“My first priority is to get to know my students. Once I know more about who they are and what they like, then I’ll be able to design lessons that speak to their interests.”
This is part of a series of features on new teachers in our community.
Lindsey Davis is a new first-grade teacher at Winfield Scott Elementary School.
“To be a good educator by making a difference in my student’s lives. And to make learning a fun enjoyable experience for each and every student that I get the opportunity to teach.”
FORT SCOTT, Kan. (Aug. 13, 2018) – Raising healthy kids is important, that’s why Mercy Clinic Fort Scott hosted the seventh annual Mercy Kids Health Fair and Teddy Bear Clinic on Saturday, August 11.
Children took part in free health screenings, fitness fun, and learned tips to help make good choices for healthy living.
Dolls and a variety of stuffed animals received checkups, x-rays and vaccinations from Mercy Clinic providers at the Teddy Bear Clinic. Mercy general surgeon Dr. Wan-Lin Horng was able to mend minor scrapes and cuts, too.
“At Mercy, we make it a priority to give parents and guardians the tools necessary to lead kids down the path of long-term health,” said Amy Budy, Mercy Clinic administrative assistant and organizer of the event. “At the Mercy Kids Health Fair, we bring together numerous resources from within Mercy and the community to educate our most prized asset – children. We are grateful to the many agencies and organizations for participating and making the fair a huge success.”
To learn more about primary care or to establish a physician, call Mercy Clinic at 620-223-8040.
Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2018, 2017 and 2016 by IBM Watson Health, serves millions annually. Mercy includes more than 40 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, 800 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 44,000 co-workers and 2,100 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has clinics, outpatient services and outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. In addition, Mercy’s IT division, Mercy Technology Services, supply chain organization, ROi, and Mercy Virtual commercially serve providers and patients in more than 20 states coast to coast.
supply chain organization, ROi, and Mercy Virtual commercially serve providers and patients in more than 20 states coast to coast.
The Red Ram Motel property has been cleaned up from the overgrown trees and shrubs which abounded on the property, given new paint, doors, and floors in the individual rooms and it is almost ready for the transformation to student housing for Fort Scott Community College.
Greyhound Lodge, as it is now known, will be part of the FSCC housing options.
“We are excited to see the transformation and having it done,” FSCC President Alysia Johnston said on Wednesday. “I think the students will like it.”
All the remodeling of the building was done by maintenance staff or the construction trades class, she said.
“Kim Coates (construction trade instructor) and a couple of kids have been on it,” Johnston said. “Lane Cutler cleaned up the property. Jim Woods is a member of the maintenance team. All the remodel has been in-house, except the floors.”
Johnny Walker was the high bidder for the Red Ram Motel sign.
Each room will have bunkable beds. “The kids can decide whether to bunk them or not,” she said. “Each room will have beds, a small fridge, microwave, dresser.”
“It’s affordable, $300 per month per student,” Johnston said. “It’s also appropriate, supervised student housing.”
A member of FSCC staff will be living in an apartment at Greyhound Lodge, for security and supervision duties.
A computer lab, a student lounge with a pool table, washer and dryer and kitchen will be available for students use.
Greyhound Lodge is on the north side of town, near the intersection of Hwy. 54 and Hwy. 69. The FSCC main campus is on the south side of town. Students will be moving in the weekend of August 18-19, Johnston said.
“The students who live there can purchase a meal plan,” Johnston said. “We now have a 10-meal-plan or a 7-meal-plan, if they want to purchase it.”
This is a series featuring the new teachers in our community.
Cindy Satterfield is the new Title 1 Teacher for Kindergarten through Second Grade at Winfield Scott Elementary School, Fort Scott.
The Fort Scott National Historic Site’s Trailblazer Program ends August 10.
During this workshop, children were introduced to the National Park Service mission of caring for the nation’s natural and cultural heritage, according to the Fort Scott National Historic Site website: https://www.nps.gov/fosc/learn/news/trailblazercamp.htm
They searched for treasure in a mock archaeological dig, explored the prairie, and discovered methods used to preserve the buildings and artifacts of the fort. The students engaged in living history, learned flag protocol and worked on a play that they will present at the end of the week. Also, there were green activities that taught children how to use resources wisely.
Passersby on Hwy. 69 might have noticed a flame near the intersection of the highway with Calvary Road, south of Fort Scott.
Not to worry.
