Superintendent Message (November 26th, 2013)
Kuna School District UpdateInspiring each student to become a lifelong learner and a contributing, responsible citizen
November 26, 2013
"You made a difference in my life." These are some of the best words a person in our business can ever hear.
A few months ago, one of my former students contacted me by forwarding me a message he wrote to the people he leads in his corporation. In the article, he mentioned me and how I had made a difference in his life. What a gift!
In this same message, he explained that he was soon to be in Kuna for a visit so we planned a time to catch up over lunch. During lunch, he updated me on his life since the 20 years he had been in my class. I was beaming with pride at his personal and professional success. At one point in our conversation he told me, "You probably didn't think I would be this successful." I was shocked at his comment. I responded, "I knew
you would be successful."
The promise that each child comes to school with every day is the promise that he/she is on the path to becoming his/her best self. As educators, we rarely get the gift of knowing exactly who each one of our students eventually becomes, but we are always hopeful that through our efforts, we play a role in each student's journey. The work we do is not easy; yet, I hope we all find inspiration for this hard work in the legacy we leave on every student.
Given all the hard work you do, take a few minutes to remind yourself of the import role you play in children's lives watching educator Rita Pierson's Ted Talk entitled Every Child Needs a Champion
Thank you for the hard work you do and the hope you give.
Celebrate KSD’s Superheroes!
If you have a celebration that you'd like to share, we encourage you visit http://news.kunaschools.org/ . Select the "Rumors, Questions and Feedback" banner.Silver Trail Breakfast
"Congrats everyone. We broke the record and served over 600 for the first time. I would like to express my appreciation to everyone who helped out. What a team effort. Ben
, please express our appreciation to those on your staff
who helped out. Ranger and his team
are awesome. The gym was ready to go for P.E. The food was great as usual and thank you to the ST staff for your help." - Ken Lilienkamp, Silver Trail PrincipalOne For the Yearbooks!
"My yearbook staff received a great honor today. On top of receiving an award from Walsworth Publishing (our second Gallery
ofExcellence Award) and having our book on display at the National Conference...our Kuna High School Yearbook is now also featured on the Walsworth website. Schools all over the world use publisher's websites to get ideas for their yearbooks. Ours is now out there for all to see. Please congratulate the yearbook staff
when you see them (especially our editors-in-chief, Makayla Apostolou
and Kersten Grigg
). They worked their rear ends off last year to create such an amazing book. Very exciting day for us today." – Jessica Tookey, Art Instructor & Yearbook AdvisorIndian Creek/Ross Fall Festival
Here is a message from Principal Brian Graves about the Fall Festival:
"I know the primary objective of organizing and running the 'Indian Creek/Ross Fall Festival' was a fund-raiser for your organization and your trip to nationals this summer, but even though your hope to earn more money may have not been fully realized, I need all of you to know that by sponsoring this event, you also provided a great family night for our Indian Creek/Ross community.
Our Indian Creek/Ross community is made up of proud families who have to work very hard. Five dollars and two hours means more to this community than most. This night provides an opportunity for our families to spend quality time together, enjoying each other, having a great dinner, and participating in a fun event of activities and prizes as a family.
You all were amazing, and I have received countless compliments on your organization, planning, behavior and professionalism. I just hope you all understand the joy you provided for our Indian Creek/Ross kids, parents, families and staff is pretty priceless. Thank you!"
Crimson Point Big Buddies
"I would love to give a kudos to Jeff Harry and Lora Seabaugh for helping start up a lunch buddies program at CP. We have IPHS students paired up with some of our 2nd graders for lunch buddies....HOW AWESOME IS THAT??
Today, I was outside and this is what I saw.....I LOVE OUR BIG and LITTLE kids!" - Jennifer Wright, Crimson Point Principal
Kuna Students Are Great All Summer Long!
Over the summer Erika Velasco and students from the Kuna Summer Migrant Program visited the MK Nature Center in Boise. The Education Coordinator for the Center, Sara Focht, had this to say:
"I just wanted to let you know that of the 10,000 kids we give programs to annually, this group stood out as perhaps the BEST behaved group! All 100 kids piled into the auditorium quietly and respectfully. They listened to the presentation, raised their hands, answered questions enthusiastically and followed instructions for our logistically complicated outside tour.
The teachers were amazing as well. They all followed our schedule, spoke to their classes with kind voices and had control of their classes while walking around on the paths. Erika did a great job coordinating everyone. We see a lot of different kinds of kids, teachers and parents here at MK Nature Center. I am always saddened when I hear a teacher or daycare provider talking rudely to children......just as I am impressed when I see the opposite. All the staff and volunteers had such a great time with this group!
