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Meet Willow VaughnFIfth Grade Leadership team member

Willow wants to make Chanute Elementary School a better place and that is why she wanted to be a member of the Fifth Grade Leadership Team.

One of her ideas revolves around her favorite pastime.

“I mainly wanted to start a book club and I wanted to help younger kids,” she said.

That goal fits right along with one of the team’s projects this year – reading to kindergarten students.

“We’re reading to the kindergartners and I’m excited about that. Mentoring young kids (is another activity) and I really want to do that as well,” she said.

At school, “I like going to the library and reading,” she said, adding that the Percy Jackson series is one of her favorites as well as the Harry Potter series.

When she’s not at school, she takes dance lessons and spends her free time reading.




School Attendance – Let the Race Begin

The race among classes for perfect attendance begins this month. To be successful, it’s important for students be in school every day. To encourage that, CES Principals have established weekly, quarterly, semester and yearly rewards to encourage students to come to school every day.

Students who have perfect attendance all week are placed in a drawing for an extra recess on Friday. Five students from each grade level are chosen. Class attendance is  recorded for the month along a race track, with trophies given to the best class attendance at each grade level. Rewards for perfect attendance for each quarter, semester, and for the entire year may include Sonic coupons, a pizza party, popsicles at the park or a Wal-Mart gift card for perfect attendance all school year.

Community Happenings:

What could be more fun that baking pie and decorating sugar cookies with some high school FCCLA students? Open to kids 8 and older. Cost is $20. Sign up this week! 

kids in the kitchen

Reminder:   Doors do not open until 7:45am and no student is supervised until that time. It is not healthy for students to stand out in the weather prior to 7:45am so do not drop students off or let them walk to school prior to 7:45. This is still 45 minutes before the school day starts.


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Mr. Matt Koester​

Assistant Principal

Eric Hoops

Assistant Principal

Noel Shinkle


Office Hours 7:45am-4:15pm

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Contact Information

Chanute Elementary School
500 Osa Martin Blvd
Chanute, Kansas 66720
Phone: 620.432.2530
Fax: 620.432.2542