Awards for 2019 KASB / KanSPRA Publications Contest Announced

The annual KanSPRA/KASB Publications Contest wraps up with 54 awards in ten categories for communications projects submitted by participating districts.

“This is our 28th year for the awards, and the level of competition really increased this year with more submissions and higher quality work across each category,” said Carol Pitts, KASB assistant executive director for marketing and public relations. “We also changed the timing of the awards to more closely align with the school year, and presented the awards during the KanSPRA Annual Conference last week. That gave us a chance to celebrate those who do the important work, day in and day out, of school communications.”

Contest submissions are evaluated and judged using a reciprocal arrangement through an NSPRA (National School Public Relations Association) network of other state school public relations associations. Every entry receives individual points in each of the five evaluation components and feedback from a judge.

Points are awarded for (a) Research and Assessment of Need, (b) Analysis and Planning, (c) Evaluation and Results, (d) Overall Appearance, and (e) Content and Readability. A “sweepstakes winner” is also named for each enrollment category based on the average of the total points earned across for all entries.

Awards of Excellence are given to entries scoring an average of “9,” and Certificates of Merit are awarded to publications with an average score of at least “6.” In addition, the contest awards a “Sweepstakes Award” in each enrollment category, based on the highest average score of all submissions by the participating district. These will be announced during the KASB Annual Conference in Wichita Dec. 5, 6 and 7, 2019.

2019 Publications Contest Awards

Audio/Visual

Certificate of Merit

  • ACMS Students Halloween Train Costume

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfcYhbpQkPk

Andover Public Schools USD 385, Terry Rombeck, Director of Communication, Brett White, Superintendent of Schools

  • KidCast – Special Voting Edition

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzDPO9Yvjtc

Derby Public Schools USD 260, Katie Carlson, Director of Communications and Shauna Pugh, Public Information Assistant, Heather Bohaty, Superintendent of Schools

  • USD 265 – First Day of School    

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1150982085108379

Goddard Public Schools USD 265, Erin Schulte, Marketing and Communication Specialist, Justin Henry, Superintendent of Schools

  • 2018-19 USD 453 Enrollment    

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PkOOwvPM6JtRIYcTPPoAhbghffpud9Ze/view?usp=sharing

Leavenworth USD 453, Jake Potter, Director of Public Relations, Mike Roth, Superintendent of Schools

  • Eyes on Education-Chocolate Making    

https://www.facebook.com/USD383/videos/487535345406502/

Manhattan-Ogden USD 383, Tess Riecke, Communications Specialist, Marvin Wade, Superintendent of Schools

  • Azalia’s Story   

https://youtu.be/t5jMpt0h0KE

Olathe Public Schools USD 233, Tony Rangel, Video Production SpecialisT, John Allison, Superintendent of Schools

  • Superintendent’s Board Report for April 2019

https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cqffoZZhsW

Prairie Hills USD 113, Todd Evans, Superintendent of Schools

  • Learning Without Limits

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdqqLZeUYDI

Seaman School District USD 345, Candace LeDuc, Director of Communications, Steve Noble, Superintendent of Schools

  • Challenging Today’s Learners, Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders      

https://youtu.be/IhlQppTW3Is

Shawnee Mission School District USD 512, David A. Smith, Chief Communications Officer, Mike Fulton, Superintendent of Schools

  • Stay, Listen, Get Help – Wichita Public Schools Suicide Training   

https://youtu.be/1EIVa3M7RjQ

Wichita Public Schools USD 259, Susan Arensman, News and Media Relations Manager, Alicia Thompson, Superintendent of Schools

Calendar/Handbook

Award of Excellence

  • 2019-2020 Activities Calendar  

https://www.eldoradoschools.org/Calendars/201920WallCalendar/

El Dorado Public Schools USD 490, Kimberly Koop, Director of Information Services, Teresa Tosh, Superintendent of Schools

  • 2019-20 Calendar and Information Guide          

https://www.seamanschools.org/UserFiles/Servers/Server_3872911/File/About%20Us/Calendars/2019-20_Calendar_Web.pdf

Seaman School District USD 345, Candace LeDuc, Director of Communications, Steve Noble, Superintendent of Schools

Certificate of Merit      

  • 2019-20 Olathe Public Schools Parent Guide      

https://www.olatheschools.org/cms/lib/KS01907024/Centricity/Domain/1230/1920-Parent-Guide-081219.pdf

Olathe Public Schools USD 233, Cody Kennedy, Communications and Media Manager, John Allison, Superintendent of Schools

District Report Card / Annual Report

 Award of Excellence

  • 2017-18 Annual Report 

https://www.olatheschools.org/site/handlers/filedownload.ashx?moduleinstanceid=20121&dataid=25362&FileName=1718AnnualReport100218A.pdf

