1st Annual Be All I Can Be Jamboree Baseball Invitational

Posted Thursday, April 12, 2018

 On April 14, 2018 we have partnered with the Kansas RBI to host the "1st Annual Be All I Can Be Jamboree" baseball invitational.

Game Schedule

Location: Barton-Ross Complex, 5325 Parallel Parkway

Wyandotte Vs. Schlagle @ 11
First Pitch: Member of the Board of Public Utilities Bob Milan and State Representative & KCKPS Board of Education Vice President Dr. Valdenia Winn

Sumner Vs. Washington @ 1
First Pitch: KCK Mayor David Alvey and Edison Spaces Co-Founder Matt Druten

Harmon Vs. Atchison  @ 3
First Pitch: KCKPS Superintendent Dr. Cynthia Lane and KCKPS Interim Assistant Superintendent & Athletic Director Walt Thompson

Wyandotte Slam Poetry Team Advances to Louder Than a Bomb Semi-Finals

March 25, 2016


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

Since the beginning of the school year, Wyandotte High School Senior Gary Bradley-Lopez has been boasting that “this will be the year” for his slam poetry team, the W. Dotte Poets. And now his team is halfway there.

On Monday, March 28, the W. Dotte Poets will compete in the semi-finals of the local Louder Than a Bomb competition. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the American Jazz Museum, Kansas City, MO.

The team will face-off against four other area high school teams: Lincoln Prep, Shawnee Mission South, Shawnee Mission Northwest and Olathe South.

This is the first time in Wyandotte High School history that a slam poetry team has made it to the semi-finals. And they are feeling the pressure.

“I’m scared that I’m going to let my team down,” Lopez said. “I’m scared that my nerves will get the best of me. My biggest concern is that I will get up there and forget everything.”

This is what goes on in the minds of the student poets. They have been gathering after school this week to work on their pieces. They are performing for each other, and rating the performances so they can choose the best ones. Only four of the eight students will perform their individual poetry. There also will be one group performance, with four students involved.

The students seem hesitant. They admit that rating their teammates’ poetry is not easy. There’s a saying in slam poetry that “the point is not the points, the point is the poems.” Slams are personal. These well-crafted poems reveal students’ raw emotions. That is the point. But in the end, there is a point system, because it’s a competition.

The team agrees that Monday evening’s performance will not be their last, even if they don’t advance to the finals.

“This won’t be our last time we have an opportunity to perform,” Lopez said. “We will still meet after the semi-finals. We are still going to go out to open mic nights and other events.”

After all “the point is not the points, the point is the poems.”

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

KCK Board of Education Honors November Employees of the Month

November 20, 2013


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

November 2013 Employees of the Month.

We would like to recognize bus driver Kaycee Williams as employee of the month. T.A. Edison has a kindergarten student that was afraid of busses. He is eligible for busing services, but his fear kept him from riding. When we contacted Transportation for help, Kaycee Williams was assigned to our case. Kaycee took on our student, Owen, as her own special student. We are so glad she was chosen for this task. She patiently helped Owen as he became familiar with the bus it's nuiances and noises. Several times she stopped in after her route to TA Edison to say hello to Owen, so he became familiar with her. Kaycee continued being patient coming by for visits, until Owen got on the bus! Next time he rode around the block! Owen began to ask his mom about the bus driver. The true test came in early October when the kindergarten students were scheduled to go on a field trip and that morning, Miss Kaycee was greeted by an enthusiastic Owen and a great big hug! Owen got on the bus and happily traveled to the pumpkin patch with all of his friends. Had you not heard the story, you would have never known all of the work that Kaycee did to prepare this little boy for his bus ride. We appreciate her and how her actions impacted Owen and how much she puts into being a bus driver for our district."
-- Sincerely, Cindy Cop, Principal at T.A. Edison & Owen, student

Mrs. Sarah Alexander, in a very short time, is beginning to reshape a culture among student in our school. We are so grateful for her dedication, and the fact she has embraced the Noble Prentis community as if she has been here her entire career. Sarah is everywhere in the building. And it is a good thing, because her model for adults and children is exemplary. Students are seeking her out, because Mrs. Alexander is helping them know that she is approachable, trustworthy, a fantastic listener, and truly cares for our children. As a principal, I have never seen an adult become familiar with students in such a brief amount of time. I wish I had her amazing ability to help students feel comfortable, inspire them to seek assistance, and teach them to begin to solve their own problems – with their head and their heart. Mrs. Alexander has answered a call desperately needed at Noble Prentis. Students and staff alike are taking a deep breathe, knowing she is available to council us toward a healthy mind and positive spirit."
-- Sincerely, Jim Poplau, Principal at Noble Prentis

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

Feedback Needed from KCKPS Parents and Community for Superintendent Search

March 21, 2018


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

Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) is seeking feedback from parents, staff and the community to help with the superintendent search process. Stakeholders are being asked to complete two online surveys that will help in determining the ideal candidate for KCKPS.  The “30 Qualities” survey focuses on the top 10 criteria to consider in the superintendent candidates, and the “District Review” survey focuses on the overall impressions of the school district.

Additional feedback will be gathered from various stakeholder groups during community input sessions. The input gathered from the online surveys and community input sessions will help to determine the best person to lead the school district in the future.

The online surveys are available in English, Spanish, Hmong, Chinese and Burmese on the homepage of the district website,www.kckps.org.

The surveys will close at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 10.

The superintendent search process is being conducted by Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based firm Ray and Associates, Inc. The company, which specializes in educational executive leadership searches, was selected to lead the superintendent search process by a vote of the Kansas City, Kansas School Board.

Notice - Time and Place of Special Meeting - March 26, 2018

March 22, 2018


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

A special meeting of the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education is hereby called for Monday, March 26, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. in the third floor Board room at 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 Board shall continue work on the 2018-2019 budget with an overview and planning for the public libraries, approve the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a Construction Manager At-Risk for the new Centralized Kitchen, and meet with consultant from Ray and Associates to discuss a timeline and strategy for the superintendent search.

Dated this 5th day of March 2018.

Susan E. Westfahl
Clerk of the Board