Award Year: 2016

Chanute Elementary School

500 Osa Martin Boulevard
Chanute, KS, 66720

(620) 432-2560

Mr. Gary Alan Wheeler, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

USD 413 Chanute

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CES is committed to creating a 21st-century learning environment which ensures all students have the skills necessary to maximize their potential as 21st-century learners.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 82%
  • Hispanic: 11%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 4%
  • ELL: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
CES students receiving Challenge Merit Awards from state board

CES students receiving Challenge Merit Awards from state board

Chanute Elementary School is public school committed to providing a quality education to all students located in and around the Chanute, KS community. Chanute is located in southeast Kansas and has a population of approximately 9500 people. Schools and school activities are the heart of the community and our patrons support our school economically, publicly, and through attendance at school activities. Several years ago these patrons approved a bond issue allowing us to build a new elementary attendance center--giving the district the opportunity to combine four elementary schools into one. Although unaware of it at the time, this decision would prove to be critical in the improved success of our students. Previous to this, each school operated autonomously and student success was largely dependent on the skills of the individual teacher in that classroom. When we combined, we also trained staff and began the process of operating as a professional learning community. Administrators, PLC leaders, and grade level teams became intently focused on the appropriate use of formative data to insure student mastery of essential skills. These learning teams meet weekly to review assessment data and develop interventions for students who need additional help--along with planning enrichment opportunities for students who display mastery. Ironically, when our focus switched to student mastery of teacher-identified essential skills rather than a concern for state assessment results, assessment scores improved. Data continues to drive these grade-level learning teams as Chanute Elementary School continues to operate as a Professional Learning Community.