The logo for Gemini II

The original Gemini 2 program was a vital part of NASA's task of putting a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth. The Gemini 2 program was a series of flights that put astronauts in low-earth orbits to test their ability to endure prolonged stays in space as well as the craft's ability to re-enter earth's atmosphere.

The Gemini II program of school redesign gives our school district a year to research and design what a more effective education system will look like in Lyons.

The district will be sending information periodically to building principals who will relay that information to teachers as well because the work of redesign needs to start now!

Although Lyons High School and Central Elementary are the two targeted buildings, we will be redesigning in all four buildings, and to whatever extent necessary at the learning center as well.

Just as the astronauts and engineers in the original Gemini 2 program were stretching limits and taking chances, so will we. Gemini II gives us the opportunity to make changes that we as educators have known for a long time would make education more effective. The best part of the whole process is that it will be teacher-led. Administrators and the school board will become your support staff.

The process has begun in getting familiar with the Gemini II, organizing for next year, and communicating with our stakeholders.


Nineteen school districts from across the state will take part in Gemini II: The Space Walk Begins, which is the next
round of the Kansans Can School Redesign Project, the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) announced Tuesday,
April 17, 2018.
KSDE in February 2018 began accepting applications for the Gemini II Project and the districts were announced April 17 during
the Kansas State Board of Education meeting.
In support of Kansas’ vision for education, KSDE launched the Kansans Can School Redesign Project in August 2017. Twentynine
Kansas school districts applied for the project. Seven districts — each one representing one of the Mercury 7 astronauts —
were selected. Remaining applicants had the opportunity to participate in the Gemini I Project.
The districts taking part in the Gemini II Project, along with the elementary and secondary schools they selected, are:

  • Andover Unified School District (USD) 385: Meadowlark Elementary, Robert Martin Elementary, Cottonwood Elementary and Andover Central Middle.

  • Caldwell USD 360: Caldwell Elementary and Caldwell Secondary.

  • Cedar Vale USD 285: Cedar Vale Elementary and Cedar Vale Memorial High.

  • Clay County USD 379: Garfield Elementary, Wakefield Elementary, Clay Center Community Middle, Clay Center Community High and Wakefield High.

  • Fredonia USD 484: Lincoln Elementary and Fredonia Junior/Senior High.

  • Halstead-Bentley USD 440: Bentley Primary, Halstead Middle and Halstead High.

  • Haven USD 312: Haven Grade School, Yoder Charter School, Haven Middle and Haven High.

  • Haviland USD 474: Haviland Grade School and Haviland Junior High.

  • Lakin USD 215: Lakin Grade School and Lakin High.

  • Little River-Windom USD 444: Windom Elementary and Little River Junior/Senior High.

  • Lyons USD 405: Central Elementary and Lyons High.

  • Neodesha USD 461: North Lawn Elementary, Heller Elementary and Neodesha Middle/High.

  • Osawatomie USD 367: Swenson Early Childhood Education Center (PreK-K), Trojan Elementary (1-5) and Osawatomie Middle.

  • Peabody-Burns USD 398: Peabody-Burns Elementary and Peabody-Burns Middle/High.

  • Southern Lyon USD 252: Neosho Rapids Elementary and Hartford Junior-Senior High.

  • Stafford USD 349: Stafford Elementary and Stafford Middle/High.

  • Whitewater-Remington USD 206: Remington Elementary and Remington Middle/High.

  • Wichita USD 259: Cessna Elementary and Chester Lewis Academic Center.

  • Winfield USD 465: Country View Elementary, Irving Elementary and Winfield Middle.

“I commend each of these districts for taking this important step in changing education in Kansas,” said Kansas Commissioner
of Education Dr. Randy Watson. “Change is never easy — it can even be a little scary. I am proud of the educators and
community members in these districts who have committed themselves to doing what they believe is best for their students.”
All districts that applied for the Kansans Can School Redesign Project had to agree
to redesign at least one elementary and one secondary school around the five outcomes established by the Kansas State Board
of Education, the five elements identified as defining a successful high school graduate, and what Kansans said they want
schools to provide students. They also had to have approval by their local school board with a public vote, faculty support with a
vote of 80 percent, and support from KNEA or other professional organization.
The districts had to be willing to launch a new school redesign in the 2019-2020 school year and be willing to serve as a
demonstration site for other districts in Kansas to study, learn from and visit.
To learn more about the Kansans Can School Redesign Project, Click Here