Good day Southeast Golden Buffalo parents and guardians,
Earlier this week you received communication from Superintendent Thompson that our students who have selected onsite learning for the second semester will return to our school building on Monday, Jan. 25. We will utilize the blended onsite learning model approved by the Wichita BOE on Oct. 20, which will allow our onsite students to attend school in person two days, and learn remotely for three days. I recognize that many parents have questions about this transition, and I want to provide answers to the most common questions, as well as provide additional details about our schools plans.
- How do I know which days my student will attend school in person?
- Group A students – in-person learners (last names beginning with A – L)
- Monday and Tuesday Group A will attend school in-person
- Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday Group A will learn remotely
- Group B students – in-person learners (last names beginning with M – Z)
- Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday Group B will learn remotely
- Thursday and Friday Group B will attend school in-person
- I have selected MySchool Remote as my child’s learning model – will this impact my child?
- If you selected MySchool Remote for your child for the second semester, they will continue to learn remotely. This change impacts students whose learning model selection is onsite.
- If my student participates in athletics, do they still need to attend remotely or can they come to school for onsite learning?
- Students who participate in moderate or higher risk athletics in the winter or spring season will continue with our district practice of having those students attend school remotely until two weeks following the conclusion of their season. Your student’s coach or athletic director will provide additional detail.
- Will my child still receive free meals?
- Secondary students who are attending school onsite 2 days a week are still eligible to order and receive our remote meals. Parents can go to https://www.usd259.org/remotefood to order meals for the days their student do not attend school.
- Will my student receive bus transportation?
- Yes, if your student qualifies for transportation, they will receive that service beginning Jan. 25. Our transportation clerk, Candra Koch (email@example.com) will reach out to you and provide specific information on details of your student’s transportation details.
- Will I still be able to get tech support for my student’s laptop?
- Yes. Students will continue to use their laptops every day in student learning. They should bring the device to school on days they attend in person, and should bring them home for remote learning. In order to support any tech questions you may have, we will continue to provide in-person tech support Monday-Friday at the Alvin Morris Administrative Center, 903 S. Edgemoor, from 7am to 7pm.
- All students must have required immunizations as they return to onsite learning. Parents whose students need these vaccinations have been contacted with reminders. All students must have necessary immunizations by February 1, or those onsite students will be required to return to remote learning. If you have any questions, please reach out to our school nurse.
It is important to note that we will monitor student and staff illness data. In the event that this data warrants a temporary return to 100% remote learning due to staffing and safety considerations, we will likely make a quick pivot back to the remote learning format. Please be sure that your family has a child care plan in place in the event that we notify you of this safety-related transition.
If your child is returning to our school building, please know that we are excited to see them, and prepared to do everything possible to help all students and staff be as safe as possible. There are several things I want to remind you of concerning our building procedures:
- All students and staff will be required to wear face masks.
- You should check your student for a temperature each morning, and if they are sick keep them at home. If you or anyone in your family believes you may have symptoms of COVID, you can contact our WPS COVID testing center for a free rapid test. Our district also offers testing for those with no symptoms. The attachments will provide you with additional information.
- Make sure that your child brings their fully-charged computer, charger, and earbuds daily if they will learning in-person
Help us keep our kids in school! Our ability to keep our students onsite is directly impacted by the health of our community and the impact of COVID-19 on our staff and students. Please wear a mask at all times, wash your hands, practice social distancing, and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same.
Principal, Southeast HS
Hello Southeast Golden Buffalo Families,
I hope you are enjoying your weekend. We also pause to remember the words and deeds of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King said, “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope”. In these trying times we want to always have hope for the future of our students, educators, and families. This email which will also be accompanied by a Parent Link reminder and text message. Here is a list of important events and dates that will be taking place in the near future.
- January 18th: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (No School)
- January 19th: Student Live Event during Seminar 8:00
- January 20th: 1st day of Deployment of 2nd Semester materials 9:00-6:30
- January 21st: 2nd Quarter Finals (1, 3, 5, 7)
- 2nd day of Deployment of 2nd Semester materials 9:00-6:30
- January 22nd: Last day of Deployment of 2nd Semester materials 9:00-4:00
- January 25th: Beginning of “Blended On-site Learning”
- January 25th and 26th Monday and Tuesday in –person learners Cohort A (Last Names A – L)
- Cohort A: will learn remotely on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays
- January 28th and 29th Thursday and Friday in –person learners Cohort B (Last Names M – Z)
- Cohort B: will learn remotely on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays
- All families who have chosen to remain remote learners will continue as usual
- ***If you chose to have your student come to learn in-person but would like for them to stay remote we can honor that request if you call us to let us know that is your learning option preference
When families come to school to pick up deployment materials they may have an obligations sheet stapled to their student’s schedule. We are asking parents to check in with the bookkeeper to pay any outstanding obligations they may have. If you would like to reach out to the Southeast bookkeeper, Ms. Christa Linear she can be reached at 973-2714 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also asking parents to complete the Titan food service application. Completing this application will affect your students’ status for free or reduced pricing for school lunches and enrollment fees.
If you have any questions about transportation please reach out to our transportation clerk, Ms. Candra Koch. She can be reached at 973-2701 or via email at email@example.com
Thank you for your commitment to your child’s education.
Proud Principal, Southeast HS
Southeast Students of the Class of 2021
Here is the latest and important information from Jostens regarding your Cap & Gown ordering for graduation.
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9:00am - 11:30am and 1:30pm - 3:30pm
FREE Clothing for all ages
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Student Supply Deployment Pick Up Dates & Times
Call Christy 973-2856 for your appointment times.
