Ryan Luke Hired as Next Silver Lake Jr/Sr High Principal
Silver Lake is proud to announce the hiring of Mr. Ryan Luke as the next principal to lead Silver Lake Jr/Sr High School. He will be taking over for Mr. Brad Womack, who will be serving as the superintendent of schools next year for Silver Lake USD #372. We are very excited for Mr. Luke to join our team. He brings a forward-thinking vision of education that will allow Silver Lake students to continue to be highly successful both in and out of the classroom and in their post-secondary endeavors.
Mr. Luke is in his 20th year of education and his 6th in administration. He has been the principal at St. Marys Jr/Sr High School for four years, and before that was an assistant principal/ athletic director at Chanute High School in Chanute, KS. Mr. Luke also spent time at Eudora High School in Eudora, KS, and in Beatrice, NE, with Beatrice Public Schools. Mr. Luke grew up in a rural community in south-central Nebraska where his family farmed, and his mother was a 3rd-grade teacher for 30 years. Ryan and his wife Miranda Luke have three children and live in rural Silver Lake. Mr. Luke states, “In all my years of education, I have known and respected Silver Lake USD 372 for its strong tradition and excellence in education. I am honored, and consider it a privilege, to have the opportunity to be the next principal of Silver Lake Jr/Sr High School.”
I look forward to serving, supporting, and providing educational opportunities for all stakeholders of the USD 372 community”.
Womack Selected as next Silver Lake Superintendent
Silver Lake School District 372 Board of Education has named Brad Womack as the next superintendent starting July 1, 2021. Womack will succeed Tim Hallacy, who is moving to Shawnee Heights School District as its superintendent
With the assistance of Greenbush Education Service Center, Silver Lake’s Board of Education conducted the search for itssuperintendent. The search resulted in 14 applicants with diverse geographic and professional backgrounds. The board interviewed four applicants.
We are extraordinarily pleased with the outcome of this search process. In the end, Womack proved to be the best fit to carry forward the vision of Silver Lake. His knowledge inside and out of the Silver Lake School District, along with his drive for student success and his commitment to push for excellence demonstrates his capability to succeed in this new role.
Womack began his teaching career in 1996 at Burlingame School District where he taught math for two years. After teaching one year at Washburn Rural School District, he joined Silver Lake School District as a math teacher in 1999. In 2010, he became the principal of Silver Lake Junior/Senior High School. During his time as principal, he oversaw the expansion of Silver Lake’s curricular opportunities for all students, which has included everything from college classes to credit recovery.
“The Board of Education is excited for Brad to begin his new role as Silver Lake’s Superintendent,” Board President Jake Fisher said. “Brad’s dedication to the Silver Lake Community and his commitment to our students is unquestionable.”
“I am deeply humbled to have the opportunity to lead the school district that not only molded me as a young person but also has helped to put my children on successful paths in life,” Womack said. “I will work tirelessly for the students of our community and I am excited to work with the board to continue to set and attain goals that stretch our organization in ways that sets the bar for excellence in the education community. Thank you to all who have taught, mentored, counseled and supported me throughout my development in this rewarding profession, and thank you to my wife, Jennifer and five children for always encouraging me in all that I do.”
Seamless Summer Option Meal Program
Late last week the USDA announced a waiver for schools to utilize the Seamless Summer Option meal program similar to the one we used to feed students for free in the spring. This is a waiver USD #372 qualifies for and our waiver has been approved. Beginning September 4, 2020 all ENROLLED students of USD 372 Silver Lake will receive free meals (in person and Remote learners). The district will be able to operate this program through the end of this school year.. This means that all students will receive a free breakfast and lunch if they elect to eat each day. Any extras, ala carte items and 2nd breakfast or lunch will still have the normal charges if the student chooses to take these.
The district will update the meal accounts for all students to reflect free meals as of the date above. Parents don’t have to do anything at this time. Once the program funds are spent, all students will return to their original meal status prior to September 4, 2020. This waiver does not affect meal status and the district will continue to accept free and reduced meal applications.
If you have any questions about the program, please contact Debbie Walburn at dwalburn@silverlakeschools.
Silver Lake Schools
Annual 5th vs. Teachers competition will be live streamed
(Friday, April 16, 2021)
The annual 5th Graders vs. Teachers gasketball game is Friday, April 23. The game will be live streamed by high school journalism students so that all interested in the event can watch. It starts at 2 p.m. and lasts approximately an hour. The live stream can be found on the Silver Lake Journalism YouTube Channel.
Summer sports camps open for registration
(Thursday, April 22, 2021)
The camp is June 7th through June 10th and is organized by Coach Roberts and Coach Brown. Any students from 2nd to 12th grade are welcome to attend. There will be two sessions per day held at the North Topeka Golf Course and the cost is $40 per participant. To register, fill out this online form or drop this form off at the high school. For more informatin, contact Coach Brown or Coach Roberts.
The high school camp runs Monday, June 14 through Thursday, June 17. It costs $30 per camper and all forms and payments are due by June 1st. If you’re interested in attending, fill out this Google Form and return your payment to Coach Johnson.
The youth camp runs Monday, June 14 through Thursday, June 17 and has two sessions divided by age. 3rd through 5th grade camp is 12:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. and 6th through 8th grade camp is 2:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. The camp is $40 per camper and all forms and payments are due by June 1st. If you have students interested in attending, fill out this Google Form and return your payment to Coach Johnson.
Any student entering 3rd to 6th grade can attend the youth basketball camp. High school players and choaches will work with campers to develop dribbling, passing, and shooting skills. The camp runs Monday, June 21st through Thursdsy, June 24th. Grades 3-4 are from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and grades 5-6 are from 10 a.m. to noon. The camp is $25 and registrations are due on May 31 in order to guarantee a camp shirt. Fill out this form and return payment to Coach Porter or Coach Roberts