Student alleged to have brought handgun to school
The Fort Scott Police Department and USD 234 officials dealt with an incident Wednesday in which a student allegedly brought a handgun to school. According to a news release issued about 4:30 p.m. by the FSPD, Fort Scott School Resource Officer Joe Allen responded about 7:47 a.m. to Eugene Ware School, 900 E. Third St., to meet with school administrators. Upon arrival, it was discovered a 10-year-old boy had brought an unloaded handgun to school...
Numbers differ in school finance issue
There are reportedly differing numbers available on the impact of a school funding equity bill passed in late June by the Kansas Legislature that has varying effects on districts across the state. According to District 12 Sen. Caryn Tyson, R-Parker, figures that she has obtained on the impact of House Bill 2001, passed by lawmakers at the end of a two-day special legislative session, differ slightly from the numbers USD 234 officials received following passage of the bill...
Teachers working to engage students in complex thinking
Bourbon County Coalition members learned of a recent teaching initiative in Fort Scott Wednesday at the monthly meeting. Literacy First is a USD 234 district-wide teaching initiative implemented in the 2013-14 school year, according to Melissa Tatro, district instructional coach...
Board approves next FSHS project
The USD 234 Board of Education approved the next piece of the district's school bond puzzle Monday night. Representatives of Nabholz Construction Services of Olathe, the construction manager for the bond projects, appeared before the board to provide updates on current and upcoming summer work at the high school and the district football stadium, Frary Field, which includes asbestos removal and stadium improvements that started last week...
Memories of mentor motivated LaRoche
Adam LaRoche wanted to build a baseball field in Fort Scott. He wanted it to be one of the best around and included many things from ballparks he's seen in his baseball life. There was one thing that snuck by him when the complex was dedicated Tuesday afternoon before Fort Scott High School's baseball team took on Louisburg in the first games played at the field named for his uncle, Dave Regan. ...
Complex 'a feather in the cap,' says Jenkins
Representative Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.) was on hand for the opening of the LaRoche Baseball Complex Tuesday afternoon and told reporters on hand that the facility looks nothing like she envisioned it would when she was in Fort Scott just prior to construction...
Thomas busy but productive
It's been a busy but productive school year thus far for new Fort Scott High School Principal Shawn Thomas and his staff and students. "While it has been extremely busy, it has gone well," Thomas said. "FSHS is having a lot of success in the classroom and in all of our activities. It is awesome to get to be a part of that."...
Howard off to 'best start' as principal
For Fort Scott Middle School Principal Jim Howard, the new school year couldn't have started any better. Howard, 33, is new in his position as middle school principal after coming from Scott City where he served as principal for the past six years. He is in his 11th year in education and seventh year as a school principal...
Retirement approaches for many long-time school employees
Several new faces will be replacing long time employees in Bourbon County education facilities for next year. Seven employees of USD 234 are retiring, while there is one retiree at USD 235.Tom Davis, Kent Gant, Veda Gulick, Linda Jackson, Ruby Keith, Sheretta Parsons, and Tom Restivo are all retiring from Fort Scott...
Much still up in air after court ruling
A recent Kansas Supreme Court decision addressing school funding and inequities among districts may have an impact on Fort Scott schools, according to USD 234 Superintendent Diane Gross. In early March, the court ruled that current public school funding levels are unconstitutional and that districts must be repaid for past cuts by July 1...
USD 234 students get early release Wednesday
Due to teacher collaboration time, there will be an early release day for students on Wednesday, March 5. The dismissal times are as follows: Fort Scott High School at 1:08 p.m.; Fort Scott Middle School at 1:13 p.m.; Winfield Scott School at 1:03 p.m. and Eugene Ware at 12:58 p.m. The Fort Scott Preschool Center will not have an early release day...
Tiger basketball canceled
Fort Scott High School's final basketball games of the regular season versus Pittsburg, originally scheduled for Thursday before being postponed to tonight, have been canceled. This leaves the boys' and girls' teams with just 19 varsity games this season instead of the usual 20...
Local company aids chemistry classes
Fort Scott High School's chemistry classroom has received a makeover. With the assistance of local industry Labconco and Plant Manager Mike Lakeman and Logistics Office Manager Kristy Bolden, chemistry teacher Heather King has a new look to her classroom, from work areas to a fume hood...
USD 234 issues annual asbestos report
Editor's Note: Each year, Unified School District 234 is required to publish an update concerning the cleanup of asbestos in school buildings and facilities. This year's report has been prepared by Susan Brown. In October, 1987, a new AHERA (Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act) Law went into effect. This new law required all K-12 schools, both public and private, to inspect buildings for the presence of a common building material called "asbestos."...
Five to retire from U-234
The USD 234 Board of Education received letters of resignation from four educators and one bus driver at their meeting on February 11. Janet Irvin, Title 1 reading specialist at Winfield Scott; Karen Hansen, media specialist at Winfield Scott; Karen Cook, fourth grade teacher at Eugene Ware; and Diana Endicott, secondary gifted teacher all submitted letters to the board announcing their retirement...
