Mrs. Mary (Mies) Durand, formerly the middle school math teacher at Humboldt Middle School, will assume the role as our principal here at St. Patrick's! Mrs. Durand began her teaching career by teaching for 4 years at St. Patrick Catholic School in Wichita. She then moved out to Humboldt with her husband Jeff, and has been teaching there for 24 years. Mrs. Durand holds a Masters of Science in Educational Leadership, has held numerous leadership positions within the school over the course of time, and is highly respected by her colleagues and the administration there at Humboldt Middle School. She is an active member of St. Joseph parish and attends Mass here with her family as well. She is excited to join us here at St. Patrick Catholic School, and I think she will do a fantastic job!


2010-2016 Thank you and Epilogue

What a Spirit-filled six school years!  How can I thank all of you Church and School families and friends of St. Patrick Catholic School for all the gifts  and support you have generously given during my mission and service as School Principal?  My family and I are deeply grateful for the hospitality and friendship that we have received.  Together and with God’s grace, we have accomplished many endeavors in an environment of excellence and stewardship so that our children may be formed in the Catholic faith to become disciples of Jesus Christ who know, love and serve God.  Looking back, my heart is filled with joy and I celebrate every moment that we faithfully carried on to move our school community forward.  Indeed, to work daily with highly qualified devoted teachers and staff, dedicated volunteers and selfless stewards, committed Pastors and supportive families was a great blessing!  We faced many challenges but we made each year better than the year before.  We did our best to do everything we could but the good work will be continued by many others that God has chosen to labor in His vineyard .  Many continue to make sacrifices for our school and offer stewardship of time, talent and / or treasure.   My prayers especially to Jesus the King of Divine Mercy will always include all of you and until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand!  St. Patrick, pray for us!

A beautiful epilogue to my time at St. Patrick-Chanute was penned in a thank you letter that was sent to me.  I am compelled to share excerpts from it, if only to give witness to the mission God has called me to Chanute:  “What an assignment!  I’m glad you heeded the Lord’s call and came to help us out.”  “Slowly and carefully you assessed the situation and took baby steps to change things and set them right.”  “You asked many questions about traditions, worked hard at communications, and spent many hours, around the clock…”  “It was not easy…  It took much sacrifice on your part—actually, your whole family’s part.  The boys spent many hours at school after hours so you could work, and Lawrence took on custodial work as well as PE classes to make everything work.  Gradually , things evened out and calmed down, and you had to work at rebuilding the school.  Today, it has made great strides in becoming an institution of high repute…”  “I want you to know I appreciate your leadership in the years that I worked for you, and since.  You cared about the kids and staff and put Christ first in your dealings with people and decisions.  You didn’t ask staff to do anything you wouldn’t do yourself (and, I suspect, you did many things yourself when you could have asked someone else to do it!).  You promoted excellence and set high expectations for all in the school, and were a strong advocate for getting students additional services when needed.  I appreciate  that the student body became quite diverse with you welcoming all children of God to our school.”  “As you leave Chanute, I hope you take a piece of St. Patrick School in your heart, and that it blesses you through the years.  Know that you have friends here and that we will miss you.  You have touched many lives here, and you leave an imprint on all our hearts.” 

Thank you, St. Patrick Chanute for blessing me and my family! - Principal Fey Barles 2010-2016

Drexel School Information

ESI Flowchart

pdf ESI Flowchart (pdf)


Emergency Safety Intervention (ESI) Policy

The Catholic Diocese of Wichita is committed to limiting the use of Emergency Safety Interventions (“ESI”), such as seclusion and restraint, with all students.  Seclusion and restraint shall be used only when a student's conduct necessitates the use of an emergency safety intervention as defined below.  The CSO encourages all employees to utilize other behavioral management tools, including prevention techniques, de-escalation techniques, and positive behavioral intervention strategies. 

This policy shall be made available on the schools website with links to the policy available on any individual school pages.  In addition, this policy shall be included in at least one of the following: each school’s code of conduct, school safety plan, or student handbook.

A. Definitions

“Emergency Safety Intervention” is the use of seclusion or physical restraint when a student presents an immediate danger to self or others.  Violent action that is destructive of property or presents an immediate danger to self or others may necessitate the use of Emergency Safety Interventions (ESI), the seclusion or physical restraint of a student.       ESI should be rarely, if ever, necessary.