Olathe Public Schools USD 233, Cody Kennedy, Communications and Media Manager, John Allison, Superintendent of Schools

Certificate of Merit 

  • State of the District Breakfast – Derby Proud: A Year in Review of Derby Public Schools    

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/16N6wdLVV6c1c-GeHxDFosZNm25iAGY-ZQvVR-swn25c/edit#slide=id.g56a2be2a9a_0_8

https://docs.google.com/document/d/14Y9phit9OOae_BgvZdBQG4FDDA4DfJJqn95qhV72m4A/edit?usp=sharing

Derby Public Schools USD 260, Katie Carlson, Director of Communications, Heather Bohaty, Superintendent of SchoolS

  • USD 490 2018-2019 Annual Report       

https://www.eldoradoschools.org/News/1819AnnualReport/

El Dorado Public Schools USD 490, Kimberly Koop, Director of Information Services, Teresa Tosh, Superintendent of Schools

  • USD 345 Annual Report

https://www.seamanschools.org/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=21790377

Seaman School District USD 345, Candace LeDuc, Director of Communications, Steve Noble, Superintendent of Schools

Electronic Publication

Award of Excellence

  • Messages from the Superintendent on Strategic Planning          

https://youtu.be/p4rOKJ3Hh5E

https://youtu.be/VF03dPjZfBs

Shawnee Mission School District USD 512, David A. Smith, Chief Communications Officer, Mike Fulton, Superintendent of Schools

Certificate of Merit      

  • Board of Education Meeting Summaries

https://docs.google.com/document/d/16CpmGXl6C6fY1qw594CNrEpNJE5oqXiOz_5GMThdH9I/edit?usp=sharing

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TMWIi2Taf9R1Pk3oVWGndVCOkYJam4WxSRRIZV-h2-Q/edit?usp=sharing

http://derby.ss10.sharpschool.com/district/board_of_education/board_meeting_summaries

Derby Public Schools, USD 260, Katie Carlson, Director of Communications and Shauna Pugh, Public Information Assistant, Heather Bohaty, Superintendent of Schools

  • Connections     

https://myemail.constantcontact.com/September-2018-Connections-e-newsletter.html?soid=1102816858533&aid=CQhzo03Kn4c

https://myemail.constantcontact.com/November-2018-Connections-e-newsletter.html?soid=1102816858533&aid=VIkJvrHYVvc

Maize USD 266, Lori O’Toole Buselt, Director of Communications, Chad Higgins,  Superintendent of Schools

Marketing Materials / Special Purpose Publication

Certificate of Merit

  • USD 204 Promotional Post Card

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LJUcjUt9lQPsaLZMXif6-_U16q0HIPV9/view?usp=sharing

Bonner Springs/Edwardsville USD 204, Kaela Williams, Communication Coordinator, Dan Brungardt, Superintendent of Schools

  • Derby Proud Campaign 

http://bit.ly/1DerbyBTS

https://www.facebook.com/DerbyPublicSchools/posts/10155951655278924

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1XfpDFFqKU0I1RBw4vG-Uj3vK5GhFGEzG?usp=sharing

Derby Public Schools USD 260, Katie Carlson, Director of Communications, and Shauna Pugh, Public Information Assistant, Heather Bohaty, Superintendent of Schools

  • Maize USD 266 Bond Issue Informational Flyer  

https://www.usd266.com/Page/4896

Maize USD 266, Lori O’Toole Buselt, Director of Communications, Chad Higgins,  Superintendent of Schools

  • Slate Creek Redesign Video

https://www.facebook.com/NewtonSchoolsKS/videos/2549474275086665/

Newton Public Schools USD 373, Samantha Anderson, Director of Communications, Deborah Hamm, Superintendent of Schools

  • Trego Community Schools District Booklet         

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JfIQOwpc6o0poHJ1RIntPKa2RZ7HRTWT/view?usp=sharing

Trego Community Schools USD 208, Lindsey Mong, Treasurer, Tavis Dosormiers, Superintendent of Schools

Newsletters

Award of Excellence

  • Andover Update

https://s3.amazonaws.com/scschoolfiles/685/andover_update_fall_2018_110618-5.pdf

https://s3.amazonaws.com/scschoolfiles/685/andover_update_spring_2019.pdf

Andover Public Schools USD 385, Terry Rombeck, Director of Communication, Brett White, Superintendent of Schools

  • Turner Today

https://view.flipdocs.com/?ID=10004308_438739#1

https://view.flipdocs.com/?ID=10004308_822408#16

https://view.flipdocs.com/?ID=10004308_583415#1

Turner USD 202, Lauren Aiello, Community Liaison, Jason Dandoy, Superintendent of Schools

