Nearly 500 Expected for KCKPS' Annual 'Are You Faster Than a 5th Grader' Race

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

For the third consecutive year, the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools will bring together teams of 5th grade students, district staff and city officials for a race that challenges minds, bodies and spirits.

On Friday, April 25, KCKPS will host the "Are You Faster Than a 5th Grader" two-mile race. Start time is noon.

This year's race will follow a different route than past ones. It will begin at Schlitterbahn Kansas City Water Park and end at Sporting KC stadium. The runners will follow 98th street to Francis Family Drive and go southwest to the stadium.

Teams of 15 fifth-graders are expected to participate from all 30 of the district's elementary schools. Superintendent Dr. Cynthia Lane and other district administrators, plus Mayor Mark Holland and other city leaders, will keep stride with the students.

Lane launched this event in 2012 as a way to promote physical fitness in students and to encourage overall wellness.

"We want our students to be the best that they can be and that means intellectually as well as physically," Lane said. "Good health plays an important role in our students' ability to learn. As well as promoting good health, this race provides them with lessons about teamwork, endurance and physical fitness."

The race has become something that 5th grade students look forward to each year. This week, Lane started building excitement by having a practice run with students at J.F. Kennedy Elementary School.

The first 15 students, and top three adults to cross the finish line in the race will receive medals. At the conclusion of the race, teams of students and adults will compete in an academic 4x4 relay, where they must answer curriculum questions correctly before proceeding on their leg of the race.

Fifth graders not competing in the race will be seated in Sporting KC stadium to cheer on their classmates and teachers.

This year's event is expected to draw more than 500 runners.

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

Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament

Posted Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Kansas City, Kansas School Foundation for Excellence presents the 28th annual Scholarship Golf Tournament on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at the Sunflower Hills Golf Course, 122nd and Riverview Ave., Bonner Springs, Kansas.

Sign up to donate or sponsor today!

  • Corporate Sponsorship - $10,000 for eight players
  • Platinum Sponsorship - $7,500 for eight players
  • Gold Sponsorship - $5,000 for four players
  • Sign Sponsorship - $3,000
  • Silver Sponsorship - $2,500 for four players
  • Team Sponsorship - $700 for four players
  • Hole Sponsorship - $350
  • Individual Sponsorship - $175
  • Cart Sponsorship - $100

There will be two flights available for play:

Morning flight (limited to 24 teams)

  • Registration and continental breakfast at 6:30 a.m.
  • Shotgun start at 7:30 a.m.
  • Lunch and Awards program at 1 p.m. at the George Meyn Center

Afternoon Flight (limited to 24 teams)

  • Registration and lunch at 12:30 p.m.
  • Shotgun start at 1 p.m.
  • Dinner and Awards program at 6 p.m. at the George Meyn Center

Since 1991, the Foundation has sponsored this annual fundraiser to benefit students. Proceeds from this year’s event will provide scholarships to high school seniors and support district literacy programs. Businesses and community members can enjoy a day on the golf course while supporting students in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools.

For more information, please contact Susan Westfahl at 913.279.2235.

Notice - Time and Place of Special Meeting - May 14, 2018

May 10, 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, May 14, 2018, at 12:00 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 continue work on development of the 2018-2019 budget. The Board may recess to executive session to establish budget parameters pursuant to the exception for Employer-Employee Negotiations under the Kansas Open Meetings Act.

Dated this 10th day of May 2018.

Susan E. Westfahl
Clerk of the Board

Students Take the Driver’s Seat to Get on Track to Healthy Eating

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 20, 2015

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

Students don’t always get revved up about healthy eating. But putting them in the driver’s seat can make a big difference when it comes to getting them on the right track. That’s why the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) hosts Taste of 500.

Taste of 500 is an annual food tasting fair that allows students, grades 2-11, to sample food items from a number of food service brokers and then provide feedback on the taste and quality. This year’s event will take place Wednesday, April 22 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the F.L. Schlagle High School cafeteria. This year’s theme is “On Track to Healthy Eating” which lends itself to a number of fun and interactive “pit stops” where students can learn about healthy food choices and healthy lifestyles. They will include:

  • Under the Hood: Students will try to guess different fruits and vegetables by touch.
  • Time Trials: This will be an exercise booth.
  • Fan Information: Dietitians will be at this booth to talk with students and provide them with materials about healthy eating.
  • Winner’s Photo: This will be a photo booth for students.
  • Get a Tune-Up: School nurses will be at this booth to talk with students about their health.

KCKPS is one of the largest food service providers in Wyandotte County, serving approximately 13,000 breakfasts and 16,000 lunches daily. Approximately, 900 daily snacks and 750 supper meals also feed students to keep them healthy and ready to learn.

So what are the most popular breakfast and lunch items currently being served? For breakfast it’s:

  • Pancake on a Stick
  • Chicken Biscuit.

Favorite lunch items include:

  • Chicken Nuggets
  • Pizza
  • General Tso’s Chicken and Rice
  • Breakfast for Lunch: French Toast Sticks with Sausage and Tater Tots

At this year’s Taste of 500, the emphasis will be on the quality of the food items as well as the taste. Higher protein hot breakfast items also are being sought, according to Stacy Raith, operations manager for the KCKPS Nutritional Services Department. Some items available for sampling will include egg/cheese/turkey bacon burritos, bacon/egg/cheese toast, sausage burrito, better quality pizzas, and student acceptable snacks such as goldfish puffs, oven baked chips and white cheddar popcorn.

All food items presented will be evaluated using a simple scoring technique. Positive responses will be considered for upcoming school menus, or the after school snack program.

This will mark the district’s 18th year for the food tasting event.

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

Special Education Teacher Recruitment Fair

May 2, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools is seeking licensed special education teachers for the 2016-17 school year. Teachers are needed for early childhood, elementary, middle and high school, as well as adaptive PE, deaf and hard of hearing, visually impaired and more.

Interested persons can get more information by attending the Special Education Teacher Recruitment Fair set for Thursday, May 5 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the KCKPS Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th St.

Before attending the fair, interested persons should:

  • Complete an application online at www.kckps.org
  • Call (913) 279-2262 to reserve an interview time
  • Bring a current resume and an unofficial transcript

Financial assistance may be provided to a limited number of general education teachers to pursue coursework to obtain licensure to teach special education.

For more information, contact Human Resources at (913) 279-2262 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 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