RELAY - March 2021

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. Learn something new, celebrate with a colleague or friend, and take a moment to see the good happening all around you.

In this issue:

  • In the News: Public Schools Week, Feb. 22-26
  • 2021 Milestones
  • Let's Celebrate: March Birthdays
  • Community Resources
  • District Highlights

Keep up the great work and keep it safe, 428!

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USD 428 celebrates Public Schools Week

Great Bend USD 428 joined schools across the state and nation to celebrate Public Schools Week, February 22-26, 2021.

“We’ll take any opportunity to celebrate the staff, students, and families of USD 428,” said Khris Thexton, superintendent. “Opening our doors in August and keeping them open for in-person learning has required a tremendous amount of dedication and work by our teachers and staff. As an administrator, but also as a parent, I am grateful for the efforts of many to keep students safe, learning, and growing.”

While current public health concerns have caused many schools across Kansas to operate in a remote or hybrid setting, all schools in USD 428 have remained open since the first day of school on August 27, 2020.

“We know our students learn best in the classroom,” said Tricia Reiser, director of teaching and learning for USD 428. “We strive for academic growth, but we also care for our students’ social-emotional wellbeing and development.”

USD 428 employs over 700 teachers and staff who are teaching approximately 2,900 students in Great Bend Schools. USD 428 staff also serves 265 students through the Barton County Special Services Cooperative, which provides special education services to Ellinwood 355, Hoisington 431, and Otis-Bison 403.

Public schools across our nation are providing educational opportunities for more than 50 million students inside their school buildings. According to the Learning First Alliance, nine out of every ten students in the US attend public schools.

“We are preparing every student to become college-ready, career-ready, and life-ready following high school graduation,” said Thexton. “This involves a rich curriculum that includes and goes beyond basic academics. Our students benefit from updated technologies and 1:1 device access, expanded Career and Tech Ed offerings, infusion of STEM programming, vibrant fine arts programming, and robust professional development offerings for teachers.”

To learn more about USD 428, please visit and follow the district on Facebook.

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2021 Milestones Recognition

In 2021, we're celebrating the milestones of 70 staff members! They have a combined 897 years at USD 428, an average of 13 years per person. The quality of education provided at USD 428 is directly influenced and positively impacted by the tireless work of our staff and teachers.

As a token of appreciation, each milestone is celebrated with a gift that will be delivered to the recipient's building within the next two weeks.

Take a moment to watch the video below and celebrate with your friends and colleagues!


2021 GB Milestones - USD 428
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Ladies Night Out

Back for its second year - make plans to enjoy the Ladies Night Out Event. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day early on Thursday, March 11th from 4:30-7:30 pm with shopping, snacks, and more at the participating stores!

Home & Garden Show

Presented by Eagle Radio and Comfort Pro, Inc., this is the perfect event to get out of the house and a jump start on warm-weather projects! Join them at the

Great Bend Events Center, 3111 10th St., Saturday, March 20th. From 9 am to 5 pm, check out 50 Vendors as they showcase their products and services for homeowners and consumers in Central Kansas. Admission and parking are from.

March Community Events & Coupon Calendar

12th - 19th - No School

14th - Daylight Savings Time

Don't forget to "spring forward"

and move your clocks ahead one hour!

20th - First Day Of Spring


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