“They are flaring off what is left in a propane tank, in order to repair the tank,” said Linda of Specialized Piping and Equipment, Leon, KS.
SPE works for other companies and was hired to empty the tank completely for repair, she said.
This is one of a series of profiles on new teachers in Fort Scott.
Sara Sutton is the new Fort Scott Community College Agriculture Instructor and Meats Judging Coach.
Education: Sutton came to FSCC on a rodeo scholarship with Coach Chad Cross after graduation from Shawnee Mission North in the Kansas City area. She then attended K-State on a rodeo scholarship, graduating with an agriculture degree in 2007. She earned a teaching degree and Masters in Educational Leadership from Pittsburg State University.
Experience: She taught biology at Cherokee then Uniontown high schools.
Family: Husband, Scott and twin daughters, Marley and McKinley, and son, Tucker. Her husband teaches vo-ag at Uniontown High School. Lynne Wheeler is her mother-in-law, and John and Irene Doll are her parents. “Scott and I could not do what we do without family support.”
Why a career in education?
“My high school biology teacher, Mr. Fluty, was my inspiration to go into teaching. I love science and agriculture and communicating things I’m knowledgeable about with people.
What is the priority in the new job?
“Teaching, I love teaching. I will teach ag calculations, animal science, intro to feeds and ag tech management.”
“I’m looking forward to building the program. Jennalee Martin and Ryan Edgecomb were great and I want to continue on that.”
Following 13 years as a fifth-grade teacher in Nevada, Mo., Jackie Shadden is the new fourth-grade teacher at West Bourbon Elementary School, Uniontown. Her hometown is Fort Scott.
“My mom, Ruby Gerant, inspired me to become a teacher,” Shadden said. “She taught for quite a few years as a high school English teacher in Uniontown.”
“I love learning and sharing knowledge with others,” she said. “And it’s always been a joy to be around kids.”
Shadden attended Fort Scott Community College, then Pittsburg State University where she earned a bachelors and masters degree in education.
She married David Shadden and had two kids, Seth, age 10-years-old and Hailey, 8.
“My husband and I care for my family’s farm, where we raise cattle,” she said.
“I am hoping to become more involved with my community since I will be teaching closer to home,” Shadden said.
The new Fort Scott National Historic Site Ranger has been around.
From Shenandoah National Park, VA to Grand Canyon National Park, AZ to Pinnacles National Monument, Yosemite National Park, Golden Gate National Park-all in California to Lake Meredith National Recreation Area in the Texas Panhandle, Carl Brenner has been all across America.
As of July 22, Brenner is the new Supervisory Ranger and Chief of Interpretation and Resource Management at FSNHS.
“I came to Fort Scott to continue my journey,” Brenner said. “I grew up in St. Louis, MO. I love the history close to home.”
Brenner is ready to become a part of Fort Scott.
“I’m ready to begin engaging with the community-schools, hospital, veterans, all civic organizations here in town,” he said. “And reaching out to other communities to bring them here.”
He wants to tell the story of the fort and its opportunities.
Brenner has a passion for the National Park Service.
“The park service story is the story of America,” he said. “It’s our responsibility to share that story.”
“Growing up I never realized you could have a job in the park service,” Brenner said. “Learning about nature and the cultures, being able to share them can be a career.”
That’s what his father, John Brenner, taught him, which inspired him. His first supervisor, Barb Stewart, also ” instilled the values of what the park service is and the possibilities that exist.”
The N.P.S became his family, he said.
His personal family is a wife, Maggie, who is still packing up their belongings in Texas, and his dogs, a German Shepherd and a Golden Retriever.
Brenner has been welcomed by the community, he said, and he is impressed with the number of activities that go on in town.
He will have to coordinate with all the activities to “have people come and enjoy the fort,” he said.
This week is Trailblazer Week at the fort.
Brenner believes this is an exposure to the fort and a pathway into a career for youth.
“I’d like to start doing that with schools, the curriculum at the schools,” he said. “Try to build pathways for people to learn about resources and opportunities with the park service.”
Uniontown schools have enrollment August 8 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and again on August 9 from noon to 7 p.m.
The school district has its’ first day of school on August 30.
The Hemphill Family and Friends will be the featured act at this week’s concert at Heritage Park at 7 p.m.
The weekly Friday Night Concert is at First and Main Streets and is free and open to the public.
Ralph Carlson is the organizer of the concert series, which is sponsored by the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce.
Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs.