Each year Smoky Hills Public Television (SHPTV) and PBS Kids encourage children throughout their viewing area to write and illustrate their own stories. Children from Kindergarten through third grade are invited to submit their work to the PBS Kids Writers Contest.
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Satanta High School is proud to announce that Houston Friend has been named valedictorian of the Class of 2020. A lifetime resident of Satanta, Friend embodies the student-athlete excelling both in the classroom and on the field of competition. Participating throughout his high school career in football, basketball, and baseball, Friend earned many athletic honors, including being named SPIAA League 1st Team Defensive Back and selected to the 8-man Division II All-star football game following his senior season.
Friend’s leadership abilities led him to participate in a wide variety of student organizations including S-Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Student Council, and National Honor Society. Friend’s senior leadership roles include being president of the Class of 2020, president of National Honor Society, and president of the SHS student body. Friend also serves as a KSHSAA 1A Student Advisory Representative, a role that allows him to advise the activities association from a student perspective. In addition to these honors, Friend serves as the current Chief Satanta and was chosen by Southern Pioneer Electric as a Kansas Electric Cooperatives Youth Tour Delegate the summer of his junior year.
Friend’s academic record is equally impressive. Maintaining a 4.0 grade point average throughout high school, Friend acquired 21 college hours by taking concurrent coursework through Seward County Community College. This fall, he plans to begin school at Wichita State University where he will pursue a degree in finance.
This year’s salutatorian is Andrew Heimerich. Heimerich’s participation in scholars’ bowl helped the team capture four consecutive state championship titles: 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. Heimerich also participated in FFA all four years in high school, serving as chapter president his senior year. He was inducted into National Honor Society his sophomore year and maintained a 3.96 GPA throughout high school while taking a number of concurrent college courses through Seward County Community College including Comp I, Comp II, College Algebra, and College Statistics.
During his four years in high school, Heimerich also earned a great deal of real-world experience working for a number of area farming operations, most recently for Powell Farms. Proficient in the use of heavy machinery and a talented welder, Heimerich also worked during the summer months for USD 507 as part of the school’s maintenance department. Heimerich plans to join the workforce full-time and begin working on a college degree online.
We're proud to announce the 2020-2021 Satanta High School Cheerleaders!
Congrats, Addison King, Ahtziri Alvarado, Alba Najera, Esperanza Hernandez, Gysel Najera, Maddison Jaso, Madisyn Sunderland, Magali Salamanca, Miranda Salas, and Yanisa Gonzalez!
On Tuesday, March 17, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly, along with Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson, announced that all K-12 school buildings in the state of Kansas would close for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. As a result of this decision, the remainder of the school year will be completed remotely with students accomplishing their schoolwork from home. This decision left many students, parents, and teachers unsure about the quality of education their students will receive and how USD 507 would make all of this work.
USD 507 put in place a Continuous Learning Plans (CLP) for the remainder of the school year. Continuous Learning will, as described by Randy Watson, the Commissioner for the Kansas Department of Education, “allow Kansas students to continue learning despite school buildings being closed for the rest of the year.”
Despite this, Satanta students are concerned about their education in the coming months. In fact, in a survey of 50% of Satanta High School students, 55.6% said that they are scared/worried about how this will work. Senior Damian Salazar said, “I am not comfortable with online classes. The internet is frustrating.” However, on a more positive note, “I am getting my work done much faster at home than I was at home,” said freshman Sean Wagner. Additionally, 61.6% of these students are confident that this form of education could be successful.
As for parent opinions, Bethany Wood, USD 507 parent and Board of Education member, feels that “the CLP provided by our district gives the students an abundance of opportunities to learn and improve skills for the following year.” There is a small silver lining in this trying time: each student will now have the opportunity to devote their time to areas of their own choosing. Students can focus on the subjects they struggle in, the ones they enjoy the most, or simply do a little bit from each subject area. “I think this is a great opportunity to really dig into what each particular student is passionate about,” said Wood.
Satanta teacher Ryan Burrows said, “Despite the struggles we will face in the coming months of this school year, I am still hopeful that we will emerge from this having provided the highest quality of education possible. Much of this depends on student buy-in, and I am confident that my students will see the need to continue to develop the college and career-ready skills that they’ll need for the future.”
Photo of the children of Micah and Bethany Wood at "school": (clockwise): Silas, Hannah, Ellie, Jasmine, and Diamond Wood tackle schoolwork as Kansas' Continuous Learning Plans begin
On Monday, March 2020,, Satanta Grade School students celebrated both Dr. Suess Day and Read Across America Day with a variety of activities. Students, using their “reading passports,” traveled all over the United States to places such as New York, Washington DC, Louisiana, Texas, Kansas, New Mexico, and California, through the power of books. Satanta LiNK committee members Karen Burrows, Debbie Weeks, Leanne Howie, and Stacey King we’re joined by the Southwest Plains Regional Service Center’s Dr. Gayla Lohfink as readers.