FSHS Music Dept. sponrosing baked potato feed Feb. 15
The FSHS Music Department is sponsoring a Baked Potato Feed Friday, Feb. 15 from 4:30 to 7 pm. The cost of a ticket is $5. With this ticket, customers will receive a large baker's potato, as many toppings as they care to have, a dessert and drink. The proceeds from this feed will help support the band, orchestra and choir in their performance trip to St. Louis on May 28-30...
Fort Scott Scholars' Bowl team going to State
The Fort Scott High School Varsity Scholars' Bowl team is headed to State this weekend. Fort Scott finished as Regional champs last Thursday night, going 11-1 in competition. Comprising the team for Regional and State is Michelle Buntain, Krista Hightower, Jordan Hervey, Zadok Self, Mady McColm, and Mark Garner...
Orchestral valentines offered by FSHS students
Looking for a novel way to celebrate Valentine's Day or something unique and different for a gift? The Fort Scott High School Orchestra may have just the thing for you. The orchestra students have memorized four romantic tunes to be played as surprise serenades for individuals all over the community on Valentine's Day...
FSHS Scholars' Bowl team hosts home tourney
Fort Scott Scholars' Bowl teams hosted their home tournament. Twenty-four teams competed in three pools of round-robin style, and then the top eight teams competed in single-elimination style. Winners were third-place Paola, second-place Yates Center, and first-place Fort Scott. The Fort Scott team consisted of Mark Garner, Zadok Self, Michelle Buntain, Krista Hightower, and Mady McColm...
Brown feels time is right for career change
For Susan Brown, the time was right to make a career change, and she'll be returning to familiar territory. Brown, the current assistant city manager and director of finance for the city of Fort Scott, recently accepted a job as the new business manager and board clerk for USD 234. She will replace Tiffany Forester, who is leaving her post at the end of the semester...
USD 234 mill levy stays at 2011-12 level
USD 234 Board of Education members met on Monday night in what was considered a special meeting. Board members spent the majority of the meeting in executive session to discuss issues relating to "personnel matters". After the closed portion of the meeting concluded, business manager Tiffany Forester informed the board that she spoke with a representative at the Office of Labor Relations in Topeka about the teacher contract negotiations. ...
U-234 board approves participation in early- success program
The USD 234 Board of Education approved the district's participation in the Save the Children's Early Steps to School Success program on Monday night. The program seeks to serve the youngest and neediest families in the community by providing children and parents with the skills necessary to achieve school success...
Fort Scott High School's 2011-2012 honor rolls
2nd Semester "All A" Honor Roll Kristin Leigh Allen Jacob T. Bradbury Chase D. Brown Michelle Buntain Taylor Dayle Cation Preston Levi Church Jessica Elaine Combs Courtney M. Crain Syndney A. Cullison Paige Nicole Denton Zachary D. Denton Kirk Austin Durnal...
Fort Scott High School 2011-2012 first semester honor rolls
First Semester 3.50 -- 3.99 Honor Roll Addington, Gage Alfaro, Brianna Allen, Ashley Allen, Brett Allen, Damon Allison, Mirranda Bailey, Breanna Baldwin, Kennyn Blethen, David Boles, Akasha Bowman, Emily Bradbury, Jacob Brennon, Marcus Brown, Chase Brown, Kaitlyn...
Tiger debaters kick off season with victory
The Fort Scott High School debate team kicked off their new season on the right foot as they traveled to Independence for a two-division tournament Saturday. The tournament was held in conjunction with a nation-wide tournament in which high school debaters from across the country debated whether or not the federal government should increase its development and exploration of space...
Fort Scott High School Second Semester Honor Rolls
4.0 Honor Roll Kristin Allen Austin Bailey Kayla Beaman Seth Bohlken Marcus Brennon Kacie Brown Michelle Buntain Brittany Burns Jeanette Campbell Taylor Cation Jessica Combs Courtney Crain Amber Davish Zachar Denton Kirk Durnal Jacob Durossette Hali Eads...
School board discusses missing federal standards
The USD 234 Board of Education received some bad news during their regular meeting Monday. The board learned that three of Fort Scott's four schools were among 255 individual campuses in Kansas that did not meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standards for the 2009-10 school year. Board members received building report cards and heard AYP reports from principals...
FSHS debate team continues to find success
The second week of the season found some Fort Scott debaters rising to the top as they traveled to three different tournaments. At Emporia, a two-day affair, two Tiger teams competed. The Emporia tournament is one of just a handful of Debate Coaches Invitational (DCI) qualifying tournaments. ...
Preschool screenings set for Oct. 1
USD 234 will conduct preschool screenings for children up to 5 years of age on Oct. 1. Children may have vision, hearing, speech and communication, motor skills, socialization skills, and general development screened. The purpose of the screenings is to locate and identify children with possible developmental delays who may need special education preschool and/or related services...
No school Sept. 27
Due to teacher inservice activities on Monday, Sept. 27, there will be no school for USD 234 students. Classes will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 28.
