Central Heights USD 288
Employee Newsletter December 2008
Energy Conservation Is a December
Energy conservation is be accomplished without • Turn off your moni- Chad Wheat
not a new concept. Quite either frostbite or heat tor if you are going
the contrary. stroke. to be away from
Perhaps that familiarity To state the obvious, your computer for
hampers efforts to re- money spent on electric- more than 30 min- Presentation Tip of
duce energy consump- ity and natural gas is utes. the Month (Jeary &
tion today. gone. It can’t be spent on • Turn off the lights if Cottrell, 2008):
Conservation salaries, textbooks, or you are leaving for Avoid closing killers:
may lose computers. more than a couple
some of its Energy conservation is minutes.
• Focusing on any ma-
appeal be- not easy. It takes effort • Do not open win- terial omitted during
cause of the to make it a habit. dows during cold the presentation-
visualization of Now is as good of a weather.
energy conserva- move on
time as any to review • Do not turn on gym • Skipping the sum-
tion at its extreme. simple steps that you can lights until needed. mary
Students huddled in the do to keep our energy
middle of their class- • Rambling
costs to a minimum.
room, burning textbooks If we all work together
for warmth, secretaries • Turn off computers, we should be able to see
printers, and copy
with space heaters under
a decrease in energy us- Board Policy
their desks. age.
Energy conservation can
leaving school. GAOC
The use of tobacco prod-
ucts by any person, in any
Vikes Garnish Standard of Excellence for form, is prohibited on
property owned, leased or
Spring 2008 Tests rented by the district.
Central Heights Elementary year that CH met the SOE JCDBB
School reached Standard of in math. A student shall not know-
Excellence (SOE) on the 4th ingly possess, handle or
This spring, the slate is
grade math and science test. transmit any object that
wiped clean. The bar is
The building also met the can reasonably be consid-
higher. But if any school can
science SOE for the building. ered a weapon at school,
do it, we can. Central
on school property or at a
Central Heights High Heights provides a quality
School also met the Standard education and can compete school-sponsored event.
of Excellence in reading and with any district.
Mathematics. This is the first
the town he was about to enter. Again the old man
asked “What were the people like at your last village?
Positive Attitude is Important. The salesman answered “Oh they were terrible. They
were a mean spirited lot and would not lift a hand to
help another. I was glad to leave. The old man paused
We expect a positive asked “What were the
attitude from students, people like at the last and answered. “You will find this village equally bad.”
yet sometimes forget its town?” The visitor re- This story illustrates the importance of a positive atti-
application to ourselves. sponded, “The people tude. Some people are naturally positive and are enjoy-
were great. They would able to be around. Positive people see challenges as
I once heard a good
story that dealt with atti- go out of their way to opportunities, not setbacks.
tude. I don’t remember help each other. I was Maxwell discussed the importance of attitude in his
the source. Perhaps sorry to leave.” The old book Developing the Leader Within You. “People with
man finally responded to negative thinking may start well, have a few good days,
the original question. and win a match. But sooner or later (it’s usually
An old man sat on the “You will find these vil-
outskirts of a village. A sooner), their attitudes will pull them down” (p. 102).
lagers are the same.” Maxwell noted that people choose what attitudes
peddler stopped to ask
the old man a question. A short while later, a they have right now. And it’s a continuing choice. Max-
“What are the people stranger stopped on his well recognized that many adults fail to take responsi-
like here?” The old man way into town. He too bility for their attitude.
asked the old man about
Maxwell summarized “The greatest day in your life
and mine is when we take total responsibility for our
Employee Spotlight attitudes. That’s the day we truly grow up” p. 103).
Brenda Watkins has worked fun.
for the Central Heights district
Outside of her full time job, Brenda stays active in the commu-
for more than 11 years. She
nity. She also serves as the Princeton city clerk as well as the
originally split her time be-
tween the elementary and high treasurer for the Richmond Methodist Church.
school office. Within 6 months, Family is important to Brenda. Her son, Kelby, teaches third
the high school secretary ac- grade in Ottawa. Daughter Jennifer studies nursing at Emporia
cepted a position as the board State University. Grandson Brayden also keeps Brenda on the
clerk and Brenda went to the top of her game.
high school full time. You can always count on Brenda for a friendly smile and a warm
Brenda values the interaction greeting. She is one of the reasons why Central Heights is a qual-
with students. Brenda believes ity school district. She is the first person that many visitors and
the kids are what make the job parents see when they visit the school.
Last But Not Least...
Tom Horstick reports that that provided guitars for Elementary staff will no
the preliminary results of the elementary. longer have to deal with
the Kansas high school standing water outside of
reading assessment are very the main entrance. Loyd
positive. Currently, 93% of Central Heights has part- Builders completed a pro-
the students scored profi- nered with two universities ject that channels rainwater
cient or above. on two grant proposals. to the east. Some dirt work
The grants will provide and reseeding is the last
teacher training in science step of the project.
Christina Gilley authored a and math. One grant will
grant that is a finalist for a involve PSU while the other
music grant. Mrs. Gilley will involve ESU/FHSU.
received a grant last year