January is Board of Education Appreciation Month! USD 313 has long been blessed with exceptional board members who are dedicated to our district and student success. We will be highlighting each member throughout the rest of the month so that you can get to know each of them. Today we highlight Laura Meyer Dick. Laura has served on the Buhler School Board for 14 years. She has a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk!). Laura currently is president of First National Travel Agency and works in banking and commercial real estate. Laura’s three daughters all graduated from Buhler High School. She lives in Hutchinson with her husband Michael and they recently added a son-in-law to the family. While she has many jobs, her favorite job by far is serving on the school board. “Making a difference in children’s lives and working with a great team of administrators and teachers to make each child’s experience in Buhler exceptional is by far the most rewarding thing I do.” Thank you for your service Laura!
Good Afternoon Buhler Staff and Families, With the wind chill forecast tomorrow looking to be 23 below zero, Buhler Schools will not be in session on Tuesday, January 16th. This is our 4th snow day of the year and we have now used all built-in snow days. IF we were to have another snow day, Buhler Schools would be in session on the scheduled make up day on Monday, April 1st. A decision on activities will be made by 11:00 am on Tuesday. Buhler is blessed to have the most supportive community. If you are struggling with heat, food, or are in need of help, please reach out to me or your building principal. No one should feel alone in the Buhler Family. Cindy Couchman, Superintendent Buhler USD #313
Buhler Families, Buhler USD 313 Families, Join us for a family reading night at the Hutchinson Public Library. Library staff will have read alouds, themed crafts, games, and more available to explore. We look forward to seeing you there!
This morning we were honored to be part of recognizing Buhler's newest Horizon Award winner, Mrs. Jenna Kimble! Mrs. Kimble teaches 3rd grade at Union Valley and is so very deserving of this honor. The Kansas Horizon Award recognizes exemplary first-year teachers who perform in a way that distinguishes them as outstanding. Mrs. Kimble's first year of teaching was last year and she went through the nomination process during the fall. Kansas State Commissioner of Education Dr. Randy Watson called to surprise each of the winners this morning and Mrs. Kimble's class and family were able to be a part of the celebration. Congratulations Mrs. Kimble! We are lucky to have you here in Buhler USD 313!
Buhler Grade School is in need of a main dish cook. Please share this information with anyone who might be interested in this position. Click here for more information and to apply online. https://www.applitrack.com/buhlerschools/onlineapp/ Thank you for your help as we look to fill this vital position!
We are NINE days away from the Buhler Education Foundation Event dedicated to rallying support for the development of two exceptional childcare facilities at Buhler Grade School and our recently purchased property at 56th and Plum Street! Join us for dinner, a live band, and a program that includes auctioning items such front row KU basketball tickets, concert tickets to see Morgan Wallen and Lainey Wilson in Kansas City, a multi-day stay at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, a week-long trip to Miami, and a LOT more! Here are the details for attending! Attend the Event: Join us for an unforgettable evening filled with inspiration, community, and purpose. Tickets and tables on sale now: https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/WebLink.aspx?name=E362335&id=3&fbclid=IwAR27Ju5x_UHDBZ-NYPZ7-y7tZcy_Kjpra6RDLIfYeqy9_ZP5u45GX-wrgf8 Donate: Every contribution, big or small, brings us one step closer to providing a better future for our children. Visit here to make a donation: https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/WebLink.aspx?name=E362335&id=2&fbclid=IwAR0uAG-4UWMItBgyCH66vvVIyQWgTEYqCs3FIBgScgHRxI1dsdijKsq3yx0 Together, We Can Make a Lasting Impact! Let's come together as a community, rallying around the cause of ensuring quality childcare for all. Spread the word, bring your friends and family, and let's make this event a resounding success! Your support is the key to "Funding Our Future." Together, we can make a difference!
