Local Third Graders Participate in Kansas Kids Fitness and Safety Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Topeka, Kan. – Third grade students in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools are gearing up to participate in the 24th Annual Kansas Kids Fitness and Safety Day. The Governor's Council on Fitness and Safe Kids Kansas are sponsoring this statewide event to reinforce the fun and health benefits of noncompetitive physical activities and injury prevention. Nearly 19,000 students will participate this year at more than 30 sites across the state, with the majority of events being held on May 1st and May 2nd.

On Thursday, May 1st, Washington High School will host 1,000 3rd graders and high school students at the stadium at 7340 Leavenworth Rd in Kansas City Kansas. On Friday, May 2nd, Harmon High School will host over 1,000 3rd grade students and high school students at 25th and Lawrence Avenue at Harmon Stadium. Events on both dates will take place from 10:00 am to noon. Statewide, all children participating in Kansas Kids Fitness and Safety Day will receive health and safety enrichment packets, including jump ropes, to encourage physical activity. Activities at these sites will provide opportunities to participate in fun and educational activities to promote physical activity and promote safety.

Kansas Kids Fitness and Safety Day is an opportunity to impress upon youth the importance of being safe and physically active. A 2008 report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that more than one-third of children and adolescents were either overweight or obese and physical inactivity was a major contributor to this problem. According to the CDC report, 70 percent of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease in a population based sample of 5 to 17 year olds.

Kansas City, Kansas Kids Fitness Day is sponsored by Gold Sponsor UMB bank. This is the second year for this partnership and the benefits are amazing. KCK local fire stations will be on hand to help with the fire safety station.

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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 - April 23, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 20, 2015

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

A special meeting of the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education is hereby called for Thursday, April 23, 2015, at 11:30 a.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 to take action on the Payment of Bills and the Human Resources Report and Recommendations and assemble in retreat fashion for a budget workshop. 

The Board members may recess into executive session under the following exception to the Kansas Open Meetings Act:

 (a)  Non-Elected Personnel

              -   To protect the privacy interests of an identifiable individuals(s).

(b)   Negotiations

               -   To protect the public interest in negotiating a fair and equitable contract.

Dated this 20th day of April 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

Kindergarten Roundup Set for April 17 at All KCKPS Elementary Schools

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Enrollment time is here for kindergartners starting school in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) next fall. On Thursday, April 17, all KCKPS elementary schools will be hosting Kindergarten Roundup sessions. Parents with children who will be five years old on or before August 31, 2014 should take this opportunity to enroll them for the 2014-2015 school year.

Kindergarten Roundup is for both parents and children. Activities taking place during the sessions differ from school to school, but children will be given the opportunity to get acquainted with the kindergarten teacher(s), and learn about going to school, while parents complete the necessary paperwork. In many instances, translators will be provided. (Please note: Dates have not yet been set for preschool enrollment for the 2014-15 school year. Parents with questions should call 913-627-0360).

Parents should bring the following information with them for kindergarten enrollment:

  • Their child's state birth certificate (must be the original, not a copy)
  • Their child's current immunization records
  • Proof of a recent physical for their child
  • Proof of address (such as a utility bill or lease agreement with the parents’ name on it)

Times and locations of the enrollment for each school are listed below:

