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Matt Jellison, Principal
Matt Jellison

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South Central Elementary       302 S Jefferson, PO Box 38            Protection, KS 67127            Phone: 620-622-4545                      Fax: 620-622-4844

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  Matt Jellison Principal, SCEMS

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South Central Elementary School

2nd Grade to Protection Valley Manor

2nd Grade traveled to Protection Valley Manor to get pumpkins to be able to decorate for Halloween Thank you PVM for supplying us with pumpkins! 

Meet the new Teachers

My name is Melanie Thompson. I am not new to the district, but have worn a couple of different hats during my previous eight years of teaching in USD 300.  I taught 5-12 band/9-12 choir for five years, and the past three years I have worked part-time as the high school choir director.  This year, I will be the general/vocal music instructor for grades K-8.  I am excited to share my passion for music with my students and make music alongside them!

I earned my Bachelor of Music Education degree from Washburn University in 2013.  I live in Coldwater with my husband, Kelsey, and our two daughters, Jade (3) and Norah, who was just born in June.  Kelsey owns and operates his own construction/heating and air business.  We both grew up in this area, and enjoy being involved in our community and church.

I am looking forward to a great school year at SCEMS!

New Teacher Micaela Jellison

Hello my name is Micaela Jellison and I am from Protection, KS where I attended school at South Central. My parents are John and Patsy Jellison and I have two siblings Jarek and Sierra Jellison. I graduated from South Central High School in 2016, where I then attended Barton Community College for two years. While attending Barton I played volleyball and basketball. When graduating from there I went on and got my Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Newman University. I am very excited to be back home and teaching 5th grade at South Central. 

A Message from the Principal

The year of the SCEMS Olympian!!!!
The five rings of the Olympics signify unity and fellowship, a time to come together to celebrate each other. I plan to expand on the Olympic motto which is Faster, Higher, Stronger - Together. South Central Elementary and Middle School will add the word Smarter to complete our 5 rings. Last year was a trying but successful year. We intend to use what we learned to make this year better than ever.

We are lucky to introduce to our SCEMS family two teachers. The first is coming back to us after working at the high school for a few years. Melanie Thompson will take over the K-8 vocal music program. She was our 5-8 band director a few
years ago. We are excited to add her as a full time teacher. We also want to welcome Micaela Jellison, who will be teaching 5th grade. She is a first year teacher and we are excited that she chose us to begin her career. I am excited to get my Olympians back in the building so that we can grow and become “Faster, Higher, Stronger, Smarter - Together”

SCES Staff

  Dakotah Cannon 5-12 Instrumental Music, HS Vocal Music
  Stephanie Colter (620) 622-4545 SCEMS Secretary, District Treasurer
  Susan Dunne 5th Grade Teacher
  Maxine Ellis Preschool Para
  Jennifer Erickson Reading Interventionist
  Susan Gates 1st Grade Teacher
  Linda Haas 3rd Grade Teacher
  Terri Heft Elementary Para
  Kayla Herd 4th Grade Teacher
  Kena Jackson Kindergarten Teacher
  Brenna Jellison Elementary Special Education
  Micaela Jellison 5th Grade Teacher
  Heather Moore 2nd Grade Teacher
  Christine Phillis Custodian, SCEMS
  Trista Rosenberger Elementary Para
  Shylah Rush 4th Grade Teacher
  Kristen Sawyers Custodian, SCEMS
  Lyle Smith Head Custodian, SCEMS
  Kayla Snyder 1st Grade Teacher
  Jessica Staggs Preschool Teacher
  Melanie Thompson K-8 Vocal Music
  Taffi Turley Speech Pathologist
  Jaymi Westrup K-5, 9-12 Physical Education
  Tara Woolfolk 3rd Grade Teacher