• Letter to Parents (Bus Expectations)

    Posted by Larry Roth on 2/26/2018

    Dear Parents

    One of this district’s most important functions is to provide safe transportation services for students to and from school each day.  Student behavior is an important part of transportation safety.  Because there have been a number of behavior issues reported on our route buses, this letter is being sent to all parents who have a student who is on our transportation list.   Below are general behavior expectations for students who ride the bus:

    • Follow directions from the bus driver.
    • Stay seated at all times while the bus is moving.
    • Use appropriate language and voice level.
    • Be respectful to others and their property.
    • Sit in the seat/area assigned by the driver.
    • Keep the walkway clear from backpacks and other belongings.
    • Follow rules posted in the student handbook.

    Bus Discipline Policy -  Students are expected to demonstrate bus appropriate behaviors while being transported.  Violations of bus rules will be addressed as follows:

    Step One - Bus driver will hold a conference with the student and the building principal will notify parents.

    Step Two - Student may be denied the privilege of riding the bus for three (3) days by the building principal.

    Step Three - Student may be denied the privilege of riding the bus for five (5) days by the building principal.

    Step Four - Student may be denied the privilege of riding the bus for the remainder of the semester by the principal.

    Note:  The building principal will initiate corrective action according to the severity of the offense and is not bound by the sequence of disciplinary actions.

    We hope that you will discuss the expectations noted above with your student(s).  You can find the student handbooks on the district web page at www.usd439.com.  As an added measure of security, the district will soon be adding cameras to each bus.  We will continue to be committed to providing safe transportation services for our students to and from school.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact me at 316-772-5783.

    Sincerely,

    Larry A Roth

    Superintendent

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  • Teacher/Staff Recognition

    Posted by Larry Roth on 1/2/2018

    Nominate Teacher/Staff of the Month

    The Sedgwick Staff Member of the Month Awards has been established to recognize outstanding people for their dedication, professionalism and work. Those receiving these awards will be nominated by the students, parents, administrators, and colleagues for excellence in their classroom or the school.

    Nomination forms are available in the front office and on the school’s website. The Teacher and Staff of the Month will be awarded with a certificate, recognition at the school, on the website, and a gift chosen by administration.

    Selection Criteria

    Each month, we will recognize a different staff member based on her/his contributions to the school, excellence in the classroom, leadership abilities, citizenship, community involvement and a variety of other criteria. Staff will be nominated and selected based on the following criteria:

    1. Excellence in the Classroom or in her/his job consistently advancing students to higher levels of academic achievement.
    2. Motivation having the ability to motivate and encourage students to advance past their expectations both academically and socially.
    3. Leadership serving as a leader not only in the classroom, but also throughout the school.
    4. Community Service demonstrating the importance of civic responsibility by being active in community or other service organizations.
    5. Creativity and Imagination demonstrating creativity and imagination in their lesson plans and teaching methods that inspire students to learn. For staff, this means demonstrating creativity and imagination in carrying out their job duties in such a way that they motivate and inspire others in the school community to learn.
    6. Dedication showing excellent attendance, punctuality and a desire to see their students advance, in addition, participating in programs and activities outside the school day.
    7. Communication communicating articulately to their classrooms, colleagues and beyond. How to Submit

    You may submit your nomination by the 20th of each month by 3:30 pm in the following ways:

    1. Online Form Form
    2. Drop it off in the Central Office
    3. Email it to: lroth@usd439.com
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  • Have a Great Break

    Posted by Larry Roth on 12/20/2017

    Time for a Well-Deserved Break

    Each year, our faculty watches Sedgwick students step into the new school year.  It is always exciting to see our students grow throughout the year.  Much has been asked of our students and faculty this semester and you have accomplished a lot.  You have worked hard and have certainly earned some time away from school.  Enjoy sleeping in and being with friends and family.

    As we approach this Holiday Break I wish to express my appreciation to our faculty here at USD 439.  You truly do great things every day.  I would also like to extend warm holiday wishes to the parents and patrons of this district.  Your ongoing support is greatly appreciated.  I would especially like to thank our students for all of your hard work on this campus during the first semester.  This district is your district and those who work here do so for you.  May your new year be filled with challenges that lead to growth, work that inspires new ideas, and kindness that allows you to be happy with being you.     

    Have a fantastic break!

    Larry Roth

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  • Superintendent's Student Advisory Board

    Posted by Larry Roth on 9/19/2017

    I will be meeting with the Student Advisory Board on Monday, September 25th.  This is a student committee to help lead this district with a student's perspective.  I am appreciative of the students who are willing to be part of this team.  Topics that will be discussed at our next meeting include:

    1. Introductions
    2. Nominate 8th grade Advisory board members (Be thinking)
    3. What would you like to see this committee do in 17-18?
    4. School Climate: bullying, social relationships, etc.
    5. Question of the Month: My teachers need to know _____________________.
    6. Other items from the board.
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  • Parent/Teacher AND STUDENT Conferences

    Posted by Larry Roth on 10/11/2017

    How about Parent/Teacher AND STUDENT Conferences?

