To help us to prepare for the school year, please fill out this form for either Remote or In-Class Learning for your son/daughter. Wether you choose Remote or In-Class Learning you will still need to enroll your student. https://forms.gle/XGVLzAm2NXT92evj8
After School Literacy Program Ends at CHES CHES was not awarded continuation of the after school literacy grant, Kansas Reading Roadmap - HEROES. Therefore, our amazing program coordinator, Mrs. Sonya Croci, will be leaving us. We wish to thank her for the diligence and passion she brought to the program, students, and tutors. Our best wishes in your future endeavors, Mrs. Croci! If you wish to send a card to her, please use the school address, 3521 Ellis Road, Richmond, Kansas.
The Special Board of Education meeting is tonight at 7 PM. Use the link below to watch a live stream of the meeting on YouTube. https://youtu.be/Yc6YKJLTO1I
Middle School football camp has been cancelled.
Special BOE Meeting Location: In order to comply with all social distancing and safety mandates, tonight's Special BOE Meeting will take place in the auditorium. Hope to see you there!
Summer Activities at USD 288. Students and Parents, As of right now, we will continue with scheduled summer activities at USD 288, following all social distancing and mask suggestions provided by Franklin County Health. Early next week, an executive order is expected from Governor Kelly addressing education and related activities. If this executive order mandates changes to summer activities, we may have to adjust or alter plans. This is a very fluid situation and we will work to keep you updated. Please continue to monitor our website and social media for updates.
Parents and Students, Online enrollment is now open! On-site enrollment will take place August 3rd from 7:30 AM-7:00 PM. Central Heights plans to return to in-person instruction and resume scheduled activities when allowed on September 9th. We will also be offering "remote learning" for parents that do not feel safe sending students to school at that time. Please enroll ASAP and follow our web page and social media for updates.
Now Hiring, Evening Custodian. This is a full-time position, with full district benefits, starting immediately. Please contact Terrie Titus in the District Office to apply: (785) 869-3455
Dear Central Heights Parents, Below is a brief "Return to School Survey". Please take a moment to fill out the survey and let us know your thoughts and concerns. The data collected will help our faculty, staff and administration make back to school plans. https://forms.gle/DNn3rwP68p2oc5GF8
The Central Heights School District would like to wish Mr. Brian Spencer a happy retirement! Mr. Spencer has had a major impact on education in the State of Kansas in his 33 years of education. The five years leading the Vikings have been no different as he has helped us overcome many obstacles during his tenure. Mr. Spencer mentioned the most memorable moment at Central Heights was the water test over Christmas Break of 2017. Mr. Spencer will be forever remembered for his infectious laughter and “good mornin’” during any part of the day. Thank you, Mr. Spencer, for all that you do, for showing us how to enjoy each day and always pushing us to do what is best for kids! Enjoy your retirement!
The school will be doing physicals for any student wanting to participate in any sports this year on July 29th from 3:00-7:00 pm. The cost is $20.00 per physical. Please make sure you use the new form that was emailed out. If you need a copy of the physical please email Karrie Matile at email@example.com or Kimberly Kraft at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Central Heights students going into grades 6-12 are invited to being Summer Athletic Development tomorrow morning from 6:30am - 8:00am. ** Please bring your own water bottle with your name on it. ** We will meet at the flag pole by the MS entrance. Our plan is to be outside unless there is bad weather. The workout plan for this week is designed so that students are able to stay 6’ apart during the entire workout. We will be recording attendance and temperature as students arrive in the morning to ensure even more safety for our students. If you have questions, contact Coach Risch at email@example.com or 785-869-3555 (x1105)
Gates for graduation will open at 12:00. To listen to the ceremony, either at home or at the event, tune your radios to KOFO 12:20 AM or103.7 FM. We will also Live Stream the event on the Central Heights USD 288 Facebook page. The restroom facilities will not be open or accessible
Congratulations to Mrs. Jean Nilges on her retirement from Central Heights. Mrs. Nilges has worked with a vast number of children over many years and we extend a deep and gracious “Thank You” to her! Mrs. Nilges holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Education from Mid-America Nazarene. She has 42 additional credit hours, mostly in the field of reading. Mrs. Nilges taught at the Heidi and Peter Preschool for seven years, Head Start in Lawrence for one year, was the Director at the Daycare Center for two years, a paraprofessional in Ottawa for two years and a substitute teacher in Ottawa for 10 years. She has spent the last 15 years at Central Heights Elementary. At CHES she taught third graders for four years, prekindergarten children for two years, kindergarten students for 1 year, and then eight years as the Reading Recovery and Title I Reading teacher. Getting to know her students and their families, watching the students grow academically, and seeing them grow up is something she remembers fondly. She has stayed in contact with many of her students over the years. Mrs. Nilges remembers learning from and about her co-workers. She loves the family atmosphere. “It is great how we pull together for each other when we need to. I will never forget building a milk jug igloo in the library with Mrs. Smith.” She has been married to Lynn Nilges for eight years. Together they have 16 grandchildren. Their large family has had some great celebrations. They are looking forward to many more to come. Mrs. Nilges will be spending more time with her father who is in a nursing home facility. The Nilges’ hope to do some traveling and spend time on special projects around the house including planting lots of beautiful flowers. Mrs. Nilges states she will miss her very dear friends at CHES. If things ever get back to normal, she would like to do some substitute teaching. The CHES staff would like that too, Mrs. Nilges!
The Central Heights School District would like to wish Mr. Michael Carey a happy retirement! Mr. Carey has been wandering the hallways with his side secured belt and a pencil behind his ear for 26 years. But has served in education for a total of 42 years. Teaching business, theology and the best computer science teacher this side of the Mississippi, Mr. Carey has also had an impact by coaching football, women’s basketball, men’s and women’s track as well as many other duties such as CTE coordinator. Mr. Carey has thoroughly enjoyed his time at Central Heights as both a student and a teacher, but those of us within the district have some very distinct memories that stick out with his dry sarcastic humor. Most notably, during inservice confessing his long forgotten (high school) crush on another staff member. Mr. Carey has shown passion for education and the Viking Community and we will truly miss the laughter he provides each day. We wish him the best of luck as he has more time with family including his Wife Deb, Son Chris, Daughters, Ashley and Malissa as well as five grandchildren. Mr. Carey plans to stay active within the Central Heights School system and community.
The Central Heights School District would like to wish Mrs. Jeanette Lowry a happy retirement! Mrs. Lowry has had a huge impact on the Viking Family teaching in the district for 21 years (26 years overall) including Spanish I, II, and III, Introduction to Spanish, and Multiculture Class. In addition to her teaching impact, Mrs. Lowry has also sponsored the Spanish Club and served as a junior class sponsor. Mrs. Lowry’s favorite part of her time at Central Heights was bonding with her students. The students will miss her unconventional ways to get their attention and learn new concepts! We appreciate all that Mrs. Lowry has done for the students of Central Heights. We wish her good luck and safe travels as she looks to spend more time with family (Daughter and Son-In-Law Megan and James Osladil, Daughter Marissa Lowry, and Grandchildren Emma, Brodie and Madison Osladil and travel to different states.
Summer Athletic Development starts June 1st. The focus will be on athletic development & injury prevention. We will monitor guidelines from the state & county to ensure student safety. If you have questions, contact Coach Risch at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-869-3555 (x1105)
The Central Heights School District would like to wish Mrs. Deborah Hampton a happy retirement! Mrs. Hampton has had a huge impact on the Viking Family teaching in the district for 26 years including American History, Economics, high school English, Speech, and Drama. In addition to her teaching impact, Mrs. Hampton has also sponsored plays, musicals, forensics, Student Council, National Honor Society, Central Heights Fellowship Club, Cheerleading, Dance, Pep Club, as well as serving as a class sponsor for both juniors and seniors. Mrs. Hampton’s favorite part of her time at Central Heights was watching all four of her children walk across the stage as Viking graduates. We appreciate the immense impact Mrs. Hampton has had on students and staff during her time at Central Heights and wish her the best of luck in the future!
The Central Heights School District would like to wish Mr. David Clayton a happy retirement! Mr. Clayton has taught for 40 years, including 15 as a middle school math teacher at Central Heights. Including the impact of working in the classroom for 40 years, Mr. Clayton influenced students through supervising the Tech Lab, assisting with high school football, head coach for high school girls basketball, assisting high school boys basketball, golf, robotics, sponsoring a middle school math contest, leading Biddy Ball, and working as a clock/scorekeeper during middle school games. Mr. Clayton’s most memorable moment at Central Heights was the substate basketball tournament at Erie with Coach Percy and Coach Lane. But appreciates the thousands and thousands of laughs with students, faculty, and staff. We appreciate all that you have done for the Viking Family Mr. Clayton and wish you the best of luck with your family, riding your bike, and working with Picket Fence Properties!
