RELAY - December 2022

Great Bend USD 428 - News and Highlights

It is the goal of the monthly RELAY to connect our staff with news and highlights from across our schools and community. There are so many successes, positive stories, and virtual smiles to share!

We hope you enjoy this brief update. Take a moment to learn something new, celebrate with a colleague or friend, and pause to see the good happening all around you.

In this issue:

  • Calendar Highlights & Quick Reads
  • BOE Meeting Highlights from Lincoln Elementary School
  • GBHS Internship Program
  • Congratulations, Don Regehr - SWKMEA Award
  • Let's Celebrate - December Birthdays
  • Community Resources
  • School Highlights
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SupportLinc - Try it out for a chance to win!

SupportLinc is USD 428's Employee Assistance Partner, intended to support the emotional wellbeing of our staff. SupportLinc provides expert guidance to help you and your family address and resolve everyday issues and struggles.

WIN one of 15 gift cards before the holidays!

We want this service to be utilized but we understand that the first-step can sometimes be the hardest part. Now through December 15, we’re giving you an extra incentive to check it out!

  • All you have to do is login and explore the FREE resources available to you and those in your household!

Once you’ve logged in and checked out the website and available resources, enter your name to be entered to win a gift card - Click Here.

There will be 5 - $50 winners, and 10 - $25 winners announced on December 16.

Because SupportLinc is completely anonymous (that’s a good thing!), we’re trusting you to login and explore the available resources and tools before you provide feedback on the brief survey.

How to connect anytime, around-the-clock, 365 days per year:

By phone: 1-888-881-5462


Through the app: eConnect®

Group Code: greatbendschools

All requests for information or assistance through the SupportLinc program are free of charge and completely confidential.

Follow Barton County Special Services on Facebook!

Barton County Special Services launched a new Facebook Page this week to highlight their work in USD 428 and across the Coop. We hope you'll give their page a "like" and enjoy the information they share!

Click Here to find BCSS on Facebook

2023 United Way Campaign Winners

Congratulations, Riley Elementary!

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Board of Education Meeting Highlights

The USD 428 Board of Education held its monthly luncheon meeting at Lincoln Elementary School on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 12 noon.

Building Report:

  • Misty Straub, Lincoln's principal, introduced Jose Arias, family engagement coordinator, and several members of the Lincoln STUCO to present to the BOE members.
  • Students shared what motivated them to join STUCO and talked about the application and selection process.
  • Mr. Arias shared his priorities to create meaningful experiences for students to go out and represent Lincoln, serve the community, and build confidence and skills.
  • Mr. Arias also invited two kindergarten students to share about "Lion Pride." Lion Pride is a program to build relationships across grade levels. There are 17 "family prides" or groups at Lincoln, led by a teacher or staff member. On the last Friday of the month, students move into these groups to complete activities, get to know each other, and build relationships. They reported on the success of the program so far and the positive outcomes they've seen, a video was shared to highlight what the time in the "Lion Pride" looks like.

The following Grants & Contributions were approved by the BOE:

  • Anonymous donor for Student Support & Nutrition - $500 to Riley, $500 to Eisenhower, & $500 to Park
  • Gifting Forward Foundation provided prizes for the 2022 Cram the Van Winners - $600 to Jefferson, $250 to Lincoln
  • GBHS Activities received $62.28 from Ohiopyle Prints, Inc.
  • Lincoln Elementary received $53.10 from Coca-Cola Give
  • Park Elementary received $1,500 from Kristen Anderson (Brilliance Project)

The following personnel items were approved by the BOE:

  • Retirement of Daryl Moore, Assistant Principal at GBHS at the conclusion of the 22-23 School Year.

Following the meeting, BOE members were invited to tour the building with Misty Straub. They stopped into several classrooms, saw a little bit of art week in action, and observed the Winter Benchmark process.

Learn more about the USD 428 Board of Education, including full board reports, by visiting our website - click here.

BOE Luncheon Meeting - 11.30.22
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GBHS students gain career insight and experience in first year of internship program

Great Bend High School’s Internship Program has launched 13 seniors into the local workforce this fall, giving students the opportunity put classroom learning to practical use in the workplace.

