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Congratulations to Kele Carter, Student of the Week for January 19-23!

Kele Carter

Kele is a freshman at Eudora High School and is the daughter of Christina and Jim Carter.  Here are a few things about Kele:

Favorite subject: Health

Favorite book: Divergent

Favorite food: Lasagna

Hero: My father

What are your future plans?  I would like to be a coach and physical education teacher.

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Jesse_Owen_Bonner_Springs_2014_09_05Eudora High Football Coach Jesse Owen (photo by Eudorareporter.com Photojournalist Julie Stewart)

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Eudora High Head Football Coach Jesse Owen has resigned his position to become the head coach at Olathe East High School. Owen spent just one season as the Cardinal Head Coach having come from Olathe North High School where he was an assistant coach.

“This is a great place and great people,” Owen said in an exclusive interview. “But that is where my family is, my in-laws are there and this is a better situation for me and my family.”

Owen stated that he was contacted by the Olathe School District as to possible interest in becoming one of their head football coaches.

“I certainly didn’t plan on this when I came to Eudora eight months ago,” Owen said. “But you can’t control timing.  If I would have known this was going to happen, I never would have taken the job here.”

In his lone season as Eudora Head Coach, Owen compiled a 5-4 record, going 3-3 in the District.

The Olathe School District has two head coaching vacancies. Olathe North long time legendary coach and mentor to Owen, Gene Weir took an off-field position with the Kansas University football program in December. Olathe East Head Coach Jeff Meyers was fired after 29 years as Head Coach following Olathe East’s first non-winning season since 1999.

Eudora High will now have to look for it’s third new head coach in three years. Prior to Owen coming to EHS, Kevin Kopecky served for one season and resigned in March, 2014.  Attempts to reach Eudora High School Assistant Principal and Activities Director Kara Kimberlin about the vacancy were unsuccessful.

Owen said he plans on continuing as a P.E. instructor at EHS through the remainder of the 2014-2015 school year.

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Eudora School District Superintendent Steve Splichal released a letter to Eudora Schools families on Tuesday stating the school district learned on Monday that a Eudora High School student was on a cruise ship recently with a medical worker who could have come into contact with the Ebola virus.

“Let me be clear: There has been no exposure of any Eudora Schools student or employee to the Ebola virus,” Splichal said in the letter. “Because discussion of Ebola can be upsetting to many people, I wanted to make you aware of this incident. However, let me stress again that at no time has anyone in our schools ever been at risk for Ebola or been in harm’s way.”

Splichal went on to say that the medical worker was quarantined on the ship and never showed any symptoms of the virus during or after the cruise. The medical worker has continued to test negative for Ebola and is past the 21-day incubation period.  He also added later on in his letter that if there was any chance of exposure in the future, the School District has a plan in place based on information from the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control.

“Thank you for your support of our schools, and for doing whatever you can to help keep our school community calm and focused on learning,” Splichal said in his conclusion of the note.

We asked School District Communications Director Kristin Magette about the plan mentioned in the letter.  She said that the plan for any infectious disease, in a nutshell, is to:

1. Assess the situation and risk in partnership with the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department (KDHE and CDC if needed)
2. Follow protocols designated by public health agencies
3. Communicate to our employees and families

She said this plan would be followed continuously repeating until the situation is resolved.

“I should point out that, all year long, our awesome team of school nurses is working with the partners above to make sure we understand whatever public health risk may be present at any point in time. Enterovirus, MRSA, pandemic flu, pertussis… now Ebola,” Magette said.

The name of the student from Eudora High School who was on the cruise ship was not released.

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Congratulations to Bethany Thomas, Student of the Week for October 13-17! 

Bethany Thomas

Bethany, a senior at Eudora High School, is the daughter of Darren and Tiffany Thomas.  Here are a few things about Bethany:

Favorite subject: Marketing

Favorite book: The Dirt by Motley Crue

Favorite food: Anything with ketchup on it

Hero: Tom Hiddleston

What are your future plans? Receive a degree in marketing and become a business owner.

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2014 Homecoming Caniddates2014 Homecoming Candidates (l-r) Grant Stewart and Kassy Wise, Jon Miller and Brenna Sparks, Camden Leary and Hannah Theverajoo, and Trey Byrne and Lauren Gabriel. (Photo courtesy the Eudora School District)

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Mother Nature decided she wanted to interfere with Homecoming activities scheduled for Wednesday in Eudora.  Originally, the Homecoming parade was scheduled to begin at 5:30 PM and the ensuing pep rally was to take place in CPA Park. Due to the inclement weather possibilities, the parade was cancelled and the pep rally was moved to the EHS Gymnasium.  Homecoming candidates along with the fall sports teams were introduced to the crowd indoors.

Homecoming activities will continue through the next couple of days, depending on weather situations. As of publication time, the EHS Soccer game set for 5:00 P.M. Thursday is still a go.  The weather forecast does call for thunderstorms throughout the day on Thursday.

Friday, the EHS Football team will play Basehor-Linwood at Eudora District Stadium.  Game time is 7:00 P.M.  The Homecoming King and Queen will be announced at halftime.  While rain is currently not expected on Friday, you might want to take some warmer clothes (and possibly a parka). The Friday forecast is for dry conditions, but it is expected to partly cloudy and windy with the high during the day reaching only 57. The overnight low is expected to get down to 38 degrees.  At game time, the temperature is expected to be in the upper 40’s.

Weren’t we all wearing shorts at last weeks game?  Well, welcome to Kansas…..

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