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Little Dragon Preschool
Please call 316/835-2694 or 316/835-2641 if you are interested in learning more about our paid preschool program.
Classes are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday's from 8:00 to 11:00 A.M. for children 4 and 5 years of age.
Classes are Thursday and Friday's from 8:00 to 10:30 A.M. for children 3 years of age.
As summer winds down, we are working hard to update the schools physically and with technology updates.
In this day and age it is getting harder and harder to stay up with the changes in the world and with technology, so we are trying to make smart decisions with our finances, and our board of Education and Technology team are pushing to continue our growth in technology across the district.
Education in Kansas has taken a beating in the political and financial sense over the past few years but In USD 440 we have tried to stay true to the quest to provide quality education for all our students. The board of education established three priorities in looking at the education of USD 440 students.
1. Meet every students individual needs
2. Engage Students in Authentic Learning
3. Provide a nurturing and safe environment
In looking at these priorities, the district has entered into the development of individual plans of study to help students plan for their future and their options.
The staff has taken new training on developing more authentic and hands on processes in the academic classroom as well as a focus on safety throughout the district. There has also been a focus on the social and emotional well-being of our students and staff.
Education continues to change not only in Kansas but across America. We will continue to have to adjust to meet the ever changing needs of our students and family.
We will focus more on student’s plans for the future; the rigor of our classrooms to help students succeed in life when things get tough and the ability to problem solve those tough situations.
Early childhood will be another focus for schools in Kansas and in USD 440. How do we make sure kids are ready to enter school so we can keep them on track as they progress up in the educational system?
As you can see, there are several things to do to continue our success as a school district. Our board and teachers are focused on the success of the students and we will continue to make the changes necessary to give kids the opportunity to be successful.
All of this takes time and money and commitment from the staff and support from the community.
The Halstead-Bentley parents and communities have always been supportive of their schools and the board has done a great job with managing the local financial situation. No matter what happens at the State level with finances, this board, staff and community will always strive to put the education of the students first.