Back to School

Back to school letter
Posted on 08/07/2018

Dear Patrons,

Certainly the community of Excelsior Springs is a valuable investor in our school district.  As you may know, the Excelsior Springs #40 District is comprised of an Early Childhood Center (ECC), Elkhorn Elementary School (K-5), Lewis Elementary School (K-5), Westview Elementary School (K-5), ES Middle School (6-8), ES High School (9-12), ES Career/Technical Center (9-12) and Tiger Path Alternative Center (k-12).  The community’s investment in our district has allowed us to offer a comprehensive academic curriculum, special programs, and a wide range of extra and co-curricular activities.  Here at ESSD #40 we always strive to “reach, teach, and challenge all students to be college and/or career ready”.

One thing for sure, August is a great month in the education world.  Back to school activities are in full swing as final preparations are made for the start of the 2018-2019 school year.  With this thought, listed below are some tips for families to ensure children have a great start to the school year!

1) Visit the school and introduce yourself to your child's teachers.

Check with your school about student orientations and meet-the-teacher events. Mark your calendar and make introductions with the caring educators. Be sure to ask them about the preferred method of communication. (Some teachers are active on email, while others prefer the phone or in-person meetings.)

2) Set up a special place at home to do school work and homework

Find a quiet and consistent place at home where your child can complete his or her homework. If your child is having difficulty with homework, talk with your teacher sooner rather than later.

3) Limit the time that you let your child watch TV.

When you do decide to do TV time, make it a family affair. Talk together about what you see and ask questions after the show ends.

4) Get everyone to bed on time.

During the summer, children aren't always on a schedule, which is understandable. But, proper rest is essential for a healthy and productive school year. Help your kids get back on track “sleep-wise” by having them go to bed earlier and wake up earlier at least a week in advance of when school actually starts.

5) Make healthy meals.

Let’s face it – no one can concentrate when they’re hungry. Studies show that children who eat healthy, balanced breakfasts and lunches do better in school. Fix nutritious meals at home, and, if you need extra help, find out if your family qualifies for any child nutrition programs, like the National School Lunch Program.

I want to personally thank you for your continued dedication and support to the quality of our schools as we begin another memorable school year.  You can always reach us at (816) 630-9200 if you need any assistance. 

Have a great school year and GO TIGERS!     


Dr. Dan Hoehn – Superintendent

Excelsior Springs School District