Articles By: Aleen Ratzlaff

Three USD 410 staff feted for service

Three USD 410 staff feted for service

Three past employees of USD 410 received plaques commemorating their years of service at the Aug. 14 Board of Education meeting. Lisa Mayfield has worked for 11 years as an administrative assistant at Hillsboro High School and Hillsboro Middle School. Doug Dick taught for 12 years at Hillsboro Elemen­tary School. Lee Albrecht completed 55 years with the district as a […]

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Wear approved eyewear, eye doc warns

Wear approved eyewear, eye doc warns

Mark Abrams Optometrist Mark Abrahams, who sees patients two days a week in Hillsboro, has advice for those who plan to watch the solar eclipse on Aug. 21. “Even when (the sun) is partially exposed, looking at it can cause thermal burns in the back of your eye,” Abrahams said. “It’s just like shining a laser in your eye.” He […]

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Generations join skills for ‘Bubba’s Bubble Bath’

Generations join skills for ‘Bubba’s Bubble Bath’

The book cover for “Bubba’s Bubble Bath.” Grandfather Paul Klassen and granddaughter Mariah Kliewer have collaborated to publish a children’s book titled “Bubba’s Bubble Bath.” Klassen wrote the story line and Kliewer created the illustrations. The team that made it happen: granddaughter Mariah Kliewer and grandfather Paul Classen. “I remember Poppy telling stories (about Bubba), and I remember them mostly […]

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Centre, Goessel, Marion welcome new teachers

Centre, Goessel, Marion welcome new teachers

by Susan Mueller & Aleen Ratzlaff The start of a new school year usually means new teachers taking charge in their classrooms. This article, first in a series, will introduce the teachers for USD 397-Centre, USD 411-Goessel and USD-408-Marion. USD 397-Centre Four teachers will begin their first year of classroom teaching at USD 397-Centre. Sherri Hudson Sherri Hudson is teaching […]

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Abrahams steps in to pursue grandfather’s vision

Abrahams steps in to pursue grandfather’s vision

Optometrist Mark Abrahams is following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Norman E. Abrahams, who practiced for more than 40 years in Hillsboro. Abrahams sees patients at Mid Kansas Eye Care’s Hillsboro office two days a week. “It was always my intention to work here in town.” Norman E. Abrahams founded his optometric office in Hillsboro in 1949, where he […]

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Head Start: Foundation for successful education

Head Start: Foundation for successful education

Marion County’s Head Start preschool programs help children get ready for kindergarten. Lesli Beery, Marion’s Head Start teacher, emphasizes the importance of teaching social-emotional along with academic skills. “They need a good, solid social-emotional foundation before those academic skills can even be learned,” Beery said. “It’s like a pyramid. If you don’t have those foundational social-emotional skills, those academic skills […]

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Early intervention key for children with disabilities

Early childhood professionals can intervene and give needed expertise and support for young children who have disabilities and delays in developmental skills and their families. That’s the mission of the team at Marion County Early Intervention Services, which targets children from birth through age 5. “We not only support the children,” said Shawna Hake, early childhood educator and a family […]

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PARENTS AS TEACHERS: Read books to your youngsters

PARENTS AS TEACHERS: Read books to your youngsters

Made from recycled materials, “Chips in a Can” helps children ages 14 to 24 months practice motor skills and eye-hand coordination by dropping small metal lids in the container. They can also develop language skills by identifying the sticker images. “Kids love this game,” said Susie Kliewer, Parents as Teachers coordinator. “Parents get tired of the sound, but it just […]

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County votes to form ‘road study committee’

Marion County commissioners addressed the ongoing concerns for county roads at their regular Mon­day meeting. County residents Linda Peters and Max Hayden, former county appraiser, asked the commissioners to give their support in creating a “fact-finding” road committee. Peters said she views the committee’s role as gathering information that can help decide priorities for maintaining the roads. That fact finding, […]

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USD 410 board approves fees for new school year

USD 410 Board of Education approved meal prices, student fees and pay rates for 2017-18 at its July 10 meeting.<p>The board voted for a 5-cent increase for prekindergarten through grade 12 breakfasts and lunches and a 10-cent increase for adult staff meals. Adult breakfast, adult non-staff, child visitor and a-la-carte items also increased by 5 cents.<p>Reduced price rates for breakfast […]

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