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  • Kelly Haggard Retires

        After 31 years in education Kelly Haggard, PLHS Science teacher, is retiring this year.  Kelly started his career at Seaman Middle School for 10 years.  He then moved to PLHS to teach Biology for the past 21 years. 

                “We are the sum of our experiences” was a quote Mr. Haggard would use often.  Mr. Haggard brought many experiences to the students of PLHS.  He applied for and received a grant to build a greenhouse so that our botany kids would have a real-life experience with plants.  Each year after filling the greenhouse with a variety of plants he would hold the popular PLHS Plant sale.  Kelly also took kids on trips to enhance their knowledge and raise their curiosity about science.  He took trips to the Omaha Zoo, Hutchison Salt Mines, and class trips to the creek to study wildlife and plants in a natural setting.

                Kelly doesn’t really look at this as retirement but more as a change of jobs.  He, with his brother, have an AG services business that will keep him working hard outside of the classroom.  He will also spend his time with his wife Calla and following his two daughters as they finish college Sara at Kansas State and Dorothy at The University of Kansas.

                Kelly prefers to quietly fade away from PLHS, but he has left a lasting legacy with the students that he has taught over the past 21 years.  USD 343 wishes Kelly the best of luck for a long and happy retirement.

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  • Janet Tust Retires

            USD #343 would like to recognize Janet Tust as she retires from her time with the district. We wish her well in her next steps!

            Janet has served our district as a school psychologist for the past 32 years. She has served both Lecompton and Perry Elementary schools. She began her career in Jacksonville, Illinois, working one year for the Four Rivers Special Education Cooperative prior to coming to Kansas.

            Throughout her career, Janet has supported young children, their families, and their teachers. During her career with the district, Janet provided a skilled eye for young children and the ability to bring supports, interventions and plans to the table to help children be successful.

            As Janet takes the next steps in her life, she plans to walk lots of miles, run even more miles, visit friends and family, and make the most of every day. Janet shared that she has so many things she’d like to see and try and do and that she will enjoy each day! She added that she’s been in a school environment for the last 53 years, from the time she began preschool until the present, so she doesn’t really know anything else. She will miss the children first and foremost, the laughter in the hallways, professional collaboration and program planning for students.

            Over her years, Janet has seen quite a few changes including "bag phones" for cars when she first started at Keystone. Going "paperless" was not conceivable. Texting, Adobe, Zoom meetings! She would have never imagined learning to work through a pandemic. The ability to pivot and provide education in a new way might have never taken place had we not had to do it with no notice. Some of these changes led to new and innovative ways to teach and learn!

    Janet shared that Keystone Learning Services provided her the opportunity to work with some wonderful leaders and colleagues. She worked in homes, daycares, preschools, and elementary schools She has many, many funny and touching stories about the families she’s interacted with but some of her favorite memories are watching students including her own two Perry Lecompton High School graduates, Anna and Riley, take the tools given them and use them to create their own stories and lives!

    As Janet says goodbye, she shares a big thank you to everyone at USD 343. She’s truly enjoyed going to work every day! It's been a great ride! She thanks you all for your support each and every day. To her administrators, she applauds your strength and determination. To her teachers and support staff, you are the lifeline for many of our most vulnerable learners. Thank you for your daily commitment to our children.

    Janet’s husband, Bob, daughter, Anna and son, Riley, will be waiting to help her enjoy her retirement!

    Best wishes and thank you, Janet!

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  • Hupe Teaching Excellence Award Winner Announced

    Emily Pons, Perry Lecompton High School/Middle School Vocal Music teacher, was announced as the 2022 Doris and Dale Hupe Teaching Excellence Award winner on May 20th during a staff meeting.  

    Doris and Dale Hupe were long-serving members of the USD #343 Board of Education and strong education supporters in USD #343.  Doris Hupe's estate provided for an award given "to the outstanding teacher of the district each year, particularly the teacher who most motivates students to want to learn and obtain more education."

    Six outstanding teachers were nominated for the Hupe Teaching Award by their fellow staff members. This year's nominees were Kelli Jewell, Jessica Christman, Carleigh Whitman, Janelle Carey, Rita Lesser, and Emily Pons .  Each nominee provided a written response to a question regarding student motivation, and finally, each was interviewed by the selection committee. 

    As the 2022 Hupe Teaching Excellence Award winner, Emily received a plaque and a $1,000 award.  

    Congratulations to Emily and all of the 2022 nominees!


    2022 Hupe Teaching Award Nominees

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  • Kaw Summer Camps

    Summer Conditioning and Sports Camps

    A full summer of camps and conditioning are in place to prepare our high school and middle school athletes for a successful 2022-23 athletic year.  Summer conditioning starts June 1 for high school athletes and June 6 for all athletes.  The high school program will start at 7:00 am and the middle school program begins at 8:30 am.  

    Conditioning will run on the following dates:

    June 1 – 3 (HS athletes only)

    June 6 – 9

    June 13 – 16

    June 20 – 23

    June 27 – 30


    July 11 – 14

    July 18 – 21

    July 25 – 28

    August 1 - 4

    Baseball Camp Information
    Youth Baseball Camp Grades 2-8

    Basketball Camp Information
    HS Boys Basketball Camp
    HS Girls Basketball Camp -- June 6-8, 9:00-11:00AM, Grades 8-12, Cost $60
    HS Girls Summer Schedule
    MS Boys Basketball Camp
    Youth Boys Basketball Grades 4-6
    Youth Boys Basketball Grades K-3
    Youth/MS Girls Basketball Grades1-7

    Football Camp Information
    HS Football Camp
    MS Football Camp
    Youth Football Camp Grades 1-6

    Volleyball Camp Information
    Volleyball Camp Grades 2-6

    Wrestling Camp Information
    Wrestling Camp Grades K-12

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