PO Box 399
Louisburg, KS 66053
LHS Homepage: http://www.usd416.org Volume 10 No. 9
Principal’s Perspective April Students
How can time fly so quickly? It seems that it was of the Month Chosen
merely a blink of an eye since our seniors walked through
that front door on the first day of school and became the
"official" leaders of the school. I can still remember seeing Caleb Gabauer, senior, and Aften Graham, junior,
the excitement on their faces and hearing the excitement in were selected as the April Students of the Month. These
their voices as they found their niche at the top of the totem students were nominated by LHS staff
pole. Even then some were counting down the days until members.
graduation! Caleb's interests span a wide gamut.
If you walk down our halls, you can still hear that He has shown his dramatic abilities since he
count down; but the tone of that backward count has was a freshman at LHS. He has
changed somewhat. Now, instead of the attitude that the participated in the musicals for the last
end will never come, our seniors are beginning to see the four years. As a senior Caleb has
end (with excitement, I might add); but they are also expanded his participation in this arena by
beginning to experience the second thoughts that come being a member of the LHS Forensics team. He recently
when the time approaches to leave something familiar. They qualified for state competition in both serious solo and
are beginning to realize that in less than a month they will no poetry.
longer be Louisburg High School Wildcats but will be Caleb continues to stretch himself in athletics, as
graduates of LHS. They are coming to the realization that well. As a freshman and sophomore he was a member of
this rite of passage will change the relationships they now the golf team. After lying out of sports for one year he chose
have. For some, they may not see many of their classmates to go out for cross country as a senior. Though this was his
for years. For others, even though they will continue to see first year of running, Caleb proved to be an asset to the
some of the familiar faces, they are recognizing that things team.
will be different when they do meet former classmates. Each Aften played volleyball in middle school and as a
will follow their dreams and pursue careers. Some will move freshman at LHS. She was also a cheerleader her ninth
far away; others will stay close to home. But wherever they grade year. Though Aften does not participate in athletics
may go, they will still have one thing in common--they will be any more she has continued to stay active in school
graduates of Louisburg High School. opportunities. She has designed and been a model for
One of the most exciting parts of being an educator Project Catwalk, the high school fashion show, for three
is to be able to watch young people grow and mature as they years. She plans to expand on this experience after
move closer to adulthood. This class--the class of 2008--has graduation, and pursue a degree in either fashion design or
not let us down. We have watched those immature special education. She was also inducted into the National
freshmen who walked into the building four years ago gain Honor Society in the fall of her junior year.
confidence and show others in our school how to become Since 2006 Aften has found time to maintain a part-
leaders of tomorrow. We know that the next time we see time job. She was a library page until April, 2007, and
them our relationship will not be the same. Just as they with currently baby-sits two children on a daily basis.
their classmates, we will be on a different plane than Congratulations to the two April recipients of the
previously. But no matter where the future takes them, our Students of the Month award.
seniors need to realize that we are proud of them, and we
look forward to the time when we can hear about how they
have reached their dreams. They may graduate in a couple
of weeks and become the adults and parents of tomorrow;
but they will always be "our kids"--"our kids" because we're
proud to call them ours.
Academic Awards Banquet to
Senior Commencement Speaker
Honor Excellence The senior speaker for this year's
The academic awards banquet will be commencement will be chosen by a selection
Wednesday, May 7 , 2008, in the high school committee of senior and staff representatives
commons. Departments select 5% of their the last week of April. Commencement will
students to receive these awards, and students be held in the LHS gym at 2:00 p.m. on May
were notified the last week of April about their th
18 , 2008.
reception of this honor.
Dates For Seniors To Remember
Graduation Attire Sunday, May 11—Baccalaureate sponsored by
During graduation ceremonies, all Louisburg Ministerial Alliance in the Louisburg High School
participants will be expected to wear auditorium at 7:00 p.m.
clothing appropriate for this formal Tuesday, May 13---Senior parent breakfast (6:45 a.m. -
occasion. This means, specifically, that no 7:30 a.m.) in LHS commons.
T-shirts, shorts, flip-flops, or tank tops will Wednesday, May 14--Finals in classes 2,4,6,8.
be allowed. Also, we would like to highly Thursday, May 15 --Last day for all seniors; --books
recommend that all boys wear a collared shirt and tie since must be checked in and obligations paid; finals in classes
the girls will already have collars in their robe packets. 1,3,5,7.
Students who fail to dress appropriately will not be allowed to Sunday, May 18--Commencement at LHS gym at 2:00
participate in the commencement exercises since the p.m. Graduating seniors should arrive by 1:30 p.m. Doors
ceremony is not mandatory. will open at 12:45.
