From the Desk of Mr. Patrick McKernan
Dear USD 429 Parents and Guardians:
Heading into February I can only say I hope the worst of the bad weather is behind us. I don’t know about you but I am ready for warmer temperatures. As I am typing this the sun is out and warmer temperatures are predicted. I hope you and your families are doing well. In talking with Mrs. Silvey, USD 429 School Nurse, we have had a normal bout of sickness for the cold and flu season. If you have managed to avoid it, great.
I have mentioned many times the importance of good school attendance, and will continue to do so. TGS and TMS/THS are documenting the amount of school time we miss this year for “school related” events. The Kansas State High School Activities Association asks for this information about every four years for middle school and high school students. You, and even us that work in the schools, do not realize how much time we miss on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis for school sponsored activities. When we get this information we will share it with you. I think you and our teaching staff might be surprised to see how much class time we miss.
When you add the amount of time a student misses for school related events and then their own sick days; and then if their teacher is gone a couple times for school related events or personal illness, it could be a lot of lost instructional time. Without rambling on and on, the point is we need to take full advantage of the 166 days we do have scheduled with your kids. The help you can give us is to make sure they are here when they can be. We HAVE to have your help with that to help your child reach their full potential.
I have also mentioned to you Troy Schools is working on upgrading their technology infrastructure and their technology specifically student devices. The administration and board of education are committed to these projects. We are piloting some devices at the high school, middle school, and annex to see how they work and to see if the wireless network can handle the additional devices. So far, it has not been smooth sailing, which is good for us to find out. We will continue to study this and work on solutions for your children and our teaching staff.
Patrick E. McKernan
Superintendent of Schools/Elementary Principal
Troy USD 429