Bob Srack Excellence in Teaching Award

Bob Srack was in the Manhattan High School class of 1944. He was a student athlete who excelled in football, basketball and track (he was the quarterback for MHS when they won their first league championship). He was also Associate Editor of the Blue M yearbook. In the spring of 1944, as they were all turning 18, 10 classmates decided to all enlist together. Mr. Srack and another classmate joined the Marine Corps, the other 8 joined the Navy. Mr. Srack served in World War II and died on May 6, 1946 while serving his country. He is buried in Manhattan at Sunset Cemetery.

The Bob Srack Excellence in Teaching awards were established in 1981 by an anonymous donor to honor the memory of Bob Srack. Each year the district presents one elementary teacher and one secondary teacher with the Bob Srack Excellence in Teaching award. The recipients receive a cash award and an engraved marble apple.

Classified Employees of the Year

Since 1991, USD 383 has been honoring 5 outstanding employees as Classified Employees of the Year. All of the employees nominated in these categories are outstanding individuals who give 100% each day. Each of them plays an important role in the district and in the education of our students.

The award winners are given a cash award from the Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 Foundation and an engraved marble apple. Thank you to UMB Bank for sponsoring the Classified Employee of the Year Awards.

Kansas Horizon Award

The Horizon Award program allows all school districts in the state an opportunity to nominate one elementary and one secondary teacher for the award. To be eligible for a Horizon Award, teachers must have successfully completed their first year of teaching and have performed in such a way as to distinguish themselves as outstanding. The Horizon Award program is a regional competition with four regions corresponding to the state's U.S. Congressional districts. Four elementary and four secondary classroom teachers may be selected for the award from each region.

Kansas Master Teacher

Emporia State University established the Kansas Master Teacher awards in 1953. The awards are presented annually to teachers who have served the profession long and well and who also typify the good qualities of earnest and conscientious teachers.

Candidates for the awards are typically nominated by local teacher associations and school faculties. More than one individual may be nominated from a school or U.S.D.; however, only one person from a U.S.D. will be selected as a Master Teacher. In February, selection of seven award recipients is made by a committee. The committee is comprised of the president or designated representative of the following educational organizations: Kansas-National Education Association, Kappa Delta Pi-International Honor Society in Education, Kansas State Board of Education, Kansas Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, Kansas Association of School Boards, Kansas Congress of Parents and Teachers, Kansas Division of the American Association of University Women, and United School Administrators. Two Master Teachers from the previous year also serve on the committee.

National Board Certified Teachers

Manhattan-Ogden School District has 25 National Board Certified Teachers. National Board Certification is a symbol of professional teaching excellence. A certificate will attest that a teacher was judged by his or her peers as one who is accomplished, makes sound professional judgments about students' best interests and acts effectively on those judgments. Offered on a voluntary basis, National Board Certification complements, but does not replace, state licensing. While state licensing systems set entry-level standards for novice teachers, National Board Certification establishes advanced standards for experienced teachers.

National Board Certification measures a teacher's practice against high and rigorous standards through an extensive series of performance-based assessments that includes teaching portfolios, student work samples, videotapes and thorough analyses of the candidate's teaching and students' learning. They also complete a series of written exercises that probe the depth of their subject-matter knowledge, as well as their understanding of how to teach those subjects to their students.

Certification is voluntary and open to anyone with a baccalaureate degree and three years of classroom experience in either a public or private school. It is valid for 10 years, after which a teacher must seek renewal.

Teachers who have participated in National Board Certification have overwhelmingly stated it is the most powerful professional development experience of their careers. And National Board Certified Teachers are making positive changes in their classrooms, in their school districts, and in the larger education community. The recognition, visibility, new roles and growth of the numbers of National Board Certified Teaches are affecting not only their classrooms, but also the culture of schools where they work. They are affecting how teachers are viewed by everyone from the education policy establishment to parents in the community.