderella is a little more than one week away November 7th, 8th and 9th - Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 PM and Sunday at 2:00 PM

Congratulations to the ACCHS Algebra Team who placed 2nd on Wednesday at Emporia State University

Happy Halloween!

 

Fall Homecoming 2014
NHS 2014
ACCJSH Boys Cross Country Team 2014


USDA Approves Bond Project, $9.8 million Reserved for the District 
Loan would finance facility upgrades and improvements, contingent upon voter support
Steve Wiseman, Superintendent

USD 377 received good news in advance of its $9.8 million bond issue to upgrade and enhance its elementary and junior/senior high facilities.  After six months of hard work, the district’s application for a Rural Development Loan, which would pay for the bond projects, was approved by the USDA. 

Securing a $9.8 million USDA Rural Development Loan was important to the Board, because it meant being able to demonstrate a need and that the scope meets USDA cost standards.  The bond would help fund four projects that will make our schools safer, healthier, and more operationally efficient.  These are key projects designed to address high priority building renovations and upgrades. Our engineers estimate the district will be able to save approximately $51,000 annually from energy efficiency upgrades. 

It’s exciting to finally get official notice of approval from the USDA on our bond project and that loan funds in the amount of $9.8 million have been reserved for our district.  We are hopeful USDA endorsement will help validate the project and underscore how important this is to the future of the district.

The loan is contingent upon USD 377 voters approving the bond election on November 4.


Atchison County Drama Club presents Cinderella
Fall musical Cinderella will be held at the ACCJSH Auditorium Fri Nov 7, Sat Nov 8, and Sun Nov 9. 

Music by RICHARD RODGERS / Book and Lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II / Adapted for the Stage by Tom Briggs / From the Teleplay by Robert L. Freedman

Download flyer here!

Cinderella DVD order form available for downloading - click here.

Dinner and Play - A Night on the Town Fri Nov 7, the first of three consecutive productions by the Atchison County Drama Club of Cinderella - click here for more information. 


News from Secretary Duncan and the U.S. Dept. of Education

As you are likely aware, the United States has been experiencing a nationwide outbreak of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) associated with severe respiratory illness that has been especially harmful to children.  At the same time, you and your communities may also have questions about the Ebola virus.  To address both public health concerns, the U.S. Department of Education and our federal health partners have a number of informational resources to share with you. 

Almost all of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-confirmed cases this year of EV-D68 infection have been among children.  Many of the children had asthma or a history of wheezing.  Many parents continue to be worried about the outbreak and want information about what they can do to prevent illness and protect themselves and their families.  The CDC has developed information and resources for parents about EV-D68.  

Below are CDC resources about EV-D68 developed for parents:


October Newsletter Available for Downloading!

Click here to download.


CINDERELLA Coming soon…save the date! Friday Nov 7th, Saturday Nov 8th and Sunday Nov 9th


BOND ISSUE 2014 - State Board of Education Approves USD 377 to Hold Bond Election

On Wednesday, September 18, 2014, the school board received notice from the State Board of Education authorizing the district to hold a bond election in the amount of $9.8 million.  The general election bond issue which will be decided upon by the voters on November 4, 2014.  The election will focus on such issues as student safety, improved heating and air conditioning systems, better lighting and plumbing, upgraded ADA accommodations, and provide healthier learning and work environments.   The cost to taxpayers of USD #377 would be 9.4 mills for 25 years.

Everyone is encouraged to learn the facts, get registered, and VOTE!

Click here for more information on the November 4th Bond Election.

  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Approved Project - $9.8 million in funding reserved for district
     
  • October 31st - DEADLINE to Send Mail-in Ballots
     
  • November 3rd - ADVANCE VOTING Ends at noon
     
  • November 4th - ELECTION DAY 7:00 am - 7:00 pm


Atchison County Voter Registration Information

Click here to download Voter Registration Form

Click here to Register online

BOND PROJECT DETAILS

  • UPDATE the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, plumbing and electrical systems throughout the Elementary and Junior/Senior High School buildings.
  • IMPROVE the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) facilities at both buildings.
     
  • CREATE four early childhood classrooms at the Elementary school using existing facilities
     
  • INCLUDES FEMA-rated storm shelter at the Elementary School
     
  • CREATE a FEMA-rated storm shelter at the Junior/Senior High that includes a PE area, PE lockers and hallway lockers for 7th and 8th grade students

ACCHS FALL SPIRIT WEEK 2014
Tiger Homecoming

Click here to download this week's Tiger Homecoming Spirit Week Schedule of Festivities. 


Parent Letter Regarding Hand, Foot, Mouth Disease (HFMD)
For Immediate Release, Friday, September 5, 2014

We have at least one confirmed case of Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD) at the Junior-Senior High and one at the elementary. HFMD is a viral illness that usually affects infants and children younger than 10 years old. However, it can sometimes occur in adults. 

Symptoms- HFMD usually starts with a fever, poor appetite, a feeling of being unwell and sore throat. One or two days after the fever starts, painful sores may develop in the mouth. A skin rash can develop in 1-2 days. The rash has flat or raised red spots, sometimes with blisters. The rash is usually on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet; it may also appear on the knees, elbows, buttocks or genital area. Persons infected with the virus may not get all the symptoms of the disease. They may only get the mouth sore or skin rash. The infection usually goes away without any serious complications within 7 to 10 days. In very rare occasions, complications of viral meningitis or encephalitis may occur.

