News from Sedalia School District 200 - 1st Quarter, 2022
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SUPERINTENDENT: We must plan now for needed changes ahead
Sedalia School District 200 has completed the first quarter of school already, and as our fall sports and activities come to a close the winter activities are just getting warmed up! I want to thank all of our students, staff, parents and patrons for their continued support and dedication to our schools. The education of our children is paramount in the success of our community and the nation. This shared responsibility among all stakeholders requires great effort, sacrifice, and determination in providing the opportunity for success.
Part of that opportunity includes the district’s infrastructure and offering students, staff, and families safe, modern, and up-to-date facilities that provide a welcoming, efficient learning environment. Over the past several months, the district has been working with Hollis + Miller Architects along with a demographer Preston Smith. The idea was the creation of a long-range facilities plan based on expert findings concerning our facility structures and demographic predictions.
The district has three buildings that are 100 years old and three more that are 50 years old and counting. Modernizing and remodeling these types of facilities requires careful planning and extended financial resources. The “newer” buildings -- Skyline and Parkview elementaries -- are now over 30 years old, and even the “new” high school is already over a decade in age. As any homeowner understands, significant time, energy, and resources are necessary to maintain a home. The district maintains more than 900,000 square feet of facilities and just over 150 acres of land to serve more than 5,000 students and over 700 employees.
As we move into the future, our goal in this process revolves around how to best serve our students' needs. Keeping fiscal responsibility in mind, our students deserve the competitive advantage of safe, modernized facilities that best serve our community’s needs.
There will be some very difficult decisions to be made concerning changes in grade configurations, school day start and end times, and the repurposing of existing schools (especially Sedalia Middle School). The possibility of the future closure of a building and/or the need to build new should all be a matter of discussion in determining what is the best long-term solution for Sedalia’s needs.
Dr. Todd Fraley
Superintendent, Sedalia School District 200
SAFETY & SECURITY: Enhanced visitor check-in system coming soon
The district has implemented the Securly filtering system, including the “24” platform that will help monitor student searches and communication through the district’s network to identify areas of concern regarding student safety (ie. self harm, violence, bullying, and so on). The district also is preparing to roll out the Visitor Management platform within Securly which will require a form of state-approved photo identification to be shown by all visitors to district campuses. This system will link parents/guardians with their students and only require photo identification on one occasion as it will be linked to the system. The platform also runs nation-wide background checks to identify anyone who is on the registered sex offenders list.
SPECIAL SERVICES: Focus on helping students meet potential
The district's Special Services team is off to a great start in the 2022-23 school year. Our primary daily goal continues to be to meet the needs of our students and to help them reach their full potential. We are thankful for these opportunities and appreciate the positive relationships that our team has with our families/guardians. We will be asking for your input in a survey that will be created by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) as a part of an assessment of our programs in the second semester of this school year. Please reach out to our teams as we work together throughout the year.
CURRICULUM: Tutoring options offered for students
Fall brings new opportunities for extra student support! On Oct. 4, Smith-Cotton Junior High and Smith-Cotton High School began offering tutoring after school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. These sessions run for one hour each day. All students are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Tutoring for our K-5th grade students begins on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Tutoring will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school for one hour. Transportation is not provided for students attending tutoring sessions. Please see the linked schedules below.
6-8 Fall Tutoring Schedule (Spring TBD)
9-12 Tutoring Schedule (Spring TBD)
Elementary (K-5) Curriculum Director
Secondary (6-12) Curriculum Director
FOOD SERVICE: Community efforts bring team together
In October, Halloween treats were delivered to the Sedalia Police Department and the Pettis County Sheriff's Department as a "thank you" for their service. We are looking forward to serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner including pumpkin pie.
Food Service Director
HEALTH SERVICES: Working to keep students safe
District Health Coordinator
TECHNOLOGY: SSD200 soon will accept electronic payments at games
Director of Technology
UPCOMING: EOC assessments set for week of Dec. 12
Fall End-Of-Course (EOC) state assessments will take place the week of Dec. 12. This primarily affects our American Government students this semester. Parents will be notified if their student will be taking a Fall EOC.
Secondary (6-12) Curriculum Director
ACTIVITIES: Hall of Fame inductions set for Nov. 22
A reception for family and friends of the inductees will take place in the Smith-Cotton High School Commons at 5:30 pm. The community is encouraged to attend. The induction ceremony will take place on the gym floor at about 7:15 pm between the JV and varsity boys basketball games with Jeff City.
This is a special night, not just for the inductees, but for our entire school. I hope to see many of you there.
ROARs: Celebrating our Tigers students and staff members
ROAR: Van Drivers
We are thankful for all of our employees and know that our students are fortunate to have the staff we have on our team. A crew that often goes unnoticed though is our van driver team. They are dedicated individuals who work on average 10 hours per day to get students to and from school safely. Thank you for your service!