Four staff members from Henry Leavenworth Elementary presented to educators throughout the state at the Kansas Can and Do! Symposium in Manhattan, Kan. Henry principal, Kevin Lunsford; assistant principal, Anne-Marie Short; counselor, Cindy Scircle; and third grade teacher, Ann Broeker, shared their story about caring for kids and teachers at Henry Leavenworth. The group was joined by Sonya Pena from Southwest Plains Regional Service Center to share their story of success in building relationships with students and how that has contributed to their academic growth and helped them overcome emotional challenges.
Students at Henry Leavenworth Elementary showed off their wide range of talents at the recent school talent show. Students performed a variety of acts including singing, dancing, playing piano, joke telling, and magic. The show's grand finale was a "dancing through the decades" performance by several Henry Leavenworth staff members. Great job to all of those who showcased their talents.
Third graders across the district are taking their first crack at Kansas State Assessments this year. To help prepare their students, the third grade team at Henry Leavenworth Elementary organized a math boot camp. Teachers said they knew their students would do amazing, but wanted a chance to give them a boost of confidence. Students spent the day rotating to each team member where they were taught a specific math skill that they needed to brush up on for the test. They also learned strategies and tips to help them do their best. They were able to do some hands on activities while working together.
The district announced its representatives for the 2018 Kansas Teacher of the Year program during a surprise visit to their respective schools. The Elementary Teacher of the Year is Caitlan Johnston, fifth grade teacher at Henry Leavenworth Elementary School.
Mrs. Johnston has been with the Leavenworth School District for seven years, working at David Brewer Elementary, and most recently at Henry Leavenworth Elementary. In her application Mrs. Johnston talked about her focus on promoting kindness in her classroom and ensuring students respect themselves and one another. She said, "My goal as a teacher is to make every student feel like they are good enough, to feel like they matter, and that they have people who believe in them. By making my students feel like they are important to me, we can accomplish anything necessary together."
Mrs. Johnston will represent our district in the regional portion of the 2018 Kansas Teacher of the Year recognition program, sponsored by the Kansas State Department of Education. The Kansas Teacher of the Year Program identifies, recognizes, and celebrates representatives of excellent teaching in elementary and secondary classrooms throughout the state. The program’s mission is to build and utilize a network of exemplary teachers who are leaders in improvement of schools, student performance, and the teaching profession.