2021-2022 Back to School Newsletter
Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! We are thrilled to welcome our returning Lansing USD 469 families as well as those new to our district. It has been an honor and pleasure to have been a part of the Lansing School District over the past 26 years, having served as teacher, building administrator, district administrator, and now starting my second year as Superintendent.
I believe family engagement in student learning is imperative to student success, and last year put that premise to the test. Looking back on the 2020-2021 school year and the challenges presented not only to our district but those across the country, I am proud of the way our school community and parents built a partnership for the betterment of the students in Lansing USD 469. We have overcome unprecedented adversity and have emerged stronger as a result.
Student success will remain at the forefront of Lansing USD 469’s priorities for the upcoming school year. We will maintain the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) district-wide for students who are struggling academically. All students will be screened in reading and math during the first few weeks of school using FASTBRIDGE. These scores will be used to identify students who are likely to struggle academically, and we will use MTSS to rapidly aid students predicted not to meet their grade-level benchmark. The Lansing USD 469 Board of Education passed a district-wide Thursday late start schedule starting this school year to give our teachers ample time to collaborate to improve the MTSS process and student success. Busses will run one hour later each Thursday across our district. We offer free childcare for elementary and intermediate students (grades K - 5) through YMCA for parents needing to drop their students off at 8:00 am. The late start schedule will not occur during any week that consists of three school days or less.
Another change we are implementing this year is the addition of the Lansing USD 469 Greenbush Virtual Academy. Students accepted into the virtual school option will have a certified teacher through Greenbush and will be eligible for extracurricular activities through our district. Interested families should visit our website (www.usd469.net) for more information on how to start the enrollment process. We are also happy to share that USDA has extended free meals to students through the summer of 2022. There is no need to sign up – each child is eligible and will receive free meals this school year.
I am once again honored and humbled to lead this incredible district into a new school year. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 913-727-1100 if I can be of service. As always, “Every day is a great day to be a Lion.” Thank you for supporting Lansing USD 469 and Kansas public education.
Superintendent Dan Wessel