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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Teachers kick off new school year

  • Their students won't arrive for several more days. But teachers, and other employees of the Leavenworth public schools, gathered Friday morning to kick off the school year.
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  • Their students won't arrive for several more days. But teachers, and other employees of the Leavenworth public schools, gathered Friday morning to kick off the school year.
    "We are on a mission," Leavenworth Superintendent Kelly Crane told the assembled staff.
    He said the success of the employees is impacted by the degree to which they are willing to work along side each other.
    Her comments came during the Leavenworth school district's annual staff convocation.
    Crane estimated more than 700 employees from across the district assembled in the auditorium at Leavenworth High School for the convocation.
    Classes for the 2012-2013 school year will begin Aug. 13 for all students. There will be orientations for students in grades seven and nine Aug. 12.
    During her remarks, Crane talked about the diversity of the school district. She said the diversity makes it challenging to compare Leavenworth to other districts.
    "In a lot of ways, we are unlike any other district in the state," she said.
    She said educators in Leavenworth have to teach students from foreign countries whose parents are studying at Fort Leavenworth.
    She noted that the Leavenworth district serves as the host for the Leavenworth County Special Education Cooperative.
    "We serve over 2,200 students with special education needs," she said.
    She said the number of special education students almost makes the cooperative a school district within a district.
    "We teach students who have never had someone tell them that they believe in them," she continued.
    Crane said Leavenworth teachers also have students who are college bound and would never dream otherwise.
    "It is our job to teach them all," the superintendent said.
    She said teaching all students requires teachers to believe in themselves.
    "Our mission is not an easy one," she said. "It is full of challenges."
    Friday's convocation included the presentation of an award and other recognition of teachers as well as
    a presentation from the Leavenworth NEA, a local teachers union.
    There also was a "Blues Brothers" inspired dance led by Assistant Superintendent Bret Church and Public Relations Director Jake Potter that included school principals. And there was a talent show that featured personnel from the district's school buildings.

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