Central Heights Students Check in is May 18 and May 19 from 8AM to 6PM. The PTA is handing out Dilly Bars and Sonic Drink Tokens to all CHES students! Even if you have no items to check in - come by for your treats! Please label your technology device with your name, grade, teacher's name, and if there are any problems with the device. Label and sack your paperwork. Please return library books and musical instruments. Third Graders - you will receive ingredients for Bread in a Bag - an activity your teachers had planned for the classroom. We hope to see you on Monday and Tuesday!
Class of 2020: Josh Tompson is the son of Tim and Josetta Thompson. During his time at Central Heights High School, Josh participated in FCCLA, FCA, FBLA, Football, Powerlifting, and Track. After graduation, Josh plans to enter the workforce as a Journeyman Lineman. Josh was a leader on the Football field for the Vikings earning recognition as 2nd Team All-League O-Line and D-Line. Josh’s most meaningful memories at Central Heights happened in the football locker room. He would tell you about them, but what happens in the football locker room stays in the football locker room. If Josh could give the underclassman any advice it would be to work hard and stay on top of your priorities, but don’t forget to have fun! Congratulations Josh! We are so proud of you!
Class of 2020: Tyler Stevenson is the son of Kendall Stevenson and Beverly Hines. During his time at Central Heights High School, Tyler participated in Cross Country, Track, Basketball, Spanish Club, Pep Club, and Honor Flight. After graduation, Tyler plans to attend Ottawa University to major in finance. Tyler will also be a member of the OU Cross Country and Track teams in the fall. Tyler is a decorated runner, earning several awards during his time in high school including a 2018 2A XC Team Champion, 2x state runner-up as a team, Academic All-State selection for the 2019 Cross Country season by the KCCTFCA, 3x individual state medalist for both XC and Track and Field, and the All Herald boys cross-country athlete of the year for both 2018 and 2019. Tyler’s most memorable experiences at Central Heights include going to state Cross Country and Track. Tyler’s advice to the underclassmen would be to fight the system and follow your heart. Congratulations Tyler! We are so proud of you!
Class of 2020: Tyler Silvis is the son of Rhonda Silvis and Jason Julich. During his time at Central Heights High School, he participated in FFA (2 years as an officer), and served as a Baseball manager. After graduation Tyler plans to enter the workforce as a general laborer. Tyler’s most meaningful experiences at Central Heights have been his time as an FFA officer. Serving as an officer has truly taught him the meaning of leadership. Tyler’s advice to the underclassmen would be to stay focused, work hard, and hold your head up. Congratulations Tyler! We are so proud of the person you have become!
This Friday, May 15th, 8:00pm - 8:20pm we will turn on the stadium lights at Central Heights. We want to invite students, parents, and community members to drive through our parking lot, staff will be there and are excited to see everyone one last time this school year. Please keep in mind that we need to adhere to all state and county distancing guidelines, so please stay in your cars and do not congregate. We hope to see everyone this Friday!!
Class of 2020: Mathew Sellars is the son of Margo Bell. During his time at Central Heights High School, he was a member of the Football team and participated in Art Club. After graduation, Mathew plans to attend Emporia State University to pursue a degree in History Education. Mathew’s most memorable moment at Central Heights was his first day during 8th hour when Jonathan crawled on the floor with a plant in front of his face singing the mission impossible theme song. Mathew’s advice to the underclassmen would be if you do your homework everything will be fine. Congratulations Mathew! We are so proud of you!
Class of 2020: Ryder Roll is the son of Stacy and Dan Roll. During his time at Central Heights High School, Ryder participated in Track and Field, Scholars Bowl, FBLA, Spanish Club, and Yearbook. After graduation, Ryder plans to attend the University of Kansas to major in pharmacy. Ryder plans to pursue a career in retail pharmacy or hospital pharmacy. Ryder has been recognized as a Kansas Honors Scholar and received the Governor’s Scholar Award. He has also earned the title of Valedictorian for completion of high school with a perfect 4.0 G.P.A. When asked what his most meaningful memory has been during his time at Central Heights, Ryder responded that it was decorating for prom his junior year. He loved the way his class acted like a family and spent the whole day working towards the same goal. Ryder’s advice to underclassmen is to take chances. You'll never know when you'll regret not taking an opportunity. Congratulations Ryder! We cannot wait to see what you will accomplish!
Class of 2020: Hailee Riemer is the daughter of Tom and Katie Riemer. During her time at Central Heights High School, Hailee participated in Volleyball, Basketball, Cheer, FFA, FBLA, Key Club, Pep Club, Swing Group, Honor Flight, FOR Club, and Spanish Club. After graduation, Hailee plans to attend Neosho County Community college to begin working towards an Education degree. Hailee plans to one day get a Master’s degree in Education and be an English teacher. Hailee has received a Service Scholarship and a Cheerleading Scholarship from Neosho County totaling $1,650. Hailee’s most meaningful experience at Central Heights will be how nice and caring the faculty has been. She loved going to a small school where you knew everyone and your friends became family. If Hailee could give any advice to the underclassmen it would be to have fun while you can! You never know if your year will be cut short! Congratulations Hailee! We are so proud of who you have become!
Class of 2020: Harlee Poage is the daughter of Tami Poage. During her time at Central Heights High School, Harlee participated in Spanish Club and Swing Group. After graduation, Harlee plans to attend Flint Hills Technical College to start her education as a dental assistant and then work her way up to become a dental hygienist. Harlee’s favorite memories at Central Heights include spending time with her best friend. If Harlee could give any advice to the underclassmen it would be to DO YOUR HOMEWORK AND TURN IT IN! Congratulations Harlee! We cannot wait to see what you will accomplish!
Class of 2020: Sophie Morris is the daughter of Tamara (Troy) Pucket and Blaze (Ronda) Morris. During her time at Central Heights High School, Sophie participated in FCCLA, Cheerleading, Key Club, Forensics, Drama, Pep Club, Spanish Club, Track, and Volleyball. After graduation, Sophie plans to attend college to further her education. Sophie says that the most meaningful thing about attending Central Heights was having the entire community's support for every club and organization. The advice Sophie would give to the underclassmen would be to do your work, don’t procrastinate, and have fun! You only go through high school once. Congratulations Sophie! We are so proud of you!
Class of 2020: Mason McCurry is the son of Shani and Lance McCurry. During his time at Central Heights High School, Mason participated in Cross Country, Track, FFA, and Band. After graduation, Mason plans to attend the Missouri Welding Institute to pursue a career in welding. Mason’s most meaningful experience at Central Heights would have to be all the success he experienced at state Cross Country. The advice Mason would give to the underclassmen would be that they are in high school now, so try not to act like a child. Congratulations Mason! We are so proud of you!
To Whom it May Concern, In lieu of the awards ceremony, scholarship recipients will be recognized during our graduation ceremony. At this time we are still developing several contingency plans for graduation. However, we plan to alter our program to accommodate scholarship recognition. If you are a scholarship donor please contact the school using the information provided below to ensure that the recipient is recognized. Please email scholarship recipient information to: email@example.com Please Include: Scholarship Name, Student Name(s), and Amount Received. If you have continued questions or concerns, please contact the Central Heights High School office at 785-869-3555. Thank you, Central Heights High School
Class of 2020: Shelbie Miller is the daughter of Bobbie and Travis Miller. During her time at Central Heights High School, Shelbie participated in Cheer, Softball, Swing Group, Volleyball, and Honor Flight. After graduation, Shelbie plans to attend college to pursue a career in Radiology with a specialization in Ultrasound. Shelbie’s most meaningful experience at Central Heights was participating in Honor Flight. She said helping the veterans get through seeing the monuments has been her favorite memory of high school. Shelbie’s advice to the underclassmen would be to study like it’s going out of style and make sure you know how to read a clock so you can use your time wisely. Congratulations Shelbie! We are so proud of the person you have become!
Class of 2020: Victoria Hall-Stephens is the daughter of Jason and Kristin Stephens. During her time at Central Heights High School, Victoria was active in Art Club, Drama, and Swing Group. Victoria is a very talented artist and upon completion of high school, she plans to attend Emporia State University to major in graphic design. When asked what her most memorable experience at Central Heights was, Victoria replied that it was preparing for and performing in this year’s school play. She says there were so many things that tried to prevent the play from happening, but the cast pulled together and put on an amazing show. When asked what advice she would give to the underclassmen Victoria said to keep trying! Not even Covid-19 is stopping us! Congratulations Victoria! We cannot wait to see what you will accomplish!
The Learning Continues Autumn paraded by the Richmond Health Care Center on Wednesday. She made signs and leaned out the car window shouting “Viking First Graders love you!” Several times during the school year Mrs. Horstick and Mrs. Coffman's first graders go to RHCC. They visit, sing, and give cards to the residents. It is so inspiring that our young students come to value our elderly citizens!
