Important Information

2016-2017 curriculum, meals, insurance, student health information (immunizations), PreK and Kindergarten information, and other fees will be available on our website at on the "Back to School" link following the July 18th Board of Education regular monthly meeting.

2016-2017 Athletic Physical Form

If your student is going to participate in athletics, please download this physical form:
KSHSAA Athletic Physical Form
KSHSAA Parent Consent Form (Spanish)

(latest, as of May, 2016)

2016-2017 Concussion - Impact Release Form

Concussion - Impact Release Form 2016-17
Grades 7-12
(Form must be signed by all student athletes and parent/guardians before the student participates in any athletic or spirit practice or contest each school year).

2016-2017 Student Information (Immunizations, Health, etc.)

Student Information 2016-2017

2016-2017 School Supply Lists

Soderstrom Elementary

Smoky Valley Middle School

Smoky Valley High School

District Calendar 2016-2017

USD 400 District Calendar 2016-2017

2016-17 Enrollment Schedule

Soderstrom Elementary School:  Enrollment is scheduled on Friday, August 5, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

If your child has not registered for Pre-K, please call the Soderstrom Elementary Office at 227-2945.  Regular business hours will start July 25, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Smoky Valley Middle School:  Enrollment packets will be mailed the last week of July.  Please pay required fees and return enrollment forms as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, August 12, 2016, either by mail or dropping them off at the SVMS office during regular business hours, which start July 25, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Smoky Valley High School:  Enrollment packets will be mailed the first week of August.  A new student/freshman parent meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 16, at 7:00 p.m.  Please pay required fees and return enrollment forms as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, August 12, 2016, either by mail or dropping them off at the SVHS office during regular business hours, which start July 25, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Smoky Valley Virtual Charter School:  Enrollment is currently open by arrangement. Appointments can be made for day or evening.  Call Sharlene Ramsey, Director, 785-227-4292.


**Fees may also be paid through our online payment system at by clicking on the "Online Payments" icon.


2016-2017 School Starting Dates

School Hours


Soderstrom Elementary K-4:  8:10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Soderstrom Elementary Pre-K A.M. Class - 8:10 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.

                                       Pre-K P.M. Class - 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Smoky Valley Middle School:  8:15 a.m. - 3:35 p.m.

Smoky Valley High School:  8:15 a.m. - 3:35 p.m.


2016-2017 Pre-K and Kindergarten Information

Pre-Kindergarten (4 Yr. Olds) 

Morning and afternoon Pre-Kindergarten classes are available for 4 year olds in the school district who meet the qualifications for this age group.  The classes are held at Soderstrom Elementary School. Please contact Eric Sjogren, Soderstrom Elementary Principal, at 785-227-2945 about Pre-K qualifications.


To enroll for all day kindergarten classes at Soderstrom Elementary, pupils must be five (5) years of age on or before August 31 of the current year.

Fee-Based All-Day Kindergarten Information and Collection Procedure

for Smoky Valley 

The Smoky Valley School District is offering fee based, All-Day Kindergarten for the 2016-17 school year.  Soderstrom Elementary will continue to offer All-Day Kindergarten for Smoky Valley students.  Research shows an All-Day Kindergarten curriculum is a worthwhile investment that moves students toward greater social and academic success in a stimulating environment.

What is a fee-based All-Day Kindergarten?

The fee-based Kindergarten program will continue to bring All-Day Kindergarten to families who choose to participate, but parents will be assessed a fee for the second one-half of the day.  The fee is $100 per month (or approximately $5.39 per day) for the additional half-day. Fees will be reduced by 1/2 ($50 per/mo.) for students qualifying for the free/reduced meal program.

Why the option?

State funding only supports half-day programming, which will continue to be an option for kindergarten students. The fee-based program offers an All-Day option. We have had tremendous public support for All-Day Kindergarten, but with the current economic climate the district is not able to provide the additional funding that would be required.

How many kindergartners will there be in each class?

Class size may vary, depending on the number of students enrolled.  Three (3) class sections are offered at Soderstrom.  The class sections have averaged twenty students and below.

What will the program look like?

We will continue to offer the same quality all-day program, just as we have since 2008.  Because of the outstanding proven success of teaching kindergarteners all day, the district has chosen to offer parents the opportunity to pay for the service, rather than eliminate it because of budget constraints.  This program will allow students to continue to benefit from increased instructional time in the core academic areas and also have opportunities for non-core areas that are not possible to include in a half-day setting.

What if I choose NOT to send my child to the all day program?

Parents may choose to send their child for only one half day.  In this case, the child will attend in the A.M. only and be dismissed before lunch.  Busing will be provided for all out-of-town students.  Unfortunately students who are not able to attend all day will not receive the same academic opportunities because of lost instructional time in the afternoon.  No fee will be assessed for students who only attend for one-half day. 

How will fees be assessed?

