Frances Willard Named a National PTA School of Excellence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 16, 2014

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

The National PTA has recognized Frances Willard Elementary School as a 2014–2016 National PTA School of Excellence. This designation demonstrates the school’s leadership nationwide and its commitment to partnering with families to support student success and continuous school improvement.

Frances Willard is one of only six schools in Kansas, and one of 170 from across the country, to receive this recognition. The Kansas State Board of Education recognized the schools on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at their regular meeting. To thank families, students and staff for their support and to celebrate this award, the school will hold a special celebration on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m.

The National PTA School of Excellence designation is awarded when families feel the school has achieved a high level of engagement or when the PTA and school have made substantive, positive improvement in families’ perceptions since the beginning of the year. Research shows that when families and schools work together, student achievement increases, schools improve and communities grow stronger.

Frances Willard has long involved students in their PTA program, which is called a PTSA. The school’s PTSA president, Rachel Henderson, believes the involvement of the entire school community – parents, staff and students – is what contributes to an effective and thriving organization.

“Membership in PTSA is not the key, it’s involvement,” she said.

The school conducted surveys to find out how parents, students, and the community felt about their school and PTSA. Through the surveys, Frances Willard learned the importance of letting parents know what’s going on in the district (current and future plans). As a result, they began to communicate through newsletters, informational meetings, and phone messages. The surveys also showed that families have a common thread such as a love for reading. So PTSA launched a Kindle initiative. PTSA bought a class set for the library. They also developed a five-year plan so that each grade would have a set in the next five years, and gave away Kindles to families all year long at numerous events.

Last school year, the PTSA listened to students when they requested playground equipment. They supported students in conducting a fundraising program and surveyed students to allow them to select the equipment they wanted (a set of six swings).

The most recent initiative launched by the PTSA was a WatchDog program that brings dads (and other male family members) into the school to spend a day in the classroom.

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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 - February 1, 2016

January 28, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Susan E. Westfahl, Clerk of the Board (913) 551-3200

A special meeting of the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education is hereby called for Wednesday, February 1, 2016, at 3:00 p.m., in the Superintendent's Conference Room on the third floor of the Kansas City, Kansas Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th Street, Kansas City, Kansas. 

In addition ot regular business itemized in the published agenda, the purpose of such special meeting shall be to take action on a request for overnight student travel and to recess into executive session under the following exceptions to the Kansas Open Meetings Act:

(a)     Non-Elected Personnel Matters
         - To protect the privacy interest of an identifiable individual(s).

Dated this 28th day of January 2016.

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

Notice of Time and Place of Special Meeting - September 18, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 15, 2014

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, September 18, 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 , to review proposed revisions to Board policy and to meet with the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library Foundation Board for discussion regarding support of the public libraries.

Dated this 15th day of September, 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

Kansas-Bred Rock Group is Bringing Their Music and Important Lessons to J.C. Harmon Students

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Using the power of a live rock performance and their own personal story, the band Gooding will provide students at J.C. Harmon High School with valuable life lessons about finance and discipline to help them see their own dreams as possibilities.

Gooding will present its "Funding the Future" program at the school on Thursday, April 24 at an all-school assembly beginning at 1:20 p.m. The concert is being sponsored by American Digital Security (ADT).

"Funding the Future" is a concert, multimedia presentation and talkback program, that focuses on predatory lending, the danger of credit card debt and saving early. Guitarist/singer and namesake Gooding and his band of brothers, Jesse Rich and Billy Driver, have traveled to dozens of middle and high schools to spread this important message to students. Their talk includes exposing the myth of rock stars, athletes and actors who sell the false image of overnight success.

The LA-based/Kansas-bred power trio is proud to bring their music and important lessons to Kansas students.

For more information on Gooding and "Funding the Future" go to http://www.goodingmusic.com.

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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 - January 27, 2016

January 25, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Susan E. Westfahl, Clerk of the Board (913) 551-3200

A special joint meeting of the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education and the Kansas City, Kansas Community College Board of Trustees is hereby called for Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at 3:30 p.m., in the third floor Board room of the Kansas City, Kansas Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th Street, Kansas City, Kansas. 

The purpose and business of such special meeting shall be a joint inservice and discussion between the Board of Education and the Board of Trustees to include an update on current initiatives and programs and plans to establish common targets to support the Diploma+ Initiative.

Dated this 25h day of January 2016.

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