February 2, 2023

USD 457 Weekly Update

News & Events from USD 457 Garden City Public Schools


The Garden City High School dance team will sponsor a Jr. Buffs Dance Clinic that will be held on February 12th and 14th.  The clinic will be held at Garden City High School.  The clinic will run from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. each evening.  The clinic is for children in kindergarten through eighth grade and all participants will receive a t-shirt.

The students will present a routine during the GCHS boys’ varsity basketball game on Friday, February 15th.  The fee for the clinic is $25 and the deadline to register is Thursday, February 7th.  Forms and payment need to be sent to the GCHS Athletic Office.  The proceeds will go to the GCHS dance team.

For more information, email Haley Walck at hwalck@gckschools.com


The Garden City High School student council is conducting a shoe drive fundraiser on January 28th – March 25th to raise funds for local organizations, to be determined at a later date by student vote.  The organization will earn funds based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes collected, as Funds2Orgs will issue a check for the collected shoes.  Those dollars will benefit Garden City organizations.  Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used and new shoes at most Garden City schools, Petco, Illusions Hair Salon, Finney County Library and Garden Bowl.

All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of micro-enterprise (small business) partners.  Funds2Orgs works with micro-entrepreneurs in helping them create, maintain and grow small businesses in developing countries where economic opportunity and jobs are limited.  Proceeds from the sales of the shoes collected in shoe drive fundraisers are used to feed, clothe and house their families. 

“We are excited about our shoe drive,” said Sandra Naeve, GCHS Student Council Advisor, we know that most people have extra shoes in their closets they would like to donate to us.  By doing so, we raise money for local organizations that will be determined by a student vote, and we have the chance to help families in developing nations who need economic opportunities.  It’s a win-win for everyone.  Student council took this idea and created a district wide service project that will impact people globally.”

By donating gently worn, used and new shoes to the USD 457 schools the shoes will be given a second chance and make a difference in people’s lives around the world.  This is also a great way to reuse and share resources.  It is a great opportunity to get started on spring cleaning.

For more information, contact Sandra Naeve, GCHS Student Council Advisor, by email: snaeve@gckschools.com.


Garden City High School Family, Career, & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) students competed on Wednesday, January 30th at Satanta High School to qualify for the state tournament that will be held in Wichita, Kansas on April 7th – 9th.  FCCLA takes only the top student in each district and category on to the next level of competition.

Garden City High School students that took first in their category and will advance on to state include:  Jason Tran, Applied Math for Culinary Management Occupational Level, Mathestone Soup, Gold Medal; Angel Grijalva, Fashion Design Senior Level, Artistic Sin, Bronze Medal; Tammy Truong, Fashion Design Occuaptional Level, Suits Through the Ages, Silver Medal; Ivy Servin, Fashion Construction Occupational Level, Vintage Military, Gold Medal; Thida Southavongsa, Fashion Construction, Senior Level, Sixtes’ Pink, Silver Medal; Janessa Montez, Daisy Rivas, and Mia Zapien, Interior Design Occupational Level, Cali- Bunga Resort, Bronze Medal;  Kedy Chanthavong, Career Investigation Occupational Level, Business Management, Bronze Medal;  Ryan Glaze, Food Innovation Occupational Level, Mango Tango Salad, Gold Medal; Connor Hipp, Sports Nutrition Occupational Level, Caitlyn H., Silver Medal; Caitlyn Harman, Advocacy Occupational Level, Life Skills Education, Gold Medal; Kathryn Chandler, Leadership Occupational Level, Leading the Herd, Gold Medal; Karmen Herrera, Interpersonal Communications Occupational Level, Can You Hear Me Now?, Gold Medal; Emily Chandler and Audrey Norquest, Food Innovation Junior Level, Mini Em-pan-Aud-as!, Gold Medal; Isabel Stratman, Recycle and Redesign Junior Level, Drink-o Plink-o Board, Silver Medal; Seferino Ramirez, Recycle and Redesign Occupational Level, Cinderella on a Budget, Bronze Medal;  and Brayley Fraizer, Recycle and Redesign Senior Level, Turquoise Table, Silver Medal.

Alexa Cannaley also competed but did not qualifying for state in the Focus on Children Junior Level, Benefits of Play Group, Silver Medal.

Emily Chandler, freshman, will also be serving as the 2019-2020 District F FCCLA Vice President.

GCHS FCCLA advisors are Robyn Hilt and Elisabeth Maldonado.