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Western Plains USD 106 is a school district located in Ness County, Kansas. USD 106 is comprised of the towns of Arnold, Brownell, Bazine, Ransom, and Utica. At Western Plains, we pride ourselves on the ability to serve each student and help them reach their potential with a highly qualified faculty in the comfort of well-maintained facilities. We are proud of what we do at Western Plains and invite you to check out the site. Thanks for visiting!

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IMPORTANT: USD 106 response to COVID-19

Important information regarding the coronavirus and the USD 106 attendance policy, including a letter from superintendent Mr. Jeff Jones.    

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Speech and drama department qualifies competitors for State, prepares school play

  The speech and drama department at Western Plains High School is in the midst of several very busy months, as competitors prepare and polish Forensics pieces and work to memorize lines and blocking cues for the annual school play. Back in January, the Forensics season got underway with the first meet of the year. Since then, the team has traveled in many different directions to compete with their pieces. The team also . . .

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Lynch cultivates minds of the youth

RANSOM- Western Plains is proud to have numerous talented and hardworking teachers and support staff. One person that has truly made a difference in the school is Amy Lynch.  Lynch grew up in Ransom and recently moved back to her hometown in 2017. Lynch is now a paraprofessional for kindergarten and first grade at Western Plains North.  Not only is she a para, but she is also involved with many school and community . . .

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Flax continues to strive after high school

RANSOM- Since the consolidation of Western Plains USD 106, many pupils have graduated and become ideal citizens that represent our school district very well. Tyler Flax, 2005 graduate, is one of those ideal citizens.  Flax was part of the first class to graduate from Western Plains. After high school, he went on to study at Garden City Community College and Fort Hays State University. During his time at both colleges, Flax . . .

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Fairbank continues to make an impact

RANSOM- There are many employees that make Western Plains a place where everyone feels welcome.  Debbie Fairbank is just one of these employees that helps bring a smile to everyone’s faces.  In the year 2008, there became a position opening at Western Plains in the kitchen. When this came to be, Fairbank applied for the position and eventually wound up getting it. In the beginning, there was some hesitation about . . .

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KAY Club raises $626 for Relay for Life

You may recall that back in December, the KAY club teamed up with the Red, White, & Blue Crew to sell live wreaths for a fundraiser.  The Red, White, and Blue Crew is the official team name for the Relay for Life team which is headed by Mrs. Marcia Giess. The live wreath fundraiser has been going on for several years and is a popular fundraiser because the wreaths are so beautiful, smell so good, and have excellent . . .

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Music teacher selected as recipient of Horizon Award

This past month, music teacher Miss Mariannet Navarro Herrera was honored with the Horizon Award, which is given to outstanding first-year teachers.  Herrera joined the Bobcat family in the 2018-2019 school year. She is the music teacher for Western Plains USD 106, instructing band, vocal, and guitar. Since her time as a teacher at Western Plains, the music department has been revived with kids interested in music.  . . .

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USD 106 receives Commissioner's Award, other awards, from KSDE

BAZINE & RANSOM- Western Plains USD 106 has been recognized through the Kansas Can Star Recognition Program as a high achieving school district in the state of Kansas. The Kansas Can Star Recognition Program evaluates districts on areas such as "social-emotional growth, kindergarten readiness, Individual Plans of Study (IPS), high school graduation preparedness, high school graduation, civic engagement . . .

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