Class of 2020: Darbie Lear is the daughter of Jerri and James Beckwith. During her time at Central Heights High School, Darbie was an active participant in Key Club. Darbie dedicated much of her high school career to completing additional courses through Neosho County Community College. Darbie completed her Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate during her junior year and continued to work towards courses she would need for a career in nursing. Darbie plans to attend Neosho County Community College to continue her education in nursing. When asked what her most memorable moment at Central Height was, Darbie replied that it would definitely be the COVID-19 shutdown. Darbie’s advice to the underclassmen would be that if school has to continue online next year, do not procrastinate! Congratulations Darbie! You are going to do great things!
CHES Para-educator Week, April 27 - May 1 If you want to send an email just follow this format: first initial, last name, @usd288.org A big, big shout out to our CHES paras: Angie Malone, Jessica Miller, Cassidy Williams, Daisy Patterson, Sheila Carlson, Anita Thoele, Emily Goranson, Theresa Thoele, Tiffany Holstine, Lisa Huntley, Kim Smith, and Tracy Roehl. You always are always there for the kids and us!
The Elementary PTA would like to invite all families to participate in Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4 - 8. Please reach out to CHES teachers by sending a thank you email, video, or picture of yourself! You can also mail cards or small gifts to your teacher at CHES, 3521 Ellis Road, Richmond, KS 66080. Be sure to write your name on the return address so we know it is for Teacher Appreciation Week. We will make sure it is delivered to your teacher. Teacher favorites can still be found on the school website at usd288.org. Click "Menu," then "Documents," then "Elementary", then "Teacher Favorites." Be creative with this unusual opportunity!
Class of 2020: Hannah Jumet is the daughter of John and Stephanie Jumet. During her time at Central Heights High School, Hannah participated in Swing Group, Band, Drama, Art Club, Student Council, Scholars' Bowl, Volleyball, and FCA. After graduation, Hannah plans to attend Emporia State University to major in music education. While at Emporia State, Hannah will be a member of the Marching Hornets and receive a Music Talent Scholarship in the amount of $1,200 and a Marching Band Scholarship in the amount of $400. Hannah’s most meaningful experience at Central Heights has been being involved in so many activities. It has given her a chance to really figure out who she is and create new friendships. Hannah’s advice to the underclassmen would be that life is too short to spend it in the dark. If there is something you think might be really cool, like a club or activity, join it! High School is a great time to try new things and figure out who you are. “Don’t waste time trying to be like anybody but yourself because the things that make you strange are the things that make you powerful.” - Ben Platt Congratulations Hannah! We are so proud of you!
Class of 2020: Taylor Jilek is the daughter of Dustin Jilek and Carrie Shaffer. During her time at Central Heights High School, Taylor was an active participant in rodeo. Taylor is a member of the United Rodeo Association and the Kansas High School Rodeo Association. Following graduation, Taylor plans to attend Neosho County Community College to pursue a career in nursing. To prepare for this career Taylor has been participating in a Work-Study Program through AdventHealth Hospital. Taylor’s dedication to nursing and incredible work ethic have earned her the 2020 Olathe Health Healthcare Career Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. When asked what her most meaningful memory at Central Heights was Taylor said it happened during her 8th-grade promotion. She had been hesitant to apply for a Student Council position but at the last minute gave it a try. During her 8th grade promotion, it was announced that she had been selected as a member of the Student Council for the upcoming year. This moment is meaningful to Taylor because it taught her that you never know the outcome if you do not try. Taylor’s advice to the underclassmen would be to never give up on your dreams. When school gets tough, never give up! It will get better! Congratulations Taylor. We cannot wait to see what you accomplish!
Class of 2020: Shayla Griffin is the daughter of Janet and Rusty Griffin. During her time at Central Heights High School, Shayla was active in Drama Club, Track, and Art Club. After graduation, Shayla plans to work for a year to save money. After that, she will enter Z Hair Academy to pursue a career as a cosmetologist. Shayla’s most memorable moment at Central Heights was when she was chosen as Prom Queen her Junior year. Shayla’s advice to the underclassmen would be not to fall behind in your classes! It’s not worth it! Congratulations Shayla! We are so proud of you!
Class of 2020: Colin Haynes is the son of Jeri Lynn Haynes. During his time at Central Heights High School, he participated in FFA, Powerlifting, Football, Basketball, and Track. Following graduation, Colin plans to enter the workforce full-time. Colin’s most memorable moments at Central Heights were playing football under the Friday night lights. If Colin could give any advice to the underclassmen it would be to participate in sports. Congratulations Colin! We are so proud of you!
Hello community partners, I'm writing to ask your help in spreading the word - Elizabeth Layton Center is open for business and here to help! We are able to offer safe options for behavioral health treatment during this time of COVID crisis. I think many people in our community are struggling right now with anxiety, depression, substance cravings and other behavioral health issues. Our world is filled with unprecedented stressors and losses. However, access to ELC services has never been lower than the past month. My concern is that people may be unaware that ELC is open for business, and that we are able to offer treatment options that are both safe and effective. ELC now offers behavioral health services through Telemedicine (e.g. telephone and televideo methods.) This is very convenient for families, and allows for safe and effective treatment of mental health and substance use needs. New patient admissions, Crisis services, Therapy, Medication management, Peer Support, Case Management and Psychosocial services can all be access via Telemedicine! We also continue to offer face-to-face services (using COVID precautions) for those who are unable to participate by telephone or televideo. For safety reasons, our doors are now locked, but the public can still access our services if needed. They can phone first, or if they arrive on site our compassionate staff will walk them through the process. As always, community residents without insurance are eligible for sliding scale fee based services. Crisis services remain available 24/7.
Class of 2020: Jesse Collins is the son of Carla and John Collins. During his time at Central Heights High School, Jesse was an active member of the FFA and played one year of football. During his senior year, Jesse also participated in a Work-Study Program through Spencer Farms. Jesse plans to attend technical school following graduation and pursue a career as a Heavy Equipment Technician for Foley CAT who will be sponsoring his internship. Jesse’s most memorable moments during high school include FFA trips and spending time with friends. Jesse’s advice to the underclassmen would be to get involved in activities; 4 years goes by fast. Congratulations Jesse! We are so proud of you!
Senior 2020: Samantha Ferris is the daughter of Tara West and Will Chuber. During her time at Central Heights High School, Samantha participated in Cross Country, Track, Art Club, Swing Group, Honor Flight, and Drama Club. Following graduation, Samatha plans to attend Kansas Wesleyan on a Cross Country and Track Scholarship. When asked what her most memorable moment at Central Heights was she replied that it was being part of the Cross Country team. She loved the atmosphere of her team. Samantha’s advice to the underclassmen would be to do your work and remember that this is just a small part of your life. You need to get through it to get what you want. Congratulations Sam! We are so proud of the person you have become!
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Class of 2020: Jonathan Fox is the son of Micheal and Lori Fox. During his time at Central Heights High School, Jonathan participated in Football, Baseball, FFA, and Pep Club. In addition to his high school diploma, Jonathan will also attain his Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) certificate from Neosho County Community College. Following graduation, Jonathan will pursue a business degree from Ottawa University in hopes of one day owning his own HVAC company. Jonathan will also be a member of the Ottawa Braves Football team next fall and was selected as the recipient of the Franklin County High Achiever Award. When asked what his most meaningful experience at Central Heights was he replied that it was winning the football homecoming game and beating West Franklin. Jonathan’s advice to the underclassmen would be to use your teachers because they will help you. It goes quickly, and when it’s gone, it’s gone. Congratulations Jonathan! We are all so proud of you!
Class of 2020: Landen Compton is the son of Chris and Tommi Compton. During his time at Central Heights High School, Landen participated in Key Club, Powerlifting, Swing Group, Cross Country, Basketball, and Track. Following graduation, Landen plans to enter the Air Force as part of the Intelligence division. Landen has received numerous awards during his high school career including lettering in Cross Country, Basketball, Track, and Academics. Landen’s most memorable moment in high school was achieving his goal of making it to the state track meet in multiple events and representing Central Heights. If Landen could give the underclassmen any advice it would be to take every opportunity that comes your way and always give it 100%. Learn from the experience we are living through right now because you never know what could be taken away without warning. Thank you, Landen, for choosing to serve our country. We are incredibly proud of you! Congrats!
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Class of 2020: Adriana Casida is the daughter of David and April Kobel. During her time at Central Heights High School, Adriana participated in Honor Flight, Drama Club, and Art Club. Adriana is planning to attend a College or University but is still deciding which one and what she would like to study. She is a motivated student who wants to make the best decision for her future. If Adriana could offer some advice to the underclassmen it would be not to fight for people who wouldn’t lift a finger for you. Be proud of yourself because the opinions of others don’t define your reality. Overthinking will only lead to sadness. You got this; it may seem stressful at times but it will all work out! Congratulations Adriana! We cannot wait to see what you will accomplish!
