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Parent/Teacher Conferences Thursday, March 16th 8:00am-7:45pm

Colby Public Schools will hold Parent/Teacher Conferences on Thursday, March 16th from 8:00 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.  Students will NOT have school on Thursday, March 16th and Friday, March 17th.  There will be NO SCHOOL from March 20th to March 24th for Spring Break.

        At Colby Public Schools we strive to have good communication between the home and school.  Parent/Teacher Conferences are a great way to assist in this communication and check on the educational progress of your child.  All parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to attend!        

        All USD 315 staff will be available for conferences on Thursday, March 16th.  Practices for sports and activities will NOT be moved and will begin at 4:00p.m.  Due to this schedule, some staff members who coach will not be available on Thursday after 3:30 p.m..  If you are unable to meet with a teacher, please email or call them to set up another conference time.  Please check with staff who work at both the high school and the middle school to determine the times when they will be at each building.  These staff members are:  Mrs. Wagoner, Mr. Rasmussen and Mrs. Sloan.

        If your child attends the grade school, you should have received an orange postcard informing you of the date and time for your scheduled 20 minute conference.  The conferences are held in your child’s classroom.  We encourage you to avoid bringing younger siblings to the conferences.

        At the middle school and high school there are no scheduled times.  Teachers will be available to meet on a first come first serve basis.  Please note again, ALL STAFF will be available, but some coaches will leave to attend practice after 3:30 p.m..  Thank you for supporting your child’s academic progress by attending conferences.  We are glad to have your assistance as we guide all our students into becoming life-long learners and responsible citizens!


CHS Student-Athletes Receive GWAC Basketball All-League Honors
  Congratulations to Brooks Curry and Hallie Vaughn for being selected to the GWAC All-League Basketball Second Team and to Bailey Foss for being selected Honorable Mention All GWAC. The GWAC All League basketball teams are listed below:

USD 315 2017-18 Draft Calendar Available for Viewing
To see a draft of the proposed 2017-18 calendar, please click on the following link:
2017-18 District Calendar DRAFT.pdf

The CHS March Edition of the "TALON" is Accessible at the Following Link:

CHS Talon - March 2017 Edition

CHS Forensics Team Repeats as GWAC Champions!
GWAC champs Forensics 2017
The CHS Forensics team brought home the championship trophy again from Ulysses on Monday, March 6th.  Results are listed below.
* State Forensics Tournament Qualifier 

Desi Foster and Audrey Puckett 1st*
Lexy Kraft and Dylan Blackhart 4th
Lexi Finley 1st*
Extemporaneous speaking-
Heath Haverfield -1st*
Drew Starbuck- 3rd
Lexy Kraft - 4th
Marina Conner 1st*
Improvised Duet Acting 
Audrey Puckett and Lexi Finley 1st*
Bryson Barton and Paeton McCarty 4th
Isabel Dixon and Marina Conner 6th
Original Oration 
Heath Haverfield 2nd*
Desi Foster 2nd*
Laurel Myers 3rd
Dylan Blackhart 4th
Emma Maier 6th
Serious Solo Acting 
Paeton McCarty 2nd*
Isabel Dixon 4th
Bryson Barton 6 th
Informative Speaking 
Drew Starbuck 2nd *
Tia Meadows 7th

USD 315 Welcomes Dr. Stephanie McNemar as Colby HS Principal

We would like to welcome Dr. Stephanie McNemar to the Colby Public School District and the Colby community as the Principal of Colby High School beginning the 2017-18 school year. Dr. McNemar holds a B.S. in Special Education (K-12) and a B.S in Elementary Education (K-6) from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. In addition, she has earned a M.S. in Reading Education (K-12), a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (K-12), and will earn an additional M.S. in Educational Leadership (K-12) this summer from Kansas State University.

Dr. McNemar has served in all levels of public school education to include elementary, middle, high school, and at the district level with the majority of her teaching career spent at the high school level. She has also had the opportunity to mentored and coach new teachers at a KSU Professional Development School. Dr. McNemar has served on many building, district, and state level committees to include Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS), KSDE external review teams, KSDE writing assessment and modified measures committees, and has presented at several state conferences since 2012.

Dr. McNemar will make the transition to Colby with her husband this summer in preparation for the new school year. We believe that the students, staff, and community of Colby Public Schools will greatly benefit from both the knowledge and experiences Dr. McNemar brings to our team.

USD 315 Hires CMS Teacher/CHS Head Football Coach

We would like to welcome Mr. Rees McKinney and his family to Colby as our new CMS Social Studies teacher and CHS Head Football Coach beginning the 2017-18 school year.

Coach McKinney grew up in Scott City, KS and graduated from Scott Community High School. While in high school he participated in Football and lettered 3 times, Wrestling and lettered 4 times. His Wrestling Honors include: Rookie of the Year (Fr.), Most outstanding (Sr.) 4X state Qualifier and 3X State Placer. He was also part of a Team State Championship (2004). Coach McKinney wrestled at Neosho County Community College as a starter in 2004/2005. He attended Fort Hays State University and received a Bachelors of Arts in History and a Bachelors of Science Secondary Education.
For the past 3 years, Coach McKinney has been teaching at USD 209 in Moscow, KS. In addition to teaching, Mr. McKinney has been coaching Football for 3 years, baseball for 1 year, and track for 2 years. He has also been an Asst. Wrestling coach for 2 years at USD 210 Hugoton High School. Mr. McKinney will be moving to Colby with his wife Therese McKinney who works as an X-ray tech at Citizens Medical Center, children Brayden (12), Lily (7), and Emmet (11 months) 
Coach enjoys playing recreational sports and is looking for a summer Softball team and golf mates. He also enjoys playing guitar and singing.

