#KSD Ready & Resilient

Update from Kuna Superintendent Wendy Johnson

12.18.2020

In this update:


  • Thankful for the gift of serving your children & for the support of our community
  • Help us prioritize needs for our schools!
  • Help "stuff the truck" this Saturday and fill our food pantry shelves
  • Annual food drive will help more than 50 families
  • Checkout a great holiday workout!
  • Kuna Middle's Operation Decoration brightens community for holidays
  • Before school starts Jan. 5, we'll ask you to report if COVID has impacted your student during the break
  • Tells us what you think about our new data dashboards
  • Weekly COVID update
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Thankful for the gift of serving your children & for the support of our community'

Kuna families


So much of this last newsletter of 2020 feels so normal.


The excitement of the upcoming holidays and the break.


The annual traditions of helping others.


The joy of recognizing our staff who have gone above and beyond to stay open serving students in person.


We're grateful to serve your children, and we're grateful for our community's support to help us meet the needs of our students.


May you all take time this holiday season to reflect on all of the joys in this good life.

KSD 2020 Levy Needs Assessment

Help us prioritize needs for our schools!

Is lower class sizes still a priority in our community?

Free full time kindergarten?

Safety?


Please let us know in this short needs assessment. Results will be used to shape our levy for learning for 2021-22 and 2022-23 school year.

Kuna Firefighters Stuff the Truck

Help "stuff the truck" this Saturday and fill our food pantry shelves

For the past three years, our Kuna Fire Department has supported the Kuna School District's community food pantry collecting food items. Learn more in this short video include a special "how to video!" Thank you KFD.

Check out this great holiday workout!

Mrs. Hames student demonstrate a great holiday workout
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Annual food drive will help more than 50 families

Kuna High school students led by the Kuna FFA worked hard today filling food boxes for families in need. Thank you students and staff who pulled this off!

Kuna Middle's Operation Decoration brightens community for holidays


Have you noticed the store fronts in Kuna are decorated for Christmas? Guess what? Kids in the Kuna community are responsible for that! It's called Operation Decoration, and it's something truly special.


Teacher Wava Kaufman shared that Operation Decoration is a community service project that started 8 years ago. The Kuna Middle School 6th graders contact local merchants and offer to paint their windows.


KMS partners with the city of Kuna Parks Department. They help out the students by picking up and delivering paint supplies to all the merchants and then returning all supplies back to the school. The parks department also makes themselves available to help the students clean up spills, run extra paint or any supplies needed.


This project creates a positive and hands on learning experience for our students, promotes citizenships and helps build community awareness. Our students are able to give back and take pride in their community.


This project has grown each year. Our local merchants and community are very supportive. Due to the pandemic the students were not able to reach out to all merchants, but they were still successful with what they were able to do. This project relies on donations and volunteers. Huge thank you for those that have contributed to the project

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Before school starts Jan. 5, we'll ask you to report if COVID has impacted your student during the break

To help us prepare for the start of school, we'll send out a note to families and staff on Jan. 2, 2020 for you to report if your student is quarantining or isolating.


The link is also posted here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KSDCOVIDReporting


We also will send this via email and text on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021.


Why are we asking you to report?



  • For staffing, it will help us identify substitute needs the first week back.
  • For students, it will give us a head up on instructional needs.
  • And, it will give our staff who work hard contact tracing to help prevent spread of the virus a much needed break during the holidays.


Our wish is that you don't have to report anything that you will enjoy the holidays and return in good health!

Tells us what you think about our new data dashboards

Last week we shared that we working on a better way to report information about how COVID - positive cases and quarantines -- were impacting our schools. We'd like to provide real time reports to replace weekly COVID positive reports. We also want to expand the data to include information on absences related to COVID to provide greater transparency about how COVID is impact our school.


Today, we're sharing good working drafts of data dashboards with real data. We ask that you review both these tools and provide us some feedback as we finalize them. The student dashboard illustrates COVID related absences among students for the district as a whole and the user can drill down to the school level.

The staff dashboard is broken into classroom teachers and other staff in a school. When we make decisions about whether to shift a school into short term closure we look at staffing levels at the school and the number of substitutes that would be needed for teachers.


Please use the link below to provide feedback on both these dashboards!

Dashboard Feedback

We are seeking feedback on two dashboards sharing data about COVID related absences among staff and students for our district and each school.

Superintendent Wendy Johnson

I am a superintendent of an amazing school district in Kuna, Idaho. I love serving children, teachers and families and having an impact on the future. #ksdready&resilient #ksdempower #futureready