Fees for All-Day Kindergarten ($100) will be payable on a regular monthly basis, due on the 15th day of the month.  The entire fee for this program is $900 per year.  Families who have completed the necessary application forms and qualify for free/reduced meals will be charged $450 for the year ($50/month).

The first payment is due to the school building office on August 15th and the final payment must be made by April 15th.  Parents are welcome to make additional payments or full payment in advance as long as the entire fee is paid by April 15th.  Failure to keep payment current will result in parental notification on the 25th of the month.  If payment is not received within 30 days the building and district administration may recommend that the child be withdrawn from the program and returned to the half-day program. 

2016-2017 Information for Special Ed Students Attending at McPherson USD #418


 Saturday, August 6, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.: Enrollment for ALL grades @ Auxiliary Gym, McPherson High School, 801 E. First, McPherson, at 620-241-9500.



August 17:  First Day of School:  Grades 1 - 12

August 18:  First Day of School for Half-Day Kindergarten

August 29:  First Half day for Pre-Kindergarten

September 6:  First Full Day for Pre-Kindergarten and First Full Day Kindergarten        

Transportation for Special Education students to McPherson will begin on August 17.

2016-2017 Transportation


 The school district plans to make transportation available for all students (grades Pre-K through 12) residing outside of the city limits. Students residing in Marquette will be picked up by the buses at the loading zone on the south side of the MES building for transportation to Lindsborg. Transportation will begin on Thursday, August 18.  Note:  A transportation request form must be completed by all new students requesting transportation, including Pre-K and Kindergarten students, if a form was not completed at Kindergarten Roundup and Pre-K registration.


2016-2017 Curriculum - Lunches - Insurance


All curriculum and some other related required materials will be available at all attendance facilities.
  • Curriculum Fee (K-12) $30.00 per student. Students attending half-time or less - $15.00. No curriculum fee for Pre-K.
  • All-day Kindergarten Fee - $900.00 (free or Reduced - $450.00
  • Online Payment Transaction Fee - $3.00
  • Activities Fee/Sport - $30.00 (per activity season)
  • Instrumental Rental - a conditional $50.00 fee (payable in advance
  • Laptop Rental Fee - $50.00 (for grades 7-12)
  • Fundamentals of Art* - $45.00
  • Advanced Studio* - $25.00 (per semester class)
  • Photo Imaging* - $25.00 (per semester class)
  • 2D A & B* - $25.00 (per semester class)
  • 3D A & B* - $25.00 (per semester class)
  • Trade & Industry* - $25.00 (per semester class)
  • Cabinetmaking I - $45.00
  • Cabinetmaking II - $45.00
  • Robotics - $45.00
  • Driver's Education Fee - $125.00 for Smoky Valley High School Students and $200 for students not attending Smoky Valley High School (includes student permit), to be collected at enrollment
  • Additional charges at cost are assessed on the high school level for supplementary items such as magazines or otherindividual class requirements.
* Cost per Semester

Grades K-4$2.60 (daily cost)$52.00 (20 lunches)
Grades 5-8$2.80 (daily cost)$56.00 (20 lunches)
High School$2.95 (daily cost)$59.00 (20 lunches)
Adults$3.50 (daily cost)$70.00 (20 lunches)
Breakfast for Students$1.70 (daily cost)$34.00 (20 breakfast meals)
Breakfast for Adults$1.90 (daily cost)$38.00 (20 breakfast meals)

Extra milk will be available at a cost of 40 cents per 1/2 pint.

Free and reduced meal applications will be available at enrollment. Meal applications should include the names of all members living in your household, including the name of your child even if he/she is attending special education classes in McPherson. If
you have children enrolled in more than one attendance center in the district, only one completed application needs to be submitted to any one of our school attendance centers or the USD #400 district office.

Lunch service will be in regular operation in all buildings beginning on Thursday, August 18th. Lunch payments are due on enrollment day at all schools.

Student Insurance
Those desiring to take student accident insurance, the fees are as follows: Brochures will be distributed by the schools. Coverage will become effective 12:01 a.m. following the date the envelope containing the enrollment form and premium is postmarked by the U.S. Post Office, but not prior to August 1. Families should mail premiums directly to the company, rather than returning them to the school. Families may send all premiums to SAS, Inc., P O Box 196, Stillwater, MN 55082, in the envelope attached to the brochure.

GradesAnnual Premium
Full Time Coverage
(does NOT include Interscholastic Sports Coverage)
*Full Time Coverage
(includes Interscholastic Sports Coverage except Football for Grades (9-12)
School-Time Coverage
(does NOT include Interscholastic Sports Coverage for Grades 7-12)
*School-Time Coverage
(includes All Interscholastic Sports Coverage except Football for Grades (9-12)
*Football Coverage(9-12)$250.00
*Extended Dental Coverage
(may be purchased separately)
*Plans that cover athletics.  Note:  Football for grades 7-8 are covered under the $91.00 or the $174.00 plans.