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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

KCK Board of Education Honors November Employees of the Month

November 20, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

November 2013 Employees of the Month.

We would like to recognize bus driver Kaycee Williams as employee of the month. T.A. Edison has a kindergarten student that was afraid of busses. He is eligible for busing services, but his fear kept him from riding. When we contacted Transportation for help, Kaycee Williams was assigned to our case. Kaycee took on our student, Owen, as her own special student. We are so glad she was chosen for this task. She patiently helped Owen as he became familiar with the bus it's nuiances and noises. Several times she stopped in after her route to TA Edison to say hello to Owen, so he became familiar with her. Kaycee continued being patient coming by for visits, until Owen got on the bus! Next time he rode around the block! Owen began to ask his mom about the bus driver. The true test came in early October when the kindergarten students were scheduled to go on a field trip and that morning, Miss Kaycee was greeted by an enthusiastic Owen and a great big hug! Owen got on the bus and happily traveled to the pumpkin patch with all of his friends. Had you not heard the story, you would have never known all of the work that Kaycee did to prepare this little boy for his bus ride. We appreciate her and how her actions impacted Owen and how much she puts into being a bus driver for our district."
-- Sincerely, Cindy Cop, Principal at T.A. Edison & Owen, student

Mrs. Sarah Alexander, in a very short time, is beginning to reshape a culture among student in our school. We are so grateful for her dedication, and the fact she has embraced the Noble Prentis community as if she has been here her entire career. Sarah is everywhere in the building. And it is a good thing, because her model for adults and children is exemplary. Students are seeking her out, because Mrs. Alexander is helping them know that she is approachable, trustworthy, a fantastic listener, and truly cares for our children. As a principal, I have never seen an adult become familiar with students in such a brief amount of time. I wish I had her amazing ability to help students feel comfortable, inspire them to seek assistance, and teach them to begin to solve their own problems – with their head and their heart. Mrs. Alexander has answered a call desperately needed at Noble Prentis. Students and staff alike are taking a deep breathe, knowing she is available to council us toward a healthy mind and positive spirit."
-- Sincerely, Jim Poplau, Principal at Noble Prentis

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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 - February 19, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 16, 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, February 19, 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 to 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 16th day of February 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

Which Foods Will Pass the Taste Test for Students?

March 25, 2016

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

Will fresh fruits and vegetables be all the rage? Or will waffles be the most popular food item? The answer will come on Thursday, March 31 when hundreds of students attend the Taste of 500 food tasting fair hosted by the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. The event will take place from noon to 1:45 p.m. at F.L. Schlagle High School.

Now in its 19th year, the Taste of 500 brings together students from across the district to sample food items from a number of food service brokers. The students provide their feedback using a simple scoring technique. Positive responses are then considered for next year’s school breakfast and/or lunch menus.

 “This past year, we taste tested a real popular macaroni and cheese, which tested much higher than any other mac and cheese product we have looked at in the past,” said Josh Mathiasmeier, director of Nutritional Services. “And now it’s on our menu.”

Mathiasmeier said he is particularly interested to see how samples of fruits and vegetables will fare at the event. This year, his department received a USDA grant to implement a Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program in 16 KCKPS elementary schools. Through the program, students take part in a taste test of fresh, and usually unique, fruits and vegetables, twice a week. It increases their exposure to new and healthy food items.

More than 600 students are expected to pass through the line of food vendors at Taste of 500 this year. Some of the items that will be available for sampling include: star fruit, jicama sticks, popped crisps, maple waffle, cheese stuffed pretzel, smothered burrito, naked juice, bulk taco snack, cheese calzone and mini cini’s.

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

KCK Board of Education Honors May Employees of the Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

May 2014 Employees of the Month.

Jack Granath

"The community has been flooding into the new South Branch Library since the doors opened on September 26, 2012. The new building is a bright, welcoming and accessible location. We believe a key part of the success we have experienced is Jack Granath. It is our pleasure to nominate Jack Granath as Employee of the Month. Jack is the Branch Manager for the South Branch Library. This is not just 'a job' for Jack. His commitment to our community and our library is strong. I can truly say Jack is one of the best people I have had the pleasure to work with!"
-- Sincerely, Janey Humphries, community member & Bridgette DeSmet, administrative assistant for the KCK Public Schools

Bill Reardon

"Sometimes, an individual will come to a position with the exact right mix of skills and experience, such that they seem born for the job. Such is the case with Bill Reardon, the KCKPS lobbyist. Bill, who worked as a high school teacher for more than 30 years, AND served in the Kansas legislature for more than 30 years, is the perfect person to serve as the district's voice and advocate in Topeka. The skill with which he performs his job has had a profound impact, not just on the well-being of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools, but on the health of public education across the state of Kansas."
-- Sincerely, David A. Smith, Chief of Staff

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