Eagle Football Team Defeats Concordia

The Colby Eagle varsity football team defeated the Concordia Panthers Friday, Oct. 21st at Concordia.  The Eagles are 4-4 on the season and 1-1 in district play.  The Eagles take on the Goodland Cowboys this Friday in Goodland.  A win over Goodland will put the Eagles in second place in the district and a berth in the 4A D2 football playoffs.

CHS Volleyball Season Finishes with Loss to Scott City

The CHS Lady Eagles lost to Scott City in the first round of the Sub-State volleyball tournament at Holcomb on Saturday, Oct. 22nd.  The Lady Eagles finished with a record of 7 wins and 27 losses.  Many players with varsity experience will return next year to try and build on a season that showed steady improvement.

CHS Cross Country Runner Mark Faber Qualifies for the State Meet

CHS Senior Mark Faber son of Rhonda and Josh Faber, finished in 7th place at the Hays Sand Plum Regional on Saturday, Oct. 22nd.   Mark ran a personal best of 16mins 29 seconds and 65 hundredths to qualify for the State Cross Country meet in Wamego, KS on Saturday, Oct. 29th.

Senior Parent/Guardian Meetings will be held at the High School on Nov. 1st at the following times: 7:30-8:30 am; 12:00-1:00 pm; 7:00-8:00 pm. 
Please contact CHS counselor Karen Sullivan at CHS 460-5300 for more information. 
Note: This is not to be confused with Financial Aid Information night for Juniors and Seniors on November 15th.

CHS Junior/Senior Financial Aid Information Night

Colby High School will be hosting a Financial Aid Night on Tuesday, November 15th starting at 7:00 PM in the High School Auditorium. Juniors and Seniors along with their parents are invited to attend. Vicki Chance from the Financial Aid Department at Colby Community College has a lot of valuable information to share. We hope to see you there! 

USD 315 Bus Drivers 2016
USD 315 bus drivers in the picture: from front left clockwise-Bob Weber, Cindy Black, Larry Hawkins, Sherry Barrett, Jim Oesterreich, Cathy Britton, Richard Britton. Not Pictured: Jeff Jay, Linda Pabst, Darrell and David Pabst

Oct. 19 proclaimed School Bus Drivers’ Appreciation Day in Kansas
TOPEKA — Bus drivers are responsible for transporting 228,198 Kansas students to and from school every school day. To honor these drivers, Gov. Sam Brownback has proclaimed Wednesday, October 19th 2016 as School Bus Drivers’ Appreciation Day.
“I hope everyone will join me in honoring these unsung heroes,” said Keith Dreiling, director of the Kansas State Department of Education’s Bus Safety Unit. “These men and women work hard to safely transport our students.”
Kansas school bus drivers have to complete training in accident prevention, first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR.
There are more than 4,100 school bus drivers with commercial driver’s licenses in Kansas. While that may seem like a large number, there is still a shortage of drivers across the state and the nation, Dreiling said. This isn’t a new problem, according to School Bus Fleet. The organization’s website has several articles on districts from across the nation that have had to cancel routes because of a shortage of drivers.
Projections show that openings for school bus drivers will continue to be one of the nation’s top transportation workforce needs, Dreiling said.
School Bus Drivers’ Appreciation Day falls during a week that has been set aside to remind people about school bus safety. National School Bus Safety Week is Oct. 17-21.
In April of each year, Kansas bus drivers have been asked to tally the number of motorists illegally passing their school buses. This began in 2013. In April 2016, there were 2,163 buses participating. The drivers reported 993 illegal passes, which is down from 1,091 in April 2015.
While the number has decreased, it still is critical that everyone continues to pay attention to bus safety. There are 480,000 school buses on the road in the United States. Those drivers provide transportation to 26 million children each school day.

There will be a Special BOE meeting on Friday, October 21st, 2016 at 7:00 A.M. at the Board of Education Room at the USD 315 Administration Building. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss Out-of-District Student requests.Monsanto Pic Colby Public Schools Agriculture Dept. Receives Grant AF_Grow_RuralEducation_MF


Colby Public Schools has been awarded a $10,000 grant through America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Monsanto Fund.  This  program helps farmers support their local rural public school districts.  The award was presented at halftime of the Colby vs. Norton Homecoming football game. Ted Hart and Todd Depperschmidt, presented the award on behalf of America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education and the Monsanto Corporation.

Since 2011, the Monsanto Fund program has given over nine million dollars to rural school districts to enhance math and science education.

To be eligible for the grant, local farmers nominated Colby Public Schools.  Thanks to farmer nominations and a top notch application process completed by Sara Sloan, Colby High School Voc/Ag teacher,, Colby High School will be able to use this grant to integrate precision agriculture, robotic prototypes and experimentation on a variety of grain crops in an outdoor learning lab and a controlled greenhouse environment. Data will be gathered and analyzed to give objective recommendations to the agricultural community.