Senior Cap & Gown $$
Photographer All seniors need to pay for cap and gowns
This year the high school has contracted with Kevin for graduation before they will be able to
White from On Location Photography in Paola to individually receive them on May 13 . Check with the
photograph all seniors as they walk across the stage and office if you need more information
receive their diplomas. This will provide parents the
opportunity to have an action photograph while
still being able to sit in the audience and
enjoy the entire ceremony.
Planning for Student Fall
Order packets will be included in the
mailing from the school. Also included in
Though this school year isn't over we want to begin
that envelope will be information about making parents aware of certain clothing items that will not
the schedule for the seniors' last week be allowed next year. This will hopefully help cut down on
and the senior parent breakfast. If you chose the amount of clothing that might be purchased over the
to order these pictures, complete the order form per summer and then cannot be worn to school. Females at
directions and either mail it directly to On Location LHS will NOT be allowed to wear tops or dresses with
Photography or return it to the high school. If the packets are spaghetti straps or halter-tops. The same is true of short
returned before commencement on May 18, parents will midriff tops. If students are found in violation of this policy,
receive pictures within two weeks of graduation. they will either be requested to go home to change or to put
on another piece of clothing for the remainder of the day.
We ask that all parents help us enforce this district dress
Doors for commencement will code.
open at 12:45 on May 28, 2008.
Please remember that no one will be admitted before
that time. Out of respect for all attendees, seating will be on
a first come – first served basis. You are requested to not
save seats for those who will arrive later.
Finals Are Coming...Finals Are
Band Garage Sale
We realize that many families are beginning to make and Silent Auction
summer vacation plans. We ask that as you do this to It’s time once again to clean out those closets and
please take into consideration the fact that high school finals prepare for the Louisburg Band’s Annual Super Garage Sale
will be on May 20, 21, and 22. It is hard on the students and and Silent Auction. This year’s sale will be held Thursday,
the teachers when exceptions are asked to be made. May 8 through Saturday, May 10 at the West Gym on 1st
We have worked hard to provide a testing and Peoria.
environment for our students that is conducive to studying We will be serving dinner on Friday and breakfast on
and taking the finals seriously. Please join us in our efforts Saturday. Concessions will be available along with baked
by delaying vacation plans until after the last day of school. goods (donated by our band students) throughout the three
day sale. All Louisburg school bands will be performing at
various times so come out and hear what great talent we
Fr – Jr Finals Schedules have in our schools.
The Silent Auction will open on Thursday and run
Tuesday, May 20 through Saturday, with some tables closing on Friday. If you
Finals in 6, 7, 8. Students released at 11:25. have items, you would like to donate for the Silent Auction
Wednesday, May 21 OR the Garage Sale, please contact Mr. John Cisetti at 837-
Finals in 3, 4, 5. Students released at 12:05. 2941. See you at the Sale!
Thursday, May 22
Finals in 1, 2. Students released at 10:15. NO LUNCH WILL Thursday, May 8
BE SERVED. 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. -Garage Sale Grand Opening
Friday, May 23 No School. 5:00 p.m. - LHS Jazz Band Performs
Time Schedule for Tuesday: Friday, May 9
Block 6: 8:05 – 9:05 8:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Garage Sale & Silent Auction
Block 7: 9:15 – 10:15 5:30-7:30 p.m. - Dinner Available
Block 8: 10:25 – 11:25 th
6:30 p.m. - 7 Grade LMS Band Performs
7:00 p.m. - 6 Grade LMS Band Performs
Time Schedule for Wednesday 7:30 p.m. - 5 Grade LES Band Performs
Block 3: 8:45 – 9:45 8:00 p.m. - Some Silent Auction Tables Close
Block 4: 9-55 – 10:55 9:00 p.m. – Doors close for the evening
Block 5: 11:05 – 12:05
School dismissed at 12:05. Saturday, May 10
8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Garage Sale & Silent Auction
Time Schedule for Thursday: Continues
Block 1: 8:05-9:05 8:00-10:00 a.m. – Biscuits and Gravy Available
Block: 9:15-10:15 th
11:00 a.m. – 8 Grade LMS Band and LHS Band Performs
School dismissed at 10:15 12:30 p.m. - Silent Auction End
1:00 p.m. - $1 Bag Sale—Clothes Only
LHS Announcements 2:00 p.m. - Sale Ends
LHS Announcements are available to parents in two
different ways. If you have signed up with us, you can 2008-2009 Jazzy Cats Members
receive them via email. They are also available every day on Caitlynn Adams, Brooklin Besse, Brooke DeAmaral,
our LHS website. Go to www.usd416.org, click on the Adriana Godsey, Makenzie Johnson, Kayleigh Kohlenberg,
Louisburg High School tab and then click on Student/Parent Amber Mazza, Katie Mulich, Trisha Myers, Kenzie Robinson,
Announcements. Anna Rose, Stephany Southard, Kimberly Stephens
“Skip Day” Is Coming 2008-2009 Cheerleaders
As first semester, as a part of the LHS early out
Laurissa Beckman, Kelsey Coffroth, Jordan Crow,
program, students will be able to earn a legitimate "skip day",
Shelby Dowman, Mackenzie Eveland, Alissah Ferris,
based on grades and attendance. Students must have a 3.0
Heather Jurgielewicz, Kelsey Kattau, Samantha Lehman,
semester GPA and no more than 24 class absences or
Morgan Mackey, Ashlee Morgan, Tara Nolan, Jessica Owen,
tardies in order to earn this day. This year's skip day will be
th Tori Sanders, Kaylee Smith, Jessica Ventre, Nichole Ward,
on Monday, May 12 .
