The Troy Grade School first graders are having a bake sale fundraiser this Friday, October 20th, at the high school football game. All kinds of goodies will be available such as cookies, cupcakes, pies, breads and even Aunt Bea Koehler’s famous cinnamon rolls. All profits will go toward field trip expenses and other classroom activities throughout the year. Please come out and support our first grade Trojans!
Troy High School Senior's Participated in Mock Interviews on Wed., October 11th.
Monday: The Drug Free FORCE is with me (Star Wars)
Tuesday: HATS OFF to being drug free (Silly hat day)
Wednesday: United we stand Against Bullying and Drugs (Red, White and Blue)
Thursday: Don’t get tied down with drugs (Wear tie dye)
Friday: School Spirit (Blue and White)
Activities throughout the week
Monday (Oct 9th): Peer mentors will eat lunch with the GS
Throughout this week, during seminar, students can work on what they are going to put on their forgiveness link. Seminar teachers can keep these links in their classrooms. The chain will consist of strips of construction paper stapled together in rings. Students will be encouraged to write the name of the person they’ve forgiven or an inspirational quote on the strip that has helped or helps them work through their feelings.
Monday, October 9th Peer mentors will visit your seminar to explain what your students need to do for the forgiveness chain
Mr. Rodvelt: Joey
Ms. Whetstine: Kailer
Ms. Bunck: Isabella
Ms. Johnson: Lane
Mr. Purdy: Ike
Ms. Stoneking: Sidney
Mr. Shaginaw: Amanda
Mr. Prudden: Kael
Ms. Brown: Barbara
Mr. Brown Lane/Isabella
Ms. McCoy: Ms. Paden
Ms. Kinyon: Lizzie
(KU and KSTATE will be here during seminar)
Tuesday (Oct 10th): Peer mentors will eat lunch with the MS (MS teachers will help organize a seating arrangement for lunch that day with the peer mentors).
(HCC will be here during seminar)
Wednesday (Oct 11th): Mick Tener will be our guest speaker (Time 9am)
(Seniors will do mock interviews from 2-3:30 in the old gym)
Thursday (Oct 12th): Peer Mentors help students put their hand prints on a banner stating, “We Promise to Stand up to Bullying and to be Drug Free” (Peer mentors will do this during seminar-probably call one class down at a time)
Friday (October 13th): Time TBA (end of day maybe 2): Students will bring their links of forgiveness to the gym.
We will watch a video that deals with bullying. Peer mentors will pause the video from time to time to ask questions/have a discussion).
One of the peer mentors is going to tell their story but focus mainly on the process of healing and forgiveness, and they will begin the first link of a Forgiveness Chain. (We will stand in a circle). Students will staple their link to the first students. If they want to say something they can or they can pass the stapler on to the next person and so forth. Once we complete the chain, we will display it for all to see.
USD 429 Troy Board of Education voted at their regular board meeting Tues., October 10th to make November 13th a Teacher In-Service day and a NO SCHOOL day for students PreK-12. Please make sure you mark your calendars with NO SCHOOL on November 13th. Thank you.
Join Dorothy Gale (Caitlyn Johnson), a young girl living on a Kansas farm and her dreams of escaping her mundane life (“Over The Rainbow“). The family’s mean neighbor, Miss Gulch (Breanna Simpson), threatens to impound Dorothy’s cherished dog, Toto, so Dorothy and Toto run away. They meet up with kindly Professor Marvel (Austin O’Connor), who subtly convinces Dorothy to return home. Suddenly a cyclone hits, and Dorothy and Toto, seeking shelter in the house, are transported to the Land of Oz.
In Oz, Dorothy is greeted by Glinda (Holly Williams), the Good Witch of the North, after Dorothy’s house has landed upon the Wicked Witch of the East. The Munchkins, now freed from the Wicked Witch of the East, celebrate and hail Dorothy as their new heroine (“Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead/Munchkin Musical Sequence”). The celebration is interrupted as the Wicked Witch of the West suddenly appears, seeking vengeance. Unable to reclaim her sister’s shoes, which are now on Dorothy’s feet, the Witch vows to return and disappears in a cloud of smoke. Dorothy, seeking a way back home to Kansas, sets off to see the Wizard of Oz (“Follow the Yellow Brick Road”).
