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  • Letter Parents From Superintendent Penka March 28 2020




    Governor Laura Kelly issued a stay-at-home order for all of Kansas starting Monday and lasting through April 19th. Though all patrons are encouraged to read the order in its entirety, the order says, essentially, that you are able to leave your homes, go to the grocery store, bank, or even go for a walk. She is just asking that everyone continue to practice social distancing and limit the amount of time out of your home. 

    Please know that schools are considered an “Essential Business” and we at USD 297, Saint Francis, will continue to educate your children through Continuous Learning to the best of our ability. We will continue with our plan for Continuous Learning that has been established and approved by the board of education. While continuing our students’ education, we will do everything in our power to keep everyone safe. Meals will still be provided Monday through Friday and paper packets will continue to be sent home. 

    Thank you for your support during this difficult time. 


    Mark Penka 

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    The special Board meeting was called to order on the above date at 7:00 P.M. by Board President Cale Rieger, in a virtual online meeting setting with all members present. There were also six patrons in the online audience to observe and listen. 

    Board President, Cale Rieger, reminded patrons that they would not be able to make any comments at this meeting, but were encouraged to stay online and listen to the continuing education plan. 

    Dustin Andrist made a motion to approve the agenda; seconded by J.W. Milliken and carried. 

    New Business: Superintendent Penka presented to the Board the Waiver Application, Assurance Document, and Continuous Learning Plan put together by the administration and recommendations from the Kansas Department of Education. This was all necessary as a result of COVID-19 and the closing of all Kansas school buildings. A copy of such plan is attached. 

    After review and discussion, J. W. Milliken made a motion to accept the learning plan; seconded by Dustin Andrist and carried. 

    At 7:44 P.M., Danielle McAtee made a motion to adjourn the meeting; seconded by Dustin Andrist and carried. 

    The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for April 9, 2020 at 7:00 A.M. in the Administration Office. If the location and/or time changes, notifications will be sent out. 


    Waiver Application, Assurance Document, and Continuous Learning Plan

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  • 2020 KSHSAA State Basketball Tournament Sportsmanship Awards

    The Kansas State High School Activities Association, through its member schools, defines sportsmanship as those qualities of behavior which are characterized by generosity and genuine concern for others.  Further, an awareness is expected of the impact of an individual’s influence on the behavior of others.


    The excitement of a basketball game can create concerns for fans, students and officials.  Citizenship/Sportsmanship Rule 52 addresses this by stating: “Win with character and lose with dignity.”


    Outstanding sportsmanship is acknowledged each year by presenting sportsmanship certificates, plaques and medals.  All 96 high school teams participating in KSHSAA State Basketball Tournaments may qualify for an award.  A “rating” system is used allowing schools to compete against a “standard of excellence”, rather than competing against one another.


    Due to the tournament being canceled after the quarterfinal rounds, there were no plaques & medals awarded.


    A special sportsmanship committee appointed by the KSHSAA evaluated and rated the cheerleaders, school cheering section, adult and non-high school followers, team and coach of each school.  The following schools qualified for sportsmanship awards at the KSHSAA State Basketball Tournaments:




    Class 1A Girls – 


    Ingalls: Joseph Meador, Principal

    Olpe: Shane Clark, Principal

    Otis-Bison: Brandon Rice, Principal


    Class 1A Boys –


    Little River: Audrey Herbst, Principal

    St. Francis: David Morrow, Principal



    Class 2A Girls –


    Bennington: Curtis Nightingale, Principal


    Class 2A Boys –


    Hoxie: Mark Wildeman, Principal

    Pratt-Skyline: Herb McPherson, Principal



    Class 3A Girls –


    Frontenac: Mike Copple, Principal

    Halstead: Joe Gerber, Principal

    Osage City: Tony Heward, Principal

    Scott Community: Brad McCormick, Principal


    Class 3A Boys –


    Beloit: Casey Seyfert, Principal

    Colby: Dr. Stephanie McNemar, Principal



    Class 4A Girls –


    Baldwin: Brant Brittingham, Principal

    Chapman: Kevin Suther, Principal

    Clay Center Community: Bud Young, Principal

    Eudora: Ron Abel, Principal

    Kansas City-Piper: John Nguyen, Principal



    Class 4A Boys –


    Augusta: Donna Zerr, Principal

    Buhler: Michael Ellegood, Principal

    Kansas City-Piper: John Nguyen, Principal

    Shawnee Mission-Bishop Miege: Maureen Engen, Principal



    Class 5A Girls –


    Andover Central: Cheryl Hochhalter, Principal


    Class 5A Boys –


    Andover: Dr. Kristen Kuhlmann



    Class 6A Girls –




    Class 6A Boys –


    Haysville-Campus: David Morford, Principal

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