Highlights/Results from the KCKPS Literary Festival
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Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools Board of Education - Election Results
Coronado Middle School's Dress for Success Day
Coronado Middle School's Dress for Success Day

Frances Willard Students Are Reading Across America

February 29, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

March 2 marks the annual Read Across America Celebration, a commemorative day to honor the late Dr. Seuss and emphasize the importance of reading to students across the United States.

Each year, many schools across the country plan special events and celebrations around Read Across America. Students at Frances Willard Elementary School in Kansas City, Kansas have been gearing up for the day since early January when they began their Read Across America journey. They are tracking the number of books they read and equating them to miles. One book equals one mile. Their goal is to “travel” across America, from Houlton, Maine to San Francisco, California. The grand total is 5,478 miles and they are almost there! A map in the front hallway of the school provides a visual for their progress.

Librarian Colleen Charlton is coordinating the effort.

“I believe that the more fun things you do for reading, the more they will read,” she said.

And there’s another incentive: for every five books students read, they will receive a ticket. The tickets are good for a “Pie in the Face” drawing that will be held at the end of the event. Ten students’ tickets will be drawn and they will be able to throw a pie in face of Charlton and Frances Willard Principal Sarah Pike. And every student who participates in the reading program receives a free book.

Only two days left to reach their goal!

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

KCK Board of Education Honors December Employees of the Month

December 12, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

December 2013 Employees of the Month.

Steve McGill

During my time with the district, I was fortunate to work with Steve as he assisted in many areas needing his expertise as a mechanic and welder.  Regardless of the request, Steve was the picture of professionalism.  Along with being a mechanic, Steve is an expert welder.  He has fixed and put back together anything and everything from metal desks, to xylophones to equipment for students who are vision impaired.  He truly loves his work and works to make the life of others happier and easier thru his contributions.  I am honored to call Steve my friend and colleague.  He is truly one of a kind.
-- Sincerely, Theresa Van Goethem, consultant

Tammy Haught

Tammy Haught is a great 3rd grade teacher at Whittier Elementary who always goes above and beyond in her classroom.  The special touch that Tammy adds around the holidays is why I feel she should be recognized as an employee of the month.  Tammy has taken it upon herself to offer a free "holiday shop" in her classroom for the second year in a row. She has reached out for donations through her family and friends, and always obtains enough items so that each member in the household gets a gift.  What a great feeling for each student to be able to give to their loved ones during the holiday season!  Especially considering the majority of her students are from low income families.   Keep up the great work Tammy!  You are truly appreciated.
-- Sincerely, Erin Clemmons, friend

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

Learn About the Work of KCKPS at the Next Community Forum

February 29, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

The public is invited to learn more about the initiatives and goals of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools at the upcoming Community Forum. The event will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 2 at J.C. Harmon High School, 2400 Steele Road.

Superintendent Dr. Cynthia Lane, Board of Education members and district staff will be on hand to guide the conversation, answer questions and seek input from community members.

This is the third in a series of community forums planned by the district to engage families in the educational process.

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

2014 Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 12, 2014

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

ANNUAL REASONS TO BELIEVE CELEBRATION IS NOV. 20

Twelve distinguished graduates of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) will be celebrated for their career achievements and community involvement as they are inducted into the 12th Alumni Honor Roll of the Reasons to Believe program. The induction ceremony and celebration will take place Thursday, November 20 on the first floor of the KCKPS Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th St. The event begins at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

Board of Education President Dr. Evelyn Hill will welcome guests, and honorees will be introduced by the current principals of their alma maters. The Sumner Academy Chorale Seniors will perform under the direction of Becky Thomas, director. Superintendent Dr. Cynthia Lane will address the members of the Alumni Honor Roll. Deryl Wynn, with McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips, will present the 2014 Reasons to Believe Scholarships.

The Reasons to Believe 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.

Members of the 2014 Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll are:

  • Nedra Bonds, artist/social activist, Wyandotte High School Class of 1966
  • Norman Brown, jazz guitarist, Wyandotte High School Class of 1982
  • Wesley Guy Burt, artist/illustrator, Sumner Academy of Arts and Science Class of 1999
  • Phil Dixon, author/historian/speaker, Wyandotte High School Class of 1974
  • Dr. Simone Ariana Ellis, dentist, Sumner Academy of Arts and Science Class of 2001
  • Lloyd Freeman, attorney, Sumner Academy of Arts and Science Class of 2000
  • Drue Jennings, retired CEO of KCP&L, Argentine Junior/Senior High Class of 1964
  • Marcus Newsom, assistant athletic director/coach at Wartburg College, F.L. Schlagle High School Class of 1988
  • Dr. LeeRoy Pitts, retired educator, Sumner High School Class of 1951
  • Harold Simmons, retired police detective, Wyandotte High School Class of 1965
  • Dr. Jayson Strickland, KCKPS administrator, Washington High School Class of 1989
  • Dr. Christi Walter, health systems scientist, J.C. Harmon High School Class of 1976

Reasons to Believe was established in 2002 to generate pride and celebrate the progress being made throughout the district. As part of the program, nominations are sought for the Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll, which spotlights successful alumni to encourage and inspire today’s students.

To review past honor roll classes or to learn more about the program, go to www.kckps.org/recognition/alumni.

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

KCK Board of Education Honors April Employees of the Month

April 18, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

April 2014 Employees of the Month.

Maria Rios

"We nominate Maria Rios, a member of the Wyandotte High School office staff for employee of the month. Maria works in the front office at Wyandotte and she is someone who is always there; ready to help when asked, offering to help before asked; and making whoever she is helping feel like her most important customer. You seldom think about what Maria is responsible for because the work gets done so efficiently and seamlessly. Drop a copy job into the 'in box' (onto a pile of several others), it is done just an hour or two later. Need a truancy report for a field trip? Maria will have it done well before you need it. But what really distinguishes Maria is her understanding of the idea of customer service. If you are a parent or a visitor coming into the office, Maria greets you with her smile and a warm 'How can I help you?' Building staff and visiting parents often compliment her work and helpfulness."
-- Sincerely, Jan Stocstill, principal's secretary & Rich Zak, teacher

Becky Bell

"I would like to nominate Becky Bell for employee of the month for White Church Elementary. I have had the privilege of working with Becky Bell for the past 14 years, both as a fellow classroom teacher and as a teacher leader. She is an essential member of our school and does so much for the staff and students at White Church! Becky has been an educator in USD 500 for 20 years, and I have always been impressed with her willingness to stay on top of the newest research and teaching methods, and how she imparts that knowledge to those around her. Becky is very friendly and approachable and goes above and beyond to make sure she is available to the staff, no matter what time of day or night. She is the kind of person who does so much behind the scenes. Becky Bell is one of the most inspiring people in our district and we are proud to nominate her."
-- Sincerely, Emily Dennis, Teacher, & Bruce Haber, principal

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