Along the way, Dorothy meets three new friends, each of whom lacks a crucial characteristic: The Scarecrow (Joey Parks) (“If I Only Had A Brain”) The Tinman (Owen Root) (“If I Only Had A Heart”) and the Lion (Jon Boyle) (“If I Only Had The Nerve”). Together, the four new companions make their way towards Oz (“We’re Off To See The Wizard”), and towards getting Dorothy home. Along the way they must defeat the Wicked Witch of the West and learn how to overcome the characteristics they are lacking. While in Oz, Dorothy discovers there really is “No place like home.”
Shows will be Nov. 10th & 11th at 7:00 pm in the Martha-Jean and Lyle Rockey Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available at ticketor.com/troymarchingtrojans or by calling the district office at 785-985-3950.
Tickets for the Wizard of Oz are on sale now. Adults $10, students $5. Students type wizofozstudent in the coupon code area to get your student price. Parents of cast members, I will be sending home a sheet with a coupon code for your student for you to receive a discount on your tickets. https://www.ticketor.com/troymarchingtrojans/tickets/the-wizard-of-oz-musical-91059#buy
I am not certain how many of you follow state politics, particularly those related to school funding issues. The Kansas Supreme Court recently ruled this past summer that schools were underfunded and most recently the court issued their opinion on the matter. Most, and I say most but not all, school districts across the state saw a funding increase this year. Some, as I said, did not. USD 429 was fortunate to see a funding increase. Your board of education, who continues to be fiscally responsible, lowered your overall mill levy. The board of education was able to give a stipend to all returning staff and increase wages for all staff. You can look at many reports and you will have a hard time finding Kansas ranking in the top half of the states for teacher pay. Many reports put us in the bottom quartile. This must change in our state, across the nation and most importantly in our community. We must start paying teachers a wage that keeps our best teachers in the profession and encourages talented young people to join this profession and work in our community.
As I mentioned earlier, USD 429 did benefit from additional funding. Most if not all of the increase is accounted for in this year’s budget. We did see a substantial increase in health insurance costs this year. That is a result of two variables. More staff taking insurance and an increase in premiums. We also hired a technology assistant. Derek Gilbert joined our staff and will eventually transition to our Technology Director. We are in the process of moving the district forward with discussions about upgrading our technology infrastructure and eventually moving to a 1 to 1 device initiative for as many students as possible. We cannot do this fast enough in my opinion but we need to have a good plan moving forward and be able to budget for the increased technology costs.
Going back to the Gannon decision, it is possible we will see an additional increase next year. This can be a double edge sword in small communities like ours. Many politicians want to see the local tax payers bear the burden of the increased funding. The board of education of USD 429 understands this as well as anyone. I am convinced, and I know they are committed to trying to continue to enhance all aspects of your school district, but doing so with a fiscally responsible attitude.
Opaa!-Trojan Breakfast Club
Open to all Middle/High School Students.
Every morning in the High School Cafeteria at 7:30.
Meet your friends for breakfast and games before school.
There will be daily prizes and weekly drawings.
Please inquire with your Opaa! cooks if you have any questions.
Oct. 18 proclaimed School Bus
Drivers’ Appreciation Day in Kansas
TOPEKA — School bus drivers play an important role in the safety of Kansas’ students. To honor them, Gov. Sam Brownback has proclaimed Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, as School Bus Drivers’ Appreciation Day.
“These men and women dedicate their time and talent to make sure 225,578 students are transported safely to and from school and activities every school day,” said Keith Dreiling, director of the Kansas State Department of Education’s Bus Safety Unit. “Please take the time to help me honor them. They are extremely valuable assets and are unsung heroes in communities across the state.”
While there are more than 4,100 school bus drivers with commercial driver’s licenses in the state, Kansas — like many other states — has a shortage of bus drivers. In fact, openings for school bus drivers will continue to be one of the nation’s top transportation workforce needs, Dreiling said.
School Bus Drivers’ Appreciation Day falls during National School Bus Safety Week, which has been set aside to remind people about school bus safety. National School Bus Safety Week is Oct. 16-20 this year.
Here are a few bus safety rules that parents can review with their children:
For more information about school bus safety, contact KSDE’s School Bus Safety Unit at (785) 296-3551.
USD 429 Troy has an opening for a Softball Coach for the 2018 Season. Interested applicants can apply at the Troy Central Office or by filling out the Classified Application below. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Troy Central Office at 785-985-3950 or Mr. Josh Hevel, firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-985-3533 ext. 3100. Applications will be taken until position is filled. USD 429 Troy is an equal opportunity employer.