In the first academic year of this program, 13 students received a placement at seven local employers that represent a wide variety of industries. The Internship Program is a capstone for GBHS’ Career and Technical Education tracts. Interns must meet high academic and attendance standards before applying and interviewing for an internship placement with a host business partner.

“The GBHS Internship Program is beneficial for everyone involved,” said Lacy Wolters, ACT & Career Coordinator at GBHS. “For students, the goal is to increase their knowledge of workplace skills and receive on-the-job experience that build upon what they’ve learned in the classroom. For employers, they get to influence career training, help students make informed educational and career choices, and gain access to an expanded pool of qualified applicants. The list of benefits goes on and on, it’s really a ‘win’ for everyone involved!”

By the end of this first semester, each intern will have logged roughly 60 hours at his or her host business. Some will continue their work at their host business with another 60 hours in the spring semester.

“Recruiting is a big reason we patriciate in opportunities like this,” said Dr. Ty Brunswig, veterinarian at Animal Medical Center. “For students who are interested in a medical career of some type, we want to provide exposure to veterinary medicine and let them get to know us and our practice with the hope that they may come back to our community.”

In addition to on-the-job experience, the GBHS Internship Program includes a classroom component that Wolters describes as a powerful time of reflection.

“On Fridays, we meet as a class to record observations from the week,” said Wolters. “This provides an opportunity for students to share experiences with their peers, formulate questions for their host businesses, and work on portfolio items.”

Interns will showcase their digital portfolios at a special event scheduled for December 7 from 6-8 pm at Great Bend High School. Families, host businesses, as well as prospective interns for the 23-24 school year are invited to attend.

For more information about the GBHS Internship Program, please contact Lacy Wolters, ACT & Career Coordinator at or 620-793-1521.

GBHS would like to extend its gratitude to the 2022-2023 host businesses partners:

  • Advanced Therapy & Sports Medicine
  • Animal Medical Center
  • Comfort Pro Inc.
  • Fuller Industries Inc.
  • Schroeder Homes & Remodeling
  • Stueder Contractors Inc.
  • University of Kansas Health Systems - Great Bend Campus
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Regehr named Outstanding Middle School Music Educator by SWKMEA

The South West Kansas Music Educators Association named Don Regehr as the 2022 Outstanding Middle School Music Educator at their annual Middle School & High School Festival held on November 5 in Dodge City.

The festival featured performances from middle school and high school students from across the state, workshops with notable clinicians, and several special recognitions.

“Mr. Regehr is passionate about band and its positive impact on students,” said David Reiser, principal at Great Bend Middle School. “His bands are always well prepared and perform at the highest levels of achievement. I am so excited that Mr. Regehr is being acknowledged by his colleagues in Kansas for his accomplishments and focus on excellence in music education.”

Regehr was recognized for his accomplishment at GBMS’s first all-school Pep Assembly held on Wednesday, November 16.

For more information about music education at Great Bend Middle School, please contact 620-793-1510.

About Don Regehr:

Don Regehr received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Bethany College. He has taught 5-12 band, as well as some K-6 general music for 37 years. He has taught in Hill City, Central of Burden district, Great Bend, and Ellinwood. Currently he is in his 7th year serving as the director at Great Bend Middle School, Park Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, and as the assistant for Great Bend High School band and jazz band. Through-out these positions, he has not only prepared and directed many concerts, but has also assisted many students as they have worked on solos and ensembles for festivals and honor band auditions. Mr. Regehr serves as an organist for his church. He also participates in the Great Bend City Band, the Barton County Prairie Winds Ensemble and the “Old Tyme Town Band” on French horn and trumpet. He has previously served as the Middle Level chair for the SWKMEA honor band and as President of the Phi Beta Mu band director fraternity. He is a member of KMEA, NAfME, KBA, KNEA, Phi Beta Mu, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

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Do you have a celebration to share?!

We want to celebrate with you! Please send announcements to for inclusion in the monthly RELAY Newsletter. This is an opportunity to share both personal and career announcements.

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2022 Cram the Van
GBMS Pep Assembly
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Explore Great Bend Calendar of Events

Community events and coupons for local businesses too!

Be sure to follow Explore Great Bend on Facebook for news and events!

2022 Holiday Event Guide

View a listing of special events in Great Bend to celebrate the holidays!

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Share Your Stories and Activities!

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