Tiger debaters begin season
With 48 debaters prepared for opening weekend, the Fort Scott High School Tiger debate squad spread out to four different tournaments. The Tigers won the team overall sweepstakes trophy at the two tournaments where the team was eligible for the trophies. At Gardner-Edgerton, all all-novice event, the first-year squad members captured five of the top six placings...
EWES choirs to perform
The Eugene Ware Elementary School fourth and fifth grade choirs will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at the Heritage Park Pavilion near the corner of First and Main streets. Each choir is composed of students who auditioned for the group. Students have given up their time after school once a week to practice in the choir. Many of the fifth grade students are also beginning band and orchestra this year. These are students who enjoy singing and performing...
FSHS chapter of FCCLA travels to leadership conference
Family Career and Community Leaders of American members from across the state recently came together to learn how to be active and involved members and officers at the Take Active Involved Members (AIM) Leadership Conference. The conference took place Aug. 29-30 at Webster Conference Center in Salina. Representing the Fort Scott High School FCCLA chapter at the event were four FCCLA members and chapter adviser Rita Nienstedt...
Speaker urges FSHS students to be positive
Students at Fort Scott High School received an educational, entertaining surprise Thursday morning. Several students, faculty members and staff members packed the FSHS gymnasium to hear a presentation by Ryan Moran, a motivational speaker from Indianapolis, Ind. Moran told humorous stories and recalled some of his own life experiences as he talked to students about having a positive attitude and how they have the ability to make a difference in their lives each day...
3 FSHS students among top 100 in nation
There is no debate that three Fort Scott High School students are among the best forensics students in the country. FSHS seniors Daniel Lyon, Chase Rooks and Jeff Durbin, members of the school's debate and forensics team, are starting the school year ranked in the list of the top 100 National Forensic League students in the nation. As of Thursday, Lyon is ranked second in the nation, Rooks is ranked No. 78, and Durbin is ranked No. 94, according to FSHS debate and forensics coach Brian Weilert...
Helping out a teammate
During Thursday's annual scrimmage of the Fort Scott High School soccer team, one teammate was not able to attend: No. 30, Aaron Cowlishaw. Cowlishaw was severely injured in a car accident on Aug. 20, which left him clinging to his life at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Mo...
USD 234 pre-school screening sign-up deadline approaching
USD 234 will conduct preschool screenings for children up to 5 years of age on Friday, Sept. 3, at the Fort Scott Preschool Center. Children may have vision, hearing, speech and communication, motor skills, socialization skills, and general development screened...
USD 234 sets 2010-11 budget
The numbers have been crunched and the USD 234 budget is set for the 2010-11 school year. During a budget hearing Monday, the USD 234 Board of Education heard information on the proposed district budget, which includes a general fund of about $11.7 million. ...
USD 234 Annoucements
Wednesday's enrollment hours are from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday's hours at 9 a.m. to 6 p.m...
KHP performs annual school bus inspection
USD 234-owned buses and other vehicles are ready to roll for another year. Kansas Highway Patrol troopers visited the school district Tuesday to conduct regular annual safety inspections of the district's buses and other vehicles. Troopers checked a total of 43 vehicles -- 24 buses and 19 other district vehicles -- for any defects in various components, including windows, windshield wipers, lighting systems, tires and wheels, and emergency equipment, and found no safety violations...
Five locals named to Shrine Bowl band
PITTSBURG -- Pittsburg State University will be the location for this summer's Kansas Masonic Foundation Shrine Bowl next weekend, an event that will bring more than 200 high school musicians from across the state to perform in the 2010 Kansas Masonic All-Star Band...
USD 234, teachers come to terms
During a special meeting Thursday, the USD 234 Board of Education approved an agreement between the district and the Fort Scott Chapter of the Kansas National Education Association. The board approved a tentative agreement between the two sides following the recent conclusion of negotiations for the 2010-11 school year. ...
FSHS Dance Team attends UDA Camp
The Fort Scott High School dance team went to the Universal Dance Association camp held June 21-24 on the campus of Emporia State University. During the camp, the members of the dance team worked to learn three new dances while others learned five new dances. ...
U-234 meets to pay bill, make staffing moves
The USD 234 Board of Education met Wednesday for a special meeting to approve a payment for a roofing project at Winfield Scott Elementary School and address other matters. Board members approved a request for payment from Midwest Coating, Inc., a commercial roofing contractor based in Topeka, for the Winfield Scott roofing project. ...
Car hop for History Day
Students from Fort Scott High School, Fort Scott Christian Heights, and Christian Learning Center who qualified to compete in the National History Day will be hosting a Car Hop to raise money for their trip. The event will run from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday in conjunction with the Fort Scott Farmer's Market in Skubitz Plaza in front of the Fort Scott National Historic Site...
USD 234 begins trimming budget
USD 234 officials are trimming some expenses in order to help better balance the district budget for the 2010-11 school year. During a special meeting Monday of the USD 234 Board of Education, the board approved reductions totaling $780,777 in next year's projected budget. ...
FSHS Class of 2010 takes next step
More than 130 seniors received diplomas during the annual Fort Scott High School commencement Saturday in the FSHS gymnasium. The ceremony, which took place inside a packed FSHS gym rather than Frary Field after being moved indoors due to inclement weather, featured remarks from USD 234 Superintendent Rick Werling, addresses by seniors Kenda Lee and Blake Cowen, the presentation of honor students and Regent's curriculum students, and the presentation of diplomas...
