Notice of Time and Place of Special Meeting - March 5, 2015


March 2, 2015

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

A special meeting of the Kansas City, Kansas Board of Educationis hereby called for Thursday, March 5, 2015, at 4:00 p.m., in the Board room on the third floor of the KCKPS Central Office andTraining 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 andequitable contract.


Dated this 2nd day of March 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

Student Playwrights’ Works Showcased at Coterie Theatre on May 6

Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2018

Congratulations to the KCKPS students whose works will be showcased at the Young Playwrights’ Festival 2018 on Sunday, May 6, at 7 p.m. in the Coterie Theatre, located on the level 1 of Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.

Those students who works will be performed are as follows:

  • Bee by SaVaughn McClaine (Sumner Academy)
  • My Brother's Birthday by Jaelyn Stevens (Washington High)
  • Eclipticby De'Auan McClaine (Sumner Academy)

The students are members of the Young Playwright’s Roundtable, which consists of students from around the Kansas City metro area who have emerged from the Reaching the Write Minds program as promising young writers.  

Congrats to all of our students!

Read more about the Young Playwrights’ Festival 2018.

Students Showcase Entrepreneurial Skills at Big Ideas Competition

May 3, 2018


Contact:Melissa Fears, Director of Communications and Marketing, 913-279-2225

Winners Group

Congratulations to KCKPS students who participated in the Youth Entrepreneurs (YE) The Big Idea Semifinals – a business pitch competition that gives students a chance to win capital grants.  Among the students from KCKPS that participated in the event on April 26 and their capital grants:

  • Evelyn Molina $950, J.C. Harmon High School
  • Anahi Grande $500, J.C. Harmon High School
  • Cristian Torres $200, Washington High School
  • Jesus Juarez $50, Wyandotte High School

Harmon Winners

Twenty-four students from Kansas City-area schools were selected to take part in this year’s event. Top finishers will move on to The Big Idea Finals competition at the YE Summit on June 19 in Wichita, Kansas. Evelyn Molina will advance to the Big Idea Final on June 19 as the top finisher in the competition. Both Evelyn Molina and Anahi Grande will participate in the YE Summit as a result of finishing in the top 4 of the April 26 competition. Each student has seven minutes to pitch his/her business idea to a group of judges followed by seven minutes of Q and A. Judges are given a pool of $2,500 to invest in the business and/or person(s) of their choice.

Evelyn Molina

Read more about YE.

Notice of Time and Place of Special Meeting - April 21, 2016

April 18, 2016


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, April 21, 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 workshop pertaining to the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library and an update on the bond issue timeline.

Dated this 18th 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 Marks a Decade of Math Relays

Elementary Students Join the Competition This Year


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

A decade ago, students in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) began gathering for a day of friendly math challenges, known as Math Relays. Today, that event has grown into one of the largest and most popular district-wide programs. Next week, the tradition will continue with more students and more challenges, and a more competitive spirit.

KCKPS will host its 10th annual Math Relays from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, February 15 at Wyandotte High School. The event is expected to draw 1,100 students together for team and individual math challenges. And this year for the first time, elementary students (at the 4th and 5th-grade level) will join in.

"Bringing in the elementary students truly makes this an event that reaches across all levels in our district," said Jarius Jones, Math Relays coordinator. "Since we started Math Relays 10 years ago, we have continued to refine it and expand it to make it a true collaborative problem-solving event that builds an understanding of math in the real world."

The original premise of Math Relays was to give students extra math exercises to increase their math skills and to prepare them for assessments. It began 10 years ago with 400 students in some of the district’s secondary schools. Problems were worked on pencil and paper. Today, it involves all secondary schools plus one-third of elementary schools, and most of it is completed online. Components added over the years have included a Math Relays Hall of Fame. It recognizes students who have medaled in individual events four times throughout their secondary careers. Students inducted have their names placed on a plaque and receive a $200 college scholarship. Another facet of the event that was added several years ago is the college fair. The Kansas Enrichment Network sets up the fair to provide materials and information about area colleges. The idea is to link students to businesses and post-secondary degrees that have a math component or focus. For some students, it is their first exposure to college.

In Math Relays, secondary students will compete in four major strands: algebra, geometry, number concepts, and statistics and probability. A Sigma category also exists for students who want to compete in all strands. At the elementary level, students will all compete as teams working on project-oriented problems.

This year's event will close with an awards ceremony beginning at 12:10 p.m. for elementary competitors, and 1 p.m. for secondary competitors.

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