August Delin is one of our three foreign exchange students of 2016-2017. He is a senior and is staying with Stephanie and Drew Switzky. We asked him some questions.
"How was your flight to America?"
"I was really scared. I didn't know if I was going to like it once I got here."
"What is your favorite American Food so far?"
"Gambino's Chicken Bacon Ranch pizza. It's the best."
"How is our school different from yours back home?"
"We don't have sports and after school activities, and we don't go for full days at school. It's sort of set up like your colleges."
"Are you missing home?"
"Not really. Some nights when I lay in bed I start to think about back home and I become a little homesick, but it goes away the next morning."
"What activities, sports or classes are you looking forward to doing this year?"
"I'm excited for Photo Imaging, Cross Country, Track and I'm thinking about joining FFA."
"What were your first thoughts when you found out you were coming to Hoyt, KS?"
"I was a little sad. I was really wanting to go to California. I was hoping the people would be really nice, and so far everyone is."
Royal Valley welcomes August Delin to our community. We hope you enjoy your year!
Boy Scout Troop members of #173 Hoyt and Mayetta are raising money for a memorial at the Hoyt Park in honor of late Hoyt firefighter Mike Schultz. The memorial will include awnings, bleachers, a flag pole, and a monument. The estimated cost is $12,000. To donate, send money to Boy Scout Troop #173, Denison State Bank, PO Box 283, 210 Hwy K214, Hoyt, KS, 66440. Donations of over $200 will be advertised on a plaque. Donations over $500 and $1000 will be in bolder print and added onto the Thank You sign at the RV Rec. Business Advertisement board. If you have any questions, email Scout Master Dan Barnett: firstname.lastname@example.org. All help will be appreciated.
Pride of Hoyt Days is Saturday, August 27th to Sunday the 28th. There will be a display of community artwork as part of the festivities. If you would like to submit your artwork to be on display, it needs to be in the RVHS front office by Friday, August 26 in the morning.
The football team and cheerleaders will be in the parade. There will be lots of games, activities and food, so be sure to bring your whole family!
The Boy Scouts will be coming to RVES on Wednesday the 24th to talk to students about joining. Sign up for Boy Scouts will be Thursday evening from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the RVES Library.
The Prarie Band Potawatomi Nation is offering all students in grades K-4 classes to begin learning the Potawatomi language. The classes begin Friday, September 2nd at 8:05-8:30 a.m. and are on every Friday through the rest of the school year. Students attending these classes will be able to bring their breakfast into the classes. Parents will need to sign their child up, and there is no deadline.
The Royal Valley Middle School was congratulated on being a TreeRing Green Yearbook School. Since they sold 85 yearbooks, TreeRing will be working with their partner, Trees for the Future, to plant 85 trees in Royal Valley's name. Congratulations, RVMS yearbook staff!!
For immediate release--As students head back to school in August, there will be an influx of bright yellow school buses on the roads. This is a great reminder that it is important to keep children safe while traveling to and from the bus stop and while getting on and off the bus.
“School buses remain the safest way to transport students to and from school, but keeping our kids safe when getting on and off the bus is everyone’s responsibility,” said Keith Dreiling, state director of the School Bus Safety Unit. “Parents must review safety tips with their kids, bus drivers must follow protocol and the motoring public must stop for school buses displaying flashing red lights and stop arms.”
Yellow flashing lights on a school bus indicate the bus is preparing to stop, and red flashing lights signify vehicles must come to a complete stop on both sides of the street so children can safely cross to the bus.
In April 2016, 2,163 Kansas school bus drivers reported in a single day nearly 1,000 instances of motorists illegally passing a school bus. Motorists, students and their parents must remain vigilant, particularly before and after school when children are walking to bus stops or boarding and exiting buses.
There are 480,000 school buses on the road across the United States that provide public transportation for 26 million students every day. In Kansas 4,246 school bus drivers transported 227,778 students more than 69 million miles during the 2014-2015 school year, Dreiling said.
Parents are encouraged to speak with their children about school bus safety. The following tips can help facilitate the conversation:
• Stay alert. Don’t listen to music, text or play games on a mobile device while walking to the stop.
• Follow traffic signals and laws. Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Never run into the street or cross between parked cars.
• Leave early. Be at the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. Early arrival prevents children from running across a street to catch the bus as it pulls away from the stop.
• Stand back. When the bus approaches, stand at least five big steps away from the curb, and line up away from the street. Avoid the driver’s blind spot.
• Stand still. Wait until the bus completely stops, the door opens and the driver says it is okay before entering the bus. Do the same for exiting the bus. Be careful that clothing with drawstrings and book bags with straps don't get caught in handrails or doors.
• Never walk behind the bus. Children should walk where the driver can see the child and the child can see the driver. Walk at least 10 big steps in front of the bus.
• Watch for motorists. Even though motorists are required to stop when a bus is making pickups or drop-offs, make sure children look both ways before crossing the street.
Let’s work together this school year to keep our children safe.