    As a student, I may have been described as a lot of things.  Being a 4.0 student was not generally one of them.  Typically, mom would come home from conferences and say, “Your teachers tell me you could be an A student if you would just apply yourself.”  I particularly remember one conference as mom was waiting to talk with my English teacher.  I decided that if I waited with her, my teacher may have gentler things to say about me.  Before the conference began, I was politely asked to go away.  Looking back, a great opportunity was missed for the three of us to have a frank conversation about my progress, hold me accountable for my level of effort, and possibly find solutions.

    Today, the value in parents, teachers and students meeting together during conferences is recognized as a potential change agent for progress.  I have always found it best to get everyone in the same place at the same time when discussing important things.  The same holds true for conferences.  In fact, there is even a process called “Student-Led Conferences” where each student presents their progress to their parents and the teacher.

    In a blog from 2015, Peter Dewitt discussed the typical conference where teachers and parents, even in the presence of the student, talk "around" the student regarding progress.  In his writings, he posed the questions:   

    • What if we asked (each student) to articulate and provide proof of their own learning? 
    • What if each student prepared evidence of learning to show their teacher and parents what had been achieved through their own efforts? 
    • What if we put the student at the center of the conference and the learning?

    I think Mr. Dewitt’s insight towards a “student centered” conference is on the mark.  Each student should have the opportunity to describe their experience in the classroom.  If students are able to give feedback to their teacher and parents about how they learn best, it may chart a better course for both student and teacher for the rest of the year.

    Please take advantage of this time to meet with your student’s teachers.  Have your student attend the conferences with you.   Put your student at the center of the conference and allow them the opportunity to describe their learning experience.  Being able to identify personal strengths and challenges as well as how to work best with both is a skill they will use the rest of their life. 

    See you at conferences!! 

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  • Cardinal Pride & Sportsmanship

    Posted by Larry Roth on 9/28/2017

    Cardinals,

    One of the best statements I've heard from a coach was after a father came to him complaining that they lost the game because of the officials.  The coach looked at him and said, “If we didn’t want the game determined by poor officiating, then we should have scored more points.”  It was a good life lesson.  The coach's philosophy was spot  on.  Blaming the game on someone else is not a reason, it's an excuse.  The answer to poor officials or a dirty team is to play harder.  

    School athletics is a time for students to learn about life.  It is an opportunity for them to learn the game, to learn about team, to learn that individual stats are not more important than team stats, to learn that there are times in life when you must rise above a cheap shot or a bad call, to learn how to accomplish with humility and to learn to fail with dignity.  

    As a parent, our job is to watch and encourage our students.  Our job is to watch and encourage our team.  If someone is doing anything other than that, they may be there for the wrong reasons.  As adults, our job is to be the model we want our students to emulate.      As an administrator, I am often asked, “How do you know a fan has crossed the line?”  My response is always the same, "When they start that second sentence."

    I’ll leave you with a quote from the great Vince Lombardi, “Character is the direct result of mental attitude. I believe that character is higher than the intellect. I believe that leadership is in sacrifice, in self-denial, in humility and in the perfectly disciplined will. This is the distinction between great and little men."

    Go Cardinals!

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  • Thoughts for Today and Some for Tomorrow

    Posted by Larry Roth on 9/8/2017

    New Season, New Scorboard

    New Season, New Scoreboard

    One of the best parts of of my job is to see the vision of others come to fruition.  A number of months ago, the high school administration began talking about the football scoreboard.  It had seen a lot of Cardinal wins, a few heartbreaking losses, and many seasons.  It was getting pretty tired.  As the discussion continued, area businesses and community members began to rally around the idea.  It was fantastic to see the district and community working together on this project.  As great as that was, it wasn’t the best part.  The best part was the finishing touch.  As the schoolyear started, Mr. Stauth’s welding students began working on the scoreboard's top.  Mrs. Werth's art students were involved in painting.  As you can see in the picture, many students were involved.  While they were finishing the project today, I got to thinking that years from now, these young men will say, “I helped make that happen.”  Education isn’t all about textbooks and assessments.  Its about being part of it.  These memories will last a lifetime.  How exciting is that?  Thank you to all who made this happen.  Thank you to our generous donors.  Great job Mrs. & Mr. Davison!! Great Job Mr. Stauth, Mrs. Werh and students!!  Great job Sedgwick!!  Great job Cardinals!!   

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    Superintendent's Page

    I began working for USD 439 in July of 2015.  Before coming to Sedgwick, I worked for the Wellington School District for 14 years as a school psychologist and administrator.  In 2010, I moved to the district office as the finance director and then as the assistant superintendent.  I grew up on my parent’s farm west of Conway Springs.  I attended Butler County Community College and Emporia State University.  I received a Specialist in Education Degree from Wichita State University.  I have three adult children.  Two graduated from Conway Springs and one is a proud graduate of Sedgwick.  My wife of 27 years is an elementary counselor in the Valley Center School District. 

    I am so proud to be a resident of Sedgwick and part of USD 439.  We have fantastic students as well as talented teachers and faculty.  The patrons of this district should be very proud of their schools.  USD 439 has a long tradition of quality education, cutting edge technology, and great facilities.  I am honored to be part of the Cardinal team.  If you should have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me or stop by the office.  Go Cardinals!!!