Planning day for Winfield Scott, Eugene Ware Friday
There will be a planning day for teachers at Winfield Scott and Eugene Ware elementary schools on Friday, so there will be no classes for students at these schools on that day. Classes at Fort Scott Middle School and Fort Scott High School will be in session Friday...
USD 234 board votes 5-2 to switch to attendance centers
While it was not a unanimous decision, the USD 234 Board of Education has approved a district proposal to reconfigure Winfield Scott and Eugene Ware elementary schools into attendance centers. The board ended months of looking at the proposal -- which will change one school into a kindergarten-through-second-grade school and the other into a third-through-fifth-grade school by the start of the 2010-11 school year -- when it approved the proposal by a 5-2 decision during its regular meeting on Monday.. ...
FSHS forensics team repeat as state champs
The Fort Scott High School forensics team repeated as state champions this past weekend in Topeka. FSHS coach Brian Weilert said the past two years have been the largest in Kansas history for any school classification as far as number of students competing in the state championship -- more than 500 students from across the state competed in the event. The squad outlasted powerhouse Sumner Academy and 48 other teams to earn the title...
Advisory committee releases list of pros, cons
Preliminary draft indicates not all members in agreement
FSHS students place at FBLA contest
Two Fort Scott High School students meant business during a recent state competition. Alex Pemberton, a senior, and Mallory Shelton, a sophomore, both placed at the Future Business Leaders of America State Contests which took place last month in Topeka. FBLA competitions at the district, state and national level involve many types of tests as well as several individual and team speaking events...
USD 234 schools host spring concerts next week
The Fort Scott High School orchestra and band will present their annual spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center at Fort Scott Community College, 2108 S. Horton St. A variety of music will be performed and awards will be presented. Friends and family are invited to attend this instrumental music program...
Healthy living focus of U- 234 wellness fair
Exercise and healthy eating were just two of the topics that USD 234 employees learned about during a district wellness fair Friday at Fort Scott Middle School. Pam Brown, USD 234 school nurse, said the primary purpose of the event is to help educate district employees about the importance of living healthy lifestyles...
FSHS students steer way to national contest
Randall Daly and Reece McKenney, both seniors at Fort Scott High School, recently qualified to compete in the Ford AAA troubleshooting contest. The nationwide contest is open to high school juniors and seniors who are enrolled in automotive technology classes. Only 20 students from Kansas can qualify for the competition...
School Nutrition Employee Week is May 3-7
Preparing healthy school meals, reaching healthy nutrition habits, and offering a friendly greeting are all in a day's work for the 23 school nutrition employees at USD 234. The nonprofit School Nutrition Association celebrates this professional commitment with School Nutrition Employee Week, May 3-7. The week is an opportunity for parents, students, school staff and communities to thank those who provide healthy school meals to more than 31 million children each school day...
Student safety program nears end of second successful year
A popular safety awareness program for youth that is in place at two local elementary schools is nearing the end of another successful year. The program, called Toby Time, began in 2007 at the request of two second-grade students at Winfield Scott Elementary School who asked Dave Elliott, the school's principal, if they could patrol the school building for the day. ...
FSHS honor students recognized
Fort Scott High School honor students were recognized last week during an annual celebration of academics. Students, parents, FSHS administration and staff joined together last Thursday for the 22nd Annual Honors Banquet in the FSHS commons area to honor those FSHS students who have excelled academically...
More concerns voiced at U-234 forum
Several members of the public got the chance on Wednesday to express their views on a USD 234 proposal to reconfigure two local elementary schools into attendance centers. Opinions and views on the proposal are mixed, with some people wondering how it will ultimately help the district save money and benefit students -- the two main reasons district officials are considering the proposal, a plan to put kindergarten through second grade students in one elementary school building and third through fifth grade students in the other building.. ...
Most at forum against U-234 proposal
Emotions and concerns came to the forefront during a public forum Wednesday evening at Fort Scott Middle School. About 125 community members turned out to voice opinions and concerns regarding a proposal by USD 234 to reconfigure Winfield Scott and Eugene Ware elementary schools into attendance centers. The forum also served as an official meeting of the USD 234 Board of Education. Several members of a review committee that is researching the proposal were also present during the forum...
Prices for tickets, passes to FSHS athletics increase
The attendance center issue was not the only item that the USD 234 Board of Education addressed during their regular meeting on Monday. Board members discussed the district's recent budget issues and conducted other routine business during the meeting. ...
Public forum set for Wednesday
Womeldorf: 'We want to hear what parents and teachers have to say'; No decision has been made on attendance center issue; no vote taken
FSHS students 'Stick it to the Man'
The Fort Scott High School National Honor Society gave its fellow students the opportunity to "Stick it to the Man" Thursday morning in the FSHS gymnasium. Students and staff purchased 3-foot strips of duct tape for $1 which would be used to tape an administrator to the wall. ...
