Notice of Time and Place of Special Meeting - January 6, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 22, 2014

Contact: David Smith, Chief of Staff, (913) 279-2242

A special meeting of the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education is hereby called for Tuesday, January 6, 2015, at 12:00 p.m.in the Board room 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 discuss and determine the level of investment in the Kansas City, Kansas Healthy Communities Campus initiative.  

Dated this 22nd day of December 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

West Middle School Receives STEM Grant From Toshiba America Foundation For $7,090

February 1, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools is pleased to announce West Middle School, 2600 N. 44th Street, has been awarded a $7,090 STEM grant from the Toshiba America Foundation (TAF). These funds will support the purchase of two MakerBot Replicator 3D printers for use with an innovative classroom project to explore the Mars environment and what is needed for survival on the planet. Representatives from Toshiba American Foundation will present the check to West Middle School’s Academic Enrichment Teacher Rachael McIlvain, students and staff on Friday, Friday, February 2 at 8:30 a.m. in the school’s library.

“Thank you to Toshiba for the grant to purchase the 3D printers, which will enhance the way we teach and enrich learning opportunities for our students today and well into the future,” said McIlvain. She is one of only 11 teachers in the United States to receive the award.

The classroom project involves students reading through passages of the book, “The Martian” for inspiration. Next, students will explore what is needed to survive on Mars as well as the environment surrounding the planet and challenges one would face there. Students will work in teams to design different portions of a living habitat. After testing models of their habitat, students will be asked to create a mini model of their habitat portion in order to complete a single habitat for final evaluation.  The 3D printer will be used to create the mini models of the living habitats.

Toshiba America Foundation’s grants fund projects designed by individual classroom teachers. This “direct-to-teacher” approach brings immediate results. Teachers are able to change the way they teach Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects because the grant supports equipment for hands-on experiments and inquiry-based approaches to the curriculum. TAF believes that STEM is a lot more fun than just reading a textbook. TAF grants provide teachers with the tools they need to be more effective educators. The grants make the classroom a more exciting place for both teachers and students.

Notice - Time and Place of Special Meeting - February 5, 2018

January 31, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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, February 3, 2018, at 5:00 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 Board shall meet in retreat fashion to review the quarterly report of the District Continuous Improvement Plan (DCIP) and receive an update on the Kansas Education Systems Accreditation (KESA).

Dated this 31st day of January 2018.

Susan E. Westfahl
Clerk of the Board

Notice: Change of Location/Time of Regular Meeting

March 4, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

In accord with the resolution approved by the Board of Education on July 21, 2015, the regular meeting of the Kasnas City, Kansas Board of Education is scheduled for the second Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. and will be held at Banneker Elementary School, 2026 N. 4th Street, Kansas City, Kansas.

Dated this 4th day of March 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

Frances Willard Students Are Reading Across America

February 29, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

March 2 marks the annual Read Across America Celebration, a commemorative day to honor the late Dr. Seuss and emphasize the importance of reading to students across the United States.

Each year, many schools across the country plan special events and celebrations around Read Across America. Students at Frances Willard Elementary School in Kansas City, Kansas have been gearing up for the day since early January when they began their Read Across America journey. They are tracking the number of books they read and equating them to miles. One book equals one mile. Their goal is to “travel” across America, from Houlton, Maine to San Francisco, California. The grand total is 5,478 miles and they are almost there! A map in the front hallway of the school provides a visual for their progress.

Librarian Colleen Charlton is coordinating the effort.

“I believe that the more fun things you do for reading, the more they will read,” she said.

And there’s another incentive: for every five books students read, they will receive a ticket. The tickets are good for a “Pie in the Face” drawing that will be held at the end of the event. Ten students’ tickets will be drawn and they will be able to throw a pie in face of Charlton and Frances Willard Principal Sarah Pike. And every student who participates in the reading program receives a free book.

Only two days left to reach their goal!

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