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--- Tuesday, September 19 = HS Volleyball @ Natoma 4:00 -- Wednesday, September 20 = FFA Land Judging @ Norton (all day) -- Thursday, September 21 = JHVB and FB @ Natoma 4:00/6:00 and Cross Country @ Hill City 5:00 and Bonfire @ 8:00 -- Friday, September 22 = Homecoming with Parade @ 3:00, FADD Supper @ 5:30, HSFB @ 7:00, and Ceremony @ 6:30 p.m. -- Saturday, September 23 = Homecoming Dance 8:00 - 11:00 p.m. ---

  • NHS Receives Grant from Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund through the Osborne County Community Foundation!

    Over this past summer, Natoma High School received a grant in the amount of $4916.00 to purchase new projectors for the HS commons and HS drafting room from the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund through the Osborne County Community Foundation.  These projectors were purchased to replace older projectors that no longer were compatible with the newer screen resolutions and to promote ease of use for the classroom teachers.  The projectors, wireless adaptors, and power cords were mounted to the respective ceilings by Denton George of Digital Domain, and have been used extensively since installation.  A big thank you to the Dane G. Hansen Community Grant Fund through the Osborne County Community Foundation for providing the financial support to finance this project and to Denton George for installation. 

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    Homecoming Week Fun

     Homecoming week fun at the schools for Natoma.  Crazy and more crazy, it's going to be fun for teachers and students alike this week.

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  • USD 399 Adopts Bill Collection Policy

     At  it's regular BOE meeting in August, the USD #399 Board of education adopted a new bill collection policy to help decrease the amount of unpaid bills owed to the district for various fees including lunch fees.

        Notices will be sent by the secretary on a regular basis to notify parents that payment is need for additional meals prior to exhaustion of funds and any past due balances.  Students will not be allowed to charge extra milk once the account is negative.  If no effort is made to pay, the debt may be turned over to the superintendent or superintendent’s designee for collection in accordance with board policy DP.  If no attempt is made to pay the debt within 10 days of mailing the final notice of a negative account balance under policy DP, the debt will be turned over to the State of Kansas Set-Off Program.  Information on the program can be found at KSSetoff@ks.gov.  Payments for school meals may be made at the school or district office. Students, parents, and guardians of students are encouraged to prepay meal costs.  The district will provide a copy of this unpaid meal charges policy to all households at or before the start of school each year and to families and students who transfer into the district at the time of transfer.  The terms of this policy will also be communicated to all district staff responsible for enforcing any aspect of the policy.

                Records of how and when it is communicated to households will be retained.  Elementary lunches will be eaten in the Jr/Sr High Commons area. Jr/Sr High students will also eat in the commons area.  If you would like to eat with your child, please call at least 24 hours in advance so that the cooks can prepare an additional meal.  Lunch may be purchased from the lunch program or brought from home.  Milk may be purchased to supplement lunches brought from home.  Breakfast will be served daily starting at 7:50 am.  Students that eat breakfast should arrive at 7:50am so they can be ready for class to begin at 8:10am.  All students are welcome to eat breakfast.  Lunch will begin at 11:30am.  Preschool and Kindergarten milk is offered and afternoon milk for grades 1-5 is also offered.  All elementary students eat in their respective classrooms for breakfast/  

    Free or reduced price meals shall be provided for students who qualify under state and federal rules and regulations.  The eligibility forms, rules and regulations governing this program shall be provided by the administration to students or their parents.  Free or reduced lunches do not include extra milk or milk for snacks.

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  • Get to Know Mrs. Geist

       The Natoma High School web design has written questions to get to better know our staff/faculty.  Mrs. Geist teaches Kindergarten.

    1. What inspired you to teach?

           My elementary teachers. 

    2. Where did you go to college?

           Cloud County Community College/Marymount of Salina 

    3. What made you choose Natoma?

           Following my husband to his new job.

     4. What is your home town?

             Delphos, KS. 

     5. Was teaching always your passion?

            No, I started out in Social Work.

    6. What was your first impression of Natoma?

            I is a very welcoming community.

    7. What was your favorite subject in school?

           Reading. 

    8. What is your ideal age group to teach?

          Primary. 

    9. Have you worked at other schools in the past?

           Yes. 

    10. What was your initial reaction to such small class sizes?

             I've had them before, anywhere from 7 to 28. 