Bailey Wheeler, Candice Wood
Louisburg High School tab, then click on the Academics tab,
Note from the Cafeteria then Summer Credit Recovery)
It is that time of the year that we need to think of finalizing
things that need to be done before the
school year ends. It has been a great and
most successful year with lots of good State TSA Conference
things happening. Everyone gets excited At the Kansas State TSA conference Louisburg High
and some things may get over-looked. This School did very well. This year the Technology Student
is a reminder to all students and parents Association’s Kansas State conference was held at Colby,
that all lunch accounts are to be paid in full Kansas on April 10, 11, and 12, 2008. Fifteen students and
by Friday, May 9 , 2008. No charges will be allowed after two advisors, Mr. Kasitz and Mr. Stout attended. Ten
this date. Whatever money is left on an account stays in the students competed in the Level II competitions and five
students’ account for the following school year. Any senior students competed in Level I.
that has money owed to them can transfer it to a siblings Following are the results for the state
account if desired. Everyone must check with Trish in the competition:
lunch room for final checkout and to determine if any money Level One:
is owed. No one will be released without a signature and System Control Technology: Brad Silance,
accounts paid in full. You can check with Trish at any time, Kaleb Kasitz, Samantha Kinney 1st
just not during lunch line time. Good luck to all Seniors and Technology Bowl: Brad Silance, Kaleb Kasitz,
we are looking forward to another great year. Have a great Melissa Parodi 4th
summer! Technical Design Challenge: Kaleb Kasitz 1 ; Samantha
Kinney 3 ; Melissa Parodi 5th
Problem Solving: Melissa Parodi and Samantha Kinney 2 ;
Kaleb Kasitz and Brad Silance 5th
Reward Day for Kansas st
Electrical Applications: Kaleb Kasitz 1 ; Brad Silance 2nd
TSA Multimedia: Kaleb Kasitz 1 ; Brad Silance 2nd
Assessment Incentive Program st
Career Challenge: Brad Silance 1 ; Kaleb Kasitz 2 ,
Sophomores who took the Kansas Math th
Samantha Kinney 4 ; Melissa Parodi 5
Assessment and juniors who took the Kansas Reading Electronic Game Challenge: Kaleb Kasitz, Melissa Parodi,
Assessment had the opportunity to earn either a half day or Samantha Kinney 1
full day out of school. Eligibility is determined by comparing Structural Challenge: Kaleb Kasitz, Klayton Parscale 3
their 2008 scores with their most recent middle school scores Transportation Challenge: Klayton Parscale 1st
for the same assessments. Level Two
May 5, 2008, has been designated as the day when Construction Systems: Josh Hannah, Kris Revelle
students who met the testing incentive criteria will be System Control Technology: Marcus Kasitz, Jordan
released from school. Parents have received letters from the Caldwell, Morgan Yach 1
school notifying them of their child's eligibility and what rd
Promotional Graphics: Cierra Ramirez 3 (received a $500
reward they will receive. scholarship)
If either parents or students have questions about Scivis: Cierra Ramirez 5
this, they should contact the office. Technology Bowl: Marcus Kasitz, Trevor Lucas, Cierra
Keep on Track for Graduation by Technology Bowl Written: Trevor Lucas 4th
Nine students qualified for Nationals: Jordan
Attending Summer School 2008 Caldwell, Kaleb Kasitz, Marcus Kasitz, Trevor Lucas, Melissa
Parodi, Klayton Parscale, Cierra Ramirez, Brad Silance, and
Summer school enrollment is now in full swing. Morgan Yach. Nationals will be held in Orlando, Florida, at
Parents of students who failed either Math, English, or Social the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort June 28 – July 2nd. This
Studies first semester or are in jeopardy of failing either of is the 30 year for National TSA.
these classes second semester received a letter in April. Congratulations to all participants!
