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Preschool openings

USD 428 still has openings in its 4-year-old preschool class set to start Aug. 23. The attendance site is at Riley School, but the free program is open to anyone living in the district. . . . read more

Digital Learning

A major goal of USD 428 is to prepare its students for the world in which they live. With the purchase of iPads for kindergarteners and first graders and Chromebooks for every child second through sixth grade, the district is taking a big . . . read more

Ed Foundation rewards big ideas

It was a fun-filled day and a half for USD 428 Education Foundation board members as they traveled to every school in the district handing out money to deserving teachers. The volunteer board selected 31 projects to fund with minigrants. . . . read more

Loving named teacher of the year

Amanda Loving, Riley School second-grade teacher, has been selected as the USD 428 Teacher of the Year for the upcoming school year. She will now advance to the Kansas Teacher of the Year competition. “Mrs. Loving will be a . . . read more

Thexton named 25th superintendent of Great Bend schools

With a unanimous vote on Thursday by the USD 428 Board of Education, Khris Thexton became the 25th superintendent of Great Bend public schools, effective July 1. Thexton was named interim superintendent in December 2016 when Brad Reed . . . read more

Students put their hearts into class

  Stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive. That’s what USD 428 is hoping the hands-only CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation) education being taught to all Great Bend High School students will help people in cardiac . . . read more

Students turn teachers for experiment

Band members became teachers and audience members became students. The sixth-grade bands at Park and Lincoln schools each recently held an open house to showcase what they have been learning in band this year, said Don Regehr, band . . . read more

Teaching responsibility with personal laptops

One semester in and by most accounts the addition of Chromebooks at Great Bend High School is a success. Last August a one-to-one computer initiative provided each high school student a personal Chromebook laptop to use in class and to . . . read more

Carefully planned ruse reunites mother & son

Riley School PE Teacher Bryan Scott strategically placed boxes of tissues around the school gymnasium. Very few people understood the significance until minutes later when it became very clear. Pam Merten, Barton County Special Services . . . read more

USD 428 Celebrates School Board Leaders this January

January is School Board Recognition Month and USD 428 joins other public schools across the state to say thank you to these public servants who are working to make education the best it can be. “These extraordinary seven . . . read more

Coaches discover education Workshop hones in on all that Discovery Education has to offer

It was old home week recently for Tricia Reiser, Federal Programs Director, as she invited her long-time friend and colleague to share his knowledge of Discovery Education (DE) with local instructional leaders. Reiser explained that DE, . . . read more

Coaches discover education Workshop hones in on all that Discovery Education has to offer

It was old home week recently for Tricia Reiser, Federal Programs Director, as she invited her long-time friend and colleague to share his knowledge of Discovery Education (DE) with local instructional leaders. Reiser explained that DE, . . . read more

Literacy program benefits older & younger students

Tami Schepmann, Great Bend Middle School ESOL/Reading Lab teacher and Student Council sponsor, loves it when a plan comes together. So when Lisa Schwab, Head Start teacher, reached out to her with a need for her young students to . . . read more

NHS sees need, feeds it

There are many great things that happen at Great Bend High School on a daily basis. The National Honor Society Food Drive is just one example, said Kayci Strickland, NHS sponsor and English teacher. “I’m proud of the NHS . . . read more

Going Digital

Chromebooks are latest teaching tool at GBMS

Susan Thacker Great Bend Tribune

A typical day at Great Bend Middle School starts in the gym, where students gather before the first class. When the bell rings, they go to their assigned classrooms and pick up their Chromebooks from the cart where they were charged . . . read more

Project offers all students a chance to vote

Kylee McDonald, Great Bend High School teacher, and Ann Paden, paraprofessional, take names and check photo IDs of Great Bend Middle School students Jenna Dean and Cameron Stacy prior to their voting last week. Justin Ault helps . . . read more

Rhorea staff lives big dream

September 30, 2016

The Great Bend High School 2016 Rhorea Yearbook, along with the 2015-2016 yearbook staff, have been named a 2016 Jostens National Yearbook Program of Excellence. Awards are given for schools that have achieved criteria in the following . . . read more

Riley School celebrates 100 years

Riley School celebrated its centennial on Sept. 11 with a come-and-go community event. Upward of 400 Riley alums, community members, past staff members, current students and families came and went, according to JoAnn Blevins, principal. . . . read more

GBHS High School ACT Review sessions to begin 8/30

National ACT average scores are down this year and ACT officials are attributing the drop to the increasing percentage of high school seniors who have taken the test. However, thanks in large part to the ACT Review program installed at Great . . . read more

GBHS marching band to welcome teachers, staff

Susan Thacker Great Bend Tribune | August 11, 2016

When employees of Great Bend USD 428 attend their Back to School Celebration next Monday, nearly 100 students should already be there. Members of the Great Bend High School marching band reported for duty earlier this month, Director Mark . . . read more

School zones ahead

Traffic lights to begin signalling the presence of students

Dale Hogg Great Bend Tribune | August 10, 2016

Flashing yellow lights around town signal the start of the new school year. They also signal for drivers to be aware children could be crossing the streets in those school zones. Beginning Monday, Aug. 17, some of the lighted school zone . . . read more

Tricia Reiser accepts new challenge

As the newly hired federal programs coordinator, Tricia Reiser will be the administrator for all aspects of the federal and state programs. Programs include Title I, Tile II-A, Title III, Migrant, At-Risk, ESOL and 21st Century. . . . read more

Brooks named basketball coach

USD 428 school board members gave unanimous support to hiring Tim Brooks as the new Great Bend High School head boys’ basketball coach at their May meeting. Brooks will replace Chris Battin, who accepted a similar position in . . . read more