USD 234 preschool screenings April 16
USD 234 will be conducting preschool screenings for children up to 5 years of age on April 16. Children may have vision, hearing, speech and communication, motor skills, socialization skills, and general development screened. The purpose of the screenings is to locate and identify children with possible developmental delays who may need special education and/or related services...
Children's author teaches the power of please
The students of Eugene Ware Elementary School learned the power of "please" and "thank you" with the help of a unique children's author. Award winning children's author John Hall stopped at Eugene Ware Elementary School Thursday to share his message with the students. ...
Red Cross gets help from local Heroes
Local heroes step up to help the American Red Cross during American Red Cross month. The Bourbon County Chapter of the American Red Cross participated in the nation-wide fundraising effort called the Heroes Campaign in which local residents or organizations raise money and donate the funds to the local chapter...
USD 234 school proposal under committee review
Panel does not have voting power, discussing pros and cons of idea which is still in preliminary stages
FSHS honors 40 at annual Plus 5 dinner
The annual Plus 5 Dinner took place Thursday in the Fort Scott High School commons area. Forty students qualified to receive invitations to the dinner. The program began in 1991 to recognize students who were able to raise their third quarter grade .5 or above their cumulative grade point average...
Fort Scott forensics continues to shine
The Fort Scott High School forensic squad recently completed another exciting week. Starting Thursday, the Tigers competed in Chanute and 15 finalists secured an easy first-place squad finish. Champions included Chase Rooks, Blake Cowen, Chris Clay, Leah Casselman, Jeff Durbin and Abby Williams...
FSHS forensics teams pick up more victories
For those not involved in an activity such as forensics, it it hard to measure to what degree a team is having success. When one reads that a squad puts 12 events into finals, that sounds great but with no reference point it is hard to say just how impressive. So, for those wondering if the Tigers' weekend was impressive ... it was more than that!...
A pie in the face for Haiti relief
Editor's Note: The following article was written by reporters of Fort Scott High School's newspaper The Tiger Times. This article was not edited by the staff of The Fort Scott Tribune.
USD 234 to conduct preschool screenings
USD 234 personnel will conduct preschool screenings for children up to 5 years of age on March 26. Children may have vision, hearing, speech and communication, motor skills, socialization skills, and general development screened. The purpose of the screenings is to locate and identify children with possible developmental delays who may need special education preschool and/or related services. ...
USD 234 Parent-Teacher conferences next week
Parent-teacher conferences for USD 234 will take place Tuesday, March 9, and Thursday, March 11. Conferences will take place from 4 to 7:13 p.m. at Winfield Scott Elementary School and Eugene Ware Elementary School, from 4:30 to 7:43 p.m. at Fort Scott Middle School, and from 5 to 8:13 p.m. at Fort Scott High School. There will be no school for USD 234 students on Friday, March 12. Spring Break will takeplace the week of March 15-19...
No classes at elementary schools Friday
There will be an elementary teacher planning day for Winfield Scott and Eugene Ware schools on Friday. There will be no classes for elementary students on this day. Fort Scott Middle School and Fort Scott High School students will have classes on Friday...
3 students advance to state bee
Fort Scott Middle School hosted the annual Bourbon County Spelling Bee on February 12. Twenty-three contestants participated in the contest, which included sixth through eighth grade students from Fort Scott Middle School and Fort Scott Christian Heights...
USD 234 announces make-up schedule
USD 234 missed three school days this winter due to inclement weather. The district is required to make up one of those and will use the following plan for this purpose: An extra 20 minutes will be added to each school day from Monday, March 8, through Friday, April 9. These 20 minutes will be added differently in the district's schools...
FSHS forensics brings more medals home
The Fort Scott High School forensic team was in action again on Saturday in Wellsville and Coffeyville. The group that competed in Wellsville had an outstanding day as 16 competitors made finals. Four team members won championships: Daniel Lyon (extemporaneous speaking), Tony Jackson (informative speech), Kai Simmons-Mims and Chris Herman (duet), and Matt Carrillo (original poetry). This squad won its fifth consecutive tournament...
Nineteen Fort Scott students are headed to State History Day
Following Saturday's District History Day Championships, 29 students will be moving on to the State History Day competition in Topeka. Of the 29 moving on, 19 come from Fort Scott schools. History Day encourages students to express their knowledge and interest in history through creative and original dramatic performances, media presentations, historical papers, three-dimensional exhibit projects, or Web site production. ...
Concern expressed over school restructuring
About 30-35 concerned parents and teachers packed the USD 234 Board of Education office Monday to hear more information on a district proposal to change the configuration of both local elementary schools. While not everyone present chose to address the board during their regular meeting, some chose to voice their opinions on the issue -- a proposal to reconfigure the grade levels at Winfield Scott Elementary School and Eugene Ware Elementary School into what are called attendance centers...
USD 234 proposes school changes
USD 234 officials are considering a proposal that would change the way local elementary schools are configured. During their regular meeting on Monday, the USD 234 Board of Education is scheduled to discuss a proposal that would reconfigure the grade levels at Winfield Scott Elementary School and Eugene Ware Elementary School into what are called elementary attendance centers. Both schools currently serve a combined total of more than 900 kindergarten through fifth grade students...
