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"SHESC Messenger": Start of March 2021


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SHESC Messenger

Start of March 2021

Donation Dollars Stretch Farther on March 25!

Golf for a Good Cause

Boost Graduation with Credit Recovery

PD: Teambuilding in the Classroom

Volume Purchasing: Updated Catalogs Go Live Next Week

New LED Lighting


Look at All Professional Development and the Newsletter Archive

Donation Dollars Stretch Farther with Match Madness on March 25!

Smoky Hill Education Foundation has set a goal to raise $2,000 for the annual "Match Madness" fundraiser!

The fundraiser through the Greater Salina Community Foundation is a wonderful opportunity for charitable giving to SHEF. That $2,000 will cover more than half of the cost of bringing storyteller Tim Lowry to area schools in cooperation with the annual Kansas Storytelling Festival, which has been moved to September for the health and safety of all involved by allowing time for distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.

To give on March 25, visit www.matchmadnessgscf.org/SHESC, and have your gifts stretch farther with matching funds from GSCF!


About Storyteller Tim Lowry:

From kissing frogs to literary classics to American history, Tim Lowry tells stories drawing inspiration from Mark Twain, Appalachian folk tales, circus performances and more. His fourth grade teacher once wrote on his report card: “tends to excessive speech.” Today that has proven a profound understatement, as Lowry once calculated that he could talk continuously from his repertoire for more than a full day without repeating himself.


“Tim is a human time machine who makes history happen in your hands and collapses hours into moments of magic. It is a pleasure and a joy to be swept along into one of his narratives and an instant later you realize an hour has passed. With careful and deliberate, but nearly invisible crafting, Tim’s ‘off-the-cuff’ stories flow as luxuriously as melted chocolate and are just as delicious.”

            -Timpanogos Storytelling Festival


“I watched the crowd laugh out loud and go seriously quiet.”

            -Chamber of Commerce, Summerville, South Carolina


Learn more about Lowry at www.storytellertimlowry.com. Lowry will also perform at the Kansas Storytelling Festival, learn more at www.kansasstorytelling.com.


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Golf for a Good Cause!

Registration is open now for the Scramble for Schools Charity Golf Tournament on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 (the day after Memorial Day), at the Salina Municipal Golf Course!

Noted as being one of the largest tournaments hosted in Salina, we’d love for you to join us for a fun-filled day of golf, while helping to support education in more than 50 school districts across Kansas.


The tournament includes multiple hole-in-one contests with fantastic prizes (if you’re lucky!) and multiple contests offered throughout the day, such as closest to the pin, longest drive and longest putt!


There are multiple ways you can support this year’s tournament! Hole sponsorship, donating a door prize, making a cash donation, and, of course, bringing a team are all ways you can assist and help our tournament be the best it can be!


We also want to recognize and thank a new tournament sponsor! Kansas City Audio-Visual (KCAV) will be our new beverage cart sponsor for this year's tournament!


For more information about these opportunities, contact Jaye Ditter at jditter@smokyhill.org or by phone at 785-656-2300. If you’re ready to register your four-person team for this year’s tournament, you can do so by calling Cassie in our Salina office at 785-825-9185 or by email at cedgerton@smokyhill.org.


We’re looking forward to counting this year’s tournament as a WIN for everyone involved!

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Boost Graduation with Credit Recovery Through Smoky Hill Learning Center

Keep students on schedule to graduate with their class - or even to get done early - with a Smoky Hill Learning Center credit recovery account.

Save your district money and run your own on-site credit recovery program through Smoky Hill Learning Center’s Apex Learning account at only $100 per semester course.

You can also send students directly to SHLC to recover failed or incomplete credits working virtually with our learning center teachers. We will need written approval from school officials, verification of the class or classes that a student needs to recover, and information on who is responsible for the cost – either the school or the student’s family. The cost is $200 per semester course.

For more information, please call our learning center at 785-825-0435 or e-mail Troy Marseline at tmarseline@smokyhill.org.

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Featured Professional Development: Teambuilding in the Classroom

What can islands teach us about teambuilding, responsibility, problem solving, determination, and goal setting? How can the TP (telephone pole) shuffle enhance cooperation, acceptance, tolerance, and interpersonal skills? Join us for an exploration into how adventure education merges intellectual, social, physical, and emotional learning, therefore enhancing student learning, responsibility, and interpersonal skills. Learn how adventure education can enhance any classroom content (not just physical education), build the Habits of the Mind in students, and discover how these disciplines can be implemented even if a ropes course isn’t available. Participants will participate in low and high ropes course elements, as well as on-the-ground games, initiatives, and challenges. 

Next session: March 25!

Learn more and register at go.smokyhill.org/teambuilding.

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Volume Purchasing: Five Catalogs Go Live with New Bid Prices Next Week

The Smoky Hill Education Service Center Volume Purchasing Program will soon be posting new catalogs in five important and popular categories!


These include: copy paper, card stock, furnace filters, light bulbs, and custodial supplies.


Place an order before Friday to receive current pricing.


Contact Adam Pracht, Volume Purchasing Coordinator, at vp@smokyhill.org for more information about the program and to get enrolled with your FREE login today to take advantage of savings. Even non-member schools and districts - as well as non-profit organizations - can participate in the program!


Also, if you are not signed up for the volume purchasing email list, we recommend doing so at go.smokyhill.org/vp-mail. This is the best way to ensure you receive all the latest news related to volume purchasing, as well as the only way to receive links to new downloadable and printable PDF catalogs every time a new one is released!


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Salina Location Receives New, Energy-Efficient Lighting

Gleason & Son Signs installed new LED lighting in the sign along Crawford Street at the Smoky Hill Education Service Center Salina offices on January 21, 2021.

The new lighting means SHESC’s branding will be visible at all hours to help our guests find the offices before sunrise or after sunset and will save on energy costs with lights that are longer-lasting and more efficient!



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