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KCK Board of Education Honors Students of the Month - September 2015

September 23, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

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The Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education honored four students as Students of the Month at their meeting on September 22, 2015.  Students are pictured (back row, from left) Damaris Rodriguez, from J.C. Harmon High School; Nayeli Lozano, from Argentine Middle School; Nariah Buycks, from Eugene Ware Elementary School; and (front) Atziri Perez-Mendoza, from the district’s Head Start location at the Kansas State school. 

RECOMMENDATION: That the Kansas City Board of Education recognize Atziri Perez-Mendoza from KSSB Head Start Location, Nariah Buycks from Eugene Ware Elementary, Nayeli Lozano from Argentine Middle School and Damaris Rodriguez from J.C. Harmon High School as Students of the Month as recommended by Dr. Cynthia Lane, Superintendent of Schools.

EXPLANATION:

Atziri Perez-Mendoza, Pre-K
KSSB Head Start Location
Nominated by: Ashlie St. Clair, Teacher and Michelle Bennett, Teacher

“Atziri is a very thoughtful and helpful student.  She is always willing to help in any way……….It is a pleasure having Atziri in my class.  She is able to translate what my Spanish speaking students are saying and is always willing to help.  She is a very caring friend and is there to help any of her classmates that might be in need.” 

Sincerely,
Ashlie St. Clair, Teacher and Michelle Bennett, Teacher at KSSB Head Start Location

Nariah Buycks, 5th grade
Eugene Ware Elementary School
Nominated by: Julia Cordes, 5th grade teacher & Collette Chaney, Principal

“Nariah has a positive outlook and an enthusiasm for learning. She is a leader in all the right ways.  She is kind to other students, and goes above and beyond to assist them.  She not only inspires the students to learn, but also inspires me to be a better teacher and a better person.  She is a wonderfully successful student and a truly unique person. We are blessed to have her in our school.” 

Sincerely,
Julia Cordes, 5th grade Teacher & Collette Chaney, Principal

Nayeli Lozano, 8th grade
Argentine Middle School
Nominated by: Micah Louis, Teacher

“Nayeli is a young lady who is going to be doing big things one day.  She is involved in every aspect of student life.  She is a learner who not only keeps an A average, but takes initiative to learn above and beyond what is expected of her in class.  Nayeli is also our football manager, giving up her after school time as well as her Saturday mornings in order to help our team.  This shows incredible responsibility, given how hard she works in other areas of her life. She embodies our district values in everything that she does. She is most definitely deserving of student of the month honors.” 

Sincerely,
Micah Louis, Teacher

Damaris Rodriguez
11th grade
J.C. Harmon High School
Nominated by: Kim Angell, Teacher

“Damaris is an outstanding student, who is very dedicated to her education and her relationships with others.  She is eager to learn, well-behaved, helps others, and always puts forth her best effort. Damaris has maintained a 4.0 since she started Harmon and is enrolled in many college courses this year.  She is an awesome student and she is so deserving of this award.” 

Sincerely,
Kim Angell, Teacher 

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

Change of Date of Special Meeting - October 19, 2015

September 24, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

A special meeting of the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education scheduled for October 8, 2015 has been canceled. A special meeting is hereby called for Monday, October 19, 2015, at 3:00 p.m., in the Boardroom on the third floor 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 interview candidates and fill by appointment the vacant unexpired term of George G. Breidenthal.

Dated this 24th day of October 2015.

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

2015 Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 9, 2015

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

Their achievements and life-stories will be used to inspire today’s students as they plan for their futures. The 2015 Class of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools’ Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll has been selected.

The 12 alumni will be recognized this fall at the 2015 Reasons to Believe Celebration. The event is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 18 at the KCKPS Central Office and Training Center. The event is open to the public.

Members of the 2015 Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll are:

  • Rev. Rick Behrens, minister, Washington High School Class of 1977
  • Gary L. Belske, senior business executive, Washington High School Class of 1974
  • Jennifer Jo Cobb, professional race car driver, F.L. Schlagle High School Class of 1991
  • Andres M. Dominguez, healthcare program officer, J.C. Harmon High School Class of 1977
  • Dr. Harold B. Frye, educator, Wyandotte High School Class of 1962
  • Donald R. Holland, Sr., police captain, Wyandotte High School Class of 1973
  • Steve E. McGill, artist/general mechanic, J.C. Harmon High School Class of 1974
  • Julia M. Peña, nurse, J.C. Harmon High School Class of 1982
  • Sarah Gorelick Ratley, pilot/electrical engineer/accountant, Wyandotte High School Class of 1951
  • Mrs. Lucy Saunders, educator, Sumner High School Class of 1939
  • Darrell Stuckey, professional football player, Washington High School Class of 2005
  • Dr. Oneita F. Taylor, radiation oncologist, Sumner High School Class of 1964

Reasons to Believe was established in 2002 to generate pride and celebrate the progress being made throughout the district. As part of the program, nominations are sought for the Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll, which spotlights successful alumni to encourage and inspire today’s students. All nominations are reviewed by a panel of judges and 12 are chosen. This select group is then brought together for a night of honors where they are celebrated by staff, students, community members, colleagues and family.

To review past Honor Roll classes or to learn more about the program, go to http://kckps.org/index.php/reasons-to-believe .

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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 17, 2015

September 14, 2015

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, September 17, 2015, at 1:00 p.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 participate in observation of instruction by visiting classrooms at Quindaro elementary and Coronado middle schools. Board members will return to the Central Office to review the DCIP Annual Report for 2014/15 and approve the nonnegotiable targets for achievement as articulated in the revised District Continuous- Improvement Plan (DCIP). 

Dated this 14th day of September 2015.

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

KCKPS to Provide Free Meals to Early Childhood and Elementary Students

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 31, 2015

Contact: Josh Mathiasmeier, director of nutritional services, (913) 627-3914

On September 1, the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) will begin providing free breakfast and lunch to all early childhood and elementary students. The district is participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), a program of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 that allows schools with high poverty rates to provide free breakfast and lunch to students.

Josh Mathiasmeier, director of Nutritional Services, said the program will impact approximately 13,000 students in the district at all elementary schools, early childhood centers and the Bridges program. At this time, secondary schools do not qualify for the program, but Mathiasmeier said his department will continue to monitor those schools.

“As we continue to look at our district as a whole, it would be our goal to go districtwide with this program in the future,” he said. “We want to feed as many students as we can because we know that nutrition and learning go hand in hand.”

CEP eliminates the burden of collecting household applications to determine eligibility for school meals. It also eliminates barriers to good nutrition at school and can enhance participation in school meals programs. In fact, it is expected that participation in the school breakfast and lunch programs will grow as a result of the district’s adoption of the CEP. Mathiasmeier has estimated a 7 percent increase in the school breakfast program (which is about 853 students) and a 3.5 percent increase in the school lunch program (which adds up to about 426 students).

KCKPS receives reimbursement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its school meals program.

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