Class of 2020: Austin Coffman is the son of John and Erin Coffman. During his time at Central Heights High School, Austin participated in Football, Basketball, Baseball, Band, Scholars Bowl, Powerlifting, FBLA, Spanish Club, and served as Senior Class President. In the fall, Austin plans to attend Pittsburg State University to major in Mathematics Education. Austin has also received an Academic Scholarship from Pittsburg State University. Some of Austin’s most memorable moments at Central Heights include just being around great people including the staff and his friends every day. If Austin could provide some advice to the underclassmen it would be that they shouldn't be afraid to step up and be a leader! Congratulations Austin! We are all so proud of you!
Class of 2020: Alex Cannady is the son of Rusty and Stephanie Cannady. During his time at Central Heights High School he participated in Cross Country, Basketball, Track & Field, Baseball, FCA, FCCLA, FFA, Band, and Key Club. After graduation Alex plans to attend Kansas State University on a Band Scholarship. Alex will either major in Agronomy, Beef Cattle Ranch Management, or Construction Science Management. Alex has been recognized by Kansas State University as the Most Talented Musician and received a scholarship for that accomplishment. When asked what his most memorable experience at Central Heights was, Alex said that spending last year’s prom with his beautiful girlfriend Cheyenne and winning the 2A State Cross Country meet topped his list. He also referenced celebrating various Cross Country wins with his teammates, family members, and his coach. He will always cherish watching the scores come up at the finish line, singing “We Are The Champions”, and adding to the trophy case. The advice Alex would give to underclassmen is to be who you are! Don’t spend your time being someone you are not. Find your group of friends that have similar beliefs and goals so you can be your true self. Congratulations Alex! You are going to accomplish great things!
This is the radio interview with Mr. Spencer that aired on KOFO last Sunday morning. https://5il.co/exsp
Class of 2020: Abby Brown is the daughter of Sara and Jason Brown. During her time at Central Heights High School, Abby participated in Cross Country, Basketball, Track, Powerlifting, Stuco, Class Government, and FOR Club. Abby has maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA and was recognized as a Kansas Honors Scholar earlier this year. Following graduation, Abby plans to continue her education at Bethany College. Abby will also be a member of the Bethany Swedes Women’s Basketball Team. Abby’s most memorable time at Central Heights was placing 3rd as a team and earning a medal individually at the 2A State Cross Country meet her senior year. Abby’s advice to the underclassmen would be not to take school too seriously, have fun with it! Enjoy this time with your friends and teachers. It goes by fast. Congratulations Abby! We are so proud of you!
Attention to all CH Elementary School Parents: If you take any homeschooling photos during this time please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org so they could be put into the school yearbook.
Class of 2020: Madison Bridges is the daughter of Dana and Kevin Bridges. During her time at Central Heights High School, Madison has participated in Student Council, Key Club, Spanish Club, FFA, Cross Country, and Track. Madison has maintained a perfect 4.0 G.P.A. and was recognized as a Kansas Honors Scholar earlier this year. Madison plans to attend Kansas State University in the fall to major in Animal Science. She plans to one day become a veterinarian. Madison will always remember getting 3rd place with her team in 2A State Cross Country. If Madison could give any advice to the underclassmen it would be to wash your hands and vote for Bernie Sanders. Congratulations Madison! We are so proud of you and all you have accomplished!
Unfortunately my phone call this evening cut off to some of you at a bad time. I was in the middle of stating we have an employee that was tested for COVID-19 but the results are not back yet. The employee has been away from work beyond the 14 day quarantine period and none of the coworkers have any symptoms. Even if the test comes back positive it is highly unlikely it spread to others associated with the school. We will share more information when it is available.
Class of 2020: Jessica Asbury is the daughter of Brian and Angie Asbury. Throughout her time at Central Heights High School Jessica has been active in Dance, FFA, 4-H, FCCLA, Wrestling Manager, Key Club, Swing Group, Spanish Club, Pep Club and Volleyball. Jessica plans to attend Highland Community College in the fall. She plans to graduate with a Biology degree and continue her education to become an X-Ray Technician. Jessica has been awarded a Choir Scholarship for full books and tuition from Highland Community College. Her most memorable experiences at Central Heights include spending most of her days with her best friend. If Jessica could give any piece of advice to the underclassmen it would be to soak in all of your last moments of high school. You never know when it might be cut short. Congratulations Jessica! We can’t wait to see what you will accomplish!
IMAGINATION LIBRARY - FREE MONTHLY BOOKS Any family with a child(ren) under the age of 5 living in USD 288 Central Heights is now eligible to receive FREE once a month books mailed directly to their home. This is a fantastic way to help families build a home library and increase opportunities for language and literacy development. Families can register by going to www.imaginationlibrary.com and clicking on "register my child" where they will be prompted to enter their place of residence. Help spread the word!
CHES 5th Grade Third Quarter Honor Roll Honor Roll (3.3- 3.6) Kylee Guyett, Trace Dennison, Gavin McMechan, Armoni Velez Principal's Honor Roll (3.7-4.0) Reed Compton, Jack Chuber, Faith Farmer, Colt King, Ethan Kraft, Haiden LaMar, Landon Lickteig, Kaylor Matile, Payton Miller, Anabel Risch, Charley Roehl, Carson Thompson, Royce Ulrich
Seniors, your Jostens orders will be at the school on Thursday, April 9. A Jostens represenatvie will be at the schools main entrance from 11:00-12:00. Please be there to pick up your stuff.
CHES Continuous Learning Plan Parents, The learning plan for your students will be sent out on Sundays at 5:00 PM. You will receive next week plans today, March 29. Mrs. Burroughs and Mrs. Tyner will use Seesaw to send out their plans. Mrs. Markley, Mrs. Coffman, and Mrs. Horstick will be sending out their plans using the parent's email address. Second through Fifth grade teachers will be sending their plans using the student's email address. Mrs. Reed, Mrs. Desormeaux, Mrs. Ray, and Mrs. Palkowitsh will contact their students individually. Mrs. Cannady will contact her 5th Grade Band students. It is recommended PreK students have 30 minutes of daily learning time, K & 1st- 45 minutes, 2 & 3-60 minutes, and 4 & 5 - 90 minutes. Completed paperwork can be given to CH staff at the lunch delivery bus stops. I will NOT be in the office on Mondays as previously stated. You may contact me at 785/204/1403 or email@example.com.
CHES Teacher Office Hours - Starting March 30, Monday-Friday. If you need to contact a teacher, please do so by email. Mrs. Burroughs (PREK) 9-10 AM - 7-8 PM Mrs. Markley (K) 4-6 PM Mrs.Tyner (K) 1-3 PM Mrs. Coffman (1) 1-3PM Mrs. Horstick (1) 11AM - 1PM Mrs. Fangman (2) 10AM - Noon Mrs. Burks (2) 9-11 AM Mr. Wheat (2) Noon - 2PM Mrs.Lickteig (3) 6-8 PM Mrs. Wilson (3) (subbing for Mrs. Rand) 2-4PM Mrs. Rowlett (3) 9-11AM Mrs. Heppler & Mrs. Cutburth (4) 10-11AM & 7-8PM Mrs. Riemer (5th) 9-11AM Mrs. McCally (5th) 11AM - 1PM Mr. Schulte (Counselor) 7-9 AM M,W,F & 1-4 T, TH Mr. Folsom (Psychologist) 9-11AM Mrs. Evans (Title Rdg) 11AM - 1PM Mrs. Nilges (Title Rdg) 10AM -Noon Mrs. Smith (Librarian) 10AM - Noon Ms. Percy (PE) 8-10AM Ms. Farris (Art) 1-3PM Ms. West (K-3 Vocal) 1-3PM Mrs. Cannady (PreK, 4&5 Vocal, 5th Band) 10AM-noon Mrs. Reed (SPED K-2, 5) 10AM-Noon Mrs. Desormeaux (SPED 3-4) 8-10AM Mrs. Palkowitsh (Speech/Lang) 7-9AM Mrs. Collins(Principal) 7AM-8P
USD 288 Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Any family with a child(ren) under the age of 5 living in USD 288 Central Heights is now eligible to receive FREE once a month books mailed directly to their home. This is a fantastic way to help families build a home library and increase opportunities for language and literacy development. Families can register by going to www.imaginationlibrary.com and clicking on "register my child" where they will be prompted to enter their place of residence.
There will be an Emergency USD #288 Board Meeting at 7:00, Thursday March 26, 2020 in the District Board Room. The public may participate via an interactive phone conference. Dial 712-451-0948 The access code is 930780# Agenda items are USD #288 Continuous Learning Plan Application, Resolution 1920-05 Wage Payments during Emergency School Closings, and Food Service Program.
