#KSD Ready & Resilient

Update from Kuna Superintendent Wendy Johnson


In this update:
  • Updates on our COVID plan, reading, & needs
  • Shortages impacting school meals
  • CBS2 Features Crimson Point Music Teacher
  • Silver Trail Third Grader wins state essay content
  • #KSDempower: Congratulations Kuna FFA students
  • #KSDempower: KHS player chosen for national high school team
  • Rumor Patrol: School in July? Protests
  • Weekly COVID update
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Updates on our COVID plan, reading, & needs

This week, I met with our Parent Advisory Council and the Board of Trustees and have some updates for you.

Elementary, Secondary schedules will stay the same

In January and February, we plan to keep our current schedules: elementary students attending every day and secondary in the Blue/Gold hybrid with the exception of Initial Point.

Our plan depends on every one -- staff and students at school and our community -- continuing to following health advice: wearing your face covering when you can't physically distance, hand sanitizing, physical distancing, and staying away from others when sick.

We made one change to our plan. We're changed the name from "Reopening" to COVID Education and Operational Plan for 2020-21.

Updated quarantine decision tree!

Last week, I shared that the length of quarantines were being updated to reflect new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Central District Health. Please the attachment below. We just received the documents this afternoon and will be providing training to our staff on Monday so please be patient as we learn new safety guidance.

Celebrating reading gains

We're concerned about all student's learning loss during this time. I was thrilled to update the Board on our K-3 reading progress since the start of the school. Please take a moment to review the report! Our educators are working hard to help our students learn in these unusual times and are seeing results.

Look for a needs assessment next week!

Also at Tuesday's Board meeting, trustees and I discussed our #growingforward 10-year plan to proactively address the needs of our students during this time of tremendous growth within our community.

The plan is working as we've stabilized school property taxes (in fact they've gone down) and added new classroom spaces, remodeled buildings and provided funding to meet our local needs through our levy for learning. Please take a moment to review the report!

Next week, we will ask all of you, our staff, and our community to weigh in on past priorities -- are class sizes, safety and classroom support -- still important and what other needs might have emerged.

Shortages impacting school meals

We appreciate the patience of our families as our meal program has adjusted to shortages of items caused by COVID related closures in production plants and suppliers across the nation.

To ensure we can provide full meals for our students, our nutrition teams have narrowed menus from a four-week cycle to a two-week cycle. We are working to fill menus when our suppliers cannot completely fill orders or are canceling orders completely.

Most recently, we've been told to expect short-term shortages of ground beef and pork as well as peaches, pears, and mixed fruit.

We expect this to continue throughout the pandemic.

Meals in our school will remain free throughout the school year.

Watch the KHS Winter Orchestra Concert!

The concert was streamed live on Dec. 10, 2020.

Silver Trail Third Grader wins state essay content

Congratulations to Dallin Edwards in Cathy Funkhouser's class! His essay won first place in the state for the 3rd to fifth grade division of the 2020 K-12 Essay Contest sponsored by the Idaho Forest Products Commission.
CBS2 Leaders in Learning

#KSDempower: Congratulations Kuna FFA students

The Kuna FFA ag mechanics team placed 2nd in district competition Dec. 9. Congratulations to Seth Barrus - 1st place in arc welding, Makayla Greany - 1st place in electricity, Dana Neff - 2nd place in oxy-acetylene/TIG welding, and Cambree Floyd - 3rd in tool sharpening.

#KSDempower: KHS player chosen for national high school team

Kuna High School's Jacob Graves has earned the honor of competing in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl on Dec. 14 at Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium with a 1 p.m. kickoff.

We are so proud of his accomplishments and wish him the very best. Team rosters consist of the nation’s premier prospects in the Class of 2021. The game will be televised nationally on the Impact Football Network and potentially on ESPN3.

Jacob was a 4A first team All state selection at offensive linemen last year and a 5A SIC first team all conference offensive lineman this year. We are waiting to hear all state selections for this year. Jacob is also a 3 sport athlete - football, basketball and baseball.

Rumor Patrol: School in July? KSD Leaders at protests?

Rumor: KSD leaders joined a protesters at Central District Health Department recently.

Not true. The district did use the public feedback opportunity to share its concerns with a proposed order that would have cancelled activities. That letter was shared in in the Dec. 4, 2020 update. The Superintendent and Board Chair did not join others protesting outside the health department and outside elected officials homes. The district does not support these efforts.

We appreciate that health staff and the board considered feedback submitted. The proposed order was revised to allow extracurricular activities in schools. The Board is expected to vote on the revised order next week.

Rumor: KSD schools will extend the school year into June/July?

Not true.

What's happening then? Members of the district's committee reviewing our operations plan have divided work among several subcommittees. Those subcommittees are exploring ideas and have been asking their colleagues for their thoughts. Changes to the calendar are not in the purview of this group. At this time, KSD does not need to "make up" any time because we haven't lost any. And, thanks to our ability to teach remotely, a "snowmageddon" would not need to extend our calendar.

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