Transmission- This virus is spread from person to person by direct contact. The virus is found in the nose, throat, fluid in blisters, and stool of the infected person. The virus is spread when the infected person touches an object and surfaces that are then touched by others. Infected persons are MOST contagious during the first week of the illness. 
 

Prevention- There is no vaccine to protect against the virus. You can lower the risk of being infected by:

  • Washing hands often with soap and water.
  • Disinfecting dirty surfaces and soiled items including toys.
  • Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging or sharing eating utensils or cups.

Treatment- There is no specific treatment; however, some things can be done to relieve symptoms:

  • Taking over-the-counter medications to relieve pain and fever (Caution: Aspirin should not be given to children.)
  • Using mouthwashes or sprays to numb the mouth pain. 


Hand, foot, and mouth disease is often confused with foot-and-mouth disease (also called hoof-and-mouth disease), a disease of cattle, sheep, and swine. However, the two diseases are caused by different viruses and are not related. Persons concerned about their symptoms should contact their health care provider immediately.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me toll free at (877) 854-4689. Information is also available online from the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/hand-foot-mouth/index.html.

Tenille Forbes School Nurse
Atchison County Community Schools
Toll Free at (877) 854-4689


ACT Scores 2014 – ACCHS Students Score High Marks on ACT
Above State and National Average in Every Category

Making it Happen!

USD #377 Atchison County Community Schools releases 2014 ACT results – ACCHS students score high marks on the 2014 ACT.  The district’s average composite score was 22.6 compared to a state average of 22.0.  ACCHS students scored highest in Reading where they averaged 23.2 well above the state average of 22.5.  Breakdown of scores:

ENGLISH - ACCHS 21.8 / State 21.4

MATHEMATICS – ACCHS 22.6 / State 21.7

READING – ACCHS 23.2 / State 22.5

SCIENCE – ACCHS 22.0 / State 21.8

COMPOSITE – ACCHS 22.6 / State 22.0

 


Back to School 2014 
Not Just Another Year, Not Just Another School - Make it Happen!

School will open on Monday, and the staff at USD #377 want to say welcome back to all of our returning students and parents.  And if you are new to our school, welcome to USD #377 Atchison County Community Schools.   A school district committed to our vision - "A Model Rural Community School District".  

Our promise to our students, our parents, and our communities is to give our very best each and every day, striving to ensure the personal success of every student through academic excellence and educational opportunity.  

During this exciting year, your children will enjoy the opportunity to interact and learn from a highly qualified faculty and staff at Atchison County Community Schools.  A staff who believes a high-quality education is the fundamental right of every child; and that every child can learn and be successful.  

The fall semester will begin on August 18th, 2014 with a variety of fun and interesting activities for students of all ages. On Thursday, August 21, the Junior Senior High, will have students trained on positive behavioral supports by the “Stand Up Student Ambassadors” with the event culminating in a live broadcast by KAIR Radio with the spinning wheel and the opportunity to win some fantastic prizes. Additionally, the Elementary School will be hosting a “Back to School Assembly” with fun events for all students to enjoy.

Educating your children is an important task, and we need your help to do it well. Please be sure your child comes to school each day rested and ready to learn. Attendance and arriving on time are also important – we don’t want our students to miss any instructional time, so please make sure your child is here on time every day.
     
We look forward to a great year at Atchison County Community Schools. If you have any questions about this upcoming year, please contact the Central Office at (913) 833-5050, ACCES at (913) 833- 4420, or ACCJSH at (913) 833-2240.


“Stand Up” Ambassadors at ACCJSHS

Students at ACCJSHS will have an opportunity this year to be a part of a new student ambassador program. In this program, students work with other students and staff to support and promote a school climate where everyone feels safe, productive, and part of a community. 

In an effort to get the student ambassador program off to a running start, a group of ACCHS students donated two of their summer vacation days to learn about the “Stand Up” Ambassador program. The students then spent an afternoon during teacher inservice training the teachers! 

On Thursday, August 21st, student ambassadors will work with the entire ACCJSH student body in Low Rope activities, which help students learn to work together and communicate effectively to complete different tasks. Once the students complete their Low Rope activities, the students will debrief, or talk, about their experiences and discuss how they worked together and then tie the activity to the student code of conduct. During the debriefing, students discuss teamwork, leadership, and succeeding in school. 

As an added benefit to the day, KAIR Radio will be broadcasting live from 11:00 - 1:00 during the student lunch hour! Students will also have the chance to win prizes!


TIGER BOOSTER CLUB ANNOUNCEMENT
All supporters of the ACCJSH students are encouraged to become part of the Tiger Booster Club! We are in the process of reorganizing and would like as much participation from the supporters of our students as possible. Volunteers are needed to bake cookies, work Booster Club dinners and events, make posters, and design fan clothing. The opportunities are endless!

Our goal is to make sure that our students at the Jr/Sr High School know that they have a family of supporters behind them.  Please help spread the word. We need many people to be involved to help make the load lighter for all.  For additional information, please contact Alison Ostertag--ostertag.alison@usd377.org

Like our Facebook Page: Atchison County Community Booster Club 

Follow us on Twitter: @ACCJSHBoosters


Rumor Watch

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