Welcome Coach McKinney and his family!

There are additional individuals being investigated for mumps like illness that are associated with the school.

Charlie Hunt State Epidemiologist and Director Bureau of Epidemiology and Public Health Informatics Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE-BEPHI) reminds parents "State regulations require that any student entering a Kansas school have proof of at least 2 doses of mumps vaccine or have written evidence of physician diagnosed mumps or blood test results proving they are immune. The only exemptions allowed are for Religious or Medical reasons.  However, state regulations also stipulate that when a case of mumps occurs, students and other individuals who are exposed and are not vaccinated or otherwise immune may be excluded from school for up to 26 days, even if they have a medical or religious exemption on file. Colby Public Schools and Thomas County Health Department follow Kansas State Statutes and Kansas Department of Health and Environment regulations regarding exclusion.


A confirmed case of Mumps has been reported in USD 315 Colby Schools. Please click on the following link to access the latest information regarding this situation:
USD 315 Mumps Information

Supt. Brenn at Health Dept.

Kansas Supreme Court issues decision
in adequacy portion of school funding case

No. 113,267: Luke Gannon, et al v. State of Kansas, et al
TOPEKA— The Kansas Supreme Court today issued a unanimous decision in Gannon v. State, holding that the Kansas K-12 public education financing system does not meet the adequacy requirements of the people's constitution. The court stayed the enforcement of its decision until June 30, 2017, to give the state Legislature time to respond.

If by June 30 the state has not satisfactorily demonstrated to the Supreme Court that any K-12 public education financing system the Legislature enacts is capable of meeting the adequacy   requirements of the constitution, then a lifting of the stay will mean that Kansas will be without a legally valid system.


CHS Wrestling Team Places 10th at State Tournament
The CHS Wrestling team placed 10th at the State Tournament on Feb 24th and 25th in Salina, KS. Tate Carney placed 2nd in the 120 lb. weight class. Travis Finley placed 5th at 145, and Ethan Jay placed 3rd at 285. Great Job, Eagles!

Our 3rd Annual Entrepreneurship Competition, sponsored by the Thomas County Economic Development Alliance is coming up Wednesday, March 1.  Our 8th graders, along with other students from Colby High School and surrounding schools in Thomas County, will be competing for prize money based on their business idea.  

The competition consists of a business plan, tradeshow, and elevator pitch.  The first place team will have an automatic entry into the State Competition.  Any other businesses can apply for the "wild card" entry that will be due March 31.  Cash prizes will be awarded for the following categories:

1st place
2nd place
3rd place
Rural Business
Best Business Plan
Best Elevator Pitch
Most Creative Marketing
People's Choice Award

Parents and the community are all invited to attend!  The schedule is as follows:

8:00 AM - Tradeshow Setup Begins
8:35 AM - Welcome
8:45 AM - Judging Begins
11:30 AM - Lunch
12:05 PM - Awards Presentation
All events will be held at the Colby Community Building

CHS February Edition of the Talon
Click on the link below to access:
Talon February 2017 Edition

Results from Forensics at Scott City 2-11-17
Team 2nd Extemporaneous speaking- Drew Starbuck 4th Informative speaking- Drew Starbuck 6th Impromptu- Lexi Finley 2nd Duet Acting- Audrey Puckett and Desi Foster 1st Improvised Duet Acting- Audrey Puckett and Lexi Finley 3rd Serious Solo Acting- Paeton McCarty 3rd Poetry- Desi Foster 3rd


CHS Fall Semester Honor Roll We are proud to announce that 140 students made the Principal's/Superintendent's Honor Roll first semester. Principal's Honor Roll qualifications require a GPA between 3.5-3.99. Superintendent's Honor Roll requires a 4.00. Click on the link below to view the Honorees:  2017 CHS First Semester Honor Roll



The Kansas Assessment Program has released a Parent Guide to understanding the results of the Kansas Assessments that were conducted in the Spring of 2016.  USD 315 staff will be referring to this guide when visiting about the results of the assessments.  Keep in mind that not all grade levels took the assessments last Spring so this information may not be applicable to your student.  Feel free to visit with your child’s teacher to know more about understanding the assessments. You can access the document under the Public Notifiications tab or at the link below. You can also access the document on the Facebook pages of each building.
KS Assessment 2016 Parent Guide


Tuesday Night School at CHS Colby High School offers Tuesday Night School for High School students on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:30 p.m. in the library of the high school.  Tuesday Night School offers the following services:
        • Academic support for English, Science, Math and Social Studies         • Access to computers and printers         • Library and media resources         • A quiet place to work on course assignments        • A certified teacher is on site         • Career Counseling and Scheduling Services--open to parents and students         • Students needing specific assistance should make prior arrangements with Mrs. Rundel 

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You can access the District Calendar now on your smart devices using this QR code.  It is in a Google calendar format.