MESSAGE FROM CHES
CHES Parents - Things You Should Know About Your Student’s Continuing Learning Opportunities for the Remainder of the 2019-20 School Year. A sign-up sheet was sent out yesterday for you to schedule a time to come to school to pick up your student's belongings on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. Please enter through the Elementary Front Office Doors 2nd - 5th Grade - Your child’s belongings have been gathered and bagged. Their Chromebook is also sitting on their desk. The charger is in the bag. PreK- 1st Grade - Your child’s belongings have been gathered and bagged. Kindergarten student bags are in the CHES office area. There are not enough Ipads for every student. When you arrive, please let us know if you need an IPad. If your child has a device of their own for apps and they have access to the Reading Eggs website, they will not need a school Ipad. All of the electronic devices have been cleaned with Clorox wipes. There is a table of school supplies by the office area. If you do not have enough supplies at home, please know you may take what you need. There is a large envelope for every student. Report cards and spring picture packets are inside. They may also include worksheets, certificates, progress reports, Father/Daughter Dance pictures, etc. Each Sunday evening at 5:00 teachers will be sending out weekly lesson plans for the upcoming week. 2nd - 5th Grade - These plans will be sent to the student’s email address. Mrs. Horstick, Mrs. Coffman, and Mrs Markley’s students- These plans will be sent to the parent’s email address. Mrs. Tyner and Mrs. Burroughs’s students - These plans will be sent through Seesaw. For families without internet service at home, teachers will give you alternative assignments. Mrs. Reed, Mrs. Desormeaux, and Mrs. Ray will contact families individually. Each teacher will have office hours which will be listed on the lesson plan document. Your child’s safety and education is of the utmost importance to all of us at CHES! Please know you can call, text, or email me with celebrations, questions, or concerns. Mrs. Collins.
Please return all of your children’s library books when you pick up your their items from school! If you have questions about what books your children have out feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you in advance!
The links listed below will be forms for you to fill out to set up a time to come pick up your students’ device and lockers/desk supplies. Please pick only one day and time per student. For high school students please click the following link https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeDUuNcOsRAHzUOGR3L9-IFkHEe4DYm477Myt_C-X8D6YEWxg/viewform?usp=sf_link For middle school students please click the following link https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf6rnvKt8L4AbjrMg7-HoFdNZOlsVLrm0SNFm1lq8PhJroW2A/viewform?usp=sf_link For elementary school students please click the following link https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdww0zzYk7FG73OB78xYmmOVPwVuYachytr7zZZmBhpqsCK4g/viewform?usp=sf_link
When the announcement is made for you to come and collect your supplies from school, we want you to turn in your fundraising money and or cards at the time you sign up for. We have to have all the cards by the final sign up time.. If you can not make it out during the time allowed let me know and we will work something else out. I will be sitting underneath the Wall of honor plaques in the commons area to collect them. Please have 15 cards or the equivalent amount of 300 dollars, or a combination of both. Coach Brown
Thank you to all the paras that came out to help pack lunches and clean all the student devices!
Lunches will be served from 11:00 to 12:30. DO NOT CONGREGATE TOGETHER WAITING ON DELIVERY! We will have two buses in Princeton and Richmond. You can get lunch from either location. They will be within sight of each other. Take you meals and leave the area please.
A survey was sent to one email per household. If you did not receive the survey please take fill it out here. Responses must be submitted by this Wednesday at midnight. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeCBATNKU4R6MesEOeC8cvaYWEaDDUEWpBtoViEku8bq6y1RA/viewform?usp=sf_link
CONGRATULATIONS to Hannah Jumet for officially signing with Emporia State on a Music Talent Scholarship! She also accepted a scholarship from ESU for playing in the marching band. 💛🖤 This quarantine has made scholarship signings look a bit different (she signed last night in her home), but CHS is incredibly proud of you, and we are celebrating with you! (from at least 6 ft away) 💛💙 📸: The talented Jenni Keith @faithandphotography
Be wary of people soliciting you saying they are from, or working with, the school. I understand telemarketing calls showing Central Heights as the caller are being received in the district. As I stated in the call last evening, if the school is involved my name or one the principals’ name will be directly attached. We are not selling bracelets over the phone to raise money for the school. If it isn’t me, one of the principals, or a staff member you know the call is a scam no matter what caller ID says.
Did you know that the Franklin County Children's Coalition is providing FREE LUNCHES for school-aged children all throughout Franklin County this week? They have partnered with local agencies and there will be a different lunch each day from 12(noon) to 1 at Carnegie in Ottawa. Load up the kiddos and go grab some grub! Thank you to all who are donating!
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Mother-Son dance is being rescheduled for this coming Fall. Look for details in August. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Update on COVIN-19 We are receiving further guidelines concerning the pandemic. These guidelines will be updated daily, and since we are on Spring Break I will not post specific information right now, but I will share the link to the KDHE K-12 School guidance website. You can access this and see the latest guidance as it is posted. http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/toolkit/Interim_Guidance_for_Schools.pdf Look for updates from me near the end of the week as we prepare to return to school. The principals have issued some information to specific groups that will likely be affected after the break. (The Juniors and Seniors concerning prom for example.) We will do our best to keep the updates and postings small and manageable. Have an enjoyable break and try to enjoy time away from the public with your family.
The Honor Flight "Swinging Through the Decades" Gala scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday March 14 has been RESCHEDULED for SATURDAY MAY 23. We apologize for any inconvenience this will cause, but the Franklin County Health Department requested we postpone due to COVIN-19 Concerns.
The COVIN-19 outbreak is creating significant confusion and concern. After watching webinars with state officials this afternoon, I feel the need to share what I know. As of Noon today, Thursday, March 12, there have been three confirmed cases of COVIN-19 in Kansas, and they were all contracted in other places. There has not been a case of the communal spread of the virus in Kansas at this time. (Those that have it, contracted it somewhere else and then came to Kansas.) The likelihood of Central Heights needing to close is very small. Only the local health department http://www.franklincoks.org/index.aspx?NID=933 or the State of Kansas Department of Health and Environment can order a school closing due to a situation of this nature. There is now guidance stating that individuals that leave the country should check in with their local health department upon their return. The health department will then advise individuals whether or nor they should subject themselves to a self-imposed 14 day quarantine. Central Heights basically begins Spring Break at the end of school today. Students do not return until Monday, March 23. Hopefully by that time things will have settled down and we will have a great run to the end of the year. The best place to stay current is the the Franklin County Health Department website that I linked above. We will not be attempting to stay current while the students are off on Spring Break.
DRIVERS EDUCATION We are asking that all paperwork be turned in by April 15th if you are wanting to take the class. The fee of 131 for in district students is due by June 1st. The money can be given to Mrs. Matile at the middle school office.
Wrestling bellies are full after eating at Braun’s!
Brody Roullett wins his 3rd match to advance!
Jotham Meyer advances in 80 lb division and Brody Roullette advances in 110 lb division.
Charli Earnest advances to winner side of bracket at Chase County middle school wrestling invitational.
Jotham Meyer, Brody Roullett, Gavin Peine, and Colton Caswell advance to winners side of bracket at Chase County invitational for middle school wrestling.
Reminder Cheerleading tryout practice is Monday-Wednesday mornings at 6:30 AM. You must attend all three days for the final tryout on Thursday at 6:00 PM. Go Vikings!
It is great to see students excited about Reading! One of the Greatest moments at CHES today: Reading teacher says, Since you are the only one here today lets play a game! Student says, “Noooooo, I want to read our book!” So, reading it is!
Freshman baseball signing day will be next Tuesday 3/10 at 2:50 in the high school commons area! The rookies will sign their letter of dedication and make a vow to support the baseball program over the Jarl bat!!!
Vikings fall 46-62.
Vikings are down headed into the 4th quarter. 32-48.
Vikings are down at the half. 18-36.
Boys BBall down after the first quarter. 10-23.
Vikings BBall has tipped off. Let’s go Vikings!!
Elementary and Middle School spring pictures will be next Tuesday, March 10th.
Vikings fall 29-53.
Para Educator Needed Looking for a great place to work alongside a caring staff and amazing students? Central Heights Elementary is looking to hire a special education para educator immediately. Please call Mrs. Collins at 785/869/3355 x 1305.
Baseball starts today after school! Meet in the lockeroom across the road. Bring the appropriate clothes to practice outside, it is chilly today! FINALLY IT’S HERE!!!!
We're still taking RSVP's for the Father-Daughter Dance on Saturday. Please let your student's teacher know or email Mrs. Nichols at email@example.com, if you are interested.
Thanks to everyone who helped to support the baseball team last night! It was a huge success! We hope to see all of you at our games this year too!
Vikings trail at the end of the third quarter
At the half Central Heights 17 Lyndon 24
After one quarter of Varsity boys Vikings 7 Tigers 13
Varsity Girls BBall fall 37-58.
Varsity girls down going into the 4th quarter 20-44.
Varsity girls trail Lyndon 11-31 at the half
JV boys fall vs Lyndon 27-36
JV girls drop their two quarter game vs Lyndon 13-15
After one quarter of JV girls basketball CH trails Lyndon 7-8
Vikings win!!! 62-56
1:38 to go Vikings up by 4.
48-44 Vikings up in the 4th quarter.
Viking Boys BBall down after the first quarter 17-20.
Varsity Girls BBall falls to Chase County.
Viking Girls BBall headed into the 4th quarter down vs Chase County.
