Wichita, KS- Members, alumni, advisers and guests of the Kansas Family, Career and Community Leaders of America attended the 72nd State Leadership Conference April 15th-17th in Wichita, KS. Among them were members of the Wamego High FCCLA Chapter with their FCCLA Advisor, Tammy Biswell and Culinary Arts Coach, Jacquie Steinbacher. With more than 1,300 FCCLA members in attendance, SLC was truly the “Ultimate Leadership Experience”!
With the conference theme of “Hit Play with Kansas FCCLA” the Kansas State Executive council led the conference in all the general sessions. Judson Laipply was the keynote speaker. His message empowers students to make their future successful by being involved and taking part in expanding your horizon every day.
Members also competed in STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events. STAR Events are competitive events in which members are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership, and career preparation. Senior, Ashely Gano–received 1st Place Gold Medal in the Occupational Job Interview STAR event. Gano will represent Kansas at the national STAR event competitions this summer at Atlanta, Georgia. Culinary Team members, Dario Moreno and Clifford Rodgers earned a Bronze Medal in the Culinary Arts Competition.
Chapter members also had the opportunity to celebrate individual accomplishment at the conference. Sophomores, Karlyn Flynn and Jessi Frazier-Brown were selected to serve as Kansas FCCLA Peer Educators for the 2018-2019 service year. On Monday April 16th, Karlyn and Jessi were inducted into their positions on the Families First Team for Kansas FCCLA. The FCCLA Families First national peer education program through which youth gain a better understanding of how families work and learn skills to become strong family members. These ladies will attend district, state and national conferences informing teens about the importance the family unit. In addition to Karlyn and Jessi attended a training conference and officer celebration for their new office.
During the general session awards were given to recognize chapter, member and advisor accomplishments. Ashley Gano received, District “D” FCCLA Member of the Year for her leadership and dedication to its members in the district. Mrs. Tammy Biswell was awarded the Spirit of Advising Award for her involvement in FCCLA at the chapter, district and national level. Mrs. Biswell was elected to serve Kansas FCCLA on the Board of Directors for a continuous term of three years as the Career Representative of Kansas FCCLA.
The Wamego High FCCLA Chapter has concluded another year of outstanding accomplishments. Our chapter would like to thank the following area businesses for their support of our members in participating in FCCLA competitive events throughout the year; WTC, Bank of the Flint Hills, Wamego Community Foundation, Wamego Chamber, The Columbian Theater and Kaw Valley State Bank. Their support has made it possible for our students to gain experience in leadership and career preparation in community and industry.
Back Row L-R; Karlyn Flynn, Madysen Farr, Rebecca White, Dario Moreno, Clifford Rodgers Front Row L-R; Ashley Gano, Kelsey Haile, Cambrey Eichem and Jessi Frazier-Brown
Congratulations to Susan Gartner, this month’s G.E.M Award recipient. She is a band director.
I would like to nominate Susan Gartner for the GEM Award. I believe for the past 14 years Susan has put together the Fine Arts Fair. Not only did she help create the idea 14 years ago with Marc Stratton but she has continued her efforts to expose the students of Wamego Middle School to the different Fine Arts that are available to them in our area and the possibilities of different careers or hobbies. This past year she single handedly put together the Fine Arts Fair while at the same time preparing for a middle school band concert. She called the presenters numerous times to set things up and deliver their schedules, she organized the students’ schedules, the teachers’ schedules and for there to be a hospitality lounge for the guests with the PTO. The Fine Arts Fair was a hit yet again this year and there is no way it could have been done with our Susan Gartner.
Along with the busy spring of concerts Susan has to help her students prepare for the annual Band Festival hosted by Wamego while the same time serving on the Positive Support Team and planning the Student Community Service Days for May.
I believe Susan deserves this award for going WAY above and beyond her job as a band instructor with her work with the Fine Arts Fair, Positive Support Team and Building Leadership Team. She makes things happen that are beneficial to the students and the staff of Wamego Middle School. Please select Susan for the GEM Award.
Thank you to our sponsors:
Gene’s Heartland Foods
Dr. McQuillen’s Dental office
Sparrow Specialty Coffee
Spirits of 76
Bank of the Flint Hills.
Rachel Buessing, Molly Townsend and Phil Kilne (not present for picture) graduated May 11th with their Masters in Educational Leadership from KSU. All three USD 320 teachers were part of the Wamego/Topeka/KSU Leadership Academy~a two year comprehensive masters degree program. Congratulations!!!
Teaching and Leading with Courage & Resilience RETREAT in JUNE!
USD 320 teachers ~ $400 are available, per registrant, for you to attend the 2 1/2 day Courage to Teach retreat. A limited number of scholarships (Kansas Courage to Teach & Lead Fund). The retreat will take place June 27-29 at the beautiful natural setting of Rock Springs 4-H Center! This retreat will renew your heart for the important work you do! Participants in the past (from 320 and other districts in and outside of Kansas) have found these retreats to be restorative, full of substance, and instrumental in sustaining them as classroom teachers. Contact Dr. Siebert for more information.
Camp Invention®, a nationally recognized, nonprofit summer enrichment camp program, is coming to West Elementary the week of June 26-30.
A program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF), in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Camp Invention challenges children in Grades K-6 to find their “inner inventor” by learning the process of innovation. Using hands-on activities, Camp Invention promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning; builds resourcefulness and problem-solving skills; and encourages entrepreneurship — in a fun and engaging environment. With leadership opportunities for middle school and high school students, this is a program for all area students.
Each year, the program features a new curriculum inspired by some of our nation’s most brilliant inventors — the NIHF Inductees. This year’s Fast Forward curriculum features several video challenges from these Inductees encouraging children to be confident in their ideas and explore their innovativeness.
Enroll today campinvention.org
Ross Conner is the third teacher from Wamego High School to be selected as a James Madison Fellow. He joins Mr. Hornung and Mr. Hemphill. The Madison Fellowship is a federal program, started in 1987 as a celebration of the bicentennial of the US Constitution, that pays for graduate studies for History/Government teachers, with an emphasis in the US Constitution. As a result of this program, Mr. Conner will be able to get a Master's Degree at no cost to him.
The Fellowship is awarded to ONE teacher per state per year and includes 6 hours of credit from Georgetown University in DC. Fellows stay on the Georgetown campus for four weeks and hear lectures each week-day morning from top-notch Constitutional scholars. Fellows also participate in several day trips, including visits to Congress, the Supreme Court, Mount Vernon, Monticello, Montpelier, the White House and Arlington National Cemetery. In addition Fellows have most afternoons and the weekends free to travel the city as they see fit. The remainder of the course work will be completed at a university of his choosing. It is a wonderful honor for Mr. Conner to be chosen. The application process is very competitive.
Congratulations to Mr. Conner!
In an effort to support safe schools and a safe community, and in cooperation with the Wamego Police Department and the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s office, a local hotline email and phone number has been established to allow students and patrons to anonymously report and provide information in our efforts to support student safety.
In case of immediate emergency, call 911
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