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Message from the Superintendent 4/2/21

Dear Parents, Patrons and Staff;

The COVID numbers across the district continue to decline. We currently have 2 students in quarantine but no staff. We have no staff or students who are positive. 3 negative tests were completed this week. Thanks to everyone for continuing to take precautions. I fully understand that there are different opinions out there regarding masks and social distancing and I know that many State restrictions are being lifted, but with just 7 weeks of school remaining, I believe we can all agree that we want everyone to stay safe, keep our schools open and all spring activities taking place.

Parent/teacher conferences have been completed and from the feedback I have received from teachers and principal’s attendance was excellent. The high school continued its practice of meeting with students and their parents in one on one conferences. At OAC 91.3% of families attended conferences and at CAC attendance was over 90%. We truly appreciate parents taking the time to talk with teachers about their students’ progress. It absolutely takes all of us working together to insure success.

The following is a list of sites available under the office of the State Treasurer that are available to parents as you plan for your student education after public school. With the cost of post-secondary education rising each year, it is never too early to begin planning and saving.

State Treasurer Lynn Rogers & Deputy Treasurer Lauren Miller: Contact Lauren HERE

    1. Search for unclaimed property: https://kansasstatetreasurer.com/up_search.php 
    2. Cash Refund site: https://kansascash.ks.gov/ 
    3. Kansas ScholarShop website 
    4. 529 Educational savings programs and other tools (including a savings calculator) HERE
    5. Learning Quest/529 program HERE
    6. Access uGift Site HERE
    7. KIDS Matching Grant HERE: 529 accounts for low-income families; the state will match up to $600 
    8. ABLE Savings Account HERE: for individuals with disabilities
    9. College savings calculator HERE


Students in USD 434 will soon be taking both District and State assessments as a measure of their academic progress. I want to encourage parents to talk with your student about the importance of these assessments. Encourage them to take the assessment seriously, do their best, and help them prepare by getting plenty of rest before assessment days. I have attached a list of state assessment and the testing schedule for your review. Building principals and teachers will be sharing the dates of district grade level assessments.

Quote for the week:

“Open your mind to all possibilities, because whether you believe something is possible or impossible, either way you will be right.

                                Wayne Dyer

Have a Great Weekend
Jim Lentz