Varsity Girls BBall down at the half.
Varsity Girls BBall down after the first quarter to Chase County 6-18.
The Viking Source - news and tidbits from the secondary https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JwgjvsqbxqQosvvJ5ehAod9EhtJwfXZB4isszB55iS0/edit?usp=sharing
Vikings lead 53-30 headed to the fourth quarter
Varsity boys lead MDCV 38-20 at the half
The Lady Vikings beat MDCV
The Lady Vikings lead by 34 heading into the fourth quarter
Varsity girls lead 32–10 at the half over MDCV
Varsity girls lead MDCV 18-5 after one quarter of play
JV boys and girls both won vs MDCV in their shortened games.
Cheer/Dance Camp Reminder Saturday, February 22, 2020 Cheer: 9:00-10:00 AM Dance: 10:15-11:15 AM The girls will perform during halftime of the varsity girls game on Tuesday, February 25th. Please meet in the hallway, by the middle school gym doors, at 6:30 PM.
Driver Education meeting tonight at 6:00 in the high school cafeteria. ARRIVE ALIVE!!!!!
Baseball parents we are asking you to bring a dessert for our annual frito chili pie supper on Tuesday 2/25. Please have the boys bring it to my room Monday, Tuesday,or drop it off that night. Thanks Coach Brown
Vikings win!!! 50-49!!!
Timeout Anderson County. Vikings lead 50-49 with :10 to go.
Timeout Anderson County. Score tied 49-49 with :28 to go.
Timeout Central Heights. Vikings up 48-47 with 1:47 to go in the game.
Timeout Anderson County. Score tied 47-47 with 3:47 to go.
Vikings down headed into the 4th quarter. 36-41
CH down 20-26 at half time.
CH Varsity Boys down by one after the first quarter against Anderson County. 11-12
CH Varsity Girls fall to Anderson County.
CH Varsity Girls headed into the 4th quarter down.
CH Girls down at half time.
CH Varsity Girls Basketball down 20-2 after the first quarter at Anderson County.
Driver Education meeting tonight at 6:00 in cafeteria. We will start getting out enrollment papers and give you the tentative schedule for the summer. See you tonight or we also have one Thursday night. ARRIVE ALIVE!!!!
Don’t forget Driver Educatiin meeting on Tuesday 2/18 and Thursday 2/20 at 6:00 pm in the high school cafeteria. Sign up your student, find out the classroom schedule, and how Driver Education will be run. We hope to see everyone who is interested there!!
Parents, If you have not signed up for a timeslot for your son/daughters Student Led Conference please go to the following links: High School Teachers or Middle School Teachers Simply go to the link and click on either their advisory teacher (high school students) or first hour (middle school students) to schedule a time. Also remember we will be having some presentations for parents as well! The schedule will change a little from Tuesday to Thursday. Drivers Education Meeting 6PM both days in the cafeteria SOS - Supporting Our Students in dealing with Stress and Anxiety. We will have guest presenters here from Elizabeth Layton Center for these presentations. They will take place in the Theatre at 6:30 on both evenings. Extended Learning Opportunities - Work-Study, Dual Credit, CTE (CNA, Automotive, HVAC, Welding) and other experiences for high school students. This presentation will be at 5:30 on Tuesday and 7:30 on Thursday in the theatre. School Vision and Planning - Redesign/Long term goals and planning for Central Heights. This presentation will take place at 7:30 on Tuesday and 5:30 on Thursday in the theatre. We look forward to seeing all of you next week! Sincerely, Luke Matile
Due to poor weather conditions we will not be having school today, Thursday February 13, at Central Heights. Stay warm and safe.
Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held February 18 from 4-8 P.M. and February 20 from 4-8 P.M. Below are the directions for scheduling online. Directions to schedule your conference(s): Go to www.usd288.org Click on Menu in the top left corner Hover over Elementary Parent Teacher Conferences Click on the name of the teacher Click on the time you would like Type in the required information Click I am not a robot Click Confirm Booking
The middle school dance has been postponed until Wednesday, February 19th.
Final score Vikings 36 Bulldogs 38
7.8 seconds left Waverly leads 36-38. CH ball out of the timeout
:33 left tied 36 all CH ball out of the timeout
2:01 remaining CH 36 WHS 34
Vikings and Bulldogs are tired 25 all at the end of the third quarter
Varsity boys trail Waverly 15-18 at the half
The Vikings trail the Bulldogs 9-13 at the end of the first quarter
Varsity girls fall to Waverly
Varsity girls trail Waverly 15-37 at the half.
JV girls top Waverly on a last second shot by Jadyn Criqui. JV boys fell to the bulldogs in their two quarter game.
The Vikings defeat the Wildcats to end the evening.
The Vikings now lead by 41 headed to the fourth quarter vs Marmaton Valley
At the half Vikings 38 Wildcats 15
Varsity boys lead Marmaton Valley 17-0 at the end of the first quarter
Varsity girls fall to Marmaton Valley
Varsity girls trail Marmaton Valley 25-34 heading to the 4th quarter
JV girls lost, JV boys won vs Marmaton Valley
Varsity girls trail at the half 18-21 vs Marmaton Valley
Our 8th grade students took a trip to visit the clients at COF (with the help of Craig Evans) after researching and reading about an adult with an intellectual disability in the short story “Flowers for Algernon”. I (Mrs. Smith) brought out my “good camera” to try to capture the beautiful moments of our students interacting, volunteering, and working alongside these adults while they were performing their job of assembling boxes for CenturyLink. I didn’t realize that one of my settings on my camera was off until I sat down to edit these pictures and saw all of the “noise”/graininess in each and every picture. I was heartbroken at thinking that the pictures wouldn’t ever be able to display the beauty of the day. But then I got to thinking….these pictures are the perfect metaphor for this experience. The students were nervous and a bit apprehensive going into it. Most had never had any interaction with an adult with an intellectual disability. At the end of the experience, when all of the students were told that we needed to head back to the school, the adults were met with the students asking to stay longer and inquiring about when we could go back. What seemed to be something a little uncomfortable and unfamiliar, turned into something full of immense joy, laughter, and friendship. We may have helped them build boxes, but we were the ones who received the most from this experience. My heart will never forget it, and I hope their hearts won’t, either. Enjoy these grainy pictures, and I pray that you can look past the surface-level noise and see the absolute beauty underneath. We have some seriously amazing students at Central Heights.
Vikings had a great day in the weight room setting PRs and earning medals!! Powerlifting Meet Results: Abby Brown - 175 Squat - 2nd Abby Brown - 115 Clean - 2nd Abby Brown - 115 Bench - 2nd AnneLeese Thao - 200 Squat - 2nd Axel Roberts - 200 Squat - 2nd Axel Roberts - 110 Bench - 1st Taylor Chrisjohn - 115 Clean - 3rd Trey Hamblin - 105 Clean - 3rd Trey Hamblin - 95 Bench - 3rd Tony Detwiler - 190 Clean - 3rd Tony Detwiler - 185 Bench - 2nd Josh Thompson - 315 Bench - 2nd Abby 2nd overall Axel 2nd overall
Vikings Win!! 60-50 over Jayhawk-Linn.
Viking Boys go into the 4th quarter with the lead. 44-36
Varsity Boys are up at half 29-22.
Varsity Boys up after the first quarter against Jayhawk-Linn 19-14.
Varsity Girls win!! 36-28 over Jayhawk-Linn.
Varsity Girls tied 22-22 going into the fourth quarter.
Well, the phones are not fully operational. We continue to have spotty service. If we are on the line with you and the call goes dead, we did not hang up. The call was dropped. Please call back. They continue to work on it. We apologize for the inconvenience. (Fortunately the phones don’t directly affect classroom instruction!) Thank you for your patience.
Thank you for your assistance contacting Century Link concerning our phones not working. You made a difference! The phones are currently working and they “feel strongly” they found and repaired the problem. If you try to call the school and get a busy signal or it does not ring please call or text 785-214-0243.
Come One, Come OLD! The hundredth day of school at CHES is February 3.
High school Baseball parents and guardians we have a frito chili pie supper coming up on February 25th. Be looking for more information! Also you can go to the usd288 website, click on staff, then look up Jason Brown and click on the google website. It has several tidbits of information on it, such as spring break time off of March 13th-16th for baseball practice.
Driver’s Education also gives you a discount with most insurance companies upon completion. They are expensive when you add them to your policy!
Unfortunately our phones are down again. They were working for a time, but have failed again. Century Link is working on it, but they don’t know how long it will take to get service again! Call 785-214-0243 if you need to contact us directly. Continue to use email for non-urgent correspondence if possible.
Thank you for the help. The phones are currently working. If you try to call and are not successful then call the 785-214-0243 number and let us know.
Please use email to communicate with your building office. If you need to speak to someone or can’t email please call this number. 785-214-0243.
