KCKPS Has a New App

January 14, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

This week, the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools released a new mobile app to help parents, students and the community keep in touch with the district.

Some of the features of the app include:

  • Access to the main KCKPS calendar
  • A complete directory of schools
  • News stories
  • Push notifications about school closings
  • School lunch and breakfast menus
  • Access to SchoolLoop and Pinnacle (grade and attendance tracking systems)
  • Employment opportunities

The app is free and available for both Apple and Android devices. 

appstore

google play

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

Grand Opening Celebration Planned for Harmon's New Turf Field

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

J.C. Harmon High School will host a grand opening celebration of their new turf soccer and football field at Art Lawrence Stadium on Friday, August 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. Students, staff, parents and the community are invited.

The new all-weather field was installed over the summer and is the first of its kind in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. It measures 100,875 square-feet and is made of Astroturf synthetic turf. It is surrounded by a new structural spray track surface. New long jump runways and sand pits were also installed. The project was paid for with Capital Outlay funds (funds that can only be used for improvement of grounds, construction, remodeling, etc.)

The grand opening celebration will include a ribbon cutting on the field at 7 p.m. followed by the annual purple and white games featuring the football team and boys' soccer team.

Other highlights of the celebration will include:

  • Performances by marching band, choir and dance team
  • Introduction of the fall sports teams
  • Kids' activity zone (inflatables, face painting and more)
  • Community health information
  • Concessions

 

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

KCKPS Book Drive
10 Books Needed for Every Child, K-5

January 12, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Reading every day is one of the best things students can do to prevent sinking into the “summer slide” when school ends for the year. What is the summer slide? It’s the term used for those summer months off school when many students struggle to access educational opportunities. Research shows that many students, especially those from low-income families, return to school in the fall with a loss of about two months of grade level equivalency.

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools has a plan of action to address this year’s summer slide: books, and lots of them! The district wants to send every K-5 child home for the summer with 10 books to read. A drive is on now to collect these books, and the community’s help is needed.

Books, or monetary donations to purchase books, are being accepted at any KCK Public Library (KCKPL) location now through April 2016. (Checks can be made payable to the KCK School Foundation for Excellence.) Fiction and nonfiction, English and Spanish, and books about all topics and areas of interest are being sought for all elementary grade levels. Books will sorted and distributed to students before school is out in May.

Help today’s readers become tomorrow’s leaders!

KCKPL locations are as follows:

  • Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Library, 4051 West Drive (at Wyandotte County Lake)
  • Main Library, 625 Minnesota Ave.
  • South Branch Library, 3104 Strong Ave.
  • Turner Community Library, 831 S. 55th St.
  • West Wyandotte Library, 1737 N. 82nd St.

To see a list of popular kids' books (per the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library), click here (http://kckps.org/booklist).

 

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

School Begins August 11 in KCKPS; Dates Set for New Student Enrollment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 8, 2014

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

There are two official start days for the 2014-2015 school year for students in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. Monday, August 11 will be the first full day of classes for K-5, plus 6th grade students at middle schools (with the exception of Northwest) and 9th grade students at Washington, Wyandotte, Schlagle and Harmon high schools. At Sumner Academy of Arts and Science, 8th grade plus students new to Sumner Academy will begin classes on Monday, August 11. There will be a full day of classes for students at all grade levels on Tuesday, August 12.

New Stanley Elementary and Northwest Middle School follow a different school schedule. The first day of classes for New Stanley students is Monday, July 28, with an early dismissal. At Northwest Middle School, 6th grade students begin classes on Thursday, July 31. The first day for all students at Northwest will be Friday, August 1.

PreK students begin classes on Monday, August 11 with a Family Advocacy Day.

Enrollment Information

Elementary students who are new to the district must enroll at their school. (Contact the school for details about times and dates). High school and middle school students who are new to the district must enroll during the New Student Enrollment at the Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th St., on one of the following dates/times:

  • Thursday, July 31, 1 to 6 p.m.
  • Friday, August 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Monday, August 4, 1 to 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 6, 2 to 6 p.m.

Immunizations

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools follows state regulations regarding immunizations for students. All students MUST comply with these regulations to attend school. All students returning to school for the 2014-2015 school year must be current on their immunizations.

Parents of returning students who are in need of additional immunizations before the fall, have been notified by letter. Details about immunizations are posted on the district’s website at www.kckps.org under “Departments” and “Student Health.”

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

Events Focus on Financial Support for College

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Lori Hewitt, post-secondary connections specialist, (913) 627-2685

The 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 aid.

The time, dates and locations are as follows:

  • Thursday, Feb. 20, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Wyandotte High School
  • Tuesday, February 25, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the KCKPS Central Office
  • Thursday, February 27, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at J.C. Harmon High School
  • Tuesday, April 15, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the KCKPS Central Office

Staff will be on hand to help families complete FAFSA applications (W-2 information and 2013 tax returns will be needed). Other financial aid resources will be available. Food and refreshments will be provided.

"Financing College" is being led by PREP-KC in collaboration with KCKPS, KCK Community College, Donnelly College, KU Trio Talent Search, Kansas Kids @ GEAR UP, KU Financial Aid Office and the KU Center for Educational Opportunity Programs.

For more information, contact Lori Hewitt, KCKPS post-secondary connections specialist, 627-2685.

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