For this policy, in accordance with K.A.R. 91-42-2, seclusion occurs if three criteria are met:  the student is (1) placed in an enclosed area by school personnel, (2) purposefully isolated from adults and peers (3) prevented from leaving, or reasonably believes that the student will be prevented from leaving, the enclosed area.  For purposes of this policy, seclusion does not include in-school suspension or detentions.

  For this policy, in accordance with K.A.R. 91-42-2, restraint can be chemical, mechanical or physical.  Chemical restraint means the use of medication to control a student’s violent physical behavior or restrict a student’s freedom of movement.  Chemical restraint is prohibited in diocesan schools.  Mechanical restraint means any device or object used to limit a student’s movement.  Mechanical restraint is prohibited unless ordered in writing by a person appropriately licensed to issue the order for the device for a specific student.  Physical restraint means bodily force used to substantially limit a student’s movement.  Physical restraint should always be a last resort and should never be used as a punishment or discipline, as a means of coercion or retaliation, or as a convenience.   Physical restraint that obstructs the airway of the student or impacts their primary mode of communication is prohibited. For the purpose of this policy, physical restraint does not include stopping a fleeing child or escorting a student from the classroom.

B. Training: All schools must provide and document training to school personnel who may need to use ESI.  Training must address prevention techniques, de-escalation techniques, and positive behavior intervention strategies. Each school building shall maintain documentation regarding the training that was provided and a list of participants.

C. Notification:  When ESI is used with a student, the parent must be notified as quickly as possible.   Anytime an ESI is used with a student it must be documented and include: the date and time of the intervention, type of intervention (Seclusion or restraint), length of time (in minutes) the intervention was used, and the name of school personnel who participated in or supervised the intervention.  Schools must complete the diocesan incident report and turn it in to the Catholic School Office within 24 hours of the incident. 

Parent Notification

After the first ESI incident*, send printed copies to the parent no later than the day after the event including the following information:

 Documentation of the ESI incident

 A copy of the standards of when an ESI can be used (you could use the district’s ESI policy, the template created by KSDE, or the district may create its own)

 A flyer of parents’ rights under ESI law

 Information about the parent’s right to file a complaint under the local dispute resolution process for ESI

 Information about the State Board’s administrative review process (this process will be final no later than March 1, 2016)

 Information to assist parents in navigating the dispute resolution process, including contact information for Families Together and the Disability Rights Center of Kansas

 The website address for the page on the school or district’s website where this information can be found

*Note: Parents must be contacted the day of the event, notifying them that an ESI occurred and this information must be provided by the following school day.

After every incident of ESI following the first incident:

 Notify the parents on the day the incident occurs. If the parent is unavailable, contact the emergency contact listed in the student’s records.

 Provide documentation of the ESI incident to the parent no later than the day following the incident.

 Provide the complete website address for the page on the school or district’s website where all of the ESI documents listed in the previous section are contained.

Required Meeting After Third Incident

After the Third ESI incident with a student who has an IEP or 504 plan:

 Convene a meeting of the student’s IEP or 504 team within 10 days of the ESI incident. The student must be invited to this meeting. Remember to follow all required notices for IEP team meetings. If the IEP or 504 team agrees on a process other than holding a meeting, document this decision and process carefully.

 At this meeting discuss: o The ESI incident

o Whether a Functional Behavior Analysis needs to be conducted

o Whether a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) needs to be conducted or updated

D. Reporting Data:  CSO shall report ESI data to the state department of education as required.

E. Dispute Resolution:  If a parent feels the school has violated this policy they may ask the pastor to investigate the incident.  The pastor may choose to delegate the investigation to Diocesan Superintendent.  The pastor, or his designee, will report their findings to the parent in a timely manner.


Sample Parent Notification Letter



Dear parent or guardian of                                         ,

We are writing to inform you that an emergency safety intervention has been used with your child due to behavior that presented a reasonable and immediate danger of physical harm to your child or others. An emergency safety intervention (ESI) is the use of seclusion or physical restraint. Details of the incident regarding your child are included below.

After the first ESI incident, you were provided with printed copies of the standards for when ESI may be used, a flyer on your rights under ESI law, information on your right to file a complaint with the local board of education through the local dispute resolution process, information on your right to request administrative review from the Kansas State Board of Education, and information to assist you in navigating these processes. Please look over that information or access the documents from the local ESI website listed below. Once you have had time to review the information, please call us with any remaining questions. This is the third incident of ESI with your child this school year. Therefore, we must hold a meeting to determine how best to support your child moving forward. Possible dates and times are listed below. We will call you very soon to set up the date and time for this meeting and will work with you to find an agreeable meeting date and time, if the dates and times listed below will not work. Your child is invited to attend this meeting.