The program was paid for by the US Forest Service through a grant to get kids outside! We hope to see this group and these great teachers again next year!"
Check This Out!
This was what Josh Noteboom did at our first teacher collaboration. Teachers/teams were asked to post on this interactive page. Everyone could see it live. It's pretty cool!! http://padlet.com/wall/9m65wicg3l
Get Fit with Brandon Crusat
Here are a few testimonials for you to read to show you the ways we can modify workouts, the fun we have, and the unity we build! Join us at KMS every Tues/Thurs at 3:35 p.m.
- "The workouts are hard, but they are so worth it! It is a great group to work out with. Everyone is encouraging and you work out at the pace that is good f-or you.""The routines are very challenging, but I know I am free to modify my workout if necessary. I have found that I am capable of doing more than I had thought. The group is a lot of fun to work with and very supportive."
- "After each workout, when I go home, I feel great about what I have accomplished and am excited about meeting the challenge that the next workout will bring. Brandon provides a great variety of activities that provide an awesome workout for each person there, no matter their physical abilities."
- "Before Brandon started providing Crossfit workouts I wandered around the fitness center without a purpose, lifted a few weights, used the elliptical and walked out of the fitness center without putting in much effort. Now it feels like in a short amount of time I put in a lot more effort and I am getting a much better workout."
- "I love having the opportunity to go work out with co-workers. Even though we are all at different fitness levels no one cares. Everyone is just supporting each other and there to get better.
Students and staff in the Kuna School District do amazing things every day. Here are just a few shout outs to some of the hard workers that make our District great.
- Karla Reynolds, Kuna High School Principal – "I need to give a big shout out and thank you to Kevin, Layne and team for circumventing disaster in our art rooms yesterday during the flash flood. Their quick work and quick thinking diverted larger problems for us. The potter room has 10 pottery wheels worth over $1K each that could have been destroyed if the guys hadn't been there. Thank you! KHS appreciates your hard work and quick thinking!"
- Laurel Dunstan, Office Manager, Silver Trail Elementary – "I wanted to say a big 'thank you' to our custodians, Francisco & Pascaul for the fabulous job they did in getting our building cleaned and ready for the start of school today. I know these gentlemen take great pride in their job and always keep our building clean and tidy!!"
- Jennifer Wright, Crimson Point Principal - "We just want to give a HUGE shout out to Detective Hudson. Today, we met with our TLC staff after school and he shared his goals for our Kuna students and our community. His actions and words match EVERYTHING we stand for in our school district. We are extremely excited to have someone that is proactive and supportive of our students and families. We are looking forward to learning from him AND someone that is part of our school team. Woohoo!"
- Deb McGrath, Kuna Middle School Principal – "I'm thrilled to report that we had an 87% turn out on SLC [Student Lead Conference] night! That number is outrageously fantastic for middle school level conferences!! You should be VERY proud."
- Shawn Patterson, Crimson Point P.E. – "I needed to send a quick note to tell everyone how impressed I was last night at Kuna's senior night for volleyball. I'm not sure that many people saw what happened during the match but I sure did and it made me proud to be a Kaveman. What a great show of sportsmanship and character by Alexis Berry and Nikole Cook. We have some great student athletes in our district. Proud to be a KAVEMAN!"
- Karla Reynolds, Kuna High School Principal – "Congratulations to Zeb Bellon, our band parents and our kids. They hosted a wonderful, well organized band competition on Saturday. Rave reviews from all involved! Well done Zeb et. al.!"
TVEP Encourages Students to Complete FAFSA
The Treasure Valley Education Partnership's Network 4 announced that Kuna, Meridian, Mountain Home and Nampa high schools were selected for the partnership's first project: An event and an inter-school competition centered on completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Network 4 works to help more students enroll in and complete some form of post high school education.
Just 52 percent of high school seniors at target schools in 2011-2012 completed a FAFSA (as of Aug. 2, 2012).
Professional Development and Grant Opportunities CenturyLink Technology Grant for Idaho Teachers
Idaho teachers can apply for up to $50,000 in grants from the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation to fund innovative technology projects. This is the tenth year the Idaho State Department of Education has partnered with CenturyLink to fund classroom technology projects across the state. Submissions open on Oct 4, 2014 and close on Jan 10, 2014. Grants will be award in April of 2014. Click here for the application
Have You Heard a Rumor and Want to Know the Answer? Post your question at KSD News! It is easy for rumors to get started in light of all the questions and concerns employees and parents have regarding the future of the Kuna School District. If you've heard a rumor that you'd like to get an "official" response on, we encourage you visit http://www.kunaschools.org/. Select the "Rumors, Questions and Feedback" banner.