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Superintendent Newsletter 2 18 2022

Dear Parents, Patrons and Staff;

Monday February 21st is a professional development day for staff and NO School for students. With snow days yesterday and today, the weekend and PD on Monday, hopefully the five day vacation has continued to slow down the spread of illness among our students and everyone will return next Tuesday healthy and ready to learn.

All school districts in Kansas are required to be accredited by the State Board of Education every five years. Our District is in year five and is up for accreditation this spring. Part of the process involves an Outside Accreditation Team (OVT) made up of educators from outside of our district. Our OVT will be in our district next Wednesday to meet with building and district administration to review our progress over the last five years. This is our opportunity to tell our story of ongoing improvement. The finding and recommendations from our OVT are reported directly to the Kansas State Board of Education. The State Board will review the OVT report and our district performance data to make their final determination regarding our accreditation later this spring.

Food Service:

Charger Lunch Bunch February 2022 Survey 

As the Director of Food Services for Santa Fe Trail, I value your input.  Please complete this survey and give as much information as you would like. Your suggestions will be used to help make the menus.  I will do my best with the regulations to introduce some student favorites. My goal is to have as many students as possible eating breakfast and lunch with us every day.  Thank you for your honest feedback. Please submit responses by 3:00 P.M. on February 20th. 



Shout Outs:

Thank you to Chelsie Masters and numerous Charger students for running outstanding concession stands at SFTJH home athletic events!

~Jodi Testa

I wanted to take a moment and acknowledge actions by 8th grade B team at tonight’s game against Burlington. 

Burlington’s team had a special needs player. Our players exhibited excellent sportsmanship and compassion toward this player. They recognized the importance of the person over the game and provided space for their player to make some plays by playing lighter defense on this player. When the player grabbed at one of our boys I saw him meet him with compassion instead of irritation. 

Our refs and coaches did an awesome job as well. While this player double dribble they all recognized the person as more important than the game. 

These behaviors are the purpose of sports. They are to build character and skill and not solely about winning. As a parent, as well as a former athlete, I left with more pride over this situation than I would over the win. 

~Jodi Testa

Overbrook Attendance Center would like to congratulate our Voice of February Students. These students are responsible for providing morning announcements to the staff and students! 

Voice of Monday: Jonah Ramsdell

Voice of Tuesday: Ava Winchell

Voice of Wednesday: Lylah Smith 

Voice Thursday: Natalie Sower 

Voice of Friday: Kinzley Walker 

~Lorle Bolt



Congratulations and best of luck to the SFT Girls Wrestling team at the 4A-1A State Wrestling Tournament the 23-24th of February.  The girls had an outstanding Regional tournament, finishing 2nd out of 24 teams.  The individual qualifiers are Madison Adkins 3rd, Savana Hook 4th, Hailee Crosland 2nd, Kilee Waters 3rd, Quincy Koger 1st, and Sierra Dempsey 2nd.

Congratulations to our Boys and Girls Basketball teams for their wins over Osawatomie last Friday.

Good luck to the Boys and Girls Basketball teams as they travel to Wellsville Friday night.


Good luck to the Boys Wrestling team as they compete at the Regional Tournament in Paola on Saturday.

            ~Regan Erickson


Quote for the Week:


“Today, decide to be that person who instills a positive belief in someone who needs to hear your encouraging words. Believe in others more than they believe in themselves. 
When you do, you become more than a coach, manager, teacher or friend. You’ll be a transformer of lives!”

~Jon Gordon