KCKPS Opens Welcome Center for First Time Students to the District

April 17, 2018


Contact:Melissa Fears, Director of Communications and Marketing, 913-279-2225

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools has developed a “Welcome Center” at their Central Office, 2010 N. 59th Street, to serve as a one-stop shop for students and families new to the school district to enroll their child(ren) in school. The Welcome Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Welcome Center will NOT be open whenever school is not in session. (The KCKPS Welcome Center will be closed on Friday, April 20, 2018, as school is also not in session that day. The KCKPS Welcome Center will re-open on Monday, April 23.)

The Welcome Center provides

  • Convenience in a one-stop setting for families
  • Lunch application and special dietary forms
  • School bus and transportation information
  • Centralized immunization form drop-off
  • Diploma+ information
  • Interpreting services
  • General school district information

PLEASE NOTE: The following services are NOT provided by the Welcome Center:

  • Online re-enrollment (Students returning to the district should do-so online.)
  • Kindergarten Roundup (Students entering kindergarten should participate in Kindergarten Roundup)
  • Sumner Academy Enrollment (Those students invited to attend this school must enroll at Sumner Academy.)
  • Preschool Enrollment (Call 913.627.5257 for enrollment information or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..)

“This is a tremendous opportunity for KCKPS to be in front of students and parents who are new to the community to be able to answer critical questions, provide an overview of the district and discuss the innovative academic programs and initiatives offered at every age level from preschool to 12th grade,” said Kristen Scott, the director of the English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Migrant Programs. 

For more information, call 913.627.2655 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

KCKPS Awarded Head Start Grant


Contact: David A. Smith, chief of staff, (913) 279-2242 or (913) 744-5104

Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools has been notified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that it is the recipient of a five-year, $6.7 million per year grant to provide Head Start services for children and families in Wyandotte County. The grant will provide 560 part-day and 318 full-day slots for three and four-year-old children, and also support work with their families. KCKPS is the lead agency in a community partnership that includes churches, social service agencies, day care providers and public agencies.

"We are thrilled to receive news of this grant award," said Dr. Cynthia Lane, superintendent of schools for KCKPS. "Research clearly supports investments in supporting brain development in children's earliest years, and we are strongly committed to developing the highest quality Head Start program in the country."

Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages three to five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development. Head Start programs provide a learning environment that supports children's growth in:

  • Language and literacy
  • Cognition and general knowledge
  • Physical development and health
  • Social and emotional development
  • Approaches to learning

Head Start also supports work with families on health and safety, child development and parenting, providing them resources and knowledge to support the growth and development of their children.

KCKPS submitted the grant in October, 2013, and since then has been working hard to prepare for the possibility of receiving the grant. More than 100 staff will be hired for this grant, including early childhood teachers, teaching assistants, family service workers and site managers. The district has also been working with the current grantee, the Community Development Institute Head Start, on a plan for transition, which will take place during the month of June. Currently, the district is in the process of hosting centralized enrollment for all of its preschool slots at its Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th Street, Kansas City, KS.

The grant begins June 1, 2014, and KCKPS will begin serving Head Start families on August 12, 2014.

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

Events Focus on College Financial Support for KCKPS Seniors


February 23, 2015

CONTACT: Tammy Dodderidge, Communications Manager, (913) 279-2225

Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools is hosting several “Financing College” events to provide high school seniors and their families with resources to help them apply for college financial aid.

The times, dates and locations are as follows:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 24, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at KCKPS Central Office
  • Thursday, Feb. 26, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Wyandotte High School
  • Monday, April 13, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at KCKPS Central Office

Staff will be available to help families complete FAFSA applications (W-2 information and 2014 tax returns will be needed).  Other financial aid resources will be available.  “Financing College” events are free to attend and refreshments will be provided.

“Financing College” is sponsored by the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools and the College Access & Success Partners (Kansas City, Kansas Community College, Donnelly College, KU TRIO Talent Search, Kansas Kids @ Gear Up, KU Office of Financial Aid, KU Center for Educational Opportunity Programs and Prep-KC).

For more information, contact Lori Hewitt, KCKPS Post-Secondary Connections Specialist at (913) 627-2685 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

F .L. Schlagle High School Community Open House on May 7

Posted Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Community Open HouseThis Spring, F .L. Schlagle High School is excited to announce that we are organizing another Community Open House. This event will take place at F.L. Schlagle High School on May 7, 2018 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Our theme for this event is Investing In Our Community. Our goal for this Community Open House is to feature a variety of exhibits and activities that showcase our community building stronger relationships together. 

These exhibits and activities currently include:

  • Job Fair
  • Job search workshops for attendees
  • Exhibition of student projects and artwork
  • Our Annual Freshmen Frenzy event for the Class of 2022
  • Experiences for the whole family to enjoy

At the beginning of the school year, Dr. Lane invited all of us to be "Better Together" and we want to extend that invitation to our community! We invite you and your organization to join us for our open house and Invest In Our Community with us. We want to give you and your organiz.ation a physical location to exhibit and promote what makes you and your organization an amazing opportunity people should know about Bring your promotional information and set up shop. The space we will provide includes a table and chairs. Other items may be available by specific request. Space is limited, so contact us soon. 

Our past Community Open Houses have been attended by a wide spectrum of community members including: F.L. Schlagle families, KCKPS district personnel, business leaders, community advocates, and local religious leaders. This Spring we want to include you and your organization too.

If you would like to Invest in Our Community by participating as an exhibitor, volunteer at the event, or by helping us spread the news about our Community Open House, please contact us as soon as possible. We can be reached by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone: 913-627-7500 (ask/leave a message for Ms. Schindel), or through our website: https://kckschlagle.schoolloop.com/openhouse. We would love to dialogue with you regar

Click here for the Open House webpage.

Click here for our Open House Facebook page.

Click here for our Open House video.

Dr. Jayson Strickland and Dr. Deloris Pinkard to be Accepted into Mid America Education Hall of Fame

Posted Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC) Foundation recently announced this year’s inductees into the Mid America Education Hall of Fame. Two of this year’s inductees are Dr. Jayson Strickland, deputy superintendent for the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) and Dr. Deloris Pinkard, former KCKPS principal and teacher.

The Mid America Education Hall of Fame Awards & Scholarship event is coming up on April 21. “We are thrilled to welcome such amazing community members to the 2018 Mid America Education Hall of Fame,” said Tami Bartunek, chief marketing and outreach officer for KCKCC. “This event highlights the importance of education while raising ever needed scholarship funds for our students. We are truly humbled to have such strong community support.”

The Mid America Education Hall of Fame started in 1996 as a way to recognize individuals, organizations and corporate supporters in the community who have made notable contributions to education. Hall of Fame inductees are selected based on a demonstrated commitment to education, their effort to improve the quality of life in the community through a commitment to education, increasing educational opportunities for others and supporting significant changes that have improved the quality of education.

Click here to read the full announcement.