The celebration included the reading of Satanta graduate Jessica Freeman’s “Frank the Chair Visits Kansas.” Freeman’s latest work entitled “The Type 1 Life: A Road Map for Parents of Children with Newly Diagnosed Type 1 Diabetes” is (along with “Frank the Chair Visits Kansas”) currently available on Amazon.
Students also met Satanta alumni Rutherford Rankin, author of “The Flying Buñuelo.” The book revolves around the life of a young girl, Lina, and her journey to find her lost buñuelos in Taos, New Mexico. While visiting her grandparents, Lina learns how to make buñuelos, or fried dough fritters, and longs to show her mama and papa her delicious treats. Unfortunately, Lina’s buñuelos are swept up into the air and begin to fly all over town. The book, which is available for purchase online, chronicles Lina's journey to find her flying buñuelos before they disappear entirely. Rankin read his book to every grade school class and had them participate in a tortilla tossing contest; the object of which was to accurately throw the tortilla into the bucket from varying distances.
Rankin received his Bachelor's degree from Emporia State University and his Master’s from New Mexico State University. Rankin founded his own publishing company, Michelkin Publishing, in 2016, and currently resides in Emporia, Kansas.
Karen Burrows said of Rankin’s participation: “Satanta Grade School is very grateful for Rankin’s participation in World Read Aloud Day and for his support of literacy as a whole.”
Nelly Friesen, 3rd, attempts to toss her tortilla into the bucket.
Rutherford Rankin hands our tortillas to the third grade class.
Rutherford Rankin reads The Flying Bunuelo to the third grade class.
Photos by Ella Burrows
In photo: Andrea Gutierrez, Nohemi Miramontes, Eva Loewen, Malia Anderson, Noe Ramirez, Edwin Arana, Angel Flores, Clayton Ungles, Isaiah Garcia, Aiden Miramontes, Joseph Anderson, and Braden Hoskinson.
The Satanta Junior High Quiz Bowl team travelled to Moscow on Wednesday, March 4 to compete against teams from Moscow, Rolla, Deerfield, and Ulysses. Each school provided two teams. Satanta Green, consisting of Aiden Miramontes, Joseph Anderson, Braden Hoskinson, Clayton Ungles, Edwin Arana, and Noe Ramirez went 7-2 in round robin play. Satanta Gold, consisting of Eva Loewen, Andrea Gutierrez, Nohemi Miramontes, Malia Anderson, Angel Flores, and Isaiah Garcia went 6-3 against the same competitors. This placed Satanta Green at the top of the tournament; Satanta Gold placed fourth, missing third in a tie-break procedure. The team is coached by Joyce Apsley.
Good Evening. As most of you have already heard, school as we know it has been closed for the remainder of this school year. I would like to take some time to clarify what this means going forward.
1. We will be continuing to provide grab and go meals that will include breakfast and lunch. For tomorrow, Wednesday, these will be provided at the gazebo on Main Street from 11:00 - 12:00. After that, they will be provided outside the grade school cafeteria from 10:00 - 12:00 on Monday - Friday.
2. All school activities, including spring sports, prom, and graduation, have been cancelled. For seniors especially, this is very difficult news to accept. Please call them and show some support. High School graduation is an important milestone that is not easy to lose.
3. Seniors or students taking online classes or college classes through SCCC will be required to finish them in order to receive credit. Please check your email for guidance from SCCC. If you need your chromebooks from the school in order to complete those, they will be provided. Please email Mrs. Stegman if you do not already have your device at home with you.
4. There will be some type of continuing education available for your children. The Governor's Task Force will issue suggestions tomorrow around 5:00. USD 507 administration will meet after that to finalize our district plan.
5. Teachers will have the week of March 23 - March 29 to develop learning plans which will be sent to students starting on March 30. Please look for further information on the school facebook pages and the district webpage.
This has been very shocking news to accept. I believe it goes to show how serious this virus and the spread of it can be. Please take the guidance of our health officials and keep your children and family home. We are looking forward to having each and every one of our students back, safe and healthy, in the fall.
USD 507 Administration
From USD 507 Superintendent Mike Ward:
Good Evening. As we have previously shared with you, USD 507 administration has remained up to date on CDC, KDHE and local health professionals recommendations. The situation is ever changing and evolving at a very rapid pace. This evening, the Kansas Department of Education recommended that all Kansas Schools be closed next week, from 3-16-2020 through 3-20-2020. Closing all schools will allow Kansas health experts an opportunity to evaluate the situation and develop a state-wide plan for when the majority of Kansas schools return from spring break on March 23. With this announcement, they stated there should be no spring practice either. So at this time, all district school activities for this week are cancelled. Administration will continue to keep you informed as we get more information from state officials.
The education of Kansas students is important not only to our local communities, but also to our state leadership. This decision was not entered into lightly. However, the health and safety of our children and community as a whole is extremely important. We are taking these steps to minimize exposure and spread of an illness. These measures will only be effective if parents keep students at home isolated from other children. Please use this time to keep your children at home and minimize their risk of infection.
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