This is Mr. Spencer and I am asking for your help. As you all know our phones have not been working properly for several weeks. The last week has been the worst. I have visited nicely, growled, grumped, and every other tactic I know, and our phones are still not working. There have been people respond and make an effort, but we don’t have a solution yet. What I need is for Century Link to understand how big of an issue this is. Please call Century Link and report the school district phones are not working. The number listed for phone repair on their website is 800-788-3600. Use any number related to the school to report the outage. Thank you for your help.
Viking boys fall to Osawatomie.
Viking boys trail headed into the fourth quarter 33-41.
26-25 Vikings are up at half time.
Boys basketball is down after the first quarter to Osawatomie 20-15.
Viking Ladies fall to Osawatomie.
Viking ladies are trailing by 21 headed to the fourth quarter.
At halftime the Viking Girls are down 25-14.
High school basketball is at Osawatomie tonight. Vikings Ladies are behind after the first quarter 10-5.
We will delay the start of school by two hours today. A light breakfast will be available for those that want it at 10:00. Classes will begin at 10:15. Drive carefully.
Vikings drop the game to Osage City 53-54. Next game will be Saturday at 10:30 AM
10 seconds remaining, Vikings trail by 4. Osage City ball out of the time-out
Timeout. 2:13 remaining Osage City ball. CH trails 44-49
After three quarters of play CH trails OC 39-43
At the half Vikings 28 Indians 36
After one quarter of play the Vikings trail the Indians 15-22
The Lady Vikings fall in the second round of the tournament. Their next game will be at 9:00 AM Saturday.
At the half Lady Vikings 7 Lady Braves 22
At the end of the first quarter the Lady Vikings trail Council Grove 3-8
Update on the prices 131 dollars for current students. 206 for others.
The fees for Driver Education is 134 dollars for any current CH student. If you are not a current student the fee is 204 dollars.
Driver Education class time will be from 8-10 am. Driving times are 7-8 am, 10-12, and 12-2. Depending on how many students this could change.
There will be an informational meeting about Driver Education on parent teacher conference nights in the cafeteria. We will post times when the schedule is finalized.
The phone lines seem to be up and working now. There may still be issues where they are off and on so please be patient with us. Century Link is looking in on the problem.
The schools phone lines are down. Please email the office if you need to get ahold of us. Linda's email in the elementary is firstname.lastname@example.org, Karrie's email in the middle school is email@example.com, and Kim's email in the high school is firstname.lastname@example.org. We will let you know when it is working again.
Drivers Ed: We will be offering drivers ed at Central Heights to anyone who is at least 14 years old by June 7th. The class will run from June 1st to June 30th. If you have any questions contact Kelli Brown or Jason Brown. Be looking for more information in the coming weeks.
Central Heights Elementary Fans Feel free to wear red tomorrow (Jan. 21) in celebration of the Chief's win (it is ok to wear hats for the day)!
Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Winners from CHES (more pictures coming!) Congratulations to our winners: Kelsie Wilson. 3rd Grade, won first place. Presten Holstine placed second and Anna Reed won third place in the 4th Grade Division. Fifth Grade Winners were Ethan Kraft, first place; Hal Higbie, second place; and Anabel Risch, third place. The students were presented their medals and cash awards at the Franklin County MLK Program. The event was held January 19 at 2:00 PM at the Ottawa Municipal Auditorium. Ethan and Kelsie read their essays to the audience.
CHMS boys basketball beats Mission Valley in the FHJL tournament to end the season!
CHMS middle school girls basketball lose to Northern Heights in the FHJL tournament. This was their final game of the season.
Middle school girls and boys both lose in the 2nd round of the FHJL tournament. Girls will play at 9:00 and boys 10:30 on Saturday at Chase County.
Based upon the forecast there will be NO SCHOOL TOMORROW, Friday, Jan 17.
Central Heights FFA earned 6th place at the ECD Public Speaking LDE today. Luke Burkdoll was 9th in the Freshman Division Kierstyn Blaufuss was 1st and Emily VanLeiden was 7th in the Sophomore Division Cheyenne Higbie was 6th in the Senior Division and 7th in Extemporaneous Public Speaking. Also competing but coming up a little shy of the top ten was Conner Peel, Aiden Welch, Christian Johnson, and Alex Cannady.
Coach Sloth has officially changed his website to include CHES as the Top School of All time! https://coachsloth.com/top-10-visits.php
Vikings fall 56-47.
Vikings down 37-31 headed to the 4th quarter.
Vikings down at half 26-16.
CH Boys BBall down at the end of the 1st quarter to Osage City. 19-7.
CH Girls fall 36-25 to Osage City.
CHMS girls basketball loses to Mission Valley in the opening round of the FHJL basketball tournament. They will play Thursday night at 6:30 in Chase County vs Council Grove.
CH Girls fighting back!! Down 6 points with 2:31 to go.
Ch Girls BBall down 26-17 headed into the 4th.
HS Girls BBall trails Osage City 18-12 at half time.
Mrs. Lickteig's third grade class from 2018-19 are working along with Representative Mark Samsel to bring a bill before the Kansas Legislature to make the watermelon a state fruit. This was aired on KCTV5 on January 13, 2020. https://www.kctv5.com/news/local_news/could-kansas-soon-have-a-state-fruit/video_6ce7d744-b4c4-52ca-9e4b-b31e6ea86a6e.html
Thank you for being patient, our phone lines are back up!
Our phones lines are currently down. We will post again when they are back up.
MS boys basketball falls to NLC in the first round of the tournament.
High school varsity girls are in a close contest with Northern Heights. Trail 15 to 16 at the end of first qtr.
MIDDLE SCHOOL Basketball only! The girls game for tonight has been postponed and moved to tomorrow night at 4:30 at Lyndon. The boys game for tonight has been moved up to 6:30 instead of 7:45.
Do you have a student in the upcoming Spelling Bees? (MS - Tuesday at 1:00pm, Elementary - Wednesday at 1:00pm) Here are a few lists that you might want to review with your students (or for anyone who gets a little stir-crazy this weekend with the winter storm warnings!) https://spellingbee.com/sites/default/files/inline-files/Words_of_the_Champions_Printable_FINAL.pdf and https://spellingbee.com/sites/default/files/inline-files/2020_SLSL_Full_List_WC_Defs.pdf Stay warm and safe!
The middle school jv basketball tournament scheduled for tomorrow has been cancelled.
C team girls basketball wins at Northern Heights.
C team boys middle school win at Northern Heights.
Varsity girls middle school basketball lose at Northern Heights.
Jv middle school boys basketball lose at Northern Heights.
Jv middle school girls basketball win at Northern Heights.
The Vikings defeat the Falcons with a final score of 55-18
At the end of the third quarter the Vikings lead the Falcons 48-18
The Vikings lead West Franklin 38-14 at the half
The Vikings lead West Franklin 14-7 after one quarter of play.
The Lady Vikings beat the Falcons 38-32. Nice job ladies!
At the end of the third quarter CH girls lead 28 to 23 over WF
Varsity girls have started the second half well after trailing by two at half time the Lady Vikings have taken a 20-15 lead with 6:16 remaining in the third
JV boys fell to West Franklin
JV girls won their game vs West Franklin
We are currently experiencing a disruption with our phone line here at the school today. If you are unable to reach us via phone, please contact us through email instead.
CHHS Boys BBall falls to Mission Valley 30-36.
Timeout with :14 to go Vikings down 4.
Timeout with 1:31 to go in the game Vikings down 6.
CHHS Boys BBall trail going into the 4th quarter 23-25.
CHHS Boys BBall lead at half time 12-11.
CHHS Varsity Boys BBall up after the 1st quarter 6-2 over Mission Valley.
CHHS Varsity Girls BBall falls to Mission Valley.
CH Girls BBall head into the 4th down 15.
CH Girls BBall trails at half time to Mission Valley.
CHHS Varsity Girls BBall down after the first quarter to Mission Valley.
CHMS boys varsity basketball loses 18-27.
CHMS boys basketball varsity leads 14-11 after 3 quarters.
CHMS boys varsity basketball leads 12-7 at halftime at Osage City.
CHMS girls varsity basketball loses at Osage City.
CHMS jv girls basketball loses 8-16 at Osage City.
CHMS girls jv basketball loses 8-16 at Osage City.
CHMS boys jv basketball loses at Osage City 16-30.
Take a look at our recent Viking Voice! https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3A7a7f5a4b-b0fb-44de-8bb9-9fd44bf1a20b
The following students placed 8th out of 35 teams at the First Lego League Robotics tournament on Saturday, December 24th at Lawrence High School. The team also received the Judges Award, voted on by the judges at the tournament. Matt Williams Issac Boyd Bryce Bones Cooper Jordan Karley Davis Malakai Dionne Russell Reed Kaiden Reeder Jack Chuber
Unfortunately I don’t feel good about the road conditions and have decided to cancel school for tomorrow Tuesday, Dec. 17. Be safe.
Just a reminder following up on Mr Spencer’s message, no middle school basketball games at Central Heights tonight.