Certificate of Merit      

  • Staff News of the Week (NOW) 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xpbmsFtz690z3UYhfwQ5TMeBtOTvuqMu/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1eLQ7LoewRAwPmUbarOAGR9_nzl5MOvrs/view?usp=sharing

Derby Public Schools USD 260. Katie Carlson, Director of Communications, and Shauna Pugh, Public Information Assistant, Heather Bohaty, Superintendent of Schools

  • School News – Winter 2018

https://www.olatheschools.org/site/handlers/filedownload.ashx?moduleinstanceid=19101&dataid=23437&FileName=SchoolNewsDecember2018.pdf

Olathe Public Schools USD 233, Cody Kennedy, Communications and Media Manager, John Allison, Superintendent of Schools

  • Inside Shawnee Mission

https://resources.finalsite.net/images/v1555337783/smsdorg/bljstcucnefs72lkibg6/March2019-FinalWeb.pdf

https://resources.finalsite.net/images/v1565791316/smsdorg/f4akkf1ojljterslfbff/July2019Final-Web.pdf

Shawnee Mission School District USD 512, David A. Smith, Chief Communications Officer, Mike Fulton, Superintendent of Schools

  • Learning Leader

https://www.usd230.org/cms/one.aspx?pageId=299328

Spring Hill School District USD 230, Misty Eytcheson, Director of Communications, Wayne Burke, Superintendent of Schools

Photo / Photo Series 

Award of Excellence

  • Stone Creek Elementary Groundbreaking

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iso7p3lifd0XeCNYszvwRkQ3g8MdOV6O/view

https://www.facebook.com/pg/DerbyPublicSchools/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10156509065808924&__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARD1rgshiLO7-UAIvu3yuAI8Y_EgL8vYITg5B3px5wLfjcey8k2_w3H4ejbQDxp9eggtSv85zeJ7Kw-91lVNC79GqYsbd8Kz6Cid57XN7uJcpkYLtgawWzk0I2CNiQICKbuZALdA9wBupGNtn

https://www.derbyschools.com/cms/One.aspx?portalId=157292&pageId=15614065

Derby Public Schools USD 260, Katie Carlson, Director of Communications and Shauna Pugh, Public Information Assistant, Heather Bohaty, Superintendent of Schools

  • Schwegler Elementary Garden  

https://www.facebook.com/LawrencePublicSchools/photos/a.341532765935447/2167580153330690/?type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/LawrencePublicSchools/photos/a.341532765935447/2167580513330654/?type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/LawrencePublicSchools/photos/a.341532765935447/2167576506664388/?type=3&theater

Lawrence Public Schools USD 497, Rachel Thomas, Communications Specialist, Anthony Lewis, Superintendent of Schools

  • OneMa1ze in Photos    

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zQs7cXKFXQ0asuSGKID326F-3cYoVBFnTTVVe1DPzbM/edit?usp=sharing

Maize USD 266, Lori O’Toole Buselt, Director of Communications, Chad Higgins, Superintendent of Schools

Project, Special Event or Program

Award of Excellence

  • 1st Annual “We Want You” District-Wide Job Fair

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1I5pzyRX-D1cxSqBcDCLEQ4vPRXC-dCYVT-LuEH9U6ek/edit?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1r7a1MaqmyRrAKQIsP03IZ_I-MAEMCJOe

https://www.facebook.com/events/186714252016218/

Derby Public Schools USD 260, Katie Carlson, Director of Communications and Shauna Pugh, Public Information Assistant, Heather Bohaty, Superintendent of Schools

  • Superintendent’s First 100 Days

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1TQrHNNobmD5-xk9ouuPyifZbfNZ-Sct-

https://www.facebook.com/LawrencePublicSchools/posts/1897838530304855

Lawrence Public Schools USD 497, Julie Boyle, Executive Director of Communications, and Rachel Thomas, Communications Specialist, Anthony Lewis, Superintendent of Schools

  • Dream Keepers: STEM and Technical Career Awareness

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1F-d4GqMGedDc72WK4T5BwWJHN0IbxVKL?usp=sharing

Wichita Public Schools USD 259, Suzy Finn, Marketing and Strategic Partnership Supervisor, Alicia Thompson, Superintendent of Schools

Certificate of Merit      

  • Portrait of a Graduate  

https://www.usd385.org/237812_2

https://go.boarddocs.com/ks/usd385/Board.nsf/files/BBZJCV4AD475/$file/Portrait%20of%20a%20Graduate%2C%20Mission%20and%20Vision%20for%20BOE.pdf

Andover Public Schools USD 385, Terry Rombeck, Director of Communication, Brett White, Superintendent of Schools