FSHS musicians ready for competition
A group of 10 musicians from Fort Scott High School will be among the musical elite in Kansas during a state event this weekend. The students, representing the choir led by instructor Pat Harry, the orchestra led by instructor Jane Williams, and the band led by director James Fox, will be part of the Kansas Music Educator's Association state event in which all-state groups meet to rehearse and perform...
Tiger forensors continue multi-event success
For the second week in a row, the Fort Scott High School forensics team was in action in more than one location. On Friday, two Public Forum Debate teams and four Lincoln-Douglas debators made their way to Topeka-Seaman High School to compete. According to coach Brian Weilert, the long trip was made to compete against not only different, but larger Class 5A and 6A schools. Fort Scott is a Class 4A school...
Four long-time U-234 teachers retiring
Countless days spent assigning grades and homework will soon come to an end for four local teachers. Debbie Lewis, a second grade teacher at Winfield Scott Elementary School; Glenda Miller, a fifth grade teacher at Eugene Ware Elementary School; Jane Williams, an orchestra teacher at Fort Scott Middle School and Fort Scott High School; and Ron Klassen, a Latin teacher at FSHS; recently announced they would be retiring after the current school year. ...
Retiring teachers reflect
Making the decision to retire certainly call to mind many reflections and memories. The four long-time teachers from USD 234 react to their retirement and recall their fondest memories from their teaching career. What is your fondest memory of working in USD 234?...
USD 234 orchestras to perform Tuesday
The Fort Scott Middle School and Fort Scott High School orchestras will present their winter concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, in the FSMS commons area, 1105 E. 12th St. A variety of music will be performed by students in 6th through 12th grades. The FSHS orchestra and chamber orchestra will feature strolling musicians performing show tunes and fiddle tunes. ...
Ragtime performances at FSMS Friday
Students at Fort Scott Middle School will get a musical treat on Friday. Noted ragtime pianist Frederick Hodges will present a series of brief concerts for FSMS students from noon to 3 p.m. Friday at the school, 1105 E. 12th St. The performance is part of the Bourbon County Arts Council's continuing effort to provide art programs in Bourbon County schools...
Pemberton wins WSU scholarship
Alex Pemberton, a senior at Fort Scott High School, was recently named a winner of the 2010 Fran Jabara Scholarship in Entrepreneurship at Wichita State University. The competitive scholarship is one of the most prestigious at WSU and one of the largest entrepreneurship scholarships nationally...
40 medals for FSHS forensics
On Saturday, the Fort Scott High School forensic squad traveled to compete in three tournaments. According to FSHS coach Brian Weilert, the Tiger squad placed 18 events into finals at the Kansas City Sumner Academy tournament and easily won first place, nearly 60 points in front of the second-place school. ...
Fort Scott FBLA wins honors at districts
Members of the Future Business Leaders of America organization at Fort Scott High School attended district contests to compete against 16 other schools on Feb. 4 at Cherryvale High School. FSHS students who placed at the contest and the events they competed in include Jimmy Cox, who finished first in computer problem solving, first in cyber security and first in technology concepts; Alex Pemberton, who placed first in economics, first in business calculations, first in personal finance and third in business law; Matt Carrillo, who finished first in impromptu speaking; Tony Jackson, who placed first in sports management, fourth in business communications and fourth in business procedures; Kenzie Heatherly, who placed second in introduction to business and sixth in sports management; Colton Grillott, who finished fourth in sports management and fifth in business calculations; Libby Halsey, who placed fourth in business procedures; Dillon Peel, who finished fifth in business procedures; and Ben Bristley, who placed fifth in personal finance and fifth in business communications.. ...
The Super Senior
Fleming a finalist for National Merit Scholarship
U-234 music dept. plans events
The USD 234 music department has two activities scheduled to take place within the next couple of weeks. The district's band program will conduct its winter concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the FSHS gymnasium, 1005 S. Main St. The concert will feature fifth grade, sixth grade, seventh and eighth grades, and the FSHS concert band. The concert is free of charge and open to the public...
FSHS forensors start season late, earn 24 medals
After being snowed out the first week of its season, the Fort Scott High School forensics team headed out in three directions during the season's second week. At the conclusion of the week, the squad had three top-four finishes and 24 medalists. FSHS earned its first sweeps title at Iola on the strength of 12 finalists. ...
USD 234 holds monthly meeting
Members of the USD 234 Board of Education met Monday for their regular monthly meeting. During the meeting, the Fort Scott Chapter of the Kansas National Education Association negotiations team made a short presentation to the board, which also acknowledged the receipt of negotiations lists from the board and FS-KNEA for the 2010-11 school year...
County students to receive honors
A group of Bourbon County students will soon reap the rewards of showing dedication to their schoolwork. A total of 19 seniors from Fort Scott High School and Uniontown High School will be among 40 seniors from high schools in Allen, Bourbon and Woodson counties who will be recognized for their academic achievements and named Kansas Honor Scholars during a dinner program at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, at FSHS, 1005 S. Main St...
