Pinckney News & Notes, 3/2/23

Pinckney Elementary, 810 W 6th, Lawrence, KS 785-832-5800

Upcoming Events: February - March, 2023

  • No School: Friday, March 3
  • BOOK FAIR in library March 6-9
  • Conferences: Wednesday, March 8 & Thursday, March 9- Please see your student's teacher newsletter for scheduling information
  • Spring Break 2023: Friday, March 10 - Friday, March 17

Principal's Update

Thank you to all of you who have been so supportive as we navigate through a potential school closure. I have not received any information as to when our public hearing for closure, or where it will be held, once I know more I will forward that information. Below is the district's statement from the budget advisory committee yesterday:

The school board's Boundary Advisory Committee (BAC) met Wednesday following the school board's approval of publishing a notice of public hearings for the possible closure of Broken Arrow and Pinckney Elementary Schools. BAC members discussed identifying schools to which affected students may be assigned. Kansas law requires the school district to include this information in the notice of public hearings. Members reached a consensus on what they considered five viable options for each school's students.

The committee recommends the notice include that Pinckney students could be assigned to Deerfield, Sunset Hill, New York, Hillcrest, and/or Cordley. It recommends including for Broken Arrow students: Schwegler, Sunflower, Langston Hughes, Cordley, and Prairie Park. The committee did not discuss specific boundary changes accommodating those reassignment options.

The administration will discuss these recommendations prior to publishing the notice of public hearings in the Lawrence Journal-World, the district's newspaper of record. The notice must be published once a week for two weeks and at least 10 days, but not more than 20 days, prior to the public hearings, as required by law.

With limited time remaining in the meeting, the committee took a brief look at a draft boundary concept developed by RSP and Associates. It included elementary schools' existing boundaries, potential new boundaries, and the effect of those changes on class sizes and the racial/ethnic and low-socioeconomic makeup of all of the remaining elementary schools. It also showed the total number of students impacted by the boundary changes.

For example, Concept 1 expanded the boundaries of all remaining elementary schools, except Woodlawn, and affected 661 students. It resulted in seven K-3 classes of more than 25 students, which is the number used in the district's K-3 staffing ratio. Under Concept 1, one school would have 5% less ethnic diversity than its current student body. The percentage of students qualifying for free- or reduced-price lunches would decrease by more than 10% at one school and increase by more than 10% at two schools.

A second draft boundary concept was included in the committee's packet but not discussed. The BAC will meet again next Wednesday, 5:30-7:00 p.m., at the Facilities and Operations Office, 711 E 23rd St. When meeting materials are available, you may find them at

Pinckney Scholar of the Month

Congratulations to these amazing Pinckney scholars who were chosen by their teachers as their class's most dedicated learners. Parents, we would love to see these signs displayed in our neighborhood.

Spencer Owens (Ms. Forsythe)

Sonny Liston (Ms. Matzke)

Brynlee Thao (Ms. Pestock)

Bennett Anderson (Ms. Barnes)

Vanessa Santiago Espinoza (Ms. Jacobs)

William Todd-Fischer (Ms. Kylie)

Arlo Van De Riet (Ms. Rossillon)

Finn Savoie (Ms. Bradley)

Cora Brownley (Ms. Kemme)

Veda Moore (Ms. Dutcher)

Staff of the Month: Ms. Dutcher

Congratulations to our one and only Ms. Monica Dutcher. She is an award-winning 5th-grade teacher who gives 110% to support her students. She will do whatever it takes to support Pinckney: from mentoring new teachers to supporting our Site Council and PTO. Ms. Dutcher is a vital part of our school community! We look forward to honoring Ms. Dutcher in Topeka at the Kansas Educator of the Year banquet on March 26, 2023.

Read Across America

Thank you to Free State StuCo members who came to read to our kindergartener's in honor of Read Across America day. It is great to see scholars from across our great district coming together to celebrate the joy of reading.

West Band Students Visited Pinckney

Thank you to our 6th grade West Middle Schoolers who visited us today and demonstrated a variety of instruments our students could play next year. We can't wait to join your musical ranks!

Incoming Kindergarten Enrollment Link

The 2023-2024 New Student Registration link for incoming USD 497 students is now available online.

Message from the Nurse's Office (Repeat from last week)

Please make sure the school has your most current contact information. We need this to get a hold of parents if there is a medical emergency at school. If your number has changed, please update with the office. It is also helpful to have a work number and emergency contact available.