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National Honor Society organizes local blood drive

By August Hutfles, sr.

Some people have a phobia of blood. Others have a phobia of needles. Some of these people’s fears overlap with each other, but this didn’t stop the good-willed students and staff from recently donating blood at the Colby High School Blood Drive.

“I did it to know my blood type and for a good cause,” first time donor, Jose Davila, sr., said.

National Honor Society, who organized the event, sought to aid those who needed blood donations. Before the deadline of September 16, NHS managed to have 32 students sign up for donation; of those, 23 were eligible to donate that day, saving approximately 69 lives.

“Our overall goal was to obtain 25 pints of blood, but we also wanted to show people the importance of giving blood,” NHS member Isabel Rosales, sr., said.

Rosales, along with Savannah Brighton, sr., are members of the Red Cross Leadership program.

“I felt that it was an opportunity,” Brighton said. “[It is] a chance to try to do something easy and good for the community. Giving blood or a blood referral for something big is not that hard.”

This Red Cross program offers scholarships and recommendation letters for high school students who complete the program’s three tiers. These tiers include donating blood, working for the Red Cross, and providing blood referrals. Both Rosales and Brighton completed their third tier the day of the drive.

Hollie Timson, four-year NHS adviser, said that this is the second time CHS has hosted a blood drive, the first being in 2009. She hopes to continue the tradition.

“We are going to attempt to have a blood drive every year. NHS already has a blood drive planned for next year and is waiting for approval,” Timson said.

According to Rosales, NHS may attempt to increase the size of the blood drive every year. The CHS blood drive hosted six Red Cross phlebotomists, who were stationed out of Wichita. An increased number of donors will allow for more pints of blood which, in turn, would save more lives.


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


Colby High School remains 4A(DII) for the 2016-17 School Year

The results are in and Colby High School will remain in the 4A classification for the 2016-17 school year.  Regional assignments for Fall Sports will be determined in the near future and listed on the KSHSAA site.  We will also post this information as soon as it’s received.  For all other sports, regional assignments will be determined at a later date.  For more information, go to www.KSHSAA.org and click on the classifications section.  For regional assignments, click on the specific sport you are interested in.

Colby High School Ag Department Receives Grant

The Colby High School Agriculture Dept. received a grant from the Pete Henry Foundation at the USD 315 Board of Education meeting on Monday, September 19th.  The CHS Ag Dept. received $6000.00 to go towards the purchase of the Precision Farming-Data Analysis program to be used by students in classes, and projects related to the agriculture curriculum.  The purchase of this equipment and the program moves our students towards becoming familiar with 21st century Agriculture industry standards.  The program and the equipment will allow CHS students to take soil samples, test and analyze data in real-time, and make more informed decisions relating to fertilizer and chemical application, and tillage and planting practices.  

Mrs. Sara Sloan, CHS Agriculture teacher and Future Farmers of America sponsor, applied for and received the grant after completing the process which included being interviewed by the Pete Henry Foundation Board members.

Included in the picture from left to right: Daryl Pabst, Pete Henry foundation board member, Sara Sloan, CHS Agriculture teacher, Christian Calliham and Alexsis Dennis CHS students, and Kenton Krehbiel, President of the Pete Henry Foundation.


The CGS PE Dept. hosted the interactive program Body Venture on Oct. 5th 2016. K-5 students from Heartland Christian School, Sacred Heart, and Colby Grade School participated in this program that combines activities and displays that increase awareness of the Human Body and information on healthy living. We would like to thank all the volunteers and Mrs. Dietz who helped make this program possible.
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 




PSAT/NMSQT--The PSAT/NMSQT (Pre-SAT and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) will be available to Sophomores and Juniors  on October 19, 2016.  During the Junior year, this test will be used to determine National Merit Scholarship qualification status.  This test will not be used to determine National Merit Scholarship qualification during the Sophomore year, however taking the test during the sophomore year is good practice and exposure for the test during their Junior year.

The cost of this test is $15.00 and a check should be made payable to Colby High School.

Students interested in taking this test need to sign up in the Career Center and give their checks to Mrs. Sullivan or Mrs. Goetz.

ACT -- The next ACT test date is October 22, 2016. The registration deadline is September 16, 2016. The late registration period is from September 17-30, 2016. Register for the ACT at www.actstudent.org. The Colby High School Code is 170-625.


Senior Credit Checks--Seniors please remember to make an appointment with Mrs. Sullivan to review your credits for graduation. It is very important that you check to make sure you have met all requirements for graduation.  

College Application Deadlines--Seniors, please be advised that many colleges in Kansas have a Nov. 1, 2016 application deadline.

Karen L. Sullivan, LMSW


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