Mr. Jeff Baxter, a language arts teacher at Leavenworth High School in the Leavenworth School District (USD 453), was named as the 2014 Kansas Teacher of the Year by the Kansas State Department of Education. The announcement was made by Kansas Commissioner of Education, Dr. Diane DeBacker, during an awards banquet at the Wichita Marriott on Saturday evening, November 23, 2013. The program recognized eight finalists for the award from throughout the State of Kansas.
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The Pioneer Band performed at the Capital City Marching Festival at Washburn University on Wednesday, October 9th. The festival is based on a rating scale from 1-3. The overall band performance was deemed a 2 (Excellent) rating by the judges that evening. The drum line was singled out by the judges for their Superior performance.
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Congratulations to Mr. Jeff Baxter, LHS Language Arts teacher, as he was chosen as the Northeast Kansas Teacher of the Year yesterday in Topeka. Mr. Baxter was awarded a financial prize and qualifies as a finalist for Kansas Teacher of the Year. We wish Mr. Baxter the best of luck as he competes with other State Finalists for that honor. Go Pioneers!
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•LHS made AYP and the State Standard of Excellence, again for the third year in a row.
•35 seniors were recognized by the KU Alumni Association as Kansas Honor Scholars. They are recognized for being the top 10% of Kansas high school students.
•LHS volleyball hosted the first ever Dig for the Cure Outdoor Match, raising funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
•Colin Dougherty was named the Kansas City Downtown Marriott Sportsman of the Year by the Kansas City Sports Commission & Foundation.
•The Pioneer Battalion brought home many local, state, and regional trophies, served thousands of hours of community service, and has grown to encompass all Leavenworth county schools (with the exception of Tonganoxie, due to distance challenges) and nearing 375 cadets.
•The Pioneer Wrestling Team was State Champions/1st Team (3.5+ GPA) for 5A Academic Awards through the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association.
•60 students were inducted into National Honor Society.
•The 2013 Poetry Slam grew by leaps and bounds from the event’s inaugural year last year.
•25 LHS students attended Job Olympics at Johnson County Community College, bringing home 11 first place medals, 10 second place medals, and 6 third place medals. Overall, the LHS team took second place in the large school division.
•A number of students were recognized for achieving the highest number of pages read in the year-long reading competition, PAGES, sponsored by a local community leader. The top readers were given a Kindle.
•Nathan Butler was recognized at the Sunflower Chapter Scholar-Athlete Banquet at KSU, and the Kansas City Star’s 2013 Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
•Two LHS students, Mallie Rust and Amber Cromeenes, were featured in the Fall and Winter sports programs for their cover design.
•LHS received seven teacher mini-grants from the Leavenworth Public Schools Education Foundation. These grants supported classroom activities and expanded the walls of the classroom.
•A LHS team took 1st in State in The Stock Market Game.
•Auto tech students competed in the Pedal Car Build-Off as a part of the World of Wheels Car Show held at Bartle Hall. The team’s pedal car brought $275 in bids back to the program.
•Debate/Forensics found great success, winning several tournaments.
•Students across many student groups, from JROTC to Interact and NHS to STUCO, gave hundreds of hours of community service to the citizens of the Leavenworth community.
•The Pioneer Power/weight lifters met with huge success; Girls crowned state 5A champs and boys were runner up.
•The Pioneer band earned several “I” ratings last year…good and getting better.
•Café Spec-i-al-i-T served several amazing lunches; look for more this year!
•Several students were recognized for local and state contributions in the Reflections competition, sponsored by PTA.
•Jeff Baxter was named USD 453 Secondary Teacher of the Year and is now awaiting word of selection as the Regional finalist.
•LHS choir brought home 11 medals from the State Music Festival.
•Michael Baillergeon was named 5A Baseball Player of the Year.
•STUCO held several blood drives – saving hundreds of lives through their collection efforts.
•Coach Willis Willmeth was designated the 5A Boys’ Coach of the Year for the 2013 Track and Field Season.
•A number of juniors were recognized as Furman Scholars and Presbyterian College Fellows.
•Pioneer football players performed community service by working the Punt, Pass, and Kick at Fort Leavenworth.
•Pioneer Pantry Catering Club supported various school/community activities like the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors luncheon, Prom, and teacher appreciation activities.
•145 students (9-12) recognized as top in their class at the 27th Annual Academic Banquet.
•Nathan Butler selected as Leavenworth-Lansing Chamber of Commerce Junior Citizen of the Year (four other finalists).
•The Pioneer track team experienced huge success at state – Boys took 2nd and Girls took 10th.
•Shawn Terry was recognized by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association as a Certified Athletic Administrator.
•Rachel Goatley and Maggie McDonald were named Commended National Merit Commended Students.
•TSA was quite successful at Nationals: 3rd Place - Tech Sketch, Josh Benard; 3rd Place - 3-D Mechanical Drafting, Josh Benard; 3rd Place - 3-D Architectural Drafting, Aimee Hanson; Top 10 - Tech Sketch, Anna Salvatorelli - 8th; Top 12 - Architectural Renovation – Anna Salvatorelli and Aimee Hanson
•Graduating seniors received four Military Academy appointments and five Army ROTC scholarships.
•Total estimated scholarships of 2013 graduating class - $3.1 M.
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