SchoolDateTimeContact (Principal)
Banneker Elementary
2026 N. 4th St.
April 17, 2014 9:30 – 11:00am or
1:30 – 3:00pm
Angela Wright
627-4700
Bethel Elementary
7850 Yecker
April 17, 2014 4:00 to 6:00pm Faye Thicklin
627-3000
B. Caruthers Elementary
1100 Waverly
April 17, 2014 2:00 to 4:00pm Dionandre Josenberger
627-4750
Claude Huyck Elementary
1530 N. 83rd St.
April 17, 2014 10:00 to 3:00pm Colleen Dudley
627-4650
Douglass Elementary
1310 N. 9th St.
April 17, 2014 10:00am to 2:00pm Leala Taylor
627-5100
Emerson Elementary
1429 S. 29th St.
April 17, 2014 1:30 pm Brett Bernard
627-5900
Eugene Ware Elementary
4820 Oakland
April 17, 2014 9:00am or 1:00pm Collette Chaney
627-5950
Frances Willard Elementary
3400 Orville
April 17, 2014 1:30 pm Sarah Pike
627-6100
Frank Rushton Elementary
2605 W. 43rd Ave.
April 17, 2014 2:30 pm Mary Welsh
627-3050
Grant Elementary
1510 N. 4th St.
April 17, 2014 9:00-11:00am OR
12:45–2:45pm
Janice McConnell-Miller
627-4300
Hazel Grove Elementary
2401 N. 67th St.
April 17, 2014 10am to 2:00pm Dee Dee Hines
627-7000
John F. Kennedy Elementary
2600 N. 72nd St.
April 17, 2014 9:00am to Noon
or 1:00 to 4:30pm
Canise Salinas
627-4950
John Fiske Elementary
625 S. Valley
April 17, 2014 1:30 to 2:30pm or
4:15 to 5:15pm
Josie Herrera
627-4850
Lindbergh Elementary
641 N. 57th St.
April 17, 2014 10:00am to 12:00pm Dr. Iva Lee Colgan
627-5150
Mark Twain Elementary
2300 Minnesota Ave.
April 17, 2014 9:00 to 11:00am or
1:00 to 3:00pm
Sandra Egidy
627-5200
McKinley Elementary
611 North 14th St.
April 17, 2014 9:30 to 11:00am or
1:30 to 3:00pm
Ruth Capell
627-7350
M.E. Pearson Elementary
310 N. 11th St.
April 17, 2014 8:00am to 6:00pm Connie Horner
627-3150
New Chelsea Elementary
2500 Wood
April 17, 2014 10:00am to Noon or
1:00 to 3:00pm
Dominic Flora
627-5000
New Stanley Elementary
3604 Metropolitan
April 17, 2014 7:45–11:00am or
2:00-6:00pm
Ryan Most
627-3950
Noble Prentis Elementary
2337 S. 14th St.
April 17, 2014 10:00am – 6:00pm James Poplau
627-5250
Parker Elementary
3334 Haskell
April 17, 2014 10:00am to NOON or
1:00 to 3:00pm
Janice Turner
627-4200
Quindaro Elementary
2800 Farrow
April 17, 2014 9:00am to 12:00pm
1:00 to 3:00pm
Linnie Poke
627-4400
Silver City Elementary
2515 Lawrence Ave.
April 17, 2014 2:00 – 3:00pm or
6:00 – 7:00pm
Dr. Deanne Letourneau
627-4550
Stony Point North Elementary
8200 Elizabeth
April 17, 2014 9:00 – 11:00am Jane Martin
627-4500
Stony Point South Elementary
150 S. 78th St.
April 17, 2014 6:00 to 7:30pm Lori Cooper
627-4600
T.A. Edison Elementary
1000 Locust St.
April 17, 2014 9:00 to 11:00am or
1:00 – 3:00pm
Cindy Cop
627-4900
Welborn Elementary
5200 Leavenworth Rd.
April 17, 2014 9:00 – 11:00am or
1:30 to 3:00pm
Dr. Jennifer Malone
627-4450
White Church Elementary
2226 N. 85th St.
April 17, 2014 10:00am – 3:00pm Bruce Haber
627-4250
Whittier Elementary
295 S. 10th St.
April 17, 2014 10am, 2pm or 5pm Geri Cunningham
627-4250
W.A. White Elementary
2600 N. 43rd Terr.
April 17, 2014 9:00 to 11:00am
1:00 to 3:00pm
Alexis Etier
627-6250

 

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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 - May 4, 2016

April 29, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

A special joint meeting of the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education and the Kansas City Kansas Community College Board of Trustees is hereby called for Wednesday, May 4 at 3:00 p.m. at the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools Central Office and Training Center, Board Room, 2010 N. 59th Street, Kansas City, Kansas.

The purpose and business of such special meeting shall be a joint inservice and discussion between the Board of Education and the Board of Trustees to include approval of a Memorandum of Understanding and an update on plans to establish common targets to support the Diploma+ Initiative.

Dated this 29th day of April 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

KCKPS Students Are Warming Up for the ‘Are You Faster Than a 5th Grader’ Run/Walk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 20, 2015

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

Active learners do better in the classroom. That’s one of several objectives of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools’ annual Are You Faster Than a 5th Grader event. The two-mile race brings together 5th grade students, district administrators and staff, and community leaders and patrons for a morning of friendly competition and physical activity. This year’s race will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 24 at Kansas City Kansas Community College and will end at the Washington High School stadium.

As in past years, teams of 15 5th graders from all 30 of the district’s elementary schools will participate in the race. But the other 5th grade students will get in on the fun by taking part in a one-mile walk that will precede the race at 10 a.m. The walk will begin at Eisenhower Middle School and will end at the Washington High School stadium. In all, approximately 1,300 5th graders will take part in the morning of physical fun. Among the community leaders taking part will be Mayor Mark Holland and his wife.

“This event has become a tradition that many students anticipate when they approach their 5th grade year,” said Stephanie Dickson, PE teacher leader. “Some kids have been running all summer to get in shape for the race. And the added element of the one-mile walk gets every student involved and sends the message that physical fitness is important.”

Superintendent Dr. Cynthia Lane launched the event in 2012 as a way to promote physical fitness to students and to encourage overall wellness. The first 15 students to cross the finish line in the race will receive medals and will have their photo taken with the superintendent.

This year will mark the district’s 4th consecutive year for the Are You Faster Than a 5th Grade event. 

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