Local ESI Resources:

State ESI Resources:

Suggested Dates for Third ESI Incident Meeting:

Date:                                       Time:

Date:                                       Time:

Date:                                       Time:


(administrator signature)

(administrator name)

(administrator phone number)

Date of Incident:                                                                     Time of incident:                                

Duration of incident:                          

Type of ESI Used (circle):                    Seclusion                     Physical Restraint

School Personnel Who Participated in or Supervised the Incident:                                                   

Description of incident:                                                                                                                     

Please click here to view, download or print the:

 pdf ESI Flyer

pdf ESI Bookmark

pdf ESI Flowchart

Understanding the Holy Mass

Diocese Religion Test 2015


Your teachers will give you the directions and secret words.


Example Questions - Students


Example Questions - Teachers


2015 3rd Grade Religion Assessment


2015 4th Grade Religion Assessment


2015 5th Grade Religion Assessment


 2015 6th Grade Religion Assessment

Parts of the Holy Mass

Parts of the Holy Mass

The Teacher will provide the secret word.

SAINTS Matching Activity

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What happens when Catholic families do not send their children to the Catholic School?

This page is for every Catholic family here in Chanute, KS who have children ages 3 to 12 years old

who are not enrolled in St. Patrick Catholic School and who are not Catholic Home-Schooled.

When Catholic families do not send their children to the Catholic school, their own children are deprived of increased opportunities for daily Catholic faith and moral formation.  They are removed from intensified occasions for a grace-filled sacramental life.   The Church reminds parents that they should “carefully provide for the child's religious instruction.  Parents need to safeguard their children from the “dangers” that may exist for their faith or morals are by fitting means either neutralized or rendered remote.”  Outside of the Catholic school setting or of a Catholic home-school life, it is very easy for our children to become ignorant of and indifferent with their faith and morals.  Even the whole family’s Catholic beliefs and lifestyle may simply be neutralized or rendered remote.

Moreover, “we know as parents and as teachers that what makes the most difference in a child’s life is the cumulative effect of a loving family and the personal attention of dedicated teachers.  It is the consistency of those rules and school discipline, the routine of how things should be done right and the consequences if they aren’t, the daily (hourly!) reinforcement of what is right and wrong, good or bad that makes all the difference.  The longer that a child can be surrounded by a loving, faith-filled environment, the more likely it is that the child will grow up strong in their faith and prepared for the challenges of the world.”

When Catholic families do not send their children to the Catholic school, the children who are in the Catholic school are deprived of the joyful opportunities to grow in the faith alongside their other peers who by virtue of their Catholic Baptism have a right to a Christian education.  Authentic lifelong friendships could have been formed that could have become a strong network of moral and spiritual support founded within a common faith-filled environment and experience.  Growing together in the Catholic school, all of our children can affirm and encourage each other’s faith journeys and faith challenges instead of being conflicted and confused because of the inconsistencies that are brought about by the difference in education and faith formation.

When Catholic families do not send their children to the Catholic school, stewardship is incomplete and enrollment is short.   The Catholic school is forced to combine classes.  The Catholic school is limited and unable to provide for children who may need more than general education and basic services.

“Not too many years ago it was a grave obligation for parents to send their children to a Catholic school.  Catholic parents have the duty of entrusting their children to Catholic schools wherever and whenever it is possible and of supporting these schools to the best of their ability and of cooperating with them for the education of their children.  The DECLARATION ON CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (GRAVISSIMUM EDUCATIONIS) reminds parents of this important duty.  This Church document points out that ‘Since parents have given children their life, they are bound by the most serious obligation to educate their offspring and therefore must be recognized as the primary and principal educators.’  Moreover, this Church document states that ‘Since all Christians have become by rebirth of water and the Holy Spirit a new creature so that they should be called and should be children of God, they have a right to a Christian education.’”

Whenever I see Catholic families who have school age children who are not in the Catholic school, I am  heartbroken and frustrated.   Now, I understand how Jesus felt whenever he says, “Whoever has ears ought to hear.”

Diocese Religion Test 2014

Example Questions - Students


Example Questions - Teachers


2014 3rd Grade Religion Assessment


2014 4th Grade Religion Assessment


2014 5th Grade Religion Assessment


2014 6th Grade Religion Assessment

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