USD 234 pre-school screenings scheduled for Feb. 12
USD 234 will conduct preschool screenings for children up to 5 years of age on Feb. 12. Children may have vision, hearing, speech and communication, motor skills, socialization skills, and general development screened. The purpose of the screenings is to locate and identify children with possible developmental delays who may need special education preschool and/or related services. ...
FSHS Homecoming postponed
With Pittsburg High School canceling classes Friday morning, Fort Scott High School has postponed Homecoming activities scheduled for Friday night. Pittsburg was to be Fort Scott's opponent for the Homecoming games tonight. Those have been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 4...
FSHS debators finish second at State
The Fort Scott High School debate team traveled to Goddard High School last week to compete in the 4A state tournament. The tournament features two divisions; a 4-speaker tournament in which teams qualify by finishing in the top two at the four regionals conducted throughout the state, and a 2-speaker tournament in which teams qualify by having a winning record during the regular season...
What if they win?
FSMS officials discuss possible use of $100,000 prize
USD 234 budget stable for time being
The USD 234 budget is stable, at least for the time being, district officials said this week. Public schools all across the state have seen recent budget cuts as Gov. Mark Parkinson and the Kansas Legislature try to fix a $400 million deficit in the state budget. ...
FSMS makes last push for votes
Fort Scott Middle School is making one final push for votes this week in the U.S. Cellular Calling All Communities campaign which ends Friday. FSMS is partnering with local individuals and businesses to hopefully finish the contest with a voting surge. The school finished the month of December ranked No. 59 in national voting, and has an array of events lined up throughout the campaign's final week to fuel an attempt to become ranked among the contest's top 10 schools...
USD 234 pre-school screenings Jan. 15
USD 234 will conduct preschool screenings for children up to 5 years of age on Jan. 15. Children may have vision, hearing, speech and communication, motor skills, socialization skills, and general development screened. The purpose of the screenings is to locate and identify children with possible developmental delays who may need special education preschool and/or related services. ...
USD 234 band concert tonight
1-hour concert free of charge, open to public
FSMS looking for community support
Fort Scott Middle School is one of thousands of schools across the country trying for a chance at big money. FSMS recently received enough votes to make it into the list of top 100 schools in U.S. Cellular's Calling All Communities $1 million campaign, which runs through Jan. 15, 2010...
USD 234 to receive support for health programs
USD 234 is getting some financial support to help pay for district health and wellness programs. School officials recently learned that the district has been selected as the recipient of a grant from Kansas Coordinated School Health, a collaborative effort between the Kansas State Department of Education and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The group focuses on increasing physical activity, improving nutrition, and decreasing tobacco use in schools and school districts...
Beckham receives honor from Kansas principals
Bob Beckham's job still allows him to help kids -- just in a little different way. The Fort Scott High School principal was recently recognized as the Area II High School Principal Honoree by the Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals. "As a teacher I had the privilege of working directly with students, helping them on a daily basis to prepare for their future," Beckham said during a recent interview with The Fort Scott Tribune. ...
USD 234 conducting preschool screenings December 11
USD 234 will be conducting preschool screenings for children up to 5 years of age on Dec. 11. Children may have vision, hearing, speech and communication, motor skills, socialization skills, and general development screened. The purpose of the screenings is to locate and identiy children with possible developmental delays who may need special education preschool and/or related services...
FSHS drama students gathering food for needy children
A group of students involved in the drama program at Fort Scott High School won't be acting when they work to help feed needy children this week. About 40-50 FSHS students will team up on Friday to participate in the 2009 Trick or Treat so Kids Can Eat food drive, the International Thespian Society's annual nationwide community service initiative to collect food for the hungry. ...
USD 234 schools dealing with flu
d the onset of flu season, area school officials are dealing with more students being absent due to illness. All schools are practicing and encouraging precautionary measures in an effort to help curb the spread of the flu virus. According to health officials, steps to remember include washing hands thoroughly, staying home when sick, coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the elbow, eating a balanced diet and drinking plenty of water, and getting adequate rest and exercise. ...
USD 234 parent- teacher conferences Oct. 20-22
Parent and teacher conferences for USD 234 will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 20, and Thursday, Oct. 22. Conferences will take place from 4 to 7:13 p.m. at Winfield Scott Elementary School and Eugene Ware Elementary School, from 4:30 to 7:43 p.m. at Fort Scott Middle School, and from 5 to 8:13 p.m. at Fort Scott High School...
FSHS orators among best in nation
Students in the debate and forensics program at Fort Scott High School can add another honor to their growing list of accomplishments. The FSHS program was recently recognized as one of the top 100 programs in the nation by the National Forensics League (NFL). FSHS ranks 70th out of more than 3,000 schools nationwide based on student participation and excellence in speech and debate activities, according to a statement from the NFL...
Date for Tiger Day at FSMS changed
Due to scheduling conflicts, Tiger Day has been rescheduled from this coming Friday, Oct. 9, to Friday, Oct. 16 at Fort Scott Middle School, 1105 E. 12th St. During Tiger Day, which has been an annual tradition for 20 years, FSHS student athletes who participate in fall sports, dance team members and cheerleaders visit FSMS to share lunch and talk with sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students...
