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Wyandotte Students Challenged to Take a Tech Timeout

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Tammy Dodderidge, communications manager, (913) 279-2225
Sarah Futrell, teacher at Wyandotte, (913) 627-9150
Julie Jackson, teacher at Wyandotte, (620) 704-3689

No texting or tweeting or "liking." No video games, no laptops and absolutely NO Internet. So what's a student to do?

The answer will come next week as hundreds of courageous (and perhaps anxious) students at Wyandotte High School go cold turkey on technology for three days as part of the Tech Timeout Academic Challenge. So far, more than 400 students have signed up to take part in the challenge, which is scheduled for Monday through Wednesday, April 28-30. Many staff will be participating as well. The effort is being coordinated by Sarah Futrell, ESL English teacher, and Julie Jackson, student teacher.

"Some of our students think this is going to be easy for them, but a lot of them think it's going to be difficult," Jackson said. "Overall, I would say they are excited about the challenge."

The challenge addresses a growing concern about young people's reliance on digital devices for communication and their impact on family well-being. Jackson said many students experience something called "fear of missing out" as they receive up-to-the-minute status reports from everyone in their social network. The hope is that students will realize how much of their time is taken up by digital devices, and they will begin to see the benefits of face-to-face interaction with others.

The school will create videotaped confessionals to document pre and post experiences of the students. Some of these will be posted on YouTube and Facebook.

While only a portion of the school's 1,400+ population has signed up for the challenge, most students will experience it in some form in their classes as teachers disallow use of laptops and other technology devices during the challenge. For those who sign up, the challenge extends beyond the school day; they will be asked to go without technology from the beginning of the school day on Monday, until the beginning of the school day on Thursday.

"Many students are wondering how it will be tracked at home, but they will be on the honor system," Jackson said. "There are no consequences if they don't make it. We just want them to learn from their experiences. And it will be interesting to see what breaks those who don't make it – will it be texting, a video game?"

There is no cost for the program, but the school is working to raise money to buy t-shirts for all the participants. A t-shirt design contest is in the works and the plan is to raise $1,000 to purchase 500 shirts. Donations are welcome and can be made online at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/70771315/tech-timeout-t-shirts/backers.

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Melissa Fears • Communications Office
2010 N. 59th Street • Kansas City, KS 66104 • 913-279-2242

Notice of Time and Place of Special Meeting - April 3

March 31, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Susan Westfahl, Clerk of the Board, (913) 279-2235

A special meeting of the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education is hereby called for Thursday, April 3, 2014, at 11:30 a.m., in the third floor Board room of the KCKPS Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th Street, Kansas City, Kansas.

In addition to regular business itemized in the published agenda, the purpose of such special meeting shall be to take action on the Human Resources Report and Recommendations and to review proposed Board policy and general orders for the KCKPS Police Department. The Board members may recess into executive session under the following exception to the Kansas Open Meetings Act:

  1. Negotiations
    • To protect the public interest in negotiating a fair and equitable contract.

Dated this 31st day of March, 2014.


Susan E. Westfahl
Clerk of the Board

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Melissa Fears • Communications Office
2010 N. 59th Street • Kansas City, KS 66104 • 913-279-2242

KCK Board of Education Honors September Employees of the Month

September 16, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Tammy Dodderidge, communications manager, (913) 279-2225

September 2013 Employees of the Month.

Carl Scammahorn

"Professional, personable, dedicated and hard-working are just a few of the ways to describe Carl Scammahorn, carpenter at the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. He models excellence through his job, his actions and his interactions with staff and the community. Carl is always willing to "go all in" to ensure that he completes a job to the best of his ability---not because he wants recognition for his quality. He does it because he wants the district to shine. Carl has been the primary person responsible for hanging the Reasons to Believe banners at the Central Office and Training Center, located at 2010 North 59th St. He takes great pride to ensure that they are displayed properly, and always checks in to see if there is a map of which banners should be hung where. Carl also oversees hanging banners on many of the schools around the district as well. Carl exemplifies excellence in every way through his work and his actions. I am proud that he works for the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools".

-- Sincerely, Tammy Dodderidge, Communications Manager (in photo, man on left in black shirt)

Kevin Day

"Last school year was my first year teaching at Sumner Academy of Arts and Science and that is when I met Mr. Kevin Day, IB English Teacher. One of my neighbors referred to him as a 'great teacher' and as the year unfolded I understood what they meant. Students would tell me, 'Mr. Day is really tough Mr. Oland, but he is a really good teacher and is really preparing me for college'. Since it was my first year as an IB teacher, I appreciated that he was so patient to explain things to me. Additionally, he does so much more to help support IB. I have also noticed that every activity that requires staff members to volunteer for fund raising, staff-student ball games or student mentoring, he is right there, one of the first to volunteer. He is a high quality teacher that is very dedicated and I believe he need to be recognized for his excellence, dedication, and hard work".

-- Sincerely, David Oland, IB Teacher at Sumner Academy of Arts and Science (in photo, man on right side, white shirt with black tie)

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Melissa Fears • Communications Office
2010 N. 59th Street • Kansas City, KS 66104 • 913-279-2242

What's on the Menu for Next School Year?

Students Will Help Decide During 'Taste of 500'

March 3, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Tammy Dodderidge, communications manager, (913) 279-2225

New food products are being developed everyday, and many could be making their way into school breakfast and lunch menus – if the students like them.

Dozens of students will be taste testing possible new menu items at the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools' Taste of 500 event. Held annually, Taste of 500 is a food tasting fair that allows students to sample food items from a number of food service brokers and then provide feedback on the taste and quality. This year's event will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 7 in the cafeteria at F.L. Schlagle High School.

Student representatives from grades 2-11 have been invited to participate. The food items presented will be evaluated using a simple scoring technique. Positive responses will be considered for upcoming school menus, or the after school snack program.

Also at the event, there will be a number of educational stations where students can learn, in a fun way, how important it is to choose healthy foods.

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Melissa Fears • Communications Office
2010 N. 59th Street • Kansas City, KS 66104 • 913-279-2242

Two KCKPS Seniors Named Gates Millennium Scholars

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Tammy Dodderidge, communications manager, (913) 279-2225

Two seniors in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools have been named 2014 Gates Millennium Scholars. They are: Lashiya Smith, F.L. Schlagle High School; and Natalie Walton, Wyandotte High School.

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice.

Smith ranks third in her class with a 3.74 GPA. She is very active in her school serving as a member of the LINK Crew student mentoring program, the jazz band, school choir and the National Honor Society. In the community, she has been active in the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kansas City and the Landmark International Church Kitchen. She plans to attend Emporia State University in the fall to major in special education and minor in music. She will be the first person in her family to attend college.

Walton ranks sixth in her class at Wyandotte with a 3.84 GPA. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the Kansas National honor Society. In her community, she is a volunteer with the Youth Volunteer Corps and the Sheffield Family Life Center. She is a Kauffman Scholar and a Kauffman Ambassador. At Wyandotte she has been active in the chamber singers, the band, the cheerleading squad and the soccer team. She plans to attend Clark Atlanta University.

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline area of interest.

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Melissa Fears • Communications Office
2010 N. 59th Street • Kansas City, KS 66104 • 913-279-2242