RELAY - September 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. 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 Updates and News
  • I Make a Difference Information
  • Let's Celebrate - September Birthdays
  • Community Resources
  • District Highlights

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

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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.

Click Here to learn more!

COVID-19 Dashboard

USD 428 invites families, staff, and the community to view the district's COVID-19 information and resources in one convenient location. The district strives to be transparent about the presence of Covid-19 in our schools. As the overall health of our school community is reviewed continuously, guidelines and current health precautions are subject to change.

Click Here to visit the USD 428 Covid-19 Dashboard.

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Capturing Kids' Hearts - Creating a Culture of Connectedness

An unconventional start to the school year, USD 428 teachers went "back to school" themselves for two days of Capturing Kids' Hearts training upon their return in August.

"We've prioritized the social-emotional learning of students for several years," said Tricia Reiser, director of teaching and learning for USD 428, "but until now, we didn't have a common set of tools, strategies, or resources available to unify teachers efforts across the district. Capturing Kids' Hearts changes everything."

The two days of experiential training and expert coaching saw teachers engaged and energized in new ways. Teachers left the training with first-hand experience and resources to explore with fellow teachers or as a building.

Time to implement!

As the school year gets underway, common strategies are being used across USD 428 to build relationships, establish expectations, and start the year on a positive note. Starting with "Rock, Paper, Scissor" championships to the more intentional task of developing social contacts with students, teachers now have a tool kit available to help implement the evidence-based processes.

Stay tuned for more!

USD 428 is only beginning the journey with Capturing Kids’ Hearts. Updates will be provided throughout the year as we chronicle developments and progress.

"Students are more likely to engage in healthy behaviors and succeed academically when they feel connected to school." - CDC Report on School Connectedness

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I Make A Difference - Nominations Accepted

Eagle Radio and the "Mornings with Shannon" radio Show invite you to nominate students who make a difference in our schools and community! K-5 grade students are eligible for the "I Make A Difference" campaign.

Parents, grandparents, and teachers can nominate a student. The contest page is available to the public at, or Click Here to Nominate a Student.

Every Monday Morning Eagle Radio will announce two new T-shirt winners around 7:20 am on 100.7 Eagle Country on “Mornings with Shannon.”

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Recognize an outstanding first-year teacher

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 Horizon Award

The Kansas Horizon Award program identifies and recognizes representatives of excellent teaching in the elementary and secondary classrooms of the state. The mission of the program is to recognize exemplary first-year teachers who perform in a way that distinguishes them as outstanding.

From local nominations, USD 428 will select one elementary and one secondary teacher to be recognized. Selected teachers will then be invited to complete an application for the state-wide, Horizon Award recognition program. Nominees should be starting their second year teaching, having successfully completed their first year during the 20-21 school year.

Click Here to nominate a teacher before September 8, 2021.

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There is lots to look forward to in Great Bend this fall! If you don't already, follow Explore Great Bend on Facebook to say in the loop on events happening in our area.
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Great Bend Alive Plaza

Great Bend's Entertainment District on Forest Avenue comes to life from 5-8:30pm Friday, Sept. 10 & Sept. 17. Enjoy live music, games, food, and drinks.

Come out and sit under an umbrella and enjoy a great evening or get up and dance and play games. Follow Great Bend Alive on Facebook for more information and updates.

September Coupon Calendar

Time to shop in Great Bend!
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Panther Pantry - Great Bend High School
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