Buhler Families and Staff, Buhler Public Schools will have a 2 hour delay Thursday, January 11th. Doing a two hour delay will allow our bus drivers to complete routes with the sun up and our teen drivers (and staff) the ability to see shady areas, patchy areas, and what is wet vs. what is dry. Many of the east-west roads are still rough and snow packed in the shade. Please remember to allow plenty of time, space, and slow down especially in areas of shade, overpasses, and intersections. Please remind your young drivers to anticipate changes in road conditions and not to assume if it is clear in one area, it will continue to be clear. If you are not comfortable sending your student to school, you may excuse them for the day by calling the school building. Your immediate road conditions could vary greatly depending on drifting, traffic, and road treatment. I highly encourage avoiding the Medora Road (82nd Avenue) tomorrow. It has had the least amount of traffic and road treatment. The safest route between Buhler and Hutchinson is 30th Street to Buhler-Haven Road. We are asking families that require our buses to turn around in your driveway to meet our drivers at the end of your driveway. You may be getting calls from your driver requesting it. Although routes may run a little slower than normal, pick-up times will be 2 hours later than on a normal day. With the 2 hour late start, the following will be implemented: No morning PreK No breakfasts will be served Shining Stars will be open 2 hours late All start times will shift back two hours: BGS 9:50 UV/PCE 10:10 PHMS 9:45 BHS 10:00 AdAstra Alternative 10:00 High school students will report directly to 1st hour Middle school students will report directly to 1st hour Cindy Couchman, Superintendent Buhler USD #313
Buhler Staff and Families, With the significant snowfall our area received and the drifting that occurred today, Buhler USD #313 will not be in session on Wednesday, January 10th. There are many roads and sidewalks that are dry but the country and side roads are still unsafe for young drivers and buses. A determination on practices will be made by noon tomorrow after we evaluate the road conditions. We look forward to seeing everyone back on Thursday! Cindy Couchman, Superintendent Buhler USD #313
Buhler Staff and Families, When considering having school with inclement weather being forecasted, but not yet having arrived, I look at the National Weather Service confidence level on arrival time, location, and severity. I have attended webinars and watched carefully the changing forecast over the past 3 days. All indicators and models from the NWS indicate a high confidence in three areas as of this evening. Due to the timing of the storm, wind and expected poor visibility, Buhler USD #313 will NOT be in session on Tuesday, January 9th. Cindy Couchman, Superintendent Buhler USD #313
Buhler Families and Staff, Although the roads at 5:00 this morning appeared to only be slightly accumulating snow, the radar indicates heavy snowfall continuing throughout the morning. A two hour delay does not gain much advantage with the radar predictions. Our district is large and the south and west side of the district road conditions are deteriorating already. In an abundance of caution, Buhler Schools will not have school on Friday, January 5th. We have many activities today and a determination on attending those events will be communicated by 10:00 this morning. Middle school practices are canceled for Friday. Cindy Couchman, Superintendent Buhler USD #313
USD 313 is in need of a 12 month grounds maintenance individual and Prairie Hills Middle School is in need of a food service secretary. Please share this information with anyone who might be interested in either of these positions. Click here for more information and to apply online. https://www.applitrack.com/buhlerschools/onlineapp/ Thank you for your help as we look to fill these vital positions!
Our 3rd annual district-wide Call in to Win competition is officially in the books, with all prizes having been thoroughly enjoyed. A HUGE thank you to our business sponsors for supporting this fun effort! We are blessed to live in a community that collectively supports our schools and to have business partners who invest in helping us create some extra magic each December. Thank you to: Scooters Coffee HTeaO Papa Johns The Mustard Seed Holly's Sweet Treats Mrs. Couchman (Donuts) #BetterTogether
Join us to celebrate and thank our outgoing board of education members for their service! This coming Monday, December 11th from 5:30-6:00 at the Burkholder Administrative Center. Thank you for your service! #BetterTogether
Our Core Essential Value of the month is generosity! Throughout the month our students will be learning, discussing, and practicing generosity. Talk about this value with your students as you go about this busy season. #BetterTogether
WE ARE HIRING!! Many of the positions will be having interviews in just a couple weeks. If you are interested, please apply now!! We are looking forward to welcoming more positive world changers. Open now and will be interviewing soon are: NEW: Prairie Hills Middle School Head Secretary (start date ASAP) Grounds Maintenance (start date ASAP) 5th Grade (school year 2024-2025) Kindergarten (school year 2024-2025) High School Social Studies (school year 2024-2025) Spanish/ELA (school year 2024-2025) To apply: https://www.applitrack.com/buhlerschools/onlineapp/default.aspx?all=1
School attendance matters, especially in the early grades when we are covering crucial phonics skills and foundational number sense. Take a look through the images to see all the ways 90% attendance positively affects student learning. Our district goal is for at least 93% of our students to attend at least 90% of school days. No, we don't want you to send your children to school if they're sick, but do try your best to schedule appointments and trips outside of school time. We get it, that feels like a tall order! We're all in this together! #BetterTogether
Reading opens doors! If you have a small child at home, read two picture books before bed. If your child is older try a chapter or two before bed. The more a child is read to the easier it is to learn how to read independently! #BetterTogether
BLOOD DRIVE at BHS! Thank you, Mrs. Whisler and BHS, for working with American Red Cross in hosting a blood drive on Tuesday, November 21st from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Here's the link to schedule your appointment: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=BuhlerHS. Hope to see you there!
Reminder: School is not in session for all USD 313 schools tomorrow, November 1st. Please have a fun and safe time tonight!