Shawnee Heights USD 450

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Shawnee Heights School District #450 is a Public School District[1] located in Tecumseh, Kansas, United States. The Shawnee Heights School District is a 5a school district that includes a total of 4 Elementary Schools, 1 Middle School, and 1 High School. Shawnee Heights School District is a suburban school district located in southeastern Shawnee County. The District has an estimated total of 3,500 Students from Pre-Kindergarten to 12th Grade. More than half of the Teachers have a Masters Degree or above. Dr. Martin Stessman is the superintendent for the School District. Dr. Stessman has a "blog page"[2] that he uses to post information pertaining about himself. The School’s website is "Shawnee Heights School District Webpage[3]

Shawnee Heights High School[edit]

Shawnee Heights High Schools mascot is the Thunderbird. It is a North Centrally accredited 9-12 high school. The number of students as of the current school year is about 1,100 Students. Students have a range of activities to compete in, such as Basketball, Soccer, Golf, Tennis, Baseball, Softball, and Track (etc.). Professional players have even played at the High School and continued their success toward their pro status. Gary Woodland and Troy Wilson have played or are playing at the professional level. Shawnee Heights also offers NJROTC for students that want a military experience before perhaps joining the American Armed Forces.[4] Exactly 80% of the students that graduate from Shawnee Heights plan to attend a 2 or 4 year college to better their education. Shawnee Heights has also achieved the Standard of Excellence[5] in 11th grade Reading and School-Wide Reading. The School's principal, Alan Beam has just recently retired. Mr. Ed West is now the new principal for the High School.


Shawnee Heights Middle School[edit]

Shawnee Heights Middle School's mascot is the Thunderbird. The Middle School has around 580 Students. The 7th and 8th Grade Students are split up into Red, White, and Blue Teams. The Teams each have a set of teachers for a better learning experience and less of a confusion for the younger Students. The Middle School provides sport programs for the Students but not to the extent that the High School does. The School has 3 computer rooms and an award-winning media center. The School uses an academic program called S.T.A.T.E. This gives the Students some incentive to get good grades and work hard. Benefits to this program include free entry into home games, free food, free gift cards, and the special dinner at the end of the year known, as "Night of the Stars". This dinner is for students achieving T-Bird P.R.I.D.E. for the entire year. The Principal for the Middle School is Mr. Tim Urich. The Assistant Principal is Mr. Bradley Mickens. The Middle Schools Website[6]

Shawnee Heights Elementary School[edit]

Shawnee Heights Elementary School's mascot is a Thunderbolt. S.H.E.S. is the common abbreviation for this building. S.H.E.S. is the biggest elementary school in the District. S.H.E.S. has around 490 Students in its curriculum. S.H.E.S. has and Orchestra Program that begins in the 4th grade that continues to the High School level. S.H.E.S. also has a Band Program that begins in the 5th grade that carries on to the High School too. All grades except kindergarten and preschool attend daily physical education and vocal music education. S.H.E.S. has reached the Standard of Excellence in 3rd Reading and Math, 5th Reading and Math, 6th Reading and Math, School-Wide Reading, and School-Wide Math. The Principal of S.H.E.S. is Mrs. Becky Hummer. S.H.E.S.'s Website[7]


Tecumseh North Elementary School[edit]

Tecumseh North Elementary School's mascot is the Panther. Tecumseh North is abbreviated; T.N.E.S. T.N.E.S. currently has 400 students in its building. T.N.E.S. has a special education program including gifted education, a math specialist, two reading specialists, a Band Program that begins in 5th grade and an Orchestra Program beginning in 4th grade. All grades except kindergarten and preschool attend daily physical education and vocal music education. T.N.E.S. has achieved the state's Standard of Excellence in 3rd Grade Reading and 5th Grade Math. The Principal of T.N.E.S. is Mr. Chris Korb. Tecumseh North's Website[8]

Tecumseh South Elementary School[edit]

Tecumseh South Elementary School's mascot is the Mustang. Tecumseh South is abbreviated; T.S.E.S. T.S.E.S. has 440 students currently enrolled in the school. T.S.E.S. has a special education program including gifted education, a reading specialist with literacy tutors, a Band Program that begins in 5th grade and an Orchestra Program beginning in 4th grade. All grades except kindergarten and preschool attend daily physical education and vocal music education. TSES has a gorgeous library, an enormous computer lab, and two mobile labs that include more than 50 laptops. T.S.E.S performed well on the state assessments, and made the Standard of Excellence in 9 categories. Those categories are 3rd Grade Reading, 4th Grade Reading, 5th Grade Reading, 6th Grade Reading, School-Wide Reading, 5th Grade Math, 6th Grade Math, School-Wide Math, and 4th Grade Science. T.S.N.S. had the most awards out of all of the elementary schools in the District. The Principal of T.S.N.S. is Mr. Scott Dial. Tecumseh South's Website[9]

Berryton Elementary School[edit]

Berryton Elementary School's mascot is the buffalo. B.E.S is the abbreviation for Berryton. B.E.S. is the smallest elementary school in the District. B.E.S. has 380 students enrolled in Berryton. B.E.S. has a special education program including gifted education, a reading specialist, a Band Program that begins in 5th grade and an Orchestra Program beginning in 4th grade. B.E.S. has a spacious library and a modern computer lab. Intramural programs are provided for students in the mornings before class. Bus transportation[10] services are provided for all students that are within the district. Berryton is a wonderful school and does well on state and national tests. B.E.S. scored well on 7 categories, those are as follows; 3rd Grade Reading, 3rd Grade Math, 4th Grade Reading, 4th Grade Math, 5th Grade Math, School-Wide Reading, and School-Wide Math. The Principal of B.E.S. is Mrs. Stacey Giebler. Berryton's Website[11]

County Information[edit]

Shawnee Heights Unified School District #450 Shawnee Heights serves Douglas County, Osage County, and Shawnee County, serving communities such as Topeka, Tecumseh, Big Springs, Berryton, and rural areas within the three counties.

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Coordinates: 38°59′14″N 95°33′27″W / 38.98722°N 95.55750°W / 38.98722; -95.55750