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348 North Maple Street

Russell, Kansas  67665



 "Education is our business."




"If it is to be, it is up to me."






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Simpson and Bickerdyke Elementary Schools announce the kick-off of a new and exciting fundraising event. The proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to directly benefit the students’ educational experience at the elementary level.

On Wednesday, April 25, the SES/BES PTO will be conducting its first Race for Education. The purpose will be to raise funds in order to provide increased security at the elementary buildings and for other essential educational needs.

Students will walk or jog around the Russell High School track as many times as possible in a one-hour period. Each student will raise funds by asking sponsors to contribute a tax deductible donation to USD 407.

On March 14, elementary students will be coming home with kick-off information about the Race for Education. Parents  are asked to review the packet carefully. Parent participation is essential to the success of this program.

The school’s goal is to raise $10,000. You will enable us to reach this goal by contacting potential sponsors via email, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media and asking them to visit the website – – so they can make an online donation to your child. The SES/BES PTO will reach its goal of $10,000, if parents contact an average of ten people for a donation.

More detailed instructions can be found in the following documents:

Fact Sheet
Kick-Off Letter

Thank you in advance for your support!

Jim Moeder, Principal
Danielle Backman & Renae Lumpkins, Race Co-Coordinators
Natalie Brown & Chris Norris, Race Committee


Race for Education

















                                                    About Us

In 1950 Bickerdyke and Simpson Elementary Schools were started in Russell to replace the original Southside and Northside Schools. Because the old schools were razed, the school children had to meet in churches around town while the new schools were being built at the same locations. See picture of old Southside, which BES replaced.

The new Southside Elementary School opened in September of 1952. It was still called Southside during this first year. In the following June, Southside was renamed Bickerdyke Elementary School in honor of James R. Bickerdyke, who was the county superintendent from 1889 to 1894. His mother was the woman widely known as "Mother" Bickerdyke, a Civil War nurse who came to the Russell County area to help soldiers returning from the Civil War.





Bickerdyke Elementary School was dedicated on November 16, 1952. Keith Fitzgerald was principal during the first four years. John Farrell was principal from the fall of 1956 until his retirement in the spring of 1993. Larry Bernard began his duties as principal in the fall of 1993, and in the spring of 1999 he became principal of Russell High School. JoAnn Browne was BES principal until 2003. Shelley Dougherty took on the dual duties of principal of Simpson Elementary School and principal of Bickerdyke Elementary School during the 2003-2004 school year. Kent Michel took over the duties as principal of both schools during the 2008-2009 school year. The 2014-2015 school year brought a new principal to both Bickerdyke and Simpson, Adam Cline. Jim Moeder took on the dual duties of pincipal of BES and SES beginning with the 2016-2017 school year.

Bickerdyke Elementary School began as a neighborhood school which housed two or three sections of kindergarten through 6th Grade. Special Education services for the Mentally Challenged, the Speech/Language Program, Art, and Music have always been part of the new modern grade school. Over the years, Physical Education, other Special Education classes, Library, and Computer Labs were added to the curriculum. 

Over the next several years, changes in grades taught at Bickerdyke were frequent. In the fall of 1984, Fifth Grade was moved to Ruppenthal Middle School. Bickerdyke became a K-4 building with two or three sections per grade level. The two Fourth Grades from Simpson were transferred to Bickerdyke for the 1986-87 school year. In 1990 the Fifth Grades returned to Bickerdyke from Ruppenthal Middle School. Bickerdyke's Kindergarten, First, and Second Grades moved to Simpson Elementary School, and Simpson's Third Grades moved to Bickerdyke. In 2013 the Second Grades moved back to Bickerdyke. At the present time, Bickerdyke serves students in Grades 2 through 5 and Self-contained Special Education (Levels I and II.) 


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School Pledge

Bickerdyke Pledge
I am a
S.T.A.R. Mustang who


I Stop, I Think, I Act Right!
As a Mustang I will show
Respect to all.

I will be Organized with classwork and homework.

I will show a positive problem- solving Attitude.

I will be Responsible for my actions in what I say and what I do.

If it is to be it is up to me! 

Mission Statement

Bickerdyke Elementary School prepares its students to live, learn, and work in an ever-changing society in the 21st century.  It is the goal of this school to provide equal learning opportunity for all students and to encourage the pursuit of life long learning.