JCMS ELL News: May 22, 2020

Summer Spanish Translation Phone Line 785-717-4809

Questions over summer? Need Spanish translation?

While our aides would love to help, they cannot do that over the summer. You can call 785-717-4809 to speak with someone who would be happy to assist you in Spanish.


    • When you turn age 11- you will need to have a Tdap & Meningococcal vaccine. This can be completed now, but is not required until beginning of 7th grade. Many students have already received these vaccines. You can provide a copy of the vaccine record to the nurse office, if you have not done this already. In planning for next semester, please review the posted news/documents regarding important vaccines, sports physicals, permission slips, etc.
    • Middle School forms: Emergency Action Plans for Epipens, Seizure Action Plans, & Asthma Action Plans, need to be completed & signed by a medical provider and a parent/guardian. All signatures are required for a student to self-carry an inhaler or an Epipen. Other medication permission forms need to be completed by a parent/guardian.


Below are medical providers you can contact to schedule an appointment for your child:
    • Geary County Health Department (785) 762-5788
    • Konza Prairie Community Health Center (785) 238-4711
    • Irwin Army Community Hospital (785) 239-DOCS
    • Geary Community Hospital Pediatrics (785) 762-5437
    • Pediatric Associates of Manhattan (785) 537-9030
    • Geary Community Hospital Family Practice
    • Marc Felts or Tiffany Naccarato (785) 762-2585
    • Todd Frieze (785) 762-4488
    • Carissa Horton or Dana Williams (785) 762-2585
    • Teran Naccarato or Dennis Sewell (785) 762-4884

Yearbooks and student materials left behind

Yearbooks have NOT arrived yet. When they do, parents will be notified. This will occur sometime after June 1st.

If your student still has materials/items left at school, parents may get those items when they come for yearbook pick-up (after June 1st).

Student Computers over the summer!

  • If your child is planning on returning to USD 475 in the fall, all district materials may be kept over the summer and returned at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.

  • Any student NOT returning in the fall will need to turn in their materials to the Larry Dixon Center 920 W. 6th St.

  • Drop off dates and times:

Monday-Friday 8:00am to 3:30pm. Please ensure that your student has completed assignments before turning materials in.

Materials to return to the district if NOT returning are:

  • computers, hotspots, chargers, computer cases
  • Textbooks or library books
  • Band equipment
  • Other district materials

What will school look like in the fall?

The Kansas State Department of Education will release school options for our schools on or before July 10th.
Big picture

2020-2021 Enrollment - Please enroll now!

Don't forget to enroll your child/children online for the 2020-2021 school year! Enrollment is located in Skyward. If you need help, please call the Summer Spanish Translation Line.

Parent Survey from Teaching & Learning Department

A survey was sent out to parents to fill out about the online school experience. Please give them your feedback!
Big picture

Dorothy Bramlage Public Library Summer Reading Program!

Every year the library has a summer reading program for children and teens in grades PreK—12th! This year’s Summer Reading theme is “Imagine Your Story!” Our Summer Reading program is from May 18—August 2. When you sign up for the summer reading program, children and teens have the opportunity to win a total of 3 prizes! How do you win prizes? Simple. Read, read, read.

There are 4 summer reading programs for 3 age groups (PreK, K-5th grade and teens (6th-12th grade). Teens in grades 6th-12th have the option of either doing the program by minutes or books. Each age group has 3 prize levels. After participants complete a prize level, they can collect their prize from the library.

Registration begins May 18. Participants can either register online (www.jclib.org) or in-person throughout the summer. (Patrons can register their child over the phone and do curbside pickup for their child’s summer reading bag from May 18-30 ONLY-the library will only be open by scheduled appointments.)

Age Groups & Prize Levels:

PreK (ages 0-5) Group: Reads a total of 600 minutes

200 minutes of reading—1st prize

400 minutes of reading—2nd prize

600 minutes of reading—3rd prize

K-5th Group: Reads a total of 1000 minutes

300 minutes of reading—1st prize

600 minutes of reading—2nd prize

1000 minutes of reading—3rd prize

Teen (6th-12th grades) Minutes Group: Reads a total of 1500 minutes

500 minutes of reading—1st prize

1000 minutes of reading—2nd prize

1500 minutes of reading—3rd prize

Teen (6th-12th grades) Book Group: Reads a total of 15 books

Read 5 books—1st prize

Read 10 books—2nd prize

Read 15 books—3rd prize

For any questions about summer reading, contact the Dorothy Bramlage Public Library either by phone (785-238-4311) or by email (jclibrary@jclib.org).

Please update student computers over the summer!

Big picture

Video: How to update student computers - Spanish

Contact the Help Desk with questions. You will need to go to any USD475 school and sit outside it to use the district WiFi in order to successfully update your computer!

Video: How to update student computers - English

Contact the Help Desk with questions. You will need to go to any USD475 school and sit outside it to use the district WiFi in order to successfully update your computer!
Big picture

USD 475 Summer Food Update

The US Department of Agriculture is granting approval for school districts to continue meal distribution programs through June 30, 2020.

The District intends to continue its meal delivery to nine sites through this extended period.

  • Meals are served weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • All children ages 1 through 18 qualify to receive free meals but must be present at the pick-up site.
  • A double allowance of meals is to be provided on Friday May 22nd to help meet nutritional needs over Memorial Day weekend.

Distribution sites include:

  • Spring Valley
  • Sheridan
  • Westwood
  • Washington
  • Early Childhood Development Center
  • Karns Building
  • Milford
  • Grandview
  • Seitz

Due to pandemic restrictions and the need to operate in a controlled environment, the District will NOT be serving out of its non-traditional food distribution sites this summer including the 12th Street Community Building and Public Library.

---Helpful Contact Information---

Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

Sign up for text alerts

Get important information about USD 475 Geary County Schools sent as text messages and email messages directly to your computer, mobile, wireless PDA or pager.

  • Emergency Information
  • School Closings
  • Early Dismissals
  • Special Announcements ---------------Sign up is easy and FREE! Just go through the simple 2-step sign up process below and select the school(s) you wish to receive information from at our website www.usd475.org


Big picture

Translating Smore Newsletter -Traducir la hoja informativa de Smore

ALL Smore newsletters you receive can be translated by Clicking the translate button at the bottom of the screen. Below is a picture of the translate page option.

La informaccion de Smore que usted recibe se puede traducir usando el buton el la parte inferior de la pantalla . A contunuacion se muestra un imagen de la opcion de pagina de traduccion.

Big picture