Skyline "family" invited to submit recipes for supplement.

What makes Beth Novotny's favorite dip so ugly? How does Skyline's T-Bird Club fill up a crowd of hungry football players each week? Need a recipe for a casserole or salad or dessert from someone you know is a good cook?

"Journey Toward Excellence," with 241 pages of recipes plus interesting trivia of Skyline Schools' first 40 years, could be the solution. The book sold out after its first printing in 2007, but will be reprinted, along with a supplement that could include up to 200 new recipes to insert in the loose-leaf binder.

The Skyline Schools Foundation is encouraging "Skyline cooks" — parents, teachers, students, former students, patrons or anyone with ties to the school — to share their recipes for the supplement. Recipes will be collected until Oct. 15 so they can be available in time for Christmas.

Recipes may be submitted electronically. Go to and log in using user name: gotbirds and password: whisk210, and follow the instructions. The school's website,, has a link.

Recipes can also be submitted as a hard copy to Skyline Schools, 20269 W. US Hwy. 54, Pratt, KS 67124-8204, and directed to the attention of Michelle Domsch.

Categories are appetizers and beverages, soups and salads, vegetables and side dishes, main dishes, breads and rolls, desserts, cookies and candy, and "this and that."

"It really is a good cookbook," said Domsch, who is secretary to the superintendent.

The original cookbooks will be sold for $17, the supplement is $6, or both for $23. They should be available by the last week of November. Patrons will be notified by the school's Alert Now system, and information will be posted on the school website and Facebook. Books will be sold at school events, as well. Books can be reserved, Domsch said, but it is not required.

All proceeds will help fund Foundation projects, which include purchasing iPad labs and Smart Boards for every classroom, scholarships for graduating seniors, and grants to purchase music and band instruments or pay costs for music competition.

"The (district) budget only stretches so far and we want our students to have the latest technology and be able to attend music competitions," Domsch said.

Recipe format
• List ingredients in order of use
• Include container sizes
• Keep directions in paragaph form, not in steps
• Use names of ingredients in directions, e.g. "Combine flour and sugar," not "combine first two ingredients."
• Include temperatures and cooking, chilling, baking and/or freezer times
• Be consistent in the spelling of your name for each recipe you contribute
• Special notes, other than instructions, should be kept as a separate comment on the bottom, as they may not be used if they result in extra cost.