Park Drone Club

Less than a generation ago it was science fiction, yet students at Park School are living in that futuristic world and excelling at it. Principal Phil Heeke explained that fifth and sixth graders in the Park Drone Club are flying drones . . . read more

Family Access Toolkit

60-Second Power-Up videos

  Family Access Toolkit - Parents and Guardian   As a parent or guardian, you are the single most important factor in your child's education. With Family Access, you can play an even bigger role in the . . . read more

Book fair coin challenge gets results

April 5, 2016

Lincoln School students and their parents invested heavily in books recently as they supported the Scholastic Reading Club in a big way. They purchased $3,632.86 in new books and also raised $1,131.41 in a coin challenge. “All . . . read more

Kindergarten Round-up

April 5, 2016

Dates have been set for USD 428’s kindergarten round-up. The event is for children who will be 5 years old on or before August 31, 2016, and planning to attend local schools in the fall. Parents are asked to bring their . . . read more

Police officers aim to make a difference

Great Bend Post

Anyone who thinks of a D.A.R.E. presentation as just that – a presentation – may be surprised at the interaction between a group of fifth graders and a police officer. For an entire hour, Jodi Schumacher’s students . . . read more

Program works to keep teens safe

  Phones are so much more than just phones these days. In an ongoing effort to keep students safe in an increasingly technological world, Great Bend Middle School and the Great Bend Police Department teamed up . . . read more

Rally helps students hone leadership skills

  An Inspiring Leaders Rally was recently staged by Great Bend High School Student Council. Its purpose was to re-energize the students’ motivation and boost enthusiasm to become better leaders in the school and . . . read more

Lego Competition

Lego competition much more than child’s play   Great Bend Middle School gifted students of Tina Steinert are gearing up for the Fort Hays State University Lego Mindstorms competition. Students are learning to . . . read more

Program helps struggling kids

It all begins with a little TLC. However, in this case the letters don’t only stand for tender loving care, but also for therapeutic learning classroom. Kylee McDonald, Great Bend High/Middle School special education teacher . . . read more

All EARS

November 17, 2015

As Ginny Tinkler sits with a young child in the library at Jefferson Elementary School, she listens carefully to every word being read to her. In fact, she’s all ears. Tinkler is an RSVP volunteer with the Everyone Able to Ready by . . . read more

KRR program zeros in on reading

November 2, 2015

A new afterschool program may look like child’s play; however, it is anything but. The Kansas Reading Roadmap program, which is in place at all five USD 428 elementary schools, offers early intervention for struggling readers in . . . read more

The World According to Humphrey

Sandi Gonzales, USD 428 freight clerk, unpacks and checks copies of the book, “The World According to Humphrey,” that will be given to K-6 students and their teachers during the kick off of One District, One Book on Sept. 25. . . . read more

Tyler Shirley nominated for Kansas Horizon Award

Tyler Shirley, Jefferson School physical education teacher, has been nominated by USD 428 for the Kansas Horizon Award. The program is sponsored by the Kansas State Department of Education and recognizes first-year teachers for excellent . . . read more

Behind-the-scenes teachers lead student-led conferences

It’s pretty much an open secret that – for whatever reason – more parents of elementary-age students attend parent-teacher conferences than those of secondary students. All that changed during the spring semester at . . . read more

Schepmann, Smith selected for KTOY

With close to 300 classroom teachers in the USD 428 education pool, it’s not hard to come up with a couple of good teachers. However, last week two teachers rose to the top and were recognized as Kansas Teacher of the Year nominees. . . . read more

Eisenhower students becoming "Organ Wise"

Veronica Coons Great Bend Tribune | February 23, 2015

First grade students at Eisenhower Elementary School ended the day Friday in a special assembly courtesy of Barton County Extension AGens Bernie Unruh and Donna Krug. Forty-five boys and girls crowded into the classroom where they met . . . read more

Danceline takes on Texas

GBHS team will remember the Alamo forever

They will forever remember the Alamo. It was the trip of their high school careers for the Great Bend High School Panther Danceline team as they traveled to San Antonio, Texas, during the Christmas break to perform at the Alamo Bowl. . . . read more

Jefferson Elementary 100 acts of kindness

It may have been a last-minute idea, but it sure turned out to be a good one. Jefferson School second-grade teacher Erin Holste was in a quandary about what to do for the 100th day of school observed on Jan. 27. “I was trying . . . read more

Riley Elementary recognizes Law Enforcement Day

Riley School students issued invitations and the invitees showed up in force – Great Bend police force, that is. More than a dozen Great Bend Police Department officers ate lunch on Jan. 23 with the Riley School students. In . . . read more

Cream of the Crop

Dale Hogg Great Bend Tribune

The Great Bend Police Department’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education program joined forces with local businesses on Mon day night’s City Council meeting to recognize 12 fifth grade students for writing outstanding essays as part of . . . read more

Cale earns recognition

for first-year teaching

  Tammi Cale, Riley School fourth-grade teacher, has been nominated for the Kansas Cable Telecommunications Horizon Award. The program is sponsored by the Kansas State Department of Education and the Kansas Cable . . . read more

Full Team Support

Lincoln School students and staff observe childhood cancer awareness month for their friend and classmate, Kadin White, who is battling leukemia. They wore orange, which is the designated color for his disease. The American Childhood Cancer . . . read more

Great Bend High School Named Best High School by U.S. News

In April, U.S. News and World Report released their annual ranking of the United State's best high schools, and Great Bend High School made the list. "We've always thought we do a pretty good job of educating our students and we . . . read more

GBHS teacher to join state Hall of Fame

Dale Hogg - Great Bend Tribune

Great Bend High School math teacher Tina Hiss will be inducted into the Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame for the class of 2014. The Class of 2014 will be inducted into the Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame in Dodge City on Saturday, . . . read more

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