  • Neighbors United Goddard       

https://www.neighborsunitedgoddard.com/

https://www.facebook.com/NeighborsUnitedGoddard/

https://www.facebook.com/NeighborsUnitedGoddard/videos/571981856655853/

Goddard Public Schools USD 265, Dane Baxa, Director of Community Relations, Justin Henry, Superintendent of Schools

  • Maize USD 266 Bond Issue 2019

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1h9f0JR2Lo_Ufdv_-o7YqhaokYYWY9H7x96lOylFrtLU/edit?usp=sharing

https://www.usd266.com/bond

https://www.facebook.com/maizeusd266/

Maize USD 266, Lori O’Toole Buselt, Director of Communications, Chad Higgins, Superintendent of Schools

  • USD 113 In-Service, December – District Level PD

https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cFl2D6r5qx

Prairie Hills USD 113, Todd Evans, Superintendent of Schools

  • Shawnee Mission School District Strategic Plan  

https://www.smsd.org/about/strategic-plan-2019-overview

https://www.smsd.org/about/strategic-plan-2019-overview/strategic-plan-2019-updates

https://www.smsd.org/about/strategic-plan-2019-overview/approved-strategic-plan-2019-2024

Shawnee Mission School District USD 512, David A. Smith, Chief Communications Officer, Mike Fulton, Superintendent of Schools

Websites / Social Media

Award of Excellence

  • New Website Navigation          

www.derbyschools.com

Derby Public Schools USD 260, Katie Carlson, Director of Communications and Shauna Pugh, Public Information Assistant, Heather Bohaty, Superintendent of Schools

  • USD 265-Goddard Public Schools, Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/GoddardPublicSchoolsUSD265/

https://www.facebook.com/GoddardPublicSchoolsUSD265/videos/345346252732076/

https://s3.amazonaws.com/scschoolfiles/236/2016-20_goddard_public_schools_communication_and_engagement_plan.pdf

Goddard Public Schools USD 265, Dane Baxa, Director of Community Relations, Justin Henry, Superintendent of Schools

  • USD 497 Instagram Takeovers  

https://www.instagram.com/p/BvSLQFbnfSW/

https://www.instagram.com/p/BvSDP7MH7I8/

https://youtu.be/g-UYiu5Q14g

Lawrence Public Schools USD 497, Rachel Thomas, Communications Specialist, Anthony Lewis, Superintendent of Schools

  • OneMa1ze on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/maizeusd266/

Maize USD 266, Lori O’Toole Buselt, Director of Communications, Chad Higgins,  Superintendent of Schools

  • USD 383 Facebook and Instagram page

https://www.facebook.com/USD383/

https://www.instagram.com/usd383/?hl=en

Manhattan-Ogden USD 383, Tess Riecke, Communications Specialist, Marvin Wade, Superintendent of Schools

  • TUSD Social Media       

https://www.facebook.com/TurnerUSD202

https://twitter.com/TUSD202

https://www.instagram.com/turnerusd202/

Turner USD 202, Lauren Aiello, Community Liaison, Jason Dandoy, Superintendent of Schools

Certificate of Merit

  • USD 373 Social Media Presence

https://www.facebook.com/NewtonSchoolsKS/

https://twitter.com/newtonschoolsks?lang=en

https://www.instagram.com/newtonschoolsks/?hl=en

Newton Public Schools USD 373, Samantha Anderson, Director of Communications, Deborah Hamm, Superintendent of Schools

  • Olathe Public Schools Social Media       

https://www.facebook.com/olatheschools/

https://twitter.com/olatheschools

https://www.instagram.com/olatheschoolsks/

Olathe Public Schools USD 233, Cody Kennedy, Communications and Media Manager, John Allison, Superintendent of Schools

  • Seamanschools.org      

https://www.seamanschools.org/

Seaman School District USD 345, Candace LeDuc, Director of Communications, Steve Noble, Superintendent of Schools

Writing

Award of Excellence

  • Celebrating Derby, KS: K-12 Writing Contest      

https://drive.google.com/open?id=18bnqGPROzWJFVEPyhFPSa37HYz1CMmFQ

Derby Public Schools USD 260, Katie Carlson, Director of Communications and Shauna Pugh, Public Information Assistant, Heather Bohaty, Superintendent of Schools

  • August 2019 Connections Superintendent’s Message     

https://myemail.constantcontact.com/supporter–Back-to-School-2019-Connections-e-newsletter.html?soid=1102816858533&aid=WXdvsB-R3DI

Maize USD 266, Lori O’Toole Buselt, Director of Communications, Chad Higgins,  Superintendent of Schools

  • We Teach Kids

http://sabethaherald.com/2018/10/29/we-teach-kids/

Prairie Hills USD 113, Todd Evans, Superintendent of Schools

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