RELAY - MAY 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:

  • District Headlines
  • #428hero Week
  • In the News, NHS Inductees
  • Summer REACH Program
  • Let's Celebrate - May Birthdays
  • District Highlights
  • Community Resources

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

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You're a #428hero!

Take a moment to check out the staff members who have been nominated as a #428hero!

The perks are plentiful and intended for everyone to enjoy. We will add to the #428hero highlights ALL week, culminating with some special door prizes on Wednesday, May 5.

CLICK HERE to see the details!

There's still time to nominate your #428hero... 2022 Nomination Form.

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SupportLinc now available to all USD 428 Employees

Life can be a juggling act. It takes time and energy to balance your work, family and personal challenges. To help you manage life’s daily challenges, USD 428 Great Bend is pleased to announce the SupportLinc employee assistance program (EAP). SupportLinc offers confidential and professional support, at no cost to you or your family.
Visit Support Linc

web access log-in: usd428 (no password neccessary)

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National Honor Society Welcomes 32 New Members

The Great Bend High School National Honor Society inducted 32 new members for the 22-23 school year on April 11, recognizing the achievements of students in the classroom and beyond.

Membership in NHS is reserved for juniors and seniors who exhibit exceptional character, demonstrate leadership, and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.8.

“According to the NHS constitution, the purpose of NHS is ‘to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in our students,” shared Kayci Teghtmeyer, NHS advisor.

When the new inductees begin their membership in NHS at the start of the 2022-2023 school year, there will be a total of 60 student members. Each semester, members are expected to earn 15 hours of documented service from a variety of organizations or tasks.

“Each year, thousands of cumulative service hours by our members make a noticeable and positive impact on our school and community,” said Teghtmeyer. “Through this program, I have the privilege of seeing firsthand the growth and development of our students’ leadership skills and abilities.”

For more information about the Great Bend High School National Honor Society, please contact Kayci Teghtmeyer at 620-793-1521.

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Board of Education visits Great Bend High School

The USD 428 Board of Education visited Great Bend High School on Wednesday, April 27 for their monthly luncheon meeting.

Meeting at a Glance:

The Board of Education took care of several business items before hearing the building report from Mr. Friess. Items included:

  • Approval of Cyber Insurance Requirements: Unanimously approved - Malwarebytes, Nex-Tech Rental for off-site storage, Staff Phishing Protection training subscription.
  • Approval of Great Bend Middle School Schedule: Unanimously approved
  • Approval of Fynmasium Floor Refinishing: Unanimously approved work by Patterson Construction for work on Jefferson & Lincoln gym floors during summer 2022.
  • Approval of Personnel Report: Unanimously approved - new appointments: Ms. McKenzy Black, teacher of special education at Lincoln Elementary School; Ms. Heaven Yager, preschool teacher at Riley; resignations, Mrs. Dena Hiss, teacher of computer science at GBMS.
  • Approval of Grants & Contributions: Unanimously approved - Lincoln, Kroger - $460.06; Riley, Kroger - $295.65; Riley, Casey's - $40.40; USD 428, KSDE Preschool Pilot 2023 Grant for $171,705.

Mr. Friess provided a building report to highlight both the academic and extracurricular excellence of numerous GBHS Students and their advisors.
  • State Wrestling Champions: Kaden Spragis, Wyatt Webber, and Breanna Ridgeway.
  • State Bowling Champion: Kylin Wahlmeier
  • JAG-K National Qualifiers: Jennifer Hopkins shared the success of the JAG-K program which secured first place in both regional and state competitions. Several individuals will now advance to the national competition this summer.
  • HOSA National Qualifiers: Ryan Zink, advisor for the new HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) club with Andrea Stalcup shared the group's state success and plan to compete at nationals this summer.
  • Speech & Debate National Qualifiers: Advisor Kim Heath introduced members of the speech and debate team, district sweepstakes award, and plans for 5 qualifiers to attend the national tournament in Kentucky.

The BOE also enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared by Katy Hekele's Family and Consumer Science students.

For more information about the USD 428 Board of Education and detailed minutes of the meeting, you can visit our website -

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USD 428 set to open REACH Program, July 5-29

Elementary Family Engagement Coordinators are hard at work on a NEW program for July - REACH. This initiative seeks to keep students engaged, learning, and active during the summer. The free program will provide opportunities for Recreation, Enrichment, Academic, Community, and Health.

"In addition to addressing academic progress for students, the REACH program will be designed to use experiences and exploration to build content knowledge, grow relationships, boost confidence, and make summer break fun for students!" - Tricia Reiser, Assistant Superintendent

Based on the positive feedback from families surveyed last month, USD 428 has begun developing the REACH program. Registration is now open for students K-5 who are currently enrolled in USD 428. For staffing and efficiency, the REACH program will be consolidated at two elementary locations - Eisenhower Elementary and Park Elementary.

REACH Program, July 5-29

  • Students Kindergarten - 5th-grade (currently enrolled in USD 428)
  • Monday - Thursday, 8am - 2pm; Friday, 8am - 12pm
  • Breakfast and lunch are served daily
  • The program will include hands-on learning & exploring, fitness activities for life, reaching, math, & science skills, acts of kindness, and community service! Different from the June program, there will be opportunities for local field trips and weekly adventures.

Questions can be directed to your building's Family Engagement Coordinator, or to Tricia Reiser, Assistant Superintendent for USD 428.

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Do you have a celebration to share?

If you have a birth announcement, anniversary, personal accomplishment, or a celebration to share with your 428 family - please email to be included in the monthly RELAY!
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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!

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Share Your Stories and Activities!

It only takes a few minutes to share the GREAT things happening in your classroom! Email high-resolution photos and a quick caption and we'll share it with the community on social media!

Quick Photo Caption:

"Students are learning _______________, by doing ______________."

Submit News to

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