The annual Washington Elementary "Jog-A-Thon" was held Friday between 17th & 18th Streets on Washington Ave. Students receive pledges from both individuals and businesses for "per lap jogged", their laps are kept track of by jog-a-thon officials and in the end not only have they participated in a great physical activity, they've raised monies for their school's technology budget. The staff and students at Washington greatly appreciate all of the support they receive from individuals and groups for this endeavor.
History was reenacted this past week along the Chisholm Trail and will culminate later this week up near Wichita, to commemorate it's origins some 150 years ago. A cattle drive that began in Oklahoma about a week ago spent Tuesday night near Wellington Lake and pulled out of there late Wednesday morning and headed up the Chisholm Trail towards Mayfield. The 100 or so Longhorns and their drovers headed back out on the trail after a good nights rest, some grazing time and got all watered down just before they departed, horses too!
A large crowd was on hand Tuesday evening at WHS for the FALL CHOIR PROGRAM featuring choirs from both WMS and WHS. All performed well, especially considering school has been in session for such a short time. Jessica Coldwell is the choral director for USD 353 and she puts on some very nice concerts, this one included. Here was what the music menu for the evening looked like:
6TH GRADE KNIGHT CHOIR
Red River Valley ..... American Folksong
The WHS Drama and Forensics students and their instructor Caitlin Hendrix attended the Kansas State Fair this past week. The Fair holds two days of Debate and Forensics Demonstrations for students from across Kansas. These "demos" are hosted by Sterling College, and the students are given the opportunity early on in the semester to witness what a true high school debate looks like. They practice "Flowing" during the debate and then discuss the cases and how to improve their own before tournaments begin in two weeks!
Mrs. DeJarnett's 7th Grade English classes did presentations this week on GREEK MYTHOLOGY. Part of the presentations included "dressing the part"!
Check out some of their works (and looks!)
Pictured Above - KASIAH RICHMOND & JENSEN LYNNES
The pictures at the link below were taken at the first night of the KRR "LIFE" PROGRAM at Wellington High School on Thursday, Sep. 14th. "LIFE" is the LITERACY INTEGRATED FAMILY ENGAGEMENT Program and represents 14 families from Kennedy, Lincoln and Washington schools. The families are the second group of families to go through the 8-week family program highlighting family bonding and literacy. ("3" of the "14" families will begin next week).
There were dozens of dads, donuts and smiles on hand Friday morning at Washington Elementary. Dad's and Donuts day is an annual event at Washington. Dads and their kids enjoy some juice and donuts and each kid gets to pick out a FREE BOOK to keep and read to their dads! To see such huge smiles on such young kids so early in the morning can mean only one thing - they love their dads!
Taima Graves, Annika DeJarnett, Andi Dry, and Moriah Lyne worked at the Kansas State Fair in the Livestock birthing center on Tuesday September 12. The students taught young and old fair goers how a calf was born and had them help pull a fake calf from a fake cow. The fake cow helps to train vet students at Kansas State University the right way to pull a calf. The calf can be twisted and turned around in the fake cow so that students get a "real" feel for what may happen in the real world.