A USD 230 elementary school student poses with her lunch tray. The Spring Hill District is one of five districts in Kansas to receive flawless marks for its nutrition program. Submitted photo

A USD 230 elementary school student poses with her lunch tray. The Spring Hill District is one of five districts in Kansas to receive flawless marks for its nutrition program. Submitted photo

• Kansas Horizon Award Winners
The Kansas State Department of Education recently notified Haley Epperson, fourth grade teacher at Spring Hill Elementary School, and Jamie Droegemeier, math teacher at Spring Hill Middle School that they had received state-level honors for exemplary performance during their first year in the classroom. This is a high honor for both of the teachers, as only four elementary and four secondary classroom teachers are selected for the award from each U.S. Congressional District.

• National Merit Scholars Three Spring Hill High School seniors earned elite academic honors through the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Anna Mitchell earned the extremely high honor of finalist, which represents being in the top 1 percent of students taking the PSAT. In addition, Riley Pettit and Mattison Sills scored in the top 50,000 students out of 1.5 million, which put them in the top 3 percent of all students who took the test, and they received National Merit Commended Students honors for their outstanding performances.

• Nutrition Services
Last school year, the district’s Department of Nutrition Services prepared 240,000 lunches and 55,000 breakfasts. Every three years, the department is subject to a comprehensive review by the state to ensure compliance with the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program requirements set forth by the Healthy-Hunger Free Kids Act. Out of nearly 130 reviews of public and private schools in the state of Kansas, only five schools finish their review with no corrective action. The Spring Hill School District is one of a select group to receive flawless marks. In addition, the district’s Department of Nutrition Services and wellness efforts have been nationally highlighted by the American Association of School Administrators.
• Scholars Bowl
The Spring Hill High School Scholars Bowl varsity team had a great season, which included earning 4th place at the 4A State competition. All members received letters, which required answering 30+ questions and accounting for more than 300 points during the season.
• Fine Arts
Last fall’s SHHS Theatre Department’s presentation of the classic Cinderella resulted in record box office numbers with more than 2,000 people seeing the musical. In addition, SHHS band members represented more than 10 percent of this year’s Northeast District Gold Honor Band as well as scoring perfect “I” ratings at all marching band competitions.
• Enrollment
Enrollment in the Spring Hill School District continues to increase at a pace that makes it one of the fast-growing school districts in the state.
Total enrollment is now 2,511, which is an increase of 97 students since the fall of 2013. The previous school year saw a jump of 86 students.
For more than a decade, the district has experienced annual increases in the number of students attending its schools. As new residential developments continue an upward trend, enrollment in the district will stay on track to increase between 4-5 percent annually.
The district’s demographer recently made a presentation that showed the district’s growth will continue at a rate that will push it over the 3,000-student mark by 2018.