From the Superintendent's desk...
June 12, 2014
As we closed out the 2013-14 school year a couple of weeks ago, we paused to celebrate with our staff. We celebrated what turned out to be a very successful year for the Lone Jack Schools. In terms of academic achievement there were a record number of "Bright Flight" qualifiers at the High School. And, the number of students needing to make up high school credit due to failing grades is diminishing with each passing year. Additionally, Lone Jack High School was recognized in Forbes Magazine as one of the top 25 schools in the region (we ranked #15) based upon ACT scores.
Our elementary school also experienced a wonderful year. The bringing together of Kindergarten and First grades with the rest of the elementary restored a sense of "oneness" and collegiality to the entire faculty. Mrs. Butler's leadership and a very hardworking staff have worked together to form a winning combination. A grant was written and eventually awarded to our elementary school that will bring the award winning "Leader in Me" program to LJES. Even prior to receiving the Leader in Me grant, our staff has been incorporating some of the key components of the program into the daily routines for our students. We are all very excited about the places this program will take the elementary school in the years to come!
During our end of the year celebration we recognized our Teachers and Support Staff Members of the Year - as selected by their peers. The support staff member recognition is titled as the "Unsung Hero" award. At the high school, the Unsung Hero award went to nurse's aid, Staci Grinlinton. The Elementary Unsung Hero Award was presented the building secretary, Sandy Snow. The Teacher of the Year award at the high school went to first year teacher, Grant Brown. And, the Elementary staff named fifth grade teacher Ashley Alumbaugh as the Teacher of the Year. We are proud of each of these award recipients as well as every member of our staff who combined their efforts to provide our students with an excellent education this year.
Have a great summer!