On October 17th, Mrs. Forgey's Ecology class visited the Kanza Educational Science Park prairie. This was their last of many visits this semester. Students assisted with the re-installation of research plots, collected insect and plant specimens, and took soil samples.
This is the 5th year Mrs. Forgey has had students participate in a long-term research project at the site. Back in the classroom, students will analyze their samples and compare them to data from previous years.
Hope Street ecology students, led by teacher Miranda Forgey, ventured out into Kanza Education Parkís prairie on Wednesday. This was the fourth time this year that Forgeyís students have had such an opportunity, and the students who went on the field trip had a great time exploring the grassland. With the help of Westar officials, the prairie underwent a controlled burn last spring, followed by a seeding that has brought new life and a variety of colors to what was once a very brown landscape.
I'd like to welcome everyone to the 2014-15 school year. I am very excited to begin another great year of learning at Hope Street.
School starts on Wednesday, August 13th at 8:00 AM. Students will be able to pick up a copy of their schedule in the cafeteria and we will then have an all school assembly.
I look forward to seeing all the familiar faces and getting to know all the new students to Hope Street Academy. We have a few new staff this year which I am pleased to be able to introduce. Ms. Waldy will be joining our language arts staff, Ms. Seamans will be joining us in the counseling department, and Mr. Dirks will be our newest addition to the business department.
I am very excited to have them join our team. I know all the teachers have many fun and interesting things planned to begin the year. I look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday, August 13th.
As always, if you have any questions please call me at 785-438-4280.
Dale Noll, Principal
Enrollment for the 2014-15 school year will be held:
Hope Street Commencement will be held on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in the gymnasium with lunch provided after the ceremonies in the school cafeteria.
On a nice Monday afternoon on March 10th I was able to go on a field trip to the Kanza Science Park to see and learn about why the prairie gets burned. I also met a man named Brad Loveless and asked him many questions.
I learned Brad works at Westar as a Biologist, and has been working there for about 33 years now. Brad was the man who was setting the grass on fire. He would do it in patches, using 25 to 30% of gasoline and the rest diesel, because the gasoline is what makes the fire burn well, but the diesel is for the flames to stay low, and to burn slow. The Fire Department would stay on the side of the fire spraying water next to it, so the fire doesnít spread.
They burn the prairie every spring to keep the nutrients in the soil, and the ashes help the new layer of grass grow better. They first cut the grass short so when itís being burned the flames wonít be massive. Westar, and the Fire department would rather burn the grass on a day when itís not windy so the smoke doesnít blow onto the highway. The burning is needed to restore the prairie to native grasses and flowers.
Students will be able to explore and study the prairie at the Kanza Educational Science Park. I would like to thank Brad Loveless, Westar, the Fire department, and our school district for letting me have this very interesting opportunity to experience and learn about a prairie burn.
Several Hope Street students participated in the National Letter of Intent Signing Day on Thursday, February 20th held at Washburn Institute of Technology. The event was the first one in the nation done specifically for technical education.
Attending from Hope Street were: Jaelle Alcox, Kierra Byler, Haley Dallen, Clarissa Gardenhire, April Glenn, Faith Helvey, Destiny Kirby, Monica Munoz, Sienna Ramierez, Sativa Ray, Breanna Scott, Jacob Van Hoye, and Dylan Weakly.
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