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Events Focus on College Financial Support for KCKPS Seniors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 23, 2015

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

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 financial aid.

The times, dates and locations are as follows:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 24, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at KCKPS Central Office
  • Thursday, Feb. 26, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Wyandotte High School
  • Monday, April 13, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at KCKPS Central Office

Staff will be available to help families complete FAFSA applications (W-2 information and 2014 tax returns will be needed).  Other financial aid resources will be available.  “Financing College” events are free to attend and refreshments will be provided.

“Financing College” is sponsored by the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools and the College Access & Success Partners (Kansas City, Kansas Community College, Donnelly College, KU TRIO Talent Search, Kansas Kids @ Gear Up, KU Office of Financial Aid, KU Center for Educational Opportunity Programs and Prep-KC).

For more information, contact Lori Hewitt, KCKPS Post-Secondary Connections Specialist at (913) 627-2685 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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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 - March 31, 2016

March 28, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

A special meeting of the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Education is hereby called for Thursday, March 31, 2016, at 3:00 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 assemble in retreat fashion for a budget workshop and to discuss a timeline and plans for a bond referendum.

Dated this 28th 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

Six to Be Inducted into Harmon Sports Hall of Fame

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 23, 2015

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

J.C. Harmon High School will host its sixth annual Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday, February 27 during halftime of the boys’ varsity basketball game. The ceremony is anticipated to begin around 7:30 p.m.

Three former athletes, one coach, and two long-time supporters of athletics at Harmon will be recognized and honored. The inductees were chosen based on their athletics at Harmon, their character, academics and citizenship.

Chosen to represent the athletes are:

  • Brett Starr – Class of 2004
    Basketball, football, track & field
    2nd in 100 at KU Relays 2004
    200 League Champ with School Record 2004
    State Champion in the 400, 2004 (3rd fastest time in the state of Kansas)
  • Byron Walker – Class of 2003.
    Track & field, football, basketball
    2002 Boys' Track & Field runner of the year
    2003 All Kansan Football Team (special teams)
  • Dimita (Jones) Smith – Class of 1983
    Basketball, Track & Field, Cross Country
    6A State Champion 800 meters 1983
    Led league in basketball points & rebounds 1983
    All State in Cross Country

Chosen for the coach’s or athletic director’s award is:

  • Coach Jo Wachter, volleyball coach from 1985-2002 (head coach from 1998 to 2002). 1998 Kansas Coach of the Year.  2000 Galyan’s Women’s Intersport Network Coach of the Year. Basketball Coach 1989-2006 (head coach from 1999 to 2006). Track & Field Coach from 1990 to present (head girls’ coach from 2008 to present).

Chosen for the Distinguished Service award are:

  • Fred and Jackie Brant (Harmon Class of 1978 and 1979, respectively). They have been strong supporters of Harmon athletics, especially during the years 1994 to 2005. They have three children who are graduates. Both were active members of the Harmon Booster club, Fred serving as president and Jackie serving as vice president.

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

KCK Board of Education Honors October Employees of the Month

October 14, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

October 2013 Employees of the Month.

"Recently the TIS department hired new hardware technicians. Shon Smith & Dwayne McFedders took all of these new members underneath their wings, with no hesitation, and showed all of them the ropes. They both showed, and continue to show, true professionalism while conducting this training. They have never waivered from their commitment or dedication to the district as a whole. They have proven that their main priorities are the student and the teachers. Before these members were hired, Shon and Dwayne (along with two others) handled the entire work load with no complaints. Their loyalty to USD 500 is second to none"
-- Sincerely, Joshua Littlejohn TIS Tech

"Rick Malone is an exceptional young teacher. His enthusiasm is contagious; he seems to be challenged to make a difference in the lives of his students. Rick is a dedicated and hard working Math Teacher, willing to take on challenges. He as our PLC leader in math has always been a dependable, motivated young man that has the drive to be successful at whatever he attempts. He is the 20/20 Leadership sponsor, working with the school's junior leadership group. He also is one of the coaches of the district champion Math Relays team. As devoted as he is to his career in preparation for class and grading, Rick still finds time to coach football and track."
-- Sincerely, Steve Howard, Teacher

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

Wyandotte Slam Poetry Team Advances to Louder Than a Bomb Semi-Finals

March 25, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Since the beginning of the school year, Wyandotte High School Senior Gary Bradley-Lopez has been boasting that “this will be the year” for his slam poetry team, the W. Dotte Poets. And now his team is halfway there.

On Monday, March 28, the W. Dotte Poets will compete in the semi-finals of the local Louder Than a Bomb competition. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the American Jazz Museum, Kansas City, MO.

The team will face-off against four other area high school teams: Lincoln Prep, Shawnee Mission South, Shawnee Mission Northwest and Olathe South.

This is the first time in Wyandotte High School history that a slam poetry team has made it to the semi-finals. And they are feeling the pressure.

“I’m scared that I’m going to let my team down,” Lopez said. “I’m scared that my nerves will get the best of me. My biggest concern is that I will get up there and forget everything.”

This is what goes on in the minds of the student poets. They have been gathering after school this week to work on their pieces. They are performing for each other, and rating the performances so they can choose the best ones. Only four of the eight students will perform their individual poetry. There also will be one group performance, with four students involved.

The students seem hesitant. They admit that rating their teammates’ poetry is not easy. There’s a saying in slam poetry that “the point is not the points, the point is the poems.” Slams are personal. These well-crafted poems reveal students’ raw emotions. That is the point. But in the end, there is a point system, because it’s a competition.

The team agrees that Monday evening’s performance will not be their last, even if they don’t advance to the finals.

“This won’t be our last time we have an opportunity to perform,” Lopez said. “We will still meet after the semi-finals. We are still going to go out to open mic nights and other events.”

After all “the point is not the points, the point is the poems.”

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