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Piper Middle School and High School Set Record-High Numbers for Participation in Athletics and Activities

Piper High School and Middle School Athletic Directors Dr. Taylor Mapp and Brian Gray presented to the Board of Education in September regarding their record-high participation numbers for athletics and sports to kick-off 2023-24. Click here to view information regarding their progress. 

Piper High School English Teacher Emma Golden Nominated for Horizon Award

Congratulations to Ms. Emma Golden, Piper High School English teacher and 2018 graduate of PHS, for being nominated as a 2023 Horizon Award recipient. The Horizon Awards go to exemplary first-year teachers who perform in a way that distinguishes them as outstanding.

Piper High School Choir Director Shelly Cole Appointed to the National Association of Music Honors Advisory Council (NAfME)

KANSAS CITY, KS – Piper High School Choir Director Shelly Cole has been appointed to the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME), representing the Southwest district, which encompasses Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. In her role, she will work with the Tri-M Music Honor Society advisors to promote leadership and advocacy for middle school and high school music programs.Click here for the full story.

Jamboree Games Cancelled This Friday, August 25 Due to Excessive Heat

Greetings, Pirate Nation—
Due to the excessive heat warnings forecasted for this Friday, August 25, and per Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) heat policy, the Jamboree Games have been cancelled. 
As you may be aware, the National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for our area, extending until 9:00 PM this Friday, with predicted heat index values of up to 110 degrees. This extreme heat poses potential risks for our student-athletes, coaches, and attendees.
In alignment with the KSHSAA heat policy, we prioritize the safety and well-being of our participants. The policy sets specific guidelines to ensure that everyone can engage in physical activities under safe conditions, particularly in high-temperature situations. The policy also outlines protocols for various sports, including football, to adjust practices and gear usage according to the heat index levels.
We have been diligently monitoring the WBGT (Wet Bulb Globe Temperature) readings on the field level over the past two evenings at 7:00 PM, 7:30 PM, and 8:00 PM. These readings have consistently indicated conditions falling within the red and orange zones, which trigger football-specific limitations outlined in the KSHSAA heat policy. These limitations restrict participants from wearing full pads to mitigate the risk of heat-related issues.
Taking all these factors into account, we explored the possibility of rescheduling the Jamboree Games to Saturday morning, aiming to provide a safer and more comfortable environment for everyone involved. However, after discussions with visiting schools, it was decided that attendance on Saturday would not be feasible for various reasons.
With everyone's best interests at heart, and acknowledging the importance of student-athlete safety, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this Friday’s jamboree games. While we understand the disappointment this may cause, our primary concern remains the well-being of all student-athletes, coaches, and spectators.
Thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to our student-athletes.
Dr. Jessica Dain, Superintendent of Schools and Dr. Taylor Mapp, Director of Athletics & Activities
Piper USD 203

Piper USD 203 Director of HR Jenny Hurley To Participate in Kansas Association of School Board (KASB) THRIVE, a Year Long Human Resources Learning Cohort

Jenny Hurley, Director of Human Resources for Piper USD 203 is one of 20 school district human resources professionals to participate in KASB's new Thrive program. 

Thrive is a year-long human resources learning cohort for school district leaders. The cohort will gather five times throughout the year at sites across Kansas. Members will gain knowledge of HR law and best practices to champion and support a positive and engaging workplace culture. For more information about Thrive, please click here