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Freshman Academy being considered at GBHS

The 2017-2018 "GBHS Program of Studies" book may include a new course, Freshman Academy, to help some ninth graders learn time management and organizational skills, Great Bend High School Principal Tim Friess said. The course is being considered by the curriculum steering committee.

December 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Architect agreement moves forward

Great Bend USD 428 will spend nearly $65,000 to repair the track around Memorial Stadium and to add new life to the artificial turf on the high school football field. When the Board of Education met Monday, Superintendent Khris Thexton said bid packets were sent to six contractors last month but only United Sports Systems in Wichita responded.

December 11, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Monday's USD 428 Board of Education meeting

Monday's meeting at a glance

December 11, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Vespers Concert is Sunday

The A Cappella Choir will be 65 voices strong when students take the stage Sunday at the Great Bend High School Auditorium. But the choir's traditional Vespers Concert represents thousands of voices lifted in praise over the course of eight decades.

December 07, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Easy does it

"City street lights,

December 07, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Zoo news: Cool gator ready for winter

Alvin the alligator did not want to be caught recently when workers at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo attempted to move him to warmer winter quarters. So, while Allister, the other 'gator on the pond, is in a temperature-controlled area, Alvin is still outside for zoo visitors to view.

December 06, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Building relationships improves schools

The system for monitoring children's reading and math skills can also apply to their behavior, Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education members were told Thursday.

November 30, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


‘Good audit’ for Barton with one correction

Their schedules showed the students should have been in class when their federal work-study timecards showed they were on the job. That discrepancy caught the attention of auditors at Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball, who reported a "significant deficiency" in that area of internal control at Barton Community College.

November 28, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC officials study enrollment trends

At a retreat earlier this month, Barton Community College trustees talked about the future of traditional campuses. Online education and shifts in demographics are changing the playing field for all Kansas college, Barton President Dr. Carl Heilman noted.

November 24, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


THANKFUL

Thanksgiving has arrived; let the holiday begin.

November 22, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Giving Tuesday is Nov. 28

Thursday is Thanksgiving Day and next Tuesday is a day of giving, thanks.

November 21, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Kilby Day

Students at Barton Community College have left for their Thanksgiving break, but the campus was a busy place on Monday as area high school students attended the 14th annual Jack Kilby Science Day.

November 20, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Families celebrate LIFE at Great Bend schools

Making silly hats to wear at a Mad Hatter Party was one of the favorite activities of at least one Eisenhower Elementary School family. While it seemed like a small thing, this and other family activities may help children excel in school.

November 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 video talks about MTSS

Parents of Great Bend USD 428 students can learn more about the Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) by watching a seven and a half minute video produced by Great Bend High School instructor Dan Heath. The video features art teacher Sergio Ramirez, board member Susan Young and parent Lisa Moore discussing the move to MTSS that began at Great Bend schools in 2015.

November 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Software solves educators' headaches

It wasn't hard to convince school board members to subscribe to two new software purchases on Monday, once they heard what the technology will do.

November 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


Driver in 2015 head-on collision faces felony charges

Heather Cash and her mother Candace Lampe, both critically injured in a head-on crash south of Great Bend in 2015, testified Friday in Barton County ...

January 20, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


CHOCOLATE FOR CASA

The staff and volunteers at Central Kansas CASA say they aren't experts at throwing parties.

January 18, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Free speech

Should the City of Great Bend's next Governing Body Handbook prohibit elected officials from voicing their opinions on social media?

January 18, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


My computer needs an attitude adjustment

We have new time clocks here at the Great Bend Tribune.

January 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Columnists


County spellers prepare for ‘The Bee’

Barton County students have been consulting their dictionaries and studying lists of words in anticipation of the annual Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Great Bend ...

January 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Energy use at BCC discussed

Energy usage on the Barton Community College is down from 2000, even though there have been additions to the campus since then, BCC Vice President ...

January 11, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Christian Unity Service open to all

The Barton County Association of Churches will hold its annual Christian Unity Service at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Prince of Peace ...

January 11, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Nearsighted

In September 2010, the Kansas Board of Regents approved a 10-year strategic agenda for the state's public higher education system. Entitled Foresight 2020, the ...

January 11, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


New primate at Great Bend Zoo

The dream of a companion for Zito, the 23-year-old male Lar gibbon at Great Bend's zoo, has come true.

January 11, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Kansas considers cutting hours needed for college degrees

Changes being discussed by the Kansas Board of Regents and the Kansas Board of Education include reducing the number of credit hours needed for bachelor ...

January 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barbara Millard receives Great Bend Greater Award

It wasn't easy to schedule time with Barbara Millard so she could receive the Great Bend Greater Award.

January 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Riley’s Tanner Dahlke wins Kansas Horizon Award

Tanner Dahlke's hands-on, sometimes crazy approach to education at Riley Elementary School has earned him a state award after his first year as a ...

January 09, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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