     

     

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    EXTRA! EXTRA! Order Your Yearbook

    Order your Yearbooks 2017-2018 for the low price of $30.   Contact Mr.Grafel, Bon Pongsuwan, Madi Nickels, Emily Cotterill, or Alicia Phlieger.  We also have 2017 books at $30 and older yearbooks available for reduced prices (contact Mr. Grafel).   Thank you for supporting the Graphic Design department.

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    Homecoming 2017: The Tigers Are Out of This World

    Natoma Homecoming 2017 Schedule of Events:

     

    Homecoming Week September 18th-22nd, 2017

     

    Monday - Dress a Friend Day

    Tuesday - Tacky Tourist Day

    Wednesday - Color War Day

    Thursday - Galaxy Day (Dress as your favorite Alien/Galaxy Character)

    Friday - Red and White Day

     

     

    Thursday Sept. 21st - Bonfire  8:00 pm - lot across from City Park.

     

    Friday Sept. 22nd - Parade app. 3:00 pm followed by the Pep Rally in the gym

                                        FADD Pulled-Pork feed - 5:30 pm at the football field

                                       Crowning Ceremony - 6:30 pm

                                        Game time is 7:00 pm


    Saturday Sept. 23rd - Homecoming Dance - 8:00 pm-11:00 pm in the commons

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  • September BOE Meeting

    The USD #399 Board of Education met Monday, September 11th in the IDL Room at the Jr/Sr High School Building.  After the BOE approved the bills and minutes from the last two meetings, Superintendent Geist gave his report on the following items:  Our Character ROARR characther education program kicked off with an assembly held in both buildings to give a brief overview of the Character Trait RESPECT which we will focus on this month in all of our classrooms.; September 25th the BOE will have a work night focused on developing a five year plan in the following areas:  Curriculum, Facilities, Technology, Community Activity, Teacher and Staff Retention, and Salaries.  Of course whatever plans we come up with will be fluid so we can adjust as we go but it will be helpful for the BOE to set goals in these areas to give us a working plan as we look to the future of USD 399.  Also discussed in the Superintendent Report was the completion of the Sawmill Shed on the Southeast corner of the Jr/Sr High building.  The shed was completed last week and as soon as a floor is added to it, we will begin to store the sawmill in it to protect it from the elements.  I also spoke about KESA, which is the Kansas Education System Accreditation model we will be using over the next five years to earn accreditation from the State of Kansas.  Other smaller items were discussed including the need to replace some of our security camera equipment and also look into the possibility of using keypads to secure our outside doors in all the buildings.  The BOE received a bid for Asbestos Removal from Glassman's in Hays that we will discuss further on the 25th.  The access tunnels in both buildings that we use to get to plumbing and electrical lines have asbestos coating the steam pipes and this will have to be removed before we can use the tunnels to make repairs.  The new lunch serving process was reviewed and it seems to be working well having the elementary students come to the Jr/Sr high building for lunches.  Offer vs Serve was discussed as a possible way to cut down on the amount of waisted food we have in our cafeterias.  Currently we "serve" lunches to our students which means everyone gets everything, even if they are not going to eat it.  To meet the minimum requirements for a lunch, a student must have at least three items on their tray; Dairy which is usually coved with the milk, Vegetable or Fruit, and a bread.  "Offer" would mean students could select the items the cooks put on their tray as long as they met the minimum three items.  It's important to note students are NOT limited to three items but can still take everything that is prepared.  However, if a student knows they aren't going to eat the peas offered that day, they would simply tell the cooks to not put it on their tray, thus not wasting the food.  The student could then go to the Garden bar and select something off of it to meet the requirements.  The week of  September 18th, we will weigh the waste from the cafeteria to get a baseline of food waste using the present "Serve Method".  The following week, we will try the Offer Method and compare the two to see if we have reduced the amount of food waste.  Again I want to emphasize students can still take everything on the menu with the Offer Method, but can choose to pass on food they know they will not eat.

    After the Superintendent Report, Mrs. Mettlen reported on testing at the Elementary School and spoke briefly about MTSS which we will be using as part of our accreditation model.

    The BOE approved adding an additional credit card account so we can have more cards available for district use when groups go out of town for trips or to purchase fuel if they are out of town and need to refuel the vehicle..

    The BOE also accepted the resignations of Iva Maier as a library aide, Michelle Adams as a cook, and Dayna  Kocinski as a Special Education Para.  The BOE also approved Supplemental Contracts for a number of coaches and sponsors.

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