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This Generation vocal group from Washburn Rural High School performed at First Presbyterian Church of Topeka today as part of their Noon Noels concert series. The choir, under the direction of Ben Holcomb, sang a variety of tunes including "Jingle Bells" and "Carol of the Bells."

Congratulations to Jay Shideler Elementary School student Bryson Philipi for receiving the Shining Star Award at last night's Board of Education meeting. Bryson was selected for "exemplifying a student who naturally and without need for recognition, helps, encourages, and supports others," said Principal Sandra Cromwell. Bryson is always willing to do what it takes to be a better person and student. He is a natural leader who "empowers others with encouraging words and supportive actions."

Jay Shideler staff members Melinda Havay and Amy Schneider were also recognized during the meeting. Each received an All-Star Award from the Board of Education.

Melinda Havay is a specialized program paraprofessional who "works tirelessly to ensure that every student receives the attention and care they deserve," said Cromwell. "Her hard work, compassion, and commitment does not go unnoticed and her dedication to the students in her program is truly commendable."

Amy Schneider, an instructional facilitator at the school, was recognized for her growth mindset and desire to continuously improve teaching practices. "She is committed to coaching and developing others, knowing the true measure of our success lies in how well we lift up those around us," said Cromwell. "She makes our teams stronger, more cohesive, and more successful."

Please join us in congratulating and thanking these dedicated and deserving award recipients!

REMINDER: Wednesday, December 6 is an early release day. All schools will dismiss 90 minutes early.

Last month, the student newspaper staff at Washburn Rural Middle School traveled to Kansas State University to get a sneak peek at collegiate journalism. They toured Kedzie Hall, which houses both the K-State Collegian newspaper pressroom and the Royal Purple yearbook. They also visited Dole Hall, the hub of campus broadcasting. Students had the unique opportunity to engage with state-of-the-art equipment and even conduct their own mock live broadcast. The newspaper staff is co-advised by Randi Stones and Haley Grant.

Did you know adults aged 62 and above are eligible for a district lifetime activity pass? The passes offer access to every home athletic event, with the only exception being post-season KSHSAA-sponsored events. Stop by the Shuler Education Center during business hours to acquire your pass!

There will be food pantry on Thursday, December 7 at Pauline South Intermediate School. District families can schedule an appointment for pickup between 3:00-4:00 pm or walk-in from 4:00-5:00 pm. Spread the word!

Sixth graders at Jay Shideler Elementary School have been learning about the basic structure and function of cells. As part of their curriculum, they were tasked with creating an accurate representation of either an animal cell or a plant cell. Creating a 3D model helps students gain a better understanding of cells and their organelles – concepts that can be difficult to understand without clear visualization. Students were required to display and label all cell parts, and were encouraged to exercise creativity in the process. Have a look at what they came up with!

There's still time to register for the STEAM Carnival! In celebration of Computer Science Education Week, the Washburn Rural High School Computer Science Honor Society (CSHS) is offering this FREE event to Auburn-Washburn elementary and middle school students on Thursday, December 7 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Students will rotate through a variety of STEAM-related activities and carnival games. Registration is limited to the first 300 students. Sign up today!

Pauline South Intermediate School music teacher, Meridith Neuer, is in New York City to march in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as part of the Band Directors Marching Band. Neuer was chosen to join the band of 400 directors, who will be marching to the theme, "America's band directors: We teach music. We teach life." The parade will be broadcast on NBC beginning at 7:30 am CT on Thanksgiving day.

Thank you to the Shawnee County Farm Bureau Association for their generous donation to assist those experiencing food insecurity. Funds from their Farmers Feeding the Future program were used to restock our food pantries and distribute groceries to help sustain students during this week-long break from school. Pictured is one of many loads of groceries that were delivered to our various food pantries this week. In these days leading up to Thanksgiving, we are especially mindful and grateful.