Middle School VIP group prepares for Fall Extravaganza
The Very Involved Parents (VIP) organization at Fort Scott Middle School is making preparations for the group's annual VIP Fall Extravaganza. The fun shopping event will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, at FSMS, 1105 E. 12th St. Baked goods, as well as several homemade products, such as crafts, jewelry and scarves, will be offered at the event. The event may also include commercial items and other products from catalogs, according to a statement from organizers...
Enrollment numbers mixed
Recent enrollment counts at area schools show mixed results. Fort Scott Community College has an enrollment of 2,017 students this fall, an increase of 278 students from last fall and the first time that enrollment at the college has broken the 2,000 student mark, according to FSCC officials...
Preparing to perform
High school, middle school students ready for first concert of year next week at FSMS
Mercy donates to area schools
The Mercy Physician Group Family Medicine Specialists recently made donations to area school districts from proceeds generated by sports and activities physicals conducted in May and August 2009. The annual community service included three clinics at which 306 students received physicals in a cooperative effort by the entire Mercy Physician Group staff. ...
USD 234 reports slight enrollment decrease
Enrollment in USD 234 schools this year is down slightly from this time last year. According to a district head count of students in four schools on Aug. 17, the first day of school, there are 1,948 K-12 students attending classes this year, down from last year's 1,997 student total...
USD 234 conducting preschool screenings Sept. 11
USD 234 personnel will conduct preschool screenings for children up to 5 years of age on Friday, Sept. 11. Children may have vision, hearing, speech and communication, motor skills, socialization skills, and general development screened. The purpose of the screenings is to locate and identify children with possible developmental delays who may need special education preschool and/or related services...
Frosh orientation, fall sports meetings at FSHS Monday
All incoming Fort Scott High School freshmen and their parents are encouraged to attend an orientation meeting at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the FSHS auditorium. In addition, a fall sports parents meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday. All parents of participants in Fort Scott High School fall sports are encouraged to attend...
USD 234 taxpayers to see decrease
Taxpayers will see a decrease this year in the amount of taxes that will be levied locally for USD 234. "The good news now is the mill levy is virtually the same and taxes are down from last year," USD 234 Business Manager Alan Drake said. According to documents provided by Drake, tax payers will contribute slightly more than $3 million in taxes locally to USD 234. ...
USD 234 busses pass KHP inspection
Parents of children who will be riding the bus to school on August 17, need not worry about their safety. According to Kansas Highway Patrol Master Trooper Brad Carpenter and Trooper Jeff Scott, all of the vehicles used by USD 234 to transport students passed their safety inspections. Forty-one of the local district's vehicles were examined for any defects in their safety equipment, brakes, lights, emergency exits, windshield wipers, and horns...
USD 234 hosting open houses Aug. 17
Students who will return to school in the USD 234 school district on August 17, will have an opportunity to meet their teachers at a special open house. On August 13, the local school district will conduct an open house at each of its school buildings beginning with Eugene Ware from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Winfield Scott's open house will be conducted from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Fort Scott Middle School from 6 to 7 p.m. and Fort Scott High School from 6:30 to 8 p.m...
McKim steps into FSHS assistant principal position
Rob McKim may be new to Fort Scott High School, but he has worked in education for more than a decade. McKim, who was hired by the USD 234 Board of Education to replace former Fort Scott High School Assistant Principal Todd Ferguson, began his new post on Thursday...
KHP helps schools with bus safety
With the first day of school only a month away, Kansas Highway Patrol troopers are assisting school districts across the state ensure that students arrive to and from their destinations safely. Troopers began inspecting school buses this week, and will continue their inspections until the start of the new school year to make sure vehicles will load, transport, and unload students safely. ...
USD 234 smoking ban begins today
According to a press release from the USD 234 school district, beginning today a new tobacco policy approved by the USD 234 Board of Education takes effect. Starting today, tobacco use of any kind is not permitted at any time on any property owned by the school district. This includes buildings, campuses, athletic fields, parking lots, etc...
USD 234 school board approves actions Thursday
During a special USD 234 School Board meeting at noon on Thursday, members of the board approved several employment and business actions. After some discussion by board members about a request from the city of Fort Scott for the school district to donate property for a skatepark, board members tabled the item until the July 6 meeting. ...
Students PEP up for fitness
A group of local students will have the opportunity to attend the first ever Teen Wellness Peers Encouraging Peers Rally (PEP). Fort Scott High School Family and Consumer Science teacher Rita Nienstedt and Family Career and Community Leaders of America students Betty Hall, Ashley Parrish, Angela Love and Katie Bray will be attending the PEP Rally, which will be conducted on June 8 and 9 at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe...
Lunch remains closed for freshmen
During the monthly USD 234 Board of Education meeting Monday night, board member Jeff Knopp was honored for his eight years of service to the local school district. Also at the meeting, representatives from the site councils at each of the district's schools explained to board members some of the activities that each group had completed through the 2008-09 school year. In addition, the board approved site council representatives for the 2009-10 school year...