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September 27, 2018
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New Sedgwick principal emphasizes good behavior

Posted 9/27/2018

Julie Scott, first year principal at R.L. Wright, takes a selfie with kindergarten student Rhiannon Walker during a positive office referral. Rhiannon had been caught in good behavior.Julie Scott, first year principal at R.L. Wright, takes a selfie with kindergarten student Rhiannon Walker during a positive office referral. Rhiannon had been caught in good behavior.By Bill Bush

SEDGWICK—Rhiannon Walker, an R.L. Wright kindergarten student, meekly entered the principal’s office, summoned by the new principal, Julie Scott. Rhiannon’s teacher had sent a referral.

The principal closes the door and sits.

“Do you know why you’re in here?”

Barely audible, Rhiannon replies, “Why?”

Scott went on to read the office referral, “Rhiannon needs to go to the office because she is very kind and helpful in the classroom. She follows directions and always does her best on her work.”

Rhiannon smiled.

Like previous positive office referrals, Rhiannon received a red, rubber bracelet that says “The Cardinal Way,” a Cardinal Buck, and a selfie taken with the principal to be displayed in the front school hallway as well as on the elementary Facebook page.

The new principal for R.L. Wright Elementary School explained afterwards, “One of the things I’m a big believer in is positive expectations. Everything we do behavior wise has a positive spin on it.”

Teachers can nominate students for positive office referrals. The students don’t know until Scott calls them into her office.

All faculty carry Cardinal Bucks and hand them to students when they are caught in good behavior. Each buck allows the student an entry into the drawing, which happens every Friday at 3 p.m. Three names are drawn, read aloud over the intercom system, and the winners receive a Cardinal Way bracelet or other prize.

Julie Scott is not new to a small town. She taught for 17 years for the Circle school district in Benton. She isn’t new to administration. She spent two years as assistant principal and two years as principal at Kensler Elementary School in Wichita.

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BPS students read poetry in coffeehouse atmosphere

Posted 9/27/2018

Carolyn reads a poem about a hot dog with everything on it–including a parrot, a wristwatch and a rake–during coffeehouse poetry at Bentley Primary School last Friday. Carolyn reads a poem about a hot dog with everything on it–including a parrot, a wristwatch and a rake–during coffeehouse poetry at Bentley Primary School last Friday. By Jared Janzen

BENTLEY–The mood was set with darkened lights and bright crackling fire on a TV in the background. One at a time, third-graders at Bentley Primary School stepped up to the microphone and read a silly or serious poem.

Keeping with poetry tradition, fellow students in the audience snapped their fingers instead of clapping after each recitation.

These students were taking part in a Coffeehouse Poetry session. Each Friday, two or three third-graders from each class take a turn in front of the mic.

“It gives them a real-world experience with a ‘coffeehouse’ ambiance,” third-grade teacher Marcia Mueller said.

Students can select their a poem to read, write one themselves, or ask their teacher for help choosing one.

“We don’t expect their poem to be memorized, although some do, but we do expect it to be read fluently–smoothly, accurately and with expression,” Mueller said. “We have speaking and listening standards, as well as reading fluency standards, that Coffeehouse Poetry helps students meet.”

This Friday will be the third week for Coffeehouse Poetry this school year. Each third-grader performs once in the fall and once in the spring. Parents are invited to come hear their students recite.

Mueller noted that the schedule is sent out in September and January, so students have plenty of time to prepare for their performance.

Despite its name, no mochas, lattes or espressos are served during the poetry session, but Mueller said that might change someday.

“I’d love to actually serve coffee and a snack to the adults in the audience one day,” she said.

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Organizers pleased with turnout at Burrton trunk sale

Posted 9/27/2018

By Jared JanzenVehicles showed off the inside of their trunks last Saturday at a trunk sale in downtown Burrton. A variety of items could be found for sale, from clothing to knick-knacks to antiques to homemade items and baked goods.Vehicles showed off the inside of their trunks last Saturday at a trunk sale in downtown Burrton. A variety of items could be found for sale, from clothing to knick-knacks to antiques to homemade items and baked goods.

BURRTON–The invitation for residents to unpack their vehicles' trunks on Main Street and sell their wares turned out to be a success, according to organizers of last Saturday’s trunk sale.

A total of 25 trunks and booths were set up along Burrton Avenue, down slightly from the 29 who said they’d be there. Even so, Boot Committee member Jody Rivers said they were “not unhappy at all” with the turnout.

“I think we’re doing pretty good,” she added.

Shoppers were also steady throughout the morning, with business picking up around lunchtime.

“It’s been a lot better turnout than everyone thought we would have,” committee member Benji Easter said. “You name it, we have it.”

Among the items that could be found for sale Saturday were antiques and vintage items, clothing, homemade Chinese checkers boards, ammunition, Christmas items and other miscellaneous.

The Boot Committee also raffled off three prizes geared toward men, women and children–a shop vac, a wreath with candles, and a bucket of Halloween goodies. 

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