No school or activities tomorrow, Monday, December 16. Enjoy the snow but be careful if you have to go out in it!
The Vikings fall to SFT
The Vikings trail the Chargers 38-48 headed to the fourth quarter.
Varsity boys lead SFT 26-24 at the half
HS girls fall to Osage City 37-40
MS JV basketball results: girls beat Osage City and lost to Lyndon to place second. Boys lost to Lyndon and beat West Franklin to place third.
Final - CHHS Boys BBall fall to Iola 44-52.
Heading to the 4th Quarter. CHHS Boys BBall up 36-34.
CHHS Boys BBall trail 19-21 at half time.
CHHS Boys BBall trail after the first quarter 8-10 to Iola.
CHMS boys varsity basketball win 38-31 at Council Grove.
CHMS boys up 38-31 with :49 left
Final 33-30 Viking Girls BBall fall to Iola.
CHMS boys basketball leads Council Grove 29-17 after 3 quarters.
Timeout - :36 left in OT - Vikings down 30-31.
:54 to go in OT. Vikings down 31-28.
Timeout - 2:36 remaining in OT. Iola 29 - CH Girls 28.
CHHS Girls BBall headed to overtime with Iola 26-26.
CHHS Girls BBall - Time-out Vikings, 2:24 left to play score is even 25-25.
CHMS boys varsity lead 19-13 at halftime at Council Grove.
CHHS Girls BBall up 19-17 going into the 4th Quarter.
CHMS boys basketball up 9-8 after the 1st quarter at Council Grove.
CHHS Girls BBall up 11-9 at the half against Iola.
C1 boys middle school basketball loses at Council Grove.
Girls varsity middle school basketball loses at Council Grove.
JV girls basketball wins by one point over Council Grove.
Jv boys middle school basketball loses to Council Grove.
Central Heights High School Girls BBall ahead 3-1 over Iola after the first quarter.
The USD #288 Board of Education is accepting letters of interest to fill the board vacancy created when Shawn Cardin moved out of the district. The person selected will serve the balance of Shawn's term. They will be up for election in November 2021. Because all board positions are now At-Large, any registered voter in the district is eligible to serve no matter their address. The letter of interest should be addressed to Brian Spencer and should be mailed to 3521 Ellis Road, Richmond, KS 66080 or emailed to email@example.com Please include information such as why you are interested in serving, your history or status in the district, and any other information that will help the sitting board members with their decision. Letters are due by February 6, 2020. If you have questions or want more information don't hesitate to contact Brian Spencer at 785-869-3455 or visit with any of the current board members. (Lorri Cotter, Kevin Tooley, Jack Davis, Keith Brock, and Billy Johnson.)
CHHS Boys BBall 49-34 Vikings win.
Timeout by KCC. 3:54 left to go. Vikings up 46-30.
CHHS Boys Basketball take a lead into the 4th quarter. 36-22
24-13 CHHS Boys Basketball up at half over KC Christian.
Central Heights HS Girls get there first win of the season over KC Christian.
CHMS varsity boys basketball loses to West Franklin by a score of 33-25.
Boys middle school basketball down 24-18 after the 3rd quarter to West Franklin.
CHMS boys basketball varsity team down 18-11 at halftime to West Franklin.
Middle school varsity boys basketball down 10-7 to West Franklin after the 1st quarter.
C team boys basketball beats West Franklin by the score of 24-14.
C team boys basketball tied 10-10 after 3 quarters at West Franklin.
Middle school boys C team basketball tied at the half 6-6 against West Franklin.
Middle school boys basketball C team tied after the 1st quarter 4-4 against West Franklin.
Middle school boys jv basketball team defeats West Franklin 35-15.
Congratulations to sophomore Tony Detwiler for being recognized as an All-State football player!! https://www.kansas.com/sports/varsity-kansas/varsity-football/article238155429.html
Jv boys middle school basketball lead 29-14 at the end of the 3rd quarter against West Franklin.
Jv boys middle school basketball lead 19-12 at halftime against West Franklin.
Jv boys middle school basketball leads 8-7 after the 1st quarter against West Franklin.
CH falls 49-55 in overtime
1:08 left in overtime CH trails 49-52, CG ball out of the timeout
A good defensive stand with a strong rebound by Burson sends it to overtime.
All tied at 46 with 7.2 seconds left Council Grove ball
Vikings 36 Braves 33 headed to the fourth quarter
Vikings lead the Braves 21-17 at the half.
At the end of the first quarter of the Varsity boys game CH leads 11-8
The Lady Vikings fall to the Lady Braves
The Lady Vikings trail the Braves 15-28 headed to the fourth quarter.
Varsity girls trail Council Grove 9-16 at the half
Varsity girls trail Council Grove 0-10 at the end of the first quarter
Message from West Franklin for middle school basketball games on 12/9. ---------- Forwarded message --- Just to clarify for Monday's games.... Boys will play at Pomona, order of games will be B/C/A starting at 4:30. Entrance to the gym building is on the north side of the building. Girls will play at Williamsburg, order of games will be B/C/A starting at 4:30. Patrons will want to park either in the parking lot on the northeast corner of the school or on the west side (handicap accessible) of the school. The doors on the south side (along main street) will not be open. --
Middle school boys basketball varsity loses to chase county.
Middle school girls varsity basketball loses to Chase County.
Jv boys and girls middle school basketball lose at Chase County.
The Central Heights FFA Chapter competed in the Paola Welding Invitational on Wednesday. The Senior team placed 2nd overall. Individual results Brady Burson 24th Mason McCurry 9th Jesse Collins 2nd (earning a $1,000 scholarship to Missouri Welding Institute) Dylan Kimball 5th Cauy Newell 28th Austin Richardson placed 20th in the Beginner Division.
CHMS boys basketball varsity team loses to North Lyon County.
CHMS girls C team basketball defeats North Lyon County.
CHMS girls varsity basketball loses to North Lyon County 29-20.
CHMS boys C team basketball loses to North Lyon County by 6.
CHMS girls varsity basketball in a tight one at halftime. They are down 15-14 to North Lyon County..
CHMS boys jv basketball loses a heartbreaker 31-29 to North Lyon County.
CHMS Jv gurls basketball beats North Lyon County 33-4.
CHMS jv boys and girls basketball lose at Lyndon.
CHMS girls varsity basketball loses at Lyndon.
CHMS boys basketball lose a close one to Osage City 35-32.
CHMS boys varsity lead 24-18 after 3 quarters against Osage City.
CHMS boys varsity basketball leads Osage City at halftime 19-11.
CHMS middle school basketball C Team2 boys team beats Osage City.
CHMS varsity girls basketball loses to Osage City.
Jv girls basketball lose in middle school to Osage City.
Jv boys lose to Osage City in middle school basketball.
Are you looking for a weather forecast that is just as entertaining as it is informative? Look no further than your Vikings USD 288 Weather Forecast! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OM6FlluOlMg
CHMS boys basketball lose a close one 36-33 at Mission Valley.
CHMS boys basketball tied with Mission Valley after 3 quarters 28-28
CHMS girls basketball lose to Mission Valley 31-12 at Mission Valley.
CHMS jv boys and girls basketball lose at Mission Valley.
Jv middle school boys basketball loses to Council Grove.
Jv girls middle school basketball loses to Council Grove.
Are you going to be wearing your cardigan and spreading kindness with us tomorrow? Check out this commercial (YouTube link) that the middle school news team put together to give you some ideas! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRy1EIHrFYg
Click the link to order your Central Heights basketball gear! https://stores.inksoft.com/WS27865/shop/home
The middle school basketball games are still on for tonight. Baby it is warm inside so come enjoy some basketball!!!
Today is National Stem Day. The science department decided to team up with our classes to celebrate this day. High school students were grouped with middle school students and had to engineer a wi-fi tower out of spaghetti noodles and mini marshmallows! The kids did great and we have some future engineers in these groups!
MS Var. Boys BBall drops their season opener 29-49.
MS Var. Boys BBall down 15-22 at the half against Chase County.
CH Varsity MS Girls lost their season opener to Chase County.
C-Team MS Boys BBall loses 16-35.
JV MS Boys BBall falls to Chase County.
MS JV Girls BBall falls 26-11 to Chase County. MS Varsity Girls will tip off their season in about 10 mins.
Have you had a chance to check out the latest Viking Voice yet? It has important information about the upcoming Board of Education vote on November 5th that might affect YOU! Be sure to see what's inside! https://tinyurl.com/USD288CHS
The reception for our cross country athletes will begin at approximately 7:45 in the high school cafeteria.
CHMS boys and girls parents basketball meeting on Tuesday 11/5 at 5:30 pm.
Central Heights falls to Humbolt to conclude the football season
We want to make sure our Viking Voice is heard! Check out the latest edition of The Viking Voice Fall Newsletter which has important information about the upcoming Board of Education vote! https://tinyurl.com/USD288CHS
Everyone be safe tonight. Remember there will be no school tomorrow we will see everyone on Monday!