By Daria Anderson-Faden
The Observer 


New Faces Join Faculty; Auditorium Seats Getting Replaced


August 25, 2022

Daria Anderson-Faden

The education and care of students at Kimball Public Schools in the 2022-23 academic year is in the hands of these staff members, teachers and administrators. Below are this year's new teachers: Amanda Culek, Kristina Segreaves, Ty Neall, Jaclyn Burks and Matthew Shoup. Not pictured: Meredith Christiansen.

Kimball Public Schools started the 2022-23 school year on Friday, Aug. 19.

Mary Lynch students were treated to a fun-filled day that included a water slide, slip-n-slide, a bounce house, games and treats to get the year started off right. The 68-degree temperature did not deter the fun for the Pre-K through sixth-graders. Kimball H.E.L.P.S. sponsored the activities and worked the event.

Superintendent Trevor Anderson said the enrollment for Pre-K to 12 is 396, seven more than at the end of last year.

The HVAC project, gymnasium roof and concrete work are still in the process of being completed, but the cooler temperatures will help keep regular school days even with the incomplete HVAC system. Supply chain issues have played havoc with the HVAC renovation.

On Saturday, Aug. 27, the auditorium seats are to be removed in the Harry McNees Auditorium.

Anderson said, "We welcome any and all help with the auditorium seat removal." The new seat installation will begin on Aug. 30.

Anderson continued, "The turnout from our community for our cross country, football, girls golf and volleyball showcases/scrimmages was outstanding." Anderson thanked the Booster Club for its participation.

In the Jr/Sr High School, the first few days of school have included introductions and a review of the handbook. Students also were "sorted" and branded into their ranch for the year, and introduced to their classes and schedules.

Principal Danielle Reader explained the implementation of Restorative Practices, which intends to eliminate in-school suspension and out-of-school suspension. The Stampede Card is still operational for students earning C's or better, having fewer than three tardies, and limited referrals. The benefits of the Stampede Card include free admission into activities, a free concession item, and one "Get out of Longhorn Time free pass.

Cross-country and girls golf started their season early this week, and volleyball and football will follow on Thursday and Friday.

Here's a look at this year's new teachers who were available to be interviewed for this article:

Jaclyn Burk

Teaching assignment-subject, level and experience:

PE/Health for freshman and Junior High, Yoga and Psychology. This is my first year teaching but I have been exercising and playing games my entire life. I am the current Head Coach for Girls Basketball and Assistant Coach for XC. I am excited to share my love of exercise with the kids!

Could you tell about yourself and describe your background in brief?

I am originally from here, I graduated in 2009. I was very active in high school in sports and music when I was a student and played basketball at the Junior College level at NPCC. I have one daughter, Jordyn with my Husband Jeremy.

What are you most looking forward to at Kimball Public Schools?

I am looking forward to the culture shift our kids are experiencing. We, as a staff, are really trying to be

positive and create a great learning and social environment for our kids, so we need our parents and

community to really rally behind us and help us cultivate a great environment for our kids.

What makes a "good" day at school?

Well, as I have never taught before, but I have coached for 3 years- a good day for me is seeing my kids and getting to interact with them and show them all the great things they can accomplish. I am excited to be able to create relationships within our school community.

How will your show your school spirit?

Showing up! I hope to see our stands full for the upcoming year of activities!


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