• Enter through door #1 (Main Entrance, by the flag pole)
• We will be doing temperature checks for all students and parents; (masks required)
• Families are limited to one student and one parent (Multiple siblings will be allowed in together but only with one parent) Computer Deployment Pickup Instructions (***Very Important***)
• Each student’s parent must sign a computer agreement for each student
• The computer agreement is acknowledgment of receiving the device
• Computer insurance is optional (but highly encouraged)
o Parents that select “NO” will have to pay the cost of the device if it is broken, damaged, lost or stolen o Parents that select “YES” will have to pay the insurance fee before the device is received ($30/$15/$10, Full/Reduced/Free, depending on your meal-pay status)
o Parents that select “YES” will have the assurance that if their device is broken, damaged, lost or stolen that the device will be replaced at no additional cost
o The insurance is optional but highly encouraged If a student already has a school Chromebook they must return it before being issued a new device. Call 973-2700 if you have any questions
Happy Monday, Southeast Families! Please know how much we miss you and can’t wait until we can meet in person again.
In order to be ready for the school year which will start on 9/8, check out our Virtual Open House featuring:
A special message from our Proud Principal, Mr. Mitchell
Tour inside the building
A selection of videos including clubs, sports, activities, etc., that can be viewed here
Meet your Teacher, organized by subject
If you haven’t already, please check out the recorded Parent University sessions from 8/21, viewable here.
Greetings Southeast Families,
This is Mr. Mitchell your proud, new principal at Southeast High School
I am excited to be sending you this message about online and in-person enrollment.
“Resilience is not a single skill, but a variety of skills that help us cope with the bumps in the road of life.”
That quote is for students, staff, and families of Southeast High School who are trying their best to stay positive and optimistic during these very strange times we’re living in.
There are several critical enrollment details that I need to share with you so we can be prepared to welcome your student to a great year of learning this fall:
- In-person Enrollment: We will offer in-person enrollment next week (July 27 and 28, noon to 7pm and July 29, 8am to 3pm). These sessions will support families who are not able to complete enrollment or pay fees online. However, you DO NOT NEED to come to in-person enrollment to complete the process if you can do so online.
- We will be handing out instructions to complete your online enrollment on your cellphone in your car for all families who show up for in-person enrollment.
- These instructions include enrollment, free/reduced lunch application, and fee payment
- We are strongly encouraging all parents to complete all enrollment online for your safety and ours
- We will only be allowing 45 total people in the building at a time.
- Only one adult per family will be welcomed into the building to complete the enrollment process to help reduce the total number of people in the space at any time. Students do not need to be present to complete the enrollment process.
- Face masks will be required when entering the building; a disposable mask will be provided if you do not have your own. We will also have signs and staff to help guide you safely through this in-person process.
- You will be able to enroll multiple students at one location (you will not need to go to every school if you have children attending different schools).
- If you enroll in-person you will need to bring proof of address
- Parents who start the online enrollment process must complete it
- Fee payments are standardized; parents will have to click on the “EVENTS” & “ACTIVITIES” button to pay fees
- Parents with students at multiple schools must finish their first students enrollment to start any others
- Online Enrollment: If you’d like to save yourself a trip to school, you can go online and complete the entire enrollment process from the comfort of your home – and you can use a computer or your mobile phone! Just go to www.usd259.org/enroll and you will find the link as well as other helpful information.
- School Start Date: Our Board of Education has requested that the school year start on either September 8 or 9, after Labor Day. We still must satisfy the state mandate of 1,116 hours for students in the schedule. Our district calendar committee will meet next week to discuss, and we will know on July 30 when this school year will begin.
- Technical Enrollment Support: The Enrollment Help Line is available July 27-August 7 from 9am to 7:30pm. Call 973-4285 to get help with your enrollment-related questions.
- Free and Reduced Lunch Applications: The application form for Free and Reduced Meal benefits is now available online, regardless of your child’s enrollment status or grade level. Please visit the Titan Parent Portal to submit the information required for your child to benefit from this important program.
- (IF YOU ARE AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL) Latchkey: In order to be considered for our school’s latchkey program, you will need to complete the registration forms on paper. Packs will be available for pick up tomorrow (Friday) from 8am to 5pm at one of our five summer latchkey locations – McCollom, Christa McAuliffe Academy, Horace Mann, College Hill or Enterprise. Packets are also available online at www.usd259.org/latchkey. You can drop your completed paper packet off at school next week during enrollment hours. We will receive it, number the order in which packets are received, then be back in touch with you soon to let you know about your student’s enrollment status.
If you have any school-specific questions about enrollment, please contact us at 973-2700. If you have questions for our district about enrollment, please call 973-4285, or send your question by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This will definitely be a year of learning for all of us as we prepare teachers to teach and students to learn in the safest environment possible. We may not have all of the answers you need when you have questions for us, but we will work to get those answers for you. I hope that we can all show one another grace and patience as we move through this process and begin the year. Please know that the entire team at Southeast High School will do everything possible to support you and your child.
Proud Principal, Southeast High School
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The Wichita Public Schools has revised its snow/winter weather protocol for the remainder of the school year due to the shortened school calendar.
Southeast High School’s eSports team recently competed in three national competitions taking two first place finishes and one third place finish. The success of the team is thanks in part to the district’s commitment to providing eSports opportunities and support for middle and high school students.
The BOE approved the plan to transition back to onsite learning with elementary students returning January 13 and middle and high school students returning January 25.
At the Jan. 11 Board of Education meeting, the Board heard a presentation on the district’s Department of Equity, Diversity and Accountability.
Stan Reeser and Ben Blankley will lead the Wichita Board of Education for the 2021 calendar year
Superintendent Dr. Alicia Thompson sent a message to parents about a recommendation for students returning to school that will be presented to the Board of Education during their January 11 meeting.