Quick Links
Skip to main contentSkip to navigation

Smoky Hill Education Service Center



Ajax Loading Image


"SHESC Messenger": Start of December 2021


Smoky Hill Education Service Center logo

SHESC Messenger

Start of December 2021

Partnership Brings New Opportunity for SEL Development

Featured PD: MEDIC First Aid

Legislative Luncheon Focuses on Economy, Jobs

Volume Purchasing: Holiday Products and Lesson Ideas

Workshop on Improving CTE End-of-Pathway Results

Happy Thanksgiving!


Look at All Professional Development and the Newsletter Archive

Partnership with CHARACTER COUNTS! Provides New Opportunity for SEL, Academic Development

Thanks to an agreement with the CHARACTER COUNTS!® program, SHESC is now able to refer schools to discounted services in Social Emotional Learning (SEL), character development, and academic performance.

Housed by The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University in Iowa, the program offers high-quality curriculum, custom professional development, and the CHARACTER COUNTS!® Culture of Excellence and Ethics Assessment (CEEA).

To learn more about the program, contact Noalee McDonald-Augustine, SHESC Consultant, at nmcdonald@smokyhill.org. For pricing information, contact Chris Moddelmog, SHESC Executive Director, at cmoddelmog@smokyhill.org.

More details are also available HERE.

... Back to Top

Featured Professional Development: MEDIC First Aid

MEDIC First Aid is an efficient and effective training program that combines CPR, AED, and first aid training. This comprehensive program meets the required training for school bus drivers, as well as OSHA and other federal and state regulatory requirements for training employees on how to respond to medical emergencies.

Certification lasts for two years.

Join us December 6 in Hays or December 7 in Salina.

Register at go.smokyhill.org/medic!

... Back to Top

Economy and Jobs Focus of Discussion at 32nd Annual Legislative LuncheonGeoscience Roughneck Basketball Goalrilla Goal

On November 10, area educators shared their concerns about a challenging labor market and general economic questions with state legislators at the 32nd annual Legislative Luncheon in Salina.

About 40 participants attended, including state legislators, SHESC staff, district administrators, and school board members from across the region.

An annual tradition since SHESC’s founding, the luncheon gives educators an opportunity to communicate directly with government leaders and for those leaders to learn more about current concerns in the realm of education.

Seven state officials participated in the event, as follows: Rep. Suzi Carlson, R-District 64; Rep. Clarke Sanders, R-District 69; Rep. Mike Dodson, R-District 67; Sen. Rick Wilborn, R-District 35 and Vice President of the Senate; Rep. Steven Johnson, R-District 108; Rep. Ken Rahjes, R-District 110; and Rep. Jim Minnix, R-District 118.

Read the full story HERE.

... Back to Top

Volume Purchasing: Holiday Products and Blog Posts from SHESC Partner School Specialty

Discover creative lesson plan ideas and supplies to celebrate the season from School Specialty, which has assembled a wonderful wealth of resources to help you out!

Visit HERE for some excellent lesson plans and ideas: including seasonal arts and crafts, science activities, physical education games, book recommendations, classroom decoration ideas, DIY gifts and packaging, and much more!

What's more, they have assembled a collection - all in one place - of holiday decorations, activities, and incentive gifts for students.

To learn more, contact Adam Pracht, Volume Purchasing Coordinator, at vp@smokyhill.org.

... Back to Top

End-of-Pathway Assessments, Credentials, and Certifications

Career and Technical Education Pathways are a non-traditional way to help your students leave high school with employable skills and improve your district’s postsecondary success rate! 

"End-of-Pathway Assessments, Credentials, and Certifications" helps educators to offer these industry-recognized opportunities to students. It's available by Zoom on January 11, 2022; register today at link.smokyhill.org/cte-certifications.

This virtual workshop will explain the options available for different Pathways, where to access the assessments, and what students can expect when taking one of these assessments, as well as how to correctly report the results to KSDE. Participants will receive an electronic resource with links for all assessments, credentials and certifications, and updates as needed.

... Back to Top

Happy Thanksgiving!

SHESC offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday starting at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 24 through Friday 26.

... Back to Top



View Full Calendar 

'SHESC Messenger' Archive

... Back to Top