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Message From SFT Superintendents September 16, 2022

Dear Parents, Patrons, Students, and Staff 


It's HOMECOMING week at Santa Fe Trail!  Homecoming is a historic school tradition to celebrate former, current, and future students. We hope everyone had a chance to make some Charger memories this week, reflect on our school values, and feel our Charger Pride.  We encourage everyone to come out to the coronation ceremony and football game this evening to continue our celebrations.  Although homecoming is only one week out of the year it is a reminder of who we all are as CHARGERS.  Thanks to everyone who has made this such an amazing week for our students, staff, and community. It's great to be a CHARGER! 


USD 434 Goals 

This week we are sharing our third goal that was adopted by the USD 434 Board of Education.  It is important that we partner with all stakeholders to achieve our goals and continually work to improve our district. Working together we will make a difference for all students. 


Board Goal #3- Recruit and Retain Highly Qualified Staff: 

  1. Partner with universities to support the recruitment of new teachers 

  1. Continue to provide high-quality mentoring for new teachers, administrators, and support staff. 

  1. Provide competitive salary and benefits 

  1. Improve the district and building climate and culture 

  1. Provide evidence-based professional learning and resources. 

  1. Recognize and celebrate success 

  1. Hire and retain highly-qualified classified employees 


Shout Outs 

To the high school students that visited SAC today! They were fantastic!  The activities were so fun and the Preschool students had a blast!  Great Job and thank you for spending the morning with our youngest Chargers. 

    ~SAC teachers and staff  

Thank you to Tracy Land for coming over from OAC to help with the high school’s custodial needs.  We are still short-staffed and the help is appreciated.  

Thank you to Sowers’ Designs LLC for providing the flowers for the Homecoming candidates Friday night. 

As we remember September 11th this week, a big shout out to Christian Moran, the SFT SRO.  We appreciate his service to our students and the community. 

Thank you to Duane Shively for providing a vehicle and trailer for the Homecoming parade on Friday. 

Thank you to Luke Coltrane for driving the vehicle.  

Thank you to Matt Fawl for also driving and providing a vehicle in the parade.  

Thank you to all the parents and patrons that drove vehicles and made floats for the parade. 

Thank you to the city of Scranton for helping our students celebrate Homecoming 2022.  

HS activities:  Good luck to the Football team Friday night at Homecoming vs Anderson County.  Good luck to the JV Volleyball team at our JV tournament on Saturday.  Good luck to the Volleyball team vs Burlingame on Monday at SFTHS, Tuesday at Iola, and Thursday at ACCHS!  Good luck to the Cross Country team next Thursday at Royal Valley.  Good luck to Girls Golf Monday and Tuesday in Topeka. 

    ~Patrick Graham and Regan Erickson 

Shout out to Jenn Malloy! I love seeing all the beautiful artwork our kids are making with you. Thank you for working so hard and being a crucial part of our staff! 

Shout out to Ashley Fawl! Thank you for all your help and collaboration with our staff. You are an amazing brain to bounce ideas off of! 

Shout out to Lorle Bolt! Thank you for always putting our kids' needs first and supporting our staff. You are doing amazing things! 

Shout out to the kinder staff!  You have immense patience and are such hard workers for our littles. 

       ~Erin Metsker  

Thank you to all our staff, students, and parents for making homecoming a wonderful experience for our community.  We also greatly appreciate the SFTHS students for working with our littles! They enjoyed it immensely.  

    ~Lorle Bolt 

I want to celebrate Robby Madden's first week as our Director of Transportation.  Homecoming week is full of events and Robby and his crew helped us all get to the fun safely. 

I also want to celebrate Sam Carothers as our Director of Nursing in USD 434.  Together with her team, they screened our fifth and seventh-grade students for hearing and vision this week.  Without their support, some of our students likely could not reach their full potential at school.   

During our professional development day on Monday, the SFTJH staff reviewed beginning-of-the-year test data and developed goals for student achievement in ELA and math.  It's an absolute pleasure to work with highly devoted teachers.  Thank you SFTJH staff.   

    ~Jodi Testa 

Teachers have completed FastBridge testing for all students K-12 in the district in reading and math.  Teachers use this screening data to screen students, identify skill gaps and begin to plan instruction for students in reading and math.  Thank you to all of our teachers and principals that made the screening process with FastBridge a smooth and efficient assessment for every student in our district.   

    ~Carrie Mugridge 

JH Football - They will play a combined 7th/8th-grade game at Osawatomie on Thursday. There will be a 5th quarter that night for an additional opportunity for players to see some action. They return home to play Iola on 9/22 at 4:00.  

JH Volleyball - Off to a great start. They played Monday night at Anderson County and won 3 of 4 games. A-teams will play on Saturday 9/17 at Perry-Lecompton, and will return home on 9/19 to face Burlington at 4:00 at the HS.  

JH XC - The kids have been practicing hard and getting better each day. During the first meet of their year @ Anderson County, Lea Roberts set a new school record with a time of 14'50"! On 9/8 at Melvern Lake, Kale Roberts finished 1st in the 7th-grade boys division with a time of 12'30".   

    ~Austin Hershberger 

What a fantastic week for our community! Thank you to everyone that made this Homecoming week possible: Dress up days, pep rallies, parade, skits, cheers and dances, signs and decorations, music and DJs and so much more!!!!!!!!! This week wouldn't be possible without everyone working together.  Thanks to all CHARGERS! 

    ~Faith Flory 


Welcome HOME Chargers

Faith Flory, Deputy Superintendent 

Jim Lentz, Superintendent of Schools