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Notice of Time and Place of Special Meeting - Feb. 20

February 18, 2014

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, February 20, 2014, at 11:30 a.m., in the third floor Board room of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools 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 and to assemble in retreat fashion for a budget workshop. Board members will recess to executive session under the following exceptions to the Kansas Open Meetings Act:

  1. Negotiations
    • To protect the public interest in negotiating a fair and equitable contract.

Dated this 18th day of February 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

Sumner Recognized by ACT as ‘Exemplary’ at Improving Students’ Prospects for Success

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 24, 2015

Contact: David A. Smith, chief of staff, (913) 279-2240.

Sumner Academy of Arts and Science is among a distinguished group of schools, students and employers being recognized by ACT for exemplifying what is being done in states across the country to improve individuals’ prospects for success.

The school has been named a national semifinalist in ACT’s third National College and Career Readiness Campaign. The goal of the campaign is to bring attention to the hard work and exceptional achievements of education leaders, teachers, top employers and students.

“Sumner is honored to have been selected as a semifinalist. This is truly a testament of the hard work of both our students and our faculty,” said Jonathan Richard, Sumner principal. “Sumner prides itself on its diverse student body, high college matriculation rate, and its well-rounded course and extra-curricular offerings. It also has the largest Kauffman Scholar enrollment of any school. We are grateful to have been selected and to represent the people of Wyandotte County.”

Sumner is included in the High School category of the campaign, and is one of only four high schools in the nation being recognized for their success in college and career transition. ALL of Sumner’s seniors are admitted to a post-secondary institution, and each student participates in a minimum of two college visits by the time they graduate. All students take the ACT WorkKeys assessments, designed to measure their job-readiness skills.

“Sumner faculty routinely engage in vertically aligning ACT and International Baccalaureate data across all grades and throughout all course curriculum. It is not uncommon for an 8th grade student to be exposed to ACT and IB language and vocabulary,” Richard said. “Heavy emphasis is placed on learning from internal assessments. Data is frequently analyzed which allows faculty and students to narrow in on areas of weakness and strength. We believe this focus, along with talented faculty and academically-driven students, has strongly contributed to our students’ success.”

All national semifinalists were selected from nominations by 34 participating states across four award categories: student readiness (for students), college and career transition (for high schools), career preparedness (for community colleges), and workplace success (for employers). Each of these categories represents a critical juncture in the college and career readiness continuum.

Sumner and the other 15 semifinalists will be recognized at a gala in Washington, D.C. in June.

More details about the campaign are available at www.act.org/readinesscampaign.

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ACT is the nation’s leader in college and career readiness, providing high-quality achievement assessments grounded in more than 50 years of research and experience. The non-profit organization is dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success.

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

Notice of Change of Location of Regular Meeting - February 11

February 7, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

In accord with the resolution amended by the Board of Education on August 13, 2013, the regular meeting of the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education is scheduled for the first Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. and will be held in the West Middle School Auditorium, 2600 N. 44th Street, Kansas City, Kansas.

Dated this 7th day of February 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

Nominations Sought for Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll

May 16, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Nominations are open for the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools’ (KCKPS) 2016 Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll, part of a coordinated plan to spotlight alumni successes to encourage and inspire today’s students.

KCKPS established the Reasons to Believe program in 2002 to generate pride and celebrate the progress being made throughout the district. The Alumni Honor Roll annually showcases the high caliber of graduates that the district produces, and brings a select group of them together with staff, students, community members, colleagues and key leaders for a night of honors in November.

Nominees must:

  • Be graduates of a KCKPS high school
  • Be successful in their chosen business, profession or life work
  • Be a person of integrity and stature that KCKPS would take pride in recognizing
  • Have demonstrated the importance of their education from KCKPS

Nomination forms can be downloaded from the KCKPS website, www.kckps.org/recognition/alumni or call (913) 279-2225 to request one. The deadline for returning nominations is Monday, June 13, 2016.

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

KCKPS Announces Teachers of the Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 21, 2015

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

For their impact on students, and their dedication to the teaching profession, two teachers in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) have been chosen as the secondary and elementary KCKPS teachers of the year. They are: Edward Franco, social studies teacher at F.L. Schlagle High School; and Kimberley Montini, 1st grade teacher at Mark Twain Elementary School. They were chosen from a list of Star Teachers nominated by each of the district’s schools. Their names will be submitted to the Kansas State Department of Education as nominees for the 2016 Kansas Teacher of the Year.

Edward Franco

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Franco demonstrates how the content he teaches works outside the walls of his classroom. He works diligently to help his students understand that the purpose of what is being taught is not just for a test, but to prepare them for life. He teaches social studies, economics, sociology and psychology at F.L. Schlagle High School.

He provides his students with the opportunity to apply their learning by participating in assigned activities that require them to come out of their academic comfort zones of completing traditional book assignments. For example, in his sociology and psychology classes, Franco recently assigned students to go into the hallways and into the Central Office to interview and survey district employees, students and the superintendent to get a better understanding of the concepts he is teaching.

He believes that innovation can be a source of inspiration and involvement. Recently, he helped launch the district’s first functional Google Classrooms: an online economics and online American government class. These online classes have the same content as the in-class courses (and are not recovery classes). These classes can free up students’ schedules to allow them to take college courses or TEC classes, putting students one step closer to the district’s Diploma+ promise.

Franco serves as the Stu-Co co-sponsor and has positively influenced the climate and culture of the school. He guides students to take leadership roles and calculated risks to change their own learning experiences.

Schlagle Principal Yolanda Thompson said, “Mr. Franco’s success can be attributed to the time he takes building relationships with his students and between students to create a safe learning environment. Everyone respects each other as they speak. Each student believes and knows that everyone has something worth sharing on all topics discussed in the class, and those who enter his class find that they become a part of the class the moment they cross its threshold.”

Franco has been teaching since 1999 and has been with KCKPS since 2012.

Kimberley Montini

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Montini believes that each child has individual value and deserves a quality education. Everyday she strives to cultivate an environment in her classroom where students know they are safe to try new ideas, to struggle and to celebrate success.

Montini teaches 1st grade at Mark Twain Elementary School and has been with the district since 2011. She has also taught 2nd, 4th and 5th grades at the school.

To foster innovation in her teaching practices, Montini reads about best practice classrooms and discovering new ways to empower students. She works to implement these practices into her classroom. For example, she uses poetry and the gradual release model to help students improve their reading fluency and learn sight words. It has resulted in measurable gains by her students. She shared this method with the Literacy Lab Classroom Cohort and they also reported measurable gains as a result of this method.

To help her students “buy into” the importance of reading at home, both during the school year and the summer, last school year Montini had her students read, research and survey other classes about the importance of year-round reading. They discovered that students in urban areas living more than five blocks from their public library struggle to access books. This resulted in a petition to have the school library open weekly for two hours during the summer.

Principal Sandra Egidy said Montini’s peers seek her expertise when it comes to student literacy concerns or academic planning. “She is a highly valued team member who is very knowledgeable and respected by her peers,” Egidy said.

Montini serves on Mark Twain’s lead team, assisting with building level decisions and facilitating professional development.

 

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The mission of the Kansas Teacher of the Year program is to build and utilize a network of exemplary teachers who are leaders in the improvement of schools, student performance, and the teaching profession.

These teachers and the district’s other “Star Teachers” will be recognized at a special Star Teacher Celebration on April 29 at the KCKPS Central Office and Training Center.

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