If you have not completed and returned an
enrollment form for your student, it is necessary to do so as
soon as possible. You or your child may pick up one in the
high school office, or you may call the high school to receive Booster Club News
one in the mail. Enrollment forms should be returned by May HEY, Booster Cats! Spring is here at last…
21. Students may not double enroll in English so it is •Early membership forms will be included in the May
imperative that they make up any lost credit if they plan to newsletter. This will help us get a jump on the 2008-2009
graduate with their class. year ahead. Check out the new information & thanks for
Summer school information and the enrollment form jumping in there early to help us out!
can also be found on the LHS website. (www.usd416.org, •The 2007-8 year is winding down with the current Booster
Club officers. If you would like to join the team, the vice
president position for next year is still available (this is a 2- $29,260 for a family of 3
year commitment), please contact Rockey Dvorak $35,305 for a family of 4
(president), Dan Cook (vice president), Debbie Seely $41,340 for a family of 5
(secretary), Janet Houchen (treasurer), Connie Powell (co- $47,388 for a family of 6
treasurer), or Dave Tappan. Next year’s president will be have no other health insurance
Dan Cook as the vice president moves into the president If you think your children might qualify for Health Wave, call
position the following year. 1-800-792-4884 or you may pickup an application in any of
•Concession stands for the home ball games at Lewis-Young the school offices. No child in Kansas should be without
Park will be manned by the Booster Club this spring. Please health insurance. Please call with questions.
come out and support the teams & grab dinner & drinks!
•Kansas Barnstormers are coming Friday, May 2!! Tickets Lori Griffin, RN and Lisa Wisniewski, RN
are $10 in the LHS office. Booster Club will have the
•Cruise 4 Schools is Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 3
p.m. partnered up with Ford through Louisburg Ford. Come
test drive a new vehicle and LHS gets $20 each. What a
deal—monies benefit the purchase of a new electronic
sign on the roadway advertising coming school events. An Equal Employment/Educational Opportunity Agency
•STUDENT ATHLETES for April are Dustin DeLand and An Equal Employment/Educational Opportunity Agency
Corrinne Johnson. Way to go, congrats on representing
yourselves & LHS so well! Louisburg Unified School District #416 does not discriminate on the
•Currently there are surveys out to the staff at LHS to ―rate‖ basis of sex, race, color, national origin, handicap, or age in admission or
access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities.
Booster Club this past year and help us represent the Any questions regarding the district’s compliance with Title VI, Title IX,
upcoming years better. If you would like to weigh in with input or section 504 may be directed to the Title IX and Title VI Coordinator, Dr.
also, please contact Debbie Seely (837-2126) by May 1. Rick Doll at 913-837-2944 or the Section 504 Coordinator, Pam Best, at
Thanks in advance for constructive input. 913-837-2944, 29020 Mission Belleview, Louisburg, Kansas 66053.
•Next Booster Club meeting will be Wednesday, May 14 at 4 Statement of Non-Discrimination
p.m. in the staff conference room. Students, their parents/guardian, and the employees of Unified School
GO WILDCATS! District #416 are here by notified that this school district complies with Title
IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation
Act of 1973, and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Board of Education
policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, handicap, age, race,
Washington D.C. creed, color or national origin in district programs and activities. Any
person having inquiries concerning Unified School District #416’s
Parent/Traveler Meeting compliance with the policies is directed to contact the following designees
who coordinate the district efforts to comply. Title IX and Title VI—Dr. Rick
Spring is in the air, the end of school is fast Doll; Section 504—Pam Best. Both phone numbers are 837-2944. Offices
approaching – and so is the Freshman trip to Washington are located at 29020 Mission Belleview, Louisburg, KS 66053.
D.C. A meeting for all parents and travelers is scheduled for Notice for a Drug Free Workplace
May 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium. At this The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use
meeting we will go over LOTS of information including, but of controlled substance is prohibited in Louisburg USD #416. Violators will
not limited to: roommates, bus arrangements, dress code, be prosecuted.
luggage allowances, snacks, conduct expectations,
departure times, return times, what to pack, etc….. Parents
and travelers, please make arrangements to attend this
important meeting. If you are unable to attend, please
contact Patty Sauber at the high school either by telephone
(913)837-2941, or e-mail email@example.com.
Health Wave/Health Connect
Health Wave/Health Connect is a low cost or free
health insurance program for children age 19 and under
living in Kansas. Some families may pay $10-$15 depending
on income. Services cover regular check-ups, shots, office
visits, dental care, pharmacy, hospital care, prenatal care
and delivery, vision and hearing, mental health and
substance abuse services. There are no co-pays.
To qualify a child must live in a family with a monthly
$23,220 for a family of 2
Louisburg High School
P.O. Box 399
Louisburg, KS 66053