May 14, 2018 ~ The end of a school year is a busy time for staff, students and families. As Santa Fe Trail Middle School was a member of the very first Kansas Redesign Challenge, the 2017-18 school year was full of exploration and collaboration. In addition, Santa Fe Trail celebrated its 50th anniversary earlier in the busy school year.
To celebrate a year of accolades, the SFT Block Party was held in early May. Students, families, alumni and community groups were invited to attend. Activities included voter registration, a free community garage sale, a live band, drawings and carnival games. Grilled food was also served and a Kona Ice truck was available for an ice-cold treat.
Representatives from the Olathe Public Library, Mahaffie Farmstead, Hispanic Heritage and the Olathe Police and Fire Departments came out to enjoy the festivities and give information to families about their upcoming events and outreach.
“It was so much fun,” Julie Fox, Santa Fe Trail library media specialist, said. “Adults and kids were having a terrific time.”
A highlight for many was the dunk tank and an opportunity to soak teachers and administrators.
Families of the feeder elementary schools to Santa Fe Trail had the opportunity to attend and meet with future teachers and see their new school.
“The buzz around Mahaffie fifth-graders has been the block party. The kids had a blast and are so excited to come here next year,” said Mahaffie Elementary teacher Melissa Tobaben. “As a parent of an SFT student, our family had a great time.”