RELAY - August 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 Community News
  • You're Invited - Great Bend Chamber's Business Showcase returns Aug. 18
  • Let's Celebrate - August Birthdays
  • Community Resources
  • Back to School Schedule

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!

GB-NEA to hold Annual Meeting August 18

The USD 428 School Community is invited to attend GB-NEA's Annual Meeting on Wednesday, August 18 at 8:30am in the Panther Activity Center. Held in conjunction with the Business Showcase, this breif meeting will give attendees the opportunity to learn more about GBNEA and consider membership.

Great Bend National Education Association (GB-NEA) is a local organization for ALL educational employees (teachers, aides, nurses, bus drivers, paras, librarians, etc..). GB-NEA offers support for all employees including; legal help, local, state/national training and support, countless discounts, and more!

For more information, please contact GB-NEA President, Brenda Unrein at or 620-617-5009.

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Over 50 Businesses are excited to welcome YOU back to school!

The Great Bend Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with USD 428, will host the 6th Annual Great Bend Business Showcase. This teacher appreciation event will take place Wednesday, August 18th from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the Panther Activity Center (PAC) at Great Bend High School. Everyone is invited, this event is open to all USD 428 staff and teachers!

Event Highlights Include:

  • Free Breakfast!
  • 50+ local businesses ready to greet you!
  • GBNEA annual meeting at 8:30am
  • TONS of door prizes and hundreds of dollars of Chamber Gift Certificates up for grabs
  • Credit Union of Ameria "Teach & Grow Award" presented at 9am
  • Much more!

You won't want to miss this opportunity to connect with your friends, neighbors, and local businesses. We hope you'll join us!

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Kansas Commissioner of Education visits Great Bend, TODAY!

Kansas Commissioner of Education Dr. Randy Watson and Deputy Commissioner Dr. Brad Neuenswander are conducting 50 community conversations throughout the state on their Kansans Can Success Tour, which kicked off July 26.

The Kansans Can Success Tour is a follow-up to the Kansas Children. Kansas’ Future. community conversations tour that took place beginning in late winter and early spring of 2015. The purpose of the Kansas Children. Kansas’ Future. tour was to bring together parents, educators, local school board members, higher education representatives, legislators and members of the business community to discuss the future they wanted for Kansas children and the role they wanted Kansas education to play in supporting that envisioned future.

The vision for education in Kansas – Kansas leads the world in the success of each student – was created from what Kansans said during the Kansas Children. Kansas’ Future. tour. The Kansas State Board of Education’s outcomes for measuring progress toward achieving that vision were also derived from information gathered during the tour. Outcomes include social-emotional growth, kindergarten readiness, Individual Plan of Study, graduation, postsecondary success, and civic engagement.

The tour will stop in Great Bend on Friday, July 30 with an event at the Great Bend Events Center located at 3111 10th Street from 1:30-3:00pm. Everyone, including educators, parents, legislators, members of the business community, and members of the media, are invited to attend these events.

Watson and Neuenswander will share success stories, as well as challenges, discuss the Kansans Can School Redesign Project, answer questions and gather information during the tours.

Learn more by visiting

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July's Winner of Honor A Kansas Nurse is Libbie Merritt of KU Health System in Great Bend, Kansas.
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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

Come join us for the FIRST night of the entertainment district on August 6th from 5PM-8PM!! Enjoy great music from acoustic duo, Lightfoot and Buehler, drinks from Lumpy's Bar and Grill and Charlie's Place, and food and snacks from Lumpy's, Favor’s Flavors Shaved Ice and Alan Moeder Catering! Come out and sit under an umbrella and enjoy a great evening or get up and dance and play games - the important thing is that you BE THERE!!


Immunizations, General Health Information, Door Prizes, Free Popcorn, and More!

The BCHD invites teens to stop by between the hours of 7:30am - 7:00pm on August 5!

Check those vaccinations off your list and help protect the health and safety of you and our school community!

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Back to School Schedule - USD 428 Staff

On-Site Enrollment

Elementary School Enrollment

August 3, 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

August 4, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Great Bend Middle School Enrollment

August 3, 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (7th Grade)

August 4, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (8th Grade)

Great Bend High School Enrollment

August 3, 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

August 4, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

New Certified Staff

  • August 2-3, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Trauma Informed Classroom Management (DEC)
  • Aug 6, 9-12, 8:00 a.m. - Noon New Certified Staff Orientation - District Education Center 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. New Certified Staff - Work in individual buildings

New and Returning Certified Staff

  • August 13, 7:35 a.m. - 3:35 p.m. Building Professional Development (contract day)
  • August 16-17, 7:35 a.m. - 3:35 p.m. District Professional Development (contract day)(Schedule TBD)
  • August 18, 7:35 a.m. - 3:35 p.m. Staff Work Day (contract day)
  • August 18, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Great Bend Chamber Business Showcase (PAC)
  • August 18, 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. GBNEA Meeting (PAC – wrestling room)

First Days of School

August 19

  • Elementary Schools Grades K-6, 8:00 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.
  • GBMS – 7th Grade Orientation Day (No school Gr. 8), 8:05 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.
  • GBHS - Freshman Orientation Day (No school Gr. 10-12), 8:05 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.

August 20

  • Elementary Schools Grades K-6, 8:00 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.
  • GBMS – First day for Grade 8, 8:05 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.
  • GBHS – First day for Grades 10-12, 8:05 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.
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