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Iola USD 257 Central Office
305 N. Washington Street
Iola, Kansas 66749

Normal Office Hours
M-F 7:30 - 4:00

Summer Office Hours
M-F 7:30 - 4:00

Phone: (620) 365-4700
Fax: (620) 365-4708

Welcome to Iola USD 257

The mission of USD 257 is to “inspire all students to succeed”. In USD 257 we believe that education will prepare individuals to contribute to family, vocation, and society. We believe that all students can learn and quality education should be made available to all. We believe students should be continually challenged at their ability level and that higher expectations yield measurably higher results. We believe that students should be treated with respect. We believe education is a process rather than a product.


The USD 257 Technology Department is pleased to announce that we have begun using the Avast Endpoint Protection Suite. Avast has provided this product to the Iola School district for free.

To continue using SOPHOS would have cost the district $12,000.00 over the next three years. Comparable protection such as Symantec would have cost the district $3,289.00 per year.

Avast has requested that we promote Avast Free antivirus to our education community as part of the program



The Big Idea Experience
The Big IdeaExperience presented at Lincoln Elementary School on the 29th of October. 
The Big Idea Experience is a fun and exciting school assembly that helps elementary kids learn about making smart decisions by teaching a Big Idea, which is a value that is important for kids to know. Each month the focus is on a new Big Idea. The 45-minute program includes games, skits, music and lots of fun as part of the learning process. The Big Idea Experience Team is based in Wichita, Kansas. 
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Thanksgiving Information

U.S. Census Bureau News

In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims, early settlers of Plymouth Colony, held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest, an event many regardas the nation’s first Thanksgiving. The Wampanoag, the Indians in attendance, also played a lead role. Historians have recorded ceremonies of thanks among other groups of European settlers in North America, including British colonists in Virginia in 1619. The legacy of thanks and the feast have survived the centuries, as the event became a national holiday 150 years ago (Oct. 3, 1863) when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a national day of thanksgiving. Later, President Franklin Roosevelt clarified that Thanksgiving should always be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month to encourage earlier holiday shopping, never on the ccasional fifth Thursday.

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